WEST VALLEY—The West Valley Central School 2017-18 budget and vehicle propositions both passed during the annual budget vote May 16.
The 2017-18 budget passed 156-120, which will be for $9,096,196, a 2.23 percent increase from last year. The proposition of purchase one 65-passenger school bus, one Chevrolet Impala and one Dodge Grand Caravan also passed, 157-119.
One seat on the WVCS board of education was up for election at the budget vote and Dawn Samborski won the seat with 236 votes. Samborski will serve a five-year term on the board, replacing Mary Fleischman.
During the regular board meeting, WVCS Superintendent Eric Lawton talked about the success of West Valley Community Day on May 12. During community day, students and staff went to 12 residences to do various jobs, cleaned up cemeteries, cleaned up 27 bags of garbage along the roadways, worked at local churches and many other jobs throughout the day.
New this year, the district allowed the elementary students to come out and help for a period of time they were comfortable with and return to their regular schedule.
“It was a wonderful day. To see our students out there working hard and some that maybe aren’t as successful in the classroom to get out and really be working hard and seeing a lot of success,” Lawton said. “This is something we are definitely going to continue.”
Lawton talked about the upcoming summer help jobs that they will be posting soon. Lawton said Bryan Hansen will need help with the computers this summer and the county is planning on sponsoring two people to work at the school. In maintenance, Lawton said they are looking to add two people this year – 18 years or older – to help with more of the outside projects and be able to run weed whackers and other machinery.
In other board news:
– The board approved the drive a tractor to school day on June 2. Permission slips will be available in the main office and need to have required signatures to participate.
– The board approved to surplus several library books due to the new circulation system. The majority of the books being surpluses have never been checked out, are in disrepair or in poor condition.
The next West Valley Central School Board of Education meeting will be held on June 12 at 7 p.m. in the library conference room.