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Connie Hellwig, Bill Murphy Appointed New ECS School Board Leaders

By Elizabeth Riggs

In a reorganizational meeting last Tuesday, Connie Hellwig and William Murphy were appointed Ellicottville Central School Board President and Vice President, respectively. Additionally, Bob Miller, former Middle and High School Principal, took his oath as the new Superintendent, replacing Mark Ward, who retired on June 30.

Melissa Sawicki was re-appointed as District Clerk, and Aimee Kilby as School Business Executive, while Miller was appointed as deputy district clerk and deputy treasurer.

In addition, the Board also announced the hiring of Kristin Schmick as FTE Special Education Teacher, effective Sept. 1. The position will begin as a three-year probationary period.

Other appointments were as follows:

Tax Collector, Marjorie Halloran; District Claims Auditor, Karen Fitzpatrick; Physician, Dr. Arun Patel (Olean Medical Group); Attorneys, Hodgson & Ross LLP and Harris Beach Attorneys at Law; Middle and High School Classroom and Activity Funds Comptroller, Erich Ploetz; Middle and High School Classroom and Activity Funds Treasurer, Marjorie Halloran; Attendance Officer, Karin Hager, School Nurse; Consulting Dentist, Dr. Stephen Illig; District External Auditor, R.A. Mercer & Co. P.C.; District Internal Auditor, Management Advisory Group; Records Access Officer, Melissa Sawicki; Asbestos LEA Designee, Kevin Blendinger; Purchasing Agent, Aimee Kilby; Records Management Officer, Melissa Sawicki; Depository of Funds & Investments (All Accounts), Five Star Bank, M&T Bank, HSBC, Chase Bank and CCB; and, Central Treasurer, Marjorie Halloran.

Additional appointments include: Official Newspapers, Ellicottville Times and Olean Times Herald, Title IX 504 ADA Compliance Officer, Connie Poulin; Chief Information Officer, Robert Miller; Sexual Harassment Officers, Connie Poulin and Erich Ploetz; CSE/CPSE Chairperson, Connie Poulin; Civil Rights Compliance Officer, Robert Miller; and, Dignity Act Coordinators, Tammy Eddy and Dan LaCroix.

In addition, appointments and regulations were also made to the following ECS committees and teams:

Committee on Special Education: CSE Chair, Connie Poulin; parent of student; student if appropriate; School Nurse, Karin Hager; school psychologist; keyboard specialist; parent representative; special education teacher; regular education teacher; and all providers of service.

Sub-Committee on Special Education: CSE Chair, Connie Poulin; parent of student; keyboard specialist; special education teacher; regular education teacher; and all providers of service.

Committee on Preschool Special Education: CSE Chair, Connie Poulin; parent of student; School Nurse, Karin Hager; school psychologist; keyboard specialist; Cattaraugus County CPSE Representative; parent representative; special education teacher; regular education teacher; and all providers of services.

School Safety/Health Team: Superintendent, Robert Miller; MS/HS Principal, Erich Ploetz; Elementary Principal/CSE-CPSE Chairperson, Connie Poulin; School Nurse, Karin Hager; Transportation, David Pelton; Maintenance, Kevin Blendinger; Physical Education and Health Teacher, Mary Neilon; PTO, Vicky Williams; Board Members, Niki Klein and Bob Van Wicklin; Guidance Counselor, Tammy Eddy; Superintendent’s Secretary, Melissa Sawicki; Guidance Counselor, Dan LaCroix; Physical Education Teacher, Chad Bartoszek; Great Valley Fire Department, Randy Wiser; Ellicottville Police Chief, Don Auge; Parent, Aimee Kilby; and Ellicottville Fire Department, Ed Frederickson.

In other business, Miller mentioned that the New York state testing and curriculum schedule changed from a three-day to a two-day format.

“It came as a surprise to us,” said Miller. “We knew changes to the standards were coming, but we didn’t know about the testing format. New York State keeps us on our toes as they make these changes. We have a commissioner that really seems to be willing to listen. To me this is an indication that she’s heard loud and clear that three days of testing … is a lot.”

Lastly, the Board amended its free and reduced price breakfast and lunch policy in order to meet standards for determining a student’s eligibility. The breakfast prices for 2017-2018 school year are $1.15 for a complete breakfast for kindergarten through 12th grade, and $1.65 for a second breakfast. Complete lunch prices for next school year are $1.85 for grades kindergarten through fourth, $2.10 for fifth through 12th. Second lunch prices are $2.45 for grades kindergarten through fourth and $2.75 for fifth through 12th.

Reduced breakfast and lunch prices for all levels will be $.25 per mandate.

Additional lunch items discussed were price changes for half pints of milk, which will be $.60 for the new school year. An adult milk beverage will be $.75, chips and ice cream will be $1 and bottled drinks will be $1.25.

The next regular school board meeting will be held on Tuesday, Aug.11 at 7 p.m. in the high school library.

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