Silver Creek school board swears in new members

SILVER CREEK – The Silver Creek Board of Education welcomed two newly elected members to the board at Wednesday’s meeting.

Greg Cole was elected to a five-year term by voters Tuesday. Cole was appointed in August after the resignation of Louis Dispenza.

“I enjoy working with the school board. I want to welcome Mr. Boothe and thank the voters for coming out,” he said.

Stephen Boothe was elected to the one-year unexpired term previously held by Amy Chavez.

“I am very pleased to serve the community and work with the board to benefit the children in the district,” he said.

Boothe has lived in Silver Creek for 17 years with his wife, Christina, and four school-age children. He served on the audit committee as a community member and is employed by the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance. He is also involved in the Christ Chapel Wesleyan Church and the Hanover Little League.

The board welcomed the new members.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich thanked voters for turning out to vote.

“I think it says to us as a group that the voters support our work on the budget,” he said.

He thanked all who worked on the budget with a special thanks to the board, Business Administrator Cindy Mackowiak and Clerk to the Superintendent Linda Borrello.

“I can’t tell you how much behind-the-scenes work Linda does to help with the process,” Ljiljanich said.

He also complimented the other programs held Tuesday night.

“We had the elementary art show, the banner presentation to the basketball team and students did NYSSMA solos. It was a nice way to bring the community together and let see that people who wouldn’t normally get the chance,” he said.

The board also approved the purchase of new textbooks for U.S. history and government. The senior trip to Cedar Point May 30-31was also approved.

The board also appointed Kevin Rice as intramural soccer coach, Janine Miller as a tutor, Peter Brennan as a teacher of record, Jodie Ward as a 10-month secretary and Colleen Smith and Richard Lilley as bus drivers.

The board also held a workshop on the state common core learning standards. Melodee Leone and Amy Bartell gave the board an overview of changes and goals. They also used video of classes using CCLS to show the board examples of a lesson with the new CCLS curriculum.

The next board of education meeting will be held June 12 at 7 p.m. with a workshop at 6 p.m. on the middle and high school comprehensive school education plans.