By Rich Place

The Ellicottville School Board hopes to meet with West Valley School Board members before embarking on formal proceedings involved with a pre-annexation study in its beginning stages at West Valley Central School.

In late October, the West Valley School Board  chose Castallo & Silky LLC Education Consultants to conduct a pre-annexation study, and facts and figures will be needed from both West Valley and Ellicottville — as well as nearby Springville-Griffith Institute  — in the process.

On Tuesday, ECS board discussed West Valley’s decision to begin the study and Ellicottville Superintendent Bob Miller said it was requested by Eric Lawton, superintendent at West Valley, that he meet with the consultants and Springville Superintendent Kimberly Moritz.

Members of the ECS board informally agreed that, prior to a meeting of administrators, a meeting between the school boards at West Valley and Ellicottville — or at least representatives of the boards — should take place to discuss the study in further detail.

“I think that would be good to set a bit of a roadmap for what they want to do here,” said board member Robert Van Wicklin, adding the two school boards should have a “mutually agreed upon set of rules going forward” concerning the study’s goal and potential outcomes.

Miller told the board it was requested Ellicottville district officials provide a handful of informational items, such as the history and background of the district, curriculum offerings, financial documents and more.

“We’ll do the work if it makes sense,” added school board member Carl Calarco, who first voiced the suggestion of meeting with representatives of the West Valley School Board.

The West Valley and Ellicottville school districts already have a combined sports program, with its varsity athletic programs operating as Ellicottville Eagles teams. West Valley football players had already been playing on a combined football team, which also now includes Franklinville, prior to the formal athletic merger.

Miller said he planned to email Lawton on Wednesday in an attempt to set up a meeting with the two school boards to further discuss the pre-annexation study.

Also at the meeting, the ECS board learned the Ellicottville Sports Boosters is planning to purchase baseball and softball scoreboards that could be installed in time for the spring sports seasons.

“We just think it’s time we have scoreboards so you don’t have to keep asking the coach or someone else what the score of the game is,” said Todd Palmatier, a representative of the sports boosters program.

The club will install the boards, leaving the only expense as the purchase of the scoreboards themselves, he said. The baseball scoreboard will be placed on two steel beams and the softball one could also follow a similar installation or potentially be placed on the side of the school building, according to Palmatier. They can be operated via a remote control.

The school board also approved its winter sports coaches, which include: Dave McCann, varsity boys basketball; Ryan Winship, JV boys basketball; Chris Keenan, modified boys basketball; Chad Bartoszek, varsity girls basketball; Chelsea Cole, JV girls basketball; Tammy Eddy, girls modified basketball; Kelly Fredrickson, alpine skiing; and Diana Olson, bowling.

In addition, Kristen Pearl was approved as an advisor for basketball cheerleading and Mary Neilon was approved as an advisor for weightlifting/training. Volunteer coaches Karl Schwartz and Matt Finn for boys basketball and Katie Taylor for girls basketball were also approved.

The board also heard a presentation from senior class representatives on plans for the senior class trip to take place May 19-21 at Lake George.

The next ECS board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Dec. 5 at 7 p.m.