Oct. 15, 2018, minutes

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 September 10, 2018 Regular Board of Education Meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (8-0)


  • The closing for the Glenwood Avenue property took place on Friday, October 12th. We are officially owners.
  • We have one more piece left on phase 1 of the construction project that we are finalizing. We are starting the bid process for Phase 2.
  • Next week is the School Boards Conference.




  • Independent Auditor’s Report – Al Sobin from Raymond G. Preusser, CPA, PC gave a report on the 2017-2018 Audited Financial Statements. Mr. Sobin reported the audit went very well this year. The firm reviewed the District’s business procedures and controls. The full report can be found on our website.
  • Big Cross PTA – Sara Quartiers reported two out of five refillable water stations have been installed in the building. Jim Clark donated $500 towards the purchase of water bottles for each student. The water bottles will have the Big Cross Street logo on them. Students at Big Cross kicked off Walking Wednesdays on International Walk to School day on October 10th. Students will continue to walk to school every Wednesday for the month of October and will resume this again towards the end of the year. Students are working all month on their Healthy Heart BINGO board. Students work to complete a variety of activities – including different exercise, eating healthy and new foods, etc. Due to our efforts last year through fundraising and grant writing, Big Cross was able to fund many exciting projects. We added $11,000 worth of equipment to our maker space, including google tablets, virtual reality goggles, GO-PRO 360’s etc. The kids are enjoying these added features. 2nd graders are participating in a Healthy Living Program through the Cornell Cooperative Extension and the 3rd and 4th graders will be participating in a STEM program throughout the school year. Pennies for Pink is taking place on Thursday, October 18th. All students are encouraged to wear pink and are invited to donate spare change in honor of breast cancer awareness. The PTA is busy planning for the annual Harvest Dance event on Friday, October 26th. The kids will get to dress up in their costumes, participate in crafts, rock out to a DJ, and eat some yummy food.
  • Middle School PTSA – Sara Quartiers reported on Thursday, October 4th, the Middle School hosted an outdoor movie night. Kids got a chance to come and enjoy the movie “Night at the Museum 3”, and eat some popcorn with family and friends. It was a great success with many in attendance. The Skyzone event is October 24th from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The Pennies for Pink event is being held from October 15th – October 18th, students are invited to donate spare change. On October 18th, students are encouraged to wear pink in an effort to support breast cancer awareness and research. The PTSA is currently busy planning the 5th/6th grade activity night on Friday, October 19th.
  • Kensington Road PTA – Kelly Stevens reported PTA membership numbers are increasing. The back to school family picnic was a success! Students, staff and parents alike enjoyed watching a hot air balloon at Kensington during balloon festival week. International Walk to School Day was on October 10th, and Pennies for Pink will be Thursday, October 18th. The Talent Show will take place on November 16th, and Mrs. Hayes will be dancing. Everyone is welcome to attend.
  • Buildings and Grounds – Mr. Jenkins reported the committee met on September 26th. Mr. Chester gave an update on Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the construction project. The committee also discussed replacing the turf at the High School.
  • Policy – Mrs. Greenwood reported the committee met on September 26th. The committee reviewed the update for the policy that is listed on tonight’s consent agenda for approval. Also discussed was making changes to the early graduation policy.
  • Curriculum – Mr. Deason reported the committee met prior to the Board Meeting. Mr. Clay provided an overview of the 2018/2019 Curriculum Committee format which will include updates from the Special Education Department and Building Principals on a rotating basis. This new format is being implemented in relation to feedback the district received in relation to our Focus improvement efforts to strengthen our school/community connection and communication. The hope is that this format increases parent/guardian understanding of the various curriculum and instruction initiatives taking place within the district. Mr. Clay also provided an overview of the district’s 2017-2018 grades 3-8 ELA and Math assessment data. High School Regents data will be discussed at a future curriculum and instruction meeting once NYSED lifts the embargo on this data for public discussion.


It was moved by Mrs. Culliton, seconded by Mr. Rivers, to approve the Consent Agenda. The motion was carried unanimously. (8-0)

A. Student Placements

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

B. Financial Reports (attached)

1. Warrant 3A, 3B, 3C, and the Internal Claims Auditor’s Report

2. Treasurer’s Report for the month ending August 31, 2018

C. Approve the Community Service and Student Bonding Field Trip to Camp Chingachgook on November 3, 2018 – November 4, 2018 (attached)

D. Approve Discarding Old Wrestling Mats (attached)

E. Approve the Advanced Art Classes Field Trip to Boston on October 25, 2018 (attached)

F. Approve the 8th Grade Field Trip to Boston on June 14, 2019 (attached)

G. Approve Changes to Policy 3420 – Non-Discrimination and Anti-Harassment in the District (attached)

H. Approve the First Reading of Policy 6121 – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace (attached)

I. Approve Waiving the Second Reading of Policy 6121 – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

J. Adopt Policy 6121 – Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

K. Approve the 2017-2018 Independent Auditor’s Report (attached)

L. Approve the 2017-2018 Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for Financial Statements (attached)

M. Approve the 2017-2018 Extra Classroom Audit Report (attached)

N. Approve the 2017-2018 Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for Extra Classroom Financial Statements (attached)

O. Accept a $2,000 Donation from O’Brien’s Angels, a Charitable Community Project backed by O’Brien Insurance of Glens Falls, New York for Student Lunches at Jackson Heights Elementary School

P. Rescind the Bid of $1,625.00 for Bus Number 26

Q. Accept the Bid of $1,300.00 for Bus Number 26 from the Online Competitive Auction through Auction International (attached)

R. Personnel

1. Professional Appointments:

  • Derway, Emily, Elementary Education Teacher, Salary; Step 1 BA, $43,516.00, Effective September 17, 2018, Probationary Period: 9/17/18 – 9/17/22

2. Non-Teaching Resignations:

  • Hall, Tom, Bus Monitor, Effective September 1, 2018

3. Non-Teaching Appointments:

  • Haynes, Clifford, Hourly Cleaner, Effective September 4, 2018, Salary; $12.13/hour
  • Dignon Lewis, Donna, 5.50 Hour Teacher Aide, Effective September 17, 2018, Salary; $11,294.25, Probationary Period: September 17, 2018 – September 17, 2019
  • Murray, Edward, Part-Time Bus Monitor, Effective September 24, 2018, Salary; $12.88/hour, Probationary Period: September 24, 2018 – March 24, 2019
  • Alheim, Mary, Part-Time Bus Monitor, Effective October 2, 2018, Salary; $12.88/hour, Probationary Period: October 2, 2018 – April 2, 2018
  • Martindale, Blake, Cleaner, Effective October 22, 2018, Salary; $25,245.00 + $604.00 third shift stipend, Probationary Period: October 22, 2018 – April 22, 2019

4. Coaching Appointment (2018-2019):

  • Hayes, Wayne Modified Wrestling D-1 $2,944.85

5. Mentor Appointments (2018-2019):

  • McClements, April, Salary; $1,580.00, Mentoring Emily Derway, new Elementary Education Teacher at Big Cross, Effective September 17, 2018

6. Rescind Sixth Class Appointment (2018-2019):

  • Winter-Walton, Christal, Special Education Teacher, Effective September 1, 2018

7. Sixth Class Appointment (2018-2019):

  • Winter-Barclay, Andrea, Social Studies Teacher, $5,357.46

8. Fall Intramural Appointment (2018-2019):

  • Rizzo, Bob, Intramural Games, $57.09 per day, not to exceed $1,998.25

9. Spring Intramural Appointment (2018-2019):

Venditto, Michele, Field Hockey, $57.09 per day, not to exceed $1,998.25

10. Volunteer Coaches (2018-2019):

  • Winchell, Ken, JV Soccer

11. High School Club Advisors (2018-2019)

  • Taylor, Peter: Key Club (Revised – 2 advisors instead of one)
  • Ludlow, Maura: Key Club (Revised – 2 advisors instead of one)
  • Walkup, Kristy Homework Club Substitute

12. Professional Leave of Absence:

Rajeski, Melissa, Special Education Teacher, Effective October 31, 2018 – December 14, 2018

End of Consent Agenda




Mr. Jenkins brought up the Early Graduation policy that was discussed at the last committee meeting. The Policy Committee would like to bring the policy back to the full board for input. Our policy is different from most school districts because it doesn’t come to the Board level. The committee would like to change the policy to reflect the same type of procedure as other districts. The information would be given to the Superintendent for approval, and then the Superintendent would report back to the board with the number of requests and approvals.






At 7:30 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. (8-0)