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November 14, 2018 BOE Regular Meeting Minutes – Approved

The Board of Education’s regular meeting was called to order by President Kelly Rowland at 6:02 p.m. in the District Office Conference Room.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

On a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Wesolowski, the Board entered into an Executive Session at 6:03 p.m. for the purpose of discussing the following. Motion carried 6-0. Mr. Costin arrived at 6:12 p.m.

  • 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;

Mr. Long and Mr. Humphrey were also present for a portion of the Executive Session.

President Rowland called the Board out of Executive Session at 7:04 p.m. The Board moved
to the LGI at CVA for the public portion of the meeting at 7:08 p.m. The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all those present.

Members Present

Kelly Rowland, Pres.
Kristen Rich, Vice-Pres.
Travis Costin (arrived at 6:12 p.m.)
Matt Darrow
Jonah Levi
Jane North
Maggie Wesolowski

Members Absent

None

Staff Present

Jeremy M. Rich, Supt., Kathy Carney, Lisa Hoffman, Jim Humphrey, Ken Long, Dick Keeler, Michele Pilla, Sally Kramas, Jessica Bowman, Connie Yardley, Garrett Olds, Cuyle Rockwell, Tammy Morgan, Susan Earl, Ron Kuty, Tim Lawrence, Pattie Day, Brittani Canipe, Carolyn Jones

Guests Present

Allie Morgan, Kokila Patel, Scholar Athletes

AGENDA CHANGES

Consent

C. (c)- Substitute Appointments – Add: Stephanie Wisbeski – Retiree Substitute / LTS Special Ed Teacher (.5)
C. (d) – Coaching Appointments – Add: Tim Rathbun, Vol. Wrestling Coach – Conditional
D. Financial Reports – Add: Internal Claims Auditor Log Summaries and Extracurricular Summary Reports

New Business

F. Consideration of Collective Bargaining Agreement with CVUE, Eff. Retro-Active to 7/1/18 – 6/30/22

PRESENTATION

Recognition of Scholar Athletes – Spring 2018

The Board recognized individual Scholar Athletes from the spring 2018 season. These students earned New York State Public High School Athletic Association (NYSPHSAA) awards for spring 2018. Individuals on a team must carry a 90.00 or higher GPA to be considered as a Scholar Athlete. A brief reception followed the presentation.

ADMINISTRATIVE REPORTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS

Superintendent’s Report

  • Campus Construction Report #17 – November 2018 – The Board received copies of the report for their information.
  • Sunscreen Initiative – The Board received copies of information on a sunscreen initiative as explained by Pattie Day. Procedures will need to be put in place in order to make use of the 21 bottles of sunscreen available through this initiative for our students. Mrs. Day will be meeting with the PTO, principals, grade levels, and parents to help stress the importance of protecting their skin. This is especially true for our youngest children as that is where it will have the biggest impact. Mr. Rich will be working with the principals to determine the best procedures to put in place for our students.
  • Tour Dates – Mr. Rich reported that tours will be set up for this stage of the project and again when the full project is complete. Previous Board members and planning committee members will be notified of this opportunity. The Board will look at firming up dates for the tours.

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

Administrative Reports

There were no administrative reports this evening.

Business Official’s Report

  • Financials – The Board received copies of the October 2018 financial reports for their review.
  • Audit – Mr. Humphrey reported that the audit has been completed and uploaded to the state, along with the Corrective Action Plan (CAP) and prior year findings to address any audit issues found. The Board will be asked to consider formal approval of the CAP under New Business on this evening’s agenda.
  • Unpaid Taxes – The Board will also consider formal approval to return any unpaid taxes to Herkimer County for collection. Mr. Humphrey reported that the total remaining unpaid as of 10/31/18 is $657,430.37, as compared to last year’s amount of $653,435.13. The Board received a summary of the unpaid taxes for their review.

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

BOARD DISCUSSION

  • School Resource Officer – Mr. Costin asked about the status of a School Resource Officer (SRO). Mr. Rich reported that he has been in discussions with Sheriff Farber regarding the possibility of moving forward with a Special Patrol Officer (SPO) at some point in the future. The district received a draft agreement for review and consideration. Mr. Rich hopes to continue conversations with the local police departments about having our community officers in our schools as SRO’s in the future. More information will be shared as it becomes available.
  • Genesis Award – The Board congratulated Mr. Long and Mrs. Basi for being nominated and selected for the Genesis Group’s Celebration of Education Award this year. They will be recognized on November 15, 2018, at Hart’s Hill Inn.

PUBLIC OPEN FORUM

There was no public participation at this time.

ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR INDIVIDUAL CONSIDERATION

Coaching Appointments – Winter 2018-2019

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mrs. Rich, seconded by Mrs. Wesolowski, the Board approved the following winter 2018-2019 coaching appointments. Motion carried 6-0-1. In favor: K. Rowland, K. Rich, T. Costin, L. Levi, J. North, M. Wesolowski. Opposed: None. Abstained: M. Darrow.

  • Boys Varsity Basketball, Lucas Judd
  • Boys JV Basketball, Joe Patrei
  • Boys Mod A Basketball, Alex Prue
  • Boys Mod B Basketball, Dan Welch
  • Boys Varsity Bowling, Tony Bonvino
  • Boys Varsity Wrestling, Robert Bush
  • Boys Var. Wrestling Asst., Jeff Mower
  • Boys JV Wrestling, Justin Seifred
  • Boys Mod Wrestling, Jon Cole
  • Boys Indoor Track, Tim Lawrence
  • Vol. JV/Var Wrestling, David Bello
  • Vol. JV/Var Wrestling, John Stever
  • Vol. JV/Var Basketball, Rich Schoff
  • Girls Var. Basketball, Jane Connors
  • Girls JV Basketball, David Ryan
  • Girls Mod A Basketball, Erin McKinley
  • Girls Mod B Basketball, Kathryn Monahan
  • Girls Varsity Volleyball, Dianna Ste-Marie
  • Girls JV Volleyball, Jennifer Smith
  • Girls Mod 7 Volleyball, Brian Lasowski
  • Girls Mod 8 Volleyball, Bill Holland
  • Girls Varsity Bowling, Kelley Macisco
  • Girls Indoor Track, Chris French
  • Varsity Cheerleading, Shannon Darrow
  • Vol. JV/Var Volleyball, Kerissa Marquissee
  • Vol. Wrestling, Tim Rathbun – Conditional

CONSENT AGENDA

Approval of Minutes

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

  • Regular Meeting – 9/19/18

Acceptance of Resignations

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

  • Glenny Monahan, Traffic Monitor – CVA, Effective 10/19/18
  • Judith Shepard, Bus Driver, Effective 11/6/18
  • Janice Clerke, Special Ed Teacher, Effective 11/19/18

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

Approval of Personnel Appointments

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

Permanent Appointment:

  • Heather Grower, Teacher Aide, Effective 12/16/18

Probationary Appointment – Six-Month:

  • Deborah Marley, Food Service Helper, Effective 11/14/18

Substitute Appointments:

  • Stephanie Wisbeski, Substitute Teacher – Retired, Effective 11/15/18
  • Stephanie Wisbeski, LTS Special Ed Teacher (.5), Effective 11/16/18

BOCES Sub Service Appointments:

  • Alyson Baribault
  • Jamie Conley
  • Joyce Devereese
  • Anna Jacopelle
  • Emilee Jones
  • Cynthia Leone
  • Becky Inserra
  • Susan Meszler
  • Louise Roberts
  • Zoey Smith
  • Ashley Sommer
  • Linda Unser
  • Adrian Viscomi
  • Jeffrey Weeks
  • Carrie Wonderly

Approval of Financial Reports

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

  • Internal Claims Auditors Log Summaries – October 2018
  • Extracurricular Summary Report – October 2018

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

OLD BUSINESS

There was no old business discussed this evening.

NEW BUSINESS

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

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mrs. North, seconded by Mrs. Wesolowski, the Board approved the arrangement of services of the following CSE/CPSE/504 Accommodation Plan meetings. Motion carried 6-01. In favor: T. Costin, M. Darrow, J. Levi, J. North, K. Rich, M. Wesolowski. Opposed: None. Abstained: K. Rowland.

  • October 1, 2018
  • October 5, 2018
  • October 9, 2018
  • October 11, 2018
  • October 12, 2018
  • October 16, 2018
  • October 23, 2018
  • October 24, 2018
  • October 25, 2018

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

Approval of Return of Unpaid Taxes to Herkimer County Treasurer for Collection

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. Rich, the Board approved the return of unpaid taxes in the amount of $657,430.37 to the Herkimer County Treasurer for collection. Motion carried 7-0.

Approval of Corrective Action Plans & Summary of Prior Year Findings

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. Levi, seconded by Mrs. North, the Board approved the Corrective Action Plans and Summary of Prior Year Findings to address any audit issues found on the current as well as the previous audit. Motion carried 7-0.

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

Approval of Policy Deletions

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mrs. Wesolowski, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board approved to delete the following policies. Motion carried 7-0.

  • #0015 Equal Opportunity and Nondiscrimination
  • #0015.1 Report of Possible Discrimination

Approval of Policy/Regulation Revisions

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mr. Levi, the Board approved the following policy/regulation revisions. Motion carried 7-0.

  • #0015 Nondiscrimination in Public Accommodations
  • #0015.1 Report of Possible Discrimination or Harassment
  • #1005 Code of Conduct
  • #5200 School Wellness Policy
  • #6005 Prohibition of Discrimination and Harassment Including Sexual Harassment in Employment
  • #6005.1 Report of Possible Discrimination or Harassment
  • #7008 Educational Stability for Students in Foster Care
  • #7202 Prohibition of Discrimination, Harassment and Bullying
  • #7202.1 DASA Incident Reporting Form
  • #7203 Nondiscrimination in Educational Services
  • #7203.1 Report of Possible Discrimination
  • #8503 Independent Educational Evaluations
  • #8503.1 Independent Educational Evaluations – Regulation
  • #8505 Skills and Achievement Commencement Credential

Approval of Collective Bargaining Agreement with CVUE (Central Valley United Employees), Effective Retro-Active to 7/1/18 – 6/30/22

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Jeremy M. Rich, on a motion made by Mr. Darrow, seconded by Mrs. Wesolowski, the Board approved the collective bargaining agreement with the Central Valley United Employees (CVUE), effective retro-active to 7/1/18 – 6/30/22. Motion carried 7-0.

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

NEXT MEETING

The Board’s next regular meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 19, 2018, in the LGI at CVA.

ADJOURNMENT

On a motion made by Mr. Levi, seconded by Mr. Darrow, the Board adjourned their regular meeting at 7:45 p.m. Motion carried 7-0.

Marsha Griffith
District Clerk, Board of Education