Brunswick Central Schools

Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

 

MEETING                                Date:               October 20, 2005

                                                Place:              Secondary School Library

                                                Presiding:        Debora DuJack, President

 

ASSEMBLAGE                       Members Present:                Members Not Present:

                                                T. Abate

P. Daley

                                                D. DuJack

                                                K. Jandali

                                                N. LaRocque

                                                R. McCaffrey

                                                K. McGrath

                                                                                                J. Meehan

                                                                                                P. Murdoch                                                     

 

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

                                                                                    Gail Lathrop, District Clerk

                                                                                    Maria Lewis, Secretary to the Board of Education

EXECUTIVE SESSION

                                          1 – Mrs. Jandali                 2 – Mrs. LaRocque     

The Board of Education entered into Executive Session at 7:00 pm. in accordance with the Open Meeting Law, Chapter 5111, Article 7 and Subdivision E&F of the Laws of 1977 and Formal Opinion of Council No.239, Paragraph B to discuss the following checked item(s):

 

 

proposed, pending or current litigation;

 

collective negotiations under the Taylor Law;

 

the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation;

 

matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion,

 

discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation;

 

the proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property;

X

other [specify]   Private personnel information with the Board

 

                                                            7          Yes                  Motion Carried

 

CALL TO ORDER

FLAG SALUTE            President DuJack called the public meeting to order at 8:09 PM. and began the meeting with the salute to the flag.

                                   

BY CONSENT

1 – Mr. Abate                           2 – Mr. McCaffrey      

APPROVAL OF          

MINUTES                    The Board of Education hereby approved the Minutes from the October 6, 2005 Regular Board of Education meeting.

ADDENDUM 1

APPROVAL OF          

MINUTES                    The Board of Education hereby approved the Minutes from the October 18, 2005 Special Board of Education meeting.

END OF CONSENT

7   Yes             Motion Carried

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS             None

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

                                    Board Appreciation Week – Dr. Snyder acknowledged the dedication of the members of the board.  She also presented the members with a small token of appreciation.

 

Laura Colaneri, a Secondary School student, did a PowerPoint presentation for the Board on her participation in Tech Valley Summer Camp. She was accompanied by Cliff Hebert. She spoke in a knowledgeable and articulate manner. The Superintendent and members of the Board thanked and praised her effort.

 

Gail Lathrop presented a PowerPoint on the 5-Point Plan and the tentative requirements.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

Anonymous                 1 – Mrs. Jandali           2 – Mr. McCaffrey

Donation                      The Board of Education accepted an anonymous donation in the amount of $218.50 for health and science supplies for the secondary school.

7   Yes             Motion Carried

ADDENDUM 1

Letter to the                 1 – Mr. Abate               2 – Mrs. McGrath

Town of Brunswick      The Board of Education approved the letter written by Mr. Murdoch, copy attached, requesting a dialogue with the Town Board concerning the proposed housing and business developments within the school district.

7   Yes             Motion Carried

ADDENDUM 1

Transportation             1 – Mrs. LaRocque      2 – Mr. McCaffrey

Agreement                   The Board of Education approved a transportation agreement between Brunswick Central School District and Schodack Central School District. This agreement allows Brunswick Central School District to transport, at no cost, one (1) student from the Rensselaer VOTEC Center to Brunswick Central School on a daily basis from October 7, 2005 through June 22, 2006.

 7         Yes      Motion Carried

PERSONNEL

APPOINTMENTS

BY CONSENT

1 –Mrs. Jandali            2 – Mr. Abate

 

CONSENT REMOVED by Mr. Abate after it was decided to separate out the Impartial Hearing Officers resolution due to the fact that they are not school employees and as such should not be voted on with the substitute resolutions.

 

APPOINTMENT

Substitute Position      1 – Mr. Abate   2 – Mrs. McGrath

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

                                    Name

                                    Erin Cahill                          Non-Certified Substitute Teacher @$65 per day

7          Yes      Motion Carried

 

APPOINTMENT

Impartial Hearing         1 – Mrs. LaRocque      2 – Mr. McCaffrey

Officers                        The Board of Education approved the updated list of impartial hearing officers originally appointed at the Organizational Meeting held on July 14, 2005. The following persons are appointed as Impartial Hearing Officers for the remainder of the 2005-06 school year:

 

                                    Joan Alexander           Richard Alles               Eugene Arcery Stuart Bauchner

                                    Robert Briglio              Jaclyn Brilling              Paul Bumbalo              Diane Cohen

                                    Maryanne DiMeo         Dolores Freed             Steven Goldsmith            George Kandilakis

                                    Sharon Kehoe             Martin Kehoe               Mary Margaret Keniry            Eric Lawson               

                                    Michael Lazan             Nancy Lederman         Erne Levins                 Edward Luban

                                    James McKeever        James Monk                Karen Norlander            David Nydick

                                    Jane Owens                Kenneth Ritzenberg    George Roberts            Paul Rosen

                                    Craig Tessler              Aaron Turetsky            James Walsh               Joseph Wooley

 

7          Yes      Motion Carried

ADDENDUM 1

APPOINTMENT

Substitute Position      1 – Mr. Abate   2 – Mrs. Jandali

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

                                    Name

                                    Vanessa Collopy               Certified Substitute Teacher @ $80 per day

 

7    Yes            Motion Carried

 

BUSINESS/FINANCE

BY CONSENT

1 – Mrs. McGrath        2 – Mr. McCaffrey

District Treasurer’s

Report                         The Board of Education accepted the District Treasurer’s Report for the month of September 2005.

 

District Treasurer’s

Quarterly Revenue

Report                         The Board of Education accepted the District Treasurer’s Quarterly Revenue Report for the months of July, August and September 2005.

 

Extra Classroom

Activity Fund                The Board of Education accepted the Central Treasurer’s Report of the Extra Classroom Activity Fund for the month of September 2005.

 

Financial Reports        The Board of Education accepted the Budget Report dated 9/29/05 and the Transfer Report under $10,000 for Board information dated October 2005 and approved the Transfer Report Over $10,000 for Board dated October 2005.

 

END OF CONSENT

7             Yes               MOTIONS CARRIED

 

BOARD DISCUSSION -         

 

President DuJack brought up the School Boards Convention scheduled for October 26 – 30, 2005 in Rochester, NY.  She questioned the District delegate, Mrs. McGrath in reference to the new dues structure. Mrs. McGrath stated that she had never been officially appointed as Voting Delegate.  A motion was put on the table to do so.

 

RESOLUTION:           BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Education hereby approves the appointment of Mrs. Kathleen McGrath as Voting Delegate for the New York State School Boards Association Annual Convention in Rochester, NY on October 29, 2005.

 

APPOINTMENT

Voting Delegate           1 – Mrs. LaRocque      2 – Mr. McCaffrey      

                                    The Board of Education hereby approves the appointment of Mrs. Kathleen McGrath as Voting Delegate for the New York State School Boards Association Annual Convention in Rochester, NY on October 29, 2005.

 

END OF CONSENT

7          Yes                  Motion Carried

 

Once Mrs. McGrath was appointed, the discussion resumed about the dues increase. It was decided that Mrs. McGrath would support the dues increase, “if it was within reason”.

 

Mr. McCaffrey first commended Mr. Rockwell for the assembly he held on respect. He stated that both of his daughters thought it an excellent assembly. Secondly he requested that the revised transportation policy be revisited. It was never formally adopted. Lastly, he stated that since we do not have a policy on athletics, it should be addressed at some point by the Policy Committee.

 

Mrs. LaRocque asked the status of the Student Assistance Counselor. Superintendent Snyder stated that Rensselaer County Mental Health has a candidate, her name is Lois Bird. She will be visiting the district in the near future.

 

Mrs. McGrath questioned the fire incidence. Due to heavy rains, the roof drains became clogged causing water to leak down in the walls shorting out the wiring causing the fire alarm to be set off. She questioned how often the roof drains were cleaned. Superintendent Snyder will provide a report at the next meeting.

 

Mrs. LaRocque asked if the district was having problems with their email program. She stated that she had heard from several parents that they were not getting responses from teachers. Dr. Snyder said that there could be a couple different reasons including the teacher’s mailboxes being full. Mrs. LaRocque asked if we “were overdoing the filter”. Mr. Abate responded that no, we were not and that schools have strict guidelines to follow to qualify for various funding. Mrs. LaRocque suggested that a notice be placed on our webpage advising parents on our email policy and guidelines. Mrs. McGrath mentioned a table of email “dos & don’ts”.

 

Gail Lathrop asked to address the Board in reference to a workshop she had attended earlier in the day. Our district was chosen to participate in a pilot program called “School Pay”. This program allows parents to pay for various things online, such as student lunches, with either their credit card or e-check. As a member of the pilot program, the district would be exempt from the 4% fee for the first two months. She asked for a motion to be put on the table to approve the District’s joining.

 

RESOLUTION:            BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Director of Business Operations to enter into a contract with “School Pay” to participate in a two-month pilot program at no cost to the District.

NO ACTION

CONTRACT

APPROVAL                 1 – Mrs. LaRocque      2 – Mr. Abate

                                    The Board of Education authorizes the Director of Business Operations to enter into a contract with “School Pay” to participate in a two-month pilot program at no cost to the District.

 

4          Yes      3 No    No Action

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS             None  

 

 

 

 

Motion to Adjourn     1 – Mr. Abate   2 – Mr. McCaffrey

The Board of Education adjourned at 9:45 pm.

 

7    Yes                Motion Carried