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Minutes September 21, 2022

OFFICIAL MINUTES

CHAPPAQUA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT
BOARD OF EDUCATION

Wednesday, September 21, 2022, 7:30 PM
Horace Greeley High School - Auditorium

Present:  Board of Education
    Jane Kimmel Shepardson, President
    Warren Messner, Vice President
    Hilary Grasso
    Cailee Hwang
    Ryan Kelsey

Staff Members:
   Christine Ackerman, Superintendent of Schools
   Adam Pease, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
   Andrew Lennon, Assistant Superintendent for Business
   Jamie Edelman, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services
   Andrew Corsilia, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources & Leadership Development
   David Hayes, Public Relations Assistant
   Adam Schoenbart, Associate Director of Technology & Communications
   Liisa Elsner, District Clerk 

5:30 pm    Open meeting

Motioned by Hilary Grasso to open the meeting at 5:31 pm.  Seconded by Ryan Kelsey.  Motion carried 5-0. 

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Matthew White as a member of the Audit Committee, effective September 21, 2022

Motioned by Warren Messner to appoint Matthew White as a member of the Audit Committee, effective September 21, 2022.  Seconded by Hilary Grasso.  Motion carried 5-0.

Motioned by Ryan Kelsey to adjourn into Executive Session at 5:32 pm to discuss matters of health and safety, and litigation.  Seconded by Hilary Grasso.  Motion carried 5-0.

6:00 pm    Audit Committee Meeting 

6:45 pm    New Teacher Reception – Horace Greeley High School Courtyard
Reconvene public meeting at 7:30 pm at Horace Greeley High School – Auditorium.

1.       Information Business Affairs

1.1    President’s Report – President Shepardson gave her report noting the following:

  • Thanking all who stopped by the District’s booth at Community Day and commenting that it is always a great opportunity to meet new people and catch up with old friends and neighbors.
  • Congratulating Greeley and all involved on being designated a National Blue Ribbon School.
  • The new staff “meet and greet” with the Board was a great opportunity to get to know our new teachers and administrators.
  • Indicating that the District will be conducting ongoing discussions about a potential infrastructure bond.
  • Letting the community know that the Board operates under certain legal restrictions with regard to public discussion about District matters and assuring all that information about the situation regarding the Zauderer/Buttonhook property will be forthcoming when possible.  
  • Noting that Rosh Hashanah is the 26th and 27th and wishing everyone a happy and healthy new year.

1.2    Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Ackerman gave her community update, highlighting the following:

  • Thanking the Board for hosting the new staff “meet and greet.”
  • Congratulating Andrew Corsilia and the entire Greeley team on being awarded a National Blue Ribbon School.
  • Highlighting the family building tour schedule.
  • Noting that emergency response personnel building walk-throughs will be taking place on the 29th.
  • Indicating that there will be a meeting with the DEP regarding the Zauderer property on the 28th.
  • Highlighting additional upcoming events and important dates.

Presentation:     Facilities Presentation #4

2.      Committee Reports 
Audit:  Warren Messner noted that Matthew White and Fred Wong have been appointed to the Audit Committee and that the committee had met and there would be an Audit approval on the 10/3 Board of Education Agenda.
Policy:  Hilary Grasso noted that the committee had met to outline their thoughts for the upcoming year.
Communications Advisory:  Ms. Shepardson noted that the committee will be meeting on the 28th and that she was looking forward to speaking with the new members about various communications avenues regarding the potential bonds.

Public Comment Period:
We welcome public comments, and in respect for each other's time, we ask that you limit your comments to three minutes. Board members may be contacted via email or phone.  After the public comment period has been completed, Board members may have a discussion among themselves regarding comments presented.

3.      Approvals & Ratifications

3.1    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby accepts the minutes of the September 14, 2022 Board of Education Meeting.

Motioned by Hilary Grasso to accept Item 3.1 as stated above.  Seconded by Ryan Kelsey.  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 appoints the individual listed as homebound instructor, to be employed for 2 hours per day during the regular instructional day, unless otherwise required, at the hourly rate of $70.00 for the 2022/2023 school year:

Tracy Mahoney

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby appoints the individuals listed as per diem substitute teachers to be employed on an “as needed” basis:

Tracy Mahoney

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby appoints the individuals listed as per diem substitutes at the Building Specific substitute teacher rate:

Alexa Tassone – Douglas Grafflin Elementary School

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby authorizes the attached Agreements for Services for the individuals and agencies listed below effective for the 2022/2023 school year, or earlier at the discretion of the Board of Education:

Sheri Lauro, Intervention Associates, LLC
White Glove Community Care

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby appoints the individual listed as student teachers, interns and/or classroom observers for the 2022/2023 school year:

Emily Bosco

Resolution:
BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby appoints the individuals listed as PSAT and/or SAT and/or ACT proctors to be employed on an "as needed" basis effective for the 2022/2023 school year, or earlier at the discretion of the Board of Education:

Lauren Andrews Lisa Berlenbach Dixon Yanxia Chen Rachel Crognale
Adriana DelPozzo Connie Drew Eileen Farrington Nancie Felton
June Fragale Elizabeth Fries Jennifer Greco Karen Greco
Sara Lewis Laura LoBreglio Ann Marie Masciana Joann Mastrocola
Marcie McMahon Joann Morgis Tina Moundroukas Belinda Reilly
Michelle Ramahlo Rashmi Sadana Meyi Sobon Helen Teevan
Ann Marie Tetelman Angelique Titre-Barnor Jennifer Troup Brian Vermette
Diane Wendel Fiona Youngs    

BE IT RESOLVED that, the Board of Education hereby appoints the individuals listed for Co-Curricular Activities for the 2022/2023 school year at the rate of $16.68 per point:

Robert E. Bell Middle School

Activity Advisor Points
Art Club Kerry Fitzgibbon 100
Baking Club (Zoom) Gabriella Rubeo 120
Morning Announcements & Bell TV Studio (.5) Patricia Adams
(.5) Gina Serafin
500
Career Fair PTA Liaison Tabitha Sasso 50
Diversity Club (.5) Tabitha Sasso
(.5) Caitlyn Murphy
400
Environment Club (Garden/Hydro) Dana Stein-Dince 200
Infinite Campus Support Jason Lummel 25
International Day PTA Liaison Vanessa Petruzzelli  50
Marching Band Madison Martineau 50
Newspaper Club (.5) Ashley Kuhlmann
(.5) Theresa Orlandi
150
Peer Tutoring/Peer Leaders (.5) Katie King
(.5) Annemarie Giannettino
100
Advisory Coordinator (.5) Caitlyn Murphy
(.5) Tabitha Sasso
150
Student Leadership Council (.5) Madison Martineau
(.5) Laura Abbatantuono
500
World Affairs Club Anthony Germani 100
Yearbook: Picture Days & Distribution Jason Lummel 50
Yearbook Club: Publication Jason Lummel 250

Discretionary Leave of Absence:
Ms. Victoria DeMagistris, Teaching Assistant, Horace Greely High School, effective September 16, 2022 through November 30, 2022.

Appointment: Tenure
Ms. Nicole Carroll, Teaching Assistant, Douglas Grafflin Elementary School, effective October 3, 2022.

Ms. Laurajean Cavaluzzi, Teaching Assistant, Douglas Grafflin Elementary School, effective October 9, 2022.

Motioned by Warren Messner to approve Item 4.1 as stated above.  Seconded by Jane Kimmel Shepardson.  Motion carried 5-0.

Dr. Ackerman recommended Item 4.2 as stated below.

4.2    Non-instructional

Resignations for the Purpose of Retirement:
Colleen Wilson, Teacher Aide at Roaring Brook Elementary School, effective close of business October 16, 2022.

Resolutions:
BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby amends the appointment of Daniele Catalioti, Cleaner at Douglas G. Grafflin Elementary School, from August 29, 2022, to August 30, 2022.

Motioned by Warren Messner to approve Item 4.2 as stated above.  Seconded by Cailee Hwang.  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    CSE summaries (2022-23 School Year) reported to the Board on September 21, 2022.

5.2    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby appoints Nawrocki Smith as Internal Auditors for the 2022-23 school year, and authorizes the Board President to execute the agreement.

5.3    BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby accepts the recommendations of the Audit Committee to accept the GASB 75 Report for the year ending June 30, 2022.

Motioned by Jane Kimmel Shepardson to approve Items 5.1 through 5.3 as stated above.  Seconded by Hilary Grasso.  Motion carried 5-0.

6.      BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education acknowledges the following contracts approved by the Superintendent, per Board Policy 6085 – Purchasing and Bidding:

6.1    A contract with Mohonk Mountain House for the 2022 Board of Education retreat.

6.2    A contract with Lisa P. Davis for 2022 Board of Education retreat facilitation.

Motioned by Warren Messner to acknowledge Items 6.1 and 6.2 as stated above.  Seconded by Cailee Hwang.  Motion carried 5-0.

7.      Facilities

8.      Financials

9.      Notice of Future Meetings

Monday, October 3, 2022, 7:30 pm
Audit Approval
Westorchard Elementary School Presentation
Horace Greeley High School – Academic Commons

Wednesday, October 19, 2022, 7:30 pm
Roaring Brook Elementary School Presentation
Horace Greeley High School – Academic Commons

10.       Adjournment 

Motioned by Ryan Kelsey to adjourn the meeting at 8:51 pm.  Seconded by Hilary Grasso.  Motion carried 5-0.

Respectfully submitted,

Liisa Elsner
District Clerk / Secretary to the Superintendent