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.
School budget vote and board election will be held June 9 by absentee ballot
This year’s school budget vote and board of education election will take place on June 9, exclusively by absentee ballot due to the COVID-19 public health crisis.
Voters will elect three board members. The candidates, listed in alphabetical order, are incumbent Dennis Egelston, incumbent Mike Lewis and John Wiltey.
A one-year seat vacated by Frederick Hidde, will commence on June 10 and expire on June 30, 2021. Two three-year seats, presently occupied by Egelston and Lewis, become vacant as of July 1, 2020, and expire on June 30, 2023.
The two top vote getters will be elected to the three-year terms. The candidate with the third-most votes will be elected to the one-year term.
FFCS livestreaming meetings in response to COVID-19
The Fonda-Fultonville Central School District is holding its meetings remotely by videoconference only because of the ongoing COVID-19 public health situation. Live streamed videos of the meetings are available for the public.
To access the live stream for scheduled meetings, go to https://www.youtube.com/user/FFCSDBraves/featured and select the live stream. Agenda materials for the regular meeting can be found on BoardDocs at https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/ffcsd/Board.nsf/Public.
Community members can share comments for the record prior to the meeting by emailing them to District Clerk Lori Maves email@example.com.
Given the extraordinary circumstances surrounding COVID-19, FFCS will plan to use videoconference/livestream only for Board of Education meetings for the time being. This approach is consistent with the governor’s executive order from March 13. To date, meetings held in March, April and May have been livestreamed:
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 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.