Somers Public Schools
April 26, 2021 7:00 PM
Board of Education Meeting
1. CALL TO ORDER
Discussion

The regular Board of Education meeting was called to order by Chairman Devlin at 7:00 p.m. in the Mabelle B. Avery Board of Education meeting room.  

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
3.1. Draft Minutes of March 22, 2021
Rationale

The Board to review and approve the minutes of the Board of Education meeting of March 22, 2021.

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4. AUDIENCE TO CITIZENS/STAFF/STUDENTS
5. OPPORTUNITY TO ADD/DELETE AGENDA ITEMS
6. CONSENT AGENDA
6.1. Warrant of April 9, 2021
Rationale

The Board to consent to the warrant of April 9, 2021 in the amount of $549,268.05.

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6.2. Warrant of April 26,2021
Rationale

The Board to review and consent to the warrant of April 26, 2021 in the amount of $164,551.33.

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6.3. 2nd Warnings of new courses and books for Somers High School.
Rationale

The Board will consent to the 2nd warning on courses and books for 2021-22 for Somers High School.

New Book - AP US History - American Pageant, AP

New Course - AP Language and Comprehension - Books for Course - The Norton Reader and The Norton Field Guide to Writing.

New Course - AP Computer Science - Digital Textbook - Code HS Pro

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6.4. Retirement at Somers High School
Rationale

Mrs. Karen Regan, School Counselor at Somers High School, will be retiring on June 30th, 2021.  Karen will have been in her position 13 years.

6.5. Childrearing Leave for Staff in 2021-2022
Rationale

There are two staff members requesting Child Rearing Leave.

Mrs. Jacqueline Rivard , a 7th grade Language Arts teacher, will be out from August 30, 2021 to Monday, November 29, 2021.

Mrs. Heather Jordan Connors, an 8th grade Language Arts teacher, will be out for the 2021-2022 school year.

6.6. Resignation of a staff member from Somers High School.
Rationale

Mrs. Suzy Williams, Somers High School Social Worker, will be resigning at the end of this school year.

7. NEW BUSINESS
8. OLD BUSINESS
8.1. 2021-22 Budget Approval (Reductions from the Board of Finance)
Rationale

The Board will review and approve the 2021-22 Budget after reductions from the Board of Finance.

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Discussion

Superintendent Czapla reported that the budget was reduced by $170,000 for a 2021-22 budget of $25,239,742.  He stated that the line items that were revised were not budget cuts but deferrals.  Jeremy Anderson requested clarification on the motion that BOE members were voting on the $170,000 reduction versus the revised line items.  Superintendent Czapla stated that the vote was for the $170,000 reduction.  Discussion ensued among BOE members.  

9. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
9.1. Professional Development Update for 2021-2022
Rationale

Mrs. Senecal prepared the 2021-2022 Professional Development report for the Board.

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Discussion

Dina Senecal, Director of Curriculum, updated the BOE on Professional Development for the 2021-2022 school year.  There will be half-day and full-day PD scheduled throughout the year.  Five full-day PD will occur prior to the start of school.  I-Ready Diagnostics will be piloted to replace NWEA MAP testing.  The Diagnostics comes with My Pathways which is digital practice for students to build skills.  Administrative PD will also be included. Other PD will include continued diversity and equity training as well as the social/emotional learning initiative to include Second Step for adults.    

9.2. Superintendent's Update
Rationale

The Superintendent will update the Board of Education on events.

Discussion

Superintendent Czapla updated the BOE on current events and preparations for the 2021-2022 school year.  He stated that the current Kindergarten enrollment is at 85 which is typically the number seen on September 1st.  He anticipates requesting another Kindergarten teacher.  The enrollment number may increase which may lead to a second additional Kindergarten teacher.  Federal funds may be used for these positions.  He continues to monitor the 2nd and 4th grades as well.  These are one to two-year positions that he doesn't anticipate becoming part of the operational budget beyond the grant. 

There was a meeting at all three schools to discuss end-of-the-year events.  The schools plan on utilizing the new field for graduation and step-up days. 

Superintendent Czapla continues to wait for the Governor and State Department of Education regarding the status of remote learning for next year.  He has spoken with the unions.  The superintendent is opposed to remote learning and stated that it is not the best education for the students. 

There will be a change in the eMeeting platform.  The current platform will expire on 6/30/21.  The new company is based on eMeeting; therefore, there will not be much of a change. 

Therapy dogs have been working well for the students over the past couple of weeks at SHS.  They are trained to seek out anxiety and emotional distress.  Superintendent Czapla stated that the therapy dogs may visit MBA.  He would like to see this program continue. 

BOE members received gifts for BOE Appreciation Month which is typically celebrated in March.

Discussion ensued among BOE members. 


10. COMMITTEE REPORTS
10.1. CURRICULUM
Discussion

Dina Senecal, Director of Curriculum, stated that the committee may meet on 5/10/21 prior to the BOE meeting.

10.2. POLICY
Discussion

Anne Kirkpatrick stated that the committee met prior to the BOE meeting this evening.  There will be eight policies warned for the next BOE meeting.  The next meeting may be held prior to the second BOE meeting in May.  

10.3. SALARY & NEGOTIATION
Discussion

David Palmer stated that there is an agreement with the secretaries to ratify on 5/10/21.

10.4. PLANNING
Discussion

David Palmer stated that there is nothing new to report.  The committee will plan a meeting before the summer break.

11. CREC UPDATE
Discussion

No report.

12. ADJOURNMENT