June 8, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The regular Board of Education Meeting was held on Monday, June 8, 2020 via Zoom.

Call to order

President Borgos called the meeting to order at 7:05 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.
  • Patricia Belden
  • Michael Shea, Ph.D.
  • Timothy Weaver
  • Amy Molloy
  • Joseph Scriver

Administrators

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

    Others present

    • Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Denise Troelstra; Human Resources Director Amy Georgeadis; High School Principal Damian Switzer; High School Assistant Principal Daniel Harn; High School Assistant Principal Andrew Snide; Director of Physical Education, Health, and Athletics; lntermediate School Principal Gwynne Cosh; Intermediate School Assistant Principal Amanda Denno; Elementary School Principal Jessica Rossetti; Elementary School Assistant Principal Kristin Bergin; Director of Student Support Services Kristine Bennett-Barnes; Assistant Director of Student Support Services Robyn Scotland, Assistant Director of Operations William O’Reilly; Larry Paltrowitz, Esq., and other employees and community members.

    Presentations

    • Board Presentations for Arny Molloy and Jill Borgos – Kyle Gannon
    • Financial Reserve Plan – Scott Whittemore

    Open forum

    None

    Business items

    Motion by Mr. Scriver and seconded by Mr. Mannix to approve the following resolution:

    WHEREAS, the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes a public emergency arising out of an unforeseen occurrence or condition whereby circumstances affecting public health and safety of District employees required immediate action which could not wait for competitive bidding or competitive offering.

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby declares that the COVID-19 pandemic constitutes a public emergency arising out of an unforeseen occurrence or condition whereby circumstances affecting public health and safety of District employees required immediate action which could not wait competitive bidding or competitive offering within the meaning of subsection 4 of Section 103 of the New York General Municipal Law, and acknowledges and authorizes that the District’s purchase of Personal Protective Equipment, health and safety supplies, and related products regarding the COVID-19 pandemic need not comply with the competitive bidding requirements of Section 103 of the New York General Municipal Law.

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Mrs. Holser and seconded by Dr. Shea to approve the following resolution:

    WHEREAS, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and the Governor’s Executive Orders, the District determined that it would maintain all of its employees on the District’s payroll from March 16, 2020 through the balance of the 2019-2020 school year;

    NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby acknowledges and authorizes that all of the District’s employees should be maintained on the District’s payroll from March 16, 2020 through June 30, 2020, and that such employees shall be paid their regular compensation from March 16, 2020 through June 30, 2020 regardless of the number of hours of work performed by such employees during that period of time; and it is further

    RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby acknowledges and authorizes that commencing July 1, 2020, District employees shall be paid for the actual hours scheduled by the District and worked by the District employees in accordance with the applicable Collective Bargaining Agreement or non-unit handbooks.

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Mr. Mannix and seconded by Ms. Flaherty to adopt the Financial Reserve Plan for fiscal year 2019-2020.

    9 voting in favor

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

    RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Queensbury Union Free School District hereby authorizes the funding of the District’s approved reserves with the excess of 4% from unassigned fund balance at June 30, 2020 after the designated amount for tax reduction has been set. The allocation of such fund balance will be determined subsequent to June 30, 2020 and prior to setting the tax levy.

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Mr. Mannix to approve the following resolution:

    RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Queensbury Union Free School District hereby approves the settlement of the 2017-2019 Real Property Tax Law Article 7 proceedings entitled Walmart Property Tax Dept #2116 v. Board of Assessment Review and/or Assessor of the Town of Queensbury and the Town of Queensbury, Warren County, New York as follows:

    1. All pending petitions are discontinued without changing assessed value or payment of refunds
    2. The assessed value for 2020 will be set at $11,850,000
    3. The assessment will remain at $11,850,000 for 2020-2023 notwithstanding any town-wide revaluation during that time.

    RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes Counsel for the School District, Karla Williams Buettner, Esq., to sign the appropriate Stipulation and Order of Settlement resolving this matter.

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Mrs. Holser and seconded by Ms. Flaherty to accept the resignation, for retirement purposes, of Jonathan Blackmer, with sincere thanks and regret, effective 6/9/20.

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Mr. Scrivener and seconded by Mrs. Molloy to accept the resignation, for retirement purposes, of Catherine Hunt, Cleaner, with sincere thanks and regret, effective 8/3/20.

    9 voting in favor

    Business Consent Items (H -CC):

    Motion by Mrs. Holser and seconded by Mrs. Molloy to approve the following Business Consent Items (H -CC):

    9 voting in favor

    Motion to approve the minutes of the April 21, 2020 Board of Education Special Meeting.

    Motion to approve the Treasurer’s Report for the months of March 2020 and April 2020.

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

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

    • General Fund – May Warrant – $1,986,485.92
    • Federal Fund – May Warrant – $9,283.79
    • School Lunch Fund – May Warrant – $59,862.84
    • 2016 Ref. Capital Fund – May Warrant – $160,600.00

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

    Motion to approve the budget transfer from Code 2250-490-00-00 BOCES (Special Education) to 2630-490-00-00 (Computer Assisted Instruction) in the amount of $245,592.

    Motion to accept the gift of Graduation 2020 hat ornaments valued at $2,652.05 from Dorothy Benware, with sincere thanks and appreciation.

    Motion to accept the following gifts for the snack pack program, with sincere thanks:

    • Denooyer Chevrolet -$1,000
    • Queensbury QFA -$1,000
    • The TL Longe Foundation -$5,000

    Motion to approve the agreement with Anderson Center for Autism to provide education services for children with disabilities who reside in the Queensbury Union Free School District, effective 7/1/2020-6/30/2021.

    Motion to approve the attached agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and Dr. Marie Wiles, to provide consultation services effective 6/1/20-6/30/21.

    Motion to approve the appointment of Eric Anderson, Diana Kupillas, Michele Legault, and Elizabeth Eisenhardt as election inspectors for the June 9, 2020 Budget Vote/Board of Education Election at a rate of $11.97 per hour and to appoint Laurie Anderson as Chief Election Inspector.

    Motion to appoint Warren County Board of Elections – Kim Ross, as an election inspector at the rate of $300 to oversee the election process on June 9, 2020.

    Motion to approve the part-time temporary appointment of Tyler Spaulding, Temporary Summer Tech Assistant, $12.00 per hour, up to 200 hours, effective 7/1/20 -9/1/20.

    Motion to approve the part-time annual appointment of Dorothy Grover, CPSE Chairperson (.4 FTE) for the district effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Motion to approve the appointment of Lisa Tubbs, School Nurse Leader with a stipend of $3,250 annually effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Motion to approve the following annual part-time annual appointments for the 2020-2021 school year.

    • Robert Morgan, Evening Shift Leader, Buildings & Grounds (assigned to QHS), with a stipend of $2,640, effective 7/1/20-6/30/21
    • Deborah Bacon, Custodian Night and/or Weekend Leader, with a stipend of $2,640, effective 7/1/20 -6/30/21
    • Terry Howk, Maintenance Leader, with a stipend of $3,000, effective 7/1/20-6/30/21

    Motion to approve the following substitute bus driver appointments for the 2020-2021 school year:

    • Robert E. Biales
    • Donald Bress
    • William M. Bucci
    • Vernon G. DiThomas
    • Armand B. Frigon
    • Charles D. Garb
    • Ronald A. Goldstein
    • James G. Melleon
    • Terry D. Pray
    • Charles C. White

    Motion to approve the following substitute cleaner appointments for the 2020-2021 school year:

    • Louis M. Ardito
    • Jeffrey S. Barton
    • Herbert A. Bates
    • Richard A. Brown
    • William Condon
    • Brian J. Duncan
    • Catherine Hunt
    • Roscoe A. Jackson
    • Gary A. Johnson
    • Laura E. Jones
    • Scott B. Matthews
    • Andrew Pelkey
    • Joan Ellen McKinney
    • Joseph O’Shaughnessy
    • Bryan A. Seybolt
    • Frederick L. Paulsen
    • Robert V. Springer
    • Stephen E. White

    Motion to approve the substitute support staff appointment of Robert M. Barody, Substitute Mechanic, for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Motion to approve the substitute support staff appointment of Donna A. Zita, Substitute Driver Aide, effective for the 2020-2021 school year.

    Motion to approve the following substitute driver trainee appointments for the 2020-2021 school year:

    • Bruce E. Nelson
    • William C. Shaw

    Motion to approve the revised unpaid leave of absence of Robert Springer, Bus Driver, Driver Aide, effective 3/2/20 (½ day) – 3/30/20.

    Educational items

    Motion by Mr. Mannix and seconded by Mr. Scriver to adopt the 2020-2024 Board of Education Goals:

    • All students will graduate prepared for college and careers, ready for civic engagement, and committed to lifelong learning.
    • All students will think critically and creatively, communicate in an inclusive manner, adapt as technology evolves, and persevere through setbacks and adversity.
    • All members of the school community will maintain a campus-wide environment that fosters safety, empathy, and wellness.

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Mrs. Holser and seconded by Ms. Flaherty to accept the resignation of Daniel Snowball, WHBI AIS Teacher, for retirement purposes, with sincere thanks and regret, effective 6/30/20.

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Mr. Mannix and seconded by Mrs. Holser to accept the resignation of Annette Wellington, QES Teaching Assistant, for retirement purposes, with sincere thanks and regret, effective 6/30/20.

    9 voting in favor

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

    Lesley Dalton

    Appointment: Four Year Probationary
    Assignment: QES School Psychologist
    Effective: 7/1/20–6/30/24
    Rate: L3 BA + MS + CAS + 69 graduate credits
    Tenure Area: School Psychologist
    Certification: School Psychologist, Provisional

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Dr. Shea to approve the probationary appointment of:

    Julie Totaro

    Appointment: Four Year Probationary
    Assignment: QMS Foreign Language Teacher
    Effective: 9/1/20–8/31/24
    Rate: L6
    Tenure Area: Foreign Language
    Certification: French 7-12, initial

    9 voting in favor

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

    Molly Weideman

    Appointment: Four Year Probationary
    Assignment: QES Special Education Language
    Effective: 9/1/20–8/31/24
    Rate: L1 BA + MA + 36 graduate credits
    Certification: Special Education, initial; Childhood Education 1-6, initial; Early Childhood Education B-2, initial

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Mr. Mannix and seconded by Mrs. Molloy to approve the long-term substitute teacher appointment of:

    Nicholas Weigand

    Assignment: QMS Technology Teacher Long-term Substitute
    Effective: 7/1/20–6/30/21
    Rate: L7 BS + MS Ed + 33 graduate credits
    Certification: Social Studies 7-12, professional; Technology Education, initial, pending

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Mrs. Holser and seconded by Mr. Mannix to approve the part-time appointment of:

    Shelby Backus

    Assignment: QES Art Teacher (0.6 FTE)
    Rate: L3 BA (prorated)
    Effective: 7/1/20 -6/30/21
    Certification: Visual Arts, initial

    9 voting in favor

    Motion by Ms. Flaherty and seconded by Mrs. Holser to approve the revised long-term substitute appointment of:

    Taylor Mueller

    Appointment: Long-term Substitute
    Assignment: High School Counselor
    Rate: Ll BA + MS + 48 graduate credits
    Effective: 2/27/20 – 7/31/20 (including 5 days in July)
    Certifications: School Counselor, Provisional

    9 voting in favor

    Educational consent items

    Motion by Mr. Scriver and seconded by Ms. Flaherty to approve the following Educational Consent Items:

    9 voting in favor

    Motion to accept the resignation of Molly Gordon, QES School Psychologist, effective 6/30/20.

    Motion to accept the resignation of Kristin Bergin, QHS Health Teacher, effective 6/30/20.

    Motion to approve the additional club/activity appointment for the 2019-2020 school year:

    WHBI Foreign Language Club – Sarah Campbell – D – $625

    Motion to approve the revised club/activity appointment for the 2019-2020 school year:

    QHS Literary Magazine – Seeing Blue – Kerri Bundy and Jacqueline Foster – C – $,1300 (split), $650 each

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

    QHS

    • Kerri Bundy – English – $4,000
    • Stephen Collins – Foreign Language – $4,000
    • Timothy Ciampa – Mathematics – $4,000
    • Marnie DeJohn – Science – $4,000
    • Kerry Rodriguez – Social Studies – $4,000
    • Jennifer Merkosky – Special Education – $4,000

    District

    • Benjamin Grieco – Occupational Education, Grades 6-12 – $4,000
    • Heather Palmer – Art, Grades K-12 – $4,000
    • Janelle Sipowicz – Guidance, Grades K-12 – $5,000

    QMS

    • Michelle Bennett – English – $4,000
    • Tia Schiavoni – Foreign Language – $4,000
    • Erin Greenwood – Mathematics – $4,000
    • Sandra Stewart – Science – $4,000
    • Cindy Bartlett-Murray – Social Studies – $4,000
    • Maureen Chevalier – Special Education – $4,000

    Motion to approve the following annual appointments:

    • IB Diploma Coordinator – Marnie DeJohn – $1,500 per year plus per diem rate for summer work
    • IB Diploma Programne, CAS Coordinator – Beth Dennett – $25 per hour
    • Mentor Coordinator – Kristine Springer – $2,500 per year
    • Chemical Hygiene Officer (CHO) – Sara Barsukoff – $1,500 per year
    • Global Scholars Designated School Official – Jennifer Roca – $5,000 per year
    • College Academy High School Internship Coordinator – Dawn Neyhart – $4,500 per year

    Motion to approve the following Elementary School Grade Level Leaders for the 2020-2021 school year:

    Elementary

    • Elissa Eichin – Kindergarten – $4,000
    • Jennifer Farnan – Grade 1 – $4,000
    • Robyn Magee – Grade 2 – $4,000
    • Debbie Hanson Grade 3 ELA (.5 FTE), Kathy Edwards Grade 3 Math (.5 FTE) – $4,000 (split)

    Motion to approve 2 days of summer work for Sandra Pollaro, McKinney-Vento Liaison, for the summer of 2020.

    Motion to approve the memorandum of agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and the Queensbury Faculty Association dated May 14, 2020.

    Motion to approve the appointment of Lindsay Becraft, 10 month QES Counselor, to work up to an additional 20 days per diem during the summer 2020.

    Motion to approve the unpaid leave of absence of Robin Crescente Q ES Teaching Assistant, effective 3/12/20 -6/30/20.

    Motion to approve the minutes of the 2019-2020 (5/20, 5/26, 5/27, 5/29) and the 2020 -2021 (04/24, 05/04, 05/06, 05/07, 05/08, 05/11, 05/12, 05/14, 05/15, 05/18, 05/19, 05/20, 05/21, 05/26, 05/27, 05/29) Committee on Special Education meetings and the minutes of the 2019-2020 -(5/8, 5/14) and the 2020-2021 – (4/24, 4/30, 5/8, 5/14, 5/22) Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings for the month of May 2020.

    Board committee reports

    Facilities Committee – Mr. Mannix and Mr. Weaver reported on the auditorium and security projects.

    Board member comments

    None

    Informational items

    • Tuesday, June 9 – School Budget Vote
    • Thursday, June 11 – Virtual Senior Scholarship Awards Ceremony – 6:30 p.m.
      Link not available
    • Monday, June 15 – Virtual Athletic Awards
      Link not available
    • Wednesday, June 17 – Virtual 7 Down, 6 to Go Celebration
    • Friday, June 19 -Virtual End of Year Program – 1 p.m.
    • Wednesday, June 24 – Virtual QMS Annual Awards Ceremony
      Location: QMS web page – Google Slideshow
    • Wednesday, June 24 – Virtual QMS Move-Up Ceremony – 7 p.m.
      Location: YouTube
    • Friday, June 26 – Graduation Location: TBD

    Executive session

    Motion by Mr. Scrivener and seconded by Mrs. Holser to enter into executive session pursuant to Section 108(3) of the Open Meetings Law to discuss attorney-client privileged matters which are confidential by State law and matters leading to the discipline of a particular person.

    9 voting in favor

    Adjournment

    Motion by Mr. Mannix and seconded by Mrs. Holser to exit executive session and adjourn the meeting at 9 p.m.

    9 voting in favor

    Respectfully submitted,

    Scott Whittemore
    Clerk of the Board