Interim Frontier Schools Superintendent Paul G. Hashem announced last week that the district’s principals and teachers all performed well on the new individual state-approved report cards evaluating them, based on growth, student performance and other factors.
“All of our principals were [rated] either highly effective or effective, as well as our teachers,” Hashem reported. “That’s a testimony to the way the district is going – regardless of the financial [challenges] the district will face.”
Hashem’s comments followed a report by the district’s auditors, underscoring declining fund balances and fiscal challenges that all districts will face in the coming year.
The School Board approved a municipal lease with JPMC for $859,817 for 56 months to receive five 66-passenger school buses, one 35-passenger wheelchair bus and two 35-passenger buses, an amount approved last spring by district voters. The lease was more cost-effective than borrowing money and bonding to pay for the buses, said School Business Manager Richard Calipari.
The board also administered oaths of office to student representatives serving on the board.
Andrew Bojanowski is the students’ representative for this school year; with Molly Kacmarski and James Gleason named as alternates.
In the Village of Hamburg, a historically-based ghost walk, and part ghost hunt, will take place Fridays through Nov. 1.
Conducted by John Koerner, a history professor at Erie Community College and Niagara County Community College, the walks start at 7 p.m. at Monroe’s Place/Melanie’s Eats and Sweets Cafe, 182 Lake St.
Koerner said the walk is based off his research, including Hamburg’s connection to the assassinations of President William McKinley and John F. Kennedy, and includes stories about the Rev. Nelson Baker. He also will discuss a variety of unusual ghost reports, and will show the public ghost-busting equipment.
Also this week:
• The Hamburg Lions Club’s sixth annual blessing of police vehicles will take place at 2 p.m. today at Town Hall, 6100 South Park Ave.
• The Hamburg Village Board will conduct a work session at 5:30 p.m. Monday followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in Village Hall, 100 Main St.
• A hearing on the Town of Hamburg’s Community Development program will be conducted at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the lobby of Town Hall.
• The Hamburg Village Historic Preservation Commission will meet at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.
• The Hamburg Village Planning Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday in Village Hall.
• The Hamburg Central School Board will meet in open session at 5:45 p.m. Tuesday in the Middle School, 360 Division St. The Audit Committee, which consists of the entire board, will hear the post-audit report from the outside auditor from 5:45 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The board then plans to go into executive session from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., and reopen the meeting to the public.
• The Blasdell Farmers Market runs from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday in the parking lot of Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant, 3785 South Park Ave.
• The Hamburg Village Environmental Conservation Commission will meet at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Village Hall.
• The Hamburg Village Traffic Safety Committee will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Village Hall.
• The Hamburg Farmer’s market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday in the municipal parking lot between Main and Union streets.
• The 16th Annual Western New York Earth Science Day celebration will take place from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday at the Penn Dixie site, 4050 North Street. There will be demonstrations of drilling and rock coring at 11 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., experts from the seismograph station at Canisius College will explain earthquakes, rockets will be launched throughout the day, Messinger Woods Wildlife Care and Education Center will have animals, Hamburg Youth Engaged in Service will provide face painting and there will be filtered telescopes focusing on sunspots and solar flares.