• CLINTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    BOARD OF EDUCATION
    SPECIAL MEETING 

    January 12, 2021
    5:30pm
    Via Zoom

     


    Agenda Annotation by Dr. Steve Grimm - in maroon text

     Please note that our agendas are available only online - there will no longer be paper copies available at the meeting. 


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    1. CALL TO ORDER


    2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE


    3. READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT

    Clinton Central School proudly educates and empowers all students to realize their potential in becoming thoughtful, empathetic and contributing members of a global society.


    4. PUBLIC TO BE HEARD

    The Board encourages public participation on school related matters at Board meetings.  To allow for this, a period of not more than 30 minutes shall be set aside at each Board meeting.  Speakers shall limit their comments to no more than 5 minutes.  The Board will not permit, in public session, discussion involving District personnel or students.  All speakers are to conduct themselves in a civil manner. Questions and comments from the public concerning matters which are not on the agenda will be taken under consideration and referred to the Superintendent for appropriate action.  If the Board considers a topic extraordinary and requires a discussion taking longer than 30 minutes, the Board will consider designating a separate forum dedicated to that topic.

    The Board Meeting is a meeting held in public, not a public meeting.  While this is an opportunity to speak directly to the Board of Education, please do not expect reciprocal dialogue with the board members or superintendent at the meeting.  If you would like such dialogue, please contact the superintendent. 


    5. INFORMATION-REPORTS-PROPOSAL/SUPERINTENDENT & STAFF

    A.    Superintendent’s Report

           - School Comprehensive Education Plan Review  


    The Board will receive a presentation related to our progress toward responding to state level requirements, which has resulted in a final School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP) for the Middle School.  Over the past two months, district and school based teams have been meeting to understand relevant data, determine root causes, and craft a  SCEP, which is required to have Board approval that should take place later in the meeting tonight.  The process has been delayed by the COVID crisis across the state.

    Here is a link to the final plan:  Clinton Middle School Comprehensive Education Plan 1.12.21

    Here is a link to a folder that contains addition information/resources:  Folder Containing Additional Resources


    6. NEW BUSINESS

    A. BOARD RESOLUTION APPROVING PAID LEAVE FOR NON-EXEMPT HOURLY EMPLOYEES DURING SCHOOL CLOSURE PERIOD

    WHEREAS, the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has resulted in the Federal, State and County governments declaring various states of emergency; and

    WHEREAS, the Oneida County Executive declared a state of emergency on March 13, 2020 and closed all public schools in Oneida County due to the threat from the COVID-19 pandemic; and 

    WHEREAS, the Clinton Central School District (“District”) desires to pay its regularly employed hourly non-exempt District employees during the closure of traditional District operations (presently, December 14, 2020 through January 29, 2021 but subject to modification in order to be consistent with applicable law and regulations) (the “closure period”) due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that:

    1. The Board of Education hereby declares the COVID-19 pandemic is an emergency for the District.

    2. To the extent not already provided for in a collective bargaining agreement or board policy, regularly employed hourly non-exempt employees shall receive paid leave to the extent such employees are not assigned to work during the closure period. The paid leave is meant to make such employees whole and shall be consistent with such employees’ salaries during regular school district operations.

    3. The Superintendent is further authorized to enter into and execute any necessary Memorandums of Understanding with the respective bargaining units to effectuate the terms of this resolution.

    4. This resolution shall apply only for the specific and limited purpose of addressing the unique challenges presented by the outbreak of COVID-19. It shall not set any precedent or practice regarding any aspect of the Resolution.

    5. This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

    Last spring when we first went into remote learning, we passed a similar resolution that was needed if we wish to pay our hourly employees during the state of emergency.  We have the need for a similar resolution to account for the time that we are in a 100% remote learning model.  This impacts bus drivers, teacher aides, and monitors who get paid only for the hours they work.  It is my recommendation that we do this again and please know that we are utilizing them as much as possible during our remote times.  i.e. delivery of materials and supplies and food, and aides/monitors assisting in classrooms on Google and Zoom.

    The other option is to furlough or layoff, both of which invite opportunity for increases unemployment costs, contribute to potential turnover, and otherwise make it difficult to provide consistent service when we resume our in-person instruction.

     


    B. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING COMMENCEMENT OF VAPING LITIGATION

    WHEREAS, in recent years the use and abuse of e-cigarettes and vaping devices has increased dramatically among high school and middle school students, leading to significant risks of addiction and potentially life threatening respiratory ailments;

    WHEREAS, makers of e-cigarettes, including the Juul Labs, Inc. have engaged in marketing practices that have targeted children, endangering the health of millions of children who have become addicted to nicotine and nicotine products;

    WHEREAS, the use of e-cigarettes and vapid devices by students has caused the district to incur costs in the form of staff time, disciplinary proceedings, and other costs, with the expectation that these costs will only increase unless and until student use of these devices decreases and stops;

    WHEREAS, the Board of Education has been invited to join a nation-wide lawsuit by school districts against Juul Labs, Inc. the largest seller of e-cigarettes in the United States and other parties responsible for the production, marketing, sale and distribution of e-cigarettes and vaping devices;

    WHEREAS, the Board of Education wishes to join this lawsuit to discourage the proliferation of e-cigarettes, end the marketing of e-cigarettes to children, and seek compensation for harm caused to the District due to e-cigarette use.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Education hereby resolves:

    1. To appoint the law firms of Bond Schoeneck & King, PLLC, and the Frantz Law Group, APLC to provide legal services in connection with pursuing claims for damages associated with the Juul Electronic Cigarette litigation against Juul Labs, Inc. and others consistent with the recitals above;

    2. To approve the contract for such legal services; and

    3. To authorize the Superintendent to take all steps necessary to become an active co-plaintiff to litigation filed on behalf of school districts by Bond Schoeneck & King and the Frantz Law Group.   (Exhibit #1)

    (Roll Call Vote)

    One of our attorney firms is recommending that we enlist them to represent us in potential future litigation against the JUUL company due to the harm they have cause related to their vaping products.  There is no cost to us and the attorney fees would come only as a portion of any settlement, if there is any.


    7. OTHER

    A. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the School Comprehensive Education Plan required to be submitted to the NYS Department of Education, as related to the Targeted School for Improvement process for the Middle School, be approved.   SCEP

    This is the plan that needs to be approved by the Board and posted on our website.   


    8. PUBLIC TO BE HEARD

    The Board Meeting is a meeting held in public, not a public meeting.  While this is an opportunity to speak directly to the Board of Education, please do not expect reciprocal dialogue with the board members or superintendent at the meeting.  If you would like such dialogue, please contact the superintendent


    9. QUESTIONS BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

    This is an opportunity to board members to dialogue with one another as needed.


    10. ADJOURNMENT - Executive Session is not anticipated


    Executive Session Note:

    The Board of Education may hold executive sessions at which only the members of the Board or persons invited by the Board shall be present. However, the executive session is only available for the purpose of discussion, and except as the law allows, formal action must be taken in an open session.

    Executive sessions can be requested by any member of the Board or the Superintendent of Schools.

    A Board member must make a motion during an open meeting to convene in executive session.  Upon a majority vote of its members, the Board may convene in executive session at a place which the Board President or said members may designate within the District to discuss the subjects enumerated below. 

    Matters which may be considered in executive session are:

    1. matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;
    2. any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;
    3. information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed;
    4. discussions regarding proposed, pending or current litigation;
    5. collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law(the Taylor Law);
    6. the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation;
    7. the preparation, grading or administration of examinations; and
    8. the proposed acquisition, sale, or lease of real property or the proposed acquisition of securities, or sale or exchange of securities, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value thereof