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July 11, 2011 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

July 11, 2011


The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:39 P.M. by President W. Remington in the vocal music room on the above date.


Present: B. Remington, W. Remington, F. Wilhelm, S. Wilson, W. Witherell, J. Young, Mr. Saiff.

Absent: C. Jacot, H. Simmons, and T. Zellweger.

Others: M. Fellion, C. LaSala, B. Reid, L. Witherell.

No. 2012-009


Quorum of five established. Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the Minutes of the June 20, 2011, regular meeting as typed and mailed to Board Members. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2012-010


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by F. Wilhelm to approve the Treasurer’s Reports showing an available balance on hand as of June 30, 2011, as follows:

General Fund $14,395.31

School Lunch Fund 5,451.16

School Lunch Savings 36,173.91

Federal Fund .23

Trust & Agency Fund 3,325.80

Payroll Fund -0-

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve - CLASS) 44,961.16

Extra-Class Activities Fund 47,917.99

6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2012-011


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

General Fund $442,653.30

School Lunch Fund 11,102.24

Federal Fund 1,455.51

Trust & Agency 247,861.64

Scholarship Fund $3,825.00

6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


M. Fellion reviewed the June Regents exam results with the Board including a breakdown of the number of students who received 65 or above (Proficiency), 85 or above (Mastery), and failures for each Regents. The students did very well again this year.

Eighteen students took the Integrated Algebra Regents with a 100% passing rate and 16 at or above Mastery. Eleven students took the Global History Regents. All 11 passed and 6 were at or above Mastery. Seventeen students took and passed the Regents Geometry exam with 6 at or above Mastery. Nineteen students took the Algebra II/Trigonometry Regents with a 100% passing rate and eight at or above Mastery. Eight students took the Spanish Regents. All eight passed and five of the eight achieved scores at or above Mastery. Twenty students took the U.S. History and Government Regents. Eighteen passed, eight of which were at or above Mastery, and two failed the exam. Thirty-five students took and passed the English Regents exam with 20 at or above Mastery. Twenty-six students took the Earth Science Regents, 23 passed, 12 were at or above Mastery, and 3 fell below a 65. Eighteen students took and passed the Chemistry Regents with five students achieving at or above Mastery. Twelve students took the Physics Regents, eleven students passed, one failed and one was at or above Mastery.

M. Fellion stated that he was very pleased with the Regents exam results. Based on results that have been coming in from around the county, our students did extremely well in comparison. Out of the 184 Regents exams administered,

only six students did not receive a passing grade. M. Fellion also noted that one student took the RCT, but only received a 63.

M. Fellion attributed our students’ continued success to their hard work, an excellent teaching staff, and supportive parents and community members.

No. 2012-012


Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by F. Wilhelm to approve the appointments of Stephanie Potter and Jennifer Perry as half-time Reading Interns at the elementary school for the 2011-2012 school year commencing September 1, 2011, and continuing through the end of the Spring Semester at SUNY Potsdam. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried. (The annual salary for these half-time positions will be $5,000. Funding for these positions has been made possible by grants received from the Rural Education Program and 611 Special Education Program.)

No. 2012-013



Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by F. Wilhelm and seconded by J. Young to approve Stacie Richardson’s request for family sick leave under the Family/Medical Leave Act retroactive to July 5, and continuing through the end of July 15, 2011, as well as one or two other dates in July, as needed. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2012-014


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve annual employment agreements for the following non-unit positions: Cafeteria Manager, Elementary Principal, Junior-Senior High School Principal, Director of Maintenance, Operations, and Transportation, and Executive Confidential Secretary/District Treasurer with no increase in salaries pending contract negotiations with the Teachers’ Association and Non-Teaching Employees’ Association. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2012-015


Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by B. Remington to approve a request from B. Reid for an early release (11:30 A.M.) for students in grades K-6 on November 21 and 22, 2011, and April 18 and 19, 2012, for the purpose of conducting parent-teacher conferences. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


The Board Goals Committee for the 2011-2012 school year was established. The Committee will consist of: F. Wilhelm, J. Young, W. Witherell, B. Remington, W. Remington, M. Fellion, B. Reid, and Mr. Saiff. A meeting was tentatively scheduled for Monday, September 12th, at 7:00 P.M. to draft Board goals for review by the full Board at their September meeting.

No. 2012-016


D. Saiff thanked Brooke Reid, Geri Lynn Wilson, Barb Remington, and Mary Kay Hafer for their efforts on behalf of the CSE/CPSE.

B. Reid noted that the costs involved with special education services are great, but that the committee is always looking at ways to reduce expenses while continuing to provide quality services and acknowledged the efforts of the committee and parent representative.

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the Annual Report of CSE/CPSE Activities as presented. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


M. Fellion announced that Driver Education class was underway, now in its second week. Sixteen students are registered for the class. Canton Summer School is also in its second week of classes and we have thirteen students enrolled.

M. Fellion informed the Board that the administrators had just returned from the annual Leadership Conference in Lake Placid where they received a great deal of information and opportunities for professional growth.

The scheduling process is ongoing with a great number of changes slated for the coming school year. The Guidance Office is in the process of entering all students into the new schedule at this time.

The cleaners have completed the Elementary wing and are now moving to the high school classrooms and the gymnasium.

B. Reid announced that Kindergarten graduation went very well and acknowledged the efforts of Lori Knowles and Amy Wilkes for their work to organize this very special event for the children and their families.

Grants were completed with assistance from Pamela Claus. A comprehensive budget was built which included some cutting edge technology. The total allocation for the 611 grant was $105,310 and for the 619 grant was $559.

B. Reid announced that the Books at the Beach Program is in its second week and noted that she plans to visit the program tomorrow to see how things are going and check in on student attendance.

Several teachers have been taking advantage of staff development opportunities this summer. Lori Knowles and Pam Blevins spent a week at Tech Camp. B. Reid added that she had an opportunity to stop in and spend a morning with them at an Internet Safety session. Judy Stevens, Paul VanLeuven, Melissa VanLeuven, Amy Mitchell, and Patricia Steenberge also attended Collins Writing Training during this week.


Mr. Saiff thanked M. Fellion and B. Reid for their work in developing the calendar for the year and thanked Brooke and Geri Lynn Wilson for their work on the CSE/CPSE Annual Report.

J. Young asked about the new Teacher Assessment Tool that is supposed to be developed prior to September 1 and Mr. Saiff responded that administrative training has been scheduled for August 17 and 18.

Mr. Saiff also announced that there is a possibility that the January Regents may be reinstated because of complaints that have been made by the “Big 5” schools.

The Board received information regarding the 92nd Annual New York State School Board Association’s Convention and Education Expo in Buffalo on October 27-30, 2011, and a copy of an e-mail from Bob Lowry of the New York State Council of School Superintendents concerning the Governor’s Tax Cap, Mandate Relief, and a NYSUT Lawsuit Against APPR Regulations. In addition, the Board received a copy of correspondence from the Department of Transportation which recognized the District’s commendable performance with regards to bus maintenance and safety inspections, a memo from the St. Lawrence County Public Health Department which summarized the number of students who received screening and/or dental sealants or other related services during the past year, corrected Minutes of the February 9, 2011, St. Lawrence-Lewis Health Insurance Consortium, Minutes from the quarterly meetings of the St. Lawrence-Lewis Health Insurance Consortium and the St. Lawrence-Lewis Workers’ Compensation Consortium held on May 4th, and a list of upcoming events of interest.

No. 2012-017


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by S. Wilson to go into Executive Session at 8:13 P.M. to discuss personnel matters. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

No. 2012-018


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to come out of Executive Session and adjourn at 8:36 P.M. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


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