Aug. 10, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The Board of Education meeting was held via Zoom on Monday, August 10, 2020.

Call to order

President Mannix called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

The Pledge to the Flag was led by President Mannix.

Attendees

  • Patricia Belden (via Zoom), Francis Cabana, Stacy Flaherty, Daniel Mannix, Esq., Amy Molloy, Joseph Scriver (via Zoom), Michael Shea, PhD., Tim Weaver, Superintendent of Schools Kyle Gannon, Acting Clerk of the Board Denise Troelstra

Absent

Kathleen Holser

Presentations

Presentations began at 7:08 p.m.

  • Branding – Rich Keys
  • ESSA – Denise Troelstra

Mr. Gannon thanked Mr. Keys for the branding presentation and thanked Mrs. Troelstra and administrators for planning. They have done a fabulous job.

Business items

Motion by Mr. Weaver and seconded by Mr. Cabana to approve the Tax Assessment Motion Motion to approve the assessment roll as prepared by the Town Assessor in the amount of $2,242,626,173 (Town of Queensbury=$2,240,248,486 City of Glens Falls=$2,377,687) for the purposes of levying taxes for the 2020-21 school year.

Be it further resolved, that the sum of $36,258,659 be levied on the taxable property of the District at a tax rate of $16.162234 per thousand of assessed valuation in the Town of Queensbury and $21.549646 per thousand of assessed value in the City of Glens Falls. The warrant shall state that the collection of taxes shall begin on September 1, 2020 and continue without interest or penalty through September 30, 2020 after which a penalty of 2% shall be added. Taxes collected after November 1, 2020 shall have a 3% penalty added with all tax collections to cease November 4, 2020. (Note: Town of Queensbury equalization rate= 100.00%, City of Glens Falls equalization rate – 75.00%)

8 in favor 1 absent (Mrs. Holser)

Motion by Mr. Cabana and seconded by Mr. Weaver to approve the following amended resolution:

RESOLUTION DATED AUGUST 10, 2020

REGARDING THE QUEENSBURY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S EMERGENCY REPLACEMENT OF THREE (3) BOILERS AT THE DISTRICT’S HIGH SCHOOL BUILDING

Whereas, three (3) Boilers in the District’s High School Building are not functioning properly and need to be replaced (the “Project”); and

Whereas, the time to order the boilers and complete the Project will take approximately two months; and

Whereas, if the Boilers are not currently replaced, there will not be sufficient heat in the District’s High School Building this winter; and

Whereas, as a result of the emergency situation, there is insufficient time to call a Special District Meeting for the voters to approve the Project;

Now, therefore, it is hereby resolved that, as a result of the emergency situation arising out of unforeseen occurrences that requires immediate action that cannot await voter approval, the District is hereby authorized to engage a contractor or contractors to replace the three (3) Boilers at the District’s High School Building at a cost not to exceed $500,000, which cost is declared to be ordinary contingent expenses to be transferred from the District’s general fund to the District’s capital fund.

7 voting in favor, 1 against, 1 absent (Mrs. Holser)

Roll Call:

  • Patricia Belden yes
  • Francis Cabana yes
  • Stacy Flaherty yes
  • Kathleen Holser absent
  • Daniel Mannix yes
  • Amy Molloy yes
  • Joseph Scriver nay
  • Michael Shea yes
  • Timothy Weaver yes

Discussion: Mr. Cabana asked about the funding from the state. Mr. Gannon and Mr. Chapman informed the board that the architects had been notified and approval was based on their recommendation. Mr. Cabana questioned payment from insurance. Mr. Chapman indicated first payment was received but additional payment would take some time. Mr. Scriver inquired about slow payment of the second payment.

Motion by Mr. Weaver and seconded by Mrs. Belden to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION DATED AUGUST 10, 2020

REGARDING THE QUEENSBURY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S EMERGENCY REPAIR OF A BROKEN PIPE IN THE DISTRICT’S MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING AND THE RELATED DAMAGE IN THE BASEMENT OF THE DISTRICT’S MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING

Whereas, the Board of Education has had an opportunity to review the proposal presented to repair a broken pipe in a wall at the District’s Middle School Building, to remove and eradicate the mold in the District’s Middle School basement that occurred as a result of water from the broken pipe pooling in the basement, and the remediation of any asbestos located in the District’s Middle School basement with regard to its classification under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (hereinafter referred to as “SEQ RA”) and whether it will have any significant adverse environmental impacts;

Now, therefore be it resolved that, the Board of Education hereby finds that the proposed action constitutes a Type II Action as such tennis defined in SEQRA (6 NYCRR Pait 617) and, therefore is not subject to any further review by the School District under SEQ RA. Specifically pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 617.S(c)(l) and (2), the Board of Education finds that the action consists of repair and reconstruction of the broken pipe at the District’s Middle School Building and the related damage in the basement of the District’s Middle School Building caused by the broken pipe, and it is therefore exempt from SEQRA.

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

Roll Call:

  • Patricia Belden yes
  • Francis Cabana yes
  • Stacy Flaherty yes
  • Kathleen Holser absent
  • Daniel Mannix yes 
  • Amy Molloy yes 
  • Joseph Scriver yes
  • Michael Shea yes
  • Timothy Weaver yes

Motion by Mr. Cabana and seconded by Mrs. Molloy to approve the following resolution:

RESOLUTION DATED AUGUST 10, 2020

REGARDING THE QUEENSBURY UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT’S EMERGENCY REPAIR OF A BROKEN PIPE IN THE DISTRICT’S MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING AND THE RELATED DAMAGE IN THE BASEMENT OF THE DISTRICT’S MIDDLE SCHOOL BUILDING

Whereas, there was a water pipe broken in a wall at the District’s Middle School Building that resulted in water from the broken pipe pooling in the basement; and

Whereas, there is an immediate need to repair and reconstruct the broken pipe, to remove and eradicate the mold in the District’s Middle School basement that occurred as a result of water from the broken pipe pooling in the basement, and the remediation of any asbestos located in the District’s Middle School basement which may be identified as a result of the repair and reconstruction; and

Whereas, as a result of the emergency situation, there is insufficient time to call a Special District Meeting for the voters to approve the Project;

Now, therefore, it is hereby resolved that, as a result of the emergency situation arising out of unforeseen occurrences that requires immediate action that cannot await voter approval, the District is hereby authorized to engage a contractor or contractors to repair a broken pipe in a wall at the District’s Middle School Building, to remove and eradicate the mold in the District’s Middle School basement that occurred as a result of water from the broken pipe pooling in the basement, and the remediation of any asbestos located in the District’s Middle School basement at a cost not to exceed $115,000, which cost is declared to be ordinary contingent expenses to be transferred from the District’s general fund to the District’s capital fund.

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

Roll Call:

  • Patricia Belden yes
  • Francis Cabana yes
  • Stacy Flaherty yes
  • Kathleen Holser absent
  • Daniel Mannix yes
  • Amy Molloy yes
  • Joseph Scriver yes
  • Michael Shea yes
  • Timothy Weaver yes

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty and seconded by Mr. Cabana to approve the contract award of Contract No. 1 – General Work Single Prime Contract (GC) of the High School Secondary Serving Line to AJ Catalfamo Construction Corp. as the low bidder in the amount of $91,450.00.

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

Motion by Mr. Weaver with deep regret, seconded by Mr. Cabana “Well done Linda” to accept the resignation for retirement purposes of Lynda Vosh, WHBI School Secretary, with sincere thanks and regret, effective 8/31/20.

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

Motion by Mr. Cabana and seconded by Mrs Flahe1iy to accept the resignation for retirement purposes of Julie Rolleston, Courier-Messenger, with sincere thanks and regret, effective 9/8/20.

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

Business consent items

Motion by Mr. Weaver and seconded by Mrs. Flaherty to approve Business Consent Items (H – BB):

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the May 26, 2020 Board of Education Special Meeting and the June 8, 2020 Board of Education Meeting, the July 13, 2020 Board of Education Organizational Meeting, the July 13, 2020 Board of Education Meeting and the July 27, 2020 Board of Education Special Meeting.

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Repo1i for the month of June 2020.

Motion to approve the Clerk’s Rep01i for the month of June 2020

Motion to approve the Internal Audit Report, the General Fund Revenue Report, and the School Lunch Fund Report for the month of July 2020.

Motion to approve the following Warrants for the month of July 2020:

  • General Fund – July Warrant – $40,003,296.64
  • School Lunch Fund – July Warrant – $51,781.91
  • 2016 Ref. Capital Fund – July Warrant – $265,139.76
  • 2016 Ref. Cap. Auditorium – July Warrant – $241,938.99
  • School Bus Purchase – July Warrant – $532,648.02
  • HS Serving Line Project – July Warrant – $736.00
  • Capital Outlay Elementary Roof – July Warrant – $8,735.00
  • Capital Outlay Safety/Security – July Warrant – $428,606.77

Motion to approve the attached budget transfers for the month of June 2020.

Motion to approve the following amended resolution:

Motion that Glens Falls National Bank be designated as school monies depository, and that the Superintendent and Treasurer and School Business Office Controller be authorized and directed to deposit proceeds of all loans, and all monies of the District shall be paid to the Treasurer and no monies shall be withdrawn except on the written order of the Board of Education.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the clerk be directed to file copies of the signatures of the Board of Education officers with bank officials with the following directive: The School District Treasurer and the Superintendent and School Business Office Controller are given authority to sign all accounts and the Central Treasurer of Activity Funds has authority to sign Activity Fund checks only.

Motion to approve the following amended resolution to appoint the Superintendent of Schools and School Business Office Controller as Deputy Treasurer.

Motion to approve the revised resolution that the petty cash fund be set at $250.00. Of this amount $25.00 will be given to each of the following offices: Elementary School, William H. Barton Intermediate School, Middle School, High School and the Central Business Office will receive $100.00. A petty cash fund will be set for the mail courier services in the amount of $50.00 to be administered by the District Treasurer.

Motion to approve the school breakfast/lunch prices for the 2020-2021 school year as follows:

Breakfast:
Regular price K-12: $1.35

Lunch:
Regular price K-5: $2.40
Regular price 6-12: $2.55

Motion to approve an agreement with the Educational Data Services, Inc. for the Queensbury Union Free School District to participate in the Cooperative Bid program for the 2020-21 school year.

Motion to approve an agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and the Wildwood School to provide resident student’s educational services for the 2020-21 school year.

Motion to approve an agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and Heartland School Solutions to provide food service software support effective for the 2020-21 school year.

Motion to approve an agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and Behavioral Transformations Licensed Applied Behavior Analysis Services, PLLC, to provide behavioral consultant services, effective 8/2/20-6/30/21.

Motion to approve an agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and St. Catherine’s Center for Children to provide educational services effective 9/1/20 – 6/30/21

Motion to approve the agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and the Warren County Head Start for use of classroom space, effective for the 2020-2021 school year

Motion to approve the following part-time temporary support staff appointments:

  • Jay Uline, Bus Driver Trainee, $15.00 per hour, effective 7/16/20
  • Kevin Kosach, Bus Driver Trainee, $15.00 per hour, effective 7/20/20
  • Judy Mabb, QMS School Monitor, $12.50 per hour, effective for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Margaret Mulcahy, QMS School Monitor, $12.50 per hour, effective for the 2020-2021 school year

Motion to approve the following probationary support staff appointment of Jamie White, Driver Aide, $14.37 per hour, effective 9/2/20.

Motion to approve the following revised substitute staff appointments:

  • Joan McKinney, Substitute Cleaner, $15.41 per hour, effective 8/10/20
  • Catherine Hunt, Substitute Cleaner, $15.41 per hour, effective 8/10/20
  • Roscoe Jackson, Substitute Cleaner, $15.41 per hour, effective 8/10/20

Motion to approve the appointment of Jay Uline, Substitute bus driver, $23.00 per hour, effective 8/10/20.

Motion to accept the resignation of Scott Cleveland, Cleaner, effective 8/19/20.

Educational items

Educational Consent Items (A – H)

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty, seconded by Mr. Cabana to approve Business Consent Items (A -H):

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

Motion to approve the appointment of Rebecca Carnevalla as QMS PTECH Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year replacing Colleen Sprague (previously appointed.)

Motion to approve the following revisions and additions for the 2020 summer school appointments:

  • Tammy Albrecht: Teaching Assistant
  • Shane Jones: Physical Education Teacher effective 7/27 – 8/14/20
  • Lynne Klocek: School Nurse effective 7 /27 – 7 /31/20
  • Molly Myers: Substitute Teacher
  • Jill Lowe: Substitute Support Staff

Motion to approve the following summer school nurse appointments:

  • Catherine Sconzo, Substitute Summer School Nurse, $26.62 per hour, effective 7/1/20 – 8/14/20.
  • Katelyn Hogan, Substitute Summer School Nurse, $26.62 per hour, effective 7/1/20 – 8/14/20

Motion to approve the part-time temporary appointment of Tyler Spaulding, Temporary Summer Tech Assistant, $12.00 per hour, up to an additional 50 hours, effective 7 /1/20 – 9/1/20.

Motion to approve the following mentors for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Monique Agans 9/1/20 – 6/30/21 (.5 FTE)
  • Melissa Gates 9/1/20 – 6/30/21 (.5 FTE)
  • Stacy Clay 9/1/20 – 6/30/21
  • Allison Walter 9/1/20 – 11/13/20

Motion to approve the memorandum of agreement between the Queensbury Union Free School District and the Southern Adirondack Substitute Teachers’ Alliance dated August 4, 2020.

Motion to approve the following revised regulation:
6700-R- Purchasing Regulation

Motion to approve the minutes of the 2019-2020 (5/4, 6/26) and the 2020-2021 (7/10, 7/16, 7/30, 7/31) CPSE Committee meetings and the minutes of the 2020-2021 (6/16, 7/14, 7/16, 7/20, 7/29, 8/5) CSE Committee meetings.

Board committee reports

Facilities – Mr. Weaver reviewed the auditorium project. Mr. Weaver commented that it is a “great project and is coming along nicely. The gymnasium with the new branding looks really good as well.”

Board member comments

Monday, August 24 will be a Board retreat. The board will be asked to complete a survey about their needs with one week to answer the survey.

Informational items

  • Wednesday, August 19 – Summer Graduation- 7:00 p.m.
    Location: High School Queensbury Room
  • Monday, August 24 – Board of Education Workshop -5:30 p.m.
    Location: High School at Queensbury Room
  • Wednesday, September 2 – Superintendent Conference Day
  • Thursday, September 3 – Superintendent Conference Day/Opening Day for Staff
  • Tuesday, September 8 – Classes begin
  • Monday, September 14 – Board of Education Meeting – 7:00 p.m.
    Location: High School Queensbury Room

Executive session

Motion by Mr. Weaver and seconded by Mrs. Belden to enter into executive session to discuss collective negotiations pursuant to Article Fourteen of the Civil Service Law regarding the Queensbury Faculty Association bargaining unit.

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

Adjournment

Motion by Mr. Weaver and seconded by Mrs. Flaherty to exit executive session and adjourn at 8:40 p.m.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Denise Troelstra
Acting Clerk of the Board