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Aug. 29, 2018, Board of Education meeting

The special meeting was called to order at 5:00 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria by Board President Brian Crandall and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.

President Crandall welcomed members of the pubic in the audience to this evening’s meeting.

President Crandall explained to all that the Board of Education sets aside time at each Board meeting to give those in the audience an opportunity to address the Board directly on any subject they wished to discuss.

President Crandall explained the BOE welcomes public comment and community input at meetings.  However, we caution that we are not authorized to engage in conversations pertaining to individual students, faculty, staff, or administrators.  Topics of this nature may only be discussed during executive session and must be coordinated with the Superintendent of Schools prior to a BOE meeting.

Public Comments

No public comments were heard.

Approval of the Agenda

Mr. Conley moved and Ms. Gilbert seconded a motion to formally approve the meeting agenda as submitted.  All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0.

Board Recognitions

Superintendent Miller and several BOE members provided the following Board Recognitions:

  • The following Herkimer U12 Softball members were recognized for their team leadership and reaching for their goals for a successful season:  Bailey Bray, Jenna Riesel, Aubrey Lewis, Danielle Gilbert, Juleighanna Herringshaw, Scout Ludwig, Haley Rando, Lindsey Carpenter, Melia Couchman, Torri Nalaskowski, Kavonna White, Chloe Roark, Hanna Burdick, Kaylee Beam and Bella Kleban.  On behalf of your coaches and the BOE, congratulations on a great season.

Staffing Recommendations

Superintendent Miller formally presented several staffing recommendations for Board consideration.

Mrs. Fischer moved and Mr. Conley seconded a motion to approve the following personnel actions:

Teaching Resignations

  • Name: McClure, Tracy
  • Position: Physical Education
  • Location: Jr./Sr. High School
  • Effective:  August 17, 2018

  • Name: Brown, Michael
  • Position: Social Studies
  • Location: Jr./Sr. High School
  • Effective: August 20, 2018

  • Name: Downing, Connor
  • Position: ELA/Special Education
  • Location: Jr./Sr. High School
  • Effective: August 31, 2018

  • Name: Bagnall, Heather
  • Position: K-12 Music
  • Location: Elementary School
  • Effective: September 21, 2018

Short-term Substitute

  • Name: Turner, Dale (Open Position)
  • Location: Jr/Sr. High School
  • Effective Date: September 5, 2018
  • Salary: $197.50/day up to 20 days (Reference Item II of the Annual Payment Guidelines for Substitutes)

2018-2019 Mentor Appointment

Name Position Amount
Harris (Potaczala), Shannon Mentor $1200
Moskal, Kristine (Science) Mentee

Extra-Curricular Appointments

Rescind the following 2018-2019 Extra-Curricular appointments (BOE meeting 08/15/18):

Name Position Salary
Lowell, Sylvia Sr. High Computer Club Advisor $635
Nicklaw, Ryan Sr. High Computer Club Advisor $635

Teaching Appointments

  • Name: Taylor Tessitore
  • Tenure area: English
  • Date of commencement of probationary service in each tenure area: Sept. 4, 2018
  • Expiration date of probationary appointment: June 30, 2022

To the extent required by the applicable provisions of Education Law Section 2509, 2573, 3213 and 3014, in order to be granted tenure, the classroom teacher or building principal shall have received composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education Law 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least (3) of the four (4) preceding years.  If the classroom teacher or building principal receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period, he or she shall not be eligible for tenure at that time. For purposes of this subdivision, classroom teacher and building principal mean a classroom teacher or building principal as such terms are defined in Sections 30-2.2 and 30-3.2 of the Part.

  • Effective: Sept. 4, 2018
  • Salary: Step 1 ($39,500)(2016-2020 Herkimer Faculty Association Contract)

  • Name: Keaton Perry
  • Tenure area: Secondary special education
  • Date of commencement of probationary service in each tenure area: Sept. 27, 2018
  • Expiration date of probationary appointment: June 30, 2022

To the extent required by the applicable provisions of Education Law Section 2509, 2573, 3213 and 3014, in order to be granted tenure, the classroom teacher or building principal shall have received composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education Law 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least (3) of the four (4) preceding years.  If the classroom teacher or building principal receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period, he or she shall not be eligible for tenure at that time. For purposes of this subdivision, classroom teacher and building principal mean a classroom teacher or building principal as such terms are defined in Sections 30-2.2 and 30-3.2 of the Part.

  • Effective: Sept. 27, 2018
  • Salary: Step 6 ($43,378)(2016-2020 Herkimer Faculty Association Contract)

  • Name: Kelli Shepardson
  • Tenure area: Social studies
  • Date of commencement of probationary service in each tenure area: On or about Sept. 4, 2018
  • Expiration date of probationary appointment: June 30, 2022

To the extent required by the applicable provisions of Education Law Section 2509, 2573, 3213 and 3014, in order to be granted tenure, the classroom teacher or building principal shall have received composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education Law 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least (3) of the four (4) preceding years.  If the classroom teacher or building principal receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period, he or she shall not be eligible for tenure at that time. For purposes of this subdivision, classroom teacher and building principal mean a classroom teacher or building principal as such terms are defined in Sections 30-2.2 and 30-3.2 of the Part.

Effective: On or about Sept. 4, 2018

Salary: Step 3 ($40,650)(2016-2020 Herkimer Faculty Association Contract)


  • Name: Kasy Heil
  • Tenure area: Physical education
  • Date of commencement of probationary service in each tenure area: Sept. 4, 2018
  • Expiration date of probationary appointment: June 30, 2022

To the extent required by the applicable provisions of Education Law Section 2509, 2573, 3213 and 3014, in order to be granted tenure, the classroom teacher or building principal shall have received composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education Law 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least (3) of the four (4) preceding years.  If the classroom teacher or building principal receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period, he or she shall not be eligible for tenure at that time. For purposes of this subdivision, classroom teacher and building principal mean a classroom teacher or building principal as such terms are defined in Sections 30-2.2 and 30-3.2 of the Part.

Effective: Sept. 4, 2018

Salary: Step 2 ($40,040)(2016-2020 Herkimer Faculty Association Contract)


  • Name: Kiley Treen
  • Tenure area: Agriculture, general business education, industrial arts-general (technology education)
  • Date of commencement of probationary service in each tenure area: On or about Sept. 4, 2018
  • Expiration date of probationary appointment: June 30, 2022

To the extent required by the applicable provisions of Education Law Section 2509, 2573, 3213 and 3014, in order to be granted tenure, the classroom teacher or building principal shall have received composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education Law 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least (3) of the four (4) preceding years.  If the classroom teacher or building principal receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period, he or she shall not be eligible for tenure at that time. For purposes of this subdivision, classroom teacher and building principal mean a classroom teacher or building principal as such terms are defined in Sections 30-2.2 and 30-3.2 of the Part.

Effective: On or about Sept. 4, 2018

Salary: Step 2 ($40,040)(2016-2020 Herkimer Faculty Association Contract)

Mr. Conley moved and Mrs. Fischer seconded a motion to move into an executive session for the purpose of discussing a particular personnel matter, negotiations with the Herkimer Faculty Association and a particular student issue.  The Board may take action in public session after the executive session ends and the Board returns to public session.  All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0.

Executive Session

The Board moved into an executive session at 5:25 p.m.

Superintendent Miller and Mr. Petucci left the executive session at 5:45 p.m.

Mrs. Frasier and a candidate for the Deputy District Clerk position entered the executive session at 5:45 p.m.

The candidate left the executive session at 6:11 p.m.

Superintendent Miller joined the BOE in executive session at 6:35 p.m., and Mrs. Frasier left the executive session at 6:35 p.m.

President Crandall declared the public meeting reconvened at 6:43 p.m.

Board Action

Mrs. Fischer moved and Ms. Gilbert seconded a motion to approve the contract for the Deputy District Clerk as presented.  All voted in favor with Ms. Giffune opposing; motion carried 5:0:1.

On a motion made by Mr. Conley, seconded by Ms. Gilbert the BOE adjourned the public 6:47 p.m.   All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0.

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