November 2, 2017 BOE Special Meeting Minutes – Approved

The Board of Education’s Special Meeting was called to order by President Kelly Rowland at 7:00 p.m. in the LGI Room at CVA. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.

Members Present

Kelly Rowland, Pres.
Kristen Rich, V. Pres.
Travis Costin
Matt Darrow
Daniel LaLonde (arrived 7:06 p.m.)
Jane North
Fred Schell

Members Absent

None

Staff Present

Richard J. Hughes, Supt., Ken Long, Deb Van Slyke, Richard Keeler, Tammy Morgan

Guests Present

Becky Dean, Joshua Watkins, Tricia Zink, Brittani Canipe, Maggie Wesolowski, Dave Williams, Donna Thompson

EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board entered into an Executive Session at 7:04 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the following. Motion carried 7-0.

  • Proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value of the property;
  • Collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law;
  • 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.

Also present for a portion of the Board’s Executive Session were Richard Hughes (7:04 p.m. – 7:56 p.m.) and Ken Long (7:04 p.m. – 7:56 p.m.).

The Board was called out of their Executive Session by President Rowland at 8:40 p.m.

The public portion of the Special Meeting reconvened at 8:42 p.m.

AGENDA CHANGES

New Business

B. Approval of Amendment to Superintendent’s Employment Agreement

BOARD DISCUSSION

Proposed Sale of Remington Building

President Rowland announced that the Board has determined that the athletic field portion of the former Remington School property is now needed for Central Valley School District purposes. As a result, the Board will consider formal action this evening to withdraw the approval of the contract and special meeting (vote) between Central Valley CSD and Herkimer BOCES.

As President of the BOCES Board, Mr. LaLonde reported that BOCES is in agreement with this change as they do not need the use of the field outside of the school day. He also confirmed that BOCES is still interested in purchasing the Remington School building.

Mrs. Rowland explained that the Board can now move forward with having the parcel separated by the surveyors. Once that is complete and the mandatory regulations can be met with regard to public notice of a new special meeting (vote) date, the Board will move forward with the proposed sale of the Remington School building.

Dr. Hughes reported that the Board may also want to have a new assessment completed. It has been learned that the property was deeded to the district by the Village of Ilion in 1976 for the express purpose of public usage which would lower the assessment. As a result of the deed, other businesses and companies would not be eligible to purchase it.

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Resolution Withdrawing Approval of Contract & Special Meeting between Central Valley CSD and Herkimer BOCES

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

WHEREAS, the Board of Education approved a purchase contract with Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES for the sale of the former Remington School building and grounds on June 14, 2017, subject to voter approval; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education has determined that the athletic field portion of the former Remington School property is now needed for school district purposes;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Board rescinds its declaration that the entire Remington School building and grounds is not needed for school district purposes and further rescinds its approval of the purchase contract. The resolution scheduling the special meeting on November 14, 2017, is rescinded and the Superintendent is authorized to take steps to duly notify Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES of the instant action.

Approval of Amendment to Superintendent’s Employment Agreement

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the amendment to the Superintendent’s employment agreement, dated 11/2/17. Motion carried 6-1-0. In favor: K. Rowland, K. Rich, T. Costin, M. Darrow, D. LaLonde, J. North. Opposed: F. Schell. Abstained: none.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board adjourned their Special Meeting at 8:51 p.m. Motion carried 7-0.

Marsha Griffith
District Clerk, Board of Education