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Dec. 11, 2019 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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

DATE

December 11, 2019

PLACE

Central Administration Board Room

KIND OF MEETING

Regular Monthly

MEMBERS PRESENT

Harry Brooks, Carmen Caraco, John DeValve, and Jean LaPorta

MEMBERS ABSENT

James Beirlein, Joanne Freeman and Allan Turnbull

OTHERS PRESENT

David Ziskin, District Superintendent; Lorraine Hohenforst, Deputy Superintendent; Kathi Lewis, School Business Official; Laurie Bargstedt, Coordinator of Adult Literacy and Corrections Education; Aaron Flynn, Human Resources Manager; Craig Clark, Communications Specialist; Ashley Onyon, Reporter with the Leader Herald and Christine Eaton, Clerk

CALL TO ORDER

Vice President LaPorta called the meeting to order at 5:01 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Harry Brooks and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as presented and add any items introduced by unanimous vote.

DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The District Superintendent’s Report included:

► Draft Organizational Goals
► Entry Plan Update
► Executive Sessions

DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT’S

The Deputy Superintendent’s Report included:

► Home School Service
► Transportation Summit
► Global History and Geography Standards
► Evaluation Training for Administrators

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 form

Resignation for Retirement

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to accept the following resignations for retirement:

Michelle A. Brown, Teacher Aide, Special Education (09/01/1990), Effective Date: 06/30/2020

Mary Frollo, Physical Therapist, Special Education (09/01/1991), Effective Date: 06/30/2020

Valerie Hotaling, Teacher Aide, Special Education (09/01/2007), Effective Date: 06/30/2020

Louise Huth, Special Education Teacher, Special Education (09/01/1987), Effective Date: 06/30/2020

Terry Kersting, Transportation Coordinator, Regional Transportation (09/01/2012), Effective Date: 01/10/2020

Sheldon Novotny, Social Studies Teacher, Adult Literacy and Corrections Education (02/01/1999), Effective Date: 06/30/2020

Nancy Swartz, Teacher Aide, Special Education (01/02/1990), Effective Date: 06/30/2020

(SY 19-20 #310, 311, 312, 313, 314, 315, 316)

Resignations

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

Kristi Dannehy, Mathematics Teacher, Foothills PTECH (09/01/2019), Effective Date: 12/05/2019

Amanda DeAnda, Senior Typist, ADK (05/07/2018), Effective Date: 12/06/2019

Stacey DeLaney, Per Diem Teacher, Special Ed (09/01/2019), Effective Date: 11/24/2019

Audrey Fowler, Registered Professional Nurse (School), Special Ed (09/01/2019), Effective Date: 12/11/2019

Kristie Javarone, Speech Pathologist, Special Ed (09/01/2017), Effective Date: 11/22/2019

Tami Kenyon, Hourly Adult Educator, Adult Literacy and Corrections Education (07/01/2019), Effective Date: 12/19/2019

Christopher Ward, Auto Mechanic, Regional Transportation (03/31/2016), Effective Date: 12/13/2019

William Wood, English Teacher, ADK (09/01/2015), Effective Date: 12/06/2019

(SY 19-20 #317, 318, 319, 320, 321, 322, 323, 324)

Appointment – Certified Administrators

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to appoint the following certified administrators:

Name: Rebecca Gleason, Appointment Type: Temporary, Tenure Area: N/A, Title: Interim Principal, Salary: $85,000.00 pro-rated to $53,833.28, Effective Dates: 11/13/2019-06/30/2020, Location: Foothills PTECH, FTE: 1.0, Certification: School District Administrator, Permanent

Name: Kevin Warren, Appointment Type: Temporary, Tenure Area: N/A, Title: Interim Principal, Salary: $85,000.00 pro-rated to $41,437.47, Effective Dates: 01/06/2020-06/30/2020, Location: Ag-PTECH, FTE: 1.0, Certification: School Building Leader, Initial

(SY 19-20 #325, 326)

Appointment – Certified Teachers

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to appoint the following certified teachers:

(Tenure will be contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout his or her probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education Law Sections 3012, 3012-c, 3012-d)

Name: Danielle Piel, Appointment Type: Probationary, Tenure Area: English, Title: English Teacher, Salary: $56,602.00, pro-rated $32,546.15, Effective Dates: 01/13/2020-01/12/2023, Location: ADK, FTE: 1.0, Certification: English Language Arts 7-12 – Professional

Name: Arianna Patsos, Appointment Type: Probationary, Tenure Area: Education of Children with Handicapping Conditions – General Special Education, Title: Special Education Teacher, Salary: $50,673.00, pro-rated $29,136.95, Effective Dates: 01/12/2020-10/20/2023, Location: Special Education, FTE: 1.0, Certification: Students with Disabilities 7-12 – Generalist Professional

(SY 19-20 #327, 328)

Appointments – Civil Service

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by James Beirlein and unanimously carried to appoint the following Civil Service appointments:

Name: Heidi Blackford, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Registered Professional Nurse (School), Probationary Term: 12/12/2019-12/11/2020, Salary: $38,429.00, pro-rated to $24,402.45, FTE: 1.0, Location: Special Education

Name: Charlee Fuerst, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Teacher Aide, Probationary Term: 12/12/2019-12/11/2020, Salary: $17,579.00, pro-rated to $11,162.70, FTE: 1.0, Location: Special Education

Name: Gretchen Markey, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Teacher Aide, Probationary Term: 12/12/2019-12/11/2020, Salary: $17,579.00, pro-rated to $11,162.70, FTE: 1.0, Location: Special Education

Name: Mariah Smith, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Teacher Aide, Probationary Term: 12/12/2019-12/11/2020, Salary: $17,579.00, pro-rated to $11,162.70, FTE: 1.0, Location: Special Education

(SY 19-20 #329, 330, 331, 332)

Appointments – All Other Appointments

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to approve the following 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 12/12/2019
Adam Ferrari, Gina Emden, Rena Peconie, Jennifer Veit, Jaclyn Yacobucci, Tanisha Grisel, Jacqueline Nicolato, Theresa Kovian, Jennifer Nicolella,  Jared Baldezon, Alexandra Van Aernam

Teacher Aide – effective 12/12/2019
Adam Ferrari, Andrew Brown, Jennifer Veit and Jennifer Nicolella

School Monitor – effective 12/12/2019
Adam Ferrari, Jennifer Veit, Jennifer Nicolella and Andrew Brown

Typist – effective 12/12/2019
Jennifer Nicolella

School Bus Attendant – effective 12/16/2019
Jessica Mazur
(SY 19-20 #333,334)

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).

Melissa Bynum, Itinerant Services, $105.00, Per Diem, Term of Employment: 12/16/2019-06/30/2020, N/A, Long-term Substitute

Audrey Fowler, Special Ed, $25.00, Hourly, Term of Employment: 12/12/2019-06/30/2020, N/A, Hourly Registered Professional Nurse (School)

Debbie Sams, Itinerant Services, $105.00, Per Diem, Term of Employment: 10/30/2019-06/30/2020, N/A, Long-term Substitute
(SY 19-20 #335, 336, 337)

c. Appoint the following mentors to continue mentoring for the 2019-2020 school year effective July 1, 2018.  They will be paid no more than $1,000 for the 2018-2019 and 2019-2020 combined school years:

Kimberly Hale will be replacing John Gleeson as mentor.  Mr. Gleeson was appointed as a continuing mentor at the October 30, 2019 Board Meeting.

(SY 19-20 #338)

d. Appoint the following Regional Scoring Managers for the 2019-2020 school year effective January 1, 2020. They will be paid $25.00 per hour, not to exceed $250.00 per person.

Kelly Peugh-Forte, Meredith Fagan, Leonard Martin, Catherine Clemence, Kelly Dietz, Nancy Spagnola, Frank Greco, Ryan Mulligan, Missy Miles, Melissa Fisher, Carol Nelson and Colleen Robinson

(SY 19-20 #339)

e. Appoint the following Ag-PTECH staff members to be chaperones for the 2019-2020 school year at a rate of $25.00 per hour.

Kelly Long, Melissa McGill, Cristin Murphy, Matthew Sherman, Tyler Smith, Renee Stewart, Dylan Toscano, Brandon Trinkle, Allyson Warren

f. Appoint the following PTECH staff member to be a chaperones for the 2019-2020 school year at a rate of $25.00 per hour.

Wendy Sacco
(SY 19-20 #341)

Tenure Appointment

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to appoint the following employee to tenure status based upon the successful completion of the required probationary period.

Meredith Tuppen, Veterinary Science, Effective: 02/14/2020
(SY 19-20 #342)

Amended Appointments

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to amend the following appointments:

Brown, L.

Brown. Lisa – School Counselor with Special Education, amending her August 28, 2019 appointment salary schedule from D9 $51,739.00 to E9 $52,143.00 to reflect the college credits that Ms. Brown has. (SY 19-20 #343)

Douglas, L.

Douglas, Laurel – Part-time Teacher Aide with Adult Literacy and Corrections Education, amending her June 19, 2019 appointment from temporary part-time to permanent part-time effective January 1, 2020. Salary remains the same. (SY 19-20 #345)

Santamaria, S.

Santamaria, Sarah – Part-time Teacher Aide with Adult Literacy and Corrections Education, amending her June 19, 2019 appointment from temporary part-time to permanent part-time effective January 1, 2020.  Salary remains the same. (SY 19-20 #346)

Santelli, R.

Santelli, Richard – Careers in Education Instructor with Career and Technical Education, amending his August 28, 2019 appointment from probationary to temporary effective September 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.  Salary remains the same. (SY 19-20 #347)

Stafford-Willman, C.

Stafford-Willman, Carol – Teacher of the Blind and Visually Impaired with Special Education, amending her December 12, 2018 appointment to change her status from probationary to temporary 0.8 FTE effective October 1, 2019 due to reduced district services requests. Salary: $61,464.00 pro-rated to $44,254.08. (SY 19-20 #348)

Termination

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to approve the following termination:

Per HFM BOCES Policy No. 6006 regarding Job Abandonment, it is recommended that the probationary appointment of Taylor Miller be terminated effective December 12, 2019. (SY 19-20 #349)

CLAIMS AUDITOR REPORT

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve, and unanimously carried to approve the Claims Auditor Reports for the period of October 16, 2019 through November 21, 2019. (SY 19-20 #350)

TREASURER’S REPORT

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve, and unanimously carried to approve the Treasurer’s Report from October 1, 2019 through October 31, 2019 as submitted. (SY 19-20 #351)

ITEMS TO BE DECLARED SALVAGE

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve, and unanimously carried to approve the items for salvage as listed on the Chief Financial Officer’s memorandum dated November  20, 2019. (SY 19-20 #352)

CTE EQUIPMENT RESERVE FUND PURCHASE

Pending New York State Education Department approval, Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John Devalve, and unanimously carried to approve the purchase of equipment for the Skilled Trades classes with monies from the Career and Technical Education Equipment Reserve fund. (SY 19-20 #353)

AMENDED TYLER TECHNOLOGIES AGREEMENT

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve, and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the amended agreement by and between HFM BOCES and Tyler Technologies Inc. (SY 19-20 #354)

AMENDED ADULT LITERACY AND CORRECTIONS EDUCATION SPACE AGREEMENTS

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the amended Lease Agreements by and between HFM BOCES and the Fulton, Montgomery and Schoharie Workforce Development Board Inc., to provide the HFM BOCES Adult Literacy and Corrections Education program with the use and occupation of space located in the Gloversville and Amsterdam Workforce Solutions Centers effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2021. (SY 19-20 #355, 356)

2019-2020 REVISED CLASSROOM LEASES

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to approve the 2019-20 Distance Learning and annual classroom leases as submitted in the aggregate amount of $804,497. (SY 19-20 #357)

SUBSTITUTE RATE AND LIFEGUARD RATE ADJUSTMENTS

Due to the increase of minimum wage, Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to amend the Substitute and Lifeguard rates effective December 31, 2019 as listed on The Chief Financial Officer’s memorandum. (SY 19-20 #359)

SETTLEMENT AGREEMENT AND RELEASE

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Settlement Agreement and Release by and between HFM BOCES and Frontier Communications. (SY 19-20 #360)

BID RECOMMENDATIONS

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to accept the bid recommendations and revised bids as noted by memoranda from the Purchasing Official in the following areas:

RFB 20-02 – Purchase of 2014 or Newer Vehicles – Steet Toyota of Johnstown, 310 N. Comrie Avenue, Johnstown, NY 12095
(SY 19-20 #361, #361B)

Revised Bid RFB 19-15 – Groceries – Ginsberg’s Foods
(SY 19-20 #362)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT-MROZ

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Independent Contractor Services Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and Paula Mroz to provide four-days training related to differentiation of lessons to accommodate students with disabilities, IEP development and progress monitoring of IEP goals. (SY 19-20 #363)

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

Dr. Brooks discussed the Communications draft goal and indicated that he has gotten high satisfactory feedback on Dr. Ziskin’s ability to  communicate with the Component Boards. Carmen Caraco talked about inter-mingling at the next MSSBA meeting. Jean LaPorta shared an article about component Board member Dr. Nellie Bush being honored for her life long work and being names a Women of Distinction.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

At 6:00 p.m. the Board entered executive session for the purpose of discussing collective bargaining negotiations with the Administrator’s Union and the CSEA and also to discuss the employment history of a particular person upon a motion made by John DeValve, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

At 6:30 p.m. John DeValve made a motion to return to open session. This motion was seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried.

FEBRUARY BOARD MEETING

The Board agreed to reschedule the February 26, 2020 Board meeting to February 28, 2020 at 9:30 a.m.

FUTURE MEETINGS

January 29, 2020 – HFM BOCES Regular Board
Meeting, 5:00pm, HFM BOCES Board Room.
February 29, 2020 – HFM BOCES Regular Board Meeting, 9:30 am, HFM BOCES Board Room

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Board, Carmen Caraco made a motion at 6:35 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  This motion was seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Christine Eaton
Clerk of the Board

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