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School Board Presidents Covene

Board Presidents, Superintendents and other school board leaders from 16 ECASB Member Districts convened to hear a preliminary report on the recent ECASB "State of the Schools" survey data. It was noted that money taken back by New York State via its Gap Elimination Adjustment (GEA) from just nine of the districts attending could have funded the annual budget of two entire school districts. Discussion ensued about how to advance the elimination of the GEA and more fully engage and inform communities about what they have lost due to the GEA. The evening also was an opportunity to discuss and share best practices in board procedures and roles and responsibilities, and provided a forum for board members from different districts to become better acquainted. "Communicating with other Boards to share ideas and experiences is vital to our success," said one participant.

Suggested Best Practices shared as a result of the program: 
Ken-Ton BOE Member Protocol and Procedures 

LeRoy Board Customs and Procedures Manual

Mt. Morris BOE Member Handbook

Rush Henrietta BOE Operations Manual          

 

Posted on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:47

 

Managing Complex Leave Issues

Managing Complex Leave issues in the school environment, including those related to the Family Medical Leave Act, Workers' Comp, and Sick Leave, was the topic of Harris Beach attorney Brendan Kelleher and investigator Tony Olivo (Investigative Services Corporate Screening and Consulting Group) at the 2014 WNY Education Law Conference. More than 230 school leaders from throughout the region attended this year's program. The WNY Education Law Conference is presented by the Erie County Association of School Boards and the WNY Educational Service Council, in cooperation with the Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association, the NYS Association of School Attorneys, and the SUNY Buffalo Law School.

Posted on Tuesday, 02 September 2014 11:50

 

Education's Big Issues & How to Respond

Attorneys John J. Christopher and Jeffrey F. Swiatek, from Hodgson Russ, tackled the topic of "Big Issues Faced by Board Members and Administrators - and How to Effectively Respond To Them," at this year's WNY Education Law Conference. In their session, they reviewed some of the big issues faced by school districts today, including the tax cap and the new tax freeze law, conflicts of interest and ethical standards, confidentiality requirements and effective public communications, and discussed ways to communicate and respond to these issues.

Posted on Monday, 11 August 2014 15:23

   

Law Conference Follow Up Sharing

Below are electronic files from hand outs from several sessions at this year's WNY Education Law Conference. Thank you to our presenters for sharing! The WNY Education Law Conference is an annual program presented by the Erie County Association of Schools Boards and the WNY Educational Service Council, in cooperation with the Erie-Niagara School Superintendents Association, the NYS Association of School Attorneys, and the SUNY Buffalo Law School.

A Team Approach to Planning and Structuring Capital Projects and Building Sales/Leases- How the Parts Fit Together ... Elizabeth A. Holden, William A. Lundquist, Paul D. Meosky,  Jeffrey W. Stone, and Jeffrey Swiatek, Hodgson Russ.
A roundtable discussion of proper coordination and handling of questions and issues that arise at the front end of a planned capital project or building disposition, including authorization requirements, financing approaches, SEQRA compliance, valuation questions, state building aid and federal tax implications, and construction/architectural contracting matters.
SESSION OUTLINE

Personnel and Labor Relations: Hot Topics ...
Colleen A. Sloan, Kelly G. Eisenried, Dan D’Amico, Erie 1 BOCES.
Experienced labor relations specialists discuss “hot topics” currently being addressed at the bargaining table and in human resource offices, as school districts struggle to maintain high-quality staff and secure fiscally responsible contracts in the face of unprecedented economic challenges.  Learn about the latest cases before the Commissioner of Education, courts and PERB, as well as recent trends in bargaining in response to changes in requirements under the Affordable Care Act, APPR, etc.
SESSION OUTLINE

The Affordable Care Act: What You Need to Know and Should Be Doing Now ...   Mike J. Flanagan and Karl W. Kristoff, Hodgson Russ.
Review the most immediate issues presented by health care reform, including the latest play-or-pay rules and the bargaining strategies and approaches you should be considering. 
PPT

What a Year in Special Education - A Review of Pertinent Developments That Educators Need to Know! ...
Andrew J. Freedman and Ryan L. Everhart, Hodgson Russ.
Here are major developments in special education law over the last year, including proposed changes to the Special Education Appeal Process, re-analyzing Least Restrictive Environment in the aftermath of two recent court decisions, and the continued legislative efforts to expand tuition reimbursement opportunities for parents. 
PPT
SESSION OUTLINE

Big Issues Faced by Board Members and Administrators - and How to Effectively Respond To Them
John J. Christopher and Jeffrey F. Swiatek, Hodgson Russ. A review of some of the big issues faced by school districts today, including the tax cap and the new tax freeze law, conflicts of interest and ethical standards, confidentiality requirements and effective public communications.
PPT
SESSION OUTLINE

Accommodations in the Classroom and Beyond ...    Jeff Weiss, Harris Beach.
School districts are required to provide reasonable accommodations to students with disabilities during all school-sponsored events. This includes activities in the traditional classroom setting, as well as field trips and extracurricular programs. Learn about your school district’s new and expanding obligations in this cutting-edge area of the law.
PPT

Managing Complex Leave
Issues: FMLA, Workers’ Comp., Sick Leave Use and Abuse ...
Brendan Kelleher,  Harris Beach,  and Tony Olivo, Investigative Services Corporate Screening and Consulting Group.
Employees on various leaves cost school districts an inordinate amount annually. Managed properly, however, employee leaves can be reserved for those who legitimately need them. Mr. Kelleher and Mr. Olivo discussed legal obligations and rights regarding employeed leave requests, as well as best practices to reduce fraud and abuse.
PPT  
SESSION OUTLINE 

Health Issues: Immunizations and Concussions...
Marnie Smith, Harris Beach, with Robert Zayas, NYS Public High School Athletic Association
This session examined legal and practical implications regarding two common student health-related issues: immunizations and concussions. Law and recent cases regarding immunizations and exemptions were reviewed, and "best practices" for concussion managemenat were discussed.
SESSION OUTLINE

This Year's Legal "Hot Topics" ...
Jay Worona, NYS School Boards Association
PPT
SESSION OUTLINE   
   

Posted on Thursday, 07 August 2014 14:24

 

Online Petition for Gap Elimination Adjustment

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Two teachers at Lake Shore have set up this online petition drive to let the NYS Legislature know the  funding of education, specifically the Gap Elimination Adjustment, needs to be addressed now.


Click here or on the logo above to sign the petition!

Posted on Wednesday, 19 March 2014 15:12

   

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