Board of Education Meeting Summary - May 23, 2017
Student Representative Reports
Students reported that the prom was a success and the new location for
the after prom at ViaPort Rotterdam was very well-received. Applications for
sophomores interested in serving as a student representative to the Board
are due on Friday. The next Student Forum is Wednesday, May 31, at 7:30 p.m.
Administrative Tenure: Marie Digirolamo
The Board approved Marie Digirolamo, director of world language, social
studies, and English as a new language, for tenure. Congratulations, Marie!
Assistant High School Principal Anthony Malizia
The Board appointed Anthony Malizia to the position of assistant high
school principal. Anthony is currently a hall principal at Bethlehem Central
High School. He will start in the district on July 1. Welcome to Niskayuna,
Summer Enrichment Program
Based on student registrations, 11 courses will run through the
district''s Summer Enrichment Program this year. A total of 79 students are
signed up to take courses, which is consistent with recent years.
Afterschool Child Care Agreement with the JCC
The Board approved a one-year extension of the lease agreement with the
Schenectady Jewish Community Center (JCC) for space in the five elementary
schools to operate the Kid's Time afterschool program. The Board also agreed
that the district and JCC should work together to establish a longer-term
rental agreement for the space, providing stability for the JCC and
Equity is Excellence Proposal
Dr. Tangorra said that based on Student Forum conversations and his work
with the Environment and Culture Advisory Council, he believes the district
would benefit from policy work and staff training in the area of diversity.
He shared with the Board a proposal from a consultant who specializes in
this. He would like to begin the work this summer with the Board at a policy
level and with the Leadership Team to identify professional development
needs. Based on feedback Dr. Tangorra receives, the proposal will be refined
and discussed at an upcoming meeting. Niskayuna would be the first district
in the area to engage in diversity work in this manner.
High School Code of Conduct
High School Assistant Principals Eva Jones and John Moskov shared a
series of draft revisions to the High School Code of Conduct for 2017-18.
The changes were primarily language clarifications or aligning specific
sections of the document with existing practices. The Board will review and
adopt the code prior to the 2017-18 school year.
Board Policy Review
The Board is reviewing policies at each meeting as it transitions to a
new policy manual. Policy 7212 Response to Intervention Process and
Policy 7222 Diploma or Credential Options for Students with Disabilities
were adopted at the meeting.
The Board held a first read for Policy 7680 Independent Educational
Evaluations and Policy 8450 Home Tutoring.
The Consent Agenda was approved as presented.
Board Member Reports
Board President Rosemarie Perez Jaquith said that Mark Treanor's
retirement party was a well-deserved testament to Mark's contributions to
our schools and students. She recognized David Apkarian's service and
dedication to the Board.
Mr. Apkarian said he enjoyed his time on the Board and learned a great
deal. He also wished the baseball team good luck as it plays for a sectional
title on Thursday night!