Brunswick Central Schools

September 9, 2004

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

 

MEETING                               Date:               September 9, 2004

                                                Place:              Secondary School Library

                                                Presiding:        Debora DuJack, President

 

ASSEMBLAGE                      Members Present:                Members Not Present:

                                                T. Abate

P. Daley

                                                D. DuJack

                                                K. Jandali

                                                                                                R. McCaffrey

                                                K. McGrath

                                                J. Meehan

                                                                                                P. Murdoch

                                                R. Schmidt

 

                                                Also Present:             Dr. Teresa Thayer Snyder, Superintendent of Schools

                                                                                    Robin L. Samiof, Exec. Asst. to the Superintendent & BOE

 

Call To Order

Flag Salute                            President DuJack called the meeting to order at 8:06 P.M. and began the meeting with the salute to the flag.

 

 

Approval of                            1 – Mr. Abate                         2 – Mrs. McGrath

Minutes                                  The Board of Education hereby approved the Minutes from the Regular Board of Education meeting of the Board of Education held on August 24, 2004.

                                                7 – Yes                                   Motion Carried

 

 

Public Comments                 Mr. & Mrs. Coonradt spoke on behalf of the daughter, Amy, requesting that she be given special consideration in receiving a parking permit due to the fact that she plays sports and has a job.  Mrs. DuJack and Supt. Snyder explained that Board policy is that senior students get first privilege and told them that Mr. Rockwell would be in touch with them on Friday, September 10, 2004.

 

 

Superintendent’s

Report                  Opening Day Report

Dr. Snyder reported that opening day for students went very smoothly.  The atmosphere was pleasant, students seemed eager and it was an overall enjoyable experience.  Dr. Snyder told the Board that teachers are back on lunchroom duty in the high school level cafeteria and this seems to make a significant difference in behavior so far.

 

Substitute Teacher Rate of Pay

Dr. Snyder reported the financial impact of raising sub teacher rates of pay and suggested that the Board consider the increase.  The Board agreed that the pay rate should be increased and a resolution was passed as follows:


 

 

 

Substitute Teacher              1 – Mr. Meehan                     2 – Mr. Abate

Pay Rate Increase                The following resolution was adopted by the Board:

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approve an increase in the substitute teacher rate of pay to be effective September 13, 2004 as follows:

 

Non-Certified Substitute Teachers:    Increase from $55 per day to $63 per day

Certified Substitute Teachers:            Increase from $70 per day to $77 per day

                                                7 – Yes                                   Motion Carried

 

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S

RECOMMENDATIONS

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Federal Funding                   1 – Mrs. McGrath                  2 – Mr. Meehan        

The Board of Education passed the following resolution to be sent to our Senators, Congressman and the President of the US for action:

 

WHEREAS, student enrollment is increasing in record numbers nationwide and in the Brunswick Central School District; and

 

WHEREAS, the federal share of special education funding is only 19 percent of the promised 40 percent; and

 

WHEREAS, the appropriated levels for Title I are far below the cost of the federal mandates; and

 

WHEREAS, for every dollar not provided by the federal government for Title I and IDEA, both of which have committed funding levels far higher than federal appropriations, are forcing local schools to compensate for this funding shortfall; and

 

WHEREAS, Congress needs to be aware that local school and property tax levies are being raised to accommodate for this federal funding shortfall – essentially amounting to a federal tax on education; and

 

WHEREAS, it is the intent of this school board to ensure the community understands that federal shortfalls are leading to local tax increases; therefore

 

BE IT RESOLVED, that Congress provide at least a $4.7 billion increase in public education funding for fiscal year 2005 for both Title I and IDEA; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that Senators Clinton and Schumer and Representative Sweeney support this increase.

 

                                    7 – Yes                                   Motion Carried


 

Addendum Item

Disposal of Obsolete                       1 – Mrs. McGrath                  2 – Mrs. Jandali

Textbooks                                         The Board of Education approved the disposal of the following obsolete textbooks as outlined in the following list:

                                                                                   

Title

Published

# of Copies

The Human Adventure

1976

36

Speech in Action

1965

42

Exploring World History

1988

75

Exploring the Non-Western World

1988

34

Outlooks Through Literature

1974

30

Adventures in Fiction

1964

140

Warriners’ Advanced Composition

1968

60

Problems of Democracy

1974

53

Readings in World History

1970

22

Adventures for Readers

1968

45

World History

1996

32

Global Geography

1986

20

Reflections in Literature

1976

36

Elements of Modern Algebra

1968

19

Introduction to Mathematics

1964

13

Contemporary Algebra

1963

36

Advanced Mathematics

1978

23

Houghton Mifflin United Mathematics

?

6

 

                                                7 – Yes                                   Motion Carried

 

 

 

PERSONELL

                                                                        BY CONSENT

Resignation                                       1 – Mr. Abate             2 – Mrs. McGrath

Kevin Sheremeta,

Special Education Teacher    The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, accepted the resignation of Mr. Kevin Sheremeta from his position as a Special Education teacher in the Brunswick Central School District effective August 31, 2004.

Resignation

Annette Griffin,

Teacher Assistant                   The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, accepted the resignation of Ms. Annette Griffin from her position as a Teacher Assistant in the Brunswick Central School District effective August 9, 2004.

ADDENDUM ITEM

Resignation

Douglas Fraioli, Asst.

Modified Football Coach         The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, accepted the resignation of Mr. Douglas Fraioli from his position as Assistant Modified Football Coach for the 2004-05 school year effective immediately.

 

                                                                        END OF CONSENT

                                                            7 – Yes                       Motions Carried

 

 

 

BY CONSENT

1 – Mr. Abate             2 – Mrs. McGrath

Appointment

Mark Spitzer,

Art Teacher               The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, and pursuant to Education Law and in compliance with Part 30.3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents and contingent upon Part 87 Commissioner of Education Regulations on fingerprinting clearance requirements, approved a probationary appointment to Mr. Mark Spitzer as an Art Teacher in the tenure area of Art effective September 1, 2004.  Mr. Spitzer holds a valid  NYS Certificate in Art, and shall be hired with a probationary period to begin on September 1, 2004 and extend through August 31, 2007. During his first year of employ, Mr. Spitzer shall be remunerated at Masters, Step 4: $38,343.

Appointment

Coaching Positions  The Board of Education approved the appointment of the following individuals as 2004-05 sports coaches contingent upon Part 87 Commissioner of Education Regulations of fingerprinting clearance requirements:

 

                                                Sport                                       Coach

                                                Modified Football                     Brian Fox

                                                Asst. Modified Football            Kyle Harbinger

 

Appointment

Volunteer Assistant

Coaches                     The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent and contingent upon Part 87 of the Commissioner of Education Regulations on fingerprinting clearance requirements, approved the appointment of the following individuals as volunteer assistant coaches with the following sports programs:

 

                                    Coach                                     Sport

                                    Andrew Sims                         Volunteer Assistant Football Coach

                                    Shawn Matazinsky                  Volunteer Assistant Football Coach

 

Appointment

Mentor

Appointment              The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, approved the following individual as a mentor in the Brunswick Central School District as indicated.  Remuneration shall be per the contract currently in effect between the District and BTA.

                                   

                                    Name                          Period of Time

                                    Mary Beth Becker       Full year

 

Appointment

Substitute Position  The Board of Education approved the appointment of the following individual as a Substitute in the indicated area with the Brunswick Central School District contingent upon Part 87 Commissioner of Education Regulations on fingerprinting clearance requirements.

 

Name

               Erika Van Zandt                       Non-Certified Sub Teacher @ $55 per day

 

 

 

Appointment

Teacher Assistant –

10th Period                 The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, approved the appointment of the following individuals as Teacher Assistants for the 10th Period (after school detention) in the Brunswick Central School District.  Remuneration shall be per the contract currently in effect between the District and BTA.

 

                                                            Cecelia Thomas                     Victoria Russell

Appointment

Nancy Collins,

Teacher Assistant    The Board of Education approved Nancy Collins as Teacher Assistant effective September 8, 2004.  This position shall have a three-year probationary period to extend from September 8, 2004 through August 31, 2007.  Remuneration shall be per the contract currently in effect between the District and the BTA – Level 5.

 

Appointment

Judith Anderson,

Teacher Assistant    The Board of Education approved Judith Anderson as Teacher Assistant effective September 8, 2004.  This position shall have a three-year probationary period to extend from September 8, 2004 through August 31, 2007.  Remuneration shall be per the contract currently in effect between the District and the BTA – Level 2.

 

END OF CONSENT

7 – Yes                                   Motions Carried

 

 

Appointment

Nikki A. Cooke,

Special Education                1 – Mrs. McGrath                  2 – Mr. Abate

Teacher                     The Board of Education of the Brunswick Central School District pursuant to Education Law and in compliance with Part 30.3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents, Law, approved a probationary appointment to Nikki A. Cooke as a Special Education teacher, effective no later than thirty days from September 9, 2004, contingent upon Part 87 Commissioner of Education Regulations on fingerprinting clearance requirements. Ms. Cooke holds a valid NYS certification in Special Education.  Ms. Cooke’s probationary period shall extend from October 1, 2004 to September 30, 2007. This position is available due to the resignation of Mr. Kevin Sheremeta.  Ms. Cooke shall be remunerated at Masters Step 4: $ 38,343, prorated from the date she begins.

                                                7 – Yes                                   Motion Carried

 

 

BUSINESS/FINANCE

 

Financial Reports                 1 – Mr. Schmidt                     2 – Mr. Abate

                                    The Board of Education accepted the Budget Report dated August 31, 2004, the Budget Transfer Report Over $10,000 dated August 30, 2004, the Final 2003/2004 Transfer report Over $10,000 for Board Approval dated August 30, 2004 and the Final 2003/2004 Transfer Report Under $10,000 for Board Information dated August 24, 2004.

                                                 7- Yes                                                Motion Carried


 

                       

Board Discussion     President DuJack read a note of “thank you” from the Brittonkill Teachers’ Association for the Opening Day BBQ sponsored by the Board of Education and administration on the opening day of school.  The Teachers’ Association presented the Board members with paper pads and pens with the new Association logo.

 

                                    President DuJack read a letter of solicitation from the Town of Brunswick requesting a liaison from the Board to help plan the Bicentennial celebration for the Town of Brunswick to be held in 2007.  Mrs. DuJack asked the Board members to consider serving on this committee and let Robin Samiof know of any interest.

 

                                    Member James Meehan suggested that the Board pay close attention to the minutes of the Town of Brunswick Planning committee to be aware of upcoming developments and businesses that will affect the District.

 

                                    Member McGrath mentioned that the Berkshire Bird Paradise is open and a good place for students to go on field trips.

 

Public Comments           None

 

 

 

Motion To Adjourn               1 – Mrs. Jandali                     2 – Mr. Abate

                                                The Board of Education adjourned at 9:30 PM.

                                                7 – Yes                                   Motion Carried

 

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