Webutuck Board of
Education held the
The following Board members were present:
Bernadette Coniglio arrived at 9:15 p.m.
Dr. Richard Johns
CALL TO ORDER
President Culver called the Worksession of
The PTA President announced the first PTA meeting on
The Superintendent thanked the PTA for providing coffee and donuts on Superintendent’s Conference Day for all of the District staff.
The Superintendent introduced the District’s new administration team to the public. Present was School Business Administrator Linda Peters, WES/AES Principal Joel Freer, and WHS Principal Jay Posephney.
The Board will go into Executive Session for discussion.
2. A.P. Biology Textbook
The College Board requests districts to file the curriculum and textbook
to be used for all AP courses being taught in
The Millerton building had three issues cited and was given an
“Unsatisfactory” rating in the 2004 Building Condition Survey given to the
State. The roof, driveway/parking lot
and window system all are in need of repair and a corrective action plan needs
to be formed. The Superintendent is
recommending the roof be replaced immediately with the EXCEL money. He recommends the windows and
driveway/parking lot be put into the next bond issue. A Board member questioned if the Town of
4. Transportation Revote
The Transportation referendum will be put back up for a vote due to the mistake in wording at the May vote. The Transportation Department is strapped for vehicles at this time due to special needs students moving into the District. Those students require transporting in smaller vehicles because of their individual placements. A Board member asked if the District could lease a small vehicle to help for the moment. Discussion ensued.
5. Mr. Biasotti’s Contract
It was noted that Mr. Biasotti has worked for eight years in the District in various capacities. Presently, he is filling in for Mr. Posephney until he comes to the District permanently. Mr. Biasotti has worked at his current rate for several years. His rate will be per diem with no pay for travel.
6. EXCEL Project
Last year the State Dormitory Association released money for school
improvements. Most of the money went to
7. Special Education Teaching Assistant position
Special Education enrollment vacillates every year. Ms. Nethercott’s classroom went from a 1:12:1 to a 1:8:1 because there are students with more concentrated needs. There is a need of an additional .5 FTE Teaching Assistant in that classroom. Discussion ensued.
8. International Trip
The German and Spanish teachers are proposing a trip to
Audience members commented on the following:
- Stated the transportation vehicles are needed now – not in November.
- Are we doing a good job identifying at risk four-year-olds now that we have a Universal Pre-K program? Yes, between Astor and Pre-K we have 47 students out of a class of 60-70. The Kindergarten teachers say they can see a difference.
- Is the Board still looking at a Land Purchase? It is up for discussion with the Board.
- Stated a concern about security at the school. There was a breach of security at the school at the end of last year. Is there money the Board can release to help out? The District has been working on this issue. There are safety committees in each building that meet once a month. The front doors are the only doors to the outside unlocked. All other doors are to be locked. The District has a parking lot attendant that is there to be aware of people/students coming and going. There is a swipe card entry system being looked at to install in all buildings instead of metal keys.
BOARD MEMBER QUESTIONS
Mr. Herald gave the Superintendent a list of comments regarding the Athletic Director job description because he was not at the last Board meeting. Mr. McGhee responded to actions taken by the District for security measures. They can be found under public comment.
Mr. Jablonsky made and Mr. Perotti seconded a motion to adjourn to executive session at 8:15 pm for the purpose of discussing a particular personnel matter. The five Board members present voted. The motion carried unanimously.
RECONVENE PUBLIC SESSION
Mr. Herald made a motion to adjourn the executive session and reconvene the public session at 9:44 pm. The six Board members present voted. The motion carried unanimously.
There being no further business, Mr. Herald adjourned
the meeting of
Therese M. Trotter