May 13, 2019 minutes

The meeting was called to order by Mrs. Maurer, President, at 7:15 p.m.

1. MINUTES

It was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mr. Graham, to approve the minutes from the April 8, 2019 Regular Board of Education Meeting, and the April 30, 2019 Special Board of Education Meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

2. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT:

  • Tonight we will be approving a number of tenure appointments. Congratulations to each staff member on this important professional achievement.
  • We have a number of new hires on the agenda for the 2019-2020 school year.
  • Mr. Jenkins gave Mrs. Spector-Tougas a plaque for finishing her 2nd term (10 years) on the Board of Education. Mr. Jenkins thanked her for all her countless hours and dedication. We will miss you!

3. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION:

Kristine Trevett-Jones, employee of the School District for 10 years, Vice-President of the Support Staff Association, and a resident of the Glens Falls City School District said she was speaking tonight as a homeowner. She lives at 37 Glenwood Avenue which is next door to the property at the Bus Garage. She is concerned about the busses leaving early and late at night and is worried about the privacy and the property value of the home. She asked the Board if they could plant trees, and add a fence. She passed around pictures showing the view of the bus garage from her home, and asked the district to be good neighbors.

4. REPORTS:

Big Cross PTA –Sara Quartiers reported that “Walking Wednesdays” will resume on May 15th at Big Cross. Students will be encouraged to walk to school every Wednesday for the next four weeks. Big Cross was delighted to receive a $1,700 grant from the Stewarts Holiday Match Program. The intent is to use the money, in part, to purchase a washer and dryer for the school to help support student needs. The Spring Fair and the 2nd annual Craft Fair both brought in approximately $1,500. Big Cross conducted a McStaff Night on May 1st at the Exit 18 McDonalds. Staff members bravely signed up for shifts to work the counter and the drive thru. Kids and families enjoyed being able to interact with their teachers in this exciting and different atmosphere. The event was a huge success! Last week was staff appreciation week at Big Cross. Each day, teachers were treated to something different…chair massages, breakfast, room service, lunch catered by the Grateful Den, and a raffle drawing for various gifts and prizes. For the 4th year in a row, the Big Cross PTA offered up 5 grants for the SUNY Adirondack Summer Enrichment Program. The PTA chose one 3rd grader, and four 4th graders to be recipients of this grant that will allow them to choose a summer enrichment course through SUNY Adirondack that will be fully funded by our PTA. Big Cross is very proud to give five scholarships to graduating seniors. Our PTA continues to look ahead to plan and prepare for some of our bigger events coming up like the 3rd grade bike rodeo, and the annual end of the year ice cream social.

Middle School PTSA – Sara Quartiers reported Staff Appreciation Day is Wednesday, May 15th. Teachers will be treated to a luncheon to celebrate all they do for our children in the Middle School. The annual 7th/8th grade Spring Fling took place this past Friday, May 10th. The theme of the dance was “Under the Stars”. The PTSA continues to look ahead to plan and prepare for some of our bigger events happening later this year like Spirit Day on June 7th, and the 8th grade ice cream social on June 25th.

Jackson Heights PTA – Marissa Garelli, student at Jackson Heights, reported the Bike Rodeo for 3rd graders will occur on May 17th. The complimentary helmets and shirts are being provided by Nemer Ford. The Kids on the Run 5K practice has started two afternoons a week for our 3rd and 4th graders. The race is on May 31st at 1:30 p.m. at Jackson Heights. The fundraiser held at Chipotle on April 16th was a success. Our PTA received $200 from the event. McTeachers Night on May 2nd was super fun, and well attended. Jackson Heights celebrated our staff with All Staff Appreciation Week last week with a Coffee Cart for the staff on Monday, and a luncheon on Friday. The PTA purchased a new microwave. The end of the year picnic is being held from 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. on June 13th.

Middle School Student Council – Kate Crandall reported the annual Spring Fling dance this year took place during a night under the stars. Approximately 175 7th and 8th graders danced and jumped to the music from 7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m., as well as enjoying food catered from the Grateful Den and a frozen yogurt bar from 16 handles. Student council brought along sixth grade members to help distribute baked goods, sell raffle tickets, and take pictures at the photo-op, where we had a starry night theme with a park bench, tree, and nighttime background. Students spent endless hours helping during their free periods. Students and teachers, and even parents came after school to help decorate. We also received $500 in donations for gift card raffles. It was a joint effort, but in the end, everybody who helped out was happy with the end result and the turnout. Walking into the dance, stars danced in the breeze reading the names of students and glinting in shades of silver and blue. On the dance floor, we projected white lights and strung lights along the floor, across each of the basketball hoops, and big circular lights protruding from the hoops. In the end, the Student Council raised approximately $2,100, all being put toward student senate scholarships, the 8th grade Boston Trip, and any other funds seeking aid in our school. Overall, it was a great night out. We raised a good amount of money to support our school with, as well as bringing our GFMS family together to dance and have a great time with.

Personnel Committee – Mrs. Culliton reported the committee met on April 30th to discuss tenure. We have approximately 50 non-tenured teachers in the district. Mrs. Culliton said it’s her favorite day of the year because it’s great to see the enthusiasm of the administrators for their staff. On tonight’s agenda we will be approving a number of tenure appointments. Congratulations!

Curriculum – Karin Maurer reported the Curriculum Committee met prior to the Board Meeting. The May 13th Curriculum Committee began with a presentation by Dr. David Blaiklock of K-12 insight. Dr. Blaiklock presented the results of the District/Community survey of parents, teachers, and students related to our efforts to improve the graduation rate. The survey addressed six tenet areas that the New York State Education Department requires districts to assess. These areas are: Curriculum Development and Support, District Leadership and Capacity, Family and Community Engagement, School Leader Practices and Decisions, Student Social and Emotional Developmental Health, Teacher Practices and decisions. While many strengths were noted regarding District Leadership and Capacity, Student Social and Emotional Health were noted as areas for us to keep working on. We also noted a need to continue looking for creative ways to engage with family and community to strengthen our partnerships. Following the K-12 Insight Survey presentation, High School Counseling Department Chair Andy Akins presented a draft of the Comprehensive School Counseling Plan to Superintendent Jenkins and the Board of Education. The Comprehensive School Counseling Plan represents the input of the Advisory Committee Association and the New York State Education Department. Special thanks were noted for Andy Akins and Michelle Aleva who demonstrated outstanding leadership in the development of this draft plan. Trent Clay will be establishing a follow up meeting with the Comprehensive School Counseling Plan Advisory Committee before the end of the school year. Mr. Clay felt it was important to present the draft plan to Mr. Jenkins and the Board of Education prior to meeting with the Advisory Committee.

5. CONSENT AGENDA:

It was moved by Mrs. Greenwood, seconded by Mr. Deason to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

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

B. Financial Reports (attached)

1. Warrant 10A, 10B, and 10C

2. Internal Claims Auditor’s Report

3. Treasurer’s Report as of March 31, 2019

C. Approve Recycling Computer Equipment (attached)

D. Approve Discarding Library Books and Materials at Big Cross Street Elementary School (attached)

E. Approve the Cross Country Trip to Manhattan College on Saturday, October 12, 2019 (attached)

F. Approve the Varsity Boys Swimming & Diving Educational and Team Bonding Trip at SUNY Cortland from January 31, 2020 – February 2, 2020 (attached)

G. Personnel

1. Professional Retirement:

Martinez, Janel, Nurse, Effective December 20, 2019

2. Professional Appointments:

Swensen, Matthew, English Language Arts Teacher, Step 6 MA, $50,649.00, Effective September 1, 2019, Probationary Period: September 1, 2019 – September 1, 2023

Lafferty, Hannah, Elementary Education, Step 5 MA, $50,000.00, Effective September 1, 2019, Probationary Period: September 1, 2019 – September 1, 2022

Gray, Laura, Library Media Specialist, Step 7 MA, $51,483.00, Effective September 1, 2019, Probationary Period: September 1, 2019 – September 1, 2022

Babson, Avery, Foreign Language Teacher, Step 12 MA, $56,440.00, Effective September 1, 2019, Probationary Period: September 1, 2019 – September 1, 2022

3. Non-Teaching Resignations:

Lozada, Matthew, Cleaner, Effective March 8, 2019

French, Shirley, Teacher Aide, Effective June 26, 2019

Sullivan, Kasey, Teacher Assistant, Effective June 26, 2019

4. Non-Teaching Change in Assignment:

Alheim, Mary, from Part-Time Bus Monitor to Part-Time Bus Driver, Effective May 6, 2019, Salary; $16.44/hour, Probationary Period: May 6, 2019 – November 6, 2019

5. Collaborative Summer Program Teacher Appointment (7/1/19 – 8/9/19):

Clough, Amanda, Elementary Teacher, $3,987

6. Tenure Appointments:

Grieve, Deidre, Social Worker, Effective September 1, 2019

Heames, Richard, Science Teacher, Effective September 1, 2019

Johnson, Julie, Family & Consumer Science Teacher, Effective September 1, 2019

Lewis, Kimberly, Elementary Education Teacher, Effective September 1, 2019

Mazza, Cameron, Social Worker, Effective September 1, 2019

Moynihan, Melissa, Elementary Education Teacher, Effective September 1, 2019

Reed, Suzanne, Art Teacher, Effective September 1, 2019

Scales, Fiona, Music Teacher, Effective September 1, 2019

Winter-Walton, Christal, Special Education Teacher, September 1, 2019

7. Volunteer Coaches (2018-2019):

  • Endieveri, John, Modified Baseball
  • Gormley, Patrick, Boys Modified Lacrosse
  • Parks, Bill, Track
  • Richards, Scott, JV & Modified Softball

END OF CONSENT AGENDA

 

6. It was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mr. Deason, to approve the SEQRA Resolution for the emergency replacement of five boilers at Sanford Street School. (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)

7. It was moved by Mrs. Culliton, seconded by Mr. Deason, to approve the Resolution for the removal and replacement of the five boilers affecting the health and safety of students and staff as defined as a recovery project pursuant to the requirements of the New York State Education Department. (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. CORRESPONDENCE:

The Board of Education received a letter from Jennifer Chapman, Resource Teacher at Big Cross.

10. OLD BUSINESS: None

11. NEW BUSINESS: None

12. EXECUTIVE SESSION:

At 7:30 p.m., it was moved by Mr. Graham, seconded by Mr. Deason, to adjourn to executive session to discuss negotiations and a personnel matter. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0) Executive Session ended at 8:15 p.m. It was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mrs. Culliton, to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

At 8:16 p.m., the public portion of the meeting was reopened, and the following actions were taken:

1. It was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mrs. Culliton, to accept the resignation of Judy Shaw effective May 10, 2019. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

2. It was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mr. Rivers, to approve the following Resolution: WHEREAS, the Board of Education in executive session, reviewed the terms of a proposed Settlement Agreement concerning a School District employee;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby approves the terms of the proposed Settlement Agreement concerning the School District employee which were discussed in executive session, and authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to sign a Settlement Agreement which incorporates the terms reviewed in executive session, provided the form of the Settlement Agreement is acceptable to the School District’s attorney. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

3. It was moved by Mrs. Stockdale, seconded by Mr. Deason, to approve the following resolution: WHEREAS, the Board of Education in executive session reviewed a Settlement Agreement and Memorandum concerning a School District employee;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby approves the Settlement Agreement and Memorandum concerning the School District employee which were discussed in executive session, and authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to sign the Settlement Agreement. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

13. ADJOURNMENT:

At 8:16 p.m., there being no further business, it was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mrs. Culliton, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

Amy Towers Clerk, Board of Education