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July 31, 2019, Board of Education workshop

The workshop meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. High School Media Center by President Brian Crandall and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.

President Crandall welcomed members in the audience and staff members to this evening’s meeting.  He 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 with any subjects they wish to discuss.  President Crandall also explained that 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 student, faculty, staff or administrators.  Topics of this nature may only be discussed during an executive session and must be coordinated with the Superintendent of Schools prior to the BOE meeting.

Board Action

A motion was made by Ms. Fischer and seconded by Ms. Gilbert to move Public Comments to follow right after Public Hearing: District-Wide Safety Plan. All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0.

Approval of the Agenda

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

Public Hearing: District- Wide School Safety Plan

Superintendent Miller provided the BOE with a review of the District-Wide School Safety Plan.  No changes were made to the plan at this time. Discussion followed.

Public Comments:

No Public Comments

Approval of the Minutes:

Ms. Gilbert moved and Mr. Petucci seconded a motion to formally approve the Annual Reorganization/ Regular Board of Education Meeting Minutes of Wednesday, July 10, 2019, as presented. Ms. Fischer abstaining; motion carried 6:0:1.

Business Reports

2019-2020 BOCES Contract [AS-7]

Superintendent Miller reviewed the 2019-2020 BOCES contract [AS-7] agreement between the Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and the Herkimer Central School District for a total contract cost of $4,344,881.66 effective July 2019.

Upon recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Fischer, seconded by Ms. Herringshaw, the BOE approved the following Board resolution:

“BE IT RESOLVED, that the BOE does hereby authorize an Agreement between the Herkimer-Fulton- Hamilton-Otsego BOCES and the Herkimer Central School District; and

WHEREAS, it is the Districts desire to enter into this Agreement and to authorize President Crandall to sign the agreement on behalf of the district.

Discussion Followed. All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0. [Material filed in the supplemental packet dated 7-31-19].

Superintendent’s Report

Staffing Recommendations

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Fischer; seconded by Mr. Lewis to approve the following personnel actions:

Teaching Appointment(s):

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.

  •  Burdick, Megan
  • Tenure Area:  Secondary Science
  • Effective Probationary Period: August 1, 2019 – July 30, 2023
  • Salary: Step 1 per the 2016-2020 HFA contract

  • Carpineti, Jessica
  • Tenure Area:  Social Worker
  • Effective Probationary Period: September 3, 2019 – September 2, 2023
  • Salary: Step 8 per the 2016-2020 HFA contract

Non- Teaching Appointment:

  • Earl, Russell, Full-time Cleaner High-School
  • Effective Probationary Period: August 5, 2019 – February 5, 2020
  • Salary: $13.00/hr.

Non- Teaching Resignation:

  • Collins, Sherry, Part-Time Cleaner, effective July 23, 2019
  • Earl, Russell, Part- Time Cleaner, effective August 4, 2019

Amend the following 2019-2020 Receiving Agent(s) Appointments (BOE 7-10-19):

Chilelli, Cristina, HHS, Salary $17.25/hr. or on an as needed basis.

Spanfelner, Brenda, HES, Salary $17.25/hr. or on an as needed basis.

Temporary Aid Appointments:

Name Position Effective Dates Salary
Desis, Janet Kindergarten Aide 9/5 – 9/13 $11.10/hr
Filipczuk, Joanna Kindergarten Aide 9/5- 9/13 $11.10/hr
Mergenthaler-Crane, Amie Kindergarten Aide 9/5 – 9/13 $11.10/hr
Meszler, Susan Kindergarten Aide 9/5 – 9/13 $11.10/hr
Parmon, Valerie Kindergarten Aide 9/5 – 9/13 $11.10/hr

Summer School Appointment: (Salary 1/200th of Step 15 of the 2016-2019 HFA Contract):

Beyel, Meghan, HES Substitute Teacher on an as needed basis. 

2019 Fall Interscholastic- Unpaid Coaching Appointment:

Leskovar, Amanda, Unpaid Volunteer Assistant Field Hockey Coach

All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0.

Athletic Code:

Superintendent Miller reviewed the Athletic Code with the BOE. He stated that there are suggested changes made to the Athletic Code. Discussion followed.

Board of Education Reports

Review/Establish 2019-2020 BOE Committee Assignments:

President Crandall reviewed with the Board a listing of the proposed 2019-2020 Board Committee Assignments. He reminded Board Members to look over their Committee Assignments and to let him know if there are any changes to be made.

Review/ Establish Proposed BOE Goals for the 2019-2020 school year

President Crandall reviewed a copy of suggested 2019-2020 Board Goals for consideration. If any board members has any suggestion to forward them to President Crandall for discussion at a future meeting.

NYSSBA Annual Convention Update

The 100th Annual Convention & Education Expo is scheduled for October 24-26, 2019 in Rochester, New York.

On a motion made by Ms. Gilbert, seconded by Ms. Fischer, the BOE entered into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing a personnel 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 Executive Session at 8:40 p.m.

President Crandall declared the public meeting reconvened at 8:58 p.m.

On a motion made by Ms. Gilbert, seconded by Ms. Fischer the BOE adjourned the public meeting at 9:00 p.m.; All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0.

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