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January 21, 2014 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

 

January 21, 2014

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:32 P.M. by Vice-President T. Zellweger in the conference room on the above date.

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present: W. Remington – 8:03 P.M., D. Taylor, R. White, W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.

 

Absent: B. Remington, H. Simmons, F. Wilhelm.

 

Others: S. Hartson, B. Reid, M. Robinson, and A. Wilkes.

 

 

QUORUM

Quorum of five established.

 

 

QUESTIONS FROM PUBLIC AND PRESS

None.

 

 

STUDENT/TEACHER

RECOGNITION

 

B. Reid shared R. Stewart’s notes for Student Recognition. Shelby Wray was deemed Allied Health Student of the Month based on good group and individual work habits and exhibiting a positive attitude.

 

B. Reid recognized Students of the Month of December for exhibiting the Character Trait Generosity: Lila Daniels - Mrs. Knowles’ Kindergarten; Chloe Molella - Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Autumn Brunet - Mrs. Mitchell’s First Grade; Alyssa Ward - Mrs. White’s First Grade; Camden Hazen - Mrs. Mason’s Second Grade; Noah Phippen - Mrs. Shannon’s Grade 2; Jacob Remington - Mrs. Clark-Vallance’s Third Grade; Marygrace Guiney - Mr. Brand’s Third Grade; Kade Hayes - Ms. Pcolar’s Fourth Grade; Blake Caringi-Deshaw - Ms. Pahler’s Grade 4; Neil Brown - Ms. Rose’s Fifth Grade; Jeffrey Crump – Mrs. Todd’s Fifth Grade; Angel Wieczzorek - Miss Corocoran’s Sixth Grade; Colby Green - Mr. VanLeuven’s Sixth Grade.

 

Ms. Reid stated December’s Paw Ticket Winners were Angel Wiecoreck and Jacob Remington. These two students won hockey tickets to a Clarkson Golden Knights game and a pizza from Kunoco.

 

 

No. 2014-108

MINUTES

 

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by D. Taylor to approve the Minutes of the December 16, 2013, regular meeting, and the Minutes of the January 11, 2014, emergency meeting, as typed and delivered to Board Members. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-109

TREAS. REPORTS

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by D. Taylor to approve the Treasurer’s Reports showing an available balance on hand as of December 31, 2013, as follows:

General Fund $25,590.58

School Lunch Fund $9,537.01

School Lunch Savings $46,700.51

Federal Fund $0.07

Trust & Agency Fund $8,131.34

Payroll Fund $-0-

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve – CLASS) $44,991.78

Extra-Class Activities Fund $57,266.79

5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

UPDATE ON EXCEL PHASE II PROJECT

Mr. Saiff stated that Phase II of the Capital Project is moving along. He shared with the Board a calendar provided by R. Watson outlining the work schedule. Mr. Saiff said the next step to be taken is to hire a Clerk of the Works, which will be discussed in Personnel items.

 

 

UPDATE ON EMERGENCY PROJECT/ BUS GARAGE

Mr. Saiff stated ACTS II Construction from Gouverneur had on Tuesday begun the shoring of the support beams portion of the Bus Garage reconstruction project. Mr. Saiff anticipates receiving drawings from Jim D’Alosio soon.

 

 

No. 2014-110

BOARD POLICY/USE OF SERVICE ANIMALS

The Board reviewed a copy of the District’s Use of Service Animals Policy as recommended by the Erie 1 BOCES Policy Service in reference to bona fide trained personal animals on school grounds to assist individuals with disabilities whom attend or visit the District. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by R. White to approve the Use of Service Animals policy as presented. This is the second and final reading required for this policy. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-111

SCHEDULE APPROVAL

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

Capital Fund………………………………………………………....$96,825.66

General Fund $368,290.00

Federal Fund $133.84

School Lunch Fund $8,838.18

Trust & Agency $116,142.21

5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-112

BUDGET TRANSFERS

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to authorize the Business Manager to make the necessary budgetary transfers as attached for the Month of December, 2013. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-113

BUDGET REPORTS

Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by J. Young to accept the Budget Reports for the Month of December, 2013, covering the period from July 1 through December 31, 2013. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-114

BOARD REGULATION/ DISCLOSURE OF ANNUAL PROFESSIONAL PERFORMANCE REVIEW (APPR) DATA AND APPR SCORING CHART

 

The Board reviewed a copy of the Regulation regarding the disclosure of Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) data. The Regulation states parents/legal guardians have the right to review and receive composite scores (out of 100) for the teacher(s) and Principal from the previous school year for their child, and be notified of the methods by which such data can be attained so that the District is in compliance with the law. A chart (6130R.1) breaks down the Standards for Ratings Categories. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the regulation concerning disclosure of APPR data, as presented. This is the first reading required for this regulation. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-115

SR. CITIZEN EXEMPTION

The Board reviewed information sent to the District by the County Property Tax Service. Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and due to the current STAR Program benefits, Motion made by D. Taylor and seconded by J. Young to take no action, keeping the senior citizen income ceiling exemption at the current rate of $10,500. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-116

AMENDMENT TO MUNICIPAL COOPERATION AGREEMENT

Mr. Saiff shared with the Board an amendment to the Municipal Cooperation Agreement of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Health Plan addressing with more specificity the withdraw dates and procedure, differentiating Plan B and Plan C, due to the fact that the plans run on separate calendar years. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by J. Young to approve the amendment to the Municipal Cooperation Agreement. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-117

REQUEST FOR DONATION OF SICK DAYS/B. STEINBERG

Mr. Saiff noted a request from Gwen Richards, the Non-Instructional Unit President, for the formation of a sick bank on behalf of a driver, Barry Steinberg. Once Barry’s available sick days are used, the sick bank would begin covering his absences. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the formation of a sick bank for Barry Steinberg. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-118

TEACHING ASSISTANT/ C. MCINTOSH

Mr. Saiff explained to the Board a necessity for the District to hire a Teacher Assistant to cover a need in the special education department. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by J. Young to appoint Claudia McIntosh as a Teacher Assistant, retroactive to January 7, 2014. 5 in favor, 0 opposed.

(Claudia will be paid a salary of .5 of Step 1 of the 2013-2014 Teachers’ Contract)

 

 

No. 2014-119

TEACHER AIDE/

W. CRUMP

Due to Claudia’s transference, Mr. Saiff stated it was necessary to hire a Teacher Aide to fill that position. Seventeen individuals had applied for the position, and of that number, four individuals were interviewed. Of those four, Mr. Saiff stated Wendy Crump was to be the best candidate for the position. Motion made by D. Taylor and seconded by J. Young to appoint Wendy Crump as a Teacher Aide commencing at a date to be determined in the near future. 5 in favor, 0 opposed.

 

 

No. 2014-120

LONG-TERM SUBSTITUTE/E. PRICE

Mr. Saiff noted Glenn Clark would be joining an exploratory study in Antarctica for the next three months. Evan Price has come highly recommended by Mr. Clark. Mr. Price has been working in Glenn’s room, -and Mr. Stewart also felt Evan would do well while Mr. Clark is away. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to appoint Evan Price as long-term substitute. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

(Evan Price will be paid on a per diem basis at Step 1 of the 2013-2014 Teachers’ Contract.)

 

 

No. 2014-121

SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER/M. MILLER

Mr. Saiff indicated one of the District’s Cafeteria Monitors, Maureen Miller, has expressed interest in substitute bus driving. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by J. Young to commence required Bus Driver training for Maureen Miller. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-122

ADDITIONAL SUBSTITUTES LIST

The additional proposed substitute list for classroom teachers, school nurse, bus drivers, secretarial, custodial, and cafeteria work was reviewed by the Board. Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by D. Taylor to approve the additional 2013-2014 substitute list as attached. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-123

CLERK OF THE WORKS/M. CRONEISER

Mr. Saiff stated Phil Squadrito recommended Michael Croneiser, who has worked with King & King in the past, as Clerk of the Works for this project. It appears Mike is very knowledgeable, owns a hardware store, and does this type of work on the side. Mike will oversee the project for one or two days a week, at a fee of $500.00 per day. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve Michael Croneiser as Clerk of the Works. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-124

SPORTS MERGER REQUEST/MODIFIED AND VARSITY BASEBALL

Mr. Saiff noted a letter from Joseph Kardash of Colton-Pierrepont Central School requesting a sports merger in Baseball for the 2014 season. Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by D. Taylor and seconded by W. Witherell to approve a sports merger in Baseball with Colton-Pierrepont Central School for the 2014 season. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2014-125

CPSE/CSE RECOMMENDATIONS

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by R. White to approve the recommendation of the CPSE for two pre-school child and the recommendations of the CSE for four students as attached. 5 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

W. Remington arrived at the meeting at 8:03 P.M.

 

 

No. 2014-126

BUS BOND RESOLUTION

 

 

Mr. Saiff informed the Board that the District has received the bus approved for purchase by voters on May 21, 2013, and that it is in service. Once the resolution is adopted by the Board, the legal notice of adoption will be published in the District’s approved newspaper. Motion made by J. Young and seconded by D. Taylor to approve the Bus Bond Resolution, as attached. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

PRINCIPALS’ UPDATES

B. Reid announced Elementary Faculty and Staff have been working on updating report cards so that they are part of the Schooltool system, instead of the traditional method of creating the report cards as Microsoft Word documents. Ms. Reid hopes this new method will eliminate formatting glitches. Ms. Reid thanked Denise Votra for assisting in getting some report cards on Schooltool.

 

Regarding Data Driven Instruction (DDI), B. Reid stated the Elementary level is continuing to implement assessment cycles utilizing the eDoctrina platform the District subscribes to. Ms. Reid noted that the Student Support Team (SST) is using the interim assessment information as well, enabling the faculty to be better teachers. She said there is one more assessment cycle before the final State exams, which will serve as the last test.

 

Ms. Reid stated Barb Remington’s office of Special Education has moved into the Elementary office. B. Reid noted this has been very helpful. She stated a new copier/scanner was purchased through grants with the goal of moving toward digital storage of records to alleviate the volume of paper records in storage.

 

B. Reid noted an increase in the number of student referrals at the Elementary level. This was proposed to be a result of the rigorous levels of expectations of the Common Core State Standards. Ms. Reid stated the Special Education team attended a webinar today on writing CCSS goals for IEPs.

 

Ms. Reid also stated the 611 and 619 Grants have been officially revised and approved. This year the 611 Grant totaled $110,427.00 and the 619 Grant totaled $770.00.

 

 

INFORMATION

The Board received Michael Croneiser’s resume, acknowledgements of donations to Steven Farina, Heather Wenzel, and Amanda Mason, statistics of the Dental Sealant Program at Parishville-Hopkinton Central School, and a list of upcoming events of interest.

 

 

 

No motion was made for Executive Session.

 

 

No. 2014-127

ADJOURNMENT

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by D. Taylor to adjourn at 8:06 P.M. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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