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March 25, 2020 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

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

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DATE

March 25, 2020

PLACE

Meeting can be accessed via phone: Call: 1-646-992-2010 – Access Number: 476 258 793

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; Jeanne Halloran, PTECH Special Education Teacher; Ashley Onyon, Reporter with the Leader Herald and Christine Eaton, Clerk

CALL TO ORDER

President Brooks called the meeting to order at 5:05 p.m.

APPROVAL OF AGENDA

Jean LaPorta 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

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Carmen Caraco to approve the minutes of the February 28, 2020 Regular Board Meeting. This motion was carried unanimously.

DISTRICT  SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

The District Superintendent’s Report included:
► 2020-2021 Budget Overview
► Informational Items – COVID-19

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

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

Name: Pamela Hulbert, Position: M/C Principal Account Clerk, Division: Business Office (09/01/1995)
Effective Date: 09/29/2020

(SY 19-20 #458)

Unpaid Leaves of Absence

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

1. Jessica Kirby-Barnes, Health and Safety Officer, HSRM (09/01/2011), Effective Date: 03/25/2020-pending probationary appointment to Health Safety Supervisor position

2. Adam Cancio, Environmental Conservation Teacher, CTE (09/20/2013), Effective Date: 03/06/2020

3. Annette Greco (revised), Adult Educator, Adult Literacy and Corrections Education (09/01/2018), Effective Date: 06/05/2020-06/15/2020

(SY 19-20 #459, 460, 461)

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)

Name: Cara Bronner, Appointment Type: Probationary Tenure Area: Instructional Support Services in Special Education, Title: Teacher on Special Assignment, Salary: $55,387.00, pro-rated $10,800.46, Effective Dates: 05/04/2020-05/03/2024, Location: Special Education, FTE: 1.0, Certification: Students with Disabilities 1-6 – Professional

Name: Thomas Halloran, Appointment Type: Probationary Tenure Area: Social Studies, Title: Social Studies Teacher, Salary: $51,739.00, pro-rated $16,039.10, Effective Dates: 03/30/2020-03/29/2023, Location: ADK, FTE: 1.0, Certification: Social Studies 7-12 – Professional

3. Name: Jennifer Knapp, Appointment Type: Probationary Tenure Area: Instructional Support Services in the integration of technology into instructional practices, Title: Teacher on Special Assignment, Salary: $54,171.00; pro-rated to $11,105.06, Effective Dates: 04/30/2020-04/29/2023, Location: Special Education, FTE: 1.0, Certification: Students with Disabilities 1-6 – Professional

(SY 19-20 #462,463,464)

Appointments – Civil Service

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

1. Name: Jessica Kirby-Barnes, Appointment Type: Provisional, CS Title: Health and Safety Supervisor, Appointment Date: 03/26/2020, Salary: $44,439.05 pro-rated to $11,850.39., FTE: 1.0, Location: Operations

2. Name: Edrie Murphy, Appointment Type: Probationary, CS Title: School Bus Attendant, Probationary Term: 03/16/2020-03/15/2021, Salary: $12.50 per hour, FTE: 1.0, Location: Regional Transportation

(SY 19-20 #465, 466)

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 03/26/20
Amanda Bieniek
Tessa Filiberto

Substitute Automotive Mechanic Helper – effective 03/26/2020
Douglas Bushnoe

School Bus Attendant – effective 02/26/2020
Kayla Lachmayer

School Bus Attendant – effective 03/02/2020
Amanda Moore

(SY 19-20 #467, #468)

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. Jeannette Wickham, Ag-PTECH, $50.00, Per Hour, 03/18/2020-06/30/20, 300 hours, Hourly Special Education Teacher

(SY 19-20 # 469)

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:

Anna Goderie (3/9/20) – mentor to – Sandra Barkevich

(SY 19-20 # 470)

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 February 5, 2020 through February 26, 2020.  (SY 19-20 #471)

TREASURER’S REPORT

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta, and unanimously carried to approve the Treasurer’s Report from January 1, 2020 through January 31, 2020 as submitted. (SY 19-20 #472)

EXTRACLASS REPORT

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to approve  the Extraclass reports submitted for the months of January and February 2020. (SY 19-20 #473, #474)

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 March 11, 2020. (SY 19-20 #475)

REVISED RETIRED SUBSTITUTE SCHOOL BUS DRIVER RATE OF PAY

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta to establish a Retired Substitute Bus Driver Rate of Pay of $20.00 per hour effective January 30, 2020. Eligible candidates must have retired as an employee of BOCES.  (SY 19-20 #476)

RFB 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 19-16 – Groceries – Bid Item  #2023 and #2033, Sausage links and Sausage Patties, HFM BOCES rejected Ginsberg’s price increases for both items. Re-award to US Foods Effective March 5, 2020. (SY 19-20 #477)

PTECH DONATION

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta, and unanimously carried to accept the anonymous donation in the amount of $5,701.08 for a concert as well as workshops performed by the Bridge Arts Ensemble on March 6, 2020 at the Jansen Avenue PTECH. (SY 19-20 #478)

NEW BUSINESS Revised Policy #6301 – First Reading

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by James Beirlein and unanimously carried to accept policy #6301 Benefits – Non-Represented Employees as a first reading. (SY 19-20 #479)

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS

Jean LaPorta told the Board that the Health Committee had rescheduled their meeting to April 2, 2020 but are still working on the health insurance rates.

2020-2021 BOARD MEETING SCHEDULE

The Board reviewed the 2020-2021 Board Meeting schedule as submitted. (SY 19-20 #480)

FUTURE MEETINGS

April 1, 2020 – HFM BOCES Annual Meeting, 6:00 p.m., Virtual Meeting
April 29, 2020 – HFM BOCES Annual election/Admin Budget Vote and Regular Board Meeting  5:00 p.m., HFM BOCES Board Room

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Board, Allan Turnbull made a motion at 5:26 p.m. to adjourn the meeting.  This motion was seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Christine Eaton
Clerk of the Board

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