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Westfield hears tennis court complaint

April 23, 2015
Westfield Republican

By Samantha Mcdonnell

WESTFIELD - The tennis courts are in rough shape at Westfield Academy and Central School. Tennis coach Matthew Eggleston presented to the Westfield Board of Education during a recent meeting on the condition of the courts.

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Matthew Eggleston (far right), tennis coach at Westfield Academy and Central School requested the board of education to consider repairing the tennis courts. Also pictured, from left, is Superintendent David Davison, board President Steve Cockram and board Vice President Phyllis Hagen.

According to Eggleston, the tennis courts had weeds growing last school year and this school year he has noticed the cracks have gotten much worse. Eggleston would like to see the courts repaired and hopefully they can be included in a future capital project.

"I realize it's something we don't have money in the budget for ... but hopefully it could get fixed as soon as possible," Eggleston said.

The courts at WACS are the only ones available for the community to play on, Eggleston said, with the next closest courts located in Mayville. In addition to the numerous cracks on the courts, the players have noticed problems and the repairs have impacted the playability of the court. While playing on the court, tennis balls tend to bounce in irregular patterns due to court conditions. Many other schools prefer to not play Westfield at home, Eggleston added. Superintendent David Davison said the district is in the process of creating a five-year plan, which will include capital projects that were not included in a previous five-year plan.

The board of education also heard a presentation from Spanish teacher Monica Knoll who took a group of students to Costa Rica for 10 days. The group from Westfield was joined by students from Brocton, Chautauqua Lake, Panama, Sherman and a school in Minnesota. Students Emma Mason and Jillian Belcher talked about their favorite parts of the trip and how it was a good learning experience. Both girls said they made lasting friends with other students they met on the trip. The group traveled all over the country and stayed at five different hotels during the trip.

The board also approved a shared sports agreement with Brocton for boys and girls track for this school year, accepted the resignation of Pamela Frank as a teacher aide and approved the appointment of Louella Jean Bodenmiller as an uncertified substitute teacher, substitute teaching assistant and substitute teacher's aide.



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