Board of Education

Advocacy at Valley Central School District

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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 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.

While the regular meetings of the Board of Education were closed to the public or people were unable to attend due to illness or quarantine protocols, we invited the public to submit a statement to be read during the Public Participation portion of the Board meeting.  Since we have resumed in-person meetings, we welcome the public to attend our meetings and speak during Public Participation regarding any business that will be discussed or actions taken at the meetings.  Please be advised that statements and comments received electronically will not be read during the meeting.

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 Public Hearing to Review the District Safety Plan will be held Monday, September 13,  2021 at 5:30 p.m. at the Administration Building. 

The Board of Education is scheduled to meet on Monday, September 13,2021, at 6:30 p.m. at the Administration Building. 

The public is cordially invited to attend or listen to and observe the public business being discussed by the Board of Education by accessing the District’s YouTube Channel where we will provide a livestream of the meeting.

Effective August 16, 2021, the Valley Central School District is requiring the wearing of face masks in all buildings, for all faculty, staff, students, and visitors, regardless of vaccination status.

Public Hearing Agenda- District Safety Plan

 

I. WELCOME AND INTRODUCTIONS
II. REVIEW OF 2021-2022 DISTRICT SAFETY PLAN
III. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
IV. EXECUTIVE SESSION
V. ADJOURNMENT

Agenda of the Next Meeting of the BOE

Monday, September 13, 2021

I. CALL TO ORDER
II. PLEDGE TO FLAG
III. CORRESPONDENCE
IV. COMMENDATIONS

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

  1. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 8/23/21

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL

  1. Declaration of Obsolete Equipment/Textbooks: 
  2. Middle School – English Textbooks 
  3. Buildings & Grounds – Kitchen Equipment

 

V. SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Acceptance of Resignations:

Instructional

  1. Vincent Pettine, 5th Grade Team Leader, p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, effective September 1, 2021

 

Noninstructional

  1. Eric Guarneri, Night Custodial Supervisor, Valley Central High School, effective August 31, 2021
  2. Colleen Maier, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central High School, effective September 13, 2021
  3. Hilda Rodriguez Roman, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective August 31, 2021
  4. Eugene Cummings, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 23, 2021        
  5. Geraldine Accettulli, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2021
  6. Katelyn Pastena, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Approval of Appointments:

       Instructional

      1. Stephanie Harrigan, certified in Speech and Language Disabilities, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Speech tenure area, commencing October 13, 2021 and ending October 13, 2025*
      2. Linda Cooney, certified in Special Education, appointed to a leave replacement position (Regular Substitute) in the Special Education area, effective for the 2021 – 2022 School Year
      3. Brenna Cooney, certified in Students with Disabilities (1-6) and Childhood Education (1-6), appointed to a leave replacement position (Regular Substitute) in the Special Education area, effective for the 2021 – 2022 School Year
      4. Tiffani Garrison, Team Leader, p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year
      5. Valley Central Evening High School Staff, p/t, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing
      6. Elementary AIS Morning Program Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing
      7. 2021 – 2022 Grad Point Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School – See Separate Listing
      8. (From Addendum Agenda)Anthony Vallo, certified in English Language Arts 7-12, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the English tenure area, commencing September 14, 2021 and ending September 14, 2025*

      9. After School Tutoring Program, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing
      10. Substitute Teachers/Home Tutors, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing

      *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. Colleen Maier, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021
      2. Terri Warrington, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021
      3. Angela Adjei, Registered School Nurse, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021
      4. Jill Cucuzza, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective October 1, 2021
      5. Lorna Mallay, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021         [Resignation Replacement]
      6. Milagros Maldonado, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective September 14, 2021 through June 25, 2021
      7. Denyse Heine, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021
      8. Dawn Stokes, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021
      9. Substitute Paraprofessionals/RN/Clerical/Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Separate Listing

      Extracurricular

       

      1. Eric Guarneri, Advisor, p/t Lighting Technician, Valley Central High School, effective  2021 – 2022 School Year
      2. Elaine Keefer, Gradus Honoris Advisor, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year

      VI. REPORTS

      1. Superintendent Report
      2. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Report
      3. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Report
      4. School Business Official Report
      5. Enrollment Report – September 8, 2021
      6. COVID-19/Back to School Report
      7. OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – September 1, 2021
      8. Racial and Social Equity Committee Report  
      9. High School Presentation:
      1. Community As School Program 
      2. Career and College Readiness 

      10. Community Participation

        VII. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION 

            VIII. OLD BUSINESS

        1. Approval of World Language Curricula:
        1. Spanish A1 &  Spanish A2
        2. Spanish C1 & Spanish C2
        3. Second and Final Reading of:
            1. Policy 1530 – Smoking and Vaping on School Premises (Revised)
            2. Exhibit 3230-E – Organizational Chart (Revised)
            3. Policy 4000 – Instructional Goals (Revised)
            4. Regulation 5420-R – Student Health Services (Revised)
            5. Policy 5460 – Child Abuse, Maltreatment or Neglect in a Domestic Setting (Revised)
            6. Regulation 5460-R – Child Abuse, Maltreatment or Neglect in a Domestic Setting (Revised)
            7. Policy 8112 – Health and Safety Committee (Revised)
            8. Policy 8220 – Buildings and Grounds Maintenance and Inspection (Revised)

          IX. NEW BUSINESS

            1. Approval of Bid Recommendations:Health, Physical Education & Athletics 
            2. Approval of Charter Revision:National Social Studies Honor Society
            3. Acceptance of NYS Comptroller’s Audit Corrective Action Plan

                X. ADJOURNMENT

                Link To Access Regular Meeting 9.13 Agenda in Google Docs

                Supporting Documents 9.13.2021

                Link to Public Hearing and BOE Meeting 9.13.2021