May 24, 2021 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Regular Meeting – Scotia-Glenville Central School District

Monday, May 24, 2021 – IN-PERSON SESSION

  • 5:45PM – Audit Committee Meeting
    Board of Education Conference Room, District Office
  • 6:30PM – Executive Session
  • 7:00 PM – Open Session

Middle School Cafeteria

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

4.   Superintendent’s Comments – (Susan Swartz, Superintendent of Schools)

5.    Report of Inspectors of Budget Vote and Election

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the report of the Inspectors of the Election certifying the results of the budget vote held on May 18, 2021, as follows:

1)    Resolution to approve the 2021-2022 Budget in the amount of $59,127,425:

Yes:  741                               No: 203                                  Total:  944

2)    Resolution to approve the School Bus Purchase Proposition to purchase four school buses, in the amount of $493,000:

Yes:  740                               No:  204                                 Total:  944

3)  Resolution to authorize the Capital Project for improvements and reconstruction not to exceed the amount of $12,800,000.00:

Yes:  739                               No:  207                                 Total:  946

4) Board of Election Candidates:

  • David Massaro                                              783 votes
  • Hal Talbot                                                      772 votes

6.    Approve Shared Services Bus Maintenance Agreement

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the 2021-2022 Shared Services Bus Maintenance Agreement with Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, as submitted.

7.    Resolution:  Award Contract for the 2020-2021 Capital Outlay Project

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education award the contract for the 2020-2021 Capital Outlay Project to Bast Hatfield Construction, LLC. in accordance with bid specifications and the low bid, as submitted.

8.     Resolution:  Accept attached Donation List for various High School Award Scholarships

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the attached donation list to be applied   to various High School scholarship awards, as submitted.

9.  Approve Questar III 2021-2022 Inter-municipal Agreement for Internal Auditing Services

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the 2021-2022 Inter-municipal Agreement with Questar III for Internal Auditing Services, as submitted.

10. Approve Scotia-Glenville Central School District Professional Development Plan for 2021-2022

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Scotia-Glenville Central School District Professional Development Plan for 2021-2022, and further authorize the Superintendent of Schools to sign the Plan, as submitted.

11.  Resolution:  Authorize the Acquisition of School Buses and Authorize the Issuance of Serial Bonds in an Aggregate Principal Amount not to Exceed $493,000 for the Acquisition of four School Buses and Vehicles

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated May 24, 2021, authorizing the acquisition of four school buses and vehicles and authorizing the issuance of serial bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $493,000, as submitted.

12.    Resolution:  Authorize the Issuance of Serial General Obligation Bonds in an Aggregate Principal Amount not to Exceed $12,800,000 to Finance the Capital Project

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated May 24, 2021, authorizing the issuance of serial general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $12,800,00 to finance the capital project approved at the May 18 District election, as submitted.

13.    Communications

a.     Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Mary Finamore, Hall Monitor (High School), effective April 30, 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 of Elizabeth McKeone, Executive Secretary 1 (PPS), effective May 24, 2021, in order to accept the position of Executive Secretary 1, (Fine Arts), as submitted.

c.      Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation of Megan Lineback, Special Education Teacher (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2021, in order for her to accept the probationary position of Elementary Teacher (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective September 1, 2021, as submitted.

14.  Routine Business

a.     Tenure Recommendations

1)     Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Amy Abatto, permanently certified as a School Psychologist, be granted tenure as a School Psychologist, effective September 1, 2021.

2)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Jason Adams, professionally certified as Math Teacher 7-12, be granted tenure as a Math Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

3)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Ashley Baldwin, professionally certified as Math Teacher 7-12, be granted tenure as a Math Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

4)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Cheryl Buckley, permanently certified as a School Psychologist, be granted tenure as a School Psychologist, effective September 1, 2021.

5)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Nichole Buhrmaster, professionally certified as a Literacy Teacher Birth-6, be granted tenure as a Reading Teacher, effective September 1, 2021

6)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Kathleen Curtiss, who holds a Teaching Assistant Level III certificate, be granted tenure as a Teaching Assistant, effective September 1, 2021

7)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Corinna DuCharme, permanently certified in Biology 7-12, be granted tenure as a Science Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

8)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Kathy Durant, permanently certification in pre-K, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6 and Reading, be granted tenure as a Third Grade Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

9)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Rachel Harrison, professionally certified in Childhood Education (1-6) and Early Childhood Education (B-2), be granted tenure as a Second Grade Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

10) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Erin Hoffman, who holds a Teaching Assistant Level II certificate, be granted tenure as a Teaching Assistant, effective September 1, 2021.

11) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Sarah Hunt, who holds Early Childhood (1-6) and Student’s with Disabilities (1-6) reissued certification, be granted tenure for Special Education, effective September 1, 2021.

12) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Kelly Marsh, permanently certified as a School Psychologist, be granted tenure as a School Psychologist, effective September 1, 2021.

13) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Maureen Palleschi, with supplemental certification in Library Media Specialist, be granted tenure for Library Media Specialist, effective September 1, 2021.

14) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Kerry Piaggione, professionally certified as Social Studies Teacher 7-12, be granted tenure as a Social Studies Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

15) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Julie Pyzik, professionally certified in Early Childhood Education (B-2), be granted tenure for a Kindergarten Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

16) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Danielle Sawyer, who holds a Teaching Assistant Level III certificate, be granted tenure as a Teaching Assistant, effective September 1, 2021.

17) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Brianna Thomas, professionally certified in FACS, be granted tenure as a Family & Consumer Science Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

18) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Danielle Vaughn, permanently certified in Special Education, be granted tenure as a Special Education Teacher, effective September, 1, 2021.

19) Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That Jenna White, professionally certified in FACS, be granted tenure as a Family & Consumer Science Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

b.    Staffing

1)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve summer days for the following individuals, at 1/200th of their 2020-2021 annual salary for each full day of service this summer for Middle School scheduling, orientations, and conflict resolutions:

  • Lucia Dixon               4 days                                    Tim O’Connell          4 days
  • Mackenzie Wetzel    4 days                                    Pam Lyle                   2 days

2)     Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of Amanda Morris as Math Teacher (Senior High School), with the 2021-2022 salary to be at the annual rate of $50,051 (Step 5 +M), effective September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2024.  Ms. Morris has initial certification.

3)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of Elizabeth McKeone as Executive Secretary 1 (Fine Arts), in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, effective May 25, 2021, with the 2020-2021 salary to be at her current hourly rate, 10 months plus 20 days, 7 hours/day.

4)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the change in assignment of Kim Weiss from Special Education Teacher at Lincoln Elementary School to Special Education Teacher at Glendaal Elementary School, effective September 1, 2021, with no change in salary for 2021-2022.

5)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the change in assignment of Nichole Buhrmaster from Reading Teacher at Sacandaga Elementary School to Reading Teacher at Glendaal Elementary School, effective September 1, 2021, with no change in salary for 2021-2022.

6)    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of Megan Lineback as Elementary Teacher (Glen-Worden), effective September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2025, with 2021-2022 salary to be at $50,051.00 (Step 5 +M).  Ms. Lineback has initial certification.

7)     Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the appointment of Susan Holub-McCann as Substitute Elementary Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School), from the period May 28, 2021 through June 16, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $94,759 (Step 23 +M).  Ms. Holub-McCann has permanent certification.

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

c.    Placement of Children with Disabilities 

a.    Internal Claims Auditor’s Report/Warrants/Warrant Report Exception

Payroll Warrants

  • #31  5/7/21  $1,131,561.68
  • #32  5/21/21  $1,209,788.26
  • #33  5/21/21  -$970.00

Check Warrants

  • A-36  5/7/21  $1,188,202.46
  • H-17  5/5/21  $568.90
  • A-37  5/21/21  $857,209.73
  • H-18  5/21/21  $15,000

15.  Other Business

16.  Hearing
In accordance with Policy #1230, privilege of the floor will be extended at this time to any person in attendance.  The time allowed, protocol and procedures are outlined in the “Welcome to a Meeting of the Board of Education” brochure.

The board may adjourn to Executive Session in order to discuss matters relating to personnel.

Minutes

A Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of the Scotia-Glenville Central School was held in the Cafeteria of the Middle School, in said district on May 24, 2021.

President Bucciferro called the meeting to order at 6:45 p.m.

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

Absent:   None

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 6:45 p.m. and returned to Open Session at 7:28 p.m.

District Clerk DeLong was present during the Open Session.

Pledge of Allegiance

Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

None

Superintendent’s Comments – (Susan Swartz, Superintendent of Schools)

Superintendent Swartz answered some questions from one of the board members on the Lead Testing Report, the agreement with Burnt Hills for transportation and also the Handle with Care training. She  asked the Board to let her office know if any of the board members will be attending graduation.  She also asked the Board to consider cancelling the June 28th board meeting since it is the same night as graduation.

Report of Inspectors of Budget Vote and Election

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot that the Board of Education accept the report of the Inspectors of the Election certifying the results of the budget vote held on May 18, 2021, as follows:

1)    Resolution to approve the 2021-2022 Budget in the amount of $59,127,425:

Yes:  741                               No: 203                                  Total:  944

2)    Resolution to approve the School Bus Purchase Proposition to purchase four school buses, in the amount of $493,000:

Yes:  740                               No:  204                                 Total:  944

3)  Resolution to authorize the Capital Project for improvements and reconstruction not to exceed the amount of $12,800,000.00:

Yes:  739                               No:  207                                 Total:  946

4) Board of Election Candidates:

David Massaro                                              783 votes

Hal Talbot                                                      772 votes

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Approve Shared Services Bus Maintenance Agreement

MOVED by Frederick, SECONDED by Massaro, that the Board of Education approve the 2021-2022 Shared Services Bus Maintenance Agreement with Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Central School District, as submitted.  (This agreement is contained as Appendix A to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution:  Award Contract for the 2020-2021 Capital Outlay Project

MOVED by Frederick, that the Board of Education award the contract for the 2020-2021 Capital Outlay Project to Bast Hatfield Construction, LLC. in accordance with bid specifications and the low bid, as submitted. (This resolution is contained as Appendix B to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution:  Accept attached Donation List for various High School Award Scholarships

MOVED by Carbone, SECONDED by K. Talbot, that the Board of Education accept the attached donation list to be applied   to various High School scholarship awards, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix C to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Approve Questar III 2021-2022 Inter-municipal Agreement for Internal Auditing Services

MOVED by H. Talbot, SECONDED by Frederick, that the Board of Education approve the 2021-2022 Inter-municipal Agreement with Questar III for Internal Auditing Services, as submitted.  (This agreement is contained as Appendix D to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Approve Scotia-Glenville Central School District Professional Development Plan for 2021-2022

MOVED by K. Talbot, SECONDED by Carbone, that the Board of Education approve the Scotia-Glenville Central School District Professional Development Plan for 2021-2022, and further authorize the Superintendent of Schools to sign the Plan, as submitted.  (This plan is contained as Appendix E to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution:  Authorize the Acquisition of School Buses and Authorize the Issuance of Serial Bonds in an Aggregate Principal Amount not to Exceed $493,000 for the Acquisition of four School Buses and Vehicles

MOVED by Frederick, SECONDED by K. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated May 24, 2021, authorizing the acquisition of four school buses and vehicles and authorizing the issuance of serial bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $493,000, as submitted. (This resolution is contained as Appendix F to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Resolution:  Authorize the Issuance of Serial General Obligation Bonds in an Aggregate Principal Amount not to Exceed $12,800,000 to Finance the Capital Project

MOVED by Massaro, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated May 24, 2021, authorizing the issuance of serial general obligation bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $12,800,00 to finance the capital project approved at the May 18 District election, 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 items:

Communications

a.     Accept the letter of resignation of Mary Finamore, Hall Monitor (High School), effective April 30, 2021 with appreciation for her service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix H to these minutes).

b.     Accept the letter of resignation of Elizabeth McKeone, Executive Secretary 1 (PPS), effective May 24, 2021, in order to accept the position of Executive Secretary 1, (Fine Arts), as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix I to these minutes).

c.     Accept the letter of resignation of Megan Lineback, Special Education Teacher (Sacandaga Elementary School), effective c.o.b. August 31, 2021, in order for her to accept the probationary position of Elementary Teacher (Glen-Worden Elementary School), effective September 1, 2021, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix J to these minutes).

Routine Business

a.     Tenure Recommendations

1)    That Amy Abatto, permanently certified as a School Psychologist, be granted tenure as a School Psychologist, effective September 1, 2021.

2)    That Jason Adams, professionally certified as Math Teacher 7-12, be granted tenure as a Math Teacher 7-12, effective September 1, 2021.

3)    That Ashley Baldwin, professionally certified as Math Teacher 7-12, be granted tenure as a Math Teacher 7-12, effective September 1, 2021.

4)    That Cheryl Buckley, permanently certified as a School Psychologist, be granted tenure as a School Psychologist, effective September 1, 2021.

5)    That Nichole Buhrmaster, professionally certified as a Literacy Teacher Birth – Grade 6, be granted tenure as a Literacy Teacher Birth – Grade 6 effective September 1, 2021

6)    That Kathleen Curtiss, who holds a Teaching Assistant Level III certificate, be granted tenure as a Teaching Assistant, effective September 1, 2021

7)    That Corinna DuCharme, permanently certified in Biology 7-12, be granted tenure in Biology 7-12, effective September 1, 2021.

8)    That Kathy Durant, permanently certification in Pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6, be granted tenure in pre-K, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6, effective September 1, 2021.

9)    That Rachel Harrison, professionally certified in Childhood Education (1-6) be granted tenure in Childhood Education, effective September 1, 2021.

10) That Erin Hoffman, who holds a Teaching Assistant Level II certificate, be granted tenure as a Teaching Assistant, effective September 1, 2021.

11) That Sarah Hunt, who holds Student’s with Disabilities (1-6) reissued certification, be granted tenure in Student’s with Disabilities (1-6), effective September 1, 2021.

12) That Kelly Marsh, permanently certified as a School Psychologist, be granted tenure as a School Psychologist, effective September 1, 2021.

13) That Maureen Palleschi, with supplemental certification in Library Media Specialist, be granted tenure for Library Media Specialist, effective September 1, 2021.

14) That Kerry Piaggione, professionally certified as Social Studies Teacher 7-12, be granted tenure as a Social Studies Teacher 7-12, effective September 1, 2021.

15) That Julie Pyzik, professionally certified in Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2), be granted tenure in Early Childhood Education (Birth – Grade 2), effective September 1, 2021.

16)  That Danielle Sawyer, who holds a Teaching Assistant Level III certificate, be granted tenure as a Teaching Assistant, effective September 1, 2021.

17) That Brianna Thomas, professionally certified in FACS, be granted tenure as a Family & Consumer Science Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

18) That Danielle Vaughn, permanently certified in Special Education, be granted tenure as a Special Education Teacher, effective September, 1, 2021.

19) That Jenna White, professionally certified in FACS, be granted tenure as a Family & Consumer Science Teacher, effective September 1, 2021.

b.    Staffing

1)    Approve summer days for the following individuals, at 1/200th of their 2020-2021 annual salary for each full day of service this summer for Middle School scheduling, orientations, and conflict resolutions:

Lucia Dixon               4 days                                    Tim O’Connell          4 days

Mackenzie Wetzel    4 days                                    Pam Lyle                   2 days

2)    Approve the probationary appointment of Amanda Morris as Math Teacher (Senior High School), with the 2021-2022 salary to be at the annual rate of $50,051 (Step 5 +M), effective September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2024.  Ms. Morris has initial certification.

3)    Approve the probationary appointment of Elizabeth McKeone as Executive Secretary 1 (Fine Arts), in accordance with Civil Service Rules and Regulations, effective May 25, 2021, with the 2020-2021 salary to be at her current hourly rate, 10 months plus 20 days, 7 hours/day.

4)    Approve the change in assignment of Kim Weiss from Special Education Teacher at Lincoln Elementary School to Special Education Teacher at Glendaal Elementary School, effective September 1, 2021, with no change in salary for 2021-2022.

5)    Approve the change in assignment of Nichole Buhrmaster from Reading Teacher at Sacandaga Elementary School to Reading Teacher at Glendaal Elementary School, effective September 1, 2021, with no change in salary for 2021-2022.

6)    Approve the probationary appointment of Megan Lineback as Elementary Teacher (Glen-Worden), effective September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2025, with 2021-2022 salary to be at $50,051.00 (Step 5 +M).  Ms. Lineback has initial certification.

7)     Approve the appointment of Susan Holub-McCann as Substitute Elementary Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School), from the period May 28, 2021 through June 16, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $94,759 (Step 23 +M).  Ms. Holub-McCann has permanent certification.

8)    Approve the attached list of additional substitutes for the 2020-2021 school year, as submitted.  (This list is contained as Appendix K to these minutes).

c.    Placement 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 05/24/21.

d.    Internal Claims Auditor’s Report/Warrants/Warrant Report Exception

Payroll Warrants

#31  5/7/21  $1,131,561.68
#32  5/21/21  $1,209,788.26
#33  5/21/21  -$970.00

Check Warrants

A-36  5/7/21  $1,188,202.46
H-17  5/5/21  $568.90
A-37  5/21/21  $857,209.73
H-18  5/21/21  $15,000

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Other Business

Superintendent Swartz spoke about the promenade, the senior gala, the opening of schools in September and summer school offerings for this summer.

Hearing/Privilege of the Floor

Chris O’Neal, 133 Saratoga Rd., spoke to the Board about lead testing and the district faucets.

MOVED by Frederick, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education adjourn to Executive Session in order to discuss a student disciplinary matter.

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The Board adjourned to Executive Session at 8:03 p.m. and returned to Open Session at 8:55 p.m.

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

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

The meeting adjourned at 8:55 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk