Winter gives way to WACS exterior improvement projects
RIPLEY — Now that winter is past, Westfield Academy and Central School District will be focusing on several exterior improvement projects, board members learned at their recent meeting.
Facilities Director Lou Golando outlined plans for the 2017-2018 capital outlay project and the EXCEL (Expanding our Children’s Education and Learning) Project, which will include the installation new security cameras.
High School Principal Ivana Hite noted that some areas of the building do not have cameras and the ones that are installed “aren’t very good.”
Golando added that the current system is from 2008 and all of the existing cameras need to be replaced. “We also need emergency blue lights to indicate lock-down,” Golando told board members.
Masonry restoration will also be included in the 2017-2018 capital outlay project, according to Golando.
“For the EXCEL Capital Project, this is Phase 4,” Golando said. “Trench drains are deteriorating in the bus garage and this needs to be addressed, he said. Some of the catch basins in the parking lots need to be replaced, and we need to add some.”
The HVAC system has an outdated pneumatic actuator, Golando told the board. “We should look into changing the actuator to an electronic one,” he said.
Other planned improvements include work on the tennis courts and the sidewalk across the front of the building, Golando told board members. A low area in the grass along the sidewalk collects water and causes ice problems, he added.
Golando also said the workers are doing plastering in the hallways and other small jobs, as well. “The concrete work in the garage is kind of a must,” he added. He said that having a concrete contractor on site enables the district to use him for many small repairs.
In other matters, CPSE/CSE Chairperson Amy Webb addressed the board regarding the 2017-2018 budget for special education services. She noted there will be many students with high needs that “we can’t necessarily meet in house,” in the coming year.
Elementary Principal Dr. Mary Rockey commented that special education funds should be clearly shown in the budget. “It’s very important that special education dollars be easy to follow,” she said.
Dr. Rockey also explained to the board the inclusion of Hepatitis B shots for faculty members in next year’s budget. New York State has required the Hepatitis B series for elementary school students since 1998-99 and for secondary students since 2000-2001. “So almost everyone 30 and under has already received the shots,” she said. “Shots administered by the Department of Health are the least expensive.”
District Superintendent David Davison reviewed the 2017-2018 school calendar with the board.
“We built this around the BOCES calendar,” he said. “We have a joint staff development with Fredonia and Brocton in January.”
Davison also went over the first reading of seven policies. Several of the policies deal with financial accountability, a result of the fact that Governor Andrew Cuomo requires districts to be more transparent about their operating expenses, Davison told the board.
Policy 5110 deals with budget planning and development and 5130 concerns budget adoption. Policy 5512 regards reserve funds, and 5570 deals with financial accountability. Policy 5660 concerns school food service programs, 7222 deals with diploma and /or credential options for students with disabilities, and 7530 regards child abuse and neglect/maltreatment. Board President Steve Cockram said the final reading of these policies will take place at the next board meeting.
Davison also told the board that “What’s in the Numbers Night,” which was held on March 23 was attended by about a dozen parents. The turn-out was not what we had hoped, he said. “I’d like to commend the staff that did the presentation. I wish we’d had a hundred parents here.”
Davison further commended the staff and the administrative team who put together the 2017-2018 budget.
“They did a great job putting this together,” he said. “We’re up about 1.8 percent.”
In another matter, Dr. Rockey told the board that “we have a first draft of a K and 1 standards-based report card for next year. We will soon have grades 3 and 4, as well.”
Dr. Rockey also clarified the changes in next year’s elementary school schedule for the board. For the past several years, we’ve had a rotating A-B-C-D-E-F schedule, she said. “Next year we will have a Monday-Tuesday-Wednesday-Thursday-Friday schedule, and it will rotate each year.”
The board also approved a number of change orders which were recommended by the Superintendent and the District’s architect, Clark, Patterson, Lee. EL-1, in the amount of $9,600 was granted for the change from the installation of T5 lights to LED lights in the main gym and the half gym (the district will receive a $3,600 state rebate on this).
Board members also approved GC-1 in the amount of $6,091 for the replacement of two additional gym doors and the installation of protection plates on all six new doors, GC-2 in the amount of $4,515 for the labor and materials to relocate the fencing along the first and third base lines, and EL-5 in the amount of $5,387 for the installation of a stand-alone fire alarm panel in the bus garage.