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 next regular Board Meeting will be held on April 19, 2021, at 6:30 pm.   This meeting will be held at Valley Central High School to accommodate COVID-19 social distance requirements. 

The Board of Education Meeting scheduled to take place on Monday, April  19, 2021 will be held at the Valley Central High School at 6:30 p.m.   The public is cordially invited to attend in person; however, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all visitors will be required to sign in, complete a health survey, wear a mask, socially distance and abide by all occupancy limits.  In the event that there is an exposure at the meeting, you will be contacted by the Orange County Department of Health regarding quarantining.

A live stream of the meeting will be broadcast on the District’s YouTube
channel. A link to the stream will be provided on the District website on the day of the meeting.

A Special Meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to take
place on Thursday, April 22, 2021, at 5:15 p.m. in the Administration
Building for the purpose of voting on the 2021-2022 Orange-Ulster BOCES
Budget and Board of Education seats (2). Action is anticipated to be taken
at this Special Meeting.
The Board of Education will then move into Executive Session to
review the employment history of tenure candidates and to discuss pending
litigation. No action is anticipated following Executive Session.
Due to an abundance of caution with regard to the spread of COVID-
19, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 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 closed to the public. However, 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
video stream of the meeting, which will be recorded and later transcribed.

A live stream of the meeting will be broadcast on the District’s YouTube channel.  A link to the stream will be provided on the District website on the day of the meeting.

 

AGENDA- Monday, April 19  6:30 PM
Valley Central High School,  North Cafeteria

I. CALL TO ORDER
II. PLEDGE TO FLAG
III. CORRESPONDENCE
IV. COMMENDATIONS
V. PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 3/22/21
FINANCIAL REPORT
A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for March
B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for March
C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for March
D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for March
E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for March
F. Acceptance of Investment Report for March
G. Acceptance of Budget Transfer Report for March
RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE
FOR APPROVAL
A. Approval of Overnight Trip Request:
1. Valley Central High School – JROTC

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Acceptance of Juul Agreement

B. Acceptance of Resignations:
Noninstructional
1. Marlene Marcano, Typist (SRP Unit), Valley Central School District,
effective June 30, 2021
2. Linda Davis, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District,
for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021
3. Beverly Decker, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School,
effective April 19, 2021
4. Shirley Jefferson, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary
School, effective April 23, 2021
5. Donna Massey, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School,
effective April 1, 2021
Cocurricular
1. Sonny Davoren, Junior Varsity Softball Coach, p/t, Valley Central
School District, effective April 19, 2021
C. Approval of Leaves of Absence:
Instructional
1. Erika Machuca, Art Teacher, Valley Central High School, for
childcare purposes, effective May 4, 2021 through June 18, 2021

Noninstructional
1. Allison Gillette, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District,
for childcare purposes, effective through June 30, 2021

D. Approval of Appointments:
Administrative
1. Summer School Co-Principals, p/t, Valley Central School District,
effective Summer 2021 – See Separate Listing
[Annual Appointment]
Instructional
1. High School Science Curriculum Writing Staff, p/t, Summer 2021,
Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing
[Annual Appointment]
2. Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective
2020–2021 School Year – See Separate Listing
[Annual Appointment]
Noninstructional
1. Marlene Marcano, Typist (Confidential Unit), Valley Central School
District, effective July 1, 2021

2. Brittany Brown, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District,
effective April 20, 2021

3. Beverly Decker, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District,
effective April 20, 2021

4. Kim Allard, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District,
effective April 20, 2021

5. Mariam Miller, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School,
effective April 20, 2021

6. Travis Phillips, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District,
effective April 20, 2021

7. Hilda Rodriguez Roman, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Walden
Elementary School, effective April 20, 2021

8. Substitute Paraprofessional/Food Service Helpers, p/t, Valley Central
School District, effective 2020–2021 School Year – See Separate
Listing
[Annual Appointment]
Cocurricular
1. Lara Keenan, Non-Paid Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach, Valley
Central School District, effective Spring 2021
[Annual Appointment]

VI. REPORTS
A. Student Representatives’ Report
B. Superintendent’s Report
C. Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
1. Curriculum & Instruction
2. Human Resources
D. School Business Official’s Report
E. COVID-19 Update
F. Technology Update – Christopher Mohr
G. Racial and Social Equity Committee – Sonia Lewis
H. Valley Central Education Foundation – Joseph Bond
I. Capital Project Communications Report – Patricia Behr
VII. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
VIII. OLD BUSINESS

A. Adoption of Property Tax Report Card and 2021-2022 Budget

IX. NEW BUSINESS

A. Approval of Candidates Forum Offer by PTA Council
B. Discussion of Petitions for Board Candidate Seats and
Procedure for Selection of Placement on Ballot
     Petitions due to District Clerk by Monday, April 19, 2021
      at 5:00 p.m.
Announcement of Selection of Candidates’ Placement on the
Ballot – Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at Central Office

C. Approval of Terms and Conditions:
1. Bonadio & Co., LLP – External Auditor
D. Approval of Curriculum Writing:
1. K-12 Library Media
E. Approval of Middle School Course Proposals
F. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
and Green Chimneys Children’s Services
G. Adoption of Resolution: Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of Refund Due to Court Order and Judgment
1. Newburgh Hotel, LLC
IX. ADJOURNMENT

ADDENDUM AGENDA

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

B. Acceptance of Resignations:
Noninstructional
6. Cathleen Curti, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, for
retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021
D. Approval of Appointments:
Noninstructional
9. Samantha Veaz, Senior Account Clerk, Valley Central School District, effective on or about May 7, 2021

PRINTABLE AGENDA – April 19, 2021

SUPPORTING DOCUMENTS. REV-April 19, 2021

      Links

      Livestream of April 22, 2021 BOE Meeting

      Livestream of April 19, 2021 BOE Meeting

      Livestreams of past meetings can be found here.