Cortland BOE Approves Measures for Next School Year – Cortland Voice

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Donald Chu, Member of the Cortland Board of Education, and Kristopher Williamson (Business Administrator) and Jordan Ashley (Director of Instruction, Equity and Staff) of the Cortland Enlarged City School District listen to the Cortland BOE meeting. (Photo source: Chelsea Horak of The Cortland Voice).

The Cortland Enlarged City School District (BOE) School Board recently held a meeting to hear about the drafting of the summer program and to approve several actions for the coming year.

Cortland’s next BOE meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. on September 13 at the Kauffman Center.

Curriculum creation

The board first heard a presentation on the work that faculty have been doing over the summer to develop this year’s program. Jordan Ashley, Director of Instruction, Equity and Teacher Staff, presented on Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) goals and how they were determined based on state and national standards. He also noted that the language around SEL goals has been standardized across school buildings so students have less to adapt as they move between grade levels.

Amanda Viel, Director of Curriculum and Teaching, then presented the academic component of the planning. Part of this planning includes determining what essential skills are needed at a student’s grade level and what they will need to progress, and creating a program around developing those skills. Teachers collaborated as a team to create a pace guide to move through the material at a consistent pace for students and used time over the summer to begin their lesson plans.

Safety first

The BOE has voted to approve the safety plan for the 2022-23 school year. The safety plan includes instructions and expectations for students, parents, and staff in the event of a natural disaster, accident, disease outbreak, and other safety-related events. Further instructions on early termination procedures will be distributed to parents by October. The plan is reviewed annually to keep all contact information and other aspects current, and can be viewed on the district’s website.

Taxes and transfers

The board approved several transfers of funds from the unrestricted reserve starting in the 2021-22 school year. The funds will replenish individual reserves for items such as teachers’ retirement, unemployment, workers’ compensation, capital projects and repairs. These reservations are established and maintained under New York State law.

The BOE also approved the Certiorari tax settlement and the 2022-23 tax rates. Residents can expect to receive tax bills in the mail in the coming weeks and are encouraged to contact them if they do not arrive. Taxes must be paid no later than September 30, with penalties added for those who pay late.

Before the meeting ended, SDTC Superintendent Bob Edwards and Board Member Donald Chu announced that they would be leading the first of several volunteer beautification efforts in the district. Edwards and Chu brought their gardening expertise to Barry Elementary School on the afternoon of August 24, during the first round of landscaping updates they planned. Future dates and locations will be available on the District’s website.

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