Mar. 11, 2019 minutes

The meeting was called to order by Mr. Deason, Vice President, at 7:00 p.m.

1. MINUTES:

It was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mrs. Culliton, to approve the minutes from the February 11, 2019 Regular Board of Education Meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (7-0)

2. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

  • Mr. Jenkins reported it’s been a busy winter. Students went to States in skiing, our boys basketball team is going to States on Friday, and our Swim Team placed 2nd in Sectionals.  We will be streaming the boys’ basketball state championship semifinal game for students to watch in the HS auditorium. If students want to attend the game on Friday, it will be counted as a field trip as long as they sign up at school and check in at the game with Ms. Condon.
  • Area Superintendents will be attending lobby day in Albany on Tuesday. A select group of Superintendents will be meeting with Betty Little to discuss our advocacy priorities.
  • Mr. Yusko will be giving a budget update tonight. The budget meeting scheduled for March 20th is canceled. We are still waiting for more information from the state.
  • Bobby Yusko, Asst. Superintendent for Business, gave a presentation on where we are with the 2019-2020 budget. Budget information can be found at www.gfsd.org . Click on the “About Us” tab and then “School Budget.”

3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION (OPEN FORUM):

Betty Brown, President of the Support Staff Union made the following statement: Good evening, I am a community member, a long-time resident and tax payer, a Glens Falls alumni, parent of two Glens Falls graduates, a 20 year School District support staff employee, a waitress, a full-time volunteer member for the GFHS HOPE Committee, nine year member of the MS Spring Fair, a four year member of the HS after-prom committee, a Girl Scout leader, travel hockey manager, softball coach, a twenty year Church school teacher, and a proud union member of the Support Staff Association. You may be used to having someone introduce their name first, but I truly want to let that description sink in to not only highlight me but the people who stand behind me today. It truly describes the membership of the Support Staff Association, and shows you that our membership in many ways is the same as the volunteers on this School Board; working for the love of children. My name is Betty Brown, President of the Support Staff Association. I have been blessed to work beside the most patient, loving, talented, professional, co-workers, teachers, principals, and supervisors. Thank you, you are my school family. I wanted to highlight my roles not as a selfish way to list my many hats, but to proudly highlight to this Board that I am just one of the 100 plus employees that on a daily basis wear the same multiple hats, if not more, while working endlessly to help our school district and ultimately help our students achieve success in Glens Falls and beyond. Outside of school, our membership is made up of hard working, blue collar, community members and parents. The majority of our Association is comprised of in-district living residents and taxpayers. Many of our Association members and our spouses must work two jobs to support our families, and most, do this without much complaint. Inside of the School District, we occupy full-time and part-time roles. These roles range from teaching assistants who assist in classrooms providing instruction and academic support, teacher aides who provide physical, mental and emotional support to all students including our most at-risk students, office clerks, occupational and physical therapist assistants, job coaches, computer lab assistants, school lunch monitors, and security staff. We build lifelong bonds with colleagues, staff, parents, and most importantly students. Our members are often the first person a student interacts with in the morning, and the last staff member to say goodbye at the end of the day. Sometimes we build such trusting relationships with students that we are the ones they confide in and depend on for advice or to find help. For our membership, common themes tie us together. Our professionalism in the workplace, taking on jobs to help the District run day in and day out, dedication and love toward the students, and our strong ties to the community. However, I hear of personal accounts from our members that we have time and time again overcome personal injury in the workplace, including physical and emotional attacks, lower compensation, higher health care expenses and at times a less supportive work environment. We as professionals and community members implore the Board of Education to keep this in mind not only as we enter into contract negotiations for the Support Staff Association, but also into the immediate future to assist your employees and community members in gaining better training, improving working conditions, valuing your employees and working toward better than standard of living raises. By working side by side, together we can improve the experience for students, parents and employees alike. With those types of concepts, we as an Association would be even prouder to represent the Glens Falls School District. Thank you. 

4. REPORTS:

Big Cross PTA: Geri Teta reported the Big Cross fundraiser for the third grade student battling Leukemia, organized and spearheaded by her classmates, raised well over $800. The very first game night was held, and 90 people attended. Everyone had a great time with bingo, karaoke, Pictionary, and many other games. It was a great night for all who attended. A read around event will be held in a couple of weeks and many other family events throughout the rest of the school. PARP has begun with a Hollywood theme as students become red carpet readers. The spring fair is right around the corner, as well as the 2nd annual craft fair with 30 plus vendors. We look forward to a very busy spring.

Jackson Heights: Marley Brogan, and Ashlyn Wiggins, students at Jackson Heights, reported the Winter Olympics were held on the afternoon of February 15th. The weather was great, and everyone had a lot of fun! Students, PTA, and staff honored our Founders’ Day Award Recipient Lisa Eggletson during our Character Education Assembly on March 1st. Mrs. Eggleston was presented with flowers and restaurant gift cards in appreciation of her! Kindergarten Round-Up is being held on March 20th. Parent volunteers will be there to hand out refreshments provided by the PTA and be available to talk with prospective families and students. The PTA will be showing the Emoji movie on March 22nd from 6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the gymnasium. Admission, popcorn, and water will be provided for free. On March 25th, the Saratoga Opera will come and perform an opera for our school. Mrs. LaPointe, our music teacher, organized this for the students. Mrs. LaPointe also arranged for the 4th graders at Jackson Heights to sing the National Anthem on March 29th at the Thunder hockey game at Cool Insuring Arena in Glens Falls. Our PTA is paying for the admission for each 4th grader. If anyone else would like to come and support our 4th graders, contact Mrs. LaPointe to get the link to buy a $15 ticket online that includes popcorn and soda. Our Maker Space, called the Jackson Heights Exploration Lab, is almost open. We have gotten a lot of          things donated from our families and community to fill our lab. More donations are always welcome. Currently, we are in need of marbles, marble runs, legos, K’Nex, magnatiles, Tinker toys, Brain Flakes, Snap Circuits, Zoob, Cubelets, Keva Blocks, Squishy Circuits, and Strawbees. Please bring donations to the main office or send them in with a Jackson Heights student.

Public Relations Committee: Mr. Deason reported the committee met on February 27th. The committee discussed the new website. It’s live, and it works great on phones. Another survey is coming out in the spring for parents. Also discussed was Founders’ Day and Kindergarten Round-up. Right now the big focus is on our upcoming budget vote and election.

Technology Committee: Mr. Levin reported the Technology Committee met on February 27th. Mr. Streicher gave a presentation, and played a video. The video was a follow-up to Mrs. Arney’s class project to design the ideal classroom learning environment. We currently have 21st Century Learning Spaces in the High School Library, Mrs. Arney’s Room, and the Jackson Heights Library. The committee discussed Chromebooks for 3rd and 4th grade, and a refresh for grades 7-12. Computer based testing will be used for all students in grades 3-8. Elementary STEAM Days are getting started. A few other events planned are Cyber Senior Night, a Google Presenter, and an Internet Safety Presentation for parents.

Curriculum Committee: Mr. Deason reported the March Curriculum Committee and Board of Education meeting took place in the library at the High School in keeping with our School Board’s tour of schools throughout the 2018/2019 school year. Mrs. Silvernell presented High School achievement data, and provided an overview of building goals and initiatives related to our District Goals. High School English Department Chair, Mrs. Arney, presented an overview of her student’s project based learning unit related to improving attendance. Students from Mrs. Arney’s classes finished out the meeting by presenting a broad range of potential solutions to improve attendance based on the research they conducted in class. Students and adults did an outstanding job presenting to a packed house of peers. Great job!

5. CONSENT AGENDA:

It was moved by Mrs. Greenwood, seconded by Mr. Graham, to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion was carried unanimously. (7-0)

A. Student Placements
  1. 2018 – 2019 CSE/CPSE Recommendations (attached)

B. Financial Reports (attached)
  1. Warrant 8A, 8B, and the Internal Claims Auditor’s Report
  2. Treasurer’s Report for the month ending January 31, 2019

C. Approve the following resolution:
RESOLVED,  that the Board of Education adopt the 2019-2020 school calendar, excluding Tuesday, November 5 and Wednesday, November 27, due to pending legislation to declare Tuesday, November 5 (election day) as a state holiday, and to further authorize the District Superintendent to finalize and publish the 2019-2020 school calendar as it relates to November 5 and November 27 upon conclusion of the state budget or legislative session or at such a time that the state’s determination on November 5 is known (attached)

D. Approve the following resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Glens Falls City School District hereby agrees to enter into a contract with Capital Region SportsNet for the production and live streaming/broadcast by Capital Region SportsNet of certain athletic contests between the School District and other school districts that are members of the Foothills Council, and the Board of Education authorizes its President to execute on behalf of the School District the Broadcast Agreement with Capital Region SportsNet that has been presented to the Board by the School District’s Superintendent of Schools.  (attached)

E. Approve the following Contracts for Health and Welfare Services (attached)
  1. South Colonie Central School District
  2. Saratoga Springs City Schools

F. Abolish the Dean of Discipline Position at the Middle School effective February 6, 2019

G.   PERSONNEL:
1. Non-Teaching Resignation:
Seymour, Lisa, Teacher Aide, Effective February 25, 2019

2. Non-Teaching Appointment:
Seymour, Lisa, 6.50 Hour Teacher Assistant, Effective February 25, 2019, Salary; $16,487.20, Probationary Period: February 25, 2019 – February 25, 2023

3. Volunteer Coach:
Leonbruno, Michael, Varsity Baseball

END OF CONSENT AGENDA

It was moved by Mrs. Culliton, seconded by Mrs. Stockdale, to approve the Notice of Registration and Notice of Public Hearing and Annual Meeting Resolution. (Roll Call): Mr. Levin (Yes), Mrs. Greenwood (Yes), Mrs. Culliton (Yes), Mrs. Spector-Tougas (Yes), Mr. Deason (Yes), Mr. Graham (Yes), Mrs. Stockdale (Yes). The motion was carried unanimously. (7-0) (attached)

6. CORRESPONDENCE:

Mr. Jenkins and the Board of Education received a letter from Bob Cote.

7. OLD BUSINESS: NONE

8. NEW BUSINESS: NONE

9. EXECUTIVE SESSION

At 7:30 p.m., it was moved by Mrs. Culliton, and seconded by Mr. Graham, to adjourn to executive session to discuss a personnel matter, and a legal matter. The motion was carried unanimously. (7-0)

Executive Session ended at 8:00 p.m.
It was moved by Mr. Graham, and seconded by Mrs. Stockdale, to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously. (7-0)

At 8:01 p.m., the public portion of the meeting was reopened, and the following actions were taken:

It was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mrs. Greenwood, to approve the settlement agreement with David Vaughn which was reviewed in executive session. The motion was carried unanimously (7-0)

It was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mrs. Greenwood, to accept the resignation of David Vaughn, effective February 26, 2019. The motion was carried unanimously. (7-0)

10. ADJOURNMENT

At 8:02 p.m., there being no further business, it was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mrs. Stockdale, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (7-0)

Amy Towers
Clerk, Board of Education