by Janet Schultz
Lewiston-Porter's Board of Education put the wraps on the 2011-12 academic year by recognizing a number of students for achievement in art, history, wrestling, bowling and diving at its Tuesday, May 29, meeting.
The evening opened with James Winger, a fifth-grade violinist, playing "The Star Spangled Banner."
Honored for their excellence in art were Julia Brennen, Allison Brock, Elizabeth Gatto, Amanda Smith, Greta Garvey, Dalton Haviland, Morgan Boss, Caitlyn Joseph and those who participated in the Albright Knox Art Gallery Future Curators Exhibition and Niagara Police Athletic League Fine Arts Exhibit.
Robert Marsh was named a Skills USA state winner for 2012.
History Day Competition participant Mia Forney and Theresa Peters were recognized along with third-place winners Katelyn Coykendall and Hannah Mergi.
Taking honors in wrestling this season were Ryan Komer, Section VI 119-pound division champion; and Chet Bondi, Johnathan Bondi, Brandon Dallavia, Jason Kromer, DJ Marshall, Kevin McMurray, Nathan Nashwinter, Garrett Rath, Daniel Reagan and Nico Toliano, as Class B Regional champions. Kromer and Reagan were also recognized for their participation in the state championship.
The Lew-Port bowling team was recognized for its 2012 championship. This year's team included members Jacob Braun, Liam Donovan, Dane Kilmer, Charles Leone, Joshua Martin, Tyler Roskwitalski and Evan Waterstrat.
Ryan Monteleone was recognized for his participation in the state diving championship.
The board passed a resolution to modify this year's school calendar, giving the elementary students June 20 and 21 off.
Among other business the board approved:
•An agreement with Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center for a Business Academy Student Affiliation for next academic year.
•Use of the Lew-Port campus facilities for the YMCA Summer Camp for students.
•A partnership with the State University of New York at Buffalo Confucius Institute to provide a Chinese Experience Summer Camp for students entering grades 4 through 9.
•A field trip to Coalville, England, for students in November.
•In personnel, the board abolished three instructional positions and laid off six teachers, all effective July 1, as part of the 2012-13 budget reduction process. The board also placed those instructors on a preferred eligibility list for recall within seven years.
In addition, the board terminated a number of temporary certified and non-certified staff, effective in June.
•The board announced a public hearing on the district code of conduct and acceptable use policy would be held Tuesday, June 19, at 6 p.m. The regular board meeting will follow at 6:30 p.m.
Lastly, the board has set Tuesday, July 3, for its 6:30 p.m. reorganization meeting.