August 10, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

Monday, August 10, 2020

Conference Room – District Office – REMOTE SESSION – Video recording

Scotia-Glenville Mission Statement

The Scotia-Glenville Central School District is committed to providing an environment which allows students to realize their full potential and thus prepares them for life in an ever-changing world.  In the tradition of excellence, Board of Education, administration, staff, parents, business and community members will continue to ensure that our educational system fulfills the needs of our students.

AGENDA

1.   Roll Call:   Bucciferro, Carbone, Feinberg, Frederick, Massaro, H. Talbot, K. Talbot

2.   Pledge of Allegiance

3.   Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

There will be no Hearing and Privilege of the Floor at this remote session.

4. Superintendent’s Comments (Susan M. Swartz, Superintendent of Schools)

5.  Adopt the Policy Statement for 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Price Meals or Free Milk

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Price Meals or Free Milk Policy Statement and authorize the School Board President to sign the Certificate of Acceptance, as submitted.

6.    Resolution:  Increase Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) Contribution Reserve Fund

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution, dated August 10, 2020, regarding authorizing the decrease in the undesignated fund balance by $400,000 and increasing the TRS Contributions Reserve Fund by $400,000, as submitted.

7.    Resolution: Approve and Accept Gift and Donation from Mrs. Susan Jeffords

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve and accept the gift and donation of miscellaneous office and school supplies, valued at $125.50, as submitted.

8. Communications

a.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Nicole Prizio, LOTE (French) Teacher (High School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.

b.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Thomas Bergeron, Monitor (High School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.

c.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Salvatore Pizzo, Monitor (Middle School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.

9.    Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)      Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education grant the Superintendent of Schools the authority to hire staff between August 11, 2020 and September 13, 2020, with such hiring to be within the approved district-wide staffing, with Board ratification to be taken at its regular meeting on September 14, 2020.

2)      Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the change in assignment of Denise Caruso from Districtwide Guidance Counselor (all four elementary schools) to the High School, effective September 1, 2020, with no change in salary for 2020-2021.

3)   Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the appointment of Amy Norris as a .1 FTE Music Teacher (Glendaal Elementary), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $8,325 (Step 21 +M).  Ms. Norris has permanent certification.

4)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the correction in assignments for the following Guidance Counselors:

  • Denise Caruso from Middle School to High School
  • Mackenzie Wetzel from High School to Middle School

5)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the correction in title for the following employee:

Kelly Marsh from School Social Worker to School Psychologist

6)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education rescind the assignment of six (6) summer days for Betsy Williams, School Nurse, and approve the assignment of one (1) summer day at 1/200th of her 2019-2020 salary.

7)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the attached 2020 Extended School Year Program Revised Staff Roster and Salary List, as submitted.

8)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the following individuals as Substitute Cleaners for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Alec Kumpitsch
  • Jeffrey Walker

9)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve five (5) additional summer days for Christine Nofri, Dean of Students, at 1/200th of her 2019-2020 salary.

10)  Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve two (2) additional summer days for the following Guidance Counselors, at 1/200th of their 2019-2020 salary:

  • Jessica Balch
  • Denise Caruso
  • Lucia Dixon
  • David Langdon
  • Timothy O’Connell
  • Mackenzie Wetzel
  • Lise Williams

11)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the attached list, dated July 27, 2020, of additional employees for summer curriculum work at the rate of $125/day for Teachers and $91.84 for Teaching Assistants for each full day of service this summer, as submitted.

12)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of Margaret Healy as Health Teacher (High School), effective September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2023, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $58,713 (Step 10 +M).  Ms. Healy has permanent certification.

13)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of Rachael Delsignore as School Social Worker (Middle School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $33,226 (Step 10 +M + $3000 Social Worker stipend x .60).  Ms. Delsignore has provisional certification.

14)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education rescind the probationary appointment of Derrek Tuthill, Technology Teacher, effective September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2023, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $69,523 (Step 16 +M).

10.  Routine Business

a.  Placements of Children with Disabilities

b.  Internal Claims Auditor’s Report/Warrants/Warrant Report Exceptions:

Payroll Warrants

Check Warrants

11.  Other Business

12.  Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

There will be no Hearing and Privilege of the Floor at this remote session.

The Board may adjourn to Executive Session in order to discuss matters relating to personnel and/or negotiations.

Minutes

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of the Scotia-Glenville Central School District was held in the office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, in said district on August 10, 2020.

President Bucciferro called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m.

Present:  Superintendent Swartz, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Swain, Business Manager Giaquinto and District Clerk DeLong

Bucciferro, Carbone, Frederick, Massaro, H. Talbot and K. Talbot were all present via a video conference due to COVID-19 restrictions.

Absent:   Feinberg

Pledge of Allegiance

Hearing

There was no hearing/privilege of the floor due to the inability to allow the public to attend the meeting in person.

Superintendent’s Comments (Susan M. Swartz, Superintendent of Schools)

Superintendent Swartz reported that the District has received 1500 responses to the parent survey to date.  As of right now, 78.9% of parents favor in-person instruction.  The District will continue to collect the information from the surveys in order to set student schedules and also transportation routes. Only 46% of parents have stated that they will require transportation for their children at this time. She also reported that all Districts are being required to hold three additional community meetings and one staff meeting, by order of the Governor. Advisory teams have been put in place and are working diligently on re-opening plans in all areas.

Adopt the Policy Statement for 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Price Meals or Free Milk

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot that the Board of Education adopt the 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Price Meals or Free Milk Policy Statement and authorize the School Board President to sign the Certificate of Acceptance, as submitted.  (This statement is contained as Appendix A to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution:  Increase Teachers’ Retirement System (TRS) Contribution Reserve Fund

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by H. Talbot that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution, dated August 10, 2020, regarding authorizing the decrease in the undesignated fund balance by $400,000 and increasing the TRS Contributions Reserve Fund by $400,000, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix B to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution: Approve and Accept Gift and Donation from Mrs. Susan Jeffords

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by H. Talbot that the Board of Education approve and accept the gift and donation of miscellaneous office and school supplies, valued at $125.50, as submitted.

(This resolution is contained as Appendix C to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot, that the Board of Education accept/approve the following items:

Communications

a.     Accept the letter of resignation of Nicole Prizio, LOTE (French) Teacher (High School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.  (This letter is contained as Appendix D to these minutes).

b.    Accept the letter of resignation of Thomas Bergeron, Monitor (High School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.  (This letter is contained as Appendix E to these minutes).

c.     Accept the letter of resignation of Salvatore Pizzo, Monitor (Middle School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.  (This letter is contained as Appendix F to these minutes).

Report of Superintendent

a.     Staffing

1)       Grant the Superintendent of Schools the authority to hire staff between August 11, 2020 and September 13, 2020, with such hiring to be within the approved district-wide staffing, with Board ratification to be taken at its regular meeting on September 14, 2020.

2)       Approve the change in assignment of Denise Caruso from Districtwide Guidance Counselor (all four elementary schools) to the High School, effective September 1, 2020, with no change in salary for 2020-2021.

3)   Approve the appointment of Amy Norris as a .1 FTE Music Teacher (Glendaal Elementary), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $8,325 (Step 21 +M).  Ms. Norris has permanent certification.

4)    Approve the correction in assignments for the following Guidance Counselors:

  • Denise Caruso from Middle School to High School
  • Mackenzie Wetzel from High School to Middle School

5)    Approve the correction in title for the following employee:

  • Kelly Marsh from School Social Worker to School Psychologist

6)    Rescind the assignment of six (6) summer days for Betsy Williams, School Nurse, and approve the assignment of one (1) summer day at 1/200th of her 2019-2020 salary.

7)    Approve the attached 2020 Extended School Year Program Revised Staff Roster and Salary List, as submitted.  (This list is contained as Appendix G to these minutes).

8)    Approve the following individuals as Substitute Cleaners for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Alec Kumpitsch
  • Jeffrey Walker

9)    Approve five (5) additional summer days for Christine Nofri, Dean of Students, at 1/200th of her 2019-2020 salary.

10) Approve two (2) additional summer days for the following Guidance Counselors, at 1/200th of their 2019-2020 salary:

  • Jessica Balch
  • Denise Caruso
  • Lucia Dixon
  • David Langdon
  • Timothy O’Connell
  • Mackenzie Wetzel
  • Lise Williams

11) Approve the attached list, dated July 27, 2020, of additional employees for summer curriculum work at the rate of $125/day for Teachers and $91.84 for Teaching Assistants for each full day of service this summer, as submitted.  (This list is contained as Appendix H to these minutes).

12) Approve the probationary appointment of Margaret Healy as Health Teacher (High School), effective September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2023, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $58,713 (Step 10 +M).  Ms. Healy has permanent certification.

13) Approve the probationary appointment of Rachael Delsignore as School Social Worker (Middle School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $33,226 (Step 10 +M + $3000 Social Worker stipend x .60).  Ms. Delsignore has provisional certification.

14) Rescind the probationary appointment of Derrek Tuthill, Technology Teacher, effective September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2023, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $69,523 (Step 16 +M).

Routine Business

a.   Placements of Children with Disabilities

Accept the Placement of Children with Disabilities as recommended by the Committees on Preschool Special Education and Special Education in their report dated 8/10/20.

b.  Internal Claims Auditor’s Report/Warrants/Warrant Report Exceptions:

Payroll Warrants

  • #2 07/17/20  $212,734.30
  • #3  07/31/20  $249,187.18

Check Warrants

  • A-3  07/14/20  $962,357.71
  • A-2  07/14/20  $87,261.78
  • H-1  07/15/20  $406,152.70

President Bucciferro noted receipt of the Internal Claims Auditor’s Report/Warrants/Warrant  Report Exceptions.  (These reports are contained as Appendix I to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Other Business

President Bucciferro reminded the Board that the NYSSBA Convention will be held remotely this year if anyone is interested in attending.  Also, the meeting on August 24th has not been cancelled and the Board will be meeting at its usual time.

Hearing

There was no hearing/privilege of the floor due to the inability to allow the public to attend the meeting in person.

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the meeting be adjourned.

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The meeting adjourned at 7:23 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk