January 13, 2021

Union Board of Education

Date: January 13, 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, H. Bradway, E. Fournier, J. Garden,

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

Others attending: G. Barillaro, L. Demurjian, M. Huda, K. Malinowski-Paine.

 

Approval of Minutes

J. Garden made a motion to approve the minutes from Dec 9, 2020. Seconded by A. Blank.  Unanimously approved.

 

Individuals to be heard

None

 

Communications

None

 

Administrative Reports and Activities Summary

Superintendent and Principal’s Report-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported that communication between parents and staff continues to be good as we continue to navigate through these times.  We continue to receive updates from the CDC and DPH, and based on consultation with local health department, we have shifted to remote learning until January 25.  The district has had two cases of COVID-19 in our school community. The cases do not appear to be related. Safety protocols continue to be implemented, including quarantine of fourteen days. Sup./Prin. Jackopsic will be checking in with the local health department this Friday for updates. At this time, we are anticipating to resume in-person learning on January 25.

As the state moves to 1B vaccine status, staff will be notified when more information for the vaccine becomes available.

We have been better prepared for remote learning this time and are looking to make adjustments and fine tune.

Sup./Prin. Jackopsic reported that another round of COVID-19 relief funding will be available to districts but has not received information about allocations and eligible expenses at this time.  The discussion for SEL continues as we continue to identify components from the Yale course we can use to support students.

 

Committee Report

  1. Curriculum- J. Garden reported some key points as we move further into the school year. Science and Social Studies to be implemented to students in grades 3-8. The committee discussed the possibility of bringing developing a partnership with a local university to help fill specials positions.

     

  2. Communication-None.

 

  1. Transportation-None.

     

  2.  Personnel- None.

 

  1. Building-The solenoid valve on the boiler has been repaired.  Looking at possible ways to further protect from power outages.

 

  1. EASTCONN-None

     

    Financial Report

  1. Review of bills. The bills were reviewed and in order.
  2. 2020-21 Board of Ed Budget- No changes in projections. Keeping with essential spending. Anticipating ESSER Part II funds.

     

Old Business

1.Operations of Schools During COVID-19 Policy and Reopening Plan Update-

 No changes at this time. Noted the fourteen-day quarantine is safest for students and staff.

 

 2. Superintendent evaluation process-Discussed at the Subcommittee meeting-  Due to contractual obligations, CABE recommendations, guidelines and timeline will be followed. More discussion at the next BOE meeting on January 27.

 

New Business

 1. Teacher resignation- Sup./Prin. Read the letter of resignation from Art teacher, Amanda Fischetti. A. Blank made a motion to accept the resignation with regrets, E. Fournier seconded the motion. Unanimously approved.

 

 2. Additional early dismissal days (February and March)-Sup./Prin. Jackopsic introduced half days February 5 and 12, as well as March 5, 19 and 26.

H. Bradway asked for clarification on the benefits of half days. Mr. Jackopsic indicated that teachers can meet with teams to allow for additional curriculum and planning time. G. Barillaro added that the feedback from those meetings help preparations for remote students and that the early dismissals have minimal effect on core curriculum-students have a shortened lunch and recess/break.

J. Garden made a motion for half days to be implemented to the school calendar,

A. Blank seconded the motion. The measure was unanimously approved.

 

3. Family First Coronavirus Act (FFCRA) leave discussion-Expired

December 31, 2020. More discussion at future meetings.

 

Individuals to be Heard-None.

 

Adjournment

Motion by A. Blank to adjourn at  7:31 p.m., J. Garden seconded the motion. The motion unanimously carried. The meeting adjourned at 7:31 p.m.

 

Respectfully submitted by Michele Powers, Recording Secretary.