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WCS may nix distance learning

Wednesday, November 07, 2012 - Updated: 7:59 AM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Express Editor

WELLS - Distance learning at Wells Central School may have run its course.

Six picture tube televisions in the distance-learning lab need to be replaced by June 30, 2013 in order to be in compliance with the rest of the equipment. A ballpark estimate is $6,000.

Superintendent Thomas Sincavage gave the Board of Education the news Oct. 17. He said WCS receives $1,000 per course it transmits via distance learning.

Under the 2012/2013 Distance Learning Lease Agreement with Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES the school provides a room for distance learning classes which BOCES leases for $1,000.

WCS has no students currently taking DL classes from other school districts and needs an additional classroom for the middle school for the 2013/2014 school year.

Sincavage will get a firmer cost analysis for replacing the TVs in time for the BOE’s November meeting.

New teachers this school year are math teacher Amanda Palmer and social studies teacher Kyle Subik.

Teacher Laura Spengler was added to the substitute list. Nurse Sally Gallup was added to the substitute list, pending the interview and application process.

Dr. Wally Hanafi was appointed as school physician effective Oct. 1, replacing Dr. Philip James. Hanafi is also affiliated with Nathan Littauer Primary Care.

The board appointed winter sports staff as recommended by the athletic director: Boys Varsity Basketball Coach J.C. Parslow, Boys Modified Basketball Coach Donny Beach, Girls Varsity Basketball Coach Dayna Fisher, Girls Modified Basketball Coach Allison Braunius and Score/Clock Keeper Susan Williamsen.

OTHER BUSINESS

• The BOE approved the Annual Professional Perform-ance Review and authorized its submission to the state Education Department. School districts must have SED-approved APPRs by Jan. 17, 2013 in order to receive their 2012-13 state aid increase.

In a related matter, after 33 hours of training Sincav-age passed his two exams to be a certified evaluator of teachers.

• No bids were received for the soup kettle. The Board decided to look into donating it to a soup kitchen. If none are interested the 40-gallon kettle will be sold for scrap metal.

The Board of Education will next meet Tuesday, Nov. 20, starting at 7 p.m.

Editor’s Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Wells Central School District Board of Education meeting of Oct. 17, 2012 as provided by Secretary to the Superintendent Kathleen Towers.

     

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