Friday, January 17, 2020

Text of WCS BOE Jan 15 2020 .

WCS BOE Jan 15 2020

No fiscal stress at Wells Central.
WELLS—WCS Superintendent Thomas D. Sincavage reported at the Jan 15 meeting of the Wells Central School Board of Education meeting that the School District received the fiscal stress and environment stress scores from the Office of the State Comptroller. The district had a perfect score of 0, indicating no fiscal stress. The score of Environmental stress was 8.3; any score below 30 indicates no environmental stress. The Board was pleased with these ratings.
Sincavage stated the One District One Book program started last Friday, January 10 with a kickoff party. This year the school is reading “Life According to Og the Frog”. This book is written by the same author as the “Life According to Humphrey” series and is told from the Frog’s perspective. This is the districts fourth year using the program.
The next item was the Capital Project. The first contractor meeting was held on December 23, 2019. Contractors will start working on the school over the February break. The next contractors meeting will be held on Monday, January 20. The school district received a proposal from Mosaic Associates to complete a building condition survey which is required every 5 years. The school district uses these surveys to plan for future capital projects.
Lastly, Sincavage gave the early look at 2020/2021 Budget. He is still waiting on preliminary State Aid figures which should be released after January 22.
The January Enrollment Report by Jessica Damphier listed the current enrollment at 146.
Jeremy J. Siddon, Building Principal, gave the Athletic Director’s Report. He noted that the winter sports season was underway. Several games have been rescheduled due to the weather. The most up to date schedule is available on the school’s website. The school district is using the remind app to notify parents of any changes. Parents and the community can contact the school to sign up for the notifications. There is also a sports app for smartphone users on the school district website that has the updated game schedule.
The Wells Central School Board of Education established the non-resident tuition rate for the 2020/2021 school year as follows: $7,000 for full-time students and $2,333 for early admit non-resident students who attend a full time BOCES program or FMCC as an early admission student. Additionally, it is noted that parents are responsible for any FMCC tuition and no WCS transportation is provided. The motion was made by Rachel Lauria, seconded by William Stuart, and carried 5-0.
The Board approved the mileage reimbursement rate of the IRS approved rate of 57.5 cents per mile, retroactively to January 1, 2020. The motion was made by Ken Hoffman, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The board appointed Mosaic Associates to complete the mandated 2020 Building Condition Survey and accepted the proposal in the of amount $2,235 as presented. The motion was made by William Stuart, seconded by Dorman Reese, and carried 5-0.
The board approved the fire inspection reports for the main building and the bus garage dated January 7, 2020 as presented. The motion was made by Ken Hoffman, seconded by Rachel Lauria, and carried 5-0.
The board reviewed the Calendar of Events. Sincavage noted the Honor Roll Celebration this quarter would be a breakfast and welcomed the Board Members to attend.

This article is based upon the minutes provided by Rachelle Dwyer, District Clerk.

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