Proceedings of Board of Education Regular Meeting – February 8, 2017

Notes available February 28, 2017

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

ABSENT -David Przestrzelski

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; Stephanie Rogers, Resident; Robert Harris, Town of Minden Assessor; and Rob Jenks, FPTA Vice-President.

CALL TO ORDER – President Kardash called the Regular Meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

TIME FOR VISITORS – Robert Harris, Town of Minden Assessor, provided the Board with information regarding exemptions for Solar Power Installations. He noted that a difference with this exemption is that with others you must opt in -with the solar exemption you must opt out. He noted the District would need to pass a resolution to opt out or adopt a PILOT (Payment in Lieu of Taxes) program which is a 15-year tax free exemption on the cost of the solar installation. Any solar panels on properties prior to the adopting of the PILOT would be grandfathered in. A PILOT Program could be designed to cover commercial solar installation only, leaving residential units tax exempt. Mr. Harris noted when the Board has more discussion regarding this in the future they can contact him with any questions or if they need assistance writing the resolution. The Board thanked Mr. Harris.

Stephanie Macherone and Kayla Mahoney, School Counselors, presented information to the Board regarding the Character Education Program. They noted the program is Mission Driven and Goal Oriented with the Second Step program purchased for this school year as well as the implementation of a transition counselor. The program teaches perspective talcing, emotional regulation, problem solving, understanding and fostering empathy, supports development of cognitive abilities and helps develop positive values. The Elementary and High School have worked together implementing a transition program to help the students with the change to high school, they meet weekend to discuss students’ academic and social emotional needs, meet with teachers to reinforce prosocial skills in the classroom and their pupil services department meets bi-monthly. Character education began on the first day of school. All grade levels are receiving character education on a rotating basis with a scaffolding program on which each year builds on the other. The curriculum promotes interactive learning through role playing, drawing, worksheets, and music. Mrs. Macherone and Mrs. Mahoney are very excited about the program and look forward to continue to build on it. The Board thanked them for their report.

ACCEPT MINUTES DATED JANUARY 11, 2017 -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the minutes dated January 11, 2017. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, Mcf ee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None.  ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ACCEPT FINANCIAL REPORTS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones 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 December 2016; Budget Reports for December 2016; Treasurer’s Reports for ExtraClassroom Funds for December 2016, and Claims Auditor’s Report for December 2016.
AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Dr. Ziskin noted that he would like to meet with the Policy Committee to go over a few items. Mr. Kardash and Mr. McFee will schedule a time. He also noted Negotiations are going well with the Teachers’ Union. They will begin with the School Related Personnel soon.

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 – Nothing at this time

NEW BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

BUSINESS MANAGER – Mr. Rockefeller noted he is continuing to work on the budget and negations.

ADMINSTRATOR  REPORTS -Mrs. Crisman provided the Board with her report consisting of November  Students of the Month; Honor Roll  and Principal’s  List honors;  “Supporting  Students with Challenging Behaviors  in the School Setting” Conference;  special education  planning for next year; DARE Graduation; First Year Survey; second quarter failure lists review;  and  Student Management  and Discipline  Committee’s  new  safety in the hallways  protocol. Dr.

Ziskin and the Board thanked her for her report and her continued work to achieve the goals set by the district.

Ms. Larrabee presented her report to the Board consisting of: Mid-Terms and Regents; Sports Seasons; and Report Cards. Ms. Larrabee provided a breakdown of the activities her staff has done that correspond with the board of education goals. Dr. Ziskin and the Board thanked Ms. Larrabee for her report and her continued work to achieve the goals they have set for our district. Mrs. Canallatos presented her report to the Board consisting of Special Education Statistics as well as a breakdown of the Board priority areas and what the department is doing to accomplish the goals set forth. Dr. Ziskin and the Board thanked Mrs. Canallatos for her report and her continued work to accomplish the goals set by the district.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS-  Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with the State Aid Runs from

the 2017-2018 Governor’s Proposed Budget for their review. He noted there will be more information to come at the next meeting.

Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with the Enrollment Report. He noted that last year we had 50 PreK students and this year we have 68. Enrollment continues to be steady and we will most likely remain a class D school for a few years as we have small class sizes in the high school. Dr. Ziskin noted that he continues to monitor the enrollment of PreK and informed the Board they may want to think about whether or not to continue to allow out of district PreK students to attend. We do not receive funding for these students however by increasing our class sizes they may, in turn, cause us to have to hire a new teacher at the PreK level. This is something they will have to discuss more during budget preparations.

Dr. Ziskin informed the Board that HFM BOCES is accepting nominations for Board seats. If anyone is interested, please contact Mrs. Smith.

Dr. Ziskin also noted that he has been discussing staffmg needs with the administrators and Mrs. Canallatos and Mrs. Crisman have informed him they have 14 students entering Kindergarten who will need Special Education services. We may need to increase staff to accommodate these students. The Administrators would also like to see the 6th grade Technology program reinstated.

Dr. Ziskin provided an update on Priority Area # 3: Fiscal Resources. Dr. Ziskin pointed out in the last three years the District has had a 3% decrease in the tax levy overall. We continue to be under the limit of the acceptable amount of fund balance we can carry over and we have reduced the amount of appropriated fund balance we use. Dr. Ziskin praised the Board for their diligence and noted they will continue to work to provide the best possible education for our students while still being fiscally responsible for our community.

Dr. Ziskin addressed the concern of emergency days we have used. He noted that we have used four days so far however, we have two half days for professional development that we may be able use as full instructional days so as not to require students to return on April 21si_ He will continue to research more information, and let the Board know his findings at the next meeting.

ACCEPT DONATION FOR UNIFIED SPORTS – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to accept the donation from Special Olympics of New York, INC. in the amount of $2,000.00 for Unified Sports & YAC Activity (CDR). AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, K.ardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

SECOND READING OF POLICY #7220 (GRADUATION OPTION/EARLY
GRADUATION/ACCELERATED PROGRAMS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approved the second reading of policy #7220 -Graduation Option/Early Graduation/Accelerated Programs. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried. It is now policy.

PUBLIC COMMENT   None
EXECUTIVE SESSION -Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to move to executive session at 7:32 p.m. to discuss recommendations or the CPSE/CSE/504 and personnel issues. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned to open session at 8:15 p.m. on a motion by Mrs. Hudyncia and seconded by Mr. Jones. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion  Carried.

CSE/CPSE RECOMMENDATIONS – Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on December 13, 2016; December 15, 2106; December 19, 2017; December 22, 2016; January 10, 2017; January 12, 2017; January 13, 2017; January 19, 2017; January 26, 017; and February 2, 2017. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, Mcfee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion  Carried.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RESIGNATION LIBRARY MEDIA SPECIALIST (T. BROWN) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to accept the resignation of Theresa Brown from her position of Library Media Specialist effective February 24, 2017. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, Mcfee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES:None.  ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RESIGNATION REGULAR RUN BUS DRIVER (C. CHAMBERLAIN) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to accept the resignation of Clarence Chamberlain from his position of Regular Run Bus Driver effective January 31, 2017. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, Mcfee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ACCEPT RESIGNATION  FROM EXTRA  DUTY POSITION MOD  SOFTBALL   (M. HEISER) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to accept the resignation of Meagan Heiser from her extra duty position of Modified Softball Coach effective immediately.  AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, Mcfee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

REMOVE SUBSITITUE BUS DRIVER – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Mcfee to removed Brooks Robbins from the Substitute Bus Driver List effective immediately due to non-compliance of 19A certification. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, Mcf ee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None.

ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITIONS (MOD SOFTBALL AND MOD BASEBALL) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to appoint the following positions: Jennifer Murphy-Fries -Modified Softball Coach and Cory White -Modified Baseball Coach. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, Mcf ee, Jones,  and Hudyncia.  NAYES: None.   ABSTAIN: None.   Motion  Carried.

APPOINTMENT (SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER – C. STEVENS) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew 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 Christopher Stevens 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 Christopher Stevens regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Mr. Stevens’ continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice, from the Commissioner of Education, that he is fully cleared for employment and his continued 19A certification. AYES: Bartholomew, Kardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: Stevens. Motion Carried.

APPOINTMENT (SUBSTITUTE CLEANER – C. SALERNO) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens 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 Christopher Salerno to the position of Substitute Cleaner 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 RESOL\TED that this appointment is made on a conditional basis and subject to the receipt of a statement from Christopher Salemo regarding criminal convictions(s) or pending criminal charges. Mr. Salerno’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. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE HFM BOCES SUBSTITUTE LIST DATED FEBRUARY 1, 2017 – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the HFM BOCES Substitute list dated February 1, 2017. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, McFee,-Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE BUSINESS MANAGERS CONTRACT – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the contract between the District and Mr. Carl Rockefeller for his duties as Business Manager for the 2017-2018 school year. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT – Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to adjourn the meeting at 8:20 p.m. AYES: Bartholomew, Stevens, Kardash, McFee, Jones, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None.  ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.