Proceedings of Board of Education Meeting – Jan. 11, 2017

Notes available January 31, 2017

PRESENT – Ronald Kardash, Jami Stevens, David Przestrzelski, Jeffrey Jones, Joseph Bartholomew,  Mary Beth Hudyncia,  and Todd McFee.

ABSENT -None

OTHERS -David W. Ziskin, Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools; Rebecca J. Smith, Secretary to the Superintendent; Carl J. Rockefeller, Business Manager; Deborah Larrabee, Jr. Sr. High School Principal; Lauren Crisman, Elementary Principal; Katrina Canallatos, Director of Special Education; Mercedez Ortell, Daniel Brown, and Laurie Parslow,  students and  residents; Elizabeth Phillips,  Communications;  and Patrick Hanifin, FPTA   President.

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

PLEDGE  OF ALLEGIANCE
TIME FOR VISITORS -Lauren Crisman, Elementary Principal, provide the Board with information regarding Data Driven Instruction. She provided them with the Compass Action Planning Worksheet. She noted they have new protocols to look at students’ assessments. They  meet to discuss and assess their own assessments, what went well, what went wrong, brainstorm and discuss changes for next time. Mrs. Crisman noted she is very happy with the progress the teachers are making by tracking data and implementing an action plan. Dr. Ziskin and the Board thanked  Mrs.  Crisman for the information.

ACCEPT MINUTES DATED NOVEMBER 9, 2017 AND NOVEMBER 30, 2017 – Upon
the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski  to approve the minutes  dated November  9, 2017 and November  30, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT FINANCIAL REPORTS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to accept the following financial reports: Treasurer’s Report for Money Market, Payroll, ACH Savings, Special Reserve and General Fund for November 2016; Budget Reports for November 2016; Treasurer’s Reports for Extra Classroom Funds for November 2016, and Claims Auditor’s Report for November 2016. Approved Unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Policy Committee -Dr. Ziskin noted the he met with the Policy Committee. Mr. Kardash and Mr. McFee reviewed policies from Erie! BOCES. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin and the Policy Committee, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the amendments to the following policies: #7131 – Education of Homeless Children and Youth and #7222 – Diploma or Credential Option for Students with Disabilities. Approved Unanimously. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin and the Policy Committee, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to approve the first reading of policy #7220 – Graduation Option/Early Graduation/Accelerated  Programs.  Approved Unanimously.

Negotiations:  Dr. Ziskin noted they have opened negotiations  with the Teachers Association.  They have exchanged proposals and discussed questions. They are working to clean up language and will set a meeting with the full negotiation committees to move forward. They will open negotiation  with the  SRP soon.

PREVIOUS BUSINESS – Dr. Ziskin noted last month a letter went out regarding lead results. All sinks and fixtures affected have been clearly marked that they are not for drinking.  Water   will be retested  soon.  We  should have final results and remedies by the March   meeting.

NEW BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

BUSINESS MANAGER -Mr. Rockefeller provided the Board with information regarding bus purchase. He noted they received  quotes from Leonard Bus Sales and NY Bus Sales for a Full  Size Bus with a wheel chair life and a 72 passenger bus. Mr. Rockefeller noted the proposition would be included on the May 2017 ballot. Upon the recommendation of Mr. Rockefeller, Mr. Jones moved,  seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve including the Bus Purchase Proposition  in  the amount of $270,000 on the May 2017 Ballot and sending a Letter of Intent to Purchase to Leonard  Bus Sales so that we may receive the bus over the summer if we receive a positive vote  in May.   Approved Unanimously.

ADMINSTRATOR REPORTS -Mrs. Crisman provided the Board with her report consisting of: Students of the Month; Principal’s List and Honor Roll; teacher and student attendance data; meeting with 5th and 6th grade to discuss academic failure list; Parent Teacher Conferences; Lockdown Drills; Early Release/Professional Development Day; Holiday Festivities;  SBIT  (School Based Intervention Team); Harry Hoag Ninja Warrior Unit; Elementary Choir and Band performances; Gram Lorraine Project; Artsonia -online student art museum; and meeting of the Student Management and Discipline Committee. Mrs.  Crisman also noted  she is actively looking at dismissal routines.   She has received  some concerns regarding  the congestion in the parent  pick up area.  She will continue to look at different ways to remedy this. The Board thanked her   for her report.

Ms. Larrabee provided her report to the Board consisting of Students of the Month; Academic Recognition for Honor Roll and Principal’s  List; Second Marking Period grades; Exam and    proctor list for January Tests; as well as her breakdown of the Board Priority Area Progress/Activities. She also noted the Exam Schedule is posted on our Website. There was a  faculty meeting  that focused  on compass team/smart  goals.   She noted the staff felt they needed to take a step back and focus on those who do not know what compass is.  They did activities   where they brainstormed  what they have done and categorized them in to the goals.  This was   very helpful and the teachers realized how well everything was going. Ms. Larrabee informed the Board that the elective fair will take place Friday.   Students will be  able to learn what electives   are available for them to take as part of their curriculum. She also let the Board know that the Student Council donated part of the flame/basket raffle money to the family of a student who suffered a house fire days before  Christmas.   The Board thanked Ms. Larrabee for her   report.

Mrs. Canallatos presented her report to the Board consisting of Key Special Education Statistics. She also provided a breakdown of the Board Priority Area Progress/Activities. Mrs. Canallatos included a copy of her monthly staff newsletter for the Board’s  information.  The Board thanked her for her report.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS- Dr. Ziskin provided the 1st Quarter Academic Athletic Report from Mr. Karker for the Board’s review. He noted 58.43% of our athletes are on the Principal’s List or Honor Roll.

Dr. Ziskin noted that he and Mr. McFee will be attending the Mohawk-Sacandaga School Boards Association meeting on January  18thand they will listen to a presentation from Dr. Rick Timbs.  Dr. Ziskin continues discussion regarding a Summer Enrichment  Programs  with BOCES. He  noted that our Summer Recreation Program,  coupled with our Summer Feeding program,  and if  we were able to add some much needed  academic support, it would be a great collaboration for   our students.  He will continue to update the Board on this    progress.

APPROVE  MERGER  OF TRACK & FIELD WITH  OPPENHEIM-EPHRATAH-ST. JOHNSVILLE CENTRAL SCHOOL – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin and Athletic Director, Charles Karker, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED the Fort Plain Central School District does hereby approve the merger of the Fort Plain Boy’s and Girl’s Track & Field Team with the Oppenheim-Ephratah-St.  Johnsville Boy’s  and Girl’s Track  & Field Team  at all  levels. Approved Unanimously.

PUBLIC  COMMENT –  None
EXECUTIVE SESSION -Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to move to executive session at 8:06 p.m. to discuss recommendations or the CPSE/CSE/504 and personnel issues. Approved  Unanimously.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned to open session at 9:42 p.m. on a motion by Mr. McFee and seconded by Mr. Jones. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive  session. Approved  Unanimously.

CSE/CPSE RECOMMENDATIONS -Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on December  5, 2016; December  9, 2016; December  13, 2016 and December  14, 2016. Approved Unanimously.

APPROVE HFM BOCES SUBSTITUTE LISTS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to approve the HFM BOCES Substitute Lists dated December 5, 2016 and January 5, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RETIREMENT (C. DENOFRIO) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to accept the letter of retirement from Mrs. Char Denofrio from her position of Full Time Teacher Aide effective June 30, 2017.  Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RESIGNATION (A. SMITH) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to accept the resignation of Ashley Smith from her position of Full Time Aide effective December 15, 2016. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RESIGNATION (D. COOK) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved,  seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to    accept the resignation of Deanna Cook from her position of Full Time Aide effective January 20, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

APPROVE SCHOOL VOLUNTEER (C. NESTLER) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcf ee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the following volunteers: Courtney Nestler – Cheerleading Program; Phil Thibodeau, John Fureno, and PJ  Brown -Baseball  Program.   Approved  Unanimously.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITION (C. KARKER – BOYS  TRACK & FIELD) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to appoint Charles Karker to the extra duty position of Boys Varsity Track & Field Coach Step 5. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITION (C. PHILLIPS – VARSITY BASEBALL) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Mcfee to appoint Craig Phillips to the extra duty position of Varsity Baseball Coach Step 5. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINTMENT (FULL TIME 1:1 AIDE – L. SHULTS) – 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 Lori Shults to the position of Full Time 1:1 Aide subject to the rules of the Montgomery County Civil Service Commission. Inaccordance 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 Lori Shults regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Mrs.

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 understands that should the student she is assigned to leave the district; her employment will end. 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. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINTMENT FULL TIME AIDE -(C. BRACKETT) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Cassondra Brackett 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 Cassondra Brackett regarding criminal conviction( s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Cassondra Brackett’ 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. Ms. Brackett’s starting wage will be $11.78/hr. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINT SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER (E. FARQUHARSON) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia 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 Erin Farquharson to a 4-year   probationary term in the tenure area of Special Education effective January 9, 2017 and expiring  on January 9, 2021. BE IT FURTHER  RESOLVED  that this appointment is made on a conditional basis and subject to a receipt of both a statement from Mrs. Farquharson regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of a criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Mrs. Farquharson’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. Mrs. Farquharson will be assigned to the position  of Special Education Teacher and will be placed  on Step  1 of the salary  schedule. Approved Unanimously.

INCREASE SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER HOURLY RATE – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs.  Stevens moved,  seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to increase the  hourly rate of Substitute Bus Drivers from $13.22/hr to    $17.00/hr. effective  January 22, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINT SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER (A. CUTSPEC) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent  Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved,  seconded by Mrs. Stevens to adopt the   following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby  conditionally  appoints Adam  Cutspec to  a 3-year probationary  term in the tenure area of Special Education  effective  January  12, 2017 and expiring  on January  11, 2020. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment is made on a conditional basis and subject to a receipt of both a statement from Mr. Cutspec regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of a criminal background clearance from the Commissioner  of Education.  Mr.  Cutspec’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. Mr. Cutspec will be assigned to the position  of Special Education Teacher and  will be placed  on Step 2 of the salary schedule. Approved   Unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT -Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to adjourn the meeting at 9:47p.m. Approved Unanimously.