Board Meetings

Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes | Past Minutes | Public Participation

Bethlehem Central Board of Education meetings are usually held on the first and third Wednesdays of each month. Meetings are occasionally added during the school year, particularly in February and March for budget discussions. Meetings begin at 7 p.m., at the Bethlehem Central High School Room D-122, 700 Delaware Ave., Delmar [unless otherwise noted]. All Board meetings are open to the public.

Executive Sessions

In addition to its regular meetings, it is sometimes necessary for the Board to hold executive sessions. These sessions may precede or follow regular meetings and are for the discussion of sensitive subjects such as personnel matters and employee contract negotiations. All official actions, however, must and do take place at public meetings.

Meeting Schedule, Agendas, and Minutes

Below is a schedule of Board of Education meetings for the 2022-23 school fiscal year. These dates and locations are subject to change. Public meetings begin at 7 p.m. unless otherwise listed. Executive session start time is 6 p.m. A final schedule will be updated here. All meetings will be livestreamed on the BCSD Events Channel on YouTube

Recordings of all meetings can be found on the Bethlehem Central Board of Education YouTube channel.

Thursday, July 6, 2023

BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023

BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
Presentation: Setting the Tax Rate

    Wednesday, September 6, 2023

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, September 20, 2023

    Eagle Elementary School, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: K-5 Mathematics

    Wednesday, October 4, 2023

    Slingerlands Elementary School, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: BC Music Program

    Wednesday, October 18, 2023

    Glenmont Elementary School, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: Fundations in Grades K-2

    Wednesday, November 1, 2023

    Elsmere Elementary School, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: BC Art Program

    Wednesday, November 15, 2023

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: BCHS Guidance and College Application Process & Careers in Technical Education

    Wednesday, December 6, 2023

    Hamagrael Elementary School, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: BC Library Program

    Wednesday, December 20, 2023

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: Academic Update

    Wednesday, January 3, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, January 17, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.

    Wednesday, February 7, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: Lab School

    Wednesday, February 28, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Presentations: State of the Schools,  2024-25 Budget Roll-out, Transportation, Technology, O & M Budgets

    Wednesday, March 6, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Budget Presentation: Curriculum and Student Support Services, Athletics Budgets

    Monday, March 11, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Special Meeting

    Wednesday, March 20, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: Food Service Update
    2024-25 Budget Adoption

    Wednesday, April 10, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: K-12 Scheduling

    Wednesday, April 24, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Presentation: Titan Platform Review, UPK, BOCES Budget, and Annual Election
    UPK

    Wednesday, May 8, 2024

    BCMS Library Media Center, 7 p.m.
    Budget Hearing
    Presentation:  Student Support Services Overview 

    The meeting will also be livestreamed. Video broadcast for the meeting can be found here at 6:55 p.m.

    Tuesday, May 21, 2024

    Annual Budget Vote and Board of Education Election, 7 a.m. to 9 p.m., Bethlehem Central High School, Gym A

    Wednesday, May 22, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.

    The meeting will also be livestreamed. Video broadcast for the meeting can be found here at 6:55 p.m.

    Wednesday, June 5, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.
    Tenure Teacher Reception

    The meeting will also be livestreamed. Video broadcast for the meeting can be found here at 6:55 p.m.

    • View the June 5, 2024 Board agenda here.
    • View the June 5, 2024 Board video here.

    Wednesday, June 26, 2024

    BCHS Room D-122, 7 p.m.

    The meeting will also be livestreamed. Video broadcast for the meeting can be found here at 6:55 p.m.

    • View the June 26, 2024 Board agenda here.
    • View the June 26, 2024 Board video here.

    Past Minutes

    Public Participation

    From time to time, individuals may wish to address comments or concerns directly to the Board of Education. In most instances, issues involving students, parents, faculty or staff can be resolved without having to appear before the Board of Education. To ensure timely resolution of your concerns and/or questions, the district has a helpful reference guide of who to contact when an issue arises.

    If you do wish to address the Board, please keep in mind that school board meetings are business meetings which are held in public. On your agenda, you will see “Recognition of Visitors – Non-Agenda Items.” In order to allow fair and orderly expression of comment, the Board has provided this time to hear appropriate comments from anyone attending the meeting. However, the Board does not respond to questions during the course of the business meeting.

    The Board values and welcomes civil, respectful statements and clear, concise communications that inform its deliberations. The Board uses the public comment period as an opportunity to listen to citizen concerns, but will not debate issues or enter into a question-and-answer session.

    It is also important that no person addressing the Board initiate charges or complaints about individual Board members or employees or students of the District. Such charges or complaints should be presented directly to the Superintendent. Speakers are encouraged to provide the Board with a written copy of their comments and other appropriate supporting documentation, but it is not required.

    How may I address the Board during a meeting?

    Please adhere to the following when speaking to the Board during public session:

    • Wait to be called upon by the Board president.
    • At the microphone, please state your full name.
    • Direct your comments to the Board; do not turn and speak to the audience.
    • Keep your comments as concise as possible.
    • Speakers are expected to treat others with respect, confining their remarks to School District issues.
    • Do not use the public speaking portions of Board meetings to make personal statements about any individual or engage in any commentary that is slanderous or abusive. The Board president may rule any speaker out of order who makes such statements.