Just in from the Board of Education meeting…….
The BOE voted and elected Anthony Walker as Chairman, Scott Sincerbeaux as Vice-Chair and Carol Andrzeicik as Secretary.
Chairman Walker took the gavel and started conducting the meeting with a personal greeting – a positive and inclusive message. One item Chairman Walker brought forth was the suggestion that the chairmanship be a rotating, one-year position with a new chairman voted each November. Members will consider this and revisit the matter at their December meeting. The agenda item concerning committee assignments was put off until the December meeting as well. Members were requested to email their preferences to the chairman. Walker also would like to see a board member at each of the town committee meetings to enhance the flow of communication. He also suggested the board consider a new committee to address academics/raising test scores. There was a general consensus that this could be piggybacked to one of the current standing committees.
Dr. Baran presented an update of the budget and where the district stands currently. He was able to illustrate the fluidity of expenditures versus changes in revenues and expenses. The newly elected members asked many questions and actively pursued items to clarify their understanding of specific issues. There were a multitude of suggestions and requests pertaining to information that would augment/increase their understanding of an array of subjects. I guess the district office will be fairly busy for awhile.
The upcoming budget timeline was revealed and a list of dates was provided. Several possible additional meeting dates were discussed as well. The first draft of the budget will be presented to the board at their January 28th meeting. The BOE presentation of the finalized 2010/2011 budget to the Board of Finance will be on March 23rd. The town meeting for the budget will be on May 27th. There were other dates listed, but I will refrain from putting them in here because I had to leave the meeting (I get up at 4:45 AM) before the board considered their 2010 Schedule of Meetings.
There will also be a ‘Meet and Greet’ sometime in January, but those dates as well are not set.
So, there you have it in a nutshell. I’m sure there will be much more to come.