By Jennie Acklin
The ECS Board of Education Meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. on June 5, 2012. The first item on the agenda was School Nurse Diana Golley’s online report on childhood obesity, which can be found in its entirety at www.ellicottvillecentral.com. Golley’s letter of retirement was also accepted during this meeting, August 21, 2012.
The ECS high school band traveled to the Darien Lake Music Festival on May 18. Under the direction of Band Director Crystal Wilder, they brought home a first-place trophy (out of five school bands competing), and were the named Grand Champions out of 12 competing schools. (See Ellicottville Times article and photo on page 2 of this week’s paper.)
On May 30 and 31, ECS hosted a College/Career/Workforce Awareness Program. Superintendent Mark Ward said the introductory event was a “good start” to presenting essential skills that employers are looking for in today’s workforce. Ward hopes to make this an annual event, possibly in the fall of each school year.
Approval of the merger of some of the modified and junior varsity sports with West Valley was given and will begin with the 2012-13 school year. This is not unusual, as many schools across the area and state are combining sports with other schools. The sports will most likely include girls’ and boys’ soccer, volleyball, seventh and eighth grade basketball, softball and baseball. Merging these lower level sports will not change the classification of any of the sports at the varsity level. (See Ellicottville Times May 18, 2012, article by ECS Student Correspondent Erin Bohn.)
Several personnel approvals for the 2012-13 school year were on the agenda, starting with Jim Pawlowski, football volunteer, and Jennifer McAndrew, girls’ soccer volunteer. Part-time, temporary summer cleaners were approved effective for July and August 2012 and include Dlo Bickell, Cathy Dunkleman, Anne Golley and Jennifer Hasper.
Coaching approvals included: Tim Bergan, varsity football; Chris Mendell, assistant varsity football; Mary Neilon, girls’ varsity soccer; Katie Taylor, girls’ junior varsity soccer; Tammy Eddy, girls’ modified soccer; Kelly Unverdorben (Decker), girls’ varsity volleyball; Demi Kauppinen, girls’ junior varsity volleyball; Mike Telaak, summer weight training; Glenn Hall and Todd Palmatier, football timer/scorer; Glenn Hall, Karen Morton, Sis Signore and John Golley, soccer timer for boys’ and girls’ soccer; Glenn Hall and Karen Morton, scorer for boys’ and girls’ soccer; Reann Ehman, volleyball scorer; and Doug Telaak and Karl Schwartz, videographer.
Class extracurricular advisor approvals included: Pat Waldron and Tim Bergan, senior class; Melissa Reedy and Crystal Wilder, junior class; Jaye Zelko, sophomore class; Suzana Baker and Jackie James, freshman class; Tammy Eddy, eighth grade class; Elizabeth Weber, seventh grade class; Lynette Sexton and Shannon Palmatier, sixth grade class; Glenn Hall, Ecology Club; Holly Richardson, ESPRA; Dolores Whistler, Foreign Language Club; Crystal Wilder, Jazz Band; Pat Waldron, Jazz Chorus; Ann Chamberlain, Quiz Bowl; Tim Bergan, Varsity Club; Crystal Wilder, Jaye Zelko and Pat Waldron, Drama Club; Pat Waldron, Kathleen Weller and Crystal Wilder, Music Association; Glenn Hall, Ski Club; Carrie Bauer and Chris Edwards, Yearbook; Pam Illig and Cathy Dunkleman, after school computer lab; Carrie Bauer, Eagles Nest; Chris Edwards, AV/ETV and webmaster; and June Chapman, detention monitor.
Kim Watt was appointed to the position of registered school nurse effective Sept. 1, 2012. Tina Barrett was approved as temporary, part-time, afterschool office aide and as sub caller for instructional on non-instructional employees for 2012-13.
High School Principal Bob Miller presented the first reading of three policies, which included Dignity For All Students, Code of Conduct on School Property and Code of ECS Conduct. There will be a public hearing on these policies June 26 at 7 p.m. at the ECS Board of Education meeting in the high school library.