Nov. 3, 2021 Board of Education Meeting Minutes

Board of Education Business Meeting

Cohoes, New York
November 3, 2021, 6 p.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 at 6pm by Board President Mrs. Giller.

ROLL CALL

Present:

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

Excused:

  • Mrs. Dion
  • Mr. Annely

Also Present:

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

II.             DISTRICT REPORTS

A.              Building Condition Survey Summary by CSArch
B.              Technology Update by Dan Martinelli
C.              Wellness Committee Update by Peggy O’Shea
D.              Grants Update 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

A.  THAT the Board of Education accepts the Minutes of the Board of Education Meeting of Nov. 3, 2021.

B.   THAT the Board of Education approves the 2021-22 Renewal Agreement (2020-21) with H.M.B. Consultants LLC, 3 Douglas Lane, Voorheesville, New York for food service consultation as outlined therein for the school year at a rate of $7,500.

C.   THAT the Board of Education approves the following fully depreciated items to be removed from the fixed asset inventory for surplus:

  • 2001 Dodge Ram 2,500 4×4 – Asset #90092270
  • Desk 1985 – $422.82
  • File Cabinet 1985 – $409.81
  • File Cabinet 1985 – Tag #3675 – $650
  • File Cabinet 1985 – Tag #2754 – $409.81
  • Table 1999 – Tag #6052 – $396.82
  • Teacher’s Desk 1985 – Tag #0501 – $422.82
  • Desk 2001 – Tag #1062 – $740
  • Table 1999 – Tag #6049 – $396.82
  • Desk 1999 – $740
  • Teacher’s Desk 1985 – Tag #03057 – $422.82
  • Teacher’s Desk 2001 – Tag #0158 – $650
  • Teacher’ Desk 2001 – Tag #03402 – $650
  • Chair @ HH Office 2011 – Tag #01365 and
  • Couch @ HH – Tag #000712 – $3,172.26 (both)
  • TV 20”@ HH – Tag #1933 & 000894 (already disposed)
  • South Bend Steamer 2015 @ HH – Tag #20140761

$16,500 original cost – purchased by Food Service Original

ADDENDA

D.   THAT the Board of Education approves the Agreement with Turner Construction Company, One Computer Drive South, Albany, New York for the provision of construction management services for the Referendum 2022 – Districtwide Renovations and Improvement project’s scope of work.

E.  THAT the Board of Education approves the Independent Contractor Agreement with Stacy A.S. Williams, PhD, NCPS, LP to perform Training Workshops at Abram Lansing Elementary School in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined therein. This Agreement is effective November 4, 2021 and will continue through no later than June 7, 2022 on an “as needed” basis as requested by the District and not to exceed $5,400.

VII.        RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL

INSTRUCTIONAL

A.  THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the Substitute Teacher and Tutor list:

Madeline Centerbar
Ryan Constable
Laura Conti
Hope Johnson
Ryan Kronau
Karen Lajeunesse
Roger Manion
Kimberly Moores
Rachael Moquin
Rachel Rourke
Lauryn Rowland
Carlo Sorriento
Krysten Wade

Effective:   November 4, 2021

B.  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby reinstates Jaclyn Calabrese from the seniority/recall list, pursuant to Education Law §3013, to a position in the Social Studies tenure area, effective December 20, 2021.

C. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District appoints Nicholas Pafundi to a four-year conditional term in the tenure area of Elementary effective November 8, 2021 and expiring on November 7, 2025 on a conditional basis. Mr. Pafundi holds Professional Certification in the areas of Childhood Education (Grades 1-6), Generalist in Middle Childhood Education (Grades 5-9) and Students with Disabilities (Grades 1-6).

Nicholas Pafundi

Position: 1.0 FTE Elementary (AL)
Certification: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
Tenure Area: Elementary
Effective Date: November 8, 2021
Tenure Date: November 7, 2025
Salary: Step 3 of the current CTA Contract
Reason: Replaces Kimberly Coluccio (who is transferring to a new role)

D.  THAT the Board of Education approves the following school counseling intern placement from the following school (unpaid):

RUSSELL SAGE COLLEGE
January 18, 2022 – March 11, 2022
Madison Schermerhorn with Chris Fournier at CHS

E.   THAT the Board of Education approves the following student teacher placement from the following school (unpaid):

STATE UNIVERSITY OF NEW YORK AT ALBANY
August 31 – November 12, 2021
Andrew Marro with Robert Santarcangelo and Brian Smith at CHS

F.  THAT the Board of Education approves the contracts with the College of Saint Rose for two full-time psychologist interns Caitlin Murphy, who will fulfill her internship requirement under the supervision of Sara Student, and Kristyn Kreutziger, who will fulfill her internship requirement under the supervision of Laura Gerhard, both districtwide for the period of September 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022. Interns will be paid a stipend rate at $4,000 each (grant funded).

G.  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby creates a full-time (1.0 FTE) Dean of Students for Cohoes High School effective November 8, 2021 (grant-funded); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Robert Santarcangelo shall be assigned as a Teacher on Special Assignment (“TOSA”) to the full-time (1.0 FTE) Dean of Students for the Cohoes High School position for the 2021-2022 school year and approves the agreement relating to the same. While in this assignment as a TOSA, Robert Santarcangelo shall remain in the Social Studies tenure area and all time spent as a full-time employee in the position of Dean of Students for Cohoes High School shall be credited as time in the Social Studies tenure area.

H.  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby creates a full-time (1.0 FTE) Dean of Students for Cohoes Middle School effective November 8, 2021 (grant-funded); and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that Elaine Flatow shall be assigned as a Teacher on Special Assignment (“TOSA”) to the full-time (1.0 FTE) Dean of Students for the Cohoes Middle School position for the 2021-2022 school year and approves the agreement relating to the same. While in this assignment as a TOSA, Elaine Flatow shall remain in the School Social Work tenure area and all time spent as a full-time employee in the position of Dean of Students for Cohoes Middle School shall be credited as time in the School Social Work tenure area.

I.   THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals as advisors to the clubs and activities listed for the 2021-2022 school year, contingent upon acceptable program enrollment:

CMS

Clubs and Activities,  Name, FTE 
National Honor Society (CMS), Fallon Jennings,  1.0
8th Grade Activities Club (CMS), Fallon Jennings, 0.5, Jill Havens, 0.5
“Make The Right Moves” Card Club (CMS), Sara Schwendinger, 1.0
Intramurals 2 & 3 (CMS), Terry Gendron, 1.0 EA
Student Council (CMS), Jennifer Heeney, 1.0
Technology Club (CMS),  Rebecca LaForest,  1.0
Robotics (CMS), Colleen Duff, 1.0

NON-INSTRUCTIONAL

J.  THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation for retirement purposes of Johanna Maloney from her position of District Clerk/Secretary to the School Business Official.

Effective: December 30, 2021

K.  THAT the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Mary Beth Galarneau from her position of Part-time Teacher Aide.

Effective: October 29, 2021

L.  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 Cynthia Muzio regarding the need for additional duties to be performed during the 2021-2022 school year relating to the District’s Special Programs Department, dated October 20, 2021.

M. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby provisionally appoints David Harrington to the position of Part-Time School Safety Officer 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.

David Harrington
Position: Part-Time School Safety Officer (Provisional)
Effective Date: October 27, 2021 through June 30, 2022
Salary: $17 per hour
Reason: Replaces William Bowles

N. QuinAsia Johnson

Position: 1.0 FTE Teacher Aide (AL)
Effective Date: October 25, 2021
Probation Period: April 24, 2022
Salary:  Entry level per current CSEA contract
Reason:  Replaces Kathy Lorman

O. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Brenna Wood 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.

ADDENDA

Brenna Wood

Position: Part-Time Teacher Aide (VS)
Effective Date:  October 12, 2021 through June 30, 2022
Salary:  $13.25 per hour
Reason: Replaces Kaysha Baez

P. THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the coaching positions listed below for the 2021-2022 school year, contingent upon acceptable program enrollment:

CO-CURRICULAR ACTIVITY, NAME, FTE
Basketball – Boys Varsity, Jeff Huneau, 1.0
Basketball – UPAID Assistant, Bill LeBeau, 0.0
Basketball – UPAID Assistant, Mike Marcil, 0.0
Basketball – UPAID Assistant, Brian Murley, 0.0
Basketball – Boys JV, Nick Izzo, 1.0
Basketball – Boys Modified, TBD, 1.0
Basketball – Girls Varsity, Morgan Blizinski,  1.0
Basketball – Girls JV, Bill Smith,  1.0
Basketball – Girls Modified, TBD, 1.0
Bowling – Boys & Girls, Pamela Bertrand, 1.0
Bowling – UNPAID Assistant, Bill Lajeunesse, 0.0
Track – Indoor, Boys, TBD, 1.0
Track – Indoor, Girls, TBD, 1.0
Cheerleading – Varsity, TBD,  1.0
Cheerleading – Modified, TBD, 1.0

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 removes Item VI (E) from the consent agenda for a separate vote.

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

MOTION:    THAT the Board of Education adopts the following resolution of the November 3, 2021 Agenda:

VI (E)
Moved by: Mr. Jackson
Seconded by: Mrs. Snyder
Voted “Aye” – Mrs. Carey
Mr. Pascale
Mrs. Snyder
Mrs. Giller
Motion carried 4-1

Voted “Nay” – Mr. Jackson

MOTION:    THAT the Board of Education adopts the following resolutions of the November 3, 2021 Agenda:

VI (A-D) and VII (A-P)
Moved by: Mrs. Carey
Seconded by: Mrs. Snyder
All voted “Aye”
Motion carried 5-0

X.            INFORMATION AND CONSIDERATION

XI.          COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

The President of the Board brought up the topic of a Facilities Committee, who would like to serve on the committee, and it will be an item on the next agenda.

XII.        QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE

XIII.      BOARD POLICY REVIEW

XIV.     DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS
             November 17, 2021, LGI Room, CHS & Livestream at 6 p.m.

MOTION: THAT the Board of Education enters into Executive Session at 7:36pm to discuss matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation and to discuss collective bargaining with the Cohoes Principals’ Association.

EXECUTIVE SESSION:                                      TIME: 7:45 p.m.

DISCUSSION
XV.       ADJOURNMENT

MOTION:    To adjourn at 8:28 p.m.

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

Submitted by the District Clerk

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