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SUMMARY OF THE APRIL MEETING

 

OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS

 

OF

 

THE UNIVERSITY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK

 

Held in Syracuse, New York

 

April 24 and 25, 2006

 

David Johnson, Secretary

Board of Regents



 

THE BOARD OF REGENTS

 

          The Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York held a public session on Tuesday, April 25 at 10:45 a.m. pursuant to a call duly sent to each Regent.

 


MEETING OF THE FULL BOARD, Tuesday, April 25, 10:45 a.m.

 


Board Members in Attendance:

 

Robert M. Bennett, Chancellor

Adelaide L. Sanford, Vice Chancellor

James C. Dawson

Anthony S. Bottar

Geraldine D. Chapey

Arnold B. Gardner

Harry Phillips, 3rd

James R. Tallon, Jr.

Roger B. Tilles

 

 

          Also present were the President of The University and Commissioner of Education, Richard P. Mills, Counsel and Deputy Commissioner for Legal Affairs, Kathy A. Ahearn, and the Secretary, Board of Regents, David Johnson.  Regents Saul B. Cohen, Merryl H. Tisch, Joseph E. Bowman, Jr., Lorraine Cort�s-V�zquez, Milton L. Cofield, John Brademas and Karen Brooks Hopkins were absent and excused.

 

          Chancellor Bennett called the meeting to order at 10:45 a.m.

 

 


 

Charter Application

BR (A) 1

 


          MOVED,

that the Regents approve the application submitted by Ithaca College in accordance with the recommendation contained in the summary.

 

         

Motion by:            

Regent Anthony S. Bottar

         

Seconded by:       

Regent Harry Phillips, 3rd


          Action:                  

Motion carried unanimously

 



 

 

Summary of the March 2006 Meeting

BR (A) 2

 


          MOVED,

that the Summary of the March 2006 meeting of the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York be approved.

 


          Motion by:            

Regent Geraldine D. Chapey

         

Seconded by:       

Regent Arnold B. Gardner


          Action:                  

Motion carried unanimously

 

 

State Education Department March 2006 Fiscal Report

BR (A) 3

 

          The Board received for review and acceptance the March 2006 Fiscal Report.

 

          All general fund and federal accounts are in structural balance.  Revenue accounts are in structural balance, allowing for normal reimbursement delays and the planned use of prior year balances.

 

         

MOVED,

that the Board of Regents accept the March 2006 State Education Department Fiscal Report as presented.

 

         

Motion by:            

Regent Arnold B. Gardner

         

Seconded by:       

Regent Roger B. Tilles

         

Action:                  

Motion carried unanimously

 

 

Regents 24-Month Calendar

BR (A) 4

 


          MOVED,

that the Regents approve the 24-Month Calendar with the following amendment, recommended by Regent Geraldine D. Chapey:  the Subcommittee on Audits will be included in the 24-Month Calendar with the item School Financial Management and Accountability Policy listed in the 3rd and 4th quarter of 2006.

 


Motion by:

             Regent Harry Phillips, 3rd


Seconded by:

        Regent Geraldine D. Chapey


Action:        

          Motion carried unanimously

 

 



 

Charter School Renewal Charters

BR (A) 5

 

 


          MOVED,

that the Board of Regents approve the proposed renewal charter and extend the provisional charter for five years for the Beginning With Children Charter School, New York City, this action to be effective on September 1, 2006.

 


Motion by:

             Regent Harry Phillips, 3rd


Seconded by:

        Regent Geraldine D. Chapey


          Action:        

          Motion carried unanimously

 


          MOVED

, that the Board of Regents approve the proposed renewal charter and extend the provisional charter for five years for the Explore Charter School, New York City, this action to be effective on June 12, 2006.

 


Motion by:

             Regent Geraldine D. Chapey


Seconded by:

        Regent James C. Dawson


          Action:        

          Motion carried unanimously

 

 

Revision to Existing Charter School Charter

BR (A) 6

 

This item was withdrawn from consideration.

 

 

 

 

Commissioner�s Report to the Board

 

          The Commissioner�s written monthly report focused on three subject areas:  High School Graduation Rates Can Improve, Must Approve.  That�s Only the Beginning:  Teachers Certified In the Subjects They Teach; and, 24-Month Calendar.

 

          In discussion, Board members cited several comments received during their conversation with students:  many students go through high school with no study skills, the ability to take effective notes; and, students are moving toward a GED rather than a Regents diploma, having little understanding of the probable impact of this decision in their future.

 

 



 

Board Activities and Visitation

 


         

The Board convened its monthly meeting with a luncheon at the OCM BOCES.  Following lunch, Board members visited four sets of schools in Syracuse:  Henninger High School and Lincoln Middle School; Nottingham High School and T. Aaron Levy Middle School; George Fowler High School and James A. Shea Middle School; and, Corcoran High School and Roberts Elementary School.  In the late afternoon, the Board met for a discussion with approximately 75 persons who are partnered with the Syracuse City School Districts with the goal of ensuring that students, including struggling students, stay in school, become successful, and graduate.  In the evening the Board hosted members of the Syracuse Board of Education and Syracuse education leaders for dinner and a discussion on educational improvement strategies.

 

          On the morning of April 25, Board members met at the Museum of Science and Technology (MOST) with parents and more than two dozen high school students from the high schools visited earlier and Fayetteville-Manlius Senior High School.  In small discussion groups, parents discussed with Board members their views on the high schools and suggestions for improvement.

 

          The meeting concluded with a meeting of the Board and luncheon at MOST.

 

 

NEW YORK STATE BOARD OF REGENTS

CHARTER ACTIONS

 

         

ITHACA COLLEGE

.  An application having been made by and on behalf of the trustees of Ithaca College, for an amendment of its charter, it was

         

Voted

, that the absolute charter in the first instance of Ithaca College, located in Ithaca, county of Tompkins, State of New York, which was granted by action of the Board of Regents under the corporate name �The Ithaca Conservatory and Affiliated Schools� on January 21, 1926; which absolute charter was amended by Regents action on March 19, 1931 to change the corporate name to �Ithaca College,� to delete the College�s authority to confer the degrees of Bachelor of Physical Education (B.Phys.Ed.) and Bachelor of Oral English (B.O.E.), and to add authority for the College to confer the degree of Bachelor of Science (B.S.), and further amended on February 19, 1943, September 15, 1950, May 24, 1957, April 25, 1958, October 27, 1972, January 17, 1984, September 23, 1994, February 8, 2000, December 17, 2004, and February 8, 2005 be, and the same hereby is, amended to add authority to confer the degree of Master of Arts in Teaching (M.A.T.).