The Williamsville School Board named a new high school principal Tuesday night and got an update on the district’s financial health.
Former Assistant Principal Keith Boardman was named the new, permanent principal of Williamsville South High School. He assumes the position formerly held by Daniel Ljiljanich, who left the district earlier this year to become superintendent of the Silver Creek Central School District.
Boardman served as a teacher for 10 years in Pittsford and previously served as assistant principal of South High for three years. He said he was excited to step up to a greater leadership role in a “destination district.”
“I couldn’t be more proud to take this job,” he said.
Superintendent Scott Martzloff said Boardman “rose to the top” in a lengthy interview process.
“He is very student-centered, and incredibly invested in the South High School community,” Martzloff said.
In other news, the board:
• Received an audit report of the district that shows that as of June 30, the district was in a “sound, solid fiscal position.” But Wayne Drescher, of the Drescher and Malecki law firm, urged the School Board to remain vigilant.
The district had $50.6 million in reserves. Of that amount, $6.3 million is unreserved and not earmarked for specific projects, which is within district parameters, Drescher said.
“You are prepared for the challenges ahead, but those challenges are not small, whatsoever,” he said.
He pointed specifically to the doubling of state pension contributions for district employees, an increase that is unlikely to change over the next few years.
“Don’t feel too comfortable because it won’t get any easier for the Board of Education,” Drescher said.
• Approved a capital project proposition of $16.75 million for a variety of districtwide construction projects. Of the total proposition amount, $1.45 million would come from capital reserves. Another $1.8 million would come from budget transfers, and the remaining $13.5 million would be borrowed.
Among the projects that would be covered by the capital project plan: improve the safety of drop off/pick up areas at Maple West Elementary, Transit Middle and South High schools; add up to three additional security cameras in school buildings; replace computer lab air conditioning at the middle schools; partially replace the roof at South High; and renovate bathrooms and replace lockers at East High School. The vote on the capital proposition is Dec. 4 at North High School.
• Heard a lengthy report on the district’s new head injury management program, which was described as “a leader in the state for head injury protocols.” Injured students must be symptom-free for at least 24 hours, among other things, to be allowed to return to district game play.
Last school year, the district had 118 total athlete head injuries at the middle and high school levels, and 62 reported non-athlete head injuries, according to the district’s concussion management team. The team said district sport head injuries were greatest in football (32), followed by lacrosse (14), cheerleading (14) and wrestling (13).