2012 03 06 BOEMinutes by lr8cj8E

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									Date: March 6, 2012

Kind of Meeting: Regular

Place: Homer High School

Members Present: Sonia Apker, Linda Battin, Luke Morenus, Scott Ochs, Bill Pedrick, David
Quinlan, Kim Sharpe, Nicole Sprouse (6:04) and Martin Sweeney

Members Absent: None

Others Present: Superintendent Ruscio, Director of Instruction and Evaluation Llewellyn, Director of
Business and Finance Hearton, District Clerk Yacavone, Administrators, Guests

President Sharpe called the meeting to order at 6:00 PM

Executive Session
Motion by Ochs, seconded by Pedrick, that the Board enter into an executive session at 6:01 PM to
discuss personnel/litigation.

                             Yes             8     Motion Carried
                             No              0

(Mrs. Sprouse entered the meeting-6:04 PM)

Returned from Executive Session at 7:05 PM.

Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag

President’s Comments
        Remarks-Mrs. Sharpe welcomed the group.
        Correspondence-None provided.
        Update to Agenda-There were no updates to the agenda.

Community Voices
   None heard.

Approval of Minutes
Motion by Pedrick, seconded by Battin, that the Clerk’s minutes of the February 7, 2012 regular
meeting and February 14, 2012 special meeting be approved as presented. (Board Notes Item A)

                             Yes             9     Motion Carried
                             No              0

Superintendent’s Report
       Remarks:
            Superintendent Ruscio noted that we are waiting on the OCM BOCES calendar before
              we finalize the district’s 2012-13 calendar.
          Correspondence-Superintendent Ruscio provided a Summary of APPR Agreement, from
           the NYS Council of Superintendents.

Comprehensive Educational Plans
   Mr. Turck and Mrs. Falls presented the Comprehensive Educational Plans for each of their
     buildings. The plans will be sent to the NYS Education Department as a part of the process for
     being on the Schools in Need of Improvement List.
Old Business
Motion by Sweeney, seconded by Morenus, that the Board approve the following policies for 2nd
Reading/Final approval: (Board Notes Item B)

                      5632 - Hazardous Communications & Handling Toxic Substance by Emp.
                      5650 - Smoking/Tobacco Use
                      5680 - Records Management
                      5683 - Employee Personal Identifying Info
                      5752 - Drug and Alcohol Testing for School Bus Drivers and Other Safety-
                       Sensitive Employees

                              Yes           9      Motion Carried
                              No            0

New Business
Items Requiring Board Action
Warrants and Claims Auditors Report
Motion by Sprouse, seconded by Morenus, that the Board approve the following Warrants:
(Board Notes Item C)

                              Yes           9      Motion Carried
                              No            0

                              Warrants
                              T and A                                    $1,499,617.21
                              General A2 Jan 2012                        $ 84,058.43
                              Federal F2 Jan 2012                        $      423.86
                              School Lunch C2 Jan 2012                   $      327.00
                              School Lunch C1 Feb 2012                   $ 58,221.64
                              Federal F1 Feb 2012                        $      714.22
                              General A1 Feb 2012                        $ 442,772.70

Treasurer’s Report
Motion by Morenus, seconded by Battin, that the Board approve the following Treasurers’ Reports:
(Board Notes Item D)

                              Yes           9      Motion Carried
                              No            0

                              Treasurers’ Reports
                              General Fund                               January
                              Capital Fund                               January
                              School Lunch                               January
                              Trust & Agency                             January
                              Federal Fund                               January
                              Workers’ Compensation                      January
                              Multi-Reserve                              January
                              Payroll                                    January
                              Extra-classroom Activity Fund              January

                              Investment Summary/Attendance Report: No action required.
                              (Board Notes Item E)

                              Budget Status Report/Revenue Status Report: No action required.
                              (Board Notes Item F)

Reports on Special Education
Motion by Sprouse, seconded by Sweeney, that the Board approve the Reports from the Committee of
Special Education dated January 5, 26, 30, February 1, 3, 6, 7, 9, 10, 13 and 28, 2012 and amendments
dated January 20, 23 and 27, 2012. (Board Notes Item G)

                              Yes           9      Motion Carried
                              No            0
Comprehensive Educational Plans
Motion by Ochs, seconded by Apker, that the Board approve the Intermediate and Junior High Schools
Comprehensive Educational Plans: (Board Notes Item H)

                            Yes            9      Motion Carried
                            No             0

FFA Field Trip Request
Motion by Sweeney, seconded by Morenus, that the Board approve the request from Mrs. Pratt to take
several students to Verona, NY from May 3-5, 2012 to attend the 87th Annual NYS FFA Convention:
(Board Notes Item I)

                            Yes            9      Motion Carried
                            No             0

NY School and Municipal Energy Consortium (NYSMEC) Agreements and Resolutions
Motion by Morenus, seconded by Battin, that the Board approve the following Resolutions and
Agreements: (Board Notes Item J)

                             Electricity Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service Billing Schedule
                              and Agreement
                             Resolution Authorizing Participation in Cooperative Energy
                              Purchasing Service for Electricity
                             Natural Gas Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service Billing Schedule
                              and Agreement
                             Resolution Authorizing Participation in Cooperative Energy
                              Purchasing Service for Natural Gas

                            Yes            9      Motion Carried
                            No             0

Revised Transportation Contract
Motion by Pedrick, seconded by Sweeney, that the Board approve the revised Transportation Contract
between Cortland CSD and the District: (Board Notes Item K)

                            Yes            9      Motion Carried
                            No             0

Tax Refunds
Motion by Morenus, seconded by Battin, that the Board approve the following Tax Refunds: (Board
Notes Item L)

                             $940.04-Richard & Victoria Rogers
                             $562.38-Leslie & Diane Wedge

                            Yes            9      Motion Carried
                            No             0

Informational Items
           Letter from Governor Cuomo-A letter from Governor Cuomo thanking the district for
             our contributions to the 2012-13 Executive Budget Presentation was provided.
           Hepatitis C in Cortland County-A letter from the Health Department regarding an
             increase in Hepatitis C in Cortland County was shared.
           April 10, 2012 Board Meeting-The April 10, 2012 Board meeting will now be on
             April 3, 2012 as a result of the break.
           March 13, 2012 Budget Work Session-The Budget Work Session on March 13, 2012
             has been cancelled.
Board Committee Reports
       Audit-The next meeting is tentatively March 13, 2012 at 6:00 PM in room 59 of the High
        School.
       Budget & Finance-The next meeting is tentatively March 13, 2012 at 7:00 PM in room 59
        of the High School.
       Policy-The Policy Committee is actively reviewing the district’s policies with a goal of
        completing the audit by the end of June 2012.
       Community Relations-No report.

District Committee Reports
        Professional Staff Development Committee (PSDC)-The group met last week and are
           currently working on the Professional Development Plan, tying it to APPR and teacher
           certification requirements. The group also is incorporating a “Tip of the Week” to staff for
           the numerous acronyms associated with education.
        Health Advisory-The group recently had a representative from TST BOCES review the
           Wellness Policy.
        Safety-No report.
        APPR-The next APPR meeting is on March 13, 2012 at 3:30 PM in the High School
           Library.
        Classroom-Technology Advisory Group (C-Tag)-No report.

Board Member Activities
    Mr. Pedrick attended the Intermediate School Science Fair as well as a CNYSBA Board
      meeting.
    Mrs. Sprouse attended the Intermediate School Science Fair as was impressed with the
      attendance as well as the outstanding experiments.
    Mr. Sweeney attended the Intermediate School Character Education Assembly where he posed
      as Lincoln’s assistant personal secretary, William O. Stoddard. He also attended the Hartnett
      and Intermediate School Science Fairs. Mr. Sweeney also noted a recent article in the NY
      Times where Mr. Quinlan was a contributor.
    Mr. Ochs thanked the Board for their support during his medical absence. He also noted that
      he was able to see Mr. Sweeney on Channel 10 promoting the Village of Homer during a piece
      the station called Heritage of Homer.

Upcoming Events
         March
         8-10-HS Musical
         9-HT Bingo Night
         10-Superintendent’s Forum
         16-JH Musical
         19-20-All County Band
         22-All District Instrumental Concert
         24-NYSSMA Solo Festival
         28-All District Vocal Concert
         30-All County Elem. & HS Jazz Band
         31-HS Cabaret Night
         April
         6-Good Friday
         9-13-Spring Recess
         26-HES 2nd Grade Play

Closing Remarks
    There were no closing remarks.

Executive Session
Motion by Battin, seconded by Morenus, that the Board enter into an executive session at 8:04 PM to
discuss personnel/potential staff assignments.

                              Yes            9      Motion Carried
                              No             0

Returned from Executive Session at 8:50PM.
Personnel
Motion by Sprouse, seconded by Apker, that upon recommendation of Superintendent Ruscio, the
following personnel items be approved:

                             Yes           8      Motion Carried
                             No            0
                             Abstain       1      (Sweeney)

       Instructional:
       Approve the creation of two Curriculum Area Lead Teacher positions: one K-6 ELA and
       one K-6 Math.

Motion by Pedrick, seconded by Sweeney, that the following personnel item be removed from the
agenda for further research:

                             Yes           9      Motion Carried
                             No            0

       Approve the following as Student Trainers from March 26-May 21, 2012:
             Sarah McCaslin
             Ken Dolan
             Annelise Hoffman

Motion by Pedrick, seconded by Sweeney, that upon recommendation of Superintendent Ruscio, the
following personnel items be approved:

                             Yes           9      Motion Carried
                             No            0

       Instructional:
       Approve the designation of Russell Hearton as the primary designee and Nancy Ruscio to
       serve as alternate, to sit on the Board of directors of the OCM Workers’ Compensation
       Consortium, and exercise the voting authority of the Superintendent of the Homer School
       District in his absence.

       Approve the appointment of Carolyn Bookhout to a 2 year probationary appointment in the
       Teaching Assistant Tenure area to begin March 12, 2012, to be completed March 11, 2014 at a
       salary per contract. Ms. Bookhout has Level Three Certification as a Teaching Assistant
       effective February 1, 2010.

       Approve the following as a Mentor for the remainder of the 2011-12 school year:
             Janice Grassie with Katie Cristaldi

       Approve the following Practicum Students for the spring term:
             Intermediate
             Nancy Estep with Amy Sumner
             Heather Champion with Chris Moore
             Danielle Mayer with Katie Dwyer
             Richard Martini with Lisa Ryan
             Morgan Mierke with Melissa Sugamele
             Cassandra Criscitello with Karen Shirley
             Elaina Dybas with Stacy Brown

              High School
              Peter Wall with David DiGennaro
              Kate Bickord with Cara McLaughlin

       Approve the following Volunteers for the 2011-12 school year:
             Hartnett
             Laura Maroney

              Elementary
              Ryan Johnson
              High School (NYS Trip)
              Robert Baumeister
              Jennifer Brown
              Michelle Covey
              Cathy England
              Billi Gizzi
              Paul Gugerty
              Linda Hartsock
              Valerie Holcomb
              Nat Holle
              Dawn Hyer
              Jenn Jennings
              Andrew Leach
              Laurie Leach
              Korinne L’Hommedieu
              Sherrie MacNeill
              Anne McLorn
              Susan Murphy
              Terri Pedersen
              Cynthia Randolph
              Billie Jo Rought-Urda
              Chris Ryan
              Julie Stupke
              Erin Vieou
              Monica Willsey

       Appoint the following people as Instructional Substitutes for the 2011-12 school year:
             Name                                 Certification/Degree Area
             Krysta Austen                        Math
             Dawn Bishop                          Teaching Assistant
             Keith Fagerheim                      English
             Zachary Goforth                      Social Studies
             Christina LoConte                    Math
             Nina Pasquarelli                     Elem. Ed.
             Susan Poet                           Foreign Language
             Valerie Reine                        History
             Danielle Sweetman                    Elem. Ed.

       Non-Instructional:
       Approve the following as Non-Instructional Substitutes for the 2011-12 school year:
             Nina Pasquerelli-Aide

Adjournment
Motion by Battin, seconded by Ochs, that the meeting be adjourned at 8:51 PM.

                            Yes            9      Motion Carried
                            No             0

								
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