SCCSD Board Notes April 25 Business Meeting

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Upon commencing the board of education meeting, President Cheryl A. Felice thanked the community for its patience in rescheduling the April 17 meeting and asked the community for a few moments of silence to recognize Sgt. Marine Robert A. Hendriks, Staff Sergeant Christopher K.A. Slutman and Sergeant Benjamin Hines who were killed on April 8 in an improvised explosive attack while conducting combat operations in Parwan Province, Afghanistan.

During his superintendent’s report, Dr. Joseph Giani announced that for the sixth consecutive year, the NAMM Foundation has designated the district as a Best Community for Music Education for its demonstration of an exceptionally high commitment to music education and access to music instruction for all students. Director of Athletics, Health and Physical Education Robert McIntyre also recognized the winter season’s most talented athlete’s Wyatt Gentzel (wrestling), Josh Leidig (wrestling), Ka’Shaun Parrish (wrestling), Kyler Pizzo (track), Jarell White (basketball) and Emily Zahralban (track), all of whom received All-County designation in their respective sports. Emily was also congratulated for having been designated as an All-State and All-American athlete. 

The board of education also adopted the 2019-2020 proposed budget and accompanying property tax report card. On Tuesday, May 21, voters will be asked to vote on a spending plan totaling $134,600,063, which remains at the allowable tax levy limit. There will also be two other propositions, the first of which residents will be asked to vote on a capital reserve expenditure proposition to utilize $2.3 million from the 2016 capital reserve fund for facility improvements at Kreamer Street Elementary School. Proposition 3 will ask residents for the authority to liquidate the district’s 2009 Property Loss Reserve Fund totaling $490,451 and to transfer these monies to the general fund to be utilized for legal purposes. Voters will also elect three members of the board of education for a three-year term commencing on July 1, 2019, and expiring on June 30, 2022, and one member of the board of education to fill a trustee vacancy for a term commencing May 22, 2019 and expiring on June 30, 2021. 

Dr. Giani announced that central administration, Ms. Felice and board trustees will visit school PTAs to present the proposed 2019-20 budget. The dates are as follows.

May 7 – Brookhaven Elementary School – 6:50 p.m. 
  Verne W. Critz Elementary School – 7:30 p.m.
May 9 – Bellport MS (joint MS and HS meeting) – 6 p.m.
   Frank P. Long Intermediate School – 7 p.m.
May 15 – Kreamer Street Elementary School – 6 p.m.

There will also be a budget presentation at the South Country Community Leadership Network on May 13 at 10 a.m. A budget hearing will also be held at the district’s administrative offices on May 8 at 7 p.m., followed by the budget vote and trustee election on May 21 from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.

In other business, the board approved board policies (3210) Visitors to the School, (5410) Purchasing and (7530) Child Abuse and Maltreatment. Policy 3210 was updated to include a clause directing board of education trustees to announce their presence to the administrative offices while visiting a school facility.

The board also ratified for the first time a collective bargaining contract with the South Country Guards Association.

The next board of education business meeting will be held on May 22 at 7:30 p.m.