Saratoga School Board Agenda | Standardized Tests | Tuition Payments

CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT SARATOGA SPRINGS, NEW YORK 12866 REGULAR MEETING OF THE SARATOGA SPRINGS BOARD OF EDUCATION

APRIL 9, 2013 6:30 P.M. – BOARD OF EDUCATION TRUSTEES – BUILDING TOUR DOROTHY NOLAN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL 7:00 P.M.

I. II. III.

ROLL CALL PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE MINUTES Recommend the Board approve the minutes for the March 19, 2013 Special Meeting and the March 26, 2013 Regular Meeting of the Board of Education. Copies of the minutes were previously distributed to Board members.

IV.

COMMUNICATIONS Communications of interest to Board of Education members will be circulated during the meeting.

V. VI.

PUBLIC HEARING BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS         Saratoga County School Boards Association New York State School Boards Association WSWHE BOCES Policy Advisory Committee Finance Advisory Committee Superintendent Evaluation Form Committee Property Administration Advisory Committee APPR Advisory Committee

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VII.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS A. Superintendent’s Comments

Board of Education Meeting April 9, 2013

 Superintendent Piccirillo will recognize Dorothy Nolan Elementary School students.  Budget Discussion B.

State of the Building Update
Principal Kevin Froats will present a status report relative to shared decision making and the overall state of the Dorothy Nolan Elementary School.

VIII. OLD BUSINESS - NONE IX. NEW BUSINESS A.

Committee on Special Education and Committee on Preschool Special Education Pupil Placements
The recommendations of the Committee on Preschool Special Education and the Committee on Special Education for pupils’ placement arrangements are referred to the Board for approval. Copies of these recommendations have been previously sent to the Board members for review and will be attached to the official minutes.

B.

Adoption of the Vision 2018 Goals & Outcomes
Recommend the Board of Education adopt the following Vision 2018 Goals and Outcomes: Goal Goal Goal Goal Goal 1: 2: 3: 4: 5: Access & Opportunity Innovation & Creativity Personalization Lifetime Skills Community

C.

Adoption of the 2013-2014 Board of Education Meeting Calendar
Recommend the Board of Education adopt the 2013-2014 Board of Education meeting calendar.

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D.

Resolution Calling upon the New York State Commissioner of Education and the NYS Board of Regents to Stop the Over-Reliance on Standardized Tests as a Measure of Student Performance and Principal/Teacher Effectiveness
Recommend the Board of Education adopt the following resolution: WHEREAS, every student deserves a quality public education dedicated to preparing engaged citizens, creative and critical thinkers, and lifelong learners ready for college and careers; and WHEREAS, the decline in State support for public schools has forced our District to reduce programs and limited our ability to implement the new programs mandated by the State, such as the Common Core Standards, creating an uneven roll-out of the standards among school districts around the State; and WHEREAS, while the implementation of the Common Core will ultimately help students, teachers and teaching and learning, the growing reliance on and misalignment of standardized testing is eroding student learning time, and narrowing the curriculum and jeopardizing the rich, meaningful education our students need and deserve; and WHEREAS, despite the fact that research recommends the use of multiple measures to gauge student performance and teacher effectiveness, the State’s growing reliance on standardized testing is adversely affecting students across all spectrums, the morale of our educators and further draining already scarce resources; and WHEREAS, the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act’s testing policies fail to appropriately accommodate the unique needs of students with disabilities and English language learners in assessing their learning, resulting in test scores that do not accurately represent a true measure of the contributions of teachers and schools; and WHEREAS, it is time for policymakers to recalibrate the number, duration and appropriate use of standardized tests so that we can refocus our efforts on student learning; NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that we call upon the Commissioner of Education, the NYS Board of Regents and other policymakers to reduce the use of and over-reliance on standardized testing; and,

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BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that we call upon the U.S. Congress and the Administration to reduce federal testing mandates and support the role of and focus on multiple measures of student learning and school quality in accountability systems. E.

Field Trip
1. Recommend the Board of Education grant permission for High School French students to travel to Montreal, Canada on Friday, May 10, 2013 for purposes of cultural immersion.

X.

PERSONNEL A.

Teacher Resignation
1. Recommend the Board accept the resignation, per agreement, of Kathleen Deegan from the position of Elementary Teacher effective June 30, 2013. (Dorothy Nolan) (Sen.: 9/1/03)

B.

Teacher Leave of Absence
1. Recommend the Board approve the unpaid leave of absence, for childrearing purposes (FMLA), of Jeannie Fontaine from her position of Elementary Teacher effective April 29, 2013 through June 14, 2013. (Dorothy Nolan)

C.

Co-Curricular Appointments
1. Recommend the Board approve the appointment of the following positions for the Summer Kindergarten Screening effective Wednesday, August 14, 2013, at Caroline Street Elementary School: Dial 4 Concepts (6) Debbie Sue Arend Jennifer Doughty Jennifer Eversole Wendy Krotow Sharon Nash Alison Saville

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Speech Therapists (3)

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Sharon Hoffman Vicky Jones Jennifer Usack Anthony Kenney

Physical Education (1) (Gross Motor) Academic Intervention Services (1) School Psychologist (1) School Nurse (1) Clerks (2)

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Lynn O’Rourke

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Lorann Romanski Patti Massey Mary Lou Daniels Claudia Guditus Maureen Gizzi Dana Kiefer

Teacher Aides (2)

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2.

Recommend the Board approve the following as volunteer coaches for the 2013 Spring Interscholastic Season: Freshman Boys Lacrosse Freshman Baseball Mark Ventra William Higgins

D.

Creation of Clubs / Club Advisor Correction
1. Recommend the Board approve the following clubs at Division Street Elementary School for the 2013 – 2014 school year: Book Club Engineering Club 2. Recommend the Board approve the following club at the High School for the 2013 – 2014 school year: Badminton (volunteer)

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3.

Recommend the Board approve the appointment of Tina Damiano to the position of club advisor to the following club at Dorothy Nolan Elementary School for the 2012-2013 school year: (Replacement) (Previously approved BOE 3/26/13 for the 2013-2014 school year) Chess Club

E.

Civil Service Retirement / Resignations
1. Recommend the Board accept the resignation, for retirement purposes, of Suzanne Walker, with appreciation and regret, from the position of Keyboard Specialist-DH, effective June 23, 2013. (Maple Avenue) (Sen.: 5/29/98) Recommend the Board accept the resignation of Wayne Freebern from the position of Custodian effective April 6, 2013. (High School) (Sen.: 11/19/09) Recommend the Board accept the resignation of Kate Winslow from the position of Food Service Helper effective April 10, 2013. (Dorothy Nolan) (Sen: 2/12/97)

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F.

Civil Service Appointment
1. Recommend the Board approve the probationary appointment of Kate Winslow to the position of Senior Food Service Helper effective April 10, 2013. (Replacement - Caroline Street)

G.

Substitute Appointments/Resignations/Deletions
1. Recommend the Board accept the instructional emergency, conditional substitute appointments, as per the attached list. Recommend the Board accept the instructional and non-instructional substitute resignations/deletions, as per the attached list.

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XI.

FINANCIAL A.

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Increase to Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund
Recommend the Board of Education adopt the following resolution: WHEREAS, the district desires to reserve funds for the financing of retirement contributions payable to New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System, NOW THEREFORE, IT IS RESOLVED that this Board of Education directs the Treasurer to increase the Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund, in an amount up to $3,000,000 by one or more transfer(s) from Unreserved Fund Balance, and be it further RESOLVED that such fund shall be administered in accordance with the requirements of General Municipal Law, 6-r.

B.

Estimated Nonresident Tuition Rates 2012-2013 School Year
Recommend the Board of Education adopt the following resolution: WHEREAS, the State Education Department has calculated 2012-2013 Estimated Nonresident Tuition Rates pursuant to the formula specified by Section 174.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, and WHEREAS, those tuition rates are used to charge other school districts, public agencies and parents/guardians of nonresident students for educating these classes of students, NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Saratoga Springs City School District adopt the following tuition rates for the 2012-2013 school year: Tuition Charge for Regular Education Students: Full day K-6 student Full day 7-12 student $8,797 $11,065

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Tuition Charge for Students Receiving Special Education Services: Full day K-6 student Full day 7-12 student $26,397 $28,665

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the President and the Clerk of the Board of Education be authorized to sign contracts for nonresident educational services for the 2012-2013 school year.
Note: The office for Civil Rights of the U.S. Department of Education rendered an opinion in August 1994 indicating that parents of nonresident students with disabilities may not be charged a higher tuition than parents of nondisabled nonresident students. The State Education Department recommends that districts follow this opinion. Contracts between school districts and with other public agencies are excluded from this opinion.

C.

Acceptance of Grant/2012-2013 Budget Amendment Resolution
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accept a grant from the Clorox Helps Hannaford Help More sweepstakes to the Greenfield Elementary School in the amount of $3,000.00 for the purpose of funding field trips and supplies at the Greenfield Elementary School and to amend the 2012-2013 budget by $3,000.00. Increase Revenues: A2705 Increase Expenditures: A2110 400 16 7500 A2110 500 16 2800 Budget Increase:

Gifts & Donations

$3,000.00

Field Trips General Supplies From: $109,995,778.53 To: $109,998,778.53

$1,500.00 $1,500.00

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Treasurer of the Board of Education be authorized to appropriate funds as specified by this resolution.

D.

Disposal of Obsolete Equipment – Maple Avenue Middle School
Recommend that the Board of Education grant permission for Maple Avenue Middle School to declare obsolete and dispose of the following items:

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QTY 1 1 50 40 20 30 7 60

ITEM GE Microwave GE Microwave 10” 45 degree plastic triangles 10” 30/60 degree plastic triangles Architect scales (rulers) French curves 24” T-squares (warped & cracked) Eraser shields (damaged)

MODEL JE1221K001 JE1221K001

SERIAL # GB907872D FG907006D

XII.

PUBLIC HEARING

XIII. AGENDA PLANNING ITEMS XIV. XV. OTHERS EXECUTIVE SESSION 1. XVI. To discuss negotiations with collective bargaining units.

ADJOURNMENT

FUTURE MEETINGS SARATOGA SPRINGS BOARD OF EDUCATION
April 16, 2013 April 22, 2013 April 25, 2013 May 14, 2013 May 21, 2013 7:00 p.m. 8:00 a.m. 7:00 p.m. 7:00 p.m. Special Meeting / Budget Adoption Special Meeting / BOCES Vote Regular Meeting Regular Meeting / Budget Hearing Budget Vote & Board Election High School Supt.’s CR #204A High School High School

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