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January 17, 2017 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

 

 

January 17, 2017

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:36 P.M. by President W. Remington in the conference room on the above date.

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present: J. McGill, W. Remington, H. Simmons – 8:28 P.M., D. Taylor, R. White, W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.

 

Absent: B. Remington.

 

Others: V. Doll, F. Gallian, S. Latimer, S. Maine, L. Martin, B. Reid, M. Robinson, K. Sigourney, M. Taylor, W. Walbridge, P. Walzer, T. Whitesell, D. Witherell, L. Witherell, J. Yette, and P. Youmell.

 

 

QUORUM

Quorum of five established.

 

 

QUESTIONS FROM PUBLIC AND PRESS

S. Maine greeted the Board and said that she and other members from Citizens for Rural Preservation were in attendance. She said there were to guest speakers that would like to share their experiences with Board members. The first speaker was Science Teacher Kevin Sigourney from Chateauguay. He stated he lives in very close proximity to a wind turbine. Mr. Sigourney shared that he felt there was not adequate notification that the wind farm project in his area would progress, save for a small blurb in The Malone Telegram. He said that even before the project received engineers’ approval, access roads for the turbines were established. K. Sigourney spoke about the ill effects of having a five-hundred foot wind turbine less than half a mile away from his home. He also expressed his dissatisfaction with EDP Renewables, as they have not contacted him with regard to his concerns.

 

Registered Nurse and Health Teacher P. Youmell said through her private practice she has seen patients voice similar symptoms. She said two families in particular said they experienced anxiety, tension, depression, and interferences with their sleep. Ms. Youmell said the children in these families described their body cells bouncing off each other, like “bumper cars”. Also noted were ear-ringing, ADD-like behavior, and fighting among the siblings. P. Youmell said both families eventually moved out of the area. She said that even after they relocated, it took months for them to “feel normal”.

 

W. Remington thanked the speakers.

 

 

 

S. Maine, L. Martin, K. Sigourney, and P. Youmell left the meeting at 7:42 P.M.

 

 

STUDENT/TEACHER

RECOGNITION

V. Doll shared via Chromecast the artwork of five students that would be displayed at the 20th Annual Middle and High School Art Exhibit at the Frederick Remington Art Museum. She congratulated Brianna Rhodes, Ivy Donovan, Kaitlyn Wells, Anna Kearney, and Lakota Rosenbarker.

 

B. Reid stated that Grade 4 student Clayton Moulton was the December Paw Ticket winner. Clayton received a Panthers sweatshirt and a pizza from Kunoco.

 

 

No. 2017-111

MINUTES

 

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the Minutes of the December 19, 2016, regular meeting as typed and delivered to Board Members. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-112

TREASURER’S REPORTS

 

 

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the Treasurer’s Reports showing an available balance on hand as of December 31, 2016, as follows:

General Fund $20,315.47

General MMA $1,880,679.81

Unemployment Reserve $743,318.11

Future Retirement Reserve $345,260.61

Compensated Absences Reserve $557,449.43

Tax Certiorari Reserve $250,093.20

Capital Reserve $500,078.80

Insurance Reserve $83,729.16

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve) $45,021.77

School Lunch Fund $18,849.56

School Lunch Savings $24,173.67

Special Aid (Federal Fund) $-0-

Capital Fund $-0-

Trust & Agency Fund $-0-

Payroll Fund $-0-

Scholarship Fund $-0-

Scholarship Savings $30,178.99

Debt Service $156,368.46

Extra-Class Activities Fund $102,629.21

7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-113

BOARD POLICY/ TITLE I PARENT AND FAMILY ENGAGEMENT (POLICY #8260)

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the Board Policy Title I Parent and Family Engagement (Policy #8260). Mr. Saiff reminded the Board that this revised Policy modernizes information to expand the family unit beyond parents to guardians and other legal guardians within the family. The language is meant to encourage these guardians to collaborate with the District to stay informed of their child’s Title I services. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-114

ENERGY PERFORMANCE CONTRACT UPDATE

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve Siemens’ letter of intent to proceed with the Investment Grade Energy Audit. Mr. Saiff stated the intention of project would to improve the District’s capital building through lighting upgrades, notably the conversion to LEDs, and other facility measurement improvements at a cost-negative to the District over eighteen years. Mr. Saiff offered Board members to review the Siemens’ binder outlining the scope of the project. He said Siemens’ projections were based solely on the data they collect from the District. Mr. Saiff said with the Board’s approval, Siemens would then conduct a full energy audit to prove out their assumptions in the Energy Performance Contract that the project can be completed at a cost-negative. If, for any reason, Siemens is unable to reach their original determination, the company would write the District a check for the amount of the difference in their projection and the actual cost. If the District decides not to move forward with Siemens, the District would owe them $12,000 for their energy audit service. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-115

SCHEDULE APPROVAL

 

 

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

Capital Fund…………………………………....………………………………..…....$0

General Fund ………………………………………………………….…$483,866.81

Federal Fund …………………………………………………………….….$6,193.00

School Lunch Fund …………………………………………………………$7,108.66

Trust & Agency ………………………………………………………….$132,214.87

7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-116

BUDGET TRANSFERS

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to authorize the Business Manager to make the necessary budgetary transfers as attached for the Month of December, 2016. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-117

BUDGET REPORTS

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to accept the Budget Reports for the Month of December, 2016, covering the period from July 1 through December 31, 2016. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-118

ANNUAL FIRE INSPECTION/J. WARNECK

 

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve John Warneck as Fire Inspector to complete the annual fire inspection and corresponding reports for the main building and bus garage for the District in the 2016-2017 school year for a fee of $550.00. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-119

INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT/
W. WALBRIDGE

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to appoint Mr. Wayne Walbridge Interim Superintendent of Schools at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School at a rate of $600 per day for days actually worked, with no fringe benefits for the period February 13, 2017 through June 30, 2017. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-120

LETTER OF RESIGNATION/

C. THOMAS

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to accept Calvan Thomas’ letter of resignation from his position as Bus Driver effective January 1, 2017. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-121

BUS DRIVER/J. MILLER

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to appoint James Miller to the position of FTE Bus effective January 18, 2017, salary commensurate with the Non-Instructional Employee’s contract. J. Miller’s appointment will be probationary for a period of one year, commencing September 18, 2017 and ending September 18, 2018. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-122

REQUEST FOR FMLA/

M. MILLER

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve Maureen Miller’s request for Medical Leave, effective January 9th through a date to be determined. Mr. Saiff said in granting M. Miller Medical Leave, this protective measure would allow the District to hold her position and provide medical insurance during her absence. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-122

REQUEST FOR DONATION OF SICK DAYS/M. MILLER

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve Gwen Richards’ request on behalf of Maureen Miller for a Sick Bank donated by Parishville-Hopkinton Central School employees, retroactive to January 9th, 2017. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-123

ADDITIONAL 2016-2017 SUBSTITUTES LIST

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the additional 2016-2017 substitute list en masse, as attached. Mr. Saiff noted two new individuals; Mrs. Elizabeth Belt’s student teacher, Amara Pascuito would like to substitute in the elementary classrooms and Jeffrey Brewer would like to substitute as a Bus Driver, with the Board’s approval to begin Bus Driver training with F. Barney. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-124

TAX ROLL ERROR

Based upon the recommendation of the Real Property Tax Office, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve the correction of one tax roll error. Mr. Saiff explained the error involved a STAR application error. When the STAR application was received, it was assumed to be for a newly purchased home when in fact the owner had owned the property for a number of years. Therefore, Michele Ayling is due a refund of $785.00. This amount will be refunded by the District, and then reimbursed to the District by New York State. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-125

CPSE/CSE RECOMMENDATIONS

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the recommendation of the CPSE for two pre-school children and the recommendation of the CSE for four students as attached. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

PRINCIPALS’ UPDATES

 

 

B. Reid used Chromecast to share with the Board that the Auditorium has been very busy in the past month. She said the purpose of the Panther Pride Day assemblies is to gather the students and review the five main rules. They are also a time for the children to participate in some fun and patriotic activities. The assemblies often feature student performances where the children put into practice their public speaking skills. Ms. Reid said at the December Pride Day assembly, a community member in character as Santa entertained students and everyone sang Christmas carols. She added the Elementary Winter concert went very well, and preceded the High School Winter Concert.

 

Ms. Reid noted there is a team of Elementary teachers working on executive functioning skills, and that Grade 4 Teacher Julia Pahler led an assembly. B. Reid said these skills help students be organized and timely and to develop strong work ethics.

 

B. Reid also said the Grade 3 students will take the New York State English Language Arts and Mathematics exams on computers. Ms. Reid stated she attended a day-long training on the computer-based testing. She said it will be different and challenging, but that she and teachers will see a growth process in the students. B. Reid concluded that between now and exam time, teachers and students are busy in the classrooms. However, she said, there will be a Global School Play Day on February 1st. The intention of this event is to develop student problem-solving, collaboration skills, and creativity through time devoted specifically to unstructured play.

 

V. Doll said it has only been 11 school days since the previous Board meeting. She stated the High School has been preparing for Regents exams. Miss Doll shared with Board members the results of an interest survey taken in the Fall by the District’s Grades 9, 10, and 11 students. V. Doll said the survey was a means of having students self-report what they may be interested in beyond High School. Miss Doll said Guidance Counselor Melissa Scudder would use this information to better assist students in their post-graduate plans. V. Doll said every student receives an individual printout of their reported information, and that the overall data can be filtered by groups. Miss Doll reminded Board members that one of the 2016-2017 Board Goals was to establish different pathways for students, and that additional college-level courses offered in High School was a way to work toward that goal.
V. Doll explained her hope was to utilize the interest surveys to achieve a higher number of students enrolled in those courses, should their future interests align with that level of study.

 

Ward thanked the principals for their updates.

 

 

INFORMATION

The Board received the January 2017 issue of Panther Press and a list of upcoming events of interest.

 

 

No. 2017-126

SR. CITIZEN EXEMPTION

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and due to the current STAR Program benefits, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to take no action, keeping the senior citizen income ceiling exemption at the current rate of $10,500. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-127

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to go into Executive Session at 8:13 P.M. to discuss matters leading to the resignation of two particular employees and the retirement of a particular employee. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

F. Gallian, M. Robinson, M. Taylor, W. Walbridge, P. Walzer, T. Whitesell, D. Witherell, L. Witherell, and J. Yette left the meeting at 8:13 P.M.

 

 

 

H. Simmons arrived at the meeting at 8:20 P.M.

 

 

 

At 8:28 P.M. the Board President announced that the meeting would reconvene.

 

 

No. 2017-128

ADJOURNMENT

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to adjourn at 8:28 P.M. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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