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Building project is on track at WCS

Sunday, August 24, 2014 - Updated: 5:54 PM

By CRISTINE MEIXNER

Editor

WELLS -- The Wells Central School building project is coming along nicely, according to Superintendent Thomas Sincavage.

He reported the new doors are scheduled to arrive in October. The playground has been resurfaced and looks great, he told the board of education Aug. 20.

A new door will be added to the right of the garage door. Since the foundation in that area seems to be sinking and there is some cracking and pulling away of the wall in that area, some repair work will be done at the same time.

The architect quoted a price of nearly $15,000 to remove the cornerstone, replace it with another and engrave it with '2014.' Sincavage told them "absolutely not." The board is not interested in replacing the cornerstone or in having '2014' inscribed on it.

The cornerstone will be taken out, the contents of the box removed and the box and cornerstone replaced. An unveiling of the contents has been scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6 p.m.

Moving from the building to the students, Sincavage says the results of grades 3-8 testing show WCS is above the statewide average in all areas except one area of math. However, he is not satisfied.

Sincavage said the school can and will do better. Plans are in place to improve in the upcoming school year.

OTHER BUSINESS

-- Board Member Colette Tomlinson has resigned, effective Aug. 19. She had been a board member since July of 2010. Her term expires June 30, 2015.

-- The board accepted $10,288 from the (now dissolved) Hamilton County Historical Society, according to the last will and testament of Frederick "Ted" Aber Jr. It will be used for a scholarship fund for an annual award to be given at graduation to a student who excels in history.

-- Tax rates have been established for the 2014/15 school year: Arietta and Lake Pleasant, 10.11397; and Hope and Wells, 10.87523. The rates are per $1,000 of assessed value, and are up 1.1 percent.

-- Funding for a federal Title I School-Wide Program grant has been reduced by 10 percent.

-- The HFM BOCES will conduct a bus route efficiency study.

-- Jeanette Brown will be paid for 12 curriculum development hours. She will be working with sixth-graders on mathematics.

-- Keith Taylor and Rob Wright were approved as volunteer assistants to the boys' varsity soccer coach.

The WCS board will next meet Tuesday, Sept. 16, starting at 6:30 p.m. with a tour of the buildings and grounds.

Note: This article is based on draft minutes of the Aug. 20, 2014 meeting of the Wells Central School District Board of Education as provided by District Clerk Kathleen Towers.

     

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