Dec. 14, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The regular meeting of the Queensbury School Board of Education was held on December 14, 2020 in the High School Queensbury Room.

Call to order

President Mannix called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m.

The Pledge to the Flag was led by President Mannix.

Members present

Daniel Mannix, Esq., President, Timothy Weaver, Vice President, Stacy Flaherty, Amy Molloy, Kathleen Holser, Patricia Belden, Francis Cabana, Superintendent of Schools Kyle L. Gannon, Clerk of the Board Scott Whittemore

Members absent

Michael Shea, Ph.D., Joseph Scriver

Presentations

  • Presentation to Lee Rounds – Scott Whittemore and Kyle Gannon
  • Middle School Construction Trades Update – Patrick DiCaprio and Michael Brannigan

Open forum

  • Jennifer Bremser discussed potential science educational opportunity for WHBI
  • Jim Coccia asked a question about upcoming COVID testing for students

Public participation is encouraged. There will be two specific Open Forums at each regular Board of Education meeting to provide opportunities to address the Board of Education. We ask participants who wish to speak during the first Open Forum to raise their hand, identify themselves verbally and, if applicable, the organization they are representing, so that they may be recognized by the Board President. For clarity, we ask that all speakers identify the school related matter/topic to be discussed. In order to conduct District Business in a smooth, orderly and timely manner, Open Forum is limited to a maximum of 30 minutes with 3 minutes allocated to each speaker. The Board of Education appreciates public attendance and participation at meetings.

Business items

Motion by Ms. Flaherty, seconded by Mr. Cabana to approve the following resolution:

WHEREAS, the Board of Education held a public hearing on December 14, 2020 in order to receive public comment on the District’s proposed change to its Smart School Bond Act Preliminary Investment Plan; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education desires to adopt the revised Smart School Bond Act Preliminary Investment Plan;

NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby adopts the revised Smart School Bond Act Preliminary Investment Plan as published on the District’s website.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)

Motion by Mrs. Holser, seconded by Mrs. Molloy to approve the enclosed Tax Collector’s Report as follows:

WHEREAS, the Education Law provides that the tax collector shall be relieved of responsibilities for the uncollected portion of the tax list when (1) a complete list of the delinquent taxes has been certified to the Board of Education, (2) the Collector has affixed her affidavit to Statement, and (3) has filed a statement account for the handling of the tax warrant and (4) the Clerk has examined and verified the accuracy of the signed report of the Collector.

BE IT RESOLVED that subject to the above criteria being accomplished, the Board of Education accepts the report of the Tax Collector and directs that the list of delinquent taxes be returned to the County.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)

Motion by Mrs. Holser, seconded by Mrs. Flaherty, to approve the following resolution:

RESOLVED, by the Board of Education, that the Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1), issued pursuant to Article 57-A of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, and containing legal minimum retention periods for school district records, is hereby adopted for use by school districts in legally disposing of valueless records listed therein.

FURTHER RESOLVED, that in accordance with Article 57-A:

(a) only those records will be disposed of that are described in Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1), after they have met the minimum retention periods described therein;

(b) only those records will be disposed of that do not have sufficient administrative, fiscal, legal or historical value to merit retention beyond established legal minimum periods.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)

Motion by Mr. Weaver, seconded by Mrs. Holser to award the bid for the middle school crawl space pipe replacement project to Hamilton Plumbing, Inc., in the amount of $9,939.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)

Business consent items

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty, seconded by Mrs. Holser to approve the following Business
Consent Items

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)

Motion to approve the minutes of the November 9, 2020 Board of Education meeting.

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of October 2020.

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

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

  • General Fund – November Warrant – $2,812,055.98
  • Medicare Part B Retirees – November Warrant – $ 723.00
  • Federal Fund – November Warrant – $ 24,255.49
  • School Lunch Fund – November Warrant – $ 83,544.95
  • HS Auditorium Project – November Warrant – $ 33,056.49
  • Security & Safety Project – November Warrant – $ 49,037.47
  • MS Crawl Space Project – November Warrant – $ 12,513.02
  • HS Boiler Project – November Warrant – $ 68,275.17

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

Motion to approve the transfer of a donation of $38.51 from Trust and Agency Fund for Special Education to the General Fund.

Motion to accept the gift of $2,500 for the snack pack program from Saratoga Casino Holdings, LLC., with sincere appreciation.

Motion to approve the memorandum of agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and the Queensbury Transportation Employees Association dated 11/6/20.

Motion to approve memorandum of agreement between the Queensbury Union Free School District and the Queensbury School Buildings and Grounds Association Unit 9013 of CSEA, Inc., Local 1000 AFSCME, AFL-CIO (CSEA) dated 11/9/20.

Motion to approve the adoption of the 2020-21 budget calendar and timeline.

Motion to accept the following support staff resignations:

  • Elaine DiPace, Cleaner, effective 11/15/20
  • Casey Kordziel, Cleaner, effective 12/16/20

Motion to approve the following probationary support staff appointments:

  • Casey Kordziel, Cleaner, Step 2 (prorated), effective 11/16/20
  • Matthew Burrall, Cleaner, Step 2 (prorated), effective 11/23/20
  • Robert Fagle, Cleaner, Step 2 (prorated), effective 11/23/20

Motion to approve the following provisional support staff appointments:

  • Elaine DiPace, Custodian, Step 2 (prorated), effective 11/16/20
  • Stacy Evans, School Secretary, Step 3, effective 11/16/20

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

  • Dylan Bennett, QES School Monitor, $12.50 per hour, effective 11/9/20
  • Marianne Smith, WHBI School Monitor, $12.50 per hour, effective 11/17/20

Motion to approve the following revised provisional support staff appointments:

  • Lisa Knizek, Custodian, Step 4 (prorated), effective 11/2/20
  • William McGivney, Custodian, Step 5 (prorated), effective 11/2/20
  • Matthew Porto, Custodian, Step 6 (prorated), effective 11/2/20

Motion to approve the following substitute support staff appointments:

  • David Swift, Substitute Bus Driver, $23.00 per hour, effective 11/23/20
  • Michael Davis, Substitute Bus Driver, $23.00 per hour, effective 11/30/20
  • Casey Kordziel, Substitute Cleaner, $12.98 per hour, effective 12/17/20

Motion to approve the following support staff leave of absences without pay:

  • Kevin Kosach, Bus Driver, effective 10/27/20 – 12/15/20
  • Timothy Gonyo, Bus Driver, effective 11/5/20, 11/6/20, 11/10/20, 11/11/20
  • William Roberts, Bus Driver, effective 11/11/20
  • Christine McGuire, QES Teacher Aide, effective 11/19/20 (½ day) – 11/20/20

Motion to acknowledge the unauthorized support staff leave of absence without pay of Michael Lempka, Auto Mechanic Helper/Bus Driver, effective 10/29/20 – 11/5/20.

End of business consent

Educational items

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

Michelle Lombardi

  • Assignment: QES Grade 3 Teacher long-term substitute
  • Rate: L1 BA + MA + 33 graduate credits (prorated)
  • Effective: 11/10/20 – 1/29/21
  • Certification: Childhood Education 1-6, Initial

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)

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

Ellen Manor

  • Assignment: WHBI Art Teacher Long-term substitute
  • Rate: L1 BA + MA + 30 graduate credits (prorated)
  • Effective: 10/19/20 – 1/5/21
  • Certification: Art, Permanent

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)

Educational consent items

Motion by Mrs. Holser, seconded by Mrs. Molloy to approve the following Educational Items

Motion to approve the revised appointment of Shelby Backus, QES Art Teacher, effective 9/1/20 – 6/30/21.

Motion to approve the administrative internship of Alexandra Sapienza with St. Rose College beginning in January 2021. Mike Brannigan will serve as her mentor.

Motion to approve the following Winter Coaching appointments for the 2020-2021 school year:

Name – Coaching – Group – Level

  • Jennifer Pike: Bowling – IV – 6
  • Steve Jackson: Alpine Skiing – I – 6
  • Kathy Vaughn: Assistant Alpine Skiing – II – 6
  • Paul Allison: Nordic Skiing – I – 6
  • Matthew Flint: Assistant Nordic Skiing – II – 5
  • Michael Anderson: Boys Swimming – I – 6
  • John Martin: Strength and Conditioning – III – 6

Motion to approve the unpaid leave of absence of Nichole Moeller, effective 12/8/20.

Motion to rescind the following policies, regulations and exhibits:

  • 8123 Hygiene Precautions and Procedures
  • 8123-R Hygiene Precautions and Procedures Regulation
  • 8123.1 Contagious Diseases
  • 8123.1-R Contagious Disease Regulation
  • 8123.1-E.1 Contagious Disease Exhibit
  • 8123.1-E.2 Hepatitis B Vaccination Consent Form
  • 8123.1-E.3 Hepatitis B Vaccination Declination Form

Motion to approve the minutes of the 2020-2021 (10/19, 11/4, 11/5, 11/9, 11/16, 11/17, 11/18, 11/20, 11/24, 12/02, 12/03, 12/04, 12/07, 12/09) Committee on Special Education meetings and the minutes of the 2020-2021 (9/2, 11/6, 11/10, 11/12, 12/04) Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings for the month of November 2020.

End educational consent items

Board committee reports

None

Board member comments

  • Mrs. Flaherty asked if there was a graph by building on COVID cases
  • Mr. Mannix commented on the virtual Grandparents Breakfasts’

Informational items

  • Friday, Dec. 18 – QMS Student Council Food Drive ends
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23 – Friday, January 1 – Winter Recess – no school
  • Monday, Jan. 4 – Classes resume
  • Monday, Jan. 11 – Board of Education Meeting – 7 p.m.
    • Location: Queensbury Room at the high school
  • Monday, Jan. 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no school
  • Monday, Jan. 25 – Board of Education Budget Workshop – 7 p.m.
    • Location: Queensbury Room at the high school

Executive session

Motion by Mrs. Molloy, seconded by Mr. Weaver to adjourn the meeting at 7:46 p.m. and enter into executive session to discuss the employment of two particular persons.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty, seconded by Mrs. Holser to exit executive session and adjourn the meeting at 8:12 p.m.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Mr. Scriver, Dr. Shea)