January 22, 2020

Board Meeting Highlights from the January 21, 2020 Board of Education Meeting

January 21, 2020 Board Meeting notes for Board Highlights – Here is the Agenda for the meeting.


Grace McWayne Elementary School Principal, Jeff Modaff introduced several students that presented on the service projects they have worked on this year. Here are the slides they spoke about, Grizzlies Giving Back.

Student Ambassador Report

They just started the second semester. Check out the new Instagram page for WinterFest. Rock the Runway is coming up on Feb. 14. In addition, Cheer Sectionals will be held at Geneva on 1/22. More report info can be found here.

BPS Partner Reports

Todd Swanson, Batavia Education Association President, began by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Todd gave a printed copy of the recently approved collective bargaining agreement to each Board Member. Winter MAP tests have been administered to students, and results are being tabulated. Todd ended on the note that it is only 44 1/2 days until Spring Break! 

Committee Reports

Sue Locke mentioned that BFEE Grants are being accepted through Feb 7. Here is a link to the application page. BFEE Fundraiser registrations are also being accepted. Compete for BFEE Scavenger Hunt event info can be found here. Lowe attended the HWS discussion on Building Out Future Together. Shared that additional personal calls may need to be made to get additional feedback. Tina Bleakley reported that the stipends for spring are about to be released. President Dremel reported that she attended a BPSU class and LOVED it. Erin Meitzler reported on CAAC that they are doing analysis on professional development and all indications are that they are on track. John Gaspar mentioned that nominations for the 2020 BPS Hall of Honor are being accepted for only two more weeks. You can find information on the nomination process HERE.

Building our Future Together: Stay up to date here. We are near completion of Phase 2.

Policy Report

Some important policy changes were discussed including Cannabis, Abuse Reporting, and Harassment Policies. Find details on the policies that were up for discussion this month HERE.

Annual Report-6:120 Education of Children with Disabilities

Kari Ruh, Director for Student Services gave a great report on the current strengths and opportunities in the Student Services Department. They have been compiling statistics District-wide since the fall of 2018. There have been no major swings in services provided. The celebration is the staff that is serving our students. We provide amazing services to our students, but Mid Valley is a great partner for outplacement. We often create individualized programs and instruction to best serve our population. Opportunities for growth come in socio-emotional student and staff needs. Always looking at ways to best serve staff and students as well as possible. More details can be found in section 6.3 of the agenda.

Additional information:

Next Board Meeting is Tuesday, February 25, 2020, at 7:00 PM at the Rosalie Jones School Administration Building.

Multi-Cultural Night is Wednesday, February 19 at H.C. Storm School from 6-7:30 PM.

Board Comments

Jon Gaspar-Proud of the amount of support our District gives to the community. Thank you to Kari and her team for their service. Very impressed by the service projects being performed at Grace McWayne School.

Erin Meitzler – Kari and team, you are appreciated.

Craig Meadows – All-City Jazz Fest is going on now. BHS Jazz Ensemble received a Division 1 rating. Appreciates the service of Grace McWayne students. March 13th is the Music Buffs Gala.

Chris Lowe – Extra effort is appreciated. Jan 31 is Pack the Place, the game starts at 7:15 PM at BHS.

Meeting adjourned around 7:50 PM