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Minutes of Redding Board of Education Meeting with Budget Workshop, 01/14/2021

AGENDA: Redding BOE Budget Workshop

RECEIVED 01/19/2021 12:47pm
Michele R. Grande – Redding Town Clerk

REDDING BOARD OF EDUCATION
Regular Meeting with Budget Workshop
Thursday, January 14, 2021 – 7:30 p.m.
Held Remotely Pursuant to Executive Order NO. 7B
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Minutes

ATTENDANCE
Board members:   Parkin, Whaley, Hoffman, Pilato, Oulton, Reilly, Hocker
Administration:  Harrison, Pierson Ugol, Zachery, Del Conte
Others:   members of the staff and public.

CALL TO ORDER
C. Parkin called the Redding Board of Education Budget Workshop to order at 7:32 p.m.

Motion: move that the Redding Board of Education add new Agenda Item IV. A. Social Media Guidelines. (Pilato, Reilly). Approved. Unanimous.

PUBLIC COMMENT
None.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENT
None.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION: SOCIAL MEDIA GUIDELINES
C. Pilato explained the need and purpose behind an update to the Social Media Guidelines as proposed by the Communications Committee.

Motion: move to approve the following revised guidelines for the Board of Education Facebook page to now include other Social Media platforms pending approval by counsel:
– The intent is to share board and school related information with the community.
– Postings will include the information provided in Board of Education meetings,
   including agendas, meeting minutes, building reports, financial reports, and videos and other communications from the administration, staff, and the chairperson.
– Re-posts will include information from existing school dedicated Social Media accounts pre-approved by the Administration with the intent to extend the reach of such posts.
– The account administrators will consist of members of the Communications Committee.
– No Board of Education members will respond to comments.
– No posts or re-posts will be made during pending referenda, except where approved by Board counsel.
– Unless the Communications Committee is otherwise authorized, posts consisting of
   information not made publicly available will be approved by the Board.

The following is not permitted:
– Vulgarity
– Ad hominem attacks
– Personnel matters
– Solicitation of goods or services
– Threats of violence
– The account administrators may remove comments or content not in compliance with these guidelines. (Whaley, Pilato), Approved. Unanimous.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION: APPROVAL OF MATH CURRICULUM RESOURCE FOR K-5.
J. Reilly presented the background and resulting recommendation of the Curriculum Committee to select new K-5 math curriculum materials.

Motion: move that the Redding Board of Education select enVision, a division of Sarvvas Learning Company, LLC, as its K-5 math curriculum materials provider effective July 1, 2021. We empower Central Office administrators to negotiate the most favorable contract term and pricing. (Whaley, Hocker) Approved. Unanimous.

DISCUSSION AND POSSIBLE ACTION: 2021-2022 OPERATING & CAPITAL BUDGETS
C. Parkin lead a discussion of the proposed budget with support from school administration. C. Zachery, Director of Finance and Operations, explained an error that appears in the percent column of the budget draft that was circulated to the Board and said the issue had been reported and was expected to be resolved in the very near-term. Building Principals, N. Hammond and Dr. Amori reviewed enrollment projections and the requested sections of each grade, along with the reasoning behind other staffing requests. Discussion continued by reviewing the request to reinstate student clubs and activities. Next, J. Del Conte reviewed Special Services budget requests, including a review of the proposed Bridges program. Based on feedback from the Board, Chairman C. Parkin, asked the administration to base any further budget projections upon the assumption that the Bridges program will be implemented.

PUBLIC COMMENT
Kristen Anstett, Whortleberry Rd, Redding, said that as a community member she sees great value in a Junior Bridges program and also said she hopes the Gifted and Talented program remains in the budget.

Meredith Ferris, Ledgewood Drive, Redding, thanked the Board for their work and the apparent acceptance of the Bridges program. She also emphasized the importance of reinstating any arts programming to allow students a chance to express themselves.

Carolyn Baker, Indian Hill Road, Redding, said she supports funding both Accelerated Learning Programs so that it could also be made available at JRMS and the custodial ask.

BOARD MEMBER COMMENT
C. Pilato thanked all those providing budget information and said that she appreciates the forthcoming way that questions are being answered with data so that the Board knows what the administration knows.

ADJOURNMENT:
Motion: move that the Redding Board of Education Budget Workshop be adjourned. (Hoffman, Whaley) Approved. Unanimous.

The meeting was adjourned at 10:07 p.m.

Submitted by Colleen Pilato
Secretary, Redding Board of Education
Recorded by Colleen Pilato

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