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August 4, 2014

Board of Education Meeting
Golding Middle School Library at 7:00 p.m.



July 12, 2011

2011-12 C-R BOE

The Cobleskill-Richmondville School Board members for 2011-12 are: (seated, left to right) Maureen Nicholas (email), Steven Philbrick (email), Elizabeth Montario (email), and Board Vice President Jeffrey Foote (email) and (standing, left to right) Board President Bruce Tryon (email), Howard Rickard (email) and Russ Smith (email).

2011-12 BOE gets to work at re-org meeting

Bruce Tryon was unanimously re-elected president of the 2011-12 Cobleskill-Richmondville Board of Education at the annual reorganization meeting on July 11. Jeffrey Foote was elected vice president.

The reorganization meeting began with the swearing in of the new board members, Steven Philbrick, Russ Smith and Bruce Tryon, and was followed by the annual appointments, designations and authorizations. A complete list of these actions will be included in the meeting minutes.

School lunch prices

One of the annual duties of the board is to establish school lunch prices for the upcoming school year. Prices at C-RCS for the 2011-12 school year will increase as a result of a new federal “Equity in School Lunch Pricing” provision that went into effect July 1. This provision requires school food authorities participating in the National School Lunch Program to ensure that schools are providing the same level of support for lunches served to students who are not eligible for free or reduced price lunches as they are for lunches served to students eligible for free lunches.

Schools receive two levels of federal reimbursement for free and reduced lunches. Under the provision, the district had to subtract the lesser amount of reimbursement from the larger amount of reimbursement and then compare that number to the average price charged for paid lunches. If the average paid lunch price is less than the difference between reimbursements, the district must either gradually adjust average prices for paid lunches or provide non-federal funding to cover the difference. [Click here to download a PDF of provision facts from the USDA. Click here to read an article about school lunch price increases from the Daily Gazette]

The 2011-12 C-RCS lunch prices will increase from $1.50 to $2 in the elementary, $1.50 to $2.50 in the middle school, and $2 to $2.50 in the high school. For a complete list of 2011-12 lunch prices, please click here.

To find out more about the free and reduced lunch program and to download an application, please click here to download a PDF information packet.

Substitute pay

The board also established the per diem substitute teacher rate as $85 per day for an uncertified substitute and $90 per day for a certified substitute. This reflects a $5 per day decrease in rates compared to the 2010-11 year. In previous years, C-RCS’s substitute rate was one of the highest in the region. The decrease was a budget-conscious decision that aligns C-RCS’s rates with those of most other schools in the Capital Region.

Regular meeting

Following the half-hour reorganization meeting, the board moved on to its regular meeting. Highlights of the meeting include reports on what is happening in the schools this summer, an update on the district committees, 2011-12 calendar changes, and election and voting policies reviews.

Administrators' update

High School Assistant Principal Davis Chamberlain, Middle School Principal Scott McDonald, and Ryder Elementary Principal Beth Bissell gave updates on the busy state of the buildings this summer, particularly with the realignment of the elementary schools. [For more on what is happening at the schools this summer, click here.]

Superintendent Lynn Macan discussed training associated with Race to the Top that will be taking place for teacher leaders and inquiry teams in the district. Title IIA federal funds have been redirected to professional development this summer so that teachers in the district will have two three-hour days to get together with their teams and/or grade levels to look at Common Core Standards and related instruction and curriculum issues.

“We will have more training and meeting opportunities this summer than in the past, and that’s a good thing,” Macan said. “It helps give tools to the teachers to meet the challenges they face.”

District committees

Macan also gave an update on the four newly formed community/district committees to the board. Each committee — Communications, Facilities, Finance, and Instruction/Program — will be composed of two board members, community volunteers and district staff. Initial meetings for each committee have been schedule: Finance on Tuesday, July 19; Facilities on Wednesday, Aug. 3, Instruction/Program on Monday, Aug. 15 and Communications on Wednesday, Aug. 17. Meetings, which will take place in the Golding library at 6 p.m., are open to the public. Community members are still welcome to join the committees. [For more information on the committees and their function, please click here.]

Calendar update

The board also approved changes to the 2011-12 school calendar. There will no longer be an early dismissal in December. Oct. 14 will now be a conference day.

Policy review

Each year, the board reviews sections of its policies as standard practice. The policies are read as they currently stand, and then the board is presented with alternative options that are then discussed. The board can decide to leave the policy as is, or have further discussion which could lead to a change in board policy.

At the July 11 meeting, the board addressed policies pertaining to school board elections and budget/board voting procedures. These policies had last been addressed in the 1990s. No policies were changed last night, but discussions will continue to explore the possibility of changing voter registration requirements for elections and changing school board races from a specific seat to voting at large. [For more information on the policies discussed, please click here.]

The next board meeting will take place at 7 p.m., Monday, July 25, in the Golding Middle School library.