June 2, 2020

The Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District Facilities Meeting dated June 2, 2020 was called to order at 6:00 by Mrs. Ricci.

PRESENT (in person): Marcia Ricci, David Lee, Jamie Maloney, Carolyn Bell, Denise Caruaru, Jack Catanzarita

PRESENT (via Webex): Tammi Dehler

ALSO PRESENT (in person): Patrick Pomerville, Rachel Schwendinger, Taylor Woolf

ALSO PRESENT (via Webex): Allie Hornung, Jennifer Dorgan, Jeff McKenna, Mari Cecil, Christopher Scanlan

Mr. Pomerville stated that the contract between the District and Bernier, Carr and Associates, P.C. is on the addendum tonight for Board approval.

Presentation: Review of preliminary plans for renovation and construction of building and grounds as outlined in the voter approved Phase II project; Ms. Cecil, Mr. McKenna, Mr. Woolf

Ms. Cecil explained the development of the contract between the District and BCA stating it is a modified standard AIA Agreement including a fee schedule, insurance certificates, etc.  BCA’s fees are based on a percentage of the construction costs.  The project was voted on as two separate referendums but are now considered merged.  BCA’s fees will be based on an estimate of construction costs and then adjusted according to final construction costs.  After collaboration with all parties, these plans are ready for execution. 

Mr. Woolf and Mr. McKenna explained design work using a topographic survey map and blueprints.  A geo-technical company was on site to collect data on the substructure.  A predemolition survey was conducted to determine the location of hazardous materials.  BCA worked with the athletic department on design specifics for the track and field area and soccer field.  Future projects were discussed including grandstand, restrooms, concession stand and lighting. Hoping to avoid the need for a retaining wall, grading of the site is being considered.

Floor plans for the art and technology wing were shared noting the need to plan for the next 10 - 15 years utilizing movable furniture, limited built-ins, technology-driven design and wireless access points.  The plans include finishing areas, a kiln, work spaces, computer-based area, shared vision and natural light areas, a spray booth.  The plans meet energy code requirements using LED fixtures, task lights, and a photo cell to measure daylight that adjusts to maintain constant light level and reduce energy costs.  Energy codes will be updated for lighting, heating, ventilation and mechanical.  

The residential structure classroom will include a heated and fenced outdoor pad area.  A wood dust collection system is being considered.   Mr. Pomerville would like to offer introductory CTE classes in conjunction with the WSWHE BOCES Career and Technology Program.  Robotics, engineering and CISCO units are being considered.  The district will be hearing more about Project Lead the Way at future meetings.  Ms. Cecil stressed the need to make the classrooms as flexible as possible for future learning.  Multi use classrooms would provide space for art, photography, graphics, business classes, after school programs, or club activities.

The boy’s and girl’s locker rooms and offices for coaches will be redesigned.  A “team room” will be added, entrances and bathrooms will be redesigned.  The layout of the current bleachers will remain the same.  A changing/restroom space for sports officials will be added.  Design challenges are still being addressed while working around large utility and mechanical equipment.  

Mr. Pomerville asked BCA for alternates that may be added to the project if finances allow.  Some ideas are: gym floor or field lights.  

Mrs. Carutasu asked about the possibility of a landslide, noting a recent landslide in the area.  Mr. Pomerville and Ms. Cecil explained the importance of the geotechnical report that would identify “slippery slope” conditions when saturated soil cannot hold together.  If that situation was identified, the need for a retaining wall might be necessary.  If the report indicates good soil conditions, grading would be used.

Mr. Pomerville and Mr. Woolf asked if the Board agreed with the plans so far and if so, then BCA would continue to work on the floor plans and 3-D modeling.  Alternate projects could include poles for soccer field lighting which is very expensive and/or additional parking.  Future projects may require a service access point.    Ms. Cecil thanked the Board and is looking forward to seeing everyone in person.  

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The Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District Board of Education Budget Hearing and Regular Meeting dated June 2, 2020 was called to order by Mrs. Ricci at 7:04pm.

PRESENT (in person): Marcia Ricci, David Lee, Jamie Maloney, Carolyn Bell, Denise Caruaru, Jack Catanzarita

PRESENT (via Webex): Tammi Dehler

ALSO PRESENT (in person): Patrick Pomerville, Rachel Schwendinger

ALSO PRESENT (via Webex): Allie Hornung, Jennifer Dorgan, Mari Cecil, Christopher Scanlan, Erin Kisling, Joseph Siracuse, Joel Richardson, Nicole Solomon, Michael Robbins, Ken Williams, Susan Chura, Christine Connel


Presentation: 2020 - 2021 District Budget Hearing
Budget Hearing June 2, 2020.pdf

Ms. Schwendinger explained how the budget was shaped during the COVID 19 pandemic with declining revenues, rising expenditures and NYS aid held at last year’s levels.  The NYS STAR program has changed the way taxpayers receive that benefit.  Taxpayers should contact their assessor office for more information.

Mr. Pomerville and Ms. Schwendinger explained the Governor’s executive orders regarding absentee ballots for the budget vote.  Because of logistics, legalities and other issues, the ballots are delayed and hopefully will reach each registered voter prior to June 9, 2020. 

See Attached Budget Hearing Presentation

Comments from Administration
Mr. Scanlan sent a letter to seniors and is working on graduation plans possibly being held on Mechanicville School District’s turf field.  We have a great group of kids!  Plans are being made for a parade through town with seniors, the Police and Fire Departments, class advisors, parents, etc. on Thursday, June 4th.  Many thanks to the parents who have worked so hard on this event especially Mrs. Fairclough, Mrs. Kennedy, Mrs. Kelsey and Mrs. Soden.  Everyone is doing their best to make up for the lost opportunities this school year.

The agenda has been updated adding certification areas to prospective tenure candidates.  Mr. Pomerville met with Momentive and Town officials last Friday to discuss the tax certiorari case.  The meeting was semi-productive and another meeting has been scheduled for June 8th.  Mr. Pomerville is hoping to come to an agreement.

Presentation: Second Reading of Policy #5676 Privacy and Security for Student Data and Teacher and Principal Data

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the minutes of the May 21, 2020 Board of Education Meeting.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the following warrants:
General Fund #67 for $725.00
General Fund #69 for $259.99
Special Aid #27 for $1,840.00
School Lunch #18 for $214.36
General Fund #70 for $141,641.83

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the Policy #5676 Privacy and Security for Student Data and Teacher and Principal Data.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the tenure appointment of Michael Robbins, Physical Education teacher; certification area of Physical Education; effective September 1, 2020 upon successful completion of his probationary period.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the tenure appointment of Nicole Solomon, Speech and Language Pathologist; certification area Speech and Language Disabilities; effective June 30, 2020 upon successful completion of her probationary period.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the tenure appointment of Jennifer Dorgan, Elementary Teacher; certification area Childhood Education Grades 1-6; effective September 1, 2020 upon successful completion of her probationary period.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the tenure appointment of Erin Kisling, Teaching Assistant; certification area Teaching Assistant Level III; effective September 1, 2020 upon successful completion of her probationary period.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board accepted the resignation of Elizabeth Farrington as part-time Reading Teacher at St. Mary’s School effective June 2, 2020.

The Board reviewed CSE minutes dated 4/1/2020, 4/3/2020.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the following 2019-2020 health service contracts:
Ballston Spa School, 1 child, $931.82
Berlin Central School, 1 child, $931.82
Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake, 2 children, $1,863.64
Hoosic Valley School, 3 children, $2,795.46
Green Island School, 5 children, $4,659.10
Lansingburgh School, 29 children, $27,022.78
North Colonie School, 1 child, $931.82
Troy School District, 4 children, $3,727.28
Watervliet School, 2 children, $1,863.64

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board accepted the resignation of Kim Hilton, with regret, for the purpose of retirement effective June 30, 2020; after 14 years of service to the district.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved a contract between the Waterford-Halfmoon UFSD and Bernie, Carr and Associates, P.C. as per the fee schedule for services rendered in relation to Phase II Capital Project.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board approved the following health service contracts for the 2019 - 2020 school year:
Mechanicville CSD in the amount of $7,454.56 (8 children)
Cohoes CSD in the amount of $5,590.92 (6 children)
Stillwater CSD in the amount of $931.82 (1 child)


Comments from the Board of Education, residents and staff

Congratulations to Mr. Robbins, Mrs. Solomon, Mrs. Dorgan and Mrs. Kisling on their tenure appointments.  

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Maloney and by a vote of 7 - 0 the Board went into executive session at 8:10pm to discuss negotiations.  They returned to regular session at 9:05 and adjourned. 


Julie Caulkins
District Clerk