• CLINTON CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
    BOARD OF EDUCATION
    REGULAR MEETING

      December 15, 2020
    5:30pm
    Via Zoom


    Agenda Annotation by Dr. Steve Grimm - in maroon text

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    Meeting ID: 315 560 3813


    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
    -  Athletics

    We will see the results of our fall sports team participation.

    -  Administrators Reports

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

    -  Other

    B. Superintendent’s Report

    - Target School for Improvement Update

    The Board will receive an update regarding our progress toward responding to state level requirements by developing a School Comprehensive Education Plan (SCEP) for the Middle School.  Over the past few weeks, district and school based teams have been meeting to understand relevant data, determine root causes, and craft a next plan.  The SCEP is required to have Board approval, which will occur at a special board meeting on January 12th after a more detailed presentation and discussion.  The process has been delayed by the COVID crisis across the state.

    - COVID Update

    I will provide an update related to the increasing rates of COVID in the region and our plans for attempting to stay open as long as possible.  This includes a review of the guidelines related micro-cluster plans and COVID testing of students and staff.  It will also include a discussion of data and parameters that are used to make decisions regarding whether or not to move from in-person to remote instruction.

    - Instructional Model Update

    The Board will hear an update from the middle and high schools regarding the recent shift to dual cohort instruction using Zoom.  In addition, a prospective model that would allow grades 1, 2 and 3 attend Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday.

    - Budget Communication Cycle

    I will present an overview of what I refer to as the Budget Communications Cycle, which is a process by which we will communicate among the different stakeholder groups within the district as we develop the financial plan that will support our educational plan.

    - Debt Service and Tax Levy Limit

    Joe will provide information related to the Debt Service portion of our budget and deliver a preview of the future Tax Levy Limit for the development of the 2021-2022 budget.

    -  Communication Survey

    I will provide some information about a communication survey that we plan to send to the entire community.

    -  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:

    A. Agenda and Any Additions to the Agenda for December 15, 2020
                    
    B. Minutes from the Regular Meeting held on November 17, 2020   Draft Minutes for 11/17/20

    C. Summary Treasurer’s Report for November 2020   Summary Treasurer's Report

    D. Treasurer’s Report for November 2020   Treasurer's Report

    E. Executive Summary for November 2020   Executive Summary

    F. Revenues/expenditures by Month   Revenues/expenditures by Month

    G. Extra-classroom Treasurer’s Report for November 2020   Extra-classroom Treasurer's Report

    H. Committee on Preschool Special Education and Committee on Special Education (CSE) Report:   (Exhibit #7)

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

    I. Updated List of Substitute and Supervisory Personnel   (Exhibit #8)

    In order for someone to be employed by the district, they need to be approved by the Board of Education.  Most have contracts either collectively or individually; however, there are other cases.  This master list allows the Board to see the many different people that are approved, mostly as substitutes, chaperones, and EMTs etc., and it gets updated from time to time.

    7. COMMITTEE/LIAISON REPORTS

    Board members serve on committees, or are liaisons to groups, in addition the regular board service.  This is an opportunity for board members to share information related to the committees on which they serve or the group to which they are assigned.

    A. Committees
    1. Finance Committee – Ms. Mary Lou Lauchert

    B. Liaisons
    1. School Board Institute – Ms. Megan Burdick

    8. NEW BUSINESS

    A. BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education approves the sale of two portable generators through Auction International:   Sale of Generators

    Tag # Item Description
    Unit #MS John Deere 6 Cylinder Diesel Engine 2000 Spectrum 100KW Tow Behind Generator
    Unit #HS John Deere 6 Cylinder Diesel Engine 2000 Spectrum 50KW Tow Behind Generator


    B. BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education approves the sale of two school buses through Auction International:   Sale of Buses

    Bus Number Year Make Capacity
    10 2013 Ford 20
    11 2013 Ford 20

     


    C. BE IT RESOLVED that, in response to the examination prepared by the D’Arcangelo & Co., LLP, covering the period of July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 of the Extra-classroom Activity Fund, the corresponding corrective action plan submitted to NYSED by the Clinton Central School District, be accepted and made part of this school district’s records.   Corrective Action Plan

    As a result of the financial audit, we have created the proposed plan for Board approval.  It will be reviewed by the finance committee before this meeting.

    9. OTHER 
               
    A. BE IT RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, and in accordance with Section III policy and procedure, that students from Remsen CSD be granted permission to participate as combining athletes in the Clinton Central School bowling program. - Requested removal by Remsen CSD

    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

    A. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the extension of the unpaid family care leave for Richard Ferrone, elementary school teacher, beginning on December 22, 2020 through March 21, 2021, in accordance with the current CTA agreement, be approved.  (Exhibit #12)       

    B. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the extension of the appointment of Katrina Mercer to the position of long-term substitute teacher in the elementary tenure area, at Step 1MA, beginning December 22, 2020 through March 21, 2021, be approved.

    This person will continue to subsitute for Mr. Ferrone due to the extended leave indicated above.

    C. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the following co-curricular appointments for the 2020-2021 school year, to be compensated in accordance with Article 15 of the CTA contract, be approved:  (Exhibit #14)     
        
    Samantha DiPietro         High School Musical Choreographer  

    D. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the following placements be approved:   (Exhibit #15)

    1. Stacy Del Mastro (SUNY Oneonta), student teaching under the supervision of elementary teacher Laura Pominville.   

    E. BE IT RESOLVED that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the appointment of Laura Fuller to the position of long-term substitute guidance counselor to be compensated at step 4MA, in accordance with the current CTA agreement, beginning on October 7, 2020 through November 6, 2020, be approved.   (Exhibit #16)

    NOTE: This action formalizes Ms. Fuller’s emergency appointment on October 7, 2020.

    Because of her experience and value, we planned to pay her more than Step 1 daily rate, which is why we need separate board approval.  We (our students) are lucky we were able to secure such a qualified and valuable person for this particular time on such short notice.
                                                
    12. QUESTIONS BY THE BOARD OF EDUCATION

    This is an opportunity to board members to dialogue with one another as needed.

    13. ADJOURNMENT


    Executive Session Note:

    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:

    1. matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed;
    2. any matter which may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or informer;
    3. information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a criminal offense which would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed;
    4. discussions regarding proposed, pending or current litigation;
    5. collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law(the Taylor Law);
    6. 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;
    7. the preparation, grading or administration of examinations; and
    8. 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