Waverly Central School District superintendent Joseph Yelich recently met with officials from the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Tioga County to form a partnership to continue reaching students in Waverly, Yelich told board of education members Thursday.

The extension is "anxious to maintain a presence in Waverly" following the closure of the Phoenix Kids Café, which provided youth development and character education programs after school, Yelich said at Thursday's board meeting.

Extension officials are interested in teaming with the district to continue offering those services, Yelich said. Yelich plans to serve as a link between the organization and the district and will work with them to develop program for students, he said, calling the relationship "very promising."

Yelich also recently met with representatives from the Community Foundation for the Twin Tiers and the district's legal counsel to discuss methods of handling any possible public donations for district projects. The district has been approached by parties possibly interested in making a donation toward proposed renovations to Memorial Stadium, Yelich has said.

The Community Foundation, which manages several funds, would be able to help the district appropriately handle donations, Yelich said.

The board's policy committee will soon meet to begin to develop fundraising policies and procedures, Yelich said.

Board members Thursday approved the donation of seven children's books from the Waverly Rotary Club and approved volunteers from the club to read the books to children at the district's elementary schools.

The board also approved a change in the district's meeting schedule, moving the dates of its meetings in January, February and March. The board's next meeting is a work session scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 17 at Lincoln Street Elementary School, according to the new schedule.

Amanda Renko can be reached at (570) 888-9652; or email: arenko@thedailyreview.com.