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ECS Board Considers Capital Project Building and Grounds Moisture Issue

By Jennie Acklin

The Ellicottville Central School Board of Education met on Aug. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Ellicottville Town Councilman Ken Hinman brought the topic of the possible recreational trail to board members, looking for feedback as to whether or not the trail could tie into the school property.

“If the board shows an interest, I will take this back to the study group committee for further discussion,” said Hinman.

Without too much detail about the location and route of the trail, Hinman talked about needing a way to cross Route 219 at SnowPine, if ECS was going to be a possible destination point. Board members asked questions, expressed enthusiasm for the project, and asked to be kept appraised of further developments.

Sherry Dunkleman made her annual presentation of the audit department’s work, with 62 invoices approved for payment.

Superintendent Mark

Ward talked about commissioner’s requirements, what needed to be done before the new school year starts, and gave an update on the moisture and mold issue in the building and on the grounds.  The possibility of a capital project to address aging sections of the building was discussed and will be on the agenda for the next ECS board meeting.

Roger Spell, newly elected ECS Board of Education President, and Carl Calarco recently performed a complete walk-through of the building and grounds, looking at the condition of the locker rooms, athletic fields, the newly purchased mower, drainage systems currently in place, and other details of the building. Calarco’s professional recommendation as an engineer is that the water/drainage and ventilation systems need to be addressed and supports the possibility of a capital project to accomplish this.

High School Principal Bob Miller presented a policy on concussion management. Head injuries and concussions are more common in children and adolescents who are actively involved in sports and other recreational activities.

Miller also presented a detailed document entitled “NYSED – A Runaway Freight Train,” and the discussed struggles he has in implementing and managing extensive administrative requirements in a small district.

Miller is in charge of the senior class “welcome back” to school each year.  He is planning an ice cream social with all parents invited this year, so a complete list of senior requirements can be give directly to parents at the beginning of the school year.

The first day of school is Wednesday, Sept. 5. The next ECS Board of Education meeting will be Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.

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