October 6, 2021 Board of Education Minutes

Board of Education Business Meeting

Cohoes, New York
October 6, 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:

  • Mr. Pascale
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mrs. Dion
  • Mrs. Snyder
  • Mrs. Giller

Excused:

  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Annely

Also Present:

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

II. DISTRICT REPORTS

Financials & Reserve Plan by Stacy Mackey

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 September 22, 2021.
  2. THAT the Board of Education approves an Agreement with Green Chimneys Children’s Services located at 400 Doansburg Road, Brewster, New York for the instruction of children with disabilities in accordance to the terms and conditions herein at a tuition rate set by the State Education Department for the period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022.
  3. THAT the Board of Education approves the Independent Auditor’s Report dated June 30, 2021 as prepared by the firm of Marvin & Company, Certified Public Accountants, and the Corrective Action Plan thereto as prepared by the School Business Official.
  4. THAT the Board of Education approves the FY2021 Financial Risk Assessment performed by Michael Wolff Advisory Services and the Corrective Action Plan to assist the Cohoes City School District in complying with the regulations imposed by the 2005 School Financial Oversight and Accountability Legislation.

VII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL
INSTRUCTIONAL

  1. THAT the Board of Education amends Item VIII (C) of the April 17, 2019 Minutes to read as follows:

    Amanda Barrett
    Position …………………………………………………….1.0 FTE Special Education Teacher
    Certification ………………………………………… Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6)
    Tenure Area ……………………………………………………………………….Special Education
    Effective Date ………………………………………………………………….. September 1, 2019
    Tenure Date ………………………………………………. August 31, 2022 October 22, 2022
    Salary ………………………………………………………. Step 2 of the current CTA Contract
    Reason …………………………………………………………………….. Replaces Raeann Mokey

  2. THAT the Board of Education amends Item VII (P) of the July 21, 2021 Minutes to read as follows:

    THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the District-Wide Safety Team for the 2021-22 school year:

    • Peggy O’Shea, Superintendent
    • Dan Martinelli, Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services
    • Stacy Mackey, School Business Official
    • Erin Hill, Director of Special Programs
    • James Stapleton, Director of Facilities
    • Laura Tarlo, Principal – Cohoes High School
    • Tom Kostrzebski, Assistant Principal – Cohoes High School
    • Samantha McCullough, School Nurse – Cohoes High School
    • Drew Rentz, School Safety Officer – Cohoes High School
    • Sherry Thornton, Full-Time Teacher Aide – Cohoes High School
    • Dan Martinelli Jennifer DeMarco, Principal – Cohoes Middle School
    • Deanna Kelly, Assistant Principal – CMS
    • Mark Perry, Principal – Harmony Hill School
    • Brianna Houle, Teacher – Harmony Hill School
    • Laura Gerhard, School Psychologist – Harmony Hill School
    • Lisa LeBlanc, School Nurse – Harmony Hill School
    • Cliff Bird, Principal – Abram Lansing School
    • Christina Kellar, Teacher – Abram Lansing School
    • Jacqueline DeChiaro, Principal – Van Schaick Grade School
    • Amanda Dorr, Teacher – Van Schaick Grade School
    • Cohoes Board of Education Members
    • BOCES Safety Consultant
    • BOCES Communications
  3. THAT the Board of Education amends Item VII (J) of the July 21, 2021 Minutes to read as follows:

    THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the Building Leadership Teams listed below for the 2021-22 school year:

    • Van Schaick Grade School
      • Amanda Barrett
      • Carrie Bennett
      • Bonnie-Jo Bellville
      • Katrina Keith
      • Anna Muscatello
      • Pam Krupski
      • Jacqueline DeChiaro
    • Cohoes Middle School
      • Fallon Jennings
      • Elaine Flatow
      • Jaclyn Penney
      • Lindsay Fontaine
      • MaryAnn Bailey
      • Dan Martinelli
      • Jennifer DeMarco
      • Deanna Kelly
    • Cohoes High School
      • Erin Abbott
      • Laura Murawski
      • Alicia Tommasino
      • Caryn Dollard
      • Angela Tommasini
      • Sherry Thornton
      • Laura Tarlo
      • Tom Kostrzebski
    • Harmony Hill Elementary School
      • Stacy Smith-Bold
      • Brianna Houle
      • Pamela Bertrand
      • Catherine Lamica
      • Tracy Nash
      • Christine Guarnieri
      • Mark Perry
    • Abram Lansing Elementary School
      • Jennifer Crucetti
      • Christina Kellar
      • Melissa Lowden
      • Jackie Skidmore
      • Erin Terrizzi
      • Cliff Bird
  4. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation for retirement purposes of Marilyn Case from her position as Teacher Assistant (CHS).
    Effective: June 30, 2022
  5. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Kristin Callaghan from her position as Elementary Teacher (AL).
    Effective: October 22, 2021
  6. 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 1, 2021 for the purposes of amending the collective bargaining agreement as it pertains to the terms and conditions set forth in Appendix “D” of the parties’ Agreement pertaining to payment for co-curricular activities, generally, and the stipend positions of Central Treasurer, Internal Account Auditor (High School) and Internal Account Auditor (Middle School), specifically.
  7. THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the 2021-2022 Future-Ready Pathways Extended Learning Program (grant funded):
    • Teachers
      • Math-Lindsay Fontaine and Nicole Lassone
      • Science-Laura Murawski
      • Social Studies-Keith Fischer
      • ELA-Heather Ball, Terrin Griffin, and Patricia Caputo
      • French-Amy Frost
      • Substitute (as needed)-Emily Gioia

        NON-INSTRUCTIONAL

  8. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation for retirement purposes of Kathy Lorman from her position as Teacher Aide.
    Effective: October 20, 2021
  9. THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Danette Holzer from her position as Teacher Aide.
    Effective: October 6, 2021
  10. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Katherine Samuel 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.

    Katherine Samuel
    Position ……………………………………………………………. 1.0 FTE Teacher Aide (CHS)
    Effective Date ………………………………………………………………… September 24, 2021
    Probation Period……………………………………………………………………. March 23, 2022
    Salary ………………………………………………….. Entry level per current CSEA contract
    Reason ………………………………………………………. BOE newly created (grant funded)

    ADDENDA

  11. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Charity Deters-Rasmussen to the position of Part-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 temporary appointment.

    Charity Deters-Rasmussen
    Position ……………………………………………………………. Part-Time Teacher Aide (AL)
    Effective Date ……………………………………… October 7, 2021 through June 30, 2022
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………….. $13.25 per hour
    Reason …………………………………………………………………….. Replaces Kaeli Waldron

  12. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Shantriceia Kemp to the position of Part-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 temporary appointment.

    Shantricieia Kemp
    Position ……………………………………………………………. Part-Time Teacher Aide (AL)
    Effective Date ……………………………………. October 12, 2021 through June 30, 2022
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………….. $13.25 per hour
    Reason …………………………………………………………………………. Replaces Kathy Baez

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 6, 2021 Agenda:
VI (A-D) and VII (A-L)

Moved by: Mrs. Dion
Seconded by: Mr. Pascale
All vote “Aye”
Motion carried 5-0

X. INFORMATION AND CONSIDERATION

XI. COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

XII. QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE

XIII. BOARD POLICY REVIEW

XIV. DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

October 20, 2021, LGI Room, CHS & Livestream at 6 PM

MOTION: THAT the Board of Education enters into Executive Session at 7:14 p.m. to discuss matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: TIME: 7:18 PM

Present:

  • Mr. Pascale
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mrs. Dion
  • Mrs. Snyder
  • Mrs. Giller

Excused:

  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Annely

Also Present:

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

DISCUSSION

XV. ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn at 8:00 p.m.

Moved by: Mrs. Dion
Seconded by: Mrs. Giller
All voted “Aye”
Motion carried 5-0

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