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March 7, 2018 Board of Education Regular Meeting Minutes – Approved

Central Valley School District Board of Education – Regular Meeting
March 7, 2018   7:04 p.m.

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.


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

  • Information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed

The Board was called out of their Executive Session at 6:55 p.m.  The public portion of the Board’s regular meeting convened at 7:04 p.m. in the LGI.  The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.

Members Present

Kelly Rowland, Pres.
Kristen Rich, Vice Pres. (arrived 7:36 p.m.)
Travis Costin
Matt Darrow
Daniel LaLonde
Jane North
Fred Schell

Members Absent


Staff Present

Jeremy M. Rich, Supt.
Fran LaPaglia
Deb Van Slyke
Ken Long
Jim Humphrey
Richard Keeler
Melissa Hoskey
Michele Pilla
Aaron Carey
Garrett Olds
Jennie Tofani
Tammy Morgan
Devon Rappa
Brittani Canipe
Susan S. Earl
Jody Balash

Guests Present

Maggie Wesolowski
Becky Dean
Jeremy Rose
Donna Thompson
Allie Morgan
Bonnie Danforth
Sarah Hussein
Dolores Watkins
Brett Pronti
Matt Shedd
Jerry Plows
Maggie Tucker
Katie Baker
Kirk Hilts
Stacie Shedd
Tricia Zink
Melanie Crisino
Stacey Lally
Stephen R. Smith
Adam T. Scanlon
Hilary Lesniak


Consent Agenda – Remove:

D(a) Permanent Appointment of Deavon Anderson, Teacher Aide, Eff. 3/25/18

Consent Agenda – Add:

Item E – Extension of Probationary Period of Deavon Anderson, Teacher Aide, from 3/25/18 to 5/23/18


Superintendent’s Report

BOCES Annual Meeting – The BOCES Annual Meeting will take place on Thursday, April 5, 2018, at the BOCES Complex.  Board members were asked to check their calendars and notify the District Clerk by March 16, 2018, if they are able to attend.

BOCES Board Nominations – The deadline for nominations for the BOCES Board is March 19, 2018.  The Board received information on the current vacancies.

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

Administrative Reports


Student Safety – In follow-up to the recent lockdown/hold-in-place events, Mrs. Hoskey thanked all those involved in keeping our students safe, including the local law enforcement agencies, troopers, canine units, Jarvis staff, students, parents, and community members.  Mrs. Hoskey stressed that the students responsible for these events made bad decisions and do not represent the overall population of students at Jarvis.

PTSO Sponsored Week of Wonder – Special thanks to the PTSO for sponsoring a Week of Wonder at Jarvis Middle School.  The week’s events were tied in to the message of the movie “Wonder”.

Lego Robotics Team – Mrs. Hoskey reported that the team will be going to SUNY IT for the regional championship.  Best wishes to the Jarvis team and advisors.

Computer Based Testing – A letter will be going home to parents to explain the computer and paper-based testing.  Mrs. Hoskey will also be holding a meeting for parents in order to answer any questions they may have.


Parents As Reading Partners (PARP) Kick-Off – Mr. Carey provided an overview the PARP kick-off taking place at Barringer.

Book Fair – A Book Fair will be held all week for students to visit during the day and in the evening.  A Bingo night will be held with books as prizes.  All are welcome to attend.

Chemo/Radiation Comfort Bag Drive – Barringer is holding a Chemo/Radiation Comfort Bag Drive.  Donations will be collected at each grade level.  Thanks were extended to the staff and families for supporting this effort.

Business Official’s Report

BOCES – Mr. Long reviewed information pertaining to BOCES projections for the 2018-2019 school year, including such areas as special education needs, support programs, curriculum-related items, library services, and technology.

Tax Cap Calculation – Mr. Long reviewed the requirements for filing a calculation of our property Tax Cap before March 1st of each year.  Items included in the calculation are levy growth factors, an inflation factor, prior year PILOTS, current year PILOTS and capital exclusions.

Farm to School – Discussion took place with regard to Farm to School programs and how the district can expand its participation in this program.  The cafeteria currently is able to get apples locally and is looking at sources for potatoes, corn, and berries when they are in season.  This item will be revisited as more information becomes available.

New PILOT – Mr. Long reported on a new PILOT for 2018-2019 dealing with the Town of German Flatts and the assessment of the Prindle Apartments to convert their taxes owed to a PILOT program.  This PILOT program will have a detrimental effect on our Tax Cap calculation in its first year.

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


Recognition of Achievements – Mrs. Rowland highlighted the following student/staff achievements:

Wrestling – Congratulations to Coach Bush, Coach Mower, and the coaching staff on an outstanding season.  Four individuals who competed in the State Tournament as follows:  Trent Ingraham – 4th, Mash Bush – 3rd, Hunter Shaut – 2nd, and Marek Bush – 1st, State Champion.  CV was titled as 2017-2018 Division II State Champions.

Indoor Track – Camryn Stone qualified for All Section III Relay Team, took first place at States on relay team, and the relay team was crowned New York State Champions.  Congratulations to Camryn, Coach French and Coach Lawrence.

Musical – Congratulations to Mr. Bunce and the Music Department on this year’s musical, “Hairspray.”  The hard work and dedication of our teachers, parents, community members, and stage members is what makes our musical each year second to none.  Mrs. Rowland noted that, in a time where such topics can often be taboo, our students were able to handle the sensitive nature of politics with dignity and grace.

Art – Special thanks to Mrs. Cooney and the Art Department for the Art Exhibit that was displayed during the musical.  Art projects from students in grades PreK-12 were showcased.

Hall of Fame – The Annual Hall of Fame Luncheon will take place at Francesca’s on Saturday, March 10th.  There have been 150 tickets sold.  Congratulations to all the recipients.

OMH/SBI – The “Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty – Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap” with Paul Gorski, Activist, Author and Educator, is scheduled for Thursday, March 15, 2018, at Oneida BOCES.  The registration deadline is Monday, March 12, 2018.

President Kelly Rowland read the following prepared statement:

The Board of Education would like to take this opportunity to commend all faculty, staff, administration and law-enforcement officers for the outstanding job they did in securing the safety of all students at Jarvis Middle School during the events that unfolded on Monday and Tuesday.  With their quick thinking, judgment, and ability to thoroughly execute school and district safety plans with precision, they were able to swiftly identify the individuals responsible while securing our buildings so that our students were kept safe.

It is a difficult time for our community to comprehend that such threats can be made within our doors.  The Board of Education would like to stress the importance and significance of having conversations not only at school but at home about conduct, bullying, discipline, and how to be upstanding citizens.  We need to work together as a community to build the necessary relationships where we can educate our students on personal levels to address these concerns.

Again, thank you for always ensuring the top priority is the safety of our students.

(Copy of statement and highlights on file in District Clerk’s files.)


Jerry Plows – Joined in commending all involved in securing the safety of our students.  Encouraged the Board to keep moving forward in getting to the root cause and then putting programs into place to support our students and to prevent such situations in the future.

Jeremy Rose – Also joined in commending all those involved in keeping our students safe. Suggested that the Board consider armed guards, metal detectors, or something visible so that our students feel more safe in school.  Other suggestions included having one entrance/exit, and locating the buzzer system where it can be more efficiently monitored.  Asked about having someone already in the building in case of an emergency instead of having to wait for police to arrive.


There were no items removed for individual consideration.

NJROTC – Mrs. North asked about the status of this program due to the the resignation of the NJROTC Lead Instructor on this evening’s agenda.  Mr. Rich explained that the instructor is resigning for personal reasons.  The Navy Commander will be coming to the district next week to assist us with looking for applicants to fill this position.


Approval of Minutes

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

February 15, 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. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved the arrangement of services of the following CSE/CPSE/504 Accommodation Plan meetings.  Motion carried 7-0.

February 2, 2018
February 5, 2018
February 6, 2018
February 7, 2018
February 8, 2018
February 9, 2018
February 12, 2018
February 13, 2018
February 14, 2018

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

Acceptance of Resignation

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

Donald Beyer, NJROTC Lead Instructor, Eff. 8/31/18

(Copy of resignation 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. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved the following personnel appointments/adjustments.  Motion carried 7-0.

Non-Instructional Appointments – Permanent:

Amanda Tabor, Teacher Aide, Eff. 3/13/18
Samantha Murphy, Teacher Aide, Eff. 3/14/18
Heather Rose, Teacher Aide, Eff. 3/18/18
Cindy Teleki, Teacher Aide, Eff. 3/18/18
Michelle Childress, Teacher Aide, Eff. 3/20/18
Ashley Ossont, Teacher Aide, Eff. 3/27/18

Decrease in Hours

Michele Childress, Teacher Aide – From 6.75 to 5.75 hrs/day, Eff. 2/16/18

Substitute Appointments – BOCES Sub Service:

Bre Baylor
Rachel Brooks
Jamie Cerasi
Kelsey LaVine
John Marmet
Mark Prokopienko
Kim Sponburgh
Frank Traglia

Coaching Appointments – Spring 2018:

Girls Modified Track – William Holland
Girls Varsity Lacrosse Volunteer – Maegan Laymon

Extension of Probationary Period:

Deavon Anderson, Teacher Aide, Extend from 3/25/18 to 5/23/18


There was no old business discussed this evening.


Approval of Combining Contract with Mount Markham for Spring 2018 Season

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. LaLonde, seconded by Mr. Schell, the Board approved the following combining contract with Mount Markham for the spring 2018 season.  Motion carried 7-0.

Varsity Girls Lacrosse (CVA Host)


On a motion made by Mr. Schell, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board adjourned their regular meeting at 7:41 p.m.  Motion carried 7-0.

Marsha Griffith
District Clerk, Board of Education