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Westfield Academy and Central School gets ready for fall

September 2, 2017
By David Prenatt - , Westfield Republican

With the summer quickly flying by, the Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education is working with school officials getting ready for the fall.

At the school board meeting, Elementary Principal Dr. Mary Rockey told the board that there have been some necessary personnel changes at the elementary level.

"We've just had three additional children enroll in our kindergarten, which brings our total enrollment to 43," Rockey said. "First grade now has a census of 40."

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WACS Director of Facilities Lou Golando updates the board of education regarding the Capital Project.

Rockey told the board how the needs of these higher enrollments would be met with both existing and new personnel.

"The developing brain is best served in anything that we do prior to the age of 8," Rockey told the board. "It is important that, as a school community, we recognize that our youngest learners are our most vulnerable.?

Rockey also told board members that summer school just ended.

"The growth we saw in our preschoolers was remarkable," she said. "The kids made really great gains in their six weeks with us."

In other business, District Superintendent David Davison told the board that the safety plans at the district and the building level have been updated. He noted that the district plan is available to the public.

District business official Julia Murphy informed the board that the kick-off meeting for the financial audit had been held, and the audit was scheduled to begin this past week.

"We're also busy working on getting all orders through and payment processed," Murphy said.

The board also received an update on the District's Capital Outlay Project from Director of Facilities, Lou Golando. He told board members that the district is entering Phase 4 of the Capital Project.

Golando recommended that the board award work on the tennis courts and the catch basins in the parking lot to Del Prince and Sons, which was the lowest bidder meeting the specifications for the work. The board subsequently voted to hire Del Prince for a total contract price of $171,440.

Golando also told board members that all general construction bids for the drains in the bus garage and new locks were rejected. Davison added that the district needs to put the locks and bus garage drains out to bid and expects to award that contract at the Aug. 28 meeting, Davison said.

In another matter, the board voted to declare several items from Dan Martin's technology room as surplus. Davison said the items have been replaced with new equipment and there is no room to store the surplus materials.

Board members received a presentation on the district's wellness program from Molly Anderson. According to the New York State School Boards Association, new regulations stress accountability for compliance with federal laws for subsidized school food programs. The new federal regulations regarding school wellness programs went into effect on July 1, 2017.

Anderson explained how the district is in compliance with regulations for all food and drink items sold during the school day. The school has had three separate wellness days this past year, Anderson told the board, and full wellness committee meetings were held on Oct. 16, 2016 and Feb. 9, 2017. Also the district appointed Heather Myers as Wellness Coordinator, Anderson added.

Anderson noted that the requirements for the Federal School Meal Program and Access to School Nutrition Programs have been met. Physical education opportunities for all students have been met, she said.

Anderson told board members that all requirements regarding meal environment have been met at Westfield, and school meals meet program requirements. Furthermore, vending machines and student store sales meet nutritional requirements, she added.

Davison said a new board representative is needed to serve on the wellness committee. He addressed resigning wellness committee member, Brenda Backus.

"You have served very well. We appreciate all of your input. You brought a good working knowledge to the table," Davison said.

Board member Phyllis Hagen volunteered to take Backus' place on the committee and was appointed.



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