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Three Possible Ways To Re-open WCS In Fall

Waterville Central School District administrators have worked out three general plans to start the 2020-21 school year in September.

At last week’s virtual WCS Board of Education meeting Acting Superintendent Maureen Gray outlined the three areas: all students return to the buildings for classes five days a week, a hybrid version where students take classes both remotely and in school, and an option where all classes are online.

Also during the almost four-hour meeting, the board conducted its reorganizational meeting, discussed the discipline policy and rates of pay for various substitute positions.

While the board had planned to meet in person and use Zoom, only the remote version happened after Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed an executive order the night before extending the suspension of the Open Meetings requirements to Aug. 5. It had been set to expire July 6.

New board member Tim Jones took his oath of office over Zoom and shown live on Facebook, as did re-elected board members Steve Stanton and Steve Turner.

Gray was sworn in as acting superintendent and Tracy Leone as business administrator.

Stanton was re-elected president of the board and Russell Stewart was elected vice president. Both were the only candidates.

Gray is filling in as superintendent until Dr. Kathleen Davis, who will serve as interim, can get approval by the state.

Davis, a retired superintendent, needs approval from the state Education Department to take the Waterville job.

In a special board meeting Thursday, Davis was...

The full story is in this week's edition of the newspaper. 

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