Proceeding of Board of Education Regular Business Meeting – October 11, 2017

PRESENT – Ronald Kardash, Mary Beth Hudyncia, Jeffrey Jones, David Przestrzelsld, and Todd McFee.

ABSENT -Jami  Stevens, Joseph Bartholomew  (arrived at   7:53pm)

OTHERS -David W. Zisldn, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools; Rebecca J. Smith, Secretary to the Superintendent; Deborah Larrabee, Ed.D., Jr. Sr. High School Principal; Lauren Crisman, Harry Hoag Elementary Principal; Katrina Canallatos, Director of Special  Education; Lisa Petty and Deborah Waner, Faculty; Brandon Lewis, Joshua Congdon,  Shyanne Smith, Jose Pipero,  and Jordan Waner, Students; and Rob Jenks,  FPTA.

CALL TO ORDER – President Kardash called the Regular Meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

PLEDGE  OF ALLEGIANCE

TIME FOR VISITORS – Mrs. Lisa Petty, 7-12 Life Skills Teacher, and her students, Brandon Lewis, Joshua Congdon, Shyanne Smith, Jordan Waner and  Jose  Pipero  talked  to  the  Board about their class while they presented them with Apple Crisp and Zucchini Bread they had made  for them. Mrs. Petty noted they do a lot of cooking and incorporate math skills into  the  preparation. Each student spoke about their favorite part of the school day with all of them expressing how much they loved Mrs. Petty and being in her class. Shyanne is in 11th grade and talked about how each morning they start out by writing down how they feel and putting it on the door. Jordan is in 11th and said he liked helping to make the snack bags for other students; Jose is in 9th grade and told the Board about the 100th day of school project that Mrs. Summerfield is helping them with; Josh is in 11th grade and loves to cook.  Mrs. Petty noted  that  Josh is  very good in the kitchen and helps chop the food and use the Kitchen Aide Mixer. Brandon is in 12th Grade. Brandon told the Board he has a job at the Bus  Garage.  Every  Wednesday,  Mrs. King goes with him to the bus garage where he helps clean and wash the  buses.  Brandon  is  very excited to graduate in June. Mrs. Petty noted that Mondays they  study English  and  so far this  year everyone has gotten a 100% on the tests. Mrs. Petty and her students thanked the Board for their continued support of their education and presented them  with  apple  crisp  and  zucchini bread they made for them. The Board thanked the class and Mrs. Petty and told them to keep up the good work!

ACCEPT MINUTES- Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the minutes  of the Regular Meeting held on   August 23, 2017, Special Meeting held on August 31, 2017 and the Regular meeting held on September 13, 2017. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

ACCEPT FINANCIAL REPORTS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to accept the following financial reports: Treasurer’s Report for Money Market, Payroll, ACH Savings, Special Reserve and General Fund for August 2017; Budget Reports for August 2017; Treasurer’s Report for Extra Classroom Funds for August 2017; and Claims Auditor’s Report for August 2017.  AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Insurance Committee: Dr. Zisldn noted the Insurance Committee met and the meeting was very productive. The new insurance policy has been a change for everyone, but the transition has gone well. Issues have been corrected, and the committee would like to continue to meet on a regular basis.

Policy Committee: Dr. Ziskin met with the Policy  Committee to discuss revisions to the Athletic Code. They will continue to review the changes and bring the final code to the November meeting.

PREVIOUS BUSINESS – DASNY Bond Re-Finance: Dr. Ziskin informed the Board that the re-finance was successful, we will save approximately $37,644 next year in interest payments. He thanked Donegan Associates for their guidance during this process.

NEW BUSINESS  – Nothing  at this time

BUSINESS MANAGER -Mr. Rockefeller was unable to attend the meeting. Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with a recommendation from Mrs. Lauri Broady, Food Service Manager and Mr. Rockefeller, to increase the adult breakfast price by $.50 to $2.50 to conform with the new USDA adult meal price policy. The new price will allow us to be in compliance with the federal minimum, which is $2.38. Our current adult lunch price is already in compliance, as the federal minimum is $3.99 and our adult lunch price is $4.00. Upon the recommendation, Mr. Przestrzelski moved,  seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to set the adult breakfast price at $2.50.  AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ADMINSTRATOR REPORTS – Mrs. Crisman provided  the Board with her report including  the September Faculty Meeting slideshow and reverse suspension research. She also provided a list of things they are doing to continue to accomplish the goals set by the Board. Mrs. Crisman thanked Mrs. Petty’s class for their hard work on the “Snack Pack Program”.  She noted each  week Mrs. Petty’s class prepare about 20 bags of food for students in the Elementary School to take home for the weekend. The Board thanked  Mrs. Crisman for her  report.

Dr. Larrabee provided the Board with her report consisting of September Students of the Month; PSAT exams and a list of activities for October which continue to be in-line with the goals set by the Board.  The Board thanked Dr. Larrabee for her  report.

Mrs. Canallatos provided  the Board with her report including key special education statistics   as

well as a list of items her department continues to use to accomplish the goals set by the Board. The Board thanked Mrs. Canallatos for her  report.

INFORMATIONAL  ITEMS-   Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with the Enrollment Report dated October 11, 2017.  Our enrollment stands at 821 with 479 in PreK-6th and 342 in 7th-12th. We also have 35 Home Schooled  Students.

Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with information regarding the Mohawk-Sacandaga School Boards Meeting to be held on October 23rd at HFM BOCES. The presentation this year will be “PIECH  -the Deep Dive”.  Dr. Ziskin encouraged  members  of the Board to attend this  important discussion.

Dr. Ziskin informed the Board that our district, like many others, are having difficulty finding substitutes for our teachers. He would like to propose that BOCES allow us to reserve one substitute a week as a floater. The substitute would come to our district and be used wherever  they are needed. Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to approve Dr. Ziskin to move forward with reserving  a substitute teacher from HFM BOCES to be used in our district  wherever  needed.   AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and  Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried. Dr. Ziskin will inform the Board of the progress.

APPROVE REVISED 2017-2018  SCHOOL DISTRICT CALENDAR -Dr. Ziskin noted he discussed the addition of half days with the Professional Development  Team and  administrators. Both groups were in favor of additional days to support professional growth. Dr. Ziskin would like to adjust the calendar to include 10:30 dismissal days on December 15th and February 2nd. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved,  seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the addition of Professional Development Days to the 2017- 2018 school district calendar.  AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Battholomew   and Jones.  NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.   Motion  Carried.

Dr. Ziskin complimented the administrators and faculty on the Superintendent’s Conference Day. It was a very productive and successful day for everyone.

PUBLIC COMMENT – Nothing at this time

EXECUTIVE SESSION -Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to move to executive session at 8:05 p.m. to discuss recommendations of the CPSE/CSE/504 and personnel issues. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned to open session at 8:39 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion  Carried.

CSE/CPSE/504 RECOMMENDATIONS -Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. ·Battholomew to approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on September 21, 2017; September 28, 2017; September 27, 2017; October 4, 2017; and October 5, 2017. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash,  Przestrzelski,  Bartholomew  and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion  Carried.

APPROVE HFM BOCES SUBSTITUTE LIST -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the HFM BOCES Substitute List for November 2017. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ACCEPT RESIGNATIONS OF EXTRA DUTY POSITIONS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to accept the resignation of Matt Heiser from his extra duty position of Modified Boys Basketball Coach and Amanda Souza from her exh·a duty position of K-6 Gifted and Talented Advisor. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITIONS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to appoint the following extra duty positions for the 2017-2018 school year: Justin Lathers -7th grade Modified Boys Basketball; Christopher Hanifin -gth grade Boys Modified Basketball; Stacey Brownell -Modified Girls Basketball; Paula Colvin -Modified Volleyball; Lauri Broady -K-6 Gifted and Talented Advisor; and Louise Clute -Quiz Show Advisor. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew  and Jones.  NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion   Carried.

ACCEPT RESIGNATION OF FULL TIME CLEANER (D. STOWELL) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to  accept the resignation  of Dean Stowell from his position  of Full Time Cleaner effective September 15, 2017. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion  Can’ied.

ACCEPT RESIGNATION OF PART TIME AIDE (K. SEIP) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Przestrzelski moved, seconded by Mr. Bmtholomew to accept the resignation  of Krista Seip from her position of Part Time Aide effective October 2,  2017. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

APPOINT FULL TIME CLEANER (K. SEIP)- Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Bom·d of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Krista Seip to the position of Full Time Cleaner subject to the rules of the Montgomery  County Civil Service Commission.   In accordance with the Civil Service Rules, such appointment is a six-month probationary appointment. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment is made on a conditional basis, and subject to the receipt of both a statement   from Ms. Seip regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Ms. Seip’s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the district’s receipt of notices from the   Commissioner of Education, that she is fully cleared for employment. Ms.  Seip’s effective date  will be September 19, 2017. (Ms. Seip will continue to work as a Part Time Bus Aide on her run until a new employee is hired for this run) AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bmtholomew  and Jones.  NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT PART TIME AIDE (M . HOFFMAN) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to approve the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Martin Hoffman to the position of Patt Time Teacher Aide subject to the rules of the Montgomery  County Civil Service Commission.   In accordance with the Civil Service Rules, such appointment is a six-month probationary appointment. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment is made on a conditional basis, and subject to the receipt of both a statement from Martin Hoffman regarding  criminal conviction(s)   or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Martin Hoffinan’ s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice from the Commissioner of Education, that he is fully cleared for employment. His first day of employment will be October 2, 2017. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT (SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER -D. STOWELL) – Upon the recommendation  of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to   approve the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED  that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Dean Stowell to the position of Substitute Bus Driver subject to the rules of the Montgomery County Civil Service Commission.  In accordance with the Civil Service Rules, such appointment is a 6 month probationary appointment.  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED  that this appointment is made on a conditional basis and subject to the receipt of both a statement from Dean Stowell regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending  criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background  clearance  from the Commissioner of Education. Mr. Stowell’s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice, from the Commissioner of Education, that his   fully cleared for employment and his continued 19A certification. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelsld, Baitholomew and Jones. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE TITLE CHANGE (C. WHITE) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the reinstatement of Cory White to the position of Cleaner and add him back to the Substitute Bus Driver List. His title of Cleaner/Bus Driver ended October 12, 2017. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kai·dash, Przestrzelsld, Baitholomew  and Jones.  NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion   Carried.

APPROVE SCHOOL VOLUNTEER Upon the recommendation  of Superintendent  Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve Kim Skramko as a volunteer in  Mrs. Kennedy’s Pre-Kindergarten Classroom. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew  and Jones.  NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion  Carried.

ADJOURNMENT – Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to adjourn the meeting at 8:43 p.m. AYES: Hudyncia, McFee, Kardash, Przestrzelski, Bartholomew and Jones. NAYES: None., ABSTAIN:  None.  Motion Carried.