By Christopher Gordon

Although Ellicottville Superintendent Mark J. Ward is in essence, ready to hang up his cleats, in the next several months, he made no bones about the fact that he is upset about the scheduling of playoff games all being on Friday night during Tuesday’s board meeting.

“To me, they shouldn’t be playing the same day,” Ward said.

Part of the frustration of Ward is the distance of some of the competitions. This includes boys’ soccer, which will be held at Sweet Home High School in Amherst – which is more than an hour away.

According to Ward, he is frustrated that there are only two high schools from the area – Ellicottville and Pioneer – that have to travel that distance to compete. He said it is his understanding that there are no contractual obligations to have to play at Sweet Home, so he does not understand why their games could not be played closer, such as Pine Valley or Dunkirk.

While he realizes that his argument is not going to likely end in the results he desires, he is still going to voice his concerns to those who make the scheduling decisions.

“I’m going to complain about it just the same,” Ward said.

He said if there was contractual reasons, like an agreement to use a college facility, then he would understand the decision to play the games farther away.

“We’ve never played at Sweet Home in the 40 years I’ve been here,” Ward said.

In other news, Ward said the technology committee recently met and gave an update on an array of topics, including noting that the district has some “limitations on printing.” As a result, only 50 copies can be made at a time. He would also like printing to be used on “useful things.”

One of the main topics that was discussed is that parents have access to grades of their students online these days.

Ward believes there is good and bad aspects to this. He thinks it is good that parents can be more directly involved in seeing what their kids are doing day-to-day.

However, his one concern is that he does not want to see parents asking why grades are not always posted quickly, as it takes time for teachers to grade papers and post scores.

School board member Nicole Klein believes these kinds of tools benefit students and parents.

“It almost allows parents to micromanage their kids’ lives,” Klein said.

The next ECS School Board meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, Nov. 8 at 7 p.m.