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February 15, 2017 BOE Regular Meeting Minutes—Approved

Central Valley School District Board of Education – Regular Meeting
February 15, 2017, 7:00 p.m.

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
Jane North
Kristen Rich
Fred Schell

Members Absent:

Walt Roginski

Staff Present (those signing in)

Richard J. Hughes, Supt., Deb Van Slyke, Fran LaPaglia, Ken Long, Lisa Hoffman, Dick Keeler, Melissa Hoskey, Jeremy Rich, Michele Pilla, Julie Ball, Jessica Bowman, Kate Brien, Pattie Day, Joanne French, Tammy Morgan, Garrett Olds, Jane Perry Meyers, Tara Raux, Mary Thorp, Jennie Tofani

Guests Present (those signing in)

Travis Costin, Becky K. Dean,  Ann Frank,  Kevin Joyce,  Stacy Lally

AGENDA CHANGES

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

Consent Agenda

(D) Acceptance of Resignations

Patricia Morse – Bus Monitor – Effective 2/28/17

New Business

(B) Acceptance of Donation – American Flag Donated to Fisher School by Tytis Markwardt
(C) Approval of Girls Varsity Lacrosse Program for 2016-2017 Spring Season
(D) Approval of Mathematics Curriculum Sequence
(E) Approval to Rescind Board Resolution Requiring Employees to Submit Prepared Statements 24 hours in Advance of the Board Meeting

PRESENTATIONS

Girls Varsity Lacrosse Proposal – Garrett Olds

Mr. Olds presented a proposal for the creation of a Girls Varsity Lacrosse program for the 2016-2017 spring season. The costs associated with starting a new program would be approximately $7,000 for start-up fees, including coach, referees, and transportation. The District would provide the necessary equipment with the exception of goggles and cleats.

The Board will consider formal approval of this item under New Business on this evening’s agenda.

Personalized Learning

Mrs. Tofani and Mrs. Perry Meyers presented a PowerPoint, video, and hand-outs on Personalized Learning. Mrs. Tofani reviewed the Core Four which includes integrated digital content, targeted instruction, student reflection and ownership, and data driven decisions. Mrs. Perry Meyers presented a sample vocabulary lesson and reported that the results have been excellent.

Each building will be holding their own special launch for personalized learning in the near future.

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

Math Curriculum Update

Mrs. Bowman, Chairperson of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee, presented hand-outs and a PowerPoint on proposed progressions for the district’s mathematics curriculum sequence. Based on recommendations from the committee, Mrs. Bowman explained the current plan and challenges as well as a proposed plan with solutions. The progressions reviewed included Regents, Honors, Double Honors, and Regents Prioritized.

On behalf of the Curriculum and Instruction Committee, Mrs. Bowman asked for the Board’s consideration in approving the proposed progressions as the mathematics curriculum sequence for Central Valley.

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

Mr. LaLonde reported that the Board recently met with the IMUT and hopes to continue these meetings in an effort to keep the lines of communication open. The next meeting has been set for March 1, 2017. This evening, the Board will add an agenda item to New Business proposing that the 24 hour resolution for employees to submit statements to the Board be rescinded. Mr. LaLonde stressed that the Board of Education truly supports the teachers and all the staff 100% and appreciates everything they do for children.

Mr. Shedd extended thanks to Mrs. Hoskey and everyone who volunteered their time for the First Lego League. Special thanks to the teacher coaches who went with students to SUNY Poly. Congratulations to the students who participated and thank you to the teachers for their dedication to our students.

Mr. Schell commented on the possibility of placing 5th grade at Barringer and 2nd grade at Fisher, as well as possible placements for Pre-K. Mrs. Rich asked if there were other Pre-K options being considered.

Dr. Hughes reported that we have not yet received SED approval for the capital project. Many factors will need to be considered before any final decisions are made.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Superintendent’s Report

Dr. Hughes apologized for comments made in a recent news article in the Observer-Dispatch.

BOCES Annual Meeting – Dr. Hughes reported that the Annual Meeting will be held on April 6, 2017, with a reservation deadline of March 17, 2017. The Board will check their calendars and contact Mrs. Griffith if they plan on attending.

BOCES Board Nominations – The Board received information regarding nominations for the BOCES Board. The deadline for nominating resolutions is March 27, 2017. Mr. LaLonde reported that there are currently four (three-year term) positions open. The Board will review the information and revisit this topic at their next regular meeting on March 8, 2017.

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

Administrative Reports

Mr. Keeler reported that the Hall of Fame recognition luncheon will take place on Saturday, March 11, 2017 at Francesca’s Banquet Hall in Ilion. Honorees include Dr. James Anderson, David M. Mills, Brian Angelichio, Rudyard Grayson Edick, Richard C. Gerstenberg, Gregory B. Jarvis, Donald Taylor, and Charles “Boots” Day. Tickets are now available. Dr. Hughes thanked the members of the Hall of Fame Committee for their passion and dedication towards making the induction of the inaugural class a success.

The CVA Music Department will present Seussical, the Musical on March 2-4, 2017, at 7:00 p.m. in the Burton T. Seymour Auditorium at CVA. The musical features ten leads and supporting chorus of fifteen students in grades 5-12, a twenty-member crew, and an eighteen piece orchestra of CV teachers, students, and area music educators. Tickets are now on sale in the CVA Office.

Mr. Keeler congratulated the CVA Wrestling Team for earning the titles of Co-New York State Dual Meet Champions, Section III Division 2 Dual Meet Champions, Overall Section III Dual Meet Champions, Section III Class B Tournament Champions, and Section III Division 2 Tournament Champions. Congratulations were extended to the team and coaches for an amazing season.

Business Official’s Report

Financial Reports – The Board received copies of the January financial reports for their review and will consider formal approval of these reports under the consent agenda this evening.

Budget – Mr. Long reported on the Governor’s projected revenues for 2017-2018, as well as a first draft of the district’s 2017-2018 proposed budget. The proposed budget figures are down from the current year’s budget. The Board also received a budget page with highlights of 2017-2018 and any major changes from the 2016-2017 budget.

Extracurricular – In follow-up to the audit presentation at the Board’s last regular meeting, Mr. Long reported that some changes have already been made to correct issues noted in the audit. Work will continue to move forward with an improvement plan which includes training of students and advisors.

Committees – Mr. Long provided a summary of the recent committee meetings for the areas of Finance and Transportation.

PUBLIC OPEN FORUM

Members of the audience commented on the following topics:

Kelly Rowland – Commented on the recent Open Meetings Law meeting with Robert Freeman and encouraged the Board to reach out to Mr. Freeman or invite him to come to the district to provide a workshop.

Brittani Canipe – Commented on the project committees that were previously in place and noted that the committee visited models in other districts. She asked if this information was still available and if the committees would be meeting again. Mrs. Canipe urged the Board to include parents and faculty in their discussions.

Mary Thorp – Commented on the creation of a Lacrosse program and expressed concerns regarding the affect this may have on other springs sports programs such as track and softball. She also expressed concerns regarding safety issues of starting at the varsity level since the girls have not played before.

ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION

Mr. Darrow requested that the following item be removed from the consent agenda for individual consideration:

• Consent Agenda Item E (d) – Extracurricular Appointments/Adjustments

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 6-0.

• January 25, 2017 – Regular Meeting
• February 1, 2017 – Special Meeting
• February 6, 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 Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved the arrangement of services of the following CSE/CPSE/504 Accommodation Plan meetings. Motion carried 6-0.

January 17, 2017, January 18, 2017, January 20, 2017, January 23, 2017, January 25, 2017, January 26, 2017, January 27, 2017, January 31, 2017, February 1, 2017, February 2, 2017

(Copy of minutes 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 be appointed to tenure in the areas indicated below. Motion carried 6-0.

Corinda Cox-Grimaldi Elementary Teacher Effective 3/10/17
Jenee Karpowich Elementary Teacher Effective 3/10/17
Alicia O’Rourke Elementary Teacher Effective 3/10/17

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 6-0.

David Cittadino Substitute Building Cleaner Effective 2/17/17
Patricia Morse Bus Monitor Effective 2/28/17

(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 6-0.

Instructional Appointment:

Lynne Licari CSE Chairperson/School Psychologist Effective 2/16/17

Non-Instructional Appointments – Permanent:

Donna Martin Teacher Aide Effective 3/1/17
Katie Monahan Teacher Aide Effective 3/1/17
Gail Carney Teacher Aide Effective 3/1/17
Veronica Seaman Teacher Aide Effective 3/1/17
Nicki Bailey Confidential Payroll Clerk/Account Clerk Effective 3/6/17
Kayla Monahan Teacher Aide Effective 3/8/17

Mentor Appointment:

Joanne French, Mentor — Jennifer Arcuri, Mentee

Coaching Appointments – Spring 2017:

Boys Varsity Baseball Shawn Wiles
Boys JV Baseball Joe Patrei
Boys Modified Baseball TBD
Boys Varsity Tennis William Obernesser
Boys Varsity Golf Ron Kuty
Boys Varsity Track Tim Lawrence
Boys Varsity Track Asst. Chris French
Boys Modified Track Jon Cole
Girls Varsity Track Tara Raux
Girls Varsity Track Asst. Clare Halpin
Girls Modified Track David Wolfanger
Girls Varsity Golf Carolyn Jones
Girls Varsity Softball Brian Lasowski
Girls JV Softball Robert Bush
Girls Modified Softball Erin McKinley

Substitute Appointments – BOCES Sub Service:

James Allen, Cameron Burke, Christine Case-Ceeley, Kaitlin Collins, Janet Coulter, Danielle Kryshchuk, Nicolas Luppino, Vicki Ruffle, Rachel Waseleski, Jennifer Wood

Decrease in Hours:

Bethanne Congilaro, Teacher Aide – from 7 hrs/day to 5.75 hrs/day, Effective 1/31/17

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 6-0.

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

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

Extracurricular Appointments/Adjustments

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved the following extracurricular appointments/adjustments. Motion carried 5-0-1. In favor: D. LaLonde, M. Shedd, J. North, K. Rich, F. Schell. Opposed: None. Abstained: M. Darrow.

Michelle DelConte Change from Curriculum Chair – Guidance Co-Director to Guidance Department Chairperson Eff. 2/2/17
Shannon Darrow Change from Curriculum Chair – Guidance Co-Director to Curriculum Chair – Guidance Director Eff. 2/2/17

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business discussed this evening.

NEW BUSINESS

Approval to Dispose of Surplus Goods

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board granted approval to dispose of the following surplus goods. Motion carried 6-0.

• Excess Equipment – COSER Technology – CVA Inventory List
• Excess Equipment – COSER Technology – Fisher Inventory List

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

Acceptance of Donation

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

• Donation of American Flag to Fisher Elementary School by Tytis Markwardt, Parent

Approval of Girls Varsity Lacrosse Program for 2016-2017 Spring Season

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Shedd, the Board approved the creation of a Girls Varsity Lacrosse program for the 2016-2017 spring season as presented by Mr. Olds this evening. Motion carried 6-0.

Approval of Mathematics Curriculum Sequence

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Shedd, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved the proposed progressions as the district’s mathematics sequence, as recommended by the Curriculum and Instruction Committee and presented by Mrs. Bowman this evening. Motion carried 6-0.

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

Approval to Rescind Board Resolution Requiring Employees to Submit Prepared Statements 24 Hours in Advance of the Board Meeting

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Richard J. Hughes, on a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board rescinded the resolution approved at their January 11, 2017 special meeting, requiring employees to submit prepared statements 24 hours in advance of a Board of Education meeting. Motion carried 6-0.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board entered into Executive Session at 8:16 p.m. for the purpose of discussing collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law. Motion carried 6-0.

The Board was called out of their Executive Session at 10:04 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board adjourned their regular meeting at 10:05 p.m. Motion carried 6-0.

Marsha Griffith
District Clerk, Board of Education