Thumbs up to Wells safe school project



WELLS - Wells Central School District voters have approved a $942,800 building project 83-31.

The next day the Board of Education appropriated $265,000 of the 2012/2013 fund balance into a capital fund for the Health and Safety Technology Project. Because this amount has been designated from fund balance, the project may qualify for an additional 10 percent ($26,500) in state aid, reducing the cost to local taxpayers.

Most of the money -- $688,800 or 73 percent -- is to add security measures; $254,000 or 27 percent is for other needs, such as replacing the loading dock and the gym lighting.

Wells' building aid is currently 35 percent. Items that are security-related are eligible for 45 percent state funding and, in this case, possibly an additional $26,500.

Mosaic Associates Architects, Albany, will draw up the plans. Construction is anticipated to begin June 28, 2014 with a projected completion date of Dec. 1, 2014.


The board accepted a bequest of $20,188 from Ellen L. Craig's estate as a donation to the Wells Central School Scholarship Fund in her memory. Awards will be made at the district's discretion.

During initial discussion on criteria for this scholarship the board thought it should be tied to academic achievement, possibly given to the valedictorian and salutatorian.

Resident Dee Parker suggested using English literature, photography and community service as criteria, because those were Craig's special interests.


-- The board approved the tax warrant and established the 2013/2014 tax rates as follows: Arietta, $10.00159 per $1,000 of assessed valuation; Hope, $10.75440; Lake Pleasant, $10.00159; and Wells, $10.75440.

-- The National School Lunch Program operated by the federal government has recommended the district increase the price of school lunches by 10 cents. The cost of lunches will go from $1.75 to $1.85.

-- A three-year contract with Jeremy Siddon, the Pre-K through grade 12 building principal, was approved. Siddon is also the athletic director.

-- After an executive session the BOE tabled a resolution to hire a full-time cleaner for the 2-10 p.m. shift. It has decided not to fill the position at this time.

-- The use of a school bus and driver for a Sept. 20 trip to Queensbury by the Wells Senior Citizens was approved. The group will pay for the fuel used and the driver's salary.

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Aug. 14 meeting of the Wells Central School District Board of Education as provided by District Clerk Kathleen Towers.