March 1, 2021 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Special Meeting – Scotia-Glenville Central School District District Office

Monday, March 1, 2021 – REMOTE SESSION – 3/1/21 Video Recording

  • 7:00 PM – Regular Meeting

Conference Room – District Office

Scotia-Glenville Mission Statement

The Scotia-Glenville Central School District is committed to providing an environment which allows students to realize their full potential and thus prepares them for life in an ever-changing world.  In the tradition of excellence, Board of Education, administration, staff, parents, business and community members will continue to ensure that our educational system fulfills the needs of our students.

AGENDA

1.    Roll Call: Bucciferro, Carbone, Feinberg, Frederick, Massaro, H. Talbot, K. Talbot

2.    Pledge of Allegiance

3.    Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

There will be no Hearing and Privilege of the Floor at this remote session.

4.   2021-2022 Budget Work Session (Susan Swartz – Superintendent of Schools)

5.   Other Business   

6.   Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

The Board may adjourn to Executive Session in order to discuss matters relating to personnel and/or negotiations.

Minutes

A Special Meeting of the Board of Education of the Scotia-Glenville Central School was held in the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, in said district on March 1, 2021.

President Bucciferro called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Present:  Bucciferro, Carbone, Frederick, Massaro, H. Talbot, K. Talbot, Superintendent Swartz, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Swain, Business Manager Giaquinto and District Clerk DeLong

Absent:   Feinberg

Pledge of Allegiance

Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

There was no hearing/privilege of the floor due to the inability to allow the public to attend the meeting in person.

2021-2022 Budget Work Session (Susan Swartz – Superintendent of Schools)

Superintendent Swartz recapped her budget presentation from the last board meeting.  She then asked the Board to please provide her with information regarding items they feel are non-negotiable in the budget and items that they feel could be removed or changed within the budget.  The Board provided this feedback and the general consensus on items they feel are non-negotiable are as follows:

–       Mental Health

–       Guidance Counselors

–       Professional Development in regard to acclimating staff and students back to in-person learning

–       Specialty Programs at all levels

–       Technology improvements

–       Reading Intervention

–       Fine Arts

–       Contractual obligations

The Board didn’t provide specific items they could accept being removed from the budget, but they questioned the textbook line item in the budget and also asked about ways to increase revenue.

Superintendent Swartz will take all this information into consideration as she prepares to bring her first round of budget cuts at the next meeting.  She reminded the Board that when deciding on budget cuts, she tries to not impact students directly and although the above items mentioned by the Board are important, she cannot guarantee that she will be able to avoid these areas completely when making her budget decisions.

Other Business

There was no other business discussed, however Mr. Talbot raised the question of when fall and spring sports would be starting.

Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

There was no hearing/privilege of the floor due to the inability to allow the public to attend the meeting in person.

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by Frederick, that the meeting be adjourned.

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk