Cattaraugus-Little Valley Appoints Board Members

CATTARAUGUS – After several months of operating with a deficiency in the way of members, the Cattaraugus-Little Valley Central School District’s Board of Education is back to full strength.

At its recent meeting, the board established that Wayne Marsh will fill the vacant position through its expiration in May, when he may choose to run in the district’s board elections for a full-length term.

According to Jon Peterson, superintendent, Marsh was one of two applicants for the position, which was vacated at the beginning of summer. Peterson said Marsh’s appointment to the position will take place during the next board meeting, and is being viewed as beneficial to both parties.

“Both the board and Mr. Marsh felt the same way,” Peterson said. “It’s a great way for him to see if it’s something that he’s interested in, and it gives him a chance to get his feet wet. It’s hard to go from not being on a Board of Education to being on one, there’s a huge learning curve.”

Also taking place at the meeting was the introduction and swearing in of three of the four students – two juniors and two seniors – as student board members for the duration of the 2013-14 school year.

“That was exciting,” Peterson said. “I’m excited for the perspective that the students will bring to the board. And it’s educational for the students, too, to see and learn about some of the difficult decisions board members have to make. So, I’m looking forward to that.”

Additionally, Peterson said the district’s taxpayers voted to have an ex officio student board member for the first time.

Also of note was an update on the district’s current capital project regarding the athletic field bleachers, which Peterson said is in the process of winding down.

“We’re using some (furniture, fixtures and equipment) funding to, basically, kind of protect our investment and to be able to close off the back of our bleachers with some fencing to store track and field equipment,” he said.

Peterson said the district is also working with a vendor for the purpose of putting in a second set of speakers for the athletic field’s public address system. He said the current set up consists of built-in speakers housed within the field scoreboard, which is inefficient because the sound is often carried away by the wind when it blows away from the field.

“We’re going to consider putting speakers in at the other end of the stadium so it’s not just blaring from one source. It’s kind of a surround-sound type of theory,” he said.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. in the middle/high school library.