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Board of Education Meeting – August 7, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

Present: P. Lilac, K. Greene, V. Masterson, T. Hems, S. Valigorsky

Absent: B. McNeil, J. Mueller, D. Giso, W. Callanan

Also Present: Superintendent P. Morris, Clerk R. Price, Business Administrator S. Messineo

President T. Hems called the meeting of the Board of Education to order at 7:26 p.m.

This meeting had a scheduled start time of 7:00 p.m. due to a 6:00 p.m. Board workshop.

Board members led those present, in the Pledge of Allegiance.

I. There was no public input for non-agenda items.

II. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by S. Valigorsky, to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:

  • Minutes of the 7/24/18 regular meeting of the Board of Education (see
    supplemental minutes) *reviewed with President T. Hems and V. Masterson.
    Revisions were noted and revised.
  • General Warrant #2 in the amount of $139,970.19 (see supplemental minutes)
  • CSE / CPSE recommendations dated 8/7/18 (see supplemental minutes)

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

III. Superintendent Patricia Morris recommended to the Board of Education that there should be a decision made regarding the trip to France in April 2020, by the next meeting to be held on August 21, 2018.

IV. Superintendent Patricia Morris updated the Board of Education on the Asbestos Abatement and Air Testing portions of the Capital project. This scope of work will be done prior to September 2019, and it was recommended by the Architect to have the Contractors work on Saturdays to avoid any delays.

IV. Superintendent Patricia Morris updated the Board of Education on the interview process for the Director of Transportation: there were four applicants for the position.

V. Business Administrator Scott Messineo updated the Board of Education that he is researching and gathering information in regard to the two parcels in the Village of Stillwater regarding a Village request for a tax exemption.

VI. Business Administrator S. Messineo reported to the Board of Education that the 2018-2019 tax rates will be presented at the next board meeting, August 21, 2018.

VII. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to approve the retraction of the appointment of Kim Cook as Extra Curricular Advisor noted by our District Auditor due to a conflict of interest. Mrs. Cook is the Senior Class Advisor for the 2018-2019 school year.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

VIII. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by V. Masterson to appoint Ann Rousseau as Extra Curricular Advisor for the 2018-19 school year at a stipend of $2,465.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

IX. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by K. Greene to approve the revised substitute bus driver rate as previously approved at the Board of Education meeting of July 24, 2018 from $18.30/hr. to $17.50/hr. effective 9/1/18. (The current substitute bus driver rate is $16.96/hr).

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

X. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by K. Greene to approve the School Resource Officer Agreement effective for the 2018-2019 school year. This position was approved at the March 27, 2018 Board of Education meeting and included in the budget at a salary of $72,413.34.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XI. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by K. Greene to approve an increase in hours for Andrea Prairie, Food Services Cook, from 5.5 hrs. per day to 7 hrs. per day effective 9/1/18, per the CSEA contract, appendix A.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XII. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by K. Greene to approve the resignation of Joan Hopeck, as Cook effective 7/24/18.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XIII. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by P. Lilac to accept the resignation of Kerri Klinowski as School Psychologist, effective 8/24/18.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XIV. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to accept the resignation of Euphrasia Van Arnum as Elementary lunch / recess monitor, effective 6/30/18.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XV. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to accept the resignation of Sarah King as Elementary lunch / recess monitor, effective 6/30/18.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XVI. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to accept the resignation of Katherine Carlin, as Elementary Teacher of Students with Disabilities, effective 9/2/18.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XVII. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by V. Masterson to approve the Ballston Spa Central School District Contract for Health and Welfare Services as provided during the 2017-18 school year.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XVIII. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to appoint Scott Putnam as a twelve month full-time Cleaner effective 8/8/18, at a salary of $27,355.33

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XIX. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by V. Masterson be it resolved that the Board of Education approves, pursuant to Education Law and in compliance with Part 30 of the Rules of the Board of Regents Law, the appointment of Lauren Rose to the position of Childhood Education Teacher in the 1-6 Education tenure area, effective September 1, 2018 with a four year probationary term commencing on September 1, 2018 provided that, except to the extent required by law, in order to be granted tenure, she shall have received composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education Law 3012-c or 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least 3 of the 4 preceding years, and if she receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period, she shall not be eligible for tenure at that time. Remuneration shall be per the current STA contract with a salary of MA Step 1: $40,325 for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Ms. Rose holds an initial certification in the Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XX. Vice President V. Masterson noted that she would like an update on the following board Items of interest:

  • Regents Reports
  • State Testing Reports
  • Goals for Superintendent Patricia Morris for the 2018-19 school year
  • Building Goals
  • Target and action steps presentation
  • Teacher presentation
  • Student data
  • Erie I Policy – Final draft
  • Special Education report
  • Audit Committee Charter – Final approved document
  • Terms of Employment Contracts

XXI. Board Member P. Lilac inquired about goals, and recommended that each Board member create goals for themselves.

XXII. Board Member S. Valigorsky inquired on a time frame when President T. Hems would be forming the committees for the board members.

XXIII. President T. Hems updated the Board of Education that he is currently developing program committees and will have the details soon. President T. Hems also updated the Board of Education on the Board Docs program he is researching and indicated that Christopher Lynch – District IT Director and Jacob Pitchkhadze – from Board Docs will be attending our September 4, 2018 board meeting to discuss options we as a District will have for the Board Docs program.

XXIV. There was a Saratoga County School Boards Association ~ Save the Dates given to the Board members, of a schedule of meeting dates.

XXV. There was no public input.

XXVI. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to adjourn to executive session at 8:03 pm.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XXVII. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by T. Hems to reconvene the meeting at 8:38 pm.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XXVIII. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by T. Hems to adjourn the meeting at 8:40 pm.

Ayes: 5 Motion Carried
Nays: 0