The RTM Education Budget Meeting (featuring the
presentation by Dr. David Title) has been rescheduled for
Wednesday, April 23rd at 8:00 PM at Sherman School, 250
Board of Education Meeting – April 8, 2014
I. Student Reports:
Fairfield Ludlowe High School Students Liaisons: Mr. Billy Moeder, Mr. Ethan King: provided an overview of Spring sports teams at FLHS, given that the seasons all start April 9th; FLHS Seniors are making final decisions on colleges for next year with deposits at most schools due May 1st.; They also mentioned that the spring play starting soon is the “Wizard of Oz”.
Fairfield Warde High School Students Liaisons: were not present at this meeting.
II. Board Committeee/Liaison Reports:
A. Ms. Eileen Liu-McCormack: provided an overview of the Board of Selectmen (BoS) and Board of Finance (BoF) budget discussions and votes this past week; She mentioned that both Boards tended to focus on the BoE Healthcare Accounts, preferring to see funding in reserves at 2 x IBNR (Incurred but not reserved). She also mentioned that School Security was passed by both BoS and BoF.
B. Marc Patten: mentioned that there was an interesting School Safety/Security presentation at the last SEPTA meeting.
C. Phil Dwyer: clarified that the $804,000 reduction by the First Selectman would mean a loss in programs and services of $404,000; He added that the Board of Education would have to decide (as recommended by the BoS/BoF) whether or not to move the $160,000 originally earmarked for School Security in the Education Budget to the healthcare account to reach the recommended levels for reserves of 2 x IBNR.
In addition, Mr. Dwyer mentioned that the tentative new date for the Education Budget Presentation to the RTM was April 23rd, 2014.
III. Superintendent’s Report:
A. Review of Quartely Financial Update through March 31, 2014, Ms. Munsell stated that the 2013-2014 Education Budget shortfall is now at about $300,000 which is about $170,000 lower than the one previously reported last month.
Comments from the Board were as follows:
1) Paul Fattibene: The Board of Education needs to take greater responsibility for its own budget concerns.
2) Phil Dwyer: stated that all members of the Board of Selectmen and Board of Finance agreed that they would support up to $469,000 of the gap in the Board of Education budget.
3) John Llewellyn: asked when the Board of Education would revisit the Food Service Budget for futher discussion. Ms. Munsell responded to his request by asking him to wait another month to obtain more conclusive information, using March Food Service budget figures.
IV Old Business
A. Approval of High School Grades 11-12 Math Curriculum
Recommended Motion: “that the Board of Education approve the High School Grades 11-12 Math Curriculum” – Some discussion among Board members ensued with John Llewellyn asking for a status review of how the new curriculum implemented is going after the first year of implementation; Dr. Boice said that she wanted to be sure to include teachers in that discussion since this is how curriculum reviews have been handled to date. After more discussion amongst Board members, the motion passsed unanimously by a vote of 9-0.
B. Approval of Pre-Calculus Resource
Recommended Motion: “that the Board of Education approve the Glencoe Pre-Calculus: Common Core Edition Text as outlined in the February 14, 2014 memo from Dr. Boice” – Ms. Liu McCormack mentioned that rigor should be the focus of the chosen textbook since it is not necessary to satisfy the Common Core for Pre-Calculus. Therefore, “why is this (Glencoe text) the best textbook? “ After further discussion amongst Board members, the motion passed by a vote of 7-2.
C. Approval of Policy #5519 Students – Wellness
Recommended Motion: “that the Board of Education approve Policy #5519 Students – Wellness”. After continued Q&A and further discussion of curriculum demands in relation to other subject areas across the district, the motion passed unanimously by a vote of 9-0.
V. New Business
A. Establish Date and Time of Fairfield Ludlowe High School and Fairfield Warde High School Graduation – Recommended Motion: “that the Board of Education establish June 18 at 6:00 PM as the date and time of graduation for Fairfield Ludlowe high school and Fairfield Warde High School Class of 2014” – This motion passed unanimously by a vote of 9-0.
B. Presentation and Submission Approval of the Teacher Evaluation Plan (Enclosure #3)
Recommended Motion: “that the Board of Education approve the submission of the Fairfield Teacher Evaluation plan to the CT State Department of Education” – After considerable discussion about Board members not having enough time to read this 70-page document, a motion to postpone was officially made, and it passed 8-0-1. This agenda item will now be placed on the May 6th Agenda.
IMPORTANT TO NOTE: At this point in the meeting, Board of Education Chairman, Phil Dwyer clarified that the May 6th Board of Education meeting will have some discussion regarding how best to allocate reductions (currently totalling $564,000 in programs and services prior to the RTM Budget Vote). However, the May 20th Board of Education meeting will have a more involved discussion on proposed budget reductions, and it will most likely be the meeting in which the Board votes on these proposed reductions.
C. Approval of RYASAP 2014 Profiles of Student Life Survey – (Enclosure #4)
Recommended Motion: “that the Board of Education approve student particpation in the RYASAP 2014 Profiles of Student Life Survey” – A few different amendments were discussed, and the main motion became: “that the Board of Education approve student participation in the RYASAP 2014 Profiles of Student Life with the passive letter and that this letter will be posted on Infinite campus”. This motion passed by a vote of 8-0-1.
VI. Approval of Minutes
A. Approval of Minutes of March 11, 2014 – (Enclosure # 1)
Recommended Motion: “that the Board of Education approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of March 11, 2014. After considerable discussion about the minutes and some proposed amendments, the regular motion passed unamended by a vote of 6-3.
B. Approval of Minutes of March 18, 2014 – (Enclosure # 2)
Recommended Motion: “that the Board of Education approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting of March 18, 2014.” Aftern some brief discussion on the minutes, the motion passed by a vote of 7-0-2.
VII. Public Comment: There was very little public comment toward the end of the meeting, but more comment from the public on the RYASAP 2014 Profiles of Student life Survey with some questioning the appropriateness of the survey as well as the degree of parent notification involved.
VIII. Open Board Comment: Most of the discussion centered on the purpose of the minutes capturing the essence of the discussion. There was also some discussion about the upcoming Board Self-Evalaution on April 22nd, 2014 which is a Special Meeting/Executive Session.
The next Regular Meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Tuesday, May 6th, 2014 following the RTM Budget Vote on Monday, May 5th.
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