March 15, 2021 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Special Meeting – Scotia-Glenville Central School District District Office

Monday, March 15, 2021 – REMOTE SESSION – 3/15/21 Video Recording

  • 6:30 PM – Executive Session
  • 7:00 PM – Remote Session

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.   Discussion: Junior Varsity Sports (Susan Swartz – Superintendent of Schools). The Superintendent will review the information gathered since the Board of Education’s request on Monday, March 8, 2021.

5.  Approve the Protocol for Unified Bowling for Inclusion in the Participation in High-Risk Sports to be Conducted in Accordance with all Requirements Prescribed by Schenectady County Public Health Services, Included in the List of High-Risk Sports on the March 8, 2021 Agenda

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the protocol for Unified Bowling as one of the sports included in the Resolution dated March 7, 2021, regarding the resumption of High-Risk Sports, as submitted.

6. Resolution: Approve the Participation in Music Education to be Conducted in Accordance with all Requirements and Guidelines Prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution dated March 7, 2021, regarding the resumption of extracurricular music opportunities in accordance with all requirements and guidelines prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control, as submitted.

7.   2021-2022 Budget Work Session (Susan Swartz – Superintendent of Schools)

8.    Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)    Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the creation of a 1.0 FTE elementary AIS position for the period of March 22 through June 30, 2021.

9.   Other Business             

10.   Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

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

Minutes

A Special 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 March 15, 2021.

President Bucciferro called the meeting to order at 6:31 p.m.

Present:  Bucciferro, Carbone, Feinberg, Frederick, H. Talbot, K. Talbot, and Superintendent Swartz

Absent:   Massaro

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 6

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 6:31 p.m. and returned to Open Session at 7:03 p.m.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Swain, Business Manager Giaquinto and District Clerk DeLong were all present for the Open Session.

Mr. Massaro joined the meeting at 7:00 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.

Discussion: Junior Varsity Sports (Susan Swartz – Superintendent of Schools)

Superintendent Swartz updated the Board on the status of junior varsity sports for the Fall 2 session. She explained that due to lack of field availability and man power to help with safety protocols and clean-up, the District is unable to offer junior varsity sports at this time.  She is hoping that there will be an opportunity for them to play for the spring session.  She also reported that plans are being developed for the possibility of limited spectators for the Fall 2 games.

Approve the Protocol for Unified Bowling for Inclusion in the Participation in High-Risk Sports to be Conducted in Accordance with all Requirements Prescribed by Schenectady County Public Health Services, Included in the List of High-Risk Sports on the March 8, 2021 Agenda

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by Carbone, that the Board of Education approve the protocol for Unified Bowling as one of the sports included in the Resolution dated March 7, 2021, regarding the resumption of High-Risk Sports, as submitted.  (This document is contained as Appendix A to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution: Approve the Participation in Music Education to be Conducted in Accordance with all Requirements and Guidelines Prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by Frederick, that the Board of Education approve the Resolution dated March 7, 2021, regarding the resumption of extracurricular music opportunities in accordance with all requirements and guidelines prescribed by the Centers for Disease Control, as submitted.

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

2021-2022 Budget Work Session (Susan Swartz – Superintendent of Schools)

Superintendent Swartz started the work session by reviewing the information presented at the last meeting.  She discussed the items the Board had stated were negotiable and explained that although there is a line item in the budget called textbooks, that line item includes many other things and very little was on actual hard copy textbooks.  She also explained that the bus proposition had no impact on the budget itself, but would have an impact on debt service in future years.  She showed the Board her assumptions for the start of school in September of 2021 and then proposed her Tier 1 cuts to the budget, which consists of not replacing two retiring teachers and shifting some students from one building to another based on enrollment numbers.  This would get the District a $200,000 reduction in the budget.  The Board discussed the Tier 1 cuts and all agreed they could accept those.  She briefly explained what areas she would be considering for Tier 2 cuts and asked the Board if they would like her to bring that information back at the next meeting.  The Board agreed that they would like to see cuts of $300,000 and $400,000 brought for discussion at the next meeting.

Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)    MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the creation of a 1.0 FTE elementary AIS position for the period of March 22 through June 30, 2021.

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Other Business

The Board discussed the issue of cheerleading as a Fall 2 sport.

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.

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 8:35 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk