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January 18, 2011 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

January 18, 2011

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:38 P.M. by Clerk S. Wilson in the vocal music room on the above date.

ROLL CALL

Present: C. Jacot-8:03 P.M., B. Remington, W. Remington-8:05 P.M., F. Wilhelm, S. Wilson, W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger-7:59 P.M, and Mr. Saiff.

Absent: H. Simmons.

Others: M. Fellion-7:40 P.M., C. LaSala, B. Reid, M. Taylor, and L. Witherell.

No. 2011-118

QUORUM & MINUTES

Quorum of five established. Motion made by F. Wilhelm and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the Minutes of the December 20, 2010, regular meeting as typed and mailed to Board Members. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-119

TREAS. REPORTS

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by F. Wilhelm to approve the Treasurer’s Reports showing an available balance on hand as of December 31, 2010, as follows:

General Fund $36,777.67

School Lunch Fund 2,573.12

School Lunch Savings 8.76

Federal Fund .49

Trust & Agency Fund 1,590.60

Payroll Fund -0-

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve - CLASS) 44,940.02

Extra-Class Activities Fund 55,281.73

5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-120

BD. POLICY: BULLYING:

PEER ABUSE IN THE SCHOOLS

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by F. Wilhelm to approve the attached policy concerning Bullying as presented with revision to include Cyber Bullying. This will be considered the first of two readings. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-121

FIVE-YEAR BLDG.

CONDITION SURVEYS

The Board reviewed the recently completed Five-Year Building Condition Surveys for the Main Building and the Bus Garage. Mr. Saiff noted that he would like to form a sub-committee of the Safety Committee to review both surveys prior to submitting the reports to the State Education Department. J. Young and F. Wilhelm agreed to participate on the sub-committee. Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the attached 2010 Building Condition Surveys for the Main Building and Bus Garage as presented and authorized Mr. Saiff to have Phil Squadrito submit the reports to The State Education Department as required once the Safety Sub-Committee has had an opportunity to review the reports. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

STATE AID REVIEW

Mr. Saiff reviewed the findings of the Management Advisory Group of New York, Inc. based on their review of our state aid forms for the last three years. The report affirmed that we are being well served by the BOCES CBO as was evidenced by the modest amount of additional aid they found that the district should be able to apply for. The additional aid, amounting to $12,470, was found under the categories of transportation and special education. The Management Advisory Group of New York will receive 10% of the total amount for their stipend. Mr. Saiff noted that the district had gone through a state aid review years ago and explained that it is advantageous for the district, not only because of the additional aid that we can recoup, but also moving forward we will be able to claim these additional expenses and generate future aid.

No. 2011-122

SCHEDULE APPROVAL

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

General Fund $364,762.86

School Lunch Fund 9,433.44

Federal Fund 28,233.90

Trust & Agency 107,398.28

Capital Fund 500.00

5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-123

BUDGET TRANSFERS

Motion made by F. Wilhelm and seconded by J. Young to authorize the Business Manager to make the necessary budgetary transfers as attached for the Month of December, 2010. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-124

BUDGET REPORTS

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to accept the Budget Reports for the Month of December, 2010, covering the period from July 1 through December 31, 2010. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-125

BOCES PRELIMINARY REQUEST FORM FOR 2011-2012

The Board reviewed the Preliminary Request Form for BOCES services during the 2011-2012 school year and received an overview of BOCES services provided under each COSER. Mr. Saiff noted that there are no significant changes between last year’s request and this one and added that the final BOCES Commitment Form will be due in March.

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by B. Remington to approve the BOCES Preliminary Request Form for the 2011-2012 school year as presented. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-126

REQUEST FOR MEDICAL LEAVE/C. CARINGI

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by B. Remington to approve C. Caringi’s request for Sick Leave under the Family/Medical Leave Act retroactive to January 3, 2011, and tentatively scheduled to continue through February 14, 2011, contingent upon a release from her doctor. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2011-127

LTR. OF RETIREMENT/

E. LYON

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by F. Wilhelm to accept Ed Lyon’s letter of retirement from his position as secondary English teacher effective June 30, 2011, with regret and expressed their gratitude for his many years of service to the District. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

LEGISLATIVE BREAKFAST

Mr. Saiff notified the Board that the annual Legislative Breakfast is scheduled for March 5, 2011, at 8:00 A.M. at SUNY Canton and announced that if any Board Members wish to attend, they should let us know by February 18. Reservations will be made for M. Fellion, B. Reid, C. LaSala, and D. Saiff.

No. 2011-128

CSE RECOMMEND.

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the recommendations of the CSE for the attached list of six students. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

PRINCIPALS’ UPDATES

M. Fellion announced that Allison Blevins was the December BOCES Student of the Month for Allied Health.

There has been lots of activity in the sports arena with many games both home and away. There is a newly updated link on our website labeled SPORTS which will give you up to the minute schedule changes.

On January 14th Mr. Walter toured the new Science Center at St. Lawrence University with his students. Students were able to observe and operate many of the different types of high tech instruments such as an I.E. scanning electron microscope, a polarizing light microscope, and an x-ray scanner used to determine the elements in a rock.

T. Zellweger arrived at 7:59 P.M.

In addition, students learned about the many careers available in the science

field. It was an excellent learning opportunity for the students.

M. Fellion announced that several students participated in the recent All County Music Festival. Andrea Ellison conducted the elementary chorus and Don Cannamela chaired the Junior High Band. The All County Festival is an excellent opportunity for top music students across the county to come together to perform in concert for parents, family, and friends.

The Winter Ball, sponsored by Student Council, was held on Saturday, January 15th. M. Fellion noted that students were very well behaved and that he and his wife enjoyed chaperoning the event.

On January 25th Melissa Scudder will host a financial aid night at 6:30 P.M. for students and parents from Parishville-Hopkinton and Colton-Pierrepont schools. College representatives will also be in attendance to explain the process of applying for financial aid, provide information packets, and answer pertinent questions.

B. Reid announced that Story Time for Tots was held earlier this evening and that Mr. Fellion and Mrs. Nelson were guest readers.

The Elementary Beginners’ Concert will be tomorrow evening at 7:00 P.M. Both music instructors have done a nice job with the students and it should be an excellent opportunity for our youngest music students to showcase their developing talent.

B. Reid informed the Board that teachers have been conducting mid-year testing on students who have been struggling with reading in order to get updated data.

Three new Smartboards were installed recently and five additional units should be arriving shortly. The Leveled Literacy Kits have come in as well.

C. Jacot arrived at 8:03 P.M.

B. Reid announced Students of the Month of December for exhibiting the Character Trait Caring: Cody Alexander - Miss Hicken’s Universal Pre K; Natalie Snell - Mrs. Knowles’ Kindergarten; Spencer Rabideau - Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Conner Hendershot - Miss Corcoran’s First Grade; Melody Hannon - Mrs. White’s Multi-Age 1/2; Tyler Compo - Mrs. Mason’s Second Grade; Wyatt Sullivan - Ms. Shannon’s Multi-Age 1/2; Allyson Smith-Willmart - Mrs. Clark-Vallance’s Third Grade; Brenna Woods - Ms. Rivezzi’s Multi-Age 3/4; Sydney Koen - Mrs. Pcolar’s Fourth Grade; Garrett McGill - Miss Steenberge’s Multi-Age 3/4; Kyle Woods - Ms. Rose-Quade’s Fifth Grade; Alec Knowles - Mrs. Mitchell’s Multi-Age 5/6; Taylor Scovil - Mr. VanLeuven’s Sixth Grade; and Macalah Pcolar - Miss Blevins’ Multi-Age 5/6. The Character Trait for January will be Determination.

INFORMATION

The Board received a Wincap User Security Profile Change Report from Carol LaSala showing no changes in security in the WinCap Program from December 16, 2010, through January 13, 2011, an e-mail message from David Steiner, the Commissioner of Education, regarding high school graduation policy discussions, a news release announcing Governor Cuomo’s Executive Order to create a team of private and public sector individuals charged with finding ways to cut unfunded and underfunded mandates imposed on local governments and school districts, “Tax cap is not the answer for rising cost of schools,” an article by Kathyann Lorka, and a news release to announce Board of Regents approve NYS P-12 Common Core Learning Standards. The Board also received a list of upcoming events of interest.

No. 2011-129

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to go into Executive Session at 8:04 P.M. to discuss personnel. 7 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

M. Taylor left at 8:04 P.M.

W. Remington arrived at 8:05 P.M.

No. 2011-130

ADJOURNMENT

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to come out of Executive Session and adjourn at 8:45 P.M. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

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