Guilderland Central School District

Minutes for Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

December 6, 2016

High School - LGI Room

7:00 PM

 

 

Executive Session

A.              Exec Session Roll Call

Executive Session Roll Call

 

Catherine Barber – Present

Barbara Fraterrigo – Present

Teresa Gitto - Present

Christine Hayes – Present

Christopher McManus – Present

Seema Rivera – Present

Allan Simpson – Present

Judy Slack – Present

Gloria Towle-Hilt - Present

B.              Proposed executive session, subject to Board approval

The Board entered Executive session to discuss the following matters:

 

1.       an incident relating to a student discipline matters

2.       the employment histories of particular persons and matters leading to  potential discipline

3.       parameters pertaining to the board’s strategy with respect to negotiations with the Guilderland Teachers’ Association and the District Office Confidential Personnel

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Rivera, Simpson, Slack, Towle-Hilt

ABSENT:              Livingston

Call to Order

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Teresa Gitto

Board Member

Present

 

Catherine Barber

Board Member

Present

 

Barbara Fraterrigo

Board Member

Present

 

Christine Hayes

President

Present

 

Christopher McManus

Vice President

Present

 

Seema Rivera

Board Member

Present

 

Allan Simpson

Board Member

Present

 

Judy Slack

Board Member

Present

 

Gloria Towle-Hilt

Board Member

Present

 

Linda Livingston

District Clerk

Present

 

 

High School Student Representative

High School Student Representative Michel Abdelmalek updated the Board of Education on activities at the high school including:

 

·         The Barnes and Noble Book fair will be on December 16,

·         The ugly sweater contest will be held on December 23, and

·         Yearbooks are on sale

Program Report- Innovative Instructional Technology Applications

1.              Program Report - Innovative Instructional Technology Applications

Students from Farnsworth Middle School, Guilderland High School, Westmere Elementary, Guilderland Elementary, Lynnwood Elementary and Pine Bush Elementary described the different ways that technology has been used in classrooms to support learning.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

2017-18 Budget Development- Board Direction

Board members were asked to give their top three priorities for the 2017-18 school budget:

 

Catherine Barber

-Enhance learning opportunities; increase access to advanced courses

-Increase social worker FTE’s in each school

-Repair Cobblestone School House

 

Judy Slack

-Reinstate social workers – 1 FTE in each building

-Reinstate foreign language programs in elementary schools

-Reinstate enrichment program in elementary schools

-Additional funding to FOCUS program, to provide students with educational opportunities 

  outside of the school building

 

Gloria Towle-Hilt

-Continue profession development activities for co-teaching model with the goal of establishing inclusive classrooms at all levels

-Support additional English as a New Language staff to meet the growing student need in this area

-Additional funding to humanities courses

 

Christopher McManus

-Explore later start time for High School students

-Reinstate teaching assistants in the elementary schools

-Use maximum number of school days, not minimum

 

Allan Simpson

-Teach graduates skill set to function in the world; citizenship

-Reinstate teaching assistants in elementary schools

-Repair Cobblestone School House

 

Teresa Gitto

-Reinstate enrichment program in elementary schools

-Reinstate teaching assistants and social workers

-Reinstate freshmen sports

 

Seema Rivera

-Reinstate social workers in the elementary schools

-Maintain small class sizes

-Teach graduates skill set to function in the world; citizenship

-Look at ways to overcome the bus driver shortage

 

Barbara Fraterrigo

-Reinstate enrichment program in elementary schools

-Encourage seniors to take a full course load

-Reinstate freshmen girls’ basketball

-Additional funding for Dutchmen Committed

-Explore later start time for High School students

-Increase teaching assistants and social workers in the elementary schools

 

Christine Hayes

-Support Dutchmen Committed and gender neutral bathrooms/changing areas

-Provide internship opportunities with local businesses

-Increase academic support to elementary schools (teaching assistants, social workers, ENL, literacy specialist)

Consent Items

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Christopher McManus, Vice President

SECONDER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Rivera, Simpson, Slack, Towle-Hilt

I.              Minutes

A.              Board of Education - Regular Meeting - Nov 15, 2016 7:00 PM

II.              CPSE & CSE Recommendations

III.              Personnel Action

A.              Personnel Action December 6, 2016

A.              Appointments - Instructional and Probationary

1.              BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Guilderland Central School District, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, hereby appoints Mary Sandoval to tenure in the ESL tenure area effective February 1, 2017.

 

B.              Appointments -  Instructional - Not Probationary

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Guilderland Central School District hereby accepts the recommendation of the Superintendent to appoint the following instructional employees:

1.              Substitute Teachers, Substitute Nurses, Substitute Teaching Assistants

Patricia Alvaro   English Language Arts 7-12

Lauren Buidniewski   Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities 1-6

Grace Bullis     Childhood Education

Emily Cabot   Biology 7-12

Victoria Candida   non-cert: BA Psychology

Frank Carelli   Chemistry, Math, Biology

Margaret Carrick   Nursery,K-6

Michelle Charles   Teaching English Speakers of Other Languages

Danielle Clarke   non-cert: MA English

Cherisse Constantine   Early Childhood, B-2

Kelsey Davidson   Childhood Education

Jolene Dechow   Music

Carla Eichelberger   non-cert: BA Science

Stephen Gram   non-cert: exp. Physical Education, Health

Megan Hartmann   Early Childhood Education

Matthew Holden   non-cert BA English

K. Hudson-Sabens   Music

Maryann Kerr   non-cert: exp. Childhood Education

Deanna Kichton   non-cert: BA Social Work

Carolyn Kingsley   PreK(1-6), Literature B-6

Maryann Krewson   non-cert: BA –American Sign Language &Psychology

Jolene Lupe   non-cert: exp. Childhood Education, Special Education

Paula Martinez    non-cert: BA Sociology

Jane McCambley   non-cert: Bachelor of Fine Arts

Shannon McIntyre  non-cert: exp. Elementary Education

Shireen Milkins   PreK-6

Kaela Miller   Childhood Education, Students with Disabilities 1-6

Joseph Pierce   non-cert: BA Childhood Education

Elizabeth Popolizio   Visual Arts

Sarah Rabinow   non-cert: BS Science

Elizabeth Renda   Childhood Education

Susan Schiavoni   PreK-6

Gianna Smith   non-cert: BA Early Childhood Education

Wendy Spendiff    Special Education, Reading K-12

Cassandra Spratt   non-cert: BS Childhood Education

Kayla Sweet     Physical Education

Kristen Tierney   non-cert: BA Psychology

Sunnie Vanderstok   non-cert BA Science

Brianna Williams   Childhood Education (1-6)

2.              Interscholastic Athletic Coaches - Winter 2016

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Guilderland Central School District hereby accepts the recommendation of the Superintendent to appoint the following coaches/volunteers for the winter 2016 season:

              Indoor Track, Volunteer                            Shawn Gibson

3.              Katherine Cardona, as a temporary part-time teaching assistant at Lynnwood Elementary School, effective November 28, 2016 through June 23, 2017.  Ms. Cardona holds reading, permanent certification.

4.              Kevin Chadwick, as a temporary ESL teacher at Westmere Elementary School, effective November 28, 2016 through June 30, 2017.  Mr. Chadwick holds ESL certification in MA.

5.              Samantha DeMartino, as a temporary part-time teaching assistant at Westmere Elementary School, effective November 28, 2016 through June 23, 2017, pending approval of teaching assistant certification.

 

C.              Resignations - Non-Instructional

1.              Carlos Coelho, an aide/monitor at Farnsworth Middle School, is resigning for the purpose of retirement, effective December 23, 2016.  Mr. Coelho has been employed continuously by the District since September 1, 2004.

2.              Mee Chun Yu, an aide/monitor at Guilderland High School, is resigning for the purpose of retirement, effective January 2, 2017.  Ms. Yu has been employed by the District since September 14, 2000.

 

D.              Termination(s):

1.              Joseph Falzano, as a custodial worker, effective November 17, 2016.  Mr. Falzano has been employed by the District since June 3, 2011.

2.              Sheila Richardson, as a bus driver, effective November 16, 2016.  Ms. Richardson has been employed by the District since September 2, 2014.

 

E.              Emergency Fingerprint Clearance

1.              April Porter                            substitute custodial worker

2.              Genevieve Fletcher              substitute school bus attendant

3.              Shufang Vrooman               substitute custodial worker

 

*F.              Substitute Aides, Monitors, Bus Attendants, Bus Drivers, Food Service Workers, Cooks, Clerical Workers, Custodial Workers, Messengers, Auto or Maintenance Mechanics or Accountants:

1.              April Porter                            substitute custodial worker

2.              Genevieve Fletcher              substitute school bus attendant

3.              Shufang Vrooman               substitute custodial worker

IV.              Financials

A.              Treasurer's Report for the Period Ending October 31, 2016

B.              Revenue Report for the Period Ending October 31, 2016

C.              Expense Report for the Period Ending October 31, 2016

D.              School Lunch Financial Reports for the Period Ending October 31, 2016

E.              Capital Project Financial Status Report for the Period Ending October 31, 2016

Information Items

I.              Curriculum & Instruction Information

A.              Guilderland Students Recognized for NYSBDA Honor Ensembles

The Guilderland Music Department is proud to announce that four students have been recognized by the New York State Band Directors Association. Each year from hundreds of applicants, Honor Band members are chosen based upon their NYSSMA score from the previous spring. Each ensemble rehearses and performs during the NYS Band Directors annual Symposium held at the Syracuse Convention Center from March 3-5, 2017.


Selected to perform in the High School Honor Band under the direction of Dr. Evan Feldman, (University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill), will be Jason Sindoni, tuba.

 

Performing with the Middle School Honor Band will be Marie Collison, horn, Aidan Doyle, trombone, and Aidan Fusco, trumpet.  Dr. Shelley Jagow (Wright State University, Dayton, OH) will conduct the Middle School Honor Band.

 

Selection to these prestigious ensembles demonstrates exceptional musicianship and is an outstanding accomplishment. Congratulations to these fine young players, and their teachers, Mrs. Kathleen Ehlinger, and Mr. Jason Utter.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

B.              GCSD Teachers Active in Region and State

Several of Guilderland's teachers have been actively presenting their skills and expertise within the region and the state.  On November 22, FMS teachers Joe Winchester and Stephen Wolf presented at the New York State Computers and Technology in Education (NYSCATE) State Conference in Rochester.  Their first presentation, Two Bald Dudes Battle:GAFE Tips and Tricks, taught attendees about a variety of applications and extensions which can be used to enhance the Google environment.  Their second session, (Google Sites in the Classroom with Two Bald Dudes), focused on the use of Google Sites as a tool to document learning in a web-based environment.  Both sessions were well attended.

 

On Friday, December 2, several GCSD teachers also shared their expertise during the annual NERIC Technology Awareness Day held at the Radisson Hotel on Wolf Road.  WES first grade teacher, Sara Richardson, presented to a full house.  Her session was titled, Document Learning: Even a First Grader Can Do It.  Sara was joined by several students from her first grade class.

We also had two of our elementary math specialists, Tod Mell and Meg DiMartino, present a session called Data Driven Decision Making: A Math Interventionist Approach.  During this session, they highlighted their use of a diagnostic assessment tool called iReady.

 

Finally, I am pleased to share that FMS Math teacher, Susan Yagelski, has been nominated to work on NYSED's seven-person Mathematics Standards Review Committee. This committee has been charged with review of the draft Mathematics Learning Standards. Their work will consist of making final revisions to the document to ensure the language/formatting is consistent, the expectations are aligned vertically, and that there is a clear progression of content from grade/course to grade/course.  We are thrilled to have a Guilderland teacher serving in this capacity.

 

Congratulations and thanks to all for their outstanding work in the region and state.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

II.              School Business Information

A.              Water Testing for Lead

On November 29, the district received the high school’s water testing results, which includes 171 outlets throughout the building with readings above the action level (15 parts per billion).  The majority of outlets exceeding the threshold are science lab sinks, bathroom and locker room sinks, and classroom sinks.  Four outlets used for drinking and/or cooking exceeded the action level:

 

·         Two drinking fountains

·         One kitchenette sink

·         One kitchen sink in the small cafeteria 

 

As of December 1, all outlets exceeding the action level have been taken offline (covered so they cannot be used) or have been labeled for hand washing use only.  These outlets will not be used for drinking or cooking until follow-up test results indicate that lead levels are at or below the action level.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

III.              Superintendent Information

A.              Strategic Planning Update

The process of selecting a facilitator for the district’s strategic planning initiative continues.  On November 30, the review committee charged with evaluating the five responses to the district’s Requests for Proposals for Strategic Planning Facilitation, selected two respondents to participate in an interview with that committee.  Those interviews will be held on Wednesday evening, December 7.  The review committee is comprised of individuals representing parents, teachers, administrators and board members.  They used a 100 point rubric to guide their review process.  After the interviews, the committee will have the option of selecting one of the current respondents or recommending that the district seek out additional responses.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

B.              Recent High School Threat

Early in the morning of November 29, Guilderland High School administrators received an email threat that required that our school district and law enforcement initiative a speedy and thorough response.  We are all relieved that the threat turned out to be unfounded.  I would like to recognize the leadership team at the high school for their calm leadership, genuine teamwork, and an overwhelming commitment to keep our students and staff safe, while preserving as much normalcy to our school day as possible. I would like to thank all of our faculty, staff and the students at GHS for their assistance and cooperation during this incident.  Finally, I would also like to recognize and thank the Guilderland Police Department for their quick initial response, their resourcefulness in bringing additional law enforcement agencies in to assist, and their swift and successful investigation. We value and appreciate the Guilderland Police Department’s ongoing service to our district and community.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

C.              Fall Recycling Extravaganza at FMS

The district’s recycling coordinator, Renee Panetta, shared the following information about our fall recycling event.  

 

Our total car-count was fantastic, 512, which was one of our highest counts. Following are the weights collected during the fall extravaganza:

·   Metals and electronics: 18,990 pounds

·   Clothing and soft textiles (two companies collected various different items): 9,080 pounds

·   Mixed recyclables: 3,880 pounds (plastic, paper and glass)

·   Bikes: 103 bikes (plus scooters, tricycles, etc) 3,900 pounds

·   Books: 1,400 pounds

·   Plastic bags: 5,000+ bags

·   Bottles/cans: 1,035 total

TOTAL WEIGHT: 37,250 pounds (18 2/3 tons)

 

Mrs. Panetta is hoping to add back a furniture collection vendor in the spring as well as possibly adding on a wood-waste/recycling vendor. The spring event is scheduled for April 29, 2017.

 

Thank you to everyone who attended, volunteered and recycled! We're already looking forward to our next event in the spring of 2017.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

D.              Community Engagement on the 2017-2018 School Budget

As a way to let our community know when and how they can be involved in the budget development process, the district has created an info-graphic entitled, Your Voice Matters.  The info graphic is now posted to our website.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

E.              Altamont’s Museum in the Streets- Supplement

This past summer, the Guilderland Central School District sent a letter in support of The Museum in the Streets project proposed by the Village of Altamont.  The project has been approved and is an excellent opportunity for the school district to partner with the village to help create engaging educational experiences in both history and language for our students and the community.

 

The Museum in the Streets project will consist of a series of panels with images and text (in English and Spanish) placed at various historically significant sites within the Altamont community.  Visitors, residents and students from our school district will be able to stroll the streets of Altamont to read and learn about the local history and architecture of this lovely community.  The panels will become another voice through which the village can tell its story and a way for our students to learn more about their community and to practice their reading and comprehension of a second language.

 

We have been recently notified that the property of old Altamont High School, the front yard of Altamont Elementary School, has been chosen as feature of the Museum in the Streets.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

IV.              Board President Information

Action Items

I.              School Business Management Action

A.              Service Agreement

Resolved, that the Guilderland Central School District approves the agreement with Vanderheyden, Inc. to provide educational services for students with disabilities, and authorize the Superintendent of Schools to execute the agreement.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Rivera, Simpson, Slack, Towle-Hilt

B.              Uniform, Mop and Mat Service Bid

Resolved, that the award for Uniform, Mop and Mat Service made to Unifirst Corporation, be renewed for one year effective January 1, 2017.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Gloria Towle-Hilt, Board Member

SECONDER:              Allan Simpson, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Rivera, Simpson, Slack, Towle-Hilt

C.              Declaration of Surplus/Obsolete Property

RESOLVED, by the Guilderland Central School District Board of Education, that the attached list of items are declared surplus/obsolete and delegates the Assistant Superintendent for Business to dispose of said items in a manner consistent with Board of Education Policy #6900 Disposal of District Property.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Barbara Fraterrigo, Board Member

SECONDER:              Seema Rivera, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Rivera, Simpson, Slack, Towle-Hilt

D.              Contracted Transportation Services Bid

Resolved, that the award for Private Contract Transportation Services be made to Star & Strand Transportation, the low bidder meeting specifications.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Teresa Gitto, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Rivera, Simpson, Slack, Towle-Hilt

II.              Superintendent Action

A.              Co-Curricular Club Approval

It is recommended that the Board approve the request to form a High School co-curricular club: Jewish Association Club - Ms. Courtney Hill.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Barbara Fraterrigo, Board Member

SECONDER:              Seema Rivera, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Rivera, Simpson, Slack, Towle-Hilt

III.              Board President Action

A.              Board of Education Policy Adoption

The following policies were presented for adoption:

 

    2300 School Board Meetings

2310 Regular Meetings

2320 Special Meetings

2340 Notice of Meetings

2342 Agenda Preparation and Dissemination

2342-E Suggested Agenda Preparation and Dissemination

2350 Board Meeting Procedures

2350-E.1 Table of Motions

2350-E.2 Rules of Debate

2351 Quorum

2360 Minutes

6710 Purchasing

6720 Bidding Requirements

6720-R Competitive Bidding Procedures Regulation

6730 Cooperative Purchasing

6731 State Contracts

6740 Purchasing Procedures

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Allan Simpson, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Rivera, Simpson, Slack, Towle-Hilt

Board Committee Reports

Audit Committee

At the December 5 meeting the committee met with the internal auditor to discuss the areas of the 2016-17 audit.  The committee selected a review of the current capital project and if time permits, employee absence reporting.  The October 2016 claims auditor report was reviewed and recommended for Board approval.   The next meeting is not yet scheduled.

 

Business Practices Committee

The next meeting is scheduled for December 12, 2015 at 8:15 a.m. in the District Office Main Conference room.

 

Communications Committee

The next meeting is scheduled for December 16, 2016 at 7:45 a.m. in room 701 at Guilderland Elementary School.

 

Policy Committee

The next meeting is scheduled for December 13, 2016 at 5:45 pm in the District Office Main Conference room.

Public Comment #2

Persons wishing to speak under the “Public Comment” section of the meeting should either contact the District Clerk (456-6200 X 3125) before the meeting OR fill out one of the Public Comment Forms, available on tables at both entrances to the meeting room, and return to the District Clerk.

Board Issues, Ideas, and Sharing

Gloria Towle-Hilt attended the FOCUS group volunteer day.  She had a lot of fun working at the food pantry sorting food and baking pumpkin pies.  Mrs. Towle-Hilt thanked the staff for the invitation and looks forward to next year.