Jan. 11, 2021 Meeting Minutes

The regular meeting of the Queensbury School Board of Education was held on January 11, 2021 via Zoom.

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, Michael Shea, Ph.D., Joseph Scriver, Kathleen Holser, Francis Cabana, Superintendent of Schools Kyle L. Gannon, Clerk of the Board Scott Whittemore

Members absent

Patricia Belden

Presentations

  • COVID-19 Update – Rich Keys and Kyle Gannon
  • Wellness Committee – Bob Jones and Janelle Sipowicz

Open forum

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 Mr. Scriver, seconded by Mrs. Flaherty that Needham Risk Management Resource Group/Malcolm Toffolo be appointed Asbestos Local Educational Agency (LEA) Designee.

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

Business consent items

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

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

Motion to approve the minutes of the December 14, 2020 Board of Education meeting.

Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 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 Revenue Report for the month of December 2020.

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

  • General Fund – December Warrant – $2,425,469.04
  • Federal Fund – December Warrant – $ 8,822.18
  • School Lunch Fund – December Warrant – $ 104,957.70
  • HS Auditorium Project – December Warrant – $ 129,943.85
  • HS Serving Line Project – December Warrant – $ 65,787.50
  • HS Boiler Project – December Warrant – $ 70,388.10

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

Motion to accept the gift cards in the amount of $2,500 from Hannaford Brothers Company for the snack pack program with sincere appreciation.

Motion to accept a gift of $1,000 from David A. Buchsbaum for the snack pack program with sincere appreciation.

Motion to accept a gift of $2,000 from the TL Longe Charitable Foundation for the snack pack program with sincere appreciation.

Motion to accept a gift of $3,000 from Walmart for Middle School enrichment supplies (2110-450-20-16) with sincere appreciation.

Motion to approve the Internal Revenue Service mileage reimbursement rate of 56 cents per mile, effective 1/1/21.

Motion to approve the attached agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and Four Winds Hospital to provide tutoring to Queensbury student’s who are inpatients at Four Winds during the 2020-2021 school year.

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 1/1/21 – 12/31/21.

Motion to approve the probationary support staff appointment of Fredrick Foster, Teacher Aide (district, assigned to QMS), Step 5, effective 12/18/20.

Motion to approve the following substitute support staff appointments:

  • Tamara Dingman, Substitute Cleaner, $12.98 per hour, effective 1/11/21
  • Stacy Evans, Substitute Cleaner, $12.98 per hour, effective 1/11/21

Motion to accept the resignation of William O’Reilly, Assistant Director of Facilities III, effective 12/22/20.

Motion to approve the following unpaid support staff leave of absences:

  • Carlene Darnley, Cleaner, effective 12/4/20 (2 hours)
  • Kevin Kosach, Bus Driver, effective 12/16/20 – 1/11/21
  • Maureen Doran, Bus Driver, effective 12/22/20 – 1/20/21
  • Matthew Burrell, Cleaner, effective 12/30/20 (.6562) – 1/8/21
  • Shenna Clothier, Cleaner, effective 1/26/21 (.75 hour) – 2/23/21

End of business consent

Educational items

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

Resolved that the position of the current Director of Human Resource, Amy Georgeadis, holding permanent School District Administrator certification, is hereby “retitled” as the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Recruitment, in the defined administrative tenure area of Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Recruitment, retroactive to her initial date of appointment, effective August 16, 2004, with all benefits, rights, and privileges previously accrued; and it hereby further

Resolved that the Board hereby approves a revised Employment Agreement for Ms. Georgeadis, correcting the title and tenure area to Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Recruitment and hereby authorizes the Board President to execute said revised Employment Agreement.

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

Educational consent items

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

Motion to approve the following clubs/activities for the 2020-2021 school year:

High school (effective 1/6/21 – 6/30/21)

  • Class of 2022 Advisors
    • Jessica Donnelly: A – $3,075 (*prorated)
    • Kerry Rodriguez: A – $3,075 (*prorated)

Middle school (effective 2/1/21 – 6/30/21)

  • Chamber Orchestra: Gregory Verheyn, C – $1,400 (**prorated)
  • Jazz Ensemble: James Cirillo, C – $1,400 (**prorated)
  • Chamber Ensemble: Patty Cirillo, D – $700 (**prorated)
  • Fiddle Club: Alyssa Verheyn, C – $1,400 (**prorated)
  • Select Show Choir: Laura Lee Deland, B – $2,000 (**prorated)

Intermediate school

  • Drama Club
    • Alicia Fazio: C – $1,400
    • Elizabeth Tetlak: C – $1,400

Motion to approve the unpaid leave of absence of Lauren Latter, QES Teacher, effective 2/9/21 – 2/12/21.

Motion to approve the following policies as reviewed:

  • 4000 – Student Learning Objectives and Instructional Goals
  • 4200 – Curriculum Management
  • 4311.1 – Display of the Flag
  • 4311.1-R – Display of the Flag Regulation
  • 4315 – Health Education
  • 4315.1 – AIDS Instruction
  • 4315.2 – Teaching About Drugs, Alcohol, Tobacco
  • 4321.1 – Provisions of Special Education Services in the Least Restrictive Environment
  • 4321.2 – School-wide Pre-Referral Approaches and Interventions
  • 4321.3 – Allocation of Space for Special Education Programs
  • 4321.4 – Independent Educational Evaluations
  • 4321.5 – Confidentiality and Access to Individualized Education Programs, Individualized Education Services Programs and Service Plans
  • 4321.6 – Availability of Alternative Format Instructional Materials for Students with Disabilities
  • 4321.7 – Districtwide and Statewide Assessments of Students with Disabilities
  • 4321.8 – Impartial Hearing Officer Appointment and Compensation
  • 4321.9 – Declassification of Students with Disabilities
  • 4321.11 – Public Report on Revisions to District Policies, Practices, and Procedures Upon a Finding of Significant Disproportionality
  • 4321.12 – Use of Time Out Rooms and Physical Restraints
  • 4321.13 – Preschool Special Education
  • 4321.14 – Special Education Personnel

Motion to approve the following policies and regulations as revised:

  • 4321 – Programs for Students with Disabilities Under the IDEA and New York’s Education Law Article 89
  • 4513 – Library Material Selection

Motion to approve the minutes of the 2020-2021 (12/9, 12/10, 12/14, 12/15, 12/16, 12/21, 12/22, 12/23, 1/4, 1/6) Committee on Special Education meetings and the minutes of the 2020-2021 (12/18, 12/23, 1/6) minutes of the Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings for the month of December 2020.

End educational consent items

Board committee reports

Safety Committee – Mr. Cabana reported out

Board member comments

None

Informational items

  • Monday, January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no school
  • Monday, January 25 – Board of Education Workshop -7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Zoom
  • Friday, January 29 – Second marking period ends
  • Monday, February 1 – Third quarter begins
  • Monday, February 1 – Friday, February 12 – QES PTSA Spartan Spirit Wear Sale
  • Friday February 5 – Technology Recognition Day
  • Monday, February 8 – Board of Education meeting – 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Zoom
  • Monday, February 15 – Friday February 19 – Mid-winter recess – no school
  • Monday February 22 – Classes resume
  • Monday, February 22 – Board of Education budget workshop – 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: TBD

Executive session

Motion by Mr. Scriver, seconded by Mrs. Flaherty to adjourn the meeting at 7:56 p.m and enter into executive session to deal with an employee issue.

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

Motion by Mrs. Molloy, seconded by Dr. Shea to exit executive session and adjourn the meeting at 8:34 p.m.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Scott Whittemore
Clerk of the Board