Somers Public Schools
March 22, 2021 7:00 PM
Board of Education Meeting
1. CALL TO ORDER
Discussion

The regular Board of Education meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by Chairman Devlin via Zoom.

2. APPROVAL OF MINUTES
2.1. Draft Board Minutes of March 8, 2021
Rationale

The Board will review and approve the draft minutes of March 8, 2021.

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3. OPPORTUNITY TO ADD/DELETE AGENDA ITEMS
4. CONSENT AGENDA
4.1. Warrant of March 22, 2021
Rationale

The Board to review and consent to the warrant of March 22, 2021 in the amount of $375,679.67.

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4.2. Board to set Graduation Date
Rationale

The Board will set the Somers High School Graduation Date for June 16, 2021.

5. NEW BUSINESS
5.1. Board to approve Job Share
Rationale

The Board to approve this 2021-2022 Job Share for 4th grade from Mrs. Dzicek and Mrs. Shannon.

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5.2. Somers Public Schools Substitutes
Rationale

Policy 4112.8 requires the BOE approve same family employees. 

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5.3. Approval for ESSER-2 Grant
Rationale

Mrs. Senecal will present the ESSER-2 Grant to the Board for their approval.

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Discussion

Bill Boutwell, Director of Business Services, stated that SPS received grant allocation of about $172,000 under ESSER-2.  These funds will be allocated in two ways: 

  • Additional tutors and tutor time at SHS and MBA
  • Adding a Grade 2 Teacher at SES

There are other needs listed in the report provided and, hopefully, the American Rescue Plan funds can address these needs.

5.4. 1st Warnings of new courses and books for Somers High School.
Rationale

The Board will review the 1st 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 - CodeHS Pro

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6. OLD BUSINESS
7. ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS
7.1. Somers Elementary School Online Learning Presentation
Rationale

Mrs. Melissa Mucci, Principal of SES and Mrs. Maria Peterson, will be presenting to the Board Online Learning at Somers Elementary School.

Discussion

Melissa Mucci, SES Principal, introduced Maria Peterson, Grade 5 Teacher and 092 intern, to the BOE.  Mrs. Mucci stated that technology has been a part of SES but more so over the last year.  Students and parents have access to digital learning platforms for teacher assignments.  There are also multiple tools to support learning in addition to the learning platform.  Prior to last March, SES supported research on digital learning platforms that would streamline access for parents for posted assignments, enhanced collaboration, and access to student work.  SES just implemented the Standards-Based Report Card. 

Mrs. Peterson discussed the use of the digital learning platform Seesaw at SES.  Tom Eaton, SES Technology Support Specialist, also helps to support staff.  Zoom is used in conjunction with Seesaw.  Mrs. Peterson provided videos during her presentation describing Seesaw's features.  Teachers are provided with a classroom and roster in Seesaw when students sign in.  Assignments may be posted, and all student work remains private.  Drafts of assignments may be revised by the students who are able to use creative tools such as photos, drawings, and videos.  Parents are connected in Seesaw and may visualize their students' work as well as communicate with staff.  Teachers are able to give verbal feedback and provide suggestions and encouragement to students.  Administrators may also submit Standard-Based Report Cards under Seesaw.  There has been positive feedback by the parents.  Mrs. Mucci is looking to develop learning portfolios to transfer with students from grade to grade.  Discussion ensued among BOE members.   




7.2. Superintendent Update
Rationale

Superintendent will update the Board on events at Somers Public Schools.

Discussion

Superintendent Czapla was absent for the BOE meeting because he was attending a BOF meeting.  Chairman Devlin spoke to the BOE members regarding returning to in-person BOE meetings starting at the next BOE meeting on 4/26/21.  BOE members may email Chairman Devlin with any concerns.  

8. COMMITTEE REPORTS
8.1. CURRICULUM
Discussion

Kate McLellan stated that the first warning for the four SHS textbooks were on today's BOE agenda.  

8.2. POLICY
Discussion

Anne Kirkpatrick stated that the next committee meeting will be held in person on 4/26/21.

8.3. SALARY & NEGOTIATION
Discussion

No report.

8.4. PLANNING
Discussion

No report.

9. CREC UPDATE
Discussion

Krista Cherry stated that there was nothing to report.

10. ADJOURNMENT