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Smooth school start for WACS

September 18, 2014
By DAVID PRENATT - , Westfield Republican

It may have gone down to the wire, but Westfield Academy and Central School had a smooth start to the 2014-15 year, including a fully operational computer lab, board members learned.

District Superintendent David Davison reported that the computer lab was "up and running." Technicians worked furiously throughout the summer, especially in the last weeks before the start of school, to get the lab operational.

Elementary principal Shanda Duclon also reported a good beginning to the school year and noted that she was very thankful for the computer lab.

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Photo by David Prenatt
Westfield Academy and School Board members gathered after their board meeting for a group photograph. Seated from left to right are Brenda Backus, Marie Edwards, and Deanne K. Manzella. Standing left to right are: Roger Jopek, Vice President Phyllis Hagen, President Steve Cockram, and Mark Winslow.

Davison told board members that teachers and staff will be able to take a tour of Renold Inc. on Sept. 17 as part of the Adopt-a-School program. Renold and WACS have partnered as part of the state "Dream It Do It" program that links students to careers in manufacturing. In the program, students will be able to tour the plant and perhaps have opportunities for job shadowing.

Renold Inc, formerly Ajax Flexible Coupling Company, is one of the largest mechanical power transmission companies in the world, and manufactures transmission couplings and gearboxes, used in subway systems throughout the world. It also designs and sophisticated machinery for rolling steel and aluminum that are used in mills worldwide. It encompasses the entire process of transforming raw materials into precision machine parts.

In other business, the board approved several personnel items, including appointing Jacob Hitchcock as Dean of Students, Athletic Director and Director of Physical Education. Hitchcock, who is currently employed as a half-time health teacher, will receive a double stipend as a result of the additional duties.

The board approved the inter-municipal agreement with Brocton Central School District for transportation of students to and from the LoGuidice Center, with slight changes to the wording of the agreement. Board member Mark Winslow noted that the current working regarding indemnification could be interpreted to apply to other agreements as well and should be changed to apply to this agreement alone.

The board approved a recommendation by the supervisor to approve the rollover of the current Annual Professional Performance Review plan until the new plan can be approved by the State Education Department.



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