February 8, 2021 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Scotia-Glenville Central School District District Office

Monday, February 8, 2021 – REMOTE SESSION – 2/8/21 Video Recording

6:30 PM – Executive Session
7:00 PM – Regular Meeting

Conference Room – District Office

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.  Discussion: State Aid Update for Budget 2021-2022, State Aid Cap Discussion

6.  Discussion: School Bus Proposition

7.  Discussion: Senior Citizen Aged Exemption

8.  Resolution: Approve the Participation in High-Risk Sports to be Conducted in Accordance with all Requirements Prescribed by Schenectady County Public Health Services and with the Activities in Such Sports to be Conducted in Accordance with the Metrics Set by Schenectady County Public Health Services

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution dated February 8, 2021, regarding the resumption of High-Risk Sports in accordance with all requirements prescribed by Schenectady County Public Health Services and with the activities in such sports to be conducted in accordance with the metrics set by Schenectady County Public Health Services, as submitted.

9.    Resolution: Approve Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and the Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CR BOCES)

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated February 8, 2021, regarding entering into a four (4) year agreement with the Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CR BOCES) in order for CR BOCES to furnish certain instructional services to the District pursuant to New York State Education Law §1950(4)(jj) in an amount not to exceed $193,577.98 over the life of the agreement for the period commencing on or about March 15, 2021 and continuing through June 30, 2025, as submitted.

10.  Appoint Dr. Audra Hanley as AED Coordinator for the 2020-2021 School Year

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education appoint Dr. Audra Hanley as AED Medical Coordinator for the district for the 2020-2021 school year.

11.  Approve Memorandum of Agreement By and Between the Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville School Employees Local 766 and Council 66 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Agreement By and Between the Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville School Employees Local 766 and Council 66 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, dated February 8, 2021, allowing Mark Cary to continue his health insurance coverage at the employee contribution rate of 20% after his retirement, as submitted.

12.  Resolution:  Accept the Revision to the Susan Beth Eidens-Doebler Scholarship, Originally Established in June 1999

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution dated February 8, 2021, to revise the Susan Beth Eidens-Doebler Scholarship, in accordance with the revised criteria, as submitted.

13.  Resolution: Accept and Appropriate Gift and Donation from Lifetouch to the Middle School Attendance Program Incentives

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated February 8, 2021, regarding accepting and appropriating the Gift and Donation from Lifetouch for $500.00, to the District for use by the Middle School Attendance Program Incentives, as submitted.

14. Resolution: Accept and Appropriate Gift and Donation from Alliance Energy, LLC for Lincoln Elementary School Science Supplies

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution dated February 8, 2021, regarding accepting and appropriating the Gift and Donation from Alliance Energy, LLC in the amount of $500.00, to Lincoln Elementary School, for use in purchasing school science supplies, as submitted.

15.  Reports/Updates: CAPSBA/Legislative Liaison/PTA/Audit Committee/Budget Update

16. Communications

a.    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Colleen Carnevale, Special Education Teacher (Glendaal Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 19, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.

b.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Glen Neander, Senior Custodian (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. February 9, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.

c.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Mark Cary IV, Senior Maintenance Mechanic (Districtwide), effective c.o.b. August 16, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.

d.    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education accept the request for an unpaid leave of absence for Stephanie Kline, Aide (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective January 26, 2021 through June 30, 2021, as submitted.

e.    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Cathleen Knauf, Executive Secretary I (Pupil Personnel Services), in order to accept the position of Executive Secretary I, Management Confidential (District Office), effective on or before March 15, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $40,200, as submitted.

17.  Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the change in hours of William-Robert Bull, Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School) from 14 hours per week to 15 hours per week with no change in hourly salary, effective February 8, 2021.

2)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the  change in hours of Denise Rudolph, Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School) from 11 hours per week to 10 hours per week with no change in hourly salary, effective February 8, 2021.

3)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the extension of the regular substitute appointment of Tonya Ellis as Special Education Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School) from effective October 6, 2020 through December 31, 2020 to effective October 6, 2020 through January 29, 2021, with no change in salary rate.

4)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the extension of the regular substitute appointment of Kimberly Voellm as Kindergarten Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School) from effective December 11, 2020 through March 9, 2021 to effective December 11, 2020 through April 2, 2021, with no change in salary rate.

5)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the regular substitute appointment of Sarah Green as Special Education Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School), effective January 28, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $44,071 (Step 1).  Ms. Green has emergency COVID-19 certification.

6)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the following individual as a substitute teacher for the 2020-2021 school year: Kaitlin Spector

7)      Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the following 2020-2021 coaching appointments, retroactive to September 21, 2020:

Boys’ Basketball

Varsity   Mark Sausville                     Step 10                      $6,219

Varsity Volunteer     Eugene Maye       Step 0                         -0-

Junior Varsity .5      John Geniti                           Step 5             $1,863

Junior Varsity .5      Brett Daley                            Step 5             $1,863

JV Volunteer                Louis Powell             Step 0                         -0-

Girls Basketball

Varsity      Jerry Vein                              Step 3             $4,572

Junior Varsity      Dominique Corker   Step 3             $3,658

Cheerleading

Varsity       Kaylie Pennie                       Step 5             $3,467

Ice Hockey

Varsity         Jim Archibald           $1,500 (to Guilderland HS)

Volunteer        Wally Bzdell              Step 0                         -0-

18.  Routine Business

a.  Placements of Children with Disabilities

b. Treasurer’s Report – November 2020

c. Budget Transfers – January 2021

d.  Minutes:

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

Payroll Warrants

Check Warrants

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 February 8, 2021.

President Bucciferro called the meeting to order at 6:32 p.m.

Present:  Bucciferro, Carbone, Feinberg, Frederick, Massaro, H. Talbot, K. Talbot, Superintendent Swartz, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Swain, and Business Manager Giaquinto

Absent:   None

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 6:32 p.m. and returned to Open Session at 7:00 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 athletic program and the protocols that would need to be put into place in order for the district to participate in high risk sports. She explained that the Board will need to pass a resolution approving participation, safe play protocols will need to be adhered to and an anonymous tip line needs to be established for anyone wishing to voice concerns.  She also explained that if the District opts to participate in high risk sports, it is possible that we would not be playing other teams in the foothills council due to the Governor’s orders on eligibility to play based on county Covid numbers.

Discussion: State Aid Update for Budget 2021-2022, State Aid Cap Discussion

Business Manager Giaquinto gave a state aid update to the Board.  He explained that any federal stimulus money given to the State is being used to offset reductions that were already taken in state aid which leaves the District with no increase in state aid.  He also reported that the District’s tax cap will be at .13% this year and a decision will need to be made by March 1st on whether the District will try to pass a budget over this cap.  The last time the District was in this position was in the 14-15 school year and did vote to go out over the cap, which was supported by the voters. (This document is contained as Appendix A to these minutes).

Discussion: School Bus Proposition

Business Manager Giaquinto discussed the proposed bus proposition and the need for the new buses.  He explained that the District instituted a bus replacement plan years ago and has found that it has been working well for the District.  He also explained that he realizes trade-in values on the buses have been dropping and will look into other options next year for possible auctioning of our older buses versus trading in on new purchases.  The Board agreed to move forward with the bus prop.  (This document is contained as Appendix B to these minutes).

Discussion: Senior Citizen Aged Exemption

The Board discussed the senior citizen aged exemption and agreed to continue with the current plan to increase levels for this exemption.  (This document is contained as Appendix C to these minutes).

Resolution: Approve the Participation in High-Risk Sports to be Conducted in Accordance with all Requirements Prescribed by Schenectady County Public Health Services and with the Activities in Such Sports to be Conducted in Accordance with the Metrics Set by Schenectady County Public Health Services

MOVED by Frederick, SECONDED by H. Talbot that the Board of Education approve the Resolution dated February 8, 2021, regarding the resumption of High-Risk Sports in accordance with all requirements prescribed by Schenectady County Public Health Services and with the activities in such sports to be conducted in accordance with the metrics set by Schenectady County Public Health Services, as submitted.  The Board agreed to leave the issues of wrestling and modified sports open for further discussion at a later meeting. (This resolution is contained as Appendix D to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution: Approve Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and the Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CR BOCES)

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED  by K. Talbot,  that the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated February 8, 2021, regarding entering into a four (4) year agreement with the Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CR BOCES) in order for CR BOCES to furnish certain instructional services to the District pursuant to New York State Education Law §1950(4)(jj) in an amount not to exceed $193,577.98 over the life of the agreement for the period commencing on or about March 15, 2021 and continuing through June 30, 2025, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix E to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Appoint Dr. Audra Hanley as AED Coordinator for the 2020-2021 School Year

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education appoint Dr. Audra Hanley as AED Medical Coordinator for the district for the 2020-2021 school year.

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Approve Memorandum of Agreement By and Between the Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville School Employees Local 766 and Council 66 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by H. Talbot that the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Agreement By and Between the Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville School Employees Local 766 and Council 66 of the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, AFL-CIO, dated February 8, 2021, allowing Mark Cary to continue his health insurance coverage at the employee contribution rate of 20% after his retirement, as submitted.  (This agreement

is contained as Appendix F to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

ABSTAIN: 1 (FREDERICK)

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution:  Accept the Revision to the Susan Beth Eidens-Doebler

Scholarship, Originally Established in June 1999

MOVED by Frederick, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution dated February 8, 2021, to revise the Susan Beth Eidens-Doebler Scholarship, in accordance with the revised criteria, as submitted. (This resolution is contained as Appendix G 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 two items:

Resolution: Accept and Appropriate Gift and Donation from Lifetouch to the Middle School Attendance Program Incentives

Approve the Resolution, dated February 8, 2021, regarding accepting and appropriating the Gift and Donation from Lifetouch for $500.00, to the District for use by the Middle School Attendance Program Incentives, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix H to these minutes).

Resolution: Accept and Appropriate Gift and Donation from Alliance Energy, LLC for Lincoln Elementary School Science Supplies

Adopt the Resolution dated February 8, 2021, regarding accepting and appropriating the Gift and Donation from Alliance Energy, LLC in the amount of $500.00, to Lincoln Elementary School, for use in purchasing school science supplies, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix I to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Reports/Updates: CAPSBA/Legislative Liaison/PTA/Audit 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:

Item E under Communications was tabled until a future meeting.

Communications

a.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Colleen Carnevale, Special Education Teacher (Glendaal Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 19, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix J to these minutes).

b.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Glen Neander, Senior Custodian (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. February 9, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix K to these minutes).

c.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Mark Cary IV, Senior Maintenance Mechanic (Districtwide), effective c.o.b. August 16, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix L to these minutes).

d.    Accept the request for an unpaid leave of absence for Stephanie Kline, Aide (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective January 26, 2021 through June 30, 2021, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix M to these minutes).

e.    Accept the letter of resignation of Cathleen Knauf, Executive Secretary I (Pupil Personnel Services), in order to accept the position of Executive Secretary I, Management Confidential (District Office), effective on or before March 15, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $40,200, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix N to these minutes).

Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)      Approve the change in hours of William-Robert Bull, Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School) from 14 hours per week to 15 hours per week with no change in hourly salary, effective February 8, 2021.

2)      Approve the  change in hours of Denise Rudolph, Monitor (Sacandaga Elementary School) from 11 hours per week to 10 hours per week with no change in hourly salary, effective February 8, 2021.

3)      Approve the extension of the regular substitute appointment of Tonya Ellis as Special Education Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School)

from effective October 6, 2020 through December 31, 2020 to effective October 6, 2020 through January 29, 2021, with no change in salary rate.

4)      Approve the extension of the regular substitute appointment of Kimberly Voellm as Kindergarten Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School)

from effective December 11, 2020 through March 9, 2021 to effective December 11, 2020 through April 2, 2021, with no change in salary rate.

5)      Approve the regular substitute appointment of Sarah Green as Special Education Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School), effective January 28, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 annual salary to be at the rate of $44,071 (Step 1).  Ms. Green has emergency COVID-19 certification.

6)      Approve the following individual as a  substitute teacher for the 2020-2021 school year: Kaitlin Spector

7)      Approve the following 2020-2021 coaching appointments, retroactive to September 21, 2020:

Boys’ Basketball

Varsity                                       Mark Sausville                     Step 10                      $6,219

Varsity Volunteer        Eugene Maye                       Step 0                         -0-

Junior Varsity .5                      John Geniti                           Step 5             $1,863

Junior Varsity .5                      Brett Daley                            Step 5             $1,863

JV Volunteer                Louis Powell             Step 0                         -0-

Girls Basketball

Varsity                                       Jerry Vein                              Step 3             $4,572

Junior Varsity               Dominique Corker   Step 3             $3,658

Cheerleading

Varsity                                       Kaylie Pennie                       Step 5             $3,467

Ice Hockey

Varsity                                       Jim Archibald                                                            $1,500 (to Guilderland HS)

Volunteer                                 Wally Bzdell              Step 0                         -0-

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 02/08/21.

b.  Treasurer’s Report – November 2020

President Bucciferro noted receipt of the Treasurer’s Report.  (This report is contained as Appendix O to these minutes).

c.  Budget Transfers – January 2021

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

d.  Minutes: Regular Meeting January 11, 2021

Regular Meeting January 25, 2021

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

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

Payroll Warrants

#20  1/29/21  $1,174,631.55

Check Warrants

A-26  1/29/21  $631,897.95
H-15  1/29/21  $115,814.85

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

Other Business

There was no other business discussed.

Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

None

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk