The Herald-Courier

Fifth Grade Camping Trip on Franklinville BOE Agenda



At the Franklinville School Board meeting on April 16, Fifth Grade teacher Ms. Layton presented a proposed overnight camping trip to Allegany State Park on May 28-29. She showed a photo montage of last year’s trip to give the Board an idea of the activities that take place during the outing. Bicycle rentals have been added this year because of a successful grant. The board unanimously approved the trip.

Elementary Principal Melissa Miller updated the board about activities over the past month. The March Madness Book Competition was especially successful. This event included guest readers, book giveaways and assemblies.

The Elementary School is well into planning for Grandparents Day to include a variety of activities and a lunch for attendees.

Junior/Senior High Principal Robert Hirsch reported TBA’s recent activities including the Academic Showcase, which displayed students’ work to their families and included activities with drones and pickleball games.

According to Hirsch, the “Say Yes to the Dress, Prom Edition,” was a success for both FCS students and students from surrounding districts, who came away with dresses and suits.

Two students have signed Letters of Intent: Sophia Bentley with SUNY Niagara and Tyyetta Herman with Bowling Green State University.

School Superintendent Donald Putnam reported the start of ELA, math and science testing for all grade levels.

He announced that the budget hearing is scheduled for May 7 at 5:30 p.m. in the Middle/High School Auditorium.

Additional Board Business:

– The board unanimously adopted a resolution setting the 2024-2025 school budget in the amount of $23,135,837.

– The board unanimously adopted a resolution calling for a vote to establish a new Capital Reserve Fund in the district in the amount of $5 million for the “purpose of financing, in whole or in part, the purchase of school buses and other student transportation vehicles including incidental equipment and expenses that may be needed for the purchase and use of such vehicles.” The proposition to establish the fund will be presented to the public at the Annual Budget Vote on May 21.

– The board unanimously supported a resolution to accept the 2024-2025 Cattaraugus-Allegany-Erie-Wyoming BOCES Administrative Budget.

– The board unanimously approved the proposed tuition updates for non-resident students for the 2024-2025 school year. Non-resident students in grades kindergarten through grade 12 will have an annual tuition charge of $500 for the 2024-2025 school year.

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