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Wells Central building project goes forward

WCS BOE September 18 2019

Wells Central building project goes forward
WELLS-- Superintendent Thomas Sincavage reported to the Board of Education at its September 18 meeting that the Capital Project will go out to bid in October or November, and they hope to start work over the April break.
Board member Rachel Lauria asked if it would interfere with testing.
Sincavage said the work would primarily be with the removal of ceiling tiles.
Sincavage met with the school district’s fiscal advisor to discuss funding of the project and he reviewed the school’s healthy financial position.
The Board appropriated $412,827.52 of the 2018/19 unassigned fund balance toward the Capital Project that was brought before the taxpayers and approved in May 2018. The $412,827.52 shall be transferred to the Capital Fund.
The Board authorized a General Fund budget increase of $412,827.52 with appropriated 2018/19 fund balance for use toward the Capital Project approved by the voters in May 2018.
The September Enrollment Report provided by Jessica Damphier listed the current enrollment at 150. However, Sincavage noted that two children moved out of the district and we are presently at 148.
The Board received a thank you note from the Family & Consumer Science class for the purchase of a new stove and refrigerator. They also reviewed the press release which announced Superintendent Thomas Sincavage as the Hobart H. Conover Friend of Business Education winner for his contribution to the advancement, promotion, and development of business education.
The Board approved the Treasurer’s Report for July 2019, August 2019, and the warrant for the time period August 1-31, 2019 in the amounts of general fund - $156,533.37, Federal – $0.00, School Lunch $23.41, and T and A - $4,236.25.
The Board approved the Annual Reserve Fund Report and Analysis as presented and attached to these minutes. (as per BOE policy 5.500 requirement).
Sincavage noted that existing bus reserve expires in 2019 and that a new bus reserve will need to be established in the Spring.
The Board approved an increase to the employee benefit accrued liability reserve for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2019 by $67,878 to reflect the actual accrued liability.
Jeremy Siddon gave the Athletic Report. Currently the girls’ varsity is playing at the minimum. The last game was changed to a scrimmage since there were not enough players. The boys’ varsity team has 15 players.
Regarding modified soccer girls, participation is up, and boys is down.
Siddon mentioned that depending on the numbers they may have to merge modified teams with Lake Pleasant for the Winter basketball season.
Sincavage reported a School Resource Officer has been hired by the County and the officer is currently finishing up his training. A contract is being drafted and had to be updated since Governor Cuomo passed new laws regarding school resource officers which affect both the school district and the municipalities. The school district intends to pay for the cost of the school resource officer with funds they receive from the Title IV grant.
The 2018-19 Grades 3-8 ELA & Math results reflected 41.7% proficiency which is higher than last year’s proficiency rate of 37%. No growth scores were available yet.
The next topic for discussion was the law regarding Cameras on School Bus Stop Arms. The pilot program for this law requires towns to supply the cameras on the buses and the towns to collect the fines.
The board reviewed the calendar of events. Open house will be held on Thursday, September 26th from 6-7:30pm and it will start with an informational parent meeting in the gym.
The Board approved the Annual CSE report.
Steve Stofelano and a student asked for permission to have the Junior Prom at the Wells Community Hall on Saturday, May 2. They have already checked to make sure that the hall is available. The students already have chaperones and themes. The Board granted their request.
Steve Welch, Head Custodian, was unable to make it to the meeting for the annual Buildings and Grounds tour. The Board asked that he provide a written report on all changes for the year.
A guest commented that the use of cameras on the bus stop arms was brought up at the last town board meeting. They also commented that during the 97 building project it started early and did not affect students when it came to Regents testing.
After coming out of an Executive Session, the Board accepted the resignation of Holly Gatto as the 5th Grade Long Term Substitute Teacher effective August 23, 2019.
The Board appointed Sandy Stuart as a long term substitute to fill the position held by Mrs. Enders who has been granted a leave of absence. Sandy Stuart’s appointment will be effective October 15,2019.  No term of employment is conferred by this resolution of appointment and Sandy Stuart’s employment may be terminated at any time.
The motion was made by Dorman Reese, seconded by Ken Hoffman, and carried 4-0. William Stuart abstained.
The Board accepted the proposal as presented from Mark Ellis, Clerk of the Works, in the amount of $54,840.
The Board appointed, at the will of the Board, the following coaches for the winter sports season: Adam Clute, Boys Varsity Basketball and Donald Beach, Girls Varsity Basketball.

Editor’s note: This story is based upon the minutes as provided by District Clerk Rachelle Dwyer.

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