SpellBy Jann Wiswall

The Ellicottville Central School Board held its yearly reorganizational meeting on Tuesday, July 9, during which Roger Spell was reelected by the board to serve as president and Carl Calarco was elected vice president. New board member William Murphy was sworn in to a five-year term and Mark Ward was sworn in for another year as Superintendent of Schools.

In addition, board officers Melissa Sawicki (District Clerk), Mark Ward (Deputy District Clerk and Deputy Treasurer) and Aimee Kilby (Treasurer) took their oaths of office in those roles.

The following Board Committee appointments also were approved:

Audit: Steve Crowley, Connie Hellwig

Buildings, Grounds & Transportation: Carl Calarco, James Wiley

Negotiations: Carl Calarco, Steve Crowley

New York State School Boards Association: Connie Hellwig (Delegate), Roger Spell (Alternate)

Allegany Cattaraugus Association of School Boards: Connie Hellwig (Delegate), Carl Calarco (Alternate)

District Committee appointments were made as follows:

Athletics: James Wiley, Leonard Zlockie

Health & Safety: Connie Hellwig, William Murphy

Technology: Carl Calarco, William Murphy

Strategic Planning: Steve Crowley, Leonard Zlockie

In all, the board approved some 70 resolutions, appointments, policies and committee assignments during the meeting. The full list of board actions may be found under the “Our District” tab/Board of Education section on the ECS Web site, www.ellicottvillecentral.com.

Superintendent Ward reported that the Ellicottville Middle/High School has been awarded “Reward School” status for showing “High Progress” by the New York State Education Department (NYSED). According to NYSED, Reward Schools are among those in the state that are the highest achieving or are making the most progress. ECS is among 250 schools in 164 districts to achieve this new designation.

Ward also reported that the school has received 57 applications to date to fill the school’s physical education teacher position, which is vacant due to the pending retirement of Tim Bergan. The selection committee will whittle down the list to the top three and invite those candidates in for interviews.

At least 23 teachers are working this summer on formal development of curriculum for next year through BOCES.

This year, the school will not produce a printed district calendar in order to save money. Instead, Ward said, the calendar will be published in the school newsletter.

Building and Grounds Committee Chair Carl Calarco reported that the committee has done a walk-through of the facility and expects to propose some repairs and maintenance in a number of areas that will not be renovated through the capital project. The committee is particularly concerned about the safety and condition of the dumpsters and their fencing. The dumpsters’ owners will be asked to replace them and the cost of new fencing will be estimated.

The committee also likely will propose minor renovations in the nurse’s office and reconfiguration of furniture and audio-visual equipment placement in the high school library.

Calarco also reported that the brick walls in the main cafeteria will be painted this summer and the committee is looking at ways to repurpose the cafeteria’s stage to make it more functional for dining.

The next meeting of the ECS Board will be held July 23 at 7:30 p.m. in the high school library.