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February 13, 2012 Board of Education Meeting Minutes


February 13, 2012



The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:37 P.M. by President W. Remington in the conference room on the above date.




Present: W. Remington, S. Wilson, W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.

Absent: C. Jacot, B. Remington, H. Simmons, and F. Wilhelm.


Others: M. Fellion, B. Reid, M. Robinson, A. White, and L. Witherell.




Quorum of five established.





M. Fellion recognized the following student athletes for maintaining an overall average of 88 or above: Indoor Track: Charlie White, Brianna Hayes, William Schiavone, and Nick King; Boys’ Hockey: Parker Meashaw; Boys’ Varsity Basketball: Mike Burns, John Conger, and Tyler Gallagher (Honorable Mention to Chase Donovan and Trevor Zellweger); and Girls’ Varsity Basketball: Michaela Coventry, Natalie Remington, Megan Evans, Elizabeth Lavelle, Ashley Schiavone, Jenna Converse, Jessica Richards, Jena Jacot, and Caitlin McGregor.


M. Fellion also announced Monique Jenkinson as Valedictorian and Michaela Coventry as Salutatorian of the graduating Class of 2012.


Mr. Shawn Spriggs has been asked to serve as the graduation speaker this year.


B. Reid recognized Students of the Month of January for exhibiting the Character Trait Determination: Alyssa Ward – Miss Hicken’s Universal Pre-K; Nathan Phippen – Mrs. Knowles’ Kindergarten; Camden Hazen – Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Harris Khan – Mrs. Mitchell’s First Grade; Brianna Parker – Mrs. White’s Multi-Age 1/2; Aric Taylor – Mrs. Mason’s Second Grade; Annika McIntosh – Mrs. Shannon’s Multi-Age 1/2; Aleksys Kirkey – Mrs. Clark-Vallance’s Third Grade; Harley Ellis – Ms. Rivezzi’s Multi-Age 3/4; Jacob Fisher – Ms. Pcolar’s Fourth Grade; Caera Stone – Ms. Steenberge’s Multi-Age 3/4; Alec Hayes – Ms. Rose’s Fifth Grade; Erica Sloan – Miss Corcoran’s Fifth Grade; Daniel Rowbottom – Mrs. Todd’s Sixth Grade; and Abigail White – Mr. VanLeuven’s Sixth Grade.


No. 2012-157


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to approve the Minutes of the January 17, 2012, regular meeting, January 31, 2012, public EXCEL/Capital Project meeting, and February 7, 2012, EXCEL/Capital Project Vote as typed and mailed to Board Members. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


No. 2012-158


Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve the Treasurer’s Reports showing an available balance on hand as of January 31, 2012, as follows:

General Fund $19,245.96

School Lunch Fund 8,162.55

School Lunch Savings 426.55

Federal Fund 6,716.44

Trust & Agency Fund 89,344.78

Payroll Fund -0-

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve – CLASS) 44,963.34

Extra-Class Activities Fund 52,229.89

5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.




Mr. Saiff informed the Board of questions that were raised during the public information meeting on January 31st regarding the type of roof that would be used to replace the current roof at the bus garage (i.e. flat or pitched) and the purchase of a generator (listed as an alternate on the proposed project). Phil

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the attached State Environmental Quality Review Negative Declaration and Short Environmental Assessment Forms (Type II Action). 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



Squadrito stated that he would spec the roof both as flat and as pitched and the Board can decide which way they wish to proceed based on how bids come in.


Mr. Saiff added that he contacted Phil Squadrito on Wednesday to let him know that the building renovations proposition had passed so that Phil could begin work on plans to be submitted to the State Education Department’s Office of Facilities and Planning. Mr. Saiff and Mr. Squadrito also discussed the need to complete a letter of intent form and send it to the State Education Department requesting the assignment of a Project Manager and Project Numbers for the Main Building and Bus Garage. Mr. Saiff submitted the intent forms earlier today.


Mr. Saiff added that he and Mr. Squadrito had discussed the possibility of setting up the first project meeting sometime during the last week of February or the first week of March and asked if there were any Board Members who were interested in serving on the project committee. J. Young and T. Zellweger both expressed interest in serving on the committee.


No. 2012-159



The Board reviewed the Bond Resolution for the upcoming Phase II EXCEL/Capital Project that our bond counsel, Timothy McGill, had prepared. Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to adopt the Bond Resolution as attached. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


No. 2012-160


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

General Fund $354,706.30

School Lunch Fund 1,510.63

Federal Fund 100.70

Trust & Agency 111,772.97

5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


No. 2012-161


Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by S. Wilson to authorize the Business Manager to make the necessary budgetary transfers as attached for the Month of January, 2012. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


No. 2012-162


Motion made by S. Wilson and seconded by J. Young to accept the Budget Reports for the Month of January, 2012, covering the period from July 1, 2011, through January 31, 2012. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



M. Fellion noted that we did not administer many Regents examinations in January this year due to the shift from semestering to traditional scheduling in anticipation that the January Regents would be discontinued; however, we did have some students who requested retakes. Two students took the US History and Government exam, one passed and the other received RCT credit. One Chemistry exam was administered and the student passed. One student took the Earth Science exam but was not successful. One student took the English 11 Regents but did not pass. Seventeen students took the Integrated Algebra exam and 16 received passing grades.


M. Fellion added that the middle school ran on their regular schedule, but students also participated in some finals, mid-terms, and state-testing.


Mr. Saiff also mentioned that the IEP diploma sunsets this year. Mr. Saiff added that the State Education Department is in the process of developing an alternate to the IEP diploma, but that he has not received information as to how far along they are in the development phase.


No. 2012-163


Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by S. Wilson and seconded by W. Witherell to appoint Nicole Clark-Vallance as the Girls’ Modified Basketball Coach for the 2012 Spring season. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2012-164



Mr. Saiff informed the Board that we have five students who are interested in participating in a Football Merger with Brasher Falls Central School for the Fall, as well as two students who are interested in participating in a Boys’ Varsity Ice Hockey Merger and two students who are interested in participating in a Girls’ Ice Hockey Merger with Brasher Falls Central. Mr. Saiff added that Brasher Falls currently assesses a fee of $300 per student athlete to participate in the sports of Football and Ice Hockey based on the number of students on the roster at the time of the first game. At this time the fee for next year has not been determined.


In addition to the sports merger requests with Brasher Falls Central School, Mr. Saiff noted that we have two female athletes who are interested in participating in Girls’ Indoor Track and two male athletes who are interested in participating in Boys’ Indoor Track at Norwood-Norfolk Central School next year. Mr. Saiff noted that in the past there has been no charge associated with participation on Norwood-Norfolk’s track team.


Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by S. Wilson to approve the sports mergers with Brasher Falls Central School and Norwood-Norfolk Central School for the 2012-13 school year as listed above and authorized Mr. Saiff to contact both districts to request their consideration and approval of these mergers as well. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried. Mr. Saiff will inform the Board of any change in participation fees.



Mr. Saiff reminded the Board of the annual Legislative Breakfast scheduled for March 10, 2012, at 8:00 A.M. at SUNY Canton. It was noted that M. Fellion, B. Reid, M. Robinson, S. Wilson, T. Zellweger, and D. Saiff plan to attend. Mr. Saiff added that if anyone else would like to attend, we would need to know prior to the February 17th registration deadline.


Mr. Saiff also noted that if anyone had specific questions they would like to have legislators respond to, they should let him know so that he can forward that information to Sue Collins-Rickett for addition to the open forum portion of the program.

No. 2012-165


Motion made by S. Wilson and seconded by J. Young to approve the recommendations of the CPSE for three pre-school students and the recommendations of the CSE for the attached list of four students. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.




Mr. Saiff updated the Board on progress made to date on the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR), Common Core Curriculums, and Data Driven Instruction. The District APPR Team comprised of administrators and union representatives, have been working since this summer to develop the new APPR and they hope to have a tentative agreement in place prior to the Governor’s deadline of February 16th. The Board authorized Mr. Saiff to sign the MOA on behalf of the district in order to submit the document before the deadline. The document would then be presented to the Board for final ratification.




B. Reid noted that it has been very busy in the Elementary. Story Time for Tots was held last week and Mr. VanLeuven served as guest reader for the event.


B. Reid announced that the ACORN Reading Challenge was underway. Children in grades K-2 have been challenged to read 12,000 books and students in grades 3-6 have been challenged to read for 170,000 minutes. The elementary will celebrate students’ success on March 2 at our Dr. Seuss Assembly in honor of Read Across America Day. B. Reid added that she has promised to die her hair green (for Green Eggs and Ham) at the assembly if all elementary students reach their respective goals.


The STAR pre-measure assessment was administered to all fourth, fifth, and sixth grade students in the areas of Math and ELA. Students will be re-tested in May to provide the local measure needed for the APPR on teachers who instruct core academics in grades 4, 5, and 6. Next year all students in grades K-6 will take the STAR assessment in September and again in May.


B. Reid informed the Board that the first two batches of Medicaid Claims have been submitted and we have received our first check in the amount of $152. The second payment is expected to $5,420.


B. Reid noted that she and M. Fellion had attended APPR Modules 1-4. The training has provided them with a good understanding of how to proceed with this process. Additional training will continue throughout the spring months.


B. Reid informed the Board that Rose Rivezzi and Patricia Steenberge recently spoke with her and Mr. Saiff regarding the possibility of eliminating the multi-age option at the third and fourth grade levels due to the changes that are being implemented as a result of APPR, state testing, and common core requirements. B. Reid added that both teachers still hope to be able to incorporate some team-teaching opportunities; however, students would basically stay with their homeroom teacher for a majority of the day. Based on the Regents Reform Agenda, B. Reid agreed that their request has merit and added that she and Mr. Saiff would take their suggestions under consideration for implementation with the 2012-13 school year.


March will be another busy month at the Elementary as students begin preparations for state exams.



M. Fellion notified the Board that he had accepted the resignation of the Girls’ Modified Basketball Coach last week. Mike Costanzo was asked to fill in as the team’s coach for their last game of the season and M. Fellion thanked him for his willingness to take on the added responsibility. Mike will also plan to present the Girls’ Modified certificates at the Winter Sports Banquet in March. In other basketball news, the Girls’ Varsity will play Edwards-Knox at home tomorrow evening at 6:00 P.M. and the Boys’ Varsity will play at Lisbon on Wednesday, also at 6:00 P.M. The winter sports banquet and awards will be held on Thursday, March 8th, at 6:00 P.M.


On January 24th, History of American Music students were able to spend the day at the NCPR station located at St. Lawrence University to record a radio show based on historical events surrounding the Brown vs. Board of Education and Arkansas Nine incidents.

January 27th marked the end of the first twenty weeks of school. Also on that date, the PHCS Follies sponsored a Dessert Cabaret.


Wilderness Studies I and II students went on an ice fishing trip on February 9th.


Staff members are working on School Tools and hope to have it up and running by March 1st. The administration and representatives of the teachers’ association have also been working to finalize development of the APPR document for submission to the State Education Department later this week.


Mid-winter break begins next Monday and Spring sports begin one month from today.



The Board received information regarding the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties BOCES Annual Meeting, Annual Election of BOCES Board Members, and voting on the BOCES Administrative Budget. Mr. Saiff also noted that there are three vacancies on the BOCES Board this year. The Annual Dinner Meeting is scheduled for April 5, 2012, at the Seaway Career & Technical Center in Norwood. Reservations will be made for S. Wilson, J. Young, D. Saiff, and W. Remington to attend.


No. 2012-166



Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to nominate Steven Wilson for a seat on the St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES Board and authorized Mr. Saiff to prepare the BOCES Nomination Form for submission to Susan Collins-Rickett on or before March 16, 2012. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



Mr. Saiff announced that it would be necessary to cancel the March 5, 2012, Special Budget Meeting due to a conflict with the annual NYSCOSS Conference scheduled for March 4-6, 2012. The first budget meeting will be held on March 12, 2012.


The Board received copies of the 2012-13 Executive Proposal for Aid to Education, a note from the Guidance Department at Brushton-Moira Central School, and a list of upcoming events of interest.


No. 2012-167


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to go into Executive Session at 8:20 P.M. to discuss personnel matters. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



A. White left meeting at 8:21 P.M.


No. 2012-168



Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to come out of Executive Session and adjourn at 9:25 P.M. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.






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