School Board Extends Superintendent's Contract; New Maple West Principal Named
At its Feb. 12 meeting, the Williamsville Board of Education voted to extend its contract with Superintendent Dr. Scott G. Martzloff through June 2022. The extension includes a 2.7 percent salary increase, effective January 1, 2019. All other contractual provisions remain the same as his current contract, which had been set to expire in May 2020.
"Dr. Martzloff has demonstrated his commitment to the district and is invested in our community,” Board President Shawn P. Lemay said. “As a board, we support the superintendent in his leadership role and support his partnership with our highly qualified teachers, administrators, support staff and families to continuously improve programs and services for our students.”
“I am extremely grateful for this vote of confidence from the board,” Dr. Martzloff said. “It is a privilege for me to serve the students, families, educators and staff of this wonderful community.”
Dr. Martloff became the superintendent of Williamsville Schools in August 2011 and leads Western New York’s largest suburban district with 13 schools and about 10,000 students. In the past seven years, he has led successful efforts to reduce class size, enhance school safety and security measures across the district, implement new mental health and emotional support programs for students, restore middle school foreign language programming, and drive technology integration across all grade levels. Seven annual budgets developed under his leadership have won overwhelming approval from voters and have come in below the state tax cap. During his tenure, the district successfully completed two capital projects including the 2015 athletic field project that provided the community with state-of-the-art sports facilities at each high school. This past December, Dr. Martzloff spearheaded a successful effort to win support for a third capital project that will improve and expand space for the district’s award-winning music program. In total, more than $80 million in capital improvements were approved while Dr. Martzloff has been at the helm, securing the community’s investment in its school facilities for generations to come without raising local taxes.
NEW MAPLE WEST PRINCIPAL APPOINTED
The board also appointed Jason Smith as the new principal for Maple West Elementary school. Smith has been principal at Harold O. Brumsted Elementary School in the Holland CSD for the past five years. Previously, he was an elementary school teacher in the Amherst CSD for three years and a special education and elementary teacher for eight years at the Enterprise Charter School in Buffalo. He has both bachelor and master degrees from SUNY Buffalo State. “I am so excited, I can’t wait,” Mr. Smith said. “I am honored to be part of your school district and the Maple West community.” Mr. Smith starts at Maple West on March 11, 2019.
Following its regular meeting, the board convened a budget work session, reviewing program continuation expenses and program support initiatives included in the 2019-2020 draft budget, as well as revenue projections based on state aid amounts provided in the Governor’s budget and the state tax cap for WCSD. Currently, 2019-2020 estimated revenues and proposed expenses result in a $2.3 million budget shortfall for the district. The Board will hold a public forum on the budget March 12. The budget presentation is available on the district website at www.williamsvillek12.org/budget.
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or read the School Board Notes for a quick recap of the meeting.