December 8, 2021

Union Board of Education Minutes Union, CT 06076 Wednesday, December 8, 2021 6:30 P.M.

Call to order: The meeting was called to order at 6:36 p.m. by A. Estell.

Attending: A. Estell, A. Blank, R. Fischetti, E. Fournier, Sup./Prin., S. Jackopsic, M. Powers, Rec. Sec. Others attending: L. Demurjian, A. Gordon

Approval of Minutes E. Fournier made a motion to approve the minutes from November 10, 2021. Seconded by A. Blank. Unanimously approved.

Individuals to be heard- none.

Communications- A. Estell reported that a townsperson requested SEL materials that we are using. The townsperson was provided with the website, book and curriculum.

Administrative Reports and Activities Summary

Superintendent and Principal’s Report-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported our school has the Screen and Stay Policy in place. Its purpose is to help keep students healthy and in school. Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported that communications by parents and staff have been phenomenal. Currently working with the state to possibly provide a mobile vaccine unit with hope that the Town of Union will have access as well. Weekly testing is on hold due to issues with the portal and # of participants. Report cards went home Dec. 3, following up with conferences in person, virtual or by phone this week. Sup./Prin. Jackopsic has personally read the report card comments which reflect a deep understanding of each student. Mr. LaMonica continues to develop the SEL Choose Love/PAWS Program. As we continue with Project Based Learning, more professional development is planned for next week and the coming months. ELA professional development will resume in January. Spirit Week will be held the week before vacation. This Friday, Dec. 10 is Pajama Day with donation proceeds going to The CT Children’s Medical Center. Mrs. Zulick-Bessette created a questionnaire for the staff for holiday Elfing which provides an opportunity for staff to get to know each other better. We have a new cleaning company. Sup./Prin. Jackopsic recognized and thanked staff for providing the cleaning in the interim. He was also happy to note that we received a call from the State Department of Education complimenting the school website. The eighth grade students will be starting the high school registration process soon. The audit for this year is coming to a close. Mrs. Jacobs is leading an Hour of Code tomorrow, Dec. 9, which is a school wide activity. Mrs. Zulick-Bessette is participating in a Land and Sea inter-district grant. More info to come. We are looking at more grants in the future. The Veteran’s Day activities on the Town Green were very successful. We are planning on a similar presentation next year.

Staff Report- Mrs. Gordon gave the members a synopsis of her special education schedule and daily routine with her students. She was able to use a special education grant this year to purchase materials which are helping to spearhead new programs. She shared a few anecdotes and interactions with her students. She is pleased how gratifying it has been to be able to work with all staff members in her new role.

Committee Reports

1. Curriculum- A. Estell read a letter from J. Garden who was unable to attend tonight’s meeting. Sup./Prin. Jackopsic stressed how SEL is very important this year and how we will be utilizing different activities to celebrate student’s growth and accomplishments. We are developing learning targets for SEL programming. Also discussed value of project based learning across grade levels.

2. Communication-none.

3. Transportation-We have a plan to address if we are down to one driver on a given day. An approximate hour delay should provide time to accommodate busing for all students.

4. Personnel-none

5. Building-The school passed radon testing. Repairing the front door will cost ~$2,500.00. Stafford Mechanical is in the process of repairing baseboard heaters in two of the classrooms.

. EASTCONN-none.

Financial Report

1. Review of bills. The bills were reviewed and in order.

2. 2020-21 Board of Ed Spending Plan update-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported a current surplus of ~$40,000.00.

Old Business

1. Review of bills. The bills were reviewed and in order.

2. 2020-21 Board of Ed Spending Plan update-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported a current surplus of ~$40,000.00.

Old Business

1. BOE Goals and Process- A. Estell reported that Nick Caruso from CABE will be reviewing the Board’s self-evaluation process on Feb. 23, 2022.

Sup./Prin. Jackopsic noted that the Advisory Group will be resuming to continue its goals.

2. Meet and Greet/ New Staff Collaborative Session- More information to come after the holidays.

New Business

1. 2022-2023 Draft Spending Plan- Sup./Prin. Jackopsic presented an overview or the proposed Spending Plan with line item spending projections. E. Fournier made a motion to adopt the 2022-2023 Spending Plan as presented. R. Fischetti seconded the motion. The motion unanimously carried. The plan will now be presented to the Board of Finance.

Individuals to be Heard- E. Fournier inquired how the recently board member will be replaced. A. Estell explained the process.

Adjournment Motion by E. Fournier to adjourn at 8:03 p.m. R. Fischetti seconded the motion. The motion unanimously carried.

The meeting adjourned at 8:03 p.m.

Respectfully submitted by Michele Powers, Recording Secretar