By Rich Place

The Ellicottville School Board hosted a relatively short meeting Tuesday with mostly routine resolutions approved.

The board met for nearly a half hour in executive session at the beginning of the meeting and also concluded in a second closed door session. The public session between spanned less than 15 minutes.

“It’s a busy time of year, busy doing a lot of things but not a lot of brand new things going on,” said Superintendent Bob Miller.

Among the resolutions, the board approved the retirement of Therese Pierce, effective at the end of the school year. The elementary special education teacher has been at Ellicottville Central since 1991 and, prior to that, taught at Ellicottville BOCES for seven years, according to the district’s website.

“She has served our district very well for several years and we do surely appreciate her and will miss her dearly,” said School Board President Connie Hellwig.

The board also approved allowing the school to transport students and chaperones to and from Toronto Pearson Airport on Feb. 17 and Feb. 25. A total of 14 students will take a trip to Costa Rica during the school’s break in February.

At a previous meeting, Spanish teacher Jamie Edwards had outlined the student trip, which will include many cultural opportunities for students.

In his superintendent’s report, Miller said there will be a PowerSchool training session during the Superintendent’s Day on Friday, allowing staff members involved in the student database software to learn more about it.

“It’ll be a good training for us,” he said. “We’ve been paying for this service for years and we’ve gotten so we are good at it, but we can always have some room for improvements.”

He also reported there was a “very small number” of students taking Regents exams during the week. He also mentioned the school had three students who attended this session of county government.

The Ellicottville School Board is scheduled to meet again at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 6 in the high school library.