MENANDS UNION FREE SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION

October 13, 2020

5:30 p.m. – Executive Session 

6:30 p.m. – Public Session

Live Stream/Video Conferencing

PLEASE NOTE:  During the Public Comment Sessions, members of the community may address the Board on agenda and non-agenda items.  The Board President may limit remarks of individual  speakers to a reasonable time.  Speakers must identify themselves and the topic on which they would like to make remarks.  

1. MEETING CALLED TO ORDER Time: 5:30

2. MOTION TO ENTER INTO PUBLIC SESSION

Motion: Mr. Nevins Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Jaskula Nays: 0

3.        MOTION TO ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION Time: 5:31

Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Wilson Nays: 0

 

The Board of Education may enter into Executive Session for the reason(s) indicated below as specified: 

Matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed.

Any matter that may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or

informer.

Information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a 

criminal offense that would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed.

Discussion involving proposed, pending, or current litigation.

☑ Collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service 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 exams.

The proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property or the proposed

acquisition, sale or exchange of securities, but only when publicity would

substantially affect the value of these thing

4.        MOTION TO ADJOURN EXECUTIVE SESSION

Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Wilson Nays: 0

5.        MOTION TO RE ENTER INTO PUBLIC SESSION 

Motion: Mr. Nevins Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Jaskula Nays: 0                

6. ROLL CALL

  • Mr. Masline Present via Webex 
  • Mr. Nevins Present via Webex
  • Mrs. Wilson Present via Webex
  • Mrs. Jaskula Present via Webex
  • Mr. Diefenderfer Present via Webex

 

7. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Moment of Silence

8. COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON AGENDA ITEMS

Just a reminder for those members of the public in attendance.  This is one of two opportunities afforded members of the public to comment on or inquire about agenda items. Members of the public also have an opportunity at the end of the evening’s agenda to ask questions or voice concerns or comments on matters not formally noted on the agenda.  We appreciate everyone’s cooperation.

Dr. Long Comments can be made at BOEcomments@menands.org

9. APPROVAL OF MINUTES

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District accept the minutes of the September 14, 2020 meeting.   

Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Diefenderfer Nays: 0

10. COMMUNICATION TO THE BOARD OF EDUCATION  

Communication from Capital Region BOCES

No questions

11. BUSINESS MATTERS

Discussion Items
  • Reopening Updates- Dr. Long said the transition back to school went smoothly. She thanked the children, the parents and all of the staff that worked together to make this happen. It was great to see the children engaged and smiling.
  • Building Project- Dr. Long informed the board that they were meeting on Monday with the project manager to tie up any loose ends.
Business Office for Information

Enclosed for the information of the Board are copies of warrant #’s for the month of September 2020, 5,6 and 7 Fund H and 12 and 14 Fund A.

 

Business Office for Approval

Agreement Between the Board of Education of the Menands School District and The Menands Association of Teachers’

Resolution    BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District ratify the collective bargaining agreement by and between the Menands Union Free School District and the Menands Teachers’ Association, commencing on July 1,2019 through June 30, 2023.

Motion: Mr. Diefenderfer Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Wilson Nays: 0

Dr. Long and the Board thanked the teachers association.

 

Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR)

Resolution  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the provisions of the revised APPR which was developed in coordination with the  Menands Association of Teachers and pursuant to the requirements of Education Law  3012-d and the regulations of the state education department.

 

 Motion: Mrs. Wilson Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Nevins Nays: 0

 

Change Orders

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, hereby approve the following change orders. 

 

  • C004-046 DLC Electric LLC 775,000.00 399.42 Increase
  • C004-047 DLC Electric LLC 775,000.00 494.18 Increase
  • C004-048 DLC Electric LLC 775,000.00 1,320.38 Increase
  • C002-063 Bunkoff General Contractors 4,780,000.00249.50 Increase
  • COO5-021 BPI Piping INC 294,600.00 822.85  Increase

 

         Motion: Mr. Nevins Ayes: 4
         Second: Mrs. Jaskula Nays: 0 
 Donation of Various School  Supplies for the 2020-2021 School Year

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District accept the following donation of various school supplies:

  • Mrs. Christine Clark- miscellaneous school supplies.
  • Fidelis- 100 reusable water bottles.
  • School Systems Federal Credit Union- 8 Bookbags with school supplies and 300 water bottles.
  • CapCom- 84 Bookbags with school supplies along with face masks and hand sanitizers.
  • Mr. Nevins- 300 face masks
Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 3        Mr. Nevins: Abstain
Second: Mr. Diefenderfer Nays: 0

The Board thanked everyone for their generosity. 

Trustee to Schoharie Area Workers’ Comp. Trust – Kathleen Cietek, Dr. Maureen Long (Alternate)

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District upon the recommendation of the Superintendent appoint Kathleen Cietek and Dr. Maureen Long (Alternate) to serve as Trustee to the Schoharie Area Workers’ Comp.Trust for the 2020-2021 school year.

 Motion: Mr. Diefenderfer Ayes: 4
 Second: Mrs. Wilson Nays: 0
  Contracts for Approval

Special Education Support Program – The Research Foundation for the State of New  York (SUNY RF)

Enclosed for review and approval of the Board is a contract from The Research Foundation for the State of New York (SUNY RF) for the Special Education Internship Program for the 2020-2021 school year in the amount of $11,500.

 Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the contract from The Research Foundation for the State of New York (SUNY RF) for the Special Education Internship Program for the 2020-2021 school year in the amount of $11,500.

Motion: Mrs. Wilson Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Nevins Nays: 0

 

12. PERSONNEL MATTERS

Resignations
Christina Amato- Food Service Worker

 Enclosed for the Board is a letter from Christina Amato, dated October 5, 2020 resigning  from her position as a Food Service Worker from the Menands Union Free School District effective October 15, 2020.

 

 Resolution     BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District accept the letter of resignation from Christina Amato, resigning from her position as a Food Service Worker from the Menands Union Free School District effective October 15, 2020.

Motion: Mr. Nevins Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Jaskula Nays: 0

Dr. Long thanked Mrs. Amato for her service. 

 

 Termination  
Employee # 1036 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the termination of employee #1036 from the Menands Union Free School District effective September 25, 2020.

Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Diefenderfer Nays: 0

 

Appointments
1 FTE Probationary Special Education Teacher – Caitlin Devine

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District does hereby appoint Caitlin Devine to a 4-year probationary appointment in the Special Education tenure area on MS Step 3 of the current Menands Association of Teachers’ Salary Schedule. Ms.Devine holds a NYS teaching certificate in Special Education Birth – 2nd grade, Early Childhood Education, Birth – 2nd grade, Literacy, Birth – 6th Grade, Childhood Special Education Grade 1-6. Ms. Devine’s probationary period will begin on October 13, 2020 and will end on or about October 12, 2024. A copy of Ms. Devine’s resume has been included for the Board.

Motion: Mr. Diefenderfer Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Wilson Nays: 0

Dr. Long and the Board welcomed Caitlin to Menands School

Tenure Recommendation – Shirah Bettinger-Physical Education Teacher

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District grant tenure to Shirah Bettinger in the Physical Education tenure area effective October 2, 2020.

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District grant tenure to Shirah Bettinger in the Physical Education tenure area effective October 2, 2020.

Motion: Mrs. Wilson Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Nevins Nays: 0

Dr. Long and the Board congratulated Mrs. Bettinger.

Tenure Recommendation – Lauren Hayes-Music Teacher

It is the Superintendent’s recommendation that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District grant tenure to Lauren Hayes in the Music tenure area effective October 1, 2020.

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District grant tenure to Lauren Hayes in the Music tenure area effective October 1, 2020.

Motion: Mr. Nevins Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Jaskula Nays: 0

Dr. Long and the Board congratulated Mrs. Hayes.

Substitute  Nurse – Marie Ostoyich

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District appoint Marie Ostoyich as a Long Term Substitute Nurse for the 2020-2021 school year at the per diem rate of $180. 

 Motion: Mrs. Jaskula        Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Diefenderfer  Nays: 0

 

Substitute  Nurse – 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District appoint the following as a substitute nurse for the 2020-2021 school year. 

  • Ileane O’Connell
Motion: Mr. Diefenderfer Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs.Wilson Nays: 0

 

Teacher Aide- 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District appoint Kanika Pompey as a Teacher Aide for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Motion: Mrs. Wilson Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Nevins Nays: 0

 

Substitute  Food Service Worker- 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District appoint the following as a substitute Food Service Worker for the 2020-2021 school year.

  • Chrinsina Amato  

 

Motion: Mr. Nevins Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Jaskula Nays: 0

 

Increase Existing Compensation Time

Increase the compensation time from the existing 40 hours per year to “Not to exceed” 250 hours per year for the Maintenance Mechanic and Custodial positions. 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School  District approve the increased amount of  compensation from 40 hours per year to “Not  to exceed” 250 hours per year for the Maintenance Mechanic and Custodial positions.

 

 Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Diefenderfer Nays: 0

 

13. BOARD OF EDUCATION MATTERS

 

 

CSE/CPSE Recommendations 

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District approve the CSE/CPSE  recommendations as submitted.

Motion: Mr. Diefenderfer Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Wilson Nays: 0

 

Substitute Teachers – Fully Cleared

Resolution BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Menands Union Free School District appoint the following substitute teachers for the 2020-2021 school year.

  •  Stephanie Bernard
  • Adam Kiefer
  • Thomas Hyde
  • William McDaniel
Motion: Mrs. Wilson Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Nevins Nays: 0

14. STUDENT MATTERS 

Class Size Update as of 10/2/2020:

  • Kdg. – 38 
  • Gr. 1 – 45
  • Gr. 2 – 41  
  • Gr. 3 – 33       
  • Gr. 4 – 37 
  • Gr. 5 – 19
  • Gr. 6 – 38
  • Gr. 7 – 30
  • Gr. 8 – 31
  • Total – 312

15. SUPERINTENDENT’S COMMENTS

  • BOE Retreat- Dr. Long suggested that this would be a good time for the Board to have a retreat. Dr. Long will review with Mr. Masline and reach out to NYSSBA to get some dates.
  • Long Range Fiscal Planning- Dr. Long suggested that Bernard Donegan’s office give an update at the November Board meeting.
  • Board Appreciation- Dr. Long gave kudos to the Board for all of their time and effort and concern for the children always but especially this year. Thank you on behalf of the district.

 

16. PRINCIPAL’S COMMENTS
  • Social Emotional Learning and Supports- Mrs. Cannavo thanked the teachers and staff for all of their hard work to ensure that the children’s needs are being met.
  • Assessments- Mrs. Cannaover informed the Board that the teachers were working to be sure that all of the children will be assessed to be sure that they get the services needed for both in school and virtual students.

17. MISCELLANEOUS

Mr. Nevins shared his concern in regards to ALbany County’s COVID reporting protocol.

Mr. Nevins said that the CENSUS is still active and Menands is at 97% counted.He thanks the   

PTA,Superintendent and the Mayor for their support.

18. INFORMATIONAL MATERIAL

  • Red Ribbon Week- October 23rd -29th – Dr. Long said it will be a little different but they will make it work. The Pumpkin decorating contest will be virtual.
  • Veterans Day Wednesday, November 11th – No School.
  • Next Board Meeting is on Monday, November 9th at 6:30. 

19. PUBLIC COMMENT

PLEASE NOTE:  During the Public Comment Sessions, members of the community may address the Board on agenda and non-agenda items.  The Board President may limit remarks if individual speakers to a reasonable time.  Speakers must identify themselves and the topic on which they would like to make remarks.

 No comment

20. MOTION TO RE-ENTER INTO EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board of Education may enter into Executive Session for the reason(s) indicated below as specified: 

⃞ Matters which will imperil the public safety if disclosed.

⃞ Any matter that may disclose the identity of a law enforcement agent or

informer.

⃞ Information relating to current or future investigation or prosecution of a 

criminal offense that would imperil effective law enforcement if disclosed.

⃞ Discussion involving proposed, pending, or current litigation.

☑ Collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service 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 exams.

⃞ The proposed acquisition, sale or lease of real property or the proposed

acquisition, sale or exchange of securities, but only when publicity would

substantially affect the value of these things.

Dr. Long informed people in attendance that if they would like to stay on that the board

May take action when they return.

No action taken.

Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mrs. Wilson     Nays: 0

21. MOTION TO ADJOURN EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Diefenderfer     Nays: 0

22. MOTION TO RE-ENTER PUBLIC SESSION

Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Diefenderfer     Nays: 0

23. MOTION TO ADJOURN Time: 8:18

Motion: Mrs. Jaskula Ayes: 4
Second: Mr. Diefenderfer     Nays: 0

 

 

*All minutes of Board of Education meetings are recorded and become public record upon approval by the Board.