Proceedings of Budget Hearing and Regular Board of Education Meeting – March 9, 2017; Official Proceedings of Special Session – March 29, 2017

Notes available 04/05/2017

PRESENT – Ronald Kardash, Jami Stevens, Jeffrey Jones, Joseph Bartholomew, Mary Beth Hudyncia,  David Przestrzelski,  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; Georgia Rolle and Allie Schuyler,  Students; and Paul VanAvery, Director  of Facilities III.

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

PLEDGE  OF ALLEGIANCE

BUDGET PRESENTATION – Dr. Ziskin provided the Board and public in attendance with an overview of the Buildings and Grounds and Transportation Budgets. The Buildings and Grounds and Transportation Budgets continue to remain relatively the same. He noted that there will be a proposition on the ballot for authorization for the Board of Education to purchase two school vehicles at a maximum  aggregate  cost of $270,000.00.   He noted this is not a cost to the  taxpayers as the funds are already in an established reserve fund. He reiterated that the Board continues to keep expenses down and will continue to work to present a budget that is fiscally responsible  for the tax payers.

Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to adjourn the Public Hearing at 6:21pm. Approved Unanimously.

Mr. Kardash  called the Regular meeting to order  at 6:21pm.

TIME FOR VISITORS -None

Mr. Kardash congratulated Dr. Ziskin on the completion of his doctorate. They commended his commitment to our school district. Dr. Ziskin thanked the Board for their continued support and expressed his gratefulness for the staff and students of the district.  He is very happy in his   position  and looks forward to continuing to work to achieve the goals they have    set.

ACCEPT MINUTES DATED JANUARY 11, 2017 Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Stevens to approve the minutes dated February 8, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT FINANCIAL REPORTS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to accept the following financial reports: Treasurer’s Report for Money Market, Payroll, ACH Savings, Special Reserve and General Fund for January 2017; Budget Reports for January 2017; Treasurer’s Reports for Extra Classroom

Funds for January 2017, and Claims Auditor’s Report for January 2017. Approved Unanimously.

COMMITTEE REPORTS Policy Committee: Dr. Ziskin noted he met with the policy committee and they are presenting three policy amendments to be approved. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the following amendments to Policies: Policy #5660-School Food Service Program (Lunch and Breakfast); Policy 7513-Administration of Medication; and Policy #7521-Students with Life-Threatening  Health Conditions.   Approved Unanimously.

PREVIOUS BUSINESS – PREVIOUS BUSINESS -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia, to nominate Mrs. Jean LaPorta to the HFM BOCES Board of Education. Approved Unanimously.

Whereas, the election of members to the HFM BOCES Board of

Education will be held on Wednesday, April 5, 2017 at a meeting of each component Board of Education, and

Whereas, the law does not permit more than one HFM BOCES board member from any one school district to serve on the BOCES Board, and

Whereas, on June 30, 2017, the term of Mrs. Jean LaPorta, from the Gloversville Enlarged School District, will expire, and

Whereas, Mrs. Jean LaPorta meets the requirement of candidacy for local board of education membership and as a result, is eligible for nomination of election to the BOCES Board, and

Now Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Fort Plain Central School District Board of Education nominates Mrs. Jean LaPorta, residing at 39 Prospect Street, Gloversville, NY 12078, to serve as a member of the HFM BOCES Board of Education.

NEW BUSINESS – Nothing at this time

BUSINESS MANAGER – Mr. Rockefeller noted he is continuing to work on the budget and negotiations and has items to discuss with the Board during Executive Session.

ADMINISTRATOR REPORTS -Mrs. Crisman provided the Board with her report consisting of: PE Teachers Heart Health program;  Summer school proposal; Professional Development   Day; meetings with parents of struggling students; PTCFast website;  staff survey results;  Behavior Specialist position; Dr. Dozier programs; and Master Schedule preparation. Dr. Ziskin and the Board thanked Mrs. Crisman for her   report.

Ms. Larrabee presented her report to the Board consisting of: February  Students of the Month;  and OK2XL annual trip to New York City. 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.

Dr. Ziskin complemented staff and students at both schools as well as the Administrators for  their cooperation and diligence during the power outage on March 2″d. Everyone adapted and instruction continued without incident. Mr. VanAvery and his staff as well as the Food Service staff also provided  a great deal of support for our staff and   students.

INFORMATIONAL ITEMS – Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with the 2nd Quarter Academic Athletic Report from Mr. Karker.  36.13% of our athletes are on the Honor Roll or Principal’s  List. He also noted the Girls Basketball, Cheerleading, Girls Bowling and Boys Bowling Teams were all named  Winter NYSPHSAA  Scholar Athlete Teams.

Dr. Ziskin also provided the Board with the Winter Sports reports from the Coaches for their review.

Dr. Ziskin provide the Board with a breakdown  and comparison  of graduation   rates.

Dr. Ziskin informed the Board of some reorganization regarding BOCES Special Education Programs. He noted Gloversville is closing some of their schools and some of the programs they host may be moved, however this shouldn’t have  a great impact    on us.

Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with an update on the Pathways Program. He thanked the Board for allowing him to attend the Nashville Conference and noted BOCES would like to support our schools to join to create a pathway for Advance Engineering through the Engineering by Design program. This year will be a planning year with Mrs. Grimshaw of Canajoharie and Mr.

Halloran of Oppenheim-Ephratah-St. Johnsville. Dr. Ziskin will continue to update the Board  on the progress  of this program.

Dr. Ziskin reminded the Board of the HFM BOCES Annual Meeting which will be held on April  5th at 6pm. He asked that anyone interested in attending please let Mrs.   Smith know.

APPROVE REVISED  CALENDAR – Dr. Ziskin noted that because of the excess of  emergency days used for weather, they have decided to change March 17th and May 16th to full instruction days instead of early dismissal professional development days. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to approve the revised calendar for the remainder of 2016-2017 allowing for full days of instruction  on March 17th and May 161h.     Approved  Unanimously.

ACCEPT DONATION – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to accept the donation from the Canajoharie Senior Citizens at Arkell Center for $100.00 to be used to provided sneakers to the children in the elementary school. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT DONATION – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to accept the donation from Stewarts, Inc. in the amount of $1,000.00 to defray the cost of the lights on the  soccer field.  Approved   Unanimously.

APPROVE MERGER OF ATHLETICS WITH CANAJOHARIE CENTRAL SCHOOL ­- Upon the recommendation  of Superintendent  Ziskin  and Athletic  Director,  Charles Karker, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED the Fort Plain Central School District does hereby approve the continuation of the merger  of the Fort Plain Boy’s  and Girl’s Cross  Country Team with the  Canajoharie  Boy’s  and Girl’s Cross Country Team at all levels; the merger  of the Fort Plain Swimming Program  with the Canajoharie Swimming Program at all levels; the merger of JV and Modified Football with Canajoharie Football Program and the merger of the Fort Plain Wrestling Program with the Canajoharie Wrestling  Program  at all levels. Approved Unanimously.

APPROVE MERGER  OF VARSITY  FOOTBALL  WITH  CANAJOHARIE 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 Fort Plain Students to participate in Canajoharie Varsity Football. Approved Unanimously.

MONOLITH SOLAR RESOLUTION -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin and Business Manager Rockefeller, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board approves the Consent and Agreement Regarding Assignment of PPA and Special Purpose Entity, dated February 17, 2017, by and between the District, Craryville Two Town Road Solar 2 LLC, and Monolith Associates LLC, for the benefit of Key Equipment Finance, and authorizes the Board President to execute said agreement. Approved Unanimously.

Dr. Ziskin informed the Board that there is a water main issue located outside the transformer room caused by aged pipes. Work will be done over the weekend to have the water back on a potable  by Monday.

PUBLIC COMMENT –  Mr. Kardash  acknowledged  the Government  Class students present.

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to move to executive session at 7:30 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 9:12 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Bartholomew and seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. Approved Unanimously.

CSE/CPSE RECOMMENDATIONS  – Mrs. Stevens moved,  seconded by Mr. Jones to   approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on  February 2, 2017, February  8, 2017, February  10, 2017, February  14, 2017, and  February 16, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

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 March 2, 2017.   Approved   Unanimously.

ACCEPT LETTER OF RETIREMENT (M. YACOBUCCI) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to accept the retirement resignation of Meredith Yacobucci from her position of Clerk/Typist effective October 31, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

ESTABLISH POSITION OF PRINCIPAL CLERK Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved seconded by Mr. McFee to establish the civil service position of Principal Clerk. Approved Unanimously.

ACCEPT LETTER  OF RETIREMENT  (E. SIMMONS) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Jones to accept the retirement resignation of Edward Simmons from his position of Cleaner effective March 10, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

WAIVE  SIX MONTH NOTIFICATION  FOR RETIREMENT  INSURANCE -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to waive the six-month notification for retirement insurance for Mr. Edward Simmons. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINT EXTRA DUTY POSITIONS – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to appoint the following extra duty positions: Justin Lathers -Varsity Girls Track and Brad Niles -Assistant Track. Approved Unanimously.

APPOINT SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Jones moved, seconded Mrs. Stevens to appoint the following volunteer: Rosemary Harris – Track and Field. Approved Unanimously.

ABOLISH POSITION (PHYSICAL EDUCATION) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to abolish one position in the Physical Education Tenure Area effective June 30, 2017. Approved Unanimously.

CREATE BUS DRIVER/MAINTENANCE  POSITION  -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to create a Bus Driver/Maintenance Position. Approved Unanimously.

ADJOURNMENT– Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to adjourn the meeting at 9:16 p.m. Approved Unanimously.

March 29, 2017 Meeting

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 and Carl J. Rockefeller, Business Manager.

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

PLEDGE  OF ALLEGIANCE 

PUBLIC COMMENT – None

EXECUTIVE SESSION – Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to move to executive session at 6:00 p.m. to discuss personnel issues. AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew, and Kardash. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION -The board returned to open session at 7:02 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Przestrzelski and seconded by Mr. Bartholomew. President Kardash indicated that no  action was taken during executive session. AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew,  and Kardash. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN:  None.   Motion Carried.

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

ACCEPT RESIGNATION (R. PETTIT, JR.) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to accept the resignation of Ronald Pettit, Jr. from his position of Cleaner/Bus Driver effective April 3, 2017. AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew, and Kardash. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINT  REGULAR  RUN  BUS  DRIVER  (R. PETTIT,  JR.)  – Upon  the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to appoint Ronald R. Pettit, Jr. to the position of Regular Run Bus Driver effective April 3, 2017.      Salary will be $22.22/hr. AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew, and Kardash. NAYES: None.  ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

ACCEPT RESIGNATION (G. RUSZKOWSKI) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to accept the resignation of Gary Ruszkowski from his position of Regular Run Bus Driver effective April 3, 2017. AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew, and Kardash. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

APPOINT BUS DRIVER/MAINTENANCE  (G. RUSZKOWSKI)  – Upon  the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to appoint Gary Ruszkowski to the position of Bus Driver/Maintenance effective April 3, 2017. Salary will be $15.10/hour. AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew,  and Kardash. NAYES:  None. ABSTAIN: None.   Motion  Carried.

APPOINT  FULL  TIME  CLEANER  (N.COLE)-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 Ms. Nancy  Cole to the position  of Full Time Cleaner 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 Ms. Cole regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Ms. Cole’s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the district’s receipt of notices from the Commissioner of Education, that she is fully cleared for employment.  Salary will be  10% above start rate due to experience. ($14.09/hr) AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew,  and Kardash. NAYES:  None. ABSTAIN:  None.   Motion Carried.

APPOINT FULL TIME CLEANER (D. VICCIARELLI) – Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to adopt the following resolution: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Fort Plain Central  School District hereby  conditionally  appoints Mr. Dustin Vicciarelli to the position  of Full Time Cleaner 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. Vicciarelli regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner  of Education.   Mr. Vicciarelli’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. Salary will be $12.90/hr. AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew,  and Kardash. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN:  None.   Motion  Carried.

ACCEPT RETIREMENT RESIGNATION (D. YERDON) -Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to accept the retirement resignation from Mrs. Donna Yerdon from her position of Elementary Teacher effective October 31, 2017. AYES: McFee, Przestrzelski, Hudyncia, Stevens, Bartholomew, and Kardash. NAYES:  None. ABSTAIN: None.   Motion Carried.

ADJOURNMENT – Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to adjourn the meeting at 9:16 p.m. Approved Unanimously.