By Kellen M. Quigley

At the Sept. 19 Ellicottville Central School Board of Education meeting, district treasurer Aimee Kilby reported on her first interactions with the district’s new insurance agency.

After the school recently changed its insurance agency, Richardson & Stout, of Wellsville, visited the district earlier this month to meet with Superintendent Robert Miller and Kilby.

Richardson & Stout delivered the district’s auxiliary report, which Kilby said went back to 2010 and looked good. They said the district didn’t have many losses or claims, according to Kilby.

“It helps to keep the premium down,” she explained. “And by going to the consortium, we actually only went up like $800. That was something they said was a really good change.”

Kilby said the agency also recommended two additional coverage options for the district to consider. One is computer fraud and funds transferred fraud, which Kilby said is good because of doing more work and transferring money online.

“They thought it was going to be around $100 for the year, but it wasn’t expensive,” she said.

The other option was limited water damage coverage. Kilby said for $250 a year, this coverage would be for smaller instances, such as if someone leaving a window open during a rainstorm and the rain damaged something, it would be covered.

“If this was something we want to address at a later date or add, we can talk about it and give them a holler,” she said. “I believe the individuals we work with are very attentive and easy to work with. I think it’s been a great change.”

“They’re very personable,” Miller added. “They’ll jump around a little bit, but they’ll get right to the point. They’re really nice guys.”

IN OTHER NEWS, Miller shared with the board the conversations from the latest athletic committee meeting, which included policy and regulations when combining sports with other districts on an individual basis.

“There were several things that we talked about, and part of that is in the policy and part of that will be in the regulations that we write up,” he said. “My vision is there will be a letter, some rules and a contract that parents will sign that we still need to work on.”

Miller said what is in the policy should be set without needing to be changed while the regulations would be there for any changes that may occur. He said if something had to be changed in regulations, it could happen without needing a full committee and board meeting before the change was made, which wouldn’t be the case for the policy.

“It gives the administration a bit of flexibility to recognize each problem,” he said. “All regulations, when they’re drafted, are brought to the board for a reading. We’ve always told (the board) what we’re doing in regulations anyway, so it gives us flexibility there.”

Miller also gave a first reading of the policy on combining sports on an individual basis. The main highlight of the policy was looking at combining sports with neighboring borders districts first and then districts within a 25-mile radius of Ellicottville. He also said they should look at what districts they’ve had an established successful relationship with already for a specific sport.

“It’s just the first reading. I know it’s not perfect and I’m anticipating some people giving me some suggestions,” he said. “I’m doing a little bit more research, but I wanted to get it moving forward.”

The athletic committee also discussed the purchasing of apparel and the state of the sports boosters. When a team buys new apparel, Miller said they sometimes decide to make the purchase on their own, and when the price is higher than expected they ask sports boosters to help make up the difference.

“Had they gone with sports boosters, they’ve been able to cut some pretty good deals for discounts,” he said. “Part of that is sports boosters, part of that is coaches and part of that is just communicating with the parents.”

Miller said if a team decides to buy new apparel on their own, it’s not fair to the sports booster to ask them to help pay the rest after the bill comes in.

“If they did something upfront, that’d be a bit different,” he said. “Sports boosters is more than happy to help a team get something at a reduced rate, they just have to approach them before they go out and purchase.”

ALSO OF NOTE, the board:

– approved the Energy Coop of America as the Cooperative Electric Bid (Energy Enterprise) winner at $0.00918 per kwh for the period of Nov. 1 through Oct. 31, 2018.

– approved the old IWATSU phone system being declared obsolete and gave permission for the system to be sold on Auctions International.

– accepted a letter of resignation from Joe Schultz from the substitute cleaner position effect Sept. 11.

– approved John Pfeffer as OM coordinator for the 2017-18 school year at a salary of $1,000.

– approved the Homework Club advisors and substitute advisors for the 2017-18 school year.

(Kellen M. Quigley, a reporter for The Salamanca Press, wrote this article on behalf of The Ellicottville Times.)