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Niagara Wheatfield holds public hearing on charter school

The Niagara Wheatfield School District Board of Education Meeting on Sept. 18 opened with a public hearing on the charter for the Niagara Charter School.

Seven people, including Niagara Charter School Chief Academic Officer Darci Novak, spoke to the board members in favor of the school, calling it “a great school for any kid.”

Those who participated in the public hearing praised the school for the education their children and grandchildren were receiving and urged the board to renew the charter for the school.

The board members noted the Niagara Charter School has been “a positive piece for our community ...” and is a part, not a threat, to the public schools in the district. The board, however, did wish to revisit the current formula by New York state of the budgeting for both the charter and public schools at a later meeting.

In addition to the public hearing, the meeting also honored the Niagara Wheatfield School District with the Scholar Athlete “School of Distinction” award. Bridgette Ehrmann and Jake Schoelles represented the district, which was one of two schools to receive the School of Distinction Award for the 2012-13 school year.

This award is the highest recognition in the state scholar athlete program. Niagara Wheatfield received this honor by having all 24 of its interscholastic varsity sports teams earn above a 90 percent grade point average. This is the first time the school district has earned this award.

The meeting also included a discussion and informational session on the BOCES gas bid award. William Green, founder of the company Energy Enterprises, Inc. addressed the board members. He spoke of the different rates the school budgets have had in the past and ways to contain the costs in the future.

Board members also voted on two topics during the meeting. The 2013-14 food service budget was approved, as well as the internal claims auditor report.

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