WELLS - The Wells Central School District has reached an agreement with neighbors Gary and Donna Bureau regarding timber and gravel removed from school property.
The Bureaus paid the school $4,000 June 20 to settle the problem.
The "theft" was not intentional. Neither the school nor the Bureaus knew where the boundary line was until the Board of Education had the school's land surveyed.
"We talked several years ago with [former Superintendent] John Zeis about resolving it and were under the impression there was going to be some solution. We never heard back," Donna Bureau said in February.
That was when the BOE hired the legal firm of Girvin and Ferlazzo, Albany, to commence an action against Gary Bureau Contractor LLC, Gary Bureau Logging LLC and Gary and Donna Bureau.
But a lawsuit was never the intention, says WCS Secretary to the Superintendent Kathleen Towers. "The BOE was advised by its attorney that in order for the board to reach a settlement with the Bureaus it had to pass a resolution authorizing the lawsuit," she explained.
Once that was done negotiations could begin. With the $4,000 payment made to the school the matter has been resolved.
Due to increasing special education needs the BOE has reinstated the special education teaching position that was eliminated in 2011, effective Sept. 1. Courtney Bovee will be recalled to the full-time position.
Robert D. Wright will be a volunteer assistant to the boys' varsity soccer coach for the fall season.
Steven Welch was appointed to a six-month probationary position as senior custodian beginning July 1. The appointment is contingent upon Welch taking the Senior Custodian Civil Service Examination and scoring in the top three when the County of Hamilton next offers it.
Jessie Ostrander was appointed as a summer cleaner for July 1through Aug. 30 for a maximum of 29 hours per week.
-- The board granted Superintendent Thomas D. Sincavage a 1 percent increase in pay for the 2013/2014 school year. He will pay 5 percent of his health insurance premiums.
-- One bid was received for a new school bus, from DePaula Chevrolet in Albany, which the board accepted. The 2013 Chevrolet Suburban will cost the district $38,676.
-- The Wells Seniors' request to use a school bus and driver for a July 7 trip to Lake George was approved. The club will pay the driver's salary and for the fuel used.
Note: This article is primarily based on draft minutes of the June 19 meeting of the Wells Central School District Board of Education as provided by District Clerk Kathleen Towers.