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Nevergold responds to Paladino.pdf

Nevergold responds to Paladino.pdf

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Board President Barbara Nevergold responds via memo to all of Carl Paladino's 32 issues/motions, which he is bringing forward for consideration at his first regular board meeting.
Board President Barbara Nevergold responds via memo to all of Carl Paladino's 32 issues/motions, which he is bringing forward for consideration at his first regular board meeting.

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Buffalo Board ofEducation
801 City HallBuffalo, NY 14202716-816-3570 / 716-851-3937 (fax)
 
Memo
To:
CarlPaladino
cc:
BoardMembers,Dr.BrownandSeniorStaff 
 
From:
BarbaraA.Nevergold,PhD,President
Date:
July10,2013
Re:
InitialAgendaofIssuesandMotionsfortheMeetingofJuly10,2013
Dr.BrownandIhavehadachancetothoroughlyreviewyourmotions/issuespacket,whichwassenttovariousindividualsalongwithBoardMembersandSuperintendentBrownonFriday,July5,2013,andtheamendedmotions/issues,whichweresentbyyouonMonday,July8,2013.Althoughtherearewrittenresponsestoseveralissuesinthismemo,theSuperintendentwillbepreparedtorespondduringOpenSession.ThereareanumberofMotionsandIssues,howeverthatIamrecommendingbereferredtoBoardCommittees,theSuperintendentandstaff,fortworeasons:Firstandmostimportantly,anumberofthesemotionswilldirectlyimpactvariousstakeholdersespeciallystudentsandfamilies.Asanexample,Issue#1–BOCES–Motion#18-
“thatBPSenterintoanagreementwithBOCEStoenrollstudentsintheirvocationalprogramsincludingitsCareerTechProgramtonotonlyenrollitsundisciplinedandviolentstudentswhoareotherwisesuspended,stayinghomeortransferredfromschooltoschooldisruptinganddisturbingtheclassroom,butalsotohelpeducatethemanystudentsforwhovocationaltrainingismoreappropriatethancollegevocations.”
ThesemotionswillnotonlyrequirethattheBoarddoduediligenceinresearchingandgatheringinformation,reviewingpolicyanddata,butalsorequirethatweseekpublicinputandfeedbackbeforeanyplanofthismagnitudeisinstituted.I’mcertainthatyourecognizeandsupporttheneedfortheBoardtoactresponsiblyandtobeopenandtransparentinallofitsdeliberations.DiscussionsthatallowpublicfeedbackoccurinBoardcommitteesessions;atregularBoardmeetingsduringthePublicCommentsessionandatspecialcommunitymeetings
 
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thatwillbescheduled.IbelievethatitisimperativetoprovidetheseopportunitiesforthebroadestpossiblecommunicationofBoarddeliberationspriortotheadoptionofnewpolicies.Inaddition,therearetwopertinentBoardPoliciesthataddressBoardmeetingprotocolandarerelevanttoyouragendarequest:1510---RegularBoardMeetings,and1511---AgendaFormat/BoardMeetingProcedures.Policy1510discusseswhatandwhenBoardMemberscanbringitemstotheregularBoardMeetings.ThekeytimingissuesarepreparationoftheBoardagendaaweekbeforetheregularBoardMeetingandBoardMemberspresentingitemsatleast48hoursinadvanceofthemeeting.Mr.Paladino,whileyoumetthe48-hourrequirement,thereareotheraspectsofthefilingsandBoardmeetingproceduresthatmustbelookedatincludingPolicy1511.Policy1511describestheagendaformat,butmoreimportantlydiscussesBoardMeetingProcedures.Iwouldliketoshareacriticalparagraphinthepolicy.
"TheBoardofEducationshallnotattempttodecideuponanyquestionunderconsiderationbeforeexaminingandevaluatingrelevantinformation.TheSuperintendentofSchoolsshallbegivenanopportunitytoexamineandtoevaluateallsuchinformation,andtorecommendactionbeforetheBoardattemptstomakeadecision."
IbelieveitisapparenttoanyonewhohasreceivedthepacketorunderstandstheissuesathandthatunderPolicy1511theSuperintendentcouldnothaveexaminedalltheseissuesandtheBoardMemberscannotattempttomakeadecisionuntiltheitemshavebeenproperlyevaluated.Withthatsaid,toreiterate,IamrecommendingthatallbutsixoftheseissuesbesenttotheBoard'svariouscommittees,andtotheSuperintendentandstaffforthoroughreview.IhaveselectedthecommitteesordesignatedotheritemsfortheSuperintendentandstaffaftercarefulreviewwithDr.Brown.Issuesfortonightinclude:
Issue#3Reorganization
PursuanttoEducationLaw2566(attached),theSuperintendentinBuffalohasjurisdictionovertheexemptemployeeswithinbudgetedamounts.
Issue#15Unionleaveandreimbursement
TheSchoolDistrictcurrentlyhasapprovedrequestsfromtheBuffaloTeachersFederation(approx.3500teachers),andtheBuffaloEducationalSupportTeam(approx.800aides/assistants)forreimbursementofthesalaryandbenefitsoftheirpresident'swhileonleavefromhis/herduties.Mr.Rumore,whilestillpresidentoftheBTF,hasretiredthusthereisnoneedtorequestreliefofteachingduties.TheotherunionshavenotrequestedsuchleaveandthismaybeattributabletofullreimbursementofsalaryandbenefitstotheDistrict.
Issue#23BoardofEducation’sDisclosure
PleaseseetheBoardofEducation’scurrentEthicsPolicy(attached).BoardMemberscurrentlydiscloseallfamilyrelationshipswhenvotingonitemsrelatedtohim/herandrecusethemselves.BoardMemberscurrentlycompletetheBuffaloCity’sDisclosureForm.
 
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Issue#25LegislativeDelegationMeetings
(1)
 
TheBuffaloBoardofEducationcurrentlyschedulesseveralmeetingsayearwiththeWNYDelegationinbothAlbanyandBuffaloandpreparesalegislativeagenda.Mr.LicataservesastheBoardChairmanandwillbekeepingtheBoardMembersinformedofthemeetings/legislativeagenda.(2)
 
TheSchoolDistrictcurrentlybelongstotheConferenceofBig5SchoolDistrictsalongwithRochester,Syracuse,YonkersandNewYorkCity.TheDistrictisalsoamemberoftheErieCountySchoolBoardsAssociationwhichincludesallthelocalschooldistricts.
Issue#27GraduationRates
Informationongraduationratesiscurrentlybeinggathered,andwillbereleasedtotheBoardMembersassoonasitisavailable.
Issue#30
WillbediscussedinExecutiveSessiontonight
 
FornewBoardMembersaretreatwithalltheBoardMembersandtheSuperintendentiscriticaltounderstandingtheworkingsoftheBoardandhowthebusinessmeetingsoftheSchoolBoardareconducted.Asyouknow,IhaverequestedproposalsforaretreatpresenterandhaveaskedBoardMemberstoreviewtheircalendarsfordatesbeforetheendofthesummer.Finally,Iwouldliketothankyouandtorecognizeyourgenerousdecisiontowaiveyourannualstipendandcontributeittothe8schoolsinyourdistrict.IwillaskDr.BrownandChiefFinancialOfficerBarbaraSmithtofacilitatethisrequest.Issue#Action1ReferredtotheEducationalSupportCommitteewithassistancefromFinance2ReferredtoSuperintendentBrownandstaff4ReferredtotheExecutiveAffairsCommittee/BoardPresident/DistrictLegalCounsel/OutsideCounsel5SuperintendentBrownandLegalDepartment6DistrictsLegalCounsel7ReferredtotheEducationalSupportCommittee8SuperintendentBrownandOutsideCounsel9SuperintendentBrownandStaff10ReferredtotheEducationalSupportCommittee11ReferredtotheStudentAchievementCommittee12SuperintendentBrownandStaff13ReferredtotheExecutiveAffairsCommitteeandDistrict’sLegalCounsel14ReferredtotheFinanceandOperationsCommittee/SuperintendentBrownandCFOBarbaraSmith

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