At Fonda-Fultonville, the Board of Education works in partnership with the district’s community to empower and challenge every student to become a lifelong learner and a responsible citizen.
Annual school budget vote and board election rescheduled by the state
New York state school budget votes and board of education elections will be delayed until at least June 1, 2020, according to an executive order released by Governor Andrew Cuomo on Monday, March 30, 2020. View the executive order here.
The order specifically says, “Any school board, library board, or village election scheduled to take place in April or May of 2020 is hereby postponed until at least June 1, 2020, and subject to further directive as to the timing, location or manner of voting for such elections.”
This change will also impact school districts’ regular notification practices and timelines for sharing information about the vote and election.
March 23 recording of live-streamed meeting
The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Board of Education’s monthly meeting and budget workshop took place on Monday, March 23. To protect the health and safety of the board members, district staff and community, the meeting was closed to the public, but was streamed live online for those who would like to follow along.
To access a recording of the live stream, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/FFCSDBraves/featured and select the March 23 live stream.
Recent guidance from the New York State Education Department addresses the issue of holding Board of Education meetings in light of the circumstances regarding COVID-19:
“Pursuant to Governor Executive Order No. 202.1 issued 3/13/2020, the Open Meetings Law requirements for school board meetings have been temporarily modified, through April 11, 2020, as such:
‘“Article 7 of the Public Officers Law, to the extent necessary to permit any public body to meet and take such actions authorized by the law without permitting in public in-person access to meetings and authorizing such meetings to be held remotely by conference call or similar service, provided that the public has the ability to view or listen to such proceeding and that such meetings are recorded and later transcribed.’”
The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District Board of Education is a seven-member board made up of unsalaried citizens elected to serve three-year terms.
- Matt Sullivan, President, term expires on June 30, 2022
- Bonnie Couture, Vice President, term expires on June 30, 2022
- Domenic DiNatale, term expires on June 30, 2021
- Dennis Egelston, term expires on June 30, 2020
- Michelle Isabella, term expires on June 30, 2021
- Michael Lewis, term expires on June 30, 2020
- Vacant seat, term expires on June 30, 2021
Duties of the Board
The board’s powers and duties are derived from the New York State Constitution, the laws of New York State and the rulings of the New York State Commissioner of Education. The Board of Education’s main areas of responsibility are:
- Establish district policies.
- Develop an annual budget for public approval.
- Vote on the Superintendent’s recommendations on personnel matters and contracts.
- Review courses of study and textbooks.
- Act as a communication link between residents and the Superintendent.
Procedures of the Board
- No person or group of persons acts in the name of the board.
- All motions require a majority vote before the Board can act.
- A board member is in an official capacity only during an official Board meeting.
- The Board employs a Superintendent who is responsible for the day-to-day operation of the district and administration of Board policies.
- The Superintendent develops policies, programs and plans for Board action.
Goals of the Board
- All students will graduate college and career ready by meeting or exceeding the state standards.
- Develop a long-term financial plan that encompasses fiscally responsible budgeting while addressing the needs of students and taxpayers.
- Communicate with all stakeholders in promoting collaboration, parent involvement, community partnership, and student achievement.