Medina Journal-Register — The Medina and Lyndonville school districts will continue and expand a partnership that has allowed students to participate in athletic and performing arts program that would not otherwise be available at their schools.
Following the lead of their colleagues in Lyndonville, Medina’s Board of Education unanimously approved tacking two years unto the schools’ original agreement, which has allowed Medina students to participate in Lyndonville’s drama program.
The partnership will grow next year, with additional combined teams for both boys and girls’ cross country; which joins football and boy’s soccer as shared sports. Lyndonville students will continue to be able to participate in the Mustang Marching Band.
Discussions between administrators, principals and athletic directors from both schools will continue to meet regularly, Medina Superintendent Jeff Evoy said, with other additions to the inter-scholastic sharing potentially being added before the next school year.
The most promising possibility is that the schools could soon be able to offer more courses to students, like AP science classes. Evoy said that the schools will need to make changes to class scheduling before that level of cooperation could be enacted.
The potential benefits of sharing services with neighboring districts weighed heavily on the board Tuesday, as a proposal to bring back an information services/audio-visual services director position was tabled after board members questioned whether that too could be shared with other districts.
School Business Administrator Sharon Zacher has requested the district move to add an in-district position, which she said would give the district a reliable technical presence in coming years as Medina continues to make technological improvements and computer-based standardized testing becomes the norm. The costs of a hire would be slightly higher due to costs of the position being less reimbursable from the state.
Medina currently contracts with Orleans/Niagara BOCES for it’s informational technology services. Zacher said those shared specialists were a major force in updating the district’s technology over the summer, but their time is also needed at O/N BOCES’ nine other schools.