Saturday, October 1, 2016

Board Meeting Recap

September 2016

Our Board meetings are always streamed live and are available on our Youtube Channel - The "U" Tube.  To make things simpler, improve transparency, and increase the usefulness of this document, all Youtube links now take you directly to the portion of the recording being referenced.

All supporting documents are also available online on Board Docs

Questions?  We answer any and all questions - we're always happy to hear from you.

Highlights from the August Board Meetings

  • In Car Driver's Training Program Approved 

  • School Start Times Discussion and Evaluation Proceeds

  • Bond Refinancing Approved, Saving Taxpayers over $9 Million

  • K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Program Published

  • Hillendale Lawsuit Public Discussion

In Car Driver's Training Program Approved

An agreement was approved to provide In Car Driver's Education through Unionville High School.  The advantages to parents and students are that it is a more cost effective and convenient program.  By using this In Car program parents and students can by-pass road test scheduling through the DMV.

School Start Times Discussion and Evaluation Proceeds

The Board and Administration have now announced the next steps in this evaluation.  A call for public input has gone out from Dr Sanville to the community and there is a website now dedicated to providing resources and keeping the public up to date.

The community is encouraged to learn more and participate in this evaluation.

  1. Volunteer to be on the Community Advisory Committee.

  2. Come to the public meeting on Nov 7th.,

  3. Share your thoughts and concerns by  filling out our Committee Input Survey.

  4. Ask us questions? Contact the communications team -

NO CONCLUSIONS AND NO DECISIONS HAVE BEEN MADE ABOUT SCHOOL START TIMES.  The public meeting on Nov 7th will help educate us all on the science behind the recommendations from the American Medical Association, The American Academy of Pediatrics, and The Centers for Disease Control.

Bond Refinancing Approved, Saving Taxpayers over $9 Million

The District was able to refinance some of it's debt achieving a $9.6 Million savings.  The debt was incurred largely from past borrowing to finance the high school renovation project.

The Business Office, working with it's financial managers have been monitoring market conditions to identify the opportunity and determine the most advantageous time to refinance.

It was noted that our District's excellent credit rating (Moody's - Aa1) enabled us to take advantage of this opportunity.  The high credit rating is based on the credit industry's review and evaluation of sound and reliable business practices.

K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Program Published

The K-12 Comprehensive Counseling Program is the culmination of a year's worth of work and consideration by counselors and stakeholders throughout our District.

The mission of UCF Counseling Department is to provide a comprehensive, developmental counseling program addressing the academic, career, and personal/social development of all students. We work in partnership with with all stakeholders, including: educators, parents, business leaders and  community members.  School counselors facilitate the support system which empowers all students to succeed in life and contribute to society by unlocking the potential in all of us.

The plan is part of a mandated state requirement - documenting our extensive program.

Hillendale Lawsuit Public Discussion

We are sad to have to report that a community member has filed suit against Principal Dissinger and the HES PTO.  The core complaint alleges that the PTO Board election was not legal.  The complaint goes on to allege improper actions by the Principal and PTO president.

The Board and Administration had very strong words in support of the Hillendale PTO and Principal Dissinger. John Sanville said the suit was specious and without merit, pointing out that the courts are not the place to work out disagreements between volunteers.

John went on to say,  "The good name of an exemplary principal is at stake, along with PTO volunteers and a PTO president.  Principal Steve Dissinger is a man of the utmost integrity, he is respected by his peers and beloved by the community he serves.  His record of excellence, years of dedication and service to this community stand as an unimpeachable testament to the quality of his character."

Speaking on behalf of the Board and Administration, John declared, "The Administration and Board strongly supports and defends Steve in this matter, we also strongly defend the HES PTO and your volunteers, and Jennifer Scattolino (HES PTO President)."

About 40 members of the Hillendale community came to the meeting, over 200 signed a petition and several spoke at the meeting.

Watch the meeting video to learn more

Kim and Dave - Your Communications Team

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