VARDEN—The Western Wayne School District Board of Education reviewed several policies and approved numerous transportation contracts at their recent meeting held Monday, October 1.

Policies up for review included numbers 006 (Meeting Procedures), 108 (Adaptation of Textbooks), 246 (School Wellness), 704 (Property Maintenance) and 806 (Child Abuse).

Alterations for Policy 006 discuss procedure for electing Board President, officer removal, abstention from voting and the different ways votes need be recorded.

District Assistant Superintendent Ellen Faliskie explained Policies 246 and 704 go hand in hand.

The pair address wording changes around drinking water provided to students and establish annual lead contamination testing in school buildings.

Faliskie explained regular testing was already part of Western Wayne operations, but it would now be a formalized procedure in line with state recommendation.

Changes to Policy 806 develop language to bring it in line with adjustments made as a result of the Trafficking Victims Protection Act.

Faliskie noted in particular this includes language establishing that the district must display a poster in all buildings providing information about abuse, neglect and safety issues, and appropriate numbers to call to report instances of each.

Policy 108's update consisted of wording clarifications regarding the district's use of textbooks.

All school policies are available in the District Office and on the Western Wayne website, ww3.westernwayne.org.

Other business

At their October meeting, the Western Wayne School Board also executed several transportation contracts with Henwood Bussing, Herbert Black Transportation, JB Transportation, Caruth Bust Lines, Inc. and Kristen Miehle.

The Board approved use of the McGraw Hill textbook, ELA Part II StudySync, and also approved revisions to the High School and Middle School student, extra curricular, and athletic handbooks for the 2018/19 school year.

September meeting

The Western Wayne School District Board of Directors kicked off the school year with a September meeting that was short, sweet and to the point.

A series of agreements were approved including transportation contracts with drivers and substitutes, the Wayne County Office of Behavioral and Developmental Programs and Early Intervention (BDP/EI), and with the Saint Joseph's Center.

Saint Joseph's Center was approved to provide student services as needed in Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Speech and Language Therapy, all at $127.04 per hour.

All votes passed 8-0.

Director Gary Enslin was excused from the meeting and did not take place in the vote.

The Board also approved the appointment of Deputy Tax Collectors Jennifer Wargo (Salem Township) and Nicholas P. Valentino (Lake Township).