August 16, 2018

The Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District Board of Education Regular Meeting held Thursday, August 16, 2018 was called to order at 7:00pm by Mrs. Maloney.

PRESENT: Jamie Maloney, Jack Catanzarita, Kory Galuski, Carolyn Bell

ALSO PRESENT: Patrick Pomerville, Joel Richardson, Jennifer Bull, Christopher Scanlan, Vince Popolizio, Holly Russo, Kim Bedard, Jessica DiFabio

ABSENT: Marcia Ricci, David Lee, Tammi Dehler

There were no comments from residents and staff regarding items on this evening’s action agenda.

Comments from Administration
Mr. Scanlan announced the start of the fall sports season as teams begin practices.  Coach Robbins held an open house this evening for parents and athletes.  
Mr. Scanlan referred to the very emotional week with the death of Anthony Blaauboer, a fourteen year old WHHS student.  Mr. Scanlan spoke of the remarkable effort by the community, faculty and staff in support of the family and specifically thanked the crisis team members.  Mr. Scanlan again noted that when times are tough, the Waterford-Halfmoon school community comes together.

Mr. Richardson announced August Regents exams to be administered on August 16, 2018 and August 17, 2018.  Seventh grade orientation will be held on August 28, 2018 at 6:00pm in the multi-purpose room.  Students will receive their schedules and lockers.  Mr. Richardson and Mrs. Austin will give a brief introduction and students will be able to walk their schedules in preparation for the first day of school.

Mrs. Bull announced that the summer school program ended last week.  Mrs. Ryan-Campbell, Mrs. Reedy, Mrs. Ricci, Mrs. Perrotte, Mrs. Early and Mrs. Masse worked with 20 students over the course of six weeks in the areas of Math, ELA and Writing.  Students attended the Children’s Museum of Science in Troy, and the Museum of Innovation and Science in Schenectady.  A librarian from the Waterford Public Library came to read to the students each week.

Mrs. Bull reported on Mrs. Grimes efforts in coordinating the Running Start program sponsored by the YMCA.  Twenty-five of our students received clothing, backpacks, school supplies and hygiene products.  Many thanks to Ken Williams, Meghan Reynolds, Deb Ryan-Campbell, Jen Dorgan and members of the girls soccer team.

Mr. Pomerville echoed Mr. Scanlan’s sympathy for the family and friends of Anthony Blaauboer and commended Mr. Scanlan’s leadership in bringing people together.  Mr. Pomerville noted outpouring of support from the community and staff.

Mr. Pomerville reported on the construction progress over the summer months.  Cabinets and unit ventilators are being installed in the 5/6 wing classrooms.  Some of those rooms are being handed over to the district for cleaning and set-up this week; all rooms in that area are scheduled to be completed prior to the start of school.

Progress continues in the high school music wing; walls are sheet rocked and taped; flooring and cabinets will be installed in the coming weeks.  All of the background infrastructure is in place.  Concrete is scheduled to be poured for the entrance ramp at the grade 5/6 wing.  The auditorium lobby entrance is near completion.  

Bids for the concrete pads for dugouts on the baseball and softball fields came in high causing the district to look for other options.  This project will be financed through the use of district money and community fund raising.  

Representatives from Bernier, Carr and Associates will be at the September 20th Board of Education meeting to report on the completion of the current construction project.  The district has begun the initial phase of the $100,000 project to update doors and windows with intruder resistant material to be completed within the scope of one year.   

The new staff orientation meeting will be held August 23, 2018.  Opening day will be September 4, 2018.  Students in grades 1 - 12 return to school on September 6, 2018.  The August newsletter will be mailed to all district residences next week.  

The Town of Waterford invited the school to participate in the Dragon Boat Races this Saturday.  The school has a team of 20 participants.

Presentation: 2018 Graduation Report, Jessica DiFabio, Guidance Counselor
See attached report.
Ms. DiFabio noted that the APEX learning on-line program was very helpful with getting students to graduate and helped improve the district’s graduation rates. 

Presentation: 2018 - 2019 Emergency Response Plan, Vince Popolizio, Chief Emergency Resource Officer (See attached report)

Mr. Popolizio presented two reports to the Board of Education: one public and one with confidential information.  The confidential report remains the same as last year but with minor changes such as updated telephone numbers.  The plans will be distributed to the State Education Department Portal, Rapid Responder, and state and local police departments as required by law.

Safety committee meeting dates have not yet been set.  Mr. Popolizio is working on numbering classrooms and lock box items.  Mr. Galuski asked if there is an AED in the cafeteria.  There is an AED on the wall in front of the elementary gym.  The district has scheduled the required 8 evacuation drills and 4 lockdowns.

Mr. Galuski asked about access by the Sheriff’s department to our security cameras.  He also asked about 10 month staff access to the building during the summer using their key fobs.

Presentation: Special Education Year End Report, Jennifer Bull (See attached reports)
Mrs. Bull noted her reports included school age and pre-school education.

Second Reading: Policy #5640 Smoking/Tobacco Use

Second Reading: Policy #6220 Temporary Personnel

Second Reading: Policy #7320 Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, and Other Substances

Second Reading: Policy #7131 Education of Students in Temporary Housing

ACTION
On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the minutes of the August 2, 2018 Board of Education Meeting.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the following warrant:
General Fund #9 for $61,729.98

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board accepted the resignation of Brad Lewis, Bus Driver, effective August 31, 2018.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the 2018 - 2019 Board of Education Goals:

Facilities Panning
Investigate the viability of a small Capital Project ($100,000) for the 2019 - 2020 school year that addresses specific facility needs.
Support the implementation of the Smart Schools Bond Act and Smart Schools Investment Plan to upgrade the current Smart Boards to Flat Panels.
Investigate areas to improve energy efficiency through energy management initiatives implemented during the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Policy and Programs 
Continued improvement and strengthening of student achievement and educational programs including all students having literacy skills on or above grade level in all curriculum areas as well as a cohort graduation rate that exceeds 88%
Ongoing support both philosophically and financially to foster respect and responsibility with all students through continued implementation of school wide character education programs.  Specifically for 2018 - 2019, the Board will support building level mental health programming that supports the social and emotional well-being of our student body.
Support ongoing professional development that directly impacts student achievement.
Support the implementation of new initiatives in the school’s cafeteria program that lead to improved food quality, increased food item options, and quality food service.

Public Relations and Communication
Adopt and present a budget that will provide our students with a strong educational program that is fiscally responsible and will be approved by the voters in May 2019 along with making every effort to stay within the NYS Property Tax Cap.
Review and plan for the strengthening of the district’s financial standing as we look to the future and the potential for varied economic climates.
Involve all our district stakeholders in supporting our students and our school through open, ongoing, and proactive communication along with the development of a district computer application that allows improved access to the district’s website from mobile devices.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved 2018 - 2019 Board of Education Committee appointments: 
Technology:  Jack Catanzarita
Curriculum:  Marcia Ricci, Tammi Dehler
Finance:  Marcia Ricci, David Lee, Tammi Dehler, Jamie Maloney, Kory Galuski, Jack Catanzarita, Carolyn Bell
Facilities:  Kory Galuski, David Lee
Youth Council:  Jack Catanzarita, Kory Galuski
Senior Citizens:  Patrick Pomerville
Village Board:  Jamie Maloney
Legislative Liaison:  Carolyn Bell
Saratoga County School Board Association:  Marcia Ricci, Tammi Dehler

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board declared as surplus the following textbooks:
World History (24)
American Journey (16)
Dictionary (12)
This is America’s Story (35)

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the following Lead Evaluators for 2018 - 2019: Patrick Pomerville, Joseph Siracuse, Christopher Scanlan, Joel Richardson, Jennifer Bull.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the following policies:
Policy #5640 Smoking/Tobacco Use
Policy #6220 Temporary Personnel
Policy #7320 Alcohol, Tobacco, Drugs, and Other Substances
Policy #7131 Education of Students in Temporary Housing

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the 2018 - 2019 Emergency Response Plan.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the following warrants:
Capital Fund #1 for $928,156.07
Special Aid #3 for $25,845.76
General Fund #10 for $202,263.09

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the following:
Budget Transfer #3 for $1,690,788.19
Treasurers Report ending July 2018
Revenue Budget Status Report ending June 2018
Appropriation Status ending June 2018

  On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved the appointment of Joseph Siracuse as 2018 Elementary Summer School Principal; salary $1,500.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board authorized the transfer of $1,582,707.19 to the tax certiorari reserve.

The Board reviewed CSE minutes dated 5/1/2018, 7/24/18, 8/1/2018.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved construction change order #4-001 for Kasselman Electric in the amount of $17,504.85 to provide labor, material and equipment to provide and install 45 KVA transformer and additional electrical panel as described by drawing JC-4.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mr. Galuski and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board approved five (5) days of summer curriculum work for Michael Robbins as Athletic Director; salary per the WTA contract.

COMMENTS from the Board of Education, residents and staff
Mrs. Kim Bedard is the mother of two non-resident Kindergarten age students.  She and her husband requested that their children be allowed to register in Kindergarten as non-resident students per the district’s policy.  Two of their four children attend Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD.  She would like the Board to reconsider the decision to deny her Kindergarten age children to attend school here.  Mrs. Bedard said that she and her husband followed the terms of the policy.  She noted perceived inconsistences in the district’s procedures during the process.  Mr. and Mrs. Bedard have been active members of the school community and noted a hardship of having their children attend two different schools.

Mr. Pomerville thanked Mrs. Bedard for coming to speak with the Board and said the Board would review her concerns and direct the Superintendent to contact her with an answer.

Mr. Galuski thanked the administrators for their efforts all year long but especially during times of crisis in our community.

On motion by Mr. Catanzarita, seconded by Mrs. Bell and by a vote of 4 - 0 the Board adjourned at 7:46pm.


Julie Caulkins
District Clerk
Profile of the Class of 2018.pdf
District Wide Safety Plan 2018-2019 (Non-Confidential) Updated 072718 (For Public Comment).pdf
Update on District's Safety Items.pdf
Special Education End of Year Annual Report 2018.pdf
Special Education School District Data Profile 2016-2017.pdf