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Minutes January 21, 2021



Thursday, January 21, 2021, 9:00 AM
Via Zoom Videoconference

Presiding Officer: Victoria Bayard Tipp
Pledge of Allegiance: Holly McCall

Present:  Board of Education
    Victoria Bayard Tipp, President
    Holly McCall, Vice President
    Hilary Grasso
    Warren Messner
    Jane Kimmel Shepardson

Staff Members:
    Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools
    Liisa Elsner, District Clerk

1.    Call the Meeting to Order at 9:00 am

President Tipp asked for a motion to open the meeting.

Motioned by Holly McCall to open the meeting at 9:02 am.  Seconded by Warren Messner.  Motion carried 5-0.

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Chappaqua Central School District (“Board”) is proposing a project involving the lease and installation of five (5) manufactured buildings (tents), one each at Douglas Grafflin Elementary School, Roaring Brook Elementary School, Westorchard Elementary School, Robert E. Bell Middle School, and Seven Bridges Middle School  and incidental actions related thereto, to provide additional sheltered outdoor space to better meet social distancing health and safety requirements for informal instruction and outdoor dining when weather permits (“Proposed Action”); and

WHEREAS, the Board proposes to proceed with the Proposed Action and wishes to take all actions  necessary in connection therewith in order to comply with the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”);  and

WHEREAS, the Board has reviewed the Proposed Action with respect to the Type II criteria set forth in the SEQRA Regulations at 6 NYCRR Part 617.5 and has determined that the Proposed Action is a Type II action pursuant to the SEQRA Regulations at Section 617.5(c)(1) [maintenance or repair involving no substantial changes in the structure or facility] and/or (2) [replacement, rehabilitation or reconstruction of a structure or facility, in kind, on the same site, unless the action meets or exceeds any thresholds in Section 617.4] and/or (10) [routine activities of educational institutions]; 
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Chappaqua Central School District determines that the Proposed Action is a Type II Action pursuant to §617.5(c)(1) and/or (2) and/or (10) of the SEQRA Regulations, will not have any significant environmental impacts and no further action is necessary.

Motioned by Jane Kimmel Shepardson to approve Item 2. as stated above.  Seconded by Hilary Grasso.  Motion carried 5-0.

3.    Proposed Executive Session, subject to Board approval, to discuss the employment history of particular persons, potential litigation, matters of health and safety and to receive advice from counsel.

Motioned by Hilary Grasso to adjourn into Executive Session as stated above at 9:09 am.  Seconded by Victoria Bayard Tipp.  Motion carried 5-0.

4.    Reconvene Special Public Meeting. 

Warren Messner left the meeting at 11:05 am

Motioned by Jane Kimmel Shepardson to reconvene the special public meeting at 11:07 am.  Seconded by Holly McCall.  Motion carried 4-0.

5.    Notice of Future Meetings

Wednesday, January 27, 2021 – 7:30 pm
Chappaqua Central School District Anti-Racism and Social Justice Education- Update
Horace Greeley High School – Auditorium

Wednesday, February 10, 2021 – 7:30 pm
Horace Greeley High School - Auditorium

6.    Adjournment 

Motioned by Holly McCall to adjourn the meeting at 11:07 am.  Seconded by Jane Kimmel Shepardson.  Motion carried 4-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Liisa Elsner
District Clerk / Secretary to the Superintendent