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Sherman Central seeking two qualified candidates

April 2, 2015
By David Prenatt - editorial@westfieldrepublican.com , Westfield Republican

Sherman Central School District is seeking qualified candidates for two positions, board of education members learned last Monday.

Superintendent Kaine Kelly said he and other district representatives recently embarked on a "recruitment trip" to the University at Buffalo and Buffalo State regarding positions in the technology education and library departments.

Kelly said the position in the district library is expected to be opening soon. The opening in the technology department is a result of the retirement of David Damcott.

The board accepted Damcott's resignation along with the resignation of social studies teacher John Keating, who also announced his retirement. "They will both, for different reasons, leave a very deep void in the culture of this institution that will be difficult to fill," Kelly said. "I personally thanked both of them for their service and wished them the best in this next chapter of their lives."

Kelly said he met the head of the library media specialist department at the University at Buffalo to find "information and leads on highly qualified candidates. He also met with the head of the technology education department at Buffalo State concerning recent and upcoming graduates who may wish to relocate back to the area.

Kelly said the meetings also served to promote the district. "We also wanted to spread the word on all of the positive things our district has to offer in hopes of enticing candidates," he said. "The meetings were incredibly positive and we are confident that they will result in several highly qualified candidates applying in Sherman."

In other business, Kelly said the district has developed several contingency plans regarding the budget for the 2015-16 school year. All expenditures have been approved for the budget, Kelly said, but there is no way of knowing how much state aid the district will receive regarding the budget.

If Sherman receives the same amount of aid that it did for the current year, it is possible that there will be no increase in the tax levy, Kelly said, but the district is trying to be prepared for anything.

"We have multiple contingency plan ready to run based on various scenarios ranging from a 0 percent increase in state aid on up," Kelly said. "The plan is fairly simple. The more aid we receive the more services we will be able to provide."

Board members also heard a presentation from Young and Wright Architects from Buffalo regarding the district's five-year plan and building conditions survey. The firm is one of four architectural firms the board has invited to present both essential and innovative improvements to Sherman's educational facility. After the presentations are complete, the board will choose an architectural firm to implement its five-year plan.

Board members discussed a plan to repurpose grant monies to partially fund a summer program at the school. A full presentation will be made at the April board meeting.

The board also informed Kelly that it has nominated him for the Western New York Education Council's Leadership Award of Excellence.

The maintenance department reported that it has experienced a "noticeable reduction" in the rate of kilowatts per hour since the lighting was replaced."

Athletic Director Mel Swanson noted that spring sports are off to a slow start due to the severity of the weather. "I'm really hoping we get to play a couple of baseball and softball games home this spring, but we need some serious drying conditions to help our fields," he said.

 
 
 

 

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