December 14, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

Monday, December 14, 2020

  • 6:00 PM – Executive Session
  • 7:00 PM – Regular Meeting

District Office Conference Room- Remote Session – 12/14/20 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 – REVISED

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 Second Fiscal Projection for 2020-2021

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the Second Fiscal Projection for 2020-2021 with the supporting Revenue and Budget Status Reports and Summary Variance Analysis and Fund Balance Projection, as submitted.

6.    Approve Scotia-Glenville Central School District Special Education Services Plan – 2021-2023

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve Scotia-Glenville Central School District Special Education Services Plan for 2021-2023, as submitted.

7.  Resolution: Increase Debt Services Reserve Fund

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution, dated December 14, 2020, regarding authorizing the decrease in the undesignated fund balance (A909) by $2,678.22 and increasing the Debt Services Reserve Fund (A884) by $2,678.22, as submitted.

8.    Non-Resident Student Tuition Rates for 2020-2021

Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the Non-Resident Student Tuition Rates, as established by SED, for the 2020-2021 school year, as follows:

Regular Education             2020-21                     Last Year’s Rates

  • Grades K-6                $8,146                                    $7,791
  • Grades 7-12         $9,033                            $8,089

Charges for students with disabilities who are eligible for public excess cost aid:

  • Grades K-6                $30,763                      $31,691
  • Grades 7-12              $31,650                      $31,989

9.  Approve the Agreement by and Between B.A. Construction Services and Scotia-Glenville Central School District for Consulting Services

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the agreement for consulting services for the period of January 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021, for pre-referendum work for the proposed $12.8 million project in the Spring of 2021, as submitted.

10. Approve the Contract Change Order for B.A. Construction Services for Additional Supervision Hours for the Month of December 2020

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Contract Change Order for the month of December 2020 (December 1, 2020-December 31, 2020) for 20 additional hours per week of supervision necessitated by construction work in the field continuing into the month of December, as submitted.

11.  Resolution: Accept and Establish the Patsy R. Benny, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated December 14, 2020, to establish the Patsy R. Benny, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $250, as submitted.

12. Resolution:  Accept the Revision to the Glendaal PTA Memorial Scholarship, Originally Established in 2004

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution dated December 14, 2020, to revise the Glendaal PTA Memorial Scholarship, in accordance with the revised criteria, as submitted.

13. Resolution:  Accept the Revision to the Guan Ho Ha Fish and Game Club Scholarship, Originally Established in 1976, and revised in 2006

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution dated December 14, 2020, to revise the Guan Ho Ha Fish and Game Club Scholarship, in accordance with the revised criteria, as submitted.

14. Approve the Memorandum of Understanding by and Between Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) and Scotia-Glenville Central School District Regarding the use of BinaxNOW Antigen Tests and Training for Their Use, Necessitated by the COVID-19 Health Crisis

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Agreement with Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) to provide Abbott BinaxNOW tests as available from New York State and training for their use, necessitated by the COVID-19 health crisis, as submitted.

15.  Reports/Updates: CAPSBA/Legislative Liaison/PTA/Audit Committee/Board of Education Policy Committee/Budget Update

16. Communications

a.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Gloria Kudzin, Stenographer (District Office), effective c.o.b. February 9, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.

b.    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education accept the letter requesting a leave of absence for Zachary Cary from his position as Custodian at the High School in order for him to take a temporary assignment as Senior Custodian at Sacandaga Elementary School effective December 14, 2021, not to exceed 60 days.

17.  Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)   Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the changes in hours for the following Transportation Department employees, with no changes in hourly salary rates:

  • Chester Bonieski, Driver from 4.5 hours daily to 5 hours daily
  • Tina L’Italien, Driver from 4.75 hours to 6 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3 hours to 4.25 hours on Wednesdays
  • Dale Olsen, Driver from 6.25 hours to 6.75 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 4.25 hours to 4.75 hours on Wednesdays

2)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the appointment of Jennessa Freihofer as Bus Starter, Snow Remover (Transportation Department), as an additional duty to her Bus Driver assignment, in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, effective December 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with no change in her current 2020-2021 hourly rate, for up to one hour per day as required.

3)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the regular substitute appointment of Travis Hadcock as Technology Teacher (High School and Middle School), effective November 21, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $44,071 (Step 1). Mr. Hadcock has internship certification.

4)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the regular substitute appointment of Amanda Morris as Mathematics Teacher (High School), effective January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $47,542 (Step 3+M). Ms. Morris has initial certification.

5)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the temporary change of assignment for Lynn Greene, from Mathematics Teacher (High School) to AIS, senior tutorials, co-planning, and curriculum development, effective January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 no change in her current salary.

6)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the change in the appointment of Kimberly Voellm as Elementary Teacher (Sacandaga Elementary School)

from  effective October 1, 2020 through December 6, 2020 to

effective October 1, 2020 through December 10, 2020.

7)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the regular substitute appointment of Kimberly Voellm as Reading Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School), effective December 11, 2020 through March 9, 2021, with no change in her current salary.

8)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education accept the reassignment of Elizabeth Foley from her position at the Middle School to the elementary schools. Ms. Foley will provide science instruction and academic support for elementary students for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, with no change in her current salary.

9)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the regular substitute appointment of Robert Lewis as Special Education Teacher (Middle School), effective December 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021, annual salary to be at $57,843 (Step 9 +M), with 2020-2021 annual salary to be pro-rated for the period December 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021.   Mr. Lewis has permanent certification.

10) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the change in supplemental appointments for collateral duties for the 2020-2021 school year as follows, prorated to December 10, 2020:

from Name  Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend

  • David Gildersleeve and Elizabeth Foley  Student Council  Middle School  $643 each

to  Name  Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend

  • David Gildersleeve  Student Council  Middle School  $1,286

11) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the following supplemental appointments for collateral duties for 2020-2021:

Name Activity/Club Name Building Stipend

  • Damian Croucher  HS Yearbook Advisor  High School  $3,021
  • Jennifer Russell  HS Yearbook Financial Advisor  High School  $948

12)Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the change in the period of unpaid leave of absence of Liesl Falcon, Executive Secretary I (Sacandaga Elementary School)

from December 21, 2020 to June 30, 2021 to January 4, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

13) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the temporary appointment of Mashoma Brydie, Executive Secretary I (Sacandaga Elementary School), in accordance with Civil Service rules and regulations, from January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with a salary to be at $15.40/hour, 7.5 hours/day.

14) Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the temporary appointment of Zachary Cary as Senior Custodian (Sacandaga Elementary School), in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, effective December 14, 2020 (not to exceed 60 days) at Step 2, $25.17 per hour, plus $.15 per hour longevity.

15) Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the attached list of substitutes for the 2020-2021 school year.

16) Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the regular substitute appointment of Audra Muscatiello as Teaching Assistant (Middle School), effective December 11, 2020 through June 30, 2021, annual salary to be at $21,825 (Step 1), with 2020-2021 annual salary to be pro-rated for the period December 11, 2020 through June 30, 2021.   Ms. Muscatiello has permanent teaching certification.

17) Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the following 2020-2021 winter coaching appointments:

Varsity Bowling

  • Matt Swiatocha                                            Step 5                         $   866.80 (40%)
  • John Ritter                                                     Step 5                         $1,300.20 (60%)

 Varsity Nordic Skiing

  • Jared Linck                                                          Step 5                         $4,442.00
  • Lisa Forshey                                     Step 0                         $0                        (Volunteer)

18.  Routine Business

a.  Placements of Children with Disabilities

b. Budget Transfers – October and November 2020

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

Payroll Warrants

Check Warrants

d.  Minutes:

19.  Other Business

20.  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 was held in the Office of the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, in said district on December 14, 2020.

President Bucciferro called the meeting to order at 6:08 p.m.

Present:  Bucciferro, Carbone, Frederick, Massaro, H. Talbot, K. Talbot, Superintendent

Swartz, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Swain, and Business Manager Giaquinto

Absent:   Feinberg

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by Carbone that the Board of Education adjourn to Executive Session in order to discuss matters relating to personnel and negotiations.

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 6:08 p.m. and returned to Open Session at 7:05 p.m.

District Clerk DeLong was present for the Open Session.

Pledge of Allegiance

Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

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 discussed the COVID situation within the school district.  She explained that although many other school districts are going all virtual for the next few weeks, it is her intention that we do our best to remain hybrid.  She explained that the biggest challenge we are facing in keeping to the hybrid learning model is that we are experiencing significant staffing shortages due to covid contact, covid cases and other absences. At this point, the District is operating on a day to day basis in regard to hybrid learning.

Accept Second Fiscal Projection for 2020-2021

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot, that the Board of Education accept the Second Fiscal Projection for 2020-2021 with the supporting Revenue and Budget Status Reports and Summary Variance Analysis and Fund Balance Projection, as submitted.  (This report is contained as Appendix A to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Approve Scotia-Glenville Central School District Special Education Services Plan – 2021-2023

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve Scotia-Glenville Central School District Special Education Services Plan for 2021-2023, as submitted.  (This report is contained as Appendix B to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution: Increase Debt Services Reserve Fund

MOVED by Frederick, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution, dated December 14, 2020, regarding authorizing the decrease in the undesignated fund balance (A909) by $2,678.22 and increasing the Debt Services Reserve Fund (A884) by $2,678.22, as submitted. (This resolution is contained as Appendix C to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Non-Resident Student Tuition Rates for 2020-2021

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the Non-Resident Student Tuition Rates, as established by SED, for the 2020-2021 school year, as follows:

Regular Education             2020-21                     Last Year’s Rates

·         Grades K-6                $8,146                                    $7,791

·         Grades 7-12         $9,033                            $8,089

Charges for students with disabilities who are eligible for public excess cost aid:

·         Grades K-6                $30,763                      $31,691

·         Grades 7-12              $31,650                      $31,989

(The back-up document for these rates is contained as Appendix D to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

MOVED by Massaro, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the following two items:

Approve the Agreement by and Between B.A. Construction Services and Scotia-Glenville Central School District for Consulting Services

Approve the agreement for consulting services for the period of January 1, 2021 through May 31, 2021, for pre-referendum work for the proposed $12.8 million project in the Spring of 2021, as submitted. (This agreement is contained as Appendix E to these minutes).

Approve the Contract Change Order for B.A. Construction Services for Additional Supervision Hours for the Month of December 2020

Approve the Contract Change Order for the month of December 2020 (December 1, 2020-December 31, 2020) for 20 additional hours per week of supervision necessitated by construction work in the field continuing into the month of December, as submitted.  (This change order is contained as Appendix F 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:

Resolution: Accept and Establish the Patsy R. Benny, Jr. Memorial Scholarship

Approve the Resolution, dated December 14, 2020, to establish the Patsy R. Benny, Jr. Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $250, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix G to these minutes).

Resolution:  Accept the Revision to the Glendaal PTA Memorial Scholarship, Originally Established in 2004

Adopt the Resolution dated December 14, 2020, to revise the Glendaal PTA Memorial Scholarship, in accordance with the revised criteria, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix H to these minutes).

Resolution:  Accept the Revision to the Guan Ho Ha Fish and Game Club Scholarship, Originally Established in 1976, and revised in 2006

Adopt the Resolution dated December 14, 2020, to revise the Guan Ho Ha Fish and Game Club Scholarship, in accordance with the revised criteria, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix I to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Approve the Memorandum of Understanding by and Between Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) and Scotia-Glenville Central School District Regarding the use of BinaxNOW Antigen Tests and Training for Their Use, Necessitated by the COVID-19 Health Crisis

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the Memorandum

of Agreement with Schenectady County Public Health Services (SCPHS) to provide Abbott BinaxNOW tests as available from New York State and training for their use, necessitated by the COVID-19 health crisis, as submitted.  (This agreement is contained as Appendix J to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Reports/Updates: CAPSBA/Legislative Liaison/PTA/Audit Committee/Board of Education Policy Committee/Budget Update

There were no reports given.

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot, that the Board of Education accept/approve the following items, with the exception of Item a under Communications.

Communications

a.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Gloria Kudzin, Stenographer (District Office), effective c.o.b. February 9, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix K to these minutes).

b.    Accept the letter requesting a leave of absence for Zachary Cary from his position as Custodian at the High School in order for him to take a temporary assignment as Senior Custodian at Sacandaga Elementary School effective December 14, 2021, not to exceed 60 days.  (This letter is contained as Appendix L to these minutes).

Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)   Approve the changes in hours for the following Transportation Department employees, with no changes in hourly salary rates, effective December 7, 2020:

  • Chester Bonieski, Driver  from 4.5 hours daily to 5 hours daily
  • Tina L’Italien, Driver  from 4.75 hours to 6 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays from 3 hours to 4.25 hours on Wednesdays
  • Dale Olsen, Driver  from 6.25 hours to 6.75 hours on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays  from 4.25 hours to 4.75 hours on Wednesdays

2)    Approve the appointment of Jennessa Freihofer as Bus Starter, Snow Remover (Transportation Department), as an additional duty to her Bus Driver assignment, in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, effective December 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with no change in her current 2020-2021 hourly rate, for up to one hour per day as required.

3)    Approve the regular substitute appointment of Travis Hadcock as Technology Teacher (High School and Middle School), effective November 21, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $44,071 (Step 1). Mr. Hadcock has internship certification.

4)    Approve the regular substitute appointment of Amanda Morris as Mathematics Teacher (High School), effective January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $47,542 (Step 3+M). Ms. Morris has initial certification.

5)    Approve the temporary change of assignment for Lynn Greene, from Mathematics Teacher (High School) to AIS, senior tutorials, co-planning, and curriculum development, effective January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 no change in her current salary.

6)    Approve the change in the appointment of Kimberly Voellm as Elementary Teacher (Sacandaga Elementary School)

from  effective October 1, 2020 through December 6, 2020 to  effective October 1, 2020 through December 10, 2020.

7)    Approve the regular substitute appointment of Kimberly Voellm as Reading Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School), effective December 11, 2020 through March 9, 2021, with no change in her current salary.

8)    Accept the reassignment of Elizabeth Foley from her Special Education position at the Middle School to the elementary schools. Ms. Foley will provide science instruction and academic support for elementary students for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year, with no change in her current salary.

9)    Approve the regular substitute appointment of Robert Lewis as Special Education Teacher (Middle School), effective December 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021, annual salary to be at $57,843 (Step 9 +M), with 2020-2021 annual salary to be pro-rated for the period December 4, 2020 through June 30, 2021.   Mr. Lewis has permanent certification.

10)  Approve the change in supplemental appointments for collateral duties for the 2020-2021 school year as follows, prorated to December 10, 2020:

from

Name  Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend

  • David Gildersleeve
  • Elizabeth Foley  Student Council  Middle School  $643 each

to

Name  Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend

  • David Gildersleeve  Student Council  Middle School  $1,286

11)  Approve the following supplemental appointments for collateral duties for 2020-2021:

Name  Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend

  • Damian Croucher  HS Yearbook Advisor  High School  $3,021
  • Jennifer Russell  HS Yearbook Financial Advisor  High School  $948

12)  Approve the change in the period of unpaid leave of absence of Liesl Falcon, Executive Secretary I (Sacandaga Elementary School)

from December 21, 2020 to June 30, 2021 to January 4, 2021 to June 30, 2021.

13) Approve the temporary appointment of Mashoma Brydie, Executive Secretary I (Sacandaga Elementary School), in accordance with Civil Service rules and regulations, from January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with a salary to be at $15.40/hour, 7.5 hours/day.

14)  Approve the temporary appointment of Zachary Cary as Senior Custodian (Sacandaga Elementary School), in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, effective December 14, 2020 (not to exceed 60 days) at Step 2, $25.17 per hour, plus $.15 per hour longevity.

15) Approve the attached revised list of substitutes for the 2020-2021 school year.  (This list is contained as Appendix M to these minutes).

16) Approve the regular substitute appointment of Audra Muscatiello as Teaching Assistant (Middle School), effective December 11, 2020 through June 30, 2021, annual salary to be at $21,825 (Step 1), with 2020-2021 annual salary to be pro-rated for the period December 11, 2020 through June 30, 2021.   Ms. Muscatiello has permanent teaching certification.

17) Approve the following 2020-2021 winter coaching appointments:

Varsity Bowling

  •   Matt Swiatocha                                            Step 5                         $   866.80 (40%)
  •   John Ritter                                                     Step 5                         $1,300.20 (60%)

Varsity Nordic Skiing

  • Jared Linck                                                          Step 5                         $4,442.00
  • Lisa Forshey                                     Step 0                         $0                        (Volunteer)

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 12/14/20.

b.  Budget Transfers – October and November 2020

President Bucciferro noted receipt of the Budget Transfers.  (These reports are contained as Appendix N to these minutes).

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

Payroll Warrants

  • #15  11/20/20  $1,175,701.00
  • #16  12/04/20  $1,100,687.04

Check Warrants

  • A-19  11/20/20  $720,358.46
  • H-10  11/20/20  $443,280.70
  • A-20  12/04/20  $1,006,631.23
  • H-11  12/04/20  $95,313.00

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

d.  Minutes:

  • Regular Meeting November 9, 2020
  • Regular Meeting November 23, 2020

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Communications

a.    MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by H. Talbot that the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Gloria Kudzin, Stenographer (District Office), effective c.o.b. February 9, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix K to these minutes).

The Board thanked Ms. Kudzin for her 25 plus years of service with the District and commented on what a wonderful job she has done throughout the years, both in the Middle School and as the Secretary to the Superintendent.  The Board thanked her for all her help with Board of Education matters and wishes her nothing but the best in retirement.

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Other Business

There was no other business discussed, but the Board wishes everyone a very safe and happy holiday.

Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

None

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The meeting adjourned at 7:43 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk