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Board of Education Meeting – November 7, 2017

Stillwater Central School District

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

November 7, 2017 – Stillwater, New York

Present: V. Masterson, W. Callanan, D. Giso, K. Greene, B. McNeil, M. Toleman, S. Valigorsky

Absent: T. Hems, J. Mueller

Also Present: Superintendent P. Morris, Clerk M. Sgambati, Business Manager M. Methe, Director of Pupil Personnel R. Collins, Middle School Principal T. Hulihan, Elementary Principal P. Morcone, Assistant Principal C. Froschauer, employees, community members, Consultant S. Danna and Colleague

Vice President Masterson 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.

  1. Consultant Steve Dana
    1. Consultant Steve Danna led the members of the Board of Education in an exercise to help define their vision for the Stillwater Central School District.
  2. There was no public input.
  3. Consent Agenda
    1. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by M. Toleman, to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:
      1. The minutes of the 10/24/2017 regular meeting of the Board of Education (see supplemental minutes)
      2. Emergency Warrant #10 in the amount of $59,215.54 (see supplemental minutes)
      3. General Warrant #11 in the amount of $142,354.87 (see supplemental minutes)
      4. Cafeteria Warrant #2 in the amount of $13,823.74 (see supplemental minutes)
        1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
        2. Nays: 0
  4. Alternative Veterans’ School Tax Exemption
    1. Mr. Methe briefly reviewed information concerning the veterans’ school tax exemption. (Voters approved a non-binding resolution in support of a veterans’ school tax exemption in May 2017.) The Board of Education will consider additional information at its next meeting. Should the Board choose to implement a veterans’ school tax exemption, it must choose a level of exemption, and then adopt a resolution implementing a veterans’ school tax exemption after conducting a required public hearing. (see supplemental minutes)
  5. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by K. Greene, to approve the related service agreement with Accu Care Home Health Services, Inc., as presented, through 6/30/2018. (see supplemental minutes)
    1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
    2. Nays: 0
  6. Appointments
    1. On a motion by S. Valigorksy, seconded by W. Callanan, to approve the conditional appointment of the following:
      1. Sarah Cowleson – long-term substitute Registered Nurse assigned to the elementary school at the rate of $125.00/day, and
      2. Nicole Kovalsky – long-term substitute school aide assigned to the elementary school nurse’s office at the rate of $10.00/hour. (see supplemental minutes)
        1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
        2. Nays: 0
  7. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by M. Toleman, to approve the appointment of Ronald Tersigni as a long-term substitute teacher at the rate of $125.00/day (for Jena Runkel, who is on maternity leave). (see supplemental minutes)
    1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
    2. Nays: 0
  8. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by B. McNeil, to  approve the appointment of Darlene Anapolis as a nurse, effective 11/27/2017, at the salary of $27,221.39, according to the terms of the current CSEA contract. Ms. Anapolis will be assigned to the elementary school. (see supplemental minutes)
    1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
    2. Nays: 0
  9. Communications
    1. Board members received an e-mail communication from a parent.
  10. Science Standards
    1. V. Masterson requested a presentation on the newly revised science standards.
  11. There was no public input.
  12. Executive Session
    1. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by B. McNeil, to adjourn to executive session to a discuss a personnel concern at 7:16 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  13. Reconvene
    1. On a motion by B. McNeil, seconded by M. Toleman, to reconvene the meeting at 7:59 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  14. Adjournment
    1. On a motion by S. Valigorsky, seconded by B. McNeil, to adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0

Minutes by Mary Sgambati, District Clerk