Superintendent of Schools
Secretary: Ms. Laurie Coccionitti
March 11, 2020 edition of the Amherst Bee
Williamsville Schools Finalize Budget, School Security Top Priority
Each year Foundation Aid Funding from New York State is at the forefront of the conversation as we work towards finalizing our budget.
Presently, the Williamsville Central School District is owed $12.6 million in Foundation Aid by the state. This funding from the state is critical in providing the resources necessary to fully support instructional programs for our students so they can succeed at the highest level.
We must continue to advocate for the full funding our students deserve and we encourage you to reach out to elected officials and express your concerns that we need more funding for the Williamsville Central School District. We have a letter available for you on WITS and on our website that you can send to legislators.
While it’s unclear how much Foundation Aid the District will receive this year, the 2020-2021 preliminary budget aims to keep all of our programs and staff levels to support students.
The Board of Education will hold a budget work session on Tuesday, March 31, and will adopt the 2020-2021 budget on Tuesday, April 21. The annual budget hearing will be held on Thursday, May 7. The community is scheduled to vote on Tuesday, May 19.
Every year, school security remains our top priority. At the Board of Education meeting in March, we presented our ‘School Security Improvement Project’, a $43.2 million proposal designed to increase safety for students and staff at all 13 of our schools.
When some of schools were first constructed, security wasn’t necessarily a top priority as they were built and designed to be open to the community. However, social changes have required us to re-think security across the District. Secured entrances, an emergency lockdown system, “shatter proof” protection on windows and doors, along with security barriers are some of the improvements we intend to make.
The project will not increase local property taxes. The way the district accomplishes this is by paying off debt and paying for new projects with the same level of debt service.
With safety and security in mind, thanks to our partnership with the Town of Amherst, in January we added two new full-time School Resource Officers (SROs) from the Amherst Police Department.
The District now has three uniformed officers on school grounds throughout the school day.
Joining the District is Officer Andrew Heim, who has an office at Williamsville North, and Officer James Persons, who has an office at Williamsville South. Officer Andrew Edwards, who joined the District in February of 2019, has an office at Williamsville East.
While the SROs are stationed on the high school campuses, they also work closely with the elementary and middle schools.
We had an incredibly strong first half of the school year, and we look forward to continuing to provide our community with the best in education.
Bio-Brief: Dr. Scott G. Martzloff began his tenure as Superintendent of Schools for the Williamsville Central School District on August 1, 2011. Prior to his appointment in Williamsville, the Rochester (NY) native was the superintendent of the Byron-Bergen Central School District, a rural district in Genesee County, for two years. Dr. Martzloff also worked eight years for the Rochester City School District, a large urban district with over 32,000 students, where he was an administrator for operations and served as a high school assistant principal. He began his career as a special education teacher in the Rush-Henrietta CSD located in suburban Rochester where he also served as an assistant principal.
Dr. Martzloff received his bachelor’s degree in biology from the College of The Holy Cross in Worcester, MA and earned his master’s degree in educational administration from the State University of New York at Brockport. He received a doctorate in education from the University of Rochester and holds permanent certification as a school district administrator in New York State.