Weekly Feature

2011-08-17 / Education

Key topic of superintendent’s first meeting is goal setting

Williamsville schools
by KATE MOCKLER Reporter

Goal-setting was the main agenda item of the August meeting of the Williamsville Central School Board, Scott Martzloff’s first meeting as superintendent of the district.

The board set the tax levy for the coming school year at $103,553,324. It represents a rate increase of 2.46 percent. Board members also stated that this academic year, they will hold an additional budget work session in order to garner more public input.

In another matter, members also set goals for themselves and the district for the coming academic year. They developed the two-page list of district goals by looking at last year’s goals, at the district mission and belief statements, and at state, federal and local standards.

The new districtwide goal is to “develop a plan and framework for the evaluation of district programs.”

Martzloff said he would like to start by developing frameworks to evaluate the special education programs and the major non-mandated programs.

Other goals included the consideration of a two-year budget development method, which would allow the district to plan further in advance, and the investigation of expanding cooperative service agreements with local governments and with other school districts. The full list of goals is available at the district’s website, www.williamsvillek12.org.

The board also:

 Selected four firms to provide the district with legal counsel: Hodgson Russ LLP, Webster Szanyi LLP, Harris Beach PLLC and Bond, Schoeneck and King PLLC.

 Heard a brief overview of facilities improvements that are under way at the schools. Renovations to the restrooms and team rooms at Williamsville South will continue through the school year, and a new boiler will be operational at Heim Elementary by mid-September. Photographs of the renovations are available on the district’s website.

 Accepted the resignations for retirement purposes of Maria Erdt, a cleaner at Forest Elementary; Richard Miller, a bus driver; James Phillips, a cleaner at North High School; Elizabeth Redpath, a teacher aide at Dodge Elementary; and Kathleen Zindle, a cook manager at East High School.

The next meeting of the Board of Education will take place at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 13, at the district office, 105 Casey Road. Staff and faculty will start the academic year on Thursday, Sept. 1, and the first day of classes is Tuesday, Sept. 6.

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