West Valley Central School scores well on state tests
The West Valley Board of Education was provided with the results at its regular board meeting on Aug. 20.
Principal Dan Amodeo said results from the English language arts and math tests were released in late July. He said they showed improvement from last year, although he said an official figure is still forthcoming.
“We’re outperforming or just about in line with students in Cattaraugus and Erie counties,” Amodeo said. “We want to commend students and teachers for a strong performance.”
Amodeo said it is critical for students to do satisfactorily on the tests, but also for teachers to perform well in the instruction leading up to testing. Students took their assessments in April, during 90-minute blocks of time.
Fifth grade students scored 100 percent proficiency in math and third grade students scored 94 percent proficiency in math, as well.
Ninth and 10th grade students both scored 95 percent proficiency in geometry; 11th graders scored 94 percent and ninth and 10th grade students scored 93 percent proficiency in algebra.
In other board news:
– Superintendent Eric Lawton reported that the district received three bids for an upcoming main power switch repair, inside the school’s facility. One of those bids was for approximately $13,000. Lawton also reported bids received for window balances within the building and carpet in the copy room is on-site and ready to be installed in September.
– The board approved the resignation of Kelly Kittle, a night cleaning supervisor.
– Diana Frank, Martin Benz and Gina Pannullo were approved as substitute teachers.
– Michael Baronich was approved as a social studies teacher and a substitute teacher.
– April Preston was approved as the girls’ junior varsity volleyball coach.
– The board approved the use of the library for the first Parent-Teacher Organization meeting on Sept. 30.
– The board approved a list of equipment as surplus technology equipment, which is beyond repair or outdated, and replaced it with new equipment, this summer. PC Recycles will pick up the equipment for free.
– Personal Touch Food Service’s food contract was approved.
– A Wal-Mart grant of $1,000, that Cathie Benz applied for, was approved. The grant will be used for technology.
The next board meeting will be held on Sept. 17 at 7 p.m. at the WVCS library.