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April 17, 2019 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

BOARD OF COOPERATIVE EDUCATIONAL SERVICES
Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Counties
Johnstown, NY 12095

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DATE

April 17, 2019

PLACE

Central Administration Board Room

KIND OF MEETING

Regular Monthly

MEMBERS PRESENT

James Beirlein, Harry Brooks, Carmen Caraco, John DeValve, Joanne Freeman and Jean LaPorta

MEMBERS ABSENT

Allan Turnbull

OTHERS PRESENT

Anita Murphy, Interim District Superintendent; Lorraine Hohenforst, Deputy Superintendent; Kathi Lewis, School Business Official; Aaron Flynn, Human Resources Manager; Michael Jacob, Director of Special Education; Ashley Onyon, Reporter with the Leader Herald and Christine Eaton, Clerk

CALL TO ORDER

President Freeman called the meeting to order at 5:03 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as presented and add any items introduced by unanimous vote.

COMMENTS FROM THE FLOOR

Joanne Freeman read a thank you card to the Board of Education from Crystal Reese thanking the Board for selecting Dorman Reese as the David Edwards Distinguished Board Member award.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Carmen Caraco made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta to approve the minutes of the March 20, 2019 Regular Board Meeting, the March 27, 2019 Special Board Meeting and the April 3, 2019 Annual Board meeting. This motion was carried unanimously.

DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The District Superintendent’s Report included:

► Superintendent Searches
► Superintendents utilizing BOCES resources

DEPUTY  SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Deputy Superintendent’s Report included:

► PTECH Mandarin Teacher was nominated for Resident of the year by Clarkson University.
► A letter from a parent to the Special Education department thanking them for the improvements she has seen in her daughter.
► Conference Day

PERSONNEL ITEMS

Upon the District Superintendent’s recommendation, the following personnel items were presented to the Board for acceptance or approval. All new appointments are contingent upon receipt of Employment Eligibility Verification forms.

RESIGNATIONS

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to accept the following resignations:

Mark Mosher, Transportation Assistant, Regional Transportation (10/01/2015), Effective Date: 04/03/2019

Misty Dygert, Senior Typist, Substitute Service (09/27/2018), Effective Date: 04/19/2019

Bette Fioravanti, Long-term Substitute, Itinerant (9/20/18), Effective Date: 03/19/2019

(SY 18-19 #351, #352, #353)

RESIGNATION FOR RETIREMENT

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to accept the following resignation for retirement:

Danette Weddell, Bus Driver, Regional Transportation (08/25/1998), Effective Date: 06/28/2019

(SY 18-19 #354)

Unpaid Leaves of Absence

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to approve the mfollowing unpaid leaves of absence:

Misty Dygert, Senior Typist, Substitute Service (09/27/2018), Effective Date: 03/26/2019-03/29/2019

Annette Greco, Adult Educator, Adult Literacy and Corrections Education (09/01/2018) Effective Date: 05/30/2019-06/11/2019

Meredith Tuppen, Veterinary Science Teacher  , CTE (09/01/2016), Effective Date: 06/12/2019-06/16/2019

(SY 18-19 #355, #356, #357)

Appointments

Carmen Caraco made a motion, seconded by Harry Brooks and unanimously carried to appoint the following:

Certified-Administrators

Name: Matthew Davis, Appointment Type: Probationary, Tenure Area: Principal of PTECH, Title: Principal of PTECH, Salary: $90,000.00, Effective Dates: 07-01-19 – 06-30-23, Location: PTECH, FTE: 1.0, Certification: School Building Leader, Initial Pending

(SY 18-19 #358)

Certified-Teachers

(In order to be eligible for tenure, individuals receiving a probationary appointment as a classroom teacher must receive annual composite or overall APPR ratings of Highly Effective or Effective in at least three of the four preceding years.  If the individual received a rating of Ineffective in the final year of the probationary period, the employee will not be eligible for tenure at that time.)

Name: Joan St. Onge, Appointment Type: Probationary, Tenure Area: Spanish, Title: Spanish Teacher, Salary: $57,817.00 pro-rated to $12,430.67, Effective Dates: 04/18/2019 – 04/17/2023, Location: Itinerant Services, FTE: 1.0, Certification: Spanish 7-12 – Professional

Name: Carol Connelly, Appointment Type: Probationary, Tenure Area: Teacher on Special Assignment – Instructional Support Services in Curriculum and Differentiated Instruction and the Analysis of Student Performance Data Title: Teacher on Special Assignment – PBL/Instructional Coach, Salary: $49,613.00  pro-rated to $10,418.74, Effective Dates: 04/29/2019 – 04/28/2023*, Location: PTECH/Ag PTECH, FTE: 1.0, Certification: English 7-12 – Permanent
*Ms. Connelly is approved to work up to 20 days every summer.

(SY 18-19 #359, #360, #361)

All Other Appointments

a. Recommend the Board approve the appointments of the substitutes listed below, with effective dates as noted.  Employees are not eligible for benefits (health, dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance).

Teacher – effective 04/05/2019

Joanne Schmidt

Teacher – effective 04/18/2019

Lucas Calkins
Caleb Taylor
Victoria Subik
Heather Midgley
Katharine Kohler
Margaret Grandshaw

Teacher Aide – effective 04/18/2019
Mary Beth Papa
Victoria Subik
Katharine Kohler
Elizabeth Gundersen

Typist – effective  04/05/2019
Margaret Coolidge

Typist – effective  04/18/2019
Misty Dygert

(SY 18-19 #362)

b.  Recommend the Board approve the appointments and re-appointments of staff listed below for the 2019-20 school year, with effective dates as noted. Employees are not eligible for benefits (health, dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance).

Lori Frasca, Special Education, $372.00 Per Diem, Term of Employment: 04/18/2019-06/30/2019. Not to Exceed: N/A. Position Category: Interim Administrative Coordinator

(SY 18-19 #363)

Change of Status

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by Harry Brooks and unanimously carried to approve a change of status for the following employee, from provisional to probationary with probationary mperiod as indicated:

Name: Sara Sheldon, Appointment Type: Probationary CS Title: Senior Typist, Probationary Term: 04/18/2019 to 4/17/2020, Salary: $25,415.30, FTE: 1.0, Location: Foothills PTECH

(SY 18-19 #364)

CLAIMS AUDITOR REPORTS

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco, and unanimously carried to approve the Claims Auditor Report for the period of March 7, 2019 through March 21, 2019. (SY 18-19 #365)

EXTRACLASSROOM REPORT

A motion was made by Carmen Caraco and seconded by Harry Brooks to approve the Extra Class General Ledger Report for March 2019. This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 18-19 #366)

RESOLUTION FOR EXPLORING THE EMPLOYMENT OF A SPECIAL PATROL OFFICER

Carmen Caraco made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to  adopt the following resolution: Recommend exploring the possibility of an agreement between the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery (HFM) BOCES and the Fulton County Sheriff’s Department, 2712 NY-29, Johnstown NY 12095 to employ a Special Patrol Officer to HFM BOCES, to be assigned on a ten-month basis to the MECO School Building in the Town of Johnstown.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES  AGREEMENT – LASALLE SCHOOL

Harry Brooks made a motion to authorize the Interim District Superintendent to execute the Independent Contractor Services Agreement by and between LaSalle School and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES to provide three hours of ACEs/Trauma Informed School training to any and all identified BOCES staff effective March 13, 2019 through and including March 18, 2019.  This motion was seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried. (SY 18-19 #367)

SCHOOL DISTRICT PROVIDER AGREEMENT

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to authorize the Interim District Superintendent to execute the School District Provider Agreement by and between St. Mary’s Healthcare and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES to provide hospital employed provider, Paul Comber, M.D. to act as a school provider to the district effective November 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. (SY 18-19 #368)

GRANTS

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to accept the following grant funds and authorize their suitable appropriation and expenditure, pursuant to State Education Department and/or local approvals:

High School Equivalency (HSE) Testing  Grant – $11,000. (SY 18-19 #369)

DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT/CFO CREDIT CARD REPORT

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to accept the Deputy Superintendent and Chief Financial Officer Quarterly Credit Card Report for the time period of January 1, 2019 through March 31, 2019. (SY 18-19 #370)

BUILDING USE AGREEMENT FOR HFM BOCES REGIONAL SUMMER SCHOOL

Carmen Caraco made a motion to authorize the Interim District Superintendent to execute the Building Use Agreement for HFM BOCES Regional Summer School by and between the Gloversville Enlarged School District and the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Counties to provide building use and multiple room use, technology for staff and technological support at Gloversville High School.  This motion was seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried. (SY 18-19 #371)

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

President Freeman told the Board she will be attending a 2019 Equity Summit at Columbia University at the beginning of May and she will report what she learned at the summit.

Election/Budget Vote Update

The Board clerk announced that at that time, eight school districts had reported their ballot results and all eight voted yes for the HFM BOCES 2019-2020 Administrative Budget.  All eight component school districts voted for Joanne Freeman and Harry Brooks to be re-elected for three years.

2019-20 Board Meeting Schedule

The Board agreed the 2019-2020 Board meeting schedule submitted.

Rural Schools Conference

The Board Clerk informed the board that the mRural Schools conference was July 7-9, 2019 and asked who would like to go.

FUTURE MEETINGS

May 29, 2019 – HFM BOCES Regular Board meeting, 5:00 p.m., HFM BOCES Board Room
May 31, 2019 – Special Education Art and Music Festival, 12:00 p.m. Gloversville Middle School
June 3, 2019 – Honoring Students Dinner, 6:00 p.m., HFM BOCES Conference Center

EXECUTIVE SESSION

At 6:03 p.m. the Board entered executive session to discuss specific personnel matters upon a motion made by Jean LaPorta, seconded by Harry Brooks and unanimously carried.

RETURN TO OPEN  SESSION

At 8:10 p.m. John DeValve made a motion to return to open session.  This motion was seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried.

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Board, John DeValve made a motion at 8:11 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  This motion was seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Christine Eaton
Clerk of the Board

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