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April 18, 2011 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

April 18, 2011


The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:34 P.M. by President W. Remington in the vocal music room on the above date.


Present: C. Jacot, B. Remington, W. Remington, F. Wilhelm, S. Wilson, W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.

Absent: H. Simmons.

Others: M. Fellion, C. LaSala, B. Reid, A. Rider-Mitchell, and R. Whalen.


Quorum of five established.


B. Reid announced that March 24th was Panther Pride Day. Cassia Sago and James Hollenbeck were our elementary Paw Ticket Winners for the month.

No. 2011-175


Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the Minutes of the March 14, 2011, special budget meeting, March 21, 2011, regular meeting, March 28, 2011, special budget meeting, and April 8, 2011, special budget meeting as typed and mailed to Board Members. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-176


Motion made by S. Wilson and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the Treasurer’s Reports showing an available balance on hand as of March 31, 2011, as follows:

General Fund $285,429.57

School Lunch Fund 23,296.70

School Lunch Savings 8.76

Federal Fund 13,204.26

Trust & Agency Fund 2,458.20

Payroll Fund -0-

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve - CLASS) 44,955.08

Extra-Class Activities Fund 52,643.32

8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-177


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by C. Jacot to approve the attached policies as follows: Staff-Student Relations (Anti-Fraternization), Staff Use of Computerized Information Requests, Use of Email in the School District, Student use of Computerized Information Resources (Acceptable Use Policy), and Children’s Internet Protection Act: Internet Content Filtering/Safety Policy This is the second and final reading. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-178


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by B. Remington to approve the following schedules for audit and payment:

General Fund $341,145.15

School Lunch Fund 7,251.63

Federal Fund 4,395.40

Trust & Agency 101,805.23

8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


Mr. Saiff noted that there were no Budget Transfers for the Month of March.

No. 2011-179


Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by F. Wilhelm to accept the Budget Reports for the Month of March, 2011, covering the period from July 1, 2010, through March 31, 2011. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


Mr. Saiff informed the Board that Carol LaSala had prepared a second request for proposals for auditing services for the years ending June 30, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, and 2015 and had sent the RFP to four auditing firms. No bids

were received. C. LaSala will send out a third request with a May 16th deadline date.

No. 2011-180


Motion made by F. Wilhelm and seconded by T. Zellweger to cast one vote each for Nancy Cappellino, Marjorie McCullough, and Dana Smith in the annual election of members to the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-181


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by C. Jacot to approve the adoption of the 2011-2012 Administrative Budget for the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties Board of Cooperative Educational Services in the amount of $3,675,155. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


B. Reid, M. Fellion, and Mr. Saiff discussed the contents of the New York State Report Card for the 2009-2010 school year with the Board, noting that overall our students continue to do well and that our teaching staff continues to work diligently to help students to be successful.

D. Saiff noted that students exceeded state benchmarks in all areas covered by the report card and exceeded the state averages in nearly every area. It was also noted that the percentage of students achieving at levels three and four dropped significantly across the state with the establishment of higher cuts scores that were applied by the State Education Department last year following the administration of the 3-8 grade intermediate tests.

J. Young noted an increase in the suspension percentages. M. Fellion remarked that when there is a small sample size of students, a swing in numbers of just a few can represent a significant change in percentages that are reported.

B. Reid added that a key factor to our students’ success is continued parent involvement.


Mr. Saiff informed the Board that he had called Brasher Falls Central School recently to ask if a decision had been made as to the amount they would be charging for student athlete participation fees in the merged sports of football, boys’ ice hockey, and girls’ ice hockey for the 2011-12 school year. At that time, Mr. Saiff was told that Mr. Putman would be recommending a charge of $300 per athlete, which would be an increase of $50 per athlete over the current year, and that the Board would be reviewing its participation fees during their meeting on Monday evening. Mr. Saiff stated that he would pass along additional information as it becomes available.

No. 2011-182


D. Saiff explained to the Board that there were some adjustments made to the existing responsibilities of the musical accompanist, making it necessary to have a paid rehearsal accompanist for the school musical. Motion made by F. Wilhelm and seconded by C. Jacot to approve Donald Cannamela as the 2010-2011 School Musical Rehearsal Accompanist at a stipend of $600. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-183


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to accept a donation from the PTSA in the amount of $1,000 to be divided equally between the Elementary and High School Libraries. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-184


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the recommendation of the CPSE for one pre-school child and the recommendations of the CSE for the attached list of sixteen students. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


The Board received the monthly Wincap User Security Profile Change Report from Carol LaSala, Minutes from the Quarterly Health Insurance Consortium Meeting, Minutes from the Quarterly Workers’ Compensation Consortium Meeting, Minutes from the March 10, 2011 BOCES Board Meeting, a thank you letter from Copenhagen Central School District’s Superintendent, Scott

Connell, regarding his recent visit to observe multi-age classrooms, and a list of upcoming events of interest.



B. Reid announced that the administration and Guidance Counselor Melissa Scudder met with Elliot Merenbloom on March 22nd to discuss scheduling. B. Reid added that it was a great process to go through as a team and the meeting was very productive.

A team of Copenhagen teachers and their administrative team visited to learn about our multi-age program. Our teachers met with them during their lunches and graciously welcomed them to observe lessons. We were happy to be able to assist them as they review alternative classrooms/staffing changes due to budget difficulties.

The newly formed professional study group has held three sessions. Teachers are meeting once a week for ten weeks (1 hour sessions) to learn about reading initiatives highlighted in two professional texts. These meeting have been great in that teachers are learning from one another.

Author Hope Marston visited our school on April 5th and presented her stories to students throughout the day. She also shared her experiences as a writer with our older students. So many of our students wished to purchase her literature that we actually put together an order. This special event was free for our students and B. Reid thanked Elementary Library Teacher Assistant Laura Zellweger for organizing the day’s activities.

B. Reid recognized the Students of the Month of March for exhibiting the Character Trait Fairness: Jack Snell - Miss Hicken’s Universal Pre-K; Sharon Colbert - Mrs. Knowles’ Kindergarten; Kaley Crump - Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Leland Blevins - Miss Corcoran’s First Grade; Megan Taylor - Mrs. White’s Multi-Age 1/2; Neil Brown - Mrs. Mason’s Second Grade; Burton Chevier, IV - Ms. Shannon’s Multi-Age 1/2; Adarra Smith - Mrs. Clark-Vallance’s Third Grade; Heather Kearney - Ms. Rivezzi’s Multi-Age 3/4; Jared Morrill - Mrs. Pcolar’s Fourth Grade; Mattie Tremper - Miss Steenberge’s Multi-Age 3/4; Allaina Zellweger - Ms. Rose’s Fifth Grade; Sarah Russell - Mrs. Mitchell’s Multi-Age 5/6; Kenneth Eurto - Mr. VanLeuven’s Sixth Grade; and Makenna Taillon - Miss Blevins’ Multi-Age 5/6.

B. Reid announced that the elementary is looking forward to parent-teacher conferences on the 20th and 21st and celebrating our next Panther Pride Day on the 21st as well.

Next Monday will be our annual Kindergarten information night at 6:30 P.M. and on Thursday, April 28th, Kindergarten teachers will host an informal visit in their classrooms.

The elementary office will begin preparations for NYS tests scheduled for the first part of May.

M. Fellion announced that our Mock Trial Team, under the supervision of Shawn Spriggs, went all the way to the final competition against Potsdam Central School who won this year’s event through the accumulation of more points.

Our Speech and Debate Team traveled to Long Island to compete at the state level just before Spring Break. While the girls did not bring home any medals, it was a great opportunity for them. M. Fellion added that he has heard them discussing the stiff competition at that level as well as the experience of traveling on the subway and going to Times Square.

Weekend Zumba classes have been offered by Evan Harper and the Girls’ Varsity Softball Team.

Melissa Scudder took all of our Juniors and a few Seniors to Clarkson to

allow them the opportunity to attend a college fair where they met with a panel of college students and college admissions personnel. Melissa stated the panel of students and the questions asked and answered were the best she has seen so far.

The PATS Program took three of our students on a field trip to observe post-secondary schools focusing in the areas of forestry, law enforcement, and veterinarian study over the Spring Break.

A prom dress swap was organized in the high school library on March 30th. The fourth quarter began on Wednesday, April 6th, and Jostens recently delivered the caps and gowns for high school graduation.



Mr. Saiff discussed the need to establish a Board Negotiations Committee to begin meeting with the Non-Teachers’ Association. Tina Jacot, Jim Young, and Tim Zellweger agreed to serve on the committee. F. Wilhelm indicated that H. Simmons was also interested in serving on said committee and was included on the list. Mr. Saiff indicated that he would be in contact with the Non-Teachers’ Association President to try to set up some tentative meeting dates.

No. 2011-185


Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by C. Jacot to go into Executive Session at 8:10 P.M. to discuss personnel and the annual evaluation of the Superintendent of Schools as required by contract. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

A. Rider-Mitchell and R. Whalen left meeting at 8:10 P.M.

No. 2011-186


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to come out of Executive Session at 8:32 P.M. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-187


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve a Family Medical Leave for Lori Witherell as needed. C. Jacot in favor, B. Remington in favor, W. Remington in favor, F. Wilhelm in favor, S. Wilson in favor, W. Witherell abstained, J. Young in favor, T. Zellweger in favor, Carried.

No. 2011-188


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to come out of Executive Session and adjourn at 8:33 P.M. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


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