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Ellicottville school board approves March Vermont ski trip

By Ginna Hensel

During the Ellicottville Central School Board of Education’s regular meeting on Nov. 4, the coard listened to a presentation made by High School English Teacher Joe Steger and student Jaxon Czapla about a proposed Vermont ski trip in March.

The trip would take place on March 13-15, 2020, and would include two nights in a hotel, continental breakfasts, skiing at two other resorts, transportation via bus and more.

Steger said he has chaperoned similar ski tours six times at his old school.

This trip will be opened to students in grades 7-12 with the possibilities of sixth graders. As of the meeting, the exact cost is not finalized as there are 50 students interested but no payments have been made yet.

The board approved the trip and there will be more upcoming details on the specifics of the trip.  

In his report, Superintendent Bob Miller informed the board the ECS student population from grades 6-12 were bused over to Ten Broeck Acadamy on Nov. 7 to help cheer on the combined ECS-TBA Titan football team for their game at New Era Field. The students only missed about a half-day of instruction. 

The board also discussed a request from the member of the community to drop their kids off at a religious institution that is already included in the normal bus route. The member argued that the bus already drives past the institution and the number of kids requesting this drop off is limited.

According to Miller, “Our school, by law, cannot drop kids off at a religious institution.”

Board member Carl Calarco said, “It’s our kids, and it’s a good thing to have in their lives.”

Board member Deb Golley agreed with Calarco, commenting, “We bus to Saint Al’s. Why can’t we bus these kids to their church?”

Overall, Miller expressed concerned of the precedent this set for other situations. The school cannot afford to use money on drivers, buses or gas busing students to religious institutions, he said.

The board decided to grant the request from the community member allowing those students to be dropped off at a religious institution.

IN OTHER BUSINESS, the board passed several resolutions, including accepting a donation of 20 new microscopes from the Ellicottville Rotary Club, and approval of Reann Ehman, Sandra Reed and Ann Marie Fitzpatrick as election inspectors for the Dec. 10, 2019, capital improvement project vote.

Personnel resolutions included approval of Joe Prior as a winter weight room advisor, approval of Kristen Pearl to the position of Basketball-Cheerleading Coach for home games only, to accept a verbal resignation from James Thompson as a full-time cleaner, and approval of Jack Wenz to the substitute cleaner list upon a successful fingerprint clearance from New York state.  

The next Board of Education Meeting is scheduled for Nov. 19.

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