BOARD OF EDUCATION REGULAR MEETING MINUTES

 

 

MEETING                                Date:               March 29, 2007

                                                Place:              Secondary Library

                                                Presiding:        Anthony S. Abate, President

 

ASSEMBLAGE                       Members Present:                Members Not Present:

                                                A. Abate

P. Daley

V. Grasso

                                                K. Jandali

                                                N. LaRocque

                                                K. McGrath

                                                J. Meehan (Arrived at 6:35 PM)

                                                P. Meskoskey

                                                K. Zagursky

                                               

                                                Also Present:            David Burnham, Superintendent of Schools

                                                                                    Gail Lathrop, District Clerk/Director of Business Operations

                                                                                    Maria Lewis, Board Secretary

EXECUTIVE SESSION

                                                1 –Mrs. McGrath                     2 – Mrs. LaRocque

The Board of Education entered into Executive Session at 6:34 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;

X

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;

 

Other [specify]  

 

8          Yes                  Motion Carried

 

Mr. Meehan arrived at 6:35 PM.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

                                                1 –Mrs. LaRocque                   2 – Mr. Grasso

The Board of Education exited Executive Session at 7:45 PM.

 

9          Yes                  Motion Carried

 

CALL TO ORDER

FLAG SALUTE            President Abate called the public meeting to order at 8:00 PM and began the meeting with a salute to the flag.

 

BY CONSENT

1 – Mrs. McGrath        2 – Mrs. Jandali

 

 

APPROVAL OF          

MINUTES                    The Board of Education approved the Minutes from the March 15, 2007 Regular Board of Education meeting.

 

APPROVAL OF          

MINUTES                    The Board of Education approved the Minutes from the March 22, 2007 Special Board of Education meeting.

            END OF CONSENT

9          Yes                  Motion Carried

 

PUBLIC COMMENT              

 

None

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

 

Gail Lathrop presented the Final Draft of the 2007 -2008 budget.

 

NEW BUSINESS

 

2007-2008 District

Calendar                     1 –Mr. Meskoskey       2 - Mrs. Zagursky

                                    The Board of Education approved the 2007-2008 district calendar as presented.

 

9          Yes      Motion Carried

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Personnel

 

Appointments

BY CONSENT

1 – Mr. Meskoskey      2 – Mr. Meehan

APPOINTMENTS

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

                                    Name                                       Area

                                    Mark Boyle                              Non-Certified Substitute Teacher @ $65 per day

                                    Christine Casale                      Non-Certified Substitute Teacher @ $65 per day

 

PERMANENT APPOINTMENT

Tamara Ali

School Monitor            The Board of Education approves the permanent appointment of Ms. Tamara Ali as a School Monitor in the Brunswick Central School District effective March 5, 2007.  Remuneration shall be per the contract currently in effect between the District and the CSEA.

 

PERMANENT APPOINTMENT

Marion Derby

School Monitor            The Board of Education approves the permanent appointment of Ms. Marion Derby as a School Monitor in the Brunswick Central School District effective March 5, 2007.  Remuneration shall be per the contract currently in effect between the District and the CSEA.

 

 

APPOINTMENTS

Appointment of           

Election Personnel     

                                    WHEREAS, the Board of Education of Brunswick Central School District (Brittonkill), Rensselaer County, New York, has called an annual school district election of the qualified voters of said School District to be held on the 15th day of May, 2007; and

 

WHEREAS, it is now desired to provide for the appointment of a permanent chairman, inspectors of election and assistant clerks for said annual school district election; NOW, THEREFORE,

 

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Education of Brunswick Central School District (Brittonkill), Rensselaer County, New York, as follows:

 

Section 1.        Rose Craft, a duly qualified voter of said School District is hereby appointed as the permanent chairperson of the annual school district election referred to in the preambles hereof.

 

Section 2.        The following named qualified voters of said School District are hereby appointed to act as inspectors of election at said annual school district election, so that there shall be at least two inspectors for each voting machine to be used thereat:

Mary Ann Anderson     Mary Button                 Angie Conway             Rose Craft                   Marion Derby              Kathleen Deuel            Irene Gilbert Helen Godfrey                Diana Grogan              Eleanor Hoag              Rose Kaschak             Eileen LeBlanc            Joyce Lanoue              Eileen Mason Lynn Merrills                 Patricia Norton            Martha Rufenacht       Noula Vafiadis             Kelley Wallace             Velma Wilson              Gail Yearsley

Ken Yearsley               Bertha Zovistoski                   

 

Section 3.        Rose Craft is hereby designated as chief election inspector.

 

Section 4.        Each inspector of election appointed for said annual school district election, as herein provided, shall be entitled to compensation at an hourly rate of $9.05 for time spent on the duties of his/her office.  The Clerk of said School District is hereby authorized and directed to give written notice of appointment to the persons herein respectively appointed as permanent chairman, inspectors of election and assistant clerks for said annual school district election.

 

Section 6.        This resolution shall take effect immediately.

 

 

APPOINTMENT

Election Machine

Administrators             The Board of Education approves the appointment of Mr. Saverio Bizzarro and Mr. Kevin O’Malley to serve as Election Machine Administrators for the Board of Education’s Annual School Board Election and Budget Vote to be held on May 15, 2007. Remuneration is recommended at the rate of $150.00 each for all services to be provided for the election process.

 

CHANGE IN TITLE

Karen Bulson, Health

Office Assistant           The Board of Education approves the provisional appointment of Karen Bulson to the position of Health Office Assistant. This resolution changes Mrs. Bulsons title from Health Office Aide because Health Office Aide is not a title recognized by Rensselaer County Civil Service. This change does not affect Mrs. Bulsons seniority status. Mrs. Bulsons salary will remain the same.

 

APPOINTMENT

Maria Lewis, Policy

Coordinator                 The Board of Education approves the appointment of Maria Lewis to the position of Policy Coordinator effective April 1, 2007 at a stipend of $2000 per year prorated. This will be an annual appointment.

 

APPOINTMENT

Kristen Swanson, School

Bus Driver                   The Board of Education approves the probationary appointment of Kristen Swanson to the position of School Bus Driver effective April 2, 2007. Ms. Swansons probationary period shall extend from April 2, 2007 through April 1, 2008. Ms. Swanson has been fingerprinted per the Department of Motor Vehicles Division of Driver Program Regulation. This is a 10-month position, 5-½ hours per day. Remuneration shall be per the contract currently in effect between the District and CESA. This appointment results from the resignation of Roger Daigneault.

 

APPOINTMENT

Thomas Schmidt, School Bus

Driver Trainee             The Board of Education approves a School Bus Driver Training program for Thomas Schmidt. He will be paid $14 per hour during his training.

 

APPOINTMENT

Extra Curricular Positions       

                                    The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, approve the          appointment of the following extracurricular activity advisors for the Middle School        production of High School Musical. Salary per the current BTA contract.

                                   

                                    Tara Garmley              Choreographer

                                    Tiffany Dzembo           Vocal Director

 

 

END OF CONSENT

9          Yes      Motions Carried

 

Program

 

Section 504

Committee                   1 – Mrs. Zagursky                   2 – Mr. Grasso           

                                    The Board of Education accepts the following recommendation of the Section 504 Committee dated 3/14/07:

 

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9          Yes      Motion Carried

 

Sub Committee on

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

                                    The Board of Education accepts the following recommendations of the Sub Committee on Special Education dated 3/14/07 and 3/19/07:

 

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8                 Yes           

1       – No (Mrs. LaRocque - further clarification required )

Motion Carried

Business/Finance

 

Financial Reports        1 –Mr. Meskoskey       2 – Mrs. McGrath

                                    The Board of Education approves the February 2007 Budget Transfer Report over $10,000.

9          Yes      Motion Carried

 

Financial Reports        1 –Mr. Meehan            2 – Mrs. Jandali

                                    The Board of Education accepts the February 2007 Budget Status Report and Budget Transfer Report Under $10,000.

 

9          Yes      Motion Carried

 

Extra Classroom

Activity Fund                1 –Mrs. McGrath         2 – Mrs. Zagursky

                                    The Board of Education approves the Central Treasurer’s Report of the Extra Classroom Activity Fund for the month of February 2007.

 

9          Yes      Motion Carried

TABLED

District Treasurer’s      1 –Mrs. LaRocque       2 – Mrs. McGrath

Report                         The Board of Education TABLED the District Treasurer’s Report for the month of February 2007 pending further clarification.

 

9          Yes      Motion Carried

 

Approval of the 2007-2008

Tax Report Card         1 –Mrs. LaRocque       2 – Mrs. Zagursky

                                    The Board of Education approves the 2007-2008 Tax Report Card as follows:

 

 

(A)

Budgeted 2006/2007

(B)

Budgeted

 2007/2008

(C)

Percent Change

Total Spending

$19,748,895

$20,782,830

5.2%

Total School Tax Levy

$9,823,323

$10,254,006

4.2%

Public School Enrollment

1,357

1,367

.73%

Consumer Price Index                                          3.2%

 

9          Yes      Motion Carried

 

 

Approval of the Questar III/NERIC

Final Service Request 1 –Mrs. McGrath         2 – Mr. Meskoskey

                                    The Board of Education approves the Questar III/NERIC Final Service Request in the amount of $786,718.50 for 2007-2008.

 

9          Yes      Motion Carried

 

Adoption of the

2007-2008 Budget      1 –Mrs. LaRocque       2 – Mrs. Zagursky

                                    The Board of Education approves the 2007-2008 Budget in the amount of $20,782,830.

 

9          Yes      Motion Carried

 

BOARD DISCUSSION

 

Further Discussion on Senior Bus Driver title/position – The Board agreed to review the job description as presented by Ms. Lathrop and bring any changes or suggestions to the April 19th meeting. The Board is to be ready to vote on creating this position or not.

 

The Board decided to visit the Brick School House on May 24th at 6:30 PM.

 

Mrs. Zagursky asked to discuss in further detail the suggestion of changing the Board meetings to the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of each month. The first meeting would be the business meeting and the second would be used for committee meetings.

 

Mrs. McGrath suggested that Andy DeFeo, Questar III, be contacted in reference to facilitating a second Board Retreat.

 

Mrs. LaRocque asked where the information on Parker School’s budget was. Ms. Lathrop responded that it is ready and will be handed out at the next Finance Committee meeting on April 23rd.

 

The Board was given a draft of their letter for the budget booklet and asked to email Mrs. Zagursky with any suggestions/changes.

 

Ms. Lathrop publicly welcomed Whitney Colvin, Transportation Supervisor, to the district.

 

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Debbie Phillips asked in reference to the driver training program – “what will keep them here after they are trained”?

           

EXECUTIVE SESSION

                                                1 –Mrs. LaRocque                   2 –Mr. Grasso

The Board of Education entered into Executive Session at 9:17 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;

X

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;

 

Other [specify]  

 

            9          Yes                  Motion Carried

 

MOTION TO

ADJOURN                   1 –Mrs. Jandali                        2 – Mr. Meehan

                                    The Board of Education adjourned at 10:05 PM.

 

            9          Yes                  Motion Carried