main content starts hereJanuary 14, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Farnsworth Technology Center | Mohonasen High School

Call to Order

The Board meeting was called to order by the President, Mrs. Gaglioti, at 6:20 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, and Robert Piccirillo
  • Board Members Absent:  Patrick Ryan and Pamela Young
  • Administrators Present:   Shannon Shine, Laurel Logan-King, and Chris Ruberti

Executive Session

MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that an Executive Session be convened for the purpose of discussing specific personnel matters. The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Executive Session be adjourned at 7:00 PM.  The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

Return to Public Session

The public session was called to order by the President, Mrs. Gaglioti, at 7:05 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, and Robert Piccirillo
  • Board Members Absent: Patrick Ryan and Pamela Young
  • Administrators Present: Shannon Shine, Laurel Logan-King, Chris Ruberti, Lisa Carnibucci, Kevin Warren, William Whitty, Richard Arket, Kristy Goergen, Jason Thompson, Thomas O’Connor, Leslie Smith, William Vacca, Matt Hubbell, Dave Austin, Deborah Kavanaugh, and Tasha Anderson
  • Others in Attendance: Ravena Busjit, Emma Drake, and Youssef Jalwaj-Soubai (Student Representatives), approximately 14 faculty/staff members, and 5 district residents.

Communications – Student Representatives

Student representatives, Ravena Busjit, Emma Drake, and Youssef Jalwaj-Soubai gave presentations on the activities going on at each of the buildings.  At Bradt this included the Nintendo Labo Classroom Project, the STAR Program, The perfect attendance award, and the Hour of Code; at Pinewood they discussed the Spelling Bee, various coding activities and the Astronomy Club; at Draper they discussed “Christmas Eve Pajamas,” the dodgeball tournament, the Spelling Bee and the upcoming production of Mohon Masque Jr.’s “Oklahoma”; finally, at the High School they discussed the Kirvin Cup Basketball Tournament, which was won by Mohonasen, as well as the Yale Track Meet, the All County Music Festival, the holiday concerts, and commended junior, Julian McWilliams on his participation in Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara’s Student Cabinet.

Superintendent

Mr. Shine reported that there would be four presentations this evening and that it would start with recap of a recent trip by the Mohon Expedition Club to thacher Park.

Mohon Expedition Club

Students Jenna Lester and Sophia Sacchetti discussed their recent trip to Thacher Park to do the high ropes course with the Mohon Expedition Club.  They said it was a wonderful experience and wanted to thank their advisors and the District for their support.  Mr. Hallberg then thanked the District for helping to make this happen and commented on how exceptional our students were and that they would love to have them back.  Mr. Hallberg also discussed the grant that he received to take the students and encouraged others to access these funds as well.

Gaming Expo

Ms. Carnibucci, CAT Principal, introduced High School Art Teacher, Tina Mathieu, to discuss the upcoming Gaming Expo coming up on March 16, 2019.  Ms. Mathieu gave an overview of how the idea was formed and how it was modeled after a larger event called PAX.  The idea is to offer a different option for students to be involved in activities and to foster a sense of community.  The night will include video games, board games, panel discussions, costumes, food, and drink.

Graduation Rates/School Report Card, Testing & Regents

Mrs. Logan-King gave a presentation on the 2017-2018 School Report Card.  She explained the report in categories of enrollment of students.  She discussed the testing preparation and some of the resulting scores.  She also reported on accountability measures and explained how the districts are measured and the subgroups that make up these results.   Mrs. Logan-King answered some questions and comments after her presentation.

Rollover Budget Overview

Mr. Ruberti gave general information about “rollover” budgets and then discussed specifics about Mohonasen’s current rollover budget for 2019-20. He indicated that based on what we currently know, along with some assumptions on unknown factors, that there is currently a $580,000 gap in next year’s budget.  He also reminded board members that this would be in addition to the anticipated $850,000 deficit that the District expects for the 2019-19 making the total anticipated deficit for 2019-20 approximately $1,430,000.  He indicated that the District would know more once the governor’s budget was released.

Communications – Board of Education

There were no conversations from the Board at this time.

Public Privilege of the Floor

Ms. Arwen Pappas, who resides on N. Westcott Road in Schenectady, spoke about an incident that happened with her son.  She requested cameras in classrooms so that everything can be seen that goes on.

Mr. Robert Godlewski, of Manas Drive in Schenectady, questioned the Board about the potential legalization of recreational marijuana and the impact on the school district.

Old Business

Request for Approval of Second Reading and Adoption of Board Policies

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the second reading and adoption of the following policies:

  • 5551 Allocation of Title I, Part A Funds in the District
  • 7133  Education of Students in Foster Care
  • 5413 Procurement: Uniform Grant Guidance for Federal Awards
  • 6121 Sexual Harassment in the Workplace
  • 5140 Administration of the Budget
  • 6213 Registration and Professional Development
  • 7222 Diploma or Credential Options for Students with Disabilities
  • 7260 Designation of Person in Parental Relation
  • 7512 Student Physicals
  • 7522 Concussion Management

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

New Business – Instructional

Special Education Recommendations and Student Placements

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

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve and arrange for the recommendations of the Committee on Special Education and Committee on Pre-School Special Education on November, 26, December 10, 12, 14, 17, 18, 19, 21, January 4, and 10, 2019.   The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

Winter Color Guard Trips for various competitions

Request Approval for Mohonasen/Draper/Pinewood Winter Color Guard to Participate in Various Competitions

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the Mohonasen Winter Color Guard participation in the following competitions:

  • January 2, 2019 – Jordan, NY (Jr. Winter Guard Competition)
  • February 9, 2019 – Laurens, NY (Color Guard Competition)
  • February 15-16, 2019 – Salem, MA. (WGI Regional Competition)
  • February 16, 2019 – Vestal, NY (Mid York Color Guard Circuit Competition)
  • March 2, 2019 – Central Square, NY (Mid York Color Guard Circuit Competition)
  • March 15-17 – Bethlehem, PA (WGI Regional Competition)
  • March 16, 2019 – Endicott, NY (Jr. Winter Guard Competition)
  • March 30, 2019 – Cicero, NY (Mid York Color Guard Circuit Competitions)
  • April 2-6, 2019 – Dayton, OH (WGI World Champions)

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

New Business – Business/Personnel

Agreement with Access Compliance

Request Approval to Enter into a Renewal Agreement with Access Compliance to Perform Medical Services for the period January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2021

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education authorize the renewal agreement with Access Compliance for the period of January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2021 at a fee of $7,200 per year, plus other services requested by the District.

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

Approval of Establishment of Memorial Scholarship

Request for Approval of the Establishment of the Dino Cimino Memorial Scholarship

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the establishment of the Dino Cimino Memorial Scholarship.

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

First Reading of Board Policy

Request Approval of First Reading of Board Policy

MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mr. Piccirillo, that the Board of Education approve the first reading of the Policy #3413 Use of Force Policy Statement. After a question from one of the Board members, the motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

Approval of Corrected Tax Roll Request

Approval of Application for Corrected Tax Roll for the Year 2018, Pursuant to Sect. 550, Real Property Tax Law

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve the Application for Corrected Tax Roll Pursuant to below mentioned error. Sec. 550©(b), RPTL from the following property tax owners in the stated amounts:

  • Owner/S/B/L: Joel & Maria Stafford, Applicants 48.19-8-5
  • Amt. of Taxes Billed: $1,796.72
  • Corrected Tax/Reason: $1,236.84 Correct Amount (clerical error)
  • Amount of Refund: $0

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

Approval of merged Ice Hockey Team

Request Approval for Agreement of Mohonasen-Guilderland-Scotia-Glenville-Schalmont-Voorheesville Ice Hockey Team

MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the agreement regarding the combined Mohonasen-Guilderland-Scotia-Glenville-Schalmont-Voorheesville Interscholastic Ice Hockey Team. The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

Approval of Budget Reappropriation

Request Approval of Budget Reappropriation – 2018-19 Special Legislative Grant

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education amend the 2018-2019 budget as follows:

  • Increase A510Estimated Revenue $40,000
  • Increase A3289Other State Aid $40,000
  • Increase A960 Appropriations $40,000
  • Increase A2110.200-00-450 Equipment-Music $30,000
  • Increase A2855.200-00-0000 Equipment-Interscholastic Athletics $10,000

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

Approved Minutes

MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mr. Piccirillo, that the Board of Education approve the minutes of December 17, 2018.

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

Approved Personnel Recommendations

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve the following personnel recommendations: The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

Retirement

  • Patricia Amering, 2020 Oaktree Lane, Schenectady, NY 12303
  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Effective Date: June 30, 2019

Appointments

Marisa Caprara

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Date of Commencement: January 14, 2019
  • Expiration Date: Close of business TBD
  • Certification Status: Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Gr. 1-6, Permanent
  • Salary: Step 6 plus graduate credits, pro-rated

Victoria Mitchell

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Science
  • Date of Commencement: January 3, 2019
  • Expiration Date: June 30, 2019
  • Certification Status: Earth Science 7-12, Initial
  • Salary: Step 2 plus graduate credits, pro-rated

Timothy Young

  • Appointment: Long Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Special Education
  • Date of Commencement: October 23, 2018
  • Expiration Date: Close of business March 29, 2019 (amended from the October 29, 2018 agenda)
  • Certification Status: Childhood Education Gr. 1-6; Initial; Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6, Initial
  • Salary: Step 1 plus graduate credits, pro-rated

Nicholas Sutter

  • Assignment: Custodian, Probationary (subject to a probationary period according to Civil Service rules)
  • Effective Date: January 14, 2019
  • Salary: $35,416
  • Appointments (Cont.) Kendra DiSorbo
  • Assignment: School Attendance Clerk (10-Month), Provisional
  • Effective Date: January 14, 2019
  • Salary: $20,540

Theodora Kirker

  • Assignment: P/T Food Service Helper
  • Effective Date: January 14, 2019
  • Salary: $11.17/Hour

Melissa Conaway

  • Assignment: P/T Food Service Helper (Café Aide)
  • Effective Date: January 3, 2019
  • Salary: $11.10/Hour

Joseph Gage

  • Assignment: P/T Monitor (Job Share)
  • Effective Date: January 3, 2019
  • Salary: $16.17/Hour

Daniel Aniolek

  • Assignment: P/T Monitor (Job Share)
  • Effective Date: January 3, 2019
  • Salary: $15.00/Hour

Rebecca Muller

  • Assignment: P/T Monitor (Job Share)
  • Effective Date: January 3, 2019
  • Salary: $15.00/Hour

Christopher Wever

  • Assignment: P/T Computer Technician
  • Effective Date: January 14, 2019
  • Salary: $22.73/Hour

Joel Fuschino

  • Assignment: P/T Bus Driver
  • Effective Date: January 10, 2019
  • Salary: $17.15/Hour

Keeley Herrick

  • Assignment: Lifeguard (Level I)
  • Effective Date: January 15, 2019
  • Salary: $11.10/Hour

Kerry Ann Putman

  • Assignment: Lifeguard (Level I) & Water Safety Instructor (Level II)
  • Effective Date: January 15, 2019
  • Salary: $11.10/Hour & $16.50/Hour

Kathryn Barry

  • Assignment: Substitute Typist
  • Effective Date: January 14, 2019
  • Salary: $13.65/Hour

Brian Heaney

  • Assignment: Substitute Monitor
  • Effective Date: January 3, 2019
  • Salary: $13.75/Hour

2018-2019 PM School Tutoring ($34.27/Hour)

  • Victoria Mitchell, Tutor

2018-2019 Intramurals

  • Raymond Kearney, High School

Resignations

Joseph Gage

  • Assignment: 10-Month Monitor
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 2, 2019

Daniel Aniolek

  • Assignment: Substitute Monitor
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 2, 2019

Rebecca Muller

  • Assignment: Substitute Monitor
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 2, 2019

Brian Heaney

  • Assignment: P/T Monitor (Job Shared)
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 2, 2019

Margaret Hupe-Cole

  • Assignment: P/T Health Office Assistant & Substitute RN
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 2, 2019

Christopher Wever

  • Assignment: F/T Computer Technician
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 11, 2019

Theodora Kirker

  • Assignment: Substitute Food Service Helper
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 11, 2019

Joel Fuschino

  • Assignment: Substitute Bus Driver
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 9, 2019

Leaves of Absence

Jennifer Nicholson

  • Appointment: Special Education
  • Effective Dates: January 3, 2019 – March 1, 2019
  • Reason: Family Medical Leave of Absence

Kasey Califano

  • Appointment: Special Education
  • Effective Dates: December 6, 2018 – March 13, 2019 (Family Medical Leave)
  • March 14, 2019 – March 29, 2019 (Unpaid Leave of Absence)
  • Reason: Family Medical Leave / Unpaid Leave of Absence

Daniella DeLuca

  • Appointment: K-12 Assistant Principal
  • Effective Dates: January 17, 2019 – April 10, 2019 (Family Medical Leave)
  • April 11, 2019 – June 30, 2019 (Unpaid Leave of Absence)
  • Reason: Family Medical Leave / Unpaid Leave of Absence

Removal from Service

Patricia Ulenski

  • Assignment: Substitute Teacher Aide
  • Effective Date: December 30, 2018

Executive Session

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that an executive session be convened at 8:50 PM for the purpose of discussing specific personnel matters.  The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.  MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the executive session be adjourned at 9:20 PM.  The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

Adjournment

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education meeting be adjourned at 9:20 PM.  The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.