July 13, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Attendees

  • Patricia Belden, Francis Cabana, Stacy Flaherty, Kathleen Holser, Daniel Mannix, Esq., Amy Molloy, Joseph Scriver, Michael Shea, PhD., Tim Weaver, Superintendent of Schools Kyle Gannon, Assistant Superintendent for Business Scott Whittemore, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Denise Troelstra, Director of Human Resources Amy Georgeadis and other administrators and community members.

Presentations

Mr. Gannon, Mr. Whittemore and Mr. Chapman presented on Emergency Projects including the emergency boiler replacement at the high school.

Business items

Motion by Mr. Weaver and seconded by Ms. Flaherty to accept the results of the June 9, 2020 Budget Vote/Board of Education election:

  • Proposition #1 – Budget – $67,563,088 Yes – 2,681 No – 1,263
  • Proposition #2 – Bus Purchase – $533,000 Yes – 2,694 No – 1,244
  • Francis Cabana – 3,322
  • Joseph Scriver – 3,059
  • Write-ins – 89
  • Disallowed – 503

Motion by Mrs. Belden and seconded by Ms. Molloy to approve the following resolution:

Serial bond resolution dated July 13, 2020

A resolution authorizing the issuance of $533,000 serial bonds of the Queensbury Union Free School District, Warren County, New York for the purchase of four (4) 72 passenger school buses.

Whereas, on June 9, 2020 the qualified voters of the Queensbury Union Free School District authorized the purchase of four (4) 72 passenger school buses at a total maximum cost of $533,000, which said sum or so much thereof as may be necessary is to be paid from the proceeds of the obligations issued pursuant to the Local Finance Law, and

Whereas, it is the desire to provide for the financing thereof;

Now, therefore, be it resolved:

  1. The specific object or purpose for which obligations are to be issued pursuant to this resolution is for the purchase of four (4) 72 passenger school buses.
  2. The current maximum cost of the aforesaid specific object or purpose is $533,000, and the plan for the financing thereof is the issuance of $533,000 serial bonds of said School District, hereby authorized to be issued pursuant to the Local Finance Law. Such bonds are to be payable from amounts which shall annually be levied on all the taxable real property in said School District, and the faith and credit of said Queensbury Union Free School District, Warren County, New York, are hereby pledged for the payment of said bonds and the interest thereon.
  3. It is hereby determined that the period of probable usefulness of the aforesaid specific object or purpose is five (5) years, pursuant to subdivision 29 of Paragraph a of Section 11.00 of the Local Finance Law.
  4. Subject to the provisions of the Local Finance Law, the power to authorize the issuance of and to sell bonds or bond anticipation notes in anticipation of the issuance and sale of the serial bonds herein authorized, including renewals of such notes, is hereby delegated to the President of the Board of Education, the chief fiscal officer, or in her absence, the Vice-President of the Board of Education, who is the substituted chief fiscal officer. Such bonds or notes shall be of such terms, form and contents, and shall be sold in such manner, as may be determined by said President or Vice-President of the Board of Education, pursuant to and consistent with the provisions of the Local Finance Law.
  5. The validity of such bonds and bond anticipation notes may be contested only if:
    1. Such obligations are authorized for an object or purpose for which said School District is not authorized to spend money; or
    2. The provisions of law which should be complied with as of the date of publication of this resolution are not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty (20) days after the date of such publication; or
    3. Such obligations are authorized in violation of the provisions of the Constitution.

This resolution shall take effect immediately and shall be published in full in the Post Star which is hereby designated as the official newspaper of said School District for such purpose, together with a notice of the School District Clerk substantially in the form provided in Section 81.00 of the Local Finance Law.

Roll call:

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

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

Resolution dated July 13, 2020 regarding the Queensbury Union Free School District’s emergency replacement of three (3) boilers at the district’s high school building

Whereas, the Board of Education has had an opportunity to review the proposal presented to replace the three (3) Boilers at the District’s High School Building with regard to its classification under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (hereinafter referred to as “SEQRA”) 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 term is defined in SEQRA (6 NYCRR Part 617) and, therefore is not subject to any further review by the School District under SEQRA. Specifically pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 617.5(c)(1) and (2), the Board of Education finds that the action consists of replacement of three(3) Boilers at the District’s High School building, and it is therefore exempt from SEQRA. 

Roll call:

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

Motion by Ms Molloy and seconded by Dr. Shea to approve the following resolution:

Resolution dated July 13, 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, the New York State Education Department has determined that the Project constitutes an emergency; 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.

Roll call:

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

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

Tax anticipation note resolution dated July 13, 2020

A resolution authorizing the issuance of $10,000,000 tax anticipation notes of the Queensbury Union Free School District, Warren County, New York, in anticipation of the collection of tax revenues to be received from the taxable real property in school district, commencing July 1, 2020.

WHEREAS, it is desire of the Board of Education of the Queensbury Union Free School District to provide for the issuance of School District financing in anticipation of the receipt of tax revenues for the 2020-2021 fiscal year;

Now, therefore, be it resolved:

  1. The Board of Education hereby authorizes the issuance of $10,000,000 tax anticipation notes of the Queensbury Union Free School District, Warren County, New York, including the renewals thereof, in anticipation of tax revenues to be received by said School District from the taxable real property in the School District during the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
  2. The power to authorize the issuance of and to sell not exceeding $10,000,000 tax anticipation notes of the Queensbury Union Free School District, Warren County, New York, including renewals thereof, in anticipation of tax revenues to be received by said School District from the taxable real property in the School District during the 2020-2021 fiscal year of said School District, commencing July 1, 2020, is hereby delegated to the President, the chief fiscal officer, or the Vice-President of the Board of Education, who shall be substituted as the chief fiscal officer. Such notes shall be of such terms, form and contents as may be determined by said President or Vice-President of the Board of Education, pursuant to the Local Finance Law.
  3. The validity of such tax anticipation note may be contested only if:
    1. Such obligations are authorized for an object or purpose for which said School District is not authorized to spend money; or
    2. The provisions of law which should be complied with as of the date of publication of this resolution are not substantially complied with, and an action, suit or proceeding contesting such validity is commenced within twenty (20) days after the date of such publication; or
    3. Such obligations are authorized in violation of the provisions of the Constitution.
  4. This resolution shall take effect immediately and shall be published in full in The Post Star which is hereby designated as the official newspaper of said School District for such purpose, together with a notice of the School District Clerk substantially in the form provided in Section 81.00 of the Local Finance Law.

Roll call:

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

Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Mr. Weaver to approve the fee proposal for Architectural and Engineering Services for the furniture, security and systems improvement work at the middle school building with CSArch in the total amount of thirty four thousand and 00/100 dollars ($34,000.00).

9 voting in favor

Business consent items

Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Mr. Weaver to approve the Business Consent Items (G – FF):

9 voting in favor

Motion to approve the minutes of the May 11, 2020 Board of Education meeting.

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

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

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

  • General Fund – June Warrant – $2,655,996.37
  • Federal Fund – June Warrant – $14,653.56
  • School Lunch Fund – June Warrant – $57,710. 94
  • 2016 Ref. Capital Fund – June Warrant – $67,780.89
  • 2016 Ref. Cap. Auditorium – June Warrant – $59,952.71
  • Capital Outlay Safety/Security – June Warrant – $17,600.00
  • Capital Outlay QES Roof Project – June Warrant – $75,577.00
  • Capital Outlay Phone Project – June Warrant – $92,986.78

Motion to approve the appointment of Tammiesue Sheehan as an election inspector for the June 9, 2020 Budget Vote/Board of Education Election.

Motion to approve the agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and Warren County Department of Social Services to provide preventive services for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to approve the agreement between Hudson Headwaters Health Network and Queensbury Union Free School District to provide health care services for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to approve the agreement between CWI and Queensbury Union Free School District for Day Habilitation Services for a student who lives in the Queensbury School District, effective 7/1/20 – 6/30/21.

Motion to approve the agreement for the Affordable Care Act (ACA) Plan and the Business Associate Agreement with Benetech, Inc. for an extension of the previously approved agreement effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to enter into a contract with Eileen K. Dashnaw, COMS as an Orientation and Mobility Specialist at a rate of $100.00 per 60-minute session ($50.00 per 30-minute session and $75.00 per 45-minute session) effective 7/8/20 – 6/26/21.

Motion to approve the agreement with Saratoga County Department of Social Services to provide transportation for students in Foster Care for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to approve the agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and the St. Anne Institute to provide educational services to students who live in the Queensbury School District and attend the St. Anne Institute for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to approve the Services Agreement Reinstatement between the Queensbury Union Free School District and The Omni Group, effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to authorize a Staffing Services Agreement for the 2020-2021 school year with Supplemental Health Care Services, Inc. for Health Care Personnel.

Motion to approve the agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and R.G.Timbs, Inc. to provide financial services for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to approve the agreement between Preferred Advocates, Ltd., and the Queensbury Union Free School District to provide legal and labor-related services for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to extend the Aramark Educational Services, LLC the Child Nutrition Food Service Management Contract in accordance with the bid specifications for the 2020-2021 school year and 2020 Summer Food Service.

Motion to approve the turf management bid to Turf Management Co. in accordance with bid specifications for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to adopt the district wide safety plan for the 2020-2021 school year as attached.

Motion to rescind the following substitute appointments effective 6/30/20.

  • Robert Barody, Substitute Mechanic
  • Terry Pray, Substitute Bus Driver

Motion to approve the following probationary support staff appointments:

  • Joseph Theriot, Cleaner, Step 3, effective 7/6/20
  • Francine Boecher, Teacher Aide, Step 6, effective 9/1/20

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

  • Colleen Geczy, part-time School Nurse, Step 10, effective for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Maureen Telesco, WHBI School Monitor, $12.50 per hour, effective for the 2020- 2021 school year
  • Joyce Pasco, ES School Monitor, $12.50 per hour, effective for the 2020-2021 school year

Motion to approve the following substitute support staff appointments:

  • Robin Fitzpatrick as Temporary Data Specialist, $36.00 per hour, effective for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Laurie Anderson as Substitute Secretary to the Assistant Superintendent for Business, $30 per hour, effective for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Lyn Derway as Temporary Part-Time School Controller, $62.50 per hour, effective for the 2020-2021 school year
  • Joel Gordon, Substitute Cleaner, effective 7/1/20 – 8/31/20
  • Justin Lansley, Substitute Cleaner, effective 7/1/20 – 8/31/20
  • John Marchello, Substitute Cleaner, effective 7/1/20 – 6/30/21
  • Emily Mosher, Substitute Cleaner, effective 7/1/20 – 8/31/20
  • Stephanie Barrett, Substitute Cleaner, effective 7/6/20 – 6/30/21
  • Jarod Maynard, Substitute Cleaner, effective 7/6/20 – 6/30/21

Motion to approve the probationary appointment (previously provisional) of Catherine Zubal, Data Specialist, effective 7/7/20.

Motion to approve the appointment of William O’Reilly, District Safety Coordinator, $8,400 annually, effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to accept the resignation of Joseph Arzoumanian, cleaner, effective 7/2/20.

End of Business Consent

Educational items

Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Mrs. Belden to approve the probationary appointment of:

Sarah Goetze

Appointment: Four Year Probationary
Assignment: QHS/QES Psychologist (11 mos)
Effective: 7/1/20 – 6/30/24
Rate: L1 BA + MS + 68 graduate credits
Tenure Area: School Psychology
Certification: School Psychologist, Provisional, pending

9 voting in favor

Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Mr. Weaver to approve the probationary appointment of:

Karen Willows

Appointment: Four Year Probationary
Assignment: Teaching Assistant District (assigned to QES)
Effective: 9/1/20 – 8/31/24
Rate: Step 6
Tenure Area: Teaching Assistant
Certification: Teaching Assistant, Level I

9 voting in favor

Educational consent items

Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Mr. Weaver to approve the Educational Consent Items (C – T):

9 voting in favor

Motion to approve the revised annual appointment of Jennifer Roca, global scholars designated official, $2,500 effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to approve the following club/activity appointments for the 2019-2020 school year:

Elementary school

  • Kids Who Care – Jennifer Spath – $1,300
  • QES Star Newspaper – Christine Herrmann and Lauren Latter – $1,300 each

Motion to approve the revised mentoring appointment of Amanda Breheny effective 11/1/19 – 6/26/20.

Motion to approve the administrative internship of Justin Lansley with Liberty University for the 2020-2021 school year. Mike Brannigan will serve as his mentor.

Motion to approve the following 2020 Summer School rates of pay:

  • Teacher – $4,444.80 per session
  • Credit Recovery Teacher – $3,704.00 per session
  • Physical Therapist – $37.04 per hour
  • Occupational Therapist – $37.04 per hour
  • Social Worker – $37.04 per hour
  • Physical Education Teacher – $37.04 per hour
  • Teaching Assistant – $13.22 per hour (external)
  • Teacher Aide – $12.50 per hour (external)

Motion to approve the following 2020 Summer School appointments at the approved rates of pay for summer school contingent upon enrollment.

  • Stacey Clay – Special Education Teacher
  • Jonathan Favata – Special Education Teacher
  • Elizabeth Judge – Special Education Teacher
  • John Lantz – Special Education Teacher
  • Lisa Higley – Special Education Teacher
  • Jordan Easton – Special Education Teacher
  • Tim Jones – Credit Recovery Teacher
  • Jody Nolan – Credit Recovery Teacher
  • Maggie Wood – Occupational Therapist
  • Dorothy Grover – Physical Therapist
  • Melissa Gates – School Social Worker
  • Jessica Byrnes – Teaching Assistant
  • Susan Grady – Teaching Assistant
  • Deb O’Neill – Teaching Assistant
  • Jean Palamar – Credit Recovery Teaching Assistant
  • Emily Mosher – Teaching Assistant
  • Helene Resnick – Teaching Assistant
  • Tammy Albrecht – Teacher Aide
  • Linda Dupuis – Teacher Aide
  • Beth Edwards – Teacher Aide
  • Karen Eppedico – Teacher Aide
  • Kendall O’Neill – Teacher Aide
  • Katherine Nicholson – Teacher Aide
  • Sharon Klein – Teacher Aide
  • Melissa Reed – Teacher Aide
  • Ashley Dineen – Teacher Aide
  • Janet Stutzman – Summer School Support Staff Substitute

Motion to approve the following additional appointments for Department Chairs for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Gregory Verheyn – Music, Grades K-12 – $4,400
  • Robert Jones – Health, Grades K-12 – $4,000

Motion to appoint the following Intermediate School Grade Level Leaders for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Kelli Moore – Grade 4 Math (.5 FTE) – $4,000 (split)
  • Allison Walter – Grade 4 ELA (.5 FTE) – $4,000 (split)
  • Nicole Enny-Tully – Grade 5 Math (.5 FTE) – $4,000 (split)
  • Tracey Kitz – Grade 5 ELA (.5 FTE) – $4,000 (split)

Motion to approve the annual appointment of the following Technology Bullpen members for the 2020-2021 school year:

QES

  • Jennifer Heydrick
  • Kathy Edwards
  • Olivia Derue
  • Stacy Koloski
  • Melissa Farley
  • Kate Winter
  • Amy Oleynek

WHBI

  • Renee Gordon
  • Allison Walter
  • Toni Wiekierak
  • Nicole Enny-Tully
  • Alicia Fazio
  • John Lantz

QMS

  • Kathy Vaughn
  • Jerry Hicks
  • Katie Bus
  • Amanda Breheny
  • Bridget Sasko
  • Tyler Carey
  • Peter Hochsprung

QHS

  • Diana Karandy
  • Matt Gaulin
  • Meghan Chance
  • Jessica Donnelly
  • Stephen Karandy
  • Sally Vartulli
  • Sarah Hogan-Gauci
  • John Andrekovics
  • Ben Grieco
  • Lancy LeGrys

Motion to approve the annual appointment of the following Lighthouse members for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • QES – Jen Heydrick
  • WHBI – Renee Gordon
  • QMS – Pete Hochsprung
  • QHS – Ben Grieco

Motion to approve the following PTECH Coordinators at the rate of $2,100 for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • QHS – Ben Grieco and Janelle Sipowicz
  • QMS – Colleen Sprague

Motion to accept the resignation of Katy Wright, QES Speech-Language Pathologist, effective 9/1/20.

Motion to approve Maria Muldner, QES AIS Teacher, to work up to an additional 10 days per diem during the summer of 2020.

Motion to approve Allison Walter, WHBI AIS Teacher, to work up to an additional 10 days per diem during the summer of 2020.

Motion to approve Janelle Sipowicz, QHS Counselor, to work up to an additional 10 days per diem during the summer of 2020.

Motion to approve the memorandum of agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District, an administrator, and the Queensbury Administrators & Supervisors Association dated July 8, 2020.

Motion to approve the unpaid leave of absence of Trisha Dunn, QHS Counselor, for 5 days during July 2020.

Motion to approve the minutes of the 2019-2020 (6/15) and the 2020-2021 (6/3, 6/5, 6/8, 6/15/, 6/16) Committee on Special Education meetings and the minutes of the 2019-2020 (6/5, 7/6 ) and the 2020-2021 (6/5, 6/8, 6/23, 7/1, 7/6) Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings for the month of June 2020.

Board committee reports 

Facilities Committee – Mr. Mannix reported on the status of the auditorium.

Board member comments

  • Mr. Mannix thanked the Board of Education members for the vote of confidence in president role
  • Mr. Weaver also thanked the Board of Education for their vote of confidence in his role as vice president
  • Ms. Weaver commented on a successful graduation
  • Ms. Molloy thanked everyone for their efforts with graduation
  • Mr. Mannix questioned when the meetings would go back to in person meetings

Informational items

  • Monday, July 27 – Board of Education Special Meeting – Reopening Plan Presentation – via Zoom – 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 10 – Board of Education Meeting – via Zoom – 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, August 24 – Board of Education Workshop – via Zoom – 7:00 p.m.

Executive session

Motion by Mr. Weaver, and seconded by Mrs. Belden to enter into Executive Session pursuant to Section 108(3) of the Open Meetings Law to discuss an attorney-client privileged matter that is confidential by State law at 7:32 p.m.

9 voting in favor

Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Dr. Shea to exit Executive Session at 7:50 p.m.

9 voting in favor

Motion by Dr. Shea and seconded by Ms. Flaherty to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m.

9 voting in favor

Respectfully Submitted,

Scott Whittemore
Assistant Superintendent for Business