main content starts hereJanuary 28, 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 6:00 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, Robert Piccirillo, Patrick Ryan,  and Pamela Young
  • Board Members Absent: None
  • Administrators Present: Mr. Shannon Shine, Chris 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.  The motion was passed unanimously, seven members present and voting.

MOTION made by Mrs. Escobar, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that an Executive Session be adjourned at 7:00 PM. The motion was passed unanimously, seven members present and voting.

Return to Public Session

The public session was called to order by the President, Mrs. Gaglioti, at 7:03 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, Robert Piccirillo, Patrick Ryan and Pamela Young
  • Board Members Absent: None
  • Administrators Present:   Mr. Shannon Shine, Chris Ruberti, and Laurel Logan-King
  • Others In Attendance:  3 faculty/staff members, 1 district resident, 1 community member/coach

Communications – Superintendent

Mr. Shine opened the meeting by showing a video on Therapy Dogs.  The video showed some of the therapy dogs that we currently have at Mohonasen.  Ms. Bartone, a High School teacher, introduced her dogs, Harper and Cooper.  Poala Cummings, a Draper Middle School Social Worker, introduced her therapy dog, Luna, and Diane Blinn, a Social Worker at the High School, introduced Mr. Higgins’ therapy dog, Gracie. They gave examples of how the dogs work well within their day with students.   They explained the process that the dogs need to go through to become therapy dogs.  They also spoke of some of the therapeutic advantages of having these dogs in the schools.

State Budget Update

Mr. Ruberti then gave an update on the budget development process.   He reported on the amount that the district had estimated prior to the governor’s budget was about $370,000 and the actual amount in the governor’s budget was approximately an $80,000 increase.  He indicated that this would increase the gap in the rollover budget to almost $900,000 and that this would mean an operating deficit of $1.6 -$1.7 million for 2019-20.  He answered questions from the Board, including the projection of our tax levy calculation.  Mr. Ruberti said the formal presentation on the Tax Levy Calculation would take place on February 25, 2019.

Mr. Shine talked about the Legislative breakfast he attended Saturday at Capital Region BOCES.  He talked about the main priority of the meeting being about fully funding the foundation aid.  There was discussion among the Board on this topic.

Communications – Board of Education

Board members reported that the school play was held recently and was awesome, as well as the A Capella group.  The A Capella group took first place during the Schenectady All-County Music Festival, which was hosted by Mohonasen this past weekend.

Mr. Wade Abbott discussed the CSI designation (Comprehensive Support & Improvement) received by the Draper Middle School from the State Education Department.  Mr. Shine discussed this and reported that the district did make an appeal on this designation to the state.  Mr. Shine informed the Board that Mrs. Logan-King and himself attended a webinar on the subject and reported on the steps to follow at this time.

Mrs. Escobar talked about some of the ways she has reached out on this subject and the possibility of also writing a letter to the editor.

Mr. Abbott mentioned the letter to the editor might possibly be from the Board as a whole.

Mrs. Escobar asked how the opt-out scores were calculated.  Mrs. Logan-King explained the calculation and said she had a memo that she would share with the Board that had explanations of the breakdowns.

Public Privilege of the Floor

Mr. William Sherman, Girls’ Cross-Country & Track Coach, who resides on 4th Street in Rotterdam mentioned that there are areas in the district where there is a need for improvement and said the focus should be on where we can improve and how do we get those resources to support it.

Old Business

Request for Approval of Second Reading and Adoption of Board Policies

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

  • 3413   Use of Force Policy Statement

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

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 Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Ryan, 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 November 2, 29, December 20, 2018 and January 7, 9, 10, 11, 15, 16, and 17, 2019.  The motion was passed unanimously, seven members present and voting.

Approved Minutes

MOTION made by Mrs. Escobar, seconded by Mr. Piccirillo, that the Board of Education approve the minutes of January 14, 2019.

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

Approved Financial Reports

Request to Approve Financial Reports

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that the Board of Education approve the following Financial Reports:

  • APPROVED the Treasurer’s Report for the month of December
  • APPROVED the Financial Statement for the month of December
  • APPROVED the Budget Status Report for the month of December
  • APPROVED the Revenue Status Report for the month of December
  • APPROVED the Payment and Presentation of Claims for the month of December  (Warrant #’s 6 & 6P) and January (Warrant #7)
  • APPROVED the Claims Auditor Report for the months of May, June, July, August, September, October, and November 2018
  • APPROVED the Extracurricular Activities Reports for the month of December
  • APPROVED the Collateralization Report for the month of December
  • APPROVED the Cash Flow Analysis/General Fund Report for the month of December

Warrant #6 – December 14, 2018

General Fund  Warrant Schedule #25 #29  $ 338,750.05

School Lunch Fund  Warrant Schedule  #9  $ 54,386.23

Federal Fund  Warrant Schedule #11  $ 440.91

Capital Fund  Warrant Schedule #11  $ 8,260.00

Trust & Agency  Warrant Schedule #11  $ 1,828,713.56

TOTAL  $ 2,230,550.75

TOTAL – Warrant #6  $ 2,230,550.75

Warrant #6P – December 31, 2018

General Fund  Warrant Schedule #30 #34  $ 3,693,639.80

School Lunch Fund  Warrant Schedule  #  $0

Federal Fund  Warrant Schedule #12  $ 1,245.29

Capital Fund  Warrant Schedule #  $0

Trust & Agency Warrant Schedule #12  $ 1,187,942.29

TOTAL  $ 4,882,827.38

TOTAL – Warrant #6P  $ 4,882,827.38

Warrant #7 – January 15, 2019

General Fund  Warrant Schedule #31 #32  $ 199,426.27

School Lunch Fund  Warrant Schedule  #13  $ 51,248.55

Federal Fund  Warrant Schedule #13  $ 1,927.02

Capital Fund  Warrant Schedule #12  $ 950,827.43

Trust & Agency  Warrant Schedule #13  $ 1,808,173.01

TOTAL  $ 3,011,602.28

TOTAL – Warrant #7  $ 3,011,602.28

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

Approved Personnel Recommendations

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the following personnel recommendations:

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

Retirements

Michael Bialobzeski

  • Assignment: Custodian
  • Expiration Date: Close of business January 23, 2019

Appointments

Katherine Figueroa

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Special Education
  • Date of Commencement: January 22, 2019
  • Expiration Date: Close of business TBD
  • Certification Status: Childhood Education Gr. 1-6; Initial
  • Salary: Step 4 plus graduate credits, pro-rated

Alexandra Wood

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Date of Commencement: January 17, 2019
  • Expiration Date:: Close of business TBD
  • Certification Status: Childhood Education Gr. 1-6; Conditional Initial
  • Salary: Step 1, pro-rated

Heather Mason

  • Assignment: Health Office Assistant (10-Month)
  • Effective Date: January 28, 2019
  • Salary: $17.16/Hour

Tanya Healy

  • Assignment: Health Office Assistant (10-Month)
  • Effective Date: February 1, 2019
  • Salary: $17.16/Hour

Cheryl Hitchcock

  • Assignment: 12-Month Typist (Management Confidential & Special Education)
  • Effective Date: January 15, 2019 – June 30, 2019
  • Salary: $17.16/Hour

Winter Color Guard Appointments 2018-2019

  • Daniel Jones Director-Indoor Guard (1.0) $1,379.00
  • Khrystin Comerford Instructor – Indoor Guard (.67) $  919.00
  • Preston Coppage Instructor – Indoor Guard (.67) $  919.00
  • Mike Salamone Instructor – Indoor Guard (.5) $  545.00
  • Nafis Wright Instructor – Indoor Guard (.33) $  459.00
  • Joceyln spencer Instructor – Middle School Color Guard (.5) $  545.00
  • Janelle Maloney Instructor – Indoor Guard (.33) $  459.00
  • Kari Ross Instructor – Pinewood Color Guard $  500.00

Winter Coaches 2018-2019

  • Indoor Track Assistant Robert Stranahan (.5) Step 4

Resignations

Sarah Fiorino

  • Assignment: P/T Teaching Assistant (6 Hours)
  • Effective Date: Close of business February 1, 2019

Leaves of Absence

Sarah Corbett

  • Appointment: Information Processing Specialist 1
  • Effective Dates: February 7, 2019 – May 3, 2019
  • Reason: Family Medical Leave

Adjournment

MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education meeting be adjourned at 7:52 PM.  The motion passed unanimously, seven members present and voting.