August 12, 2020 Board of Education Minutes

Board of Education Business Meeting and Code of Conduct Hearing

Cohoes, New York
August 12, 2020 @ 6:00 PM
Live Streamed (per Governor Executive Order 202.48)

(The Board of Education may entertain a motion to enter into an executive session subject to Board approval.)

Minutes

I. The Meeting was called to order at 6:05 p.m. by Board President, Mr. Nolin.

ROLL CALL

Present:

  • Mr. Pascale
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mrs. Dion
  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Annely
  • Mr. Nolin

Excused:

  • Mrs. Giller

Also Present:

  • Dr. Jennifer Spring, Superintendent
  • Ms. Peggy O’Shea, Assistant Superintendent for Education Services
  • Mrs. Stacy Mackey, School Business Official

II. DISTRICT REPORTS

  1. Code of Conduct Summary
  2. District Reopening Plan Update

III. BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS

IV. COMMUNITY DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS

V. OLD BUSINESS

VI. REPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

  1. THAT the Board of Education accepts the Minutes of the Board of Education Meeting of July 29, 2020.
  2. THAT the Board of Education adopts the following policies:
    • 4526 Computer Use Instruction
    • 4526.1 Internet Safety
    • 6150 Budget Transfers
  3. THAT the Board of Education approves a contract with R.G. Timbs Advisory Group Inc. located at 24 Sherman Oaks Drive, New Hartford, New York for long-range financial planning services and capital project planning in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined within.

VII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL

INSTRUCTIONAL
  1. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Megan Helmrath from her position of Elementary Teacher (ALS).
    Effective: Immediately
  2. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Rachel Rogers from her position of Special Education Teacher (CMS).
    Effective: August 31, 2020
  3. THAT the Board of Education approves the following student teacher placements from the following school (unpaid):
    • THE COLLEGE OF ST. ROSE
      • September 8, 2020-October 23, 2020
        Kati Abel with Amanda Dorr at Van Schaick Grade School
        Sydney Wolfe with Jackie Skidmore at Abram Lansing Elementary School
        Amelia Jones with Danielle Ziobrowski at Harmony Hill Elementary School
        Mary Evers with Alison Craver at Abram Lansing Elementary School
        Molly Biittig with Richetta Hansen at Abram Lansing Elementary School
        Lauren Wolfe with Kira Merrills at Van Schaick Grade School (UPK)
      • October 26, 2020-December 11, 2020
        Dimple Permaul with Sharon Laughlin at Harmony Hill Elementary School
        Mary Evers with Brianna Houle at Harmony Hill

        NON-INSTRUCTIONAL
  4. THAT the Board of Education eliminates the following non-instructional position: 1.0 FTE Typist (VSGS)
    Effective: July 1, 2020
  5. THAT the Board of Education creates the following non-instructional position: 1.0 FTE Senior Typist (VSGS)
    Effective: July 1, 2020
  6. Carla Rogers
    Position ……………………………………………………….. 1.0 FTE Senior Typist (reinstated)
    Effective Date ……………………………………………………………………………… July 1, 2020
    Probation Period………………………………………………………………………………………. N/A
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………… per CSEA contract
    Reason ……………………….. Civil Service reclassification, reinstatement to former title
  7. Terrance Burns, Sr.
    Position …………………………………. Part-Time School Safety Officer (PERMANENT)
    Effective Date ……………………………………….. August 12, 2020 through June 30, 2021
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………………….$17 per hour
    Reason ………………………………………………. received “Certification of Eligibles” from
    ……………………………………………………. Cohoes Municipal Civil Service Commission
  8. Shawn Higgins
    Position …………………………………. Part-Time School Safety Officer (PERMANENT)
    Effective Date ……………………………………….. August 12, 2020 through June 30, 2021
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………………….$17 per hour
    Reason ………………………………………………. received “Certification of Eligibles” from
    ……………………………………………………. Cohoes Municipal Civil Service Commission
  9. Kathleen Kuhn
    Position …………………………………. Part-Time School Safety Officer (PERMANENT)
    Effective Date ……………………………………….. August 12, 2020 through June 30, 2021
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………………….$17 per hour
    Reason ………………………………………………. received “Certification of Eligibles” from
    ……………………………………………………. Cohoes Municipal Civil Service Commission
  10. Chad Robillard
    Position …………………………………. Part-Time School Safety Officer (PERMANENT)
    Effective Date ……………………………………….. August 12, 2020 through June 30, 2021
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………………….$17 per hour
    Reason ………………………………………………. received “Certification of Eligibles” from
    ……………………………………………………. Cohoes Municipal Civil Service Commission
  11. Lori Paro
    Position ………………………………………………………………………………… 1.0 FTE Cleaner
    Effective Date ………………………………………………………………………. August 13, 2020
    Probation Period……………………………………………………………………February 12, 2021
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………… per CSEA contract
    Reason ……………………………………………………………………… Replaces Bradford Evans
  12. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Loni Huddy to the position of Assistant Cook subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission on an emergency conditional basis, in accordance with the Civil Service Rules, such appointment is a temporary appointment.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this appointment is made on an emergency conditional basis and subject to both a statement from Ms. Huddy regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Her continued employment is specifically contingent upon the District’s receipt of notice from the Commissioner of Education that she is fully cleared for employment.

    Loni Huddy
    Position ……………………………………………………………………… 1.0 FTE Assistant Cook
    Effective Date …………………………………………………………………….. September 1, 2020
    Probation period …………………………………………………………………………March 1, 2021
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………. per CSEA contract
    Reason ……………………………………………………………………….. Replaces Leslie O’Brien

VIII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – BUSINESS/FINANCE

IX. FINANCIAL REPORTS (Recommended by the Superintendent)

BOARD ACTION ON CONSENT AGENDA

MOTION: THAT the Board of Education adopts the following resolutions of the August 12, 2020 Agenda:

VI (A-C) and VII (A-L)

Moved by: Mrs. Dion
Seconded by: Mr. Annely
All voted “Aye”
Motion carried 6-0

X. INFORMATION AND CONSIDERATION

THAT the Board of Education is aware of a donation in the amount of $3,705 from Stewarts to be used for art supplies.

XI. COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

XII. QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE

XIII. BOARD POLICY REVIEW

Second Reading

  • 4526 Computer Use Instruction
  • 4526.1 Internet Safety
  • 6150 Budget Transfers

XIV. DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

August 26, 2020, Live Streamed (per Governor Executive Order (202.48) at 6 p.m.

XV. ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn at 6:45 p.m.

Moved by: Mrs. Dion
Seconded by: Mr. Annely
All voted “Aye”
Motion carried 6-0

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