February 8, 2021 Agenda

MENANDS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

February 8, 2021

6:30 p.m. – Regular Meeting

Livestream / Video Conferencing

Budget Workshop Immediately Following Regular Meeting

PLEASE NOTE:  During the Public Comment Sessions, members of the community may address the Board on agenda and non-agenda items.  The Board President may limit remarks of individual speakers to a reasonable time.  Speakers must identify themselves and the topic on which they would like to make remarks. BOEcomments@menands.org

1. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER

2. MOTION TO ENTER PUBLIC SESSION

3. ROLL CALL

4. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

5. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON AGENDA ITEMS

Just a reminder for those members of the public in attendance.  This is one of two opportunities afforded members of the public to comment on or inquire about agenda items. Members of the public also have an opportunity at the end of the evening’s agenda to ask questions or voice concerns or comments on matters not formally noted on the agenda.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation.

6. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District accept  the minutes of the January 11, 2021 meeting. 

7.  POLICY

                    First Reading of Policy

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District, upon recommendation of the Policy Committee, approve the first reading of the following policy.

Parents Bill of Rights for Data Privacy and Security- #4520      

8. BUSINESS MATTERS

Discussion Items 
  • Board of Education Term Length
  • Board Member Participation

-Policy Committee

-Audit Committee

-Strategic Planning

-Diversity and Inclusivity

Business Office for Information

Enclosed for the information of the Board are copies of the following warrants and the claims auditor report for the month of January 2021:

 

Fund A Amount
  • Warrant #34 $158,671.07
  • Warrant #36 $73,703.19
  • Warrant #37 $24,488.88
Business Office for Approval 
Budget Transfer – January 2021

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the attached budget transfers for January 2021.

Treasurer’s Report

Enclosed for the Board’s approval is a copy of the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending January 31, 2021.

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month ending January 31, 2021.

 Disposal of Items  

Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education in accordance with district policy 6900 authorize the disposition of the following item(s): As per the attached list.

  • 6 Smart Boards.
  • 7 Textbooks 
CASDA Agreement : Strategic Planning

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the agreement between Menands Union Free School District and CASDA for the development of a strategic plan for the district.

 

 

Establishment of 2019-2020 Actual non-resident tuition rates for McKinney Vento reimbursement Purposes

In circumstances where students protected under the McKinney Vento legislation move to permanent housing outside of the Menands Union Free School District, but choose to remain at Menands School, we are able to directly bill the new District of residence. To do so we must utilize Board approved tuition rates.  

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District establish the following Actual tuition rates for the 2019-2020 school year. 

  • K-6 Regular Ed. –      $9,996.00
  • Gr. 7-8 Regular Ed. – $13,696.00
  • Gr. K-6 Special Ed. – $43,539.00
  • Gr. 7-8 Special Ed. – $47,239.00
Tax Refund – Small Claims Assessment Review Settlement

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, hereby approve the tax refund in the amount of $551.09 as a result of the assessment review of filing # AR57-20. 

 

Tax Refund-Stipulation and Order Settlement 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, hereby approve the tax refund in the amount of $30,796.31 as a result of the assessment review of filing index # 904591-19 and 905105-20.

 

Town of Colonie Community Development Block Grant Subrecipient Agreement

Enclosed for the Board is a copy of the Community Development Block Grant Agreement with the Town of Colonie.

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the Agreement between Menands Union Free School District and The Town of Colonie for the 2020-2021 school year as per the attached agreement.

9. PERSONNEL MATTERS

Substitute Teachers – Fully Cleared

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the following substitute teachers for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Dimari Dalzell
  • James Fox
  • John Frechette
  • Eileen Gallagher
  • Cassie Owens
  • Akilah Morris Smith
  • Shauna Stack
  • Michael Testa
  • Daniel Westman

 

Teacher Aide – Jacqueline Groves-Spencer

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve Jacqueline Groves-Spencer as a Teacher Aide effective 2/1/2021 through 6/30/21. 

 

Homework Club Tutors 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the following Homework Club Tutors for the 2019-2020 school year at a rate of $25.00 per hour. 

  • Patricia O’Connell

 

10. BOARD OF EDUCATION MATTERS

CSE/CPSE Recommendations 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the CSE/CPSE  recommendations as submitted.

 

11.   STUDENT MATTERS 

Class Size Update as of 1/6/2020:

          In person:          Virtual:                             In person:          Virtual:

Kdg. – 21                            18                        Gr. 5 –     10                         9

Gr. 1 – 27                           18                          Gr. 6 –    18                        19 

Gr. 2 – 21                           16                          Gr. 7 –    20                       12

Gr. 3 – 19                           15                         Gr. 8 –    27                        4 

Gr. 4 –  18                          19       

                                                                       Total-181                Total – 130

                                                                                 Total Students: 311

12. SUPERINTENDENT’S COMMENTS  

  • Recent Remote Period
  • Public Communication
  • Much Deserved Break

13. PRINCIPAL’S COMMENTS

  • Black History Month
  • PTA Parents as Partners
  • Citizen Scholar
  • Middle School Transition

14. INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL

  • Winter Recess – February 15th  – February 19th
  • Next Board of Education Meeting:  Monday, March 8, 2021 at 6:30p.m.

15.  MISCELLANEOUS 

16. PUBLIC COMMENT

PLEASE NOTE:  During the Public Comment Sessions, members of the community may address the Board on agenda and non-agenda items.The Board President may limit remarks of individual speakers to a reasonable time. Speakers must identify themselves and the topic on which they would like to make remarks.

17. MOTION TO ADJOURN

*All minutes of Board of Education meetings are recorded and become public record upon approval by the Board.