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Proceeding of Board of Education Regular Business Meeting – May 11, 2018

PRESENT – Ronald Kardash, David Przestrzelski, Todd Mcfee, Jami Stevens, Joe Bartholomew and Mary Beth Hudyncia

ABSENT – Jeffrey L. Jones

OTHERS – David W. Ziskint Ed.D., Superintendent of Schools; Rebecca J. Smith, Secretary to the Superintendent; Carl J. Rockefeller, Business Manager; Jessica Sanders, Human Resources~ Philene Hudson, Accounting; Deborah Larrabee, Ed.D., Jr. Sr. High School Principal~ Lauren Crisman, Elementary Principal; Katrina Canallatos, Director of Special Education; Colleen Cushing, Kayla Mahoney, Denise Smith, Kristy Mcfee, Tara Hayes, Carol Hecht, Cory Cooley and Charlie Karker, Staff Members.

Call to Order

President Kardash called the Budget Hearing on the Transportation and Buildings and Ground Budgets 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 school vehicles at a maximum aggregate cost of $230,000.00. The vehicles to be purchased are 1- full size bus; 1- 24 passenger cutaway; and 1 – passenger vehicle. 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 taxpayers.

Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Mcfee to adjourn the Public Hearing at 6: 14pm. AYES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Time for Visitors

The Jr. Sr. High School Attendance Committee consisting of Dr. Larrabee, Mrs. Cooley, Ms. Cushing, Mrs. Hayes, Mrs. Hecht, Mrs. Mahoney, Mrs. Mcfee, and Mrs. Smith presented the board with an overview of the Attendance Committee. They explained that 10 absences are defined as the turnkey number that predict detriment in academics and overall wellness. Absenteeism hurts the social order of education as well as the continuity of the classroom. They discussed the benefits of reducing chronic absence as well as presenting attendance data and ways to diminish chronic absences such as data drive approach, “early warning systems” and working with families and the community. The Board thanked the committee for their information and praised them for their continuing dedication to our students.

Accepted Minutes

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to approve the minutes of the Regular Meeting held on February 7, 2018. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Accepted Financial Reports

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to accept the following financial reports:

Treasurer’s Report for Money Market, Payroll, ACH Savings, Special Reserve and General Fund for January 2018; Budget Reports for January 2018; Treasurer’s Report for Extra Classroom Funds for January 2018; and Claims Auditor’s Report for January 2018. AYES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Committee Reports

Dr. Ziskin noted he met with the Policy Committee. They discussed a revision to Policy #5750 – School Bus Safety Program. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the amendment to Policy #5750 – School Bus Safety Program as presented. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried

Previous Business

Nothing at this time

New Business

Nothing at this time

Business Manager

Nothing at this time

Informational Items

Dr. Ziskin presented the Board with the 2nd Quarter Academic Athletic Report from Mr. Karker. 41.86% of our student athletes are on the honor roll or principal’ s list.

Dr. Ziskin informed the Board that the HFM BOCES Annual Meeting falls on the same night as our Board meeting. The Board will attend our regular meeting. Dr. Ziskin will inform BOCES they will not be attending this year.

Dr. Ziskin provided information about fire drills and lock down drills. He said we continue to be diligent with the safety of our students and staff. Due to recent events, parents were notified of the drills in order to alleviate concerns. New door contacts and more camera are due to go online in the next few months. Dr. Ziskin asked the Board to consider allowing him to execute and agreement to have a law enforcement officer rotate between our buildings for the remainder of the school year. The Village will bill us for the wages for the officers not to exceed $9,000.00. Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to approve Dr. Ziskin to execute the agreement with the Village of Fort Plain for Officers to be present at our buildings for the remainder of the school year. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried

Accept Donation Check

Dr. Ziskin provided information from Mr. Karker that we were chosen the winning high school for Refuel’s $2,500.00 sweepstakes. Mr. Karker submitted an entry to the Gymboard program and we were awarded the prize. Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to accept the check in the amount of $2,500.00 from Refuel Agency. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens. Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried

Approve Merger of Athletics with Canajoharie Central School

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin and Athletic Director, Charles Karker, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia 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 Football with Canajoharie Football Program at all levels; the merger of the Fort Plain Wrestling Program with the Canajoharie Wrestling Program at all levels; and the merger of Volleyball with the Canajoharie Volleyball Program at all levels. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Boarddocs

Dr. Ziskin provided the Board with information regarding the new BoardDocs program. It is coserable through BOCES and will allow for a more streamlined agenda/minutes.

State Aid Updates

Dr. Ziskin will provide the Board with updates at the next meeting regarding the state aid funding.

Public Comment

Mr. Karker expressed his concern to the Board regarding the transportation of athletes this year for merged sports programs. He noted it has been more inconvenient this year due to both schools being short drivers. Dr. Ziskin will explore options regarding this.

Executive Session

Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to move to executive session at 7:07 p.m. to discuss recommendations of the CPSE/CSE/504 and personnel issues. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried

Return to Open Session

The board returned to open session at 9:31 p.m. on a motion by Mr. Mcfee and seconded by Mrs. Stevens. President Kardash indicated that no action was taken during executive session. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

CSE/CPSE/504 Recommendations

Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve recommendations of the Committee on Special Education for meetings held on February 1, 2018; February S, 2018; February 6, 2018; February 8, 2018; February 13, 2018; February 14, 2018; and February 15, 2018. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Approve HFM BOCES Substitute List

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Mcfee moved, seconded by Mrs. Hudyncia to approve the HFM BOCES Substitute List for March. AYES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Executive Duty Appointments

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Hudyncia moved, seconded by Mrs. Stevens to appoint Jason Brundage to the extra duty position of Modified Baseball Coach. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Approved School Volunteers

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. McFee moved, seconded by Mr. Bartholomew to approve the following school volunteers: John Fureno, PJ Brown, Bryan Cronkhite, and Phil Thibodeau – Baseball Program; and Austin VanAvery-Track & Field Program. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, McFee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Appoint Long Term Substitute (K.Hoos)

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to appoint Karoline Hoos to a 3-month long term substitute probationary appointment in the Special Education tenure area effective March 6, 2018 and terminating June 11, 2018. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, McFee, and Hudyncia. NAYES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Tenure Appointment (C. Cooley)

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, Mrs. Stevens moved, seconded by Mr. McFee to make the following tenure appointment: Mrs. Cory Cooley, effective September 1, 2018; Tenure Area: Family and Consumer Science; Certification: Home Ee & Food Preparation, Permanent. Tenure appointment is contingent upon continued certification as indicated above. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, McFee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.

Tenure Appointment (A. Bartholomew)

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Ziskin, moved, Mr. Mcfee seconded by Mrs. Stevens to make the following tenure appointment: Mrs. Amy Bartholomew, effective September 1, 2018; Tenure Area: Elementary; Certification: Pre K, KI, Grades 1-6, Permanent. Tenure appointment is contingent upon continued certification as indicated above. A YES: Kardash, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: Bartholomew. Motion Carried.

Adjournment

Mr. Bartholomew moved, seconded by Mr. Przestrzelski to adjourn the meeting at 9:33 p.m. A YES: Kardash, Bartholomew, Przestrzelski, Stevens, Mcfee, and Hudyncia. NA YES: None. ABSTAIN: None. Motion Carried.