The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Maurer, President, at 7:00 p.m.
It was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mr. Deason, to approve the minutes from the December 10, 2018 Regular Board of Education Meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)
2. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:
- The list of advocacy priorities is on our agenda tonight for approval. The advocacy priorities are developed by Superintendents through BOCES, and put together with guidance from our lobbyist in Albany. The list is as follows:
1. Fund and Adjust the Foundation Formula
2. Increase the $30,000 threshold on BOCES Aid for Career and Technical Education (CTE) Programs by providing 100% aid ability for the salaries of CTE teachers.
3. Building Aid for Small Capital Projects
4. SMART Schools Bond Act
- Local Business O’Brien Insurance has been honored with the WSWHE BOCES outstanding Business Partnership Award. Owner John O’Brien accepted the award during a gathering of school superintendents and legislators from the 5-county region on January 12th. John has done a lot for students and staff in our district, and Mr. Jenkins stated he was happy to give him the award.
- The Budget Calendar is on tonight’s agenda. We will be presenting in February the preliminary budget forecast and proposed budget assumptions. We will also have representatives coming in to talk about replacing the turf.
- We will be switching over to our new website format at the end of the month. It will be a nice change, and it will be easier to access from cell phones.
3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:
Neil Hogan, a Junior at the High School, asked the Board about water filling stations at the High School. He said the water filling stations would be a positive environmental, health and economic impact for the district. If the water filling stations were installed, he would put up posters for sustainability. It would show how many plastic bottles were saved from waste with the bottle fillers. He also spoke to JUST Water to see if they would help fund the water bottle stations, and he also said he would be happy to fundraise.
Mr. Jenkins – We would like to replace all our fountains with water filling stations.
Mr. Chester – We have two already for the High School, but we just have to install them.
Mr. Jenkins – I like the idea of a poster with the sustainability information. It would be a great project.
Ms. Hall – Big Cross has water filling stations as well. Since they were installed over the summer, they have been filled over 7,000 times. It gets a lot of use. Big Cross is still waiting for more to be installed. The PTA also purchased water bottles for every student in the school to be used with the filling stations.
Kelly Stevens reported the PTA purchased 6 Breakout EDU kits. Breakout EDU is a physical game kit and platform where students work together to solve various puzzles to open a locked box, similar to an escape room. Each Breakout EDU kit is a collection of resettable locks, boxes, and items that can be used to play immersive learning games. There are puzzles in every subject area and grade level, such as geometric shapes, literature, physical education, computer science, and even team development. The challenges help students build critical- thinking and social/emotional skills. The holiday workshop was a huge success. The PTA approved a new sound system for the school. 23 food bags will be filled and sent home with students for winter break.
Big Cross PTA
Sara Quartiers reported Big Cross received a $500 grant from Exxon Mobil. The Family Engagement Committee met last week to discuss some ideas on how we can increase engagement in the school community. Moving forward with some new ideas like Family Zumba Night, Family Hip Hop Night, Scavenger Hunt, Read-Around-The Building, Family Game Night, Math & Science Night and more. Big Cross will hold its annual Pasta Night dinner on Thursday, January 24th. Families will be able to dine together in the cafeteria. Take out will be available. Those in attendance will be serenaded by Glens Falls’ own Strolling Strings. The PTA continues to look ahead to plan and prepare for some of the bigger events happening later this year like the Spring Fair, PARP and the Scholastic Book Fair in April.
Middle School PTSA
The PTSA will help share in the cost of having Sweethearts and Heroes come into the Middle School and work with students in February. Sweethearts and Heroes is a program that means to educate students about the impact bullying has on schools, neighborhoods, and individuals. It also focuses on empowering students, faculty and staff. On Thursday, January 10th, the PTSA put on a fundraiser at Skyzone. All told, $680 was raised. The PTA is working on the upcoming 7th and 8th grade dance, which is this Friday as well as the 5th/6th grade activity afternoon on Friday, February 1st.
Mrs. Moore, Middle School Principal, updated the Board on the two-week long session where students are using equipment and technology to produce their own movies and videos about the harm of bullying. Mrs. Moore said the students are working with Mr. Mike from Don’t Wait to Unmake a Bully Project. She said the kids are so engaged, and they love working with the equipment and coming up with the ideas for the video. They operated the camera, wrote scripts, recited lines and called action like on a real movie set. Mrs. Moore will update us on when the videos will be ready for viewing!
Buildings and Grounds
Mr. Jenkins reported the committee met on January 2nd. The committee discussed the updates for the current capital project. A lot of work is being done on the 3rd floor of the High School. The Administration Building had asbestos removed and the inside of the building has been gutted. Hopefully we will be back into the district office by April 1st. The committee also discussed replacing the turf and track.
Mrs. Maurer reported the curriculum committee met prior to the Board Meeting. The Curriculum Committee continued with its theme for the 2018/19 school year to visit each school and hear from Principals and faculty regarding school initiatives and goals related to District Board of Education goals. This month, Mrs. Hayes presented with Mrs. Dumar and students. Goals addressed by Mrs. Hayes included increasing percentage of students reading at grade level, increasing proficiency/mastery on all state assessments, decreasing the number of students absent 15 days or more, and increasing parent engagement. The students who participated in the presentation and in the video clips did an excellent job sharing about their school!
5. CONSENT AGENDA:
It was moved by Mrs. Culliton, seconded by Mr. Deason, to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)
A. Student Placements
1. 2018 – 2019 CSE/CPSE Recommendations (attached)
B. Financial Reports (attached)
1. Warrant 6A, 6B, and the Internal Claims Auditor’s Report
2. Treasurer’s report for the month ending November 30, 2018
C. Approve the Science Field Trip to the Museum of Natural History in New York City on March 28, 2019 (attached)
D. Approve the National Honor Society Field Trip to New York City/Long Island on Friday, May 24, 2019 – Saturday, May 25, 2019
E. Approve the Resolution for the Advocacy Priorities for the 2019 Legislative Session (attached)
F. Approve the Disposal of Computer Equipment (attached)
G. Approve the 2018-2019 Health Services Rate
H. Approve the 2019-2020 Budget Calendar
I. Approve the Indoor Open Gym Soccer Program from February 24, 2019 – April 7, 2019
J. Approve the following Resolution:
RESOLVED that the Board of Education approve the appointment of Barbara Sealy as Interim Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Effective January 11, 2019 and shall continue until the Board deems otherwise unless further extended or sooner terminated, at the rate of $380.70 per day. Further, the Board authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to submit a Section 211 waiver application subject to approval by the New York State Commissioner of Education.
1. Professional Retirements:
Bates, Donna, English Teacher, Effective July 1, 2019
Field, Krista, Special Education Teacher, Effective June 30, 2019
Strader, Elizabeth, Social Studies Teacher, Effective June 30, 2019
2. Professional Resignation:
Beck-Fragale, Linda, Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services, Effective January 31, 2019
3. Non-Teaching Resignations:
Ackley, Robert, Part-Time Bus Monitor, Effective December 20, 2018
Goff, Christopher, Head Automotive/Bus Mechanic, Effective December 21, 2018
Munger, Jennifer, Teacher Aide, Effective December 28, 2018
Garcia, Christine, Teacher Aide, Effective January 18, 2019
4. Non-Teaching Leave of Absence:
Tholl, Elizabeth, Teacher Assistant, Effective February 11, 2019 – April 8, 2019
5. Non-Teaching Appointments:
Hayes, Samantha, 6.50 Hour Teacher Aide, Effective January 2, 2019, Salary; $13,347.75 prorated, Probationary Period: January 2, 2019 – January 2, 2020
Lozada, Matthew, Cleaner, Effective January 14, 2019, Salary; $25,245.00 + $504.00 second shift stipend, Probationary Period: January 14, 2019 – July 14, 2019
Leaver, Jim, Part-Time Bus Driver, Effective January 15, 2019, Salary; $16.44 per hour, Probationary Period: January 15, 2019 – July 15, 2019
6. Jackson Heights Elementary School Club Advisors (2018-2019):
Donohue, Brian Kids on the Run (Shared Position)
Gross, Elizabeth Kids on the Run (shared Position)
7. High School Club Advisor (2018-2019):
Meunier, Andrew Strategic Games
8. Volunteer Coach (2018-2019):
Cavotta, Zoie Girls Lacrosse
Gugliotta, Emily Modified Swimming
9. Volunteer Coaching Appointment for Indoor Open Gym Soccer Program:
END OF CONSENT AGENDA
It was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mr. Graham, to approve the Certification of unpaid Queensbury Taxes. (Roll Call): Mr. Levin (Yes), Mrs. Greenwood (Yes), Mrs. Culliton (Yes), Mrs. Spector- Tougas (Yes), Mrs. Maurer (Yes), Mr. Deason (Yes), Mr. Graham (Yes), Mrs. Stockdale (Yes), Mr. Rivers (Yes). The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0) (attached)
8. OLD BUSINESS:
9. NEW BUSINESS
10. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
At 7:20 p.m., it was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mr. Deason, to adjourn to executive session to discuss a legal matter and a contractual matter.
The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)
Executive Session ended at 8:10 p.m.
It was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mrs. Stockdale, to come out of executive session.
The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)
At 8:11 p.m., there being no further business, it was moved by Mrs. Culliton, seconded by Mr. Deason, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)
Clerk, Board of Education