Board of Education
The New Paltz Central School District exists for the children of the community. The focus of its programs and activities is the commitment to measured excellence and continuous growth and development for all.
Board of Education Duties
The Board has legal responsibility for the operation of the entire district. The Board established the policies under which the school district is operated, and the Superintendent of Schools is responsible for administering the school program within the context of these policies.
The Board's duties are derived from the State Constitution, the laws of New York State, and rulings of the New York State Commissioner of Education.
The Board's four main areas of responsibility are:
To establish all school district policies,
To develop an annual budget for public approval,
To approve or disapprove the Superintendent's recommendations regading personnel matters, and
To approve or disapprove the Superintendent's recommendations regarding many contracts the district must enter into.
The Board encourages parents and residents who have a concern about school matters to try first to resolve the problem at the level most directly involved, which is usually the classroom teacher or principal. If a satisfactory solution cannot be reached at this level, contact the Superintendent of Schools, Maria C. Rice.
Board of Education Meetings
Board of Education meetings will be held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month or as noted on this calendar. Residents of the district are invited to attend the meetings and may speak on any matter during the public comment sessions.
Meetings of the Board of Education are open to the public. This is when school business is conducted. Public business includes not only binding votes of the board, but also any activity which is preliminary to such a vote or involves consideration of a matter that could be the subject of board action. If you wish to be placed on the agenda, a district resident may call the District Clerk or the Superintendent in advance and indicate a particluar topic to be addressed. There is also time set aside at each meeting for residents to address the Board.
On some occasions, the meetings of the Board of Education open in public session, and then, upon a majority vote of the total membership of the Board, adjourn to executive session. An executive session is a portion of a school board meeting not open to the public and is only permitted for a limited number of specific purposes, such as matters which imperil the public safety if disclosed (safety); discussions involving current or future litigation (litigation); negotiations; and medical, financial, credit, or employment history of a particular person or corporation.
Personnel matters which must be discussed in closed session are those matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal, or removal of a particular person or corporation (personnel).
With certain limited exceptions, no official action can be taken on issues discussed in executive session without first returning to the open session.
On occasion, certain meetings may open in public session, go directly into executive session, and remain in executive session for several hours. These meetings then return to the open meeting to adjourn, with no action to be taken.
Please note that Board of Education meetings begin at 7:00 PM and are held at the New Paltz Central High School Audion, South Putt Corners Road, New Paltz, NY, unless otherwise noted. Meetings that are held at the District Office Board Room (usually abbreviated "DO"), are located at Eugene L. Brown Drive, New Paltz, NY.
* Please note: Email sent to this address will be received by the District Clerk. Matters that are operational in nature and do not fall under the four main areas of Board Responsibility (listed above) will be forwarded to the Superintendent for action. Responses from this address will be made by the District Clerk on behalf of the Board of Education as directed by the Board or Board Officers.
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