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Rye Board of Education Seeks Committee Members

The Rye City School District Board of Education wants local residents to serve on several of its committees.
The Rye City School District Board of Education wants local residents to serve on several of its committees. Photo Credit: Daily Voice File Photo

RYE, N.Y. -- The Rye City School District Board of Education is seeking community members to serve on several of its committees.

The district’s working committees aim to offer thoughtful and critical recommendations for the effective and efficient operation of the schools. They focus on specific, annual charges and report progress at board meetings periodically throughout the year.

If you would like to contribute as a member of any of these committees, complete this application and return it by Nov. 8 to Karina Stabile at 411 Theodore Fremd Ave., Suite 100S, Rye, N.Y. 10580 or email the information to stabilek@ryeschools.org.

The committees are:

Audit Committee: This committee’s purpose is to oversee and carry out the board’s audit policies and the performance of related duties and responsibilities. The committee shall be comprised of at least three board members with staggered terms and an appropriate number of community members. Employees of the school district are prohibited from serving on the committee.

Committee's charges: 1. Meet with auditors and recommend internal and external audit plans to the board, specifying the areas of district operations to be reviewed for compliance with legal and regulatory requirements, operating efficiency and effectiveness.

2.  Receive and review the resulting audit reports; and propose recommendations to the board for action as may be necessary and appropriate, these include: • Review the external audits and management letter. • Review the internal audit risk assessment update. Recommend another area to audit based on risk assessment. • Review the results of the GASB 45 actuarial analysis update. • Periodically review the monthly reporting of claims auditor findings to the board. The committee chair shall meet with and directly receive any reports of concern about waste, abuse, or fraud from the claims auditor.

3.   Receive and review the management response to each audit report.

The committee meets five times a year.

Curriculum Council Committee: The board of education is required by law to adopt the curriculum of the school district. As trustees of the public, the board bears the responsibility of ensuring the program of instruction is consistent with the values and beliefs of the community it serves. This responsibility can be entrusted, in part, to a broader base of the school and the community through a council that will provide an appropriate forum for this process.

In consultation with the superintendent and the school board, a curriculum council was formed by the assistant superintendent to develop structure, guidelines, and procedures for the development and review of proposals for new curriculum. The council, chaired by the assistant superintendent for curriculum, instruction and assessment, is composed of faculty, students, administrators, parents, community members and members of the board of education.

Committee's charges: 1. Review proposals for new course offerings. 2. Make recommendations regarding curriculum proposals. 3. Make recommendations to the superintendent for the adoption of curriculum by the board of education.

The Curriculum Council Committee meets five times a year.

Facilities Committee: The Facilities Committee meets to discuss building and physical plant issues critical to the district.  It presents findings and recommendations to the board of education.  It continues to address facility health and safety issues as a top priority.

Committee's charges: 1. Review and update the five-year facilities plan. 2. Identify a liaison to the districtwide health and safety committee.  3. Review the findings related to any energy savings proposals received and recommend a suggested course of action.  4. Review the findings of the annual visual inspection and identify and  recommend 2013-2014 capital projects plan for board consideration.

The Facilities Committee meets three times a year.

Finance and Borrowing Committee: This committee reviews matters relating to the finances of the district as they relate to debt issuance and debt refinancing, as well as the investment of district money.  After consultation with the board, the members sitting on the Finance Committee will work with appropriate city representatives to consider the possibility of reassessment as a means to address the continuing cost and expense of tax certiorari proceedings.

Committee's charges: 1. Discuss various options for bond issuance during the spring of 2014 and recommend a course to the board of education. 2. Monitor financial conditions for opportunities for existing debt refinancing.

The Finance Committee meets three times a year.

Instructional Technology Committee: This committee meets to discuss the use of technology within the classrooms of the Rye City School District.

Committee's charges: 1. Propose and evaluate potential hardware and software products for use in the schools and make recommendations to the superintendent. 2. Discuss professional development opportunities in the instructional technology domain. 3. Develop and analyze an internal survey regarding the state of technology availability and usage within the Rye City School District, if appropriate. 4. Review the technology plan, if needed.

The Instructional Technology Committee meets four to five times a year.

Tax Cap Task Force: This committee had its inaugural year last year and will continue its work during the 2013-2014 school year.  Its primary focus will be to explore current and long-term fiscal sustainability in the age of budget caps, dwindling resources and economic uncertainty. The committee will bring together various community stakeholders to work collaboratively in proposing budget solutions that preserve current educational programs and practices.

Committee's charge: 1.  Make recommendations regarding cost saving measures, cost avoidance strategies and revenue generating ideas that may impact the 2014-2015 budget development process, as well as future budgets.

The Tax Cap Task Force will meet a minimum of three times a year.

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