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July 5, 2016 Board of Education Meeting Minutes



July 5, 2016




The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District was called to order at 7:30 P.M. by President W. Remington in the conference room on the above date.





Present: J. McGill, B. Remington, W. Remington, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.


Absent: H. Simmons, R. White, and W. Witherell.


Others: A. Calkins, V. Doll, S. Hartson, B. Reid, and M. Robinson.




Quorum of five established.








B. Reid noted four elementary students were awarded a Physical Education Leadership Award: Cameron Andrus (Grade 3), Kelsey Farnsworth (Grade 4), Mary Grace Guiney (Grade 5), and Lawson Snell (Grade 6). Ms. Reid said an award ceremony was held at Norwood-Norfolk Central School on May 6th. B. Reid added that she would feature a write-up for these students in the September issue of Panther Press.


Ms. Reid introduced Administrative Intern, Angela Calkins. B. Reid stated that A. Calkins was completing St. Lawrence University’s program for School Building Leader certification. A. Calkins told the Board she is currently employed at Heuvelton Central School as a Reading Specialist for eighteen years and is looking to expand her horizons. Ms. Calkins shared her responsibilities at the District within the past month and also stated she was coordinating the Books… Then the Beach summer reading program. A. Calkins thanked Board Members and Administrators for welcoming her to the District and allowing her the opportunity to intern as an administrator.



No. 2017-011


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the Minutes of the June 20, 2016 regular meeting as typed and delivered to Board Members. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



No. 2017-012


Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve the second reads of the two attached policies. Mr. Saiff noted the policies were discussed at the last Board of Education meeting, and that the policies reflect procedures currently in place at the District. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.




Motion made by B. Remington to table this item to Executive Session.



No. 2017-013


Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the employment agreement for the High School Principal/Athletic Director, amended to reflect Rider 9 in the employee’s Health Insurance Benefits. Mr. Saiff stated Miss Doll is currently employed under a probationary period of four years, and that this amended contract simply pushes the dates one year forward. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



No. 2017-014


Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to accept a letter of resignation from Emma Bonan from her position as half-time Chemistry/General Science Teacher effective June 30, 2016. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried, with regrets.




Mr. Saiff summarized the Board Goals for the 2015-2016 school year and updated the Board on the progress thereof. The Board Goals Committee for the 2016-2017 school year was established. The Committee will consist of: W. Remington, D. Taylor, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff. The Board Goals Committee Meeting will be held September 12, 2016.



No. 2017-015


Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by B. Remington to accept the generous donations, with gratitude, garnered by Kari Tremper for $1,120.00, as well as additional amounts that may be donated to the 2016-2017 Junior Varsity Athletics Program. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.



No. 2017-016


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 one student as attached. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.




Miss Doll expressed that she truly enjoyed being a part of the Senior Graduation process. She said parents were happy, and the traditional ceremony went very well.


V. Doll shared that she attended a Principals’ Academy last Tuesday through Thursday at St. Lawrence University. Miss Doll said the conference focused on Literacy and Technology and she feels there are a number of topics regarding these two areas that could be shared with staff.


Miss Doll said seventeen students were enrolled in the Summer School program, which started today at Massena Central School.


V. Doll stated that between now and the August Board of Education Meeting, she will be focusing on Athletics. Miss Doll explained that per NYSPHSAA regulation, all home uniforms will be white. She said the game schedule has been set for Soccer. V. Doll added that she will establish expectations with coaches to instill good sportsmanship in the student athletes, and that she will meet individually with each team to promote positive game-play and attitudes as well.


Miss Doll concluded that the DASA/Vadir Report will be completed this month. She added that students who qualify for college courses will soon receive correspondence from the District. V. Doll also said that next week she will be in Kentucky for three days to attend a BOCES conference regarding preparing students for college.


Ms. Reid said she was pleased as she felt the school year concluded well. B. Reid thanked J. McGill for assisting with Grade 6 Graduation. Ms. Reid noted the elementary students, as well as the teachers, have made great strides.


B. Reid stated that she is working on Special Education and Universal Pre-Kindergarten Grants. She added that the amounts have not changed in quite a while. Ms. Reid said she applied for $82,911 of the UPK Grant, $99,128 in Section 611 funds, and $491 in Section 619 funds (both of which fall under Federal IDEA). B. Reid said the applications were submitted, and she expects to hear a response in the Fall.


Ms. Reid added that the Books… Then the Beach reading program began today, and that she hopes to recruit more student participants as the summer goes on. B. Reid said she is working on the Special Education Report and UPK End-of-Year Report for the August 15th Board of Education Meeting, as well as various data reports.


Mr. Saiff noted Melissa Scudder’s father passed away. W. Remington expressed condolences on behalf of the Board.


Mr. Saiff directed Board Members to a draft article regarding APPR Negotiations written by Paul Heiser. Mr. Saiff mentioned the District was highlighted as a leader in that process. He added that the Teaching Unit is requesting formal contract negotiations. Mr. Saiff also thanked the Elementary teachers for their flexibility and professionalism with assignment changes. He stated that the teachers who were affected by the reduction of a teaching position and fluctuating class sizes approached their reassignments with excitement.




The Board received a draft article written by Paul Heiser regarding APPR negotiations, correspondence from Michael Zagrobelny, and a list of upcoming events of interest.



No. 2017-017


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to go into Executive Session at 7:49 P.M. to discuss the appointment of the secondary social studies teacher candidate. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.




At 7:56 P.M. the Board President announced that the regular meeting would reconvene.



No. 2017-018


Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by B. Remington to appoint Miss Katherine Denny as a probationary Secondary Social Studies Teacher effective September 1, 2016. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.


(K. Denny will be paid at Step 1 of the current Teachers’ contract. This appointment will be probationary for a period of four years commencing September 1, 2016, and continuing through September 1, 2020. Certification: Initial Certificates in Social Studies, Grades 5-12; and Literacy, Grades 5-12.)



No. 2017-019


Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to adjourn at 7:58 P.M. 6 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.







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