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Feb. 12, 2020, minutes

The Regular Board of Education Meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. in the Herkimer Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria by President Crandall and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.

President Crandall welcomed members in the audience, and staff members to tonight’s meeting.  He informed the Board that Ms. Fischer is unable to attend due to a work commitment.

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 speakers 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 Comment

No public comments were heard.

Approval of the Agenda

Mr. Petucci moved and Ms. Bray seconded a motion to formally approve the consent agenda. All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0.

Facilities Update

Mr. James McKernan, Building and Maintenance, provided the Board with a facility and maintenance update. Discussions followed. One board member complimented on the snow removal following the February snow storm.

Board Communication

Superintendent Miller indicated that the Board received several informational items that were not included in their Board pack for information only and noted they will be referred to later in the meeting.

Ms. Gilbert moved and Mr. Lewis seconded a motion to place all appropriate Board Communications on file with the District Clerk. All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0.

Board Recognitions

Superintendent Miller and several Board members provided the following recognitions:

  • Featured February Board Artists: Lilly Gauthier, Jagger Sninchak, Ace Boyd, Caiden Vogt, Emmi Rando, Emma Baker, Cheyanne Garlock and Abigail Stapf.
  • FFA Student presenters who described their experience at the 212/360 Conference in which they attended in Syracuse last month. Katelyn Lowell (President), Peyton McKinney (Treasurer), Katelyn Golicki, Charlotte Boncella, Elisa Xiao, Emily Jackson (Reporter).

Approval of the Minutes

Mr. Petucci moved and Ms. Bray seconded a motion to formally approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of Wednesday, January 22, 2020. All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0.

Business Reports

Upon recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by Mr. Petucci, the BOE accepted receipt of the Revenue Status Report, Appropriation Status Report, General Warrant totaling $891,391.45, Federal Warrant totaling $180.40, Capital Warrant totaling $56,481.54, Trust and Agency Warrant totaling $1,068,290.04, the January Exceptions Report, and four (4) Budget Transfers under the $5,000 total. All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0 [Material filed in the supplement packet dated 02/12/20].

Budget Transfers Over

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Gilbert, seconded by Ms. Bray the BOE approved four (4) budget transfers over the $5,000 limit totaling $57,500. All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0. [Material filed in the supplement packed dated 02/12/20].

Superintendent’s Reports

2020-2021 Budget Presentation

Superintendent Miller provided to the Board via PowerPoint presentation information relating to the 2020-2021 Proposed Budget. Discussions followed. [Material filed in the supplement packet dated 2/12/20].

Staffing Recommendations

Superintendent Miller formally presented staffing recommendations for the Board of Education’s consideration. Mr. Lewis moved Mr. Mihevc seconded to approve the following personnel actions:

Teaching Resignation

Cumm, Kristin, Special Education LTA (2nd and 3rd Grade), effective February 21, 2020

2019-2020 Extra Curricular Appointment

Daly, Catherine, Spring Drama Advisor/ Assistant Spring Director

Salary: $970.00

All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0.

District- Wide Building Safety Plan Resolution

Upon recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Bray, seconded by Ms. Gilbert, the BOE hereby adopts the District-Wide & Building Level Safety Plan for the State Education Department. All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0. [Material filed in the supplement packet dated 2/12/20].

Board of Education Reports

President’s Update

President Crandall informed the Board that there has been a Go Fund Me Account started to help the “Power of Ten” get to Detroit for the World Festival in April.

Board of Education Member updates

Mr. Lewis suggested after attending the SBI NYS Assembly & Senate Legislative to schedule this meeting later in the year.

Mr. Petucci gave a compliment to the FFA presenters as they provided a wonderful and informative presentation.

Future Meeting Updates

The next scheduled BOE meeting will be on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

Meeting Evaluation

Mr. Mihevc was tonight’s meeting evaluator.

On a motion made by Ms. Gilbert seconded by Ms. Bray the BOE entered into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing a particular personnel. 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 6:0.

Executive Session

The Board moved into Executive Session at 7:25 p.m.

The Board exited Executive Session at 8:10 p.m.

Adjournment

On a motion made by Ms. Gilbert and seconded by Ms. Bray the BOE adjourned the public meeting at 8:12 p.m. All voted in favor 6:0.

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