main content starts hereNov. 18, 2019 Meeting Minutes

Board of Education Minutes | Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 | Farnsworth Technology Center

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, and Chad McFarland (Deborah arrived at 6:54 PM)
  • Board Members Absent: Patrick Ryan and Pamela Young
  • Administrators Present: Mr. Shannon Shine, Chris Ruberti, and Laurel Logan-King 
  • Others In Attendance:

Executive Session

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

MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Executive Session be adjourned at 7:12 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 7:16 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 Chad McFarland
  • Board Members Absent: Patrick Ryan and Pamela Young
  • Administrators Present:Mr. Shannon Shine, Chris Ruberti, and Laurel Logan-King
  • Others In Attendance:4 faculty members, 1 Mohonasen coach, 9 boys from Boy Scout Troop 3023 and their Troop Leaders, 3 district residents, and Mrs. Sara Lewis (newly appointed Director of Special Education and alternative Programs) and her family.

Communication

Superintendent

Mr. Shine recognized Boy Scout Troop 3023 who was attending the board meeting with their troop leaders as part of their Community and Citizenship Merit Badge.

Board of Education

Mrs. Gaglioti opened a discussion regarding flashing school zone lights and the possible need to have them at the school entrances.   Mr. Shine read some feedback he received in an email from Lieutenant Kyle Girard of the Rotterdam Police Department on this subject. He noted that they would have to be approved and designed by the State and County who own the roads and that they would need to be powered by National Grid.  Mr. Girard also stated that it appeared there had only been one accident within the last five years on Kings Road. The Board discussed this subject and there were some thoughts and suggestions. A few of the suggestions were to have emoji faces that change when the lowered speed is reached, and having the flashing lights only flash during school hours.  The Board asked for some additional information before making a final decision.

The next discussion was on the Secondary Band Survey.  Mrs. Gaglioti thanked everyone that participated in the survey.   She mentioned that they will discuss it further when the whole Board is present and that there would be information sent to the public on the results.

Public Privilege on the Floor

A Boy Scout from Troop 3023 commented about the flashing lights.  He asked why the lights can’t flash fifty percent of the time? Mr. Shine responded that is one of the options they will consider.  Mr. Shine thanked him for his comment.

Old Business

Request for Approval of Second Reading and Adoption of Board Policy

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve the second reading and adoption of the following policy: 5660: Meal Charging and Prohibition Against Meal Shaming.

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

New Business

Instructional

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. Escobar, seconded by Mr. Abbott, 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 February 4, September 30, October 7, 10, 29, 30, November 4, 6, and 13, 2019.  The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

Business/Personnel

Request for Approval of Disposal of District Property

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. McFarland, that the Board of Education approve of the disposal of Potters Wheel #004820 and Potters Wheel #004821 that are no longer needed or of value to the district.

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

Request For Approval of Health & Welfare Contract with Guilderland Central School District 

MOTION made by Mrs. Escobar, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve a health and welfare contract with the Guilderland Central School District, in the total amount of $20,295.60 for the 2019-2020 school year..

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

Request for Approval to Enter into a Service Agreement with Capital Region BOCES 

MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mr. McFarland, that the Board of Education approve the following resolution and service agreement with Capital Region BOCES related to Administrative Computer Services in Co-Ser 604:

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District (hereinafter referred to as the “District”) desires to enter into a five-year service agreement with the Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (hereinafter referred to as “CR BOCES”) in order for the CR BOCES to furnish certain services to the District pursuant to New York State Education Law §1950(4)(jj), those services being Administrative Computer Services in Co-Ser 604.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District agrees to enter into a contract with the CR BOCES for the provision of said services to the District and not to exceed in total over the life of this agreement the total amount of $12,626 (which will be pro-rated to $6,313 in each of the two 6 month billing periods) and associated CR BOCES charges with such amount to include annual CR BOCES support costs and applicable taxes and surcharges, and with such support costs and applicable taxes and surcharges included at the current rate and subject to change as established in the CR BOCES budget or mandated by any federal, state or local authority.

This amount may be amended with the approval of both parties. The District will be liable to CR BOCES for early cancellation or withdrawal from this agreement to the same extent that CR BOCES is liable to any vendor(s) of these services, including liability for applicable penalties or liquidated damages, and the District will also be liable for costs and expenses, including reasonable attorneys’ fees and disbursements, incurred by CR BOCES as consequence of any such early cancellation or withdrawal. The District further agrees to indemnify, defend and hold BOCES, its elected officials, its employees, and agents, harmless from any and all liability, claims including bodily injury or property damage, causes of action, damages and expenses, including attorney fees, which may arise out of the negligent actions of the District, its elected officials, employees, agents, invitees, and volunteers while using this service.

Payment will be made as part of a regular annual CR BOCES contract for services. Further, this agreement is subject to the approval of the Board of Education of CR BOCES. This contract will be for a maximum period of 5 years commencing on or about January 1, 2020 and continuing through December 31, 2024.

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

Request Approval for Creation of Maintenance Helper Positions

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. McFarland, that the Board of Education approve the creation of two (2) Maintenance Helper positions.

After a brief discussion, the motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

Request for Approval of Tax Refund – 300 Prout Lane, Guilderland, NY 12303

MOTION made by Mr. McFarland, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve the refund of taxes for 300 Prout Lane, Guilderland, NY 12303 in the amount of $1,162.19 for 2016 and $1,380.14 for 2017.

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

Request for Approval of Tax Refund for Rotterdam Apartments, LLC.

MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education authorize the change in assessments, and corresponding refunds for tax years 2018 and 2019, a total reduction of $195,000 per year.

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

Approved Minutes

MOTION made by Mr. McFarland, seconded by MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve the minutes of November 4, 2019.

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

Approved Financial Reprots

Request to Approve Financial Reports

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

  • APPROVED the Treasurer’s Report for the month of October
  • APPROVED the Cafeteria Financial Statements for the month of September & October
  • APPROVED the Budget/Appropriations Status Report for the month of October
  • APPROVED the Revenue Status Report for the month of October
  • APPROVED the Payment and Presentation of Claims for the month of October (Warrant #4P)
  • APPROVED the Extracurricular Activities Reports for the month of October
  • APPROVED the Collateralization Report for the month of September
  • APPROVED the Cash Flow Analysis/General Fund Report for the month of October

Warrant #4P – November 1, 2019

General Fund

Warrant Schedule #19 & #20

  • $577,830.05

Federal Fund

Warrant Schedule #8

  • $59,538.87

Capital Fund

Warrant Schedule #7

  • $105,084.90

Trust & Agency

Warrant Schedule #9

  • $1,151,566.69

TOTAL: $1,894,020.51

TOTAL: Warrant #4P $1,894,020.51

The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting

Retirements

Darcy Brem
  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Effective Date: Close of business January 6, 2020

Approved Personnel Recommendations

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

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

Retirements

Sharon Senecal

  • Appointment: Cook
  • Effective Date: Close of Business Dec. 30, 2019 (amended from April 8, 2019 agenda)

Jo-An Fagel

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

Appointments

Sara Lewis

  • Appointment: Probationary
  • Tenure Area: Director of Special Education and alternative Programs
  • Date of Commencement: January 6, 2020
  • Expiration Date: Close of business January 5, 20204
  • Certification Status: School District Administrator, Professional; Special Education, Permanent
  • Salary: $100,000, pro-rated

Timothy Young

  • Appointment: Long-Term Substitute
  • Assignment: Elementary Education
  • Date of Commencement: October 25, 2019
  • Expiration Date: TBD
  • Certification Status: Students with Disabilities, Initial; Childhood Education Gr. 1-6, Initial
  • Salary: Step 2 plus graduate credits, pro-rated

Kathryn Barry

  • Assignment: Information Processing Specialist I (Management Confidential), Probationary
  • Effective Date: December 16, 2019
  • Salary: $35,500

Kathryn Barry

  • Assignment: Board of Education Secretary
  • Effective Date: December 16, 2019
  • Salary: $5,500

Jennifer Winders

  • Assignment: Information Processing Specialist – 12 months
  • Effective Date: January 2, 2020
  • Salary: $30,792

Susanne Candee

  • Assignment: Mail Clerk, Provisional
  • Effective Date: November 18, 2019
  • Salary: $27,285

Dana Pantalone

  • Assignment: P/T Monitor
  • Effective Date: November 18, 2019
  • Salary: $16.50/Hour

Dennis LedDuke

  • Assignment: P/T Monitor
  • Effective Date: November 18, 2019
  • Salary: $15.50/Hour

Shawn Hawkins

  • Assignment: Substitute Monitor
  • Effective Date: November 18, 2019
  • Salary: $13.90/Hour

Judy Andi

  • Assignment: P/T Executive Secretary II
  • Effective Date: January 2, 2020
  • Salary: $35.31/Hour

Patricia Hopkins

  • Assignment: P/T Account Clerk
  • Effective Date: January 2, 2020
  • Salary: $26.28/Hour

Tracy Dauria

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

Pinewood Before/After School AIS – 2019-2020 ($34.27/hour) Amended from the 10/21/19 Board Agenda

Elizabeth MacMaster
  • AIS
  • 2 hours/week
Mary Gradoni
  • AIS
  • 2 hours/week

Winter Coaches 2019-2020

Modified Wrestling Assistant
  • Doug Jones (.5)
  • 7 + Longevity $1,585
Modified Wrestling Assistant
  • Nick Baker (.5)
  • 2  (amended from the October 21, 2019 agenda)
Indoor assistant – Throws Coach
  • Nicole Tassone
  • 1
Strength and Conditioning
  • Ray Kearney
  • 4

2019-2020 Extracurricular Advisors –  High School

Masterminds
  • Stephanie D’Annibale
Dean of Students
  • Gregory Massaroni (to start 11/18/19, pro-rated)

2019-2020 Extracurricular Advisors – Bradt (.75 of stipend)

Art Club
  • Jaime Murray

2019-2020 Extracurricular Advisors – Pinewood ($425 per 6 week session)

Coding Club
  • Leisha Sherman

2019-2020 Extracurricular Advisors – Draper

Hiking Club (Expedition Club)
  • Kyra Grimsley, Fred Saccocio, Doug Hallberg (amended from August 19, 2019)
Recess Intramural Facilitator
  • Richard Caruso (to start 11/18/19, pro-rated)

Resignations

Lisabeth Whittam
  • Assignment: Mail Clerk
  • Effective Date: Close of business November 15, 2019
Susanne Candee
  • Assignment: P/T Food Service Helper, Food Service Leader, & Substitute Typist
  • Effective Date: Close of business November 15, 2019

Removal from Service

Julie D’Andreti
  • Assignment: Substitute Health Office Assistant
  • Effective Date: November 18, 2019
Julie D’Andreti
  • Assignment: Substitute Teacher Aide
  • Effective Date: November 18, 2019
Karen Nass
  • Assignment: Substitute Food Service Helper
  • Effective Date: November 18, 2019

Executive Session

MOTION made by Mr. McFarland, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that an Executive Session be convened at 7:40 PM for the purpose of discussing contract negotiations.  The motion passed unanimously, five members present and voting. MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Executive Session be adjourned at 8:40 PM.  The motion was passed unanimously, five members present and voting.

    Adjournment

    MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. McFarland, that the Board of Education meeting be adjourned at 8:40 PM.  The motion passed unanimously, five members present and voting.