main content starts hereApril 17, 2019 Minutes

April 17, 2019

Farnsworth Technology Center | Mohonasen High School

Call to Order

The Board meeting was called to order by the President, Mrs. Gaglioti, at 6:15 PM.  Mrs. Gaglioti requested those present to stand and join in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Roll Call

  • Board Members Present: Wade Abbott, Lisa Gaglioti, Stacy MacTurk, Robert Piccillo, Patrick Ryan and Pamela Young
  • Board Members Absent: Deborah Escobar
  • Administrators Present: Mr. Shannon Shine, Christopher Ruberti, and Laurel Logan-King

Executive Session

MOTION made by Ms. Young, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that an Executive Session be convened for the purpose of discussing specific personnel matters as well as an appeal to a Superintendent Hearing.  The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that an Executive Session be adjourned at 7:05 PM.  The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Return to Public Session

The public session was called to order by the President, Mrs. Gaglioti, at 7:06 PM.  Mrs. Gaglioti requested those present to stand and join in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Roll Call

  • Board Members Present: Wade Abbott, Lisa Gaglioti, Stacy MacTurk, Robert Piccillo, Patrick Ryan and Pamela Young
  • Board Members Absent: Deborah Escobar
  • Administrators Present: Mr. Shannon Shine, Christopher Ruberti, and Laurel Logan-King
  • Others In Attendance: No others were in attendance.

Communications – Superintendent

Mr. Shine mentioned that there will be no Friday Bulletin next week due to the break week.

Communications – Board of Education

Mrs. MacTurk commented on the Select Music Concert she attended the night before and the excellence of all performers, especially the a cappela group For Good Measure.

Mr. Abbott complimented Mr. Arket, middle school principal, for a recent letter that he sent to his son for participation in a leadership experience.

Public Privilege of the Floor

No comments were made.

New Business – Instructional

Special Education Recommendations and Student Placements

Request for Approval and Arrangement of Committee on Special Education Recommendations and Student Placements and Committee on Pre-School Special Education

MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve and arrange for the recommendations of the Committee on Special Education and Committee on Preschool Special Education for meetings held on March 26, 28, April 1, 10, and 11, 2019.

The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

New Business – Business/Personnel

Annual BOCES Board Election

MOTION made by Ms. Young, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education approve the following four positions for a term of three years each.

  • Mr. Kevin Kutzcher
  • Mrs. Heather Soroka
  • Mrs. Rose Surman
  • Mr. Matthew Tedeschi

The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

BOCES Administrative Budget

Annual BOCES vote for the 2019-2020 Administrative Budget

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education vote on the following resolution to adopt the 2019-2020 Administrative Budget of the BOCES of Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga Counties:

Resolved, that the Board of Cooperative Educational Services of Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga Counties be authorized to expend the sums set forth in the Administrative Budget document in the total amount of $11,909,690 during the school year 2019-2020 and to raise such sum by assessments to component school districts, non-component school districts, other BOCES and other sources as required by law.

The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval of Annual Fire Inspection Reports

Request Approval of the Annual Fire Inspection Reports

MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education approve the Annual Fire Inspection Reports for all facilities owned by the Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District.

The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval of Retirement Incentive – Mohonasen Teachers’ Association (amendment)

Request for Approval of Retirement Incentive – Mohonasen Teachers’ Association Amendment

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that the Board of Education approve the following resolution:

AGREEMENT BY AND BETWEEN THE MOHONASEN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT AND THE MOHONASEN TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION (MTA)

WHEREAS, the Mohonasen Teachers’ Association (“MTA”) represents certainemployees of the Mohonasen Central School District ("District"); and WHEREAS, the District desires to offer a retirement incentive to certain eligible bargaining unit members; and WHEREAS, the MTA is agreeable for the District to offer such an incentive on a limited basis;

IT IS HEREBY AGREED AS FOLLOWS:

  1. Full time Teachers and full time Teaching Assistants who are eligible to retire, in accordance with the rules of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, and who do so retire in accordance herewith, will be eligible to receive the following payments, dependent on the number of
    employees who actually allow letters of resignation for retirement purposes to be approved by the Board of Education

    1. 3 retirees = $2,500
    2. 4 retirees = $5,000
    3. 5 retirees = $7,500
    4. 6 retirees = $10,000
    5. 7 retirees = $12,500
    6. 8 retirees = $15,000
    7. 9 retirees = $17,500
    8. 10+ retiree = $20,000

Part-time teaching assistants who are eligible to retire, in accordance with the rules of the New York State Teachers’ Retirement System, and who do so retire in accordance herewith, will be eligible to receive the following payments, dependent on the number of full-time teachers and full time teaching assistants who actually allow letters of resignation for retirement purposes to be approved by the Board of Education.

    1. 3 retirees = $1,250
    2. 4 retirees = $2,500
    3. 5 retirees = $3,750
    4. 6 retirees = $5,000
    5. 7 retirees = $6,250
    6. 8 retirees = $7,500
    7. 9 retirees = $8,750
    8. 10+ retirees = $10,000
  1. In order to be eligible for this payment, the bargaining unit member must submit his/her letter of resignation for retirement purposes no later than April 1, 2019, by the close of business, for acceptance by the Board of Education with a retirement date effective no earlier than June 30, 2019 and no later than August 31, 2019. With a recognized exception made for Rosemary Halvorsen who will retire on April 28, 2019, but still be fully eligible for this incentive.
  2. An eligible retiring member that will be receiving their retiree health insurance through the District upon retirement, payment will be used as a “credit” toward the retiree’s health insurance premiums in retirement. This payment will be retained by the District to pay his/her entire retiree health insurance premiums.
  3. An eligible retiring member who will not be receiving retiree health insurance through the District upon retirement, shall receive as a deposit to their 403(b) account, a non-elective employer contribution for the applicable payment according to the chart in point 1. The employer contribution will be deposited into the retiring member’s 403(b) account within thirty (30) days of the effective date of retirement. The retiree shall be responsible for all tax liability associated with their choice of depository and are encouraged to consult a financial advisor prior to making that decision.The Non-elective employer contribution into the 403(b) account shall be contributed in accordance with the following rules and stipulations:
    1. No Cash Option: No employee may receive cash in lieu of or as an alternative to the retiree incentives described above.
    2. Contribution Limitations: In any applicable year, the maximum Employer Contribution shall not cause an employee’s 403(b) account to exceed the applicable contribution limit under Section 415(c)(1) of the Code, as adjusted for cost-of-living increases. For Employer Non-elective Contributions made post-employment to former employees’ 403(b) account, the Contribution Limit shall be based on the employee’s compensation, as determined under Section 403(b)(3) of the Code.In the event that the calculation of the Employer Non-elective Contributionreferenced in any of the preceding paragraphs exceed the applicable ContributionLimits, then the Employer shall first make an Employer Non-elective Contribution up to the Contribution Limit of the Internal Revenue Code and then pay any excess amount as compensation directly to the Employee. In no instance shall the Employee have any rights to, including the ability to receive, any excess amount as compensation unless and until the Contribution Limit of the Internal Revenue Code are fully met through payment of the Employer’s Non-Elective Contribution.
  4. This agreement shall sunset on August 31, 2019, and shall have no further force or effect, except as to enforce payments due on or after that date. Any such dispute shall be subject to the grievance procedure in the parties’ collective bargaining agreement.
  5. This agreement is subject to the approval of the Board of Education.

The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval of Shared Services Agreement with Voorhesville Central School District

Request for Approval of Shared Services Agreement with Voorhesville Central School District

MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mr. Piccirillo, that the Board of
Education authorize the Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District to enter into a shared services agreement with Voorheesville Central School District.

The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval of Acceptance of monetary donation

Request for Approval of Monetary Donation from Mohonasen Baseball Boosters and Budget Reappropriation

MOTION made by Ms. Young, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that the Board of Education approve the monetary donation of $3,350 to be used toward the purchase of a used Smithco Super Star Sand Trap Rake field groomer and the reappropriation of these funds so that they may be used for their intended purpose and amend the budget as follows:

  • Increase A2770 | Other Unclassified Revenue: $3,350
  • Increase A1621.200-00-0000 | Equipment-Maintenance of Plant: $3,350

The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

      Approved Minutes

      MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the minutes of April 8, 2019.

      The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

        Approved of Bids/Change Orders

        Request for Approval to Award Bids/Change Orders:
        MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that the Board of Education award:

        • Contract No. 43 for Electrical in the revised amount of $61,657 to
          Kasselman Electric Company, Inc., P.O. Box 984, Albany, NY 12201
        • Contract No. 41 for General Construction in the amount of $541,570 to Gallo Construction Company, 50 Lincoln Avenue, Watervliet, NY 12189

        The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

        Approved Financial Reports

        Request to Approve Financial Reports

        • MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the following Financial Reports:
        • APPROVED the Treasurer’s Report for the month of March
        • APPROVED the Budget Status Report for the month of March
        • APPROVED the Revenue Status Report for the month of March
        • APPROVED the Payment and Presentation of Claims for the month of March (Warrant # 9P)
        • APPROVED the Extracurricular Activities Reports for the month of March
        • APPROVED the Cash Flow Analysis/General Fund Report for the month of March

        Warrant #9P: Feb. 28, 2019

        • General Fund | Warrant Schedule #47 #48: $416,164.08
        • School Lunch Fund
        • Federal Fund | Warrant Schedule #18: $16,478.31
        • Capital Fund
        • Trust & Agency | Warrant Schedule #18: $1,161,685.56
        • TOTAL: $1,594,327.95
        • TOTAL, Warrant #9P: $1,594,327.95

        The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

        Tenure Appointments

        Andre Pigliavento (Public Recognition of Original April 8 BOE appt.)

        • Assignment: Elementary Education
        • Effective Date: October 1, 2019

        Appointments

        Maria Mastroianni

        • Assignment: Substitute Food Service Helper
        • Effective Date: April 18, 2019
        • Salary: $11.10/hour

        Resignations

        Kathleen McDermott

        • Assignment: P/T Bus Driver
        • Effective Date: Close of business June 30, 2019

        Suzanne Hile

        • Assignment: P/T Bus Driver
        • Effective Date: Close of Business April 2, 2019 (amended from the April 8, 2019 agenda)

        Adjournment

        MOTION made by Ms. Young, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education meeting be adjourned at 7:28 PM.

        The motion passed unanimously, six members present and voting.