September 23, 2015 Minutes

Union Board of Education

September 23, 2015

6:30 p.m.

  Call to order - The meeting was called to order at 6:33  p.m. by Andrea Estell.


 Attending: A. Estell, J. Garden, S. Martinez, A. Blank, C. Taylor, Joe Reardon, Supt & S. Jackopsic, Prin. C. Escalona, M. Huda, K. Malinowski-Paine, & some townspeople.     Not in attendance:  P. Guardiani    


New Board Member Orientation

Andrea Estell opened to invite discussion from Board of Ed Members: 

 How does one observe privacy concerns for students, staff, community

 Timeline:  Dec/Jan Board of Ed Budget, March Board of F review, End of March Budget hearing, End of year more meetings, Participation in the school - what are the limits? Explanation of contractual grievances, Interacting with school community, Robert Rules on informal meetings - clarification, posting of meeting minutes

 Magnate school participation - role of Union


Upcoming dates:  Next Board of Ed meeting is October 14, 2015,  Union School Public Forum  October 21, 2015.   There was a discussion of the meeting schedule


Motion by C. Taylor to add to the agenda.  Seconded S. Martinez.

C. Escalona was concerned that the Board of Ed be able to hear the teachers opinion/voices in decision making, School climate from teachers doesn't exist, Concerned about Board of Ed decisions and not getting input from teachers and students.


Decision to meet with staff, Board of Ed and Administration to discuss issues concerning staff, primarily communication, first of a series of meetings.




   Motion by A. Blank to adjourn at 8:47 p.m. Seconded. Unanimously approved.



Respectfully submitted,


C. Taylor