March 10, 2021
Union Board of Education
Date: March 10, 2021
6:30 P.M. (Zoom only)
Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 6:46 p.m. by A. Estell.
Attending: A. Estell, E. Fournier, J. Garden, L. Roberts,
Sup./Prin., S. Jackopsic, M. Powers, Rec. Sec.
Others attending: L. Demurjian, V. LaMonica
Approval of Minutes
L. Roberts made a motion to approve the minutes from February 24, 2020. Seconded by J. Garden. Unanimously approved.
Individuals to be heard
Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported that in initial communications, ESSER II funds are projected to be ~$32,000.00 based on Title I funding from last year. It is undetermined at this point what, if any, funding we will be receiving from The American Rescue Plan. More information to come.
Administrative Reports and Activities Summary
Superintendent and Principal’s Report-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported that the clinic for school staff vaccinations went very well and expressed appreciation for the local health department. Student meals from Stafford began this week. The majority of students are receiving the lunches which are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays. We are still exploring the possibility to continue the program next year. More information to come. Sup./Prin. Jackopsic conducted a survey regarding the Remote Learning/Snow Day in February. We are preparing for the Smarter Balanced testing later this spring.
- Transportation- Woodstock Academy and technical high school routes continue to go well with EASTCONN and drivers continuing to be flexible. We may need to make adjustments in the future as The Academy adds more in-person days.
- Building-It was recommended that a sensor be replaced in the water system, possibly adding an alarm so we get an instant alert through an app/device if there is an issue.
- Review of bills. The bills were reviewed and in order.
2. 2020-21 Board of Ed Budget-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic is encouraged with the recent savings in this year’s budget at this point in time: savings of ~$6000-$7000 in having a long-term substitute Art teacher; ~$6000-$7000 adjustment in high school tuition; ~$4,500 in auditing expenses.
He also confirmed the changeover to a new alarm monitoring/maintenance company which will result in additional savings.
1. 2021-22 budget and possible reductions.
Sup./Prin. Jackopsic shared proposed budget numbers and reductions for next
year with a budget of $1,868,247.00. A town hearing for the budget will take place
in April. A motion was made by L. Roberts to approve the 2021-22 amended
budget proposal, seconded by E. Fournier. The measure carried unanimously.
- Advisory Group-next steps-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic shared the Advisory Group
planning guide. The group will meet and then report out during the second BOE meeting of the month. SEL and technology will also be areas in a new three-year plan that will be developed over the summer and then presented to the BOE.
- Vaccinations-Our second vaccination clinic will take place on March 31.
- Stafford Meals-Students are currently receiving lunches on Tuesday and
Thursdays. Working on logistics to possibly add more days.
- Operations of Schools during COVID-19 Policy and Reopening Plan Update-No major changes have been made since November. Minor adjustments have been made, which Sup./Prin. Jackopsic shared with everyone. A motion was made by J. Garden to approve changes and all current notations to the Operations of Schools during COVID-19 Policy and Reopening Plan. E. Fournier seconded the motion. The measure unanimously carried.
1. Calendar and possible adjustments-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic recommended that March 31 be an early dismissal due to staff being vaccinated in the afternoon, and April 1 be an asynchronous remote learning day for students. L. Roberts made a motion to approve that March 31 be an early dismissal and April 1 be an asynchronous remote learning day for students to accommodate staff vaccines. Seconded by J. Garden. The measure was unanimously carried.
2. Field Trips-After feedback from various sources including the regional superintendents group, our liability insurance company and BOE attorney, any in-person field trips will not take place at this time. We will revisit this later in the spring (end of April) for possible trips.
3. Budget Transfers-Two transfers: $600 from Special Ed Non-certified Staff to Office Supplies, and $1000 from Special Education Transportation to Legal Fees. A motion was made by J. Garden to accept the budget transfers in the amount of $1600. L. Roberts seconded the motion. The measure unanimously carried.
- Climate Surveys-The CT State Department of Education surveys were administered. Staff School Climate results were shared as well as the results of a Parent Climate Survey.
Individuals to be Heard-none
Motion by E. Fournier to adjourn at 8:14 p.m. L. Roberts seconded the motion. The motion unanimously carried. The meeting adjourned at 8:14 p.m.
Respectfully submitted by Michele Powers, Recording Secretary.