BOARD OF EDUCATION

HIGHLIGHTS of MEETING HELD –November 14, 2006

REGULAR MEETING

 

CALL TO ORDER:  at 7:01 P.M. at Franklin Academy High School, Huskie Lane, Malone.

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:  Arlie Collins, Gary Cring, Carol Hunter, Taina Marlow, Heidi Miletich, Wayne Rogers, Derek Sprague, Craig Tatro.

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:  None.

 

MEMBERS TARDY:  Cathy Lane-Johnson.

 

OTHERS PRESENT:  Cindy L. Johnston, District Clerk, Stephen T. Shafer, Supt., Timothy P. Whipple, Business Administrator, David Brooks, Besser Hanna (MFT), Mary Carr, Dee Halley, Marcy Bright, Marye Helms, Darcy Stoutenger and Matt Mosher (MT).

 

PLEDGE TO FLAG:  was led by President Rogers.

 

APPOINTMENT OF CLERK PRO-TEM:

Timothy P. Whipple was appointed Clerk Pro-Tem for the duration of Executive Session.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  was entered into at 7:01 P.M. for the purpose of discussing personnel matters as they relate to specific individuals and contractual matters.

 

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION:  at 7:34 P.M.

 

MOMENT OF SILENCE:  was held in memory of Paul Matthews, past Board Member, and Juanita Bashaw, Middle School Teaching Assistant.

 

BUSINESS MATTERS:

AGENDA for 11/14/06 was adopted as presented.

MINUTES of the Regular Meeting held 10/24/06 were approved as presented.

 

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

DONATIONS:  of $2,535.86 from the Malone Lodge of Elks to support “Project Warmth Funds”, $500.00 from the Exxon Mobil Corporation to support the education and academic programs at St. Joseph’s Elementary School, five (5) computers for use at Franklin Academy High School given by the United States Senate’s Computers for Learning (spearheaded by Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton) and $500.00 from the Franklin Correctional Facility for the Malone Central Community Schools Holiday Helper Program were accepted “with thanks to all for their generous donations”.

BUSINESS CLUB TRIP TO NEW YORK CITY:  on May 16, 17 & 18, 2007 was approved as presented.

SUPPORT STAFF SUBSTITUTE PAY:  was approved as presented.

SALE OF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT:  was approved as presented.

 

ADDITIONAL MATTERS:

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON UPDATE:  President Rogers reported that since last week’s elections, voices are now being heard across the state that the theme for next year will be requesting more funding for school districts and less mandates.

BOARD REPORTS:  President Rogers reported that the Audit Committee met with the auditor from the State Comptroller’s Office on November 7th stating that the meeting went very well and that he is happy that Malone Central was selected for the State audit early on in the mandated time frame for all school districts.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS:  The Board recognized the following students who were instrumental in having a successful open house at Franklin Academy on October 12, 2006:  Paige Brower, Katie Clark, Ashley Grimshaw, Kara Hanna, Stephanie Marshall, Matt Skelly & Katelyn Vensel.  The Board also acknowledged and commended Susan Jones-King who coordinated a fund raiser on October 19, 2006 in support of the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation which is dedicated to education and research on breast cancer causes, treatment and the search for a cure.  $1,146.00 was raised for this worthy cause.  Also acknowledged were Keely Dunshee, Franklin Academy Co-Principal, and her corps of student volunteers who assisted in hosting the Regional Staff Development Day held at Franklin Academy on October 20, 2006.  The student volunteers were as follows:  Kaitlin Bailey, Paige Brower, Abby Carr, Katelynd Clark, Leah DeLuca, Stephanie Edwards, Victoria Fiore, Alayna Gervais, Ashley Grimshaw, Danielle Helms, James Kunkel, Stephanie Marshall, Anna Payton, Amber Spinner & Robert Tebeau.  A final acknowledgment went out to Mary Jane Latreille for her dedication and commitment to excellence.  On October 25, 2006, Mrs. Latreille was designated as a Nationally Certified School Psychologist by the National Association of School Psychologists.

MALONE CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT GOALS:  Mr. Shafer reviewed an updated draft of the Malone Central School District Goals explaining revisions and updates to the draft since its prior presentation to the Board in August.  This document will be placed on the 11/28/06 agenda for adoption.

STUDENT ACHIEVEMENT ACTION PLAN:  was postponed until the 11/28/06 Board of Education meeting.

EARLY READING FIRST GRANT UPDATE:  Marye Helms & Darcy Stoutenger, Early Reading First Literacy Coaches, gave a power point presentation on the Early Reading First Program reporting that significantly positive results are being achieved with the program.

 

POLICY ACTION:  Revised Policy #7313 Suspension of Students was adopted as presented.

 

CONSENT AGENDA:  for PERSONNEL MATTERS was approved as follows: 

Instructional Staff:

A.I.S. APPOINTMENTS:  were made to Amanda Towle (Flanders-ELA), effective 11/20/06 and Kelli McCarthy (SJ-ELA), effective 11/15/06.  These positions are to be paid at a rate of $25.00 per session.

RESIGNATION-HOMEWORK ROOM SUPERVISOR:  was accepted from Darlene Hutchins, effective 11/3/06.

SICK LEAVE POOL RECOMMENDATION:  26 days were granted to Whitney Goachee.  Upon her return to work, two of these days will become part of the balance of her sick leave for the remainder of the 2006-07 school year.  If they are not utilized by the conclusion of the school year, they will not accrue to accumulated leave.

RESIGNATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF RETIREMENT:  was accepted from Robert Devins (Secondary Physical Education), effective 7/2/07.

CO-CURRICULAR APPOINTMENTS:  were made to Shelley Mulverhill (Drama Club Advisor) for the 2006-07 school year and to Debbie Hunter & Matt Maneely (Volunteers on the musical).

ADDITIONAL WINTER COACHING APPOINTMENTS:  were made to Bill Pfaff (Volunteer Wrestling) and Greg Dumas (Volunteer Girl’s Basketball).

TEMPORARY SPECIAL EDUCATION APPOINTMENT:  was made to Brett Buschbascher, effective 11/27/06-3/12/07.

Support Staff:

ADJUSTMENTS:  Melanie Clookey (Bus Driver), effective 10/25/06-6/22/07 & Kathy Guerin (Teaching Asst.), effective 10/17/06-6/22/07.

RESIGNATIONS:  Shirley Barse (Monitor), effective 11/4/06, Kim Prevost (After School Teaching Asst.), effective 10/17/06 & Michelle Doran (Teacher Aide), effective 11/21/06.

UNPAID LEAVE OF ABSENCE:  was granted to Brett Buschbascher (Teaching Asst.), for the period 11/27/06 through 3/12/07 for the purpose of accepting an appointment as Temporary Special Education teacher at Franklin Academy.

CHANGES IN CLASSIFICATION:  from School Monitors to Teacher Aides were made for the following individuals:  Janis Bickford, Cynthia Brown, Sandra Carrigan, Brett Davis, Donna Goyea, Lori Lamica, Jean Lanthier, Constance Pickreign, Roni Tatro & Linda Trombley.

Emergency Conditional Appointments:

The Malone Central School District has been unable to fill certain vacancies which existed despite good faith efforts to fill such vacancies in a manner which would have allowed sufficient time for clearance or conditional clearance by the Commissioner of Education.  Therefore, the Board approved the following emergency conditional appointments in the areas and on the effective dates indicated for the 2006-07 school year under terms permitted by the Education Law:

Support Staff:

PERMANENT APPOINTMENT:  Brittany LeClerc (Teacher Aide), effective 12/1/06.

PROBATIONARY APPOINTMENT:  Kristin LaPage (Teaching Assistant), effective 11/1/06-10/31/09.

 

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED ACTION:

CSE/CPSE RECOMMENDATIONS:  were approved as presented.

 

APPOINTMENT OF CLERK PRO-TEM:

Timothy P. Whipple was appointed Clerk Pro-Tem for the duration of Executive Session.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION:  was entered into at 8:21 P.M. for the purpose of discussing personnel matters as they relate to specific individuals and contractual matters.

 

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION:  at 9:04 P.M.

 

ADJOURNMENT:   9:04 P.M.

 

Cindy L. Johnston

District Clerk/Board of Education

11/15/06