Prospective Board Member Workshops
The Orange County School Boards Association is offering a workshop for individuals interested in serving on their local school board of education.
- Legal and practical qualifications for serving on a school board
- Roles and responsibilities of a school board member
- Time commitment & types of decisions made by school boards
The same workshop will be offered on two different dates and times.
- Saturday, March 20, 2021: 9 – 11 a.m.
- Tuesday, March 23, 2021: 7 – 9 p.m.
The workshops are free but registration is required. To register, email email@example.com no-later-than Thursday, March 18. Zoom link and materials will be emailed to participants prior to workshop date.
STate Mandated Trainings for New Board Members
As part of the school board certification process, New York State requires that newly-elected members participate in governance training. Following the May 18 Annual School Budget Vote and Board of Election, the Orange County School Boards Association will host two mandated trainings on Tuesday, June 8, and on Thursday, June 10. Attendance is required at both sessions for certification.
To register, please download and print the reservation and invoice form.
A Board of Education meeting is a meeting of the trustees of your school district for the lawful transaction of the business of the district. It must be conducted in a specified manner because State laws and regulations require certain formal actions and the following of certain procedures. Board members, as elected officials, must make sure that they complete all transactions required from them at each meeting as indicated in the meeting agenda.
Official business can be transacted by the Board only at Regular (Business) or Special Meetings, all of which are open to the public. Closed Executive Sessions may be held only for purposes designated by law, such as negotiations, property acquisitions, personnel or legal matters.
Work Session and Regular or Business meetings at 7:00 PM unless otherwise announced. These meetings are subject to change. Please check this website for updates or changes to the meeting schedule. Announcements of meetings will also be made in the Orange County Post. All meetings are open to the public except for Executive Sessions.
2020-21 Board of Education Meeting Schedule
Work Sessions and Regular Business Meetings begin at 7 p.m.
Occasions may arise that necessitate calling a Special Meeting of the Board.
Special Meetings will be announced as soon as possible.
**Meeting locations are TBD - Meeting locations will be determined due to COVID-19. Please check the District website for updates**
Monday, July 13: Reorganization/Regular Meeting via Google Meet
Monday, August 11: Business Meeting via Google Meet
Monday, August 24: Business Meeting
Monday, September 14: Work Session
Monday, September 21: Business Meeting
Tuesday, October 13: Work Session
Monday, October 19: Business Meeting
Monday, November 16: Work Session
Monday, November 23: Business Meeting
Monday, December 14: Work Session
Monday, December 21: Business Meeting
December 24 – January 1 Winter Recess
Tuesday, January 19: Work Session
Monday, January 25: Business Meeting
Monday, February 22: Work Session/Business Meeting
Monday, March 15: Work Session (Budget Meeting #1)
Monday, March 22: Business Meeting (Budget Meeting #2)
March 29-April 5 Spring Recess
Monday, April 12: Work Session (Budget Meeting #3)
Thursday, April 22: Business Meeting – BOCES VOTE
Monday, May 10: Work Session (Budget Hearing)
Monday, May 17: Business Meeting
Tuesday, May 18: Budget Vote Meeting*
Monday, June 14: Work Session
Monday, June 21: Business Meeting
Monday, July 12: Business Meeting/Reorganization Meeting
* Additional meeting added May 18, 2021 for the Budget Vote - Approved 9-1-20
Student Success - To support and promote student success and achievement by creating college
and career readiness. We need to attract and support a highly qualified and diverse staff that is
student-centered, enthusiastic and committed to professional excellence. Form and support
meaningful partnerships with business, higher education, and community organizations which
benefit our students, teachers, and school district community.
Safe/Supportive Learning Environment - We will engage students, staff, parents, agencies, and
other community members to ensure a safe, civil, inclusive, healthy and intellectually stimulating
learning atmosphere within all District buildings to provide a network of services, supports, and
activities that promote a safe environment where students are drug and alcohol free and safe from
bullying and violence.
Budget - To present and promote a budget that maximizes opportunities for students while
controlling costs for district taxpayers, mindful of the state tax cap levy and the impact of all state
mandates. We must also continue to work with our partners in advocacy OCSBA and NYSSBA, and
also individually with our local politicians for equitable, adequate, sustainable and predictable
Communication - We must effectively and transparently communicate with all district stakeholders.
We must use all avenues of communication, the district web page, and any other avenues at our
disposal. We need to create an environment of mutual respect and cooperation to facilitate open,
two-way communication with parents, businesses and our community.
Facilities - In the interest of good stewardship, and executing our fiduciary responsibilities to the
District and all its stakeholders, we will continue to encourage the ongoing maintenance and upkeep
of all of our facilities. We will continue to work with the facilities committee, and the building condition
survey to best serve the needs of all district stakeholders.
Adopted by the Board of Education: January 21, 2020