Policy Manual

Foreword

Contained herein are the policy statements formulated by the Board of Education of the Duanesburg Central School District.
 
Policy is defined as a basic plan of action. It establishes limits within which freedom of judgment can be exercised.

Policy is a governing principle of management. It is a statement that has an effect on the interests of those who come under its jurisdiction. A policy may originate from the constitution, from statute, from local determinations and/or from customary patterns of formal behavior.

Policy should accomplish the following:
a) State a position taken by the District;
b) Grant the authority to act;
c) Be sufficiently detailed to give adequate direction;
d) Be achievable within the real environment of the school and community;
e) Provide for impartial procedures.
In addition to the adopted policies, the operation of the School District is governed by and subject to all applicable Laws, Regulations of the Commissioner of Education, Civil Service
requirements, Board of Education Resolutions, School Administrative Regulations and Contracts of Agreement.

If any part of this manual is made invalid by judicial decision or legislative or administrative enactment, all other parts shall remain in full effect unless and until they are amended or repealed by the Board of Education. The official record of the adoption, amendment, or repeal of the by-laws and policies of the Duanesburg Central School District shall be the minutes of the meetings of the Board of Education.

Philosophy Statement

Mission Statement: To be a socially responsible school community where learning and the pursuit of excellence are valued.

DCS’ Vision for the Future

  • DCS will become a model for smaller school districts in New York State.
  • Instructional excellence will be the bedrock of the district characterized by a strong academic core, technology integration, and a challenging and stimulating curriculum
  • Our educational program will include enrichment, interdisciplinary teaching and active roles for students.
  • All students will be challenged and supported to achieve their highest abilities.
  • The district will value its students and staff.
  • The community will value and participate in our mission.
  • Our facilities will promote our mission.

Details

DCS will become a model for smaller school districts in New York state:

  • We will provide an exemplary education while maintaining a fiscally responsible budget
  • Our graduation rates will be among the highest in the Capital District
  • Our schools will continue to serve as a hub of the community
  • Students will become active in community affairs and service projects
  • Our greater school community will feel welcome in our buildings.

Instructional excellence will be the bedrock of the district characterized by a strong academic core, technology integration, and a challenging and stimulating curriculum.

a) Education will remain personalized with teacher-student relationships that communicate support, outreach, collaboration and high expectations.
b) The curriculum will be aligned with the New York State Learning Standards and the instructional transition from elementary to secondary education seamless.
c) The library/media center will become district centers for research, the promotion of reading, and state of the art electronic communication.

Our educational program will include enrichment and interdisciplinary teaching.

a) A mobile lab will be created that teachers can utilized for small group instruction and project based learning.
b) Enrichment opportunities will be made available on an after school basis that allows students to explore special areas of academic interest.
c) A true middle school model will be developed that incorporates flexible scheduling, interdisciplinary and thematic instruction.
d) A middle school team of teachers with common planning time will oversee an innovative program that provides a structured and supportive learning environment.
e) The school program will prepare students for the ever changing and interconnected global community.
f) Students will be encouraged to achieve their personal goals and educational aspirations throughout their lifetime.
g) Increased opportunities will be made available to gain college credit for high school work and acquire meaningful world of work experiences through internships.
h) Students will be provided opportunities for leadership roles within the school (e.g. peer leaders, mentors, tutors; and active roles for students on district planning and decision making bodies.)

All students will be challenged and supported to achieve their highest abilities.

a) Each student will be encouraged to develop individual educational plans to focus on their special skills and talents.
b) Each student will be encouraged to reach the highest level of academic performance they can achieve.
c) Many students will participate in college level/advanced placement courses.

The district will value its students and staff.

a) The phrase “I work in Duanesburg” will be a source of pride.
b) The symbol of the eagle and eaglet will serve to inspire and motivate staff to soar to their fullest capabilities.
c) Staff development and evaluation will encourage collaboration, growth and natural respect.
d) Quality standards will be the measuring stick of all programs. Mediocrity will not be an acceptable standard of achievement.

The community will value and participate in our mission.

a) There will be active roles for parents and community volunteers in the educational program.
b) Community financial support for education will increase and be broad based.
c) The community will provide opportunities for student learning, service and leadership.

Our facilities will promote our mission.

a) Our elementary school will be renovated and expanded, and will contain a new, updated library and computer lab that can be accessed by every classroom.
b) Our buildings will be clean, neat, and student centered.
c) Student work will be displayed and demonstrate high standards of performance.
d) Our buildings will be accessible and available for responsible community usage.