July 6 Reorganization Meeting Minutes

Cohoes City School District
Board of Education Reorganization Meeting
Cohoes, New York, July 6, 2022
LGI Room, CHS, 6pm

MINUTES

I. The Meeting was called to order at 6:01 p.m. by Mary Rumsey, District Clerk.

ROLL CALL

Present:

  • Mrs. Giller
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mrs. Carey (via WebEx)
  • Mrs. Snyder
  • Mrs. Gendron
  • Mrs. Paradis

Also Present:

  • Ms. Peggy O’Shea, Superintendent
  • Mr. Dan Martinelli, Assistant Superintendent
  • Mrs. Stacy Mackey, School Business Official

II. ELECTION OF OFFICERS/OATHS OF OFFICE

A. President of the Board of Education

MOTION: To open the Floor for nominations for the Office of President of the Board of Education for the 2022-23 school year.

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

Mrs. Giller was nominated by Mrs. Snyder.

MOTION: To close the floor for nominations for the Office of President of the Board of Education for the 2022-23 school year.

  • Moved by: Mrs. Paradis
  • Seconded by: Mrs. Gendron
  • All voted “Aye”
  • Motion carried 6-0

MOTION:  THAT Mrs. Giller is elected President of the Board of Education for the 2022-23 school year.

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

The Oath of the Faithful Performance in Office (President) was administered to Mrs. Giller by the District Clerk.

B. Vice-President of the Board of Education

MOTION: To open the Floor for nominations for the Office of Vice-President of the Board of Education for the 2022-23 school year.

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

Mrs. Carey was nominated by Mrs. Snyder.

MOTION: To close the floor for nominations for the Office of Vice-President of the Board of Education for the 2022-23 school year.

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

MOTION: THAT Mrs. Carey is elected Vice-President of the Board of Education for the 2022-23 school year.

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

The Oath of the Faithful Performance of Office (Vice-President) will be administered to Mrs. Carey by the District Clerk at the July 20, 2022 BOE meeting.

III.  APPOINTMENT OF THE DISTRICT CLERK

MOTION:  THAT the Board of Education appoints Mary Rumsey to the position of District Clerk/Secretary to the School Board for the 2022-23 school year.

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

The Oath of the Faithful Performance of Office (District Clerk) was administered to Mary Rumsey by the President of the Board of Education.

IV. BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS – None

V. COMMUNITY DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS – None

VI. ACTION ITEMS


A.  APPOINTMENTS

1. THAT the Board of Education appoints Pamela Cirincione as Treasurer for the 2022-23 school year.

2. THAT the Board of Education appoints Pam Cirincione as Central Treasurer for Clubs and Activities for the 2022-2023 school year at no additional compensation.

3. THAT the Board of Education appoints Stacy Mackey as Deputy Treasurer for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

4. THAT the Board of Education appoints Pamela Cirincione as Tax Collector for the 2022-23 school year at a stipend of $2,500 per collection period.

5. THAT the Board of Education appoints John Doemel as Internal Claims Auditor for the 2022-23 school year at an hourly rate of $30 per hour.

6. THAT the Board of Education appoints Mary Rumsey as Records Access Officer for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

7. THAT the Board of Education appoints Mary Rumsey as Records Management Officer for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

8. THAT the Board of Education appoints James Stapleton as School Pesticide Representative for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

9. THAT the Board of Education appoints Stacy Mackey as Purchasing Agent for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

10. THAT the Board of Education appoints Peggy O’Shea as Deputy Purchasing Agent for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

11. THAT the Board of Education appoints Stacy Mackey as School Lunch Appeals Officer for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

12. THAT the Board of Education appoints the Superintendent of Schools as Record Access Appeals Officer for the 2022-23 school year for Freedom of Information Law (FOIL) requests.

13. THAT the Board of Education appoints Deanna Kelly as Medicaid Compliance Officer for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

14. THAT the Board of Education appoints Stacy Mackey and Dan Martinelli as Equal Opportunity (EO) Compliance Officers for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

15. THAT the Board of Education appoints James Stapleton as the Asbestos (LEA) Designee for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

16. THAT the Board of Education appoints Deanna Kelly, Cliff Bird, Mark Perry, Jacqueline DeChiaro, Tom Kostrzebski (July 1, 2022-August 1, 2022) and Robert Santarcangelo (effective August 1, 2022) as the Dignity Act Coordinators for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

17. THAT the Board of Education appoints Stacy Mackey as Trustee to the New York State Public Schools Statewide Workers’ Compensation Trust for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

18.  THAT the Board of Education appoints Peggy O’Shea as Alternate Trustee to the New York State Public Schools Statewide Workers’ Compensation Trust for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

19. THAT the Board of Education appoints Stacy Mackey as Trustee and Pam Cirincione as Alternate Trustee to the Capital Area Schools Health Insurance Consortium (CASHIC) for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

20. THAT the Board of Education appoints Erin Hill to the position of Section 504 Compliance Officer for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

21. THAT the Board of Education appoints Mackenzie Gregory as McKinney-Vento Parent Liaison for the 2022-23 school year.

22. THAT the Board of Education appoints Dan Martinelli as Data Protection Officer for the 2022-23 school year at no additional compensation.

23. THAT the Board of Education appoints Katrina Hunt as Chief Information Officer for the 2022-23 school year.

24. THAT the Board of Education appoints Daniel Hytko as Attendance Officer for the 2022-23 school year at an hourly rate of $18.50 per hour.

B. DESIGNATIONS

1.  THAT the Board of Education designates JP Morgan Chase Bank, Key Bank and Bank of New York as the official banks of the District for the 2022-23 school year.

2. THAT the Board of Education designates the following dates for the regular monthly meetings of the Board of Education for the 2022-23 school year at 6:00 PM in the Cohoes High School L.G.I. Room

  • July 6 & 20, 2022
  • August 3 & 24, 2022
  • September 7 & 21, 2022
  • October 5 & 19, 2022
  • November 2 & 16, 2022
  • December 14, 2022
  • January 4 & 18, 2023
  •  February 1 & 15, 2023
  •  March 1 & 15, 2023
  • April 5 & 19, 2023
  • May 3 & 17, 2023
  • June 7 & 21, 2023

3. THAT the Board of Education designates the Times Union as the official newspaper of the District for the 2022-23 school year.

4. THAT the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to certify all payrolls in conformance with Section 170.2(b) of the Commissioner’s Regulations for the 2022-23 school year.

5. THAT the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools, in conformance with Section 170.2(l) of the Commissioner’s Regulations to make transfers between and within functional unit appropriations for teachers’ salaries and ordinary contingent expenses for the 2022-23 school year.

6. THAT the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to approve conference requests as per the appropriations in the annual budget, in conformance with Section 77(B) of the General Municipal Law for the 2022-23 school year.

7. THAT the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to apply for all State and Federal Grants in Aid for the 2022-23 school year.

8. THAT the Board of Education authorizes the establishment of one (1) petty cash fund for the 2022-23 school year as follows:

Location – District Office
Amount – $100
Responsible Party – School District Treasurer

9. THAT the Board of Education authorizes the use of the magnetic media signature of the Treasurer on District checks for the 2022-23 school year as per Education Law 2523. In the event of the Treasurer’s absence or inability, the Board authorizes the use of the magnetic media signature of the Deputy Treasurer on District checks for the 2022-23 school year.

10. THAT the Board of Education designates R.G. Timbs Advisory Group with offices at 24 Sherman Oaks Drive, New Hartford, New York for long-range financial planning services and capital project planning for the 2022-23 school year.

11. THAT the Board of Education designates the law firm of Hiscock Barclay, LLP with offices at 50 Beaver St., Albany, NY 12207 as bond counsel to the School District for the 2022-23 school year.

12. THAT the Board of Education designates the law firm of Girvin & Ferlazzo, PC as legal and labor relations counsel for the School District for the 2022-23 school year in accordance to the terms and conditions outlined in the Agreement.

13. THAT the Board of Education designates the firm of Marvin & Company CPA, PC to perform the 2022-23 external audit.

14. THAT the Board of Education designates the Utica National as the property & casualty insurance carrier for Cohoes City School District for the 2022-23 school year.

15. THAT the Board of Education designates Capital Area Schools Health Insurance Consortium (CASHIC) as the health and prescription drug insurances provider for Cohoes City School District for the 2022-23 school year.

16. THAT the Board of Education designates New York State Insurance Fund (NYSIF) as the disability carrier for Cohoes City School District for the 2022-23 school year.

17. THAT the Board of Education designates Axis as the student accident insurance carrier for Cohoes City School District for the 2022-23 school year.

18. THAT the Board of Education designates New York State Public Schools Statewide Workers’ Compensation Trust as the workers’ compensation administrator for Cohoes City School District for the 2022-23 school year.

19. THAT the Board of Education designates New York Benefits for Education and Students Trust (OMNI) as the 403(b) Administrator for Cohoes City School District for the 2022-23 school year.

C.  OTHER ITEMS

1. THAT the Board of Education re-adopts all existing policies and the Code of Ethics (Policy 2160) in effect during the previous year for the 2022-23 school year.

2. BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby authorizes and directs the designee, in the event of a special education impartial hearing is requested, to make a selection from the approved list of Impartial Hearing Officers (IHOs) on a rotational basis beginning with the first name appearing after the IHO who last served.  The designee shall inform the prospective IHO of District policy on compensation and reimbursement of expenses for hearing-related activities.  Should the IHO decline appointment, or if no affirmative commitment to serve is forthcoming after at least two attempts to contact said IHO have been documented within a 24-hour period, the designee shall proceed through said list offering appointment to each successive hearing officer whose name next appears on the list until such appointment, pursuant to the terms of the District’s compensation and expense reimbursement policy attendant thereto, is accepted.  The appointment of the specific individual who agrees to serve as IHO shall be ratified by the Board of Education, by public resolution, at the next public meeting prior to the date of the hearing.

3. THAT all District employees not covered by contract for authorized car travel be reimbursed at the IRS recommended mileage rate for school year 2022-23.

4. BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education shall appoint a Committee on Special Education for the 2022-23 school year in accordance with the provisions of Education Law, section 4402.

The membership of the committee shall include, but not be limited to:

(1) parents/guardian of the student;
(2) one general education teacher;
(3) special education teacher or provider;
(4) LEA representative (special education administrator, school psychologist/building principal);
(5) school psychologist;
(6) school physician, if specifically requested in writing by the parent or a school member;
(7) additional parent member of a student with a disability, if specifically requested in writing by the parent, the student or a member of the CSE; and
(8) student if appropriate.

5. BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education upon the recommendation of the Committee on Special Education shall appoint a Subcommittee on Special Education for the 2022-23 school year in accordance with the provisions of Education Law, section 4402, to ensure timely evaluation and placement of students with disabilities.

The membership of the subcommittee shall include, but not to be limited to:

(1) parents/guardian of the student;
(2) one general education teacher;
(3) special education teacher or provider;
(4) LEA representative (special education administrator, school psychologist/building principal); and
(5) student if appropriate.

A psychologist will be a member whenever a new psychological evaluation is received or a change to a more intensive program is recommended.

6. BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education shall appoint a Committee on Preschool Special Education for the 2022-23 school year in accordance with the provisions of Education Law, Section 4402.

The membership of the committee shall include, but not to be limited to:

(1) parents/guardian of the student;
(2) LEA representative (chairperson);
(3) county representative;
(4) service provider(s);
(5) evaluator(s); and
(6) school physician, if specifically requested in writing by the parent or a school member.

7.  THAT the Board of Education adopts the Free and Reduced Price Meal Policy Statement and Family Income Eligibility Criteria as required by State and Federal Regulations for participation in the School Breakfast and Lunch Program for the 2022-23 school year.

PERSONNEL 

8.  THAT the Board of Education hereby establishes the following as standard work days for elected and appointed officials and will report the following days worked to the New York State Local Employees’ Retirement System based on the timekeeping system records or the record of activities maintained and submitted by these officials to the Clerk of this body for the 2022-23 school year.

Title, Name, Work Day  

  • Director of Facilities –   James Stapleton, 7
  • Treasurer – Pamela Cirincione, 6.5
  • Secretary to Superintendent & District Clerk  –  Mary Rumsey, 6.5
  • Secretary to Assistant Superintendent – Sara Burwell, 6.5
  • Personnel Secretary – Tara Garceau, 6.5

9. THAT the Board of Education approves the 2022-23 salaries for the following positions:

  • Director of Facilities III: $85,217
  • Treasurer: $72,650
  • Secretary to the Superintendent: $45,421*
  • Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent: $43,811*
  • Personnel Secretary: $56,152*

* Includes confidentiality stipend, per 9206 policy.

10. THAT the Board of Education establishes the following rates of pay for the following positions for the 2022-23 school year:

  • Substitute Teacher – Retired from the District – per diem @ $125
  • Substitute Teacher – Four-year degree or teacher certification – per diem @ $120 or,  upon completion of 30 consecutive days service for the same individual, teacher compensation to be established at Step 1 of the CTA contract, per diem, retroactive to the first day of continuous service. For service beginning on or after May 15, compensation to be established at Step 1, per diem, at the discretion of the Superintendent of Schools.
  • Substitute Teacher – Two-year degree or a matriculating college Junior or Senior per diem @ $90
  • Substitute Maintenance Mechanic – per hour $18.50
  • Substitute Cleaner – per hour $15.00

    Part-Time Teacher Aides

    • Years of service = 1 through 3 – per hour $13.75
    • Years of service = 4 through 6 – per hour $14.00
    • Years of service = 7 through 11 – per hour $14.25
    • Years of service = 12 through 16 – per hour $14.50
    •  Years of service = 17 plus – per hour $15.00

    Part-Time Safety Officers

    • Years of service = 1 through 5 – per hour $20.00
    • Years of service = 6 plus  – $23.00

    VII. OFFICIAL UNDERTAKINGS (BONDS)

    A. THAT the Board of Education bonds employees through the use of a Faithful Performance Blanket Bond per Commissioner’s Regulation 170.2.

    Board Action on Consent Agenda

    MOTION: THAT the Board of Education adopts the following resolutions of the July 6, 2022 Reorganization Agenda:

    VI A (1-24), B (1-19) C (1-10) and VII A

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

    VIII. COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

    Mrs. Giller discussed the Board of Education Committees and asked that an overview be provided including each committee’s responsibilities and schedule.  Ms. Mackey presented a description of the Audit and Budget committees.  Ms. O’Shea gave an overview of the Safety, Policy and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion committees. She also discussed the potential for a Facilities committee should the Board wish to add. Mr. Martinelli discussed the Technology and Wellness committees.

    The Board members will determine the committees they wish to join at the July 20, 2022 meeting.

    IX. QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE – None

    X.  ADJOURNMENT

    MOTION: To adjourn the Reorganization Meeting at 6:24pm and enter into the Business Meeting.

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