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ECS Board Elects Spell and Hellwig

Also Appoints New Board Officers

By Jennie Acklin

The Ellicottville Central School Board of Education elected Roger Spell as its president and Connie Hellwig as its vice president July 3 during the board’s reorganizational meeting.

The board also re-elected Spell to a one-year term as a board member and elected Aimee Kilby to a five-year term on the board. The board made numerous other appointments and policies that evening and posted its 2012-13 Board of Education regular meetings schedule, (see page 7).

Mark Ward gave the superintendent’s report, in which he discussed a recent visit to the West Valley Demo Center. During that meeting with Brian Bauer and Paul Bemba, Ward explored developing a relationship with the center as a possible career path for students.

“We would be remiss if we didn’t look into it,” said Ward. “It is possible that the center will be in operation for many many years to come.”

Ward also reported on summer training opportunities, SLO’s (student learning objectives) and attending the School Board Conference October 25-27 in Rochester.

Elementary Principal Connie Poulin discussed a summer six-week special-education program under contract with BOCES, so that school buses and minivans will be seen “out and about”.

Bob Miller, high school principal, gave an update on summer school attendance, which is down from 20 students last year to five to 10 this summer. He presented regents results and compared them to 2011, detailing sciences, social studies, mathematics and English in three categories: Pass with 65 percent, Pass with 85 percent and Pass with 90 percent. Fifteen more students took the exam this year.

Students in the 65 percent pass category had an overall decline of 2 percent. Students in the 85 percent pass category had an overall decline of 13 percent, with an increase of 22 percent in science and a decrease of 40 percent in English. Students in the 90 percent-plus pass category had an overall decline of 2 percent, again showing a strong increase in science (31 percent), but a decrease of 34 percent in English.

Miller also presented a report on an algebra pilot program initiated by ECS Teacher Melissa Reedy. She developed a pre-algebra program for the 2010-11 school, followed by algebra in the 2011-12 school year, which showed a significant improvement in test results.

A test group of 10 students scored in the below-65 percent range in 2010, then showed score results averaging in the upper 70s after completing the pre-algebra/algebra program in 2012. Miller commended Reedy’s initiative in creating the program and ECS may be sharing the program with other schools.

The next meeting of the newly elected Board of Education will be at 7:30 p.m. July 31 in the ECS high school library.

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