WELLS - Wells Central School may keep its distance learning lab after all.
After further research, Superintendent Thomas Sincavage told the Board of Education Nov. 20, it became apparent there is more to that issue than it first appeared.
Eliminating DL would mean eliminating the broadband T-1 telecommunication line that supplies the school’s Internet service, and it could also affect other Hamilton County schools.
Rather than eliminating DL, it is now thought that working harder to obtain more classes and choices for students would be the way to go. More classes would make WCS more attractive to (Lake Pleasant and Piseco) students who are deciding which high school to attend.
The Northeastern Regional Information Center in Albany installed the computer equipment and a distance learning program at WCS during the 1997-98 school year.
Brian Carey from NERIC was scheduled to visit the school to perform an infrastructure analysis of its Distance Learning Lab. The lab needs, at minimum, six new television screens.
Under the 2012/2013 Distance Learning Lease Agreement with Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES the school provides a room for distance learning which BOCES leases for $1,000.WCS also gets $1,000 per course it transmits via distance learning. The school currently offers four different half-year classes via distance learning; two this semester and two in the spring semester.
No WCS students are currently taking DL classes.
The BOE voted 3-2 to approve an adjusted tuition rate for non-resident students tuitioned to WCS who attend Fulton-Montgomery Comm-unity College full-time. Tuition for such students shall be one-third the current tuition rate.
Since tuition for a non-resident student is $7,000 this year, the amount of tuition for a full-time early admit student this year is $2,333.
Trustees Dave Woodward and Colette Tomlinson voted no.
Deborah Taylor was appointed census enumerator and Kristina and John Zeis were appointed surrogate parents, both retroactive to July 1. These positions are unpaid.
Jennifer Marshall was added to the list of approved teachers’ aides and classroom aides.
Nick Mauro was approved as a substitute for the time/scorer position.
• Partners in Education has offered to pay for repairs to the outside scoreboards.
• The NYS Department of Health says the cafeteria needs a cooling pan to regulate the temperature of food to be stored and reused. The WCS BOE approved spending up to $1,900 on a new cooling tray.
• Sincavage said Athletic Director Dayna Fisher has completed a cost analysis of adding junior varsity basketball and it would cost too much. The BOE had wondered if a boys’ junior varsity team could be started up again because of the large number of boys signed up for the modified and varsity teams.
Editor’s Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Central School District Board of Education meeting of Nov. 20, 2012 as provided by Secretary to the Superintendent Kathleen Towers.