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					                                       BOARD OF EDUCATION
                                      Syracuse City School District
                                          Syracuse, New York

                                           SPECIAL MEETING
                                   March 23, 2010– 5:30 p.m., Board Room

The Board of Education convened to consider adopting the 2010-11 General Fund Operating Budget at 5:00
p.m.

Present: President Richard Strong, Commissioners Patricia Body, Calvin Corriders, Ned Deuel, Laurie Menkin
         and Nancy McCarty
Absent: Commissioner Monique Wright-Williams

A motion was made by Commissioner Corriders and seconded by Commissioner Body to excuse
Commissioner Monique Wright-Williams from the meeting. Vote on the motion: 6-Yes, 0-No (Commissioner
Wright-Williams absent), motion carried.

A motion was made by Commissioner Corriders and seconded by Commissioner Menkin to enter into
executive session (to discuss matters of personnel and contracts) at 5:01 p.m. Vote on the motion: 6-Yes, 0-No
(Commissioner Wright-Williams absent), motion carried.

Commissioner Wright-Williams arrived at the meeting 5:03 p.m.

The Board of Education reconvened from executive session at 5:38 p.m.

President Strong invited those present to join in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

President Strong announced the process by which those who wished to address the Board of Education on an
agenda or non-agenda item may do so:
David Muolo spoke to the Board about the possible closing of the Syracuse Teacher Center due to New York
State budget cuts set by the Governor.
Anne Marie Voutsinas, President of the Syracuse Teachers Association, spoke to the devastating budget cuts
for our District.
Mary Carello spoke about the relocation and safety concerns of H.W. Smith students being moved during the
JSCB renovation project.
Tanika Jones-Cole from the Citizen Action League encouraged everyone to call their legislators for equality in
funding for our District.

By unanimous consent, the resolution to vote on the 2010-2011 Budget Adoption was moved to the last action
item on the agenda.
                                                                            Resolution #0310-169-SM
1.     Retirement Incentive
Whereas:       the Syracuse City School District faces a budget shortfall and is subject to other financial
               constraints for the 2010-2011 school year; and

Whereas:       as a result, it has been necessary for the Board of Education to implement a plan for the abolition
               of certain positions; and

Whereas:       in an effort to lessen the impact upon the least senior Unit 1 members who would otherwise be
               subject to reductions in force, an agreement between the District’s representatives and the
               Syracuse Teachers Association has been reached wherein senior bargaining unit employees who
               are otherwise eligible to retire would be provided a one-time-only stipend to retire; and
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Whereas:      this special retirement incentive of $10,000 will be offered only if we have a minimum of one
              hundred (100) Unit 1 members participate or $15,000 if we have a minimum of one hundred and
              fifty (150) Unit 1 members participate; and

Whereas:      such a special retirement incentive, if granted to eligible employees, would allow the District to
              retain those less senior Unit 1 members who are at the early stages of their career; and

Whereas :     It has been determined that such a plan would not only be a cost saving measure for the coming
              school year, but also for future years; now, therefore, be it

Resolved:     The Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, authorizes
              a special retirement plan for eligible Unit 1 employees be approved and adopted which would
              provide for a one-time-only retirement stipend in the amount of Ten Thousand Dollars
              ($10,000.00) or Fifteen Thousand Dollars ($15,000) with an employee notification deadline of
              April 27, 2010.

A motion was made by Commissioner Corriders and seconded by Commissioner McCarty to adopt the above
resolution. Vote on the motion: 7-Yes, 0-No, motion carried.
                                                                         Resolution #0310-170-SM
2.      Unrestrictive Leave of Absence
Whereas:      the Syracuse City School District is experiencing an unusually severe financial crisis; and

Whereas:      the Syracuse City School District is faced with the possibility of having to further reduce the
              work force; and

Whereas:      the Syracuse City School District is desirous of retaining as many current employees as is
              possible; and

Whereas:      the leadership of Bargaining Units 1,Teachers and Ancillary Services, and Unit 8, Assistants and
              Attendents, (teaching assistants eligible only) have proposed that their respective memberships
              be offered the opportunity to receive one year unrestricted personal leaves of absence from their
              respective positions, without pay or benefits, to mitigate the possible reduction in work force;
              and

Whereas:      the unpaid unrestricted personal leave of absence will be considered for the period of July 1,
              2010 through June 30, 2011 only, and according to procedures established by the Superintendent
              of Schools and the Director of Personnel and not be considered as a binding precedent for future
              action; and

Whereas:      members of Bargaining Units 1, Teachers and Ancillary Services, and Unit 8, Assistants and
              Attendents, (teaching assistants eligible only) who have taken a consecutive unrestricted
              personal leave for the school years 2008-2009 and 2009-2010, will not be eligible for a third
              year unrestricted leave of absence. Members of Bargaining Units 1, Teachers and Ancillary
              Services, and Unit 8, Assistants and Attendents, (teaching assistants eligible only) who have
              taken an unrestricted personal leave only for the 2009-2010 school year will be eligible for a
              second year unrestricted personal leave; and, members of Bargaining Units 1, Teachers and
              Ancillary Services, and Unit 8, Assistants and Attendents, (teaching assistants eligible only) who
              have never requested this leave would be eligible to do so.
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Whereas:      members of Bargaining Units 1, Teachers and Ancillary Services, and Unit 8, Assistants and
              Attendents, (teaching assistants eligible only) interested in taking an unrestricted personal leave
              of absence during the 2010-2011 school year must notify the Director of Personnel in writing by
              June 1, 2010; now, therefore, be it

Resolved:     That upon approval of the affected unions, the unpaid unrestricted personal leave of absence
              plan will be designed to allow a leave to be taken without having an adverse impact upon
              students or the District; and be it further

Resolved:     That the unpaid unrestricted personal leave of absence plan will be in effect from July 1, 2010
              through June 30, 2011; and be it further

Resolved:     That the Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District hereby directs the
              Superintendent of Schools to develop procedures for the unpaid unrestricted personal leave of
              absence plan; and be it further

Resolved:     That such leaves be granted without further action on the part of the Board of Education.

A motion was made by Commissioner Corriders and seconded by Commissioner Wright-Williams to adopt the
above resolution. Vote on the motion: 7-Yes, 0-No, motion carried.
                                                                         Resolution #0310-171-SM
3.     Swing Space Lease-Syracuse Development Center
Whereas:       the Joint Schools Construction Board (“JSCB”) is undertaking capital construction projects on
               the school district facilities; and

Whereas:      in order to complete the construction and renovations to the schools, a phasing plan has been
              developed whereby individual schools will be turned over to the contractors for periods of one to
              two years each to allow the proposed work to be completed; and

Whereas:      the District’s Administration has determined that the District should lease appropriate space in
              order to provide for the instructional needs of the students in such schools while such schools are
              being renovated (hereinafter referred to as “swing space”); and

Whereas:      the Administration has reviewed and researched available location within the school district
              boundaries to be used for swing space during the proposed construction and renovation period;
              and

Whereas:      the Administration has selected the former Syracuse Development Center located at 800 South
              Wilbur Avenue as a suitable property for possible use by the school district as swing space
              during this project; and

Whereas:      the District’s Administration has worked with Bell & Spina Architects and the developer of this
              property to review the property and confirm its suitability for school district use as swing space
              and have selected the premises for the school district uses; and

Whereas:      the Administration and Bell & Spina Architects have reviewed the plans for the premises with
              officials from the New York State Education Department for code compliance and use as a
              school facility; and
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Whereas:      the architects have established plans and standards for the necessary renovations which must be
              made to the premises prior to the school district occupancy and use of the facilities; and

Whereas:      the Developer has agreed to make all of the necessary renovations to the leased premises in
              accordance with the architect’s plans and standards within 180 days after the Commissioner of
              Education approval of the Lease Agreement and prior to the school district use of the facilities;
              and

Whereas:      the Board of Education desires to enter into a written lease agreement with Health Consortium-
              USA, Limited, CO LLC, to provide swing space during the School District’s Capital
              Reconstruction Project; and

Whereas:      the term of occupancy under the lease shall commence on or about January 1, 2011, or as soon
              thereafter as the necessary improvements are completed and the premises are issued a certificate
              of occupancy, and terminate on December 31, 2025 and upon all the other terms and conditions
              set forth in the proposed lease; and

Whereas:      the lease is subject to the approval of the Commissioner of Education and confirmation of
              sufficient lease aid to the District from the State Education Department; and

Whereas:      the Superintendent of Schools has met with officials from the State Education Department and
              has confirmed that the school district will receive 98% aid on all of the rent payments required
              under the proposed lease resulting in the District’s forecasted rent under the proposed lease as
              follows:

                                  Proposed Annual       Forecasted SED         Forecasted District
                                  Lease Cost            AID (at 98%) of        Net Local Rent
                                                        MCA                    Expense (at 2%)
           Years 1-5
           ($8.25 per SF based            $1,806.750             $1,757,956                 $ 48,794
           on 219,050 SF)
           Years 6-10
           ($8.58 per SF based            $1,879,020             $1,757,956                $ 121,064
           on 219,050 SF)
           Years 11-15
           ($8.92 per SF based            $1,953,480             $1,757,956                $ 195,524
           on 219,050 SF)

Whereas:      pursuant to the terms of the lease, the Landlord is responsible for the base amount of real estate
              taxes in the amount of $109,500 throughout the term of the lease. However, the School District
              shall be responsible for any increased amount of real estate taxes in excess of the base amount of
              real estate taxes for the Leased Premises (as defined in the lease and which consists of the
              approximate 219,000 square feet occupied by the School District); and

Whereas:      the Board of Education desires to receive the approval of the Common Council of the City of
              Syracuse and the Office of the Mayor with respect to the terms of the proposed lease; now,
              therefore, be it
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Resolved:     That the Superintendent of Schools immediately transmit a copy of the proposed lease and all
              proposed exhibits to the Common Council and to the Office of the Mayor of the City of
              Syracuse requesting such appropriate review, study and input as the Mayor and Common
              Council wish to provide with respect to the proposed lease with Health Consortium-USA,
              Limited, Co.; and, be it further

Resolved:     That the Superintendent of Schools and such other District officials as are necessary meet and
              confer with such representatives of the City as noted above so as to receive the approval in
              writing from the Common Council and the Office of the Mayor and further deliver same to this
              Board of Education; and, be it further

Resolved:     That Subject to the Office of the Mayor and the Common Council approval, the proposed lease
              agreement with Health Consortium- USA, Limited, Co. is approved by the Board of Education.
              In the event the office of the Mayor and the Common Council approve the proposed lease
              agreement, then the Superintendent of Schools is hereby authorized to execute the same.
              However, in the event the Office of the Mayor and the Common Council does not approve the
              proposed lease, then this resolution is a nullity.

A motion was made by Commissioner Deuel and seconded by Commissioner Corriders to adopt the above
resolution. Vote on the motion: 7-Yes, 0-No, motion carried.
                                                                         Resolution #0310-172-SM
4.      Levy School Phase Out
Whereas:      the Board of Education of the Syracuse City School District recognizes that the District’s
              enrollment has declined previously to the 2009-10 school year; and

Whereas:      the Board further recognizes that the District will be facing financial constraints for the 2010-11
              school year; and

Whereas:      the District is in need of swing space during the 2010-11 school year to begin Phase I of the
              school construction, approved by the Joint School Construction Board (JSCB); now, therefore,
              be it

Resolved:     That the Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools,
              accepts the recommendation of phasing out the Levy K-8 Program, Fellows Avenue & Harvard
              Place, which will result in a projected savings of $2 million dollars, and phasing in a K-8
              program at Hughes Magnet School, 345 Jamesville Avenue, during the 2010-11 school year;
              and, be it further

Resolved:     That the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to use the Levy building
              as a swing space for the Institute of Technology at Syracuse Central starting on August 1, 2010.

A motion was made by Commissioner Corriders and seconded by Commissioner Menkin to adopt the above
resolution. Vote on the motion: 6-Yes, 1-abstain (Commissioner McCarty abstained), motion carried.

                                                                           Resolution #0310-168-SM
5.    Acceptance of the 2010-11 General Fund Operating Budget
Whereas:    on February 10, 2010 the Superintendent of Schools submitted to the Board of Education the
            Syracuse City School District 2010-2011 Proposed General Fund Operating Budget of
            $364,913,116 with Revenue Sources of $346,767,354, resulting in a funding gap of
            $18,145,762; and
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Whereas:       Board of Education Budget and Finance Committee public meetings were held on February 23,
               2010 and March 2, 2010 to review and discuss the Superintendent’s Proposed 2010-2011
               General Fund Operating Budget; and

Whereas:       on March 10, 2010 the Superintendent of Schools submitted to the Board of Education the
               District’s 2010-2011 Revised Proposed General Fund Operating Budget of $355,767,354, with
               Revenue Sources of $355,767,354 resulting in a balanced proposed budget; and

Whereas:       the 2010-2011 Revised Proposed Budget includes the use of $19,000,000 of Fund Balance and
               the elimination of 221.2 Full-Time Equivalent positions, and the use of the Levy building as
               swing space; now, therefore be it

Resolved:      That the Board of Education approves the Syracuse City School District’s 2010-2011 General
               Fund Operating Budget to include revenues and expenditures of $355,767,354; and, be it further

Resolved:      That this budget shall be transmitted to the Mayor of the City of Syracuse, for review and
               inclusion in the 2010-2011 City of Syracuse Budget.

A motion was made by Commissioner Deuel and seconded by Commissioner Menkin to adopt the above
resolution. Vote on the motion: 7-Yes, 0-No, motion carried.

President Strong asked for a motion to adjourn. A motion was made by Commissioner Corriders and seconded
by Commissioner McCarty to adjourn. Vote on the motion: 7-Yes, 0-No, motion carried. The Board of
Education adjourned at 6:50 p.m.


Respectfully submitted,



Ann L. D’Amico,
Executive Coordinator/District Clerk
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