BOARD OF EDUCATION

HIGHLIGHTS of MEETING HELD -October 9. 2007

REGULAR MEETING

CALL TO ORDER: at 7:00 P.M. at Franklin Academy High School. Huskie Lane, Malone.

MEMBERS PRESENT: Arlie Collins, Gary Cring, Carol Hunter, Cathy Lane-Johnson, Heidi Miletich, Wayne Rogers, Derek Sprague, Craig Tatro.

MEMBERS ABSENT: Taina Marlow.
MEMBERS TARDY: None.                          .

OTHERS PRESENT: Cindy L. Johnston, District Clerk, Stephen T. Shafer, Supt., Donna Bushey, Asst. Supt., Timothy P. Whipple, Business Administrator, Dave Brooks, Bill LaDuke (MFT), Mary Carr, Dee Halley, Jackie McCarthy, Cindy Leffler and Matt Mosher (MT).

PLEDGE TO FLAG: was led by President Rogers.

APPOINTMENT OF CLERK PRO-TEM:

Timothy P. Whipple was appointed Clerk Pro-Tern 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.

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION: at 7:55 P.M.

BUSINESS MATTERS:

AGENDA for 10/9/07 was adopted with the addition of Item IV. G)   Appointment of Search Consultant for new Superintendent.

MINUTES of the Regular Meeting held 9/25/07 were approved as presented.

RECOMMENDED ACTION:

DISTRICT TECHNOLOGY PLAN: was approved as presented.

MALONE MINOR HOCKEY AGREEMENT 2007-08: was approved as presented.

SPANISH CLUB TRIP: to Costa Rica on April 11-19, 2008 was approved as presented.

DESIGNATION OF EMERGENCY PROJECT AT MALONE MIDDLE SCHOOL: was approved as presented.

ESTABLISHMENT OF FRANKLIN ACADEMY CRAFT CLUB: was approved as presented. Renee Waters & Kathleen Kmen have agreed to be the unpaid advisors to this club.

SEQRA-DECLARATION OF TYPE II ACTION: was approved as presented.

APPOINTMENT OF SEARCH CONSULTANT FOR NEW SUPERINTENDENT: was approved as presented.

ADDITIONAL MATTERS:

LEGISLATIVE LIAISON UPDATE: Mr. Rogers spoke briefly regarding NYSSBA having completely overhauled its approach t6o federal legislation and regulations. The onset of IDEA, NCLB and Perkins Act funding requires a full time commitment; thus, they have added a Federal Legislative Coordinator. That coordinator advocates daily on the impact of federal issues on members and public education in general. They now have continual contact with each member of New York State's Congressional Delegation.

BOARD REPORTS: Mr. Cring thanked the Malone Telegram for their coverage on the new flashing lights in front of Flanders Elementary School.

ASSISTANT SUPERINTENDENT REPORT: Mrs. Bushey gave a brief update on highlights over the last couple of weeks speaking on personnel, recent staff development activities, regional staff development planning, curriculum & instruction, today's DWSIC meeting, the technology committee meeting, residency issues and the immunization plan. TAX COLLECTION REPORT FOR THE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER 2007: Mr. Whipple reported that including the October 1 figures which was the last date to pay this year's school taxes without penalty, we are within $100,000 of last year's collections for the same period.

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS: Recently the Salvation Army, United Way and the Alpha Delta Kappa Organization provided school supplies for many Malone Central School District students who did not have the financial means to buy school supplies. Acknowledged were the following: Salvation Army, Candace Breen, Director, The United Way, Sue Rice, Director and Alpha Delta Kappa, Liz Marshall, Coordinator. Also acknowledged were students who volunteered their time to provide tours for parents and students at the 9th grade orientation held on August 29th. Those students were Hanna Barber, Cory Cook, Maggie Deivendorf, Stephanie Edwards, Claire Feeley, Brittany Flick, Ali Johnson, Kelsey Johnson, Ashley Lamica, Caitlyn Larry, Quioda McDonough, Bill Monks, Carl Moore, Melissa parent, Megan Patterson Haley Poupore, Katherine Seyfarth & Phil White.

CONSENT AGENDA: for PERSONNEL MATTERS was approved as follows: Instructional Staff:

TENURE APPOINTMENTS:    were made to Jennifer Champagne (Speech and Language Disabilities), effective 12/1/07,   Delia   Coombe   (Teaching   Assistant),   effective   11/15/07   and   Pamela   LeDuc   (Speech   and   Hearing Handicapped), effective 12/6/07. All are pending successful completion of the probationary periods.

A.I.S. RESIGNATION: was accepted from Brandyn Prairie (10th period-Wednesdays only), effective 10/11/07.

SUBSTITUTE TEACHER ADDITIONS:  Trish Carr (Home Tutor Only), Sandra Carrigan (Home Tutor Only), Michelle Davis, Michael Fournier & Maya Holland were approved.

WINTER COACHING APPOINTMENTS:  were made to Mike Wescott (Girls Varsity Basketball), Shelley Skelly (Girls JV Basketball), Chuck Dievendorf (Hockey), Brandon Pelkey (Boys Swimming), Tim Lamay (Boys Varsity Basketball) & Jeffrey Soper (Boys Indoor Track).

REVISED LEAVE OF ABSENCE: was granted to Tina DeCosse for the period when she is deemed medically able to return to work through 2/4/08. The District will cover health insurance from 9/3/07 until 11/30/07 pursuant to the Family and Medical Leave Act. (Previously the Board approved her leave through 2/8/08.)

EXTRA-CURRICULAR APPOINTMENTS:  for the 2007-08 school year were made to Matthew Rogers (Chess Club-FA), and Jillian Senter & Lee Trudeau (Jr. Humane Society Club-FA). All are unpaid positions.

Support Staff:

PERMANENT APPOINTNMENTS:    Frank Stepnoski (Monitor), effective  10/1/07 & Daniel  Larock (Bus Driver), effective 10/10/07.

RESIGNATION: William Cunningham (Monitor), effective 9/26/07.

ADJUSTMENTS: Daniel Fleury, Susan Gast & Teodora Gokey (Monitors), effective 10/10/07-6/26/08 and Marty Alien, Harold Barse, James Barse, Harold Capstraw, Laurie Coryea, Michael Coryea, William Cunningham, Charles Mosher, William Parnapy, David Perry, Kim Reynolds, Yvette Sarault, Danny Sebring, Francis Tavernia & Kenneth Wilson (Bus Drivers), effective 10/10/07-6/26/08.

UNPAID LEAVE OF ABSENCE: was granted to Bobbilyn Gast (Teaching Asst.) for the period 9/17/07-11/5/07 for the purpose of filling a long-term substitute teacher position at Flanders School.

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 2007-08 school year under terms permitted by the Education Law:

PERMANENT APPOINTMENT: Andrew Dupuis (Teacher Aide), effective 9/4/07.

SUBSTITUTES: Richard J. Arens (Teacher), Naomi Atkinson (Teaching Asst.), Tina Boyea (Teaching Asst./Teacher), Michelle Hart (Teacher), Dylan McDonald (Teaching Asst.), Jessica McFaul (Teaching Asst./Teacher), Mary Robideau (Teacher), Amanda St. Hilaire (Teaching Asst./Teacher) & Emily Yelich (Teaching Asst./Teacher), all effective 10/15/07.

Administrative:

RESIGNATION: was accepted from Stephen T. Shafer, Superintendent of Schools, effective 11/26/07.

**President Rogers thanked Mr. Shafer for working with us and for taking the steps to get us where we are stating he would be greatly missed.

ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED ACTION:

CSE/CPSE RECOMMENDATIONS: were approved as presented.

APPOINTMENT OF CLERK PRO-TEM:

Stephen T. Shafer was appointed Clerk Pro-Tern for the duration of Executive Session.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: was entered into at 8:22 P.M. for the purpose of discussing personnel matters as they relate to specific individuals.

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION: at 8:45 P.M. ADJOURNMENT: 8:45 P.M.

Cindy L. Johnston

District Clerk/Board of Education

10/9/07