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Dec. 9, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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

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DATE

December 9, 2020

PLACE

Meeting can be accessed via phone: Call: 1-646-992-2010 – Access Number: 173 342 2575.

KIND OF MEETING

Regular Monthly

MEMBERS PRESENT

James Beirlein, Harry Brooks, Carmen Caraco, John DeValve, Jean LaPorta, Gustavo Sacerio and Allan Turnbull

OTHERS PRESENT

David Ziskin, District Superintendent; Lorraine Hohenforst, Deputy Superintendent; Jay DeTraglia, Assistant Superintendent; Kathi Lewis, School Business Official;  Aaron Flynn, Human Resources Manager; Craig Clark, Communications Specialist; Riley O’Malley, Career and Technical Education Coordinator; Celeste Keane, PTECH Coordinator;  and Christine Eaton, Clerk

CALL TO ORDER

President Brooks called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Gustavo Sacerio to approve the minutes of the October 28, 2020 Regular Board Meeting.  This motion was carried unanimously.

ASSISTANT  SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Assistant Superintendent’s Partnership-Advocacy-Leadership Report included:

► Alternative Education
► Career and Technical Education – Introduction of Coordinator Riley O’Malley
► P-TECH – Introduction of Coordinator Celeste Keane
► Special Education

DEPUTY  SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Deputy Superintendent’s Partnership-Advocacy-Leadership Report included:

► Human Resources
► Technology Update

DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The District Superintendent’s Partnership-Advocacy-Leadership report included:

► Organizational Goals – Update

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.

Resignations for Retirement

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried to accept the following employees’ letters of intent to retire:

1. Michele Adams, Position: Teacher Aide, Division: Special Education (09/26/2002), Effective Date: 06/26/2021

2. M. Gary Avery, Position: Teacher Aide, Division: ADK (03/28/2014), Effective Date: 06/30/2021

3. Eleanor L. Brown, Position: Speech Therapist, Division: Special Education (09/01/1985), Effective Date: 06/30/2021

(SY 20-21 #168, #169, #170)

Resignations

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

1. Stephanie Achzet, Position: Registered Professional Nurse (School), Division: Special Education (11/01/2020), Effective Date: 11/09/2020

2. Peter Briele, Position: Science Teacher, Division: PTECH (09/01/2019), Effective Date: 01/09/2021

3. Dennis Daskalakis, Position: Special Education Teacher, Division: Special Education (09/01/2019), Effective Date: 01/09/2021

4. Kristen Haugh, Position: Long-term Substitute, CTE (08/27/2020), Effective Date: 10/23/2020

5. Kristie Javarone, Position: Speech Language Pathologist, Division: Special Education (09/01/2020), Effective Date: 11/18/2020

(SY 20-21 #171, #172, #173, #174, #175)

All Other  Appointments

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried to approve the  following 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).

Teachers – effective 12/10/20

Shanna Becker
Sarah Consentino
Lorraine Fisher
Theresa Jordan
Abigail Levin
Heather Mattioni
Grace Montenaro
Kyle Polidore
Christina Porn
Caitlin Rulison
Bradley White

Teacher – effective 12/8/20

Madison Healy

Teacher Aides – effective 12/10/20

Lorraine Fisher
Frank Hernigle
Caitlin Rulison

School Monitor – effective 12/10/20

Lorraine Fisher
Frank Hernigle
Caitlin Rulison

Teacher Aide – effective 11/9/20

Amelia Barkevich

School Monitor – effective 11/9/20

Amelia Barkevich

School Bus Attendant – effective 11/9/20

Scott Porter

(SY 20-21 #176, #177, #178)

b. Recommend the Board approve the appointments and re-appointments of staff listed below for the 2020-21 school year, with effective dates as noted. Employees are not eligible for benefits (health, dental, vision, long term disability and life insurance).

1. Todd Harper, Division: CTE, Rate: $105.00, Per Diem, Term of Employment: 11/09/2020-06/30/2021, Not to Exceed: N/A, Position Category: Long-term Substitute

(SY 20-21 #179)

c. Appoint the following PTECH Staff member to work one (1) additional hour each day from November 9, 2020 through June 30, 2021 for before and/or after school student supervision when school is in session at a rate of $25.00 per hour:

Renee Stewart

(SY 20-21 #180)

d. Appoint the following employee listed below as mentor for the 2020-2021 school year effective July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021.  She will be paid no more than $1,000.00 for the school year depending on mentoring hours.

Rebecca Skretkowicz

(SY 20-21 #181)

e. 2020-21 Advisors

Program: PTECH, Organization: Yearbook Co-Advisor, Name: Billie Hladik, Amount: $1,500

Program: PTECH, Organization: FFA Co-Advisor, Name: Kasey Mang, Amount: $2,000

(SY 20-21 #182)

Terminations

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried to terminate the following:

1. Kenneth Wetmore, Position: Bus Driver, Division: Regional Transportation (01/26/2017)
2. Paul Vosteen, Position: Bus Driver, Division: Regional Transportation (06/28/2018)

(SY 20-21 #183)

Miscellaneous Personnel Items

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried to approve the following miscellaneous personnel items:

Memorandum of Agreement – Nellis

(SY 20-21 #184)

Memorandum of Agreement – CSEA

(SY 20-21 #185)

CLAIMS AUDITOR REPORT

James Beirlein made a motion, seconded by John DeValve, and unanimously carried to approve the Claims Auditor Reports for the periods of October 7, 2020 through October 28, 2020 and November 4, 2020 through November 18, 2020.  (SY 20-21 #186, #187)

EXTRACLASS REPORTS

John DeValve made a motion to approve the October 2020 Extraclass report as submitted. This motion was seconded by James Beirlein and unanimously carried.  (SY 20-21 #188)

ITEMS TO BE DECLARED SALVAGE

Allan Turnbull 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 10, 2020.  (SY 20-21 #189)

GRANTS

James Beirlein made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull 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:

School Library System – Aid for Automation – $7,347.00

(SY 20-21 #190)

RESOLUTION FOR SCHOOL LIBRARY SYSTEM COOPERATIVE  BIDDING

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Gustavo Sacerio and unanimously carried to approve the resolution for Cooperative Bidding of Databases, Research Tool, E-Books, Automation and Media for Use in School Library Systems “Dream Consortium” for the 2021-2022 school year. (SY 20-21 #191)

DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT  CREDIT CARD SUMMARY

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to accept the District Superintendent’s Credit Card Summary for the period of July 1, 2020 through September 30, 2020. (SY 20-21 #192)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – ICAN

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Gustavo Sacerio to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Independent Contractor Services Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and ICAN to provide 11 days of Therapeutic Crisis Intervention refresher training. This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 20-21 #193)

SUBSTITUTE RATE AND LIFEGUARD RATE ADJUSTMENTS

Due to the increase in minimum wage, Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by James Beirlein and unanimously carried to amend the Substitute and Lifeguard rates effective December 31, 2020 as listed on the Chief Financial Officer’s memorandum. (SY 20-21 #194)

GOLD SERVICE AGREEMENT

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by James Beirlein and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Gold Service Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and thyssenkrupp Elevator Corporation to maintain the hydraulic thyssenkrupp elevator in accordance with the terms and conditions in the agreement. (SY 20-21 #195)

ELECTRONIC  PURCHASING APPROVAL

James Beirlein made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull to add HFM BOCES Purchasing Official, Stephanie Dineen, as an additional user on the Electronic Purchasing Account. This motion was unanimously carried.  (SY 20-21 #196)

T-MOBILE PROJECT 10MILLION AGREEMENT (PROGRAM)

James Beirlein made a motion to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the T-Mobile Project 10Million Agreement (Program) by and between HFM BOCES and T-Mobile USA, Inc. to accept/purchase wireless mobile services and/or devices from T-Mobile and T-Mobile agrees to provide the services and devices to HFM BOCES as listed.  This motion was seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried. (SY 20-21 #197)

DISSOLVE CRIMINAL JUSTICE EXTRACLASS ACCOUNT

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to dissolve the Career and Technical Education Criminal Justice Extraclass fund and transfer all remaining funds to the Auto Technology Extraclass Account. (SY 20-21 #198)

REVISED 2020-21 SCHOOL CALENDAR

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Gustavo Sacerio to adopt the revised 2020-21 School calendar as submitted. This motion was unanimously carried.  (SY 20-21 #199)

POLICIES-1St Readings

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Gustavo Sacerio and unanimously carried to accept the following policies as first readings:

Policy #1101 Records Management
Policy #5305 Data Security and Privacy
Policy #7102 Student Medications

(SY 20-21 #200, #201, #202)

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS AND COMMENTS

James Beirlein announced to the Board that he would not seek re-election for the next school year. Allan Turnbull then announced that he was also not seeking re-election. President Brooks stated that he appreciated the opportunity to meet Riley O’Malley and Celeste Keane and would like to have more program presentations at future meetings.

FUTURE MEETINGS

January 27, 2021 – HFM BOCES Regular Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m., Virtual Meeting via Webex

EXECUTIVE SESSION

At 6:36 p.m. the Board entered executive session for the purpose of discussing collective bargaining with the HFM BOCES Teachers’ Association and the employment history of a particular person upon a motion made by John DeValve, seconded by Gustavo Sacerio and unanimously carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

At 7:12 p.m. John DeValve made a motion to return to open session. This motion was seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried.

TERMINATION

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to terminate the probationary period of employment for the following:

1. Name: Frank Spooner III, Position: Bus Driver, Division: Regional Transportation (01/06/2020)
(SY 20-21 #203)

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Board, Allan Turnbull made a motion at 7:14 p.m. to adjourn the meeting. This motion was seconded by Gustavo Sacerio and unanimously carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Christine Eaton
Clerk of the Board

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