March 9, 2016 Minutes
UNION BOARD OF EDUCATION March 9, 2016
CALL TO ORDER
The meeting was called to order by A. Estell at 6:40 p.m.
A. A. Estell, A. Blank, J. Garden, J. Zieger, J. Swanson, J. Reardon, Supt., S. Jackopsic, Prin., L. MacPherson, recording Secretary, & M. Huda, teacher. H. Matthews was not in attendance.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES
Amy Blank made a motion to approve the minutes of February 10 & February 24, 2016. Seconded by A. Estell. Unanimously approved.
INDIVIDUALS TO BE HEARD
a. Superintendent's Report J. Reardon was happy to announce that we were recognized by the State of Connecticut as a School of Distinction. Joe reported that based on this data, Union School is in the top 4% of schools in Connecticut. Some of the indicators included: Smarter Balanced state-wide testing, exposure to the arts, attendance and participation rates.
b. Principal's Report S. Jackopsic reported that the staff got together after school to celebrate our School of Distinction Award. He also noted that several strategic planning meetings have taken place during recent weeks. Report cards are going home this Friday. Parent/teacher conferences will be held next week, March 16th-17th. There will also be a dance next week for all Union students in grades 5-9. The freshmen have been invited back to receive their yearbooks. More events include: The Variety Show on March 31st, an after school movie on April 1st, and the spring concert on May 12th.
e. Building A. Estell provided an explanation of each of the committees for the two new Board members.
a. Review the bills. J. Reardon & A. Estell reviewed the bills & everything was in order. We have had some additional system repairs for the heating system. The Board of Education and Board of Finance discussed the possibility of having a special reserve account for the Board of Ed. The Board of Finance was going to follow up with the auditor about this.
b. 2015-2016. We are continuing to keep a close eye on expenses.
1. No old business
1. Calendar 2016-2017 S. Jackopsic presented the Board with a draft of the 2016-2017 calendar. A brief discussion followed. A. Blank made a motion to accept the calendar. Seconded. Unanimously approved.
INDIVIDUALS TO BE HEARD
There was a discussion about the childcare in Union closing in May. We will continue to look into the possibility of Northwood providing services for before and/or after school care.
Motion by J. Zieger to adjourn at 8:30 p.m. Seconded by A. Blank. Passed unanimously.
Respectfully Submitted, Linda MacPherson, Recording Secretary