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West Valley School Board seeks additional educational opportunities for students

WEST VALLEY — Students in the West Valley Central School District already travel to neighboring school districts for some of their education, but even more opportunities could be in store for them.

The West Valley School Board was briefed on several ideas during its regular meeting on Oct. 15.

Board President Stephen Kowalski said that representatives from WVCS were going to meet with other district representatives to discuss additional opportunities for West Valley’s approximately 333 enrolled students.

“We already do distance learning and share sports with Ellicottville,” Kowalski said. “We’d love to do more.”

Gowanda, Springville, Pine Valley, Franklinville and Cattaraugus school districts were expected to attend a meeting on the issue on Oct. 17.

A full report will be given at the next regular West Valley Board meeting in November, according to Kowalski.

The board president said that he would like to provide additional opportunities for the school’s students to take academic courses.

West Valley already sends students to Cattaraugus for AP biology and other districts for college level business courses, but Kowalski said he and the board want to see more.

Other subjects, including agricultural studies, are offered at only other districts, like Cattaraugus.

According to the board, for a small district, West Valley offers a wide variety of classes, some of which also attract students from other districts.

“That’s what makes the idea of distance learning between West Valley and other districts so feasible,” Kowalski said. “We still offer more classes now than we did 15 – 20 years ago,” he said, using calculus as an example.

“I myself want to do anything I can to get our students the education they deserve,” he said. “I’ll do anything to make that happen.”

In other news:
– The board approved second and final readings for policy rules and regulations, including regular board meetings and rules; use of school facilities, materials and equipment; public access to records; student records; student directory information and student use of computerized information resources.

– Ann O’Brien was appointed district treasurer, retroactively effective Aug. 20.

– The board approved the resignations of Vinnie Smith and Andy Bobseine, effective Oct. 15.

– Cheryl Gentner was appointed as an hourly bus driver assigned to the Ellicottville sports run at an average of 3 1/2 hours per day.

– Chris Fuller was approved as a substitute cleaner for the 2012-13 school year.

– The board approved Mychelle McNeil-Wedvik as a substitute teacher.

– John Arbogast was appointed the girls varsity basketball head coach. Board Member George Kazmierczak’s was the sole opposing vote.

– The board approved Bryan Hansen as the junior varsity girls basketball coach.

– Diana Frank was appointed the modified girls basketball coach.

– The board approved Jason Kearney as the varsity boys basketball head coach. Board Member Dennis McCauley abstained from the vote.

– Nick Casselman was appointed the junior boys basketball coach.

– Jackie Mumbach was appointed the boys and girls varsity bowling coach.

– The board appointed Connie Jo Kazmierczak and Bonnie Hess as basketball cheerleading co-advisors. McCauley abstained.

– The board approved a band trip to Washington, D.C. from April 19 –21. The cost is $452 per student.

– The board approved a donation of a Dell® computer monitor.

– The board approved a bid by Steve Nason of $100 on a 1962 air compressor.

–The board approved a bid by Mike Maloy on the generator, for $225.

The next WVCS Board meeting will be held Nov. 19 at 7 p.m.


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