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Sherman parents: Let students join CL wrestling

April 28, 2016
By David Prenatt ( , Westfield Republican

SHERMAN - A group of Sherman Central School District parents petitioned the Board of Education on Monday, April 19 to allow Sherman High School students to participate in the wrestling program at Chautauqua Lake Central School.

John Swabik, Jason Chase, Sarah Parker and Dennis Watson, all parents of Sherman students, told the board that once Sherman students are finished with the local junior wrestling program, there is nowhere for them to continue in the sport.

Swabik told board members that they had spoken with Chautauqua Lake School District Secondary School Principal and Athletic Director Josh Liddell, as well as members of the Board of Education, and they had received approval for Sherman area students to join their program.

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A group of Sherman Central School District parents petitioned the board of education to allow students to participate in the wrestling program at Chautauqua Lake. From left to right are Jason Chase, John Swabik, Sarah Parker and Dennis Watson.

The wrestling program at CLCS is currently a merger of students from Panama, Westfield, Ripley and Chautauqua Lake, Swabik said.

Swabik noted that the parents would be responsible for their children joining the program. "We are not asking for anything, such as transportation, from the district. We are only asking that you say 'Yes,' you can take your kids to wrestling there," he said.

Swabik said that allowing students to wrestle at CLCS would give Sherman students another optional winter sport. "I think a lot of kids who don't take part in basketball or bowling may be interested in wrestling," he said.

Watson said that he had spoken with many Sherman graduates who said they wished the district had offered wrestling.

Parker noted that taking part in the wrestling program at CLCS would be good for the school. "We think we would represent the school well," she said.

Sherman Superintendent Kaine Kelly said the parents had taken the correct steps and begun the process. If the board approves it, Kelly said he would take it to the sectional officials for approval.

In other business, the board approved the district's tax report card with a $9.6 million budget and a zero increase in the tax levy.

Financial Manager Kim Oehlbeck explained that, even though the budget carried an increase in expenditures of 1.12 percent or $106,913, this was offset by unassigned reserves, the fund balance, and $37,000 from unemployment compensation.

Superintendent Kelly commented that "the Sherman Central School Board of Education and administration are pleased to put forth a budget that is fiscally conservative, keeps the tax increase to zero and is mindful of the economic strain our community continues to endure, while at the same time, maintaining programming and increasing opportunities for our students."

Residents will vote on the budget on May 17. Also on the ballot will be a proposition to purchase two 66-passenger school buses, one Suburban and one 15-passenger van. Two seats on the board are up for election. Candidates for these seats are Gary Delellis, Jennifer Ferreira and Robert Head.

In a related matter, Oehlbeck told board members that the district is undergoing a physical asset inventory. This will be done by Asset Control and it will be done room to room, she said.

Kelly told board members that there were a lot of changes in grades 3 through 8 NYS tests this year, particularly giving students unlimited time to complete the exams. "We try to make sure that there isn't high pressure around these tests," he said.

Kelly said the school's opt out numbers went down from seven to five. "We are very happy that the majority of our community embraces the fact the NYS grade 3 to 8 tests are used for more than just the evaluation of teachers. They understand that the data generated from these tests is used to drive our instruction," he said.



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