WELLSVILLE - The Wellsville Board of Education congratulated students and staff for recent achievements during the brief meeting held Monday evening in the superintendent's office.
The undefeated season of Coach Emery Brewer and his seventh-grade boys basketball team's win in the Inter Tri-County League Lower Tier championship game against Lowellville on Saturday drew praise from all. "It's hard to go 19-0 at anything," said board member Bill Miller. Congratulations also went out to WHS wrestlers Seth Bloor, Phillip Thrasher and Adam Harless for advancing to the district tournament next week at Garfield Heights and to the Lady Tigers basketball team for their upcoming tournament play at South Range on Feb. 23.
Ensuring that academic achievement got its due, board President Karen Dash congratulated the winners and runners-up of the recent spelling bee at Daw Middle School and wished them good luck at the county spelling bee, scheduled for March 13 in Lisbon.
Garfield Elementary School Principal Lisa Ferguson briefed board members on the trip that she and Garfield teacher Lori Klakos took to Florida for a three-day conference hosted by the Success for All Foundation. Advanced teaching and learning techniques were outlined, with goal of increasing the school's reading proficiency to 94.2 percent and mathematic proficiency to 92.1 percent.
In addition to seeking educational outcomes, SFA seeks to modify children's behavior, helping them to consider the consequences of their actions and find better solutions to their conflicts, teaching cooperation and problem-solving skills that lead to making better decisions.
"It has changed the atmosphere of the entire building," Ferguson said, adding that discipline referrals have dropped dramatically since its implementation last year. In fact, Garfield was recognized at conference for making more progress following a single year in the program than most schools do after three years of participation. "That's a compliment to the families, the kids and the staff," Ferguson said.
Board member Tom Brophey said he has a meeting scheduled for March with state Senator Joe Schiavoni, who was recently named to Senate Finance Committee. The school funding plan previewed by Governor John Kasich was met with skepticism, however. "The state and Senate are questioning how the governor has come up with this formula and how they are going to be able fund it," Brophey said.
Board treasurer Coleen Wickham reported a $3,152,307.50 balance from December, with $659,484.11 in receipts and $787,913.62 in expenditures for January, giving a new balance of $3,023,877.99 for the month. She said that February is the first month Wellsville food services has ordered entirely from HPS purchasing consortium. Wickham says she is looking forward to viewing the results and is anticipating savings over previous years.
In other business:
* Plans for a field trip to for Daw 8th grade to Rock and Roll hall of fame in Cleveland, March 15-16. "It just fell through," Bereschik said.
* Board member Ed Bauer was absent from the meeting while on vacation in Florida.