main content starts hereMay 13, 2019 Minutes

| June 6, 2019

Minutes of the Meeting of the Board of Education, Monday, May 13, 2019

Farnsworth Technology Center | Mohonasen High School

Budget Hearing & Meet the Candidates

A Budget Hearing and Meet the Candidates forum was held at 6:00 PM Prior to the Board meeting.

Call to Order

The Board meeting was called to order by the President, Mrs. Gaglioti, at 7:10 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
  • Administrators Present: Shannon Shine, Chris Ruberti, Laurel Logan-King, Lisa Carnibucci, Karla Empie, Kevin Warren, William Whitty, Richard Arket, Kristy Goergen, Thomas O’Connor, Leslie Smith, William Vacca, Matthew Hubbell, David Austin, Deborah Kavanaugh, and Tasha Anderson
  • Others in Attendance: Ravena Busjit, Emma Drake, Youssef Jalwaj-Soubai (Student Representatives), Alissa Scott (Communications Specialist), approximately 7 faculty members, 8 community members and 4 students. 

    Communications – Superintendent

    The superintendent welcomed everyone and then introduced the student representatives to give their presentations.

    Communications – Student Representatives

    Student Representatives, Ravena Busjit, Emma Drake and Youssef Jalwaj-Soubai spoke about many events and activities that have happened within the district recently.  They highlighted events from each building and then videos and photos were shown. They talked about activities coming up later in the month such as the Chicken Barbeque that will be held on May 21st during the budget vote, the high school Academic Award Ceremony taking place on June 4th, and the Celebration of Cultures on June 5th.  They also spoke about the Media Arts Festival that took place on May 8th.  They then introduced the candidates that will be running next year to be the Student Representatives to the Board of Education.  Each candidate gave brief comments about why they would like to hold this position.  The candidates are:  Sophia Sacchetti, Margaret Collins, Tianna Harris, and Kelley Bui.

    Communications – Board of Education

    Mrs. Gaglioti expressed her sadness regarding the death of one of Mohonasen’s eighth grade students this week and recognized Mr. Shine, Mr. Arket and all the teams that came together to help give support.

    Mr. Abbott thanked Mrs. Logan-King for the Draper Climate meeting that she facilitated.

    Mr. Abbott also reported that Mr. Shine participated in the 6th grade concert last week and was sorry he missed it. He then reported on a recent invitational (The Futures) that he attended and recognized Mr. Sherman for the organization and success of the event.

    Mrs. Escobar reported on the art show at Bradt that was held today.  Mr. Shine mentioned that he was there and it was superlative.

    Public Privilege of the Floor

    Mr. William Sherman, Cross-Country and Track & Field Coach, who resides on 4th Street in Rotterdam, spoke about an event he hosts every year called “The Futures”.  This event is held for athletes in grades 7 – 10.  This year they had 400 athletes participate from 23 teams, representing 13 schools.  He recognized Mr. Mayo’s staff as well as Mr. Austin and Mrs. Streeter for doing such a great job in helping to make this event a success.

    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 PreSchool 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 Committee on Preschool Special Education for meetings held on March 21, 27, 28  April 1, 3, 5, 8, 10, 12, 15, 17, 18, 29, 30, May 1, 2, 6, and 7, 2019.

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

    Approval of Varsity Baseball Team to Boston on May 14, 2019

    Request Approval for the Varsity Baseball Team to Travel to Boston on Tuesday, May 14, 2019

    MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education approve the request of the Varsity Baseball Team to travel to Boston to visit their manager, Ben Parker, as he recovers from surgery on Thursday, May 14, 2019.   Prior to the motion, The motion was passed unanimously, seven members present and voting.  Mr. Shine also explained to everyone in more detail the reason for this resolution and said that he commended the team, athletic director, the school principal, as well as the students for this – outstanding job!!

    New Business – Business/Personnel

    Approval of Agreement with LearnWell for Tutorial Services for 2018-19

    Request Approval to Enter into an Agreement with LearnWell for Tutorial Services for 2019-20

    MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education authorize the approval of tutorial services agreement with LearnWell at a rate of fifty-eight ($58) dollars an hour for instruction for the 2018-19 school year.

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

    Approval of Agreement with CDB Connections for 2019 Summer and 2019-20 School Year

    Request Authorization to Enter into an Agreement with CDB Connections for the 2019 Summer and the 2019-2020 School Year

    MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education enter into an agreement with CDB Connections to provide special education and related services to district resident students if necessary during the summer of 2019 and the 2019-20 school year at a rate of fifty-seven dollars ($57) per half hour for individual sessions, thirty-six dollar and fifty cents ($36.50) per half hour per child for group sessions, and supplemental evaluations at $325 per evaluation.  The total estimated anticipated cost is $2,500.00

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

    Approval of Health & Welfare Contract with Niskayuna CSD

    Request for Approval of Health and Welfare Contract with Niskayuna City School District

    MOTION made with Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve a health and welfare contract with Niskayuna City School District, in the amount of $1,839.69 for the 2018-19 school year.

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

    Approval of Salary Schedules for Management/Confidential Employees

    Request for Approval of Salary Schedules for Management/Confidential Employees

    MOTION made with Mrs. Escobar, seconded by Mr. Piccirillo, that the Board of Education approve the salary increase for Management/Confidential employees for the 2019/20 school year in alignment with the attachment to the MSSA contract.

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

    Approval of Contract with LaSalle School from September 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

    Request for Approval of Contract with LaSalle School from September 1, 2018 – June 30, 2019

    MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that the Board of Education approve a contract with LaSalle School for the period of September 2018 through June 30, 2019 at a rate of $3,678.00 per month, for a total cost per year of $36,788.00

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

    Approval to Appoint Permanent Chairman, Assistant Clerks and Voting Machine Inspectors

    Request Approval to Appoint Permanent Chairman, Assistant Clerks and Voting Machine Inspectors

    MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to assist in the implementation of the voting on May 21, 2019:

    Permanent Chairperson: James McCrum

    Custodian of Machines: Eli McNett

    Assistant Clerks and Inspectors:

    • Jessica Andi
    • Judy Andi
    • Raymond Andi
    • Scott Andi
    • Kathryn Barry
    • Nancy Brassard
    • Janine Carroll
    • Lousia Dalton
    • Patricia Dergosits
    • Meg Fountain
    • Tracey Freemantle
    • Tina George
    • Cheryl Hitchcock
    • Judy Kazakavich
    • Marty Longo
    • Jessica Muscanell
    • Helen Pugliese
    • Faith Rorick
    • Katherine Streeter
    • Tracy VanBlarcom

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

    Approval of Health & Welfare Contract with Schenectady City School District

    Request for Approval of Health and Welfare Contract with Schenectady City School District

    MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve a health and welfare contract with the Schenectady City School district, in the total amount of $15,085.73 for the 2018-2019 School Year.

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

    Approval of Memorandum of Agreement with MTA Substitute Unit for Substitute Rates

    Request for Approval of Memorandum of Agreement with Mohonasen Teachers’ Association Substitute Unit for Per Diem Substitute Rates from 2019-2023

    MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education approve the MOA between the district and Mohonasen Teachers’ Association Substitute Unit effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2023 and authorize the Superintendent to execute the agreement.

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

    Approval of first reading of Board policies

    Request for Approval of First Reading of Board Policies

    MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approves the first reading of the following policies and By-Laws:

    • 3220 Therapy Dogs
    • 5741 Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers
    • 6212 Certification and Qualifications
    • 7530 Child Abuse and Maltreatment

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

    Approval of Lease Agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of  Schenectady

    Request Approval of Lease Agreement with the Boys and Girls Club of Schenectady

    MOTION made by Mrs. Escobar, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that the Board of Education approve a contract with the Boys and Girls club of Schenectady for the use of five buses, at a reimbursement amount of $23,000 for the period July 1, 2019 through August 16, 2019.

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

    Authorization to Fund Reserve Accounts

    Authorization to Fund Reserve Accounts

    MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mr. Piccirillo, that the Board of Education approve the following resolution:

    RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Rotterdam-Mohonasen Central School District hereby authorizes the funding of the District’s approved reserves with the excess of 4% from unassigned fund balance at June 30, 2019, after the designated amount for tax reduction has been set.  The allocation of such excess fund balance will be determined subsequent to June 30, 2019 and prior to setting the tax levy.

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

    Approval of Annual Organizational Meeting Date

    Request Approval of Annual Organizational Meeting Date

    MOTION made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Mrs. MacTurk, that the Board of Education approve setting the date of the annual organizational meeting for the 2019-2020 school year for Monday, July 1, 2019.

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

    Approval of Health & Welfare Contract with Albany City School District

    Request for Approval of Health and Welfare Contract with the City School District of Albany

    MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mrs. Escobar, that the Board of Education approve a health and welfare contract with the City School distract of Albany, for a total amount of $6,907.76 for the 2018-19 school year.

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

    Approval to Enter into a Transportation contract with Shenendehowa for April 15, 2019-June 30, 2019

    Request for Approval to Enter into a Transportation Contract with Shenendehowa Central Schools for April 15, 2019 through June 30, 2019

    MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that the Board of Education approve the Transportation Contract from April 15, 2019 through June 30, 2019 with Shenendehowa Central School district at a total anticipated cost of $179.74.

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

      Approval of Minutes

      MOTION made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mr. Piccirillo, that the Board of Education approve the minutes of April 17, 2019.

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

        Retirements

        Kathleen McDermott

        • Assignment: P/T Bus Driver
        • Effective Date: Close of business June 30, 2019 (amended from the April 17, 2019 agenda – previously reported as a resignation)

        Mary Pels

        • Assignment: Mail Clerk
        • Effective Date: Close of business July 4, 2019 (amended from the April 8, 2019 agenda)

          Appointments

          Jared Linck

          • Appointment: Long Term Substitute
          • Assignment ELA
          • Date of Commencement: April 29, 2019
          • Expiration Date: Close of business June 30, 2019
          • Certification Status: ELA Grades 5-12, Transitional B
          • Salary: Permanent Step 2

          Michelle Gannon

          • Assignment: Information Processing Specialist 1 (12-month), Provisional
          • Effective Date: April 29, 2019
          • Salary: $30,188

          Nicholas Moquin

          • Assignment: Cleaner
          • Effective Date: May 13, 2019
          • Salary: $25,700

          Michelle Budka

          • Assignment: P/T Bus Driver
          • Effective Date: April 17, 2019
          • Salary: $18.18/hour

          Patricia Ulenski

          • Assignment: P/T Cleaner (Interim)
          • Effective Date: May 8, 2019
          • Salary: $12.85/hour

          David Marachesani

          • Assignment: Substitute Bus Driver
          • Effective Date: April 29, 2019
          • Salary: $16.50/hour

          Rameshwar Singh

          • Assignment: Substitute Bus Driver
          • Effective Date: May 13, 2019
          • Salary: $16.50/hour

          2018-19 Tutoring

          • Lauren FInke – Tutor

          2018-19 Intramurals

          • Nicole Schaap – Draper
          • Kevin Daviero – Draper

          Leaves of Absence

          Mark Daley

          • Assignment: P/T Bus Driver
          • Effective Date: March 20, 2019-April 17, 2019 (amended from the April 8, 2019 agenda)

          Resignations

          Farrah Daviero

          • Assignment: 12-Month High School Nurse
          • Effective Date: Close of business July 2, 2019

          Sandra Demarest

          • Assignment: P/T Teacher Aide
          • Effective Date: Close of business June 26, 2019

            Removal From Service

            Gerald Sellick

            • Assignment: Cleaner
            • Effective Date: April 12, 2019

            Approval to cancel May 20, 2019 Board of Education Meeting

            Motion made by Mr. Abbott, seconded by Ms. Young, that the May 20, 2019 Board of Education Business Meeting be cancelled.

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

            Executive Session

            Motion made by Mr. Ryan, seconded by Mr. Abbott, that an executive session be convened at 7:44 PM for the purpose of discussion of contract negotiations.  The motion was passed unanimously, seven members present and voting.

            MOTION made by Mr. Piccirillo, seconded by Ms. Young, that the executive session by adjourned at 9:30 PM.

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

            Adjournment

            MOTION made by Mrs. MacTurk, seconded by Mr. Ryan, that the Board of Education meeting be adjourned at 9:30 PM.  The motion passed unanimously, seven members present and voting.