August 24, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

Monday, August 24, 2020

  • 6:15 PM – Audit Committee Meeting
  • 7:00 PM – Regular Meeting – Remote Session

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.  Accept Budget Appropriation Status and Revenue Status Reports/Fund Balance 4th Quarter Projection for 2019-2020 Fiscal Year

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the Budget Appropriation Status and Revenue Status Reports/Fund Balance 4th Quarter Projection for 2019-2020, as submitted.

6.   Review and Adopt the Resolution to Suspend Conflicting Board Policies or Administrative Regulation/Procedures Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution enabling the Superintendent to suspend policies or administrative regulations/procedures that directly conflict with any current or future federal, state, or county law, regulation, executive order, or guidance released for the purpose of reopening of schools during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, as submitted.

7.   Review and Adopt the Resolution to Endorse the Re-opening Plan Submitted by the Superintendent of Schools on July 31, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution to endorse the re-opening plan and efforts of the School District as led by the Superintendent of Schools, and recognize that any such plan must be flexible and adapt to the COVID-19 public health emergency as it evolves and as governmental orders and guidance are issued, as submitted.

8.   Review and Adopt the Revised 2020-2021 School Calendar

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the revised 2020-2021 school calendar, as submitted.

9. Communications

a.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Tanya Greenwood, Teacher Aide (Lincoln Elementary 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 Benjamin Tunison, Teacher Aide (Glendaal Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.

c.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Nicole Johnston, Lunch Monitor (Lincoln Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.

d.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Lori Petersen, Lunch Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.

e.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the verbal resignation of Barbara Santelli, Lunch Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.

f.      Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the verbal resignation of Deb Ingles-Schwalbach, Lunch Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.

g.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the request for an unpaid leave of absence for childcare purposes of John Prylo, Music Teacher (High School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

h.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the request for an unpaid leave of absence for childcare purposes of Catherine Cartier, Reading Teacher Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

i.      Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the request for an unpaid leave of absence for childcare purposes of Elizabeth O’Neill, Music Teacher Lincoln and Glendaal Elementary Schools), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.

j.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the verbal resignation of Kim Nash, Aide (Lincoln Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.

k.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the resignation for retirement purposes of Phyllis MacFee-Cranston, Teacher Assistant (Glendaal Elementary School), effective c.o.b. September 1, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.

l.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the verbal resignation of Frances McGarvey, Monitor (Lincoln Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.

9.    Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the correction of the appointment of Rachael Delsignore

from 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)

to 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 6 +M + $3000 Social Worker stipend x .60).  Ms. Delsignore has provisional certification.

2)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of Christina Stryjek as Grade 6 English Teacher (Middle School), effective September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2023, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $54,111 (Step 8 +M).  Ms. Stryjek has professional certification.

3)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the part-time appointment of Christina Jones as Teacher Aide (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $11.80/hour, 6.25 hours/day, 31.75 hours per week, including one half-hour period to meet with a teacher.

4)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the full-time probationary appointment of Alec Kumpitsch as Cleaner (High School), in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, effective August 25, 2020, with 2020-2021 salary to be at Step 1, $15.09/hour, 8 hours/day, 40 hours per week.

5)      Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the attached salary list for Teacher Aides for the 2020-2021 school year, as submitted.

6)      Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the following lists of substitutes for the 2019-2020 school year, as submitted:

Buildings & Grounds Substitutes                                         Transportation Aide Substitutes

Clerical Substitutes                                                                    Substitute School Bus Drivers

Substitute School Monitors                                                   Substitute School Nurses

Substitute Teacher Aides                                                        Substitute Teachers

Substitute Teaching Assistants                                           Tutors

7)      Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve five (5) additional summer days for Daiva Baumgarten, Typist (Sacandaga Elementary School), at her 2019-2020 salary rate.

8)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the attached    list, dated August 24, 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.

9)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the change in assignment of Janice Tunison from Lead Teacher of Instructional Technology (Districtwide) to Library Media Specialist (Middle School).

10)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the appointment of Matthew Morgan as Interim Assistant Principal (Middle School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $85,500.  Mr. Morgan has permanent certification.

10.  Routine Business

a.  Placements of Children with Disabilities

b.  Treasurer’s Report– June 2020 and June Extra Curricular Activity Fund Report (ECAF)

c.  Minutes:

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

Absent:   None

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 parent survey closed on Friday and 78% of students will be choosing in-person learning.  She informed the Board that students attending VOTECH programs will be able to attend every day, however, transportation by the district can only be provided on the days they are scheduled to be physically in school.  She also reported that the Governor had announced earlier today that some sports could start in the fall.  She informed the Board that she would be consulting with the District’s legal counsel for clarification on how this would be implemented and also that she will be asking the District physician to attend the next Board meeting to discuss with the Board.   President Bucciferro stated that if possible, he would like the next Board meeting to be a hybrid meeting, open to the public.

Accept Budget Appropriation Status and Revenue Status Reports/Fund Balance 4th Quarter Projection for 2019-2020 Fiscal Year

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by Carbone, that the Board of Education accept the Budget Appropriation Status and Revenue Status Reports/Fund Balance 4th Quarter Projection for 2019- 2020, as submitted.  (This report is contained as Appendix A to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Review and Adopt the Resolution to Suspend Conflicting Board Policies or Administrative Regulation/Procedures Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MOVED by Massaro, SECONDED by H. Talbot that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution enabling the Superintendent to suspend policies or administrative regulations/procedures that directly conflict with any current or future federal, state, or county law, regulation, executive order, or guidance released for the purpose of reopening of schools during the period of the COVID-19 pandemic, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix B to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Review and Adopt the Resolution to Endorse the Re-opening Plan Submitted by the Superintendent of Schools on July 31, 2020 Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by Feinberg, that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution to endorse the re-opening plan and efforts of the School District as led by the Superintendent of Schools, and recognize that any such plan must be flexible and adapt to the COVID-19 public health emergency as it evolves and as governmental orders and guidance are issued, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix C to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Review and Adopt the Revised 2020-2021 School Calendar

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by Frederick, that the Board of Education adopt the revised 2020-2021 school calendar, as submitted.  (This calendar is contained as Appendix D to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

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 Tanya Greenwood, Teacher Aide (Lincoln Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.  (This  resignation is contained as Appendix E to these minutes).

b.    Accept the letter of resignation of Benjamin Tunison, Teacher Aide (Glendaal Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.  .  (This  resignation is contained as Appendix F to these minutes).

c.    Accept the letter of resignation of Nicole Johnston, Lunch Monitor (Lincoln Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district. (This  resignation is contained as Appendix G to these minutes)

d.    Accept the letter of resignation of Lori Petersen, Lunch Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.  (This  resignation is contained as Appendix H to these minutes)

e.    Accept the verbal resignation of Barbara Santelli, Lunch Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.

f.     Accept the verbal resignation of Deb Ingles-Schwalbach, Lunch Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for his service to the district.  (The email regarding these two verbal resignations is contained as Appendix I to these minutes).

g.    Approve the request for an unpaid leave of absence for childcare purposes of John Prylo, Music Teacher (High School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.  (This request is contained as Appendix J to these minutes and contains confidential medical information and is therefore being kept separate from the minute book.)

h.    Approve the request for an unpaid leave of absence for childcare purposes of Catherine Cartier, Reading Teacher Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.  (This request is contained as Appendix K to these minutes and contains confidential medical information and is therefore being kept separate from the minute book.)

i.     Approve the request for an unpaid leave of absence for childcare purposes of Elizabeth O’Neill, Music Teacher Lincoln and Glendaal Elementary Schools), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021.  (This request is contained as Appendix L to these minutes and contains confidential medical information and is therefore being kept separate from the minute book.)

j.     Accept the verbal resignation of Kim Nash, Aide (Lincoln Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.  (The email regarding this resignation is contained as Appendix M to these minutes).

k.    Accept the resignation for retirement purposes of Phyllis MacFee-Cranston, Teacher Assistant (Glendaal Elementary School), effective c.o.b. September 1, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.  (This resignation is contained as Appendix N to these minutes).

l.     Accept the verbal resignation of Frances McGarvey, Monitor (Lincoln Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2020, with appreciation for her service to the district.  (This resignation is contained as Appendix O to these minutes).

Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)      Approve the correction of the appointment of Rachael Delsignore

from 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)

to 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 6 +M + $3000 Social Worker stipend x .6 FTE).  Ms. Delsignore has provisional certification.

2)      Approve the probationary appointment of Christina Stryjek as Grade 6 English Teacher (Middle School), effective September 1, 2020 through August 31, 2023, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $54,111 (Step 8 +M).  Ms. Stryjek has professional certification.

3)      Approve the part-time appointment of Christina Jones as Teacher Aide (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $11.80/hour, 6.25 hours/day, 31.75 hours per week, including one half-hour period to meet with a teacher.

4)      Approve the full-time probationary appointment of Alec Kumpitsch as Cleaner (High School), in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, effective August 25, 2020, with 2020-2021 salary to be at Step 1, $15.09/hour, 8 hours/day, 40 hours per week.

5)      Approve the attached salary list for Teacher Aides for the 2020-2021 school year, as submitted.  (This list is contained as Appendix P to these minutes).

6)      Approve the following lists of substitutes for the 2019-2020 school year, as submitted:

Buildings & Grounds Substitutes                                         Transportation Aide Substitutes

Clerical Substitutes                                                                            Substitute School Bus Drivers

Substitute School Monitors                                                   Substitute School Nurses

Substitute Teacher Aides                                                      Substitute Teachers – revised

Substitute Teaching Assistants – revised                Tutors

(These lists are contained as Appendix Q to these minutes).

7)      Approve five (5) additional summer days for Daiva Baumgarten, Typist (Sacandaga Elementary School), at her 2019-2020 salary rate.

8)      Approve the attached list, dated August 24, 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 R to these minutes).

9)      Approve the change in assignment of Janice Tunison from Lead Teacher of Instructional Technology (Districtwide) to Library Media Specialist (Middle School).

10)   Approve the appointment of Matthew Morgan as Interim Assistant Principal (Middle School), effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $85,500.  Mr. Morgan has permanent certification.

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 8/24/20.

b.  Treasurer’s Report – June 2020 and June Extra Curricular Activity Fund Report (ECAF)

President Bucciferro noted receipt of the Treasurer’s Reports.  (These reports are contained as Appendix S to these minutes).

c.  Minutes:

  • Annual Organizational Meeting             July 13, 2020
  • Regular Meeting                                                                 July 13, 2020
  • Regular Meeting                                                                 July 27, 2020

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

ABSTAIN: TALBOT

Other Business

The Board briefly discussed the NYSSBA Conference.  President Bucciferro also informed the Board that the tax warrant documents needed to be signed by the Board.  He asked if everyone was willing to let District Clerk DeLong sign on their behalf since most of the Board was unable to come to the District Office to sign.  All agreed, except Mr. Frederick who stated that he was able to come in person and would make arrangements to do so.

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 H. Talbot, SECONDED by Frederick, that the meeting be adjourned.

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk