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Sept. 27, 2017 Board of Education minutes

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

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DATE

September 27, 2017

PLACE

Central Administration Board Room

KIND OF MEETING

Regular Monthly

MEMBERS PRESENT

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

OTHERS PRESENT

Patrick Michel, District Superintendent; Lorraine Hohenforst, Deputy Superintendent; Kathi Lewis, School Business Official and Christine Eaton, Clerk

CALL TO ORDER

President Freeman called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m., followed by the Pledge of Allegiance.

OATH OF OFFICE

The Board Clerk issued the Oath of Office to New Board Member Carmen Caraco.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta to approve the minutes of the August 30, 2017 Regular Board Meeting. This motion was carried unanimously.

CLAIMS AUDITOR REPORTS

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by John DeValve, and unanimously carried to approve the Claims Auditor Reports for the dated August 17, 2017 through September 14, 2017. (SY 17-18 #106)

GRANTS

James Beirlein made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta 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:

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title 2,

Adult Education and Literacy – $96,961.00.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title 2, ESOL/CIVICS – $100,000.

Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Title 2,

Incarcerated and Institutionalized – $105,000.

Perkins IV/CTEIA – Basic Grant (VATEA) – $105,249.

Literacy Zone (Amsterdam) Basic Literacy – $89,118.

(SY 17-18 #107, #108, #109, #110, #111)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – DOREEN MIORI-MEROLA

John DeValve made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Independent Contractor Services Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and Doreen Miori-Meola to present eight days of Cognitive Coaching Training to teachers and administrators effective September 28, 2017 through June 30, 2018. This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 17-18 #112)

ITEMS TO BE DECLARED SALVAGE

Pursuant to Board of Education Policy No. 4021, Personal Property Accountability, Harry Brooksmade a motion, seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried to declare as salvage the items listed on the Chief Financial Officer’s memorandum dated September 20, 2017. (SY 17-18 #113)

MINNOWBROOK – LETTER OF AGREEMENT

John Devalve made a motion to authorize District Superintendent to execute the Letter of Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and the Minnowbrook Conference Center to host a seminar from November 7, 2017 through November 8, 2017. This motion was seconded by James Beirlein and unanimously carried. (SY 17-18 #114)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – GESSINGER

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Independent Contractor Services Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and Bethany Gessinger to be the PTECH Art Club Advisor effective September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. (SY 17-18 #115)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – ESPOSITO

Harry Brooks made a motion, seconded by John DeValve to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Independent Services Contractor Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and Roberta Esposito to be the PTECH Drama Club Advisor effective September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 17-18 #116)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – VANSLYKE

Allan Turnbull made a motion, seconded by John DeValve to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Independent Services Contractor Agreement by and between HFM BOCES and Emmett VanSlyke to be a Digital Technology Consultant two days per week for PTECH effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018 and work hourly for PTECH Summer Bridge effective July through August 2017. This motion was unanimously carried. (SY 17-18 #117)

CREATION of a LIFESKILLS EXTRACLASS ACCOUNT

Harry Brooks made a motion to authorize the creation of a Life Skills extraclass account with Patricia Muselbeck as the Faculty Advisor. This motion was seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried. (SY 17-18 #118)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – RULE

Jean LaPorta 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 Carol Rule and HFM BOCES to perform sign language interpreter services effective September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. (SY 17-18 #119)

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – THOMAS

Jean LaPorta made a motion to authorize the District Superintendent to execute the Independent Contractor Services Agreement by and between Sheila Thomas and HFM BOCES for PTECH Pre-Calculus and Algebra effective September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. This motion was seconded by Allan Turnbull and unanimously carried. (SY 17-18 #120)

TABLED ITEM

James Beirlein made a motion to table the Property Loss & Liability Reserve item on the Board agenda. This motion was seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried.

INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – BROWER

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 Sandra Brower and HFM BOCES to perform the following services: Positive Behavior Psychology Teacher effective September 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018; Summer Bridge Instructor effective July 1, 2017 through July 31, 2017 and curriculum planning effective August 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017. (SY 17-18 #121)

AMENDED INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR SERVICES AGREEMENT – GELOSO-ECKERT

Allan Turnbull made a motion to amend the Independent Contractor Services Agreement with Vincenza Geloso-Ecker approved by the Board on August 30, 2017 as follows: change the named Independent Contractor from Vincenza Geloso-Eckert to Vincenza’s Banquet House. This motion was seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried.

D.S. REPORT

The District Superintendent’s Report included:

► Albany Update

► P-TECHS

► Solar Project

►HFM BOCES Presentations

►Jeans Day

► Deputy Superintendent’s Report

► Staff and Program Highlights

BOARD MEMBER REPORTS 2017-18 Board Goals

James Beirlein made a motion to adopt the 17-18 Board Goals as presented.  This motion was seconded by John DeValve and unanimously carried. (SY 17-18 #122)

NYSSBA Convention

The Board discussed the upcoming NYSSBA Convention.

Board Member Reports And Comments

Dr. Brooks mentioned that he would have the District Superintendent’s evaluation completed soon.

Mrs. Freeman discussed criteria for a Board member award named after David Edwards.

RECESS

The Board took a recess at 7:28 p.m.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

At 7:34 p.m. the Board entered executive session to discuss specific personnel matters and collective bargaining upon a motion made by John DeValve, seconded by Carmen Caraco and unanimously carried.

RETURN TO OPEN SESSION

At 8:10 p.m. Allan Turnbull made a motion to return to open session. This motion was seconded by Jean LaPorta and unanimously carried.

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 forms.

Resignation for Retirement

Ovitt, D.

Ovitt, Deborah – Bus Driver with Regional Transportation submitting a letter of intent to retire effective June 29, 2018.

Ms. Ovitt has been with HFM BOCES since July 1, 2013 and came to HFM BOCES as a transfer of function from the Gloversville Enlarged School District with a hire date of October 26, 1989. (SY 17-18 #123)

Resignations

Meher, V.

Meher, Verna – School Bus Attendant submitting a letter of resignation effective August 31, 2017.  Ms. Meher has been with HFM BOCES since September 1, 2015. (SY 17-18 #124)

Fallis, L.

Fallis, Laurie – School Bus Attendant with Regional Transportation submitting a letter of resignation effective September 27, 2017 to accept a Bus Driver position with Regional Transportation effective September 28, 2017. (SY 17-18 #125)

Coulson, T.

Coulson, Tracy – Special Education Teacher with Special Education submitting a letter of resignation effective September 1, 2017.  Ms. Coulson was hired to start working on September 1, 2017. (SY 17-18 #126)

Leaves of Absence

Sandford, D.A.

Sandford, Darla Ann – School Food Service Director I submitting a request for a leave of absence effective September 1, 2017 throughout the period of time she is serving in her provisional appointment  as a School Food Service Director II.  (SY 17-18 #127)

Cristaldi, C.

Cristaldi, Carla – Senior Typist with Special Education requesting to extend her un-paid leave of absence from September 20, 2017 through October 18, 2017.  Mrs. Cristaldi exhausted her 12-weeks of FMLA leave on January 27, 2017 and had been granted unpaid leaves of absence from January 28, 2017 through September 20, 2017.  (SY 17-18 #128)

Establish and Appoint

Fallis, L.

Fallis, Laurie – One-year probationary Civil Service appointment to a Bus Driver position with Regional Transportation effective September 28, 2017.  Ms. Fallis’ probationary period will end on September 27, 2018. This is a new position. Salary: $16.97 per hour. Laurie has worked for HFM BOCES as a School Bus Attendant since April 1, 2015. (SY 17-18 #129)

Holden, M.

Holden, Matthew – Four-year probationary appointment to an English Teacher position with Special Education effective September 28, 2017 through September 27, 2021, contingent upon the achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout his probationary period, consistent with requirements of Law Sections 3012, 3012-c, 3012-d. This is a new position. Tenure Area: English.  Salary: Schedule D, Step 1, $41,095.00. Certification: English Language Arts Grades 7-12 – Initial (SY 17-18 #130)

Smith, B.

Smith, Beth – One-year probationary appointment to a Registered Professional Nurse (School) position with PTECH effective October 1, 2017.  Mrs. Smith’s probationary period will end September 30, 2018. This is a new position. Salary: $38,315.00, pro-rated to $34,483.50.  (SY 17-18 #131)

Appointments

Sandford, D.A.

Sandford, Darla Ann – Provisional appointment to a School Food Service Director II position with Central Food Service effective September 1, 2017.  Mrs. Sandford currently works for HFM BOCES as a School Food Service Director I and is replacing Melinda Madison. Salary: $55,000; pro-rated to $45,833.30. (SY 17-18 #132)

PTECH Chaperones

Appoint the following PTECH employees for up to 20 hours each at a rate of $25 per hour for chaperoning effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Sarah Sharifipour

Jessica Nevins

Susan Pienta

Lisa Johnson

(SY 17-18 #133)

PTECH Curriculum Writing and Professional Development

Appoint the following employees for up to 100 hours each at a rate of $25 per hour for curriculum writing and professional development work effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Sarah Sharifipour

Jessica Nevins

Susan Pienta

Lisa Johnson

(SY 17-18 #133)

PTECH Mini Grants

Appoint the following employees for up to 20 hours each at a rate of $25 per hour for PTECH Mini Grants effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

Sarah Sharifipour   Susan Pienta

Jessica Nevins      Lisa Johnson

(SY 17-18 #133)

PTECH Extra Curricular  Appointments

Appoint the following PTECH employees to Extra Curricular Advisor positions effective September 1, 2017.

PTECH Underwater Robotics Club Assistant Advisor – Lisa Johnson

PTECH Student Judicial Advisor – Jennifer Sponnoble

PTECH Academic Club Advisor – Jennifer Drake

PTECH Blacksmith Club Advisor – Charles Arney

PTECH Future Business Leaders of America Advisor – Michael LaMastra

PTECH Student Government Advisor – Jeanne Halloran

(SY 17-18 #134)

Central Food

Appoint the following Central Food Service Service Trainee staff member to be paid up to eight hours at his daily rate to attend a mandatory training on August 29, 2017.

Donald Hodge Jr.

(SY 17-18 #135)

PTECH Summer Bridge

Appoint the following employees for up to 90 hours each of Summer Bridge Classes at the rate of $25 per hour effective July 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017.

Anna Goderie        Jamie Dickinson

Michael LaMastra    Zachary Carrico

Jeanne Halloran     Jennifer Drake

(SY 17-18 #136)

Martin, H.

Martin, Holly – Four-year probationary appointment to a Special Education Teacher position with Special Education effective September 28, 2017 through September 27, 2021, contingent upon the achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout her probationary period, consistent with requirements of Law Sections 3012, 3012-c, 3012-d. Ms. Martin is replacing Tracy Coulson who resigned. Tenure Area: Special Education. Salary: Schedule D, Step 1, $41,095.00.  Certification: Students with Disabilities Grades 7-12 English- Initial (SY 17-18 #137)

Walters, A.

Walters, Antoinette – One-year probationary Civil Service appointment to a school Bus Attendant position with Regional Transportation effective September 28, 2017. MS. Walters’ probationary period will end on September 27, 2018. Ms. Walters is replacing Deborah Smith who resigned. (SY 17-18 #138)

Mickan, T.

Mickan, Tammy – One-year probationary Civil Service appointment to an Accountant position with the Business Office effective October 2, 2017. Ms. Mickan’s probationary period will end on October 1, 2018.  Salary: $42,000.00, pro-rated to $31,500.00. (SY 17-18 #139)

Mentors

Appoint the following mentors to continue mentoring for the 2017-18 school year effective July 1, 2017. They will be paid no more than $1,000.00 for the combined 2016-17 and 17-18 school years.

Heather Haas – mentor to – Shawna Turcotte

Maryann Loucks – mentor to – Charles Arney

(SY 17-18 #140)

Appoint the following mentors for the 2017-18 school year effective July 1, 2017. They will be paid no more than $1,000.00 for the school year depending upon the number of mentoring hours.

Kimberly Hale – mentor to – Matthew Holden

Jennifer Sherman – mentor to – Holly Martin

(SY 17-18 #141)

Substitutes

Appoint the following people as substitutes for HFM BOCES:

Boone, David – Substitute Teacher

Bush, Dan – Substitute Teacher

Dockerty, Arthur – Substitute Teacher

Hartig, Pamela – Substitute Teacher

Marcucio, Glenn – Substitute Teacher

Saltsman, Lynn – Substitute Teacher

Smith, Beth – Substitute Registered

Professional Nurse (School)

Smith, Gale – Substitute Teacher Aide

Stahura, Doug – Substitute Teacher

VanWie, Bernadette – Substitute Teacher and Teacher Aide

(SY 17-18 #142)

Appoint the following staff as Substitute School Bus Attendants effective September 28, 2017:

Dixon, Shayla

Fallis, Laurie

(SY 17-18 #143)

Sgambato, N.

Sgambato, Natalie – One-year probationary Civil Service appointment to an Account Clerk/Typist position with Adult Literacy and Corrections Education effective September 28, 2017. Mrs. Sgambato’s probationary period will end on September 27, 2018. Mrs. Sgambato has been working in the Adult Literacy and Corrections Education office since October 3, 2016 and will retain four vacation days. Salary: $26,292.06, pro-rated to $19,938.19. (SY 17-18 #144)

Stipano, J.

Stipano, Jeremy – Temporary appointment to a Long-term Substitute Teacher position with PTECH effective September 28, 2017 through June 30, 2018. Mr. Stipano will be filling in for Lisa Johnson while she is on leave. Salary: $100.00 per day. (SY 17-18 #145)

Panton, N.

Panton, Nicole – Temporary appointment to provide Instructional Services support from August 30, 2017 through December 31, 2017. Salary: $40.00 per hour. (SY 17-18 #146)

Amend Appointments

Hess, E.

Hess, Evette – Teacher Aide with PTECH, amending her salary to $17,150.00 effective September 1, 2017.  (SY 17-18 #147)

Stafford-Willman, C.

Stafford-Willman, Carol – Amending her Teacher of the Blind/Visually Impaired appointment from 0.6 FTE to 0.8 FTE due to increased district service requests effective October 16, 2017.  Salary: $56,602.00, pro-rated to $38,715.77. (SY 17-18 #148)

Newland, T.

Newland, Tina – Senior Typist with Regional Transportation, amending her appointment to increase her annual salary for the 17-18 school year to not exceed $13,700.00. Salary: $15.13 (SY 17-18 #149)

APPROVAL OF PERSONNEL ITEMS

Jean LaPorta made a motion, seconded by Allan Turnbull to accept the resignation for retirement of Ovitt; accept the resignations of Meher, Fallis and Coulson, approve the leaves of absence for Sandford and Cristaldi; establish and appoint Fallis, Holden and Smith; appoint Sandford, PTECH Chaperones (4), PTECH Curriculum Writers and Professional Development (4), PTECH Mini Grants (4), PTECH Extra Curricular Advisors (6),Hodge, PTECH Summer Bridge (6), Martin, Walters, Mickan, Mentors (4), Substitutes (12), Sgambato, Stipano, and Panton;  amend the appointments of Hess, Stafford-Willman and Newland.  This motion was unanimously carried.

FUTURE MEETINGS

October 25, 2017 – HFM BOCES Regular Board meeting, 6:00 p.m., HFM BOCES Board Room

ADJOURNMENT:

With no further business to come before the Board, Allan Turnbull made a motion at 8:11p.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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