October 20, 2021 Board of Education Minutes

Board of Education Business Meeting

Cohoes, New York
October 20, 2021, 6:00 PM
LGI Room, CHS

(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, Mrs. Giller.

ROLL CALL

Present:

  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Pascale
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mr. Annely
  • Mrs. Snyder
  • Mrs. Giller

Excused:

  • Mrs. Dion

Also Present:

  • Ms. Peggy O’Shea, Superintendent
  • Mr. Daniel Martinelli, Assistant Superintendent for Education Services
  • Mrs. Stacy Mackey, School Business Official

II. DISTRICT REPORTS

Board Appreciation Presentation by Van Schaick Grade School

III. BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS

The Board discussed facilities use pertaining to the 2021-22 School District Opening Plan.

There was discussion among Board members and representatives from a Group II – Community Based Organization with 100% of its members being Cohoes children. The Board asked the Clerk to read aloud a resolution and agreed to have it included as Item VII (L) on tonight’s consent agenda.

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 October 6, 2021.
  2. THAT the Board of Education accepts the Minutes of the Committee on Special Education for the following dates: 5/12/21, 5/21/21, 6/4/21, 6/8/21, 6/18/21, 9/16/21, 9/20/21, 9/24/21, 9/29/21, 9/30/21 and 10/4/21.
  3. THAT the Board of Education approves an agreement between SUNY Schenectady County Community College and the Cohoes City School District to set out the terms and conditions upon which courses will be offered and operated under the college and implemented in the high school’s concurrent enrollment program during the period September 1, 2021 through August 31, 2022.

VII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL

INSTRUCTIONAL

  1. THAT the Board of Education amends Item VII (C) of the July 7, 2021 Business Meeting Minutes to read as follows:

    THAT the Board of Education appoints Jamie Harris as Central Treasurer for Clubs and Activities for the 2021-22 school year.
    Effective: July 1, 2021 through October 12, 2021

  2. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Laura Murawski from her position as Future Ready Pathways Extended Day Teacher.
    Effective: October 13, 2021
  3. THAT the Board of Education approves a salary increase due to additional teaching assignments for the following individual for the 2021-2022 school year:
    Aaron Boudreau – 0.2 FTE as per CTA contract – Music (0.45 FTE total) Effective: October 18, 2021 through June 30, 2022
  4. THAT the Board of Education grants tenure to the following individual in the subject area listed:
    Mr. Seth Warden (Cohoes Middle School) – Music
    Effective: October 13, 2021
  5. THAT the Board of Education appoint the following individual to the 2021-2022 Future-Ready Pathways Extended Learning Program (grant funded):
    Teachers
    Science – Michele Culletto
    Effective: October 14, 2021
  6. THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the positions listed for the 2021-2022 school year:
    Jamie Harris – Internal Accounts Auditor (Cohoes Middle School)
    Scott Ciarlone – Internal Accounts Auditor (Cohoes High School)
    Effective: October 13, 2021

    NON-INSTRUCTIONAL

  7. THAT the Board of Education appoints Pamela Cirincione as Central Treasurer for Clubs and Activities for the 2021-22 school year at no additional compensation.
    Effective: October 13, 2021
  8. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints the following individual to the Cleaner Substitute list, subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission on an emergency conditional basis, in accordance with the Civil Service Rules, such appointments are temporary appointments.
    Sean Towne
    Effective: October 12, 2021

    ADDENDA

  9. THAT the Board of Education approves the Memorandum of Agreement by and between the Cohoes City School District and the Cohoes Teachers’ Association dated October 18, 2021 in response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic pertaining to weekly COVID-19 testing and provisions therein.
  10. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Naomi Hallock to the position of Full-Time Teacher Aide, subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission on a conditional basis, in accordance with the Civil Service Rules, such appointment is a probationary appointment.
    Naomi Hallock
    Position ……………………………………………………………. 1.0 FTE Teacher Aide (VS)
    Effective Date ………………………………………………………………….. October 25, 2021
    Probation Period…………………………………………………………………… April 24, 2022
    Salary ……………………………………………….. Entry level per current CSEA contract
    Reason ……………. Replaces Brittany Brunick (transfer to replace Danette Holzer)
  11. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District appoints Briana Maisenbacher to a four-year conditional term in the tenure area of Elementary effective November 8, 2021 and expiring on November 7, 2025 on a conditional basis. Ms. Maisenbacher holds Initial Certification in the areas of Childhood Education (Grades 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6).
    Briana Maisenbacher
    Position ………………………………………………………………. 1.0 FTE Elementary (AL)
    Certification ……………………………………………. Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
    Tenure Area …………………………………………………………………………….. Elementary
    Effective Date ………………………………………………………………… November 8, 2021
    Tenure Date ……………………………………………………………………. November 7, 2025
    Salary ……………………………………………………. Step 2 of the current CTA Contract
    Reason ………………………………………………………………. Replaces Kristin Callaghan
  12. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby amends its School District Opening Plan for 2021-22 with regard to the use of District facilities by outside organizations during periods of [high/substantial/moderate/low] transmission and directs the Superintendent of Schools to modify such Plan to reflect the same and to post such Plan, as amended, conspicuously on the District’s website.

VIII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – BUSINESS/FINANCE

IX. FINANCIAL REPORTS (Recommended by the Superintendent)

  1. I recommend that the following reports be accepted by the Board of Education:
    • Warrants – September 2021
    • Budget Transfers – July, August & September
    • Budget Status Report – July, August & September
    • Bank Reconciliation Report – July, August & September
    • Internal Claims Audit Report – August 2021

BOARD ACTION ON CONSENT AGENDA

MOTION: THAT the Board of Education adopts the following resolutions of the October 20, 2021 Agenda:
VI (A-C); VII (A-L) and IX (A)

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

X. INFORMATION AND CONSIDERATION

THAT the Board of Education accepts a donation of 100 hotspots from ConnectED NY and the donation of service for each hotspot from AT&T network.

XI. COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

XII. QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE

XIII. BOARD POLICY REVIEW

XIV. DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

  • November 3, 2021, LGI Room, CHS at 6 PM
  • November 17, 2021, LGI Room, CHS at 6 PM

MOTION: THAT the Board of Education enters into Executive Session at 7:00 p.m. to discuss the Superintendent’s evaluation and collective bargaining with the Cohoes Principals’ Association.

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

EXECUTIVE SESSION TIME: 7:09 PM

Present:

  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Pascale
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mr. Annely
  • Mrs. Snyder
  • Mrs. Giller

Excused:

  • Mrs. Dion

Also Present:

  • Ms. Peggy O’Shea, Superintendent
  • Mr. Daniel Martinelli, Assistant Superintendent for Education Services
  • Mrs. Stacy Mackey, School Business Official

DISCUSSION

MOTION: To adjourn Executive Session and re-enter Open Session at 7:45 p.m.

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

OPEN SESSION: TIME: 7:47 PM

Present:

  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Pascale
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mr. Annely
  • Mrs. Snyder
  • Mrs. Giller

Excused:

  • Mrs. Dion

Also Present:

  • Ms. Peggy O’Shea, Superintendent
  • Mr. Daniel Martinelli, Assistant Superintendent for Education Services
  • Mrs. Stacy Mackey, School Business Official

The Board discussed

XV. ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn at 8:58 p.m.

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

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