WELLS - A freezer at Wells Central School had to be replaced rather than repaired, costing the district $3,294.
A repairman called in to give a quote to fix the old freezer said any work could not be guaranteed, so quotes on a new unit were solicited from three companies.
McNamara Refrigeration & Air Conditioning, Gloversville, submitted the low price of $3,294 for a new industrial freezer for the school cafeteria.
Another problem was less costly to solve. Senior Custodian Steve Welch noticed there was water in the diesel tank and checked into having a company remove and transport the contaminated water to Queensbury. It would cost just under $700.
Welch figured out a way this could be accomplished in-house. After devising a plan, he was helped by teacher Brian Richards and Bus Mechanic Jim Warner to remove the water from the tank. The contaminated water will be taken to Queensbury for proper disposal.
Doing the project this way saved the district between $600 and $650.
Fourth grade teacher Gail Wilcox will retire effective at the close of school Nov. 22.
The school board created a part-time food service helper position (5-1/2 hours per day / 27-1/2 hours per week), starting Oct. 16 with an hourly rate of $9.56. This position does not come with health insurance. Debbie Welch was appointed to the position effective Oct. 28.
The following coaches were appointed: boys' varsity basketball, J. C. Parslow; boys' modified basketball, Donald Beach; girls' modified basketball, Parris Beach; and boys' varsity baseball, Robert Stoddard.
The Class of 2014 will be allowed to take a trip to Florida during spring break next year. Three chaperones will be going along.
The International Club's proposal for a three-day trip to New York City May 2-4, 2014, was not well received by the board.
The itinerary had all "international" venues packed into Friday with Saturday and Sunday being spent at Six Flags Great Adventure, N.J.
The BOE questioned why the club is planning two days at a theme park instead of possibly visiting Chinatown or Little Italy or taking a bus tour of the city. The board would like to see more educational venues and just one day at the theme park, or even just a twilight pass there.
-- Athletic Director Jeremy Siddon was asked about having recognition nights after each sports season, while it is fresh in everyone's mind. Siddon agreed.
-- HFM BOCES will hold an informational meeting for parents on Common Core Nov. 4. Superintendent Thomas Sincavage will attend and after that the BOE can discuss the possibility or need for meetings here.
Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Oct. 16, 2013 meeting of the Wells Central School District Board of Education as provided by District Clerk Kathleen Towers.