The business meeting commenced with the Superintendent’s Report in which Dr. Joseph Giani unveiled instructional and noninstructional plans for June. Each Friday in June (6/5, 6/12, 6/19 and 6/26) will be designated as Field Day Friday. There will be no new assignments, although faculty will be available online. Field Day activities are currently being developed and will soon be shared. Additionally, June 22-26 will be designated as K-12 Review and Rate Week. As with Field Day Friday, there will be no new assignments, but faculty will be available. Dr. Giani said K-12 Review and Rate Week will provide faculty the opportunity to review and rate assignments and for students to catch up on work. June 18 will also be set aside for moving-up activities for grades K-5, and there will be no new assignments. Information on the moving-up activities for transition grades (Pre-K, K, 3, 6 and 8) are also being planned and information will be made public as soon as finalized. Dr. Giani also reported that summer school will be held remotely and that details will be sent home in the mail and posted on the District website.

Additionally, Dr. Giani introduced the candidates for the Board of Education, Cheryl A. Felice and Gena Ancona. To view the candidates’ statements, please visit: https://youtu.be/ovTdpfbbbBw.

Assistant Superintendent for Finance and Management Services Christine Costa presented the proposed 2020-2021 Budget during the scheduled Budget Hearing. As required by New York State law, Ms. Costa presented the three-part budget containing information on administrative, capital and educational components of the spending plan. The proposed budget, which totals $138,330,713, is an increase of $3,730,713 over last year, remains within the allowable tax levy limit increase of 2.11%, and requires a simple majority vote to pass. If approved, homeowners should realize an increase of $128.79 on the average assessed home. Ms. Costa noted that the governor’s executive orders have not provided any revote information. She did explain that if the budget were to fail, there would be additional budget cuts needed totaling $1,315,219. The school budget vote and election of trustees is by absentee ballot only. Ballots must be received by 5 p.m. on June 9, 2020. Absentee ballots are being prepared and will be delivered to mailboxes in time for voting.

Other business included the trustees passing a resolution authorizing the issuance of a tax anticipation note, not to exceed $40 million, in anticipation of the receipt of taxes to be levied for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2021.There was also an approval of a budget transfer totaling $15,000 to pay for pandemic-related expenses for SCOPE emergency childcare.

President E. Anne Hayes prefaced the closing with a comment, thanking the South Country community for its patience and for working through ways to use technology to meet and to learn.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on June 10, 2020.