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Board of Education Meeting – August 29, 2017

Stillwater Central School District

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

August 29, 2017 – Stillwater, New York

Present: T. Hems, D. Giso, N. Greene, V. Masterson, B. McNeil, M. Toleman

Absent: W. Callanan, J. Mueller, S. Valigorsky

Also Present: Superintendent P. Morris, Clerk M. Sgambati, Business Manager M. Methe, Assistant Principal C. Froschauer, Middle School Principal T. Hulihan, Elementary Principal P. Morcone, High School Principal M. Johnson, Director of Pupil Personnel R. Collins

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.

  1. Consent Agenda
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by M. Toleman, to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:
      1. The minutes of the 8/15/2017 regular meeting of the Board of Education (see supplemental minutes)
      2. General  Warrant  #3 in the amount of $309,754.49 (see supplemental minutes)
      3. CSE/CPSE recommendations dated 8/23/2017 (see supplemental minutes)
      4. Designated the following as surplus items: certain elementary desks and ceramic molds
      5. The resignation of Courtney Reed as 8th grade girls’ modified basketball coach
        1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
        2. Nays: 0
  2. Superintendent’s Report
    1. Mrs. Morris notified the Board that the Safety Team had held a meeting to review the District-Wide Safety Plan, and discussed changes that had been made. She also stated that the Team had conducted a tour of the facilities following its meeting.
    2. She also stated that she had met with public relations staff from NERIC to discuss improvements to the school district’s website.
  3. Treasurer’s Report
    1. Board members received the July 31, 2017, Treasurer’s Report. (see supplemental minutes)
  4. MOA – Grant Writing Stipend
    1. On a motion by B. McNeil, seconded by M. Toleman, to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with Ryan Collins authorizing an annual stipend of $9,000 for grant writing  services. (see supplemental minutes)
      1. Ayes: 5 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 1 (V. Masterson)
  5. No action was taken on the single bid received for the annual $100,000 capital improvement project. A recommendation will be forthcoming at another Board meeting.
  6. Superintendent Authorization
    1. On a motion by B. McNeil, seconded by N. Greene, to authorize the Superintendent to sign checks on behalf of the school district as necessary.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  7. District Wide Safety Plan
    1. On a motion by D. Giso, seconded by V. Masterson, to approve the 2017-18 District-Wide Safety Plan as presented. (see supplemental minutes)
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  8. Board members noted that teaching candidate Lisa Maloney had withdrawn her employment application.
  9. Appointment – J. Hiltsley, English 7-12
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by D. Giso, to appoint Jenna Hiltsley to a probationary term in the tenure area of English 7-12, effective 9/1/2017. Ms. Hiltsley holds an initial certification in the area of English 7-12.
    2. Ms. Hiltsley will be placed on MA Step 1 of the salary schedule, with additional graduate hours, for a total salary of $42,275.00. (see supplemental minutes)
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  10. Salary Adjustment
    1. On a motion by B. McNeil, seconded by M. Toleman, to adjust Teaching Assistant Laura Coraldi’s salary to $20,537 for the 2017-18 school year.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  11. NYSSBA Workshops
    1. Board members received information regarding custom workshops through the New York State School Boards Association. (see supplemental minutes)
  12. Board Items of Interest
    1. V. Masterson asked that the poles and fence along the school entrance be painted, confirmed the date the external auditors would begin auditing the district, and asked a question concerning the contract with Rick Timbs, Financial Consultant. She also noted that the Honored Guests at the 9/9/2017 breakfast at the Stillwater United Church would be members of the Board of Education, and encouraged everyone to attend.
  13. Mrs. Morris noted the information regarding the GMax testing on the turf, and thanked members of the administration for their efforts in getting ready for students’ return.
  14. Executive Session
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by M. Toleman, to adjourn to executive session at 6:47 p.m. to discuss negotiations.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  15. Reconvene
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by B. McNeil, to reconvene the meeting at 7:47 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  16. Back Pay – K. Mylott
    1. On a motion by B. McNeil, seconded by M. Toleman, to approve back payment to Kelly Mylott for graduate hours earned but that had not been submitted to the district.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  17. On a motion by M. Toleman, seconded by B. McNeil, to approve payment retroactive to September 2009 for graduate hours in one check in the amount of $9,880.00.
    1. Ayes: 5 – Motion Carried
    2. Nays: 1 (V. Masterson)
  18. Terms of Employment Agreements
    1. On a motion by K. Greene, seconded by V. Masterson, to approve the Terms of Employment Agreements for the following: Donna Muir, Renee Price, Michael Bartis, Erin Adams, Robbi Kennedy, Mary Sgambati, John MacDonald and Michael Kinisky as presented.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  19. Adjournment
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by B. McNeil, to adjourn the meeting at 8:01 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 6 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0

Minutes by Mary Sgambati, District Clerk