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Board of Education Meeting – October 10, 2017

Stillwater Central School District

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

October 10, 2017 – Stillwater, New York

Present: T. Hems, V. Masterson, W. Callanan, D. Giso, N. Greene, B. McNeil, J. Mueller

Absent: M. Toleman, S. Valigorsky

Also Present: Superintendent P. Morris, Clerk M. Sgambati, Business Manager M. Methe, Auditor Marie Gavin of Bonadio & Co., LLP, employees

President Hems called the meeting of the Board of Education to order at 7:30 p.m.

Board members led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance.

There was no public input.

  1. M. Gavin – Bonadio & Co., LLP
    1. Auditor Marie Gavin of Bonadio & Co., LLP, presented and briefly reviewed the Financial Statements and Other Required Report as of June 30, 2017, Together with Independent Auditor’s Report. (see supplemental minutes)
  2. There was no public input.
  3. Consent Agenda
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by B. McNeil, to approve the following items on the Consent Agenda:
      1. The minutes of the 9/26/2017 regular meeting of the Board  of Education (see supplemental minutes)
      2. Emergency Warrant #7 in the amount of $98.00 (see supplemental minutes)
      3. General Warrant #8 in the amount of $54,084.18 (see supplemental minutes)
      4. Accept Deborah Merchant’s resignation from her position of School Aide – Lunch/Recess Monitor, effective 10/10/17  (see supplemental minutes)
      5. Accept Tracey Pommer’s resignation from her position of School Aide – Copy Center, effective 10/27/2017 (see supplemental minutes)
      6. Approve Jena Runkel’s maternity leave beginning on or about 11/8/17, and continuing until her return on or about 1/29/2018, in accordance with the STA contract and the terms of the Family Medical Leave Act (see supplemental minutes)
      7. Authorized continued participation in the “Electricity Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service” through OCM BOCES (see supplemental minutes)
      8. Authorize Cooperative Bidding – Disposal of Universal  Waste for school years 2017-18 and 2018-19 through BOCES Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga area in New York (see supplemental minutes)
      9. Approve the Related Service Agreement By and Between Stillwater CSD and Access Therapy Group for services through June 22, 2018 (see supplemental minutes)
        1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
        2. Nays: 0
  4. Auditor’s Report
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by B. McNeil, to accept the Financial Statements and Other Required Report as of June 30, 2017 Together with the Independent Auditor’s Report. (see supplemental minutes)
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  5. Appointments – Food Service Workers: Tammy Eriole Marlena Gorniak Nicole Benware
    1. On a motion by B. McNeil, seconded by D. Giso, to approve the appointment of the following as Food Service Helpers, according to the terms of the current CSEA contract, for three hours/day, at $11.31/hour: Tammy Eriole Marlena Gorniak Nicole Benware
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  6. Appointment – D. Merchant, Part-time Typist
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by B. McNeil, to appoint Deborah Merchant as a Typist, 3 hours/day at $12.36/hour, effective 10/11/2017, according to the terms of the current CSEA contract.
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  7. Appointment – L. Bennett, Elementary N, K, Grades 1-6
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by B. McNeil, to appoint Lori Bennett to a probationary term in the tenure area of N, K, Grades 1-6 Elementary teacher, effective 11/13/2017. Ms. Bennett holds a permanent certification in the area of N, K, Grades 1-6 Elementary teacher. This appointment is specifically contingent upon Ms. Bennett receiving New York State certification as a Library/Media Specialist, no later than 11/12/2021.
    2. The Board of Education further notes that this appointment is made on a conditional basis, and subject to receipt of both a statement from Ms. Bennett regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges, and the receipt of a criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Ms. Bennett’s continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice from the Commissioner of Education that she is fully cleared for employment.
    3. Ms. Bennett will be placed on MA Step 7 of the salary schedule at $47,325, and will be assigned as the elementary librarian.  (see supporting documents)
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  8. District Financial Consultants
    1. Mrs. Morris discussed changing the district’s  financial consultants with the Board of Education, noting that financial consultant Rick Timbs also provides services to school districts specific to capital projects, bonding, etc. Additional information will be presented at a future Board meeting.
  9. Communications
    1. Board members received information concerning the Saratoga County School Boards Association dinner meeting and the Board & Administrator newsletter. (see supplemental minutes)
  10. Board Items of Interest
    1. V. Masterson shared information she had received at a NYSED workshop pertaining to the 180 day instructional requirements for school calendars.
  11. There was no public input.
  12. Executive Session
    1. On a motion by V. Masterson, seconded by B. Callanan, to adjourn to executive session at 8:06 p.m. to discuss  negotiations.
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  13. Reconvene
    1. On a motion by B. McNeil, seconded by N. Greene, to reconvene the meeting at 8:34 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0
  14. Adjournment
    1. On a motion by D. Giso, seconded by W. Callanan, to adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m.
      1. Ayes: 7 – Motion Carried
      2. Nays: 0

Minutes by Mary Sgambati, District Clerk