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Minutes November 13, 2019

OFFICIAL MINUTES

CHAPPAQUA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, 5:00 PM
Horace Greeley High School - Academic Commons

Presiding Officer: Jane Kimmel Shepardson
Pledge of Allegiance: Holly McCall

Present:  Board of Education
    Jane Kimmel Shepardson, President
    Holly McCall, Vice President
    Hilary Grasso
    Warren Messner
    Victoria Tipp

Staff Members:
    Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools
    John Chow, Assistant Superintendent for Business
    Adam Pease, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
    Tony Sinanis, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
    Josh Culwell-Block, Director of Technology, Innovation and Mathematics
    Liisa Elsner, District Clerk

President Jane Kimmel Shepardson called for a motion to convene the public meeting at 5:01 pm. 

Motioned by Hilary Grasso to convene the public meeting at 5:01 pm.  Seconded by Jane Kimmel Shepardson. Motion carried 4-0.  Board Member Victoria Tipp was absent.

Motioned by Hilary Grasso to appoint Holly McCall clerk pro tem.  Seconded by Warren Messner.  Motion carried 4-0.

Motioned by Jane Kimmel Shepardson to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss litigation, contracts and to receive advice from counsel at 5:03 pm.  Seconded by Hilary Grasso.  Motion carried 4-0.   

Board Member Victoria Tipp joined the meeting at 5:04 pm.

President Shepardson called for a motion to re-convene the public meeting at 7:35 pm.

Motioned by Holly McCall to re-convene the public meeting at 7:35 pm.  Seconded by Victoria Tipp.  Motion carried 5-0. 

1.    Information Business Affairs

1.1    President’s Report – President Shepardson began by wishing the HGHS Field Hockey team the best of luck in the State Tournament, along with HGHS Swimmers and Cross Country runners who are also competing.  She complimented the District on the HG Gym as well.  President Shepardson noted that the first meeting of the School Counseling Advisory Council, headed by Dr. McCarthy, took place on 11/5 and that the Board would be conducting their second facilities tour (Grafflin, Bell & HGHS) on 11/15.  She concluded by wishing everyone a happy Thanksgiving, as the next Board meeting will not take place until December.


1.2    Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Ackerman began by reminding the Community about the following events:  CSF’s Innovator of the Year Award Ceremony on 11/14, The Bell Craft Fair and Westorchard Toy & Book Fair on 11/16, Cinderella and Aladdin Jr. on 11/21-23 and the HGSF Game night on 12/6.  She encouraged the community to participate in the Athletic Department Strategic Plan Survey.   Dr. Ackerman spoke briefly about Dr. McGuffog beginning her work in District, a successful visit by Jarrett Krosoczka, author of “Hey, Kiddo,” and the Nureva unit gift to the District by 7 Bridges Principal Joe Mazza.  Dr. Pease spoke briefly about the recent Superintendent Conference Day.  Dr. Ackerman ended her report by speaking about her recent trip to China, along with Adam Pease and Andrew Corsilia.  She thanked the Board for their support and encouragement in arranging the trip which was informative and successful.

Presentations:
Cyber Security – Josh Culwell-Block gave a thorough review of where the District stands in terms of new data ecurity and privacy regulations and concerns.

NWEA – Adam Pease reviewed the Universal Screener selection process & timeline and NWEA map implementation.

Zauderer Property Update - John Chow and Dr. Ackerman reviewed the Zauderer property timeline for the community from the initial purchase of the property in the 1970s to its current sale status.

2.    Committee Reports  

Public Comment Period:
We welcome public comments, and in respect for each other's time, we ask that you limit your comments to three minutes. Board members may be contacted via email or phone.  After the public comment period has been completed, Board members may have a discussion among themselves regarding comments presented.

3.      Approvals & Ratifications

3.1    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts the minutes of the October 29, 2019 Special Board Meeting.

3.2    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts the minutes of the October 30, 2019 Board Meeting.

Motioned by Holly McCall to accept Items 3.1 and 3.2 as stated above.  Seconded by Victoria Tipp.  Motion carried 5-0.

4.      Recommended Action:   Personnel

Dr. Ackerman recommended Item 4.1 as stated below.

4.1    Instructional

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby appoints the individual listed as a Building Specific substitute teacher for the 2019/2020 school year:

Michelle Esposito – Horace Greeley High School School (effective November 14, 2019 - pending background check)

Resignation:
Mr. Michael Boyle, Modified Wrestling, Seven Bridges Middle School, effective October 24, 2019.

Mr. Alex Delacruz, Assistant Varsity Wrestling, Horace Greeley High School, effective October 30, 2019.

Mr. Khaled Dassan, Modified Wrestling, Robert E. Bell Middle School, effective October 23, 2019.

Appointment: Part Time
Ms. Nicole Neto, (.04) Teacher of Mathematics to provide Academic Intervention Services, Robert E. Bell Middle School, effective November 16, 2019 through June 19, 2020 (or earlier at the discretion of the Board of Education), Step 1, A(BA), $55.33/hour.

Appointment: Coaching - Effective November 11, 2019 through March 15, 2020

Name  Position Sport Step Salary
Dey Dey Tuach Varsity Assistant Indoor Track 3 $6,574
Kimberly Lindner Varsity Assistant Indoor Track 2 $5,911
Meghan Vlad Varsity Cheerleading 1 $4,728
John Alkalay Varsity Assistant Boys Basketball 3 $8,033
Ryan Spillane Junior Varsity Boys Basketball 2 $7,230
Khaled Dassan Varsity Assistant Wrestling 3 $7,300

Appointment: Coaching - Effective November 25, 2019 through March 15, 2020

Name Position Sport Step Salary
Alex Delacruz Modified – Bell Wrestling 2 $5,257
Anthony Sasso Modified – SB Wrestling 1 $4,728

Motioned by Warren Messner to approve Item 4.1 as stated above.  Seconded by Jane Kimmel Shepardson.  Motion carried 5-0.

Dr. Ackerman recommended Item 4.2 as stated below.

4.2    Non-Instructional 

Appointment:
Vicki Jeffery, Office Assistant-Automated Systems (Session), Horace Greeley High School, effective November 14, 2019, at an annual salary of $33,499, Step 6.

Colleen Kelly, Senior Office Assistant-Automated Systems, Education Center (12 month), effective November 15, 2019, at an annual salary of $56,117, Step 12.

Request for Discretionary Leave of Absence:
Resolution to authorize Vicki Jeffery to be on administrative leave of absence, without pay, beginning on November 14, 2019 and ending on November 17, 2019.

Resolution to authorize Colleen Kelly to be on administrative leave of absence, without pay, beginning on November 15, 2019 and ending on November 17, 2019.

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby appoints the individual listed below as a per diem clerical/aide substitute to be employed on an “as needed” basis, effective    November 14, 2019, at salary of $15 per hour:

Rena Gavigan

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby appoints the individual listed below as a per diem custodial substitute to be employed on an “as needed” basis, effective November 14, 2019, at a salary of $15.00 per hour:

Vittorio Scuccimarri
Luz Moreno

Motioned by Warren Messner to approve Item 4.2 as stated above.  Seconded by Holly McCall.  Motion carried 5-0.

5.      Recommended Action:  Other
Use of the Consent Agenda permits the Board of Education to make more effective use of its time by adopting a single motion to cover those relatively routine matters, which are included. Any member of the Board who wishes to discuss individually a particular piece of business on the Consent Agenda may so indicate and that item will be considered and voted on separately, thus preserving the right of all Board members to be heard on any issue. It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the following Consent agenda as submitted by the Superintendent of Schools.

5.1    CSE Summaries (2019-20 School Year) reported to the Board on November 13, 2019.

5.2    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the Independent Evaluation Agreement with Dr. Carol Fiorile, for an independent Functional Behavior Assessment for student #704283, in the amount not to exceed $1,225.00, and authorizes the Board President to execute this agreement.

5.3    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves a service agreement with Anderson Center for Autism/Anderson Center Consulting, for Psychoeducational, Speech/Language, and Occupational Therapy Evaluations for Student #600991 in the amount of $3,000.00, and authorizes the Board President to execute this agreement.

5.4    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves a service agreement with Anderson Center for Autism/Anderson Center Consulting, for Psychoeducational, Speech/Language,  Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Evaluations for Student #601191 in the amount of $3,750.00, and authorizes the Board President to execute this agreement.

5.5    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts a gift of a Nureva Span ideation system, at an estimated value of $12,000.00 from Joseph Mazza, Principal – Seven Bridges Middle School.

5.6    WHEREAS, the Board of Education, in accordance with Article 5-A of the General Municipal Law, invited sealed bids for Roofing Maintenance and Service (CCSD Bid #B2019-22); and

WHEREAS, the bids were opened publicly on October 21st, 2019 and two bids were received; 

WHEREAS, an evaluation was made of the proposed roofing and maintenance services by Joseph Gramando, Director of Facilities, Operations & Maintenance, John Chow, Assistant Superintendent for Business and Michael Trnik, District Purchasing Agent, and it was determined that the bid submitted by Senco Metals, LLC was not in compliance with the bid specifications in that they were unable to provide the following list of items requested by the district in an effort to determine if they were the lowest responsible bidder (items listed in bid specs).

WHEREAS, Number 26 of the general bid documents section of the specs state “The school district reserves the right to reject all bids.  Also reserved is the right to reject, for cause, any bid in whole or in part; to waive technical defects; qualifications; irregularities; and omissions if in its judgment the best interests of the district will be served.  Also reserved is the right to reject bids and to purchase items on state or county contracts if such items can be obtained on the same terms, conditions, specifications, and at a lower price.”

WHEREAS, the Board of Education believes it to be in the best interests of the School District to reject all bids and obtain Roofing and Maintenance Services from Weather Proofing Technologies, Inc. via the Omnia Partners/National IPA national cooperative contract in which Chappaqua CSD has been granted previous authorization via resolution;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education, in the best interests of the School District, hereby rejects the bids for Roofing Maintenance and Services, on the basis that Senco Metals, LLC’s bid submission is unresponsive.

5.7    WHEREAS, Google LLC (“Vendor”), a corporation having its principal offices at 1600 Amphitheatre Parkway, Mountain View, CA, 94043, provides certain services to the District pursuant to certain contractual arrangements and Vendor Terms of Service (“TOS”) entered into between District and Vendor; and,

WHEREAS, the State of New York has enacted New York Education Law 2-d; and,

WHEREAS, Erie 1 Board of Cooperative Educational Services  (“Erie 1 BOCES”), a municipal corporation organized and existing under the Education Law of the State of New York having its principal offices at 355 Harlem Road, West Seneca, NY 14224, has entered into an EDUCATION LAW 2-d Agreement (“Agreement”) in order to address and give binding effect to the terms of New York Education Law 2-d and Section 1.8 of which Agreement provides that school districts can become party to the Agreement by executing a written opt-in to do so; and,

WHEREAS, District wishes to become party to the Agreement;

NOW THEREFORE, District attests and agrees as follows:

  1. District has evaluated its needs with respect to New York Education Law 2-d and wishes to become subject to the terms of the Agreement;
  2. District hereby formally notifies Erie 1 BOCES and confirms that it is opting into the Agreement in accordance with Section 1.8 thereof.
  3. By executing this Opt-In, District agrees to be bound by and to comply with the terms of the Agreement.

Motioned by Victoria Tipp to approve Items 5.1 through 5.7 as stated above.  Seconded by Hilary Grasso.  Motion carried 5-0.

6.      Facilities 

7.      Financials

7.1    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts the Revenue Status Report as of October 31, 2019.

7.2    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts the Appropriation Status Report as of October 31, 2019.

Motioned by Holly McCall to accept Items 7.1 and 7.2 as stated above.  Seconded by Hilary Grasso.  Motion carried 5-0.

8.      Notice of Future Meetings

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 7:30 pm
HGHS Select Ensemble & Grafflin Student Presentations
Horace Greeley High School – Academic Commons

Wednesday, January 8, 2020 7:30 pm
Budget Preview
Horace Greeley High School – Academic Commons

9.    Adjournment 

Motioned by Victoria Tipp to adjourn the meeting at 9:03 pm.  Seconded by Holly McCall.  Motion carried 5-0.  

Respectfully submitted,

Liisa Elsner
District Clerk / Secretary to the Superintendent

/lke