WV School Board eyes district policies
Published: November 8, 2012
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TOWER CITY - A public policy meeting will be held on Thursday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m. in the district board room to discuss policies in the Williams Valley School District.
Director Tedd Johns brought up concerns about consistency in the district's policies during the October 25 board meeting. In one example, Johns asked about participation in the Viking Pride Marching Band. Currently, the way one policy is worded, it appears that in order to be a part of the marching band, a student must also be a part of the concert band. A student does not have to participate in the marching band, and can only be in the concert band, if that instrumentalist so chooses.
Johns explained that there is currently the scenario where students are color guard members and are in the marching band, but are not part of the concert band.
High School Band Director Brad Volek attended the October 25 meeting and answered board members questions about grading policies and attendance. Recently, the school board voted to go back to past practice, when it came to the grading method for the band, instead of considering the band grade be on a pass-fail basis.
In other business, the board approved a new elementary basketball program to begin for girls and boys in grades 3 thru 6. Hilary Ritter, of Tower City, a mother of two elementary children, attended the board meeting to show her support for the youth basketball program. The board approved the use of the elementary school's gym, upon availability, to run the athletic program.
Among the other action, the board approved was:
- the resignation of Rickie Groff, High School custodian, effective October 15, 2012; and the hiring of Allen Snyder, Wiconisco, as a substitute custodian for the 2012-13 school year.
- the hiring of the following coaches for the 2012-13 school year: Head Archery Coach, Adam Kravatz, Tower City; Volunteer Asst. JV & Varsity Girls Basketball Coach, Natalie Hand, Tower City; and Volunteer Asst. Wrestling Coaches, Paul Rebuck, Tower City, and Curtis Woodford, Pottsville.
- Change order #1 on the stage rigging project; payments to Pittsburgh Stage, Inc., for completion of the stage rigging project: total payment $10,056.30.