By Jann Wiswall
The Ellicottville Central School’s board officially began its 2016-2017 term on Wednesday, July 13 with a reorganizational meeting that included officer elections.
Carl Calarco, who earned another five year term on the board during the May District election, was unanimously elected by the board to serve as its president for another year. Connie Hellwig was unanimously elected to serve as vice president for another term.
Robert Van Wicklin, who was elected to a three-year term in May, was sworn in at Wednesday’s meeting.
Following the election, the board officially updated 11 pages of policies and procedures, committees and appointments for the new school year. Item 25 stated that “all policies, rules, regulations, standard practices and procedures heretofore existing in this district in 2015/2016 unless specifically amended or changed are continued in full effect for the 2016/2017 school year.
There will be no change to school breakfast, lunch or milk prices this year.
The board approved its schedule of board meetings for the year and to move the start time of most of the regular meetings to 7 p.m. from a half hour later.
Effective December 31, 2016, wages for those employees currently making $9 per hour will increase to $9.70 per hour per the state’s minimum wage increase.
The board appointed Middle/High School Principal Bob Miller as the “designated school official” who will receive “court notification regarding a student’s sentence/adjudication in certain criminal cases and juvenile delinquency proceedings.”
The board appointed Superintendent Mark Ward to the new post of “Chief Emergency Officer,” the person responsible for “coordinating communication between school staff and law enforcement and first responders.” The resolution states that “the chief emergency officer must ensure that all district staff understand the district-wide safety plan, and is also responsible for ensuring that building-level emergency response plans are completed, reviewed annually and updated when needed.”
During regular business, the board approved the appointment of Chelsea Cole to a full-time, tenure-track elementary teacher position. Cole, who holds an initial certificate in NYS Childhood Education 1-6 and Early Childhood Education Birth-2nd grade, will teach 5th grade in the coming school year.
The board also approved a lease of two school buses for five annual payments of $31,880 through 2020. The school bus leases were approved by voters in May’s school district election.
The next regular meeting of the school board will be held on Tuesday, August 9 at 7 p.m. in the high school library.
The full schedule of meetings, as well as past meeting minutes and upcoming meeting agendas are posted on the school’s website under the “Our District/Board of Education” tab.