Winding down and gearing up

BROCTON – When June arrives, students and school personnel know that the school year is winding down.

At Thursday’s meeting of the Brocton Education, middle/high school principal Jason Delcamp, elementary principal Sandra Olson and board president Thomas DeJoe spoke about the times and places for year-end school events including: the senior class trip to Cleveland, Ohio which begins tomorrow and ends Sunday, tomorrow’s eighth grade recognition, sports awards on June 13, Pre-K graduation, Jan DeJoeField Day for the elementary school, and class night on June 14, kindergarten graduation on 6-20, and high school graduation on June 22.

Speaking about the field day on June 14, Olson said that volunteers are still needed for the event. The event will begin in the morning about 9:30 a.m. Anyone interested in helping should call Kathy Garnsey, the elementary secretary at 792-2100.

Concerning the eighth grade recognition, Delcamp said, “This is the first time we are doing this. There will be gifts and awards for the students.”

Also on the schedule were items with impact on the larger community. The Town of Portland will hold a public meeting on its comprehensive plan in the auditorium on June 8 at 9 a.m.

Superintendent John Hertlein advised the board about the progress of the proposed centralization between the Brocton and Westfield school districts.

Hertlein said, “Information about the consolidation went out in a mailing to district residents.”

The straw vote (advisory referendum) concerning the consolidation of the Brocton and Westfield districts is scheduled for June 18. Voting is from noon to 8 p.m. in the foyer of the new gym. Hertlein said that he has spoken to a number of different groups in a variety of settings and the response has been positive.

To staff the vote, the board appointed the following polling officials: George Travis as custodian for $75, Trina Miller as chairman for $100, Roberta Patterson and Linda Parisio as inspectors for $75.

For the summer, the board approved providing transportation to and from Westfield for a seven-week summer recreation program beginning on June 24 and ending on August 10. The cost will be paid by the Town of Portland and Village of Brocton Summer Youth Program.

During the public comment section of the meeting, Brocton Village Trustee Gary Planty thanked the board for approving the use of the buses for recreation program, the last piece needed to put the program together.

“So our challenge is to take advantage of the shared concept, the wave of the future,” he said.

Brocton Village Trustee Art Donovan listed advantages to holding the program in Westfield. He emphasized that there would be no cost to the youth. Board of education member and Brocton mayor David Hazelton thanked Donovan and Planty for “taking the bull by the horns” in the development of the cooperative program.

Gearing up for the next year, the board approved granting tenure to Ashley Ambotti in the area of Elementary Special Education and Roseanne Carr in the area of Secondary English. Both positions are effective Sept. 3.

The board will hold its reorganizational meeting on July 11 at 6 p.m. A regular school board meeting will follow. New board members Beth Jagoda and Robert Mead-Colegrove will become voting members of the board on that date replacing Susan Hardy and David Hazelton who both chose not to seek re-election.

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