Guilderland Central School District

Minutes for Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

August 16, 2016

High School - LGI Room

7:00 PM

 

 

Call to Order

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Linda Livingston

District Clerk

Present

 

Teresa Gitto

Board Member

Present

 

Catherine Barber

Board Member

Present

 

Barbara Fraterrigo

Board Member

Present

6:07 PM

Christine Hayes

Board Member

Present

 

Christopher McManus

Board Member

Present

 

Seema Rivera

Board Member

Absent

 

Allan Simpson

Board Member

Absent

 

Judy Slack

Board Member

Present

 

Gloria Towle-Hilt

Board Member

Absent

 

 

Executive Session

A.              Proposed executive session, subject to Board approval.

The motion to open Executive Session to discuss the following items was approved:

 

1.              issues relating to proposed litigation strategy with respect to a tax certiorari claim - Beverwyck

 

2.              the medical and/or employment history of a particular person and  authorization by resolution designating the professional to perform a medical exam. (Ed Law §913)

 

3.              the financial and/or employment history of a particular individual

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Allan Simpson, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

Showcase of Students- Dutchmen Committed

Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics Regan Johnson introduced four seniors who started the Dutchmen Committed program.  The students recently went to Lake Placid to meet Student Athletes, Coaches, Athletic Directors, and Prevention Professionals from all across the country to share success stories of the program around the nation. Two US Navy Seals were guest speakers.  During their time at Lake Placid they developed their Mission Statement:

 

Dutchmen Committed is not a club - it’s a lifestyle that creates a higher standard of excellence for ALL students. It promotes the idea of a healthy and chemical free lifestyle, which includes a sufficient amount of sleep, a nutritious diet and the avoidance of drugs and alcohol. Dutchmen Committed students understand their responsibility of setting a positive example for the youth of our community. Students involved will take pride in their performance while representing their community, school, classmates and themselves. We believe that the Dutchmen Committed lifestyle gives our students the best opportunity for optimal success in all aspects of their lives.

 

Going forward the Dutchmen Committed set their goals and ideas for the 2016-17 school year:

·         Invitations for “first generation” of students

·         Luncheon on Tuesday 9/6 at GHS

·         Speaking at freshmen orientation

·         Speaking at grade assemblies

·         Future fundraising ideas

·         Recruit the next generation of students to lead after we graduate

Consent Items

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

I.              Minutes of July 5, 2016

A.              Board of Education - Organizational and Regular Meeting - Jul 5, 2016 7:00 PM

II.              CPSE & CSE Recommendations

III.              Personnel Action

A.              Personnel Action August 16, 2016

*A.              Resignations - Instructional

1         Daniella DeLuca, as a foreign language teacher, effective July 12, 2016.  Ms. DeLuca has been employed by the District since September 1, 2006.  

2.       Claudia Stone, as an English Language Arts teacher, effective August 31, 2016. Ms. Stone has been employed with the District since September 1, 2003.

3.       DeeAnn Whittet, as a school social worker at Farnsworth Middle School, effective August 20, 2016.  Ms. Whittet has been employed by the District since September 1, 2001.

4.       Kendi Woodbeck, as a remedial reading teacher at Westmere Elementary School, effective August 16, 2016.  Ms. Woodbeck has been employed by the District since September 1, 2015.

 

*B.              Appointments - Instructional and 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.  Eligibility for tenure as a classroom teacher or building principal is contingent upon his/her successful completion of the probationary term and having received composite or overall APPR ratings of either “Effective” or “Highly Effective” in at least three of the four preceding years, and a rating higher than “ineffective” in the final year of the probationary period.

1.       Margaret Baker Artist, as a probationary teacher of Remedial Reading at Lynnwood Elementary, effective September 1, 2016 for a four (4) year term tentatively scheduled to conclude on August 31, 2020.  Ms Artist holds Literacy, B-6 and Childhood Education, 1-6 certifications.

2.       Nicholas Harris, as a probationary school psychologist at Guilderland High School, effective September 1, 2016 for a four (4) year term tentatively scheduled to conclude on August 31, 2020.  Mr. Harris holds School Psychologist, provisional certification.

3.       Morgan Bell, as a probationary special education teacher at Guilderland High School, effective September 1, 2016 for a four (4) year term tentatively scheduled to conclude on August 31, 2020. Ms. Bell holds Students with Disabilities, 7-12-Biology, Professional certification.

4.               Doris Birchmeier, as a probationary special education teacher at Farnsworth Middle  School, effective September 1, 2016 for a four (4) year term tentatively scheduled to conclude on August 31, 2020.  Ms. Birchmeier is awaiting SED approval of Students with Disabilities, 7-12 initial conditional certification through interstate reciprocity. She holds Special Education, K-12 and English Language Arts, 7-12, in Michigan.

5.               Jessica Pedro, as a probationary special education teacher at Farnsworth Middle School, effective September 1, 2016 for a four (4) year term tentatively scheduled to conclude on August 31, 2020. Ms. Pedro holds Students with Disabilities, 7-12-Generalist Initial Certification and English Language Arts, 7-12 initial certification.

6.              Gwen Buckley, as a probationary School Social Worker at Guilderland High School and Altamont Elementary School, effective September 1, 2016 for a four (4) year term tentatively scheduled to conclude on August 31, 2020.  Ms. Buckley holds School Social Worker, permanent certification.


*C.              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.              John Ashley, as a teaching assistant at Guilderland High School, effective September 1, 2016. Mr. Ashley holds Teaching Assistant, Level III certification.

2.              Jeremy Barss, as a part time Physical and Health Education teacher, effective September 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Mr. Barss is awaiting SED approval of Physical Education and Health Education, Initial certification.

3.               Danielle Battaglia, as a part-time Spanish teacher, effective September 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Ms Battaglia holds Spanish Grades 5-7, 9-12 and Students with Disabilities, 7-12 -Spanish certifications.

4.                Sarah Goss, as a part-time, temporary special education and reading teacher, effective September 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017. Ms. Goss holds Literacy B-6 and Students with Disabilities Gr. 1-6, initial certifications.

5.              Kristen Harrington, as a temporary English teacher, effective September 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017.  Ms. Harrington holds English Language Arts 7-12, initial certification.

6.               Jeanette Mundell, as a part time teaching assistant at Altamont Elementary School, effective September 1, 2016. Ms. Mundell holds Early Childhood, B-2 & Childhood Education, 1-6 certifications.

7.               Amy Ragule, as a teaching assistant at Guilderland High School, effective September 1, 2016. Ms. Ragule holds Teaching Assistant, Level I certification.

8.               Ryanne Shull, as a part time teaching assistant at Altamont Elementary School, effective September 1, 2016. Ms. Shull holds Teaching Assistant Level I certification.

9.               Heather Tagliaferro, as a tenured English Language Arts Teacher, effective September 1, 2016.  This action restores Ms Tagliaferro to full time following a recall to part time in 2015.

10.              Meghan Tidd, as a tenured foreign language teacher, effective September 1, 2016.  This action recalls and removes Ms. Tidd from the Preferred Eligibility List.

11. Brianna Williams, as a teaching assistant at Lynnwood Elementary School, effective September 1, 2016. Ms. Williams holds Childhood Education, 1-6, initial certification.

12.              Samantha Valentino-Cox, as a teaching assistant at Guilderland High School, effective September 1, 2016.  Ms. Valentino-Cox holds Teaching Assistant, Level 1 certification.

13.              Substitute Teachers, Substitute Nurses, Substitute Teaching Assistants:

Rachel Bacon 

Child Education 1-6,Students with Disabilities 1-6

Amanda Barrett

Child Education, 1-6

Katherine Foley

Biology, 7-12

Jennifer Montrym

Social Studies, 7-12

Renae Sawyer

Registered Nurse

Deborah DiGrado

Music

Kay Dubose

Family and Consumer Science

Maceo Dubose

School Counselor; N, K, 1-6

Holly Marcil

Fogarty Teaching Assistant

Melissa Clark 

Elementary Education (Pending records from BOCES)

Brooke Curtin 

Literacy, B-6

Jessica Schonning  

Early Childhood, B-2 & Childhood Education 1-6

Marie Smith    

Registered Nurse

 

*D.              Resignations - Non-Instructional

1.   Rachelle Anthony, as a school bus attendant, effective August 4, 2016. Ms. Anthony has been with the District since September 8, 2015.

2.               Tammy Davis, as a monitor at Altamont Elementary School, effective June 16, 2016.  Ms. Davis has been employed by the District since February 2008.

3.              Kathleen Dorando, as a computer technician, effective July 31, 2016.  Ms. Dorando has been employed by the District since September 29, 2014.

4.               Deborah Morey, as a custodial worker, effective August 10, 2016. Ms. Morey has been employed by the District since June 27, 2014.

5.               Charles Murnighan, as a school bus driver, effective August 3 2016. Mr. Murnighan has been employed with the District since January 2, 2001

6.               Kimberly Rafferty, as a custodial worker, effective September 24, 2016. Ms. Rafferty has been employed by the District since February 11, 2002.

7.              Linda Russo, a keyboard specialist at Farnsworth Middle School, is resigning for the purpose of retirement, effective December 1, 2016.  Ms. Russo has been employed by the District since December 7, 1998.

 

*E.              Appointments - Non-Instructional

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 non-instructional employees:

1.       Joseph Felso, as an Automotive Mechanic I in Transportation, effective August 22, 2016. The probationary period for this position shall be from eight (8) to twenty-six (26) weeks, unless extended, up to fifty-two (52) weeks.

2.       Kimberly Jourdin, as a part-time aide/monitor at Lynnwood Elementary School, effective September 7, 2016.  The probationary period for this position shall be from eight (8) to twenty-six (26) weeks unless extended up to fifty-two (52) weeks.

3.       Rosemary Fontaine, as a floater bus driver effective August 17, 2016.  The probationary period for this position shall be from eight (8) to twenty-six (26) weeks, unless extended up to fifty-two (52) weeks.

 

*F.                2016-2017 Part-Time Appointments

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 part-time instructional employees from September 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017:

1.       New Part-time Appointments

Name

Certification Area

School

FTE

Susan Bollentin

Visual Arts

Middle School & High School

.9

Eleanor Christie

German

High School

.8

Francesca D’Amico-Bailey

Italian

Middle School

.6

Sarah Goss

Reading/Special Education

Altamont

.8

Susan Sardi

Business

High School

.5

Danielle Battaglia

Spanish

Middle & High School

.8

Jeremy Barss

Physical & Health Education 

Altamont and Middle School

.5

2.                                Part-Time Re-Appointments

Name

Certification Area

School

FTE

Jill Dubois

Science

Middle School

.5

Victoria Frisbee

Mathematics

Middle School

.7

Angelique Horvath

French 7-12

High School

.6

Anne Johnson

Library & Media

Altamont

.6

Lauren Kanai

R.N.

St. Madeleine Sophie

.5

Alicia Malanga

Reading & PreK-6

Middle School

.8

Nermin Mansour             

Ed. Tech. Specialist

Middle School

.5

Lori McCutcheon             

Reading

Middle School

.5

Susan Stevens

Social Studies

High School

.6

Kelly Vrooman

Physical Therapy             

Altamont/Pine Bush

.6

3.                                Appointments Over 1.0 FTE

Name

Certification Area

School

FTE

Maria MacEntee

Health & Home Economics

Middle School

1.1

Laura Ockerman  

Elementary Ed. (1.0 Classroom, .2 Lang. Arts)

Pine Bush   

1.2

Kathleen Zimmerman

Health & Home Economics

Middle School

1.1

4.       2016 Fall Coaching Appointments

 

Cross Country (Boys)

Varsity

Pete Cure

 

Assistant

Dana Doak

 

Extramural (FMS)

Bob Oates

 

Volunteer

 

Cross Country (Girls)

Varsity

David Kosier

 

Assistant

Colleen Mickle

 

Extramural (FMS)

Taylor Mead

 

Volunteer

Bill Tindale

Cheerleading

Varsity

Taylor Mantica

 

JV

Cristen Lare

Field Hockey

Varsity

Lori Rafferty

 

JV

Clare Gaffey

 

Modified

Sean McConaghy

Football

Varsity

Dan Penna

 

Assistant

Bill Schewe

 

Assistant

Garth Childs

 

Volunteer

John Winters

 

JV

Gary Bohl

 

Assistant

Matt Maes

 

Assistant

Tom DePalma

 

Volunteer

Kevin Parker

 

Frosh

Jason Usher

 

Assistant

Bob Leto

 

Volunteers

Nigel Simmons/Jeremy Lamb/Matt Breton

 

Modified

Marty Curro

 

Assistant

Frank Cacckello

 

Assistant

Don Favro

 

Volunteers

Bryan McLachlan / Reggie Sanders

Golf

Varsity

Andrew Ryan

Soccer (Boys)

Varsity

Michael Kinnally

 

Assistant

Joe Sorriento

 

JV

Bill Bogue

 

Frosh

Craig Levernois

 

Modifed

Mark Banovic

Soccer (Girls)             

Varsity

Curtis Snyder

 

Assistant

Tara Camardo-Attanasio

 

JV

Mike Schaffer

 

Frosh

Kendra Campana

 

Modified

Jackie Brassard

Swimming (Girls)

Varsity

John Urbanski

Diving (Girls)

Varsity (1/2 Position)

Kristi Russell

Tennis

Varsity

Debra O’Brien

 

JV

Don Snyder

Volleyball (Boys)

Varsity

Brian O’Connor

 

JV

Josh Miller

Volleyball (Girls)

Varsity

Tamara Bryngelson-Eppard

 

JV

Rich Nunziato

 

Modified

Kim Buckley

 

*G.              Annual Appointments

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 employees. These are one year appointments from September 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017:

 

1.              2016-2017 Teacher Leaders

 

Language Arts

Mathematics

Social Studies

Science

Altamont

Michelle Rispole

Katie Sanger

Karen Shaffer

Dana Doak

Guilderland

Leslie Abel

Beth Tangorre

Lisa Reisner

Mark Gonnelly

Lynnwood

Kathy State

Tod Mell

Steve Freeman

Joann Romano

Pine Bush

Laura Ockerman

Meg DiMartino

Elizabeth Whiteman

Deanna Barney-Sischo

Westmere

Keri Rosher

Tierney Provost 

Deb LaPietro

Tracy Martone

2.       District-Wide Technology Liaisons

Altamont

Guilderland

Lynnwood

Pine Bush

Westmere

Middle School

High School

Carolyn Vogel

Rebecca Wlazlo

Jessica Follansbee

Keith VanWagenen

Sarah Richardson

Joseph Winchester

Bernard Bott

4.       2016-2017 District-Wide Instructional Support Team

Altamont

Guilderland

Lynnwood

Pine Bush

Westmere

 

Jennifer Rickert

Kirsten Eidle-Barkman

Britton Schnurr

Shauna Maynard

Wendy McDowell

4.              2016-2017 Head Librarians

                            Guilderland High School                            Melissa Gergen & Bernard Bott

                            Farnsworth Middle School                            Lisa Lehman/Maura Nichols (Shared)

5.              Non-Instructional

                            Head Nurse                                          Kathy Oliver                           

6.              Non-Unit Members

LPN 1:1                                                        Angela LaVenture

LPN at Pine Bush Elementary              Krystal Varrenti

Recycling Coordinator                            Renee Panetta

7.              Athletic Department

                            Athletic Manager at Farnsworth Middle School                            Kim Buckley

                            Athletic Manager at Guilderland High School                            Allison Relyea

8.               PM School Coordinator (Non Administrator)                                          Shauna Maynard

             

*H.              Requests for Leave of Absence

1.       Kristen Janssen, a teacher at Lynnwood Elementary School, is requesting a parental leave of absence following her period of disability, through February 5, 2017.

2.       Mary Toscano, as an aide/monitor at Farnsworth Middle School, effective June 27, 2016 through December 27, 2016.

3.   Jacqulyn Vandenburgh, a teacher at Lynnwood Elementary School, is requesting a parental leave of absence following her period of disability, through January 22, 2017.

 

*I.               Emergency Fingerprint Clearance

              William E. Benton                            Substitute school bus driver

Joseph Felso                                          Auto Mechanic I

Charles Teuscher                            Substitute school bus driver


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

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 substitutes:

William Benton                            Substitute school bus driver

Charles Teuscher                            Substitute school bus driver

Bruce France                            Substitute school bus driver

 

*K               Bus Driver Hourly Rates:

              $15.00 Per hour when a school bus driver must substitute as a bus attendant

 

*L.              Resolution to Amend Rates

RESOLVED, to amend the July 5, 2016 resolution and board minutes for the 2016-17 Salary Improvements for Non-Unit Employees- Effective July 1, 2016, Teacher Substitute Daily Rates, District Approved Non-Certified;

 

Therefore Be It, that the Teacher Substitute Daily Rates, District Approved Non-Certified, will be $95.00 per day.

 

Note:   original resolution appointed the Teacher Substitute Daily Rates, District Approved Non-Certified at $90.00 per day.

IV.              Financials

A.              Treasurer's Report for the Period Ending June 30, 2016

B.              Expense Report for the Period Ending June 30, 2016

C.              Revenue Report for the Period Ending June 30, 2016

D.              Fund Balance Estimate Report for the Period Ending June 30, 2016

E.              School Lunch Financial Reports for the Period Ending June 30, 2016

F.              Extraclassroom Activity Funds Quarterly Report for the Period Ending June 30, 2016

G.              Capital Project Financial Status Report for the Period Ending June 30, 2016

Information Items

I.              Curriculum & Instruction Information

A.              FMS Learning Center Annual Report

The Farnsworth Middle School Learning Center Annual Report for 2015-16 was given to Board Members (copy attached to Board packet).

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

B.              Guilderland HS Student to Perform in Dallas, TX at NAfME All-National Honor Chorus

Congratulations was given to Guilderland High School student Marissa Scotti who was selected for the All-National Chorus. Marissa will be a senior in the fall, and will perform with the National Association for Music Education All-National Mixed Chorus at the Gaylord Texan Resort in Dallas, Texas in November. This prestigious choir with students selected from across the United States, will perform under the direction of Dr. Anton Armstrong, Tosdal Professor of Music at St. Olaf College.  The performance on November 13, 2016 will follow three days of intensive rehearsals.

 

Congratulations to Rae Jean Teeter and to all of the music teachers who have worked with Marissa throughout the years. This extraordinary recognition is the culmination of years of effort and dedication exemplifying the benefits of a comprehensive K-12 music education.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

II.              School Business Information

A.              Construction Project Update

Construction work continues to progress at all seven school buildings.   Highlights of the progress of work occurring in the various buildings this summer include:

 

Location

% Complete

Altamont Elementary School

Select Window and Door Replacement

New Back Stairs

Projector Replacement

 

Guilderland Elementary School

Paving in Parking Lot

Select Exterior Door Replacement

Projector Replacement

 

Lynnwood Elementary School

Wheelchair Lift

Paving

Refinish Gym Floor and Stage

New HVAC Units in 500 Wing

Projector Replacement

 

Pine Bush Elementary School

Refinish Stage

Flooring Renovations

New Kitchen Equipment

Paving Bus Parking Lot

Projector Replacement

 

Westmere Elementary School

Paving.

Floor Tile Replacement

Projector Replacement

Skylight Replacement

Back Stairs                           

 

Farnsworth Middle School

Soffit Replacement

HVAC Update

Water Main Replacement

Main Switch Gear Update

FACs Rooms Renovations

Flooring Replacements

 

Guilderland High School

Auditorium Renovations (Seating, Lighting, Sound System)

New Athletic Field Light Poles

Tennis Court Renovations

Projector Replacements

 

40%

90%

0%

 

 

0%

0%

0%

 

 

95%

100%

100%

30%

0%

 

 

100%

90%

95%

95%

0%

 

 

0%

100%

50%

100%

70%

 

 

90%

75%

85%

100%

50%

50%

 

 

60%

80%

80%

95%

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

B.              2015-16 Donations

In accordance with Board Policy #1800, Assistant Superintendent for Business Neil Sanders reviewed the donations the district received during the 2015-16 school year:

 

·              Handmade marimba from Rev. Robert J. Luidens for use in the music department

·              Trumpet and four lesson books from Mr. And Mrs. Robert Amore for use in the music department

·              Numerous binders from Mr. Christopher Szczepanik for district wide student use

·              Eight backpacks and school supplies from School Systems Federal Credit Union for elementary school students

·              32 pounds of apples from Indian Ladder Farm for use as real life scientific examples in Dr. Alan Fiero’s 7th grade science classes

·              Professional sound equipment from Mr. And Mrs. Stuto for high school students

·              Five pairs of racing skis with bindings and two pairs of ski boots from Mr. Christopher Cox for the cross country ski team

·              Four adjustable standing desks and stools from Ms. Irene Colburn for Guilderland Elementary students

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

III.              Superintendent Information

A.              Opening of School Activities

As the opening of school draws closer, Superintendent Wiles reviewed some of the upcoming activities: 

 

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 1

Opening Day for Staff  (Begins at 7:30 a.m. at the High School with coffee; welcoming remarks, service recognition, and introduction of new staff to begin at 8:15 a.m.).              

 

              KINDERGARTEN WELCOME                

              During the first few days of opening week, our elementary schools will greet parents and students for our kindergarten orientation to meet teachers, get to know their classroom, bring supplies and take a bus ride.  Some of the PTAs have coordinated ice cream socials to be held during the opening days.  A schedule from each building has been mailed home outlining this information.

                                                                                                               

ORIENTATION

              Middle School                                                                                                  

                            6th Grade- Tuesday, September 6, 8:45 - 10:00 a.m.

                            New 7th & 8th Grade Students - Wednesday, August 31, 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

              High School

                            Orientation for 9th Graders- Tuesday, September 6, 7:30 - 11:00 a.m.

                            New Grade 10-12 students - Tuesday, September 6, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.             

 

FIRST DAY OF CLASSES, K-12

                   Wednesday, September 7

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

B.              Summer School Programs

This week marks the end of our third year taking part in a regional summer school program.  Again this year the regional summer school program was held at Mohonasen H.S. 

 

Sixty-two students from Guilderland in grades 6-12 participated in the program.   We are appreciative of the support of our colleagues at BOCES and Mohonasen for providing this opportunity for our students.

 

Last week also concluded our extended year program for students with disabilities at Altamont Elementary School.  Dr. Wiles extended a thank you to faculty and staff who contributed to that program’s success.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

C.              Pre-K Update

Superintendent Wiles explained that on Monday August 15, they met with Victory Child Care Director Victory Riedy to talk about last minute details, security, and changes made to the buildings; fencing, bathroom renovations, etc.    The enrollment was less than anticipated for the prek programs and larger than anticipated for the Pine Bush kindergartens.  It was agreed to amend the contract granting flexibility to both parties on an annual basis in determining the number of available rooms for pre-k programs. 

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

D.              Butterfly Garden and Organic Garden at Farnsworth Middle School

The Butterfly station at Farnsworth Middle School has had another successful summer. Sixty students participated in the program and had a wonderful experience leading tours, engaging young visitors in arts and crafts materials, and explaining the life cycle of butterflies.  1,600 visitors came to visit the station this season.

 

The Organic Garden is also going strong.  So far the garden has produced a wide variety of vegetables including zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, eggplant and tomatoes.  Potatoes and winter squash are on the way.  The garden has made several donations to the food pantry to help those in need.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

Action Items

I.              School Business Management Action

A.              Internship Agreement

The following agreements for Guilderland Central School District to accept students for internship and practicum experience and to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to execute the agreements was approved:

              The College of Saint Rose

              Clarkson University

              Utica College

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Barbara Fraterrigo, Board Member

SECONDER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

B.              Summer School Classroom Rental Agreement with BOCES

The summer school special education classroom rental agreement with Capital Region BOCES for the period commencing July 1, 2016 and ending August 30, 2016 and authorize the Superintendent to execute the agreement was approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Teresa Gitto, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

C.              BOCES Classroom Rental and Ancillary Service Agreement for the 2016-17 School Year

The classroom rental and ancillary service agreement with Capital Region BOCES for the 2016-17 school year and to authorize the Superintendent to execute the agreement was approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

D.              Final 2015-16 BOCES Service Contracts and the Preliminary 2016-17 Service Contracts

The Final 2015-16 BOCES Service Contracts and the Preliminary 2016-17 BOCES Service Contracts were approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

SECONDER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

E.              Memorandum of Understanding with SCAP Early Learning Program

The memorandum of agreement between Guilderland Central School District and Schenectady Community Action Program (SCAP) Early Learning Program to provide special education services for preschool children for the 2016-17 and 2017-18 school years and to authorize the Superintendent of Schools to execute the agreement was approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Barbara Fraterrigo, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

F.              Shared Services Agreement

The shared services agreement between Guilderland Central School District and Voorheesville Central School District for transportation services was approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Christopher McManus, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

G.              Emergency Preparedness Sheltering Agreement

The emergency preparedness sheltering agreement for Guilderland Central School District to serve as an emergency shelter site for the Guilderland Center Rehabilitation and Extended Care Facility was approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

SECONDER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

H.              Emergency Pesticide Application for Poison Ivy

The following resolution was approved:

 

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby determines that poison ivy located on athletic fields and playgrounds at Guilderland High School, Farnsworth Middle School, Lynnwood Elementary, Westmere Elementary, Guilderland Elementary, and the grounds behind the Transportation and Maintenance buildings, warrants an emergency application of pesticide to protect public health in accordance with Education Law Section 409-K.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Teresa Gitto, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

I.              High School Choir Riser Bid

Sealed bids duly advertised were opened on August 5, 2016, for Choir Risers.  Five (5) vendors were solicited; two (2) responded with the results below:

Vendor

Total Bid Amount

StageRight Corporation

$15,924.00

McDonnell & Co. Int’l Inc.

$16,520.00

                                         

Note:              Funds for the purchase of the choir risers are from the member item grant from Senator Amedore.

 

Recommendation:

An analysis of the bids by Lori Hershenhart, Districtwide Music Supervisor, and Neil Sanders indicates that the award for Choir Risers be made to StageRight Corporation, the low bidder meeting specifications, for the amount shown.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Barbara Fraterrigo, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

J.              Medical Director Appointment

Request for Proposals duly advertised were opened on August 5, 2016 for Medical Director Services.  Three (3) vendors were solicited; three (3) responded with the results below:

                          Vendor                                                                Annual Fee

              Access Health Systems                                                        $10,200

Dr. Warren Silverman

                                                       

              Capital Care Medical Group                                          $30,000

              Dr. Cary Vachon

 

              Capital District Medical and Wellness P.C.                            $40,000

              Dr. Laura Ellen Staff             

 

Recommendation

It is recommended to appoint Dr. Warren Silverman as Medical Director to a 34-month term, from September 1, 2016 to June 30, 2019, with the option to extend the engagement for two additional years upon mutual agreement.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

K.              Financial Risk Assessment Report and Management Response

The 2015-16 Financial Risk Assessment Report and Management Response was accepted.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

L.              General Fund Transfers

The following general fund transfers were approved:

 

From

Function

Amount

To

Function

9030

Social Security

$4,957.00

1060

District Meeting

9030

Social Security

$6,231.00

1310

Business Administration

9060

Health Insurance

$22,660.00

2025

Department Chair

9060

Health Insurance

$14,225.00

2825

Social Work- Regular School

9010

ERS Retirement

$169,027.00

9020

TRS Retirement

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

SECONDER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

M.              Appropriation to Reserve Funds

The following resolution was approved:

 

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education for the Guilderland Central School District is hereby authorized to fund the Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund, Tax Certiorari Reserve Fund, and Employee Benefits Accrued Liability Reserve Fund for the amount of unassigned fund balance exceeding 4% of the 2016-17 voter adopted budget pursuant to Section 1318 of the Real Property

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Barbara Fraterrigo, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

N.              Designation of Official Newspapers

The designation of the Altamont Enterprise & Albany County Post and/or The Daily Gazette and/or Times Union as the District’s Official Newspapers was approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Christopher McManus, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

O.              2016-17 School Breakfast and Lunch Prices

The following prices for the school lunch and breakfast programs for the 2016-17 school year was approved:

 

Breakfast

Lunch

Elementary

$1.95

$2.80

Middle School

$1.95

$3.05

High School

N/A

$3.05

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Barbara Fraterrigo, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

P.              Establish 2016-17 School Tax Rates

The MOTION CONCERNING TAX WARRANT and the RESOLUTION TO CONFIRM TAX ROLLS AND AUTHORIZE TAX LEVY were approved. 

 

The 2016-17 tax rates and levy are as follows:

 

Guilderland School District

Name of Town

Total Assessed Valuations by Towns

Equalized Tax Rate by Towns

Total Tax Levy by Towns

Guilderland

$2,872,469,926

$22.2689

$63,966,647.52

Bethlehem

$247,159,522

$19.5966

$4,843,486.78

New Scotland

$15,368,897

$19.5966

$301,178.16

Knox

$14,241,039

$31.6074

$450,122.54

TOTALS

$3,149,239,384

 

69,561,435.00

 

 

Guilderland Public Library

Name of Town

Total Assessed Valuations by Towns

Equalized Tax Rate by Towns

Total Tax Levy by Towns

Guilderland

$2,872,469,926

$1.1520

$3,308,920.17

Bethlehem

$247,159,522

$1.0137

$250,547.93

New Scotland

$15,368,897

$1.0137

$15,579.60

Knox

$14,241,039

$1.6350

$23,284.31

TOTALS

$3,149,239,384

 

$3,598,332.01

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

Q.              Tax Certiorari Agreement  (probable Executive Session item pending Board Action)

The Stipulation of Settlement with Beverwyck, Inc for the tax certiorari for the years 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 was approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Christopher McManus, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

II.              Superintendent Action

A.              Approval of Annual Plans

The following 2016-17 plans were approved:

1. Project Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (S.A.V.E.) Plan

2. Professional Development Plan

3. Academic Intervention Services (A.I.S.) Plan

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Barbara Fraterrigo, Board Member

SECONDER:              Teresa Gitto, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

B.              Co-curricular Club Approval

The request to approve the High School Programming Club (advisor Mr. Bollinger) was approved.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Judy Slack, Board Member

SECONDER:              Catherine Barber, Board Member

AYES:              Gitto, Barber, Fraterrigo, Hayes, McManus, Slack

ABSENT:              Rivera, Simpson, Towle-Hilt

Board Committee Reports

Audit Committee

The next meeting is scheduled for September 19, 2016 at 8:00 a.m.

 

Business Practices

A meeting has not yet been set.

 

Communications Committee

The next meeting is scheduled for August 31, 2016 at 5:45 p.m.

 

Policy Committee

A meeting has not yet been set.

Board Issues, Ideas, and Sharing

Judy Slack said she had the opportunity to join in a group to meet with Congressmen Paul Tonko.  She said Mr. Tonko is an excellent speaker and listener and a friend to education. 

 

Mrs. Slack said NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia has asked to come and speak at a Capital District School Boards Association (CAPSBA).  So stay tuned!