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April 19, 2018

TIME & PLACE: 6:00 P.M. – HIGH SCHOOL CAFETERIA

KIND OF MEETING: REGULAR

ELECTED MEMBERS PRESENT: BURTON, FLORUSSEN, GELL, GUASP, JAQUEWAY, KUEHNLE, QUANDT

APPOINTED MEMBERS PRESENT: DAVID BLANCHARD, SUPERINTENDENT
SARAH BLOOD, SCHOOL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR
DEBRA CARDELLA, DISTRICT CLERK

ALSO PRESENT: ANDREA POLIKOSKI, ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
KEVIN CALACONE, JR./SR. HIGH SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
2 MEDIA RESPRESENTATIVES; 3 DISTRICT RESIDENTS;
5 FACULTY/STAFF MEMBERS; 5 STUDENTS

President Jaqueway called the Regular Board of Education Meeting of April 19, 2018, to order at 6:05 p.m.

President Jaqueway led everyone in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

Motion was made by Mr. Burton, seconded by Mr. Kuehnle to enter into Executive Session to discuss negotiations, matters pertaining to specific individuals and contractual items.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried
President Jaqueway declared the meeting to be in recess at 6:07 p.m.

The Executive Session came to order at 6:10 p.m. with Mr. Burton, Mr. Florussen, Mrs. Gell, Mr. Guasp, Mrs. Jaqueway, Mr. Kuehnle, Mr. Quandt, Ms. Blood and Superintendent Blanchard in attendance.

Rachel Rissetto, BOCES Labor Relations Director arrived at 6:40 p.m. and proceed into the Executive Session.

Motion was made by Mr. Quandt, seconded by Mr. Burton to end the Executive Session at 7:25 p.m.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by by Mr. Burton, seconded by Mr. Guasp to return to the Regular Meeting
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried
President Jaqueway declared the Regular Meeting to be reconvened at 7:29 p.m.

Motion was made by Mr. Guasp, seconded by Mr. Kuehnle to approve the Minutes of the Regular Meeting on March 15, 2018.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Guasp, seconded by Mr. Florussen to approve the Minutes of the Special Meeting on March 22, 2018. REGULAR MEETING
3/22/18
Yes – 6
No – 0
Abstain – 1 (Burton) Motion Carried

President Jaqueway reviewed the Agenda and the April/May calendar of events and facilities use. The following were additions/changes to the agenda:

Superintendent’s Report – Add Resolution to Adopt 2018-19 Proposed
Budget/Authorize Property Tax Report Card
Personnel – Add Item k. – Approve Daniel Ebert Substitute Bus Driver
Personnel – Add Item l. – Approve Joelene Mercer’s Leave of Absence Request
Personnel – Add Item m. – Appoint Eric Croote Long-term Substitute Teacher
Business – Add Item m. – Approve Transportation Requests

President Jaqueway offered the privilege of the floor.
No one wished to speak.

BOARD OF EDUCATION REPORT
Mr. Burton reported the Schoharie County School Board’s Association Spring Dinner
hosted by Sharon Springs CSD on April 12, 2018, was a success. The date for the
New Board Member Orientation should be presented soon.

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

Spring Sports Update
Superintendent Blanchard stated that due to inclement weather the majority of teams were struggling to get in the required number of games. Various other fields were being used until our fields were acceptable for play. The athletic department and the buildings and grounds teams were doing a great job of coordinating events.

New York State Testing Report
Superintendent Blanchard informed members that the state was having some computer problems which did not impact us as our tests were administered via paper. There were only 4 opt-outs in the high school and 32 opt-outs in the elementary.

Capital Project Update
Superintendent Blanchard commented that the project start dates were on schedule. Night shifts are being planned to begin in June causing no interruption to classes.

Senior Citizen Tax Exemption
Superintendent Blanchard commented on a concern brought to the district’s attention regarding the income rates for tax exemption for senior citizens. The level has remained steady for 11 years and a review is being considered.

Proposed Budget 2018-19 School Year Presentation Superintendent Blanchard introduced Sarah Blood who presented on the Proposed 2018-19 Budget of $23,822,954 which is a 1.74% change from 2017-18. Increase in State Aid of 2.13% or $239,022 and Tax Levy increase of 1.35%.

Motion was made by Mr. Burton, seconded by Mr. Guasp that the Board of Education approve the Resolution to Adopt 2018-2019 Proposed Budget and Authorize Property Tax Report Card.
Yes – 7 CARD
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mrs. Gell, seconded by Mr. Kuehnle that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of Superintendent Blanchard to approve the following recommendation for teacher tenure:
Appointee: Mary Bates
Position: 5th Grade Elementary Teacher
Effective: 9/1/18
Tenure: Elementary Education
Certification: Permanent – Nursery, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Quandt, seconded by Mr. Burton that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of Superintendent Blanchard to accept, with thanks and best wishes, the retirement resignation of Kevin Scofield, Special Education Teacher, effective 6/30/18.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Guasp, seconded by Mr. Kuehnle that the Board of Education accept the recommendations of Superintendent Blanchard to take action on Personnel Items c. through m. as follows:

THAT the Board of Education accept the resignation of Melissa L. Montague, STEAM Teacher, effective 4/26/18.

THAT the Board of Education approve rescinding the Additional Period Stipend paid to Barbara Wilson, effective 3/22/18.

THAT the Board of Education appoint Loren Doherty, Teacher Aide Part-time, Step 1 - $10.40 per hour per SCEA Contract, 3 hours/day, 5 days/week, effective retroactive to 3/26/18, according to School District Calendar.

THAT the Board of Education appoint John Reinhart as JV Baseball Volunteer Coach for the Spring 2018 sports season.

THAT the Board of Education approve the addition of Raymond Paglieri to the SCS Certified Substitute/Tutor List, effective retroactive to 4/16/18.

THAT the Board of Education appoint the following individuals and add their names to the Substitute Teacher Roster from the Capital Region BOCES Teacher Substitute Service, effective 4/20/18:
1. Burton, Colin – Non-Certified Teacher w/ Degree $85/day
2. Marion, Blayne – Non-Certified Teacher w/ Degree $85/day
3. Marshall, George – Non-Certified Teacher w/ Degree $85/day
4. Bird, George – Non-Certified Teacher w/ Degree $85/day
5. Abbatiello, Kathryn – Non-Certified Teacher w/ Degree $85/day
6. Denney, Kayleigh – Certified Teacher $95/day
7. Malone, Jessica – Non-Certified Teacher w/ Degree $85/day
8. Walsh, Elizabeth - – Non-Certified Teacher w/out Degree $78/day

THAT the Board of Education approve the addition of Vanessa Reed to the SCS Non-certified Substitute List as Food Service Helper, at current substitute rate, effective 4/20/18.

THAT the Board of Education approve the following election personnel from the Schoharie County Board of Elections for the May 15, 2018 Budget Vote:
1. Tracy Baldwin, Chairperson
2. Jean Burton
3. Maribeth Cutting
4. Shirley Lawyer

THAT the Board of Education approve the addition of Daniel Ebert to the SCS Non-certified Substitute List as Bus Driver at current substitute rate, effective retroactive to 4/17/18.

THAT the Board of Education approve the leave of absence request for Joelene Mercer, effective 4/17/18, for approximately 6 weeks.

THAT the Board of Education appoint Eric Croote as long-term elementary teacher substitute, Step 1 - $43,418 pro-rated per STA Contract, effective 4/20/18 through 6/22/18, according to School District Calendar.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

BUSINESS

Motion was made by Mrs. Gell, seconded by Mr. Burton that the Board of Education accept the Treasurer’s Report for March 2018. (Original attached to Official Minutes)
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

The Board received the Budget Status Reports; Revenue and Appropriation as of
March 31, 2018, for their review.

The Board received the Budget Transfer Schedule Report for January 2018 to March 2018 for their review.

The Board received the report of the Claims Auditor for the March 2018 Warrant in the amount of $978,782.98 for their review.

The Board received the Cash Flow Status Report/Projection as of 3/31/18, for their review.

The Board received the Extra Classroom Activity Report for January 2018 to March 2018 for their review.

Motion was made by Mrs. Gell seconded by Mr. Florussen that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Committees and approve the authorization of funds to implement the special education program services and placements consistent with such recommendations for the 2017-18 school year based upon the reports submitted to Board members dated 4/19/18.
Yes – 6
No – 0
Abstain – 1 (Kuehnle) Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Quandt, seconded by Mr. Florussen that the Board of Education accept, ACCEPT HIGH TUNNEL
with thanks, the $6,000 award from the Schoharie County Soil and Water Conservations Agency DONATION AWARD
for the high tunnel.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Kuehnle, seconded by Mr. Florussen that the Board of Education accept, with thanks, the following donations from the Stewart’s Foundation:
1. $250 for the Elementary
2. $500 for the Afterchool Tutoring
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Burton, seconded by Mr. Florussen that the Board of Education approve the Schoharie Travel Club field trip to Philadelphia, PA, on Friday, May 11, 2018. Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Quandt, seconded by Mr. Florussen that the Board of Education approve the Declaring of Fixed Assets as Obsolete/Damaged:
One Sound System and components from HS Gym
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Burton, seconded by Mr. Florussen that the Board of Education table the First Reading of Revised Policy #5660 – School Food Service Program (Lunch and Breakfast).
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by Mr. Kuehnle, seconded by Mr. Florussen that the Board of Education approve the following transportation requests:
1. Cornerstone Christian Academy; 1 Family – 1 Child
2. Faith Bible Academy; 7 Families – 9 Children
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

OTHER BUSINESS

The following items were distributed to Board Members for review:

Elementary School Monthly Report – April 2018

Jr./Sr. High School Monthly Report – April 2018

Enrollment Numbers as of 4/1/18

President Jaqueway stated that the next Board of Education Meetings are as follows:

Regular Meeting – BOCES Vote on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, 6pm, High School
Library Classroom

Regular Meeting (Public Budget Hearing) – Tuesday, May 8, 2018, 6pm High School Cafeteria

 Public Budget Vote – Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 9am – 9pm, High School Library Lobby and Classroom

 Regular Meeting – Tuesday, May 15, 2018, 8pm, Elementary School Cafeteria

Motion was made by Mr. Kuehnle, seconded by Mr. Burton to enter into Executive Session to discuss specific individuals and contractual items.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried
President Jaqueway declared the meeting to be in recess at 7:58 p.m.

The Executive Session came to order at 8:00 p.m. with Mr. Burton, Mr. Florussen, Mrs. Gell, Mr. Guasp, Mrs. Jaqueway, Mr. Kuehnle, and Mr. Quandt in attendance.

Motion was made by Mr. Florussen, seconded by Mr. Quandt to end the Executive Session at 8:14 p.m.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

Motion was made by by Mr. Burton, seconded by Mrs. Gell to return to the Regular Meeting Session.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

President Jaqueway declared the Regular Meeting to be reconvened at 8:15 p.m.

Motion was made by Mr. Kuehnle, seconded by Mr. Quandt to adjourn the Regular Board of Education Meeting.
Yes – 7
No – 0 Motion Carried

President Jaqueway declared the Regular Board of Education Meeting of April 19, 2018, to be adjourned at 8:16 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,
Debra Cardella
District Clerk

 

 

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