Somers Public Schools
June 10, 2019 7:00 PM
Board of Education Meeting
1. CALL TO ORDER
Discussion

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

2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
3. AWARDS AND RECOGNITIONS
3.1. The Board will recognize the retirement/leaving of staff.
Rationale

The Board will recognize the retirement of:

Clay Krevolin - Principal, MBA

Pat Doyker, ParaEducator, MBA

Holly Sawtelle, World Language Teacher, MBA

Marielle Luginbuhl, Math Teacher

Nancy Ingram - SpEd teacher at SES

and leaving us, Rob Kapner - Assistant Principal of MBA

Discussion

The Board of Education recognized and thanked the retiring and resigning staff for their contributions to their many years of service at SPS.  Chairman Devlin gave a brief description of Pat Doyker, Rob Kapner, and Clay Krevolin's educational experience.  The BOE presented them with gifts.  Pat Doyker stated that she enjoyed every minute of her time at SPS.  Rob Kapner and Clay Krevolin appreciated the opportunities at SPS and thanked the BOE for their support.  

4. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
4.1. Draft Minutes of May 28, 2019
Rationale

The Board will review and approve the minutes of May 28, 2019.

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5. AUDIENCE TO CITIZENS/STAFF/STUDENTS
6. OPPORTUNITY TO ADD/DELETE AGENDA ITEMS
7. CONSENT AGENDA
7.1. Warrant of June 10, 2019
Rationale

The Board will review and consent to the June 10, 2019 warrant in the amount of $485,382.15.

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7.2. Resignation of SES Physical Therapist
Rationale

Karen Fader has been with SES for over 20 years and will be leaving at the end of this school year.

7.3. Retirement of MBA Teacher
Rationale

Mrs. Mariella Luginbuhl, Grade 6 Math Teacher at MBA, will be retiring after 20 years.

7.4. Resignation of SES Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant
Rationale

Ms. Taylor Tranghese, Somers Elementary School's Speech and Language Pathologist Assistant, has handed in her resignation with her last day as June 12, 2019.

8. NEW BUSINESS
8.1. Approval of Admin Evaluation Plan
Rationale

The Administrator Evaluation plan has been approved by the State and is now ready for Board of Education approval.  Dr. Zytka will be there for any discussion.

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Discussion

Superintendent Czapla reported that the State requires schools to submit teacher and administrator evaluation plans every two years.  Some adjustments were made to make the evaluation plans more relevant and effective for Somers.  Dr. Irene Zytka, Director of Curriculum, stated that revisions were made after looking at other districts.  Reference to State testing in the document was removed; CT leader evaluation rubric was added on the back of the appendix; and, a paragraph about professional learning with administrators was added.  Discussion ensued regarding verbal versus written feedback.  Superintendent Czapla stated that verbal feedback allows for discussion and, if there are concerns, written feedback is appropriate to generate a plan.  

9. OLD BUSINESS
9.1. Second Warning of Somers High School Textbook
Rationale

Second warning of Somers High School textbook, "Dopesick"

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9.2. Second warning of Somers High School Textbook
Rationale

Second warning of Somers High School textbook, "Educated: A Memoir"

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10. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
10.1. Curriculum Development Update
Rationale

Dr. Irene Zytka  will be there to discuss the Curriculum Development update.

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Discussion

Dr. Irene Zytka, Director of Curriculum, updated the BOE on curriculum development.  She stated that teachers have been working diligently to upload curriculum onto the Atlas system.  This year, there was a pilot to the website which provided links to the curriculum.  There will be a significant number of staff who will continue summer curriculum writing in June and July.  The completed units will be uploaded to the website in August.  Only the unit calendars and the first four mapping categories for each unit will be available for public view on the website. 


There are a couple of new courses being written:  Government & Politics and Robotics.  There will be adjustments in SHS English due to new novels that were approved.  MBA is implementing their curriculum mapping.  A Preschool program will be uploaded into Atlas.  Adjustments will be made in the K-5 ELA curriculum due to Fountas & Pinnell.  The PD presenter for F&P that was at SPS in the spring will return in the fall. 


There has been a lot of Professional Development in the Universal Design for Learning which will continue.  Teachers have been doing a great job with executive functioning.  Dr. Zytka stated that next year they will be looking at vertical articulation among all grades.  She is confident that this time next year the curriculum will be nearly completed.   

10.2. Superintendent's Update
Rationale

The Superintendent will give the Board an update on current events.

Discussion

Superintendent Czapla congratulated the SHS Girls Softball team with winning the first State championship title in the history of SHS.  Commencement is scheduled on 6/12/19 at 6 p.m.  The finalist candidate for the MBA Assistant Principal position will be brought forward at the next BOE meeting on 6/24/19 at 7 p.m.  The Senior class Variety Show will be held on 6/11/19 at 7:30 p.m.

11. COMMITTEE REPORTS
11.1. CURRICULUM
Discussion

No report.

11.2. POLICY
Discussion

Anne Kirkpatrick reported that the committee is on hold.

11.3. SALARY & NEGOTIATION
Discussion

Dave Palmer reported that ratification was on 6/10/19.  There is nothing new. A negotiation meeting for teachers and nurses will be determined in September.  

11.4. PLANNING
Discussion

Dave Palmer reported that he missed the last meeting.  No meeting has been scheduled.  There is nothing to warrant.  The next steps for the track project include bid specifications in July.  There will be a Special Meeting of the BOE on 7/25/19.  


Sarah Bollinger reported that a career firefighter stated that he was impressed with the security around the buildings.  

12. CREC UPDATE
Discussion

Anne Kirkpatrick reported that the next meeting is on 6/19/19.

13. EXECUTIVE SESSION
Rationale

The Board will go into Executive Session to discuss:

  1. Non-affiliated staff wage increase for 2019-20
  2. Custodian/Maintenance contract
  3. Substitute pay increase
  4. Superintendent evaluation
  5. Superintendent contract extension

Discussion

The Board of Education came out of Executive Session at 8:30 p.m. to vote on the following items:  

  1. Non-affiliated staff wage increase for 2019-20
  2. Custodian/Maintenance contract
  3. Substitute pay increase
  4. Superintendent evaluation
  5. Superintendent contract extension

14. ADJOURNMENT