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February 14, 2011 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

February 14, 2011


The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:35 P.M. by President W. Remington in the vocal music room on the above date.


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

Absent: None.

Others: M. Fellion, J. Learned, B. Reid, and L. Witherell.


Quorum of five established.

Motion made by H. Simmons to re-arrange the Board Meeting Agenda so that the Principals could leave as soon as possible due to hazardous road conditions.


M. Fellion announced that John Gilbert has been named the Valedictorian and Josh Lavelle has been named the Salutatorian of the Graduating Class of 2011 and congratulated both young men for achieving this prestigious academic honor.

B. Reid announced that Matthew Rose and Jacob Fisher were February’s Paw Ticket winners and both received free tickets to see a Clarkson Golden Knights’ hockey game.

Mr. Saiff thanked everyone for being in attendance despite the bad weather conditions and thanked the Board for their willingness to rearrange the Agenda; thereby allowing the Principals to leave earlier in hopes of avoiding worse road conditions later in the evening.


B. Reid discussed the progress that has been made on the first Board Goal to review, revise, and refocus the RtI/AIS process to include strategic, research-based teaching in the regular education classrooms in addition to the use of LLI (Leveled Literacy Intervention), Soar to Success, and Read Naturally interventions within small group settings. Student Support Team meetings are scheduled more frequently, five teachers attended a 5-day literacy seminar over the summer, and leveled literacy intervention kits have been ordered and distributed to key staff. Literacy Coach Trina Griswold spent a day with AIS providers to set up LLI Kits, and the first of three on-site Leveled Literacy Intervention training days has been provided through grant funds. In addition, Soar to Success Kits will be ordered this month and a professional learning community study group will hold its initial meeting with 13 participants from the elementary teaching staff next month.

Mr. Saiff stated that we are working with Erie I BOCES to complete a comprehensive revision of the current Board Policy Book. Once that is done, work will begin on the Administrative Manual which serves as a procedural guide to ensure compliance with all policies.

Mr. Saiff added that the Technology Committee has been reviewing several policy changes regarding the internet, email, and other electronic technology and he plans to divide the draft policy book into sections to be reviewed by key personnel.

M. Fellion informed the Board that he has been encouraging staff to use the student/guardian module of the Web-2-School student management system and has been receiving really positive feedback. The goal for next year is to have all of the staff using this feature of Web-2-School routinely. Parents have expressed that they are very happy that they can log in to the program and monitor their children’s progress, check class attendance, et cetera. H. Simmons suggested that it would be nice if parents of students entering 7th grade could

receive their passwords to access information prior to the beginning of school instead of receiving them at Open House when 5-week progress reports are issued. M. Fellion said that was an excellent point and some suggested that the passwords could be given out at 7th grade orientation in June or when 7th grade students come in for their schedules on Staff Development Day in September.

A second component of this goal was to review and revise current attendance policy, practices, and procedures to encourage high attendance. To that end, M. Fellion noted that he has been requesting samples from other schools and is also reviewing alternatives to current suspension and detention procedures. H. Simmons expressed a multitude of concerns with holding ISS in the office. In addition, H. Simmons raised the question of holding detention until 5:00 P.M. as more of a deterrent.

Much progress has been made on the last Board goal of reviewing the current scheduling process, procedures, and timelines to ensure timeliness and balance in student schedules while maintaining compliance to state education regulations. M. Fellion has been gathering input from the teachers regarding their scheduling preferences and Melissa Scudder has been reviewing all aspects of the master schedule with particular attention to the schedules of staff members who are shared between the elementary and junior-senior high school. Mr. Saiff added that he and Mr. Bregg of Colton-Pierrepont have discussed the possibility of sharing some course offerings. In addition, both districts have contracted with Elliot Merenbloom to spend a day in each district going over our current course offerings and master schedules in an effort to develop a schedule that would better align the three groups; i.e. the elementary, junior high, and high school. This becomes a more complicated process with shared staff as the length of class periods is different at each level. Mr. Merenbloom will submit a report regarding recommended improvements that can be made to our current master schedule at the conclusion of his review. Mr. Saiff also noted that the costs associated with this endeavor are aidable.


M. Fellion noted that all Regents material was returned last week and added that this may be the last set of Regents to be administered in January due to proposed cuts.

M. Fellion reported that 31 students took the Biology Regents exam with 13 students at mastery level (42%) and the remaining 18 scoring at 65 or above, for a 100% passing rate. Twenty-five students took the American History exam with 16 students at mastery level (64%) and the remaining 9 at or above 65, for a 100% passing rate. Three students took the Integrated Algebra exam with two above 65 and 1 student receiving local credit. Only 1 student took the Chemistry Regents and that student received a passing grade. Twenty students took the Global Studies Regents with 2 students at mastery level, 12 students with a 65 or above, 1 student who will receive local credit, and 5 students who failed. Twelve students took the English 11 Regents with 6 students at or above 65, 2 students receiving local credit, and 4 students who failed. One student took the RCT exam in Reading and received a passing grade above 65, one student took the RCT in Writing and received a passing grade above 65, two students took the Math RCT, with one above 65 and one below 65, and one student took the Social Studies RCT and received a grade of less than 65.

M. Fellion also informed the Board that no seniors are in jeopardy of not graduating in June at this point in time.



B. Reid informed the Board that the Elementary Concert held on January 19th was a great show. Many individuals helped with the event, including Don Cannamela, Andrea Ellison, Rose Rivezzi, and classroom teachers who helped with the decorations. Several community members spoke very positively about this annual event.

The ACORN reading challenge is underway. Students in grades K-2 have been challenged to read 10,000 books while students in grades 3-6 have been

challenged to read for 160,000 minutes! On March 4th we will have a read-aloud event to celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss’ Birthday. Mrs. Mary Taylor has done an extraordinary amount of work to make this event possible again this year.

The Elementary Reading Buddies Program will begin tomorrow. This program is also coordinated by Mrs. Taylor.

Patricia Steenberge, Amy Mitchell, Bekki Rose-Quade, Andrea Ellison, Don Cannamela, and Denise Murray recently had SmartBoards installed in their classrooms.

Dental Health Visits are scheduled on the 17th for students in grades UPK-2 and Liz White has organized a Jump Rope For Heart fundraising event with our intermediate grades.

We are currently celebrating Random Acts of Kindness Week and staff members are modeling kindness as well as appreciation for one another.

Story Time for Tots is scheduled for tomorrow evening.

B. Reid announced Students of the Month of January for exhibiting the Character Trait Determination: Avery Zenger - Miss Hicken’s Universal Pre K; Gavin Sheldon - Mrs. Knowles’ Kindergarten; Jacob Perry - Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Dylan Sullivan - Miss Corcoran’s First Grade; Michael Wells - Mrs. White’s Multi-Age 1/2; Kelly Bloom - Mrs. Mason’s Second Grade; Peyton Snell - Ms. Shannon’s Multi-Age 1/2; Terri Newton - Mrs. Clark-Vallance’s Third Grade; Winter Cerny - Ms. Rivezzi’s Multi-Age 3/4; Hannah Butterfield - Mrs. Pcolar’s Fourth Grade; Nicholas Phippen - Miss Steenberge’s Multi-Age 3/4; Jack Marra - Ms. Rose-Quade’s Fifth Grade; Clare Snell - Mrs. Mitchell’s Multi-Age 5/6; Aidon Clothier - Mr. VanLeuven’s Sixth Grade; and James Martin - Miss Blevins’ Multi-Age 5/6. The Character Trait for February will be Kindness.

M. Fellion reported that financial aid night was held on January 25th. The informational meeting was well attended by parents and students of both Colton-Pierrepont and Parishville-Hopkinton Central Schools.

The second semester began on February 1st.

Several students involved in our music programs went to Ogdensburg on February 4th and 5th to participate in this year’s All County Music Festival. The students did an excellent job and were great representatives of the school.

Mrs. Ann White and her husband, Bobby, volunteered to accompany several of our students to Titus Mountain on February 5th. Everyone had a great time and they are looking forward to the next opportunity to go skiing and snowboarding.

Last Friday Mr. Clark’s Wilderness Studies students went ice fishing at Brandy Brook in Waddington. They were originally planning to go to Osgood Pond at Paul Smith’s, but changed location due to poor ice conditions. The biggest catch of the day was made by Jordan Dishaw who caught and released a 20 ½ inch Northern Pike.

Mr. Fellion announced that there would be a speech and debate competition here on Thursday evening from 4:00 until 9:00 P.M. and noted that this is the national qualifying competition. Students will be competing against neighboring schools and the students who score well enough in this competition will progress to the national competition slated to be held in Washington, D.C. PHCS student Ashley Taillon has been doing very well.

The regular season for basketball has recently ended and playoffs begin this week. The Girls’ Varsity Team will play at Clifton-Fine and the Boys’ Varsity Team will play at home against Colton-Pierrepont. Scheduling for

baseball and softball has begun. As a reminder, if anyone needs information regarding game schedules, including dates, times, and locations, they should be sure to check out the link on our school website.

M. Fellion and B. Reid left the meeting at 8:20 P.M.

No. 2011-131


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by F. Wilhelm to approve the Minutes of the January 18, 2011, regular meeting as typed and mailed to Board Members. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-132


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

General Fund $31,316.66

School Lunch Fund 7,318.51

School Lunch Savings 8.76

Federal Fund 6,206.53

Trust & Agency Fund 1,879.80

Payroll Fund -0-

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve - CLASS) 44,945.78

Extra-Class Activities Fund 55,728.85

9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-133



Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the attached policy concerning Bullying as presented. This is the second and final reading. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-134


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

General Fund $309,931.37

School Lunch Fund 6,539.11

Federal Fund 29,208.90

Trust & Agency 100,671.21

9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-135


Motion made by S. Wilson and seconded by T. Zellweger to authorize the Business Manager to make the necessary budgetary transfers as attached for the Month of January, 2011. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-136


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to accept the Budget Reports for the Month of January, 2011, covering the period from July 1 through January 31, 2011. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-137


Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by B. Remington to approve Edward Lyon’s request for Sick Leave under the Family/Medical Leave Act retroactive to January 31, 2011, and tentatively scheduled to continue through February 25, 2011, contingent upon a release from his doctor to return on February 28, 2011. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-138


Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by S. Wilson and seconded by T. Zellweger to appoint Melissa Scudder and Victoria Thornhill as Co-Advisors of the Junior and Senior National Honor Societies for the 2010-11 school year retroactive to September 1, 2011, with the $559 stipend specified in the Teachers’ Contract to be shared equally. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-139



Mr. Saiff informed the Board that several individuals have expressed interest in assisting Coach Ann K-H Burrows with the gymnastics program this year. Nikki Perkins, Justin Tyler, and Darcie MacNeill, Pam Blevins, and Lauren Smith, former student gymnasts and graduates of PHCS, would like to help with the high school team. In addition, two district parents, Anita Sochia and Janel



Bump, are also interested in helping Ann with the elementary students again this year. Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by F. Wilhelm to approve Nikki Perkins, Justin Tyler, Darcie MacNeill, Pam Blevins, Lauren Smith, Anita Sochia, and Janel Bump to assist with the 2011 gymnastics program on a volunteer basis. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-140


The Board reviewed a Resolution establishing the standard work days for elected and appointed officials for the 2010-11 school year. Motion made by J. Young and seconded by H. Simmons to approve the Standard Work Day and Reporting Resolution as attached. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried. The approved Resolution will be posted for a period of 30 days on the bulletin board located by the Main Entrance to the school.

No. 2011-141


The Board reviewed a request from Ann K-H Burrows to allow the High School Gymnastics Team to participate in a weekend workshop in the Syracuse area again this year. Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve the request. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-142


Mr. Saiff informed the Board that we may have one or two students who are interested in participating in a Football Merger with Brasher Falls Central School again this coming year and we have approximately three or four boys and two girls who are interested in participating in Boys’ and Girls’ Ice Hockey with Brasher Falls. Mr. Saiff added that Brasher Falls currently assesses a fee of $250 per student athlete to participate and they have not set the fee for next year at this time.

Motion made by F. Wilhelm and seconded by W. Witherell to approve a football merger and boys’ and girls’ ice hockey mergers with Brasher Falls Central School for the 2011-2012 school year. Mr. Saiff will send a letter to the Brasher Falls Central School Board to request their consideration and approval of these mergers as well. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



Mr. Saiff informed the Board that he had been considering some cost-savings measures for next year’s athletic program.

One possibility for the Board to consider would be the elimination of Girls’ and Boys’ Junior Varsity Teams in the sports of Soccer and Basketball. This would save the cost of four coaches, officials, and some transportation which we estimate would save roughly $15,000-$20,000 by the time we add coaching salaries, officials fees, transportation, et cetera.

In an effort to reduce costs in this area, Mr. Saiff added that he and Martin Bregg had also discussed the possibility of merging the two districts in the sport of basketball, with one school taking responsibility for the Boys’ Program and the other school taking responsibility for the Girls’ Program. This would save the cost of three coaches and officials for games for the Girls’ or Boys’ Program; however, with this option we would most likely have to bus the teams to and from Colton-Pierrepont for practices and games. Cost savings approximately the same.

The Board briefly discussed both options and felt that eliminating JV sports might be the better option, especially since most other D schools have already eliminated JV soccer teams and it has been difficult to schedule games the last few years because very few schools in our area currently offer JV programs.


Mr. Saiff reminded the Board of the annual Legislative Breakfast scheduled for March 5, 2011, at 8:00 A.M. at SUNY Canton. It was noted that M. Fellion, B. Reid, and D. Saiff plan to attend. W. Remington expressed interest in attending as well. S. Wilson noted that he had signed up to attend at the last BOCES Board Meeting at which time it was announced that Joe Griffo would not be in attendance. Mr. Saiff added that if anyone else would like to attend, we would need to know prior to the February 18th registration deadline.

No. 2011-143


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to approve the recommendation of the CSE for the attached list of one student. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


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 7, 2011, at the Seaway Career & Technical Center in Norwood. Anyone interested in attending should contact Mr. Saiff or L. Witherell so that reservations can be made.


The Board received the monthly Wincap User Security Profile Change Report from Carol LaSala, BOCES Board Minutes for December 9 and December 15, 2010, and a list of upcoming events of interest.

No. 2011-144


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to go into Executive Session at 8:47 P.M. to discuss negotiations and personnel. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

J. Learned left at 8:47 P.M.

No. 2011-145


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to come out of Executive Session and adjourn at 9:22 P.M. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


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