ILION — The Central Valley school district will be looking for a new lead instructor for its Navy National Defense Cadet Corps program that is expected to be transitioning into a Navy Junior Reserve Officers Training Corps program.

The school board accepted the resignation of Donald "Gunner" Beyer from the position during a meeting Wednesday. His resignation is effective Aug. 31.

School Superintendent Jeremy Rich said Beyer was resigning for personal reasons, but said he would help the district with the process of finding a new lead instructor.

Rich added that Beyer thinks the district is in good standing to transition into a full Navy Junior Officers Training Corps program.

The NNDCC program, which was introduced last year, is modeled on the NJROTC program but is primarily funded by host schools and tests the interest level and the school, student and community commitment to the program. If the CVA program is approved as an NJROTC program, the U.S. Navy would assume the expenses.

Beyer was a U.S. Navy commissioned warrant officer, serving for 25 years. Following his retirement, he became a Navy Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corp instructor.

Principals’ reports

Barringer Road Elementary School Principal Aaron Carey reported the school kicked off its Parents as Reading Partners program with Jester Jim, a juggler, comedian and magician, helping to generate enthusiasm among the students. There has been a good turnout for the book fair which is under way and will continue from 5 to 8 p.m. Monday and Tuesday, he said. A bingo night is planned for 6 to 7 p.m. Tuesday with books as prizes.

Carey added that members of the Central Valley Academy Reader Book Club have come to Barringer Road School to read to the students and this has been well received.

Students took part in a chemo radiation bag drive in coordination with other area schools, donating items that can be put in bags to give to cancer patients.

Jarvis Middle School Principal Melissa Hoskey reported the Parent-Teacher-Student Organization had sponsored a Week of Wonder at the school prior to the winter break. Activities included fun activities combined with opportunities to show acts of kindness. One day students were invited wear crazy socks and bring a pair of socks to school to donate to someone who needs them. The movie "Wonder" was screened at the school that Thursday evening. The event was free to anyone in the community and was the best attended of any of the movie nights hosted at Jarvis, Hoskey said.

She also reported that Jarvis is moving to computer-based testing and a letter was being sent to parents explaining this change.

The middle school’s Lego Robotics team is scheduled to compete in the regional championships at SUNY Poly in Utica.

In other business

• The board approved a combining contract with Mount Markham Central School for the spring season of varsity girls’ lacrosse. Three Mount Markham students are interested in joining the Central Valley program.

• The district’s Hall of Fame luncheon is scheduled for Saturday. About 150 tickets have been sold for the event.

• The board approved the appointment of William Holland as girls’ modified track coach and Maegan Laymon as girls’ varsity lacrosse volunteer.