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Oct. 16, 2019, Board of Education minutes

The Regular Board of Education Meeting was called to order at 6 p.m. in the Herkimer Elementary Cafetorium by President Crandall and the Pledge of Allegiance was said.

President Crandall welcomed members in the audience, staff members, and students from Mrs. Scalise’s Social Studies class to tonight’s meeting.

Public meeting recessed at 6:05 pm to review Curriculum Council projects.

Mr. Lewis left at 6:10 pm

Public meeting reconvened at 7:00 pm

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

Joseph Carney, Student Council President, gave a brief overview on what exciting things they have been assisting with for the month of October.

Approval of the Agenda

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

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.

Board Recognitions

Superintendent Miller and several Board members provided the following recognitions:

  • HHS student Artists were recognized.
  • Tonight’s Curriculum Council presenters for all the hard work and dedication they put into their projects.

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

Approval of the Minutes

Ms. Herringshaw moved and Mr. Petucci seconded a motion to formally approve the Regular Board Meeting Minutes of Wednesday, September 18, 2019. All voted in favor; motion carried 6:0.

Ms. Gilbert moved and Ms. Fischer seconded a motion to formally approve the Special Board Meeting Minutes of Wednesday, October 9, 2019. Mr. Petucci and Mr. Mihevc abstained: motion carried 4:0:2.

2018 Capital Project Submission [Phil Squadrito, King  & King]

Phil Squadrito from King & King Architects provided an update on the Phase 3 of the 2014 project. He also provided the Board with a power point on what the next project will entitle. Opening bids for the Phase 1of the 2018 project is scheduled for February of 2020, and work will begin that summer.

Mr. Lewis arrived at 7:11 p.m.

Business Reports

Upon recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Fischer, seconded by Ms. Herringshaw   the BOE accepted receipt of the August Treasurer’s Report, Revenue Budget Status Report, Appropriation Status Report,  General Warrant totaling $500,961.50, Capital Warrant totaling $519,841.98, Federal Warrant totaling $921.80, Trust and Agency Warrant totaling $710,451.81,  September Exceptions Report, August HHS/HES Extra- Curricular Treasurer’s Report, Capital Project Budget/ Change Order update, and three (4) Budget Transfers under $5,000. All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0 [Material filed in the supplement packet dated 10/16/19].

Budget Transfers

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Fischer, seconded by Mr. Petucci, the BOE approved one budget transfer over the $5,000 limit totaling $510,000.00. All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0 [Material filed in the supplement packed dated 10/16/19].

2019-2020 BOCES Contract for Rental Facilities

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, Mr. Lewis moved and Mr. Mihevc seconded the following Board resolution:

“BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, that the Board of Education hereby agrees to enter into the 2019-2020 BOCES Contract for Rental of Facilities as presented; and,

THEREFORE, it is the Districts desire for the Board President and the District Clerk to sign the contract on the Boards behalf.”

All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0 [Material filed in the supplemental file dated 10/16/19.]

WJH Enterprises Inc.  Transportation Contract Agreement

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Fischer, seconded by Mr. Lewis, the BOE approved the Transportation Contract Agreement as presented. Discussion followed.  All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0. [Material filed in the supplemental packet dated 10/16/19.]

Dissolution of Clubs

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Fischer, seconded by Mr. Petucci, the BOE has agreed to Table this resolution until next month’s BOE meeting. All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0.

Disposal of Surplus Items

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Ms. Herringshaw seconded by Ms. Fischer, the BOE approved to dispose of items which are no longer useful or necessary for the school district purposes, and of no value to the Herkimer CSD. All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0. [Material filed in the supplemental file dated 10/16/19].

Extension of Transportation Contracts

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Mr. Lewis seconded by Ms. Herringshaw, the BOE accepted the Extension of Transportation Contracts for Pupil transportation with Birnie Bus Services, Inc. for the 2019-2020 school year. A brief discussion followed.  All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0. [Materials filed in the supplemental packet dated 10/16/19].

Physical Therapy Service Agreement

Upon the recommendation of Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Mr. Lewis, seconded by Ms. Herringshaw to approve the following resolution:

“BE IT RESOLVED, that the BOE does hereby authorize this agreement with Marcia Lynch for Physical Therapy Services for the Herkimer Central School District at the rate of $80 per hour with hours billable in the minimum of ½ hour increment; and,

WHEREAS, it is the Districts desire to enter into this terms of agreement from September 24, 2019 thru December 30, 2019.

All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0. [Materials filed in the Supplemental packet 10/16/19].

Annual District Financial Audit Report

Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent Miller, and the District Audit Committee, Ms. Fischer moved and Mr. Mihevc seconded a motion to accept the district’s 2018-2019 Independent Audit Report and approve its submission to the New York State Education Department.  All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0. [Material filed in the supplemental packet dated 10/16/19].

Business/ Superintendent Updates

The Superintendent reviewed with the Board of Education the Business Report and Superintendent Updates.  A brief discussion followed. [Material filed in the Supplement packet dated 10/16/19]

Superintendent’s Reports

Administrative Reports

Mr. Abbe, Ms. Tomaso and Ms. Paragi’s reports were reviewed with the BOE. Brief discussions followed.

Staffing Recommendations

Ms. Fischer moved Ms. Herringshaw seconded motion to table agenda item 9b. Staffing Recommendations until after executive session. All in favor; motion carried 7:0.

CSE/CPSE Program/ Placement Recommendations

Upon recommendation from Superintendent Miller, on a motion made by Mr. Mihevc, seconded by Ms. Fischer the BOE approved the Committee on Special Education, the Sub- Committee on Special Education and the Committee on Preschool Special Education program/placement recommendations as presented.  All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0.

Board of Education Reports

President’s Update

President Crandall wanted to remind everyone that he needs the NYSSBA resolutions back. The NYSSBA elections will be taking place on October 26, 2019.

Mr. Petucci has requested a longer time slot for the Curriculum Council presentations for next year. He as well as other BOE members felt they didn’t have enough time go through all the presentations.

Future Meeting Updates

Superintendent Miller reminded the BOE that the next regularly scheduled Board of Education meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday, November 20, 2019.  The Policy Committee will be meeting an hour before the BOE meeting at 5:00 p.m. in the Jr./Sr. High School cafeteria.

 Meeting Evaluation

Ms. Fischer was tonight’s meeting evaluator.

On a motion made by Ms. Gilbert seconded by Ms. Fischer the BOE entered into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing, a matter leading to the retention, and or discipline of a particular person(s) within the HFA contract. 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 8:22 p.m.

Mr. Miller left the executive session at 9:15 p.m.

President Crandall declared the public meeting reconvened at 9:37 p.m.

Ms. Fischer moved and Mr. Mihevc seconded a motion to remove from the table agenda item 9.b. Staffing Recommendations. All voted in favor; motion carried 7:0.

Teaching Tenure Appointment

  • Name: Perkins, Kathy
  • Location: Elementary School
  • Tenure Area: Elementary Education
  • Probationary Period of Service: 12/01/16-11/30/19
  • Effective Date: Dec. 1, 2019

Substitute Appointment

  • Name: Steele, Alan
  • Location: Herkimer Central School District
  • Effective Date: 2019-2020 School Year

Academic Intervention Service (AIS) Assignment

  • Name: Winkler, Michalyn
  • Grade level: Grade 2 Math
  • Effective Date: 2019-2020 School Year
  • Salary: $2,250

Extra-Curricular Appointments

  • Sommer, Ashley, Freshman Class Advisor
  • Salary: $1,470

2019-2020 College Now Instructor Appointments

Jones, Brooke

  • English I: College Writing (Fall)
  • English II: Intro to Literature (Spring)
  • Salary: $300.00

McCutcheon, Heather

  • Intro to Ceramics (Fall)
  • Intro to Computer Graphics & Design (Spring)
  • Salary: $300.00

Zorn, Leah

  • Drawing I (Fall)
  • Painting I (Spring)
  • Salary: $300.00

Hernandez, Caitlin

  • Spanish I (Fall)
  • Spanish II (Spring)
  • Salary: $300.00

Rosenburgh, Chester (Eddy)

  • Statistics (Spring)
  • Salary: $300.00

Scalise, Laura

  • Psychology (Fall)
  • Salary: $300.00

Watkins, Matthew

  • Public Speaking (Spring)
  • Salary: $300.00

Wolanski, Hollie

  • Pre-Calculus (Full Year)
  • Calculus (Full Year)
  • Salary: $300.00

2019-2020 Winter Interscholastic Coaching Appointments

  • Name: Blask, Mark
  • Position: Boys Varsity Basketball
  • Salary: $4,000

  • Name: Murphy, Cody
  • Position: Boys JV Basketball
  • Salary: $2,550

  • Name: Alberts, John
  • Position: Boys Modified Basketball
  • Salary: $1,900

  • Name: Steele, Zachary
  • Position: Boys Modified Basketball
  • Salary: $1,900

  • Name: Shepardson, Kelli
  • Position: Girls Varsity Basketball
  • Salary: $4,000

  • Name: Jecko, Vanessa
  • Position: Girls JV Basketball
  • Salary: $2,550

  • Name: Scalise, Laura
  • Position: Girls Modified Basketball
  • Salary: $1,900

  • Name: Heil, Kasy
  • Position: Girls Modified Basketball
  • Salary: $1,900

  • Name: Guernsey, Kristen
  • Position: Girls Varsity Volleyball
  • Salary: $3,200

  • Name: Alexander, Jason
  • Position: Girls JV Volleyball
  • Salary: $2,250

  • Name: Judd, Ryan
  • Position: Girls Modified Volleyball
  • Salary: $1,900

  • Name: Rosenburgh, Eddy
  • Position: Girls Modified Volleyball
  • Salary: $1,900

  • Name: Steele, Alan
  • Position: Varsity Bowling
  • Salary: $2,000

  • Name: Woodard, Angela
  • Position: Varsity Indoor Track
  • Salary: $2,000

2019-2020 Winter Interscholastic Unpaid Coaching Appointment

  • Richard, Jason- Unpaid Volunteer Varsity Indoor Track

On a motion made by Mr. Petucci and seconded by Ms. Fischer the BOE adjourned the public meeting at 9:39 p.m. All voted in favor; 7:0.

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