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WVCS board honors students at meeting

The West Valley Board of Education honored recipients of the Wildcat Way Above and Beyond Award and the top five students at the board meeting. Back row, from left are: Dennis McCauley, Mary Fleischman, Superintendant Eric Lawton and Principal Dan Amodeo. (Front Row) Emily Kazmierczak, Lindsey Smith, Frank Cardamone, Michael Nowak, Joshua Fleischman, Evan Williams and Keith Herbst.
WEST VALLEY—The West Valley Central School Board of Education held its regularly scheduled meeting Tuesday June 24 in which many students were honored for all the hard work they put in throughout the school year.

Sixth grade student Keith Herbst and 10th grade student Emily Kazmierczak were both honored with the Wildcat Way Above and Beyond Award, which is given to students, faculty or community members who go above and beyond in their school activities.

The West Valley top five students were also honored at the board meeting. Number five student Evan Williams, number four Joshua Fleischman, number three Michael Nowak, number two Frank Cardamone and number one Lindsey Smith were all honored by Principal Dan Amodeo for their academic achievements this year.

“All of these students go above and beyond and have here throughout their time at West Valley,” said Amodeo.

The meeting continued with Superintendant Eric Lawton talking about what is going on with the capital improvement project as of now. The project was approved by the state and they are now working with Young and Wright Architectural on a proposed timeline. Construction on the roof is planned to start in August and to finish in October. The rest of the capital project is still in the design phase and should be submitted to the New York State Education Department by October.

Board member Dennis McCauley also asked Lawton if anything will be done about the Veteran’s Exemption that was polled on during the budget vote. Board President Michael Frascella stated they will be moving forward with the exemption and a vote will be prepared for an upcoming meeting.

Amodeo was next to speak and he first gave an update on the summer reading program starting July 7. He has contacted the parents of the students who were recommended for the program and some said that would not be able to provide transportation for their child. The board later approved providing transportation for students that wanted it.

Amodeo also updated the board on the driver’s education program. They will be purchasing the program through BOCES and the board unanimously approved of the program going forward this summer. Amodeo finished up by talking about getting a new website for the school in the near future.

In order for the school to borrow money for their upcoming projects, the board votes and approved two bond resolutions. One was for the financing of the new 65-passenger bus and one for the capital project.

The board also then approved of three personnel additions to the district. Mrs. Lillian Lechner for the .5 FTE art teacher position, Leandra Fuller as a substitute teacher and Mary Green as a substitute bus driver were all approved for the 2014-15 school year.

The board also honored Lynn Rogers, as it was her last day serving on the board of education.

The next scheduled WVCS board meeting will be held July 1 at 6:30 p.m. in the school library.
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