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May 18, 2015 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

 

 

May 18, 2015

 

 

CALL TO ORDER

 

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.

 

 

ROLL CALL

 

Present: J. McGill, B. Remington, W. Remington, H. Simmons, D. Taylor, R. White, W. Witherell, J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.

 

Absent: None.

 

Others: S. Hartson, J. Learned, B. Reid, M. Robinson, and R. Stewart

 

 

QUORUM

Quorum of five established.

 

 

STUDENT/TEACHER RECOGNITION

B. Reid announced that Kindergarten student Colin Young was the Elementary Paw Ticket Winner for April. As the Paw Ticket winner, Colin received a Panther gear t-shirt donated by the PTSA and a pizza donated by Kunoco.

 

B. Reid recognized Very Important Panthers for the month of April for exhibiting the Character Trait Trustworthiness: Hailey Parker - Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Wilton Eldridge - Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Landyn Shorette - Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Emma Lamphere - Mrs. Wilkes’ Kindergarten; Tiena Gilbert - Mrs. Belt’s First Grade; Jacob Phippen - Mrs. Belt’s First Grade; Jude TenEyck - Mrs. Belt’s First Grade; Chloe Molella - Mrs. Belt’s First Grade; Peyton Finen - Mrs. Mitchell’s First Grade; Grace Green - Mrs. Mitchell’s First Grade; Alyssa Green - Mrs. Mason’s Second Grade; Dustin Richards - Mrs. Mason’s Second Grade; Emma Mallette - Mrs.Mason’s Second Grade; Lilianna Clark-Vallance - Mrs. Mason’s Second Grade; Luke Phippen - Mrs. White’s Third Grade; Ryan Griffith - Mrs. White’s Third Grade; Leland Blevins -Ms. Pcolar’s Fifth Grade; Alexis Scott - Ms. Pcolar’s Fifth Grade; Caleb Wagstaff - Ms. Pcolar’s Fifth Grade; Matthew Fisher - Ms. Rose’s Fifth Grade; Cypris Samelski - Ms. Rose’s Fifth Grade; Zachary Miller - Ms. Rose’s Fifth Grade; Aric Taylor - Ms. Rose’s Fifth Grade; Brandon Wilkes - Mr. VanLeuven’s Sixth Grade; William Frary - Mr. VanLeuven’s Sixth Grade.

 

Ms. Reid also stated the winners of the Amvets Ladies Auxiliary 265 “Americanism” Contest Winners were as follows – In First place: Phoebe Darrah, Tiena Gilbert, Ava Smith, Luke Phippen, Ashley Vangellow, Cassidy Phippen, and Sean Shannon. In Second place: Gavin Hendershot, Jacob Phippen, Bailey Warren, Madelynn Barr, Megan MacWiiliams, and Mikayla Groody. In Third Place: Landyn Shorette, Alanna Monroe, Amberley James, Rey Voisine, Jr., Melody Hannon, and Brynne Reid. Honorable Mention: Jaymi Spence, Luxi Liston, Cameron Andrus, Camden Hazen, and Samantha Eurto.

 

 

No. 2015-194

MINUTES

 

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the Minutes of the April 20, 2015, regular meeting, and May 11, 2015, public budget meeting, as typed and delivered to Board Members. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-195

TREAS. REPORTS

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the Treasurer’s Reports showing an available balance on hand as of April 30, 2015, as follows:

General Fund $160,051.14

School Lunch Fund 12,372.59

School Lunch Savings 82,892.13

Federal Fund 26,423.46

Trust & Agency Fund -0-

Payroll Fund -0-

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve – CLASS) 45,006.76

Extra-Class Activities Fund 77,675.06

9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-196

BOARD REGULATION AND POLICIES/WEAPONS IN SCHOOL AND THE GUN-FREE SCHOOLS ACT/ PROHIBITION OF WEAPONS ON SCHOOL GROUNDS

Mr. Saiff reviewed two policies and one regulation pertaining to the prohibition of weapons by students and adults on school grounds, unless written consent has been obtained from the Board of Education. Mr. Saiff responded to questions posed at the previous Board meeting, noting that the revised Policy #7360, Weapons in School and the Gun-Free Schools Act, addresses safeguards for students with disabilities in a separate policy. Mr. Saiff also noted that Policy does not preclude weapons on campus for Hunter Education/Firearm Safety programs. J. Young stated he would like the policy to be more encompassing of such programs and the instructors, students, firearms, and ammunition involved therein, and to note that weapons are to be stored in the District’s locked vault. Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by H. Simmons to postpone adoption of the policies pending revisions by Mr. Saiff, most likely by the next Board of Education meeting, and further discussion can be had. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-197

SCHEDULE APPROVAL

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

General Fund $386,533.56

School Lunch Fund 13,270.97

Federal Fund 65.28

Trust & Agency 112,540.24

Capital Fund 13,079.45

9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-198

BUDGET TRANSFERS

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by H. Simmons to authorize the Business Manager to make the necessary budgetary transfers as attached for the Month of April, 2015. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-199

BUDGET REPORTS

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by W. Witherell to accept the Budget Reports for the Month of April, 2015, covering the period from July 1, 2014, through April, 2015, as presented. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-200

SUMMER NON-TEACHING

STAFF/

J. BURNS/B. GENAWAY/

D. LARUE/C. MCINTOSH/

M. PHILLIPS/G. RICHARDS/ R.REMINGTON/E. VIAU/ J.WITHERELL

 

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by D. Taylor to hire: Gwen Richards as Bus Driver of the Summer School run to Massena; David LaRue as Bus Driver for the Summer Special Education run to Potsdam; Robin Remington as the monitor on the Special Education bus run; John Burns as full-time Painter and back-up Bus Driver; Beverly Genaway, Claudia McIntosh, and Michael Phillips as 40-hour Cleaners; Elric Viau as a Summer Bus Cleaner in the Garage and back-up Bus Driver; and Judy Witherell to work in records retention for a portion of the summer. (Note: Employees will be paid according to the Non-Unit Pay Schedule, with R. Remington and B. Genaway to be paid their regular rate for the position they hold during the school year.) J. McGill in favor, B. Remington abstained, W. Remington in favor, H. Simmons in favor, D. Taylor in favor, R. White in favor, W. Witherell abstained, J. Young in favor, T. Zellweger in favor, Carried.

 

 

TENURE DISCUSSION

J. PAHLER/R. STEWART

Motion made by H. Simmons to table this item to Executive Session.

 

 

No. 2015-201

VOTING MACHINE CUSTODIAN/S. HEWLETT

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by W. Witherell to appoint Stan Hewlett as Voting Machine Custodian for the 2015-2016 School Budget Vote at the rate of $150.00. Mr. Saiff explained that James Farrell had recommended to him that Mr. Hewlett to serve as the Voting Machine Custodian, as Mr. Farrell’s personal business had significantly increased and he would be unable to assist the District this year. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-202

ADD’L SUBSTITUTES FOR 2014-2015

The list for two additional substitute teachers was reviewed by the Board. Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by D. Taylor to approve the additional 2014-2015 substitute list, as attached. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

FIELD TRIP

Mr. Saiff stated that Amy Wilkes had spoken with him and requested the Board consider permitting the Kindergarten classes and teachers to visit Upper Canada Village. Following discussion among Board members, it was suggested that an alternate field trip be chosen. Members of the Board would prefer that particular age group to attend something closer to home without having to cross the border. Sackett’s Harbor and the Almanzo Wilder Farm were suggested. Ms. Reid noted that the Kindergarten curriculum focused on colonial villages and townspeople, and that the Grade 4 curriculum would more closely relate to the Wilder Farm. B. Reid stated that there are opportunities locally if the administrators and teachers research together. Mr. Saiff stated he would speak with the Kindergarten teachers the following day.

 

 

No. 2015-203

BOARD OF DIRECTORS/ HEALTH INSURANCE/ WORKERS’ COMP./

D. SAIFF

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to appoint Mr. Saiff as the District’s Representative on the Boards of Health Insurance and Workers’ Compensation, and to appoint the Business Manager as an alternate representative on these Boards. Mr. Saiff explained that all of the districts in each BOCES has one representative to sit on the Board of Health and the Board of Workers’ Compensation. Mr. Saiff noted the Resolutions were to reappoint himself to those Boards of Directors for the 2015-2016 school year. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-204

TOWN OF PARISHVILLE

BUS REQUEST

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by W. Witherell and seconded by J. Young to approve a request from the Town of Parishville for the use of two buses for the Summer Recreation Program to run from July 6 through July 31, 2015, with the understanding that two of the District’s regular certified bus drivers will be hired by the Town to operate the buses. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-205

ANNUAL FIRE INSPEC.

Motion made T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to accept the Annual Fire Inspection Reports for the Main Building and Bus Garage as prepared by John Warneck and submit said reports to the State Education Department for review and approval. Mr. Saiff reviewed the annual Fire Inspection Reports and noted that two minor items of nonconformance were identified in the Main Building. They involved a blocked window and fire exit directions not being posted near the exit of one room. Mr. Saiff stated that these items were rectified immediately. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-206

DONATION OF PLAYGROUND FUNDS

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to accept the generous donation, with gratitude to Commander Wickwire and the Sons of the Amvets, for $1,000.00 for the Playground Fund. B. White asked if development of the playground could be fit into a Capital Outlay Project. M .Robinson stated that he had spoken with Phil Squadrito and Mr. Squadrito indicated such a project would not qualify because it would have to be part of a larger project and be less than 25% of the total project. J. McGill in favor, B. Remington in favor, W. Remington in favor, D. Taylor in favor, R. White in favor, T. Zellweger in favor, J. Young in favor, W. Witherell abstained, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-207

PERMISSION TO FUNDRAISE FOR J.V. ATHLETICS

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by D. Taylor to approve the request for permission to fundraise for Junior Varsity Soccer. Mr. Saiff noted he had been approached by Kari Tremper with a request for permission to fundraise for Junior Varsity Athletics, particularly for Girls’ J. V. Soccer, for the 2015-2016 season. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2015-208

CPSE/CSE RECOMMENDATIONS

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by D. Taylor to approve the recommendations of the CPSE for six students and of the CSE for eight students, as attached. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

PRINCIPALS’ UPDATES

 

Mr. Stewart indicated that the end of the year was quickly approaching, and that there were a number of upcoming events. R. Stewart stated the Senior class trip to Boston, Massachusetts would take place this weekend. He noted there were several Wilderness Studies trips planned for June. Mr. Stewart also stated that assessments were approaching, and that faculty are in the process of wrapping up the teaching initiatives for the year.

 

Ms. Reid exclaimed that it was a busy time in the Elementary, as well. She stated that CSE obligations are winding down and that the District is preparing to take back over CPSE coordination. B. Reid added that she would begin the Grant Writing Process in the next few weeks for 611/619 and Universal Pre-Kindergarten.

 

B. Reid noted that she had been approached by Nicole Warr, a teacher at Potsdam Central School. Ms. Reid stated Ms. Warr is completing internship hours under her so that N. Warr can pursue her Administrative degree.

 

Ms. Reid added that the 6th Grade Graduation ceremony will occur on June 24th and invited Board members to assist in handing out diplomas. B. Reid noted that Rose Rivezzi will be the Graduation Speaker for the commencement.

 

B. Reid also stated that as the year is coming to a close, she is looking forward to Spring events. Ms. Reid mentioned that she and faculty are compiling activities for “Grade Level Promotion Day”. This day, she said, will allow students to experience the grade level they will be entering in the fall. B. Reid stated this process will help to ease children’s anxiety.

 

Ms. Reid also said she will be attending a program through St. Lawrence University this summer, led by one of the professors she worked with at Harvard University in December. B. Reid stated she will be collaborating with veteran and incoming principals at this program.

 

B. Reid noted there are several more New York State Exams before the end of the year. She also stated that Field Tests would soon be administered.

 

Mr. Saiff invited Board members to present High School diplomas to their children or family members. H. Simmons noted she would be attending.

 

 

INFORMATION

The Board received a copy of the May issue of Panther Press and a list of upcoming events of interest.

 

 

No. 2015-209

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to go into Executive Session at 8:08 P.M. to discuss personnel and tenure recommendations. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

J. Learned and M. Robinson left meeting at 8:08 P.M.

 

 

 

At 8:41 P.M. the Board President announced that the meeting would reconvene.

 

 

TENURE DISCUSSION

J. PAHLER/R. STEWART

Mr. Saiff noted the upcoming tenure appointments of Julia Pahler, who is currently teaching Grade 4 and Robert Stewart, who is currently the Jr./Sr. High School Principal/Athletic Director. Based on the recommendations from B. Reid and past observation reports, Mr. Saiff indicated that he will be recommending that the Board grant Miss Pahler and Mr. Stewart tenure effective September 1, 2015, at the June Board Meeting.

 

 

No. 2015-210

ADJOURNMENT

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to adjourn at 8:41 P.M. 9 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

 

 

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