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March 28, 2018 Board of Education Approved Regular Meeting Minutes

Central Valley School District Board of Education – Regular Meeting
March 28, 2018   7:15 p.m.
APPROVED

The Board of Education’s regular meeting was called to order by President Kelly Rowland at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board entered into an Executive Session at 6:01 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the following.  Motion carried 7-0.

  • Collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law.

Also present for the Board’s Executive Session were Donald Budmen, Esq., Douglas Favaloro (dismissed at 7:06 p.m.), and Ken Long (dismissed at 7:06 p.m.).

The Board was called out of their Executive Session at 7:12 p.m.  The public portion of the Board’s regular meeting convened at 7:15 p.m. in the LGI.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.

Members Present

Kelly Rowland, Pres.
Kristen Rich, Vice Pres.
Travis Costin
Matt Darrow
Daniel LaLonde
Jane North
Fred Schell

Members Absent

None

Staff Present

Jeremy M. Rich, Supt.
Fran LaPaglia
Deb Van Slyke
Lisa Hoffman
Ken Long
Jim Humphrey
Richard Keeler
Melissa Hoskey
Michele Pilla
Aaron Carey
Garrett Olds
Tammy Morgan
Nancie Cooney
Brittani Canipe
Jessica Bowman
Susan S. Earl
Tara Raux
Mark Bunce
Mary Thorp
Jane Connors
Cuyle Rockwell

Guests Present

Renee Rudd
Allie Morgan
Richelle Cooney
Sarah Hussein
Diane Watkins
Kevin Joyce
Matt Joyce
Becky K. Dean
Robin Litoski
Maggie Wesolowski
Paul Bryk
Donna Thompson

AGENDA CHANGES

Consent

C. Resignations

Jamie Conley, Teacher Aide, Effective 4/9/18

F.  (a)    Non-Instructional Appointments – Six Month Probationary:

Samantha Domion – Change effective date from 3/10/18 to 3/12/18

F.  (e)    Coaching Appointments – Spring 2018:

Ronald Gatto, Boys Modified Baseball Volunteer

F.    (f)   Substitute Appointment:

Jamie Conley, Teacher Aide, Effective 4/9/18

New Business

E. Approval of Disposal of Surplus Goods

REVISED Jarvis Inventory List – 5/17/16 – 1/31/18 (equipment extracted)

H. Request for Sunday Facilities Use

Eric Moreau, Modified Boys Baseball Coach, Sunday practices – 5:00 p.m.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Superintendent’s Report

Campus CMG Construction Report #9 – The Board received copies of Construction Report #9 from Campus CMG, dated March 2018.

Capital Project Update – Mr. Rich explained space utilization due to the project, CVA main entrance, and safety measure.

Student Political Activism – Students participated in activities at both Jarvis and CVA.  The activities went well and students were given the opportunity to have their voices heard.

Security Cameras / Safety Procedures – Sixteen security cameras have been installed at Jarvis to improve safety procedures.  This has been very effective.

Food Waste / Donation to Farmers – Discussion took place regarding food waste and donation to local farmers.  Mr. Rich noted that the district would have to monitor what is going into the garbage in order to donate it.  Foods that the students do not want, such as unopened milk, fruit with a peel, etc., are appropriately stored and made available to students who want them.

Business Program Information – The Board received an outline of courses being offered through our Business Program, including Accounting (College Now), Business Applications/Management, Keyboarding, Business Law, Marketing, Sport Management, Business Math, and Sport and Entertainment Management.

Preparing Students for Careers Who May Not Attend College – The District provides opportunities for students that choose not to attend college.  Such opportunities include basic internships through School to Careers, career day field trips, CTE, PTECH, courses in Technology and Family and Consumer Science, and NJROTC.

Status of Summer Programs – Discussion took place regarding summer programs for our students.  Although we want to be able to offer such programs in the future, it would be difficult to do so right now due to the building project.

Public Tour of Jarvis Building – Mr. Rich asked Mrs. North to get feedback on a good date/time for a public tour of Jarvis.  Once the date is confirmed, we will post this information on the district’s website.

PE Hours / Training Program – The district will continue working on increasing PE hours for our students.  Discussion took place regarding extended hours for the district’s Fitness Center.  A suggestion was made to open the center in the summer for coaches to bring their teams in.  The pros and cons of this suggested were discussed.  In addition to the cost factor, there is the issue of additional wear and tear on the equipment.  Although this would be a good problem, as our students would be utilizing it, replacement of equipment would be costly.

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

Administrative Reports

Lego Robotics World Festival Championship – Mrs. Hoskey announced that the Lego Robotics Team recently went to the regional championships and came home with the top prize.  As a result, they have been invited to compete in the World Festival Championship in Detroit, Michigan.  Mrs. Hoskey asked for the Board’s consideration in approving an overnight field trip for the team of eight (8) students to travel to Detroit.  The hotel is 25 miles from the competition site.  Total cost would be approximately $8,000.  To date, the students have raised around $2,000.  They will also be seeking support through the Foundation.  The Board will consider formal approval of this request under New Business on this evening’s agenda.

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

Business Official’s Report

The Board received the first full draft of the proposed 2018-2019 budget.  Mr. Long explained that the proposal is a 3.3% change over last year with minor staffing changes.  The biggest areas of change are in debt service and building aid as they are aligned with the project.  Prior to the Board’s next meeting, the administration will continue to look for areas that may be able to be trimmed.

Mr. Long reported that the district is actively working with its financial advisors for bonding for the capital project.

The Board received copies of the February financial reports for their review and formal approval under the Consent Agenda this evening.

The transportation department is working on determining bus routes needed as a result of the Jarvis two-year shut down.  Before the end of June, the district will be notifying families of the pick-up locations/times for the 2018-2019 school year.

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

BOARD DISCUSSION

Poverty Workshop – Mr. LaLonde reported on the recent workshop by Paul Gorski, which focused on poverty, social injustices, and economic issues with children in the educational setting.  The workshop was well received and provided an interesting perspective on poverty and where social injustices can come from.  A brief discussion followed regarding awareness of social injustices in school districts.

Art Exhibit – Mrs. Rowland read correspondence from Art Teacher Nancie Cooney regarding the upcoming “Student Art – Naturally” exhibit.  Art work of several Central Valley students will be on display at the exhibit as follows:  Brynna Scalise, Vaida Hogeboom, Anastasia Spatto, Farrah Warren, and Carlina Mula.  Their work will be on display at Beaver Lake Nature Center in Baldwinsville from April 3-30, 2018.

Hall of Fame Ceremony – Mrs. Rowland congratulated Mr. Keeler and all those involved in making this year’s Hall of Fame Ceremony one of the most emotional experiences that she has attended.  The Board received a card of thanks from the family of Burton Seymour for making this such a special event.  In addition, the Board received notification that the O’Connor Engineering Scholarship will be increased to $1,500 this year.

Freshman Seminar – Mr. Schell asked about the status of the Freshman Seminar.  Mr. Keeler confirmed that this course is still being taught.  Speakers are brought in at times to discuss various topics with students.  Mrs. Raux reported that the program is going very well and teaches the importance of being a good citizen and making good choices.  This is carried over into health classes as well.  The Board would like to see this program started at younger grade levels as well.

Transportation Committee – The next meeting has been set for Wednesday, April 11, 2018, at 6:00 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.

School Resource Officer – Mr. Costin asked about the cost of a School Resource Officer.  Mr. Rich reported that the district is looking at agreements that other districts have in place.  We need to look district-wide at our needs and resources.  Although there cannot be a cost placed on the safety of our children and staff, we do need to look carefully at all of the priorities of the district.  More information will follow as it becomes available.

Best Wishes – On behalf of the Board of Education, Mrs. Rowland extended special thanks and best wishes to Deb Van Slyke for the utmost success in her new position at Clinton CSD.

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

PUBLIC OPEN FORUM

Becky Dean – Extended thanks to Mr. Rich for sharing his “Inspirational Morning Coffee” on Facebook.  She feels it is very beneficial.

ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION

Mrs. North asked that the following item be removed from the Consent Agenda for individual consideration:

Substitute Appointments – BOCES Sub Service:

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the following substitute appointments through the BOCES Sub Service.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  In favor:  K. Rowland, K. Rich, T. Costin, M. Darrow, D. LaLonde, F. Schell.  Opposed:  None.  Abstained:  J. North.

Anthony Grasso – Teacher
Dylan Hapeman – Teacher Aide, Teaching Assistant
Kelly North – Teacher, Teaching Assistant (available end of May)

CONSENT AGENDA

Approval of Minutes

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved the minutes of the following meeting.  Motion carried 7-0.

March 7, 2018 – Regular Meeting

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

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved the arrangement of services of the following CSE/CPSE/504 Accommodation Plan meetings.  Motion carried 7-0.

February 15, 2018
February 16, 2018
February 26, 2018
February 27, 2018
February 28, 2018
March 1, 2018
March 2, 2018
March 5, 2018
March 6, 2018
March 8, 2018
March 9, 2018
March 12, 2018

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

Acceptance of Resignations

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board accepted the following resignations.  Motion carried 7-0.

Michele Schultz, Teacher Aide / Bus Monitor, Effective 3/28/18
Deborah Van Slyke, Director of Curriculum & Instruction, Effective 4/13/18
Jamie Conley, Teacher Aide, Effective 4/9/18

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

Acceptance of Retirement Notices

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board accepted the following retirement notices.  Motion carried 7-0.

Duane Guile, Building Cleaner, Effective 4/27/18
Carol Bechard, Teacher Aide, Effective 6/30/18
Danielle Bernard, Elementary Teacher, Effective 6/30/18
Susan Biltucci, Elementary Teacher, Effective 6/30/18
Thaddeus Misiaszek, Technology Teacher, Effective 6/30/18
Louise Ann Roberts, Elementary Teacher, Effective 6/30/18

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

Approval of Extension to Unpaid Leave of Absence

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board accepted the following request for an extension to an unpaid leave of absence.  Motion carried 7-0.

Cynthia Young, Teacher Assistant, From 4/2/18 to 6/30/18

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

Approval of Personnel Appointments/Adjustments

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved the following personnel appointments/adjustments.  Motion carried 7-0.

Non-Instructional Appointment – Six-Month Probationary:

Samantha Domion, Teacher Aide – 5.75 hrs/day, Effective 3/12/18

Non-Instructional Appointments – Permanent:

Melanie Bernier Graham, Teacher Aide, Effective 4/2/18

Additional Extension to Probationary Period:

Deavon Anderson – Teacher Aide from 5/23/18 to 6/7/18 or as otherwise extended by law

Coaching Appointments – Spring 2018:

Erin McKinley – Girls Modified Softball
Todd Hoffman – Girls Modified Softball Volunteer
Ronald Gatto – Boys Modified Baseball Volunteer

Substitute Appointment:

Jamie Conley, Teacher Aide, Effective 4/9/18

Approval of Financial Reports

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved the following financial reports.  Motion carried 7-0.

Financial Reports – February 2018
Internal Claims Auditors’ Log Summaries – February 2018
Extracurricular Summary Report – February 2018

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business discussed this evening.

NEW BUSINESS

Acceptance of Bid Results – Soil Remediation

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the acceptance of the following bid results for soil remediation.  Motion carried 7-0.

Fred Burrows Trucking & Excavating LLC – $146,900.00 Total Award

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

Approval of Memorandum of Agreement with CVTA

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mrs. Rich, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the CVTA for the following pilot program.  Motion carried 7-0.

Unified Basketball Program – Spring 2018

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

Approval of Overnight Field Trip Request from Lego Robotics Team

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved a request from the Lego Robotics Team to travel to the World Festival Championship in Detroit, Michigan on April 25-28, 2018.  Motion carried 7-0.

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

Approval of 2018-2019 School Year Calendar

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Rowland, the Board approved the 2018-2019 school year calendar.  Motion carried 7-0.

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

Approval of Disposal of Surplus Goods

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved of the disposal of the following surplus goods.  Motion carried 7-0.

CVA Inventory List – 12/2/17 – 1/31/18
Jarvis Inventory List – 5/17/16 – 1/31/18 (equipment extracted)

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

Acceptance of Donation

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board accepted the following donation.  Motion carried 7-0.

Richard and Rosemary Wroblewski – King Trumpet (37-184937) Estimated Value – $500

Approval of Resolution to Appoint Interim Administrator

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved a resolution for the following appointment.  Motion carried 7-0.

Renee Rudd, Interim Administrator, Effective 4/16/18 – 6/30/18 apprx.

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

Request for Sunday Activities

A motion was made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. Darrow to consider a request from Eric Moreau, Modified Boys Baseball Coach, to hold Sunday practices at 5:00 p.m. in order for him to attend coaching classes. After further discussion, Mrs. North and Mr. Darrow both withdrew their motions in order for the Board to clarify the motion being voted on.

Discussion continued at length regarding the current Board policy pertaining to Sunday practices, as well as the desire for students to have time with family. Discussion also took place as to whether or not there were other times that the coach could hold practices.  Members of the Board asked that if the practices were approved for Sundays for this particular case, would those practices be considered voluntary or mandatory.  Discussion continued with Board members sharing their thoughts on this topic.

On a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved the following resolution:

RESOLVED, in accordance with Policy 7100, Section III-A, the Board of Education actively discourages the scheduling of student activities on Sundays.  The Board hereby acknowledges that the request by Eric Moreau, Boys Modified Baseball Coach, to hold practices on Sundays during the spring 2018 season is being made in order to accommodate his need to complete coaching courses.  Therefore, under this circumstance, the Board approves Coach Moreau’s request, contingent upon all Sunday practices for the spring 2018 season be deemed voluntary and are not mandatory.

Motion carried 6-0-1.  In favor:  K. Rowland, K. Rich, T. Costin, D. LaLonde, J. North, F. Schell.  Opposed:  None.  Abstained:  M. Darrow.

SECOND EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. LaLonde, the Board entered into a second Executive Session at 8:48 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the following.  Motion carried 7-0.

  • 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;
  • Collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law

Also present for a portion of the Board’s second Executive Session were a student who was dismissed at 8:54 pm.  Richard Keeler and Mark Bunce joined the second Executive Session at 8:55 p.m. and were both dismissed at 9:55 pm.

Mrs. Rich was dismissed from the appeal portion of the second Executive Session as per the student’s request.  Mrs. Rich was called in at 10:00 p.m.

The Board was called out of their second Executive Session at 11:31 p.m. by President Rowland.

Approval of Resolution Determining the Appeal of a Student Disciplinary Matter

On a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved the following resolution.

RESOLVED, that having heard the appeal presented by the student, as well as the response of the administration and due deliberation having been had, the appeal is hereby denied, and the decision of the building administration and the Superintendent of Schools are affirmed.

Motion carried 5-0-1.  In favor:  K. Rowland, T. Costin, M. Darrow, J. North, D. LaLonde.  Opposed:  None.  Abstained:  F. Schell.  Not present during the appeal as per student’s request:  K. Rich.

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

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made by Mrs. Rich, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board adjourned their regular meeting at 11:34 p.m.  Motion carried 7-0.

Marsha Griffith
District Clerk, Board of Education