October 7, 2019 minutes

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


It was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mrs. Culliton, to approve the minutes from the September 9, 2019 Regular Board of Education Meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)


  • Independent Auditor’s Report – Al Sobin from Raymond G. Preusser, CPA, PC gave a report on the 2018-2019 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 at www.gfsd.org
  • Mr. Yusko – Assistant Superintendent for Business indicated the Board will continue to work on a reserve plan, and follow up on long range planning and have something formalized by December or January.


Grace Gohn, Erin Stockdale, and Sean Pettis, officers of the National Honor Society, invited the Board of Education, and Administrators to attend the National Honor Society Induction on November 14th at 7:00 p.m. Letters went out to students being accepted this year, and everyone is welcome to attend!


BIG CROSS PTA: Sara Quartiers reported students at Big Cross kicked off Walking Wednesdays on International Walk to School Day on October 2nd. Students will continue to walk to school every Wednesday for the month of October, and will resume 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, new foods, etc. At the end of the month, students turn in their BINGO board for a nice reward. Pennies for Pink is happening on Friday, 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 25th. 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 10th, the Middle School will host an outdoor movie night. Students will get a chance to come and enjoy the movie, The Addams Family. This is a free event. Students can purchase snacks for a small price with the proceeds going towards Pennies for Pink. The Skyzone event is taking place on October 16th, and will run from 4:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. This is always a great event for the students and the PTSA. The PTSA is currently busy planning the 5th/6th grade activity night on Friday, October 18th.

KENSINGTON PTA: Sarah Herrick thanked the District for paying for a little more than half of the virtual reality goggles. The VRG Goggles were ordered around mid-September, and everyone is anxiously waiting for them to arrive. The dessert picnic was a huge success! The PTA received positive feedback from changing the picnic from a dinner potluck to desserts. International Walk to School Day was on October 2nd. We had 8 stops, and quite a few students that participated. The Skyzone Fundraiser is being held on Thursday, October 10th from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

CURRICULUM COMMITTEE: Mr. Graham reported the Curriculum Committee met prior to the Board Meeting. Mr. Clay provided the Board of Education with an overview of the un-embargoed 2018/2019 NYS Assessment Results. At the time of the presentation, the 2019 Regents results were still under embargo so they were not presented at this public meeting. The presentation focused primarily on the 3-8 ELA and Math assessment results at the State and District level, and included information about the anticipated Graduation Rate for the district. Highlights from the presentation include the following:

  • New York State ESSA Plan is focused on strategies to promote equity across all aspects of education.
  • The NYS ESSA Plan incentivizes expanding coursework and programs such as AP and Honors courses to all students rather than a select group. Our open enrollment policy for honors and AP courses at GFHS is consistent with this approach.
  • Glens Falls High School and District are no longer considered Focus by the New York State Education Department because of progress on graduation rate.
  • Glens Falls Elementary Schools were acknowledged by the New York State Education Department as “Recognition Schools”.
  • Recognition Schools are identified as such because they are among the top performing under ESSA rules for performance, student growth, and/or graduation rate.
  • The New York State Next Generation Learning Standards will be fully implemented in the 2020/2021 School year.
  • The District and Principals are working with teachers to address areas of weakness as revealed by the 3-8 assessment results
  • Glens Falls Elementary Schools all met the 95% participation rate requirement
  • Glens Falls Middle School had much better participation on the 5-8 assessments this school year, but fell short of the required 95% participation rate.
  • The District anticipates the graduation rate to be just short of 80% once August graduates are accounted for.
  • Once Regents results are un-embargoed, those results will be shared with Board of Education Members at a future Curriculum Committee meeting.


A. Student Placements 1. 2019 – 2020 CSE/CPSE Recommendations (attached)

B. Financial Reports (attached) 1. Warrant 3A, and 3B 2. Internal Claims Auditor’s Report 3. Treasurer’s Report as of July 31, 2019

C. Approve Discarding Library Books at Big Cross Street Elementary School (attached)

D. Approve the International Club Trip to Manhattan, NY on May 15, 2020 (attached)

E. Approve Excessing 7 Pianos, and a set of Large Percussive Chimes from the Music Department Inventory (attached)

F. Approve the following textbooks to be Excessed at the Middle School (attached):

  • Passport to Latin America and Canada
  • World Explorer United States and Canada
  • Grammar Exercise Books
  • Words Their Way

G. Approve the 2018-2019 Independent Auditor’s Report (attached)

H. Approve the 2018-2019 Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for Financial Statements (attached)

I. Approve the 2018-2019 Extra Classroom Audit Report (attached)

J. Approve the 2018-2019 Corrective Action Plan (CAP) for Extra Classroom Financial Statements (attached)

K. Approve Discarding Library Books at Jackson Heights Elementary School (attached)


1. Professional Retirement: Rose-Jenkins, Robin, Speech Therapist, Effective December 31, 2019

2. Change in Retirement Date: Martinez, Janel, School Nurse, From December 20, 2019 to January 1, 2020

3. Non-Teaching Resignations:

  • Hertzner, Michelle, Teacher Aide, Effective September 10, 2019
  • Heunemann, Gabrielle, Teacher Aide, Effective September 30, 2019
  • Jarvis, Melynda, Teacher Aide, Effective October 4, 2019

4. Non-Teaching Appointments:

Hertzner, Michelle, Teacher Assistant, Effective September 10, 2019, Salary; $16,690.70, Probationary Period: September 10, 2019 – September 10, 2023

Washburn, Trevor, Cleaner, Effective September 16, 2019, Salary; $25,245.00 + $604.00 Third Shift Stipend, Probationary Period: September 16, 2019 – March 16, 2020

Heunemann, Gabrielle, Teacher Assistant, Effective October 1, 2019, Salary; $14,550.25, Probationary Period: October 1, 2019 – October 1, 2023

5. Change in Non-Teaching Assignment: Walkup, Kristy, from 6.50 Hour Clerk to 7.0 Hour Clerk, Effective September 6, 2019

6. Coaching Appointment (2019-2020): Cosentino, Nate Modified Boys Soccer D-1 $3,003.75

7. Change in Mentor Appointment (2019-2020): From Heather Heinz, to Kathy Cerny, Mentoring Elizabeth Bell, new High School Psychologist, Effective September 13, 2019

8. Change in 6th Class Stipend (2019-2020): Ryan Estey, Special Education, $3,464.94

9. 6th Class Appointment (2019-2020): Loschiavo, Lauren, Special Education, $3,644.16

10. Middle School Team Advisors (2019-2020):

  • Gebo, Kathleen Team 5
  • Ruggi, Maria Team 6
  • Manning, Rob Team 7
  • McCabe, Megan Team 7/8
  • Miller, Matt Team 8

11. High School After School Study Lab (2019-2020):

  • Winter-Walton, Christal
  • Gormley, Rachelle
  • Clevenger, Walter
  • Sara, Maureen
  • Botch, Sue
  • Miller, Carol
  • McLeod, Lisa
  • Matino, Nicole
  • Hartenberg, Ethan
  • Dempsey, Dennis
  • Zurlo, Lisa

12. Volunteer Coaches (2019-2020):

  • Bonan, Emma, Swimming & Diving
  • Celeste, Joseph, Varsity Soccer
  • Winchell, Ken, JV Soccer

6. Approve the following Resolution to Create an Insurance Reserve Fund and to Fund the Insurance Reserve: Tabled

7. Approve the following Resolution

It was moved by Mrs. Culliton, seconded by Mr. Deason to approve the Following Resolution:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Glens Falls City School District hereby approves the settlement of the 2017-2019 Real Property Tax Law Article 7 proceeding Lowe’s Home Centers Inc. v Town of Queensbury (Index Numbers 2017-64096; EF2018-65610, EF2019-67027) which settlement is as follows:

1. The 2017 Proceeding will be discontinued with prejudice with no reduction in assessed values for 2017 and no refunds,

2. The 2018 assessment will be reduced to $9,100,000 with refunds to be paid according;

3. The 2019-2021 assessed value for Tax Map Parcel #296.20-1-50 will be fixed at $8,500,000, unless the property is further improved or the assessment is subject to some other provision under RPTL Section 727(2), and it is further

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes the payment of refunds from the proper account, and it is further

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes Counsel for the School District, Karla Williams Buettner, Esq., to sign the appropriate Consent Order and Judgment resolving this matter. (Roll Call): Mr. Levin (Yes), Mrs. Greenwood (Yes), Mrs. Culliton (Yes), Mrs. Maurer (Yes), Mr. Graham (Yes), Mr. Deason (Yes), Mrs. Stockdale (Yes), Mr. Rivers (Yes), Mr. Dawkins (Yes). The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0). 2679





At 7:36 p.m., it was moved by Mr. Rivers, seconded by Mr. Deason, to adjourn to executive session to discuss negotiations and a legal matter. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

Executive Session ended at 8:46 p.m. It was moved by Mrs. Greenwood, seconded by Mr. Rivers, to come out of executive session. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

At 8:47 p.m., the public portion of the meeting was reopened, and the following action was taken: It was moved by Mrs. Greenwood, seconded by Mrs. Stockdale, to approve the following resolution to Create and Insurance Reserve Fund and to Fund the Insurance Reserve:

WHEREAS, legal action was recently commenced against the District seeking an unspecified amount of damages; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education desires to establish an insurance reserve fund pursuant to Section 6-n of the General Municipal Law to cover appropriate settlements, judgments and/or the cost of professional services rendered in connection with the defense thereof and the investigation, adjustment, or settlement of claims, actions or judgments relating to such litigation;

NOW, THEREFORE, it is hereby

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education establishes an insurance reserve fund pursuant to Section 6-n of the General Municipal Law in the amount of $2,227,693; and it is further

RESOLVED, that the Assistant Superintendent for Business of the District shall deposit and invest such funds, and take such further actions, as required by Section 6-n of the General Municipal Law.

(Roll Call): Mr. Levin (Yes), Mrs. Greenwood (Yes), Mrs. Culliton (Yes), Mrs. Maurer (Yes), Mr. Graham (Yes), Mr. Deason (Yes), Mrs. Stockdale (Yes), Mr. Rivers (Yes), Mr. Dawkins (Yes). The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)


At 8:48 p.m., there being no further business, it was moved by Mr. Deason, seconded by Mrs. Stockdale, to adjourn the meeting. The motion was carried unanimously. (9-0)

Amy Towers Clerk, Board of Education