November 4, 2019 minutes

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Regular Board of Education Meeting (Monday, November 4, 2019)
Members present
Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin
Meeting called to order at 7:05 PM

1. Meeting Opening 

Administrators Present: Paul Jenkins, Trent Clay, Robert Yusko, Carrie Mauro, Kristy Moore, Rebecca Vanderklish, Tammy Silvernell, Jennifer Hayes, Debbie Hall

Staff Members Present: Skye Heritage, Paul Streicher, Doug Hoyne, Debbie Seebeck, Ken Chester

Community Members Present:  Sara Quartiers, Janey Murray, Miles Murray, Cathy Sweet, Jack Sweet, Keri Sherman, Alex Sherman, Samuel Northrop, Emily  McPhee, Kelly Lymburner, Mike Borgos, Renee Borgos, Kevin Donlon, Gordon Woodworth

Procedural: A. Call to Order

Action: B. Minutes

Cathy Sweet – Pennies for Pink started seven years ago when a then 7 year old stood waist high to Mrs. Mauro, and through broken speech looked up to her and said, “I’d like to do something that will help our community. A school wide effort where no kid is left out”. Mrs. Mauro and Jack, with permission from Mr. Jenkins, launched Pennies for Pink at Jackson Heights. They exceeded their goal of raising $400.00. Jack partnered with the Glens Falls Hospital Foundation with the agreement that the Foundation would purchase $25 gas cards, and they would be distributed to cancer treatment patients. No questions asked…rich and poor alike! Jack simply wanted to share a smile and let those in need know that even the smallest of friends had their backs. When Jack became a News 13 Kids that Care, a journalist from the New York Times said, “Kids like Jack and Alex were superheroes! Their secret power…kindness!”. Mrs. Mauro, you are a building principal, that’s what you do. But why you do what you do is what makes you incredible. You see, Mrs. Mauro, you yourself are a superhero. Your super power is also kindness, and it flows from your invisible cape with each step you take. Then because you are a superhero, and we all know that superheroes have superhero friends, you helped Jack and the crew take Pennies for Pink district wide. First you introduced us to superheroes Hall and Hayes. Who share yours and Jack’s superpower of kindness. Pennies for Pink would never be without you three. Then it was time for Jack to leave the Jackson nest, and superheroes Reed and Parker, and now Moore said there’s no way that the Middle School would be left out of Pennies for Pink. The dream of Pennies for Pink couldn’t go district wide without our High School, and sure enough, superhero Collins was on board to lead the way. Each and every one of you have many important daily roles to fill. Yet, every October, you spread your kindness even more during the month of October to help each and every student be part of this community wide effort. No one left out. In closing, there is one superhero whose dedication to Pennies for Pink has guided the crew for four years. Kathleen Gebo, what you are is a classroom teacher. The why you teach is far greater. You ended up with Jack as a student, and volunteered your time, energy, and insight to be the unofficial and unpaid Pennies for Pink advisor. Why? Because you inspire and lead all of us with your superhero powers of kindness, passion and inclusively, every single day. Glens Falls Board of Education, you have the best of the best in this room and throughout the halls of our district. Jack’s goal this year was $5,000. Sometimes, we do not reach our goals, and that’s OK…especially when you blow your goal out of the water. Go ahead Jack, share the total….

Jack Sweet – $6,300.00! Our 7-year total is $20,810.00 or 832 gas cards or 832 times a burden was lessened, and a smile was shared! Thank you GF Nation!

4. Reports
Information, Reports: A. PTSA/PTA Reports
Big Cross PTA – Sara Quartiers reported in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Big Cross again participated in the “Pennies for Pink” event to raise funds to donate to the Charles R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital. Faculty, staff and students also wore pink to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness. All told, Big Cross raised $580.00. On Friday evening, October 26th, Big Cross held their annual Harvest Dance. Students wore their costumes and participated in a Costume parade. There was a DJ, some small craft activities, and lots of goodies to eat. There was also a huge raffle basket drawing. All proceeds from this event go to the 4th grade end of the year field trip. The 2nd grade Food Smart Program has started. With this program, an educator from Cornell Cooperative comes each month to talk to our second graders about healthy eating, exercise, and overall well-being. The Big Brothers/Big Sisters Program has also started. 12 “littles” from Big Cross will meet with 12 “Bigs” from the High School once a week. They play games, make projects, and work on homework together. On November 21st, Puppets in Education will be visiting Big Cross. The program was sponsored by Whiteman Chevrolet. Students in grades K, 1 and 2 will be treated to an assembly about feelings, and grades 3 and 4 will be presented with a bully prevention workshop. In the coming weeks, we are looking forward to preparing for our Thanksgiving breakfast, and our annual holiday shopping experience.

Middle School PTSA – Sara Quartiers reported in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Middle School again participated in the “Pennies for Pink” event to raise funds to donate to the Charles R. Wood Cancer Center at Glens Falls Hospital. Faculty, staff and students also wore pink to show support for Breast Cancer Awareness. All told, the Middle School raised $1,000.00. On October 10th, the Middle School partnered with Art in the Public Eye for an Outdoor Movie night. This was a free event for all families. At the same time, parents were invited inside to participate in the Unseen Scene to learn more about the hidden signs of vaping, drugs, and alcohol. Several families participated. The Middle School hosted its annual Pumpkin Bowl on Friday afternoon. This is a Middle School tradition, with Glens Falls Middle School staff playing against the 8th grade football team. The weather forecast cooperated for a great event. On October 16th, the PTSA hosted a fundraiser at Skyzone for grades 5-8 raising over $250.00. There will be a special meal at Glens Falls Middle School for students that may not have plans for Thanksgiving or are looking for a special way to celebrate a meal with our school family. The Thanksgiving meal will be on Tuesday, November 26th at 4:00 p.m.

Jackson Heights PTA – Grayson Salerno and Miles Murray, 4th graders at Jackson Heights, reported that Jackson Heights has a lot of fun activities planned for Fall. The homeroom parent tea was a huge success. Homeroom Parents were chosen and met individually with teachers to discuss plans for the school year. The PTA provided baked goods, beverages, and paper goods for each classroom. The teachers and parents enjoyed the event. The Fall Fun Fair planning is underway. The PTA approved purchases of a couple new games that will be multi-functional. We are gathering donations from the community for our silent auction. Flyers requesting donations for the grade/classroom baskets will be going out. Our students look forward to this event every year. We received approximately 30 new PTA membership forms, and are excited for new faces to join us. Our “Believe Fundraiser” is launching on October 9th. The Maker Space is hugely popular with our students. We now have donation totes that will be available regularly to replenish supplies. Planning has begun for our Scholastic Book Fair and our November Bake Sale. We look forward to a fun Fall for our students and faculty.

Information, Reports: B. Student Council
Information, Reports: C. Buildings and Grounds Committee and Curriculum Committee Reports

Buildings and Grounds Committee – Mr. Graham reported the Buildings and Grounds Committee met on October 21st. Mr. Chester gave an update on Phase 2 of the building project. Punch lists have been made for each of the buildings. Mr. Jenkins will be able to adjust the temperature in each of the buildings from his phone. Mr. Chester is filling out energy rebates for the upgrades that were made.

Curriculum Committee – Mr. Graham reported the Curriculum Committee met prior to the Board Meeting. Mrs. Silvernell and guests provided an update on the High School Initiatives for the November meeting. Mrs. Geruso provided an overview of the new Early College High School Computer Class offered in the High School, and students provided demonstrations of projects from the class. Mrs. Silvernell provided examples of the kinds of projects being done in the new High School Science elective, and updated the committee on the increased number of students participating in internships with Mr. Amberger. Mike Borgos, Kevin Donlon, and Mrs. Silvernell summarized the various perspectives discussed throughout the class rank committee during the 2018/2019 school year.

5. Consent Agenda
Action (Consent): A. Consent Vote
Resolution: Motion to approve
Motion by Jeremy Deason, second by Karin Maurer.
Final Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin
Action (Consent): B. Student Placements
Resolution: Motion to approve

Motion by Jeremy Deason, second by Karin Maurer.
Final Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin

Action (Consent): C. Financial Reports
Resolution: Motion to approve
Motion by Jeremy Deason, second by Karin Maurer.
Final Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin
Action (Consent): D. Regular Business Items
Resolution: Motion to approve
Motion by Jeremy Deason, second by Karin Maurer.
Final Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin
Action (Consent): E. Personnel
Resolution: Motion to approve personnel items

Motion by Jeremy Deason, second by Karin Maurer.
Final Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin

 

6. Action Items
7. Correspondence
8. Old Business
9. New Business
Action: A. Legislative Priorities for 2020
Approve the following Legislative Priorities for 2020
Motion by Jeremy Deason, second by Kelly Culliton.
Final Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin
10. Executive Session
Action: A. Executive Session for Negotiations and a Legal Matter
Motion to convene into Executive Session
Motion by Jeremy Deason, second by Jason Rivers.
Final Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin

11.Motion to come out of executive session.
Motion by Kristin Greenwood, second by Karin Maurer.
Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin

 

12. Adjournment
Action: A. Adjourn
Motion to adjourn
Motion by Jason Rivers, second by David Dawkins.
F
inal Resolution: Motion Carried
Yes: Tim Graham, David Dawkins, Deb Stockdale, Jason Rivers, Jeremy Deason, Karin Maurer, Kelly Culliton, Kristin Greenwood, Matt Levin