February 24, 2021

Union Board of Education

Date: February 24, 2021

6:30 P.M. via Zoom

Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by A. Estell.


Attending: A. Estell, A. Blank, E. Fournier, J. Garden, H. Bradway, L. Roberts,

Sup./Prin., S. Jackopsic, M. Powers, Rec. Sec.

Others attending: L. Demurjian, E. Forziati, J. McCusker, P. Zulick-Bessette



2020-21 and 2021-22 Budget Update

Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported that we are currently on track to stay within the adopted budget for this year with ~4 months remaining in the fiscal year and also noted some savings.  He and A. Estell attended the BOF meeting on Feb. 16 to give a budget update. We will be receiving ~$32,000 in ESSER II funding in the future. The funding can be used to pay for expenses incurred during the pandemic (i.e. COVID cleaning, additional personnel, etc.). Current projections show a reduction of six students at Woodstock Academy for next fall. Sup./Prin. Jackopsic read the communication from BOF Chairperson Chris Santucci regarding the BOE’s proposed budget for FY 22.


A. Blank made a motion to add a COVID vaccine update to tonight’s agenda. H. Bradway seconded the motion. The motion unanimously carried to add the COVID vaccine update.


Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported that at the most recent DPH meeting, he was informed that the local health department would contact the district about possible educator clinics during March. More information to come at the superintendents’ meeting on Friday (2.26.21). The goal is to have educators receive their first dose by the end of March.


Stafford Meals Possibility

Officials from Stafford recently made an on-site visit. This program provides meals for all students. This would be at no expense to the district this year if we had volunteers to pick up and deliver the meals to the school. We are currently working with Stafford to determine what the potential cost would be to provide meals in future years.


Advisory Group Discussion

The vision and mission for the school was discussed by BOE members, teachers and parents attending the meeting and the hope for more parent and community involvement next school year as we work toward the end of the pandemic. It was reported that Union School Association fundraising has been fairly successful. There was discussion for possible ideas for safe eighth grade activities in lieu of the Washington D.C. trip. The Advisory Discussion will continue at future BOE meetings in addition to scheduling a Communication Committee meeting in the near future.



Motion by J. Garden to adjourn at 7:56 p.m. A. Blank seconded the motion. The motion unanimously carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:56 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Michele Powers, Recording Secretary.