By Louisa Benatovich

Student Reporter

The May 21 Ellicottville Central School Board of Education meeting yielded the results of the district-wide budget vote that had taken place earlier that day.

Voters approved a $13.1 million spending plan for the Ellicottville Central School District by a 157-17 tally. 

Additionally, voters also approved the district’s plan to lease three buses and to levy taxes in the amount of $34,042 to Ellicottville Memorial Library. Those resolutions passed, 157-417 and 136-39, respectively.

Winners of the two five-year school board seats were incumbent Robert Van Wicklin with 147 votes and newcomer Shana Chudy with 118 voters. Chudy is set to replace Nikki Klein at the start of the new term in July.

There were 14 write-in candidates including Ginna Hensel, Nikki Klein, Eileen Finn, Erin Cornelius, Kevin Eagan, Doug Bush, Bob Scharf and Connie Poulin. The new members will each serve a five-year term beginning on July 1, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2024.

IN THE REGULAR meeting, Superintendent’s Report, Bob Miller emphasized the need for a replacement of the school’s water sanitizing unit. This budget addendum will be around $300. 

Alongside the final events of the 2018-19 scholastic calendar, Principal Erich Ploetz had exciting news to share.

“Mr. Bill O’Brian (of Ashford) researched the names of fallen servicemen in local municipalities, adding names of servicemen who had been left of plaques and Memorials,” said Ploetz. “Mr. O’Brian uncovered the names of five servicemen who originally did not appear on the WWI and II plaque in town. All in all, the book that was compiled contains the names if 18 servicemen who perished in the Great Wars.”

Social Studies teacher Jaclyn James and ECS Junior Samantha Van Wicklin attended Mr. O’Brian’s presentation at Ellicottville High School. The book will be put on permanent display in the high school library.

IN OTHER NEWS, social studies teacher Dave McCann will assume the position of Athletic Director effective June 1, 2019. In new hires, Jennifer Gesing was appointed as an FTE Elementary Teacher effective Sept. 1 of this year.