Hamburg Central School District

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HAMBURG CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION AGENDA

Regular Meeting                                                                                                            6:30 p.m.

Hamburg Middle School - Cafeteria                                                                   May 14, 2013
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*6:30Executive Session – It is anticipated the Board will adjourn into Executive Session at 6:30 pm
to discuss negotiations with the Hamburg Teachers' Association (HTA), the employment

                             history of a particular individual and pending litigation.
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                         ANTICIPATED RETURN TO PUBLIC SESSION AT 7:30 P.M.
 

A.        CALL TO ORDER

President Joan G. Calkins, M.D. will preside.

            A.1    ROLL CALL OF MEMBERS

A.2    EXECUTIVE SESSION

            A.3    PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
 
            A.4    APPROVAL OF THE AGENDA / ADDITIONS TO AGENDA
          RECOMMENDED MOTION: "Motion to approve Agenda.”
 
 
B.        PUBLIC EXPRESSION AND INFORMATION
 
            PERSONS WISHING TO ADDRESS THE BOARD

Some topics are not permitted to be discussed in the public forum; for example, any
topic related to an employee or that can be implied to be related to an employee; special
education placements, individual student situations, etc. If the topic is inappropriate for the
public forum, the Board president will instruct you not to speak, but rather, present your
concerns in writing for the Board’s discussion in Executive Session.

The chair will recognize the individual or group. Individuals must identify themselves with
name and address. The board will allocate a maximum of thirty (30) minutes for this agenda
item. Speakers shall have a maximum of five (5) minutes each. In the event more than six (6)
persons wish to address the board, they will each receive a proportionate share of the time.


C.        INFORMATION ITEMS FOR THE BOARD

 

            C.1      CORRESPONDENCE

 

C.2      MEETINGS, WORKSHOPS, RESERVATIONS

 

                       C.2.a   ECASB 35th Annual Dinner Meeting – Salvatore’s

                                  Thurs., June13, 2013 at 5:30 p.m.                                  

 

C.3      ITEMS FOR INFORMATION ONLY

 

            C.3.a   Backpack Express - May 2013 - UPES Newsletter

                        C.3.b   Board Briefings - May 7, 2013

 

C.4      FUTURE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETINGS

 

                        C.4.a   Tuesday, May 21, 2013        (7 a.m. - 9 p.m.)        HHS (Budget Vote & Election)

                        C.4.b   Tuesday, June 11, 2013                  6:30 p.m.   (Executive Session)

                                                                                          7:30 p.m.   Reg. Mtg.

 

            C.5     FROM BOARD COMMITTEES AND/OR INDIVIDUALS

 

                        C.5.a   Student Representative Report

            C.5.b   Erie County Association of School Boards Report

            C.5.c   Board member committee reports  
 

 

D.        RECOGNITION BY AND/OR PRESENTATIONS TO THE BOARD

 

            D.1      LILLE FRENCH EXCHANGE UPDATE – JoAnn Thomasson

 

E.        DEPARTMENT/ BUILDING REPORTS

 

            E.1       FINANCE ACADEMY – NATIONAL ACADEMY FOUNDATION

                        RECOMMENDED MOTION:  “that the Board of Education hereby

                        approves participation in the National Academy Foundation, Academy of

Finance and the appropriate funding.”

 
 

F.        REPORTS FROM SUPERINTENDENT AND STAFF                        

 

            F.1       REVISED POLICY #5410Purchasing  - Second reading and Approval 

 

            F.2       REVISED POLICY #3412Smoking/Tobacco Use - Second reading and Approval 

 

            F.3       REVISED POLICY #5321Funds -Transfers - First reading 

 

            F.4       NYS 3-8 ASSESSMENT UPDATE


G.        CONSENSUS ITEMS

One motion may approve all "G"items.  If a board member wishes to discuss a particular item,
the individual should ask for its consideration as a separate matter when we consider additions
to the agenda. 

RECOMMENDED MOTION:  "that approval is given to all consensus items under
Section  G."

 

            G.1      MINUTES

 

 

 

 

            G.2      PERSONNEL

 

G.2.a   PERSONNEL CHANGES

 

            G.3      BUSINESS    

 

                        G.3.a   SURPLUS ITEMS

                                    RECOMMENDED MOTION: “that the Board of Education hereby

declares that (1) one 1998 Chevrolet Truck, VIN No.:
1GCGK24R3WZ229502, as surplus and authorizes the disposal of
said equipment.”  

 

            G.4      RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE ON PRE-SCHOOL SPECIAL

                        EDUCATION        

 

            G.5      RECOMMENDATIONS OF THE COMMITTEE AND SUB-COMMITTEE ON

                        SPECIAL EDUCATION
 


H.        ACTION ITEMS           

 

            H.1      WARRANT #9March 2013 totaling $6,864,515.77

 

            H.2      TREASURER'S REPORT - March 2013

 

            H.3      EXTRACLASSROOM ACTIVITIES ACCOUNTS - March 2013

 

H.4      CONTRACT FOR SPECIAL SERVICES – SPEECH SERVICES

 

H.5      CONTRACT FOR SPECIAL SERVICES – HOME BASED SPECIAL

EDUCATION SERVICES

 

            H.6      CONTRACT FOR OCCUPATIONAL THERAPY SERVICES

 

            H.7      UNPAID SABBATICAL LEAVE

 

            H.8      RESOLUTION

                        RECOMMENDED MOTION: 

 

                                    WHEREAS, at the Hamburg Central School District Board of Education

                        re-organizational meeting held on July 10, 2012, item H.6.d. a resolution authorizing the

                        Superintendent the ability to transfer and spend up to $50,000 without prior school board

                        approval and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, school board member Sally Stephenson made a motion, seconded

                        by Patricia Brunner-Collins, to table H.6.d. resolution July 10, 2012 authorizing the

                        Superintendent budget transfers of school district funds without prior school board

                        approval up to $50,000 and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, as it presently stands, the resolution for setting budget transfer

                        limits on the Superintendent was never taken off the table and a subsequent vote was not

                        taken to set limits on the Superintendent’s ability to transfer funds from account to

                        account and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, by thus not acting, the Superintendent has the ability to transfer an

                        unlimited amount of school district funds and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, the Hamburg Central School Board meets at least once a month and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, no vender expects to be paid in less than a month billing cycle and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, the Hamburg Central School Board are elected school officials

                        responsible for the sound financial management of the school districts’ finances and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, there have been successful court decisions brought against current

                        and past school boards in the State of New York for negligence and breach of fiduciary

                        duty and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, current and future boards (taxpayers) were not required to

                        indemnify past or current school board members and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, the Hamburg Central School Board has not been appraised of how

                        or what the Superintendent is transferring funds from one account to another for and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, the Hamburg Central School Board has the responsibility to know

                        how the school district tax dollars are actually spent and,

 

                                    WHEREAS, the Hamburg Central School District have had program, teacher and

                        staff cuts, as well as larger class sizes and to continually raise school taxes,

 

                                    WHEREAS, the Hamburg Central School Board, stewards of the School District

                        finances elected taking a sworn oath to protect the school district’s finances, uphold the

                        Constitution of the State of New York and the Constitution of the United States and,

 

                                    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hamburg Central School Board set a limit of

                        $5,000 for the transfer of school district funds from one account to another without prior

                        school board approval to the Superintendent and,

 

                                    BE IT RESOLVED, that the school district financial officer and the Hamburg

                        Central School District Superintendent report all transfer of school district funds from

                        account to account with full disclosure to the public and school board of education the

                        reason and/or purpose of the budget transfer and,

 

                                    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Hamburg Central School Community will

                        be better informed, as well as the Hamburg School Board how their tax dollars are

                        actually spent.      

                       

            H.9      RESOLUTION

                        RECOMMENDED MOTION: 

 

                                    WHEREAS, the Hamburg Central School District’s elementary level has

                        one of the shortest school days in the area and

 

                                    WHEREAS, the elementary bell rings at 8:40 a.m. to start the day and

                        dismissal begins at 2:25 p.m.

 

                                    WHEREAS, dating back to the summer of 2012 several members of the

                        HCSD Board of Education have brought this information to the school board’s

                        attention

 

                                    WHEREAS, contractually our teacher school day ends at 3:20 p.m.

 

                                    WHEREAS, by extending the education day students will have an

                        additional 40 minutes of education time per day

 

                                    WHEREAS, by extending the teacher/student contact time by

                        approximately 3 hours and 20 minutes a week, one month more in education time

                        is gained every year

 

                                    WHEREAS, based on an approximate 37 week teaching schedule, taking

                        into consideration vacation, holidays and exams

 

                                    AND WHEREAS, this would be in the best interest of our students

 

                                    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Hamburg Central School District refer this

                        resolution to the transportation committee, Fisher Bus Services and the Hamburg

                        Teachers’ Association (HTA) for input and recommendations and

 

                                    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the HTA and transportation

                        committee develop recommendations to the Hamburg Central School Board by

                        July 2013 reorganizational school board meeting.

 

            H.10    RESOLUTION

                        RECOMMENDED MOTION: 

 

                                    WHEREAS, every student deserves a quality public education dedicated to

                        preparing engaged citizens, creative and critical thinkers, and a lifelong learners ready for

                        college and careers; and

 

                                    WHEREAS, the decline in state support for public schools has forced our district

                        to reduce programs and limited our ability to implement the new programs mandated by

                        the state such as the common core standards creating an uneven rollout of the standards

                        among school districts around the state; and

 

                                    WHEREAS, while the implementation of the common core will ultimately help

                        students, teachers and teaching and learning, the growing reliance on and misalignment

                        of standardized testing is eroding student learning time, and narrowing the curriculum

                        and jeopardizing the rich, meaningful education our students need and deserve; and

 

                                    WHEREAS, the Hamburg Central School District elementary students receive

                        approximately one month less instruction time than other schools in our area per year;

                        and

 

                                    WHEREAS, despite the fact that research recommends the use of multiple

                        measures to gauge student performance and teacher effectiveness, the state’s growing

                        reliance on standardized testing is adversely affecting students across all spectrums, the

                        morale of our educators and further draining already scarce resources; and

 

                                    WHEREAS, the federal elementary and secondary education act’s testing

                        policies fail to appropriately accommodate the unique needs of students with disabilities

                        and English language learners in assessing their learning, resulting in test scores that do

                        not accurately represent a true measure of the contributions of teachers and schools; and

 

                                    WHEREAS, it is time for policymakers to recalibrate the number, duration and

                        appropriate use of standardized tests so that we can refocus our efforts on student

                        learning; and

 

                                    WHEREAS, the test results will go to private organizations without any reliable

                        assurances the private student data and student information will be secure; and

 

                                    WHEREAS, parents, teachers, administrators who determine that some aspect of

                        common core isn’t working in the classroom has no one to turn to, not the Principal,

                        Superintendent, School Board, State Representatives or Governor. No one in the State

                        will have the power to change any standard.  Education without representation; now

                        therefore, be it

 

                                    RESOLVED, that we call upon the Commissioner of Education, the NYS Board

                        of Regents, the Governor, our Local State Senator and State Assemblyman and our

                        Congressman other policymakers to reduce the use of and over-reliance on standardized

                        testing; and be it further

 

                                    RESOLVED, that we call upon the U.S. Congress and the Administration to

                        reduce federal testing mandates and support the role of and focus on multiple measures of

                        student learning and school quality in accountability systems.

 
 

            H.11    ADDITIONALWORK – HIGH SCHOOL & MIDDLE SCHOOL SITE WORK

                        (District-Wide Capital Improvements Project)

                        STATE ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY REVIEW ACT RESOLUTION

            

   

            H.12    RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE ISSUANCE OF R.A.N.

                        (Revenue Anticipation Note) 

 

I.                  ADJOURNMENT

   

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