~Greenwood Lake UFSD Board of Education Welcomes You~
Thank you for your interest in our community’s schools! We welcome your attendance and input at our Board of Education meetings and hope you find this information helpful as you participate in the educational process in our district.
WHEN, WHERE, AND WHAT KIND OF BOARD MEETINGS TAKE PLACE
Meetings and Workshops are publicized on the District Website in the District News section and on the District calendar of upcoming events.
Meetings and Workshops are held in person at the Greenwood Lake Middle School in the Cafetorium located at 1247 Lakes Road, Monroe, NY 10950 unless otherwise noted when publicized. Regular monthly Business Meetings are live streamed and can be viewed by logging into BoardDocs through the District Website, Board of Education section.
Regular Business Meetings: Regular Business meetings take place on the third Monday of each month beginning at 6 pm unless otherwise noted on the District calendar and the website. Public Comment is part of Regular monthly meetings. Meetings are in person and streamed live. You can join the meeting through the BoardDocs tab of the BOE section of the website. Simply click on the video to join.
Special Business Meetings: Special Business Meetings take place on an as needed basis. A Special Business meeting occurs when the Board must address business matters that cannot wait for the next Regular Business meeting. Public comment is not a part of these meetings. The time and location of Special Business Meetings vary according to the availability of the Board of Education members.
Emergency Business Meetings: An Emergency Business Meeting takes place when business must be addressed immediately and within a 48-hour time frame of it being announced. Public comment is not part of these meetings. The time and location of Emergency Business Meetings vary according to the availability of the Board of Education members.
Executive Session: Executive Session most often occurs at the beginning or end of a Regular, Special, or Emergency Business Meeting. This is for the discussion of sensitive subjects such as personnel matters, employee contract negotiations or potential litigation. Executive Sessions are not open to the public. Although discussion occurs in Executive Session, Board action may only take place at meetings when in public session.
Workshops/Work Sessions: Workshops and Work Sessions occur on an as needed basis and are open to the public. There is no public comment at Workshops/Work Sessions. However, dependent on the type of Workshop, public participation may be part of these sessions.
BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR BUSINESS MEETING CALENDAR
Held monthly on Mondays at 6:00 pm unless otherwise noted.
Meetings in person take place at the Greenwood Lake Middle School in the Cafetorium located at 1247 Lakes Road, Monroe, NY 10950 unless otherwise noted when publicized.
BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS
Jonathan Thurber, President
Michele Kayser, Vice President
David Clifford, Trustee
Michael Emsworth, Trustee
Patricia Kaminski, Trustee
Ian Mahony, Trustee
Aaron Nowak, Trustee
THE ROLE OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
In broad terms, the Board of Education is elected to represent the view of the community in educational matters and set policy that guides the administration of our schools. The Board’s responsibility includes: hiring the superintendent, assistant superintendent, administrative staff and teachers, adopting curriculum, establishing a budget for operational needs and programs, authorizing expenditures and determining goals and standards.
THE ROLE OF THE SUPERINTENDENT
The Superintendent of Schools is essentially the Board’s “CEO”. Appointed by the Board, the district’s Chief Executive Officer, who is assisted by an administrative team, directs the day-to-day operation of the district, advises the Board on its needs and programs, and implements Board policy.
ABOUT BOARD MEMBERS
The Board is comprised of seven district residents, who are elected at the Annual Budget Vote and Board election in May and serve overlapping three-year terms. To be eligible for election to the Board, you must be a qualified voter of the district – resident, U.S. citizen, 18 or older – and be able to read and write. NYS Education Law does not limit the number of terms Board members may serve.
ABOUT BOARD MEETINGS
Board Meetings follow specific rules of order and proceed in accordance with a published agenda. Copies are available at the meeting and in advance of the meeting on the District's website. Board members receive the agenda and supporting materials ahead of time so that they have ample time to carefully consider each item requiring action. District administrators regularly attend Board meetings to provide information and guidance as needed. In addition to the regular business conducted, meetings often include special presentations and student recognition.
HOW TO ADDRESS THE BOARD
The Board encourages community members to participate in Board meetings and has set aside time at the beginning of each meeting for residents to be heard. “Public Comment” gives anyone who wishes the opportunity to address the Board on items included on the agenda, as well as those that are not. Those interested in speaking are limited to 3 minutes.
HOW TO RESOLVE CONCERNS
If you have specific concerns about your child, you should initially discuss them with your child’s teacher, principal, or guidance counselor closest to the issue. Following this, you may take your concern to a District Office administrator. After working with staff members and administrators, then the matter may be referred to the Board of Education.
Sarah E. Hadden, Superintendent of Schools
Ann Lierow, Assistant Supt. for Business
Lina Polchinski, Director of Curriculum and Instruction
Amy Petrassi, Director of Pupil Personnel
Robert Porras, Director of Facilities
Ronald Mackey, Director of Transportation
Jared Kahmar, Middle School Principal
Dianne Connolly, Elementary School Principal
Mary DePietro, District Clerk/Exec Secretary to the Supt of Schools