By Caitlin Croft
All three propositions on the ballots for residents of the Ellicottville Central School District passed on Tuesday and Debra Golley and incumbent William Murphy were elected to seats on the school board.
The $12.75 million budget for the 2018-19 school year passed, 342-53. Voters also approved by a 346-46 margin a proposition to lease two buses and the proposal to levy taxes in the amount of $31,164 to Ellicottville Memorial Library passed, 293-99.
Golley received 212 votes and Murphy garnered 210 votes in the five-way school board election.
The results of the elections were approved by the school board during its meeting on Tuesday.
Also at the meeting, the board learned Pioneer wants to combine their girls golf team with ECS. They would be responsible for bussing the athletes to Ellicottville and tournaments. There seems to be no issue with this. Pioneer, being the larger school, typically would mean the team be placed under their classification, but with girls golf, there is only one classification across the state.
New York State School Boards Association is holding a School Board Appreciation Week Reception June 25 at the Old Library. Board members are encouraged to go as there are always good speakers and a great opportunity to network with other school board members.
During his superintendent’s report, Bob Miller said everyone has been busy with the budget and budget presentations along with state testing. The new scoreboards have been installed on the baseball and softball fields and look great. Elementary principal Connie Poulin attended the Every Student Succeeds Act Conference in Rochester. The district was given last minute notice on the conference and was happy Poulin was able to attend on such short notice.
In her principal’s report, Poulin advised on the ESSA Conference that was held in Rochester. She stated the conferenced centered on new means of collecting data and how schools will be measured. Schools will be measured against other districts along with a set criteria. This program is what replaced the No Child Left Behind Program. She advised chronic absenteeism will now be factored in and districts will also be required to collect exit data on students.
Next, Poulin advised the upcoming Eagle Time will cover the topic of Friendship and Fairness. They are in the thick of field trip season and so far, students have gone to the Buffalo Zoo along with a performance at Shea’s.
Kindergarten screening took place last week and they screened over 40 children, so there will be a nice group of kids coming into the school next year.
In the high school, principal Erich Ploetz advised in his report that he attended the National Honor Society Banquet and one of Ellicottville’s seniors, Courtney Robinson, received the Mary Elizabeth Eaton Scholarship in the amount of $1,000. Ploetz noted this was the first time in a few years an ECS senior received this scholarship as there are only five total. Robinson also represented ECS in the Annual Writing Competition hosted by Cattaraugus/Allegany Principles Organization and should hear back soon on results.
The Big Three All Academic Dinner was held for valedictorians and their principals, which Robinson attended. Ploetz also noted the Quebec trip was a complete success and the students made lifelong memories and friendships.
In old business, there was a motion to approve the 2018-19 school year calendar; there was a second and ayes carried. In new business, Miller was approved to be the lead evaluator for the principals.
Also in new business, the board accepted a letter of retirement from Dolores Whistler; approved Mary Abbinanti to the position of long-term substitute teacher aid and approved Madison Szpaicher to the position of substitute teacher (non-certified) upon successful fingerprint clearance from the state.
The board retreated into executive session at the close of the regular meeting.
The next meeting of the ECS Board will be on Tuesday, May 29 at 7 p.m. in the High School Library.