WCS makes teaching changes



WELLS -- Several staff changes have been made at Wells Central School following two resignations.

High school music teacher Kathleen Beck resigned effective Dec. 1 to take an administrative job in another school district after 13 years at WCS. As a result, the Board of Education combined the full-time high school music teacher and the part-time elementary positions into one full-time music teacher, Laura Kraebel, effective Dec. 2, eliminating the part-time position.

Amanda Palmer resigned as high school mathematics teacher effective Dec. 8. She has accepted a position with the NYS Education Department.

Courtney Bovee resigned as special education teacher to become the fourth-grade teacher starting Nov. 25, replacing Gail Wilcox, who has retired. Phyllis Cleveland was appointed special education teacher effective Dec. 2 through June 30, 2014.

Ed Pruden has been appointed as advisor to the Class of 2014 effective Dec. 2. Beck had been the class advisor.

Teachers Joshua Darrow and Shelby Hoffman (uncertified) have been added to the list of substitute teachers, and Joanne Robinson and June Robinson to the list of substitute cafeteria workers.

Allison (Braunius) Gonyo was appointed as girls' varsity basketball coach effective Nov. 4.


-- The International Club's revised itinerary for a May trip to New York City convinced the BOE to approve the plan. The club dropped a visit to Six Flags theme park and added visits to Chinatown, the United Nations, Little Italy, the Empire State Building, the Statue of Liberty, Times Square, the 9/11 Memorial, St. Patrick's Cathedral and the Top of the Rock observation deck at Rockefeller Center.

-- The board accepted the 2012/2013 school year audit by Mike Harmon of Marvin and Company.

-- Superintendent Thomas Sincavage is gathering data to begin developing a five-year budget plan for the district.

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Nov. 20 meeting of the Wells Central School District Board of Education as provided by District Clerk Kathleen Towers.