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Jan. 29, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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

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DATE

January 29, 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; Jay DeTraglia, Director of Career and Technical Education; Matthew Davis, PTECH Principal, Tara Caraco, Coordinator of Instructional Services; Aaron Flynn, Human Resources Manager; Jeanne Halloran, Special Education Teacher; Craig Clark, Communications Specialist; Ashley Onyon, Reporter with the Leader Herald and Christine Eaton, Clerk

CALL TO ORDER

The Board Clerk called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

The Board observed a moment of silence to honor former Board President Joanne Freeman who passed away on December 17, 2019.

ELECTION OF OFFICER President

John Devalve made a motion to nominate Harry Brooks as President of the HFM BOCES Board of Education, this motion was seconded by Allan Turnbull. Carmen Caraco then made a nomination to nominate Jean LaPorta to be President of the HFM BOCES Board of Education, this motion was seconded by Allan Turnbull. The Board voted 4-2 in favor of Harry Brooks. The Board then vote 2-4 for Jean LaPorta.

OATH OF OFFICE

Dr. Brooks was administered the oath of office of Board President.

PRESIDENT ASSUMES LEADERSHIP

At this time, President Brooks assumed leadership of the meeting.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

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

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by Allan  Turnbull to approve the minutes of the December 11, 2019 Regular Board Meeting and the January 6, 2020 Special Board meeting. This motion was carried unanimously.

DISTRICT SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The District Superintendent’s Report included:

► Draft Organizational Goals
► Jay DeTraglia spoke to the Board about a Strategic Planning Session held on January 29, 2020 with the component superintendents
► Sustaining and Growing the HFM BOCES PTECHs

DEPUTY  SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The Deputy Superintendent’s Report included:

► Visit with Edinburg School Board
► Regents Scoring
► Matt Davis – PTECH FBLA Field Trip

OTHER BUSINESS ITEMS Overnight Field Trip Approval

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried to authorize the PTECH FBLA to attend an overnight field trip to the NYS FBLA State leadership Conference in Rochester, NY from April 1, 2020 through April 4, 2020. (SY 19-20 #365)

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

Rescind Letter of  Resignation for Retirement

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to allow the following employee to rescind his letter of retirement and accept his resignation.

Kersting, T.

Kersting, Terry – Transportation Coordinator with Regional Transportation submitting a request to rescind his letter of retirement effective January 10, 2020 and instead resign from the Transportation Coordinator position effective January 10, 2020 to accept a new position with Regional Transportation as the Bus Driver/Trainer effective January 11, 2020. (SY 19-20 #366)

Resignations

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

M. Gary Avery, Position: School Monitor, Division: ADK (03/28/2014), Effective Date: 12/10/2019

Denise Capece, Position: Ag-PTECH Principal, Division: Ag-PTECH (08/21/2018), Effective Date: 01/12/2020

Laurie Eaton, Position: School Monitor, Division: ADK  (09/28/2015), Effective Date: 12/10/2019

Jennifer Kuhn, Position: Senior Typist, Division: Substitute Services (10/01/2019), Effective Date: 01/03/2020

Crystal Hopkins, Position: School Bus Attendant, Division: Regional Transportation (10/29/2015), Effective Date: 02/14/2020

Jean McCallum, Position: Bus Driver/Dispatcher, Division: Regional Transportation (02/19/2019), Effective Date: 01/10/2020

Arianna Patsos, Position: Special Education Teacher, Division: Ag-PTECH (01/12/2020), Effective Date: 02/23/2020

(SY 19-20 #367, 368, 369, 370, 371, 372, 373)

Establish Positions

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to establish the positions listed below:

1. Bus Driver (2 positions), Division: Regional Transportation, Effective Date: 01/06/2020

Appointment – Certified Teachers

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve 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)

1. Name: Jacob Amidon, Appointment Type:  Probationary, Tenure Area: Mathematics, Title: Mathematics Teacher, Salary: $63,893.00, pro-rated $33,543.85., Effective Dates: 01/27/2020-01/26/2024, Location: Foothills PTECH, FTE: 1.0, Certification: Mathematics 7-12 – Permanent

2. Name: Kenneth Lancto, Jr., Appointment Type: Temporary, Tenure Area: Physical Education, Title: Physical Education Teacher, Salary: $45,355.00, pro-rated $23,811.40, Effective Dates: 01/27/2020-06/30/2020, Location: Foothills PTECH, FTE: 1.0, Certification: Physical Education – Initial

(SY 19-20 #374, #375)

Appointment – Certified Related Services Professionals

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

1. Name: Melissa Bynum, Appointment Type: Probationary, Tenure Area: School Counselor, Title: School Counselor, Salary: $49,613.00, pro-rated to $27,039.13, Effective Dates: 01/21/2020-01/20/2024, Location: Itinerant Services, Certification: School Counselor – Provisional

(SY 19-20 #376)

Appointments –  Civil Service

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

1. Name: M. Gary Avery, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Teacher Aide, Appointment Date: 12/11/2019-12/10/2020, Salary: $18,762.00; pro-rated to $12,476.73., FTE: 1.0, Location: ADK

2. Name: Destiny Brownell, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Bus Driver, Probationary Term: 01/06/2020-01/05/2021, Salary: $17.66 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

3. Name: Vanessa Cintron, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Bus Driver, Probationary Term: 01/06/2020-01/05/2021, Salary: $17.66 per hour, FTE: 1.0

4. Name: Roseann D’Angelo, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: School Bus Attendant, Probationary Term: 01/06/2020-01/05/2021, Salary: $12.50 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

5. Name: Shayla Dixon, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Bus Driver, Probationary Term: 01/06/2020-01/05/2021, Salary: $17.66 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

6. Name: Laurie Eaton, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Teacher Aide, Appointment Date: 12/11/2019-12/10/2020, Salary: $18,432.00; pro-rated to $12,257.28., FTE: 1.0, Location: ADK

7. Name: Terry Kersting, Appointment Type: Part-time/Probationary, CS Title: Bus Driver, Appointment Date: 01/11/2020-01/10/2021, Salary: $30.00 per hour, FTE: 0.5, Location: Regional Transportation

8. Name: Terry Kersting, Appointment Type, Part-time/Probationary, CS Title: Bus Driver/Trainer, Appointment Date: 01/11/2020-01/10/2021, Salary: $30.00 per hour, FTE: 0.5, Location: Regional Transportation

9. Name: Jean McCallum, Appointment Type: Provisional, CS Title: Transportation Coordinator, Appointment Date: 01/11/2020, Salary: $58,000.00; pro-rated to $27,066.62, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

10. Name: Cory Mykel, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: School Bus Attendant, Probationary Term: 01/06/2020-01/05/2021, Salary: $12.50 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

11. Name: Virginia Peck, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: School Bus Attendant, Probationary Term: 01/06/2020-01/05/2021, Salary: $12.50 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

12. Name: Dennis Rein, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Bus Driver, Probationary Date: 01/06/2020-01/05/2021, Salary: $17.66 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

13. Name: Jeremy Rowland, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: School Monitor, Appointment Date: 12/11/2019-12/10/2020, Salary: $17,579.00; pro-rated to, $11,690.00, FTE: 1.0, Location: ADK

14. Name: Frank Spooner III, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Bus Driver, Appointment Date: 01/06/2020-01/05/2021, Salary: $17.66 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

15. Name: Jo Taylor, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: Teacher Aide, Probationary Term: 01/15/2020-01/14/2021, Salary: $17,579.00; pro-rated to $9,932.10, FTE: 1.0, Location: P-TECH

16. Name: Elliott Thomas, Appointment Type: Provisional, CS Title: Director of Information Technology (School), Appointment Date: 02/17/2020, Salary: $65,000.00; pro-rated to $24,374.98, FTE: 1.0, Location: Computer Tech Support and Distance Learning

(SY 19-20 #377, 378, 379, 380, 381, 382, 383, 384, 385, 386, 387, 388, 389, 390, 391, 392)

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 1/30/2020
Shelby Dopp
Robert Draiss
Nicole Seelow
Abbey Dearwester
Anthony Cosentino
Bianca Colon
Kaleena Castiglione

Teacher Aide – effective 01/30/2020
Shelby Dopp
Bernadette VanWie
Nicole Seelow
Erika Searles

School Monitor – effective 1/30/2020
Shelby Dopp
Nicole Seelow
Erika Searles
Bernadette VanWie

Typist – effective 01/30/2020
Nicole Seelow
Erika Searles

Substitute Licensed Practical Nurse– effective 1/30/2020
Lindsay Fry

Substitute Registered Professional Nurse (School) effective 1/30/2020
Yvette Falzarine

Substitute Food Service Helper
Erika Searles

Substitute Custodial Worker
Erika Searles

School Bus Attendant – effective 12/17/2019
Edrie Murphy

Substitute Bus Driver – effective 01/06/2020
Allan MacVean

(SY 19-20 #393, 394)

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. Stacey Delaney, Division: Special Education, Rate: $250.00, Per Diem, Term of Employment: 01/21/2020-06/30/2020, Not to Exceed: N/A, Position Category: Per Diem Teacher

2. Jacob Amidon, Division: Foothills PTECH, Rate: $25.00 Hourly, Term of Employment: 01/14/2020-06/30/2020, Not to Exceed: 75 Hours, Category: Curriculum Writing and PD

3. Kenneth Lancto, Division: Foothills PTECH, Rate: $25.00 Hourly, Term of Employment: 01/14/2020-06/30/2020, Not to Exceed: 75 hours, Category: Curriculum Development and PD

(SY 19-20 #395, 396)

c. Appoint the following mentors to for the 2019-2020 school year effective July 1, 2019.  They will be paid no more than $1,000 for the 2019-2020 school year depending upon the number of actual mentoring hours:

Michael DiMezza – mentor to – Kristine Beedon
Jodi Eakin (1/6/20) – mentor to – Cristin Murphy
Ryan England – mentor to – Tyler Smith

(SY 19-20 #397)

d. Appoint the following as TASC/HSE Examiners for the 2019-20 school year effective January 30, 2020 through June 30, 2020.  They will be paid $20.00 per hour, not to exceed 40 hours.

Lauren Draus
Christian O’Callaghan-Leue
Natalie Sgambato
Lynn Trudeau

(SY 19-20 #398)

e. Appoint the following PTECH staff members for up to 16 hours of Regents Prep time at their hourly rate of pay effective January 6, 2020 through June 30, 2020.

Anna Goderie
Peter Briele
Rodney Schuyler
Sheila Thomas

(SY 19-20 #399)

f. Appoint the following Special Education staff member to an unpaid administrative internship with the Special Education Division effective February 3, 2020.

Elizabeth Wild
(SY 19-20 #400)

Amended  Appointments

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

Bynum, Melissa – Long-term substitute with Itinerant Services, amending her December 11, 2019 appointment daily rate from $105.00 per diem to $125.00 effective December 16, 2019. Ms. Bynum obtained her certification. (SY 19-20 #401)

Gleason, Rebecca – Interim Principal with Foothills PTECH, amending her December 11, 2019 appointment to add up to seven days to use as sick or vacation. Salary remains the same.  (SY 19-20 #402)

Marzullo, Stacy – Administrative Coordinator of Special Education, amending her October 30, 2019 appointment from a temporary appointment to a four-year probationary appointment effective November 02, 2019 through November 01, 2023. Tenure Area: Administrative Coordinator of Special Education. Tenure will be contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout her probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education Law Sections 3012, 3012-c, 3012-d. Salary remains the same. (SY 19-20 #403)

Miscellaneous Personnel Items

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to approve the following memoranda of agreement:

Memorandum of Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and the Civil Service Employees Association, INC. Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO BOCES Civil Service Employees Unit, Fulton County – Local 818 – Automotive Mechanics (SY 19-20 #404)

Memorandum of Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and the Civil Service Employees Association, INC. Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO BOCES Civil Service Employees Unit, Fulton County – Local 818 – Article 14 (SY 19-20 #405)

Memorandum of Agreement by and between Board of Cooperative Educational Services Hamilton-Fulton and Montgomery Counties and BOCES Teachers’ Association Hamilton-Fulton and Montgomery Counties – Article 20 (SY 19-20 #406)

CLAIMS AUDITOR REPORT

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull, and unanimously carried to approve the Claims Auditor Reports for the period of December 4, 2019 through December 18, 2019.  (SY 19-20 #407)

TREASURER’S REPORT

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta, and unanimously carried to approve the Treasurer’s Report from November 1, 2019 through November 30, 2019 as submitted. (SY 19-20 #408)

EXTRACLASS REPORTS

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to approve the Extraclass reports submitted for the months of October, November and December 2019. (SY 19-20 #409, 410, 411)

ITEMS TO BE DECLARED SALVAGE

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull, and unanimously carried to approve the items for salvage as listed on the Chief Financial Officer’s memorandum dated January 13, 2020. (SY 19-20 #412)

ENDORSEMENT OF 2020-2021 ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve to endorse the 2020-2021 Administrative Budget in the amount of $1,768,155 without retiree health and dental. This includes a 2.8% increase over the 2019-20 budget of $1,720,182. The Administrative budget will be reviewed with the component Boards of Education at the April 1, 2020 annual meeting and is subject to public vote by said school districts on April 29, 2020.  This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 19-20 #413)

GRANTS

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by John DeValve, 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:

Agriculture Education Incentive Grant -$2,250.00 (SY 19-20 #414)

Target Field Trip Grant – $700.00 (SY 19-20 #415)

SERVICES AGREEMENT – PRESTIGE VENDING SERVICES

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Services Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and Prestige Services, Inc., to provide certain vending and vending related services at Jansen Avenue. (SY 19-20 #416)

D.S. CREDIT CARD SUMMARY

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to accept the District Superintendent Credit Card Summary for the time period of October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019. (SY 19-20 #417)

DEPUTY SUPERINTENDENT AND CFO CREDIT CARD SUMMARY

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve to accept the Deputy Superintendent and CFO Credit Card summary for the time period of October 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019.  This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 19-20 #418)

BUDGET TRANSFERS

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried to approve the budget transfers from July 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 as submitted by the Chief Financial Officer. (SY 19-20 #419)

BUDGET ADJUSTMENTS

John DeValve made a motion to approve the Budgetary Adjustments through December 31, 2019.  This motion was seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried.  (SY 19-20 #420)

RETIRED SUBSTITUTE BUS DRIVER RATE OF PAY

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to establish a Retired Substitute School Bus Driver rate of pay of $20.00 per hour effective January 30, 2020.  (SY 19-20 #421)

RFP RECCOMMENDATIONS

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

RFP-20-03 Scoring and Analysis of NYS Assessments – Educational Vistas, Inc.   220 Maxon Road, Schenectady, NY 12308  (SY 19-20 #422, 422B)

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

John DeValve thanked Vice President Jean LaPorta for stepping in and acting as President following President Freeman’s passing.

Dr. Brooks talked about how his election to Board President was bittersweet following the loss of Joanne Freeman.  She was always about the children and he will commit to that same vision.  Dr. Brooks also said he is looking forward to working with Vice President LaPorta.

Jean LaPorta stated that she gives Dr. Brooks her full support and that she is happy he will lead the Board.

FUTURE MEETINGS

February 28, 2020 – HFM BOCES Regular Board Meeting, 9:30am, HFM BOCES Board Room.

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Board, Allan Turnbull made a motion at 5:53 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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