Silver Creek school brings back business position

SILVER CREEK – Now that the school budget has passed, the Silver Creek Board of Education got down to business – the business of restoring a business teaching position.

Superintendent Daniel Ljiljanich thanked the voters as well as the County Board of Elections and Secretary to the Superintendent Linda Borrello for their help and students for their singing, artwork and dinner that “brightened everyone’s spirits.”

As part of the approved budget, the board of education approved the restoration of a 1.0 full-time equivalent teaching position in the business field.

“The position will be filled by the beginning of the school year,” Ljiljanich explained. “This reflects growth in the program. We staff positions based on student requests and they have been requesting more classes in this area.”

The district cut almost 39 teachers in the past few years and just this year was able to bring a position back.

The board also accepted the resignation of special education and speech teacher Sandy Malikowski, who served 18 years in the district.

“We wish her the best and thank her for her many years of service to the district,” Ljiljanich said.

The resignation of William Brennan as varsity lacrosse head coach was accepted and Robert Genco was appointed to the position with Wayne Griem as the assistant coach. Rachel Castiglia was appointed chair of the business department and Jacob Lewis was appointed as a lifeguard.

The donation from Michael Schultz of a 14-foot pole vault pole for the track and field team.

“I would like to thank him for what is becoming an annual donation. Michael is a computer technician and coach with the district. The track program has tripled if not quadrupled in size and a lot of that is because of the effort he has put into it,” Ljiljanich added.

The board also accepted the donation of a memorial red maple tree from the “A Step Back in Time Reunion” to commemorate classmates who have passed away.

Business Administrator Cindy Mackowiak gave the March treasurer’s report and noted due to a data error, the district received more STAR exemption money than previously anticipated.

The board also approved two actions to pay more on the bond anticipation note for the district’s capital project. Mackowiak, after conferring with the district’s financial advisor and auditor, advised the board to pay the extra in order to save as much as $150,000 on future interest. Because the project is nearing completion the BANs will be converted to long-term serial bonds. The state reimburses almost all of capital project costs.

The board will meet again on June 11.