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Westfield holds science fair

March 19, 2015
Westfield Republican

By David Prenatt

Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education members were treated to a science fair at their regular meeting last Monday. Fifth-grade science teacher Wade Dellow spoke to the board about the district's science fair and presented the grand prize and first place winners The fair, which was optional this year, kicked off on December 3. Entries were judged February 11, he said.

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Alicia Burgess talks about the speed with which a marble will move through different liquids to the WACS board of education.

Student Lauren Bills told the board about here grand prize winning entry: "Know your Flash Point," which examined various household materials to determine which burn easier.

In her project, Bills said she discovered that carpet padding caught fire the quickest, whereas drywall did not catch at all. "All in all, I would say it's important not to have piles of stuff lying around a house, and to close doors to shut down the air flow," she said.

Alicia Burgess was also on hand to present her first place winning project, "Marble Race," in which she measured the speed with which a marble would fall through various liquids. "I learned a lot of new terms, such as velocity and viscosity," she said.

In other matters, preparations of the district budget for the coming school year continued as business manager Anthony Montoro reviewed the areas of "instruction, administration and improvement; community services; and undistributed and general fund revenues."

Montoro told board members that the district would probably experience slight increases in expenditures in these areas, but that the budget would largely mirror the current budget. Salaries and professional development costs will be up a little, he said. Health services would also increase because the district has a need for two registered nurses instead of one, he said.

"In terms of year to year, most of it looks pretty much the same as past years," Montoro said. "We will still be making adjustments as we go along."

Before Montoro's presentation, WACS superintendent David Davison told the board that the district has begun updating its inventory of needs and resources. Also, he said the district was able to obtain a $30,000 instructional grant over and above grants of $100,000 it has already obtained.

Davison said the grants will be used in the instructional budget for such things as AP courses, professional development, thoughtful education programs, new computers, updating smart boards and expanding the Lego Robotics program to encompass grades five through eight.

Davison said there would probably be corrections to the budget based on state aid decisions, but the district would remain focused on providing the same level of academic programs as it does not. "Our goal is to maintain our education program as we have for years," he said.

In other business, the board passed a resolution to join other local districts in petitioning to deny a request by Level 3 Communications for tax exemption. The internet service provider is seeking to receive tax exemption for its fiber optic lines. Several districts and municipalities have filed a legal petition against this request.



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