main content starts hereDecember 16, 2019 Minutes

Board of Education Minutes | Monday, Dec. 16, 2019 | Farnsworth Technology Center/Mohonasen High School

Call to Order

The Board meeting was called to order by the President, Mrs. Gaglioti, at 6:30 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, Deborah Escobar, Lisa Gaglioti, Stacy MacTurk, Pamela Young , Deborah Escobar and Patrick Ryan
  • Board Members Absent: Chad McFarland
  • Administrators Present: Mr. Shannon Shine, Chris Ruberti, and Laurel Logan-King 

Organizational Business

Authorization of Hearing Officer to Conduct Student Disciplinary Hearings
Recommend that the following individual be appointed to conduct student disciplinary hearings per Education Law Section 3214: Laurel Logan-King
MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Abbott. The motion was passed unanimously, with six members present and voting.

Communications-Superintendent

Mrs. Conway’s Computer Science Students made a video presentation on what they are learning in class (i.e coding, java, software) and how it will benefit their future job opportunities.

Ryan Moran and Anthony Romano of Rotterdam EMS presented the Board with two Stop Bleed Kits and explained how they are used to keep a bleeding victim stable, with the use of a phone application until the EMS can attend to them. Eventually there will be nine kits in the District. Ryan hopes that students, along with staff will be trained to use kits. Mr. Shine and the Board thanked them for their time and generous donations.

K-8 Core Subject Area Overview and Metrics: Math, ELA/Reading, Science and Social Studies was presented by Tasha Anderson and Matthew Hubbell. New York State assessment tests are mostly used to collect the data on grades 3-8 and teacher’s benchmarks were used for grades K-2. There was discussion about how this data was used by the district as well as what testing in New York State will look like in the future.

Mr. Ruberti presented the Board with an update on the upcoming budget and the multi-year financial plan. The information provided included the financials for the past five years and assumptions for the following five years, main factors affecting expenses and revenues, the impact of foundation aid and projections for 2020-2021.

Communications-Board of Education

Mrs. MacTurk opened a discussion on having Rotterdam’s Volunteer Fire Department come to school to solicit volunteers along with the armed services or on career day.

Public Privilege of the Floor

Phil from a not-for-profit mental health awareness program in New York City would like to invite Mohonasen students to a free concert called Christmas Cantata being held at the Palace on January 5, 2020.

Old Business

Discussion regarding live streaming of Board Meetings was brought up again but tabled for another board meeting when Mr. McFarland will be present. The Band Survey Discussion was revisited and the next step, according to Mr. Shine will be to reach out to band teachers to discuss results, highlighting parents’ concerns and allow them to provide a response.

New Business – Instructional

Approval for Committee on Special Education Recommendations
Request for Approval and Arrangement for the Committee on Special Education Recommendations and Student Placements and Committee on Pre-School Special Education
MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve and arrange for the recommendations of the Committee on Special Education and the Pre-School Special Education for meetings held on May 5, October 25, November 1, 4, 5, 6, 12, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, and December 5, 6, 10, 11, and 12. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval of Travel for Boys’ Indoor Track Team
Request for Approval for the Boys’ Indoor Track Team to Participate in Out of Area Trips in December 2019, January 2020, and February 2020
MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Ryan that the Board of Education approve the request for the Boys’ Indoor Track Team to participate in the field trip. The motion was passed unanimously with six members present. Mr. Abbott noted that some of the departure times were actually event start times. Mr. Shine recommended he make a motion to strike departure times from resolutions. Motion was made by Mr. Abbott and unanimously approved.

Approval of Middle School Orchestra Field Trip
Request for Approval of Middle School Orchestra Field Trip to Music in the Parks Music Competition and Six Flags New England on May 15, 2020
MOTION made by Mrs. Escobar, seconded by Mr. Abbott that the Board of Education approve the request for the 7th and 8th grade orchestra to participate in a field trip to Music in the Park Music Competition in Agawam, Massachusetts on Friday, May 15, 2020. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval for Travel for Girls’ Indoor Track Team
Request for Approval for the Girls’ Indoor Track Team to Participate in Out of Area Trip on December 21, 2019 – Amendment
MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk that the Board of Education approve the request for the Girls’ Indoor Track Team to participate in this field trip. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

New Business-Business/Personnel

Approval to Enter into an Agreement with St. Anne Institute
Request Approval to Enter into an Agreement with St. Anne Institute for Educational Services for the Summer Session and the 2019-2020 School Year
MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk that the Board of Education approves a contract with St. Anne’s Institute to provide educational services on an as needed basis to one District residenident at a cost of $7,869 for a 2-month summer session and a cost of $48, 527 for a 10-month period for the 2019-2020 school year. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval of Contract for Sale of Remsen Property
Request For Approval of Contract for the Sale of Real Property located at 103 Remsen Street, Schenectady, New York 12306
MOTION made by Ms. Young, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approves the contract for the sale of the real property located at 103 Remsen Street, Schenectady, NY 12306, subject to attorney approval, authorizes the Board President to execute the contract and any documents necessary to transfer title, and further approves the expenditure of any reasonable and customary fees to finalize the transfer. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval of Tax Refund – Currybrook Associates, LLC
Request Approval for Tax Refund – Currybrook Associates, LLC
MOTION made by, Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mr. Abbott that the Board of Education authorize the change in assessment, and corresponding refund of $5,507.59 for tax years 2017, 2018, and 2019. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approval of Application for Corrected Tax Roll for 2019
Request for Approval of Application for Corrected Tax Roll for the Year 2019, Pursuant to Sect. 556, Real Property Tax Law
MOTION made by Ms. Young, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk that the Board of Education approve the Application for Corrected Tax Roll Pursuant to below mentioned error Sec. 550 (7) (a), RPTL from the following property tax owners in the stated amount of $1,275.23 to be refunded. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Acceptance of Uncollected Tax Report
Request for Acceptance of Uncollected Tax Report
MOTION made by Mrs. Escobar, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that the Board of Education accept the Uncollected Tax Report as follows Rotterdam $1,071,394.61, Guilderland $40,213.23, and Colonie $77,811.46. 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 November 18, 2019.
The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approved Financial Reports

Request to Approve Financial Reports
MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the following Financial Reports:
APPROVED Payment of Claims

Warrant #5 – November 15, 2019

General Fund

Warrant Schedule #22 & #23

  • $601,133.27

School Lunch Fund

Warrant Schedule #7 & #8

  • $75,193.81

Federal Fund

Warrant Schedule #9

  • $1,223.00

Capital Fund

Warrant Schedule #

Trust & Agency

Warrant Schedule #10

  • 1,923,564.79

TOTAL: $2,601,114.87

TOTAL: Warrant #5, $2,601,114.87

Warrant #5P – December 2, 2019

General Fund

Warrant Schedule #25 & #26

  • $1,332,226.10

School Lunch Fund

Warrant Schedule

Federal Fund

Warrant Schedule #10

  • $1,642.31

Capital Fund

Warrant Schedule #

Trust & Agency

Warrant Schedule #11

  • 1,149,253.08

TOTAL: $2,483,121.49

TOTAL: Warrant #5, $2,483,121.49

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

Approved Personnel Recommendations

MOTION made by Ms. Young, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education approve the following personnel recommendations:
The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Tenure Appointments

Lisa Wiedeman

  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Effective Date: January 1, 2020

Bryttni Doak

  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Effective Date: January 20, 2020

Retirements

Karla Empie

  • Assignment: Director of Special & Alternative Educaiton
  • Effective Date: Close of Business Dec. 30, 2019

Donna Patrician

  • Assignment: 12-Month Typist
  • Effective Date: Close of business December 30, 2019 (amended from the April 8, 2019 agenda)

Norman Vernon

  • Assignment: Custodian
  • Effective Date: Close of business December 30, 2019 (amended from the April 8, 2019 agenda)

Appointments

Karla Empie

  • Appointment: Director of Special & Alternative Education (Part-Time)
  • Effective Date: January 6, 2019 – June 30, 2020
  • Salary: $525/per diem

Patricia Baker

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Library Media Specialist
  • Date of Commencement: September 1, 2019
  • Expiration Date: Close of business December 13, 2019 (amended from the August 19, 2019 agenda)
  • Certification Status: Art, Permanent
  • Salary: Step 1 plus graduate credits

Timothy Young

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Date of Commencement: October 25, 2019
  • Expiration Date: Close of business December 16, 2019 (amended from the November 18, 2019 agenda)
  • Certification Status: Students with Disabilities; Initial: Childhood Education 1-6 Initial
  • Salary: Step 2 plus graduate credits, pro-rated

Teresa Bancheri

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Elementary Education (.6)
  • Date of Commencement: November 19, 2019
  • Expiration Date: TBD
  • Certification Status: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Gr. 1-6, Permanent; Reading, Permanent; Special Education, Permanent
  • Salary: Step 7 plus graduate credits, pro-rated

Amy Rietschel

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Date of Commencement: December 9, 2019
  • Expiration Date: TBD
  • Certification Status: Childhood Education Grades 1-6, Professional
  • Salary: Step 4 plus graduate credits, pro-rated

Nancy Felberbaum

  • Appointment: Probationary
  • Assignment: Music
  • Date of Commencement: September 1, 2017
  • Expiration Date: August 31, 2020 (amended from the July 10, 2017 agenda)
  • Certification Status: Music, Permanent

Ann Mennella-Valdes

  • Assignment: Administrative School Aide
  • Effective Date: October 28, 2019 (amended from the October 21, 2019 agenda)
  • Salary: $31,000

Karen Konrad

  • Assignment: 12-Month Attendance Clerk
  • Effective Date: December 2, 2019
  • Salary: $26,629

Gerard Smith

  • Assignment: Teaching Assistant
  • Effective Date: December 9, 2019
  • Salary: Step 13

Cassandra Powell

  • Assignment: P/T Food Service Helper (Café Aide)
  • Effective Date: November 25, 2019
  • Salary: $11.80/hour

Mark Isles

  • Assignment: P/T Bus Driver
  • Effective Date: December 10, 2019
  • Salary: $17.66/hour

Paul Paszkiewicz

  • Assignment: Substitute Messenger (MEO Light), Substitute Bus Driver, Substitute Monitor
  • Effective Date: January 2, 2020
  • Salary: $11.80/hour, $16.75/hour, $13.90/hour

Mary James Clement

  • Assignment: Substitute Teaching Assistant
  • Effective Date: December 16, 2019
  • Salary: $12.40/hour

Karen Nass

  • Assignment: Substitute Food Service Helper
  • Effective Date: November 18, 2019
  • Salary: $11.80/hour

Cynthia Clough

  • Assignment: Substitute Typist
  • Effective Date: January 2, 2020
  • Salary: $13.80/hour

Donna Patrician

  • Assignment: Substitute Typist
  • Effective Date: January 2, 2020
  • Salary: $13.80/hour

Dale Reisenger

  • Appointment: P/T Bus Aide
  • Effective Date: December 11, 2019
  • Salary: $12.00/hour

Suzanna Ritchey

  • Appointment: Substitute Health Office Assistant
  • Effective Date: December 16, 2019
  • Salary: $15.00/hour

Gregory Britten

  • Appointment: Substitute Bus Driver
  • Effective Date: December 11, 2019
  • Salary: $16.75/hour

Joseph Giso

  • Appointment: Substitute Bus Aid
  • Effective Date: December 11, 2019
  • Salary: $11.80/hour

Mark Isles

  • Appointment: Substitute Bus Driver
  • Effective Date: November 26, 2019
  • Salary: $16.75/hour

Craig Vaughn

  • Appointment: Substitute Bus Driver
  • Effective Date: December 2, 2019
  • Salary: $16.75/hour

2019-2020 Instructional Leaders

Kathleen Shafer

  • Position: Third Grade
  • Stipend: $1,440 (January-June)

2019-2020 Winter Coaches

Mary James Clement

  • Position: Boys JV Basketball Volunteer Assistant
  • Step: N/A

John Gallo

  • Position: Varsity Football Head Coach
  • Step: 7

2019-2020 Intramurals

Raymond Kearney

  • Building: High School

Summer Curriculum 2019/TCI Training $183.37

Kasey Califano

  • Assignment: TCI Training Instructor
  • Days: 4

Michelle Gaffney

  • Assignment: TCI Training Instructor
  • Days: 2

Marching Color Guard Staff – Winter 2019-2020

Daniel Jones

  • Position: Director (1.0)/Indoor Guard
  • Stipend: $1,379.00

Mike Salamone

  • Position: Middle School Color Guard (.5)
  • Stipend: $545.00

Nafis Wright

  • Position: Indoor Guard (.33)
  • Stipend: $459.00

Khrystin Comerford

  • Position: Indoor Guard (.33)
  • Stipend: $459.00

Billy Pacifico

  • Position: Indoor Guard (.67)
  • Stipend: $919.00

Kayla LaBombard

  • Position: Middle School Color Guard (.5)
  • Stipend: $545.00

Christianna Braun

  • Position: Indoor Guard (.33)
  • Stipend: $459.00

Kari Ross

  • Position: Instructor – Stipend
  • Stipend: $500.00

Nicole Hoffman

  • Position: Instructor – Indoor Guard (.33)
  • Stipend: $459.00

Resignations

Justin Chaires

  • Appointment: P/T Teaching Assistant
  • Effective Date: Close of business November 29, 2019

Jason Gage

  • Appointment: Cleaner
  • Effective Date: Close of business November 15, 2019

Craig Vaughn

  • Appointment: P/T Bus Driver
  • Effective Date: November 27, 2019

Suzanna Ritchey

  • Appointment: Health Office Assistant (10-Month)
  • Effective Date: Close of business December 13, 2019

Nicole Moslander

  • Appointment: Teaching Assistant
  • Effective Date: Close of business December 13, 2019

Kathryn Barry

  • Appointment: Substitute Typist
  • Effective Date: Close of business December 13, 2019

Mark Isles

  • Appointment: Substitute Bus Driver
  • Effective Date: Close of business December 9, 2019

Leaves of Absence

Patricia Baker

  • Appointment: P/T Teaching Assistant
  • Effective Dates: September 1, 2019 – December 13, 2019 (amended from the September 9, 2019 agenda)
  • Reason: Unpaid Leave of Absence

Mary-Frances Gorton

  • Appointment: Library Media Specialist
  • Effective Dates: November 26, 2019 – December 13, 2019 (amended from the August 19, 2019 agenda)
  • Reason: Unpaid Leave of Absence

Executive Session

MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that an Executive Session be convened at 9:15 PM for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations. The motion passed unanimously, six members present and voting. MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Executive Session be adjourned at 9:40 PM. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Adjournment

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education meeting be adjourned at 9:40 PM. The motion passed unanimously, six members present and voting.