DEC. 15, 2021 BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING MINUTES

Board of Education Business Meeting

Cohoes, New York
December 15, 2021, 6p.m.
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 by the President at 6:01p.m.

ROLL CALL

Present:

  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Pascale (arrived at 6:10 p.m.)
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mrs. Dion
  • Mr. Annely
  • Mrs. Snyder
  • Mrs. Giller

Also Present:

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

II. BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS

III. COMMUNITY DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS

IV.  OLD BUSINESS

V.  REPORT FROM MEMBERS OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

A. THAT the Board of Education accepts the Minutes of the Board of Education Meeting of December 1, 2021.

B.  THAT the Board of Education accepts the Minutes of the Committee on Special Education for the following dates: 10/4/21, 10/14/21, 10/18/21, 10/19/21, 10/20/21, 10/22/21, 10/28/21, 11/4/21, 11/5/21, 11/10/21, 11/17/21, 11/18/21, 11/22/21 and 11/30/21.

C. THAT the Board of Education adopts the following policy: 2342, Agenda Preparation & Dissemination

VI. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL

INSTRUCTIONAL

A. THAT the Board of Education amends Item VII (L) of the September 22, 2021 minutes to read as follows:

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 May 4, 2022
Salary: Step 1 of the current CTA contract

B. THAT the Board of Education creates the following position:

1.0  FTE Elementary (grant funded)

Effective: January 17, 2022

C. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District appoints Kimberly Cottet to a four-year conditional term in the tenure area of Elementary effective January 17, 2022 and expiring on January 16, 2026 on a conditional basis.  Ms. Cottet holds Professional Certifications in the areas of Literacy (Birth-Grade 6) and Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).

Kimberly Cottet
Position:  1.0 FTE Elementary Teacher (HH)
Certification: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Tenure Area: Elementary
Effective Date: January 17, 2022
Tenure Date.:  January 16, 2026
Salary:  Step 10 of the current CTA Contract
Reason: BOE newly created (grant funded)

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL

D. THAT the Board of Education creates the following non-instructional position:

1.0 FTE Confidential Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services

Effective: January 3, 2022

E. Sara Burwell
Position: 1.0 FTE Confidential Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent for Educational Services (PROVISIONAL)
Effective Date: January 3, 2022
Salary:  $41,787 (Confidentiality stipend included)
Reason: BOE newly created

F. THAT the Board of Education approves the Agreement by and between the Cohoes City School District and the CSEA Local 1000, AFSCME, AFL-CIO Cohoes School District Unit and Karyn Gumprecht regarding the need for additional duties to be performed during the 2021-2022 school year relating to the District’s Facilities Use Program, dated December 9, 2021.

G. Colleen McDonald
Position: 1.0 FTE Senior Typist (12 Month CO) (CMS)
Effective Date: January 3, 2022
Probation Period: N/A
Salary: per CSEA contract

Addenda

H.  THAT the Board of Education amends Item VII (D) of the December 1, 2021 Minutes to read as follows:

THAT the Board of Education approves the holiday pay for the following part-time employees for the 2021-2022 school year:

Maria Baez                                       $248.44
Maureen Finnen                             $248.44
Madison Dunn                                  $24.84
Gail Friedman                                  $257.81
Bernadette Glynn                           $267.19
Carol Gaudette                               $248.44
Crystal Kelly                      $284.44 $248.44
Lisa Hoefer                                       $248.44
Rebecca Perry                                  $253.13
Lori LaMere                                      $253.13
Stacy Clement                                 $248.44
Meriam VanSleet                            $253.13
Victoria DeChiaro-Delia                   $86.95
Brigid Waddell                            $248.44
Tamia Scott-Daniels                      $248.44

I.  THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Michael Maksymik from his position of Maintenance Mechanic.  Effective: January 28, 2022

J. BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Mary Rumsey to the position of District Clerk effective January 1, 2022 for the remainder of the 2021-2022 school year.  Ms. Rumsey shall be paid $12,000 for the 2021-2022 school year, with such amount to be pro-rated.

K.  Katrina Hunt
Position: 1.0 FTE District Data Coordinator/CIO (PERMANENT appt.)
Effective Date: December 16, 2021
Probation Period: June 15, 2022
Salary: per CSEA contract
Reason: Received “Certification of Eligibles” from Cohoes Municipal Civil Service Commission

L. Terrance Burns, Jr.
Position: Part-Time School Safety Officer (PERMANENT appt.)
Effective Date: December 16, 2021
Salary: $17/hour
Reason: Received “Certification of Eligibles” from Cohoes Municipal Civil Service Commission

VII.  RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – BUSINESS/FINANCE

VIII.  FINANCIAL REPORTS (Recommended by the Superintendent)

A.  I recommend that the following reports be accepted by the Board of Education:

Warrants – November 2021
Budget Transfers – November 2021
Budget Status Report – November 2021
Bank Reconciliation Report – November 2021
Internal Claims Audit Report – October & November 2021

BOARD ACTION ON CONSENT AGENDA

MOTION: THAT the Board of Education adopts the following resolutions of the December 15, 2021 Agenda:

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

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

IX.  INFORMATION AND CONSIDERATION

X.  COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

Mrs. Giller and Mrs. Carey thanked Johanna Maloney on behalf of the entire Board of Education for her many years of service.

XI.  QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE

XII.  BOARD POLICY REVIEW

XIII.     DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

January 5, 2022, LGI Room, CHS & Livestreamed at 6p.m.
January 19, 2022, LGI Room, CHS & Livestreamed at 6p.m.

XIV.  ADJOURNMENT

MOTION: To adjourn at 6:07p.m.

Moved by: Mrs. Dion
Seconded by: Mr. Annely
All voted “Aye”
Motion carried 7-0

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