As part of a presentation made during the Oswayo Valley School Board business session Monday, Jan. 13, the district was deemed, by the Future Ready Index, the top performing district in the Intermediate Unit No. 9.

According to futurereadypa.org, “the Future Ready PA Index is a collection of school progress measures related to school and student success. The Index includes a range of assessment, on-track and readiness indicators, to more accurately report student learning, growth, and success in the classroom and beyond.”

The school board also approved a first reading of Policy 140.1, a revised version of the extracurricular participation by Charter/Cyber Charter students policy.

According to policy, “the board shall approve participation in the district’s extracurricular activities and interscholastic athletic programs by a student enrolled in a charter or cyber charter school” if the student resides in the district, the cyber or charter school does not provide the same activity and the student fulfills all district requirements to participate in the activity.

The policy further stipulates that the board will require “the charter or cyber charter school to pay the cots of the expenses for its students’ participation in the district’s extracurricular activities or interscholastic athletic programs. If the charter or cyber charter school fails to pay, the parent/guardian is responsible for the per participant cost.”

The fee schedule for extracurricular activities for cyber/charter schools was unanimously approved by the board. Ashley Carpenter, an Oswayo Valley parent, addressed the board about this issue during public comment. Carpenter requested a cost breakdown outlining cyber charter students’ participation in extracurricular activities.

“The superintendent has decided to charge the cyber/charter school per activity, but I, along with other parents, are concerned that OV numbers are above the base rates and if that’s so then parents will be responsible to make up the difference,” Carpenter told the Potter-Leader Enterprise.

Carpenter expressed concern that kids will be deterred from being able to participate in extracurricular or after-school athletic activities.

“I appreciate the consideration, I’m just not sure this has completely solved the problem,” Carpenter told the Leader. “I want what’s best for the kids in this district. Fix the problems, don’t make more. Make OV a place every kid wants to be.”

A presentation about a Healthy Kids program was presented for the board’s consideration. Superintendent Jed Hamberger told the Potter Leader-Enterprise the program is a before and after school program, currently implemented schools in New York. The board resolved to continue discussions about this program at the February work session; if approved, Hamberger said Oswayo Valley would be the first district to implement the program in Pennsylvania.

The audit report for the 2018-19 school year was presented and approved at the business meeting. Hamberger told the Leader the report reflected an excess of $500,000 in the 2018-19 budget for cyber school, special education and transportation costs.

Hamberger also said the recommendation to approve Benjamin Broscious as a substitute van driver, listed under policy and board procedures on the agenda, was discussed during an executive session, both prior to the work session Jan. 6 and on Monday. At the business meeting, the board voted not to approve Broscious as a driver.