Board of Education

The Valley Central School District Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the school district.  Board of Education decisions affect the education of our children and the well being of our community. 

The Valley Central District Goals adopted by the Board of Education are:  

  • To increase student achievement
  • To attract and retain a knowledgeable and dedicated staff
  • To serve as the cornerstone of the community
  • To maintain and improve facilities in order to support the previous goals listed.

Responsibilities of a Board Member

The Board of Education is a uniquely American institution. It keeps the country’s public schools flexible and responsive to the needs of their local communities. A member of a Board of Education in New York State takes on one of the most important responsibilities that can be assigned to any citizen: helping to plan the education of the community’s youth.

The main responsibility of the Board of Education is to establish policy for the management of the school district. The superintendent of schools, who is the chief executive officer of the district, is responsible for the administration of these policies.

Board of Education Meetings

School board meetings are held in public and conducted by the Board of Education under the legal authority of the State of New York. The meetings provide time for the board to carry out the tasks for which it is responsible. Typically, each meeting is composed of the following:

THE AGENDA

Copies of the agenda are available to the public at each meeting. The agenda outlines the order of business for each meeting. Agendas and supporting documentation are delivered to board members in advance of the meeting date to allow the board to study and review the information provided to them by the superintendent.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The public is invited to address the Board of Education during the public participation portion of the meeting. Community members who choose to speak are asked to state their name and address and, when appropriate, identify any organization they might be representing. The Board of Education President =confines the remarks of each speaker to a four minutes in order to give everyone who wishes to address the board an opportunity to speak. This also ensures that the board has time to complete its business. Speakers are cautioned during this forum not to address issues that are personal in nature or that identify specific personnel. Such issues should be discussed privately with the superintendent, school staff, or school board members.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board of Education also meets in executive session. These sessions may precede or follow regular meetings. Executive sessions are closed to the public since they relate to personnel matters, labor negotiations, legal issues, and other topics defined as confidential under the Open Meeting Law of the State of New York. All official actions, however, must and do take place at public meetings.

In addition to its regular meetings, it is sometimes necessary for the board to hold executive sessions. T and are for the discussion of sensitive subjects such as personnel matters and employee contract negotiations. 


Next Meeting of the Board of Education

The next meeting of the Board of Education will be held on May 20, 2020 at 6:00 pm. 

A Special Meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to take place on
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Due to an abundance of caution
with regard to the spread of COVID-19, and in accordance with Governor
Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily
suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person
access to public meetings, this special meeting of the Board of Education
of the Valley Central School District will be convened via teleconference
call. 
 
The public is cordially invited to listen to or observe the public business
being discussed by the Board of Education by accessing the District’s
Facebook page where we will provide a link to a live audio stream of the meeting, which will be recorded and later transcribed.

The May 20 BOE Meeting is  being livestreamed on the District’s Youtube Channel. The livestream begins at 6:00 pm. 

AGENDA: May 20, 2020

  1. Call to Order
  2. Pledge to Flag
  3. Adoption of Resolution:
    1. Appointment of Inspectors of Election (Revised)
  4. Adoption of Property Tax Report Card and 2020-2021 Budget
  5. First Reading of:
    1. Policy 0110  – Sexual Harassment (Revised)
    2. Regulation 0110-R – Sexual Harassment (Revised)
    3. Policy 0110.1 – Sexual Harassment of Students (New)
    4. Policy 0110.2 – Sexual Harassment of Employees (New)
    5. Policy 4740 – Honor Rolls (Revised)
    6. Regulation 4740-R – Honor Rolls (Removed)
    7. Policy 5500 – Student Records (Revised)
    8. Regulation 5500-R – Student Records (Revised)
    9. Policy 8635 – Information and Data Privacy, Security, Breach and Notification (Revised)
    10. Regulation 8635 – Information and Data Privacy, Security, Breach and Notification (Revised)
  6. Adoption of Resolution:
    1. VCTA Retirement Incentive
  7. Adoption of Resolution:
    1. 2019-2020 Student Calendar Modification
  8. Adjournment

Supporting Documents BOE 5.20.20