Proceedings of Board of Education Special Meeting – April 12, 2017

Notes available 4/28/2017

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

ABSENT -Jeffrey Jones

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; Denise  Smith, Faculty;  Colleen Vasquez,  Rillea Sweet, Evan Trumbull, and Amanda Vicciarelli, Students; Elizabeth Phillips, Communications  Specialist; and Elizabeth  Marosek, Resident.

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

PLEDGE  OF ALLEGIANCE

BUDGET PRESENTATION – Mr. Ziskin and Mr. Rockefeller provided  the Board  and public in attendance with an overview of the Instructional Budget.  He noted that the State Budget  resulted in an increase of $300,000 in Foundation Aid for the 2017-2018 school year. He also explained that there was a loss of $125,000 of revenue  due to an expiring PILOT. The proposed  tax levy increase will again be below 2%.   Since the creation of the Tax Levy  Cap, the District  has consistently  delivered budgets well below the allowable tax cap:    i.e.:   2014-2015: -3%; 2015-2016: 0%; 2016-2017: 0% and 2017-2018 less than 2%. Dr. Ziskin noted Priority-Driven Resource Decisions including the addition of a special education teacher for Kindergarten, the addition of a speech teacher, maintaining the Behavior Specialist Position, and public and private tuition for out of district placements.   Cost  Containment  Efforts include re-allocation  of  resources through the lenses of our established priorities  and interest based bargaining.     Dr.

Ziskin and Mr. Rockefeller noted they along with their staff worked diligently to provide a budget that was both fiscally sound for our residents while still providing the high quality education our students  deserve.

Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to adjourn the Public Hearing  at 6:24pm.  AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzdski. NAYES: None. Motion Carried.

Mr. Kardash called the Regular meeting to order at 6:25pm.

TIME FOR VISITORS – None

ACCEPT MINUTES- Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the minutes of the Budget Hearing and Regular Meeting dated March 9, 2017 and the minutes of the Special Meeting  dated March 29,  2017. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None.  Motion Carried.

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 February 2017; Budget Reports for February 2017; Budget Amendments for February 2017; Treasurer’s Reports for Extra Classroom Funds for February 2017, and Claims Auditor’s Report for February 2017. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew,  Hudyncia,  and Przestrzelski.   NAYES:  None.  Motion Carried.

COMMITTEE REPORTS – Nothing at this time

PREVIOUS BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

NEW BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

BUSINESS MANAGER – Mr. Rockefeller provided the Board with information regarding the HFM BOCES Administrative Budget Vote and Board Election. He noted there were three candidates running for two seats on the BOCES Board.  Mr. McFee noted they heard each  candidate speak at the annual meeting and they were  all good candidates but they were partial to  the two local candidates. Mcf ee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED, the Fort Plain CSD Board of Education hereby casts its votes for Mrs. Juanita Handy and Mr. John DeValve in the annual election of members of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services. AYES:  Stevens, McFee, Kardash,  Bartholomew,  Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski.   NAYES:  None. Motion  Carried.

Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Fort Plain Central School District hereby casts its yes vote for the HFM BOCES 2017-2018 Budget in the amount of $2,828,614.00. AYES: Stevens, Mcf ee, Kardash, Bartholomew,  Hudyncia,  and Przestrzelski.   NAYES:  None. Motion Carried.

Mr. Rockefeller provided the Board with information regarding the NYS Employees’ Retirement System Standard Work Day Resolution.   Upon the recommendation  of Mr. Rockefeller,   Mrs.

Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to adopt the following resolution: _ BE IT RESOLVED  that the Fort Plain Central  School District, Location  Code 72705, hereby   establishes the following as stand work days for its employees and will report days worked to the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement  System based  on the time keeping  system or the record  of activities maintained  and submitted by these members to the clerk of this  body.

Clerk Typist, Principal Clerk, and Account Clerk -7.5 hrs/day; Secretary to the Superintendent – 8 hrs/day; Business or Financial Manager and Human Resource -7.5 hrs/day; Food Service Helper and Cook – 7.5 hrs/day; Internal Claims Auditor -8 hrs/day; Teacher Aides and Substitute -7.5 hrs/day; Nurse – 7 hrs/day; and Bus Driver, Maintenance, and Cleaner – 8 hrs/day. AYES: Stevens, Mcf ee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski.

NAYES:  None.  Motion Carried.

ADMINSTRATOR  REPORTS -Mrs. Crisman provided the Board with her report consisting of: Students of the Month; Honor Roll and Principal’s Lists; Odyssey of the Mind; Lockdown  Drill; Farmers’ Museum Trip; Stanley Theater trip; After School Story Hour; NYS ELA Testing; Student Management and Discipline Committee; Spirit Week; Google Certification Training; Master  Schedule meetings, and upcoming  events.   Dr. Ziskin and the Board thanked  Mrs. Crisman for her report.

Ms. Larrabee presented her report to the Board consisting of Students of the Month; Spring Musical; and the annual NYC Trip. Ms. Larrabee also noted they have met with all students regarding next year schedules and are working to developing them early.    The unified  sports team has been a success. They have talked about having a game during school hours to involve the entire school community. Geoff Snyder, Art Teacher, will be competing in the America Ninja Warrior Season 9 competition. Denise Smith provided the Board with an overview of the Apex/Academic Coaching Room which they had the grand opening for. 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. Dr. Ziskin also congratulated Ms. Larrabee on recently completing her Doctorate ….congratulations, Dr. Larrabee!!

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 noted that both contracts have passed the union  votes. He thanked the faculty and staff as well as the Mr. Rockefeller and his staff for their work toward  a common outcome.

Opioid Prevention/Antagonist Policies and Procedures- Dr. Ziskin noted that last month we revised our policy to allow for the administration of Narcan. We will now need to develop policies around the use of it. There are two things we can do -do it ourselves or participate with another organization that operates as an Opioid Administrator. Dr. Ziskin noted he has been in contact with Jeff Smith, Emergency Management  Director, who noted Montgomery  County  works directly with St. Mary’s Hospital. Mr. Smith has contacted Dr. Rao who has changed the directive to allow schools to be included in the County’s use.  Dr. Ziskin will continue to look     into the logistics and will be in contact with our attorney’s before     anything is finalized.

Enrollment Report -Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with the Enrollment Report. He noted that the basic aid for nonresident students who attend or district follows them. This can be a source of revenue but at a certain point the number of students can stop being cost effective if it means the additional cost of extra staff and services.

Dr. Ziskin noted the 3-8 ELA Testing is complete. This year the participation improved to 79%. Test refusals were 21% compared to close to 40% last   year.

District Website Update: Dr. Ziskin and Beth Phillips, Communications Specialist showed the Board the new district webpage. There is still work to be done but the page should be up and running  in the near future.

PUBLIC COMMENT- Mrs. Elizabeth Marosek asked that the Board meeting dates be more accessible. She noted they are hard to find on the website now and Dr. Ziskin noted the new website will be more concise and organized  and provide  more  information.

Mr. Kardash welcomed  the students in  attendance.

Mr. Kardash also noted this was a “feel good” meeting.  He complemented  Dr. Ziskin and Carl  and their staff, Pat Hanifin, Patti Jarabek and their Association, and Mark Hisert, Char Denofrio, and Robin Capece and their Association on their work with negotiating contracts this year. He  also noted we had a water leak and that he came up during the repair and saw great work being done by Horender Construction,  George Capece and the Village of Fort Plain, and Paul VanAvery.  Working together they fixed the leak at a large cost saving to us as well as allowing   us to continue instruction without interruption of services.  Everyone  stepped up   and Mr. Kardash is very proud and thankful to all of  them.

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to move to executive session at 7:39 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. Motion Carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION – The board  returned  to  open session at  8:42 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: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski.   NAYES:  None. Motion Carried.

CSE/CPSE/504 RECOMMENDATIONS -Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on March 2, 2017; March  7, 2017; March 8, 2017; March 9, 2017;  March   13, 2017; March 16, 2017; March 17, 2017; March 20, 2017; March 21, 2017; March 23, 2017; March
27, 2017; March 30, 2017; and March 31, 2017. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew,  Hudyncia,  and Przestrzelski.   NAYES:  None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE HFM BOCES SUBSTITUTE LIST DATED APRIL 4, 2017 – Upon the
recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved,  seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski  to approve the HFM BOCES  Substitute list dated April 4, 2017.  AYES:   Stevens,   McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew,  Hudyncia,  and Przestrzelski.   NAYES:  None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE MATERNITY LEAVE (C. BAKER) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the maternity leave request for Caitlin Baker. Mrs. Baker will be on FMLA Leave from approximately May I, 2017 through June 19, 2017. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. Motion Carried.

TENURE APPOINTMENT (K. MCFEE) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to make the following tenure appointment: Mrs. Kristy McFee, effective September 1, 2017; Tenure Area: Teaching Assistant; Certification: Teaching Assistant, Level Three. Tenure appointment is contingent upon continued certification as indicated above. AYES: Stevens, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: McFee. Motion Carried.

TENURE APPOINTMENT (T.ARNDT) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to make the following tenure appointment: Mr. Theodore Arndt, effective September 1, 2017; Tenure Area: Special Education; Certification: Special Education, Pennanet. Tenure appointment is contingent upon continued certification as indicated above. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

TENURE APPOINTMENT (K. MACHEMER) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to make the following tenure appointment: Mrs. Kathleen Machemer, effective September 1, 2017; Tenure Area: Special Education; Certification: Students with Disabilities (Gr. 1-6) Professional. Tenure appointment is contingent upon continued certification as indicated above. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None.  Motion Carried.

TENURE APPOINTMENT (A. SLAWIENSKI) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to make the following tenure appointment: Mrs. Autumn Slawienski, effective September 1, 2017; Tenure Area: Art; Certification: Art, Permanent. Tenure appointment is contingent upon continued certification as indicated above. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

TENURE APPOINTMENT (B. NILES) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to make the following tenure appointment: Mr. Bradley Niles, effective September 1, 2017; Tenure Area: Social Studies; Certification: Social Studies 7-12 Initial. Tenure appointment is contingent upon continued certification as indicated above. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE FPSRP MOA (SUMMER WORK DAYS) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the Memorandum of Agreement between the Fort Plain Central School District and the Fort Plain School Related Personnel Association regarding summer work days. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

RATIFY FPSRP CONTRACT – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to ratify the agreement between the Fort Plain School Related Personnel Association and the Fort Plain Central School District dated July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2022. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE NON-REPRESENTED  CIVIL SERVICE SALARIES FOR 2017-2018 – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved,  seconded by Mrs. Stevens  to approve the non- represented civil service salaries as presented. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPROVE NON-REPRESENTED CERTIFICATE SALARIES FOR 2017-2018 -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to approve the non- represented certificate salaries as presented. AYES: Stevens, McFee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

CREATE SPEECH PATHOLOGIST POSITION – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to create the position of Speech Pathologist to begin September 1, 2017. AYES: Stevens, Mcf ee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ADOPT 2017-2018 SCHOOL BUDGET – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to approve the 2017-2018 Budget in the amount of $19,890,000.00 as presented AYES: Stevens, Mcfee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT -Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to adjourn the meeting at 8:45 p.m. AYES: Stevens, Mcf ee, Kardash, Bartholomew, Hudyncia, and Przestrzelski.   NAYES:   None. ABSTAIN:  None. Motion Carried.