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

 

A Special Meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to take
place on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Administration
Building, for the purpose of a Board Retreat during which Board operations
and procedures will be discussed. It is anticipated that the Board will move
into Executive Session for its discussion as the topics addressed may touch
on confidential student matters. No Board action is anticipated to take place.

 

The next Board Meeting will be held on August 10, 2020, at 7:00 pm.  

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education that was scheduled to take
place on Monday, August 10, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. has been rescheduled for
Monday, August 10, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. 

Due to an abundance of caution with regard to the spread of COVID-19,
and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12 th  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.

Here is the link for the August 10, 2020 BOE meeting which starts at  7:00 PM

Here is the link for the 2nd part of the August 10, 2020 BOE meeting

Agenda: August 10, 2020

I. CALL TO ORDER
II. PLEDGE TO FLAG
III. CORRESPONDENCE
IV. COMMENDATIONS
V. PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
A. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 7/20/20

FINANCIALS
A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for June
B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for June
C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for June
D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for June
E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for June
F. Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for June
G. Acceptance of Investment Report for June
H. Approval of General Fund June Budget Transfer

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE
FOR APPROVAL
A. Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
Public Participation at Board Meetings
B. Acceptance of Donation:
Walden Elementary School
Library Books – Mr. Zach KuenziC. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
and Greenburgh North Castle UFSD
D. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
and Anderson Center for Autism
E. Consideration of Anticipated Overnight Trip Requests:
1. Valley Central High School – Music Department
2. Valley Central High School – Science Olympiad
3. Valley Central High School – National Art Honor Society
4. Valley Central High School – Math League
5. Valley Central High School – Freshman Class
6. Valley Central High School – Sophomore Class
7. Valley Central High School – Senior Class
8. Valley Central High School – JROTC
9. Valley Central High School – Science Research (Two)
SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Approval of Reduction in Force or Excessed Personnel:
Instructional
1. Tenure Area of Position Eliminated and Person within Tenure Area
who shall be Excessed, Valley Central School District, effective June
30, 2020 – See Separate Listing
B. Acceptance of Resignations:
Instructional
1. Art Teacher, Valley Central School District, effective
July 21, 2020
Noninstructional
1. Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District,
effective August 31, 2020
2. Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District,
effective August 10, 2020
Extracurricular
1.  Drama Club Advisor, p/t, Walden Elementary School,
effective September 1, 2020

C. Approval of Leaves of Absence:
Administrative
1. Assistant Director of Special Education, Valley
Central School District, effective August 11, 2020

Instructional
1. Art Teacher, Valley Central High School, for
childcare purposes, effective on or about December 14, 2020 through
January 21, 2021
[Childcare Leave]
Noninstructional
1. Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery
Elementary School, for Medical Leave purposes, effective 2020 –
2021 School Year
D. Approval of Appointments:
Administrative
1. Georgia Patchen, Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Programs,
Valley Central School District, effective August 11, 2020

Instructional
1. Jeffrey Mann, certified in General Science 7-12 and Biology 7-12,
appointed to a three-year probationary period in the Science tenure
area, commencing September 1, 2020 and ending September 1, 2023*

2. Department Chairpersons and Team Leaders, p/t, Valley Central High
School, Valley Central Middle School, Berea Elementary School and
Montgomery Elementary School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year
– See Separate Listings
[Annual Appointment]
3. Community-as-School Liaison, p/t, Valley Central
High School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year
[Annual Appointment]

*To the extent applicable under Education Law Section 3012-d and the
accompanying Commissioner’s Regulation, in order to be considered for
tenure, teachers and principals appointed to a four-year probationary
period must have received an APPR rating of effective or highly effective
in three of the four probationary years and must not receive an ineffective
in the fourth year.
Noninstructional
1.  Paraprofessional (12-month), p/t, Human Resources
Department, Valley Central School District, effective August 11, 2020
[Transfer Replacement]
2. Water Treatment Operator, p/t, Valley Central
School District, effective July 13, 2020
[Retirement Replacement]
3.  Paraprofessional (LPN), Valley Central School District,
effective September 1, 2020
[Extension of Full-Time Appointment]
4.  Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle
School, effective September 1, 2020
[I.E.P. Mandate]
5. Summer 2020 Paraprofessional Staff, p/t, Valley Central School
District – See Separate Listing
[Annual Appointment]
Extracurricular
1. Advisors, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, Berea Elementary
School, Montgomery Elementary School and Walden Elementary
School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Separate Listings
[Annual Appointment]
E. Approval of Contract Terms and Conditions:
1. Ellen McGoldrick, Assistant to the Superintendent/District Clerk

VI. REPORTS
A. Superintendent’s Report
B. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
C. School Business Official’s Report
D. Review of Projected Enrollment – September 2020
E. Racial Equity in Education Committee – July 23, 2020 & August 6, 2020
F. MHSSC Summer Law Conference – August 7, 2020

VII. OLD BUSINESS
A. Approval of Student Calendar Modification
B. Second and Final Reading of:
1. Policy 5311.5 – Student Dress Code (Revised)

VIII. NEW BUSINESS
A. First Reading of:
1. Policy 0110 Sexual Harassment (Removed)
2. Regulation 0110 Sexual Harassment (Removed)
3. Policy 0110.1 – Sexual Harassment of Students (New)
4. Regulation 0110.1 – Sexual Harassment of Students (New)
5. Policy 0110.2 – Sexual Harassment of Employees (New)
6. Regulation 0110.2 – Sexual Harassment of Employees (New)
7. Exhibit 3230-E Organizational Chart (Revised)
B. Review of Curricula:
1. Elements of Science (Viking Program)
2. Seminar For Life (Freshman Skills Seminar)
C. Adoption of Resolutions:
1. Appointment of 2020-2021 Title IX Coordinator
2. Appointment of 2020-2021 Appeals Hearing Officer

IX. ADJOURNMENT

Supporting Documents 8.10.20