November 9, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Agenda and Minutes

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

Monday, November 9, 2020

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

District Office Conference Room- Remote Session – 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

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

5.  Designate Metropolitan Commercial Bank as an Additional Official Depository for the Deposit of all Monies Received by the School District

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education designate Metropolitan Commercial Bank as an additional official depository for the deposit of all monies received by the school district.

·         Capital Fund

·         General Fund

·         Scholarship & Award

·         Unemployment Reserve

·         Tax Certification

·         Retirement Reserve

·         Workers Compensations

·         Reserve for Debt

·         Employee Benefit Reserve

·         Repair Reserve

6.  Resolution: Authorize Scotia-Glenville CSD’s Participation in Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service (NYSMEC) for Natural Gas

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated November 9, 2020, authorizing Scotia-Glenville CSD’s participation in the New York School and Municipal Energy Consortium (NYSMEC) for the purchase of natural gas, as submitted.

7.  Resolution: Authorize Scotia-Glenville CSD’s Participation in Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service (NYSMEC) for Electricity

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution, dated November 9, 2020, authorizing Scotia-Glenville CSD’s participation in the New York School and Municipal Energy Consortium (NYSMEC) for the purchase of electricity, as submitted.

8.  Approve Resolution Determining the Proposed Action is a Type II Action for the Purposes of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act for Building and Site Improvements for Said School District

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Board of Education establishes itself as the Lead Agency under NYCRR Part 617, State Environmental Quality Review Act for the purpose of identifying the SEQRA determination for the District-Wide Building Renovations and Sitework (the “Project”) at the Scotia-Glenville School District and further

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education, acting as the Lead Agency, has declared that the Project at the Scotia-Glenville Central School District has no significant environmental impact and can be classified as a Type II Action, with no further review of the Proposed Action to be required under SEQRA, as submitted.

9. Approve the Resolution dated November 9, 2020, Adopting a Proposition to be Presented to the Voters at the Annual District Meeting on May 18, 2021

Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the Resolution dated November 9, 2020 of the Board of Education of the Scotia-Glenville School District authorizing a proposition to be presented to the voters at the Annual Meeting on May 18, 2021, as submitted.

10. Communications

a.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the request for an unpaid leave of absence of Liesl Falcon, Executive Secretary I (Sacandaga Elementary School), from December 21, 2020 to June 30, 2021, as submitted.

b.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of R. Daniel Elliott, Health Teacher (Middle School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.

c.    Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the request for an extension of the unpaid leave of absence of Jesse DeLong, Cleaner (High School), from November 9, 2020 to November 23, 2020, as submitted.

11.  Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)   Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the correction of the date of the appointment of Kristen Bodden as Art Teacher (High School) from October 5, 2020 to October 6, 2020

2)  Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the correction of the date of the appointment of Taylor Audi as Elementary Teacher (Sacandaga Elementary School) from October 5, 2020 to October 6, 2020

3)   Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the correction of the date of the appointment of Tonya Ellis as Special Education Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School) from October 6, 202 to October 7, 2020

4)   Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the correction of the date of the appointment of Kimberly Voellm as Elementary Teacher (Sacandaga Elementary School) from October 13, 2020 to October 14, 2020

5)   Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the correction of the date of the probationary appointment of Cheryl Buckley as School Psychologist from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2022  to September 1, 2018-August 31, 2021

6)  Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the change in the hours of David Aldi, Teacher’s Aide (High School), from 6.5 hours/day to 7 hours/day, effective September 14, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with no change in hourly salary.

7)  Superintendent’s Recommendation:  That the Board of Education approve the regular substitute appointment of Jennifer Montrym as Special Education Teacher (Middle School), effective November 2, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $52,376 (Step 6+M). Ms. Montrym has permanent certification.

8)  Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the extension of the appointment of Debra Lewis as Substitute Elementary Teacher (Glendaal Elementary School), from January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to remain at the rate of $48,361 (Step 4 +M).  Ms. Lewis has initial certification.

9)  Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the extension of the regular substitute appointment of Jonn Gochenour as Health Teacher (Middle School), effective December 10, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to remain at the rate of $47,542 (Step 3+M). Mr. Gochenour has initial certification.

10) Superintendent’s Recommendation: Approve the list of additional substitutes for the 2020-2021 school year.

11)  Superintendent’s Recommendation: That the Board of Education approve the appointment of the following individual as an additional mentor for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Kim Weiss                                    Stipend: $1,000

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

from Gina Brown and Leanna Leffler – Glendaal Student Council – Stipend $125 each to Gina Brown and Leanna Leffler – Glendaal Student Council – Stipend $250 each

from David Gildersleeve – Middle Sch. Student Council – Stipend $1,286 to David Gildersleeve & Elizabeth Foley – Middle Sch. Student Council – Stipend $643 each

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

Name   Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend
Laurel Campbell and Andrea O’Malley, Middle School Drama Club, Middle School, $537.50 each

12.  Routine Business

a.  Placements of Children with Disabilities

b. Budget Transfers – June 2020

c.  Minutes:

13.  Other Business

14.  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 November 9, 2020.

President Bucciferro called the meeting to order at 6:08 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 K. Talbot, SECONDED by Carbone 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 6:08 p.m. and returned to Open Session at 7:02 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 survey that had just been completed by parents regarding the next trimester and their choices for virtual vs. hybrid classes. She also reported briefly on the two COVID cases within our schools and explained that there is a process for this information to be made public.  Official confirmation from the DOH needs to be received before the District can notify the public of any cases and even then, the information released is limited due to HIPPA regulations. She also discussed winter sports and that at this point in time, she is still awaiting further guidance from the Governor’s office.  She and President Bucciferro  also discussed the possibility of a Town Hall meeting next week regarding COVID information.

Designate Metropolitan Commercial Bank as an Additional Official Depository for the Deposit of all Monies Received by the School District

MOVED by Frederick, SECONDED by H. Talbot, that the Board of Education designate Metropolitan Commercial Bank as an additional official depository for the deposit of all monies received by the school district.

·         Capital Fund

·         General Fund

·         Scholarship & Award

·         Unemployment Reserve

·         Tax Certification

·         Retirement Reserve

·         Workers Compensations

·         Reserve for Debt

·         Employee Benefit Reserve

·         Repair Reserve

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

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

Resolution: Authorize Scotia-Glenville CSD’s Participation in Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service (NYSMEC) for Natural Gas

Approve the Resolution, dated November 9, 2020, authorizing Scotia-Glenville CSD’s participation in the New York School and Municipal Energy Consortium (NYSMEC) for the purchase of natural gas, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix A to these minutes).

Resolution: Authorize Scotia-Glenville CSD’s Participation in Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service (NYSMEC) for Electricity

Approve the Resolution, dated November 9, 2020, authorizing Scotia-Glenville CSD’s participation in the New York School and Municipal Energy Consortium (NYSMEC) for the purchase of electricity, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix B to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

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

Approve Resolution Determining the Proposed Action is a Type II Action for the Purposes of the New York State Environmental Quality Review Act for Building and Site Improvements for Said School District

BE IT RESOLVED: That the Board of Education establishes itself as the Lead Agency under NYCRR Part 617, State Environmental Quality Review Act for the purpose of identifying the SEQRA determination for the District-Wide Building Renovations and Sitework (the “Project”) at the Scotia-Glenville School District

and further

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education, acting as the Lead Agency, has declared that the Project at the Scotia-Glenville Central School District has no significant environmental impact and can be classified as a Type II Action, with no further review of the Proposed Action to be required under SEQRA, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix C to these minutes).

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Approve the Resolution dated November 9, 2020, Adopting a Proposition to be

Presented to the Voters at the Annual District Meeting on May 18, 2021

MOVED by Frederick, SECONDED by H. Talbot that the Board of Education approve the Resolution dated November 9, 2020 of the Board of Education of the Scotia-Glenville School District authorizing a proposition to be presented to the voters at the Annual Meeting on May 18, 2021, as submitted.  (This resolution is contained as Appendix D 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.    Approve the request for an unpaid leave of absence of Liesl Falcon, Executive Secretary I (Sacandaga Elementary School), from December 21, 2020 to June 30, 2021, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix E to these minutes).

b.    Accept the letter of resignation for retirement purposes of R. Daniel Elliott, Health Teacher (Middle School), effective c.o.b. June 30, 2021, with appreciation for his service to the district, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix F to these minutes).

c.    Approve the request for an extension of the unpaid leave of absence of Jesse DeLong, Cleaner (High School), from November 9, 2020 to November 23, 2020, as submitted.  (This letter is contained as Appendix G to these minutes).

Report of Superintendent

a.    Staffing

1)               Approve the correction of the date of the appointment of Kristen Bodden as Art Teacher (High School) from October 5, 2020         to October 6, 2020

2)               Approve the correction of the date of the appointment of Taylor Audi as Elementary Teacher (Sacandaga Elementary School) from October 5, 2020          to October 6, 2020

3)               Approve the correction of the date of the appointment of Tonya Ellis as Special Education Teacher (Lincoln Elementary School) from October 6, 2020          to October 7, 2020

4)               Approve the correction of the date of the appointment of Kimberly Voellm as Elementary Teacher (Sacandaga Elementary School) from October 13, 2020          to October 14, 2020

5)               Approve the correction of the date of the probationary appointment of Cheryl Buckley as School Psychologist from September 1, 2018-August 31, 2022          to September 1, 2018-August 31, 2021

6)         Approve the change in the hours of David Aldi, Teacher’s Aide (High School), from 6.5 hours/day to 7 hours/day, effective September 14, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with no change in hourly salary.

7)               Approve the regular substitute appointment of Jennifer Montrym as Special Education Teacher (Middle School), effective November 2, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to be at the rate of $52,376 (Step 6+M). Ms. Montrym has permanent certification.

8)               Approve the extension of the appointment of Debra Lewis as Substitute Elementary Teacher (Glendaal Elementary School), from January 4, 2021 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to remain at the rate of $48,361 (Step 4 +M).  Ms. Lewis has initial certification.

9)               Approve the extension of the regular substitute appointment of Jonn Gochenour as Health Teacher (Middle School), effective December 10, 2020 through June 30, 2021, with 2020-2021 salary to remain at the rate of $47,542 (Step 3+M). Mr. Gochenour has initial certification.

10)            Approve the list of additional substitute teachers, teacher aides, and Buildings and Grounds substitutes for the 2020-2021 school year.  (This list is contained as Appendix H to these minutes).

11)            Approve the appointment of the following individual as an additional mentor for the 2020-2021 school year:

Kim Weiss                                    Stipend: $1,000

12)            Approve the corrections to the following supplemental appointments for collateral duties for 2020-2021:

from Gina Brown and Leanna Leffler – Glendaal Student Council – Stipend $125 each to Gina Brown and Leanna Leffler – Glendaal Student Council – Stipend $250 each

from

David Gildersleeve – Middle Sch. Student Council – Stipend $1,286 to David Gildersleeve & Elizabeth Foley – Middle Sch. Student Council – Stipend $643 each

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

Name  Activity/Club Name  Building  Stipend
Laurel Campbell and Andrea O’Malley  Middle School Drama Club  Middle School  $537.50 each

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 11/09/20.

b.  Budget Transfers – June 2020

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

c.  Minutes:

  • Regular Meeting October 5, 2020
  • Regular Meeting October 26, 2020

Roll Call

Ayes: 7

Noes: 0

MOTION CARRIED

Other Business

President Bucciferro commended the School Board and the District Administration for a great job during the COVID pandemic and is appreciative of everything they have done and continue to do during these trying times.  He asked the Board to be prepared at the next Board meeting to discuss the NYSBBA conference, with the delegates reporting back on what they had learned at the conference. He will provide more information about a possible Town Hall as information becomes available on when this will be held.

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 7:25 p.m.

Bobbie DeLong, District Clerk