Board Briefed on Common Core

By Jann Wiswall

The ECS board meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 5, started off with several good news announcements by Superintendent Mark Ward.

The fall sports teams have had a very successful year. The football and volleyball teams both played in semifinal games on Friday, Nov. 1, ending their winning seasons with two great playoff games. Meanwhile, both the girls’ and boys’ soccer teams are heading to the Far West Regionals after winning in the semi-finals last week. Both teams play Friday, Nov. 8 at 5 p.m. The girls will play Jasper-Troupsburg at Amherst High School. The boys also play Jasper-Troupsburg, but at East Ridge High School in Rochester.

Ward also announced that this was National School Boards Week. As a “thank you” to the ECS board, the school administrators presented each board member with a small token of their appreciation for their commitment and support on behalf of the students, faculty, parents and staff.

Finally, Ward reported that the architectural, engineering and budget plans for the capital renovation project have been filed with the State Education Department (SED). They were hand delivered on Nov. 1 as scheduled by ECS’ architectural firm, SEI. The SED review process should be completed by April or early May, at which time the bidding process will begin.

In other news, Ward said that fencing around the dumpsters is being installed this week. He also said that four proposals have been received for appraising the 120 acres of vacant land behind and above the school. The property, which is owned by the school, is being appraised for both land and timber value. The board’s building and grounds committee will review the proposals and make its recommendation to the board and its next meeting.

The October/November issue of the school newsletter is now posted on the school’s Web site and will be in mailboxes soon. Ward referred to a story on the Common Core that he wrote for the newsletter and said that it is his hope that parents will take some time to familiarize themselves with the program in order to help their children.

Ward, who believes that Common Core is the right way to go, said it is a “waste of time to bad-mouth it. We’re going to dig in and do it.”

Elementary School Principal Connie Poulin agreed, noting that Common Core has many great features.