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December 14, 2017 BOE Regular Meeting Minutes – Approved

The Board of Education’s regular meeting was called to order by President Kelly Rowland at 6:00 p.m. in the LGI room at Central Valley Academy. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board moved to enter into an Executive Session at 6:01 p.m. Motion carried 5-0. (Mrs. Rich arrived at 6:03 p.m., Mr. LaLonde was absent). Executive Session began at 6:05 p.m. in the High School Office Conference Room for the purpose of discussing the following.

  • 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 in Executive Session were Ken Long and Douglas Favaloro. Donald Budmen, Esq., joined the Executive Session at 6:28 p.m. Mrs. Rich was excused at 6:27 p.m. and returned at 6:38 p.m. Mrs. Rich was again excused at 6:45 p.m. and returned at 7:07 p.m.

The Board was called out of their Executive Session at 7:31 p.m. The public portion of the Board’s regular meeting reconvened at 7:35 p.m. in the LGI.

Members Present

Kelly Rowland, Pres.
Kristen Rich, Vice Pres. (arrived at 6:03 p.m.)
Travis Costin
Matt Darrow
Jane North
Fred Schell

Members Absent

Daniel LaLonde

Staff Present

Richard J. Hughes, Supt., Fran LaPaglia, Deb Van Slyke, Jim Humphrey, Jeremy Rich, Mark Bunce, Garrett Olds, Jenn DeRocco, Devon Rappa, Tammy Morgan, Jessica Bowman, Nancie Cooney, Susan Earl, Mary Thorp, Kelly Macisco, Cathleen Gardner, Mary Day, Cuyle Rockwell, Brittani Canipe

Guests Present

Allie Morgan, Beth Tubia, Joe Nolan, Campus CMG, Carol Paddock, Paula Born, Tonya Rearick, Michael Scouten II, Michael Scouten, Caroline Gardner, Brian Engel, Lydia Engel, Donald Overacker, Dakota Turk, Jeremy Brown, Rew King, Becky Dean, Mitchell Soules, Sara Hussein, Diane Watkins, Donna Thompson, Times Telegram, Jim King, King & King, Angie Carnwright, Daniel Paddock, Maggie Wesolowski, Douglas Favaloro, Donald Budmen, Esq.,

PRESENTATIONS

Recognition of Conference and Area All-State Participants – The Board recognized music students who participated in Conference and Area All-State.

Musical Performances – The Board enjoyed musical selections as performed by Lydia Engel and Caroline Gardner.

On behalf of the Board, Mrs. Rowland congratulated the students on their achievements. A brief reception followed in recognition of these students.

SECOND EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board entered into a second Executive Session in the High School Office Conference Room at 8:02 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the following. Motion carried 6-0.

  • 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.
  • Discussions regarding proposed, pending, or current litigation.

Also present for the Board’s second Executive Session were Douglas Favaloro and Donald Budmen, Esq. Dr. Hughes was also present and excused at 8:16 p.m. Mrs. Rich was excused at 8:17 p.m. Mr. Jeremy Rich joined the Executive Session at 8:18 p.m.

The Board was called out of their second Executive Session at 9:13 p.m. by President Rowland. The public portion of the Board’s regular meeting reconvened at 9:16 p.m. in the LGI.

PRESENTATIONS (cont’d)

Fine Arts Curriculum Progression – Mr. Bunce presented a PowerPoint on the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts and reviewed the Fine Arts progression as approved by the Curriculum Committee.

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

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Superintendent’s Report

Campus CMG Construction Report #6 – The Board received copies of Construction Report #6 from Campus CMG, dated December 6, 2017. Joe Nolan and Jim King provided an update on the status of the project to date.

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

Business Official’s Report

The Board received copies of the November 2017 financial reports for their review and formal consideration under the Consent Agenda this evening.

Mr. Long provided an update on the status of refunding bonds from the former Mohawk and Ilion districts. In addition, Mr. Long reviewed a resolution allowing renewed participation in the NYSMEC (NYS Municipal Energy Cooperation) to purchase natural gas as a consortium in order to get the lowest pricing. The Board will consider formal approval of this item under New Business on this evening’s agenda.

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

BOARD DISCUSSION

Mrs. Rowland commended the Jarvis Student Council and all those involved in hosting the dance for students in grades 5/6 and 7/8. The event was very well organized and the proceeds were donated to the United Way.

AGENDA CHANGES

The Board approved the following agenda changes:

New Business

F. Acceptance of Resignation of Christina Korba, Art Teacher, Effective 1/26/18
G. Approval of Appointment of Jeremy Rich as Assistant Superintendent, Effective Immediately
H. Approval of Appointment/Approval of Employment Agreement for Assistant Superintendent and Authorization for Execution by Board President
I. Acceptance of Resignation of Richard J. Hughes as Superintendent of Schools, Approval of Amendment to Contract of Superintendent, and Authorization for Execution by Board President
J. Approval of Appointment of Jeremy Rich as Acting Superintendent until Permanent Appointment of Superintendent is made

PUBLIC OPEN FORUM

There was no public participation at this time.

ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION

There were no items removed for individual consideration.

CONSENT AGENDA

Approval of Minutes

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Rich, the Board approved the minutes of the following meetings. Motion carried 6-0.

November 15, 2017 – Regular Meeting
November 30, 2017 – Special Meeting

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

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Rich, the Board approved the arrangement of services of the following CSE/CPSE/504 Accommodation Plan meetings. Motion carried 6-0.

November 2, 2017
November 6, 2017
November 9, 2017
November 13, 2017
November 14, 2017
November 16, 2017
November 28, 2017

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

Approval of Tenure Appointment

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Rich, the Board approved the appointment of the following employee to tenure in the tenure area indicated below. Motion carried 6-0.

Donald Hoaglander, Teacher Assistant, Effective 12/18/17

Approval of Unpaid of Leave of Absence Request

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Rich, the Board approved the following unpaid leave of absence requests. Motion carried 6-0.

Jessica Ratcliffe, Teacher Assistant, Effective 12/8/17 – 1/7/18
Cynthia Young, Teacher Assistant, Effective 1/2/18 – 4/2/18 aprx.

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

Acceptance of Resignations

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Rich, the Board accepted the following resignations. Motion carried 6-0.

Richard Phillips, Food Service Helper/Courier, Effective 12/4/17
Joyce Fitch, Substitute Bus Monitor/Driver, Effective 11/29/17
Melissa Hoskey, Middle School Principal, Effective 6/30/18

(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 Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Rich, the Board approved the following personnel appointments/ adjustments. Motion carried 6-0.

Non-Instructional Appointment – Permanent:

Rebecca Clapper, Office Assistant II, Effective 1/5/18

Non-Instructional Appointments – Six-Month Probationary:

Charlene Schmidt, Food Service Helper – 5 hrs/day, Effective 11/27/17
Alana Minosh, Teacher Aide – 5.75 hrs/day, Effective 12/11/17
Rosario Pumilio, Food Svc Helper/Courier – 4 hrs/day, Effective 1/2/18

Increase in Hours:

Jessica Slentz, Teacher Aide — From 5.75 to 6.75 hrs/day, Effective 12/15/17

Adjustment to Effective Date:

Lori Edick, Teacher Aide – 7 hrs/day Adjust, Eff. Date from 11/13/17 to 11/14/17

Extracurricular Appointment:

Ryan Canipe, Grade Level 3 Chairperson, Effective 12/15/17

Substitute Appointments:

Maureen Salmon-Salvemini, LTS Special Education Teacher, Effective 12/1/17 – 6/30/18
Rosario Pumilio, Substitute Building Cleaner, Effective 1/2/18

Substitute Appointments – BOCES Sub Service:

Colleen Block
Adrienne Fleming
Jessica Goodison
Bridget Judson
Rachel Melo
Stormee Shepardson
Therese Winchester

Approval of Financial Reports

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Rich, the Board approved the following financial reports. Motion carried 6-0.

Financial Reports – November 2017
Internal Claims Auditors’ Log Summaries – November 2017
Extracurricular Summary Report – November 2017

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

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business discussed this evening.

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Fine Arts Curriculum Progression

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the Fine Arts Curriculum Progression as approved by the Curriculum Committee and presented by Mr. Bunce this evening. Motion carried 6-0.

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

Approval of Policy Revisions

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Costin, the Board approved revisions to the following policy. Motion carried 6-0.

Policy #6401 – Drug and Alcohol Testing (Transportation)

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

Approval of HVAC System Commissioning Services for Capital Project

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved the appointment of the following firm to provide HVAC System Commissioning Services for the Capital Project. Motion carried 6-0.

IBC Engineering — $84,000 Fee

Acceptance of Bid Results – Technology & Security Infrastructure Contract #207 (Rebid)

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Costin, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board accepted the following bid results. Motion carried 6-0.

Huen New York, Inc. — $1,998,000.00 Total Award

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

Approval of Resolution Authorizing Participation in Cooperative Energy Purchasing
Service

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved a resolution authorizing participation in the NYSMEC (NYS Municipal Energy Cooperation) purchasing service for natural gas. Motion carried 6-0.

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

Acceptance of Resignation

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board accepted the following resignation. Motion carried 6-0.

Christina Korba, Art Teacher, Effective 1/25/18

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

Approval of Appointment of Assistant Superintendent

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the following appointment. Motion carried 5-0-1. In favor: K. Rowland, T. Costin, M. Darrow, J. North, F. Schell. Opposed: None. Abstained: K. Rich

Jeremy Rich, Assistant Superintendent, Effective Immediately

Approval of Employment Agreement for Assistant Superintendent

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board appointed and approved the employment agreement for the Assistant Superintendent and authorized the execution of the agreement by the Board President. Motion carried 5-0-1. In favor: K. Rowland, T. Costin, M. Darrow, J. North, F. Schell. Opposed: None. Abstained: K. Rich

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

Acceptance of Resignation and Approval of Amendment to Contract of Superintendent

At this time Richard J. Hughes tendered his resignation from the position of Superintendent of Schools. On a motion made by Mr. Costin, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board accepted the resignation of Richard J. Hughes from the position of Superintendent of Schools, effective at the end of business on December 15, 2017, approved an amendment to the Superintendent’s contract, and authorized the execution of the amendment by the Board President. Motion carried 6-0.

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

Approval of Appointment of Acting Superintendent

On a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved the appointment of Jeremy Rich as Acting Superintendent until the permanent appointment of a Superintendent is made. Motion carried 5-0-1. In favor: K. Rowland, T. Costin, Mr. Darrow, J. North, F. Schell. Opposed: None. Abstained: K. Rich.

BOARD PRESIDENT’S STATEMENT

Mrs. Rowland read the following statement:

On behalf of the Board of Education, we would like to thank Dr. Hughes for his leadership and guidance over the past two years. Through his vision we have made substantial progress in achieving academic gains. His progressive approach allowed our teachers and students to enter into concepts of personalized learning and 21st century learning and technology. We wish him the utmost success as he moves on to the next chapter in his career.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board adjourned their regular meeting at 9:42 p.m. Motion carried 6-0.

Marsha Griffin
District Clerk, Board of Education