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Board of Education Meeting – July 24, 2018

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

Present: D. Giso, B. Callanan, S. Valigorsky, V. Masterson, T. Hems, P. Lilac

Absent: B. McNeil, J. Mueller, K. Greene

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

President T. 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.

I. The Oath of Office was administered by President T. Hems, to recently elected Board member P. Lilac whose term will expire 6/30/2021.

II. There was no public input.

III. On a motion by P. Lilac, seconded by D. Giso, to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:

  • Revised Minutes of the 7/10/18 regular and organizational meeting of the Board of Education (see supplemental minutes)*Reviewed with Vice President V. Masterson and President T. Hems
  • General Warrant #1 in the amount of $219,007.05 (see supplemental minutes)
  • CSE / CPSE recommendations dated 7/24/18 (see supplemental minutes)

Schedule B Coaching Assignments for 2018-19 School Year (see supplemental minutes)

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

IV. V. Masterson inquired if all coaches were updated on their certifications, and  Superintendent P. Morris confirmed that all recommended coaches are in the TEACH System and are up to date on their certification requirements.

V. Superintendent P. Morris updated the Board of Education on the timeline for the capital  project. Asbestos will be the first stage of the project. The projected start date will be in June 2019.

VI. Business Administrator S. Messineo, reported that BOCES did a reconciliation of our expenditures and found that we were owed a $19,000 refund, and that money was deposited to the Money Market account.

VII. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by W. Callanan to approve the
Substitute Bus Driver rate to $18.30/hr. effective 9/1/18 for the 2018-19 school year.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

VIII. Superintendent P. Morris, indicated that the rates were compared to Mechanicville CSD.

IX. V. Masterson indicated that we should look into the starting hourly rate of a permanent,  Bus Driver to be sure that the substitute Bus Driver starting rate isn’t higher than a starting salary of a permanent Bus Driver. The Board of Education agreed that this  will be revisited and any changes will take place at the next Board of Education meeting on 8/7/18.

X. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to approve the Substitute  Bus Monitor rate to $11.50/hr. effective 9/1/18 for the 2018-19 school year.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XI. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by D. Giso to approve the revision of the Board of Education 2018-19 Meeting Schedule. It was necessary to remove the second  February meeting, as it fell during the winter recess.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XII. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by D. Giso to approve the 2018-19 Center For Disabilities Contract. (see supplemental minutes) for the 2018-19 school year.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XIII. On a motion by S.Valigorsky, and seconded by D. Giso to accept the following donations on behalf of the District:

A. After Prom (see supplemental minutes)
B. Fitness Center Equipment (see supplemental minutes)
C. PTA Donation of $15,000 to the Elementary School, for classroom wishlist supplies
D. Utica National Donation of $3,500

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XIV. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by W. Callanan to accept the Audit  Committee Charter Amendment. The Committee will be comprised of members of the Board of Education, and Stillwater community members. Board Members interested in being on the Committee, will be President T. Hems, Vice President V. Masterson, and Board Member K. Greene.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XV. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by D. Giso to appoint Cassidy Chapko. 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 Cassidy Chapko to the position of Physical Education Teacher, in the K-12 Physical 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 BA Step 1: $37,355 for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Ms. Chapko holds an initial certification in the Physical Education Grades K-12.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XVI. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by W. Callanan to appoint Kimberly Davidson. 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 Kimberly Davidson to the position of Biology /Living Environment Education Teacher, in the Biology 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 7: $47,325 for the 2018 – 2019 school year. Ms. Davidson holds an initial certification in Biology 7-12 and General Science 7-12 Extension Annotation, and a Professional Certification in Agriculture and General Science 7-12 Extension Annotation.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XVII. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to appoint Joan Hopeck on a Promotional Provisional Appointment as an Eleven Month Food Service Manager, effective 7/25/18 at a salary of $47,500 for the 2018-19 school year.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XVIII. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to appoint Erin Adams, as  Deputy Clerk on an hourly basis at a rate of $25.37 per hour, on an as needed basis effective 7/25/18, for the 2018-19 school year.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XIX. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by W. Callanan to appoint Valerie  Masterson, as the New York State School Boards Association Advocacy Liaison  effective for the 2018-2019 school year. This role entails the attendance of NYSSBA  Events, conferences, and webinars as applicable and share information related to  NYSSBA.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XX. President Tim Hems, informed the Board of Education, of an item of interest, that he is  currently researching a Program called BoardDocs, which is the School District would use as a tool to provide means of immediately publishing and revising agenda items, supporting documents, minutes and policies and procedures via the internet. BoardDocs is also, a great way to making the documents readily available to board members, staff, and the community, in an easy access format. President Tim Hems, noted he will be  setting up a tentative date for a representative from BoardDocs to come out and give our District an overview, and will keep us informed of the information.

XXI. Vice President Valerie Masterson, suggested that the board of education should  have a liaison from the Board, to attend meetings of the Saratoga County and  Adirondack School Boards Association. This person would attend the meetings and  bring back information to share with the board. Board member, Shay Valigorsky  Indicated that she would be interested in doing so.

XXII. Superintendent Patricia Morris, reported that, at the next Board of  Education meeting to be held on Tuesday August 7, 2018, Rick Timbs of RGTimbs, Inc. will be doing a Presentation Series on Board Development and Finance at 5 -7 p.m., and the regular board of education meeting will start at 7 p.m.

XXIII. There was no public input.

XXIV. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, and seconded by W. Callanan to adjourn to executive session at 6:28 pm.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XXV. On a motion by P. Lilac, and seconded by V. Masterson to reconvene the meeting at 6:33 pm.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0

XXVI. There were no actions to discuss.

XXVII. On a motion by V. Masterson, and seconded by S. Valigorsky to adjourn the meeting at  6:47 pm.

Ayes: 6 Motion Carried
Nays: 0