Somers Public Schools
May 29, 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 REPRESENTATIVES' REPORT
3.1. Somers High School Student Representatives
Rationale

Student representatives from the high school will update the Board of Education on events.

Discussion

F. Sarisley, SHS Junior, updated the BOE regarding SHS events:  Celebration of the Arts was held on 5/23/18 including art and music; a Memorial Day Concert was held on Saturday, 5/26/18; the SSS group will be going to MBA on Thursday to discuss the high school with the 8th graders; Boys Lacrosse Class S tournament is coming up; and, finals begin on June 18, 2018 but sooner for the senior class.

4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4.1. Draft Minutes of the Board of Education May 14, 2018 Meeting
Rationale

Draft Minutes of the Board of Education Meeting of May 14, 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 29, 2018
Rationale

Warrant of Bills on May 29, 2018

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8.2. Resignation of Kendra Anderson, Somers High School Math Teacher
Rationale

Resignation of Kendra Anderson, Somers High School Math Teacher.

8.3. Resignation of Jonathan Salomone, Technology Specialist
Rationale

Resignation of Jonathan Salomone, Technology Specialist

9. NEW BUSINESS
9.1. Energy Efficiency Program
Rationale

The Board will review and vote on the Energy Efficiency Program.  Mr. Erik Ness will be present for questions.

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Discussion

Mr. E. Ness and Mr. A. Bezler from Secure Energy Solutions reported to the BOE regarding their program to retrofit lighting in all three schools which will warrant a significant return on investment over the long term.  Mr. Bezler reviewed a summary page with the BOE members.  Phase I of the program will be completed over the summer which involves switching out fixtures/bulbs.  Phase II will involve mechanicals.  

9.2. 1st Warning of DBS Code: 6163.32 -Live Animals in Classrooms
Rationale

The Board will review new DBS Policy 6163.32 that the Policy Committee is submitting for 1st Warning.

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Discussion

Chairman Devlin recommended all questions be directed to A. Kirkpatrick or another member of the Policy Committee.

10. OLD BUSINESS
10.1. Approval of Pension Trust and OPEB Trust
Rationale

The Board will vote on the Pension Trust and OPEB Trust.

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Discussion

Mr. B. Boutwell, Director of Business Services, updated the BOE on the process over the past four months regarding the Pension and OPEB Trusts and Resolutions.

11. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
11.1. Annual Scheduling of Somers High School - Class Sizes
Rationale

Mr. Cotzin will be here to discuss any questions the Board might have on the Somers High School class sizes for 18-19.

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Discussion

Mr. G. Cotzin, SHS Principal, discussed the complex process of developing the 2018-19 course selection to the BOE.  He stated that they are currently balancing classes and making some adjustments; however, for the most part the numbers have looked good.  The high school typically does not offer classes that are less than ten students unless they are AP classes.  Students will know their courses; however, they don't know who their teachers will be until the beginning of the school year.  

11.2. Mabelle B. Avery Middle School Building Goals
Rationale

Mr. Clay Krevolin will present the Mabelle B. Avery Middle School Building Goals.

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Discussion

Mr. C. Krevolin, MBA Principal, and Mr. R. Kapner, MBA Assistant Principal, updated the BOE on the outcomes of MBA building goals.  The first goal focused on Literacy with the expectation that all students would meet/exceed their projected growth.  All grades exceeded national norms.  Mr. Krevolin noted that S. Remington, Reading Teacher, targeted students needing interventions which enabled them to perform better.  The second goal focused on Math with the expectation that all students would meet/exceed their projected growth.  The seventh and eighth grades exceeded their projected growth.  Sixth grade performed below the expected growth even though there were gains.  Mr. Krevolin stated that there is not a remedial math teacher which is a position he would like to fulfill in the future.  He listed several strategies to implement in order to achieve academic goals.  Mr. Kapner discussed the third goal of PBIS (Positive Behavioral Interventions & Supports)and the intention to improve school climate with a universal approach to discipline and clear expectations of positive behaviors.  At MBA, inappropriate use of technology as well as defiance, insubordination, and disrespect were measured.  Gains were made in the areas of defiance, insubordination, and students not cooperating; however, the disrespect category went up.  Technology violations went down.  Students are allowed to take their phones out in homeroom at the end of the day, and Chromebooks may be locked easier than iPads.  These may be possible explanations for improved technology violations.  A PBIS team will be formed district-wide.  

11.3. Curriculum Development Update
Rationale

Dr. Zytka will give a presentation on the Curriculum updates.

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Discussion

Dr. I. Zytka, Director of Curriculum, updated the BOE regarding the Atlas Curriculum Program.  Dr. Zytka stated that teachers have worked extremely hard and many have gone above and beyond to complete their curriculum in Atlas.  Dr. Zytka showed an example of a completed curriculum in Social Studies at MBA.  The Atlas program demonstrates a unit timeline which shows the dates in which each unit is taught.  Dr. Zytka showed an example of the unit on Central America and how the staff compiled their data including framework, essential questions, knowledge and skills, assessments and linked standards, learning activities, key words, resources, technology used, and differentiated instruction pieces.  Dr. Zytka is looking to include two more Mapping categories.  Goals for next year include finishing the remaining Mapping categories and beginning to look at the vertical alignment between all schools.  


11.4. Superintendent Update
Rationale

The Superintendent will update the Board of Education.

Discussion

Superintendent Czapla reported that his evaluation must be completed by 6/30/18 and recommended that it be added as an Executive Session at the next BOE meeting.  He reiterated that the Boys Lacrosse will play on Wednesday in the Class S Tournament while the Girls Lacrosse participated in a game at 5 p.m. against Canton on 5/29/18.  He did not have the final score of the game.  He invited all BOE members to attend the Fifth Grade Farewell Ceremony on 6/19/18 from 2-4 p.m. at SHS.

12. COMMITTEE REPORTS
12.1. BUDGET
Discussion

Superintendent Czapla stated that Mr. B. Boutwell, Director of Business Services, will report on the end-of-the-year budget at the next meeting.

12.2. CURRICULUM
Discussion

No report.

12.3. POLICY
Discussion

R. Lees reported that the Policy Committee held a meeting prior to the BOE meeting on 5/29/18.  One policy was warned at the 5/29/18 BOE meeting.  Five policies will be warned next meeting.  Any questions may be directed to A. Kirkpatrick or another member of the Policy Committee.

12.4. SALARY & NEGOTIATION
Discussion

Superintendent Czapla reported that there is a SESA negotiation meeting scheduled on 5/30/18.

12.5. PLANNING
Discussion

Chairman Devlin reported that the Planning Committee is working with Secure Energy Solutions as stated under agenda item 9.1.

13. OTHER
14. ADJOURNMENT