Proceedings of Board of Education public hearing & regular meeting – September 14, 2016; Proceedings of Board of Education special meeting – September 27, 2016

Notes available Oct. 5, 2016

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

ABSENT -None

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; Beth Phillips, Communications Specialist; Elizabeth Marosek and Deanna Marsh, Residents; and Mike and Zoe  D’Arcangelis,  Students.

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

PLEDGE  OF ALLEGIANCE
SMART SCHOOLS  INVESTMENT PLAN PRESENTATION –  Mr. Ziskin presented information regarding the Smart School Investment  Plan.  He explained the Smart Schools Bond Act is an initiative that would finance educational technology  and infrastructure, providing  students access to the latest technology and connectivity needed to succeed and compete in the global economy. Mr. Ziskin explained the Smart School Investment Spending Plain includes approximately $900,000.00 in hardware purchases and $240,000.00 in Security Upgrades. These technologies will  enhance instruction  across all grade levels and classrooms including  1:1In­ house devices, additional Laptop Carts, iPad carts for Pre-K and Kindergarten classrooms, Document  cameras  for all SMART enabled  classrooms,  and additional  cameras  and select interior swipe card doors. With the approval of the Board, Phase  1 – purchasing will  include  Chrome Books for JSHS English and Social Studies Classrooms; Laptops for all teachers and for Science and Technology classrooms; additional Laptop Carts for 5th and 6th grade classrooms;   iPad  carts for Pre-K  and Kindergarten  classrooms;  and Document  cameras for all SMART enabled classrooms. Mr. Ziskin asked for the Board to consider approving the Smart School Investment Spending Plan. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved,  seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to adopt the Smart School Investment  Spending   Plan. Approved Unanimously.

Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to adjourn the Public Hearing at 7:16pm. Approved Unanimously.

Mr. Kardash called the Regular meeting to order at 7:16pm.

Mr. Kardash thanked the Board for giving him the opportunity to serve as President.   He noted    he felt the Board and the District are on solid ground and they will continue to work diligently to achieve the goals they have set for this  school  year.

TIME FOR VISITORS – None

ACCEPT  THE MINUTES  OF THE REGULAR  AND  SPECIAL MEETINGS  – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to accept the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on August 10, 2016 and the Special Meeting held on August 29, 2016. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT FINANCIAL REPORTS   –    Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to accept the following financial reports: Treasurer’s Report for Money Market, Payroll, ACH Savings and General Fund for July 2016; Budget Reports for June and July 2016; Budget Amendments for June and July 2016; Budge Transfers for June 2016; Treasurer’s Reports for Extra Classroom Funds for July 2016; and Claim’s Auditor Report dated August 10, 2016. Approved Unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Nothing at this time PREVIOUS BUSINESS – Nothing at this time NEW BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

BUSINESS MANAGER – Mr. Rockefeller was unable to attend. Mr. Ziskin noted at the October meeting Mr. Rockefeller will provide information on the new STAR Regulations.

ADMINSTRATOR  REPORTS  -Mrs. Crisman provided  the Board  with her report  consisting of highlights from the summer including: Smart Goals; Curriculum Leadership Team meetings; PK-3 Team Meetings;  professional  development  for co-teachers;  revision  of discipline letters and data management system; Social/Emotional Support Continuum; new rules for unstructured settings; emollment data; modernization of the primary wing; and student health information updates. She also noted the Superintendent’s Days were informative for staff and the first day of school was a success.   The Board thanked her for her  report.

Ms. Larrabee provided her report to the Board consisting of: Opening day enrollment data (323 students); minimal scheduling issues due to them being mailed home over the summer; teachers schedules; COMPASS Team meetings over the summer; Open House is scheduled for October 13t\ Student Assemblies have been conducted; Peer Mentor Program will begin soon; 39th Annual Cross Country Invitational will be September 17th; Welcome to new staff members Kayla Mahoney, Wendy Stokna, and Kristy Mcf ee; Sport Exemption participation; Superintendent’s Conference Days were informative; teacher group will participate in a book study to further examine how to better establish supportive relationships with our students; and seventh grade teachers organized a team day for their students. The Board thanked Ms. Larrabee for her report.

Mr. Kardash welcomed Mrs. Canallatos, on behalf of the Board, to her first official Board  Meeting. Mrs. Canallatos thanked the Board for their welcome and provided the Board with her report consisting of Key Special Education Statistics; Summer Co-Teaching Training sessions; COMPASS meetings;  professional  development training;  and CCSI meetings. The Board thanked her for her  report.

INFORMATIONAL  ITEMS – Mr. Ziskin provided the Board with enrollment information. He noted the elementary school has four students more as of the end of September (439) than last year (435) and the Jr. Sr. High school is exactly the same at 315. He provided the Board with a breakdown of grade levels and out of district or home schooled  students. The Board  discussed  the size of certain classes with Mr. Ziskin and he 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 an overview of things happening in the district with regard to their goals.

Elizabeth Phillips, Communications Specialist, provided the Board with information regarding upcoming projects including updating of the website. The process will continue throughout the year and will provide the district with a more convenient and informative method of communication for our residents. The Board thanked Mrs. Phillips for her attendance and information.

PUBLIC  COMMENT –   None
Mr. Kardash thanked the students in attendance, Zoey and Michael D’Arcangelis.

EXECUTIVE SESSION -Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to move to executive session at 8:21 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 9:25 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Bartholomew and seconded by Mr. Jones. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. AYES: Mcfee, Stevens, Jones, Bartholomew, Kardash, and Przestrzelski.  NAYES: None.  ABSTAIN: None.  Motion  Carried. Approved Unanimously.

CSE/CPSE RECOMMENDATIONS – Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Mcfee to  approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on August 11, 2016; August 23, 2016;  and September 8, 2016.   Approved  Unanimously.

APPROVE HFM BOCES SUBSTITUTE LIST   –  Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to approve the Hf M BOCES Substitute List dated September 1, 2016. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RESIGNATION (M. BOYLAN) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to accept the letter of resignation from Mrs. Michelle Boylan from her position of full Time Teacher Aide effective September 16, 2016. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RESIGNATION (P. TURNER) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to accept the letter of resignation from Ms. Pamela Turner from her position of Part Time Teacher Aide effective September 6, 2016. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINTMENT  ( SUBSTITUTE CUSTODIAN   –   T. YAGER)     Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to   adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Thomas Yager to the position of Substitute Custodian 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 Thomas Yager regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending criminal charges. Mr. Yager’ 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. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINTMENT ( SUBSTITUTE CUSTODIAN – A. BATTISTI) – Upon the
recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central School District hereby conditionally appoints Austin Battisti to the position of Substitute Custodian 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 Austin Battisti regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending criminal charges. Mr. Battisti’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. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINTMENT FULL TIME AIDE -(E. NARE) – 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 Erin Nare 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 Erin Nare regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Erin Nare’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. Nare’s starting rate 11.78 per hour. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITIONS (GIRLS SOCCER) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to make the following appointments due to a change in numbers of players. Jennifer Murphy-Fries will be appointed to the position of Junior Varsity Girls Soccer Coach and Kolbe Gray will be appointed to the Girl’s Modified Coaching Position. Approved Unanimously.

ELIMINATE ONE ON ONE POSITION – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to eliminate a one on one aide position as the student’s IEP has changed. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINT TEACHER AIDE -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to appoint Sandra Congdon to the position of Pull Time Teacher Aide.   Approved  Unanimously.

EXTEND SPECIAL EDUCATION TEACHER APPOINTMENT – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to extend the appointment of Adam Cutspec through January 31, 2017. Mr. Ziskin noted if he does not receive confirmation of Mr. Cutspec’s Special Education Certification by January 31, 2017, Mr. Cutspec’s employment will be terminated. Approved Unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT -Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to adjourn the meeting at 9:29 p.m. Approved Unanimously.

September 27, 2016 Meeting

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

ABSENT -Jami Stevens

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 6:00 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

PUBLIC  COMMENT-   None

EXECUTIVE SESSION -Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to move to executive session at 6:02 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. AYES: McFee, Bartholomew, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried. ·

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned  to  open session at 6:10 p.m.  on a motion by Mr. McFee and seconded by Mr. Bartholomew.  President Kardash  indicated that no  action was taken  during executive session. AYES: McFee, Bartholomew,  Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia,  and Przestrzelski.  NAYES: None. ABSTAIN:  None.  Motion Carried.

ACCEPT RESIGNATION (W. CLOONEY) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to accept the resignation of William Clooney from his position of Special Education Teacher effective October 14, 2016. AYES: McFee, Bartholomew, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT  (REGULAR RUN BUS DRIVER – (C. CHAMBERLAIN) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew 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 Mr. Clarence Chamberlain 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. Chamberlain regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Mr. Chamberlain’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: McFee, Bartholomew, Jones, Kardash, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. 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.