Weekly Feature

2017-07-13 / Education

Maryvale appoints intermediate principal, reorganizes in first 2017-18 meeting

by BRYAN JACKSON
Editor

Three weeks to the day after the Maryvale Board of Education accepted the resignation of former Intermediate School Principal Margaret Aldrich, who took a job in the Clarence Central School District, the board appointed Eileen Crumb to fill the position.

Crumb most recently served as assistant principal at Buffalo’s PS 99 Stanley M. Makowski Early Childhood Center, an International Baccalaureate World School for kindergarten through fourth grade. According to the school’s website, IB schools provide a program that “aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

In addition to her time with Buffalo Public Schools, Crumb served as a teacher and administrator in the Niagara Falls City School District and as an administrator at Windsor Public Schools in Windsor, Connecticut.

After the meeting, Crumb said she believes that the transition into Maryvale would be seamless.

“All of the things with the professional learning community that they’ve started here is really what I like to do. It’s my leadership style,” she said, referring to Professional Learning Communities, or PLCs, which are groups of teachers who develop instructional strategies and possible interventions for students.

Crumb praised Maryvale’s community-driven environment and the board’s vision. She was looking forward to helping shape that districtwide outlook.

“I love working with different teams of teachers and parents and students to accomplish our goals, and working together to set those goals,” she said. “I feel like Maryvale’s got a great start in that already. That’s where they’re headed, so I love being able to come in and pick up where they’ve started and enhance it any way I can.”

In other matters, the board:

• Elected Brian Pilarski president and Craig Meyers vice president in unanimous votes. Pilarski and Meyers will swap positions for the new fiscal year, as Pilarski served as vice president and Meyers as president in 2016-17.

• Approved changes to the athletic code of conduct that explicitly name tobacco and vaping paraphernalia as “severe violations.” Athletic Director Steve Griffin requested the change due to the increased prevalence of electronic cigarettes and other vaping paraphernalia, according to a June 19 memo he sent to the board.

Maryvale’s next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 7, in the Samuel R. Bennett Building, 1050 Maryvale Drive.

email: bjackson@beenews.com

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