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January 31 Board of Education Business Meeting Agenda

Cohoes City School District

Board of Education Business Meeting
Cohoes, New York January 31, 2024
Library, Cohoes Middle School 6:00 PM

(The Board of Education may entertain a motion to enter into an executive session subject to Board approval.)

AGENDA

I. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER

A. Pledge of Allegiance
B. Evacuation Procedure for Emergency
C. Roll Call

II. DISTRICT REPORTS

Assembly member, John T. McDonald, III – update on NYS Budget
Superintendent Reports – Ms. O’Shea
State of the Schools: Mid-year Data Review
Synergy Update
Business Update – Ms. 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

A. THAT the Board accepts the Minutes of the Board of Education meeting of
January 10, 2024.

B. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education accepts the minutes for the
Committee on Special Education and the Committee on Pre-School Special
Education for the following dates: 10/9/23, 10/20/23, 11/1/23, 11/8/23, 11/14/23, 11/15/23, 11/16/23, 11/20/23, 11/30/23, 12/1/23, 12/4/23, 12/9/23, 12/11/23, 12/12/23, 12/13/23, 12/14/23, 12/18/23, 12/19/23, 12/21/23, 1/3/24, 1/4/24, 1/17/24/, 1/19/24, 1/22/24

C. WHEREAS, the Cohoes City School District offers an annual “Ski Club” each
year to eligible students; and
WHEREAS, the District has determined that, for the 2023-2024 school year,
Brown Coach (“Brown”) represents the best value to the District for the
transportation of District Ski Club members to and from the ski location; and
WHEREAS, Brown has provided to the District Purchase Orders/Charter Coach Confirmations setting forth the pertinent terms and agreements between the parties relating to the transportation of Ski Club Participants for the 2023-2024 school year; and
WHEREAS, more specifically, Brown has provided Purchase Orders/Charter
Coach Confirmations for the following dates: January 1, 2024 through March 1,
2024; and
WHEREAS, the District desires to approve the Purchase Orders/Charter Coach Confirmations for the aforementioned dates.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the
Cohoes City School District hereby approves the Purchase Orders/Charter Coach Confirmations issued by Brown Transportation to the District relating to the transportation of the District’s Ski Club on those dates set forth above and
authorizes the payments associated therewith.

VII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL

Instructional

A. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board approve the nurse intern placement from the following school:

SUNY Polytechnic Institute
January 22, 2024 through May 10, 2024
Sarah Buczkowski with Patricia Scott at Cohoes Middle School

B. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education approve the following student teacher placements from the following school (unpaid):

The College of St. Rose
January 16, 2024 – March 8, 2024
Patrick Hickey with Erica Rapp at Cohoes High School

The College of St. Rose
January 22, 2024 – March 8, 2024
Jonathan Schoenfeld with David Wasserman at Cohoes Middle School

The College of St. Rose
March 11, 2024 – May 8, 2024
Nicholas Faretta with Carolyn Santoro at Cohoes High School

C. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education appoints the following
individuals to the Substitute Teacher and Tutor list:

DeCicco, TaiLynn
Brown, Hannah
Effective: February 1, 2024

D. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education amend item VII (I) of the
January 10, 2024 Agenda to read as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School
District appoints Michelle Donnelly to a four three – year probationary term in
the tenure area of School Social Worker, effective February 12, 2024 and expiring on February 11, 2028 February 11, 2027. Ms. Donnelly holds Permanent Certification in the area of School Social Worker.

Michelle Donnelly

  • Position: 1.0 FTE School Social Worker (AL)
  • Certification: School Social Worker
  • Tenure Area: School Social Worker
  • Effective Date: February 12, 2024
  • Tenure Date: February 11, 2028 February 11, 2027
  • Salary: Step 10 of the current CTA contract

E. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of
Suzanne Pelletier from the position of Social Emotional Learning Coach (CMS).
Effective: February 17, 2024

F. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation for
retirement purposes of Susanne Dunn from her position of Foreign Language
Teacher (CMS)
Effective: June 30, 2024

G. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation for
retirement purposes of Cheryl Barber from her School Nurse, R.N. position (VS).
Effective: June 30, 2024

H. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education approves a salary increase due to additional assignments for the following individual for the 2023-2024 school year:
Daniel Shepard – 0.2 FTE as per CTA contract – Mathematics- (1.2 FTE total)
(CHS)
Effective: January 29, 2024 through June 30, 2024

I. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School
District appoints the following individual as a Long-Term Substitute Teacher.

Sylvia Giroux

  • Position: Long-Term Substitute Teaching Assistant (HH)
  • Tenure Area: Teaching Assistant
  • Effective Date: March 11, 2024 through May 9, 2024
  • Salary: As per the current CTA contract, Teacher Assistant with
    BA/BS Salary Schedule

Non-Instructional

J. 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, such appointments are temporary appointments.

QuinAsia Johnson
Effective: January 22, 2024

K. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School
District hereby appoints Maria Baez to the position of Part-Time Teacher Aide
subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission, such appointment is a temporary appointment.

Maria Baez
Position: Part-Time Teacher Aide (AL)
Effective Date: January 22, 2024 through June 30, 2024
Salary: $15.00 per hour

VIII. RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – BUSINESS/FINANCE

IX. FINANCIAL REPORTS (Recommended by the Superintendent)

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

  • Warrants – December 2023
  • Budget Transfers – December 2023
  • Budget Status Report – December 2023
  • Reserve Status Report – December 2023
  • Bank Reconciliation Report – December 2023
  • Internal Claims Audit Report

X. INFORMATION AND CONSIDERATION

A. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education accepts a donation in the
amount of $1,309 from Abram Lansing Parents to be used for Abram Lansing
field trip bussing.

XI. COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

XII. QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE

XIII. BOARD POLICY REVIEW

First Reading
Policy 8130.2 – Workplace Violence Prevention

XIV. DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

February 14, 2024 – Cohoes Middle School Library at 6 PM
February 28, 2024 – Cohoes Middle School Library at 6 PM

XV. ADJOURNMENT

Preparing our students for success in tomorrow’s world.

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