October 14, 2020 Board of Education Minutes

Board of Education Business Meeting

Cohoes, New York
October 14, 2020, 6:00 PM
Live Streamed per Governor’s Executive Order 202.67

(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 6:03 p.m. by the Board President, Mr. Nolin.

ROLL CALL

Present:

  • Mr. Pascale
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mrs. Dion
  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Annely (arrived at 6:15 p.m.)
  • Mr. Nolin

Excused:

  • Mrs. Giller

Also Present:

  • Ms. Peggy O’Shea, Acting Superintendent of Schools
  • Mrs. Stacy Mackey, School Business Official

II. DISTRICT REPORTS

Budget Update

III. BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS

Questions were asked and answered.

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 Meetings of September 23, 2020 and October 7, 2020.
  2. THAT the Board of Education amends the July 29, 2020 Minutes Item VI (D) – Exhibit A of the 2020/21 Custodial Supply Bid Award as follows:
    Heavy Duty Trash Can Liners-samples required, Size 40×48, 16 Microns, Clear Color/Natural, Star Welded Bottom, Packed 25 Bags per Roll, 10 Rolls per Case (250 Liners per Case). Case Weight: 19.9 Lbs.
    Awarded to Unipak Corp – Cost $17.50 Awarded to Interboro – Cost of $17.48

VII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL

INSTRUCTIONAL
  1. THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the Substitute Teacher and Tutor list:
    • Bernard, Stephanie
    • McDaniel, William
    • Kiefer, Adam
    • McKnight, John
      Effective: October 8, 2020
  2. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation for retirement purposes of Jennifer Spring, Ed.D. from her position as Superintendent of Schools.
    Effective: December 1, 2020
  3. THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the 2020-2021 Future-Ready Pathways Extended Learning Program (grant funded):
    • Teachers
      • Math- Donna Honsinger and Nicole Lassone
      • Science- Mike Kloczko
      • Social Studies- Andrea DeStefano and Keith Fischer
      • ELA- Heather Ball and Terrin Griffin
      • French- Amy Frost
      • Substitutes (as needed) – William Sheldon, Gabrielle White, Lauren Dunn
  4. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District appoints the following individual to the Long-Term Substitute Teacher list on an emergency conditional basis.

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

    Samantha Rosen
    Position …………………………………………………………….. Long-Term Substitute Teacher
    Tenure Area ………………………………………………………………………….Special Education
    Effective Date ……………………………. September 16, 2020 through November 4, 2020
    Salary ………………………………………………………….. Step 1 of the current CTA contract
    Reason …………………………………………………………………… Replaces Kimberly Cestaro

  5. THAT the Board of Education approves the contracts with the College of Saint Rose for the following two full-time psychologist interns:
    • Erica Burton, who will fulfill her internship requirement under the supervision of Laura Gerhard, and Natalie Kratochvil, who will fulfill her internship requirement under the supervision of Natalie Partyka, both districtwide for the period of September 11, 2020 through May 5, 2021. Interns will be paid a stipend rate of $4,000 each (grant funded).
      NON-INSTRUCTIONAL
  6. THAT the Board of Education rescinds its action on Item VII (F) of the September 23, 2020 Minutes.
  7. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Susan Monson from her position of Senior Typist.
    Effective: October 9, 2020
  8. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation for retirement purposes of Kelly Daigneault from her position of Senior Typist.
    Effective: November 28, 2020
  9. THAT the Board of Education eliminates the following non-instructional position:
    1.0 FTE 12-Month School Schedule Senior Typist (CHS)
    Effective: October 10, 2020

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 October 14, 2020 Agenda:
VI (A-B) and VII (A-I)

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

X. INFORMATION AND CONSIDERATION

THAT the Board of Education is aware of the following donation from St. Peter’s Hospital (through an ALS parent):

HP Elite Display Monitors 22” (New in Box)
Quantity: 100
Cost: Approx. $159 each

XI. COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

The Board expressed their gratitude on behalf of the students for the donation on tonight’s agenda.

XII. QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE

The questions/comments that were sent to the Board were addressed.

XIII. BOARD POLICY REVIEW

XIV. DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

October 21, 2020, Live Streamed at 6:00 p.m.

XV. ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn at 6:43 p.m.

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

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