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Swanton School on Northwest Access TV – Part 3

Did you know that Ron Lee who was a long time Phys. Ed Teacher at Swanton Central now works in Washington at the US Pentagon?

First of all, our student numbers did not decrease this year.  In fact, they increased.  In addition, we are not increasing spending.  We are keeping our education budget level – actually, decreasing it by .07%.

Did you know… This year, we’re asking you to approve an overall budget of $8,397,480.  That’s .07% lower than last year’s budget.

Did you know that the Mary S. Babcock (that our school is named for), fell through the ice on a class trip in the 11th Grade and got so chilled that she lost all her hair and had to start 12th Grade totally bald?

Did you know….that we used to have one Kindergarten classroom in the Armory and another in the basement of the Methodist Church?

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Board Meeting Agenda – February 26, 2018

SWANTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
SWANTON VILLAGE COMPLEX

February 26, 2018

7:00 PM

AGENDA:   

7:00pm         Call Meeting to Order

  • Agenda Amendments

7:01pm           Public FY19 Swanton School Budget Information Presentation

 

8:00pm          Adjournment

FY2018 School Board Goals:

Goal 1 – Increase efficient use of resources to maximize learning potential for all students

  • Continue to right-size the school staff based on enrollment changes and resource needs
  • Ensure staff and administrator performance is evaluated
  • Monitor school culture
  • Receive periodic Board updates on Marzano, Muhammad, Instructional Frame, and RTI implementation

Goal 2 – Ensure challenging learning opportunities are in place for all students

  • Focus on enrichment programs
  • Promote additional science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences
  • Continue implementation of the NCSS Behavior Program
    • Receive semi-annual reports on student bus and classroom behavior
  • Research development of an SU autism and related programs
  • Local assessment and SBAC – Board emphasis on SBAC and NECAP assessments
  • Ensure student technology skills are current
  • Increase frequency of student performance reporting at board meetings

Goal 3 – Maintain a focus on buildings and grounds

  • Create a playground renewal plan by December
  • Continue to follow the asbestos abatement plan
  • Revisit 5 year facilities plan and prioritizing
  • Connect with Safe Routes to School and RISE-VT

Goal 4 – Strengthen school and community communication

  • Film Channel 15 video vignettes throughout the year
    • Integrate with other FNW schools
  • Utilize social media
  • Reach out to senior citizens (High Swans) and religious leaders
  • Host a Community Dinner in February
  • Connect with MVU Rotary Interact volunteers
  • Develop a “Get out the Vote” campaign in March
  • Engage community about pros and cons of a governance merger

*Public Comments at Board Meetings

The FNWSU and District School Boards are working to improve the response to public comments made at Board meetings.   

The Board reserves the right to ask visitors the following questions before they are invited to address complaints to the Board:

Have you directed your complaint through our “Complaint” Policy i.e.:

  • Attempt to address the complaint first with teacher/staff member, and,
  • If not satisfied, discuss complaint with the principal, and,
  • Still not resolved, then meet with the superintendent,
  • Only then, will the Board hear your concern at a Board meeting.

When speaking with the Board, if the complaint becomes personal, disrespectful, or threatening, then the Board chair may rule the speaker “Out of Order” or,

If the complaint addresses specific personnel or is evaluative then the Board chair may invite the complainant into executive session, and,

The Board chair may limit speaking time for each individual and ask that similar points of view from multiple speakers not be presented.

Anyone making a comment can expect a response from the Board that will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Thank the person with no further action planned.
  • Respond immediately by the Board chair or administration.
  • Direct the administration to contact and respond to the person.
  • Seek clarification from the administration at a specified meeting.
  • Add the topic to a future Board agenda.
  • Refer the matter to an executive session.
  • Hold a public hearing on the matter.
  • Send a note of appreciation.

 

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Board Meeting Agenda – February 13, 2018

 SWANTON SCHOOL BOARD MEETING
SWANTON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL LIBRARY

February 13, 2018
4:00 PM

AGENDA:   

4:00pm         Call Meeting to Order

  • Agenda Amendments

4:01pm           Prepare Budget Information Presentation

5:20pm          Anticipated Executive Session –

(Answer the Executive Session Compliance Question…Where premature public knowledge would clearly place the Board or other party at a substantial disadvantage)

5:27pm          Exit Executive Session and Possible Action

5:30pm          Adjournment

FY2018 School Board Goals:

Goal 1 – Increase efficient use of resources to maximize learning potential for all students

  • Continue to right-size the school staff based on enrollment changes and resource needs
  • Ensure staff and administrator performance is evaluated
  • Monitor school culture
  • Receive periodic Board updates on Marzano, Muhammad, Instructional Frame, and RTI implementation

Goal 2 – Ensure challenging learning opportunities are in place for all students

  • Focus on enrichment programs
  • Promote additional science, technology, engineering, arts, and math experiences
  • Continue implementation of the NCSS Behavior Program
    • Receive semi-annual reports on student bus and classroom behavior
  • Research development of an SU autism and related programs
  • Local assessment and SBAC – Board emphasis on SBAC and NECAP assessments
  • Ensure student technology skills are current
  • Increase frequency of student performance reporting at board meetings

Goal 3 – Maintain a focus on buildings and grounds

  • Create a playground renewal plan by December
  • Continue to follow the asbestos abatement plan
  • Revisit 5 year facilities plan and prioritizing
  • Connect with Safe Routes to School and RISE-VT

Goal 4 – Strengthen school and community communication

  • Film Channel 15 video vignettes throughout the year
    • Integrate with other FNW schools
  • Utilize social media
  • Reach out to senior citizens (High Swans) and religious leaders
  • Host a Community Dinner in February
  • Connect with MVU Rotary Interact volunteers
  • Develop a “Get out the Vote” campaign in March
  • Engage community about pros and cons of a governance merger 

*Public Comments at Board Meetings

The FNWSU and District School Boards are working to improve the response to public comments made at Board meetings.  

The Board reserves the right to ask visitors the following questions before they are invited to address complaints to the Board:

Have you directed your complaint through our “Complaint” Policy i.e.:

  • Attempt to address the complaint first with teacher/staff member, and,
  • If not satisfied, discuss complaint with the principal, and,
  • Still not resolved, then meet with the superintendent,
  • Only then, will the Board hear your concern at a Board meeting.

When speaking with the Board, if the complaint becomes personal, disrespectful, or threatening, then the Board chair may rule the speaker “Out of Order” or,

If the complaint addresses specific personnel or is evaluative then the Board chair may invite the complainant into executive session, and,

The Board chair may limit speaking time for each individual and ask that similar points of view from multiple speakers not be presented.

 Anyone making a comment can expect a response from the Board that will fall into one of the following categories:

  • Thank the person with no further action planned.
  • Respond immediately by the Board chair or administration.
  • Direct the administration to contact and respond to the person.
  • Seek clarification from the administration at a specified meeting.
  • Add the topic to a future Board agenda.
  • Refer the matter to an executive session.
  • Hold a public hearing on the matter.
  • Send a note of appreciation.