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November 22, 2016 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

 

 

November 22, 2016

 

 

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, W. Remington, H. Simmons, D. Taylor, R. White, W. Witherell – 7:33 P.M., J. Young, T. Zellweger, and Mr. Saiff.

 

Absent: B. Remington.

 

Others: L. Dailey, V. Doll, S. Hartson, L. Martin, B. Reid, M. Robinson, G. Snell, and L. Witherell.

 

 

QUORUM

Quorum of five established.

 

 

QUESTION FROM PUBLIC AND PRESS

G. Snell spoke to the Board about the North Ridge Wind Project. He shared a letter addressed to Mr. Saiff and the Board of Education. Mr. Snell expressed his appreciation for allowing the group to continue to present information to the Board.

G. Snell stated the PILOT would amount to a payment of $750,000 per year for the duration of the project. This amount, he said, would be divided among Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District, Brasher Falls Central School District, St. Lawrence County, and the towns of Hopkinton and Parishville, with the schools usually getting the smallest portion of the five-way division.

 

 

 

W. Witherell arrived at the meeting at 7:33 P.M.

 

 

 

G. Snell said the Erie Boulevard Hydropower plant provided tax revenue of over $700,000. Mr. Snell asked Board members to read the letter and handouts at their convenience. He said the North Ridge Wind Project could generate three million dollars in taxes each year. G. Snell said that figure in comparison to what the company proposed for a PILOT is significantly disparate. He also shared his concern that should Avangrid receive PILOT, Brookfield Power may then say they too would like PILOT or a reduction in taxes. Mr. Snell said the Hydropower project engendered some controversy, but there were at least lakes and reservoirs gleaned from it that community members are able to use. He asked what the area residents could do with forty windmill towers. G. Snell again urged Board members to reject any and all PILOTS. Mr. Snell then asked Luke Martin and Mr. Saiff to comment on the recent Industrial Development Agency meeting.

 

L. Martin stated the twenty-five years he has lived within the District have been good years. He said he hopes the helping spirit among the community continues. Mr. Martin said that there are all types of people with different values live in the community, but all people seem to be accepted. L. Martin shared what he learned from the IDA meeting. Mr. Martin said if the District and the towns reject the PILOT, then the Industrial Development Agency would as well. The IDA also indicated at the meeting that any PILOT they participate in is no longer than ten years. L. Martin said the IDA is not only interested in the wind power companies, but in industries that create local employment opportunities.

 

L. Martin said the North Ridge Wind Project would not create local, permanent jobs. He added that PILOTS are often only 15% of what the potential tax revenue would be. Mr. Martin said that St. Lawrence County had agreeable real estate prices when he settled in the area, and he first looked at the projected taxes when considering a property. He said Parishville has low taxes, a result in part of the Hydropower plant. L. Martin concluded that if the North Ridge Wind Project could assist in keeping taxes low Parishville could be attractive to others looking for a residence.

 

L. Witherell provided a handout from the New York State School Boards Association warning how PILOT agreements affect school budgets. Mrs. Witherell directed Board members’ focus to a paragraph on how PILOTS affect the tax levy.

 

L. Daily distributed a handout which discussed effects of the wind towers’ noise and vibration output. She also spoke of the possible socioeconomic effects a wind farm project could have on the community.

 

W. Remington thanked the group.

 

 

STUDENT/TEACHER

RECOGNITION

B. Reid shared that Gerry Matthie was the Paw Ticket winner for the Month of October. Gerry won Panther Gear and a pizza from Kunoco. Ms. Reid also recognized Erin Casey for speaking at the New York State Reading Association presentation on November 13th. B. Reid added that former PHCS Reading Intern Kaitlyn Baker, now a Grade 6 ELA teacher at Canton Central School District, was also in attendance.

 

 

No. 2017-083

MINUTES

 

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the Minutes of the October 17, 2016, regular meeting as typed and delivered to Board Members. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-084

TREAS. REPORTS

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve the Treasurer’s Reports showing an available balance on hand as of October 31, 2016, as follows:

General Fund $21,100.56

General MMA………………………………………………………..$2,259,024.02

Unemployment Reserve…………………………………………………$743,293.34

Future Retirement Reserve……………………………...………………….$345,249.10

Compensated Absences Reserve………………………………………….$557,430.85

Tax Certiorari Reserve………………………………………………….$250,084.86

Capital Reserve………………………………………………………….$500,062.13

Insurance Reserve………………………………………………………..$83,726.37

Risk Retention (Property Loss Reserve) $45,020.27

School Lunch Fund $5,621.36

School Lunch Savings $24,172.87

Special Aid (Federal Fund) $-0-

Capital Fund…………………………………………………………..…………$.03

Trust & Agency Fund $8,270.06

Payroll Fund $-0-

Scholarship Fund $-0-

Scholarship Savings………………………………………………………$30,177.99

Debt Service………………………………………………………………..$156,363.22

Extra-Class Activities Fund $100,725.38

8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-085

SCHEDULE APPROVAL

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

Capital Fund $22,134.32

General Fund $449,173.82

School Lunch Fund $23,778.99

Federal Fund $787.56

Trust & Agency $123,775.17

8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-086

BUDGET TRANSFERS

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to authorize the Business Manager to make the necessary budgetary transfers as attached for the Month of October, 2016. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-087

BUDGET REPORTS

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to accept the Budget Reports for the Month of October, 2016, covering the period from July 1 through October 31, 2016. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-088

TAX COLLECTOR’S REPORT

Based on the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve the attached Tax Collector’s Report as submitted by Judy Witherell, Tax Collector. Mr. Saiff thanked J. Witherell for again collecting and preparing this year’s Tax Report. He noted the District had collected 82.8% of school taxes this year. After the months of September and October, the remaining funds will be collected through the St. Lawrence County Treasurer’s Office. J. McGill in favor, W. Remington in favor, D. Taylor in favor, R. White in favor, J. Young in favor, T. Zellweger in favor, W. Witherell abstained, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-089

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by T. Zellweger to approve the Professional Development Plan for the Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District as presented and attached. Mr. Saiff noted B. Reid works diligently through this plan’s development process. B. Reid said the Professional Development Plan is composed annually, and that the plan’s template from BOCES is slightly different this year. She said that on October 3rd, a team came together to begin generating Parishville-Hopkinton’s PDP. Ms. Reid added that the plan outlines a vision of adult learning throughout the building. She stated K. Hurley, E. White, T. Baxter, C. McIntosh, M. White, Mr. Saiff and others participated in the plan’s development process. B. Reid said Professional Development Goals are charted on page 12. She continued that the Plan then expounds on each one of those tenants and allocates activities to each of those goals. She said Mr. Saiff certified the Professional Development Plan and submitted it to the State Education Department. With this revised Professional Development Plan, Ms. Reid said the District should be aware of all new regulations associated with teacher training and certification renewals. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-090

RESOLUTION TO APPROVE THE 2016 AMENDMENT TO THE MUNICIPAL COOPERATIVE AGREEMENT FOR THE ST. LAWRENCE-LEWIS COUNTIES SCHOOL DISTRICT EMPLOYEES MEDICAL PLAN

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to approve the 2016 Amendment to the Municipal Cooperative Agreement for the St. Lawrence-Lewis Counties School District Employees Medical Plan. Mr. Saiff said the agreement outlines the rules by which business is conducted as a Health Insurance Plan. Mr. Saiff added that the Health Insurance Plan recently underwent an extensive audit by the New York State Department of Financial Services. Mr. Saiff indicated the auditors identified aspects of the MCA to update, which yielded several minor changes, none of which significantly affected the tenor of the Medical Plan. However, due to the number of changes, the Department of Financial Services requested approval of the amended Municipal Cooperative Agreement. Mr. Saiff concluded that the Department of Financial Services and Marty Cahill’s office requested that all districts that are part of the Medical Plan approve a clean copy with all of the changes incorporated. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-091

LETTER OF RETIREMENT/ M. WALTER

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to accept Michael Walter’s letter of retirement from his position of Secondary Science Teacher. Mr. Saiff stated Mr. Walter has been a remarkable teacher in the District for twenty years. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried, with deep regret.

 

 

No. 2017-092

LETTER OF RESIGNATION/

T. EAKINS

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to accept Tony Eakins’ letter of resignation. Mr. Saiff noted that T. Eakins has served as a Bus Driver for the District in the past, but had recently been working as the Dishwasher in the Cafeteria. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried, with regret.

 

 

KITCHEN AIDE/ DISHWASHER

Mr. Saiff indicated there was no recommendation at this time. He said he expects to have input from the new Cafeteria Manager, Melany Cline, for the next Board of Education meeting.

 

 

No. 2017-093

NON-SCOOL RELATED OVERSEAS TRIP PROPOSAL

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to permit V. Doll, R. Whalen, and other involved faculty to solely explore student interest in a non-school related overseas trip to Florence and Rome. Miss Doll indicated there was interest among some students and teachers in this opportunity. Concerns about the cost of the trip were discussed, as the price per student and adult is near $3,000. V. Doll said the opportunity would also be offered to students and teachers in surrounding school districts. J. McGill in favor, W. Remington in favor, H. Simmons in favor, D. Taylor in favor, W. Witherell in favor, J. Young in favor, T. Zellweger in favor, R. White opposed, Carried.

 

 

No. 2017-094

MUSIC DEPARTMENT DONATION

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by J. Young to accept Mr. Richard Countryman’s donation of an electronic drum kit (Roland TD-9SX), valued at approximately $800.00. 8 in favor,
0 opposed, Carried, with sincere thanks.

 

 

No. 2017-095

CPSE/CSE RECOMMENDATIONS

Based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, Motion made by J. Young and seconded by W. Witherell to approve the recommendations of the CPSE for two students and of the CSE for three students as attached. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

PRINCIPALS’ UPDATES

 

V. Doll updated the Board on Athletics. She said that the soccer season had concluded, as had E. Harper’s 50th year of coaching. Miss Doll added that this was the last year T. Engstrom would be coaching Boys’ Varsity Soccer. She said the Fall Sports Banquet was held on November 1st. V. Doll stated she held a pre-season meeting for Basketball the following day, discussing attendance, playing time, and sportsmanship. She said parents responded favorably to the meeting. She noted Basketball Coaches attended a Basketball Clinic at SUNY Potsdam on Sunday, November 13th.

 

Miss Doll said Grade 10 students took the ASVAB test last week, which assists in providing insight into potential career paths for each test taker. V. Doll stated Melissa Scudder uses the results to help juniors and seniors plan their post-secondary options.

 

V. Doll shared that the Sr. Citizen Thanksgiving Dinner went very well. She said the guests were happy, gifts were provided to them, and students gave an outstanding musical performance. Miss Doll concluded that many of the attendees had sent the District very nice Thank You cards.

 

B. Reid used Chromecast to share with the Board events since the last Board of Education meeting. Ms. Reid showed pictures of the Pumpkin Festival and Halloween Parade. She said teachers gladly participated in the Halloween festivities, and that many had dressed as Minions.

 

Ms. Reid said the Panther Pride Assembly on October 28th focused on the Executive Functioning Skills of time-management, planning, and prioritization.

 

B. Reid also spoke of the Sr. Citizen’s Thanksgiving luncheon. She said art students provided the table décor and that other students made “Thankful for…” bookmarks to give to the Seniors and Board members. Ms. Reid said more than 90 senior citizens attended. She added that Story Time for Tots was held November 15th and that the High School Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team attended to read students a book about Thanksgiving.

 

Ms. Reid shared upcoming events in the District. She stated the School Musical, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, will be December 2nd and 3rd at 7:00 P.M. She added that Story Time with Santa will be December 13th from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Ms. Reid reminded the Board that due to the Snow Day yesterday, Parent-Teacher Conferences were rescheduled for the latter half of the school day on December 2nd. B. Reid concluded that she is looking forward to the holidays.

 

W. Remington thanked both of the principals for their updates.

 

 

INFORMATION

The Board received a copy of correspondence from Superintendent Lauren French, the November 2016 issue of Panther Press, a copy of Melany Cline’s application for Cafeteria Manager, a copy of the summary report of the Food Service Inspection conducted on October 19th, 2016, and a list of upcoming events of interest.

 

 

No. 2017-096

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion made by T. Zellweger and seconded by D. Taylor to go into Executive Session at 8:26 P.M. to discuss the employment history of a bus driver. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

L. Dailey, L. Martin, M. Robinson, G. Snell, and L. Witherell left the meeting at 8:26 P.M.

 

 

 

The Board President announced at 8:58 P.M. that the meeting would reconvene.

 

 

No. 2017-097

ADJOURNMENT

Motion made by J. Young and seconded by H. Simmons to adjourn at 8:59 P.M. 8 in favor, 0 opposed, Carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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