Proceedings of Board of Education Meeting – October 12, 2016; Proceedings of Board of Education Special Meeting – October 27, 2016

Notes available November 3, 2016

PRESENT -Ronald Kardash, Jami Stevens, David Przestrzelski, Mary Beth Hudyncia and Joseph Bartholomew

ABSENT -Jeffrey Jones, Todd Mcfee (Arrived 7:05pm)

OTHERS -David W. Ziskin, Superintendent of Schools; Rebecca J. Smith, Secretary to the Superintendent; Deborah Larrabee, Jr. Sr. High School Principal; Lauren Crisman,   Elementary Principal; Katrina Canallatos, Director of Special Education; Rob Jenks, Sue Summerfield, Deborah Waner, Denise Smith, and Colleen Cushing, Faculty; Beth Phillips, Communications Specialist; Stan Cwynar, Auditor; Elizabeth Marosek and Deanna Marsh, Residents; and Lexi Veitch, Sarah Hoffman, Tim Hazzard, Julia Stockwell, Cheyenne  Munson,  and Sierra Logan, Students.

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

PLEDGE  OF ALLEGIANCE
TIME FOR VISITORS – Mrs. Sue Summerfield and Mrs. Deborah Waner, along with  members of the senior class presented their plans for their Senior Trip. They plan to travel to Washington DC with Six Flags America and the Spirit of Baltimore Student DJ Dinner Cruise. The students will leave on Friday, May 12, 2017 and return on Sunday, May 14, 2017. Upon the  recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the Senior Trip for 2017. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, and Bartholomew. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion  Carried.

Mr. Mcfee arrived.

Mrs. Colleen Cushing and Mrs. Denise Smith presented information to the Board regarding the Academic Coaching Center.  They noted the ACC team members are Deborah Larrabee,  Colleen Cushing, Kristy Mcf ee, Denise Smith, and Lisa Trembley. The goal of the ACC is to provide  students with tools they need to remain  on track to graduate on time with their cohorts  by providing them credit recovery opportunities  and academic coaching. The program has  already been successful and they look forward to expanding. They have already outgrown their current room and are in the process  of moving to a larger room in the high school. Mr. Ziskin   and the Board thanked them for their report and look forward to hearing the progress of the program.

Stan Cwynar, Cwynar and Company, presented his 2015-2016 Audit Report. He noted to the Board that there were no  significant  audit findings this year and commended Mr. Rockefeller,  Mrs. Hudson and Mrs. Sanders for their diligence in the daily accounting practices of the district. The Board thanked Mr. Cwynar for his report and thanked  Mr. Rockefeller  and his staff.   Mr.

Rockefeller asked the Board to accept the Audit Report for 2015-2016. Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to accept the 2015-2016 Audit Report as presented by Stan Cwynar & Company. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Mcf ee and Bartholomew.   NAYES: None.   ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

ACCEPT  THE MINUTES  OF THE REGULAR  AND SPECIAL MEETINGS  – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on September 14, 2016 and the Special Meeting held on September 27, 2016. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew.   NAYES: None.   ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

ACCEPT FINANCIAL REPORTS – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to accept the following financial reports: Treasurer’s Report for Money Market, Payroll, ACH Savings and General Fund for August 2016; Budget Reports for August 2016; Budget Transfers for August 2016; Treasurer’s Reports for Extra Classroom Funds for August 2016; and Claim’s Auditor Report dated September 25, 2016. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Safety Plans -Mr. Ziskin provided the Board with the Elementary Safety Plan. He commended Mrs. Crisman for her work in updating the new template from the New York State Police. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the Elementary School Safety Plan. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

PREVIOUS BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

NEW BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

BUSINESS MANAGER – Mr. Rockefeller provided the Board with information regarding changes in the STAR exemption. Important changes include:  you will register with NYS  instead  of applying with the assessors and you will receive a STAR credit in the form of a check, rather than receiving a property tax exemption. Homeowners currently receiving the STAR Exemption who purchased their house prior to May 1, 2014 will continue to receive the STAR Exemption. Those who purchase their house between May  1, 2015 and August  1, 2015 will need to register   to receive the STAR credit if they bought their home after the 2015 STAR application  deadline    or did not apply for the STAR Exemption by the 2015 deadline. For those who purchased their home after August  1, 2015, they need to register for the STAR Credit.  The Board thanked  Mr. Rockefeller for the information.

ADMINISTRATOR REPORTS -Mrs. Crisman provided the Board with her report consisting of mapping of Assessment Plans; Grade Level Data Review meetings; Character Education Program; ELA Blocks; “Stomp out Bullying” kickoff  event; Fire Safety presentation;  Open House; Professional Development Day; Health Office records; attendance data; Student Council campaigns; Teacher Observations; Elementary Alternative Education Programs; and Odyssey of the Mind Team.  The Board thanked  Mrs. Crisman for her  report.

Ms. Larrabee provided the Board with her report consisting of September Students of the Month; PSAT exams; professional development training; book study group; building maintenance; Peer Mentor Program; department and grade level meetings;  course mapping;  APPR   assessments; room renovations to better accommodate students; Community & School Meet and Greet (formally Open House); #whyiteach; GURU training; Castle Learning; Datamate; and Student Learning  Objectives.   The Board thanked Ms. Larrabee for her  report.

Mrs. Canallatos provided the Board with her report consisting of key Special Education   Statistics; Co-teaching team meetings; Special Education Teacher interviews; “Teaching to the Edges” presentation; and the Coordinated Children’s Services Initiative of Montgomery County meeting. The Board thanked Mrs. Canallatos for her   report.

Mr. Ziskin congratulated the Administrators on their collective movement to get behind the district goals and work together to achieve  them.

INFORMATIONAL  ITEMS – Mr. Ziskin provided  the Board with enrollment information.  The Elementary  school has 487 students while the Jr. Sr. High School has 333.  Mr. Ziskin   pointed out that some classes have reached the situation point where we need to monitor the  number of students and look at ways to best regulate the enrollment while still providing the best possible  education for our students. Mr. Ziskin noted they will continue to monitor the    enrollment to make sure the student/teacher ratio remains at a level for children to receive the maximum  benefit from our staff.

Mr. Ziskin provided the Board with information regarding their Goal #5 -Use of Data to Inform Teacher Practices  and Improve Learning.

PUBLIC COMMENT –  None
The Board thanked  the  students in attendance.

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to move to executive session at 8:26 p.m. to discuss recommendations or the CPSE/CSE/504 and personnel issues. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned to open session at 9:27 p.m. on a motion by Mrs. Stevens and seconded by Mr. Bartholomew. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew.  NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

CSE/CPSE RECOMMENDATIONS -Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on September 27, 2016; September 28, 2016 and October 4, 2016. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded Mr. McFee to approve the following volunteers in Mrs. Bartholomew’s PreK Classroom: Brittany Maring, Amy Smith, Nicole Smith, and Tenisa LaQuee.   AYES:   Kardash,  Stevens, Przestrzelski,  Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None.   ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

ACCEPT  LETTER  OF RESIGNATION (A. WOLFKIEL)   –   Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to accept the letter of resignation from Ms. Anna Wolfkiel from her position of Substitute Food Service Worker effective September 21, 2016. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew.   NAYES: None.   ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITIONS – Upon the recommendation  of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to appoint the following extra duty positions: Adam Cutspec -Boys JV Basketball Coach and Ethan Stortecky -Jr. High School Wrestling Coach. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT  (REGULAR RUN BUS DRIVER – (K. FLORIAN) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to  adopt the following resolution:   BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education  of the Fort   Plain  Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Mr. Kevin Florian to the position of Regular Run Bus Driver 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 Mr. Florian regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Mr. Florian’s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the district’s receipt of notices  from the Commissioner  of Education, that he is fully cleared for employment and his continued Article 19A certification. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

APPOINT FITNESS CENTER INSTRUCTORS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to appoint Paula Colvin and Matt Heiser to the position of Fitness Instructors at the Fitness Center from November 1, 2016 through April 30, 2017. They will be paid at the rate of $14.00 per hour. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT  ( SUBSTITUTE FOOD SERVICE  –  L. HICKS)    Upon the
recommendation  of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs.  Stevens 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 Lori Hicks 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 Lori Hicks regarding criminal convictions(s)   or pending criminal charges. Mrs. Hick’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:  Kardash,  Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, McFee and  Bartholomew. NAYES: None.   ABSTAIN:  None.   Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT -Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to adjourn the meeting at 9:29 p.m. AYES: Kardash, Stevens, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Mcf ee and Bartholomew. NAYES: None.   ABSTAIN:  None.   Motion Carried.

Special Meeting – October 27, 2016

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

OTHERS -David W. Ziskin, Superintendent of Schools and Lauren Crisman, Elementary Principal.

CALL TO ORDER – President Kardash called the Special Meeting to order at 5:00 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PUBLIC  COMMENT-   None

EXECUTIVE SESSION -Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to move to executive session at’S:02 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. AYES: Mcfee, Jones, Kardash, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned to open session at 5:58 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Jones and seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. AYES: Mcf ee, Jones, Kardash, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITIONS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. Mcf ee to appoint the following extra duty positions: Lisa Trembley – Girls Varsity Basketball; Cory White – Girls JV Basketball; and Stacey Brownell -Girls Modified Basketball. AYES: Mcf ee, Jones, Kardash, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINT SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER – 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 Dorene Goodwin to a 3-year probationary term in the tenure area of Special Education effective November 28, 2016 and expiring on August 31, 2019. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this appointment is made on a conditional basis and subject to a receipt of both a statement from Mrs. Goodwin regarding criminal conviction(s). or pending criminal charges and the receipt of a criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Mrs. Goodwin’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. Goodwin will be assigned to the position of Special Education Teacher and will be placed on Step 14 of the salary schedule. AYES: McFee, Jones, Kardash, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

CREATE BEHAVIOR SUPPORT SPECIALIST POSITION – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcf ee moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the creation of a Behavior Support Specialist Position. AYES: Mcf ee, Jones, Kardash, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN:  None.  Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT -Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to adjourn the meeting at 6:14 p.m. AYES: McFee, Bartholomew, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion  Carried.