Changes to the School Year Calendar/Tech Support
Due to school reopening adjustments, changes have been made to the 2020-2021 School Year Calendar. PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING UPDATES:
Friday, September 25: FULL DAY of school for students (previously noted as half day for students)
Friday, October 9: FULL DAY of school for students (previously noted as half day for students)
[Monday, October 12 is still CLOSED to students and staff for Columbus Day.]
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Need help with technology and platforms while learning remotely? Reach out to Ms. Lindsey Eaton ([email protected]) or Ms. Lori Wood ([email protected]) any time, depending on which grade level or class support you need: PreK-2nd grade (Eaton), Grades 3-6 (Wood), Math & Science/Grades 7-12 (Eaton), ELA & Social Studies/Grades 7-12 (Wood)
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Board of Education

2019-2020 Board of Education

Mr. Paul O'Connor, President (2023)
Mr. Gregory Brown, Vice-President (2021)
Mrs. Cynthia Neal, Member (2025)
Mrs. Betty Robinson, Member (2024)
Ms. Diane Smith, Member (2022) 
 

Board of Education Meeting Minutes Information

Board of Education meeting minutes are now available through BoardDocs, an electronic service that makes it easier to post and retrieve meeting minutes, agendas, and schedules.  Content on BoardDocs is also accessible for those needing assistive devices to read websites.
 
You can directly access BoardDocs at this link (which is also found on the top right menu on this page): https://go.boarddocs.com/ny/ovcs/Board.nsf/Public
 
 

Running for the School Board

Are you interested in running for the Otselic Valley Central School District Board of Education? Find more information below, at www.nyssba.org/experience and at "What All Prospective School Board Members Should Know."
 
Be sure to review the 2020-2021 Annual Budget Calendar for important dates.
 
Open seats
 
At Otselic Valley the board of education (also called the "school board") has 5 members, and each year at least one seat is open for election. Due to extended school closures directed by the Governor during the coronavirus/COVID-19 outbreak, voters are expected to  choose someone to fill upcoming vacant seats on the new election date:  June 2, 2020 (subject to change pending Governor's directives).
 
What does a Board of Education do?
 
The school board is "a corporate body that oversees and manages a public school district's affairs, personnel, and properties...and...its members are elected by the residents of the school district that the board oversees" (School Law, 36th edition, p. 45).
 
A regular schedule of board meetings is set annually, although board members also attend special board meetings throughout the year as they are called. Meetings are conducted using parliamentary procedure, and minutes are maintained by the District Clerk. School board member training and resources are provided by the District.
 
Eligibility to run for election
 
To qualify for membership, an individual must fulfill the following criteria (School Law, 36th edition, p. 63):
  • Must be able to read and write
  • Must be a qualified voter of the district (a citizen of the US, at least 18 years old, not judged to be incompetent or ineligible
  • Must be and have been a resident (though not necessarily a taxpayer) of the district for a continuous and uninterrupted period of at least one year immediately before the election
  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year
  • May not reside with another member of the same school board as a member of the same family
  • May not be a current employee of the school board
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office
I want to run for the school board so how do I begin?
 
Contact Mrs. Gail Burpee, District Clerk ([email protected]; 315-653-7218, ext. 4042). The required paperwork will include a nomination petition form on which you must collect at least 25 signatures of those supporting your candidacy. Because social distancing is required to prevent further spread of the coronavirus/COVID-19, please do not go door-to-door soliciting signatures. Petition forms are available in the district office, or you may download and print your own (see below). You are also asked to submit a bio to be published in the budget newsletter.
 
The deadline to submit completed materials to Mrs. Burpee in order to be placed on the 2020 ballot will be May 4, 2020. 
 

Proposed 2019-2020 Board of Education meeting schedule

Meetings of the Otselic Valley Central School District Board of Education for 2020-2021 are expected to be open to the public via Zoom (a videoconferencing platform accessible on computers, smartphones, and tablets).  Unless announced otherwise, meetings begin at 7:00 pm. Zoom links are typically released on the afternoon of each meeting.
 
Thursday, 7/2/20: Reorganizational Meeting
Tuesday, 7/21/20: Special Meeting (Sup search process) @6 pm;  Public Hearing (Code of Conduct) @6:45 pm, Regular Meeting (7 pm)
Tuesday, 8/11/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 9/17/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 10/22/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 11/29/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 12/17/20: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 1/21/21: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 2/28/21: Regular Meeting
Thursday, 3/18/21: Regular Meeting
Tuesday, 4/15/21: Regular Meeting
Tuesday, 4/27/21:  BOCES Vote
Thursday,  5/6/21: Budget Hearing
Tuesday, 5/18/21:  Budget Vote
Tuesday,  6/8/21: Regular Meeting 
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