A regular meeting of the Roxbury Board of Education was held on March 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm

Roxbury Central School Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2014 A regular meeting of the Roxbury Board of Education was held on March 14, 2014 at 7:...
3 downloads 0 Views 98KB Size
Roxbury Central School Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2014

A regular meeting of the Roxbury Board of Education was held on March 14, 2014 at 7:00 pm. Present: Ed Fersch, Bonnie Walker, Will Finch, Phil Zorda and Ed Sanford Superintendent: Thomas J. O’Brien Principal: Eric Windover Treasurer: Jean M. Menchen Secretary: Marianne Schor President Fersch called the regular meeting to order at 7:00 pm. Pledge of Allegiance. Mr. O’Brien gave a PowerPoint review on the preliminary budget for 2014-2015. During the presentation, Mr. Fersch and Ms. Walker expressed their concern about a particular line item, which is eliminating the 5th & 6th grade trip starting next year. Mr. Fersch stated that it was the only overnight trip left other than the senior trip, and they both stated that there was great educational and social value in going on such a trip. A discussion followed. The next Public Review will be on March 26th.

1st Public Budget Review

Mr. O’Brien and William Taylor, from William Taylor Architects, gave a PowerPoint presentation on the proposed Capital Project.

Capital Project

Additions to the Agenda: 1. Executive session to discuss: • Student Issue • Employee Histories • Legal Issue • Superintendent’s Evaluation 2. Addition to Superintendent’s Recommendations: • #4 - Approve Capital Project Referendum 3. Addition to Other: • #5 - Approve re-numbering of original Policy #3220 to #1512

Bonnie Walker moved, seconded by Will Finch, to approve the Treasurer’s Report for February, 2014. Motion approved unanimously.

Treasurer’s Report

Phil Zorda moved, seconded by Ed Sanford, to approve the legal notice for RFP request for an auditing service. Motion approved unanimously.

RFP Legal Notice

The General Fund Revenue and Budget Status reports were reviewed.

Fund Rev./ Budget Status

Will Finch moved, seconded by Bonnie Walker, to approve the BOCES Requests for ONC BOCES, and Erie 1 BOCES. Motion approved unanimously.

BOCES Initial Serv. Requests

1

Roxbury Central School Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2014

Bonnie Walker moved, seconded by Phil Zorda, to approve Budget Transfer Schedule #7 in the amount of $16,789. Motion approved unanimously.

Budget Transfers

Bonnie Walker moved, seconded by Phil Zorda, to approve the bills for audit as follows:

Bills

General Fund Feb. $ 12,129.80 March $ 306,116.00

Cks. 0 69

Federal Fund $ 0 $ 40,758.83

Cks 0 13

School Lunch $ 170.11 $ 7,832.39

Cks Cap.Debt Cks 0 0 0 7 $ 1,058.42 1

The internal claims auditor report summary was attached to the bills. Motion was approved unanimously. Phil Zorda moved, seconded by Ed Sanford, to approve the extra-classroom activity fund account for February, 2014. Motion approved unanimously.

Student Fund

Will Finch moved, seconded by Phil Zorda, to approve the minutes of the meeting that was held on February 12, 2014. Motion approved unanimously.

Minutes

Public Comments: None President’s Report: 1. Mr. Fersch and Mr. O’Brien went to the BOCES Budget Presentation at ONC BOCES on February 27th. This budget affects what we as a component school district pay for their administrative costs. Mr. Fersch referred to the handout in the packets that showed the increases for next year. There will be 3.79% increase in the BOCES administrative costs for our district, 3.5% of which is due to the health insurance for their retired employees. The amount is divided up between the districts by our RWADA (Resident Weighted Average Daily Attendance), and for our district it means an increase of 14.34% over last year. Superintendent’s Report: 1. Our APPR plan for 2014-2015 has been approved. Mr. O’Brien thanked Mr. Windover and the APPR Committee for their hard work. 2. Numann Center - The bid opening was held this afternoon, and there were several that came in under budget. The lowest bids will be up for consideration later in the meeting under Superintendent’s Recommendations 3. We received a grant that allows some of our students to attend an Open Eye Theater production as well as have them come here and work with our students. 4. We have entered into an agreement with several other schools to seek a consortium grant with SUNY Oneonta for professional development in Math. It has come to our attention with the Common Core curriculum rollout that there is a great need for professional development in this area. Carl Mummenthey, Superintendent of Jefferson Central School, has helped manage the grant application. The other districts involved are Cherry Valley, Andes, Laurens, Morris and Franklin. If we get the grant, it will involve a math camp for teachers at SUCO for a week this summer, with the teachers getting stipends and travel expenses, as well as in-house professional development. 5. Mr. O’Brien attended the NYSCOSS Mid-Winter Conference last week in Albany. He and the several other superintendents attended Lobby Day at the Capitol. He and one of his colleagues 2

Roxbury Central School Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2014

were able to have a private meeting with Assemblyman Lopez and a group meeting with Senator Seward. Mr. O’Brien also got to spend a few minutes with Senate Majority Leader Dean Skelos. The discussions at all of these meetings were about the plight of small rural school districts, the Common Core and inBloom, the proposed data repository. Mr. O’Brien stated that our legislators were very receptive and understand our plight. 6. The BOCES Annual Meeting will be held on April 1st. All the Board members stated they would like to attend along with Mr. O’Brien.

1.

2.

3.

4.

Principal’s Report: The Joe Beck award is given to 11 scholar athletes in the Delaware League who are multi-sport athletes and excel in academics, display leadership qualities and have community service involvement. Roxbury Central School had two students who received this honor: Elizabeth Davis and Joseph McAfee. Mr. Fersch congratulated the students on getting this award, and commended them on their ability to keep their high academic standing while being involved in many other activities. Mrs. Walker agreed to write congratulatory letters from the Board. Mr. Windover gave an overview on the new CDOS (Career Development Occupational Studies) credential in the area of Special Education, which replaces the IEP diploma. He explained that CDOS is an earned credential, and that a student who would be considered a possible candidate for CDOS would work towards it in a curriculum parallel with a Regents Diploma curriculum. Mr. Windover discussed how this would impact our Special Ed teachers, what the criteria are regarding supervising and training in the workplace, and the documentation process. Mr. Windover discussed the changes to the schedule for next year. The main change is due to scheduling problems with elementary instructional times. There will no longer be two 1-hour blocks in the middle of the day. He stated that it will be his recommendation that we should return to 8 periods of 45 minutes each per day. Mr. Windover discussed the impact of the February 10th Board of Regents adoption of 19 proposals that impacted the Common Core, inBloom and other items. He stated that we are still trying to understand exactly what these changes mean. As an example, there is a misunderstanding that students will not have to pass the Regents at the new higher standards until 2022; but in reality, it means that the Class of 2022 will have to start passing the exams at the new higher standards. A discussion followed.

Board Comments and Questions: 1. Mr. Zorda reminded the Board about the School Board Institute’s Spring Workshop at which Ken Slentz will be speaking. Mr. Windover wished to be added to the list of attendees. 2. Mrs. Walker thanked Mrs. Johnston, a teacher who was in the audience, for her input during the budget presentation. Mrs. Walker commented that her concern and caring for our students was very apparent in her statements. Old Business: None

New Business: A. Superintendent’s Recommendations: 1. Bonnie Walker moved, seconded by Will Finch, to approve the following changes for the Annual Budget Vote: • Discontinue voter registration in Grand Gorge • Compensation in the amount of $60 for up to two (2) 3

Changes to Annual Budget Vote

Roxbury Central School Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2014

Registration Committee members and up to four (4) Election Committee Members per sitting Motion approved unanimously. 2. Bonnie Walker moved, seconded by Will Finch, to accept bids for the Numann Technology Center as follows pending procurement of a performance bond: • General Construction - Nichols Construction Base Bid - $260,000 • Mechanical - Knoth Heating & Mechanical Base Bid - $69,622.00 • Electrical - Hinkley Associates Base Bid - $50,985.00 Motion approved unanimously.

Numann Ctr. Bids

3. Bonnie Walker moved, seconded by Phil Zorda, to approve the following resolution:

SEQRA

WHEREAS, the Roxbury Central School District Board of Education has considered the impacts to the environment of the proposed Capital Construction Project, as reviewed by the Board of Education on March 13, 2014 (the Proposed Action) more fully described on the proposed Scope of Work annexed as Exhibit “A”. WHEREAS, the Board has reviewed the scope of the Proposed Action and has further received and considered the advice of its Architects with respect to the potential for environmental impacts resulting from the Proposed Action; and WHEREAS, the Board has reviewed the Proposed Action with respect to the Type II criteria set forth in 6 NYCRR Part 617.5(c); now therefore BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Education as follows: 1.

The Proposed Action individually and collectively does not exceed thresholds established under 6 NYCRR Part 617 of the State Environmental Quality Review Act (SEQRA). 2. The Board hereby determines that the Proposed Action is a Type II action in accordance with the SEQRA regulations 6 NYCRR 617.5(c)(2) and (8) specifically the rehabilitation or reconstruction of a structure or facility, in kind, on the same site, and routine activities of educational institutions, including expansion of existing facilities by less than 10,000 square feet of gross floor area. 3. No further review of the Proposed Action is required under SEQRA. 4. This Resolution shall be effective immediately. Motion approved unanimously.

4

Roxbury Central School Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2014

4. The following resolution was moved by Bonnie Walker and seconded by Ed Sanford:

Capital Project

BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Education of the Roxbury Central School District that the following proposition providing for the approval and funding of a capital project is presented to the voters of the District at the 2014 annual budget vote and election: Proposition No. 2: CAPITAL PROJECT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Roxbury Central School District is hereby authorized to undertake a capital project not to exceed a total of $5,000,000, with bonding of $4,000,000 and funding of $1,000,000 from current reserves no longer needed for the purpose originally set aside. Motion approved unanimously. 5

Will Finch moved, seconded by Ed Sanford to approve the following: • Approve Annual Notice for Budget Vote, Propositions and Election

Annual Notice



Approve modification to the 2013-2014 school calendar, making June 26th the last day of school and not give back 5/22/14.

Rev. 13-14 Calendar



Approve the 2014-2015 School Calendar.

14-15 Calendar

Motion approved unanimously.

B. Personnel: Phil Zorda moved, seconded by Bonnie Walker, to approve the following personnel items: 1. Approve Joan Kemp as CROP tutor and school liaison for four (4) hours a week at the contractual rate of $40/hr from Monday through Thursday retroactive to February 24, 2014, with a portion of that payment coming from the 21st Century After-School Grant. 2. Approve one day of unpaid leave for Susan Cole on April 11, 2014.

Personnel Kemp CROP Liaison

Cole Unpaid Leave

3. Approve one day of unpaid leave for Stephanie Massell on March 14, Massell Unpaid 2014. Leave 5

Roxbury Central School Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2014

4. Accept the resignation of Stephanie Massell as 2014 Class Advisor.

Massell Advisor Resignation

5. Approve Emily Cronk as a substitute peer tutor for CROP.

E. Cronk CROP

6. Approve Sandra Yark as an unpaid volunteer pending fingerprint clearance.

Yark Vol.

Motion approved unanimously. C. Other: 1. Phil Zorda moved, seconded by Will Finch, to approve the CSE Recommendations for the following students: Student #2757, 2731, 4000, 3026, 3038, 2424, and 2704 Motion approved unanimously. 2. Will Finch moved, seconded by Ed Sanford, to approve the following: • Approve the 5th & 6th grade trip to Cape Cod and Boston on May 15-16, 2014.

CSE Recs.

5th & 6th Grade Trip



Approve Maryellen Schuman as driver for the Charlotte Schuman Valley bus route as an extension to her New Visions route Bus Rte. effective 3/14/14. Chg.



Accept donation from Merrill J. Hillis in the amount of $50 to the RCS Library to purchase books.

• Approve the renumbering of the original Policy #3220 Public Expression at Meetings to #1512. Motion approved unanimously.

Hillis Don.

Policy Re-Numbering

Public Comments: None Phil Zorda moved, seconded by Will Finch, to enter into executive session at 9:50 pm to discuss a student issue, employee histories, legal issues and the Superintendent’s Evaluation. Motion approved unanimously.

Exec. Session

Bonnie Walker moved, seconded by Will Finch, to come out of executive session at 10:35 pm. Motion approved unanimously.

Out of Exec. Session

Ed Sanford moved, seconded by Phil Zorda, to adjourn the meeting at 10:35 pm. Motion approved unanimously.

Adjourn

6

Roxbury Central School Board of Education Meeting March 14, 2014

______________________________ Marianne Schor, Secretary

__________________________________ Edward Fersch Board of Education

___________________________________ Thomas J. O’Brien, Superintendent

7

Suggest Documents