Skip to content

Schools closed to students for the rest of the academic year; Campus limited to essential personnel

For updates regarding our ongoing response to COVID-19, visit our Resource and Information page.

main content starts here

Feb. 28, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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

Click here to download printer-friendly Feb. 28, 2020 meeting minutes

DATE

February 28, 2020

PLACE

Central Administration Board Room

KIND OF MEETING

Regular Monthly

MEMBERS PRESENT

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

OTHERS PRESENT

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

CALL TO ORDER

President Brooks called the meeting to order at 9:30 a.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried to approve the agenda as presented and add any items

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco to approve the minutes of the January 29, 2020 Regular Board Meeting.  This motion was carried unanimously.

RECOGNITION

Foundations of Food Teacher Rebecca Skretkowicz and Teacher Aide, Amy Webb introduced their students to the Board and the Board thanked them for preparing the breakfast that was served.

RECESS

The Board took a recess at 9:38 a.m.

RESUME MEETING

The Board resumed the meeting at 9:54 a.m.

DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The District Superintendent’s Report included:

► Informational Items
► Communication

19-20 Organizational Goals

Jean LaPorta made a motion to adopt 2019-20 Organizational Goals as submitted.  This motion was seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried.  (SY 19-20 #423)

2019-20 SMART Goals

Adopt Mission, Vision, Core Beliefs

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to adopt the HFM BOCES Mission, Vision, Core Beliefs as submitted by the District Superintendent.  (SY 19-20 #424)

► Cooperation

CSO Advisory Committee Updates CTE and Early College Committee Special and Alternative Education Updates

► BOCES of NY Advocacy BOCES Consortium 2020 Advocacy Agenda and CTE White Paper

DEPUTY   SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Deputy Superintendent’s Report included:

► Ed Law 2d
► ESSA Support

OTHER BUSINESS ITEMS

2020-2021 School  Calendar

John DeValve made a motion to adopt the 2020-2021 School Calendar as submitted. This motion was seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried. (SY 19-20 #425)

Overnight Field Trip Approval

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded John DeValve and unanimously carried to authorize five students to attend an overnight field trip to the Pen in Hand Writer’s Conference in Little Falls, NY from March 6-7, 2020. (SY 19-20 #426)

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

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

1. Stephanie Dineen, Teacher Aide, Special Education (11/01/2018), Effective Date: 03/01/2020

2. Terry Kersting, Part-time School Bus Driver , Regional Transportation (01/11/2020), Effective Date: 03/01/2020

3. Hannah Molina, School Bus Attendant, Regional Transportation (07/01/2013), Effective Date: 02/14/2020

4. Danielle Piel, English Teacher, ADK  (01/13/2020), Effective Date: 03/06/2020

5. Deanna Rizzo, Typist, Regional Transportation (08/19/2019), Effective Date: 03/01/2020

(SY 19-20 #427, 428, 429, 430, 431)

Unpaid Leaves Of Absence

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to approve the following unpaid leaves of absence:

Alison Daly, Special Education Teacher, Special Education (09/01/2009), Effective Date: 05/23/2020-05/29/2020

Kayleigh Denney, Physical Education, PTECH (12/01/2018), Effective Date: 02/13/2020 – 02/14/2020

Annette Greco, Adult Educator, Adult Literacy and Corrections Education (09/01/2018), Effective Date: 06/06/2020-06/15/2020

(SY 19-20 #432, 433, 434)

Appointment – Certified Teachers

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

(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)

1. Name: Heather Shaw, Appointment Type: Probationary, Tenure Area: English  Title: English Teacher, Salary: $46,420.00, pro-rated $14.390.20, Effective Dates: 03/30/2020-03/29/2024, Location: ADK, FTE: 1.0, Certification: English Language Arts  7-12 – Initial
(SY 19-20 #435)

Appointments – Civil Service

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to appoint the following Civil Service appointments:

1. Name: Stephanie Dineen, Appointment Type: Provisional, CS Title: Purchasing Agent, Appointment Date: 03/02/2020, Salary: $40,000.00 pro-rated to $13,333.32. FTE: 1.0, Location: Business Office

2. Name: Beth Illsley , Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title:, Teacher Aide, Probationary Term: 03/02/2020-03/01/2021, Salary: $17,579.00, pro-rated to $7,031.60, FTE: 1.0, Location: Special Education

3. Name: Amanda Moore, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Bus Driver, Probationary Term: 01/28/2020-01/27/2021, Salary: $17.66 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

4. Name: Mary Papa, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Teacher Aide, Probationary Term: 03/02/2020-03/01/2021, Salary: $17,579.00, pro-rated to $7,031.60, FTE: 1.0, Location: Special Education

5. Name: Deanna Rizzo, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Senior Typist, Probationary Term: 03/02/2020-03/01/2021, Salary: $25,964.53, pro-rated to $8,654.84, FTE: 1.0, Location: Substitute Service

6. Name: Ronald Sanders, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Automotive Mechanic, Appointment Date: 02/10/2020-02/09/2021, Salary: $35,553.57; pro-rated to $14,073.30., FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

7. Name: Kelly Nethaway, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: School Bus Attendant, Appointment Date: 03/02/2020-03/01/2021, Salary: $12.50 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation
(SY 19-20 #436, 437, 438, 439, 440, 441, 442)

Appointments –  All Other Appointments

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve 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 03/02/2020

Christopher Natoli, Kyle Mabie, Daniel Westman, Stephen Spraker, Samuel Salvagni

Teacher Aide – effective 03/02/2020
Stephen Spraker

School Monitor – effective 03/02/2020
Stephen Spraker

(SY 19-20 #443)

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).

1. Adam Ferrari, Special Education, Rate: $105.00 Per Diem, Term of Employment: 03/02/2020-06/30/2020, Not to Exceed: N/A, Position Category: Long-term Substitute

c. Appoint the following HFM BOCES staff member as the Data Protection Officer for the 2019-2020 school year:

Lorraine Hohenforst

Amended Appointments

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to approve the following amended appointments:

Kersting, Terry – 0.5 FTE Bus Driver/Trainer with Regional Transportation, amending his January 29, 2020 0.5, FTE Bus Driver/Trainer appointment to a provisional Civil Service full-time Bus Driver/Trainer appointment effective March 2, 2020.   Salary will be amended from $30.00 per hour to an annual salary of $52,000.00; pro-rated to $17,333.32. (SY 19-20 #445)

Tallon, Keturah – PTECH Academic Advisor, amend appointment from a PTECH Academic Club Advisor at $3,000 to a PTECH Academic Club Advisor at $1,500  for the 2019-2020 school year.  (SY 19-20 #446)

CLAIMS AUDITOR  REPORT

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta, and unanimously carried to approve the Claims Auditor Reports for the period of January 8, 2020 through January 29, 2020.  (SY 19-20 #447)

TREASURER’S REPORT

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta, and unanimously carried to approve the Treasurer’s Report from December 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 as submitted. (SY 19-20 #448)

ITEMS TO BE DECLARED SALVAGE

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta, and unanimously carried to approve the items for salvage as listed on the Chief Financial Officer’s memorandum dated February   10, 2020.  (SY 19-20 #449)

CTE DONATION

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta, and unanimously carried to accept the donation of a 1969 Ski-doo Olympique 335 snowmobile to the CTE Environmental Conservation program with appreciation to donor Adam Cancio. (SY 19-20 #450)

HARDSHIP AND  ELIGIBILITY AMENDMENTS – 403(b) RETIREMENT PLAN

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Hardship and  Eligibility Amendments to the Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES 403(b) Retirement Plan. This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 19-20 #451)

PURCHASING OFFICER

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to appoint Stephanie Dineen as the Purchasing Officer, replacing Linda Edwards effective March 2, 2020. (SY 19-20 #452)

SUBSTITUTE AUTOMOTIVE MECHANIC HELPER RATE OF PAY

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta to increase the rate of pay for a Substitute Automotive Mechanic Helper to $18.00 per hour effective March 2, 2020.  This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 19-20 #453)

SREB SCHOOLS THAT WORK CONTRACT

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the contract between the Regional Education Board/Schools that Work and Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery Board of Cooperative Educational Services for support in implementing the Schools that Work school improvement design effective February 17, 2020 to June 30, 2020.  (SY 19-20 #454)

SPECIAL PATROL OFFICER AGREEMENT MECO

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the amended agreement between Hamilton-Fulton-Montgomery BOCES and Fulton County Sheriff’s Office to provide a uniformed Special Patrol Officer for HFM BOCES programs at Meco Elementary School effective September 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020.  (SY 19-20 #455)

FB RECCOMMENDATIONS

Pursuant to the competitive bidding process, John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to accept the RFP recommendation as noted by memorandum from the purchasing official in the following area:

Revised Bid RFB 19-15 – Groceries – Potatoes instant enriched granules. Ginsberg Foods discontinued bid item.  Re-award to US Foods

Effective January 23, 2020. (SY 19-20 #456)

NEW BUSINESS Revised Policy  #6301 – First Reading

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to accept policy #6301 Benefits – Non-Represented Employees as a first reading. (SY 19-20 #457)

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

Jean LaPorta mentioned that she enjoyed having the Board meeting in the morning and the Board decided that if there was a special occasion they may have another one in the morning.

Service Awards

Dr. Brooks asked for volunteers to review the applications for both the David C. Edwards Distinguished Board Member Service Award and the HFM BOCES Service Award.

FUTURE MEETINGS

March 25, 2020 – HFM BOCES Regular Board Meeting, 5:00 p.m., HFM BOCES Board Room

April 1, 2020 – HFM BOCES Annual Meeting, 6:00 p.m., HFM BOCES Conference Center

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Board, Allan Turnbull made a motion at 11:01 a.m. to adjourn the meeting.  This motion was seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Christine Eaton
Clerk of the Board

Top