Nov. 14, 2018 Meeting Minutes

Nov. 14, 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 (absent)
  • Mrs. Polikowski, Interim Director of Testing and Academics
  • Mrs. Lawyer, Director of Special Education and Student Support Services
  • Mrs. Brumley, Business Manager
  • Mr. William H. Mycek, School Attorney

Public- 1

Other- Recorder

Regular Meeting

  • Dr. Nellie Bush opened the meeting at 6 p.m.
  • Public Comment: none
  • The meeting adjourned at 8:20 p.m and entered into executive session.
  • Executive session adjourned at 9:08 p.m. and re-entered regular session.  
  • On the motion of Gavin Murdoch, the meeting adjourned at 9:10 p.m.
  • Roll call: 7-0-0

Resolution Memo

253/2018-19

  • Motion by: Jackie Marciniak
  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education for voting purposes combines and approves resolution numbers 253, 254 through 265; 267 through 275; 277 through 279, 281 through 285, and 287 through 296 with one vote.
  • Roll Call: 7-0-0
  • Motion passed.

254/2018-19

  • 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: Oct. 17, 2018
    • Special Meeting: Oct. 15, 2018
  • Motion passed.

255/2018-19

  • Motion by: Gavin Murdoch
  • 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 October. 
  • Roll call: 6-1-0 (Mr. Peninger – No)
  • Motion passed. 

256/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the bills as herewith listed as approved by the Internal Claims Auditor and presented in the sum of $2,872,858.62.
    • General Fund Audit: $1,429,559.87
    • School Lunch Audit: $205,393.16
    • Special Aid Fund: $234,873.34
    • Capital Audit: $1,003,032.25
    • Grand Total of Combined Audit: $2,872,858.62
  • … be, and the same are directed paid by the Board of Education.
  • Motion passed.

257/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the following 2018-19 Special Aid budget for Title I SIG for the Greater Amsterdam School District, Marie Curie, Barkley, McNulty, LLA and AHS schools in need of improvement.

REVENUE

  • F 4126.1999, SIG Federal Revenue District Wide (Elem/SEC), $300,000.00

APPROPRIATIONS

  • Account Code, Account Name, Amount:
  • F 2110.150-13-1961, Professional Salaries – McNulty, $9,042.00
  • F 2110.150-13-1966, Professional Salaries – Barkley, $7,656.00
  • F 2110.150-13-1967, Professional Salaries – Curie, $9,207.00
  • F 2110.150-13-1951, Professional Salaries – AHS, $30,327.00
  • F 2110.150-13-1952, Professional Salaries – LLA, $29,997.00
  • F 2110.150-13-1999, Professional Salaries – District Wide, $90,129.00
  • F 2110.400-13-1899, Purchased Services – District Wide, $78,666.00
  • F 2110.450-13-1899, Supplies & Materials – DW, $6,000.00
  • F 2110.460-13-1999, Travel Expense – District Wide, $585.00
  • F 2110.820-13-1999, TRS – District Wide, $ 18,730.00
  • F 2110.830-13-1999, Social Security – District Wide, $13,491.00
  • F 2110.900-13-1999, Indirect Cost – District Wide, $6,170.00
  • Total, $300,000.00
  • Motion passed.

258/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the following 2018-19 School Meals Fund budget modification to accept CN equipment assistance grant.
  • Increase Revenue: C 4192 CN, Equipment Assistance Grant, $31,541.00
  • Increase Appropriations: C 2860.200-0701, Equipment Grant, $31,541.00
  • Motion passed.

259/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education accepts the Corrective Action Plan for fiscal year end June 30, 2018.
  • Motion passed.

260/2018-19

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

261/2018-19

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

262/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the following Section 4408 budget transfer for the 2018-19 fiscal period.
  • From: F 2253.490-03-1901, BOCES, $24,000.00
  • To: F 2253.472-03-1901, Tuition, $24,000.00
  • Motion passed.

263/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos to sign the Professional Services agreement with Catapult Learning, LLC, 2 Aquarium Drive, Suite 100, Camden, NJ in the amount of $39,039.31 for services as outlined in the attached agreement for reading and math at St. Mary’s Institute for the 2018-19 academic year utilizing funding through Title I and Title IV grants, pending approval by the school attorney.
  • Motion passed.

264/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos to sign the Agreement between Greater Amsterdam School District and Montgomery County Department of Social Services not to exceed $34,936.82 for services as outlined in the attached agreement for the 2018-19 academic year, pending approval by the school attorney (Community School Funding).
  • Motion passed.

265/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves a budget modification for a grant–in –aid sponsored by Assemblyman Angelo Santabarbara for the General Fund for the 2018-19 fiscal period.

Increase: Revenue

  • A 3289, State Aid – Other, $25,000.00

Increase: Appropriations

  • A 1620.450-0200, Mtl. & supplies – Security, $25,000.00
  • Motion passed.

266/2018-19 TABLED

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the MAP (Medicare Advantage Program) contract, with (BLANK) effective January 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019, and authorizes the Business Manager to sign the contract.

266a/2018-19

  • Motion by: Rev. McHeard
  • RESOLVED: that resolution #266/2018-19 be tabled to the December 19, 2018 regular Board of Education Meeting.
  • Roll Call: 7-0-0
  • Motion passed.

267/2018-19

  • WHEREAS: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools Dr. Vicma I. Ramos and the Board of Education authorize Mr. Stanley Posluszny to auction the following buses and award the buses to the highest bidder.
  • Bus 41 – is a 30 passenger vehicle with 130,000 miles
  • Bus 44 – is a 30 passenger vehicle with 116,000 miles
  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education approve the recommendation and auction of these vehicles.
  • Motion passed.

268/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the following School Meals Fund budget transfer for the 2018-19 fiscal period.
  • Transfer From: C 2860.401.0700, Management Co – Admin fee, $24,000.00
  • Transfer To: C 2860.450-0701, Food replacement, $24,000.00
  • Motion passed.

269/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the following General Fund budget transfer for the 2018-19 fiscal period.
  • Transfer From: A 2250.490-0300, BOCES – SPED, $6,121.20
  • Transfer To: A 2250.400-0300, Contractual Ex. SPED, $6,121.20
  • Motion passed.

270/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes and approves the following General Fund budget transfer for the 2018-19 fiscal period.
  • Transfer From: A 2250.470-0301, Tuition Private School, $18,636.00
  • Transfer To: A 2250.470-0300, Tuition Public School, $18,636.00
  • Motion passed.

271/2018-19

  • 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.

272/2018-19

  • 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.

273/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, to sign the contract with Great Mind for professional development for Grade K-5 Teachers at cost of $3,500.00. Cost will be paid through Title I Funds, upon review by school attorney.
  • Motion passed.

274/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, to sign the contract with Amplify Education Inc., for CKLA Language Studio professional development with Amplify Education Inc., for ENL teachers at no cost to the district as professional development was included with the purchase of materials, upon review by school attorney.
  • Motion passed.

275 /2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, to sign the contract with Mind Research, ST Math., for professional development with teachers at a cost of $10,000.00 to be paid out of the SIG Grant, upon review by school attorney.
  • Motion passed.

276/2018-19

  • Motion by: Gavin Murdoch
  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the resignations of the following personnel:
    • Robin Kinard, Teacher Aide, AHS, October 16, 2018
    • Robin LaGrange, Lunch Aide, AHS, October 19, 2018
    • Nicole Smith, Psychologist, Curie/Tecler, December 7, 2018
    • Ashley Ambrosino, Teacher Aide, Tecler, November 22, 2018
    • James Hoteling, SPED Teacher, LLA, December 21, 2018
    • Paula Maciag, ENL Teacher, Barkley, December 14, 2018
    • Christopher Crosby, Assoc. Coach, Indoor Track, November 9, 2018
    • Eric Fernandez, Motor Equip. Oper., Annex, November 14, 2018
    • Neil Estrada, Assistant Principal, LLA, December 14, 2018
  • Roll Call: 7-0-0
  • Motion passed. 

277/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education rescinds Christine Smith’s probationary appointment as CDOS Coordinator commencing November 20, 2018 and ending November 19, 2022 (resolution #229/2018-19),
  • And be it further RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves Christine Smith’s probationary appointment as CDOS Coordinator commencing November 26, 2018 and ending November 25, 2022.
  • Motion passed.

278/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves Susan Kelly the continued use of sick bank for the extension from November 1, 2018 through November 30, 2018. (Ms. Kelly, Speech Therapist at Curie.)
  • Motion passed.

279/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the extension of the unpaid leave of absence of Nicole Kozilsky from February 1, 2019 through April 12, 2019. (Ms. Kozilsky will be utilizing the sick bank after the 5 day wait period.) (Ms. Kozilsky, Social Worker at AHS.)
  • Motion passed. 

280/2018-19

  • Motion by: Jackie Marciniak
  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the extension of the unpaid leave of absence of Colleen Rishel from October 17, 2018 through May 17, 2019. (Ms. Rishel will be utilizing the sick bank after the 5 day wait period.) (Ms. Rishel, Teacher at AHS.)
  • Roll Call: 7-0-0
  • Motion passed.

281/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the extension of the unpaid leave of absence of Effie McBride from February 8, 2019 through April 4, 2019. (Ms. McBride will be utilizing the sick bank after the 5 day wait period.) (Ms. McBride, Teacher at AHS.)
  • Motion passed.

282/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the probationary appointment of Michael Reksc, Custodian, effective November 26, 2018 at the rate based on Schedule II, Step 1 of the 2018-2019 Custodial/Maintenance Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund.
    (Mr. Reksc will be filling the vacancy created by Joseph Flint at AHS.)
  • Motion passed.

283/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approve the part-time temporary (3 hours per day) appointments of the following personnel as Secondary Lunch Aides in the Greater Amsterdam School District effective November 2, 2018 through June 17, 2019 at the hourly rate. (This position is being funded out of the School Lunch Program funds.)
  • Sicily Bernardo – LLA
  • Motion passed.

284/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves Kieren Barnes as the Elementary ENL Curriculum Leader for 2018-2019 school year, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund.
  • Motion passed. 

285/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves Kacy Centi as the Grade 4 Curriculum Leader for 2018-19 school year, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund.
  • Motion passed.

286/2018-19

  • Motion by: Jackie Marciniak
  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves Sharon Trova as the AHS Science Curriculum Leader for 2018-2019 school year, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund.
  • Roll Call: 7-0-0
  • Motion passed.

287/2018-19

  • 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:
    • Silvia Barboza – Aide 
    • Kimberly Brothers – Aide
    • Daniela Matos – Aide
    • Deanna Palczak – Aide 
    • Christine Annette Robinson – Account Clerk
    • Samantha Spagnola – Keyboard Specialist
  • Motion passed.

288/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the following Advisor positions for the 2018-2019 school year. These positions are funded per ATA contract through the General Fund.
    • Nancy Spagnola, AHS Sophomore Class Co-Advisor
    • Donna Marek, Curie Safety Patrol Co-Advisor
  • Motion passed.

289/2018-19

  • 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.
    • Karen Francisco – Aide 
    • Jeremy Bartman – Teacher 
    • Jaime Blinsinger – Teacher 
    • Hannah Breda – Teacher 
    • Shane DeRose – Teacher 
    • Tina Eckart – Teacher 
    • Gina Graves – Teacher 
    • Janice Bonitatibus – Aide
    • Timothy Gordon – Teacher
    • Jennifer Iannotti – Teacher
    • Regan Jobin – Teacher
    • Tina Piotrowski – Teacher
    • Eric Robertshaw – Teacher
    • Amy Scott – Teacher
    • Gail Talmadge – Teacher
  • Motion passed.

290/2018-19

  • 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.

291/2018-19

  • It is requested that the following resolution which was approved by the Board of Education at its monthly meeting of August 15, 2018 (146/2018-19) be rescinded
  • August 15, 2018 – 146/2018-19 – RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos to sign the Service Agreement for Speech Therapy By and Between the Greater Amsterdam School District and Advanced Therapy for speech therapy services for any and all students for the 2018-2019 school year, beginning on August 7, 2018 and ending on June 26, 2019, for a payment of $55.00 per hour, upon review by the school attorney. Services to be paid out of the general fund.
  • Motion passed.
  • and be it further – RESOLVED: that the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos to sign the Service Agreement for Speech & Occupational Therapy By and Between the Greater Amsterdam School District and Advanced Therapy for speech therapy services for any and all students for the 2018-2019 school year, beginning on July 1, 2018 and ending on June 26, 2019, for a payment of $55.00 per hour, and occupational services for a payment of $50.00 per hour, upon review by the school
    attorney. Services to be paid out of the general fund.
  • Motion passed.

292/2018-19

  • 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):
    • Janice Bonitatibus, Teacher Aide, LLA, November 23, 2018
  • Motion passed.

293/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the temporary appointment of Douglas Madej, Custodian, effective November 19, 2018 at the rate based on Schedule II, Step 1 of the 2018-2019 Custodial/Maintenance Salary Schedule, prorated. This position is funded through the General Fund.
    (Mr. Madej will be filling the vacancy created by Garin Wyszomirski at Curie/McNulty.)
  • Motion passed.

294/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves the following part-time personnel for the aquatics programs for the 2018-2019 school year. Supervisors & Instructors will be compensated at the rate of $15.50 per hour and Lifeguards, Water Safety Instructor Aides and Pool Monitors will be compensated at the rate of $11.10 per hour, to be paid out of the Special Aid Fund, pending certification.
  • WSIA Aides/Monitors 
    • Emily Brittain 
    • Brenna McNamara
    • Rory McNamara
    • Taylor Smith
  • Instructors
    • Charlotte Giardino
  • Motion passed.

295/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education approves Kristina Fureno as the District Instructional Technology Coach for 2018-2019 school year. This position is funded through the General Fund.
  • Motion passed. 

296/2018-19

  • RESOLVED: that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Vicma Ramos, the Board of Education appoints Jillian Perreault to a probationary appointment as a Registered Nurse, commencing November 15, 2018. Ms. Perreault holds licensure as a Registered Nurse. It is further recommended that Ms. Perreault’s salary will be $50,227.00 based on RN Step 12 of the 2018-2019 Therapist, Assistants & Nurses Salary Schedule. This position is funded through the General Fund. (Ms. Perreault will be filling the vacancy created by Constance Ziskin and located at LLA.)
  • Motion passed.