Proceedings of Board of Education meeting – August 10, 2016; Proceedings of Board of Education special meeting – August 29, 2016

Notes available September 8, 2016

PRESENT -Todd Mcf ee, Jeffrey Jones, Ronald Kardash, Jami Stevens, David Przestrzelski, and Joseph Bartholomew

ABSENT -Mary Beth Hudyncia

OTHERS -David W. Ziskin, Superintendent of Schools; Rebecca J. Smith, Secretary to the Superintendent;  and  Carl  J. Rockefeller,  Business Manager.

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

TIME FOR VISITORS -None

ACCEPT THE MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Mcf ee to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on July 5, 2016. AYES: Mcfee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, Jones, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ACCEPT FINANCIAL REPORTS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Mcf ee to accept the following financial reports: Treasurer’s Report for Money Market, Payroll, ACH Savings and General Fund for June 2016; Treasurer’s Reports for Extra Classroom Funds for June 2016; and Claim’s Auditor Report dated July 10, 2016. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Mr. Ziskin noted that he would like to schedule a Policy Committee meeting to review the Policy Audit. Mr. Kardash and Mr. Mcf ee will check their availability.

PREVIOUS BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

NEW BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

BUSINESS MANAGER -Mr. Rockefeller provided the Board with the tax rates and asked for authorization to make any changes as necessary. Upon the recommendation of Mr. Rockefeller, Mr. Mcf ee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the 2016-2017 tax rates and authorize Mr. Rockefeller to make any last minute changes which may be required. AYES: Mcfee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS- Mr. Ziskin presented the Board with a video of the Baseball Team that was made by the Montgomery County Executive showcasing their accomplishments and celebrations.

Mr. Ziskin provided the Board with information regarding the 3-8 testing results and test refusals. He noted that this year the Administration and faculty will focus on working to bring scores up, proficiency levels up and to have more students participate in the testing.

APPROVE SUBSTITUTE PAY RATE INCREASE – Mr. Ziskin and the Board discussed surrounding district’s substitute pay rates. We are the lowest in the surrounding District and Mr. Ziskin noted that it has been hard to get subs to cover in our district if there are openings in others. He asked the Board to consider increasing the pay rate. After discussion with  Mr.

Rockefeller and the Board, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to set the substitute pay rates at $75.00 for non-certified and $85.00 for certified. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE ELEMENTARY  SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT -Mr. Ziskin provided the Board with the Elementary Code of Conduct for their review. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to approve the Elementary School Code of Conduct. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE JR. SR. HIGH SCHOOL CODE OF CONDUCT -Mr. Ziskin provided the Board with the Jr. Sr. High School Code of Conduct for their review. He noted they wanted to remove the times listed for the school day because the code of conduct is in effect at afterschool events as well. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the Jr. Sr. High School Code of Conduct. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE ATTENDANCE POLICY -Mr. Ziskin provided the Board with the Attendance Policy for their review. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the Attendance Policy. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE REVISED 2016-2017 SCHOOL CALENDAR – In keeping with the District’s Goals, the Administrative Team discussed adding an additional Professional Development Half Day to the school year. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcf ee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the revised 2016-2017 School calendar which includes the addition of a Professional Development Half Day on December 9th. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT-  None
EXECUTIVE SESSION -Mr. Przestrzelski moved, seconded by Mr. Mcf ee to move to executive session at 8:00 p.m. to discuss recommendations or the CPSE/CSE/504 and personnel issues. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned to open session at 9:28 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Mcf ee and seconded by Mrs. Stevens. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

CSE/CPSE RECOMMENDATIONS – Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on June 2, 2016 and July 14, 2016. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE 2016-2017 SUBSTITUTE LIST -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Przestrzelski moved, seconded by Mr. Mcf ee to approve the following substitutes for the 2016-2017 school year: Transportation Department: William Bailey, Dave Bowman, Clarence Chamberlain, Brian Christman, Sarah Christman, Scott Crewel!, Stephanie Dye, Kevin Florian, Brooks Robbins, Jeff Ruszkowski, Douglas Simmons, Paul Van Avery, Cory White, and Gerald Young. Food Service Substitutes: Felecia Manchester, Mary Mosher, Pam Turner, Bonnie Sweet, Diane Weaver, Anna Wolfkiel, and Anne Walker. Buildings and Grounds: Gordy Borst, Michael Broady, Joshua Cechnicki, Wayne Dolly, Judith Gross, Aaron Honeywell, Bob Jenks, Pam Kuntzsch, Justin Lathers, Bryan MacFadden, Scott Minnich, Gary Ruszkowski, and Curtis Smith. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski.

NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITION (B. VANSLYKE) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Przestrzelski moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to appoint Bob VanSlyke to the extra duty position of Assistant Wrestling Coach. AYES: Mcfee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT  ( SUBSTITUTE  FOOD  SERVICE WORKER-R.  GAGE) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Mcf ee to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Ramona Gage to the position of Substitute Food Service Worker 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 a statement from Ramona Gage regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending criminal charges. Ms. Gage’s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice, from the Commissioner of Education, that she is fully cleared for employment.  AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT  (SUBSTITUTE FOOD SERVICE WORKER-J.  DILLENBECK) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Mcf ee to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Jamie Dillenbeck to the position of Substitute Food Service Worker 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 a statement from Jamie Dillenbeck regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending criminal charges. Ms. Dillenbeck’s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice, from the Commissioner of Education, that she is fully cleared for employment. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT  (  SUBSTITUTE  FOOD  SERVICE WORKER-T. JONES) –        Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Terry Jones to the position of Substitute Food Service Worker 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 a statement from Terry Jones regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending criminal charges. Ms. Jones’ s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice, from the Commissioner of Education, that she is fully cleared for employment.  AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINT CSE MEETING FACILITATOR (L. COLE) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to appoint Linda Cole to the extra duty position of CSE Meeting Facilitator for the 2016-2017 school year. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ADOPT RESOLUTION  TO CERTIFY LEAD EVALUATORS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Przestrzelski moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to adopt the following resolution: WHEREAS, the Board of Education has been provided evidence that David W. Ziskin, Deborah Larrabee, and Lauren Crisman, have completed training which meets the requirements of 8 NYCRR 30-2.9 and the Fort Plain Central School District Annual Professional Performance Review Plan for certification as a Lead Evaluator of Teachers, therefore BE IT RESOLVED, that upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, David W. Ziskin, Deborah Larrabee, and Lauren Crisman be certified as Lead Evaluators of teachers. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RESIGNATION (J. RIVENBURGH) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to accept the letter of resignation from Mrs. Jennifer Rivenburgh from her position of Teaching Assistant effective August 31, 2016. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski.

NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE LEAVE OF ABSENCE REQUEST  (M. TRUMBULL) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to approve a request from Mrs. Myra Trumbull for a leave of absence to pursue another employment opportunity for the 2016-2017 school year. Mrs. Trumbull’s leave will be from her position of Head Cook for the period of September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017 pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Fort Plain Central School District and the Fort Plain School Related Personnel Association dated July 5, 2016. Mrs. Trumbull’s leave will be unpaid. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ESTABLISH 2014-2015 STANDARD WORK DAY FOR RETIREMENT – Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fort Plain Central School District, location code 72705 hereby established the following standard work days for these titles and will report the officials to the New York State and Local Retirement System based on time keeping system records or their record of activities for the period of July 1, 2014 – June 30, 2015: Claims Auditor, standard work day – 6hr/day. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ESTABLISH 2015-2016 STANDARD WORK DAY FOR RETIREMENT – Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED, that the Fort Plain Central School District, location code 72705 hereby established the following standard work days for these titles and will report the officials to the New York State and Local Retirement System based on time keeping system records or their record of activities for the period of July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2016: Claims Auditor, standard work day – 6hr/day. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

DESIGNATE PERSON DETERMINING  RESIDENCY -Mrs. Stevens moved,  seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby designates David W. Ziskin as the representative of the District to make all determinations regarding the eligibility of students to enroll, on a tuition free basis, in the schools of the District. This designation affords David W. Ziskin all rights and responsibilities pursuant to Part 100.2(y) of the regulations of the Commissioner of Education. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINT MCKINNEY VENTO LIASIONS -Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to make the following appointments: Deborah Larrabee and Lauren Crisman to act as McKinney Vento liaisons. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT -Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to adjourn the meeting at 9:32 p.m. AYES: McFee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

August 29, 2016 meeting

PRESENT -Todd Mcf ee, Jeffrey Jones, Mary Beth Hudyncia, Ronald Kardash, Jami Stevens, David Przestrzelski.

ABSENT -Joseph Bartholomew

OTHERS -David W. Ziskin, Superintendent of Schools and Rebecca J. Smith, Secretary to the Superintendent.

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

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
TIME FOR VISITORS – Colleen Cushing, Guidance Counselor, invited the Board to stop by their professional development program that will be held on Superintendent’s Conference Day. The program is titled “The impact of childhood trauma” and will be presented by a team from CASDA. The Board thanked Ms. Cushing for her invitation.

WAC WEBSITE – Mr. Ziskin informed the Board that our Athletic League now has a website http://www.wacny.org/. The website provided information on upcoming games, schedules, directions and stats.

ADOPT POLICY AUDIT -Mr. Ziskin met with Mr. Kardash and Mr. Mcf ee to review the Policy Audit received from Eriel BOCES. They reviewed the recommendation from the audit and provided the Board with the audit for their review. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcf ee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to adopt the Policy Audit as presented. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

PUBLIC COMMENT-  None
EXECUTIVE SESSION -Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to move to executive session at 7:13 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned to open session at 7:45 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Mcf ee and seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. AYES: Mcf ee, Stevens, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

RECALL TEACHING ASSISTANT (M, CAPONERA) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Sevens moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to reinstate Mrs. Melissa Caponera to the positon of Teaching Assistant from the 7 year call back list effective September 1, 2016. AYES: Stevens, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: Mcf ee. Motion Carried.

RECALL TEACHING ASSISTANT (K. MCFEE) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Sevens moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to reinstate Mrs. Kristy Mcf ee to the positon of Teaching Assistant from the 7 year call back list effective September 1, 2016. AYES: Stevens, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: McFee. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT FULL TIME AIDE – E. SHULTS) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to approve the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Emily Shults to the position of Full 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 Emily Shults regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Emily Shults’ continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice from the Commissioner of Education, that she is fully cleared for employment. Mrs. Shults’ starting rate will be at 10% above starting rate based upon her experience; therefore, her starting salary will be $12.96 per hour. AYES: Stevens, Jones, McFee, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINT TEMPORARY  HEAD COOK (D. SURNEAR) -Upon the recommendation  of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to appoint Mrs. Dawn Surnear to the temporary position of Head Cook for the 2016-2017 school year. Mrs. Surnear will return to her position of Food Service Helper on July 1, 2017. AYES: Stevens, Jones, McFee, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ACCEPT RETIREMENT RESIGNATION – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to accept the retirement resignation from Mr. Gerald Fox effective September 1, 2016 pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Fort Plain Central School District and the Fort Plain School Related Personnel Association dated August 25, 2016. AYES: Stevens, Jones, McFee, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT -Mr. Przestrzelski moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m. AYES: Stevens, Jones, McFee, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.