September 6, 2018

The Waterford-Halfmoon Union Free School District Board of Education Regular Meeting held Thursday, September 6, 2018 was called to order at 7:03pm.

PRESENT: Marcia Ricci, David Lee, Tammi Dehler, Jamie Maloney, Jack Catanzarita, Kory Galuski

ALSO PRESENT: Patrick Pomerville, Carol Lyon, Christopher Scanlan, Deb Ryan-Campbell, Julie Bishop

ABSENT: Carolyn Bell

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

Comments from Administration
Mr. Scanlan extended his appreciation to Ms. DiFabio and Mrs. Austin for developing the high school master schedule.  Everything worked smoothly the first day of school with only a few minor problems.  Great job!

Mr. Scanlan reported on the first day of school for high school students.  Assembly’s for grades 7-8 and 9-12 focused on the message of “Be Kind” in honor of Anthony Blaauboer, a WHHS student who recently died.  Anthony’s aunt designed “Be Kind” stickers and brought her message to our school this week.  The district will continue to support this theme throughout the school year.

Mr. Scanlan reported on June Regents exams in past years stating that over 500 tests were administered with a 91% passing rate.  Our graduation rate in June was 92%.  He wants to remind our faculty that they are doing a great job.  

Mr. Richardson is continuing the Point Break program for 9th grade students this school year.  Point Break is a day-long workshop designed to promote resiliency among students. Resilient students display social competence, problem-solving skills, personal responsibility and a sense of purpose and hope for the future. Students learn to choose conflict resolution over conflict and respect for others over disrespect.

Mr. Pomerville reported on the September 4 & 5 conference days.   Faculty and staff were greeted by administrators, PTO and union representatives and Mr. David Lee, Board of Education Vice President.  On Tuesday, September 5th, Reverend Barna and members of his congregation from the Wesleyn Church provided lunch for faculty and staff.  Many thanks to all for their generous efforts.  Students in grades 1 - 12 returned on Thursday, September 6, 2018 with smiles on their faces.  Kindergarten students will meet their teachers on Friday and return for their first full day on Monday

As they returned to school this week, faculty and staff worked through the construction challenges in the grades 5-6 wing and the high school music wing.  Mr. Pomerville had pictures of the new classrooms and improvements including the newly refinished gyms floors, high school nurses’s office and music wing, lobby doors and bathrooms, elementary office, 5-6 wing and the new outside ramp.  

Mary Cecil, BCA Architect, will be at the September 20, 2018 Board meeting to present a financial update on the construction project.  Mr. Pomerville will report on high school fitness center upgrades at the next board meeting.

Fordian Fever weekend is September 28-29.  A bonfire is scheduled for after the last game on Friday and fireworks are scheduled after the last game on Saturday.

Thank you to Mrs. Callahan, High School Secretary, for the work done on the new district calendar.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the minutes of the August 16, 2018 Board of Education meeting.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the following warrants:
General Fund #12 for $247.51
General Fund #13 for $804.74

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the appointment of Vince Popolizio as Chief Emergency Resource Officer for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the Project SAVE District Wide School Safety Plan.

The Board reviewed CSE minutes dated 8/29/2018.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board accepted the resignation of Heidi Donaldson as in-school suspension monitor effective August 29, 2018.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the one year probationary appointment of Heidi Donaldson as food service worker effective August 29, 2018; 6.5 hours/day; salary per the CSEA contract.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved an increase in time for Heather Phelan, food service worker from 3.5 hours per day to 6.5 hours per day; salary per the CSEA contract.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the one year probationary appointment of Meagan Tremblay as cafeteria monitor; effective September 4, 2018; 2 hours/day; salary per the CSEA contract.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the appointment of Keri Mulligan as substitute teacher aide for the 2018 - 2019 school year; salary per the CSEA contract.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the appointment of Marilyn Carson as substitute teacher aide for the 2018 - 2019 school year; salary per the CSEA contract.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the appointment of Keanna King as substitute teacher for the 2018 - 2019 school year; salary per the WTA contract.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the following substitute teachers for the 2018 - 2019 school year; salary per the WTA contract: Leah Bascom, Shauna Fawcett, Joyce Hickey, Kalie Maloney, Lindsey Meyer, Nicholas Pafundi, Lacy Palmiotto, Jenna Semenza.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board awarded a 30 passenger bus lease to New York Bus Sales in the total capitalized amount of $54,873.69 payable in 5 annual installments of $8,943.20 for the period of October 1, 2018 through September 30, 2023.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the following warrants:
General Fund #14 for $51,399.06
Special Aid #4 for $18,423.04
General Fund #15 for $79,727.35

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board accepted the resignation of Helen DeLaMater as Food Service Worker effective September 1, 2018.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board accepted the resignation of Susan Amegashie as Food Service Worker; effective September 1, 2018.

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board approved the appointments of the following coaches for the 2018 - 2019 school year; salary per the WTA contract:
Bill Haskell, Varsity Boys Basketball
Todd Hayes, JV Boys Basketball

On motion by Mr. Lee, seconded by Mrs. Dehler and by a vote of 6 - 0 the Board went into executive session at 7:21 to discuss negotiations.  They returned to regular session at 8:30 and adjourned.


Julie Caulkins
District Clerk