January 16, 2019 Board Minutes

MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE AU SABLE VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL BOARD OF EDUCATION HELD ON WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2019, PURSUANT TO NOTICE,

ROLL – Scott Bombard, President

MEMBERS – David Whitford, Sherry Snow, Robyn Pray, Susan Richards, Mark Allen, James E. Martineau, Jr.

 ADMINISTRATION – Paul D. Savage II, Aimee Defayette, Chris Fey, Kevin Hulbert, Dean Lincoln, Javier Perez, Randy Pray, Matt Rogers.

FACULTY & STAFF – Scott Brow, Sarah Brown, Jeff Kelley, Mario LaFranca

CALL TO ORDER – President Bombard called the meeting to order at 6:04 p.m.

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE –President Bombard led the Pledge of Allegiance.

APPOINTMENT OF CLERK PRO-TEM – On motion by James E. Martineau, Jr., seconded by Mark Allen and carried unanimously, the Board appointed Paul D. Savage II as Clerk Pro-Tem for this meeting.

 PRESENTATIONS

 MIDDLE SCHOOL REPORT – Chris Fey told the Board how he felt much supported by Mr. Savage, teachers, administration and the Board of Education.  His presentation included many programs and activities in the middle school for the 2018-19 school year, which included:  Rollout of 1:1 Chromebook for 7th graders, Digital Citizenship Curriculum, continued Professional Development, Student Help Desk, improving IReady Implementation, Mentoring and Gearing Up Grant, Fortune Family Medical Program, Middle School assemblies, increase visibility on social media, and the Giving Tree Shop.  He discussed the CSI Determination for the Middle School and the strategy and work to be done for change in the future to get off the CSI list.  He concluded by informing the Board of the amazing people working in the district, and the offering of so many activities and programs in the Middle School.

 BOCES CAPITAL PROJECT – Mr. Brow provided a detailed review of the recent BOCES Capital Project and the next steps in the process.

 SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT – Superintendent Savage gave a budget summary and update based on the Governor’s budget run.  He states that AVCS received only $243,263 or 2.2% increase in foundation aid from the previous year and shared that the tax cap will be 2.65% this year.  He also highlighted that the Governor vetoed the BOCES capital project tax cap exemption which would have helped all our districts.  Superintendent  Savage shared that the districts appeal regarding the CSI status due to high testing opt outs was rejected by NYSED and that we need all students to take the exams moving forward.

 VISITORS – None

EXECUTIVE SESSION – On motion by Robyn Pray, seconded by James E. Martineau, Jr. and carried unanimously, the Board convened in Executive Session at 7:13 p.m. for the purpose of discussing negotiated agreements.

REGULAR SESSION – President Bombard called the meeting back to order at 7:40 p.m.

MINUTES – On motion by Robyn Pray, seconded by Sherry Snow and carried unanimously, the following resolution was offered:

RESOLVED, to accept as presented, the Minutes of the Regular Board Meeting held on December 19, 2018.

APPLICATIONS FOR NON-INSTRUCTIONAL EMPLOYMENT – Hollie Bombard, Angela Gadway, Cindy Geppner, Eric Potthast.

AU SABLE VALLEY TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION REPORT – Mario LaFranca complimented Chris on his presentation and pledged the AVTA would support him and the District with regards to the CSI designation.  He also talked about IReady Testing, and wished everyone a Happy New Year.  Sarah Brown reported on some activities that the AVTA members have conducted with the students.  She informed the Board that she sends out an email to the MHS teachers requesting them to give her any activities that they would like her to report to the Board.

TREASURER’S REPORT – On motion by David Whitford, seconded by Susan Richards and carried unanimously, the following resolution was adopted:

RESOLVED, to accept the Treasurer’s Report for the month of November 2018, as presented.

 EXTRA CLASSROOM TREASURER’S REPORT – On motion by Mark Allen, seconded by David Whitford and carried unanimously, the following resolution was approved:

RESOLVED, to accept the Extra classroom Treasurer’s report for the period ending November 30, 2018, as presented.

APPROVE CHANGING DATE OF FEBRUARY 13, 2019 BOARD MEETING

 RESOLVED, to change the date of the February 13, 2019 Board of Education meeting to February 12, 2019.

 PERSONNEL –President Bombard asked if there were any items in the Personnel Section that Board Members wished to be considered separately.

On motion by David Whitford, seconded by James E. Martineau, Jr. and carried unanimously, the following resolution was adopted:

 RESOLVED, to approve a consent agenda for all items in the Personnel Section.

APPROVE APPOINTMENT OF SUBSTITUTE PERSONNEL

RESOLVED, to appoint the following substitute personnel on an emergency conditional basis pending fingerprint clearance through OSPRA:  Cheryl Cantrell, Eric Potthast

APPROVE RESIGNATION OF FOOD SERVICE HELPER (3 hrs/day)

RESOLVED, to accept a letter of resignation from Amie Beth Devlin, Food Service Helper (3 hrs/day), at Au Sable Forks Elementary School, per her letter dated January 2, 2019, effective December 19, 2018.

APPROVE INTENT TO RETIRE

RESOLVED, to accept a letter of intent to retire from Vicky Desotelle, Teacher Aide/Student Aide at Keeseville Elementary School, effective September 2, 2019, per her letter received January 2, 2019.

APPROVE INTENT TO RETIRE

 RESOLVED, to accept a letter of intent to retire from Jeff Kelley, Custodial Worker, effective at the end of 2019, per his letter dated January 4, 2019.

APPROVE RESIGNATION FOR RETIREMENT PURPOSES

RESOLVED, to accept with regret a letter of resignation for retirement purposes from Barry Blaise, Custodial Worker, effective February 28, 2019, per his letter dated December 20, 2018.

APPROVE RESIGNATION FOR RETIREMENT PURPOSES

RESOLVED, to accept with regret a letter of resignation for retirement purposes from Sarah Smithson, Elementary Teacher at Keeseville Elementary School, effective July 1, 2019, per her letter dated January 3, 2019.

PERSONNEL (CON’T)

APPROVE APPOINTMENT OF COACHES

RESOLVED, to appoint the following coaches for the 2018-2019 school year who have fingerprint clearance from OSPRA:

  1. Jamie Douglass – Unified Basketball
  2. Andrew Bombard – Co-Mod B Boys Basketball
  3. Nick McDonald – Co-Mod B Boys Basketball

ADJOURNED – On motion by Sherry Snow, seconded by Robyn Pray and carried unanimously, the Board adjourned at 7:51 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Paul D. Savage II, Clerk Pro-Tem

Board of Education