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Wells school to get more state aid

Sunday, May 18, 2014 - Updated: 5:28 PM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

WELLS -- Although Wells Central School District will get about $45,000 more in state aid than anticipated in its 2014/15 budget, the tax levy will not change.

That's because the Board of Education plans to save the money to help deal with parameters set by the state for the next three years, according to Superintendent Thomas Sincavage.

The budget vote was yesterday.

According to the most recent figures available, from the 2011-12 school year, WCSD spends $18,607 per general education student and $12,781 per special education student for instruction. The total expenditure per student is $28,052.

There were 16 students in the Class of 2013. All graduated with a Regents diploma, four with the "Advanced" designation.

BUILDING PROJECT

Sincavage reported a change in how the new security doors will be installed in the vestibule will save enough money that the school will be able to address two other problems cited as safety concerns.

Instead of putting the second set of entrance doors on the outside under the overhang, they will be installed on the other side of the current doors.

The savings will allow the school to add another door to the technology room and relocate the emergency shut-off for the gas line in the science room so it is more accessible in an emergency.

Voters approved the building project last summer.

In another building matter, the BOE decided to accept physical education teacher Mark Richards' offer to paint the gymnasium in June.

A substitute will be brought in to teach his classes while he is doing the job. This would cost less than one might think because of Regents testing and the elementary school dismissal about one week before graduation.

Richards, who is a house painter in the summers, has offered to donate the use of all his painting equipment, including scaffolding. The board agreed the offer would save money and approved spending up to $2,000 on paint and other supplies to paint the gymnasium and boys' locker room.

STAFF MATTERS

Adam Clute will be the grades 7-12 mathematics teacher effective Sept. 1.

Elementary teacher Courtney Bovee was granted tenure effective Nov. 25. School psychologist Melissa Brown was granted tenure effective Sept. 1.

High school English teacher Matthew Diebler has resigned effective June 30. He has taught at the school for 11 years.

Deborah Welch was appointed assistant cook.

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the April 23, 2014 meeting of the Wells Central School District Board of Education as provided by District Clerk Kathleen Towers.

     

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