By Rich Place

The Ellicottville School Board of Education on Tuesday got a first reading of proposed changes to its policy for admission of non-resident students that makes minor adjustments to several facets of the document.

Among the changes are the move of the deadline for non-resident parents to be notified of the established tuition rate for the upcoming year from March 1 to April 1. Superintendent Bob Miller said the length of time between that deadline and the June 15 deadline when a $250 deposit had to be paid sometimes caused parents to forget.

The proposed changes to the policy also state a consent for a release of records will be required upon application to the school so Ellicottville school officials can investigate a student’s standing in their former district.

The policy draft also now reflects pre-kindergarten non-resident applications and language that establishes enrollment limits and waiting lists for all grade levels based on factors such as population and the academic needs of each grade level.

Miller instructed school board members to look over the proposed changes to the policy and a revised edition is expected to be on an upcoming agenda for official approval.

Also during a relatively light school board meeting on Tuesday, the board learned that signage may be going up inside the school to help direct visitors to key rooms like the gymnasium and library. Miller told the board he expects to bring the topic of installing signage to the Buildings and Grounds Committee at a future meeting.

“It will cost us a little bit of money but I think it’ll be well worth it,” Miller said. “We are just talking some simple signs with some arrows that point you in the direction of places.”

The board was also reminded that 13 students will be heading to Costa Rica on Feb. 17 out of Toronto Pearson Airport and return Feb. 25 under the direction of Spanish teacher Jamie Edwards. Miller said Edwards recently held an informational meeting late last month for attendees and their parents.

“Jamie Edwards has done a ton of work putting this trip together,” Miller said, adding he was impressed with the thoroughness of preparation for the trip.

The board had previously approved the trip, including allowing the school to transport the students and chaperones to and from Toronto, Ontario.

The next meeting of the Ellicottville School Board of Education will be held after the February break on Tuesday, Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. in the high school library.