The Town of Webb UFSD Board of Education held a meeting on Tuesday, May 17, at 6:30 p.m. The following capsule does not represent approved minutes. Once minutes are approved you may find them at www.towschool.org.
The Board of Education took the following action:
Approved the Minutes of May 2, Board of Education meeting and May 9, Public Hearing.
Approved the Warrants and Claims.
Approved the Treasurer’s Reports April 2017.
Accepted the following results of the May 16 balloting:
BUDGET: in favor-236; against-45
Candidate: Term of May 16, 2017–June 30, 2018; Sharon Evans-150, Shari Pronobis–110
Candidate: Term of July 1, 2017–June 30, 2022; Joseph Phaneuf–244
Proposition #4: Real Property Purchase; in favor-173, against-105
Proposition #5: Roof Repair Project; in favor-253, against-25
Proposition #6: Establishment of a Bus Purchase Reserve Fund; in favor-229, against-49
Proposition #7: Establishment of Maintenance Equipment Reserve Fund; in favor-229, against-48. Total votes 281.
Approved the appointment of Margaret Daiker, Wilma Russell and Marion Gibson as members of the Board of Voter Registration for the 2017-2018 school year.
Approved the 2017-2018 Board of Education meeting schedule.
Abolished the microcomputer repair technician position formerly held by Kevin Connell, effective June 30.
Approved the appointment of Carol Harper as 2016-2017 school volunteer.
Approved the revised Board Policy: 500.3 – Non – Resident Student – Tuition Rate.
Approved the K-12 Non-Resident Tuition Rate at $6,500 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Approved the F-1 Student Tuition Rate at $6,500 and the host family reimbursement at $4,000 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Approved the Memorandum of Understanding for Herb Schmid who is not covered by a collective bargaining agreement, in regard to his resignation for retirement effective June 30, 2017.
Accept the resignation for retirement of Herb Schmid, Transportation Supervisor, with regret and appreciation for his years of service at the Town of Webb UFSD, effective June 30, 2017, in accordance with the Memorandum of Understanding dated May 17, 2017.
Principal John Swick submitted the following report:
Students in grades K-3 attended the assembly “The Rainbow Fish” on Friday, April 28.
Final bus drills and fire drills took place during the last week of April. All bus, fire, and lockdown drills are now complete for the school year.
Band students attended NYSSMA Solo Festival on Friday, April 28 in Westmoreland.
Chorus and Band students attended the Bi-County Music Festival with Mr. Kovalovsky and Mrs. Herrmann in South Lewis on Saturday, April 29.
Mr. Leach’s AP Government students have been attending field trips to the Herkimer County Courthouse this spring to participate in an internship.
The NYS 3-8 Math Assessments took place May 2-May 4.
Students took part in Community Pride Day on Wednesday, May 3, helping to clean up the community.
Students attended an assembly put on by the NYS Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s, Marianne Angelillo, about the dangers of drunk driving.
There was a visit on Friday, May 5 from Nutritionist, Lynne Sue Elliott, from Cornell Cooperative Extension for students in K-5 and those in HS Health.
Fifth Graders attended a hearing assembly from the Lewis County General Hospital’s Rehabilitation Department.
On Tuesday, May 9, the Pre-ACT Exam was offered to Juniors by Mrs. Griffin.
On Wednesday, May 10, The Adirondack Experience (Museum) visited with a program for K-5th grade. The Adventures in the Wilderness program was varied for grade levels. K-1st learned about the different modes of travel used in the past and built their own railroad, 2nd-3rd listened to a tall tale then told their own on our iPads, 4th-5th analyzed a primary document and created a skit based on that document and prompts.
The APES/AP BIO class visited Utica College on Wednesday, May 10, with Mrs. Kiefer.
The Junior Band visited Gettysburg and Washington, DC on May 11-May 14.
On Friday, May 12 the K-3 visited Moss Lake for a hiking field trip.
On Friday, May 12 the 35 Week marking period ended with Progress Reports going out Friday, May 19.
On Monday, May 15, Ms. Brownsell invited a guest speaker for an assembly presentation entitled End Distracted Driving for grades 8-12.
The Boys Varsity Track team won the CSC League title in Sauquoit.
Superintendent Rex Germer included the topics:
In response to concerns brought forth by parents, the district is considering offering only a 3 p.m. dismissal bus for elementary students on Tuesday and Thursday next year. John Swick will be sending out a survey to parents regarding this possible schedule alteration and will schedule meeting times to talk through this concept and explain what that change could offer our younger students especially in terms of specials within their schedule.
Thank you to the voters who came out to cast their ballots in our annual budget vote yesterday. All propositions were passed. The district will move forward with these approved reserve plans to best meet the needs of the district in the future. The roofing project will be put out to bid soon. The district hopes to have that project done when it has the least amount of impact on the students. The approval of the real estate purchase allows the district to enter into negotiations in an attempt to purchase the property should it become available.
Congratulations to Sharon Evans on receiving the votes to remain in the board of education seat she had been filling as an appointed member and to Joseph Phaneuf for his voter approved next five year term on the board. Thank you to Shari Pronobis for her interest and willingness to serve the community by becoming a candidate this year for one of the open board seats. Being on the board can be a difficult task that requires quite a commitment of time that the students, staff and community benefit from greatly so any interest in serving as well as actually serving on the board as an elected official should be commended.
With voter approvals now in place there is a lot of work to get done before the close of the year on June 30. The business office now begins working within two live budgets while constantly looking forward within the five year plan to ensure we are doing the best with what the voters have authorized the district to expend. Jennifer Dunn did a great job sharing the budgetary plan as she has every year. Even though we only go through the formal process of hearings during this time of year the district is always open to answering questions, don’t hesitate to reach out.
A big thank you to the ladies who worked the election yesterday. They did a great job and stayed until 11 p.m. last night counting the paper ballots to tabulate the results of all seven propositions.
The next meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 6, in the school library.