September 22, 2021 Board of Education Minutes

Board of Education Business Meeting

Cohoes, New York
September 22, 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 6:04 p.m. by Board President, Mrs. Giller.

ROLL CALL

Present:

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

Excused:

  • Mrs. Dion
  • Mr. Jackson

Also Present:

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

II. DISTRICT REPORTS

  • 9th Grade Academy – Laura Tarlo, Robert Santarcangelo, Drake Galarneau & Jeff Huneau

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 8, 2021.
  2. THAT the Board of Education accepts the Minutes of the Committee on Special Education for the following dates: 6/2/21, 6/4/21, 6/14/21, 6/17/21 and 8/25/21.

VII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL
INSTRUCTIONAL

  1. THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the Substitute Teacher and Tutor list:
    • Novkovic, Ana
    • Ortiz-Reyes, Xavier
    • Purdy, Carolyn
    • Ross, Ryan
    • Angerame, John
    • Brooks, Devin
    • Cooke, Samantha
    • Haas, Jared
    • Hempstead, Madison
    • Kendrick, Delaney
    • Kondrat, Jeremy
      Effective: September 23, 2021
  2. THAT the Board of Education amends Item VII (E) of the August 25, 2021 Minutes to read as follows:

    THAT the Board of Education approves the following student teacher placements from the following schools (unpaid):

    • RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE
      October 25 – December 10, 2021
      Michael Gregory with Terry Gendron at Cohoes Middle School
    • THE COLLEGE OF ST. ROSE
      October 4 – December 10, 2021
      Emily Goldup with Christine Brooks at Harmony Hill Elementary School
      October 25 – December 10, 2021
      Mackenzie Tompkins with Tracy Nash at Harmony Hill Elementary School
      Kylee Brand with Amanda Dorr at Van Schaick Grade School
  3. THAT the Board of Education approves a salary increase due to additional teaching assignments for the following individuals for the 2021-2022 school year:
    • Gabrielle White – 0.2 FTE as per CTA contract –Mathematics (1.2 FTE total)
    • Michael Wilt – 0.2 FTE as per CTA contract – Mathematics (1.2 FTE total)
    • Carolyn Santoro – 0.2 FTE as per CTA contract – Mathematics (1.2 FTE total)
      Effective: September 10, 2021 through June 30, 2022
  4. THAT the Board of Education appoints the following administrator as a Lead Evaluator for the 2021-22 school year, effective, September 22, 2021.
    • ADMINISTRATOR: Jennifer DeMarco
    • CERTIFICATION: Lead Evaluator of Teachers

      NON-INSTRUCTIONAL

  5. THAT the Board of Education amends Item VII (N) of the September 8, 2021 Minutes to read as follows:

    THAT the Board of Education appoint the following individuals as Part-Time Teacher Aides for the 2021-22 school year:

    • Van Schaick Grade School
      Victoria DeChiaro – Delia
      Stacy Clement
      Maureen Finnen
      Kaysha Baez
      Tamia Scott-Daniels
    • Abram Lansing Elementary School
      Maria Baez
      Bernadette Glynn
      Crystal Kelly
      Rebecca Perry
      Madison Dunn
    • Harmony Hill Elementary School
      Gail Friedman
      Lisa Hoefer
      MaryBeth Galarneau
      Lori LaMere
      Carol Gaudette
      Aprille Overocker
      Meriam VanSleet
      Brigid Waddell
  6. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Karen Beattie to the position of Full-Time Teacher Aide position, 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 probationary appointment.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this appointment is made on an emergency conditional basis and subject to both a statement from Ms. Beattie 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.

    Karen Beattie
    Position …………………………………………………………….. 1.0 FTE Teacher Aide (VSS)
    Effective Date ………………………………………………………………… September 20, 2021
    Probation Period……………………………………………………………………. March 19, 2022
    Salary ………………………………………………….. Entry level per current CSEA contract
    Reason ………………………………………………………………………….. Replaces Susan Krul

  7. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Megan Rigney to the position of Part-Time Teacher Aide 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. Rigney 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.

    Megan Rigney
    Position ……………………………………………………………………. Part-Time Teacher Aide
    Effective Date ………………………………… September 13, 2021 through June 30, 2022
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………….. $13.25 per hour
    Reason ……………………………………………………………………… Replaces Kathy Valente

  8. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Meaghan Garceau to the position of Full-Time Teacher Aide position, 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.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this appointment is made on an emergency conditional basis and subject to both a statement from Ms. Garceau 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.

    Meaghan Garceau
    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 ……………………………….. Replaces Lisa Trombley (who transferred to CMS)

  9. QuinAsia Johnson
    Position ……………………………………………………………. Part-Time Teacher Aide (AL)
    Effective Date ………………………………… September 13, 2021 through June 30, 2022
    Salary ………………………………………………………………………………….. $13.25 per hour
    Reason ……………………………………………………………………..Replaces Sheila Farrigan

    ADDENDA

  10. THAT the Board of Education approves a salary increase due to additional teaching assignments for the following individual for the 2021-2022 school year:
    • Carrie Briggs – 0.1 FTE as per CTA contract – Music (1.1 FTE total)
      Effective: September 1, 2021 through January 28, 2022
  11. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District appoints Michelle Snyder to a four-year conditional term in the tenure area of Teaching Assistant effective September 27, 2021 and expiring on September 26, 2025 on a conditional basis. Ms. Snyder holds permanent certifications in the areas of Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten, Grades 1-6 and Special Education.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this appointment is made on a conditional basis and subject to both a statement from Ms. Snyder regarding criminal conviction(s) or pending criminal charges and the receipt of criminal background clearance from the Commissioner of Education. Ms. Snyder’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.

    Michelle Snyder
    Position ………………………………………………………………1.0 Teaching Assistant (HH)
    Certification ………………………………………………………………………. Special Education
    Tenure Area …………………………………………………………………….. Teaching Assistant
    Effective Date ………………………………………………………………… September 27, 2021
    Tenure Date ……………………………………………………………………. September 26, 2025
    Salary………. …………………………………………………… Per the current CTA Contract
    Reason ……………………………………………………………………. Replaces Nicholas Foglia

  12. 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:

    Kimberley Waters White
    Position ……………………………………………………….. Long-Term Substitute Teacher
    Tenure Area …………………………………………………………………….Special Education
    Effective Date ………………………September 23, 2021 through December 31, 2021
    Salary …………………………………………………….. Step 1 of the current CTA contract
    Reason ………………………………………………………………. Replaces Courtney Valente

  13. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Audrey Nemeyer 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.

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT this appointment is made on a conditional basis and subject to both a statement from Ms. Nemeyer 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.

    Audrey Nemeyer
    Position …………………………………………………………. Part-Time Teacher Aide (AL)
    Effective Date ……………………………… September 23, 2021 through June 30, 2022
    Salary ……………………………………………………………………………….. $13.25 per hour
    Reason …………………………………………………………………………. Replaces Lisa Buck

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:
    1. Warrants – August 2021
    2. Budget Transfer – N/A
    3. Budget Status Report – N/A
    4. Bank Reconciliation Report – N/A
    5. Extracurricular Activity Report – N/A
    6. Internal Claims Audit Report – August 2021

      BOARD ACTION ON CONSENT AGENDA

      MOTION: THAT the Board of Education adopts the following resolutions of the September 22, 2021 Agenda:

      • VI (A&B); VII (A-M) and IX (A)
        Moved by: Mr. Annely
        Seconded by: Mrs. Carey
        All voted “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 6, 2021, LGI Room, CHS & Livestream at 6 PM
  • October 20, 2021, LGI Room, CHS & Livestream at 6 PM

BOARD ACTION ON CONSENT AGENDA

MOTION: THAT the Board of Education enters into Executive Session at 7:15 p.m. to discuss matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation and collective bargaining with the CTA and CSEA.

Moved by: Mr. Pascale
Seconded by: Mr. Annely
All voted “Aye”
Motion carried 5-0

EXECUTIVE SESSION: TIME: 7:27 PM

Present:

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

Excused:

  • Mrs. Dion
  • Mr. Jackson

Also Present:

  • Ms. 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 8:03 p.m.

Moved by: Mrs. Carey
Seconded by: Mr. Annely
All voted “Aye”
Motion carried 5-0

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