October 23, 2019
UNION BOARD OF EDUCATION, UNION, CT
Wednesday, October 23, 2019
CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by A. Estell.
Members: A. Blank; H. Bradway; J. Garden; J. Peterson; L. Roberts. J. Reardon, Supt., and S. Jackopsic, Principal.
Staff: A, Summerer, A. Fischetti, M. Huda, K. Paine, P. Rae, P. Zulick-Bessette, C. Escalona, J. Budd, M. Powers, L. Demurjian, J. Lambert.
Others: T. Ko-Szych, K. Jones, S. Morgis, J. Morgis, A. Anthony, J. McCusker, J. Zieger, R. Fischetti, L. Herbert, CEA Representative; D. Eaton, First Selectman.
INDIVIDUALS TO BE HEARD:
1. 2020-21 Budget Preview: Principal S. Jackopsic presented a preview of the 2020-21 budget anticipating increased costs in health insurance, professional services, maintenance and repair, and professional development. Anticipated reductions include six net fewer high school students with tuition rate yet to be determined. Also to be determined is the revised Minimum Budget Requirement per SDE, special education needs, and administrative restructure plan.
2. Strategic Planning/Vision: S. Jackopsic and staff presented the strategic plan for 2020-2021. Discussion regarding communication, requested classroom visits by BoE members, funding for electives, and inviting parent and town representatives to join Strategic Planning group.
1. Administrative Structure Discussion (Option – Superintendent/Principal combined position)
Numerous questions brought forth at October 9, 2019 meeting were answered including cost savings, concerns about losing a level of due process and how that might be handled, additional responsibilities of new position, absence from building and subsequent coverage, and rule out appointment of head teacher. Some staff expressed concerns regarding combining the two positions given difficulties with a previous attempt at a combined position in the early 2000s.
INDIVIDUALS TO BE HEARD: K. Jones, J. Zieger, R. Fischetti
Individuals to be heard expressed concerns regarding a combined Superintendent/Principal position as to whether there was a large enough cost-savings to warrant the combined position.
ADJOURNMENT: J. Garden made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Meeting adjourned at 10:13 p.m.
A. Estell, Chairperson