The meeting was called to order by Mr. Deason, Vice President, at 7:00 p.m.
It was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mrs. Stockdale, to approve the minutes from the November 19, 2018 Regular Board of Education Meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (8-0)
2. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:
- The Administrative Offices moved to Sanford Street on Friday. We have plenty of room, and it’s going to work out well.
- The District will be using the house on Glenwood Avenue to store files. Mr. Jenkins met with NERIC regarding records retention. We are looking at getting our documents scanned and stored digitally.
- Mr. Clay reported that we are a district in good standing.
- Winter concerts will be taking place throughout December.
- Congratulations to the Football Team Players, and Coaches for winning the State Championship!
3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:
4. BOARD MEMBER COMMENTS:
Mr. Levin read the Indian Insider, the GFHS student newspaper, and said it was quite a publication. He was intrigued that years later students are still advocating for French toast sticks! He said the paper was quite impressive and couldn’t wait to read the next publication. Mr. Graham wanted to thank Mr. Bouteiller and the Pep Band for their huge contributions to the football season. He said they did a great job, and it was much appreciated by everyone that followed football!
Big Cross PTA – Sara Quartiers reported last month was the annual Thanksgiving breakfast. Students were able to eat breakfast “family style” in the gym and in the cafeteria to celebrate as a school community and give thanks. The annual holiday shopping program began on December 10th, and will extend through Wednesday the 19th. The store gives kids an opportunity to experience the true meaning of Christmas by being able to select presents to give to loved ones at home. Items are marked very inexpensively with most items ranging from 50 cents to just a few dollars. The company also provides gift certificates that are good for a dollar or $2 so that every child can purchase and wrap something for a loved one. Last month’s Fall Fundraiser brought in nearly $5,000. The PTA approved $200 to go towards purchasing a camera that will extend the capabilities of our virtual reality goggles in the maker space. Next month, we are looking forward to the Big Cross Pasta Night, which is always a great way for our school community to come together and continue to foster connections between families, faculty and staff.
Middle School PTSA – Sara Quartiers reported students in the Middle School are working hard to earn Bling Bucks within their classes. Bling Bucks can be earned a variety of ways. These tickets can be used in the Bling Store. At the Bling store, next week, students will be able to use their bucks to purchase items for friends and family members on their shopping list. The PTA also hosts a wrapping station to wrap the gifts as well. Planning is set to begin for the 5th/6th grade activity night, which will happen on February 1st.
Public Relations – Mr. Deason reported the Public Relations Committee met on Wednesday, November 28th. Skye Heritage gave an update on the very successful and streamlined summer mailing. The District celebrated Support Professionals during American Education Week, by highlighting various teacher aides, teacher assistants, secretaries, and custodians on our website. Congratulations to Skye Heritage for winning an Excellence in Writing award in June from NSPRA (National School Public Relations Association). Then in September, we won another Award of Honor for Excellence in Writing from NYSPRA (New York School Public Relations Association). The awards are normally given out at the School Boards conference, but this year they mailed the awards. The committee also discussed the new website design that is coming next year.
Technology Committee – Mr. Jenkins reported the Technology Committee met on Wednesday, November 28th. Mr. Streicher gave a report on student data privacy, and went through the regulations and policies we have to follow.
Curriculum – Mr. Deason report the Curriculum Committee met prior to the Board of Education meeting. The meeting took place at Jackson Heights Elementary School. Jackson Heights Principal, Carrie Mauro, provided a presentation to our Board of Education and public on the various initiatives being addressed at Jackson Heights that relate to our Board of Education District Goals. Ms. Mauro’s presentation included time for teachers, students, and our Instructional Tech coach to share highlights from their perspectives that relate to District Goals. After Ms. Mauro’s presentation, Mr. Clay provided an update on the student participation data of our Middle and High School students. The Middle and High Schools have done much to ensure that students are connected to and participate in some kind of school related activity. This continues to be a priority area for our Board of Education. January’s Curriculum Committee will take place at Kensington Road Elementary School at 6:00 p.m. as we continue our effort to highlight programs at each Glens Falls school that relate to our Board of Education goals. Thank you to the students and Mr. Motisff for great presentations!
6. CONSENT AGENDA:
It was moved by Mrs. Greenwood, seconded by Mrs. Culliton, to approve the Consent. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)
A. Student Placements 1. 2018 – 2019 CSE/CPSE Recommendations (attached)
B. Financial Reports (attached) 1. Warrant 5A, 5B, and the Internal Claims Auditor’s Report 2. Treasurer’s report for the month ending October 31, 2018 2687
C. Approve the Senior Class Trip to Camp Chingachgook on Sunday, May 5, 2019 – Monday, May 6, 2019 (attached)
D. Accept the Bid Results and Award the Contract to the following for Phase 2 of the Construction Project (attached): Comalli Group, Inc. – Cabling Construction Infrastructure – AV (National Cooperative Purchasing Alliance (NCPA) #01-50)
E. Approve the following resolution (document attached): RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Glens Falls City School District hereby approves the execution of an easement conveying an access and utility easement to Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation from the Glens Falls City School District over a portion of the City School District’s property identified as Tax Map Parcel No. 302.15-1-6, commonly known as 43 Kensington Road, and it is further
RESOLVED, that the Superintendent execute the aforementioned easement and all documents necessary to effectuate the conveyance.
F. Approve the following resolution (document attached): RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Glens Falls City School District hereby approves the settlement of the 2018 Real Property Tax Law Article 7 proceeding Sani Industries LLC v. The Assessor and the Board of Assessment Review of the City of Glens Falls, Glens Falls, New York which settlement reduces the assessed value from $1,438,200 to $1,309,000 for 2018, and it is further
RESOLVED, that the moratorium of RPTL 727 shall apply; and it is further
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education directs payment of refunds in an amount not to exceed $3,020 from the appropriate account of the School District, and it is further
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes counsel for the School District to sign the appropriate Stipulation of Settlement resolving this matter.
1. Professional Retirements:
Cote, Robert, Math Teacher, Effective July 1, 2019
Schoelermann, Donna, Special Education Teacher, Effective June 30, 2019
2. Non-Teaching Appointments:
Ramirez, Pedro, Cleaner, Effective November 26, 2018, Salary; $25,245.00 + $504.00 second shift stipend, Probationary Period: November 26, 2018 – May 26, 2019
French, Shirley, 6.50 Hour Teacher Aide, Effective December 3, 2018, Salary; $13,347.75 prorated, Probationary Period: December 3, 2018 – December 3, 2019
Smith, Debra, 6.50 Hour Teacher Aide, Effective December 3, 2018, Salary; $13,347.75 prorated, Probationary Period: December 3, 2018 – December 3, 2019
3. Non-Teaching Change in Appointment:
Moore, Assunta, from 6.50 Teacher Aide to 6.50 Teacher Assistant, Effective November 28, 2018, Salary; $14,550.25, Probationary Period: November 28, 2018 – November 28, 2022
4. Non-Teaching Resignation:
Spear, Jill, Teacher Assistant, Effective December 5, 2018
END OF CONSENT AGENDA
8. OLD BUSINESS:
9. NEW BUSINESS:
Mr. Jenkins mentioned previously to the Board of Education about the potential need to create another Assistant Principal’s position at the Middle School. The Middle School has had a Dean of Discipline for the past five years, and we are at a point now where we would like to create a new position. Mrs. Moore put together a role and responsibility document outlining what the new position would look like. If the Board is in agreement, we can move forward and create another Assistant Principals’ position at the Middle School.
It was moved by Mr. Rivers, seconded by Mr. Graham, to create an additional Middle School Assistant Principal position. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0).
10. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
At 7:30 p.m., there being no further business, it was moved by Mrs. Stockdale, seconded by Mrs. Culliton, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)
Amy Towers Clerk, Board of Education