WEST VALLEY—The West Valley Central School Board of Education held their regularly scheduled meeting on Aug. 4, in which new school lunch standards, school paintings by the varsity club and a Genesee Community College physics course were all discussed.
Byron Richards and Sue Haskell of Personal Touch Food Service started off the meeting with a presentation about some changes to the breakfast and lunch programs for this year. Some changes that will be happening this year include an addition to the fruit for breakfast and that all grains must be at least 51 percent whole grain.
The biggest change this year will be with the snacks sold throughout the entire school, which must be regulated on their calories, sodium, fat and sugar content. Any snacks that are sold from midnight that day until 30 minutes after the school day ends must fall under the United States Department of Agricultures guidelines.
Athletic Director April Preston spoke about the varsity club and some changes they wanted to make to the school. Some of those changes include, painting the boarder around the circle in front of the school, painting paw prints up to the main entrance, painting “Home of the Wildcats” by the gym doors and highlighting the West Valley Central School engraving at the main entrance to make the letters stand out from the building. Preston also said that the student council has agreed to buy the paint for the project.
“The kids come to the same building every year when they start and this would really be something that popped to them and stood out,” said Preston.
The board agreed to let the varsity club do the painting and Preston said that they would hope to start as early as next week.
“School spirit just kind of isn’t there and our kids just feel kind of blah and I think it would be great for kids to walk in and see some bright colors and see things in the school look different,” said board member Mary Fleischman.
Superintendant Eric Lawton was next to speak with his report and updated the board about the progress in the roof repair part of the capital project. The original schedule was set to have the roof and rooms affected by the leaky roof done by October. But, Jamestown Roofing said that they could be done in early September.
Principal Dan Amodeo was not in attendance at the meeting, but Lawton took over his reports. Amodeo wanted to give the board more information about the GCC physics course that will be offered this year. The course will be a one-year deal at a cost of $220 per student Hopefully Jamestown Community College will offer the course next year, which is a free course, Lawton said. Dennis McCauley and George Kazmierczak both wanted to make a clause with the class that if a student signs up, the student cannot drop out.
In personnel matters, the board approved Troy Smith as the girls’ modified soccer coach, Amy Butler as the safety patrol officer and Connie Jo Kazmierczak as a volunteer assistant for girls’ varsity soccer. The board also approved the resignation of elementary teacher Kelli Russell. Amodeo has already started the interview process to find a replacement and should be filled later this month.
Along with the changes to the lunch and breakfast programs, prices will also be increasing this year. Kindergarten to grade 8 lunches will be raised from $1.50 to $1.65, grade 9-12 lunches from $1.75 to $1.80 and kindergarten – grade 12 breakfasts from $1 to $1.25.
The next regularly scheduled WVCS Board of Education meeting will be Aug. 25 at 7 p.m. in the school library.