September 21 Business Meeting Minutes

Board of Education Business Meeting
Cohoes, New York
September 21, 2022
LGI Room, CHS, 6pm

(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, Mrs. Giller at 6:02pm

ROLL CALL

Present:

  • Mrs. Carey
  • Mr. Jackson
  • Mrs. Snyder
  •  Mrs. Gendron
  • Mrs. Paradis
  • Mrs. Giller

Also Present:

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

II. DISTRICT REPORTS

Becky LaForest, Career Education Coordinator shared information about the upcoming release of “Tiger Tracker”.  This will feature CHS Alumni to showcase their professional accomplishments and share their pathways to success with our current students.  Alumni who are willing may be featured in the Tiger Tracker Spotlight shared on the District’s social media pages.

Mrs. Tarlo, Principal of Cohoes High School and Mr. Jeff Huneau, Athletic Director discussed the upcoming homecoming week, which includes the dance and various sporting events.

Mr. Huneau also discussed Go Fan, a cashless digital ticketing system. He will pilot the program at the football and soccer games. The program has safety and security features used to manage participation numbers.

Ms. O’Shea shared that the district received a NYS Office of Mental Health Support Grant for just over $1 million dollars over five (5) years.  There are certain requirements of this grant, one being the funding of a Multi-Tiered Systems of Support (MTSS) Director.  Ms. O’Shea will share the draft job description of the Director with the Board at the October 5, 2022 meeting.

III. BOARD OF EDUCATION DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS – None

IV.  COMMUNITY DISCUSSION OF AGENDA ITEMS – None

V.  OLD BUSINESS – None

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 September 7, 2022.

B. THAT the Board of Education accepts the Minutes of the Committee on Special Education for the following meeting dates: 3/17/22, 3/25/22, 4/7/22, 4/11/22, 4/25/22, 4/28/22, 5/12/22, 5/16/22, 5/17/22, 5/19/22, 6/2/22, 6/3/22, 6/6/22, 6/8/22, 6/16/22, 8/15/22, 8/24/22, 8/31/22, 9/6/22, 9/15/22

C.  THAT the Board of Education grants permission to the Cohoes High School to dispose of the obsolete textbooks listed below:

Title: The Glasnost Reader
Publisher:  Jonathan Eisen
ISBN#0-452-26321-2
Copywrite: 2000
Quantity: 26

D.  THAT the Board of Education approves the agreement between the Cohoes City School District and National School Reform Faculty for a five (5) day training for Critical Friends Group © Coaches led by one NSRF National Facilitator for up to fifteen (15) participants for Abram Lansing School in the amount of $14,631 in accordance with the terms and conditions outlined within (grant funded).

VII.  RECOMMENDATIONS FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT – PERSONNEL

INSTRUCTIONAL

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

  • Frazier, Brendan

Effective September 15, 2022

  • Alimena, Maridith
  • Blintz, Jacqueline
  • Brady, Chelsea
  • Bristol, MaryElizabeth
  • Catalfamo, Tyler
  • Cropsey, Rebecca
  • Duncan, Akili-Abdule
  • Hunt, Megan
  •  Kraupner, Elizabeth
  • Munger, Makenna
  • Murphy, Caitlin
  • Ramirez, Christopher
  • Saha, Joya
  • Shanahan, Ian
  • Sorozan, Daniel

Effective:  September 22, 2022

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

Richetta Hansen

  • Position: Long-Term Substitute Elementary Teacher (AL)
  • Tenure Area: Elementary
  • Effective Date: September 6, 2022 through October 31, 2022
  • Salary: Step 1 of the current CTA contract

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

Brendan Frazier

  • Position: Long-Term Substitute Physical Education Teacher (AL)
  • Tenure Area: Physical Education
  • Effective Date: September 19, 2022 through November 22, 2022
  • Salary: Step 1 of the current CTA contract

D. THAT the Board of Education amend item VII (C) of the July 6, 2022 Agenda to read as follows:

THAT the Board of Education appoint the following individuals to the Building Leadership Teams listed below for the 2022-2023 school year:

Van Schaick Grade School

  • Amanda Barrett
  • Bonnie-Jo Bellville
  • Carrie Bennett
  • Amber DellaRocco
  •  Katrina Keith
  • Pam Krupski (CSEA)
  • Jacqueline DeChiaro

Cohoes High School  

  • Patricia Caputo
  • Caryn Dollard
  • Laura Murawski
  • Alicia Ozols
  • Alicia Tommasini
  • Carolyn Tetrault (CSEA)
  • Robert Santarcangelo
  • Laura Tarl

 Cohoes Middle School

  • John Dundon
  • Lindsey Fontaine
  • Fallon Jennings
  • Tricia Kinns
  • Jaclyn Penney
  • Stacey Nolan (CSEA)
  • Deanna Kelly
  • Jennifer DeMarco

Harmony Hill Elementary School     

  • Sarah Adkins
  • Pamela Bertrand
  • Catherine Lamica
  • Christine Guarnieri
  • Brianna Houle
  • Tracy Nash
  • Alexandra Nelson
  • Stacy Smith-Bold (CSEA)
  • Mark Perry

Abram Lansing Elementary School

  • Carole Blide (CSEA)
  • Jennifer Crucetti
  • Christina Kellar
  • Melissa Lowden
  • Bridget Quinlan
  • Jackie Skidmore
  • Cliff BirdE. THAT the Board of Education amend item VIII (D) of the July 31, 2019 agenda to read as follows:

BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District appoints Jessica Hoffman to a four-year conditional term in the tenure area of Special Education effective September 1, 2019 and expiring on August 31, 2023 June 2, 2024 June 12, 2024 on an emergency conditional basis.  Ms. Hoffman holds professional certification in the areas of Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6 and Childhood Education Grades 1-6.

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

Jessica Hoffman

  • Position: 1.0 FTE Special Education Teacher
  • Certification: Students with Disabilities Grades 1-6
  • Tenure Area: Special Education
  • Effective Date: September 1, 2019
  • Tenure Date: August 31, 2023 June 2, 2024 June 12, 2024
  • Salary: Step 5 of the current CTA Contract
  • Reason: Replaces Kristen Aiken

F. THAT the Board of Education create the following varsity level sport programs:

  •  eSports (fall) (CHS)
  • eSports (spring) (CHS)

G. THAT the Board of Education appoints the following individuals to the coaching positions listed below for the 2022-2023 school year, as per the CTA contract.  Position is contingent upon acceptable program enrollment:

Co-Curricular Activity, Name, FTE
eSports (fall), Michael Wilt, 1.0
eSports (spring), Michael Wilt, 1.0

H.  BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District appoints Kelsey Cicerone to a four – year probationary term in the tenure area of Teaching Assistant, effective September 12, 2022 and expiring on September 11, 2026.  Ms. Cicerone holds Initial Certification in the area of Childhood Education (Grades 1-6).

Kelsey Cicerone

  • Position: 1.0 FTE Teaching Assistant (CHS)
  • Certification: Childhood Education (Grades 1-6)
  • Tenure Area: Special Education
  • Effective Date: September 12, 2022
  • Tenure Date: September 11, 2026
  • Salary: As per the current CTA contract, Teacher Certification Teacher Assistant Salary Schedule

Non-Instructional

I. THAT the Board of Education rescind its action on item VII (I) of the September 7, 2022 agenda:

THAT the Board of Education accept the resignation of Samantha McCullough from her position as Nurse, RN (CHS).

J. THAT the Board of Education accept the resignation of Rebecca Perry from her position as Part-Time Teacher Aide (AL).

Effective:  September 16, 2022

K. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Peter Mahoney to the position of Network Administrator, subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission, such appointment is a provisional appointment.

Peter Mahoney

  • Position: 1.0 FTE Network Administrator (PROVISIONAL)
  • Effective Date: October 11, 2022
  • Salary: $77,000

L.  BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Jill Hagan to the position of School Nurse, RN, subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission, such appointment is a probationary appointment.

Jill Hagan

  • Position: 1.0 FTE School Nurse, RN (AL)
  • Effective Date: September 16, 2022
  • Probation Period: March 16, 2023
  • Salary: Per current CTA contract

M. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Lisa Trombley to the position of Receptionist, subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission on a conditional basis; such appointment is a provisional appointment.

Lisa Trombley

  • Position: Receptionist (Provisional) (CMS)
  • Effective Date: September 22, 2022
  • Salary: Per current CSEA contract

N. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints Sharon Varin to the position of full time Cleaner, subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission, such appointment is a probationary appointment.

Sharon Varin

  • Position: 1.0 FTE Cleaner (AL)
  • Effective Date: September19, 2022
  • Probation Period: March 19, 2023
  • Salary: Entry-level per current CSEA contract

O. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District hereby appoints the following individual to the Substitute Part Time Teacher Aide list, subject to the rules of the Cohoes Civil Service Commission on an emergency conditional basis, in accordance with the Civil Service Rules, such appointments are a temporary appointment.

Laura Urban

Effective: September 8, 2022

P. 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 a temporary appointment.

Shawn King

Effective: September 15, 2022

Q. THAT the Board of Education amend item VII (C) of the August 3, 2022 agenda to read as follows:

THAT the Board of Education appoint the following individuals to the 2022-2023 Future-Ready Pathways Extended Learning Program (grant funded):

Teachers

  • Math- Donna Honsinger and Nicole Lassone Daniel Shepard
  • Social Studies- Keith Fischer and William Sheldon
  • ELA- Heather Ball, Terrin Griffin, and Patricia Caputo , and Lydia Cappadonia
  • French- Amy Frost
  • Spanish-Kerry Bottenfield
  • Science-Michelle Cipriano, Elizabeth Hodgson, Michele Culletto, and Virginia Jackson
  • Substitute (as needed)- Emily Gioia, and Lindsey Fontaine, and Michele Culletto

R. THAT the Board of Education approve Gabrielle White for summer work as the Dean of Students at her daily rate, not to exceed five (5) days for the 2022-2023 school year (grant funded).

S. BE IT RESOLVED THAT the Board of Education of the Cohoes City School District appoints Kyle McFarland to a four-year probationary term in the tenure area of Secondary Principal effective October 3, 2022 and expiring on October 2, 2026.  Mr. McFarland holds Professional Certification in the areas of School District Leader and School Building Leader, and Permanent Certification in the areas of Biology – General Science 7-12 and Chemistry 7-12.

Kyle McFarland

  • Position: Principal (CMS)
  • Certification: School District Leader
  • Tenure Area: Secondary Principal
  • Effective Date: October 3, 2022
  • Tenure Date: October 2, 2026
  • Salary: $114,647

T. THAT the Board of Education approve the Memorandum of Agreement dated September 16, 2022, by and between the Cohoes City School District and the Cohoes Principals’ Association (CPA).

DESIGNATION OF CONSENT AGENDA: THAT the Board of Education adopts the following resolutions of the September 21, 2022 Agenda:

VI (A-D), VII (A-T), and IX (A)

  • Moved by:  Mrs. Snyder
  • Second by: Mrs. Carey
  • All voted “Aye”
  • Motion carried 7-0

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 – August 2022
  • Budget Transfers – August 2022
  • Budget Status Report – August 2022
  • Revenue Status Report – August 2022
  • Bank Reconciliation Report – August 2022
  • Internal Claims Audit Report

X. INFORMATION AND CONSIDERATION – None

XI. COMMENTS FROM BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS

Mrs. Giller congratulated and welcomed Kyle McFarland as CMS Principal and Peter Mahoney as Network Administrator.

XII. QUESTIONS AND STATEMENTS FROM AUDIENCE – None

XIII. BOARD POLICY REVIEW – None

XIV.  DATES FOR FUTURE MEETINGS

  • October 5, 2022, LGI Room, CHS & Livestreamed at 6pm
  • October 11, 2022 – Audit Committee Meeting, Page Avenue at 5pm
  • October 19, 2022, LGI Room, CHS & Livestreamed at 6pm

XV. ADJOURNMENT

MOTION:  To adjourn at 6:54pm

  • Moved by: Mrs. Carey
  • Second by: Mrs. Gendron
  • All voted “Aye”
  • Motion carried 7-0
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