by Janet Schultz
The Niagara-Wheatfield Board of Education recognized a number of students at its Oct. 3 meeting.
Among them was Zora Raglow-DeFranco who has been named as a Commended Student in the 2013 National Merit Scholarship Program. Raglow-DeFranco plans to major in pre-law at Tufts University following her graduation from N-W this year.
Also recognized were the students and faculty who designed and created the "A World of 7 Billion" sculpture that was installed and dedicated in June at the campus.
Prior to the regular meeting, a public hearing was held on the Niagara Charter School, which is located within Niagara-Wheatfield's School District. Although Niagara-Wheatfield has no say in the renewal of the charter, they are required to hold the public hearing because of the charter school's location. Only Rose Mary Warren of Sanborn came forth to speak in favor of the charter. The board received a letter against the renewal from the Niagara Falls Board of Education. The Niagara Falls School District has been disappointed in the level of achievement of students coming from the charter school to Niagara Falls High School.
The board also held a hearing on the district's Code of Conduct with only one resident expressing concern that the code be enforced consistently and fairly. Superintendent James Knowles responded that the code is enforced and that appropriate steps are taken when incidents are reported.
An issue was raised by a resident who was grieved by the SRP Union for volunteering in the elementary school. Mike Murawski had volunteered to watch the door at the elementary school due to construction issues. He told the Board of Education that in its financial situation people might have to look at new ways of doing things. He had the time, didn't ask for any payment and it left the teachers in the classroom, he said. Board Member Richard Sirianni explained that unions are there to protect the wages, benefits and jobs of its membership and therefore, they were obligated to grieve the situation.
In other business, the board approved the Transportation for Child Care Policy 5732, fundraisers for several school clubs/organizations and field trips for students.