Board of Education Committees

The Cairo-Durham Central School District Board of Education is looking for volunteers to serve of various committees which will meet throughout the school year. Please review the information below regarding each of the committees and their purpose. If you are interested in serving on one of these committees, please fill out the Checklist on the bottom and submit this form.

Thank you for your continued commitment to the Cairo-Durham Central School District

Wellness Committee

Guiding Principles: Board Policy 5405 Cairo Durham Central School District’s Wellness Policies on Physical Activity and Nutrition.

The Cairo Durham Central School District is committed to providing a school environment that enhances learning and development of lifelong wellness practices. Employees who are healthy are more effective in their duties and are able to model appropriate wellness behaviors for students. Students who are healthy can learn more effectively. The Wellness Committee for the 2013-2014 school year will focus:

  • Review school lunch quality
  • Review prepaid lunch collection procedures
  • Meet with food service vendor to review issues with service
  • Discuss concerns raised by community members and formulate responses/ corrective action plans
  • Additional duties to be determined by committee

Audit Committee

A. Every school district, except those with less than eight (8) teachers, must establish an audit committee no later than January 1, 2006. The audit committee may be a committee of the Board, an advisory committee, or a committee of the whole Board. An advisory committee may include, or be composed entirely of persons other than Board members if, in the opinion of the Board, such membership is advisable to provide accounting and auditing expertise.

B. The audit committee shall consist of at least three members, who shall serve without compensation. Committee members shall be reimbursed for any actual and necessary expenditures incurred in relation to attendance at meetings.

C. Employees of the school district are prohibited from serving on the audit committee. A member of an audit committee shall be deemed a school district officer for the purposes of the defense and indemnification provisions of the Education Law, but shall not be required to be a resident of the school district.

D. The role of an audit committee is advisory only and any recommendations it provides to the Board shall not substitute for any required review and action by the Board.

E. It shall be the responsibility of the audit committee to:

  1. Provide recommendations regarding the appointment of the external auditor;
  2. Meet with the external auditor prior to the start of the audit;
  3. Review and discuss with the external auditor any risk assessment of the district's fiscal
  4. Receive and review the draft annual audit report and accompanying draft management letter and,
  5. Make a recommendation to the Board on accepting the annual audit report; and operations developed as part of the auditor's responsibilities under governmental auditing standards for a financial statement audit and federal single audit standards if applicable; working directly with the external auditor, assist the Board in interpreting such documents;
  6. Review every corrective action plan to be developed by the district as required and assist the

F. In addition, it shall be the responsibility of the audit committee to assist in the oversight of the internal audit function including, but not limited to:

  1. Providing recommendations regarding the appointment of the internal auditor;
  2. The review of significant findings and recommendations of the internal auditor;
  3. Monitoring of the school district's implementation of such recommendations, and
  4. The evaluation of the performance of the internal audit function.

G. Notwithstanding any provision of the Open Meetings Law, or any other law to the contrary, a school district audit committee may conduct an executive session pertaining to meeting with the external auditor prior to the start of the audit, reviewing and discussing risk assessment with the external auditor, or to review the draft audit report and draft management letter with the external auditor or the Board.

Transportation Committee

Guiding Principles: Board Policy 8410 Student Transportation

The Board recognizes that student transportation is a major function of the District and among the principle responsibilities of the Board. The Board intends that the transportation it offers provide the greatest benefit to the District’s programs and activities, while operating with optimal efficiency.

The Board believes therefore that it has the obligation to set forth the major objectives of the student transportation operation in the District, which it intends to serve as guide and a reference to those in the District responsible for student transportation. These objectives are:

A. To assure the safest possible operation of all District vehicles
B. To furnish transportation to those students whose health of distance from school make the service essential
C. To establish the pick-up and discharge points for students that are safest, and to review them at least once year
D. To comply fully with all state and federal laws, regulations, and mandates governing student transportation operations
E. To operate the transportation system efficiently and economically
F. To adapt student transportation to the requirements of the instructional program
G. To maintain conditions on the District’s buses and other vehicles that are conducive to the physical, mental, and moral well-being of each student whom the District transports; and
H. To promote a sympathetic understanding by the public of the District’s transportation program, including the program’s adequacy, safety, efficiency, and standards of service.

The Transportation Committee is responsible for the following:

  • Review and advise the Board on the allocation of resources to provide adequate transportation for students.
  • Review transportation needs of the district including proposals related to categories which may require a large expenditure of funds or may be controversial in nature.
  • Review and advise the Board on effective utilization of transportation due to enrollment problems caused by shifting, increasing, or declining enrollment.

Safety Committee

Guiding Principles: Board Policy 5450 Student Safety

The Board of Education of the Cairo-Durham Central School District recognizes the District’s responsibility for ensuring the safety of the students in school buildings or on school grounds, or who are participating in activities sponsored by the Cairo-Durham Central Schools.

The duties and responsibilities of the Safety Committee include:

  • Identify and study problems that impact staff and student safety.
  • Review accident/injury data and make recommendations for improvement of procedures and processes.
  • Review existing safety policies and make recommendations for improvement if needed.
  • Promote and evaluate safety training and education.
  • Review suggestions and concerns that relate to staff/student safety and health.
  • Develop recommendations as appropriate to the school district's administration.

The Rebuild Schools to Uphold Education (RESCUE) Law of 1999 requires that school safety and health committees are involved in school construction projects and inspections. The regulatory duties include:

  • Provide a member to participate in the annual visual inspection.
  • Provide consultation for the building safety rating.
  • Be involved in the disposition of complaints related to health and safety.
  • Addressing complaints regarding excessive noise.
  • Participation in post-construction inspection to confirm that area is ready to be opened for use.

Policy Committee

The Policy Committee is responsible for the following:

  • The Policy Committee revises existing policies at the direction of the Board.
  • The Policy Committee reviews existing and new policy statements for consistency in substance and format and may recommend amendments to existing policies.
  • The Policy Committee maintains a file of current policies.

Capital Building Project Committee

Committee description pending and will be posted as soon as it is available.

Durham Building Use Committee

Committee description pending and will be posted as soon as it is available.

Literacy Committee

Committee description pending and will be posted as soon as it is available.

Please place a check next to the committees below which you would be interested in serving on.