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School Board plans paperless future

The Williamsville School Board may soon be the first in the region to go "paperless," substituting document viewing on iPads for reams of binder-bound policies and resolutions.

In response to board member requests, Superintendent Scott Martzloff and technology director Peter Ciarelli said Tuesday that board documents could be made accessible online to all board members through the district's secured website. At meetings, board members would be loaned school iPads to view the documents.

A test run could occur as soon as the August board meeting, Martzloff said.

In other news, the board:

*Said a long goodbye to two board members, one-term member Eugene Covelli and veteran William Freeman. Freeman received extended praise from colleagues and parents for his 13 years of service, including three years as board president.

"Bill has contributed his knowledge and business skills to help set a prudent, fiscally responsible course for the school district while always looking to do what is best for students," Martzloff said.

Board member Ronald Shubert added, "As board president for three years, Bill taught us what real leadership is, taking us through one of the most difficult budgets in the history of the district."

*Extended the district's thoughts and prayers to Briana Francois and Erin Suszynski, who were struck by a car as they attempted to cross Maple Road on Saturday. The Mill Middle School students were critically injured, though Briana's condition was upgraded to "serious" Tuesday.

*Heard from Susan Sharp, a parent of middle school and high school students, who detailed instances of insensitivity and bullying that she said her children faced from some teachers. She asked that any anti-bullying program adopted by the district include sensitivity training for all district employees.

*Abolished the positions of a business teacher, health teacher, seven school monitors and four laborers. The 13 cuts stem from district budget cuts made for the 2012-13 school year.

*Recognized Nabeel Rahman, a Scripps National Spelling Bee finalist for three years in a row. He tied for 10th place last month out of 278 contestants. In recognition of him, the board played a funny and whimsical three-minute video produced by ESPN that will soon be posted as a news item to the district's web page, www.williamsvillek12.org.

*Recognized East High School seniors Jonathan Er and Daniel Rubin for earning perfect scores of 36 on the ACT college admissions exams. Jonathan was also a semifinalist for the 2012 U.S. Presidential Scholars Program.

email: stan@buffnews.com