May 23, 2017 BOE Meeting Minutes – Approved

Central Valley School District
Board of Education – Regular Meeting
May 23, 2017, 7:00 p.m.
APPROVED

The Board of Education’s regular meeting was called to order by President Daniel LaLonde at 7:00 p.m. in the LGI room at Central Valley Academy.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.

Members Present

Daniel LaLonde, Pres.
Matthew Shedd, V. Pres.
Matt Darrow (arrived at 7:03 pm)
Jane North
Kristen Rich
Walt Roginski
Fred Schell

Members Absent

None

Staff Present (those signing in)

Richard J. Hughes, Supt., Ken Long, Fran LaPaglia, Deb Van Slyke, Melissa Hoskey, Aaron Carey, Jim Humphrey, Dick Keeler, Jennie Tofani, Tammy Morgan, Cuyle Rockwell, Susan Earl, Juliya Zhushma, Joseph Geniti, Jessica Bowman, Garrett Olds, Lisa Alexander, Jane Connors, Todd Hoffman, Jonna Costin, Lisa Upson, Joe Patrei, Tara Raux
Kelly Macisco

Guests Present (those signing in)

Reese Wellington, Bob Wellington, Travis Costin, , Kelly Rowland, Tricia Zink, Tammy Feldman, Matthew Feldman, Dan Connors, Andrea Michael, Jack Michael, Monica Wolfe, Jessica Wellington, Jordan Corsette, Carol Hall, Gabriella Lawrence, Ken Lawrence, Cynthia Grabski, Steven Grabski, Daniel Slentz, Bonnie Coffin, Lily Hall, Sarah McMahon, Delaney McMahon, Lauren Grabski

AGENDA CHANGES

The following items were added to this evening’s agenda:

Consent Agenda

D. Change Acceptance of Retirement Notice – Change title of Deborah Monroe to Head Cook

F. (b) – Remove Substitute Appointment of Chris Loiacono as Substitute Food Service Helper

F. (b) – Add Appointment of Substitute – Lorna Zelman as Substitute School Nurse, Eff. 3/17/17

F. (d) – Add Discontinuance of Probationary Period – Cara Bas, Office Assistant I, Eff. 5/23/17

F. (e) – Add Temporary Appointment – Diana Geno – Temporary Office Assistant I, Eff. 5/24/17

PRESENTATIONS

Disney Learning Institute

Several students from Jarvis Middle School provided a PowerPoint presentation on their recent involvement in the Disney Learning Institute program.  They reviewed the application process for participation, fundraising events, work required before participating, and their experiences while at Disney.

(Copy of presentation on file in District Clerk’s file.)

Fast Fit Curriculum

Jane Connors and Jonna Costin provided a PowerPoint presentation regarding the instruction time of the district’s current PE program at the elementary buildings.  Possible solutions were reviewed in an attempt to reach the total of 120 PE minutes per week as required by the state.  A video was also shared showing students participating in Fast Fit centers which could be used as one of the ways to help increase minutes.  The possibility of adding a walking club was also discussed.

(Copy of presentation on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Tenure Appointments

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the following employees to tenure in the tenure areas indicated below.  Motion carried 6-1-0.  In favor:  D. LaLonde, M. Shedd, M. Darrow, J. North, K. Rich, F. Schell.  Opposed:  W. Roginski.  Abstained:  None.

Joseph Patrei, Physical Education Teacher, Effective 9/1/17
Joseph Geniti, Special Education (1-6) Teacher, Effective 9/22/17
Juliya Zhushma, Mathematics (7-12) Teacher, Effective 10/6/17

Introductions were made by Mrs. Hoskey and Mrs. LaPaglia of this year’s tenure recipients as follows:  Alicia O’Rourke, Corinda Cox, Jenee Karpowich, Joseph Patrei, Joseph Geniti, and Juliya Zhushma.

RECEPTION

The Board hosted a brief reception for this year’s tenure recipients, as well as the students in attendance who participated in the Disney Learning Institute.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Superintendent’s Report

Capital Project – Dr. Hughes provided an update on the status of the Capital Project and the work being done in each area.  When available, updates will also be included on the website in order to keep the community informed.

Administrative Reports

Mrs. LaPaglia reported that the interview process has begun for the hiring of an elementary position.  An update on the Title I audit was also discussed.  Mrs. LaPaglia reported that she has been reviewing ideas to establish exit interview procedures for staff.

Business Official’s Report

Mr. Long reported that the Board will consider formal action on proposed Memorandums of Agreement with the Central Valley United Employees as pertains to the work week and work year for specific employee groups in the CVUE union.

(Copies of MOA’s on file in District Clerk’s files.)

BOARD DISCUSSION

Mr. Shedd commented on the district’s school to career program where high school students were able to work with our younger students.  This was a great experience for all students involved.

Mr. Schell asked about summer programs available to our students to help keep their minds fresh.  Mrs. Hoskey reported that Jarvis has provided a program in the past, although attendance has not been strong.  Ideas on how to further enhance the program are welcomed and will be given careful consideration.  We will also check in with the local public libraries to see what programs may be offered this summer.

Mrs. Rich asked about the status of the Remington building.  Mr. LaLonde reported that discussion will take place in Executive Session initially and will later be discussed in open session.

Mr. Shedd asked about the status of the decision pertaining to students decorating graduation caps.  Mr. Keeler reported that graduation will remain a formal ceremony and cap decorating will not be permitted.

PUBLIC OPEN FORUM

Mrs. Coffin commented on the action of a Board member voting against the tenure recommendations of the administration.  Mrs. Coffin expressed concern regarding the need for testing taking place near the tennis courts behind CVA as this area was tested in 2011 with no issues reported.  Mr. Long stated that the testing may be taking in place in other areas than the original testing.

Mrs. Zink suggested that a summer leadership opportunity be considered for middle school students to help tutor younger students at the elementary level.  Mrs. Hoskey thanked Mrs. Zink for her suggestion and will look into this.

Mrs. Rowland suggested that a Health/Safety Advisory Committee be established as part of the Capital Project in order to involve community members.  Mr. Long reported that a committee will be established which will include members of the district’s current Safety Committee as well.

Mrs. Rich asked if the playgrounds were still in use at Fisher and if field days would still be taking place.  Dr. Hughes reported that the PreK areas are still in use and that the field days would be held as usual.

Mr. Patrei asked if the key card access for the door behind Fisher could be moved as it is now blocked due to the project work.  This was confirmed.

Mrs. Rich commented on the area fenced off at Tolpa field and asked if the teams would still have use of the soccer field.  This was confirmed.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mrs. Rich asked for clarification of a personnel item that was added to this evening’s consent agenda.  On a motion made by Mrs. Rich, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board entered into an Executive Session at 8:25 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the medical, financial, credit or employment history of any particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of any particular person or corporation.  Motion carried 7-0.

The Board was called out of their Executive Session at 8:32 p.m.

ITEMS REMOVED FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION

There were no items removed from the agenda for individual consideration.

CONSENT AGENDA

Approval of Minutes

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the minutes of the following meetings.  Motion carried 7-0.

April 26, 2017 – Regular Meeting
May 4, 2017 – Special Meeting
May 9, 2017 – Budget Hearing

Approval of Arrangement of Services – CSE/CPSE/504 Accommodation Plan Meetings

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the arrangement of services of the following CSE/CPSE/504 Accommodation Plan meetings.  Motion carried 7-0.

April 11, 2017, April 12, 2017, April 13, 2017, April 24, 2017, April 25, 2017, April 26, 2017, April 27, 2017, April 28, 2017, May 1, 2017, May 3, 2017, May 4, 2017

(Copy of minutes on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Acceptance of Retirement Notices as per Contract Guidelines

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board accepted the following notices of retirement as per contract guidelines.  Motion carried 7-0.

Barbara Zahniser, Teacher Aide, Effective 6/30/17
Deborah Monroe, Head Cook, Effective 6/30/17

(Copy of notices on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Acceptance of Resignations

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board accepted the following resignations.  Motion carried 7-0.

Nicole MacDonough, Elementary Teacher, Effective 6/30/17
Carolyn Humphrey, Elementary Teacher, Effective 6/30/17

(Copy of resignations on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Personnel Appointments / Adjustments

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the following personnel appointments/ adjustments.  Motion carried 7-0.

Non-Instructional Appointments – Permanent:

Mitchell VanWinkler, Building Maintenance Worker, Effective 5/28/17
Donna Lane, Teacher Aide, Effective 5/30/17
Molly Johnson, Bus Monitor, Effective 6/15/17

Substitute Appointment:

Lorna Zelman, Retired Substitute School Nurse, Effective 3/17/17

Substitute Appointments – BOCES Sub Service:

Joshua Appley, Nycol Conigliaro, Alexander Klosner, Jose Maldonado, Benjamin Matthews, Valerie Parmon, Lindsay Roberts, Natalie Schrader,  Megan Stewart, Kayleigh Sweet

Discontinuance of Probationary Period:

Cara Bas, Office Assistant I, Effective 5/23/17

Temporary Appointment:

Diana Geno, Temporary Office Assistant I, Effective 5/24/17

Approval of Financial Reports

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the following financial reports.  Motion carried 7-0.

Financial Reports – April 2017
Internal Claims Auditors’ Log Summaries –April 2017
Extracurricular Accounts Summary – April 2017

(Copy of reports on file in District Clerk’s files.)

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business discussed at this evening’s meeting.

NEW BUSINESS

Acceptance of 2017-2018 Budget Vote/Board Election Results

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board accepted the results of the annual Budget Vote/Board Election held on May 16, 2017.  Motion carried 7-0.

Budget – Passed
Board Members Elected: Kelly Rowland / Travis Costin

(Copy of vote details on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Special BOE Meeting – 6/14/17

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Roginski, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved a Special Meeting to be held on Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the LGI at CVA.  Motion carried 7-0.

Approval of Change in 2016-2017 School Year Calendar

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the following changes to the 2016-2017 school year calendar.  Motion carried 7-0.

June 21, 22, and 23, 2017 will now be half days for students in grades PreK-8

(Copy of revised calendar on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Memorandum of Agreement with CVUE – Work Year

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the Central Valley Untied Employees as pertains to the work year as follows.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  In favor:  D. LaLonde, M. Shedd, M. Darrow, K. Rich, W. Roginski, F. Schell.  Opposed:  None.  Abstained:  J. North.

Increase from 176 to 180 Days for Teacher Aides, Bus Drivers, School Monitors

(Copy of MOA on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Memorandum of Agreement with CVUE – Work Week

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Roginski, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the Central Valley United Employees as pertains to a modified work week for transportation employees.  Motion carried 7-0.

(Copy of MOA on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Employment Agreement

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved the following employment agreement.  Motion carried 7-0.

Kenneth Long, Business Manager, Effective 7/1/17 – 6/30/22

(Copy of agreement on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Disposal of Surplus Goods

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved of the disposal of surplus goods as follows:

Textbooks and Materials – Fisher Inventory List

(Copy of inventory list on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Resolution

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Roginski, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved a resolution authorizing the execution of the proposed 4/6/17 agreement with Atlantic Testing Laboratories, LTD, or Special Inspection and Construction Materials Engineering and Testing Services.  Motion carried 7-0.

(Copy of resolution and agreement on file in District Clerk’s files.)

Approval of Resolution

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. Shedd, the Board approved a resolution approving temperature control equipment procurement through General Service Administration (GSA).

(Copy of resolution on file in District Clerk’s files.)

EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Shedd, the Board entered into an Executive Session at 8:37 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the following.  Motion carried 7-0.

• Discussions regarding proposed, pending or current litigation;

 • Medical, financial, credit or employment history of any particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of any particular person or corporation;

• Preparation, grading or administration of examinations;

• Proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value of the property.

Also present for a portion of the Board’s Executive Session were Aaron Carey, Jennie Tofani, Melissa Hoskey, and Jessica Bowman, all leaving the session at 9:08 p.m.  Ken Long entered the Executive Session at 9:10 p.m. and left the session at 10:53 p.m.  Richard Hughes left the Executive Session at 11:39 p.m.

The Board was called out of their Executive Session by President LaLonde at 11:49 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made by Mr. Roginski, seconded by Mr. Shedd, the Board adjourned their regular meeting at 11:50 p.m.  Motion carried 7-0.

 

District Clerk, Board of Education