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School Board Reorganizes

Appoints Officers, Hires Business Teacher

By Jann Wiswall

The Ellicottville School Board unanimously reelected Carl Calarco to serve as board president and Connie Hellwig as board vice president during its annual reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Calarco and Hellwig served in the same roles during the 2014-15 school year.

Hellwig was reelected to a five-year term on the board by district voters in May.

The reorganizational meeting serves as the board’s annual opportunity to make appointments, review policies, authorize processes, establish committees, amend wages and salaries, approve its meeting calendar and take care of all other business needed to operate the school for the next year.

Among its key actions:

School Meals

School breakfast and lunch prices were established for the new school year. The new complete lunch prices will be $1.80 for grades K-4 and $2.05 for grades 5-12. 2nd lunch prices will be $2.45 for grades K-4 and $2.70 for grades 5-12. The adult complete lunch price will be $4.75 plus tax.

Complete breakfast prices for all students will be $1.10. 2nd breakfast is priced at $1.60. Adult breakfast is priced at $2.50 plus tax.

Students who qualify for free and reduced meals will pay $.25 for breakfast or lunch per mandate.

Milk prices will be $.60 per carton; adults will pay $.75.

Official Newspapers

The school board appointed the Ellicottville Times as one of its official newspapers. The other paper is the Olean Times Herald. All public notices, job advertisements and other official school announcements will be published exclusively in these papers.

Board & District Committees

Board members were approved for their committee assignments for the 2015-16 school year.

Audit Committee: Connie Hellwig and Bill Murphy

Buildings, Grounds & Transportation Committee: Roger Spell, Jim Wiley

Negotiations Committee: Roger Spell, Len Zlockie

NYS School Boards Association: Delegate, Roger Spell; Alternate, Niki Klein

Allegany-Cattaraugus Association of School Boards: Delegate, Connie Hellwig; Alternate Len Zlockie

District Athletic Committee: Len Zlockie, Roger Spell

District Health and Safety Committee: Connie Hellwig, Niki Klein

District Technology Committee: Bill Murphy, Len Zlockie

District Strategic Planning Committee: Connie Hellwig, Niki Klein

In regular board business, the 2015-16 District Code of Conduct policy was approved following a public hearing on the matter. And, the board appointed Superintendent Mark Ward to serve on the board of directors of the Allegany-Cattaraugus Schools Medical Health Plan for the 2015-16 fiscal year. District Treasurer Aimee Kilby will serve as alternate delegate.

Ward reported that he and several board members have been invited to make a presentation at the upcoming NYSSBA annual meeting in New York City on the challenges associated with combining sports programs with other schools. The presentation will reference Ellicottville’s recent experience with the issue.

In personnel news, the board authorized the appointment of Cathie Nason to the tenure-eligible position of Business Teacher. Nason, who was introduced to the board following her appointment, will start the full-time job on September 1.

Nason is moving to ECS from West Valley Central School, where she was Business and Technology Coordinator, teaching college-level courses as an adjunct professor at JCC. She holds a “Permanent Certificate in Business and Distributive Education” and a master’s degree.

While she enjoyed her time at WVCS, the position was part time.

“I love teaching,” she said. “Being full time at ECS will give me more time for teaching and getting to know the students.”

In his introduction of Nason to the board, Ward pointed to her extensive technology and business experience. “We’re lucky to have her and we’ll be able to activate JCC level courses right away,” he said.

The board also approved the appointment of Christine Prey and Mary Jo Stark to the substitute teacher aide list and Dana Story to the substitute bus driver list.

Ward said that the school has advertised for a new special education teacher and that interviews are under way to fill a full-time elementary school teacher position.

The next meeting of the ECS School Board will be held on Tuesday, July 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library. All are welcome.

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