At the Monday meeting of the Oneonta City Board of Education, academic accountability coordinator Lauren Wilson presented results of a parent satisfaction survey of the district’s handling of coronavirus-related matters during the latter half of the spring term, conducted in early June. A total of 582 responses were received from elementary, middle, and high school parents/students.
To the question about overall satisfaction with the district’s spring distance learning plan, 378 respondents, nearly 70 percent, were satisfied or very satisfied. To the question concerning respondents’ major concerns about returning to school for the coming year, slightly more than half said fear of their child getting sick with COVID-19 is their major concern. Forty-four percent said they are afraid their child might expose a family member to COVID-19. Twenty six percent expressed no concerns. Other concerns expressed predictably covered the full gamut of school and learning matters, mostly related to aspects of the coronavirus impact on the district and its students.
The board approved the operating recommendations of Superintendent Daniel Smith for the period. It approved:
• enrollment of 33 non-resident elementary school students for the 2020-2021 school year.
• continued enrollment of three non-resident elementary school students for the 2020-2021 school year.
• placement of five non-resident elementary school students on probation for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.
• dismissal of one non-resident middle school student for the 2020-2021 school year.
• placement of one non-resident high school student on probation for the first semester of the 2020-2021 school year.
• the resignation of Allison Lee as middle school principal, effective immediately.
• Brad Mitchell as middle school half-day assistant principal and half-day teacher, effective July 27.
• Lauren Wilson as assistant superintendent/ system curriculum coordinator and system federal programs coordinator, effective July 1.
• Amanda Phelps as special education coordinator/special education teacher, effective July 20.
• Brent Patterson as middle school and high school summer school teacher for summer 2020.
• Brenda Nash and Karen Clark to teach the elementary school summer reading camp from July 13 through July 24.
• payment of five substitute days to Jennifer Horton for bookkeper training during he month of June.
• Child Nutrition Program employee for a certification supplement of $300 for each of the four levels, for a maximum supplement of $1,200 per year.
• the Oneonta City Schools salary and supplementary schedules for the 2020-2021 school year.
• the student handbooks – elementary school, middle school, and high school – for the 2020-2021 school year.
• the Oneonta City Schools Chromebook policy for the 2020-2021 school year.
• the Oneonta City Schools Child Nutrition Program school lunch price increase to $2.60 for the 2020-2021 school year.
• revisions to board policies:
• #103 – school calendar
• #202 – board meetings
• #803 – non-accredited home schools: students, transfers, and grade placements.
• deletion of board policy #803.2 – non-public school students and the graduation exam.