April 6, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The regular meeting of the Queensbury School Board of Education was held on April 6, 2020 as a Zoom meeting.

Call to order

President Borgos called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m.

The Pledge to the Flag was led by President Borgos.

Members present

Board

  • Jill Borgos, Ph.D., President
  • Kathleen Holser, Vice President
  • Stacy Flaherty
  • Daniel Mannix, Esq.
  • Michael Shea, Ph.D.
  • Timothy Weaver
  • Amy Molloy
  • Joseph Scriver

Administrators

  • Superintendent of Schools Kyle L. Gannon
  • Clerk of the Board Scott Whittemore

Members absent

  • Patricia Belden

Others present

  • Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Denise Troelstra, Human Resources Director Amy Georgeadis, High School Assistant Principal Dan Hamm, High School Assistant Principal Andrew Snide, Middle School Principal Michael Brannigan, Middle School Assistant Principal Tiffany Montgomery, Elementary School Principal Jessica Rossetti, Elementary School Assistant Principal Kristin Bergin, CSE Chairperson Robyn Scotland, Director of Student Support Services Kristine Bennett-Barnes, Physical Education and Athletics Rich Keys, Assistant Director of Facilities William O’Reilly, Director of Instructional Technology John Luthringer, Larry Paltrowitz, Esq .. and other employees and community members.

Presentations

  • Budget Presentation – Scott Whittemore

Open forum

None

Business items

Motion by Mr. Scriver, seconded by Mrs. Holser to adopt the 2020-2021 Budget in the amount of $67,563,088.

8 voting in favor, 1 absent Mrs. Belden

Roll Call:

  • Jill Borgos Yes
  • Stacy Flaherty Yes
  • Kathleen Holser Yes
  • Daniel Mannix Yes
  • Amy Molloy Yes
  • Joseph Scriver Yes
  • Michael Shea Yes
  • Timothy Weaver Yes
  • Absent: Patricia Belden

Motion by Mr. Mannix, seconded by Dr. Shea to approve the following resolution:

WHEREAS, it is required pursuant to the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education that the District file a Board-approved Corrective Action Plan by July 1, 2020 for the internal auditor report issued by Marvin & Co. for fiscal year 2018-19.

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the Corrective Action Plan to be submitted to the State Education Department.

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mrs. Belden)

Business consent items

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty, seconded by Mr. Scriver to approve the following Business Consent Items:

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mrs. Belden)

Motion to approve the minutes of the March 9, 2020 Board of Education meeting and the March 23, 2020 Board of Education Special Education Meeting.

Motion to approve the Clerk’s Report, the General Fund Revenue Report, the Federal Fund Revenue Report and the School Lunch Fund Revenue Report for the month of March 2020.

Motion to approve the budget transfers for the month of March 2020.

Motion to accept a gift of $500 from Mary Gordon with sincere appreciation to be used for negative school lunch balances.

Motion to authorize the surplus and disposal through action or trade-in of:

  • 2005 Toro workman 3200, model# 07361, serial# 250000724

Motion to approve the agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and Standard Medical Services, a division of Mountain Medical Services, to provide medical services for employees effective 1/1/20 – 12/30/20.

Motion to approve the following probationary support staff appointments:

  • Carlene Darnley, Cleaner, Step 1 (prorated), effective 3/16/20
  • Elaine DiPace, Cleaner, Step 1 (prorated), effective 3/16/20

Motion to approve the part-time support staff appointment of Colleen Geczy, School Nurse, Step 10, effective 3/9/20.

End of business consent

Educational items

Motion by Mrs. Holser, seconded by Mr. Mannix to approve the following long-term substitute teacher appointment:

Miranda Pichardo

Assignment: QHS English Teacher
Effective: 3/18/20 – 6/30/20
Rate: L 1 (prorated)
Certification: English Language Arts 7-12, Initial

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mrs. Belden)

Motion by Mrs. Molloy, seconded by Mrs. Holser to approve the following long-term substitute teacher appointment:

Ashley Ferraro

Assignment: QES Grade 2
Effective: 3/18/20 – 6/30/20
Rate: LI BS+ MS +30 graduate credits
Certification: Early Childhood B-2, Initial; Childhood Education 1-6, Initial; Literacy B-6, Initial

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mrs. Belden)

Motion by Mr. Mannix, seconded by Mr. Scriver to approve the following long-term substitute teacher appointment:

Hahnah Saroff

Assignment: QHS Health Teacher
Effective: 3/28/20 – 6/30/20
Rate: LI (prorated)
Certification: Health Education, Initial

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mrs. Belden)

Educational consent items

Motion by Mrs. Holser, seconded by Mr. Scriver to approve the following Educational Consent Items:

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mrs. Belden)

Motion to approve Michael Brannigan as an administrative mentor for Kristine Bennett-Barnes replacing Denise Troelstra effective 3/10/20.

Motion to accept the addendum to Director of Human Resources Amy Georgeadis’ contract to enable her to work a 10 month schedule with 20 days in the summer for the 2020-2021 school year with a corresponding proration of her 2020-2021 salary.

Motion to approve the first reading of the following policy and regulation:

  • 4772 – Graduation Ceremonies
  • 4772-R- Graduation Ceremonies Regulation

Motion to approve the unpaid leave of absence of Trisha Dunn, QHS Counselor, effective 5/27/20 – 6/30/20.

Motion to approve the minutes of the 2019-2020 (03/02, 03/04, 03/09, 03/11, 03/12, 03/13, 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20, 03/26, 03/27, 03/31) and the 2020 – 2021 – (02/27 03/02, 03/03, 03/04, 03/05, 03/06, 03/09, 03/12, 03/17, 03/18, 03/19, 03/20, 03/26, 03/27, 03/31) Committee on Special Education meetings and the minutes of the 2019-2020 – (3/10) Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings for the month of March 2020.

End educational consent items

Board committee reports

  • Facilities Committee: Tim Weaver commended Jon Dawes from Turner and expressed his disappointment in losing Jon to the Albany School District.

Board member comments

  • Dr. Borgos commented on positive Moody’s report. She asked a question regarding the timing of the budget vote. Scott Whittemore confirmed that the school district is waiting on guidance from NYS. Dr. Borgos discussed the upcoming April meeting and Board of Education goals to be discussed at this meeting.
  • Mr. Mannix commented on the positive items in the Friday Report. Amazing to see the spirit of the educational community
  • Mrs. Molloy seconded Mr. Mannix’ comment. She commented that she liked the counseling center availability on the website.
  • Mr. Gannon complemented the entire school district on its eff01is during this trying time. He stated he could not be more proud of the team members. The work of everyone has been amazing. Thankful for BOE for their support. Cannot thank the town, students and team enough.

Open forum

None

Informational items

  • Tuesday, April 7 – QES PTSA Meeting- 6 p.m.
    Location: TBD
  • Thursday, April 9 – Buildings & Grounds Recognition Day
  • Thursday, April 9 – Third Marking period ends
  • Thursday, April 9 – QMS Talent Show – POSTPONED
  • Monday, April 20 – WHBI Shared Decision Meeting – 3 p.m.
    Location: TBD
  • Tuesday, April 21 – QMS Shared Decision Meeting – 3 p.m.
    Location: TBD
  • Tuesday, April 21 – QMS PTA Meeting – 6 p.m.
    Location: TBD
  • Tuesday, April 21 – Board of Education Special Meeting – TBD
    Location: TBD
  • Wednesday, April 22 – Earth Day
  • Thursday, April 30 – QES Incoming Kindergarten Parent Open House – 6:30 p.m.
    Location: TBD
  • Monday, May 4 – Thursday, May 14 -Tentative Kindergarten Round Up
    Location: TBD
  • Tuesday, May 5 – Educators Recognition Day
  • Tuesday, May 5 – QES PTSA Meeting – 6 p.m.
    Location: TBD
  • Friday, May 8 – QES Shared Decision Meeting – 8 a.m.
    Location: TBD
  • Monday, May 11 – Board of Education Meeting – 7 p.m.
    Location: TBD

Executive session

Motion by Mrs. Holser, seconded by Mr. Mannix to enter into executive session at 7:51 p.m. to discuss matters leading to the employment of a particular person and matters related to collective negotiations pursuant to Article Fourteen of the Civil Service Law

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mrs. Belden)

Motion by Mr. Mannix, seconded by Mrs. Molloy to exit executive session and adjourn the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mrs. Belden)

Respectfully submitted,

Scott Whittemore
Clerk of the Board