Silver Creek to share more sports with Forestville

SILVER CREEK – Sharing sports is continuing to expand between Silver Creek and Forestville school districts.

At Wednesday’s Silver Creek Board of Education meeting, the board went ahead with sharing several spring sports, two of which are new.

The district will combine varsity boys baseball, JV boys baseball, modified boys lacrosse, varsity boys track, varsity girls track and varsity girls and boys track.

Silver Creek will provide the head coach for each of these sports with the exception of JV boys baseball, which will be paid by Forestville, and varsity girls and boys track, which will be coached by Silver Creek and Forestville assistant coaches.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich said combined baseball and lacrosse are new shared programs, but the district successfully shared track with Forestville last year.

“It has really worked out in the district. The nice thing is that the coaches have worked well with students from both schools and brought them together as one team. We are very proud of this and hope to continue with spring sports,” he said.

Ljiljanich said all of these teams will be combined Silver Creek teams and for the most part will play in Silver Creek.

However, in the case of baseball, two teams are shared but the school also has a third modified team to field, so scheduling will need to be worked out.

Ljiljanich said Athletic Director Sean Helmer has been integral to the success of shared sports in the district.

“Mr. Helmer has been a proponent of this all along and has helped make this work so well for the district,” he said.

The district has also shared football, soccer and cross country with Forestville and wrestling and swimming with Dunkirk.

The board also approved the probationary appointment of Rose Russo as special education teacher. Ljiljanich said Russo will be a great addition to the department. Middle School Principal Paula Troutman said the choice for the position was clear after candidates were brought in to teach the students.

The board also appointed Gerald Hall as modified boy’s baseball coach, Christopher Waddy as volunteer football coach and Garrett Tanner as substitute teacher.

It also approved a conference request for Ljiljanich to attend the New York State Council of School Superintendents Winter Institute and Lobby Day.

The Chautauqua County Board of Elections was approved to run the school election and budget vote.

The April 23 meeting was moved to April 22 for the BOCES election and budget vote.

The next board of education meeting will be held March 12.