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WACS board agrees to deal on combined athletics programs

February 19, 2016
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

Westfield Academy and Central School Board of Education members voted to approve the entering of WACS into an agreement for combined athletics programs at the Feb. 8 meeting.

Board President Steve Cockram told board members that the agreement for the 2016-2017 school year includes wrestling and girls' swimming with Chautauqua Lake at Chautauqua Lake, Boys' and Girls' outdoor track and soccer with Brocton at Westfield, Volleyball and Bowling with Brocton at Brocton, and Boys' swimming with Panama at Panama.

Board members also voted to approve an agreement for a combined athletic program with Fredonia Central School and Brocton Central School for Junior Varsity and Varsity Football for the 2016-2017 school year.

During the meeting, board members also learned about the process of schedule building.

Scott Cooper and Amy Brinkley of the district's guidance department led board members through the extensive process of how course schedules are determined and arranged.

Brinkley offered an overview of how student scheduling is done in Grades 6 through 8, and told board members that most things at this level are pretty standard.

However, according to Brinkley, students can begin taking Spanish in 7th grade because NYSED mandates that students receive one unit of high school credit for languages other than English prior to entering grade 9. Cooper noted that the ability to receive three language credits by the end of 10th grade allows students to take A.P. language courses in 11th and 12th grades.

According to Brinkley, NYSED also requires that 8th grade students have the opportunity to take accelerated courses in mathematics, so high school level math courses are incorporated into the middle school schedule.

Senior advisor Scott Cooper explained the October through June scheduling process that takes place in the high school. Teachers provide their new/updated course descriptions in the fall, he said, and "in February we give class presentations to students during English class."

Cooper said that individual pupil schedules are created during April and May, allowing for student schedules and the master schedule to be completed in June. "When the teachers leave in June, they have their schedules for next year," he added.

District Superintendent David Davison told board members that the State Education Department has made significant changes in ELA and math assessments. These modifications include a decrease in the number of test questions and a shift to untimed testing, according to Davison.

WACS business official Anthony Montoro spoke with board members about the property tax cap. He said that the district could lose about $100,000 in potential revenue due to the tax cap. "It's a very unkind tax cap," Montoro said. However, he added, "I think we will be in pretty good shape next year."

The Board of Education voted to rescind its acceptance of the resignation of Certified Occupational Therapist Assistant Julia Marsh because, according to Davison, Marsh has submitted a request to withdraw her resignation. "We are very pleased that she is staying," said Davison.



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