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Board of Education Minutes | Monday, March 23, 2020

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.  (Meeting was held virtually via Google Meet due to COVID-19 pandemic)

Roll Call

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

Executive Session

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

MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mr. McFarland, that the Executive Session be adjourned at 7:00 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 7:04 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, Pamela Young, Deborah Escobar,  and Chad McFarland
  • Board Members Absent: Patrick Ryan
  • Administrators Present: Mr. Shannon Shine, Chris Ruberti, and Laurel Logan-King 
  • Others In Attendance: There were 54 people logged in to watch the meeting live on Google Meet.

Communications-Superintendent

Mr. Ruberti gave a budget update and covered the instructional and revenue budget in detail.  The update included the total number of retirements and the impact that these will have on both the 2020-21 and the 2021-22 budgets.  He also discussed the potential impact of the current pandemic on the budget in the coming years. Mr. Ruberti discussed proposed staffing changes, including adding some staff, and went over projected class sizes in grades kindergarten through sixth grade.  He went over the Bus Proposition Resolution that the BOE would be voting on later in the meeting to add to the ballot on budget vote day. He finished by going over the remaining dates in the budget process culminating with the budget vote on May 19, 2020.

Communications-Board of Education

Mrs. Gaglioti thanked Mr. Shine, Mr. Ruberti and Mrs. Logan-King for their hard work and dedication to the school district during the COVID-19 pandemic.  She noted that even with students unable to attend school they have continued to have access to their education and daily meals. Mr. Abbott added that he appreciated their leadership during this time.

New Business – Instructional

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 Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. McFarland, 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 February 24, 25, 26, 28, and March 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 11, 13.  The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Request for Approval for the National Honor Society/Student Council Field Trip to Great Escape in Lake George, New York on June 24, 2020 

Motion made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. McFarland, that the Board of Education approve the request for students to travel to the Great Escape in Lake George, New York for a field trip.  After some discussion, the motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

New Business-Business/Personnel

Request for Approval of Resolution to Authorize Expenditures for School Buses 

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve the following resolution to be put forth as a proposition to the voters on May 19, 2020:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District, Towns of Rotterdam, Schenectady County, and Colonie and Guilderland, Albany County, New York, is hereby authorized to pay the cost of the purchase of school buses of and for said School District, including incidental improvements and expenses in connection therewith, at a maximum estimated cost of Four Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars ($480,000.00) and providing for the levy of a tax therefore to be collected in installments, with obligations of said School District to be issued in anticipation thereof in an amount not to exceed Four Hundred Eighty Thousand Dollars ($480,000.00).  The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Request for Approval of Health and Welfare Contract with Scotia-Glenville Central Schools (amended from February 24, 2020) 

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Abbott that the Board of Education approve a health and welfare contract with the Scotia-Glenville Central School District, the cost of these services is $941.66 (revised from $1051.84) per student for the 2019-2020 school year, at a total of $23,541.50 (revised from $26,296.00).  The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Request Approval of Contract with Crossroads Center for Children for the provisions of Special Education Services from January 6, 2020 to June 25, 2020

MOTION made by Mr. McFarland, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the contract with Crossroads Center for Children at a rate of $21,775.80 for tuition and $12,405.96 for a 1:1 aide per student for a total cost of $34,181.76.  Mrs. Gaglioti asked if these services will still be provided with the schools closed and Mr. Ruberti replied it would be. The motion was passed unanimously, six members present and voting.

Approved Minutes

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. McFarland, that the Board of Education approve the minutes of March 9, 2020.

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

Approved Financial Reports

  • Warrant #8P – March 1, 2020
    • Warrant Schedule #40 and #43
      • General Fund
      • $161,029.11
    • Warrant Schedule #16
      • Federal Fund
      • $6,525.79
    • Warrant Schedule #17
      • Trust & Agency
      • $1,168,705.45
    • TOTAL
      • $1,336,260.35
    • TOTAL Warrant #8P
      • $1,336,260.35
  • Warrant #9 – March 15, 2020
    • Warrant Schedule #41 and #42
      • General Fund
      • $550,416.10
    • Warrant Schedule #14 and #15
      • School Lunch Fund
      • $62,796.67
    • Warrant Schedule #17
      • Federal Fund
      • $1,832.39
    • Warrant Schedule #18
      • Trust & Agency
      • $1,850,071.95
    • TOTAL
      • $2,465,117.11
    • TOTAL Warrant #9
      • $2,465,117.11

Approved Personnel Recommendations

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

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

Retirements

Martha Mallon

  • Assignment: Special Education 9-12
  • Effective Date: Close of business October 31, 2020

William Clayton

  • Assignment: High School Science
  • Effective Date: Close of business June 30, 2020

    Resignations

    Timothy Schaffer

    • Assignment: P/T Monitor
    • Effective Date: March 13, 2020
    • Salary: $16.91

      Appointments

      Amy Rietschel

      • Appointment: Long Term Substitute
      • Assignment: Elementary Education
      • Effective Date: Dec. 9, 2019
      • Expiration Date: May 1, 2020 (amended from Jan. 13, 2020)
      • Certification Status: Childhood Education 1-6, Professional
      • Salary: Step 4 plus graduate credits

      Alex Niedbalec

      • Appointment: Long Term Substitute
      • Assignment: High School Science
      • Effective Date: Jan. 21, 2020
      • Expiration Date: June 16, 2020 (amended from Jan. 13, 2020)
      • Certification Status: General Science 7-12, Initial; Chemistry 7-12, Initial
      • Salary: Step 1 plus graduate credits

      Charles Gass

      • Appointment: Substitute Bus Aide
      • Effective Date: March 16, 2020
      • Salary: $11.80 per hour

      Rameshwar Singh

      • Appointment: Substitute Messenger
      • Effective Date: March 10, 2020
      • Salary: $11.80 per hour

      Nicholas Sutter

      • Appointment: Custodial Leader – Pinewood Intermediate School
      • Effective Date: March 16, 2020 – June 30, 2020
      • Salary: Per MSSA Contract

      Mark Goodman

      • Assignment: Custodial Leader – Pinewood Intermediate School
      • Dates: July 1, 2019 – March 16, 2020 (amended from June 17, 2019)
      • Salary: Per MSSA Contract

      Timothy Schaffer

      • Assignment: P/T Monitor
      • Dates: April 2, 2020
      • Salary: $16.91

      2019-2020 Draper PM School Tutoring ($34.27/hr)

      • Name: Jennifer Fahsel
      • Position: Draper Middle School

      Termination

      Molly Gibson

      • Position: P/T Food Service Helper
      • Effective: Close of Business March 11, 2020

        Adjournment

        MOTION made by Mr. McFarland, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education meeting be adjourned at 7:41 PM.  The motion passed unanimously, six members present and voting.