March 9, 2020 Meeting Minutes

The regular meeting of the Queensbury School Board of Education was held on March 9, 2020 in the High School Queensbury Room.

Call to order

Mrs. Holser called the meeting to order at 7 p.m.

The Pledge to the Flag was led by Mrs. Holser.

Members present

Board

  • Kathleen Holser, Vice President
  • Stacy Flaherty
  • Daniel Mannix, Esq.
  • Michael Shea, Ph.D.
  • Timothy Weaver
  • Amy Molloy
  • Joseph Scriver (arrived at 7:12 p.m.)

Administrators

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

Members absent

  • President Jill Borgos, Ph.D.
  • Patricia Belden

Others present

  • Assistant Superintendent for Instruction Denise Troelstra, High School Principal Damian Switzer, High School Assistant Principal Dan Hamm, High School Assistant Principal Andrew Snide, Middle School Principal Michael Brannigan, Middle School Assistant Principal Tiffany Montgomery, WHBI Principal Gwynne Cosh, WHBI Assistant Principal Amanda Denno, Elementary School Principal Jessica Rossetti, Director of Facilities and Operations Rob Chapman, Assistant Director of Facilities William O’Reilly, CSE Chairperson Robyn Scotland, Director of Student Support Services Kristine Bennett-Barnes, Director of Instructional Technology John Luthringer, Jon Dawes of Turner Construction, Greg Klokiw of CSArch, Debbie Hanson, Patricia Thompson, Elissa Eichin, Sara Coakley, Stacy Conway, Alex Berube, and other employees and community members.

Presentations

  • Infrastructure Project – Kyle Gannon, Rob Chapman
  • Budget Presentation – Scott Whittemore

Open forum

  • Stephen Smoller discussed his WSWHE BOCES Board of Education candidacy

Business items

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

Resolution dated March 9, 2020

Queensbury Union Free School District’s Board of Education SEQRA resolution regarding the 2020 infrastructure capital project

WHEREAS, the Board of Education has had the opportunity to review the 2020 Infrastructure Capital Project (hereinafter the “Project”) proposed for the Queensbury Union Free School District. This Project includes the following:

  1. Roof system replacements
  2. Exterior finish replacement
  3. Mechanical system upgrades and equipment replacement
  4. Pool facility upgrades
  5. Electrical system upgrades and equipment replacement
  6. Plumbing system upgrades and equipment replacement
  7. Hazardous material abatement
  8. Interior finish material replacement
  9. Site irrigation system expansion and upgrade
  10. Playground equipment replacement
  11. Bus lift replacement
  12. Extensions to Intermediate School and Transportation Building for storage
  13. Purchasing and installation of additional cameras, building access control systems, and public address systems
  14. Classroom renovation

WHEREAS, the Board of Education has had an opportunity to review the Project 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, pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 617.5(c)(2), and (10), the Board of Education hereby declares that this Project be classified as a Type II Action under SEQRA because it consists of routine activities of an educational institution, including expansion of existing facilities by less than 10,000 square feet of gross floor area, or is a replacement, rehabilitation or reconstruction of a structure or facility, in kind, and it is therefore exempt from SEQRA.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Roll Call:

  • Stacy Flaherty Yes 
  • Kathleen Helser Yes
  • Daniel Mannix Yes
  • Amy Molloy Yes
  • Joseph Scriver Yes
  • Michael Shea Yes
  • Timothy Weaver Yes
  • Patricia Belden Absent
  • Jill Borgos Absent

Motion by Mr. Mannix, seconded by Dr. Shea to approve the following resolution:

Resolution dated March 9, 2020

Queensbury Union Free School District’s Board of Education SEQRA resolution regarding the 2020 capital project involving the security and public address systems and designing and purchasing of furniture at the middle school.

WHEREAS, the Board of Education has had the opportunity to review the 2020 Capital Project (hereinafter the “Project”) proposed for the Queensbury Union Free School District. This Project includes the following:

  1. Purchase and installation of additional security cameras and building access control systems at the Middle School and replacement of the public address system at the Middle School
  2. The design and purchase of furniture at the Middle School

WHEREAS, the Board of Education has had an opportunity to review the Project 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, pursuant to 6 NYCRR Part 617.5(c)(2), (9), and (10), the Board of Education hereby declares that this Project be classified as a Type II Action under SEQRA because it consists of routine activities of an educational institution, is a replacement, rehabilitation or reconstruction of a structure or facility, in kind, on the same site, and includes construction involving less than 4,000 square feet, and it is therefore exempt from SEQRA.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Roll Call:

  • Stacy Flaherty Yes
  • Kathleen Helser Yes
  • Daniel Mannix Yes
  • Amy Molloy Yes
  • Joseph Scriver Yes
  • Michael Shea Yes
  • Timothy Weaver Yes
  • Patricia Belden Absent
  • Jill Borgos Absent

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

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that a Budget Hearing of all those qualified to vote in the Queensbury Union Free School District, in the Town of Queensbury, Warren County, New York will be held on May 11, 2020 at the Queensbury High School School, 409 Aviation Road, Town of Queensbury, Warren County New York at 6:30 p.m. E.D.S.T.

AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the Annual Meeting for the purpose of a vote of all those qualified to vote at School District meetings in said District will be held at the Queensbury Elementary School, 431 Aviation Road, in the Town of Queensbury, New York in said School District, on the 19th day of May 2020, and the polls will be open from 10 a.m. until 8:30 p.m., E.D.S.T.

At such time on May 19, 2020, the voters of the District will vote upon the following matters:

  1. Proposition #1 – Annual budget
  2. Proposition #2 – School Bus Purchases
  3. Proposition #3 – 2020 Infrastructure Capital Project

Shall the following resolution be adopted:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Queensbury Union Free School District is hereby authorized to purchase four (4) 72-passenger school bus at a total cost not to exceed $533,000 and that the sum of $533,000 or such thereof as may be necessary shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and collected in annual installments as provided by the Education Law and the Local Finance Law, and in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District shall be issued.

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Queensbury Union Free School District, Warren County, New York, is hereby authorized to engage in construction, reconstruction, and alterations to the School District’s Elementary School Building, William H. Barton Intermediate School Building, including an extension for storage, Queensbury Middle School Building, Queensbury High School Building, Queensbury Transportation Building, including an extension for storage, and Queensbury Administration Building, and to engage in related site work on School District property, and to acquire original furnishings, equipment, or apparatus required for the purpose for which the School District buildings are intended to be used in said School District, and to purchase and install additional cameras, building access control systems, and public address systems in the buildings (the “2020 Infrastructure Capital Project”), at a total cost not to exceed $14,980,000 and that the sum of $14,980,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and collected in annual installments as provided by Section 416 of the Education Law, and, in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District shall be issued.

Annual election to the Board of Education

AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that a copy of the statement of the amount of money which will be required for the ensuing year for school purposes, exclusive of public monies, may be obtained by any taxpayer in the District during the fourteen (14) days immediately preceding the annual meeting, except Saturday, Sunday or holidays at the following school location, in which school is maintained during the hours of designated: Queensbury School Administration Center, 429 Aviation Road, Queensbury, New York, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. E.D.S.T.

AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the petitions nominating candidates for the office of member of the Board of Education must be filed with the Clerk of the District no later than the thirtieth (30th) day preceding the election at which the candidates so nominated are to be elected.

The following vacancies are to be filled on the Board of Education:

  • 1 Term – Five years – Name of last incumbent – Jill Borgos, Ph.D.
  • 1 Term – Five years – Name of last incumbent – Joseph Scriver

Each petition must be directed to the Clerk of the District, must be signed by at least twenty-five (25) qualified votes of the District, and must state the name and residence of the candidate.

AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the application for absentee ballots for election of members of the Board of Education may be applied for at the office of the Clerk of the District, and that a list of all persons to whom absentee ballots shall have been issued will be available in the said office of the Clerk on each of the five (5) days prior to the day of election, except Saturday, Sunday or holidays, and that such list will also be posted at the polling place at the election of members of the Board of Education.

AND NOTICE IS ALSO GIVEN that the District Board of Registration shall meet to prepare the register of the District in the High School on May 11, 2020 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. E.D.S.T., and that any person shall be entitled to have his/her name placed upon such register, provided that at such meeting of the Board of Registration, he/she is know or proven to the satisfaction of such Board of Registration to be then or thereafter entitled to vote at this election and that the register prepared pursuant to Section 2014 of the Education Law will be filed in the office of the Clerk of the District and that such register will be open for inspection by any qualified voter of the district during the five (5) days immediately preceding the election, except Saturday, Sunday or holidays, and on the day of the election between the hours of 8 a.m. and 4 p.m., E.D.S.T.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Roll Call:

  • Stacy Flaherty Yes
  • Kathleen Helser Yes
  • Daniel Mannix Yes
  • Amy Molloy Yes
  • Joseph Scriver Yes
  • Michael Shea Yes
  • Timothy Weaver Yes
  • Patricia Belden Absent
  • Jill Borgos Absent

Motion by Mr. Scriver, seconded by Dr. Shea to approve the candidate, Mr. Stephen Smeller, for the WSWHE Board of Education.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Motion by Mrs. Molloy, seconded by Mrs. Flaherty to accept the resignation of Kathleen Williams for retirement purposes, with sincere appreciation and regret, effective 7/1/20.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Business consent items

Motion by Mr. Mannix, seconded by Mr. Scriver to approve the following Business Consent items:

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Motion to approve the minutes of the February 10, 2020 Board of Education meeting.

Motion to accept the Treasurer’s Report for the month of January 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 February 2020.

Motion to accept the following Warrants for the month of February 2020:

  • General Fund – February Warrant – $2,700,368.36
  • Federal Fund – February Warrant – $7,060.06
  • School Lunch Fund – February Warrant – $106,051.84
  • 2016 Ref Capital Fund – February Warrant – $139,784.46
  • HS Auditorium Project – February Warrant – $7,700

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

Motion to approve the transfer of $5,000 to the Wellness Committee from General Fund A9010-800-00-00.

Motion to accept a gift of a 1926 Refurbished Steinway, Model C, Grand Piano, from the Dake Family Foundations, with a value of $85,000, with sincere thanks and appreciation.

Motion to approve the recycling of a Steinway Model B Piano, Asset tag #003651.

Motion to approve the contract with Saratoga Springs City Schools to provide health and welfare services to students (currently 7 students) who live in the Queensbury School District and attend schools in the Saratoga Springs City School District, effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

Motion to approve the additional maintenance costs for the LaSalle School for Boys effective for the period of 7/1/19 – 8/31/20.

Motion to approve the consultant contract between Queensbury Union Free School District and Dr. Gina Cosgrove to provide evaluation services for Queensbury students effective 9/5/19 – 6/30/20.

Motion to approve the service with Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES to provide copiers to the Queensbury Union Free School District:

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of the Queensbury Union Free School District desires to authorize the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES to enter into a five year lease for copiers in order to furnish certain services to the District pursuant to Education Law 1950(4)Oj), those services being: CoSer 504 Instructional Technology Services.

NOW, THEREFORE, it is RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Queensbury Union Free School District authorizes the Washington-Saratoga-Warren-Hamilton-Essex BOCES to lease, on the District’s behalf, for the provision of said services to the District not to exceed $35,120.25 plus related borrowing fees, plus yearly support and coordination fees during the term of this lease, subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Education, for a period of five year(s); 2019-20, 2020-21, 2021-22, 2022-23, 2023-24.

Motion to accept the following support staff resignations:

  • Karen Eppedico, Driver Aide, effective 2/23/20
  • William Bucci, Bus Driver, effective 3/2/20

Motion to approve the appointment of Karen Eppedico, (district assigned to QES) Teacher Aide, Step 9, effective 2/24/20.

Motion to approve the following substitute support staff appointments:

  • Frederick Paulsen, Substitute Cleaner, $12.86 per hour, effective 2/6/20
  • William Bucci, Substitute Bus Driver, $22.00 per hour, effective 5/1/20

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

  • Robert Aubrey, Cleaner, effective 2/1 /20 – 2/23/20
  • Yuliana Cummings, School Controller/Business Office Supervisor, effective 2/4/20 – 3/10/20
  • Eileen Riebow, Driver Aide, effective 2/11/20
  • Michelle Maynard, Cleaner, effective 3/28/20 (½ day)
  • Jennie Eichler, QMS Teacher Aide, effective 3/20/20 – 3/23/20

End of business consent items

Educational items

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty, seconded by Mr. Mannix to approve the following probationary appointment:

John Lantz

Appointment: Four Year Probationary
Assignment: WHBI Special Education Teacher
Rate: L 1 BA + MS + 45 graduate credits (prorated)
Effective: 2/25/20 – 2/24/24
Tenure Area: Special Education
Certifications: Students with Disabilities, 1-6, Initial

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Motion by Mrs. Molloy, seconded by Mr. Scriver to approve the following long-term substitute appointment:

Taylor Mueller

Appointment: Long-term substitute
Assignment: High School Counselor
Rate: L 1 BA + MS + 48 graduate credits
Effective: 2/27/20 – 6/30/20
Certifications: School Counselor, Provisional

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Educational consent items

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty, seconded by Dr. Shea to approve the following Educational Consent Items:

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Motion to approve the substitute appointment of Hannah Saroff, QHS Substitute Teacher, effective 1/21/20.

Motion to accept the resignation of Emily Pearce, QMS French Teacher, effective 4/1/20.

Motion to approve the following revision to the clubs/activities for the 2019-2020 school year:

  • Middle School Science Club
    Advisor: Erin Williams
    Compensation: D – $625

Motion to approve the following additional spring coaching appointments:

  • Tyler Beecher – Asst. Baseball – Group II – Level 1
  • Frank Miller – Mod. Boys Lacrosse – Group IV – Level 6

Motion to approve the following unpaid leave of absences:

  • Molly Myers, QES Special Education Teacher, effective 1/30/20
  • Robin Crescente, QES Teaching Assistant, effective 2/1/20 – 3/20/20
  • Laura Cunningham, QMS Special Education Teacher, effective 2/24/20
  • Elizabeth Daley, QHS Special Education Teacher, effective 3/20/20 – 3/23/20

Motion to approve the following unpaid leave of absences:

  • Christine LaFrance, AIS Teacher, 0.5 FTE, effective 2020-2021 school year
  • Christine Murray, AIS Teacher, 0.5 FTE, effective 2020-2021 school year

Motion to approve the amendment to APPR Plan which was approved on February 27, 2020.

Motion to approve the following policies as reviewed:

  • 2110 – School Board Powers and Duties
  • 2110R – School Board Powers and Duties Regulation
  • 2110.1 – School Board Access to Information and Reports
  • 2111 – Board Member Authority
  • 2111.1 – Board Member School Visits
  • 2120 – School Board Elections
  • 2160 – School District Officer and Employee Code of Ethics
  • 2170 – Board Member Conflict of Interest
  • 2240 – Board-Superintendent Relationship
  • 2250 – Board Committees
  • 2330 – Executive Sessions
  • 2340 – Notice of Meetings
  • 2342 – Agenda, Preparation, and Dissemination
  • 2360 – Minutes
  • 2382 – Broadcasting and Taping of Board Meetings
  • 2390 – Board Hearings
  • 2400 – Board Policy Development
  • 2410 – Formulation, Adoption, and Amendment of Policies
  • 2510 – Orienting New Board Members
  • 2520 – Board Member Training
  • 2521 – Attendance by Board Members at Conferences, Conventions, Workshops

Motion to approve the following policies and exhibits as revised:

  • 1741- Home-Schooled Students
  • 4526-E.2 – Employee Access Release and Authorization form

Motion to accept the minutes of the 2019- 2020 (11/19/18, 3/18/19, 4/8/19, 12/3/19, 2/10/20, 2/12/20, 2/13/20, 2/24/20, 2/27/20, 2/28/20, 3/4/20) and the 2020-2021 (2/12/20, 2/24/20, 2/25/20, 2/27/20, 2/28/20) Committee on Special Education meetings and the minutes of the 2019-2020 – (2/10/20, 2/18/20, 2/21/20, 2/25/20, 2/28/20) Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings for the month of February 2020.

End educational consent items

Board committee reports

Facilities Committee: Mr. Mannix reported out on the tour of campus and the need for the capital project. Mr. Weaver commented on need and timing of the capital project.

Board member comments

  • Mr. Mannix questioned if the trip to Europe was postponed. Mr. Gannon confirmed the decision today. Nine students.
  • Mr. Gannon publicly thanked Dake Family Foundations for the donation of a piano.

Open forum

None

Informational items

  • Tuesday, March 10 – QMS Jazz Ensemble Concert – 7 p.m.
    Location: Middle School RFI Gymnasium
  • Wednesday, March 11 – WHBI Drama Club – 7 p.m.
    Location: Elementary School Stage
  • Wednesday, March 11 – Senior Citizen’s Dinner and a Show – 5 p.m.
    Location: High School Cafeteria and Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 12 – NYSSBA’s Meet & Mingle – 6 p.m.
    Location: The Barnsider, 480 Sand Creek Road, Albany
  • Thursday, March 12 – High School Musical – “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” – 7 p.m.
    Location: High School Auditorium
  • Friday, March 13 – School Related Services Recognition Day
  • Friday, March 13 – High School Musical – “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” – 7 p.m.
    Location: High School Auditorium
  • Saturday, March 14 – High School Musical – “You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown” – 2 p.m.
    Location: High School Auditorium
  • Tuesday, March 17 – QHS Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Mixed Chorus – 7 p.m.
    Location: High School Auditorium
  • Wednesday, March 18 – QHS National Honor Society Induction Ceremony for Juniors – 7 p.m.
    Location: High School Auditorium
  • Thursday, March 19 – Adirondack Area School Boards Dinner Meeting – 6 p.m. Social; 6:30 p.m. Dinner, Musical entertainment by OMS Jazz Band
    Location: Queensbury Hotel
  • Monday, March 23 – Board of Education Budget Workshop – 7 p.m.
    Location: High School Queensbury Room

Executive session

Motion by Mr. Scriver, seconded by Dr. Shea to enter into executive session at 7:38 p.m. to discuss the employment of a particular person.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty, seconded by Dr. Shea to exit executive session and adjourn the meeting at 7:41 p.m.

7 voting in favor, 2 absent (Dr. Borgos and Mrs. Belden)

Respectfully submitted,

Scott Whittemore
Clerk of the Board