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SED approves Wells school building project

Tuesday, June 24, 2014 - Updated: 5:39 PM



WELLS -- The New York State Education Department has approved the Wells Central School District Building Project.

Superintendent Thomas D. Sincavage told the Board of Education June 18 approval came "a little late, but it is expected to hold up the project by only about 10 days."

The $942,800 project includes $688,800 for security measures and $254,000 for other needs, such as replacing the loading dock and gym lighting.

The BOE has already advertised for bids, which will be opened June 26. The successful bidder will be chosen during the board's close-out meeting June 30.

BOE Member Elect Stephen Stofelano resigned effective May 21, after being chosen to be the school's business and distributive education teacher the day after being elected.

Sincavage said the BOE's choices regarding the vacant seat are to leave it empty until the next election in May 2015, hold a special election or appoint a new member, using any process they choose.


Regarding Phase III of the Hamilton County Fuel Management Consolidation Project, Sincavage recommended the BOE approve a shared site in Wells.

The County of Hamilton, the lead agency for the project, is submitting an application to the 2014 Local Government Efficiency Grant Program for the third and final phase of the county-managed shared fuel delivery project.

Co-applicants are the towns of Wells, Hope, Benson, Morehouse, and Inlet; and Wells Central School District. The fuel depot would also serve Inlet Common School District; the Wells, Hope and Morehouse fire departments; and the Wells and Morehouse volunteer ambulance corps.

The project would save participating entities both time and money. The applicants would have to provide a local cash match up of to 10 percent of the grant award, but no more than a total of $140,000.

The WCSD BOE voted to support the project, but that support is contingent upon the fueling station being located in the Town of Wells.


An agreement between the school district and its support staff was approved, thereby affirming a three-year contract beginning July 1, 2014 and running through June 30, 2017.

Kristy Wright, a registered nurse, was hired as school nurse. The one-year contract has a starting salary of $28,336. Health insurance will be provided beginning July 1.

The WCS BOE approved 20 hours of Pre-Kindergarten curriculum work by Phyllis Cleveland over the summer and 20 hours of Mathematics curriculum work by Adam Clute.

Donald Beach will be the boys' varsity soccer coach and Jeremy Bornt will be the girls' varsity soccer coach (if a team is fielded).

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the June 18, 2014 meeting of the Wells Central School District Board of Education as provided by District Clerk Kathleen Towers.


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