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Minutes August 17, 2021

OFFICIAL MINUTES

CHAPPAQUA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION

Tuesday, August 17, 2021, 9:00 AM
Education Center
and
117 Breakwater Road, Brewster, MA

Present:  Board of Education
    Hilary Grasso, President
    Warren Messner, Vice President
    Cailee Hwang
    Jane Kimmel Shepardson
    Victoria Bayard Tipp

Staff Members:
    Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools
    Liisa Elsner, District Clerk

1.      Call the Meeting to Order at 9:00 am

Board Vice President Warren Messner called for a motion to open the meeting.

Motioned by Victoria Bayard Tipp to open the meeting at 9:00 am.  Seconded by Jane Kimmel Shepardson.  Motion carried 5-0.

2.      Proposed Executive Session, subject to Board approval, to discuss matters of health & safety and the employment history of particular persons, subject to Board approval.

Motioned by Jane Kimmel Shepardson to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss matters of health & safety and the employment history of particular persons at 9:01 am.  Seconded by Cailee Hwang.  Motion carried 5-0.

3.      Reconvene Special Board Meeting 

Motioned by Victoria Bayard Tipp to reconvene the public meeting at 9:49 am.  Seconded by Jane Kimmel Shepardson.  Motion carried 5-0.

4.      Recommended Action:   Personnel 

Dr. Ackerman recommended Item 4.1 as stated below.

4.1    Instructional

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby authorizes the attached Agreement for Service for the individuals and agencies listed below effective for the 2021/2022 school year, or earlier at the discretion of the Board of Education:

Monique Scollan

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby appoints the individual listed as Social Emotional Learning Webmaster effective for the 2021/2022 school year:

Priya Ma

Appointment: Probationary
Ms. Rachel Kaplowitz, Teacher of Elementary Education, Roaring Brook Elementary School, to a probationary appointment in the tenure area of Elementary Education, effective August 30, 2021 through August 29, 2024, subject to receipt of composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least three (3) of the four (4) proceeding years, and if the probationer receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period they shall not be eligible for tenure at that time, Step 13, B(BA+30) with Masters, $109,488.

Ms. Meghan Ryan, Teacher of Elementary Education, Roaring Brook Elementary School, to a probationary appointment in the tenure area of Elementary Education, effective August 30, 2021 through August 29, 2024, subject to receipt of composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least three (3) of the four (4) proceeding years, and if the probationer receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period they shall not be eligible for tenure at that time, Step 6, B(BA+45) with Masters, $91,939.

Ms. Anna Herrera, Teacher of Elementary Education, Douglas Grafflin Elementary School, to a probationary appointment in the tenure area of Elementary Education, effective August 30, 2021 through August 29, 2025, subject to receipt of composite or overall annual professional performance review ratings pursuant to Education law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either effective or highly effective in at least three (3) of the four (4) proceeding years, and if the probationer receives an ineffective composite or overall rating in the final year of the probationary period they shall not be eligible for tenure at that time, Step 12, B(BA+45) with Masters, $111,189.

Resignation:
Ms. Lauren Reisner, Teacher of Foreign Language, Horace Greeley High School, effective August 12, 2021.

Motioned by Victoria Bayard Tipp to approve Item 4.1 as stated above.  Seconded by Jane Kimmel Shepardson.  Motion carried 5-0.

5.      Recommended Action:  Other
Use of the Consent Agenda permits the Board of Education to make more effective use of its time by adopting a single motion to cover those relatively routine matters, which are included. Any member of the Board who wishes to discuss individually a particular piece of business on the Consent Agenda may so indicate and that item will be considered and voted on separately, thus preserving the right of all Board members to be heard on any issue. It is recommended that the Board of Education approve the following Consent agenda as submitted by the Superintendent of Schools.

5.1    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves a purchase order increase in the amount of $13,917.50, to cover increased costs related to Bid Award #B2021-05 for tent rental at Horace Greeley High School, which was approved at the April 8, 2021 Board of Education meeting, and authorizes the Board President to sign the increase document.

5.2    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board hereby authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to implement a screening testing program for student-athletes who have not been fully vaccinated against the 2019 novel coronavirus, beginning with weekly testing and continuing with periodic testing thereafter, so long as the community transmission levels for Westchester County are either substantial or high; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent may expand the screening testing program to include student-athletes who have been fully vaccinated if recommendations to do so are issued by the New York State Department of Health, the Westchester County Health Department or the District’s medical director; and 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent of Schools is hereby authorized to make arrangements in order to implement the above-referenced screening testing program for fall student-athletes. 

5.3    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby consents to the request of Empire Core Group LLC (“Empire”) for the District to make payments due or to become due to Empire on account of the General Construction Contract for Horace Greeley High School (HGHS) Boiler Room Alterations Project (SED No. 66-10-04-06-0-015-018), to Capital Funds Management, LLC instead of to Empire, for the duration of the Project (General Construction Contract), and authorizes the Board President to execute the consent.  A copy of said consent will be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.
 
5.4    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby consents to the request of Empire Core Group LLC (“Empire”) for the District to make payments due or to become due to Empire on account of the General Construction Contract regarding the Horace Greeley High School (HGHS) Sustainability Research Center Project (SED No. 66-04-01-06-0-015-020), to Capital Funds Management, LLC instead of to Empire for the duration of the Project, and authorizes the Board President to execute the consent. A copy of said consent will be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

5.5    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Board President to execute the following

Change Order:
Change Order: Empire Core Group 011 (HGHS GC-08)
Project:  Horace Greeley High School – Elevator
Contractor:  Empire Core Group LLC
Description:  Elevator Storage Fee
Amount:  $19,040.00

Motioned by Victoria Bayard Tipp to approve Items 5.1 through 5.5 as stated above.  Seconded by Jane Kimmel Shepardson.  Motion carried 5-0.

6.        Notice of Future Meetings

Monday, August 30, 2021, 10:30 am
Opening Day
Horace Greeley High School - Auditorium

Tuesday, September 14, 2021, 7:30 pm
District Performance Report
Horace Greeley High School – Auditorium

7.       Adjournment 

Motioned by Warren Messner to adjourn the meeting at 9:51 am.  Seconded by Victoria Bayard Tipp.  Motion carried 5-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Liisa Elsner
District Clerk / Secretary to the Superintendent