Board of Education

Meetings

Board meetings are generally held at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Thursdays of each month at Canajoharie High School.

The first meeting of the month is the board’s business meeting, which is held in public observing the New York State Open Meetings Law and Robert’s Rules of Order.

The second meeting of the month is informational in nature. Presentations are made to the board on various topics, administrators provide updates and board committees report on their activity.

Videos of board meetings can be seen on the district’s YouTube channel.

District Board Goals

Upcoming meeting schedule for 2019-20

  • July 11, 2019, 7:30 PM Business Meeting
  • August 7, 2019, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • September 12, 2019, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • September 26, 2019, 7 PM, Informational Meeting
  • October 10, 2019, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • October 24, 2019, 7 PM, Informational Meeting
  • November 14, 2019, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • December 12, 2019, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • January 9, 2020, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • January 23, 2020, 7 PM, Informational Meeting
  • February 13, 2020, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • February 27, 2020, 7 PM, Informational Meeting
  • March 12, 2020, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • March 26, 2020, 7 PM, Informational Meeting
  • April 7, 2020, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • April 23, 2020, 7 PM, Informational Meeting
  • May 14, 2020, 7 PM, Business Meeting
  • May 28, 2020, 7 PM, Informational Meeting
  • June 11, 2020, 7 PM, Business Meeting

Agendas, minutes

Board meeting agendas, minutes and other materials are available to the public through the board’s BoardDocs system.

For materials from prior to Jan. 2017, call the District Office at 518-673-6302.

Addressing the Board of Education

The Board of Education recognizes its responsibility to hear public comment and encourages the public to attend board meetings. Visitors have the opportunity to address the Board of Education during the “public comment” period held at the beginning of each meeting.

If a person would like to address the board, they should notify the District Clerk prior to the start of the meeting at 7 p.m. by signing up before the meeting and checking the box next to their name. If a person knows in advance they would like to address the board, they may contact the district clerk at 518-673-6302 to be included on the agenda.

Comments should not exceed five minutes and should directly relate to school matters.

Send questions, comments and concerns to the Canajoharie Central School District Board of Education and its individual board members via email, 518-673-6302, or:

Canajoharie Central School District
Board of Education
136 Scholastic Way
Canajoharie, NY 13317

2019-20 Meetings

2017-18 Meetings

Committees

The Board of Education has five standing committees. The purpose of these committees is to provide counsel and information to the full board. Meetings will be announced as they are scheduled. Meetings will be held in the high school conference room unless otherwise noted.

Buildings & Grounds

This committee works with the administration regarding operation and maintenance issues in and around district buildings. The committee recently led the board’s effort to implement solar power in the district.

Policy

The Policy Committee reviews, revises and creates board policies. These policies provide the framework for district operations. The committee is currently involved in a multi-year review of all district policies.

Finance

The Finance Committee monitors the implementation of the district’s budget and provide counsel during the annual budget development process.

Scholarship

This committee reviews the scholarship parameters and awards each spring. The committee also reviews new scholarship awards.

Transportation

The Transportation Committee works on matters regarding the bus fleet and student transportation.

District and Board Goals

GOAL AREA: CURRICULUM/INSTRUCTION

Improve student’s readiness for their self-declared next step by cultivating a learning environment that supports all high school completion pathways through comprehensive, targeted, rigorous, and coherent curriculums with superior instruction and an emphasis on critical thinking.

Key Objectives:

  • Provide a relevant, engaging and challenging environment for every learner
  • Planned education process that is academic and extracurricular so students are college and career ready
  • Instruction that challenges students’ critical thinking and problem-solving – exposing students to real-life issues
  • Student ownership of their education and the ability to pursue their passion
  • Provide Professional Development/continuing support to teachers and staff [e.g. PBL, 21st-century learning skills)

Key Measures:

  • Graduation Rate
  • Annual Curriculum planning and reviews
  • Student evaluations
    o Course
    o Curriculum
    o Post-graduation survey: graduates and dropouts

Annual Targets:

  • Establish a curriculum development and implementation process for new programs and courses
  • Conduct a secondary schedule evaluation and make revisions as needed for maximizing course opportunities for students
  • Evaluate current programs, explore entry points, and develop pathways for students to pursue their passions
  • Incorporate learning strategies that support active student learning e.g. project-based learning, inquiry learning, critical thinking

NOTES: Consider student empowerment and student ownership

GOAL AREA: ENGAGEMENT

We endeavor to create a school district that exposes and engages our students with the world and community outside their classroom and invites the community to participate, engage, and benefit from all that our district has to offer.

Key objectives:

  • Create a welcoming school environment that hosts and convenes regular community participation and encourages parent participation at all levels.
  • Actively encourages and incorporate civic and community activities/understanding in the educational process
  • Graduation requirement
  • Create and maintain opportunities for all student to engage in the educational process
  • Expand the community education programs

Key measures:

  • Parent engagement
  • Community participation
  • Civic engagement /volunteer

Annual Targets:

  • Establish student community volunteer program
  • More outside speakers/presentations on current issues
  • Complete the planning for an in-house music rental program
  • Develop a parental/community volunteer program with vetting, orientation, and training
  • Explore community service as a graduation requirement

GOAL AREA: BUDGET AND RESOURCES

Improve student achievement and community relations through careful and transparent fiscal management that ensures program needs for student success drive the budget.

Key Objectives:

  • Continuous review of programs and operations to ensure cost-effectiveness and provide funding opportunities to support program needs and enhancements
  • Ensure transparency for financial operations
  • Staff resource planning that enables the district to have the right personnel in the right places

Key Measures/Annual Targets:

  • Resources aligned with Vision, Mission, Values and student needs
  • Grants and other sources of funding accessed through collaborative efforts
  • A passable budget that sustains needed programs and services

GOAL AREA: TECHNOLOGY

All students and staff will have access to functional computers, software, training, and networking abilities to enable seamless technology integration into the curriculum for an effective and efficient learning environment.

Key Objectives:

  • Ensure staff have training/support to develop technology literate and responsible graduates
  • Ensure full utilization of the potential of technological innovations
  • Enable all students to [participate or utilize] technology as part of their education for the 21st century
  • Through curricular review processes, technology applications will be integrated into the curricular program and sequence
  • Leveraging technology seamlessly for efficiency and effectiveness across the district: learning platforms such as Google Doc’s and learning management systems
  • Seamlessly integrate technology effectively and efficiently

Key Measures:

  • Student information literacy skills
  • Student digital citizenship skills
  • Digitization of curriculum

Annual Targets:

  • Implement a 1:1 technology initiative
  • In addition to developing penmanship skills, a keyboarding curriculum will be implemented
  • Explore online language learning programs (e.g. Duolingo) beginning in elementary school

GOAL AREA: RELATIONSHIPS

We foster a safe, relationship-based learning environment in order for every learner to be successful and feel a part of our school community. We respect, appreciate and support one another.

Key Objectives:

  • Foster a relationship based safe learning environment
  • Mentoring: student-teacher/staff, peer-to-peer, community mentors
  • Teacher to teacher support
  • Expect respect and civility within our schools
  • Develop and create a space for healthy discussion and skills development enabling an environment of empathy

Key Measures:

  • Identify and administer a school climate survey
  • Measure reports of bullying and violence within the schools
  • Report of cross-grade or cross-class building activities and interactions

Target Actions:

  • Establish ongoing building-level safety committees and threat assessment, teams
  • Implementation of a mentor program
  • Plan community-wide events to gather input and feedback: Suggestion for fall 2018: 3-8 assessments

GOAL AREA: CULTURAL/SOCIAL/EMOTIONAL

We strive to learn the skills to take responsibility and understand the consequences of our actions and behaviors while developing cultural awareness and promoting social/emotional wellness for all.

Key Objectives:

  • Foster an environment and support structure for all to value self and others
  • Engage all in activities and practices that build cross-cultural awareness and combat stereotyping and discrimination: race, color, creed, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, sex.
  • Ensure all school activities and initiatives support the social/emotional development of all students

Key Measures:

  • Climate survey
  • Reporting of instances of discrimination
  • Reporting instances of behavioral issues

Target Actions:

  • Implement restorative circles at a secondary level
  • Implement Conscious Discipline concepts at the middle school