Nov. 9, 2020 Meeting Minutes

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

Call to order

President Mannix called the meeting to order at 7 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 (virtual), Kathleen Holser, Patricia Belden (virtual), Michael Shea, Ph.D. (virtual), Joseph Scriver (virtual), Superintendent of Schools Kyle L. Gannon, Clerk of the Board Scott Whittemore

Members absent

Francis Cabana

Presentations

  • K-5 Student Presentation – Kristin Bergin and Amanda Denno
  • International Baccalaureate Presentation – Marnie DeJohn and Damian Switzer

Business items

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes and schedules a public hearing regarding the proposed change to the Smart Schools Investment Plan for Monday, December 14, 2020, at 7:00 p.m. in the Queensbury Room at the high school, 409 Aviation Road, Queensbury, New York, at which time the Board of Education will hear public comment on the proposed changes to the Smart Schools Investment Plan, and in anticipation of the public hearing, the District will hold an information meeting for the public on November 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. in the Queensbury Room at the high school, 409 Aviation Road, Queensbury, New York, at which time the changes to the Smart Schools Investment Plan will be explained.

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mr. Cabana)

Motion by Mrs. Holser, seconded by Mrs. Belden to accept the Financial Statements and Independent Auditor’s Report and Extra-classroom Activity Fund Report for the year ended June 30, 2020.

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mr. Cabana)

Business consent items

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

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mr. Cabana)

Motion to approve the minutes of the Board of Education Special meeting held on September 28, 2020 and the minutes’ of the Board of Education meeting held on October 13, 2020.

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

Motion to approve the following warrants for the month of October 2020:

  • General Fund – October Warrant – $2,630,233.38
  • Federal Fund – October Warrant – $ 191,259.82
  • School Lunch Fund – October Warrant – $ 82,280.12
  • 2016 Ref. Capital Fund – October Warrant – $ 175,660.05
  • 2016 Ref. Cap. Fund (2) – October Warrant – $ 6,170.00
  • HS Auditorium Project – October Warrant – $ 217,260.38
  • Security and Safety Project – October Warrant – $ 9,568.40
  • MS Crawl Space Project – October Warrant – $ 38,628.00
  • HS Serving Line Project – October Warrant – $ 460.00
  • HS Boiler Project – October Warrant – $ 116,556.00
  • Medicare B Retirees – October Warrant – $ 1,012.20

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

Motion to accept the gift from Price Chopper of $750 for the snack pack program with sincere appreciation.

Motion to accept the gift from the Glens Falls Foundation of $2,500 for the snack pack program with sincere appreciation.

Motion to accept the gift of a digital piano, at a value of $1,000, for the music department from Tracy Sturtevant, with sincere appreciation.

Motion to approve the proposals with CSArch for services related to the abatement of asbestos containing materials and remediation of mold at the Queensbury Middle School at the cost of $12,500 and the proposal for engineering and architectural services related to the boiler replacement project at the Queensbury High School at the cost of $32,000.

Motion to approve an agreement between Queensbury Union Free School District and St. Catherine’s Center for Children to provide educational services effective 7/10/20 – 8/31/20.

Motion to approve an agreement with Learn Well Education to provide tutoring services for students who are hospitalized, at the rate of $60 per hour, effective 2020 – 2021 school year.

Motion to approve the memorandum of agreement between the Queensbury Union Free School District and the Queensbury Educational Support Staff Association dated October 22, 2020.

Motion to approve an agreement with the Center for Disability Services, Inc., to provide mail fulfillment services for Queensbury Union Free School District effective 9/8/20 – 9/7 /21.

Motion to approve the following support staff resignations:

  • Lisa Knizek, Cleaner, effective 11/1/20
  • William McGivney, Cleaner, effective 11/1/20
  • Matthew Porto, Cleaner, effective 11/ 1/20
  • Daniel Zander, Cleaner, effective 1/4/21

Motion to approve the following support staff probationary appointments:

  • Karina Lundy, Teacher Aide (District, assigned to QES), Step 3, effective 10/19/20
  • Nancy Bruce, Teacher Aide, (District, assigned to QES). Step 3, effective 10/26/20
  • Allen Kawa, Bus Driver, Step 1, effective 10/28/20
  • 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:

  • Casey Kordziel, Substitute Cleaner, $12.98 per hour, effective 10/26/20
  • Robert Fagle, Substitute Cleaner, $12. 98 per hour, effective 11/12/20
  • Daniel Zander, Substitute Cleaner, $12.98 per hour, effective 1/5/21

Motion to approve the appointment of Cheryl Dalton, Transportation Consultant/Mentor, $55.00 per hour, effective 11/1/20 – 2/1/21 for up to 8 hours per week.

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

  • Pamela Boller, School Monitor, effective 10/16/20 (5.5 hours) – 11/2/20.
  • Kevin Kosach, Bus Driver, effective 10/5 -10/9 (½ days), 10/13-10/16 and 10/20 – 10/27/20

End of business consent

Educational items

Motion by Mrs. Flaherty, seconded by Mrs. Belden to accept the resignation of Clare Rainwater, AIS Teacher, for retirement purposes, with sincere appreciation and regret, effective 7/1/21.

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mr. Cabana)

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

Ellen Manor

  • Assignment: WHBI Art Teacher Long-term substitute
  • Rate: LI BA+ MA+ 30 graduate credits (prorated)
  • Effective: 10/19/20 – 11/30/20
  • Certification: Art, Permanent

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mr. Cabana)

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

Megan Gebo

  • Assignment: Teaching Assistant (District, assigned to QES)
  • Appointment: Four Year Probationary
  • Rate: Step 3
  • Effective: 10/29/20 – 10/28/24
  • Tenure Area: Teaching Assistant
  • Certification: Teaching Assistant, Level I

8 voting in favor, 1 absent (Mr. Cabana)

Educational consent items

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

Motion to approve the revised appointment of Shelby Backus, QES Art Teacher, effective 9/1/20 –  11/30/20.

Motion to approve the substitute appointment of Megan Gebo, Teaching Assistant, $12.50 per hour, effective 10/26/20.

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

QMS

  • Battle of the Books: Noelle Adamczyk C – $1,400
  • QMS Student Ambassadors
    • Marianne Seelye C – $1,400
    • Amy Van Vranken C – $1,400

WHBI

  • Running Club D – $700 (split)
    • Dean Williams D-$350
    • Annette Carpenter D-$350
  • Battle of the Books: Alica Fazio C – $1,400

QES

  • Battle of the Books: Sara Oliver C- $1,400

Motion to approve the revised mentoring appointments for the 2020-2021 school year:

  • Jennifer Spath: 9/1/20 – 11/30/20 (.25 FTE)
  • Alicia Fazio: 9/1/20 – 11/30/20 (.25 FTE)

Motion to approve the appointment of Robert Jones as Opioid Overdose Prevention Program Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year.

Motion to approve the following policy and regulation as revised:

  • 8121.1 – Opioid Overdose Policy
  • 8121. lR – Opioid Overdose Prevention Regulation

Motion to approve the minutes of the 2020-2021 (9/24, 9/29, 10/7, 10/8, 10/13, 10/15, 10/16, 10/19, 10/21, 10/26, 10/27, 10/30, 11/2, 11/4) Committee on Special Education meetings and the minutes of the 2020-2021 (9/15, 10/9, 10/16, 10/26, 10/30) Committee on Preschool Special Education meetings for the month of October 2020.

End educational consent items

Board committee reports

None

Board member comments

None

Informational items

  • Wednesday, Nov. 11 – Veteran’s Day – No School
  • Thursday, Nov. 12 – K-6 Parent/Teacher conferences – ½ staff conference day
  • Friday, Nov. 13 – Districtwide Emergency Early Release Day
  • Friday, Nov. 13 – End of First Marking period
  • Friday, Nov. 13 – K-6 Parent/Teacher conferences – ½ staff conference day
  • Monday, Nov. 16 – K-5 Parent/Teacher conferences – ½ staff conference day
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 – School Related Professionals Day
  • Tuesday, Nov. 17 – Virtual Sophomore Parents Night-Crossroads in Decision Making -6:30 p.m.
  • Friday, Nov. 20 – Report Cards Issued
  • Monday, Nov. 23 – K-5 Parent Teacher Conferences – ½ staff conference day
  • Monday, Nov. 23 -Board of Education Workshop- 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: Queensbury Room at the high school
  • Wednesday, Nov. 25 – Friday, November 27 -Thanksgiving Recess – No School
  • Monday, Dec. 7 -Friday, December 18 -QMS Student Council Food Drive
  • Monday, Dec. 14 – Board of Education Meeting – 7 :00 p.m.
    • Location: Queensbury Room at the high school
  • Wednesday, Dec. 23 – Winter Recess begins
  • Monday, Jan. 4- Classes resume

Executive session

Motion by Mr. Scriver, seconded by Mr. Weaver to adjourn the meeting at 7:50 p.m. and enter into executive session pursuant to 1083 of the Open Meeting Law Attorney Client Privilege.

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

Motion by Mrs. Holser, seconded by Mr. Scriver to exit executive session and adjourn the meeting at 8:35 p.m.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Scott Whittemore
Clerk of the Board