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By Douglas Sciorra

Read the Agenda: Hornell City School Board of Education meeting tonight, May 3 at 5:15pm

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Please note, the meeting will begin at 5:15 PM and will pause at 6:00 PM for the Public Budget Hearing and will resume after the hearing.

  1. Opening by the President
  1. Pledge of Allegiance
  1. Roll Call:  Kerry Davis, Jessica Hess, James Marino, Uzma Mehr, Meghann Khork,

 Christopher Clark, Joseph Liberto

IV.        Agenda

  1. Revisions
    1. Approval

Motion to move to Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter.

Motion to return to Regular Session

Motion to pause meeting for the Public Budget Hearing

Motion to resume meeting

V.         Public Comment

VI.         Recommended Actions  

A.       Presentations – None

B.       Reports:

         1.   Construction Report

         2.   Celebrating Success – Administrators – Tenure Recommendations

         3.  Superintendents Report  

C.     Consent Agenda / Routine

Moved by ___________________, seconded by ___________________to act upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti to approve the following Consent Agenda items 1 through 9:

  1. Approval of the minutes for the meetings of April 6 and 20, 2022.
    1. Acceptance of the Revenue Report of March 31, 2022.
    1. Acceptance of the GF Budget Transfer Report of March 31, 2022
    1. Acceptance of the Fed Budget Transfer Report of March 31, 2022
    1. Acceptance of the Appropriations Report of March 31 2022
    1. Acceptance of the Student Activities Report of March 31, 2022
    1. Acceptance of the Treasurer’s Report of March 31, 2022
    1. Acceptance of the Warrant Reports of March 31, 2022.

9.    Resolved that the Board has no objections to the recommendations of the

Committee on Special Education and approves the authorization of funds

to implement the special education programs and services consistent with such

recommendations for the meetings of April 6, 7, 20, 21 and 27, 2022, the CPSE meetings of April 7, 20 and 28, 2022 and the 504 meetings of April 6, 27 and 28, 2022. 

AYE _________  NAY_______ ABSTAINED__________________________________

D.     New Business

         1.   Policy/Procedure

a.    Misc. Equipment Disposal

       Resolved that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board

   authorize Patrick Flaitz to dispose of the following:

              Outdated Audiometer – Ser # 12134113  Asset Tag # A00497684

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        2.  Finance

a.   MOA w/ Rochester School of the Deaf

Resolved, that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the MOA with Rochester School of the Deaf for the 2022/23 school year:

                        b.   Independent Contractor Service Agreement w/ Great Expectations

Resolved that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the Independent Contractor Service Agreement with Great Expectations Physical, Occupational and Speech, PLLC for the 2022/23 school year.

           c. Cooperative Food Service Bids

Resolved that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the resolution to participate in the Cooperative Food Service Bids with the GST BOCES for the 2022/23 school year.

d.   Professional Service Agreement – RMSC Cummings Nature Center

      Resolved that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the Professional Service Agreement with RMSC Cummings Nature Center for Forest School development for the 2022/23 school year.

e.   Revised SEQRA Resolution – 2022/23 Capital Outlay Project

WHEREAS, the City School District of the City of Hornell, Steuben County, New York (the “District”), after consultation by District officials with the District’s retained architectural firm, LaBella Associates, D.P.C. (“LaBella”), has resolved that the District should propose to undertake, during the District’s pending (2022-2023) fiscal year, a capital outlay project involving certain upgrades and improvements at the District’s High School, such work being anticipated to include, but not necessarily be limited to, the replacement of the current Exterior Insulation Finishing System with an insulated metal panel system and also replacement of the interior elevator, remodeling of the main office, which will include reconfiguration of the existing main office space (and will not result in a change to the building footprint), along with any related work required in connection therewith (collectively, the “Project”); and

WHEREAS, the Board wishes to rescind its previous resolution adopted and dated March 16, 2022 relating to the Project (the “Prior Resolution”) and replace it with this resolution (in light of the estimated maximum cost of the Project having increased); and

WHEREAS, the revised estimated maximum cost of the Project (inclusive of all preliminary and incidental costs) has been determined by LaBella to be $1,300,000; and

WHEREAS, the District is proposing that the Project be financed by the application of $1,300,000 of funds to be earmarked for such purpose as a “Transfer to Capital Fund” in the District’s pending (i.e., 2022-2023) budget, with the work on the Project being anticipated to occur (and be completed) during the 2022-2023 fiscal year of the District; and

WHEREAS, the District wishes to reserve the right to expand, contract or modify the scope of the Project in light of the level of future bids received, with the understanding that the estimated maximum cost of the Project will not exceed $1,300,000; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with State Education Department guidance and policy, the District/Board of Education is the appropriate agency to be the lead agency to undertake Project review under the State Environmental Quality Review Act (“SEQRA”); and

WHEREAS, Section 617.5 of the SEQRA Regulations (6 NYCRR Part 617) provides that certain activities are Type II actions that are not subject to review under SEQRA and that such activities include “routine activities of educational institutions,” “maintenance or repair involving no substantial changes in an existing structure or facility;” “replacement, rehabilitation or reconstruction of a structure or facility, in kind, on the same site…unless such action meets or exceeds any [Type I] thresholds in section 617.4”; and

WHEREAS, the proposed Project constitutes such routine activities of educational institutions; maintenance or repair activities; and/or in-kind, same-site replacement, rehabilitation or reconstruction activities; and

WHEREAS, under the terms of the 2017 Memorandum of Understanding (a/k/a the “Letter of Resolution” or the “MOU”) between the State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation (“OPRHP”) (a/k/a the “State Historic Preservation Office” or “SHPO”) and SED, and the terms of the MOU’s exemption form, a project is exempt from SHPO review if, among other possible reasons, a building is 50 years old or older but has previously been evaluated by SHPO and found not to meet the criteria for inclusion in the State and National Registers (the “Registers”); and

WHEREAS, as indicated in the Cultural Resource Information System (“CRIS”), SHPO has determined (in 2016) that the High School building is “not eligible” for listing on the Registers because it does not meet the criteria for inclusion in the Registers; and

WHEREAS, although the High School building is “not eligible” for listing on the Registers, and LaBella has determined that the proposed work is exempt from review by SHPO (given that it has no anticipated impacts on historic and archeological resources under the terms of the MOU), LaBella may nonetheless choose to submit information on the proposed work to SHPO for confirmation;

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that it is the final determination of the District’s Board of Education that the proposed Project is a Type II action, which is not subject to review under SEQRA, and that the proposed Project will not result in a significant adverse impact on the environment; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the Prior Resolution is hereby rescinded and shall be replaced by this resolution; and be it further

RESOLVED, that the proposed Project shall be included as a “Transfer to Capital Fund” line item (not exceeding $1,300,000 in amount) in the District’s proposed budget for the 2022-2023 fiscal year (with appropriate additional notification to District voters regarding the anticipated details of the work to be given in connection with the District’s regular budget approval process), so that such Project may be initiated and completed (assuming voter approval of the District’s proposed budget) during the District’s 2022-2023 fiscal year; and be it further

   RESOLVED, that this resolution shall take effect immediately.

f.  Agreements with Management Advisory Group of NY, Inc.

Resolved that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the agreements with Management Advisory Group of NY, Inc. for the 2022/23 school year for STAC Services and Medicaid Services and Tuition Billing.

         3.  Personnel

There are numerous personnel items on the agenda.

Discussion:

Informational:

The Annual Budget Vote and Board Member Election will be held on Tuesday, May 17, 2022 from Noon – 9:00 PM in the High School Lobby Annex with a meeting of the Board of Education to follow at 9:30 PM in the HS Cafeteria to accept the results of the vote.

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