The Jamestown Public School District will be losing a valued member of its staff at the end of the 2013-14 school year.
Several personnel items were approved by the district's Board of Education on Tuesday; one of which was the retirement request of Dale Weatherlow, assistant superintendent for administration, to be effective July 1. Weatherlow, who was present at the meeting, was addressed by Tim Mains, district superintendent and Joe DiMaio, board president, upon the approval of his request.
"I just want to tell you how sad I am that Dale will be leaving us," Mains told the board. "The work that he has done for this district - both long before I came here and since I've been here - to address issues makes him one of the most valuable members of my staff. And I want you to know, as I'm sure most of you are already aware, that the resource that we will be losing at the end of the year is significant."
DiMaio also praised Weatherlow for his role in the district, which has spanned 20 years.
"What you've done for this district has been nothing short of phenomenal," DiMaio said as he addressed Weatherlow. "When you look at the poverty level of our district, and the things that we have been able to do because of your hard work and diligence in spite of that, is quite amazing. So, on behalf of the board, we want to thank you so much for that."
In other news, the district is considering taking a more streamlined approach to its student registration process.
A resolution for the formation of a Central Registry Committee at the request of Mains was also approved by the board.
"I believe that a central registry, which is an approach used by many districts, is worth investigating," Mains said. "I'm not asking to adopt that yet, but rather this resolution directs me to create an internal district committee. In a discussion with my senior staff, the decision was unanimous that this was worth looking at; and the suspicion is that it would probably result in a more effective, efficient process than the one that we currently have distributed across our nine schools."
According to Mains, the registration system currently employed by the district is taking place on an individual basis among the district's school buildings, which has resulted in a number of problems.
"Although we have a student information software program that people are supposed to put that information into, the actual registration forms that schools use differ from school to school, the procedure and protocol that they follow to get information from students to get them into the system varies from school to school and sometimes there are - what I would consider to be critical - steps to that process that are omitted in some instances," Mains said.
Mains said the Central Registry Committee that was formed through the resolution's passing will investigate the aforementioned concerns, how and where a central registry would be structured and located and the protocols that would be required in its implementation. The committee's findings will be presented to the board during a regular meeting before the end of the 2013-14 school year.
The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held Jan. 21 in the administration complex at Jefferson Middle School at 7 p.m.