The Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, November 20, 2013 at 5:30 p.m. at the Syracuse City School District Board Room, 725 Harrison Street, Syracuse, New York. The purpose of the hearing will be to receive public comments on any proposed changes to the Code of Conduct. Speakers are asked to limit their comments to no more than three minutes. The public is also invited to communicate comments in writing by addressing them to the Board of Education at 1025 Erie Boulevard West, Syracuse, NY 13204. For further information or copies of the Code of Conduct with the Dignity for All Students revisions, please contact Eileen Steinhardt, the District Clerk at 435-4691 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
This meeting comes after the current rush for a revised student Code of Conduct and newly contracted entities running the changes that will impact the district. Recently, the board approved two new contracts with the Center for Community Alternatives for $279,847 and New Justice Conflict Resolution Services for $112,896.
Some are questioning this quick and hurried approval. With the rise in classroom numbers, reduced staffing in schools, curriculum changes, and high stakes testing; people are wondering if this quick handed preventative legal move in lue of funding desired classroom climate changes is necessary? Currently the district contracts with numerous consultants and agencies to review the district's human capital policies, systems, and practices, and receives ongoing assistance to implement recommendations and changes. With millions invested in these current consultants for all their knowledge and expertise, how does a revised student Code of Conduct cost the district almost an additional $400,000?
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