• CLINTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    BOARD OF EDUCATION
    REGULAR MEETING
    November 17, 2020
    5:30pm
    Via Zoom

    Agenda Annotation by Dr. Steve Grimm - in maroon text
    Please note that our agendas are available only online - there will no longer be paper copies available at the meeting.
     

    Zoom Meeting ID: 976 1177 0619
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    1.  CALL TO ORDER

    2. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

    3. READING OF THE MISSION STATEMENT

    Clinton Central School proudly educates and empowers all students to realize their potential in becoming thoughtful, empathetic and contributing members of a global society.

    4. PUBLIC TO BE HEARD

    The Board encourages public participation on school related matters at Board meetings.  To allow for this, a period of not more than 30 minutes shall be set aside at each Board meeting.  Speakers shall limit their comments to no more than 5 minutes.  The Board will not permit, in public session, discussion involving District personnel or students.  All speakers are to conduct themselves in a civil manner.  Questions and comments from the public concerning matters which are not on the agenda will be taken under consideration and referred to the Superintendent for appropriate action.  If the Board considers a topic extraordinary and requires a discussion taking longer than 30 minutes, the Board will consider designating a separate forum dedicated to that topic.

    The Board Meeting is a meeting held in public, not a public meeting.  While this is an opportunity to speak directly to the Board of Education, please do not expect reciprocal dialogue with the board members or superintendent at the meeting.  If you would like such dialogue, please contact the superintendent. 

    5. INFORMATION-REPORTS-PROPOSAL/SUPERINTENDENT & STAFF

    A. Bright Spots – Dr. Stephen Grimm

    -  Administrators Reports

    These will feature our principals sharing bright spots that are shining in our schools and classrooms.

    -  Other

    B. Superintendent’s Report

    -  Building Level Reopening Educational Updates

    Normally in November, we would hear about building-level strategic plans that principals have created based on summer workshops, local data, and state assessment data.  Due to the focus on reopening and dealing with COVID related changes in our instructional program, we will hear more specific information related to building-level goals that are tied into our district-level goals at the December 15 meeting.

    More timely at this meeting, approximately one quarter into the school year, you will hear a reflective plus/delta strategic snapshot overview from me and my Leadership Team articulating the following:

    • Plus - things that are working well and we should continue to do
    • Delta - challenges that have us understand opportunities for improvement
    • Next Steps - a glimpse into the near future of some of the ideas related to our instructional program


    In addition, the Board will hear about the internal open communications processes that have been implemented, including Superintendent Focus Forums, and the communication and involvement of the Nursing Team (led by Nurse Leader Mrs. Smiegal) and the Health and Safety Officer Mr. Scoones.

    As with other presentations, this is an opportunity for the Board of Education to learn about what is happening and discuss important matters that are happening in the district.

    -  Other

    6. STANDING RESOLUTIONS (CONSENT AGENDA)

    The items in this section consist mostly of financial items and special education matters that are received on a regular basis, and can be acted upon in a single motion.

    Approval of the following items:

    6A. Agenda and Any Additions to the Agenda for November 17, 2020               

    6B. Minutes from the Regular Meeting held on October 27, 2020  Draft Minutes for 10/27/20

    6C. Internal Claims Auditor Report   Internal Claims Auditor Report

    6D. Summary Treasurer’s Report for October 2020  Summary Treasurer's Report

    6E. Treasurer’s Report for October 2020  Treasurer's Report

    6F. Executive Summary for October 2020   Executive Summary

    6G. Revenues/expenditures by Month   Revenues/expenditures by Month

    6H. Extra-classroom Treasurer’s Report for October 2020  Extra-classroom Treasurer's Report

    6I. Committee on Preschool Special Education and Committee on Special Education (CSE) Report:  (Exhibit #8)

    Initial Review 1
    Program Review 4
    Annual Review 0
    Reevaluation (Triennial) 1
    Administrative Transfer 1
    Preschool 1
    504 Review 3
    504 Initial  0
    Amendment w/o Meeting Held 1

    6J. Updated List of Substitute and Supervisory Personnel    (Exhibit #9)

    7. COMMITTEE/LIAISON REPORTS

    A. Committees

    1. Policy Committee – Dr. Luke Perry

    B. Liaisons

    1. School Board Institute - Ms. Megan Burdick 

    https://coronavirus.health.ny.gov/system/files/documents/2020/10/prek-gr12_toolkit.pdf

    8. NEW BUSINESS

    8A. Policy

    1.  BE IT RESOLVED that draft policy #8210, Use of Security Cameras in the District, be adopted.   Draft Policy #8210

    NOTE: This is the second reading and adoption.                                                    

    2. BE IT RESOLVED that draft policy #5151, Homeless Children, be adopted.  Draft Policy #5151

    NOTE: This is the second reading and adoption.

    8B. RESOLUTION TO AUTHORIZE FILING OF RETURN TAX CLAIMS

    WHEREAS the Education Law provides that the tax collector shall be relieved of responsibility for the uncollected portion of the tax list when a complete list of the delinquent tax items have been certified to the Board of Education and since the collector has affixed his affidavit to suchstatement and has filed a statement accounting for the handling of the tax warrant and list as follows:   Unpaid Taxes
    If, for whatever reason, taxes from our residents are unpaid, the county covers the revenue loss and pursues the recovery of those funds therby holding us harmless.

              TOTAL TAXES
    TOWN ASSESSED  TAX RATE  AMOUNT  TOTAL TAXES RETURNED TO 
    VALUE PER $1000 TAX LEVY COLLECTED COUNTY
    Marshall $9,680,439.00 $38.69 $331,530.98 $327,432.34 $4,098.64
    Paris $765,808.00 $28.22 $18,350.18 $15,271.15 $3,079.03
    Vernon $1,811,668.00 $37.19 $62,171.30 $59,014.25 $3,157.05
    Westmoreland $16,653,708.00 $41.36 $637,057.75 $590,301.12 $46,756.63
    Kirkland $317,584,925.00 $42.09 $12,180,000.96 $11,706,855.01 473.145.95
    New Hartford $47,376,925.00 $33.32 $1,221,161.14 $1,207,496.50 $13,664.64
    Whitestown $956,432.00 $41.36 $34,758.96 $32,351.08 $2,407.88
    TOTAL $394,829,905.00   $14,485,031.27 $13,938,721.45 $546,309.82

    8C.  BE IT RESOLVED, that the following tax bill revisions be approved:   Tax Revision                                                                                                    
    Resident, tax map #327.002-1-3.3, a decrease of $523.82.

    From time to time the assessment office makes changes to the tax bills for some of our residents.  This is one of those times.

    8D. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN  COOPERATIVE ENERGY PURCHASING SERVICE (NYSMEC) FOR ELECTRICITY

    WHEREAS, Article 5-G of the New York State General Municipal Law authorizes municipal corporations to enter into cooperative agreements for the performance or exercise of services, functions, powers or activities on a cooperative or contract basis among themselves or one for the other, and

    WHEREAS, Section 119-n of the General Municipal Law defines the term "municipal corporation" for the purposes of Article 5-G as a county outside the city of New York, a city, a town, a village, a board of cooperative educational services, a fire district or a school district; and

    WHEREAS, Clinton Central School District, (hereinafter sometimes referred to as "Participant") is a "municipal corporation" as defined above; and       

    WHEREAS, this Board wishes for this municipal corporation to become or remain a Participant pursuant to the Municipal Cooperation Agreement For Energy Purchasing Services dated the 1st day of May 2005 (the “Agreement”), among municipal corporations collectively identified as the New York School and Municipal Energy Consortium ("NYSMEC") upon the terms of the Agreement and further wishes to authorize participation as an energy consumer as specified below.

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this Board hereby determines that it is in the interests of the Clinton Central School District to participate in the NYSMEC, and authorizes and directs Mr. Joseph Barretta, Assistant Superintendent for Business, to sign the Agreement/and or the Billing Schedule and Agreement for electricity on its behalf; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Board authorizes the Administrative Participant (as defined in the Agreement) to prepare, advertise, disseminate and open bids pursuant to the General Municipal Law and to award, execute and deliver binding contracts on behalf of this Board for the purchase of electricity delivered to the delivery point of the local utility distribution company for the Participant’s facility or facilities, on a firm basis, for this Participant to the lowest responsible bidder as is determined by the Administrative Participant  at a price for such commodity electricity not to exceed $0.0736 cents per kWh for a term of at leastone year and no more than three years commencing May 1,2021, and other terms and conditions, all as may be determined by the Administrative Participant, or to reject any or all such bids; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Participant agrees to advertise said bid as may be directed by the Administrative Participant; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the officers and employees of this Participant are authorized to execute such other confirming agreements, certificates and other documents and take such other actions as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the intent of this resolution.

    This Resolution shall take effect immediately.                                                        

    8E. RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING PARTICIPATION IN COOPERATIVE ENERGY PURCHASING SERVICE (NYSMEC) FOR NATURAL GAS

    WHEREAS, Article 5-G of the New York State General Municipal Law authorizes municipal corporations to enter into cooperative agreements for the performance or exercise of services, functions, powers or activities on a cooperative or contract basis among themselves or one for the other, and

    WHEREAS, Section 119-n of the General Municipal Law defines the term "municipal corporation" for the purposes of Article 5-G as a county outside the city of New York, a city, a town, a village, a board of cooperative educational services, a fire district or a school district; and

    WHEREAS, Clinton Central School District is a "municipal corporation" as defined above; and

    WHEREAS, this Board wishes for this municipal corporation to become or remain a Participant pursuant to the Municipal Cooperation Agreement For Energy Purchasing Services dated the 1st day of May, 2005 (the “Agreement”), among municipal corporations collectively identified as the New York School and Municipal Energy Consortium ("NYSMEC") upon the terms of the Agreement and further wishes to authorize participation as an energy consumer as specified below.

    NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that this Board hereby determines that it is in the interests of the Clinton Central School District to participate in the NYSMEC, and authorizes and directs Mr. Joseph Barretta, Assistant Superintendent for Business, to sign the Agreement/and or the Billing Schedule and Agreement for natural gas on its behalf; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Board authorizes the Administrative Participant (as defined in the Agreement) to prepare, advertise, disseminate and open bids pursuant to the General Municipal Law and to award, execute and deliver binding contracts on behalf of this Board for the purchase of natural gas delivered to the city gate of the local utility distribution company for the Participant’s facility or facilities, on a firm basis, for this Participant to the lowest responsible bidder as is determined by the Administrative Participant at a price for such commodity natural gas not to exceed $0.583 cents per therm for a term of at least one year and no more than three years commencing May 1, 2021, and other terms and conditions, all as may be determined by the Administrative Participant, or to reject any or all such bids; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that this Participant agrees to advertise said bid as may be directed by the Administrative Participant; and

    BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the officers and employees of this Participant are authorized to execute such other confirming agreements, certificates and other documents and take such other actions as may be necessary or appropriate to carry out the intent of this resolution.

    This Resolution shall take effect immediately.

    Self explanatory...

    9. OTHER          

    A. BE IT RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the proposed 2021-2022 budget development calendar be approved.  Budget Calendar                      

    This was presented at the last meeting and now the Board takes action.  This is the prefered operating procedure, where discussion occurs followed by thinking, and then action at a subsequent board meeting.                                    

    10. PUBLIC TO BE HEARD

    The Board Meeting is a meeting held in public, not a public meeting.  While this is an opportunity to speak directly to the Board of Education, please do not expect reciprocal dialogue with the board members or superintendent at the meeting.  If you would like such dialogue, please contact the superintendent. 

    11. PERSONNEL                   

    11A. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the resignation of Jason Tague from the position of senior custodian, contingent upon his appointment as head custodian, effective November 17, 2020, be approved.   (Exhibit #15)                 
    See next item...

    11B. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the appointment of Jason Tague to the position of head custodian, to be compensated at an annual salary of $39,018.78, effective November 18, 2020, in accordance with the current CSEA agreement, be approved.  (Exhibit #16)

    By way of the CSEA contract, employees who pass a promotional exam are eligible for appointment to that title and all that comes with it.  Congratulations to this employee on their pursuit of knowledge and promotion.       

    11C. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the resignation of Angela Thieme from the position of account clerk, contingent upon her appointment as senior account clerk, effective November 17, 2020, be approved.  (Exhibit #17)     

    See next item...

    11D. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the appointment of Angela Thieme to the position of senior account clerk, to be compensated at an annual salary of $37,489.95, effective November 18, 2020, in accordance with the current CSEA agreement, be approved.  (Exhibit #18)

    By way of the CSEA contract, employees who pass a promotional exam are eligible for appointment to that title and all that comes with it.  Congratulations to this employee on their pursuit of knowledge and promotion.       

    11E. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the resignation of Nicole Ruddy from the position of Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Coach, effective immediately, be accepted with regret.   (Exhibit #19)

    Temporarily stepping partially away from the program for personal reasons.

    11F. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the following coaching appointments for the 2020-2021 school year, to be compensated in accordance with Article 14 of the CTA contract or other agreements/understandings between the District and CTA, pending team formation, be approved.  (Exhibit #20) 

    Melissa Lomanto Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Coach
    Michelle Van Slyke Girls Varsity Ice Hockey Volunteer
    Michael Hayduk, Sr. Boys Varsity Basketball Volunteer
    Steve Morse Girls Varsity Basketball Volunteer
    Joseph Leibl Boys JV Basketball Volunteer
    Joseph Grabski Boys Varsity Ice Hockey Volunteer

                              
    12. QUESTIONS BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

    -NYSSBA Convention Update - Ms. Melinda Leising & Ms. Mary Lou Lauchert

     

    13. EXECUTIVE SESSION AND ADJOURNMENT


    Information Regarding Executive Sessions

    The Board of Education may hold executive sessions at which only the members of the Board or persons invited by the Board shall be present. However, the executive session is only available for the purpose of discussion, and except as the law allows, formal action must be taken in an open session.

    Executive sessions can be requested by any member of the Board or the Superintendent of Schools.

    A Board member must make a motion during an open meeting to convene in executive session.  Upon a majority vote of its members, the Board may convene in executive session at a place which the Board President or said members may designate within the District to discuss the subjects enumerated below. 

    Matters which may be considered in executive session are:

    matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;
    any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;
    information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed;
    discussions regarding proposed, pending or current litigation;
    collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law(the Taylor Law);
    the medical, financial, credit or employment history of a particular person or corporation, or matters leading to the appointment, employment, promotion, demotion, discipline, suspension, dismissal or removal of a particular person or corporation;
    the preparation, grading or administration of examinations; and
    the proposed acquisition, sale, or lease of real property or the proposed acquisition of securities, or sale or exchange of securities, but only when publicity would substantially affect the value thereof.