By Katie Atkins
WESTFIELD - The 2013-2014 academic year is already off to a solid start. Following an informational meeting between Brocton and Westfield school boards to discuss the statutory vote for a proposed combination of districts, Westfield held its own board meeting to put new goals in place for the upcoming year.
It was announced that the tax increase will be 3.7 percent, down from 4.49 percent projected in May. Additionally, $500,000 of the $575,000 allocated for the 2012-2013 budget has been returned back to the reserves and funds account.
In terms of goals for the upcoming year, student development and success will be concentrated on most. Superintendent David Davidson said, "Our focus is going to be on the common core. It has created a new standard, a new bar."
Davidson said the district has spent nearly $15,000 in staff development for instruction. He also mentioned the prospect of using a new software program in the future which caters to each unique student and provides a profile for each child's grades, test scores, attendance and even behavior.
"Once we get around to next year at this time, I think it might be a very good source for faculty and parents."
Ivana Hite, Shanda DuClon and David Davidson were recognized as certified lead evaluators for the district's Annual Professional Performance Review Plan.
"It's fairly extensive," Davidson said.
Athletic Director Jacob Hitchcock has been approved to the additional position of dean of students, effective Sept. 1. Hitchcock also teaches physical education and will continue performing his duties as athletic director.
The next board of education meeting will take place on Sept. 9 at 7 p.m.