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Board of Education Meeting – April 24, 2018

Stillwater Central School District

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

April 24, 2018 – Stillwater, New York

Present: T. Hems, V. Masterson, D. Giso, K. Greene, B. McNeil, S. Valigorsky

Absent: W. Callanan, J. Mueller, M. Toleman

Also Present: Superintendent P. Morris, Clerk M. Sgambati, Interim Business Administrator L. Derway, Elementary Principal P. Morcone, employees, T. Gifford of the Express, E. Marshall of the Village of Stillwater Board, C. Adamec – Assessor of the Town of Stillwater, Scott Messineo

President Hems called the meeting of the Board of Education to order at 6:00 p.m.

Board members led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

There was no public input on agenda items.

  1. Consent Agenda
    1. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by D. Giso, to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:
      1. The minutes of the 4/10/2018 regular meeting of the Board  of Education (see supplemental minutes)
      2. Capital Warrant #11 in the amount of $201,732.00 (see supplemental minutes)
      3. General Warrant #26 in the amount of $76,692.17 (see supplemental minutes)
      4. General Warrant #23 in the amount of -$1,302.94 (see supplemental minutes)
      5. General Warrant #27 in the amount of 0 (see supplemental minutes)
        1. (Board members noted that Warrants #23 and #27 were issued to void and reissue outstanding checks carried over from previous school years.)
      6. CSE/CPSE recommendations dated 4/17/2018 (see supplemental minutes)
      7. Approve Samantha Waldron’s request for a leave of absence without pay through 6/30/2018 (see supplemental minutes)
        1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
        2. Nays: 0
  2. Superintendent’s Report
    1. Mrs. Morris reviewed a request from the Village of Stillwater for school tax exemption status for two water towers. Board members noted that the combined school taxes collected for these two properties totaled $6,102.38 in 2017-18, which must be distributed among other taxpayers should the exemption be granted. Mrs. Marshall and Ms. Adamec provided additional information. (see supplemental minutes)
    2. The Board tabled this request for discussion at a future meeting. Mrs. Morris also discussed enrollment, class sizes at the elementary level, and elementary teacher assignments in consideration of these factors.
  3. Financial Reports
    1. Board members received the March 31, 2018 Treasurer’s Reports, and revenue and appropriations status reports dated 4/19/2018. (see supplemental minutes)
  4. Appointment – S. Messineo, Business Manager
    1. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by V. Masterson, to approve the provisional appointment of Scott Messineo as Business Manager in accordance with New York State Civil Service Law and Saratoga County Civil Service regulations, effective June 1, 2018, at an annual salary of $107,000 (prorated for June 2018). (see supplemental minutes)
    2. Mr. Messineo’s contract will be presented to the Board of Education for approval at a future meeting.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  5. Appointment – T. Bechand, School Nurse
    1. On a motion by D. Giso, seconded by S. Valigorksy, to appoint Tiffany Bechand as a School Nurse effective 5/21/2018, according to the provisions of the current CSEA contract.
    2. Ms. Bechand will be paid the salary of $28,785.82 (prorated). (see supplemental minutes)
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  6. Policies – Second Reading and Adoption
    1. On a motion by D. Giso, seconded by S. Valigorsky, to accept the second reading and approve the adoption of the following policies:
      1. #8110 – Curriculum Development, Resources and Evaluation
      2. #8130 – Equal Educational Opportunities
      3. #8210 – Safety Conditions and Prevention Instruction
      4. #8220 – Career and Technical (Occupational) Education
      5. #8240 – Instructional Programs: Driver Education, Gifted and Talented Education and Physical Education
      6. #8241 – Patriotism, Citizenship and Human Rights Education
      7. #8242 – Civility, Citizenship and Character Education/Interpersonal Violence Prevention Education
      8. #8250 – Animals in the School (Instructional Purposes)
      9. #8260 – Title I Parent Involvement
      10. #8271 – Internet Safety/Internet Content Filtering
      11. #8280 – Instruction for English Language Learners
      12. #8320 – Selection of Library and Multimedia Materials
      13. #8330 – Objection to Instructional Materials and Controversial Issues
      14. #8340 – Instructional Materials
      15. #8350 – Use of Copyrighted Materials
      16. #8360 – Religious Expression in the Instructional Program
      17. #8420 – Opening Exercises
      18. #8430 – Independent Study
      19. #8440 – Home Instruction (Home Schooling)
      20. #8450 – Home Tutoring (Homebound Instruction)
      21. #8460 – Field Trips
        1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
        2. Nays: 0
  7. WSWHE BOCES Administrative Budget Vote
    1. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by K. Greene, to authorize the WSWHE BOCES to expend the sums set forth in the Administrative Budget in the total amount of $6,508,416 during the school year 2018-19.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  8. WSWHE BOCES Board of Education Candidates
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by S. Valigorsky, to  vote in support of the following candidates for the WSWHE BOCES Board of Education:
      1. Pamela Ellis
      2. Frank Grimaldi
      3. Gillette Nash
      4. Kevin Ostrander
      5. David Petruska
      6. Janine Thomas
        1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
        2. Nays: 0
  9. External Auditors – Marvin & Company
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by S. Valigorsky, to approve the  proposal from Marvin  &  Company for a total of $43,500 for external auditing services for fiscal years 2017-18, 2018-19, and 2019-20. (see supplemental minutes)
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  10. Ratification – CSEA MOA 7/1/17-6/30/21
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by D. Giso, to ratify the Memorandum of Agreement by and Between the Board of Education of the Stillwater Central School District and CSEA, Local 1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO, Stillwater CSD Unit Saratoga County Educational Local 864 dated 4/10/2018, covering the parties’ new collective bargaining agreement for July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2021. (see supplemental minutes)
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  11. Approval – Budget Transfers
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by S. Valigorsky, to approve the budget transfers as presented. (see supplemental minutes)
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  12. Ballot Positions – Board of Education Election
    1. Ballot positions for the Board of Education elections were drawn and are as follows:
      1. Jon Mueller
      2. Timothy Hems
  13. Ballot Positions – Board of Trustees, Stillwater Library
    1. Ballot positions for the Board of Trustees of the Stillwater Library were drawn and are as follows:
      1. Heather Frank
      2. Emily Nadler
  14. There was no public input.
  15. Executive Session
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by S. Valigorsky, to adjourn to executive session at 7:12 p.m. to discuss personnel and negotiations.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  16. Reconvene
    1. On a motion by D. Giso, seconded by S. Valigorksy, to reconvene the meeting at 8:27 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  17. Adjournment
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by S. Valigorsky, to adjourn the meeting at 8:28 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0

Minutes by Mary Sgambati, District Clerk