Budget – During the budget preparation period
from January through April, the entire board serves as the budget
committee to prepare the school budget. All of the reports of committee
activities and recommendations are presented to the entire membership
of the Board for their review and action. The Board usually meets
4 -5 times between January and May to finalize the annual budget.
Curriculum – This committee addresses issues
within the academic program; specifically the work of the staff
on curriculum review and revision. The committee also prepares a
list of priorities within the curricular areas for consideration
by the Budget Committee. The committee
is composed of both staff and Board members and meets approximately
three times a year.
Discipline Advisory - Reviewing and revising the
Student Code of Conduct as well as addressing major disciplinary
problems are the responsibilities of this committee. The committee,
composed of both staff and Board members, meets as necessary.
Educational Planning – This committee explores
the secondary educational needs of Brooklyn students and meets with
representatives of Brooklyn’s designated high schools to maintain
communication. This committee is also responsible for high school
contract negotiations with Killingly and Woodstock Academy.
Facilities – The Facilities Committee reviews
the needs of the buildings and grounds and prepares, with the help
of the Property Services Director and the Superintendent, a priority
listing of repairs for consideration by the Budget Committee. This
committee usually meets 2-3 times a year.
Policy – This committee reviews proposed
policies as recommended by the superintendent and/or required by
statute. The committee meets as needed, approximately twice a year.
Public Relations – The Public Relations Committee
proposes methods to improve communications with the community. The
committee meets as needed.
Special Education - Reviewing the special education
program and addressing program changes as requested by administrators
and committee members is the responsibility of this committee. The
committee meets approximately twice a year.
Staff Negotiations – The committee conducts
negotiations with the BEA, Local 1303, as well as those employees
not in bargaining units. This committee meets as needed. When bargaining
unit contracts are in negotiations, the schedule of meetings is
usually biweekly for a period of months.
Technology – The Technology Committee implements
Brooklyn’s Long Range Technology Plan. The committee is composed
of staff, Board and community members, and meets 2 times a year.
Transportation - Negotiating a school bus transportation
contract and addressing major school bus problems, e.g. scheduling,
discipline, are the tasks assigned to the Transportation Committee.
The committee meets as needed.
LIAISON TO OTHER COMMITTEES:
The Capital Improvement Committee represents the needs of the school
(major capital expenditures) on the Town’s Capital Improvement
Committee. This Committee meets once or twice a year.
EASTCONN - The Board’s representative on
the EastConn (the regional education center for this area) Board
of Directors attends all EastConn meetings. Monthly meetings are
Insurance - The Board’s representatives on
this committee meet with town officials, staff representative and/or
the school or town’s insurance representative, as needed,
to review and discuss insurance programs and problems.
Board of Finance Liaison - The Board’s representative
attends the Board of Finance meetings to provide the Board of Education
with information appropriate to its needs.
Recreation - The Board’s representative serves
as a participating member of the Recreation Commission and attends
Woodstock Academy - This assignment requires considerably
more time than most of the other committees require. The two representatives
from the Brooklyn Board of Education serve as active members of
the Woodstock Academy Board of Trustees and also serve on Woodstock
Academy committees as assigned. Board meetings are once, or occasionally,
twice a month.
Killingly High School – The Board’s
representatives to the Killingly Board of Education attend Killingly
Board meetings to maintain direct communication with members of
the Killingly Board and to provide the Killingly Board of Education
with information as appropriate.
School Readiness Liaison – the Board’s
representative attends the School Readiness Council to provide information
to members of the Board of Education.
School Safety Committee – the Board’s
representative serves in a similar position to that listed directly
In other matters, the Board of Education actively monitors the financial
management of the school system, reviews and acts on contract documents,
reviews and awards bids, reviews and approves programs, listens
to presentations on school programs and activities by staff and
community members and participates in many discussions on a wide
variety of matters brought to the Board’s attention.