Dec. 19, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Dec. 19, 2018 | Amsterdam High School Media Center | Regular Meeting

Attendance

Board members

  • Mr. Bottisti
  • Dr. Bush
  • Mrs. Marciniak
  • Rev. McHeard
  • Mr. Murdoch
  • Mr. Peninger
  • Mrs. Schuttig

Administrators/Officials

  • Dr. Ramos, Superintendent
  • Dr. Downing, Asst. Superintendent
  • Mrs. Polikowski, Interim Director of Testing and Academics
  • Mrs. Lawyer, Director of Special Education and Student Support Services
  • Mrs. Brumley, Business Manager
  • Mr. Mycek, School Attorney

Public- 50+

Other- Recorder

Regular Meeting

  • The Amsterdam High School Chorus performed holiday songs prior to the beginning of the board meeting.
  • Dr. Nellie Bush opened the meeting at 6:10 p.m.
  • Public Comment:
    • Dr. William Bouton – fundraising for the homeless
    • Deb Slezak, Parent – spoke regarding the district doing more advertising for the Drama Club’s performances
    • Ann Marie Durfresne (ARTA) & Richard Peters (ATA) – spoke regarding keeping Empire Blue Cross as the provider of the Medicare Advantage Plan for the district’s retirees
  • The meeting adjourned at 8:07 p.m. and entered into executive session.
  • Executive session adjourned at 8:33 p.m. and re-entered regular session.  
  • On the motion of Gavin Murdoch, the meeting adjourned at 8:34 p.m.
  • Roll call: 7-0-0

Resolution Memo

297/2018-19

  • Motion by: John Bottisti
  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education for voting purposes combines and approves resolutions 297 through 300; 302 through324; 326 through 329; 331 through 335; 337 and 338 with one vote.
  • Roll Call: 7-0-0
  • Motion passed.

298/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the reading of the minutes held on the following dates be dispensed with, each Board of Education member having received a copy and that they be approved as prepared by the Clerk.
    • Regular Meeting: Nov. 14, 2018
  • Motion passed.

299/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the monthly accounts of the Treasurer of the Board of Education (presented under separate cover and on file in the office of the Business Manager) be received, approved and filed for the month of November.
  • Motion passed

300/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the bills as herewith listed as approved by the Internal Claims Auditor and presented in the sum of $2,903,727.15
    • General Fund Audit: $ 1,803,378.31
    • School Lunch Audit: $ 152,343.60
    • Special Aid Fund: $ 149,199.15
    • Capital Audit: $ 798,806.09
    • Grand Total of Combined Audits: $ 2,903,727.15
  • … be, and the same are directed paid by the Board of Education.
  • Motion passed.

Note: The following resolution was tabled from the Nov. 14, 2018 agenda (#266/2018-19)

301/2018-19

  • Motion By: Kent McHeard
  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the MAP (Medicare Advantage Program) contract, with Empire Blue Cross effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, and authorizes the Business Manager to sign the contract.
  • Roll Call: 4-0-3 (Ms.Marciniak; Mr. Peninger; Ms. Schuttig – Abstain)
  • Motion passed.

302/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education rescind resolution #166/2018-19 which was passed at the September 19, 2018 Board of Education meeting as the Sea Rams have disbanded.
  • September 19, 2018: 166/2018-19
  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approve the fee of up to $3,000.00 for the Amsterdam Sea Rams use of the Lynch Literacy Academy pool facilities and reimbursement of lifeguards for the 2018-19 school year. Motion passed
  • Motion passed

303/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education waives the building use fee as outlined in the School Facilities regulation 1505R for the Mohawk Valley Chorus. There shall be no waiver of any charges for custodians, supervision or other employees assigned by the School District for this event.
  • Motion passed

304/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education waives the building use fee as outlined in the School Facilities regulation 1505R for the Amsterdam Youth Soccer Club. There shall be no waiver of any charges for custodians, supervision or other employees assigned by the School District for this event.
  • Motion passed

305/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education waive the building use fee as outlined in the School Facilities regulation 1505R for Amsterdam Recreation Department use of the Bacon, Barkley, Curie, McNulty, and Tecler school gymnasiums through June 30, 2019. There shall be no waiver of any charges for custodians, supervision or other employees assigned by the School District for this event.
  • Motion passed. 

306/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the renewal of the MVP contract, Group # 211485 effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, and authorizes the Business Manager to sign the renewal contract.
  • Motion passed. 

307/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the following emergency transportation contract with Brown Bus Services, Inc. as follows:
    • Emergency Contract Period – November 6, 2018 – December 6, 2018
    • Bus Route for Ag Tech Students – Late run Tuesdays and Thursdays
    • Emergency Contract Cost – $25/day, $200 total cost
  • Motion passed. 

308/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that on the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, Director of Student Support Service and Special Education, Emily Lawyer, and Chairpersons of the Committee on Special Education, Darcy Passarelli and Sarah Sweet, the Board of Education accept the recommendations made by the Committee on Special Education.
  • Motion passed. 

309/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that on the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, Director of Student Support Service and Special Education, Emily Lawyer, and Chairperson of the Committee on Pre-School Special Education, Darcy Passarelli, the Board of Education accept the recommendations made by the Committee on Pre-School Special Education.
  • Motion passed.

310/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Teacher’s Screening Committee, the High School Interim Principal, the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approve the use of the following textbook in the District Curriculum (first reading):
    • Environmental Science, Your Turn Your World
    • Author: Withgott
    • Copyright © 2011, Pearson Education, Inc.
    • One Lake Street, Upper Saddle River, New Jersey 07458
    • ISBN-13: 978-0-13-372475-2
  • Motion passed. 

311/2018-18

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education approve an overnight trip for five days to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, Wednesday April 3, 2019 (after school) through Sunday April 7, 2019 for the Amsterdam varsity baseball team. The team will be playing or scrimmaging against top tier teams from throughout the country. The program is sanctioned by the NYSPHSAA. Transportation and lodging will be paid through fundraising and meals through students’ personal funding. If fundraising efforts exceed the amount needed for lodging and transportation the excess funds will be used to off-set the cost of meals for the students. There will be no cost to the district. It is understood that due to world or local events beyond our control, this trip may have to be cancelled on short notice and that refunds of money may not be possible.
  • Motion passed. 

312/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the retirement of the following personnel (Employee, Title, Building, Effective Date – end of day):
    • Mary Schilling, AIS Math Teacher, McNulty, June 30, 2019
    • Motion passed. 

313/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the resignations of the following personnel (Employee, Title, Building, Effective Date – end of day):
    • Melissa Puglisi, Social Worker, Barkley, November 26, 2018
    • Motion passed. 

314/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education rescinds James Hoteling’s resignation effective December 21, 2018, end of day (resolution #276/2018-19),
  • And be it further – RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves James Hoteling’s resignation effective December 7, 2018, end of day.
  • Motion passed.

315/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Nancy Rad to a three (3) year probationary appointment as Community School Coordinator in the Community School Coordinator tenure area, commencing December 22, 2016 and ending December 21, 2019. Ms. Rad holds Professional Certification as School District Leader. This position is funded through the Community Schools grant.
  • Motion passed.

316/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Leslie Rogers to a three (3) year probationary appointment as a Reading Teacher in the Reading tenure area, commencing January 22, 2019 and ending January 21, 2022, contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout her probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education law Sections 2509, 3012-c and/or 3012-d. Ms. Rogers holds Professional Certification in Literacy 5-12. It is further recommended that Ms. Rogers’s salary will be based on M1 Step 19 of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Rogers will be filling the vacancy created by Abigail Jackson at LLA.)
  • Motion passed.

317/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Cheryl Adkins to a four (4) year probationary appointment as a School Psychologist in the School Psychologist tenure area, commencing January 2, 2019 and ending January 1, 2023. Ms. Adkins holds Provisional Certification in School Psychologist. It is further recommended that Ms. Adkins’s salary will be based on M6 Step 7 of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Adkins will be filling the vacancy created by Nicole Smith at Curie/Tecler.)
  • Motion passed.

318/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Samantha Fraser to a four (4) year probationary appointment in the School Psychologist tenure area, commencing January 18, 2019 and ending January 17, 2023. Ms. Fraser holds Provisional Certification in School Psychologist. It is further recommended that Ms. Fraser’s salary will be based on M5 Step 1 of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Fraser will be filling the vacancy created by Michele Donnelly at Barkley until June 30, 2019. Effective July 1, 2019, Ms. Fraser will be replacing Dr. Giron.)
  • Motion passed.

319/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints James Christopher to a three (3) year probationary appointment as a Technology Teacher in the Technology tenure area, commencing February 25, 2019 and ending February 24, 2022 contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout his probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education law Sections 2509, 3012-c and/or 3012-d. Mr. Christopher holds Permanent Certification in Technology. It is further recommended that Mr. Christopher’s salary will be based on M6 Step 14, of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Mr. Christopher is returning to fill his vacancy at LLA.)
  • Motion passed.

320/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Hope Warner to a four (4) year probationary appointment as a Special Education Teacher in the Special Education tenure area, commencing January 2, 2019 and ending January 1, 2023, contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout her probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education law Sections 2509, 3012-c and/or 3012-d. Ms. Warner holds Professional Certification in Students with Disabilities Birth – 6. It is further recommended that Ms. Warner’s salary will be based on M1 Step 7 of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Warner will be filling the vacancy created by James Hoteling at LLA.)
  • Motion passed.

321/2017-18

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Patricia Valiante to a temporary appointment as a Music Teacher commencing January 2, 2019 and ending May 17, 2019. Ms. Valiante holds Permanent Certification in Music. It is further recommended that Ms. Valiante’s salary will be based on M1 Step 11 of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Valiante is filling the leave created by Colleen Rishel at AHS.)
  • Motion passed.

322/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Sara Mielewski to a temporary appointment as an AIS Teacher commencing November 26, 2018 and ending June 30, 2019. Ms. Mielewski holds Initial Certification in Literacy Birth – 6 and Early Childhood Birth – 2. It is further recommended that Ms. Mielewski’s salary will be based on M1 Step 1, of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Mielewski will be filling the leave created by Mary Schilling at McNulty.)
  • Motion passed.

323/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of Susan Christopher as a Teacher Aide in the Greater Amsterdam School District effective January 2, 2019, based on the 2018-2019 Teacher Aide Salary Schedule. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Christopher will be filling the vacancy created by Robin Kinard at AHS.)
  • Motion passed.

324/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of Karen Francisco as a Teacher Aide in the Greater Amsterdam School District effective December 20, 2018, based on the 2018-2019 Teacher Aide Salary Schedule. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Francisco will be filling the vacancy created by Denise Diaz Ramos at Tecler.)
  • Motion passed. 

325/2018-19 WITHDRAWN

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approve the probationary appointment of as a Teacher Aide in the Greater Amsterdam School District effective _______, 2018, based on the 2018-2019 Teacher Aide Salary Schedule. This position is funded through the General Fund. (_______ will be filling the vacancy created by Ashley Ambrosino at Tecler.)

326/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approve the following Coaching positions for the 2018-2019 Winter Sports season, pending certification, prorated. These positions are funded through the General Fund.
    • Associate Coach Indoor Track 2, (.5), Richard Russell
    • Associate Coach Indoor Track 2, (.5), McKenna Palczak
  • Motion passed.

327/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, and having served the probationary appointment satisfactorily, the Board of Education approve the permanent appointments of the following personnel:
    • Ann Marie Bertuch – Keyboard Specialist
    • Brian Schoonmaker – Maintenance/Bus Driver
  • Motion passed.

328/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the following list of substitutes for the 2018-2019 school year, pending fingerprint clearance.
    • Diana DiCaprio – Teacher
    • Marc Eglin – Teacher
    • Jamie Farman – Teacher/Aide
    • Kelsi Hidde – Teacher
    • Diane Madej – Teacher
    • Jessica Nelson – Teacher
  • Motion passed.

329/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Karen Pelletier to a three (3) year probationary appointment as a Media Specialist in the Media Specialist tenure area, commencing January 2, 2019 and ending January 1, 2022, contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout her probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education law Sections 2509, 3012-c and/or 3012-d. Ms. Pelletier holds Permanent Certification in Media Specialist. It is further recommended that Ms. Pettetier’s salary will be based on M7 Step 13 of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Pelletier will be filling the vacancy created by JoMarie DiTata at AHS.)
  • Motion passed.

330/2018-19 WITHDRAWN

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints to a four (4) year probationary appointment as a Biology Teacher in the Biology tenure area, commencing ________ and ending _______, contingent upon achievement of effective or highly effective APPR ratings necessary to receive tenure throughout her probationary period, consistent with the requirements of Education law Sections 2509, 3012-c and/or 3012-d. ________ holds ________ Certification in ________. It is further recommended that ________’s salary will be based on B/M ____ Step ________ of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (________ will be filling the vacancy created by AnnMarie Giles at AHS.)

331/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorized and approves the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, to sign an Agreement between the Greater Amsterdam School District and First Sergeant James Bautista for JROTC to be assigned to the Amsterdam High School commencing on August 1, 2019, for the 2019-2020 school year. Compensation covered by this agreement shall be in compliance with the USMC (United States Marine Corps) whereas the District will match the minimum instructor pay. This agreement shall be funded through Contract for Excellence.
  • Motion passed.

332/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicmas Ramos, the Board of Education approves the probationary appointment of Michael Alfree, Motor Equipment Operator, effective December 20, 2018 at the rate based on Schedule II, Step 1 of the 2018-2019 Custodial/Maintenance Salary Schedule, prorated, pending fingerprint clearance. This position is funded through the General Fund.
    (Mr. Alfree will be filling the vacancy created by Eric Fernandez at the Annex.)
  • Motion passed.

333/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma I. Ramos to sign the Agreement By and Between the Schalmont Central School District and the Greater Amsterdam School District for placement in the 6:1:2 Class, Tuition services will be received for one (1) student for the 2018-2019 school year, beginning on December 19, 2018 and ending on June 26, 2019, for a payment not to exceed $22,000 upon review by the school attorney.
  • Motion passed.

334/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma I. Ramos to sign the Agreement By and Between the St. Colman School and the Greater Amsterdam School District for placement in the 6:1:2 Class, Tuition services will be received for one (1) student for the 2018-2019 school year, beginning on December 19, 2018 and ending on June 30, 2019, for a payment not to exceed  $21,000 upon review by the school attorney.
  • Motion passed.

335/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education enters into Executive Session to discuss the work history of particular person(s) and for the purposed acquisition, sale or lease of property, namely 40 Henrietta Blvd, Amsterdam, NY, as publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.
  • Motion passed.

336/2018-19

  • Motion by: Kent McHeard, Seconded By Jackie Marciniak
  • Resolution approving the terms and conditions of a certain pilot agreement to be entered into between Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency and KCG Development, LLC in connection with the KCG Development, LLC Project.
  • WHEREAS, in September, 2018, KCG Development, LLC (the “Company”) submitted an application (the “Application”) to Montgomery County Industrial Development Agency (the “Agency”), a copy of which Application is on file at the office of the Agency, which Application requested that the Agency consider undertaking a project (the “Project”) for the benefit of the Company, said Project consisting of the following: (A) (1) the acquisition of an interest in an approximately 3 acre parcel of land located at 21-41 Bridge Street and 32 Gilliland Avenue in the City of Amsterdam, Montgomery County, New York (the “Land”), (2) the construction on the Land of a facility consisting of: (a) approximately 120 residential apartments and (b) an approximately 15,800 square foot restaurant and banquet/event facility (collectively, the “Facility”) and (3) the acquisition and installation of certain machinery and equipment therein and thereon (the “Equipment”) (the Land, the Facility and the Equipment hereinafter collectively referred to as the “Project Facility”), all of the foregoing to constitute a mixed use facility; (B) the granting of certain “financial assistance” (within the meaning of Section 854(14) of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York) with respect to the foregoing, including potential exemptions from certain sales and use taxes, real property taxes, real estate transfer taxes, and mortgage recording taxes (the “Financial Assistance”); and (C) the lease of the Project Facility to the Company or such other entity or person as may be designated by the Company and agreed upon by the Agency; and
  • WHEREAS, in connection with the undertaking of the Project, the Company will execute and deliver a certain payment in lieu of tax agreement (the “PILOT Agreement”) by and between the Agency and the Company pursuant to which the Company will agree to pay certain payments in lieu of taxes with respect to the Project Facility; and
  • WHEREAS, the Agency desires that the School District, as an affected tax jurisdiction under the PILOT Agreement, formally approve the terms of the PILOT Agreement;
  • NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education as follows:
  • Section 1: The Board of Education hereby approves the terms and conditions of the PILOT Request, including but not limited to the payment terms. The payment terms to be contained in the PILOT Request are substantially described in Schedule A.
  • Section 2: The President of the Board of Education is hereby authorized, on behalf of the School District, to execute and deliver the PILOT Agreement (or any consent thereto), said PILOT Agreement to contain the payment terms substantially in the form thereof presented at this meeting with such changes, variations, omissions and insertions as the President of the Board of Education shall approve, the execution thereof by the President of the Board of Education to constitute conclusive evidence of such approval.
  • Section 3: The officers, employees and agents of the School District are hereby authorized and directed for and in the name and on behalf of the School District to do all acts and things required or provided for by the applicable provisions of the General Municipal Law of the State of New York in order to ensure compliance with such provisions as they relate to the execution and delivery of the PILOT Agreement, and to execute and deliver all such additional certificates, instruments and documents, and to do all such further acts and things as may be necessary or, in the opinion of the officer, employee or agent acting, desirable and proper to effect the purposes of the foregoing resolution.
  • Section 4: This resolution shall take effect immediately.
  • Roll Call: 5-1-1 (Mr. Murdoch – No; Mr. Peninger – Abstain)
  • Motion passed.

337/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Casey Tarbell to a four (4) year probationary appointment as a Speech Teacher in the Speech tenure area, commencing January 22, 2019 and ending January 21, 2023. Ms. Tarbell holds Permanent Certification in Speech and Hearing Handicapped. It is further recommended that Ms. Tarbell’s salary will be based on M1 Step 12 of the 2018-2019 Teacher Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Tarbell will be filling the vacancy created by Susan Kelly at Tecler.)
  • Motion passed.

338/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approve the following Coaching positions for the 2018-2019 Winter Sports season. These positions are funded through the General Fund.
    • Associate Coach Indoor Track 1, Olivia Rehm
    • Unpaid Girls Basketball, Matthew Vasilow
  • Motion passed.