Cincinnatus BOE discusses financial and discipline reports

Cincinnatus Central School District. (Photo Source: Chelsea Horak of The Cortland Voice).

The Cincinnatus Central School District Board of Education (BOE) recently convened to discuss account consolidation and last year’s discipline report. 

The next BOE meeting will take place at 6:30 p.m. Sept. 22 in the school library.

Better Banking

The BOE first heard a proposal on further consolidation of the district’s checking accounts. The district currently holds 10 accounts, down from 17 in previous years, and the goal is to reduce that number down to four. The proposed changes would not result in any difference to interest earned, as the accounts have the same rates. 

Regulations of how money is spent by the schools often required several transfers to different accounts, which represented different funds, resulting in not only extra time being spent but also generated multiple transfer fees. The implementation of a general fund to replace the current “multi-fund” system would save the district both time and money. The board voted in favor of supporting the proposed changes.

Meaningful Interventions 

The board next heard about the discipline report for the 2021-2022 school year. Of the 69 incidents reported over the year, 48 incidents (or 70%) were attributed to 4 students. The addition of a social worker to replace the school counselor for the elementary school was lauded, and it was reported to the board that the new hire had already made significant strides in establishing a rapport with students just a few days into the year. 

Support for students include access to aides, extra support during transitions, direct social worker response, use of co-teaching classrooms, and counseling. Students also have access to a “student office” which has been newly remodeled as a place to take breaks and includes books and space to relax and learn.