Board of Education

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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. Executive Sessions generally are for the discussion of sensitive subjects such as personnel matters and employee contract negotiations. 


Next Meeting of the Board of Education

The BOE will hold a Public Hearing  on the District Safety Plan on October 19, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.

PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that a Public Hearing will be held by the Board of
Education of the Valley Central School District on Monday, October 19, 2020, at 5:00 p.m. in the Administration Building at 944 State Route 17K, Montgomery, New York, for the purpose of reviewing the District’s Safety Plan, pursuant to Section 2801-a of the Education Law of the State of New York.
In 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, 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 YouTube Channel where we will provide a live stream of the meeting, which will be recorded and later transcribed. Information has been posted on our website with information on how to ask a question or make a statement about the District’s Safety Plan.

 Link to the Livestream Public Hearing: October 19th at 5:00 PM

AGENDA -October 19, 2020

I. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
II. REVIEW OF 2020-2021 DISTRICT SAFETY PLAN
III. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
IV. EXECUTIVE SESSION
V. ADJOURNMENT

An Executive Session is anticipated to take place on Monday, October 19, 2020 in the Administration Building immediately following the Public Hearing for the District Safety Plan, which begins at 5:00 p.m., for the purpose of discussing the employment history of particular personnel. No action is anticipated following Executive Session.

The next regular Board Meeting will be held on November 9th, 2020, at 6:30 pm.  

 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 regularly scheduled
meeting of the Board of Education of the Valley Central School District will
be convened via teleconference. 
 
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
YouTube Channel where we will provide a live audio stream of the meeting,
which will be recorded and later transcribed.

While the Board of Education meetings remain closed to the public in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order 202.1 temporarily suspending the requirements of the Open Meetings Law, we invite the public to submit a statement regarding any business that will be discussed or actions taken at this meeting. The link will be posted with the Agenda, and will accept responses until 12:00 PM on the day of the meeting

Statements and comments submitted will be read aloud during the Public Participation at the Board meeting. The Public Participation portion of the agenda will be limited to forty minutes.

A Link to the meeting will be posted here on the day of the meeting. 

Minutes and Livestreams of past meetings can be found here.