January 25, 2021 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Scotia-Glenville Central School District

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

Monday, January 25, 2021

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

District Office Conference Room- Remote Session – 1/25/21 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 Auditor’s Report for 2020-2021 Payroll Audit, submitted by Questar III

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the Scotia-Glenville Central School District 2020-21 Payroll Audit Report from Questar III, as submitted.

6.   Resolution: Approve Addendum #10 to the Superintendent’s Contract

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the following Resolution:

RESOLVED, THAT THE Board of Education of the Scotia-Glenville Central School District approve Addendum #10, dated January 25, 2021, to the Superintendent’s contract, extending it to August 14, 2025.

7.    Resolution: Cooperative Bidding – Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Schenectady County School Districts for Purchase of Waste Removal Services for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 School Years

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education adopt the Resolution, dated January 25, 2021, for Scotia-Glenville School District to participate with Schenectady County School Districts in the joint bidding for the Purchase of Waste Removal Services for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 school years, as submitted.

8.    Resolution: Accept and Reestablish the Regina Gabriele Memorial Scholarship

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated January 25, 2021, to reestablish the Regina Gabriele Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $300, as submitted.

9.    Approve Memorandum of Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville Teachers’ Association

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville Teachers’ Association regarding the authorization of the payment of the retirement increment to Ms. Stephani Dimopoulos-DiCocco, Art Teacher, as submitted.

10.  Approve Memorandum of Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville Administrators’ Association

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville Administrators’ Association regarding a stipend for the 2020-2021 school year, in the amount of $2,750 for Christine Nofri, Dean of Students (Senior High School), in recognition of services performed as substitute principal at Glendaal, Sacandaga, and Glen-Worden Elementary Schools during the Coronavirus pandemic, as submitted.

11. Communications

a.    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Grace DeMarco, Monitor (High School), effective c.o.b. January 5, 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 Mary Radom, Elementary Teacher (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.

c.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Diane Skibinski, Speech Teacher (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.

d.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Duncan Leach, Special Education Teacher (High School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.

e.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Christine Caffrey, Speech Teacher (Middle School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.

f.     Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Laura Hoskin, Special Education Teacher (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.

g.    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Mischelle Gustafson, Special Education Teacher (High School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.

h.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Kenneth Handin, Director of Pupil Personnel Services (District Office), effective c.o.b. August 13, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.

i.     Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Jesse DeLong, Cleaner (High School), effective c.o.b. January 15, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.

12.  Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the change in the appointment date of Mashoma Brydie as Executive Secretary I (Sacandaga Elementary School)

from effective January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021

to effective January 19, 2021 through June 30, 2021.

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

Name  Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend

  • Denise Caruso  Sophomore Class Advisor  High School  $727

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

13.  Routine Business

a.  Placements of Children with Disabilities

b. Budget Transfers – December 2020

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

Payroll Warrants

Check Warrants

14.  Other Business

15.  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 January 25, 2021.

President Bucciferro called the meeting to order at 6:39 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:   Massaro

MOVED by Feinberg, SECONDED by H. Talbot 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 6:39 p.m. and returned to Open Session at 7:02 p.m.

District Clerk DeLong was present for the Open Session.

Mr. Massaro joined the meeting at 7:10 p.m.

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 issue of winter sports possibly resuming, based on the latest information from the Governor.  She reported that at this point in time, this is up to the County Health Departments and that District’s cannot make decisions until guidance is received from them.

President Bucciferro suggested that once more information is received, the Board hold a Town Hall to discuss this issue with the community. Superintendent Swartz also noted that although sports was the latest issue being discussed, it was important to keep other activities such as band, orchestra, after school clubs, etc. in mind as well for discussion.

Accept Auditor’s Report for 2020-2021 Payroll Audit, submitted by Questar III

MOVED by H. Talbot, SECONDED by Frederick that the Board of Education accept the Scotia-Glenville Central School District 2020-21 Payroll Audit Report from Questar III, as submitted.  (This report is contained as Appendix A to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution: Approve Addendum #10 to the Superintendent’s Contract

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by H. Talbot that the Board of Education approve the following Resolution:

RESOLVED, THAT THE Board of Education of the Scotia-Glenville Central School District approve Addendum #10, dated January 25, 2021, to the Superintendent’s contract, extending it to August 14, 2025.

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution: Cooperative Bidding – Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Schenectady County School Districts for Purchase of Waste Removal Services for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 School Years

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by Carbone, that the Board of Education adopt the Resolution, dated January 25, 2021, for Scotia-Glenville School District to participate with Schenectady County School Districts in the joint bidding for the Purchase of Waste Removal Services for the 2021-2022, 2022-2023, and 2023-2024 school years, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix C to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution: Accept and Reestablish the Regina Gabriele Memorial Scholarship

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated January 25, 2021, to reestablish the Regina Gabriele Memorial Scholarship, in the amount of $300, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix D to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Approve Memorandum of Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville Teachers’ Association

MOVED by Feinberg, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville Teachers’

Association regarding the authorization of the payment of the retirement increment to Ms. Stephani Dimopoulos-DiCocco, Art Teacher, as submitted.  (This agreement is contained as Appendix E to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

ABSTAIN: 1 (Frederick)

MOTION CARRIED

Approve Memorandum of Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central

School District and Scotia-Glenville Administrators’ Association

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Agreement By and Between Scotia-Glenville Central School District and Scotia-Glenville Administrators’ Association regarding a stipend for the 2020-2021 school year, in the amount of $2,750 for Christine Nofri, Dean of Students (Senior High School), in recognition of services performed as substitute principal at Glendaal, Sacandaga, and Glen-Worden Elementary Schools during the Coronavirus pandemic, as submitted.  (This agreement is contained as Appendix F 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 for retirement purposes of Grace DeMarco, Monitor (High School), effective c.o.b. January 5, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix G to these minutes).

b.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Mary Radom, Elementary Teacher (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix H to these minutes).

c.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Diane Skibinski, Speech Teacher (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix I to these minutes).

d.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Duncan Leach, Special Education Teacher (High School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix J to these minutes).

e.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Christine Caffrey, Speech Teacher (Middle School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix K to these minutes).

f.     Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Laura Hoskin, Special Education Teacher (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix L to these minutes).

g.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Mischelle Gustafson, Special Education Teacher (High School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix M to these minutes).

h.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of Kenneth Handin, Director of Pupil Personnel Services (District Office), effective c.o.b. August 13, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix N to these minutes).

i.     Accept the letter of resignation of Jesse DeLong, Cleaner (High School), effective c.o.b. January 15, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix O to these minutes).

Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)    Approve the change in the appointment date of Mashoma Brydie as Executive Secretary I (Sacandaga Elementary School) from effective January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021 to  effective January 19, 2021 through June 30, 2021.

2)    Approve the following supplemental appointment for collateral duties for 2020-2021:

Name  Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend

  • Denise Caruso  Sophomore Class Advisor  High School  $727

3)    Approve the attached list of substitutes for the 2020-2021 school year, as submitted.

(This list is contained as Appendix P to these minutes).

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 01/25/21.

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

b.  Budget Transfers – December 2020

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

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

Payroll Warrants

  • #19  1/15/21  $1,065,755.43

Check Warrants

  • A-24  1/15/21  $159,564.06
  • H-14  1/15/21  $133,601.44

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

Other Business

President Bucciferro discussed having one of the district attorneys come speak to the Board about Board of Education roles, expectations, responsibilities, etc. at a future meeting.

Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

None

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The meeting adjourned at 7:25 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk