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The processes and procedures of the CCSD Board of Education

From the Cazenovia Central School District

We typically need to research a question so that you receive the best and most accurate answer possible. It would be irresponsible of us to give you a quick answer that turns out to be incorrect. Sometimes, we can respond from the board table, depending on the topic.

The meetings held each month in Cazenovia follow a scripted pattern: call to order, public communications, written communications, an educational presentation and several reports by staff and board members.

One item is called a “consent agenda,” items such as meeting minutes and financial reports that are typically approved by a voice vote and require little discussion.

New business items offer more detail both on the agenda and at the meeting. Board members are provided with background, an alternative action and a recommended action.

Board members have three basic options with any new piece of business. Members can: table a proposal for more discussion or study; select an alternative option which is often to make no changes to the status quo or to not act at that time; or approve the recommendation from the school district’s administration.

When community members attend a board of education meeting, they are seeing democracy in action.

Board members do not meet in advance to discuss the agenda. Any discussion or questions they have are voiced in public.

There are flyers at each CCSD Board of Education meeting. Each reads, “One of the goals of the board of education is to conduct board business openly, soliciting and encouraging broad based involvement in the decision-making processes by the public, the staff and the students … board of education decisions affect the education of our children and the well-being of our community. The board can better represent its constituents when members of the community take the time to observe the board in action, to express opinions and to ask questions.”

Come join us at a CCSD Board of Education meeting. It’s your board of education.

The Cazenovia Central School District Board of Education is populated by President Fritz Koennecke, Vice President Karin Marris, Kathy Hahn, Patrick Vogl, Cindy Bell Tobey, Dr. Jan Woodworth and Leigh Baldwin. The District Office can be reached at 655-1317.For more information on the board and its members, visit caz.cnyric.org/board-of-education.

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