Somers Public Schools
May 14, 2018 7:00 PM
Board of Education Meeting
1. CALL TO ORDER
Discussion

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:01 p.m. by Chairman Devlin in the Mabelle B. Avery Board of Education Meeting Room.

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. STUDENT/PARENT/STAFF RECOGNITION
3.1. Dina Senecal
Rationale

The Board will give recognition to Dina Senecal, Assistant Principal at Somers Elementary School, and on August 13, 2018 she will become the Principal of Somers Elementary School.

Discussion

Chairman Devlin recognized and officially presented Mrs. D. Senecal as Principal of SES effective 8/13/18.  Mrs. Senecal started at SES 16 years ago and is currently the Assistant Principal at SES.  Chairman Devlin described her as an enthusiastic, full-of-energy, passionate professional who is a wonderful advocate for students.  The BOE congratulated her and wished her continued success.

4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4.1. Draft Board of Education Minutes of April 23, 2018
Rationale

The Board is to review and approve/change the draft Board of Education Minutes of April 23, 2018.

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5. AUDIENCE TO CITIZENS/STAFF/STUDENTS
6. CORRESPONDENCE
7. OPPORTUNITY TO ADD/DELETE AGENDA ITEMS
8. CONSENT AGENDA
8.1. Warrant of Bills on May 14, 2018
Rationale

The Board will review the Warrant of Bills of May 14, 2018.

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8.2. Retirement of Fran White, Paraeducator at SES, effective June 30, 2018
Rationale

Fran White, Paraeducator at Somers Elementary School, is retiring effective June 30, 2018.  Fran started at Somers Elementary School in August 2005.

8.3. Resignation of Kelly Flanagan, SES Nurse, effective May 15, 2018
Rationale

Kelly Flanagan, SES Nurse, handed in her resignation notice with May 15, 2018 being her last day. 

8.4. Resignation of Evan Woicik, SHS Paraeducator Job Coach, effective May 11, 2018
Rationale

Evan Woicik, Paraeducator Job Coach at Somers High School with the transition students, handed in his resignation with his last day being May 11, 2018. 

8.5. Resignation of Joyce Vaudreuil, MBA Special Education teacher, effective June 30, 2018
Rationale

Mrs. Joyce Vaudreuil, Special Education Teacher at MBA, has put in her letter of resignation for June 30, 2018.

9. NEW BUSINESS
10. OLD BUSINESS
11. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
11.1. Somers High School Independent Leadership Presentation
Rationale

Dan Clement, teacher at Somers High School, will present to the Board a report on the Independent Leadership.

Discussion

Superintendent Czapla introduced Mr. D. Clement, SHS Teacher, to the BOE to discuss the SHS Independent Leadership course.  Mr. Clement explained that the course started three years ago when a student approached him stating he had already taken all of the Business courses that were offered and was interested in learning more about leadership and entrepreneurship.  It is a half-year, independent study program.  Three students are selected per year.  The course is divided into three concepts:  theory, practice, and application.  Mr. Clement introduced three students to further discuss the concepts:  R. Karrandi, D. Babushkin, and F. Sarisley.  The students read "A Leader's Legacy" over the summer and summarized four parts pertaining to leadership theory.  They had online discussions, watched videos, and read articles.  The students learned different leadership styles.  At the end of the semester, they wrote a paper on a person they felt was an "Effective Leader."  They practiced working on two case studies and developing skills.  The students worked collaboratively to try to solve a problem with the knowledge they obtained.  Each student also had to choose an extracurricular activity in order to apply what they had learned and write Reflection papers.  The students discussed what they mostly took away from the course.  Due to the online format, Mr. Clement stated he has to be extremely specific and detailed with any feedback given to the students.  This course will be an Honors course next year.  

11.2. Special Education - Somers High School Program Evaluation and Specialized Programming
Rationale

Dr. Denise Messina will present the Board the following - Special Education Specialized Programming.

Discussion

Superintendent Czapla introduced Dr. D. Messina, Director of Pupil Services, to discuss Special Education Specialized Programming.  Dr. Messina discussed the SPS Delivery Models:  SES Smart Start, SES Early Start, SES FAB, MBA Pathways, SHS PRIDE, SHS ASPIRE, and SHS Transitions.  These models provide a continuum of service delivery with specially designed instruction to a student with a disability.  Dr. Messina explained the entrance and exit criteria of students at SES FAB and MBA Pathways as well as unique program features.  Dr. Messina introduced Mrs. S. Yarrows, Special Education Transition Program Teacher, to the BOE.  It was explained that the transition planning and services are a results-oriented process, focused on improving facilitation of the child from school to post secondary life.  The Transition Program is in its 8th year.  The student receives appropriate educational services through the end of the school year in which they turn 21 or until graduation with a regular high school diploma.  Independent living, post-secondary education, and employment planning are the focus.  Mrs. Yarrows listed the number of businesses that participate with this program.  She also displayed pictures of students enrolled in this program at their job sites.  Students work at Big Y, YMCA, Somers Fire Department, and auto detailing just to name a few.  Students must remain at the job site for a minimum of eight weeks.  They participate in a Fitness Program on Fridays.  Students are able to take part in the Unified Sports Program at school where they partner and participate with students without disabilities.  Mrs. Yarrows continues to look for other options to further develop the program.  Dr. Messina commended Mrs. Yarrows for her tremendous work with the program.   

11.3. Communication Plan for Somers Public Schools
Rationale

Superintendent will present to the Board the Somers Public Schools Communication Plan.

Attachments
Discussion

Superintendent Czapla presented the Communication Plan for SPS to the BOE.  The plan consists of four principles:  all communications are to support the school system's goals; to increase two-way communications to constituents; to make sure the story is told accurately; and, to be transparent in order to develop trust.  Goals, objectives, and strategies will focus on:  community; student/parents; developing relationships with the media; enhancing staff communications; and, developing crisis communication plans in order to inform parents, students, and the community.  Superintendent Czapla stated that there are things that still need to be done; however, a road map has been established.  He does not want to over-communicate and, therefore, has designated specific distribution times for flyers, brochures, newsletters, and emails.

11.4. Superintendent Update
Rationale

Superintendent will update the Board.

Discussion

No update.

12. COMMITTEE REPORTS
12.1. BUDGET
Discussion

No report.

12.2. CURRICULUM
Discussion

No report.

12.3. POLICY
Discussion

A. Kirkpatrick reported that the next meeting will be held on Tuesday, 5/29/18 at 6 p.m.

12.4. SALARY & NEGOTIATION
Discussion

D. Palmer reported that SESA negotiations continue and will meet on 5/21/18.

12.5. PLANNING
Discussion

Chairman Devlin reported that the Planning Committee met prior to the Board meeting to discuss Secure Energy Solutions of East Longmeadow regarding a lighting retrofit project in all three schools. The project will result in reduced energy consumption and cost savings in the future.  The BOE will vote at a future meeting.


12.6. OTHER COMMITTEES
Discussion

None.

13. OTHER
14. EXECUTIVE SESSION
14.1. Security Updates
Rationale

The Board will invite the Superintendent, Brian Czapla into Executive Session to discuss the Security Updates of Somers Public Schools.

Discussion

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session at 8:46 p.m.

15. ADJOURNMENT