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By Douglas Sciorra

Hornell City School District reorganizational meeting is tonight, read agenda

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Key annual meeting is at 5:15pm in the District Office conference room

I.      Motion to appoint Patrick Flaitz as Clerk Pro Tem

ll.     Opening by the Clerk Pro Tem  

IlI.    Pledge of Allegiance

ROLL CALL:   Kerry Davis, Jessica Hess, James Marino, Uzma Mehr, Meghann Khork,

                         Christopher Clark, Joseph Liberto

IV.    Recommended Actions: 

        A.     Reorganizational Meeting for the 2022-23 School Year:

                1.     Administration of Oath to new Board Members:

                         (Clerk to administer oath of office to newly elected Board Member, Kerry Davis

                2.     Election of Officers: 

                         a.     President of the Board

                                 Recommended that the Board elect a President of the Board of Education.

(Clerk Pro Tem to administer oath to the newly elected President and turn over the meeting to the President)

                         b.     Vice-President of the Board

                                 Recommended that the Board elect a Vice-President of the Board of Education.

                                 (President to administer oath to the newly elected Vice-President)

                2.     Appointment of Officers:

                         a.     Clerk

                                 Recommended that Carol Eaton be appointed Clerk of the Board.

                                 (Clerk will be administered oath upon her return) 

                         b.     Treasurer

                                 Recommended that Susan Brown be appointed Treasurer of the Board.

                                 (President to administer oath to Treasurer)

                         c.     Deputy Treasurer

                                 Recommended that Carol Eaton be appointed as Deputy Treasurer of the Board (Deputy Treasurer will be administered oath upon her return)

                         d.     Claims Auditor

                                 Recommended that the Board appoint Mary Wolf as Claims Auditor, with an annual stipend of $4,000.

                         e.     Deputy Claims Auditor

                                 Recommended that the Board appoint Renay Shull as the Deputy Claims Auditor, at a rate of $16 per hour on an as needed basis.

                         f.      Tax Collector

                                  To be determined at a later date

                3.     Other Appointments:

                         a.     School Attorney

                                 Recommended that the Board approve the appointment of Hodgson Russ LLP as the school attorney at the rates established in the RFP.

                                 Further recommended that the Board approve John Dagon to provide legal services on an as-needed basis.

                         b.     Bond Counsel

Recommended that the Board approve Timothy R. McGill, Esq. as bond counsel.

                         c.     Internal Audit Function

                                 Recommended that the Board approve the resolution to cross-contract with Tompkins-Seneca-Tioga BOCES in accordance with Section 170.12 of the Commissioner’s Regulations.

d.     Audit Committee

                                 Recommended that the Board establish an Audit Committee, consisting of

                                 Kerry Davis, Jessica Hess, James Marino, Uzma Mehr, Meghann Khork, Christopher Clark and Joseph Liberto.

                         e.     School Physician

Resolved, that upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve Stony Brook Pediatrics as the school physician for the period July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at a fee of $1 .

                         f.      Other Annual Appointments:

               Recommended that the Board approve the following appointments (C  denotes compensated ):

  • Attendance Officer –  Patrick Flaitz
    • Architect – Hunt Engineers, Architects &  LaBella Associates- C
    • Broker of Record – Lawley Insurance  – C
    • Chemical Safety Officer –  Shannon Davis
    • Chief Information Officer – Colby Moore – C
    • Chief Faculty Counselor – Morgan Allison
    • Construction Manager – Welliver McGuire, Inc. – C
    • District Copyright Officer –  Patrick Flaitz
    • Emergency Disaster Coordinator – Patrick Flaitz
    • Financial Advisor – Bernard Donegan – C
    • Head Building Maintenance Mechanics – Shannon Davis and Mitchell Weaver –  C
    • Health & Safety Committee – Safety Committee, others to be determined
    • Homeless Liaison –   Jennifer Sorochin
    • LEA Designee (Asbestos) —  Shannon Davis
    • Official District representative to the GST BOCES Worker’s Compensation consortium – Patrick Flaitz.  In his absence, Jeremy Palotti will serve as the official District representative for any plan business requiring a vote.
    • Official District representative to the Steuben Area Schools Health Insurance Plan – Jeremy Palotti.  In his absence, Patrick Flaitz will serve as the official District representative for any plan business requiring a vote.
    • Records Access Officer  Carol Eaton
    • Records Retention Officer – Patrick Flaitz
    • Records Management Advisory Committee –Patrick Flaitz, Carol Eaton, Amy Feeley, and others to be determined
    • Representative for Public Law 874 – Patrick Flaitz
    • Representative for Title IX –  Juliana Smith
    • Representative for Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act – Amy Feeley
    • Safety Committee – Patrick Flaitz, Shannon Davis, BOE, Building Administrators, Parent & Union representatives to be determined
    • Student Activity Accounts Central Treasurer – Diane Bakerink
    • Student Activity Accounts Assistant Treasurer – Jennifer Bixby
    • DASA Coordinator –  Nancy Shedlock
    • Administrative Staff as Lead Evaluators / APPR Plan:

            Morgan Allison

            John Cardamone

            Amy Feeley

            Sean Gaffney

            Ted Illi

            Jeremy Palotti

            Lisa Sanford

            Erica Siebert

            Juliana Smith

            Jennifer Sorochin     

                4.     Designations:

                         a.     Official Bank Depository

                                 Recommended that the Board approve Community Bank, Five Star Bank, Chase as the official bank depositories

                         b.     Regular Monthly Meetings

                                 Recommended that, the Board approve the following dates for Board of Education meetings for the 2022-23 school year.  (all meetings will begin at 5:15 PM and will be held  in the High School Library,134 Seneca Street, unless otherwise noted)

                                 Wed., July 6, 2022 (Reorg)

                                 Wed., July 27,2022

                                 Wed., August 24, 2022

                                 Wed., September 7, 2022

                                 Wed., October 5, 2022

                                 Wed., November 2, 2022

                                 Wed., December 7, 2022

                                 Wed., January 4, 2023                                               

                                 Wed., February 1, 2023                                              

                                 Wed., March 6, 2023 (Budget Workshop if needed)

                                 Wed., March 29, 2023

                                 Wed., April 19, 2023 (Regular Meeting & GST Budget)

                                 Tues., May 2, 2023   (public hearing on budget at 6:00 PM / meeting at                                                                immediately following)

                                 Tues., May 16, 2023 (HS Cafeteria @ 9:30 PM – Budget Vote/Election)

                                 Wed., June 14, 2023

                         c.     Official Newspaper

                              Recommended that the Board approve The Evening Tribune as the official newspaper.

                         d.     School Holidays

                                 Recommended that the Board approve the following school holidays (unless otherwise negotiated):

July 4, 2022                                    (4th of July)

September 5, 2022                        (Labor Day)

October 10, 2022                           (Columbus Day)

November 11, 2022                       (Veteran’s Day)

November 24 & 25, 2022              (Thanksgiving & day after)

December 26, 2022                       (Christmas)

January 2, 2023                             (New Year’s Day)

January 16, 2023                           (Martin Luther King Day)

February 20, 2023                         (Presidents’ Day)

April 7, 2023                                   (Good Friday)

May 29, 2023                                 (Memorial Day)

June 19, 2023                                (Juneteenth)

                5.     Authorizations:

                         a.     Certification of Payrolls

                                 Recommended that the Board authorize the School Business Official to certify payrolls.

                         b.     Purchasing Agent

                                 Recommended that the Board authorize the School Business Official to act as purchasing agent and the Superintendent will act as Deputy Purchasing Agent.

                         c.     Bid Openings

                                 Recommended that the Board authorize the Purchasing Agent to open all bids.

                         d.     Staff and Board Member Attendance at Conferences, Conventions and Workshops

                                 Recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent or designee to approve all in state conference attendance and expenses.  Board is to be notified in advance of attendance at any conference, convention and workshop that is out of state and that is of more than three days in duration.

e.    Appointment Authorization

Recommended that the Board authorize Superintendent Palotti to approve appointments of certified staff and classified staff until Board Action is taken at the next meeting. 

                          f.     Applications for Grants

                              Recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent or designee to apply

                              for grants.

                          g.    Signature on Legal Documents

                              Recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent, Board President, Purchasing Agent and/or Clerk to sign legal documents which have been previously approved by the Board of Education.

                          h.    Establishment of Petty Cash Funds

                              Recommended that the Board establish Petty Cash Funds in the amounts and

                              with custodians so designated:

                                          District Office                     $100           Susan Brown

                                          High School Office              100           Morgan Allison

                                          Curriculum Office                100           Theodore Illi

                                          Athletic Dept:

                                              Admission Cash Box 1   100       John Cardamone  

Admission Cash  Box 2      100        Jennifer Bixby

                                     Admission Cash  Box 3  100           Victoria Plank  

Intermediate School    100    Julie Smith

                                          N. Hornell School                100           Sean Gaffney

                                          Food Service                        100           Tracie McCarthy

                                          Food Service                          50           Wildwood – Tiffany Donovan

                                          Food Service                          25           Intermediate – Tiffany Donovan

                                          Food Service                          25           N. Hornell – Tiffany Donovan

                                          Home Economics                100           Lynn (Wendy) Pollinger 

Maintenance Dept.       100    Shannon Davis

                                          Pupil Personnel                   100           Amy Feeley

i.       Designation of Authorized Signature on Checks Including Use of Facsimile Signature

         Recommended that the Board approve the signature (including facsimile) of Susan Brown (Treasurer) and Carol Eaton (Deputy Treasurer) on checks.

j.       Approval of Budget Transfers

         Recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent of Schools to

         approve budget transfers in accordance with Board of Education policy #5330 for the 2022-23 school year.

k.      GST BOCES Budget Adjustments

                                 Recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent to amend or approve cooperative service changes provided for in the 2022-23 GST BOCES contract.

l.       Credit Cards and Cell Phone List

                                 Recommended that the Board approve the list of credit cards and cell phones for district use. 

                     m.      Execution of Contracts

                                 Recommended that the Board authorize the Superintendent to execute contracts on their behalf.                                  

                  6.   Other Items:

                           a.      Bonding of Personnel

                                 Recommended that the Board approve bonding of school district personnel as follows:

            Treasurer and Deputy Treasurer      $1,075,000

                                    Tax Collector                                           500,000

                                    Central Treasurer                                    150,000

                                    All other personnel                                  100,000

                           b.      Mileage Reimbursement Rate

                                 Recommended that the mileage reimbursement rate for the 2022-23 school year be the same as the IRS mileage rate, unless otherwise negotiated.

                           c.      Custodial Rate

                                 Recommended that the custodial rate charged to organizations using our facilities be established at $36.00 per hour for the 2022-23 school year (with a minimum charge of $72.00. 

                           d.      Rate Schedule

                                 Recommended that the Board approve the rate schedule for miscellaneous duties for the 2022-2023 school year.

                           e.      Memberships

             Recommended that the Board approve the District’s membership in the following organizations:

                                                Greater Southern Tier School Boards Association

                                                New York State Association of Small City School Districts

                                                New York State School Boards Association

                           f.       Legal Indemnification

                                    It is resolved that the Board does and hereby approves legal indemnification of Board Members, Officers, the District Superintendent and School Administrators against all uninsured financial or property loss arising out of any proceeding, claim, demand, suit, tort, arbitration or judgment by reason of alleged negligence or other conduct resulting in bodily or other injury to any person or damage to the property of any person committed while Board Member, Officer, District Superintendent, School Administrator is acting within the scope of his/her employment or at the discretion of the Board of Education for fiscal year 2022-23; and further, to hold her/him harmless therefrom.

                           g.      Committee on Special Education members for 2022-23

                                    Resolved, that upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the following members of the Committee on Special Education for the 2022-23 school year:

                                    Chairperson                               Amy Feeley, Amber Kossow, Jennifer Sorochin,

                                                                                        John Cardamone

                                    Alternate Chairperson(s)           Special Education Teacher, Reading Specialist or                                                   School       Psychologist present at the meeting

                                    Psychologist(s)                          Nancy Shedlock & Katherine Henderson Clark

                                   Alternating Parent(s)                  Pamela Aini, Jennifer Kellogg, Abigail McKee

                                    Physician                                    Stony Brook Pediatrics, School Physician

                                    Classroom Teachers, Guidance Counselors and Related Services Staff

                                    Further resolved, that the CSE/CPSE Chair make the decision when there is no consensus at a CSE/CPSE meeting.

                         h.      Committee on Preschool Special Education members for 2022-23

                                  Resolved, that upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the following members of the Committee on Preschool Special Education for the 2022-23 school year:

Chairperson                                 Amy Feeley, Amber Kossow, Jennifer Sorochin, John Cardamone

Alternate Chairperson(s)            Special Education Teacher, Reading Specialist or School Psychologist present at the meeting

Psychologist(s)                            Nancy Shedlock & Katherine Henderson Clark

Alternating Parent(s)                   Pamela Aini,          Jennifer Kellogg, Abigal McKee

Physician                                      Stony Brook Pediatrics, School Physician

Classroom Teacher and Related Services Staff

                                    Further resolved, that the CSE/CPSE Chair make the decision when there is no consensus at a CSE/CPSE meeting.

                         i.       Subcommittees for Committee on Special Education and Committee on Preschool Special Education

                                  Recommended that the Board approve subcommittees for the CSE and CPSE consisting of the following:

  • Parent of student
  • General education teacher of student whenever student is or may be

      participating in the general education environment

  • Student’s special education teacher
  • Representative of the School District who is qualified to provide

      special education and is knowledgeable about the general education

      curriculum and the resources of the School District (can be the

      special education teacher)

  • School psychologist whenever a new psychological evaluation is

reviewed or a change to a program option with a more intensive student/teacher ratio is considered

  • An individual who can interpret the instructional implications of

      evaluation results (can be one of the people listed above)

  • Other people having knowledge or special expertise regarding the

      student

  • Parent representative for all CPSE meetings and when requested by a parent for a CPSE meeting

                         j.       Surrogate Parent for CSE/CPSE

                                  Recommended that the Board approve Mrs. Kathy Labarron-Roberts,

                                  12 Maplewood Avenue, to serve as the surrogate parent for the Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education for the 2022-23 school year.

                         k.      Impartial Hearing Officers for 2022-23

                                  Recommended that the Board approve the list of impartial hearing officers designated for Steuben County for the 2022-23 school year, as provided by the State Education Department.

                                  WHEREAS, the Board of Education seeks to authorize certain individuals to appoint an Impartial Hearing Officer if the Board does not have a regular meeting scheduled on a day when an appointment needs to be made. NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Board President or Vice-President to appoint an Impartial Hearing Officer when the Board does not have a regular meeting scheduled on a day when an appointment of an impartial hearing officer needs to be made.

                         l.       Re-adoption of Policies

                                  Recommended that the Board readopt all policies in the official policy book kept by the District Clerk, including the code of ethics and code of conduct.

                       m.    Standard Work Day

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

approve the 2022-23 Standard Work Day by Title Designations.

REGULAR MEETING

  1. Agenda
    1. Revisions
    1. Approval
  1. Public Comment
  1. Recommended Actions  

A.  Presentations:

      1.      None  

B.  Reports:

      1.      None

C.  Consent Agenda / Routine

Moved by ___________________, seconded by ___________________to act upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti to approve the following Consent Agenda items 1 and 2:

1.   Approve the minutes of the Board of Education Meeting of June 15, 2022.

              2.   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 June 15, 2022, the CPSE meetings of June 15 and 22, 2022 and the 504 meeting of June 15, 2022.

AYE _________  NAY_______ ABSTAINED__________________________________

D.  New Business

   1.   Policy/Procedure

            a.  North Hornell Library Book Disposal

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

                  authorize Patrick Flaitz to dispose of the North Hornell Library Books on the list dated

                  June 22, 2022.

            b.  Textbook Disposal 

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

                 authorize Patrick Flaitz to dispose of the following textbooks:

                              Glencoe World History:  NY Edition

                              ISBN:  978-0-07-879218-2

                              212 copies

         2.  Finance

a. Bernard P. Donegan, Inc – Proposed Service Agreement

      Resolved that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the proposed service agreement for Capital Projects and other financial matters.

    b.  Independent Service Contract – Melissa Hooker

        Resolved that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the Independent Service Contract with Melissa Hooker to provide AIS and and tutoring instruction at St. Ann’s Academy beginning July 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022.         

      c.  Independent Service Contract – Jennifer Dworak

         Resolved that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approve the Independent Service Contract with Jennifer Dworak to provide tutoring instruction at St. Ann’s Academy beginning July 1, 2022 through August 31, 2022.

    d.  GST BOCES Resolution – AS-7

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

         approve the GST BOCES Resolution and 2022/23 AS-7.  

         3.  Personnel

               There are numerous personnel items on the agenda

Discussion:

The Career Development Council provided their “Year End” reports and letter (in shared folder).

Informational:

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be held on Wednesday, July 27, 2022 at

5:15 PM in the High School Library located at 134 Seneca Street, Hornell, NY.   

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