Sept. 8, 2020 Meeting Minutes

Minutes Regular Board Meeting– September 8, 2020                       

Consideration of Executive Session – Personnel Matter  6:00 PM   

Reconvene to Recognition/Regular Session  6:45PM/7:00 PM

 

Meeting televised Live Streamed remotely with attendance via Google Meet Hangouts as well as in person attendance. Video and Minutes Posted to Website with Closed Caption.

 

Members Present

  • Gretchen Meier, President
  • Cara Robertson, Vice President  (joined approx.. 7:39 PM via Google meet)
  • Kristin Graessle  (via Google meet)
  • Dori Johnson
  • Kristi Kheiralla (via Google meet) 
  • Ross Tompkins 

 

Members Absent:

  • Matthew Watkins (attended exec.session only)

 

Others Present

  • Tim Mains, Superintendent of Schools
  • Amy Brockner, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction                                             
  • Michael Pacella, Assistant Superintendent for Business              
  • Angela Wise, Executive Director for Personnel, Data, and Counseling
  • Linda Smith, District Communications Representative
  • John Hicks, Director of Educational Technology
  • Deborah June, District Clerk (via Google Meet)
  • Approximately 28 residents/students/staff members (in person and virtual)

 

Call to Order

The meeting was called to order by President Gretchen Meier with the following motion offered:

MOVED by Trustee Graessle, second by Trustee Watkins, that the Board of Education open the regular meeting at approximately 6:09 PM

YES –6            NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED  (C. Robertson arrived at approx. 7:39 PM)

 

Executive Session

MOVED by Trustee Watkins, second by Trustee Tompkins, that the Board of Education adjourn regular session to  executive session for the purpose of personnel matter at approximately 6:10 PM.

YES –6            NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED  

 

MOVED by Trustee Johnson, second by Trustee Tompkins, that the Board of Education adjourn executive session and resume the regular meeting at approximately 6:52 PM.

YES –6            NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED  

 

President Gretchen Meier welcomed all to the regular meeting, and requested all stand for the Pledge of Allegiance, noting the time at approx. 6:59 PM.

 

Student Recognition

The Board of Education recognized (virtually and in person) the following students for achieving a score of 5 on

their AP Exams during the 2019-2020 school year:  

Grade 10, AP European History
Abraheim Ahmed

Madeleine Cerone

Daniella Deckaj

Samantha Rezza

Gabrielle Rodriguez

Tami Somorin

Dwayne Villanoza

2019-2020 Grade 11, AP US History
Caleb Arena

Krista Edwards

                Abigail Halpin

Isaac Jaloszynski

Makaila Meurer

Alan Soto

Alexis Trojahn

 

2019-2020 Grade 12 (Graduates) AP US Government and Politics
Dylan Cline-Larsen

                Trent Cline-Larsen

                Katherine Langlitz

                Taylor Pannell

                Ashley Parkes

                Cedric Raber

                Ellen Schoenberg

                Paul Viscardo 

 

                2019-2020 Grade 11 AP English Language and Composition

                Josiah Cruz

                Leah Golding

Anita Licata

                Zhenia Ochoa

                Jovan Palinkas

                Ruqayyah Pickel

                Alexis Trojahn

 

2019-2020 Grade 12 (Graduates) AP English Literature and Composition
Kathleen Gang

                Corey Irwin

               John (Jack)Torpey

2019-2020 Grade 12 (Graduate) AP Chemistry
James Acton

2019-2020 AP Computer Science 
Justin Ceiley (Grade 11)
Lenny Elzey (Graduate)

 

                2019-2020 AP Biology

                John Torpey (Graduate)

 

Approval of Minutes

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Johnson, that the Board of Education approve the minutes of the August 18, 2020 board meetings as submitted by the District Clerk.         

YES –5                   NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED   (M. Watkins not in attendance for reg. session)

 

BOE Amends Revised Consent Agenda to Include Addition to the Consent Agenda

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Meier, that the Board of Education approve amending the revised consent agenda to include the addition to the Consent Agenda.

YES –4                   NO – 0      Abstain -1 (Johnson)   MOTION CARRIED    

 

Reports, Recommendations of the Superintendent of Schools

Consent Agenda

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Meier, that the Board of Education approve the following revised* consent agenda including the addition to the consent agenda as submitted by the Superintendent of Schools:

Abolishment

Board authorization for the abolishment of the following positions:

Instructional

  •  (3) Seven 7.0 hours/day Teaching Assistant positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  •  (6) Seven 6.75 hours/day Teaching Assistant positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  •  (40) Forty 6.5 hours/day Teaching Assistant positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  •  (42) Forty Two 6.0 hours/day Teaching Assistant positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  •  (1) One 5.25 hours/day Teaching Assistant positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  •  (2) Two 5.0 hours/day Teaching Assistant positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  •  (12) Twelve 4.0 hours/day Teaching Assistant positions, effective on October 9, 2020.

 

The abolishment of the above Teaching Assistant positions will be realized through the following lay-offs effective on October 9, 2020 as follows:

  • Martisha Paulus 6.0 hours/day
  • Maria Weissman 6.0 hours/day
  • Jennifer Wood 6.0 hours/day
  • Sharon Demetriou 6.0 hours/day
  • Kellie VanHaaster 6.0 hours/day
  • Beverly Brownsell 7.0 hours/day
  • Dorothy Lamberti 6.0 hours/day
  • Theresa Shaw 6.0 hours/day
  • Colleen Coyle 6.75 hours/day
  • Susan Lauro 6.0 hours/day
  • Julie Valentin 6.0 hours/day
  • Mary Ellen Cook 6.5 hours/day
  • Kathleen Novins 6.0 hours/day
  • Joan Fama 6.0 hours/day
  • April Grieco 6.5 hours/day
  • Patricia Campbell 6.0 hours/day
  • Colleen Huff 7.0 hours/day
  • Jacqueline Endreson 6.0 hours/day
  • Patricia Salle 6.5 hours/day
  • Kelly McCauley 6.0 hours/day
  • Coleen Duffy 6.0 hours/day
  • Robin Laspisa 6.5 hours/day
  • Mary Perry 6.0 hours/day
  • Kelly Schultz-Hassan 6.5 hours/day
  • Margaret Winsper 6.0 hours/day
  • Diane Nawoschik 6.5 hours/day
  • Elizabeth Stewart 6.000 hours/day
  • Barbara Lieberman 6.5 hours/day
  • Christine Carlino 6.5 hours/day
  • Denisee Martin 4.0 hours/day
  • Darlene Stuber 6.5 hours/day
  • Elissa Skala 6.5 hours/day
  • Karen Knox 6.0 hours/day
  • Lisa Heckmann 6.0 hours/day
  • Michelle Colon 6.5 hours/day
  • Liberty Klosterman 4.0 hours/day
  • Awilda Echevarria 6.5 hours/day
  • Barbara Lake 6.5 hours/day
  • Barbara Ferguson 6.0 hours/day
  • Linda Linhares 5.0 hours/day
  • Melissa Hadden 6.5 hours/day
  • Tammy McCombs 6.5 hours/day
  • Rita Wensley 6.5 hours/day
  • Diana Santinello 6.5 hours/day
  • Diane Angeloni 6.0 hours/day
  • Anastasia Garrison 6.5 hours/day
  • Karen Kennelty 4.0 hours/day
  • Suzanne Meath 6.5 hours/day
  • Tara Habernig 6.0 hours/day
  • Kimberly Doviak 6.0 hours/day
  • Ana Morales 6.5 hours/day
  • Heather Wells-Fagan 6.5 hours/day
  • Jodi Martin 6.0 hours/day
  • Jill Sakolsky 6.0 hours/day
  • Debbie McFarland 6.5 hours/day
  • Tonja Robbins 6.5 hours/day
  • Cynthia Fortunato 6.0 hours/day
  • Tammy Denardo 6.0 hours/day
  • Maryanne Manion 7.0 hours/day
  • Dawn Darrell 6.5 hours/day
  • Deanna Gorman 6.75 hours/day
  • Arlene Cooper 6.0 hours/day
  • Kirsten DeWitt 6.5 hours/day
  • Danielle Jaloszynski 6.5 hours/day
  • Melissa Herring 6.0 hours/day
  • Alexis Soto 6.0 hours/day
  • Diana Gingold 4.0 hours/day
  • AnnMarie Crouch 5.0 hours/day
  • Jamie Almeida 5.25 hours/day
  • Deirdre Babcock 6.5 hours/day
  • Mireille Weissberg 6.5 hours/day
  • Denise Kulak 6.5 hours/day
  • Giovanna Sidoti 4.0 hours/day
  • Angelina Vita 6.0 hours/day
  • Valerie Turcotte 6.0 hours/day
  • Nicole Horne 6.5 hours/day
  • Debra Finn 6.5 hours/day
  • Isabel Mejia 6.0 hours/day
  • Bernadette Tymczyszyn 6.5 hours/day
  • Linda Westerfield 6.0 hours/day
  • Dawn Bedell 4.0 hours/day
  • Crystal Norton 6.0 hours/day
  • Diane Smutek 6.5 hours/day
  • Priscilla Hassan 6.5 hours/day
  • Shannon Peterson 4.0 hours/day
  • Deana Adams 6.0 hours/day
  • Samantha Irizarry 6.75 hours/day
  • Denise Crisafulli 6.5 hours/day
  • Kathleen Farah 4.0 hours/day
  • Joyce Dooner 4.0 hours/day
  • Samantha Alfieri 6.75 hours/day
  • Angela Kruger 6.5 hours/day
  • Theresa Valastro 6.0 hours/day
  • Taleeya Parker 6.0 hours/day
  • Tracy Thomas 6.0 hours/day
  • Ellen Anderson 6.0 hours/day
  • Christina Parsons 6.5 hours/day
  • Gina Vanderkooy 4.0 hours/day
  • Megan Kellett 6.75 hours/day
  • Paul McMahill 6.5 hours/day
  • Michelle Jollie 6.75 hours/day
  • Joshua Hatfield 6.5 hours/day
  • Tamara Andre 4.0 hours/day
  • Melissa Algarin 6.0 hours/day
  • Diane Higgins 6.5 hours/day
  • Jean Gasca 4.0 hours/day

 

Non-Instructional

  • (1) One 8.0 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (7) Seven 7.0 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (4) Four 6.75 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (14) Fourteen 6.5 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (18) Eighteen 6.0 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (2) Two 5.5 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (7) Seven 5.0 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (3) Three 4.5 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (3) Three 4.0 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (9) Nine 3.5 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (5) Five 3.0 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (2) Two 2.5 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (7) Seven 2.0 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.
  • (2) Two 1.0 hours/day School Monitor positions, effective on October 9, 2020.

 

The abolishment of the above School Monitors positions will be realized through the following lay-offs effective on October 9, 2020 as follows:

  • Cynthia Gloster – 8.0 hours/day
  • Lisa LaBar – 6.0 hours/day
  • Donna Monahan 7.0  hours/day
  • Rosemarie Cardoso 6.0 hours/day   + 1.0 hr/day
  • Debra Keindl 6.0  hours/day + 1.0 hr/day
  • Helen Wilson 7.0 hours/day
  • Katrina Morin 7.0 hours/day
  • Jane Conroy 3.5 hours/day
  • Lori Korin 5.5 hours/day
  • Margaret Deserto 7.0 hours/day
  • Deborah Rose 5.0 hours/day
  • Paula Newman 4.5 hours/day
  • Lina Walsh 6.5 hours/day
  • Lori Masiello 3.5 hours/day
  • Anne Wohlgemuth 3.0 hours/day
  • Carole Zazversky 4.5 hours/day
  • Diana Bowe 7.0 hours/day
  • Angela Ferrara 3.5 hours/day
  • Catherine Alfieri 6.0 hours/day
  • Stephanie Kirk 3.5 hours/day
  • Martha Telefus-Gillespie 7.0 hours/day
  • Christine Ascolese 7.0 hours/day
  • Jeanmarie Zawojski 6.5 hours/day
  • Anne Weiler 6.5 hours/day
  • Jean Haines 5.0 hours/day
  • Susan Starr 6.0 hours/day
  • Donna Davis 3.5 hours/day
  • Patricia Perez 6.0 hours/day
  • Tina Kerrigan 6.0 hours/day
  • Dorota Dziadosz 4.5 hours/day
  • Magdalena Ramos 5.0 hours/day
  • Kim McNamara 5.0 hours/day
  • Mary Meyle 4.0 hours/day
  • Lisa Caputo 3.0 hours/day
  • Patricia Paoli 6.75 hours/day
  • Maria Rivas 3.5 hours/day
  • Wendy Caccioppoli 2.0 hours/day
  • Angela Hellstrom 3.5 hours/day
  • Sonia Wagner-Babcock 6.5 hours/day
  • Denise Coen 2.5 hours/day
  • Kelly Moshinski 3.5 hours/day
  • Alison Cain 6.0 hours/day
  • Jessica Bedell 2.0 hours/day
  • Russhell Gillespie 6.0 hours/day
  • Gary Manheim 6.5 hours/day
  • Susan Healy 6.0 hours/day
  • Jaime Hadden 4.0 hours/day
  • James Lemaux 3.5 hours/day
  • Yolanda Solimine-Mandile 2.0 hours/day
  • Barbara Sherman 6.0 hours/day
  • Bridget Sullivan 3.0 hours/day
  • Lisa Schiaffo 6.0 hours/day
  • Alicia Sargeant 6.0 hours/day
  • Jean Clark 4.0 hours/day
  • Alexandra Offenheiser 6.0 hours/day
  • Lanier Lopez 6.75 hours/day
  • Marisol Burgos 6.5 hours/day
  • Bari Walsh 3.0 hours/day
  • Kiersten Garcia 6.5 hours/day
  • Rosanne Connolly 6.5 hours/day
  • Loriel Pinckney 6.5 hours/day
  • Beberly Lugo 2.0 hours/day
  • Janet Torres 2.0 hours/day
  • Cathy Kahn 3.0 hours/day
  • Nicholas Gesualdo 6.5 hours/day
  • Andrealynn Colombo 6.5 hours/day
  • Cindy Rivera 6.0 hours/day
  • Ann Gaynor 6.0 hours/day
  • Ruth Lora-DeJesus 6.0 hours/day
  • Taneka Richardson 6.0 hours/day
  • Justine Arlotta-Ayala 2.0 hours/day
  • Lindsay Salvucci 5.0 hours/day
  • Phyllis Radi 5.5 hours/day
  • Rebecca Watson 6.5 hours/day
  • Jessica Zukor 6.75 hours/day
  • Courtney Andersen 5.0 hours/day
  • Laura Rios 6.5 hours/day
  • Tara Posey 6.75 hours/day
  • Tami Kretschmer 6.0 hours/day
  • Candace Woznick 2.5 hours/day
  • Tiaisha Villafane 6.5 hours/day
  • Madai Ramjeet 2.0 hours/day
  • Brittany Bulson 5.0 hours/day   

 

Non-Instructional

  •  (10) Ten Full-time 1.0 FTE School Security Aide positions, effective on September 8, 2020.
  •  (2) Two Part-time 0.5 FTE School Security Aide positions, effective on September 8, 2020.

 

The abolishment of the above School Security Aid positions will be realized through the following lay-offs effective on September 8, 2020 as follows:

Part Time School Security (1.0FTE)

  • Thomas Lovelace – 4hr/day
  • Joseph D’Alto – 4.0hr/day
  • Full Time School Security (10.0FTE)
  • Raymond Ramos – 8.0hr/day
  • Walter Lapinski – 8.0hr/day
  • Anthony Presto – 8.0hr/day
  • Barbara Starr-Carroll– 8.0hr/day
  • Melissa Ranta – 8.0hr/day
  • Linda Shannon – 8.0hr/day
  • Stephen Kirk – 8.0hr/day
  • Denise Strype – 8.0hr/day
  • Christopher Gorman – 8.0hr/day

 

 

Rescind

Instructional

  • Sonia Orlando, approval to rescind the appointment to the position of a 1.0 FTE Permanent Substitute Teacher in the Special Education (General) tenure area for the period of September 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021. 

 

Resignations

Instructional

  • Kim Platt, resignation for the purposes of retirement, from her position as a 6.0 hours/day Teaching Assistant, effective at the close of business on August 31, 2020. 
  • Brandon Johanson, resignation from his position as a 1.0 FTE Teacher-Secondary, effective at the close of business on September 28, 2020.

 

Non-Instructional

  • Christine Day, resignation from her position as a 6.0 hours/day School Monitor, effective at the close of business August 31, 2020.  
  • Suzanne Galeno, resignation from her position as a 6.0 hours/day School Monitor, effective at the close of business September 1, 2020.
  • Jessica Perez, resignation from her position as a 3.0 hours/day School Monitor, effective at the close of business August 26, 2020. 

 

Leave of Absence

Instructional

Donna Davis, request for an unpaid leave of absence from her position as a 3.5 hours/day School Monitor

effective September 4, 2020 through January 2, 2021. 

 

Lisa Iannella, request for an unpaid leave of absence from her position as a 5.0 hours/day Food Service Helper effective September 4, 2020 through September 27, 2020.

 

Appointments 

Instructional   

Rachel Johnson, who holds an Initial certificate in Childhood Education 1-6, be appointed to the position of

1.0 FTE Permanent Substitute Teacher in the Special Education (General) tenure area for the period of

September 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021.  Salary Level BA30, Step 1of the salary schedule. 

 

Non-Instructional

Hazel Michel, reduction in hours (from 5hr/day) to a 3.0 hours/day position of Food Service Helper, effective

September 4, 2020 salary as per contract.

 

Krystle Augusta* who holds a Registration Certificate as Licensed Occupational Therapy Assistant, be

appointed to the probationary position of a full-time, 10 month 1.0 FTE Occupational Therapy Assistant,

effective September 23, 2020. Salary at $56,154, pro-rated, noting that this probationary appointment is

certified through the Orange County Department of Human Resources.  

 

Per Diem Substitutes

Board approval for the appointment of the following individuals as per diem substitutes (or tutor)

effective September 1, 2020, or as noted, at board approved per diem substitute rates:

Brandon Costello

Wendy DeBenedictus

Taylor Foley

Kathleen O’Malley

Alexandra Smith

Danielle Sweetser

Tara Thompson

 

Co-Curricular

Sixth-Period Assignment

Pine Bush High School             

Board approval of the following instructional staff member teaching a sixth period/additional assignment for

the 2020-2021 school year at an annual contractual stipend of $5,500:  

Ann Armand, ENL            

Elizabeth Baxter, Special Education            

Kathleen Bisaillon, Special Education         

Renee Bray, Social Studies             

Mark Brennan, Special Education

Andrew Britto, Social Studies       

Allison Chastain, Science

Daniel Conley, Social Studies         

Andrew Cook, Science    

Shannon Countryman, Special Education

Jenel Duarte, Special Education   

Mark Eckerson, English  

Daniel Edwards, Foreign Language             

Enis Egdemir, Foreign Language  

Bethany Ganley* English

Christine Guarino, Science            

Daniel Harrison, Science

Brian Heller, Special Education     

Steven Hulle, Science      

Eric Johnson, Science      

Melissa Karban, Science 

Kevin Kreeger, Science   

Neil Lisberg, STEAM Polaris

Jonathan Lozier, Special Education             

Kenneth Marshall, STEAM            

Julie Medina, Foreign Language   

Eric Moller, Science          

Jeffrey Paggi, Special Education    

Kristin Raucci, Foreign Language 

Cindy Rivera-Ortiz, Foreign Language        

Michelle Robinson, Science          

Andrea Saylor, Special Education

Michael Sturm, Science  

Susan Sturm, Science      

Michael Terwilliger, Special Education        

Marie Tobin, Special Education    

Jennifer Travis, Special Education

Jennifer Vittoria, Special Education             

Annette Wright, English

 

Sixth-Period Assignment (.5)

Pine Bush High School             

Board approval of the following instructional staff member teaching a .5/ sixth period/additional

assignment for the 2020-2021 school year (or as noted)*at an annual contractual stipend (.5) of$5,500:  

Kevin Blackwell, Social Studies     

Kimberly Canaperi, Special Education        

Erin Crispell, Special Education     

Gerald Risco, Business    

Charlene Webster, Social Studies

Karen Wright, Math        

 

Sixth-Period Assignment

Circleville Middle School

Board approval of the following instructional staff member teaching a sixth period/additional assignment for

the 2020-2021 school year at an annual contractual stipend of $5,500:  

Romulo Gabriel, Science

Maggy Godinez-Garcia* Spanish

 

Sixth-Period Assignment

Crispell Middle School

Board approval of the following instructional staff members teaching a sixth period/additional assignment

for the 2020-2021 school year at an annual contractual stipend of $5,500:  

Janine Brutvan, Life Skills Program

Alexis Darro, Life Skills Program

Melissa Schueler, Life Skills Program

James Wright, Adaptive PE

 

Sixth Period/Additional Assignment (Middle Schools)

Board approval for the appointment of the following instructional staff members teaching half (.5)* of a  sixth period/additional assignment for the 2020-2021 school year at half of the annual contractual stipend, (Classes are every other day, therefore, teacher(s) will receive half of  the sixth period annual contract stipend*            

Angie Meier, Math (CVMS)

Patricia Hoehman (CMS)

Marc Gittleman (CMS)

 

Circleville Middle School:

Team Leader Position

Board approval to amend the following staff member to the following co-curricular appointment for the 2020-21 school year, amended at the appropriate co-curricular stipends:

Keri Giuliano, Grade 7 Team Leader, Level II, Step 5 (5)

YES –4                   NO – 0      Abstain -1 (Johnson)   MOTION CARRIED 

(Board member requested clarification by the Superintendent of addition to consent agenda). 

 

Approval of Town of Crawford and Town of Wallkill SRO Agreements

MOVED by Trustee Graessle, second by Trustee Kheiralla, that the Board of Education approve the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the Superintendent is authorized to execute an agreement with the Town of Crawford and the Town of Wallkill for the purpose of facilitation and implementation of the School Resources Officer program  for the 2020-2021 school year, in accordance with the agreement on file with the District Clerk.

Date: September 8, 2020

YES –5                   NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

Prior to the next action, conversation took place amongst board members with some comments from attendees in the audience. It was stated that this was not the public participation segment of the meeting.

Board to Amend the Agenda for Additional Item:

Acknowledge and Acceptance of MOA with the School Related Professional Association (PBSRPA)

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Meier, that the Board of Education amend the regular agenda

to include an additional item on the agenda for board action, for approval of the following resolution:

                NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education (“Board”) of the Pine Bush Central

School District (“District”) does hereby acknowledge and accept the Memorandum of Agreement (associated with unit member lay-offs) the District and the School Related Professionals Association (“PBSRPA” ) dated September 8, 2020,  as attached hereto; and

                                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board acknowledges that the Superintendent is appropriate to

Execute said agreement Between the District and the PBSRPA pursuant to the Memorandum of Agreement on file with the District Clerk.

Date: September 8, 2020

YES –3                   NO – 0      Abstain -2 (Johnson and Graessle)   MOTION NOT CARRIED   

 

Approval of CSE & CPSE Placement Recommendations

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Johnson, that the Board of Education acknowledge receipt and

acceptance of the Committee on Special Education and Committee on Preschool Special Education placement

recommendations as submitted by the CSE & CPSE Chairpersons, and reviewed by Trustee Meier.

YES –5                   NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

Approval of Participation in Personalized Learning Cohort

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Johnson, that the Board of Education approve the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that the Pine Bush Central School District affirms its continued participation for the

2020-2021 school year in the National Cohort of Schools committed to implementing Personalized Learning, and be it further resolved that the Superintendent of Schools is authorized to affirm our commitment.   

Date: September 8, 2020             

YES –5                   NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

Update: Return to Learn Plan /Opening of School

Superintendent Tim Mains provide an update of our current school opening and Return to Learn plan. Presentation was interrupted due to technical difficulty. The content of the presentation available on the website included the following:  Return to Learn Plan has had many changes since the planning began as follows:

Enormous Challenges:

•       Transportation Issues

•       Staffing Issues

•       New enrollment; additional students home schooled

•       Student Assignments

•       Food Service Plan

•       Storing Furniture

•       Creating Guidance Documents

•       Staff

•       Families

Modified Plan:

•       Start all virtual (some will remain all virtual)

•       Sept. 21st

•       PreK Hybrid begins

•       Special Classes begin

•       October 6th

•       Hybrid K-6 begins

What Rules Do We Have to Follow:

•       Make an effort to get kids into school.

•       Screen staff and students who come to school

•       Keep kids and staff socially distanced

•       Avoid use of common supplies

•       Be sure kids are fed (whether in school or not)

•       Address equity gaps in technology

•       Avoid crowds, even in large spaces

Broad Plan:

•       Elementary and Middle School (grade 6)

•       Hybrid     OR        All virtual.  (parent choice)

•       Both on A/B day schedule – 2 days with teacher; 3 days independent at home

•       Split by geography (for Hybrid); keep kids in same family on same schedule

•       Kids move together with their class or teachers come to them – cocooned

•       High School: and Middle School (grades 7&8)

•       All virtual initially

•       Students follow their daily schedule to ensure structure; attendance taken

•       Hope to bring in neediest kids for extra support, but limited time.

Broad Plan MS/HS:

•       Middle School (grade 6)

•       Hybrid     OR        All virtual.  (parent choice)

•       Both on A/B day schedule – 2 days with teacher; 3 days independent at home

•       Split by geography; keep kids in same family on same schedule

•       Day will likely start later OR end earlier on in-school days

•       Kids move together with their class or teachers come to them – cocooned

•       Middle School (grades 7&8)  AND  High School (9-12)

•       All virtual initially

•       Students follow their daily schedule to ensure structure; attendance taken

Maintain a Safe Environment:

•       Daily health screenings

•       Students

•       Staff

•       Complete a daily form or

•       Be cleared on site

•       Wear Masks / Face shields

•       Protective Barriers

•       Hand Hygiene

•       Nightly cleaning

Maintain a Safe Classroom:

•       Desks 6 feet apart

•       Reserved teaching space

•       Protective barriers as needed

•       No shared cubbies or supplies

•       Frequent hand hygiene

•       Cocoon the kids

Address Social Emotional Concerns:

•       AAP Position Paper:

•       Not being in school may be more dangerous than being in school

•       Need to balance:

•       Physical health with

•       Mental Health

•       Provide staff training in Sept.

•       Ramapo for Children

•       Emphasize establishing relationships as school resumes

Current Efforts:

•       Figure out who is/is not participating

•       Reach out to determine why

•       Work to get Chromebooks to students who still need them

•       Develop in-person options for secondary schools

The presentation also included review of the following: Logistical Challenges and Meeting New Mandates.

In conclusion, Can It Change Again…….

•       Can’t control what curve ball will be thrown next.

•       Staffing issues could impact plan

•       Spike in COVID cases in the region

•       Further changes form DOH or Governor’s office

As noted initially, there were technical difficulties that impacted the complete delivery of this presentation.

 

Note: Cara Robertson joined the meeting remotely via google meet at approx. 7:39 PM)

 

Motion to Move to the 2020-2021 Staffing Report

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Johnson, that the Board of Education approve moving on to the next presentation (Staffing Report), due to the technical difficulty of the School to Learn update.

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

Presentation: 2020-2021 Staffing Report

The 2020-2021 Staffing Report, was presented by Angela Wise, Executive Director of Human   Resource, Data,

and Counseling. The report presented consists of two (2) components:

☐           A chart providing a comparison of teacher/administrative staffing counts by tenure areas and buildings for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years; and,

☐          A narrative report that provides the rationale for each increase and/or decrease within the specific tenure areas.

Angela Wise, Executive Director for Human Resources, Data and Counseling, presented the 2020-2021 Staffing

Report that consisted of two components (these items were included on the district website) as well as provided

to the board members through e-doc.  Ms. Wise reviewed the numbers for the 2020-2021 school year in its

entirety. There were no questions offered by the board. Ms. Wise was thanked for her presentation.

 

Motion to Move to the Secondary Summer School Report (PBHS) -2020

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Johnson, that the Board of Education approve continuing to move forward to the next presentation (Secondary Summer School 2020).

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

Presentation: Secondary Summer School Report (PBHS) – 2020

Assistant Principals Brian Miros and Jennifer Evans were the Summer School Administrators for August 2020. Mr.

Miros presented a Secondary Summer School report, noting Ms. Evan was in attendance as well.  Some of the

highlights of the PowerPoint presentation included the following:

Pine Bush High School Virtual Summer School:

Registration:

●     Secondary Summer School Registration was available online through the Pine Bush Website using Google Forms from June 22nd-July 8th.

●     School Counselors and Summer School staff assisted students and parents with registering for courses that would help students maintain and/or progress their academic standing.

●     Using Google Sheets the information collected was used to build their schedule for the summer.

Course Offerings:

●     Academic Courses were offered in:  English, Social Studies, Algebra 1, Physical Education, Earth Science and Living Environment

●     Gradpoint was also used for students to work independently:  Forensics, math electives, English 12, Health were just some of the courses offered.

●     Each class had a Special Education co-teacher assigned for students support as well.

 

 

Faulty:

●     The 9-12 Secondary Summer School staff included All Pine Bush certified teachers.

●     The Summer School Staff was assisted by 2 clerks

●     The Summer School program was observed by Assistant Principals Brian Miros and Jen Evans.

Format:

●     All Summer School classes were held virtually using Google Classroom, Goformative and other online resources.

●     The regular school day Monday-Thursday consisted of three periods, each 120 minutes in length.  Because of the flexibility with time, teachers were expected to hold synchronous learning and/or have contact with students during time online.  Students worked on projects/assignments during the second hour.

Student Progress/Student Enrollment:

●     Teachers were encouraged to make frequent parental and student contact via phone, email, synchronous instruction, Google Hangouts, and Google Meets.  Progress reports were mailed home as well as final grades.

●     Enrollment:

●     Students: 152       Services:  232

●     English 9:   17     Global 9: 14    Economics: 30   Earth Science: 10  Alg 1: 29

●     English 10: 18     Global 10: 13    Government: 30     Living Environ: 23

●     English 11: 9       US History: 5     Physical Ed: 6     Gradpoint: 25

August Graduation:

A Graduation ceremony was held on Wednesday August 12th, 2020 in the High School gymnasium and a celebration followed.  2 students graduated.

Summary:

The Summer School program was successful. This was a program that required creativity, flexibility and everyday reach out to students.  The dedication and hard work that the staff put into helping create this program is a tribute to them and our students benefited.

Graduation for our seniors was a highlight!

       In conclusion, Mr. Miros was thanked for the presentation.

 

Return to Learn Presentation Verbal Update:

Superintendent Mains continued with an update on the Return to Learn Plan and the current status to date.

He stated the Governor continues to change the rules. Just this Friday, schools were advised we were required to create dash board and post daily results of positive for covid students and staff, even though we are not testing. Further, the State Dept. of Health issued an explanation dash board to the districts with the expectation that we are to comply. This information came to our attention at approximately 2:30 PM. We also received a week and a half ago that the district’s aid has been cut, which reflects a 20% cut in our state aid over the course of this school year, less than we had expected.  Because of the loss of state revenue (elimination of $12 million in state revenue), the district has scrambled to respond to how we will address expenses. Related to that, many (in attendance) are concerned about looking at staff members that are needed when students are present at a time that when we don’t have kids present, as well as, looking at what reductions we might implement to provide cost savings to offset the loss in revenue. The situation we are in is not one we would want to be in. Last year, the district was successful in maintaining all employees through June. Now into the new school year, we do not have the revenue to do that. The MOU (aka MOA) referenced earlier does not address a reduction in force. It was an agreement with SRPs pertaining to callbacks, and simply defines how it would work when calling back individuals. Superintendent Mains provided an explanation of the current actions taken (noting the contract required giving 30-days notice) and process moving forward pertaining to call backs. For clarity purpose, it was confirmed that the consent agenda and addition to the consent agenda abolished positions effective October 9, 2020. Mr. Mains continued on to address the MOU that did not get added to the agenda. The superintendent mentioned the district’s intent was follow the contract. A conversation ensued amongst several board members and the superintendent pertaining to the board actions for that evening.

 

 

Public Participation

The first public participation segment was open at approx. 8:27 PM requesting no personal references. Those

commenting must provide their name. Some of the following comments/questions/concerns were raised:

·         Question regarding 10 week commitment for virtual vs. in person, as well as full return to school;

·         Comments regarding abolishment of positions, why not furloughed instead of abolish, concern regarding unemployment (supt addressed);

·         Comments regarding security guards, as well as students with special needs;

·         Concern regarding…nobody is communicating enough with us;

·         Several continued concerns regarding furlough vs. abolishment and its effect on unemployment;

·         Question regarding re lay-offs, will we be able to check our email?

·         Thanks offered for appreciative comments, however, feel there is lack of respect for TAs;

·         Comment that they did not get any information, needed earlier notification;

·         Comment offered, how many administrators are being abolished?  That’s where the savings is;

·         Comments regarding the value of TAs;

·         Comments regarding SROs;

·         Concern regarding implementation of IEPs

·         Comment regarding Union busting;

·         District is doing an injustice for children in the District and also to the employees;

·         Comment – we need to come back and really reevaluate how we communicate with people;

·         Continued comments regarding abolishment of positions/furlough/unemployment.

·         Comment regarding why all materials not available in hard copy at meeting, note materials are posted on website.

·         Question regarding closed caption;

·         Question regarding shuttle.

 

In closing, the Board president stated the district is taking everything seriously and trying to do the best we can. We are appreciative of everyone showing up to express their comments and concerns.

 

Approval of Revised Board Policy Manual for First Reading

MOVED by Trustee Robertson, second by Trustee Tompkins, that the Board of Education approve the updated

Board Policy Manual as submitted by Erie 1 BOCES in its entirety for First Reading.

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

Board Confirmation of District FOIL Appeals Officer

MOVED by Trustee Johnson, second by Trustee Robertson, that the Board of Education confirm the

appointment of the Superintendent of Schools as the FOIL Appeals Officer (Freedom of Information Law) for the

2020-2021 school year.

Date: September 8, 2020

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

Board of Adoption of Amended Retention and Disposition Schedule

MOVED by Trustee Johnson, second by Trustee Robertson, that the Board of Education approve the following

resolution for adoption:

RESOLVED, By the Board of Education of the Pine Bush Central School District that Retention and Disposition

Schedule for New York Local Government Records, issued pursuant to Article 57-A of the Arts and Cultural Affairs Law, and containing legal minimum retention periods for local government records, is hereby adopted for use by all officers in legally disposing of valueless records listed therein.

Date: September 8, 2020

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

 

Upcoming Board Meetings, Events / Old, New Business / Updates

Our upcoming board meetings and events should be announced Tuesday evening.

The start time for the regular sessions of our board meetings –   7:00 p.m., unless otherwise noted.       

                Regular Board Meetings:

☐           Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 7:00 PM at Circleville Middle School

               (also available by live stream via link at www.pinebushschools.org)

 

☐           Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:00 PM at Pine Bush High School

                (also available by live stream via link at www.pinebushschools.org)

 

                Other District Meetings:

☐           October 5, 2020, 5:30 PM at District Office Audit Committee Mtg.

 

☐           NYSSBA Annual Education Convention 2020 – Virtual Two Week Event

The virtual convention will be held over a two-week period, October 20-22 and October 27-29, 2020. The Annual Business Meeting will be held on October 31, 2020. Please advise Debbie June or Jayna McAteer (asap) if you plan to attend. Informational materials are included in your packet and can also be found on www.nyssba.org

Old/New Business:

Next meeting, the board needs to review the NYSSBA 2020 resolutions/position statements. Materials will be provided to the BOE.

A brief update was provided on Food Distribution, noting the first day 4,570 meals were distributed.

 

Business & Finance

Claims Auditor’s Reports

MOVED by Trustee Graessle, second by Trustee Robertson, that the Board of Education acknowledge

receipt and acceptance of the following Claims Auditor’s Reports as submitted:

☐               Claims Auditor’s Report covering Warrant # 0010 dated 8/10/2020 payroll authorizing payments in the amount of $ 184,372.27

        Trust and Agency (3 checks (004194-004196)                                   $              184,372.27

 

                                                                                                                                                $              184,372.27

 

☐           Claims Auditor’s Report covering Warrant #0011 dated 8/13/20 check run, authorizing payments in the amount of $ 1,901,226.06

               Cafeteria Fund (9 checks 005369-005377)                                            $                    26,819.25

              Federal Fund Acct.(2 checks 002532-002537)                                                          105,537.91

               Capital Fund (1 check 001821-01823)                                                                         138,436.87

               General Fund (77 checks 064443-064519)                                                            1,630,432.03

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Total            $        1,901,226.06

 

☐           Claims Auditor’s Report covering Warrant #0012 dated 8/19/20 check run, authorizing payments in the amount of $ 1,627,746.81

               Cafeteria Fund (3 checks 005378-005380)                                            $                    16,151.36

              Federal Fund Acct.(3 checks 002538-002540)                                                            53,052.83

               Capital Fund (3 check 001824-01826)                                                                     1,410,190.65

               General Fund (46 checks 064520-064565)                                                                148,351.97

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            Total           $         1,627,746.81

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

District Treasurer’s Reports

MOVED by Trustee Johnson, second by Trustee Tompkins, that the Board of Education acknowledge receipt and

acceptance of the following District Treasurer’s Reports for the periods of July 1, 2020 through July 31, 2020.

                                                ■             General Fund Reports: 

                                                                Monthly Treasurer’s Reports / Transfers

                                                                Budget Status

                                                ■             Monthly Treasurer’s Reports / Budget Status for:

                                                                School Lunch Fund

                                                                Capital Fund

                                                                Federal Fund

                                                ■             Monthly Treasurer’s Reports for:

                                                                Trust & Agency Fund     

                                                                District-wide Activity Fund

                                                                Student Activity Funds for: Pine Bush High School,                                          

                                                                Circleville Middle School and Crispell Middle School

                                                                Expendable Trust Fund (Scholarships)

                                                                Academy of Finance

                                                                Human Services Academy

                                                                Debt Service

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED

 

 

Board Approval of Agreement for Special Education Services  

MOVED by Trustee Johnson, second by Trustee Tompkins, that the Board of Education approve the agreement for Special Education Services with Kiryas Joel UFSD for the 2020-2021 school year, and authorize the Board President to sign said agreement on behalf of the District.

Date: Sept. 8, 2020

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

 

Authorization for Funding – Terms & Conditions of Employment for Occupational Therapy Assistant Services

MOVED by Trustee Johnson, second by Trustee Tompkins, that the Board of Education authorize the funding for

the Terms & Conditions of Employment  between the Pine Bush Central School District and Krystle Augusta,

Occupational Therapy Assistant, noting the agreement covers the period retroactive from September 23, 2020

through June 30, 2024. 

YES – 6                  NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED 

 

Public Participation

The second public participation segment was open at approx. 9:53 PM requesting no personal references

No comments from the audience.

 

One question from a board member was offered inquiring as to the status of the district Facebook page as to when

we anticipate it be up and running. Per the superintendent, the Facebook page is moving forward and he would

check further with our Communications Representative..

 

Consideration of Executive Session

Hearing no matters for executive session, President Meier asked for a motion to adjourn.

 

 

 

 

 

Adjournment

MOVED by Trustee Tompkins, second by Trustee Graessle, that the Board of Education adjourn the regular meeting, noting the time at approx. 9:55 PM.

YES – 6     NO – 0    MOTION CARRIED

 

 

   Note: BOARD MEETINGS are video live recorded and                  Deborah A June (electronically signed/daj)

   can be viewed at www.pinebushschools.org                                  Deborah A. June, District Clerk Pine Bush CSD

(Disclosure: Minutes with be printed on numbered minute paper and placed in the district minute books).

 

 

Pine Bush Central School District
State Route 302, Pine Bush, NY 12566
Phone: (845) 744-2031
Fax: (845) 744-6189
Tim O. Mains
Superintendent of Schools
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