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School Board meeting: Sept. 18, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Sept. 18, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education began the meeting with the Annual Facilities Tour. Jerry Harriger directed the building tour.

The District’s auditor presented to the board the report on the 2016-17 fiscal year audit report. The District received a positive report which included an A+ bond rating. Mr. Mickelson, of Insero & Co., discussed the June 30, 2017 audit report and noted that the District is in a very strong financial position.

Mr. Kelahan provided a PowerPoint to the board, concentrated on creating the conditions for the success of our students. Along with Mrs. Somerville, Mr. D’Alleva and Mrs. Trank, he outlined various teaching approaches to ensure that our students all receive an education that is focused on their strengths and unique learning styles. Mrs. Somerville explained the creation of an Enrichment Program, with the primary focus being to help all children succeed. This project-based learning program started at the beginning of the school year. The board can expect a report mid-winter on the progress, as the program will be utilizing quarterly evaluations.

There was an executive session to discuss a personnel matter.

Rachelle Simmons, of the Watkins Glen PTO, informed the board of the upcoming meeting that will take place on Wednesday, September 20 in the Elementary library at 4:30. She also provided the dates for the father/daughter dance (February 10) and the mother/son dance (March 10).

Gloria Brubaker, board President, read a thank-you note from Bonnie Specchio for the gift she received into retirement.

1. Approve/Accept/Acknowledge the following consensus items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accept Donation of Instrument with case.

2. Approve revised RTI (Response to Intervention) plan.

3. Abolish a Position of Senior Keyboard Specialist.

4. Approve Appointment: Marie Keefer as part-time Clerk.

5. Approve Appointment: Cyndy Wood as part-time Physical Education Teacher.

6. Approve Creation of Teaching Assistant Position.

7. Approve Coaching Appointment: Stephen Klemann -- Volunteer Asst. Varsity Girls’ Swimming.

8. Accept Resignation into Retirement: Charlie Smith as Maintenance Mechanic effective 10/30/17.

The next regular meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 2, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. There will also be a BOE workshop on Saturday, September 23, 2017 in the Board of Education room, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

School Board meeting: August 21, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of August 21, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

--Mr. Kelahan asked for the Board’s input on committees, specifically related to the Capital Project. The Board is going to provide a list of the members of this committee and what their role is during these projects.

--Mr. Kelahan also provided an update to the Board on the Clerical team training that was scheduled on 8/21. He explained that the first part of the training was held at the school, and consisted of various trainings conducted by the administrative team. The Clerical team spent the remainder of the day participating in team building activities off campus.

--Mr. Kelahan asked the Board if they have established an initial plan for the District Vision. This is an ongoing matter that will be established by The Board of Education, and carried out by the WGFA, as well as the District as a whole. Members of the board would like to schedule a workshop where an initial focus can be established, as well as a plan to execute the District’s Vision. The date and time of the workshop are to be determined.

--Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager, presented the Board with a summary for the upcoming 2017-18 school tax year which included the tax levy distribution. She noted that the tax rate decreased by about 18 cents per thousand, or 1.53%. The overall increase to valuations is almost $36 million.

Board of Education Comments:

--Kelly McCarthy has been in communication with the American Legion Auxiliary about Girls’ State. Local businesses will be asked if they are interested in sponsoring membership for girls as well as local boys who have been able to participate in this program in the past.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List additions
--Approved CSE/CPSE Recommendations
--Approved Fundraiser Request

2. Accepted the resignation of Cameron McFall as Cleaner effective 8/10/17

3. Accepted the resignation of Andrew Magoon as Custodian effective 8/15/17

4. Accepted the resignation of Jason Lodge as Bus Monitor effective 8/9/17

5. Approved the appointment of Adrian Turnmyre as Bus Driver effective 9/5/17

6. Approved the appointment of David Maulucci as Bus Driver effective 9/5/17

7. Approved the appointment of April Ayers as Teaching Assistant effective 9/1/17

8. Approved the appointment of Marianne Naddeo as Cook Manager effective 9/5/17

9. Approved the appointment of Bonny Martin as Transportation Monitor

10. Approved the following Coaching appointments:
--Harold Chaffee as Varsity Football - Volunteer Assistant
--Brandon Crane as Modified Football - Assistant

11. Approved the following Coordinator Position for 2017-18:
--Sam Brubaker & Margaret Swinnerton as PE/Health

12. Approved the appointment of Robert Wixson as Bus Driver effective 8/22/17

13. Accepted the resignation of Gary Reynolds as Bus Driver effective 8/1/17

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 5, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

School Board meeting: August 7, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of August 7, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

--Mr. Kelahan presented 3 retirees with tokens of appreciation from the District in recognition of their years of service and dedication to the students of Watkins Glen. Cyndy Wood, Diana Groll and Deb Gleason were all in attendance.

--Mr. Kelahan also presented to the Board a “visioning” plan. He explained that this strategic plan will identify Watkins Glen as a District and what we stand for currently, as well as defining where we want to be. Throughout the next few months, Mr. Kelahan, with input from the Board of Education, as well as the administrative team, would like to establish a universal set of values, missions and district goals. This will help to unify Watkins Glen as an organization.

Board of Education Comments:

--Mark Franzese shared with the Board that he was approached by a parent who was praising the educators of the District, adding that this individual was very impressed with 12:1:1 program.

--Gloria Brubaker read a thank you note from Linda Gregory for the thoughtful gift she received into retirement.

1. Approved / Accepted / Acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approved minutes of the 7/5/17 meeting
--Approved 2017-18 Substitute List
--Accepted CSE/CPSE Recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and June Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants
--Approved Fundraiser Requests
--Approved BOE Committees

2. Approved the ES Student / Parent Handbook for 2017-18

3. Approved the HS Student / Parent Handbook for 2017-18

4. Accepted the resignation of Renee Riley as Teacher Aide effective 8/31/17

5. Approved the appointment of Renee Riley as Teaching Assistant effective 9/1/17

6. Approved the appointment of Kyle Colunio as Elementary Teacher effective 9/1/17

7. Approved the appointment of Jeannette Simpson-Gilbert as Elementary Teacher effective 9/1/17

8. Approved the appointment of Amy Easterly as Elementary Teacher effective 9/1/17

9. Approved the appointment of Dusty Baker as Elementary Teacher effective 9/1/17

10. Approved the appointment of Emily Richmond as Elementary Art Teacher effective 9/1/17

11. Approved Memo for the following: Kelsey Delany, Assistant Principal from 10-month position to 11- month position

12. Approved the creation of a Part-time Clerk position

13. Approved the abolishment of School Social Worker position

14. Approved the creation of Licensed Clinical Social Worker position

15. Approved appointments to Stipend positions for the 2017-18 year

16. Approved appointments to Coordinator positions for the 2017-18 year

17. Approved the following Coaching appointments:
--Dawn Baker as Varsity Girls’ Volleyball.
--Phil Davidowsky as Modified Girls’ Swimming

18. Accepted the resignation of Kimberly McAtee as Clerk effective 8/2/17

19. Approved the appointment of Kelsey Melvin as Music Teacher effective 9/1/17

20. Approved Memo for the disposal of Surplus Items

21. Approved UPK agreement for the 2017-18 year

22. Approved agreement with Keuka Lake Schools for the 2017-18 year

23. Approved agreement with Franziska Racker Center for the 2017-18 year

24. Approved agreement with Sign Language Solutions for the 2017-18 year

25. Approved School Tax Levy

26. Approved agreement for services of Dr. James Coleman, for the purposes of providing school physician services for 2017-18

The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 21, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.



At the reorganizational meeting, from left: New board vice president Mark Franzese, District Clerk Renee Angle, Superintendent Tom Phillips, Deputy Superintendent (and next superintendent) Greg Kelahan, and new board president Gloria Brubaker.

School Board meeting: July 5, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of July 5, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board clerk calling for the reorganizational meeting. Gloria Brubaker was elected as Board President and Mark Franzese was elected as Vice President.

--Mr. Gregory Kelahan (the next superintendent) acknowledged his appreciation to Mr. Phillips (current superintendent) as well as to the Board of Education for their support during his transition to Watkins Glen. He also expressed gratitude to the leadership team for their assistance in the acclimation process.

--Mrs. Trank presented to the Board of Education a proposal to adopt new Elementary Social Studies Textbooks. The new textbooks would be aligned with both Common Core standards and NYS Social Studies curriculum, replacing the current text, which is not aligned with Common Core standards.

Board Members:

Kris Clarkson expressed his concerns associated with the upcoming Capital Project as it relates to the athletic fields and courts. Until the property line is established, the Board discussed postponement of any further action.

Gloria Brubaker read a thank-you card from Diana Crane for the donation of a book in memory of her grandmother.

Gloria Brubaker acknowledged the donation of a book written by a former graduate of Watkins Glen, Molly Bilinski. The Book, titled Lady of Sherwood, is to be donated to the high school library as a token of appreciation to Ms. Bilinski’s high school English teachers.

Barb Schimizzi expressed her appreciation to all involved in Graduation.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
o Approved minutes of the 6/5/17, 6/19/17 and 6/23/17 meetings
o Approved Substitute List
o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
o Acknowledged Budget Status Report and May & June Budget Transfers
o Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
o Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor.
o Accepted Donation of $200 for the Summer Food Program

2. Approved the Committee for Special Education for 2017-18

3. Adopted Elementary School Textbooks

4. Accepted the following Resignation into Retirement with regret: Deb Gleason as Teacher effective 6/30/17

5. Accepted the resignation of Laura Bellis as School Bus Driver effective 6/23/17

6. Accepted the resignation of Rob Cole as Cook Manager effective 8/31/17

7. Approved the appointment of Kimberly McAtee as Clerk effective 9/1/17

8. Approved the creation of a UPK Parent Liaison Teaching Assistant

9. Accepted the following resignation into Retirement with regret: Diana Groll as Music Teacher effective 6/30/17

10. Accepted the following resignation into Retirement with regret: Cynthia Wood as Physical Education Teacher effective 6/30/17

11. Approved the appointment of James Kennedy as Maintenance Mechanic

12. The board approved the agreement for services with The Arc of Schuyler/Glen Industries for work study during the 2017-18 school year

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 1, 2017 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

Photo in text: Elementary School Principal Rebecca Trank discusses textbooks.

School Board meeting: June 19, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of June 19, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

Mr. Phillips recognized the following athletes:

--Hanley Elliott and Gabriella Decker for qualifying and participating in the NYS Girls’ Golf Championship.

--Shawn Rutledge -- Section IV, Class C Champion in the 3000 meter Steeplechase

--Gabe Planty -- Section IV, Class C Champion in the 3200 Meter Run

--Patrick Hazlitt -- Section IV, Class C Champion 800 meter run as well as various running and cross country team awards

The following retirees were recognized and presented with a small token of appreciation of their years of service and dedication to the District:

--Elaine Wojtus as Art Teacher with 40 years of service with Watkins Glen.
--Patricia Smith as Elementary Teacher with 28 years of service with Watkins Glen.
--Jacqueline Clark as Secretary with 20 years of service with Watkins Glen.
--Linda Gregory as Elementary Teacher with 34 years of service with Watkins Glen.
--Bonita Specchio as Teaching Assistant with 20 years of service with Watkins Glen.

Ben Connelly presented his Senior Teacher Project to the Board. He highlighted the history of Watkins Glen as it relates to both street racing, as well as modern day racing at Watkins Glen International, music and landmarks. Ben expressed his love for the sport of racing, which led him to the initiative of this project. He shared literature, media and advertisements in relation to the topic with students in order to show them how well known Watkins Glen is on a national level.

Superintendent’s Report:

--Mr. Phillips expressed his gratitude to Keith Caslin for dedicating three years of service as a Board of Education member to the District and for his participation in the most recent Capital Project.

Board Members:

--Mark Franzese recognized both Keith Caslin as a school board member, and Tom Phillips as Superintendent. He commended their efforts, mentioning that both individuals always considered the best interests of the students when making decisions, never forgetting the mission of our District. Mr. Franzese encouraged both individuals to remain part of Watkins Glen School District. He welcomed new Board of Education member Tracey VanSkiver, as well as new Superintendent of Schools, Greg Kelahan to the District.

District Clerk:

--Marie Keefer reminded the Board that this year’s NYSSBA convention will be held in Lake Placid on October 12th -- 14th, 2017. Registrations for the convention, as well as accommodations have been confirmed.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledge the following consensus items:

-- Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
-- Accepted Donation: $2,467.56 -- WG Booster Club to purchase two Sideline Shelters

2. Approved the creation of Maintenance Mechanic Position.

3. Accepted resignation into retirement for Marie Keefer as Adm. Assistant to Superintendent effective 9/13/17.

4. Accepted resignation of Michelle Simiele as Varsity Girls Volleyball Coach.

5. Approved the following Coaching Appointments:
-- Mat Mangus as Modified “B” Boys Basketball -- Gr. 7
-- Ralph Diliberto as Volunteer Strength Coach

6. Approved the appointment of Patrick Hess as Maintenance Mechanic effective 6/20/17

7. The Board approved the updated Memo of Agreement for the Superintendent.

8. Approved GST BOCES 2017-18 Contract for Services.

9. Approved Inter-District Compact -- Football with Odessa-Montour.

10. Approved Inter-District Compact -- BaseballwithOdessa-Montour.

11. Approved Inter-District Compact -- Modified Boys Swim with Odessa-Montour.

12. Approved Agreement with Village of WG Police Department for School Resource Officer for 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years.

13. Acknowledged Food Service Report.

14. Gayle Sedlack gave a summary of the progress that the Food Service Program has made, mentioning that we have sustained a healthy fund balance as well as staying in compliance with Federal Mandates. As a result of this, the pricing for breakfast and lunch will not be increasing during the 2017-18 school year. There has been an increase in participation in the High School breakfast program with the addition of a smoothie machine. Mrs. Sedlack also informed the Board that the Summer Food Program will begin its 3rd year with an additional site, increasing the availability of free meals for children to four different locations.

The next Board of Education meeting is the Reorganizational meeting scheduled for Monday, July 3, 2017 beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room next to the High School Library.

Photos in text:

Top: From left, Athletic Director Rod Weeden, track coach Kelly Sterner, and honorees Gabe Planty, Shawn Rutledge and Patrick Hazlitt.

Second through Fourth: Ben Connelly; Linda Gregory receives a retirement gift from Superintendent Tom Phillips; and outgoing School Board member Keith Caslin.

Watkins Glen School Board approves contract with superintendent-to-be

WATKINS GLEN, May 3 -- The Watkins Glen School Board on Tuesday approved a contract with Gregory Kelahan, who will start as deputy superintendent on July 1 before becoming superintendent upon the retirement of Tom Phillips no later than mid-October.

The contract is a four-year pact, running through June 30, 2021. It calls for a first-year salary of $165,000, with possible increases annually.

The eight-page document contains legal language pertaining to such subjects as an annual evaluation (in April of each year), vacations and holidays (he is "entitled to 25 working days of paid vacation credited on July 1 each year"), termination of the agreement (he is "subject to discharge, provided, however, that the Board does not arbitrarily or capriciously call for his dismissal"), professional activities (encouraged when they "contribute to his professional knowledge and abilities"), and others.

To provide an idea of the contract language, it includes the following, under the section titled "Benefits."

"The Superintendent shall be credited each July 1st with 15 days of paid sick leave; provided, however, that any of said days that go unused in any specific year may be accumulated to a maximum of 253 for future use by the Superintendent as needed. It is agreed that the Superintendent shall be granted 60 sick days as a sick bank to begin his employment. Unused sick leave days shall not accumulate until the Superintendent, by his continuous employment, has earned 60 sick days at a rate as specified above.

"The Superintendent shall be entitled to use 10 paid sick leave days per year from his accumulation, for illness in the immediate family (immediate family shall be defined to include anyone who is a member of his househould, his spouse, children, parents, or siblings). The Superintendent shall be entitled to Health Insurance and including the Prescripton Card through the health insurance plan provided by the District. The District shall pay 85% of the annual premium for said medical insurance plan and the Superintendent shall pay 15% of said annual premium as his contribution toward the cost of either family or individual coverage. The Superintendent may select either individual or family in accordance with his need under said plan.

"Insurance in retirement: Upon his retirement for the District, after three years of service to the District, the Board will provide health insurance coverage under either an individual or family health insurance plan (based on individual/family status) for the Superintendent and his spouse, for the remainder of their lives and eligible dependents; however, the Superintendent's spouse shall be eligible for single coverage should she survive him. The District will pay 80% of the premium cost of the appropriate insurance plans. This paragraph shall survive the term and be enforceable after the termination of this agreement.

"If the Superintendent is unable to perform substantially all of the duties and responsibilities set forth in this agreement by reason of extended illness and or disability, he shall be entitled to use up to 90 days of accumulated sick leave before his resignation is effective.

"In lieu of Dental and or Optical Insurance, the District shall provide a Section 125 flexible benefits plan with an employer's contribution of $2,500.

"The District shall provide the Superintendent appropriate technology including a smartphone for business and incidental personal use. Such items shall be the property of the District and shall be returned to the District at the time the Superintendent leaves the employment of the District."

Photo in text: The Watkins Glen school district's next superintendent, Gregory Kelahan, greets School Board member Gloria Brubaker at the board's May 2 meeting.

School Board meeting: May 2, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of May 2, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor Comments:
--Rachelle Simmons reported the PTO hosted “Father / Daughter” dance that was held last Saturday and it was very well attended. Also reported about the Bee Bucks program and their incentives. There will be a “Pajama Day” in the elementary on Friday, May 26th, 2017 for all students. There will also be another “Kids Night Out” scheduled for Friday, June 9, 2017.

Superintendent’s Report:

--Mr. Phillips reported the Girls Varsity Basketball team will be traveling to Albany, NY on May 9, 2017 to be recognized by the senate and the assembly.

--Mr. Phillips introduced representatives from Cargill (including plant manager Keith Klug, pictured at right) along with the Village Board of Watkins Glen to accept a check of $15,000 to support the summer recreation program that is held annually. Thanked Mayor Schimizzi, the Village Board, Cargill and the community for collaborating in the effort to keep the summer recreation program operating. Mr. Phillips thanked Mark Franzese for insisting the district continue to investigate to support the summer recreation program.

Board of Education:

--Barb Schimizzi reported on the Senior All Night Party fundraiser this past Thursday and thanked staff and family members who supported it. There will be a chicken barbeque this Saturday, May 6th to help raise money along with selling lotto calendars.

--Kelly McCarthy introduced Greg Kelahan, our new Superintendent who will be replacing Tom Phillips once Phillips has officially retired.

--The board discussed possibly waiving fees for non-profit organizations once a year.

--Kelly McCarthy read a thank-you note from Jennifer Titus thanking the board for the donation of a book in memory of her mother, Penny Titus.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approved minutes of the 4/3/17, 4/18/17, and 4/29/17.
--Approved Substitute List additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
--Acknowledged March Budget Status Report
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants

2. Accepted the resignation from Jessica Stansfield as JV Volleyball Coach for 2017-18 school year.

3. Accepted the resignation into retirement from Linda Gregory as Elementary Teacher, effective June 30, 2017

4. Approved the following 2017-18 coaching appointments:

--Joseph Leonard as Modified Football Assistant
--Allison Guild as Varsity Volunteer for Volleyball
--Bridget Searles as JV Volleyball

5. Accepted the resignation from Sonja Croft as Clerk effective May 2, 2017.

6. Approved the appointment of Sonja Croft as Senior Keyboard Specialist effective May 3, 2017.

7. Approved the contract for Greg Kelahan, Deputy Superintendent, with the effective date of July 1, 2017. He will become Superintendent upon the retirement of Tom Phillips.

8. Adopted the Bond Resolution associated with 2017 Capital Project.

9. Approved the disposal of computers.

The meeting continued with the Public Hearing on the 2017-18 proposed budget. Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager (pictured at right), summarized components of next year’s budget. The proposed expenditures increase for next year will be 2.49%; however, the amount of the proposed tax levy is under the maximum allowable cap by $170,356. The tax rate is anticipating to be reduced by approximately $.27 per $1,000 of assessed value. The plan will add an additional 6-1-1 program in the elementary school along with the purchase of four buses. The annual budget vote will be held on Tuesday, May 16, 2017 in the Board of Education Room from 12 noon to 8 p.m.

The next workshop is scheduled for Monday, May 15, 2017 starting at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Cargill plant manager Keith Klug
Middle: School Board member Gloria Brubaker and Superintendent Tom Phillips.
Bottom: Business Manager Gayle Sedlack.

School Board meeting: April 18, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of April 18, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

The workshop began with Tom Weidemann, Executive Director of the International Motor Racing Research Center, reporting to the board their intentions with the expansion of the library. They asked for consideration of the board to grant an easement for use of two driveways to permit access to their parking lot behind the public library and the IMRRC facility.

Engineers who designed the future Waste Water Treatment Plan gave an overview and answered questions related to the future site plan that will run a pipeline along the school property. The board is investigating the potential need for granting an easement for this project.

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

We have formed committees for the implementation of the new Capital Project. Phase III has been approved and is going out for public bid on May 11th, 2017.

Board Members:

Kristin Hazlitt announced there will be two fundraisers for the Senior All-Night Party held on April 27, 2017 and May 6, 2017.

Board Clerk Marie Keefer:

--Reported there will be three vacancies on the Board of Education at the end of this term (Gloria Brubaker, Keith Caslin and Kris Clarkson). Four Board of Education candidate petitions were received by the deadline on Monday. Petitions were received from Gloria Brubaker, Kris Clarkson, Keith Caslin and Tracey VanSkiver.

--Reminded the board of the special board meeting scheduled for Wednesday, April 19, 2017 to vote on the BOCES Administrative Budget and BOCES board members for 2017-18.

Approved/Accepted the following consensus items:

--Approve Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.

Approved Non-Represented Employee Contracts in the district office.

Approved election officials for the upcoming annual budget vote, which will be Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Approved coaching appointment for Steve Decker as Interim Girls Golf Coach.

Approved the appointment of Gregory K. Kelahan as Deputy Superintendent for Watkins Glen with the effective date of July 1, 2017. He sent a message to the board, “Although I’m 3,500 miles away, please know that my heart and head are already in Watkins Glen. “ It is my honor and privilege to be joining an accomplished and forward-thinking organization such as this, and I look forward to serving the school and community of Watkins Glen.” (Note: He will become Superintendent when the contract of current Superintendent Tom Phillips expires later this year.)

Approved 2017-18 coaching appointment of Travis Durfee as Volunteer Assistant for Girls Soccer.

Approved the Property Tax Report Card filed with the State Education Dept.

Approved to participate in GST BOCES cafeteria bids for the 2017-18 school year and award bids.

Adopted the 2017-18 proposed budget, this represents a 2.49% increase in expenditures which is $660,186 over 2016-17.

Approved revisions that were made to the District Wide Safety Plan.

The next meeting is scheduled for TUESDAY, May 2, 2017, beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: April 3, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of April 3, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:

Rachelle Simmons reported PTO hosted a “Father / Daughter” dance on March 18, 2017 which was well attended. They are also looking to host a “Mother / Son” dance in April.

Superintendent’s Report:

--Judy Phillips, president of the Watkins Glen Public Library Board (pictured at right), presented the 2017-18 Public Library Budget. The figures represent an increase of $2,612 over last year’s budget. The Public Library budget vote will be Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Public Library. Anthony Fraboni will also being running as trustee for the Public Library.

--Mr. Phillips thanked the Public Library for everything they do for the community and for having kept all the new technology available.

--Mr. Phillips thanked the contributors for the support with the Science Fair which was held on April 1st, 2017 at the Watkins Glen High School with the “New Scientists” in grades kindergarten through seventh grade. Also, he thanked the staff and volunteers for stepping up and making the fair memorable.

--Reported the workshop on April 18th will be a session focusing on easement request relating to Waste Water Treatment Plant and Motor Racing Research Library.

--The NYS budget is on hold; however, the legislature passed a two-month extender bill based on the governor’s executive budget. The district budget planning sessions have all been based on the governor’s executive proposal.

Board Member:

--Kelly McCarthy read a “Congratulation” note from Mike Roger of Elmira College for being crowned State Champions with Girls’ Varsity Basketball Team.

Board Clerk:

--Marie Keefer reported board of education packets are available in the district for the upcoming vacancies on the board. Keith Caslin, Gloria Brubaker and Kris Clarkson terms will expire at the end of the school year.

--Reminded the board of Wednesday, April 19, 2017 special meeting scheduled to vote on the BOCES Administrative budget.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
-- Approved minutes of the 3/6/17 and 3/20/17
-- Approved Substitute List Additions
-- Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
-- Acknowledged February Budget Status Report
-- Acknowledged February Budget Transfers.
-- Accepted Treasurer’s Report
-- Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
-- Approved Fundraiser Request.

2. Accepted the results from the recent Capital Project vote which was held on Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

3. Approved the 2017-18 school calendar.

4. Approved the recommendation for tenure to Jennifer Bubb as Elementary Teacher.

5. Approved the recommendation for tenure to Philip Davidowsky as Science Teacher.

6. Approved the recommendation for tenure to Jessica Karius as Physical Education Teacher.

7. Approved the recommendation for tenure to Megan Kelley as Music Teacher.

8. Approved the recommendation for tenure to Katie Richardson as School Psychologist.

9. Approved the recommendation for tenure to Alicia Shutts as ELA Teacher.

10. Approved the recommendation for tenure to Charlene Watson as Teaching Assistant.

11. Approved the appointment of Holly Weed to mentor Courtney McMinds.

12. Approved the following Coaching Appointments for 2017-18:
-- Varsity Girls Soccer -- Scott Morse
-- Varsity Boys Soccer -- Nils Watson
-- Modified“A”Girls Soccer -- Ralph Diliberto
-- Modified“A”Boys Soccer -- Mat Mangus
-- Modified“A”Boys Soccer Assistant -- Kelly Martin
-- Varsity Girls Swimming -- Nichole Chaffee
-- Asst.Mod/Var Girls Swimming -- Kim Suddaby
-- Modified Girls Swimming -- Jessica Karius
-- Varsity Football -- Trevor Holland
-- Assistant Football -- Ward Brower
-- Assistant Football -- Carl Willett
-- Volunteer Football Assistant -- Brett Chedzoy
-- Volunteer Football Assistant -- Jeff Fazzary
-- Volunteer Football Assistant -- Mike Lowmyer
-- Volunteer Assistant Varsity Football -- Bob Lee
-- Volunteer Assistant Varsity Football -- Lauren Richtmyer
-- Modified Football Head Coach -- Josh Cole
-- Varsity Girls Volleyball -- Michelle Simiele
-- JV Volleyball (1/2 pos.) -- Allison Guild
-- Vol Asst Volleyball -- Krystina Westervelt
-- JV Volleyball (1/2 pos.) -- Jessica Stansfield
-- Varsity Cross Country -- John Fazzary
-- Asst. Mod./Var Cross Country -- Rod Weeden
-- Varsity Cheerleading -- Alicia Shutts
-- Vol Asst Cheerleading -- Stacey Benjamin
-- Varsity Boys Basketball -- John Fazzary
-- Varsity Girls Basketball -- Alicia Learn
-- Varsity Girls Basketball Vol Asst -- Harold Chaffee
-- Varsity Boys Basketball Vol Asst -- David Waite
-- JV Boys Basketball -- Jim Scott
-- JV Girls Basketball -- Scott Morse
-- Modified “B” Boys Basketball Gr. 8 -- Ben Connelly
-- Modified “B” Girls Basketball Gr. 8 -- Angela Cleveland
-- Modified“B”Girls Basketball Gr.7 -- Jim Somerville
-- Mod “B” Girls Basketball Vol Asst -- Richard Grover
-- Modified Cheerleading (1/2 pos) -- Marcy Brubaker
-- Varsity Cheerleading (1/2 pos) -- Alicia Shutts
-- Modified Cheerleading (1/2 pos.) -- Jacqueline Bubb
-- Varsity Cheerleading (1/2 pos.) -- Stacey Benjamin
-- Modified “B” Girls Volleyball Gr. 8 -- Krysti Westervelt
-- Varsity Bowling -- Ward Brower
-- Varsity Indoor Track -- Kelly Sterner
-- Varsity Softball -- JimScott
-- Varsity Softball Vol Asst -- Santi Conti
-- Modified “A” Softball -- Ralph Diliberto
-- Mod Softball Vol Asst -- Charlene Watson
-- Modified “A”Lacrosse -- MikeMurray
-- Modified “A” Lacrosse Vol. -- Kris Clarkson
-- Varsity Boys Lacrosse -- Nils Watson
-- Asst Varsity Boys Lacrosse -- Chip Dunham
-- Asst Varsity Boys Lacrosse Vol -- Brett Chedzoy
-- Varsity Boys Golf -- Rob Michel
-- Varsity Girls Golf -- Chris Clark
-- Varsity Boys Tennis -- Scott Morse
-- Asst Var/Mod Tennis -- Colin Pritchard
-- Varsity Boys Track & Field -- KellySterner
-- Track & Field Vol Asst -- Rob Kurcoba
-- Modified Track & Field -- Maria Quagliana

13. Accepted the resignation into retirement from Thomas J. Phillips (pictured at right) as Superintendent of Schools.

14. Approved the creation of a Senior Keyboard Specialist for the overlap time in the Business Office.

15. Abolished the position of Assistant Cook due to resignation.

16. Approved contract for Health & Welfare services with Horseheads Central School District for Watkins Glen resident students attending nonpublic schools in Horseheads Central School District.

17. Adopted indemnification and defense for specific school district employees.

18. Approved the agreement with OM and WG for Transportation Agreement for 2017-18.

The next meeting is a workshop scheduled for Monday, April 18, 2017 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Judy Phillips, president of the Watkins Glen Public Library Board.
Middle: School Board members Kris Clarkson and Gloria Brubaker confer during Monday's meeting.
Bottom: Superintendent Tom Phillips.

School Board meeting: March 6, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of March 6, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:

Rachelle Simmons and Abby Tormey spoke about different activities students participated at the elementary school for “Read Across America” last week in honor of Dr. Seuss birthday.

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips presented a PowerPoint of the proposed Capital Project, which the public will vote on Tuesday, March 28, 2017. The focus of this project is to help preserve current district facilities and prepare for our future needs as a school district.

Mr. Phillips reported the school district’s APPR has been approved by the NYSED.

Mr. Phillips talked about the success with the athletic teams last week starting with Patrick Hazlitt of the Varsity Indoor Track Team finishing 7th in NYS. He also recognized the Varsity Girls Basketball Team as Section IV Champion for the third time in a row.

Mr. Phillips announced Cargill approved a grant for $15,000 to help preserve the summer recreation program. He also wanted to thank Sam Schimizzi, Watkins Glen Mayor and the community for working together and making this possible.

Board of Education:

Mark Franzese wanted to say “Thank You” to teachers and administrators of this district for making this school district so great.

Kelly McCarthy read a thank-you note from the Argetsinger Family for purchasing a book and placing it in the library in memory of “Jean Argetsinger” who was a former board member.

Board Clerk:

Marie Keefer reported board of education packets are available in the district office for the upcoming vacancies on the board. The three vacancies are Keith Caslin, Gloria Brubaker and Kris Clarkson. Their terms will expire at the end of the school year. The deadline to submit the packet is Monday, April 17th, 2017.

Other items:

1. Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:

--Approved minutes of the 2/6/17 meeting.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Acknowledged Budget Report and January Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports.
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor.
--Accepted Donation: $9,010 by the Watkins Glen Sports Booster for items requested from the winter sports coaches.

2.A special Board of Education meeting will be held on April 19, 2017 at 7 a.m. for the sole purpose of the BOCES Administrative Budget Vote and Election of BOE members.
3. The board approved newly “revised” verbiage for the Ranking Policy.
4. The board approved the 2017-18 Course Catalog for grades 9th through 12th grade.
5. Approved the creation of Senior Keyboard Specialist position to align the title with job duties for Debra Hepler.
6. The board acknowledged the title of Library Clerk to be generalized as Clerk. Schuyler County has implemented this title change.
7. Approved the provisional appointment of Andrew Magoon as Custodian effective March 7, 2017.
8. Accepted the resignation of Roger Willis as Cleaner effective March 6, 2017.
9. Approved the appointment of Marcia Marvin as Cleaner effective March 7, 2017.
10. Approved the appointment of Courtney McMinds as Elementary Teacher effective March 6, 2017.
11.Approved the coaching appointment of Mike Murray as Modified Lacrosse.

The next Board of Education Workshop will be held on Monday, March 20, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: Jan. 3, 2017

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of January 3, 2017 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:
A parent talked about her concern regarding her child and special education services.

Superintendent’s Report:
--Mr. Phillips spoke on the timeline for the State Environment Quality Review Act (SEQRA) which the board will be voting on the resolution.
--Mr. Phillips thanked Watkins Glen International for awarding a grant of $3,000 which will support the summer recreational program. He also thanked the Community Foundation for another grant for $2,000 to help preserve the summer recreational program.
--Mr. Phillips provided the board a copy of the book called “Thank You for Being Late” by Thomas Freidman as a Christmas gift. The focus of the book is preparing students in the age of acceleration related to the world of technology, post-secondary education and globalization of the work force.

Board of Education:
--Mark Franzese recognized Harold “Bubb” Chaffee for volunteering in coaching students with numerous sports throughout many years at the school.
--Barb Schimizzi expressed her concern about an incident at a basketball tournament last week where a student was injured. The board will be looking into proctor with situations during school events.
--Kelly McCarthy asked the board to look at the brochure for the Superintendent Search which will be placed the website this week; also printed copies will be available.

District Clerk:
-- Reminded the board the next board meeting/workshop will begin the budget process with a presentation for Operations/Maintenance and the Transportation Departments for the 2017-18 school year.

Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 12/5/16 meeting.
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Report and November Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor

Mr. Phillips gave a summary for the 3 year BEDS enrollment for the district. Over the past three years our enrollment has declined by 63 students; however the number of students eligible for free and reduced program has increased by 46 students. The district has a very strong student support network in place including elementary counselors, two school psychologists, Schuyler County Mental Health Counselor and a community school coordinator. All of these positions are critical in supporting the growing population of students in need. Mr. Phillips emphasized to the Board of Education the importance of the established student support network as they begin considering the 2017-18 budget.

--Approved the appointment of Cameron McFall as Cleaner effective 12/27/16. Accepted the resignation of Christina Evans as Transportation Monitor effective 12/31/16.
--Approved the appointment of Christopher Curry as Custodian.
--Approved the State Environment Quality Review Act (SEQRA) Resolution which includes the entire $12,640,000 project. Hunt Engineers will be at the February 6th Board of Education meeting for the complete presentation. If the project is approved by the board to move forward, a public vote will be held on Tuesday, March 28th, 2017.
--Adopted the Board of Education Goals as presented by the committee. The new BOE Goals will be posted to our website.
--Approved BOCES Cost Methodology for the proposed 2017-18 school year.

The next Board of Education workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at 5:45 p.m.




From left: Superintendent Tom Phillips, Board President Kelly McCarthy and board member Mark Franzese at the Dec. 5 meeting.

School Board meeting: Dec. 5, 2016

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of December 5, 2016 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comment:

Rachelle Simmons reported the PTO hosted “Kids Night Out” on Saturday, December 3rd from 3-7 p.m. There were 60 children who attended the event and it was a very successful and fun night for the children. Also, PBIS had their first “Spirit Day” (pajama day) in the elementary school; there is a new “Bee Bucks Program” for the next spirit day.

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips recognized Skip Opdyke, one of our bus drivers, for being so alert and conscientious during an incident when he dropped off an elementary student after school last week.

Jeff Robbins from Hunt Engineers answered questions from the board about the Building Condition Survey with the school district and possibility of a building project.

Board Members:

Mark Franzese distributed to board members a memo from NYSSBA reminding board members what their focus is: “The board oversees the education of students and is responsible for school district operations, but does not directly run the district’s day-to-day operations.”

Kelly McCarthy introduced Dr. Vincent Coppola, who will be conducting the search for the next superintendent. Dr. Coppola spoke about his experience with helping other school districts with their superintendent searches.

Approved/Accepted/Acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approved Minutes of the 11/7/16 and 11/21/16 meetings.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE Recommendations.
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and October Budget transfers.
--Accepted the Treasurer’s Reports.
--Approved Fundraiser Requests.

Mr. Phillips gave an update of the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant which began in 2013 and was completed in 2016. The grant has impacted the school in many areas; for example, an increase in students' personal fitness, and purchasing equipment to help increase fitness opportunities. We will be working with community organizations to help sustain the summer programs for students that were associated with the grant.

--Approved the appointment of Krysti Westervelt as Modified “B” Girls Volleyball Coach.
--Accepted the resignation of Nikki Hunter as Cleaner effective 11-30-16.
--Accepted the resignation of Jerry White as Custodian effective 11-30-16.
--Accepted the resignation into retirement from Jacqueline Clark as Senior Keyboard Specialist effective 6-30-17.

--Renee Rappleye gave a report on the 2016-17 School Tax Report which was approved.

--Approved the July 1, 2016-June 30, 2018 Clerical Association Contract. Mr. Phillips reported that it calls for a 3% wage increase for an estimated 11 members in each of the contract's two years.

The next workshop is scheduled for Monday, Dec. 19, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education meeting room.

Photo in text: Certificate presented to bus driver Skip Opdyke for an alert action involving a child exiting his bus who went underneath the vehicle's front end to retrieve a dropped paper. Opdyke, realizing the child had disappeared from sight, honked until she reappeared. Students will be retrained on the proper way to exit, including maintaining a three-foot perimeter from the bus.

School Board workshop: Sept. 19, 2016

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop of September 19, 2016 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education began tonight’s meeting with the Annual Facilities Tour. Jerry Harriger directed the building tour.

The District’s auditor met with the board to report on the 2015-16 fiscal year audit report. They reviewed the district financials which included no weaknesses or lack of controls in the business cycle for the district. The School Lunch Fund this year was in a positive form compared to prior years.

Karen Armstrong presented the Board of Education thank you cards along with baked goodies to say “Thank You” for all they do as board members. The WGFA appreciate and respect what the board members do for the school district and hope there is continuous communication with them.

The Board of Education members discussed the timeline with the search for the new superintendent for next school year. There will be a Community Meeting held on Thursday, September 29th, 2016 at 6:30 p.m. in the HS Cafeteria to seek input from the community members for the search of the next superintendent.

1. Approve/Accept/Acknowledge the following consensus items:
a. Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
b.Approved Substitute List Additions

2. Approve the creation of additional Civil Services positions for Bus Drivers and Transportation Monitors.

3. Accepted the following resignation:
a. Katie Studelska as JV Girls Volleyball Coach & Modified “B” Girls Volleyball Coach.

4. Approved additional Stipend Appointments:
a. Michele Benjamin -- Senior Class Play Director
b. Tim Benjamin -- Senior Play Set Director
c. Tim Benjamin -- Senior Play Technical Director
d. Rebecca Gilfus -- HS Student Council Advisor

5. Approved the following Coaching Appointments:
a. Allison Guild -- JV Volleyball Coach (1/2 position)
b. Katie Studelska -- Volunteer JV Volleyball Coach

6. Approve the agreement with Sign Language Solution, LLC when needed during this school year.

7. Accepted the 2015-16 Audit Report that was presented at the meeting.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 3, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Meeting Room.

School Board meeting: August 15, 2016

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of August 15, 2016 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

-- Rebecca Trank, ES Principal and Kai D’Alleva, HS Principal gave a detailed presentation of the results for the 3-12 Assessment Testing for the 2015-16 school year. The principals described areas of growth as demonstrated by the state test results. Additionally, the principals identified areas of concern related to test results and potential solutions to address these areas of concerns.

-- Alex Schimizzi a junior at the school, presented an Eagle Scout project with the goal of completing this project within a year. This would include memorial bench(es) by the Field House along with potted plants.

-- Melanie Chandler presented to the board the framed article in the most recent issue of EdTech: Focus on K-12 magazine. The article focused on the school district providing students with Wi-Fi access on school buses.

Board of Education Comments:

-- Kelly McCarthy read a thank-you note from Lorraine Augustine for the gift she received into retirement.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items: Approved the Substitute List for 2016-17
2. Approved the ES Parent / Student Handbook for this year.
3. Acknowledged the attendance report for the school district for 2015-16 school year.
4. Accepted the resignation of Lori Gezzi as Assistant Cook effective 8/31/16.
5. Accepted the resignation of Stephen McFarland as Assistant Principal effective 8/31/16.
6. Accepted the resignation of Deb Becker as Teacher Aide effective 8/31/16.
7. Approved the creation of a Teacher Aide position and an Automotive Mechanic Helper position.
8. Approved the following appointment: Jeremy Hoffman as Automotive Mechanic Helper effective 8/22/16.
9. Approved the following appointment: Jennifer Boudinot as Special Education Teacher effective 9/1/16.
10. Approved the following appointment: Lauren McGuire as Special Education Teacher effective 9/1/16.
11. Approved the following Coordinator appointment:
-- Alice Conklin as Fifth Grade Team Leader.
-- Becky Sue Bianco as Humanities PK-6 Coordinator.
12. Approved the following coaching appointments:
-- Nils Watson as Varsity Boys Soccer.
-- Lauren Richtmyer as Volunteer Assistant Varsity Football.
-- Jessica Stansfield as Volunteer Assistant Volleyball.
13. Approved the following appointment: Sheila Klemann as Special Education Teacher effective 9/6/16.
14. Adopted the resolution for the tax levy of 2016-17.
15. Approved the agreements with Franziska Racker Center and Pathway, Inc. for special education services.
16. Approved the agreement for the Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program for the 2016-17 school year.
17. Approved the agreement with Dr. James Coleman, for the purposes of providing school physician services for 2016-17.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday September 6, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

School Board meeting: August 1, 2016

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of August 1, 2016 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: PTO President Rachelle Clark reported the Educators of the Year this past school year were: Pre-K-6th grade, Robin LaFace, and 7th-12th grade, Kelly Muir.

Superintendent’s Report:

  • Keith Miller from Hunt Engineers gave a brief overview of the Building Condition Survey which the school submits to the state every 5 years.

  • Mr. Phillips spoke briefly on the positive report from the NY State Comptroller, which had no recommendations for the district.

  • Jerry Mickelson gave a preliminary report on the audit practices used to review all district accounting practices. He asked the board to complete a survey and indicate any concerns they may have concerning the district finances.

  • Mr. Phillips announced New York State Middle School Conference is being held in Watkins Glen on October 20-22, 2016. There will be approximately 800+ teachers throughout the state attending.

    Board Members:

  • Mark Franzese discussed how successful the last funded Summer Recreation Program was this summer with 120+ children participating. The board is going to look into working with local municipalities to see how this program can continue for future years.

  • Gloria Brubaker led a discussion related to the number of students per grade level and the staffing needed to develop appropriate class size limits. (# of students and # of staff needed at specific grade levels.)

  • Kelly McCarthy read a thank-you note from retired teacher Marie Fitzsimmons for the recognition of her service along with the unique artwork presented to her.

    District Clerk: Marie Keefer reported the superintendent had his annual physical and was deemed in excellent health with no medical restrictions.

    1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

    o Approved minutes of 7/5/16 meeting
    o Approved Substitute List Additions.
    o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
    o Acknowledged Budget Status and June Budget Transfers.
    o Accepted Treasurer’s Report
    o Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
    o Approved Fundraisers for the 2016-17 school year.
    o Accept Donation: $102 by Catholic Charities of Chemung and Schuyler County for adult meals during summer food program

    2. Approved the HS Parent/Student Handbook.

  • Accepted the resignation of Richard Perrone as Automotive Mechanic effective August 10, 2016.

  • Accepted the resignation of Nicole Bennett as Elementary Teacher.

  • Accepted the resignation of Kristina Olevnik as Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist.

  • Accepted the resignation of Katherine Gentzke as Special Education Teacher.

  • Approved the creation of Keyboard Specialist position and abolishment of Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist. This is with the realigning of job duties performed for a Keyboard Specialist.

  • Approved the appointment of Nikki Hunter as Cleaner effective 8/2/16.

  • Approved the appointment of Regan Lattin as Teacher Aide effective 9/6/16.

    10. Approved the appointment of Tracy Landon as Teacher Aide effective 9/6/16.

    11.Approved the appointment of Tania Scaptura as Teacher Aide effective 9/6/16.

    12.Approved the appointment of Ben Bingham as Physical Therapist effective 9/1/16.

    13.Approved the following Stipend Positions for 2016-17:
    o HS Attendance Officer - Robin Bingham
    o ES Attendance Officer - Lindsey Starr
    o Aquatic Director - Cyndy Wood
    o Senior Class Advisor - Sam Brubaker
    o Junior Class Advisor - Jeanette Lasko
    o Sophomore Class Advisor - Kelsey Wood
    o Freshman Class Advisor - Eileen Malaney
    o Eighth Grade Advisor - Alicia Shutts
    o Seventh Grade Advisor - Tammy Kellogg
    o Yearbook Advisor - Eileen Malaney
    o Broadcast News Advisor - Maggie Field
    o Extra-Curricular Activities Central- Diana Crane
    o Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) - Margaret Swinnerton
    o HS Art Club Advisor - Elaine Wojtus
    o Diversity Club Advisor - Matt Craig
    o Junior NJS Advisor - Amy Planty
    o HS National Honor Society Advisor - Kelly Muir
    o HS Business & Marketing Honor Society - Eileen Malaney
    o HS Music Club Advisor - Diana Groll
    o Varsity Club Advisor - Kaz Popovich
    o Production Support Specialist - Maggie Field
    o Music Ensemble Director(s) - Diana Groll, Matt Craig, Sarahjane Harrigan
    o Elementary Performance Ensemble Director - Megan Kelley
    o Tax Collector - Renee Rappleye

    14. Approved the following coordinator positions for 2016-17:
    o Pre-K Grade Team Leader - Tara Parish
    o Kindergarten Grade Team Leader - Victoria Everett
    o First Grade Team Leader - Jennifer Titus
    o Second Grade Team Leader - Linda Gregory
    o Third Grade Team Leader - Krysti Westervelt
    o Fourth Grade Team Leader - Daphne Holland
    o Sixth Grade Team Leader - Becky Sue Bianco
    o Seventh Grade Team Leader - Tammy Kellogg
    o Eighth Grade Team Leader - Ben Connelly
    o Ninth Grade Team Leader - Alex Richmond
    o STEM (PK-6) Coordinator - Daphne Holland
    o STEM (7-12) Coordinator(s) - Christie Fedele and Mary DeBolt
    o Humanities (7-12) Coordinator - Liam O’Kane
    o Physical Education and Health (Wellness PK-12) Coordinator - Cyndy Wood
    o Art, Music, Cultural Arts (Fine Arts) Coordinator - Elaine Wojtus
    o Guidance, School Psychologist, OT, Speech and PT (Student Support Services (PK-12) - Melissa Snow
    o K-6 Special Education Coordinator - Abby Tormey
    o 7-12 Special Education Coordinator - Sarah Woodward

    15.Approved the following Coaching Appointments:
    o Volunteer Varsity Boys’ Soccer - Nils Watson
    o Volunteer Assist. Modified “A” Boys Soccer - Kelly Martin
    o Varsity Girls Swimming - Nichole Chaffee
    o Assistant Football- Dale Irwin
    o Volunteer Assistant Varsity Coach- Bob Lee

    16. Approved the appointment of Kristina Olevnik as Keyboard Specialist.

    17. Approved the Resolution to increase reserves from the unassigned unappropriated fund balance as of June 30, 2016.

    The next BOE meeting is scheduled for Monday, August 15, 2016 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: July 5, 2016

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of July 5, 2016 was prepared by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board clerk calling for the reorganizational meeting. Kelly McCarthy was re-elected as Board President and Gloria Brubaker was re-elected as Vice President.

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

--Kai D’Alleva reported on the preliminary results of the June Regents and will give the final report in August. At that time, he will report the Mastery Regional Ranking for this year.
--Mr. Phillips introduced the new elementary principal, Rebecca Trank, to the board members. She gave a short summary of her history in education.
--Mr. Phillips, board members and administrators had a discussion on the possibility of hiring a full-time physical therapist for services in the school district. In the past, the services were contracted through Schuyler Hospital.
--Mr. Phillips sent kudos out to Kaz Popovich and the committee who applied for and was approved by the state education department for a Career and Technical Education Program this school year. This will allow students to earn a technical endorsement to be affixed with their high school diploma. Watkins Glen is the first school district in the BOCES component to have been approved for this program.

Board Members:

--Kelly McCarthy read thank-you notes from some of the most recent retirees, Claudia LaFace, Judy VanSkiver and Diane Johnson, for the recognition ceremony and the picture that was presented to each at the last board meeting.

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1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 6/6/16 and 6/20/16 meetings.
--Approved Substitute List.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and May Budget Transfers
-- Accepted Treasurer’s Reports for May 1-31, 2016.
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor.

2. Approved the Committee for Special Education for 2016-17.

3. Approved the revised Athletic Placement Process. This is utilized to evaluate students who want to participate in a higher level of sport.

4. Accepted the following resignations:
--Bradley Smith as Teacher Aide effective 6/30/16.
--Dawn Hill as Bus Driver effective 6/30/16.

5. Approved the appointment of Bradley Smith as Teaching Assistant.

6. Approved the appointment of Lori Lee as (Attendance) Clerk effective 9/1/16.

7. Approved the appointment of Nichole Chaffee as Special Education Teacher effective 9/1/16.

8. Approved the appointment of Catherine Gentzke as Special Education Teacher effective 9/1/16.

9. Approved the appointment of Jacquelyn Bubb as Teaching Assistant effective 9/1/16.

10. Approved the appointment of Jessica Karius as Modified Girls’ Swimming Coach.

11. There was an acknowledgement of new assignments for the following administrators:
--Kristine Somerville as Director of Student Services.
--Rod Weeden as Supervisor of Athletics/District Data Coordinator.

12. The board approved the creation of a Physical Therapy Position for this school year.

13. The board approved the agreement for services with The Arc of Schuyler/Glen Industries for 2016-17.

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 1, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

School Board meeting: June 20

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of June 20, 2016 was prepared by the School District office.)

Mr. Phillips recognized the following athletes:

Hanley Elliott for qualifying and placing 57th in the NYS Golf Championship, 3rd in the IAC Golf Tournament, 1st in Section IV Championship and received the Sportsmanship Award from the NYS Championship.

Patrick Hazlitt for qualifying and participating the NYS Golf Championship, 1st place in the IAC Championship, Section IV Class C Champion in the 1600m run, placed 5th in the NYS meet in Division II, placed 17th in the NYS Federation Track Championship and has a new school record run of 4:18.33.

The following retirees were recognized and presented with a small token of appreciation of their years of service and dedication to the District:

--Claudia LaFace as Elementary Teacher with 40 years of service with Watkins Glen.

--Eva Stanko as Teacher Aide with 12 years of service with Watkins and a high school graduate from Watkins.

--Cathy Plate as Special Education Teacher with 10 years of service with Watkins Glen and a total of 16 years in public education.

--Judy VanSkiver as Elementary Teacher with 26 years of service with Watkins Glen.

--Diane Johnson as Teaching Assistant with 18 years of service with the District and a high school graduate from Watkins Glen.

--Marie Fitzsimmons as Social Studies Teacher with 20 years of service with the District and a total of 26 years in public education.

--Lorraine Augustine as Teaching Assistant with 36 years of service with the District and a graduate from Watkins Glen.

The Model UN Class (with an introduction by student Will Fitzimmons, right, who thanked retiring advisor Marie Fitzsimmons for all she has done to develop the class) gave a presentation requesting the establishment of a Wellness Club as part of their global issues initiative. The presentation was received favorably by the board. The district will investigate the establishment of this club in the next school year.

Rachelle Clark, Elementary Teacher shared a video from last year’s Extended School Year Education Program, demonstrating what the program consist of for students and faculty.

Visitor’s Comments:

Marie Fitzsimmons spoke about her concern with the board that with her upcoming retirement, the school will not be replacing her social studies position in the high school.

Superintendent’s Report:

Nan Woodworth gave a update on the revised (R) Response (T) to (I) Intervention Plan which was adopted in 2012.

Board Members:

Barb Schmizzi commented on what a great job the students did with their presentation tonight from the Model UN Class.

Keith Caslin talked about the number of enrollment with UPK and would like to look at possibly moving teachers around if needed for enrollment in the fall for UPK class and not hire an additional teacher.

Kelly McCarthy spoke on how the elementary students enjoyed seeing the seniors marching through the elementary school in their cap and gowns.

District Clerk:

This year’s NYSSBA convention will be held in Buffalo on October 27th – 29th, 2016 and will need a commitment on what board members are planning to attend it.

Marie Keefer reminded the board members that, with graduation day approaching, they should check the condition of their board robes.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledgethefollowingconsensusitems:
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Accepted Fundraiser Request.
--Accepted Donation: $2,000 from Watkins Glen Booster Club for Girls’ Soccer Warm-Up uniforms

2. Accepted the following resignations:
--Jeremy Hoffman as Bus Driver effective 6-7-16.
--Robin Bingham as Clerk effective 6-20-16.

3. Accepted the resignation into retirement for Lorraine Augustine as Teaching Assistant effective 6-30-16.

4. Approved the appointment of Robin Bingham as Keyboard Specialist effective 6-21-16.

5. Approved the following for the Special Education Summer School Program:
--Rachelle Clark – Teacher
--Lindsey Starr – Teaching Assistant
--Katie Mahoney – Occupational Therapist
--Karlene Andrews – Speech Therapist
--Jessica Manwaring – Interpreter for the Deaf

6. Approved the Appointment of Rebecca J. Trank as Elementary Principal effective 7-1-16.

7. Approved the Appointment of Amy Miller as CSE Chairperson effective 7-1-16.

8. The board acknowledged the revised Substitute rates for the 2016-17 school year.

9. The board approved the Superintendent’s amended contract.

(Editor's Note: The amendment reads as follows:

The Board agrees to pay the superintendent a gross annual salary of $158,006 for the term of employment in the 2016-17 school year.

The Board agrees to pay the superintendent a gross annual salary of $162,746 for the term of employment in the 2017-2018 school year.

The Board agrees to a one-time payment to the superintendent of $22,868.40 for 40 days of unused vacation. Said payment shall be made as a non-elective employer contribution to the superintendent's 403b plan. Said payment shall be made not later than June 30, 2016.

Vacation Day carry over accrual cannot exceed 20 days.

All other terms and conditions of employment in this contract shall remain in force without change as stated.)

10. The board approved the revision of the agreement with the Administrative Assistant due to the new U. S. Department of Labor going into effect.

11. Approved the AP Psychology Elective Class for the next school year.

12. Approved the revised RTI Plan as presented.

13. Approved GST BOCES 2016-17 Contract Services.

14. Approved the resolution to participate in the DCMO BOCES Cooperative purchasing for 2016-17.

15. Approved an agreement with Degroot Management Services Inc. for management unemployment services for 2016-17 school year.

16. Approved the agreement with Schuyler Hospital for PT services for the Summer School Program, which begins 7/6/16 through 8/16/16.

The next Board of Education meeting is the Reorganizational meeting scheduled for Tuesday, July 5, 2016 beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room next to the High School Library.

Photos in text:

Top: Among the retirees honored were, from left: Marie Fitzsimmons, Eva Stanko, Claudia LaFace, Cathy Plate, Judy VanSkiver and Diane Johnson. Absent: Lorraine Augustine.

Middle: Will Fitzsimmons of the Model United Nations and Global Issues class.

Bottom: Superintendent Tom Phillips.

School Board meeting: March 2

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of March 2, 2016 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:
The Technology Department addressed the need for basic skill

development as part of technology education program. Additionally, the department is requesting curriculum development to include “Hands-On” experiences once students have mastered the use of clean technology.

Superintendent’s Report:

  •  Mr. Phillips expressed his condolence to the family of Don Dryden, former superintendent of Watkins Glen from 1990-2000, who passed away yesterday. It was his vision to create the 36 million capital project which included the planning of the field house and additional classrooms.

  •  Mr. Phillips spoke about the law that forces the school to discontinue use of lever machines for future voting. Schuyler County Board of Elections will be running the upcoming budget vote which will be on Tuesday, May 17th, 2016, utilizing their scanning machines.

  •  Mr. Phillips acknowledged the commitment to teachers and students who will be participating in the Cornell Model United Nations that will be held on April 14th – 17th, 2016 at Cornell University.

    Board of Education:

  •  Kelly McCarthy read a thank you note from Nan Woodworth and family thanking the board for purchasing a book in memory of her mother, Anne Meehan, and former teacher. She was very proud to be a part of Watkins Glen Central School District community.

  •  Kelly McCarthy read a thank you note from Jackie Clark and family thanking the board for purchasing a book in memory of her father, Mike Areford, which will be place in the library.

1. Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:

  •  Approved minutes of the 2/1/16 meeting.

  •  Approved Substitute List Additions.

  •  Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.

  •  Acknowledged Budget Report and January Budget Transfers

  •  Accepted Treasurer’s Reports.

  •  Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims

    Auditor.

  •  Accepted Donations

o $1,500 donated by Augie and Helen Gates to purchase a defibrillator for Lacrosse.

o $4,299 donated by the Watkins Glen Boosters for use in the spring athletic programs.

  1. A special Board of Education meeting will be held on April 20, 2016 at
    7 am for the sole purpose of the BOCES Administrative Budget Vote and Election of BOE members.

  2. TheboardapprovedamemorandumofunderstandingwiththeSchuyler County Board of Election for the usage of their voting machines and inspectors.

  3. Approved the 2016 annual Board of Education election and annual budget election to be held from 12:00 pm thru 8:00 pm on May 17th, 2016.

  4. ApprovedtheInter-DistrictBaseballAgreementwithOdessaMontour School District.

  5. Approvethefollowingcoachingappointments:

    Santi Conti – Varsity Softball Volunteer Assistant
    Charlene Watson – Modified Softball Volunteer Assistant Mike Murray – Modified “A” Lacrosse
    Brett Chedzoy – Varsity Boys Lacrosse Volunteer Assistant Steve Decker – Varsity Girls Golf Volunteer Assistant Jordan Niver-Johnson – Tennis Volunteer Assistant
    Phillip Kellogg – Tennis Volunteer Assistant
    Alyssa Hoobler – Varsity Girls Track & Field
    Maria Quagliana – Modified Track & Field

  6. Accepted the resignation of Lou Condon, Jr. as Math Teacher effective 2/21/16.

  7. Accepted the resignation of Renee Rappleye as Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist.

  8. ApprovedtheappointmentofReneeRappleyeasSeniorKeyboard Specialist effective 3/3/16.

10. Accepted the resignation of Mary Rodgers as Earth Science Teacher effective 2/21/16.

11.Approved Phillip Kellogg as a tutor.

The next Board of Education Workshop will be held on Monday, March 21, 2016 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: February 1

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Feb. 1, 2016 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors' Comments:

A parent spoke about the upcoming documentary film being held on Thursday, February 4, 2016 at Ithaca College based on a book called “Most Likely to Succeed.” This event will have examples of project-based learning skills for schools and is open to the public.

A group of UPK parents commented on how great the school’s UPK program is for the district. The teachers are demonstrating a nice balance of play and education while preparing their students for kindergarten.

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips recognized two board members with board excellence awards from the NYSSBA for their participation and time as a board member. Kristin Hazlitt was awarded a Level 2 and Kelly McCarthy a Level 3 certificate.

Kai D’Alleva gave an overview of the changes in the 2016-17 Course Catalog that will be offered to students.

Board of Education: None

Board Clerk: Marie Keefer reported GST BOCES School Board is hosting a workshop on Thursday, March 10, 2016 at Hammondsport Central School on Communicating Across the Poverty Barrier. If any board members are interested in attending, please contact her by March 1st, 2016.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approved minutes of the 1/4/16 and 1/19/16 meetings.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE Recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Status Reports
--Acknowledged December Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Diana Crane, Alternate Claims Auditor
--Approved Fundraiser Requests
--Accepted Donation
o Clarinet donated by Tom & Lisa Phillips estimated value of $200 for the Music Program.
o $1550 donated by Matt Marciniack designated for the Mike Watson Wrestling Scholarship Fund.

2. Approved the Seneca Youth Basketball Trip that will go to Keuka College Basketball on February 7, 2016.

3. Approved the Section IV Application to merge the Baseball Program with Odessa-Montour School.

4. Approved the creation of a new club called Powerlifting.

5. Approved the following coach appointments:

-- Chris Clark as Girls Varsity Golf Coach
-- Rodney Weeden as Modified “A” Wrestling Coach

6. Approved the Tenure Appointment of Kai D’Alleva as School Administrator.

7. Approved the creation of two Senior Keyboard Specialist positions.

8. Approved to abolish a clerk position.

9. Approved the Annual Fire Inspection as presented.

10.Approved the contract Health & Welfare Services with Corning School District. This is for WG resident students attending nonpublic school in Corning.

The next Board of Education Meeting/Budget Workshop is scheduled for Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in the BOE room.

School Board meeting: January 4

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Jan. 4, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

--Keith Miller from Hunt Engineers presented a certificate to the Board of Education for “Outstanding Design Award for 2015” for our school’s recent capital project. They had submitted the design last fall to an organization called Learning by Design, and our school had won the award. The school is recognized in their magazine, “Learning by Design.”

--Diana Groll, Music Teacher, recognized a group of students who attended Area All State recently. Peter Sandritter attended Junior High Area All State in Hornell. Alexis Atchie, Gabriella Decker, Hanley Elliott, Ruthe Gardner and Conlin Wysocki attended the Senior High Area All State held in Corning. James St. Julien participated in the Conference All State, which was held at the Rochester Convention Center.

--Mr. Phillips talked about the UPK and Head Start enrollment concern that a parent had raised at the last board meeting. In Schuyler County, the live births from 2009 to 2011 dropped from 83 to 60. This drop has affected the available eligible population of students who would be enrolled in UPK. The district will continue to monitor UPK enrollment in relationship to demographics of the county and the district.

Board of Education:

--Kelly McCarthy read a thank-you note from James St. Julien to the school for providing the necessary funds so that he could attend the 2015 Area All State Conference.

Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:

--Approved minutes of the 12/7/15 and 12/14/15 meetings.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Acknowledged Budget Report and November Budget Transfers.
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports.
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor.

Melanie Chandler (pictured at right), Directory of Technology, gave an overview of the Technology for the school year. Some of the changes included Office 365, new camera and Eno board replacements, and a transportation project. She also spoke on the Clarity Bright Bytes Results and the proposed Smart Schools Investment Plan Budget.

Approved the appointment of Richard Grover as a volunteer assistant to the Mod “B” Girls Basketball team.

Approved the Non-Represented Employee Contracts. Approved the disposal of football pads and helmets.

Approved the agreement with Municipal Solutions, Inc. This firm provides consulting services for the district related to long- and short-term borrowings and completion of final cost reports for capital projects.

Approved BOCES Cost Methodology for the proposed 2016-17 school year.

The next Board of Education workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Superintendent Tom Phillips holds a copy of the Learning By Design magazine carrying a story and photos of the district's recent capital project -- for which an award was presented by the Learning By Design organization.
Bottom: Technology director Melanie Chandler presents her report.

School Board meeting: December 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Dec. 7, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education began tonight’s meeting with a tour of the STEM Rooms. Students in each room demonstrated the skills they are currently engaged with in the classrooms. Barb Coon, Greg Grodem, Mary Rodgers, Karen Armstrong and Bob Hogan all presented the use of technology as instructional tools embedded in their curriculum.

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips spoke about the BOE Goals and how the building goals were inserted to reflect the continuity of goals.

Board Members:

Kelly McCarthy read a thank-you note for the donation of a book in memory of Sharon Clark’s father. He was a union plumber who worked on the construction of the high school back in the late 1960s.

Approve/Accepted/Acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approved Minutes of the 10/26/15 and 11/16/15 meetings.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE Recommendations.
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and October Budget Transfers.
--Accepted the Treasurer’s Reports.
--Acknowledged Warrants.
--Approved Fundraiser Request.

Kaz Popovich, HS Business Teacher, and Rebekah LaMoreaux, President of the Watkins Glen Area Chamber of Commerce, gave a presentation of a course hopefully to be added starting next semester called iLead: The Base for Workplace Success. This course would prepare students for life after high school and college, focusing on the soft skills necessary to succeed in the workplace. It would also offer a CTE (Career and Technical Education) extension to the high school diploma.

Accepted the resignation of DianeWood as Girls’ Varsity Golf Coach. Also thanked her for starting the Varsity Girls Golf team at Watkins Glen.

Accepted the resignation of Mary Scotchmer as Clerk effective 12-31-15.

Approved the following Stipend Positions:

--Gretchen Pratt as Tutor
--Dave Warren as Tutor
--Sarah Matthews as Senior Play Music Director

Approved the following appointments:

--Dominic Scolaro as Varsity Wrestling Volunteer Assistant
--Harold Chaffee as Varsity Girls’ Basketball Volunteer Assistant

Approved the appointment of Diana Crane as Alternate Claims Auditor.

Approved the creation of Teacher Aide Position in the Elementary School.

Approved the following appointment:

--Angela Brusso as Teacher Aide effective 12-8-15 10. Accepted the resignation of Robert Wixson as Bus Driver.

Approved the Tax Collection for the 2015-16 school year.

The next workshop is scheduled for MONDAY, DECEMBER 14, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Meeting Room.

School Board meeting: November 16

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Nov. 16, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

The workshop began with Tammy Kellogg, 7th Grade Advisor, giving an overview of the service project the Class of 2021 chose. This project supports the Schuyler County Habitat for Humanity and Schuyler County Humane Society organization. The hope for the project is to raise $7,000 with numerous fundraising ideas by December 23rd.

Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager, reported on the 2015-16 school year enrollment along with the 2016-17 projected enrollment. This year the enrollment has decreased by 30 students over the prior year. This report will help as we approach the budget season and look to the future of the school.

Nan Woodworth-Shaw and Erich Kramer gave an overview of the PEP Grant and the Community School Grant. Both grants have impacted the Watkins Glen school community positively with lifelong support for families and students. The funding for the grants will discontinue next school year, and the district needs to look at how to sustain these programs for the community in the future.

Travis Durfee, WGFA President, invited the board and the district to participate in a “Holiday Undie Drive” which will collect essentials -- for example, socks and undies -- that will be given to local agencies to be distributed within the county for families during the holidays. He also announced Tuesday, November 17th is S(school) R(related) P(professional) Recognition Day to honor all the support groups in the education of our children.

Mr. Phillips will be meeting with Odessa-Montour Superintendent Wood on Wednesday to discuss more shared sports programs for the schools; for example modified swimming, varsity baseball and modified baseball.

Kelly McCarthy read a letter from St. James Episcopal Church to report a group of eighth grade students from Amy Planty’s classroom helped clean the church recently and the church appreciated their help.

1. Following the workshop, the board acted on the following items:

o Approved Substitute Additions
o Approved CSE/CPSE Recommendations
o Acknowledged Budget Status Report and September Budget Transfers.
o Accepted Donations
--Flute by Rachel Fenney -- estimated value $650
--$1,149.92 -- Watkins Glen PTO for Kindergarten and UPK Supplies
o Accepted Treasurer’s Report
o Acknowledge Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor

2. Mr. Phillips announced that the state has accepted the waiver the district applied for regarding their APPR plan. Recently, however, the stated contacted the district regarding some issues with the plan.

3. Approved the following Provisional Appointment:

o Kristina Olevnik as Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist

4. Approved the Amended Probationary/Tenure for the following:
o Amanda Colunio

5. Approved the following Stipend Position:
o Jerry Carocci as Scorekeeper

6. Accepted the following resignations:
o Mathew Mangus as Modified Swim Coach
o Jerry Carocci as Varsity Baseball Coach

7. Approved the following Appointment:
o Robert Gould as Varsity Wrestling Volunteer Assistant Coach

8. Accepted the following Resignation:
o Deona Muller as Food Service Helper effective 11/20/15

9. Approved the 2016-17 Budget Calendar.

10.Declared an Item as a Surplus and Approved for Sale.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 7 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: October 26

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Oct. 26, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Melanie Chandler, Director of Technology, gave a presentation on a technology and learning survey by BrightBytes that will be given to students, faculty and parents on how school technology is being used effectively in the school.

Kristin Hazlitt, Goal Committee Chairperson, spoke on the seven goals for the board. At the beginning of each school year the committee will reassess the goals. It is the hope of the committee to reduce the goals to a total of five. They will discuss removing two goals in the spring since they have already been completed.

Board members and Mr. Phillips who attended the NYSSBA Conference recently gave a summary on the various sessions they attended and shared what they had learned from the sessions.

1. Approve/Accepted/Acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approved Minutes of 10/5/15 meeting.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Approved Substitute List additions.
--Approved fundraising request.
--Accepted Donations: $5,018.40 from the WG Booster Club to purchase various items; clarinet by the Meierjurgen Family valued at $275; and $2,678.90 from the Wrestling Club.

2. Accepted the following resignation:

--Edward VanAmburg as Bus Driver.

3. Approved the following appointment of Mentors:

--Wendy Grinolds for Jennifer Bubb.
--Becky Sue Bianco for Jeffrey Champlain.
--Sarahjane Harrigan for Megan Kelley.
--Melissa Snow for Katie Richardson.
--Kelly Muir for Alicia Shutts.
--Kim Suddaby for Jessica Karius.
--Robin LaFace for Alycia Bianco.
--Sally Cocca for Norah Fritz.
--Vickie Everett for Amelia Holding.
--Krystina Westervelt for Mathew Mangus.
--Amy Miller for Sarah (Stocum) Horton.

4. Approved the amended appointment of Football Coaches:

--Lou Condon Sr. -- Assistant Football
--Mike Johnston -- Assistant Football

5. Approved the following Coaching Appointments:

--David Waite -- Varsity Boys' Basketball Volunteer Assistant
--Ben Connelly -- Modified "B" Boys' Basketball
--Angela Cleveland -- Modified "B" Girls' Basketball
--Craig Lattin -- Modified "A" Baseball

6. Approved teh following Stipend Positions:

--Craig Lattin -- Chaperone, Ticket Taker, Scorer, Clock, Announcer
--Clara Chedzoy -- Lifeguard
--Michelle Benjamin -- Senior Class Play Director
--Tim Benjamin -- Senior Play Set Director
--Tim Benjamin -- Senior Play Technical Director

7. Approved the following appointment:

--Adam T. Miller as Maintenance Mechanic effective 11/10/15

8. Approved the sanction of the Class of 2016 End-of-Year-Celebration for the use of school buses for transportation of students.

9. Acknowledged and adopted the following Policies:

--Use of Regents Exam scores
--Social Media Policy
--Mobil Device Policy

10. Acknowledged letter of corrective action pertaining to the Food Service Program for 2014-15 audit report.

11. Approved the sale of various items.

The meet scheduled for Monday, Nov. 2, 2015 has been canceled. The next workshop/meeting will be Monday, Nov. 16 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education meeting room.

School Board meeting: October 5th

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Oct. 5, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips distributed the book “Teach Like a Champion” to the Board of Education, stating that the book has been provided to faculty as a study of quality instructional strategies for implementation in the classroom.

Mr. Phillips described the new technology equipment installed in Mr. Hogan’s classroom, such as virtual welders, CNC machines and 3-D printers. Mr. Phillips commended Mr. Hogan for pursuing the new technology; Mr. Hogan will be providing a demo of the innovative programming for the Board of Education in the near future.

It was explained that the District would be filing a waiver application related to the APPR largely due to the State not having the necessary tools in place as of yet.

Mr. Phillips stated that he is in the exploration phase for the development of a Strategic Plan which is expected to result in a two-year process. Now that the District has been realigned, it is time to focus on rebuilding and redefining.

A reminder that the Board will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, 10/17 at the Bus Garage to leave for the NYSSBA Conference with an estimated return by 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 10/20.

Board of Education Comments:

Mrs. Schmizzi stated that a parent had approached her regarding concerns for student athlete transportation following practices. It was discussed that process will be clarified for all athletic teams.

Mrs. Brubaker inquired as to Mrs. Keefer’s health and it was reported that she is progressing well.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approve minutes of the 9/8/15 and 9/21/15 meetings.
--Approve Substitute List Additions
--Accept CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Acknowledge Budget Status Report and August Budget Transfers
--Accept Donation of a Canon Camera donated by Amanda Colunio for use in the HS Art Department
--Approve Fundraising Requests
--Accept Treasurer’s Report
--Acknowledge Warrants

The board acknowledged the first reading of the following policies:

--Social Media Policy
--Mobile Device Policy
--Use of Regents Exam Scores

The board approved the merger of Watkins Glen CSD and Odessa- Montour CSD Modified Boys’ Swimming teams due to a decline in program numbers. This will provide opportunities for our athletes in both schools.

Approved the following coaching appointment:

--Stacey Benjamin as Volunteer Assistant - Cheerleading

Approved the stipend appointment:

--Michelle Guild as Chaperone & Ticket Taker

Accepted the following resignation:

--Terri Myers as Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist

Accepted the 2014-15 Audit Report.

The next Board of Education meeting/workshop will be held on Monday, October 26, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

Photo in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips presents bottles of water to board members at beginning of the session.

School Board workshop: Sept. 21

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Sept. 21, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education began tonight’s meeting with the Annual Facilities Tour. Jerry Harriger directed the building tour, showing the work completed in the Elementary School and the High School. They discussed the new security system along with the new entrance doors that have been installed.

Kai D’Alleva, HS Principal, gave a presentation on the results of the 7th and 8th grade state test scores for the 2014-15 school year along with the results of the June and August regents and High School Advanced Placement Tests. Mr. D’Alleva outlined the student support program that has been implemented at the High School to assist students as they prepare for the Common Core Regents Exams.

Kristine Somerville, ES Principal, also presented 2014-15 state test scores. She spoke on the IST Teachers and how they are helping students who are struggling and assisting students who are accelerated.

Mr. Phillips announced we have been awarded a grant of $800 from the Community Foundation to help fund transportation cost through the Career Development Council for students, related field trips, etc.

The District’s auditor met with the board to report on the 2013-14 fiscal year audit report. They reviewed the district financials which included no weaknesses or lack of controls in the business cycle for the district. Through consolidation and reorganization the District has been able to control expenditures while maintaining a sound financial position. This has allowed the District to provided additional staffing and program to support the needs of students.

Approved/Accepted/Acknowledged the following consensus items:
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted Donation
$175 value Bell Kit donated by Tom and Peggy Richardson for the Music Department

Accepted the following resignation:
Barbara Kelly as Teacher Aide

Accepted the following resignation:
Patricia Rose-Morley as School Monitor

Approved the following appointment:
Patricia Rose-Morley as Teacher Aide

Approved additional Stipend Appointments:
Jesse Schubmehl as Timer/Shot Clock and Scorekeeper
Renee Rappleye as Ticket Taker
Philip Davidowsky & Maria Chedzoy – Co-HS Student Council Advisor

Accepted the following resignation:
Richard Perrone as Maintenance Mechanic effective 9/21/15

Approved the following appointment:
Richard Perrone as Automotive Mechanic effective 9/22/15

Approved the following appointment:
Teresa Loudon as School Monitor effective 9/22/15

Approved the following appointment:
Heather Cleary as School Monitor effective 9/22/15

Approved the following coaching appointments:
Allison Guild as Volunteer Assistant -- Volleyball
Krystina Westervelt as Volunteer Assistant -- Volleyball

Approved agreement with Schuyler Hospital for additional services.

Approved agreement with Schuyler County to have shared services for IT Department.

Approved agreement with Schuyler Head Start for the UPK Program for this year.

Approved agreement with Sign Language Solution, LLC when needed during the school year.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 5, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education meeting room.


Photo in text: Board members Kristin Hazlitt and Keith Caslin study a chart during the board workshop.

School Board meeting: August 17

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of August 17, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

-- Melanie Chandler, Director of Technology, gave an overview of the availability of WiFi on the school buses. This will give students/athletes an opportunity to access the internet for school work while on the bus and is an extension of the school district’s B(Bring)Y(Your)O(Own)D(Device) program.

-- Mr. Phillips reported the administrators had their retreat today and the building principals will forward their building goals to the board soon.

-- Mr. Phillips discussed a plan to issue an RFP for the purpose of engaging consultant services to develop a district strategic plan.

Board of Education Comments:

-- Barb Schimizzi spoke about the blank forms updating student contact information sent home every year for parents to fill out. Was wondering if there was another way to have them to be pre-printed with the existing information the school has on file. There was also discussion about possibly having these forms on-line for parents to complete.

-- The board decided to reschedule the October 19th workshop to October 26th, 2015. This is due to the board attending the NYSSBA Conference October 18th – 20th, 2015 in NYC.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items: Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.

2. Acknowledged the First Reading of the new Policy Manual.

3. Accepted the resignation of David Ink as Automotive Mechanic effective 8/13/15.

4. Accepted the resignation of Marissa Ameigh as Teacher Aide effective 8/31/15.

5. Approved the appointment of Amelia Holding as Elementary Teacher effective 9/1/15.

6. Approved the appointment of Alycia Bianco as Elementary Teacher effective 9/1/15.

7. Acknowledged the revised Substitute Rates for 2015-16 to convert ALL substitutes’ daily rates.

8. Approved the following coaching appointments: Matt Johnston as Assistant Football (shared); Katherine Studelska as JV Volleyball.

9. Jerry Harriger, Facilities Director II, spoke about the flagging system the school district will be utilizing for the conditions of the athletic fields. There will be three different colors of flags to signify the condition of the fields. A red flag indicates the field is not in good condition, therefore is not permitted to be used. The yellow flag indicates the field has scheduled activities during the day and open recreation is not permitted. The green flag indicates that open recreation is permitted during the times it is displayed.

10. Acknowledged the surplus of items from the district to be sold with Auction International.

11. Adopted the 2015-16 tax levy in the amount of $8,987,093.16. This represents a tax rate of $12.19 per $1,000 of assessed valued. This is actually an increase of $.095 from the previous school year.

12. Approved the agreement with Franziska Racker Center for services in the 2015-16 school year.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday September 8, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

School Board meeting: Aug. 3

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of August 3, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
At the July board meeting a concern was brought up regarding the inclusion of Regents exam scores in the GPS of high school students. Mr. D’Alleva brought the concern to the building leadership team for feedback. The group devised a plan to address the primary concern, which was motivation. As outlined, the plan would remove the Regents exam from the course final average, making it a stand-alone grade on the transcript. However, if a student achieves an overall average at or above mastery (85%) in the course and subsequently earns a higher grade on the Regents exam, the course grade/overall average would then be replaced by the Regents grade. Mr. Phillips will contact the school attorneys to create a policy pertaining to the Regents testing.

Board Members:
Kelly McCarthy read a thank-you note from Mary Anne Smith for the unique artwork given to her upon retirement.
Kelly McCarthy recently sent a letter to Odessa-Montour School District about additional shared services. Their superintendent responded to our superintendent that at this time they are satisfied with the current situation and are not interested in joint meetings.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of 7/6/15 meeting
Approved Substitute List for 2015-16.
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
Acknowledged Budget Status and June Budget Transfers.
Accepted Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Approved Fundraisers for the 2015-16 school year.
Acknowledged BOE Committees

Approved the ES/HS Parent/Student Handbook.

Acknowledged the attendance report for the 2014-15.

Accepted the resignation of Jessica Purpura as Elementary Teacher.

Approved the following  call back appointment: Beth Powell as Science Teacher

Approved the following  appointment:
Jessica Manwaring as Teaching Assistant/Sign Language Interpreter

Approved the following appointment:
Sarah Stocum as Special Education Teacher

Approved the following appointment:
Amanda Colunio as Art Teacher

Approved the following appointment:
Norah Fritz as Elementary Teacher

Approved the following appointment:
Mathew Mangus as Elementary Teacher

Accepted the resignation of Barbara Kelly as Elementary Teacher.

Approved the following coaching appointment:
Jessica Karius as Modified Girls’ Swimming

Approved the following appointment:
Steven McFarland as Assistant Principal

Approved the following appointment:
Barbara Kelly as Teacher Aide

Approved the following appointment:
Wendy Hatch as School Nurse (LPN)

Approved the following coordinator positions for 2015-16:
Pre-K Coordinator(s) -- Nicole Bennett & Tara Parish
Kindergarten Coordinator -- Victoria Everett
First Grade Coordinator -- Jennifer Titus
 Second Grade Coordinator -- Patti Smith
Third Grade Coordinator -- Krysti Westervelt
Fourth Grade Coordinator -- Daphne Holland
Fifth Grade Coordinator -- Alice Conklin
Sixth Grade Coordinator -- Becky Sue Bianco
Seventh Grade Coordinator -- Tammy Kellogg
Eight Grade Coordinator -- Ben Connelly
Ninth Grade Coordinator -- Alex Richmond
STEM (PK-6) Coordinator -- Daphne Holland
Humanities (PK-6) Coordinator -- Beck Sue Bianco
STEM (7-12) Coordinator(s) -- Christie Fedele and Mary DeBolt
Humanities (7-12) Coordinator -- Liam O’Kane
Physical Education and Health (Wellness PK-12) Coordinator -- Cyndy Wood
Art, Music, Cultural Arts (Fine Arts) Coordinator -- Elaine Wojtus
Guidance, School Psychologist, OT, Speech and PT (Student Support Services (PK-12) -- Melissa Snow
K-6 Special Education Coordinator -- Amy Miller
7-12 Special Education Coordinator -- Sarah Woodward

Approved the following stipend positions for 2015-16;
HS Attendance Officer -- Robin Bingham
ES Attendance Officer -- Lindsey Starr
Aquatic Director -- Cyndy Wood
Senior Class Advisor -- Sam Brubaker
Junior Class Advisor -- Jeanette Lasko
Sophomore Class Advisor -- Kelsey Wood
Freshman Class Advisor -- Eileen Malaney
Eighth Grade Advisor -- Alicia Shutts
Seventh Grade Advisor -- Tammy Kellogg
Yearbook Advisor -- Eileen Malaney
Broadcast News Advisor -- Maggie Field
Extra-Curricular Activities Central Treasurer -- Diana Crane
Student Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) -- Margaret Swinnerton
HS Art Club Advisor -- Elaine Wojtus
Diversity Club Advisor -- Matt Craig
Junior NHS Advisor -- Amy Planty
HS National Honor Society Advisor -- Kelly Muir
HS Business and Marketing Honor Society -- Eileen Malaney
Varsity Club Advisor -- Kaz Popovich
Production Support Specialist -- Maggie Field
Music Ensemble Director(s) -- Diana Groll, Matt Craig, Sarahjane Harrigan
Elementary Performance Ensemble Director -- Megan Kelley
Athletic Manager -- Erich Kramer
Tax Collector -- Renee Rappleye

Approved the creation of Teacher Aide position.

Approved the following appointment:
Renee Riley as Teacher Aide

Accepted the resignation into retirement effective August 31, 2015: Jennifer Nichols as Elementary Teacher

Approved to increase the Budget due to insurance recovery funds from last spring water pipe break in the Elementary School.

Jerry Harriger presented a summary of projects that have been completed this summer.

The next BOE meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 17, 2015 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: July 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of July 6, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board clerk calling for the reorganizational meeting. Kelly McCarthy was elected as Board President and Gloria Brubaker was elected as Vice President.

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

-- Reported the school received $50,000 through the adoption of a Legislative Resolution in the Senate. The monies will be utilized to enhance programs for the schools.

-- Michelle Clark gave a presentation on the new Transfinder/Zonar programs which will be used on the school buses this year. The programs will help assist drivers with bus routes and location for student pick-ups.

-- High School Principal Kai D’Alleva reported on the results of the June Regents and talked about the changes for next school year. He will report the Mastery Regional Ranking after he receives the results in August.

Board Members:

-- Keith Caslin would like the district to look at possible merging with Odessa-Montour School with other sports in the future. Also, spoke on the benefits of merging with Odessa-Montour School District.

-- Kristin Hazlitt spoke on the Goals Committee meeting in the next couple of months.

-- Kelly McCarthy read a note from the family of Marian Boyce, former board member and employee, thanking the board for the donation of a book to the High School Library in her memory.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
o Approved minutes of the 6/1/15 and 6/15/15 meetings.
o Accepted Gifts/Donations:
--$400 by Parmenter, Inc.
--$5,729 by WG Sports Booster Club
o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
o Acknowledged Budget Status Report and May Budget Transfers
o Accepted Treasurer’s Reports for May 1-31, 2015.
o Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor.

Approved the Committee for Special Education for 2015-16.

Approved the following appointment:
o Emilee Miller as Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist effective 7/15/15.

Acknowledged continuing appointments:
o Lou Condon as LTS Math Teacher
o Phillip Davidowsky as LTS Science Teacher

Approved the following Provisional Appointment:
o Renee Rappleye as Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist

Declared and approved the surplus of tools.

Approved the contract for services with GST BOCES for 2015-16 school year.

Approved an agreement with the Village of Watkins Glen Police Department for a School Resource Officer for the 2015-16 and 2016-17 school years.

The next scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 3, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

School Board meeting: June 15

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of June 15, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

--The following retirees were recognized and presented with a small token of appreciation for their years of service and dedication to the District.

o Marilyn Cross as Secretary to the Middle and High School, with 20+ years of service to the District. She is a “class act” and is a very detailed person with her position. She is a great role model and will be missed greatly.

o Jim Murphy as Science Teacher, with 30+ years of service to the District. He has truly made a positive impact on thousands of people through the years, most recently with the implementation of the STEM initiative. He initiated the grant of $39,000 the district recently received last week from Cargill Inc. toward the integration of STEM.

--Mr. Phillips also acknowledged two other retirees, Mary Anne Smith as Elementary Teacher with 30+ years of service to the District and Judy Pearce as Bus Driver with numerous years of service since being hired in 1974.

--Mr. Phillips also recognized board president, Mike Myers, for his 12 years of service with the board. Thanked him for all his leadership and dedication as Board President.

Board Members:

--Mike Myers suggested to the board members three important concepts a board member needs to remember as his term ends on June 30, 2015. First, listen and then ask questions of the superintendent or administrators about issues. Second, always have a Goal Session with a measurable time frame for the board. Third, in the future when the time arrives to select a superintendent, look for continued leadership in that position.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

o Approved Substitute List Additions.
o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.

2. Accepted the resignation into retirement:

--Mary Anne Smith as Elementary Teacher effective 6-30-15.

3. Approved the following Summer School Positions for the Special Education Program.

--Occupational Therapist – Katie Mahoney
--Special Education Teacher – Rachelle Clark
--Speech Pathologist – Karlene Andrews
--Teacher Aide – Sheila Hess
--Teaching Assistant – Lindsey Starr
--Sign Language Interpreter – Jessica Manwaring

Approved the following Coaching Appointments for 2015-16

--Phil Watson – Varsity Boys’ Soccer
--Andrew Chouinard – Varsity Girls’ Swimming
--Michelle Simiele – Varsity Girls’ Volleyball
--Rob Michel – Varsity Boys’ Golf

Approved the Substitute and Casual Employee Rates for 2015-16

Approved the creation of two positions due to realignment and hiring of support staff for 2015-16.

Approved agreement with Education & Management Services Inc. to assist with filing with SED for 2015-16.

Approved agreement for services with Arc of Schuyler for 2015-16. This is for work-study for our students next year.

Approved agreement with DeGroot Management Services, Inc. to assist with unemployment. for 2015-16.

Approved agreement with Arc of Schuyler for shared parking lots for 2015-2018.

Approved the resolution for creating and Funding Employee Benefits Accrued Liability Reserve.

Approved agreements with Schuyler Hospital for PT services for Summer School and for the next school year.

The next meeting is the REORGANIZTIONAL MEETING which is scheduled for Monday, July 6, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

WORKSHOP

Jerry Harriger (right) Director of Facilities II, gave a summary of the summer projects associated with the capital project, which will begin in the elementary and high school at the end of the school year.

Editor's addendum: The report by Mr. Harriger contained a list of jobs including: an Elementary School main office renovation; a High School main office renovation; pool deck lighting replacement; Field House lighting replacement; various heat and air conditioning work; carpet replacements; the installation of lettering on the exterior of the west side of the high school addition near the superintendent's office; completion of the Athletic Field rest room building; and additional site work on the new lacrosse field. On that last subject, Harriger wrote:

"The site work for the new field was completed and hydro seeded in early November 2014, with the site inspection by Hunt Engeneering in April 2015. It was then decided that the field was in need of additional work removing the stone, scarifying the soil to a depth of 2" to 4 ", adding a substantial amount of topsoil, leveling the surface to remove all low areas, creating a safe field with proper drainage, and hydro seeding the entire site. The field was raked by hand removing the stone prior to adding the new topsoil and seed."

Photos in text:

From top: Marilyn Cross, Jim Murphy and Jerry Harriger at Monday's board session.

School Board meeting: June 1

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of June 1, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

--Mr. Phillips announced the NYSSBA Convention is being held on October 18-20 in NYC this year. This year at the convention the superintendent along with the Watkins Glen Board of Education members have been accepted to make a presentation of the school consolidation project.

--Mr. Phillips recognized Tammy Kellogg and the 7th grade class for raising $15,000 within four months to help build a well for the country of South Sudan. As part of the Common Core, the 7th grade class read a book about the conditions in the country and decided to raise the monies for a well.

Board of Education:

--Marie Keefer reminded the board members that, with graduation day approaching, they should check the condition of their board robes.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
o Approved minutes of the 5/5/15 and 5/18/15 meetings.
o Approved Substitute List Addition.
o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
o Acknowledged Budget Status and April Budget Transfers.
o Accepted Treasurer’s Report
o Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor

Approved the Election Report from the May 19th Budget Vote.

Jim Murphy presented a summary of his Senior Teacher project which he dedicated to Ms. Courtney Wilson who was his mentor at Hobart and William Smith Colleges for the training of geospatial technology. Her expertise, patience and guidance allowed him to develop the skills necessary to bring this 21st century tool to our school district. The Geospatial Technology is data related to the location of earth for the purpose of analysis/problem solving. The school has acquired the geospatial software for all in the school district to utilize.

Approved the following appointment: Joshua Chilson as Cleaner effective 6-2-15.

Approved the following resignation into retirement: Marilyn Cross as HS Principal’s Secretary effective 8-4-15.

Approved the creation of a Teacher Aide position for the 2015-16.

Approved the following creation of positions for 2015-16 with the passing of the budget:

--1 FTE Art Teacher
--1 FTE Special Education Teacher
--1 FTE 10 Month Assistant Principal

Approved the creation and appointment of a temporary cook manager to work with the Summer Food Program.

Approved the following resignation: Judith Pearce as Bus Driver effective June 20, 2015.

Approved a $.10 increase of school meals for the 2015-16 school year.

Approved the CSEA Bus Drivers Contract effective July 1, 2015 – June 30, 2019.

The next BOE workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2015 beginning at 5:45 p.m. The annual Reorganizational Meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 6, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: May 18

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of May 18, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Superintendent’s Comments:
Senior Mikayla Elliott spoke about a fundraiser the Watkins Glen Student Council, National Honor Society and Interact Club will combine forces to provide: a spaghetti dinner on June 4th. The proceeds will go to the Labor of Love Committee, which is committed to raising money for people in the county to help them financially.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented.
--Accepted Donations:
$700 by WG PTO for Staff Appreciation
$100 by Rita Peak for the Lloyd Peak Memorial Library
--Approved Fundraiser Request.
--Accepted the resignation into retirement of Jim Murphy as Science Teacher effective 6-30-15

Approved the following Fall Coaching appointments:
Varsity Girls Soccer – Brian Gardner
Modified “A” Girls Soccer – Ralph Diliberto
Modified “A” Boys Soccer – Mat Mangus
Asst. Mod/Varsity Girls Swimming – Kim Suddaby
Varsity Girls Tennis – Scott Morse
Assistant Football (shared) – Lou Condon, Sr.
Assistant Football (shared) – Mike Johnston
Assistant Football (shared) – Brian Usiak
Assistant Football (shared) – Tom Struble
Volunteer Assistant – Varsity – Ward Brower
Modified Football Assistant (shared) – Josh Cole
Varsity Cross Country – John Fazzary
Varsity Cheerleading – Alicia Shutts

Approved the following Winter Coaching appointments:
Varsity Boys Basketball – John Fazzary
Varsity Girls Basketball – Alicia Learn
JV Boys Basketball – Jim Scott
JV Girls Basketball – Scott Morse
Varsity Boys Swimming – Len DeBolt
Asst. Mod./Varsity Boys Swimming – Mat Mangus
Varsity Wrestling – Nils Watson
Varsity Cheerleading (1/2 pos.) – Marcy Brubaker
Varsity Cheerleading (1/2 pos.) – Alicia Shutts
Varsity Bowling – Ward Brower
Varsity Indoor Track – Jessica Karius

Approved the following Spring Coaching appointments:
Varsity Baseball – Jerry Carocci
Varsity Girls Softball – Jim Scott
Modified “A” Softball – Ralph Diliberto
Varsity Boys Lacrosse – Nils Watson
Varsity Girls Golf – Diane Wood
Varsity Boys Tennis – Scott Morse
Varsity Boys Track & Field – Jessica Karius

Accepted the following resignation:
Robin Wojcinski as Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist effective 9-14-15.

Approved to abolish a .5 RN Nurse Position and create a 1.0 FTE LPN Nurse Position.

Approved an Event Worker.

Approved the transportation agreement with OMCSD for the 2015-16 school year.

Approved the resolution to participate in the cooperative purchasing service through the DCMO BOCES for the 2015-16.

Melanie Chandler, Director of Technology, gave a presentation of the new Office 365 which will be implemented in the near future for all staff and students in the district.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: May 5

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of May 5, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

The meeting began with the Public Hearing on the 2015-16 proposed budget. Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager, summarized components of next year’s budget. The proposed expenditures increase for next year will be 6.3%, but the amount of the tax levy will increase by 1.9%. The plan will add an additional art teacher, convert the position of Dean of Student to a 10-month Assistant Principal in the Elementary School, add a special education teacher, as well as additional technology services through BOCES. The annual vote will be held on Tuesday, May 19th in the Board of Education Room from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitor’s Comments:
--A parent spoke about her concern with the iDesign Course; the board president addressed her concerns.

Superintendent’s Report:

--Erich Kramer, Athletic Manager, provided a summary of the Steering Committee updates. Both school districts will share home games for the Varsity and Modified football teams. The Student Councils from each school met on Monday to discuss the Logo for the team.

--Mr. Phillips invited the Board of Education members to the Faculty/Staff Appreciation Get-Together on Friday, May 8th at the Harbor Hotel which is sponsored by the PTO and BOE.

Board of Education:

--Kelly McCarthy and Dr. Frank Rossi from Cornell University surveyed the conditions of the school’s playing fields. They made a suggestion of rotating fields and mapping green space for the teams in order to keep the fields in good condition. Also, red flagging areas which should not be used until the fields are ready.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

o Approved minutes of the 4/6/15; 4/20/15; and 4/22/15.meetings.
o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
o Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
o Acknowledged March Budget Status Report
o Accepted Treasurer’s Report
o Approved Fundraisers

2. Approved the iDesign Course for the 2015-16 school year.

3. Adopted the new Athletic Placement Process for the 2015-16 school year.

4. Approved the recommendation for Tenure to Tara Parish as Elementary Teacher.

5. Approved the following appointment: Annabell Lutomske as Teacher Aide

6. Approved the following Coaching Appointments:

--Charles Tarshus as Volunteer Assistant Track Coach
--Jordon Niver-Johnson as Assistant Modified Tennis Coach

The next BOE workshop is scheduled for Monday, May 18, 2015 beginning at 5:45 p.m. The next BOE meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 1, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: April 20

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of April 20, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: none

Superintendent’s Report:

--Mr. Phillips commended the athletes, parents and coaches for their dedication and commitment for the best winter season since he has been in the district. We acknowledged five winter teams with numerous accomplishments which included winning Section IV championships, to becoming a NYS qualifier in an event and breaking school records. The following students were recognized in their sport:

o Girls’ Bowling: Samantha Bradley, Lucy Craig, Elizabeth Reed, Elizabeth Mason, Destiny Weber, Nikole VanDyke, Dakota Evans and Danielle Wise were coached by Ward Brower.

o Girls’ Basketball: Allison Teed, Amanda Cherock, Madison Gates, Maggie Bond, Madeleine Ross, Clara Chedzoy, Amanda Pike, Madison Myers, Halle Phillips, Katherine Meehan, Tamijah Lawton-Stone and Mariah Gonzalez were coached by Alicia Learn.

o Boys’ Swimming: Aidan DeBolt and Matt Doppel were coached by Leonard DeBolt.

o Indoor Track: Patrick Hazlitt and Joelle Slater were coached by Jessica Karius.

o Wrestling: Josh Burge, Ian Chedzoy and Brandon Gould were coached by Nils Watson.

Board Clerk:

--Marie Keefer reported there will be two vacancies on the Board of Education at the end of this term (Michael Myers and Kelly McCarthy). Four Board of Education candidate petitions were received by Friday’s deadline. Petitions were received from Jim Somerville, Kristina Hansen, Barbara Schmizzi and Kelly McCarthy.

1. Approved, accepted, acknowledged the following consensus items:

o Approved Substitute List Additions
o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.

2. The board approved the 2015-16 school calendar.

3. Accepted the following resignations:
o Mary Roberts as Cleaner effective 4-15-15.
o Rebecca Mood as UPK Teacher effective 6-30-15.
o Brenda Wilbur as Transportation Monitor effective 4-10-15.
o Trevor Holland as Modified Football Coach.

Approved the contract for Health & Welfare Services with Elmira City School for WG residents attending a nonpublic school in Elmira.

Approved the resolution for Other Post-Employment Benefits through the NYS Comptroller.

Approved the proposed agreement with Hunt Engineers for a five-year Building Condition Survey.

Adopted the proposed 2015-16 school budget. Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager, reported a 1.95% increase from the current tax levy. This will bring an estimated tax rate of $12.21 per $1,000 assessed value. The public will vote on the budget on May 19, 2015 from 9:00 a.m. through 8:00 p.m.

Approved to participate in GST BOCES Cafeteria Bids for 2015-16 school year and award of bids.

Approved the Property Tax Report Card.

The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 5, 2015 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text: From top, athlete honorees Aidan DeBolt (with swim coach Len DeBolt), Joelle Slater (with track coach Jessica Karius) and Ian Chedzoy (with wrestling coach Nils Watson) receive Certificates of Achievement at the Board meeting.

School Board meeting: April 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of April 6, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:
Kristina Hansen, a parent in the district, had questions about why only certain departments had the opportunity to choose their curriculum with the Common Core requirements, while other departments were not given the same opportunity.

Superintendent’s Report:

Carol Franzese (pictured at right) presented the 2015-16 Public Library budget. The figures represent an increase of $2,983 over last year’s budget. The Public Library budget vote will be May 6, 2015 from 2:00-8:00 p.m. at the Public Library. Maggie Field will also be running for a 5-year term as a Library Trustee for the Watkins Glen Public Library.

Mr. Phillips reviewed a Legal Alert provided by the NYSSBA titled Managing State Assessment Opt Outs. The contents of the alert are as follows:

--First, federal law requires that states assess students in grades 3-8 on an annual basis in specified areas. It also requires that 95 percent of students in each school participate in such assessments. According to the U.S. Department of Education, failure to comply with these requirements can subject states and school districts to sanctions including, but not limited to, the loss of Title I monies and funding available under other federal programs such as the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

--Second, the State Education Department considers such testing to be part of the core academic program that school districts must offer all students attending their schools.

--Third, school district officials are bound by an oath of office that requires them to comply with legal requirements that affect the operation of school districts, including the administration of state assessments. Therefore, school district officials have no authority to encourage or promote parental opt-out efforts.

--Fourth, the State Education Department has taken the position that school boards refusing to administer state assessments are subject to removal from office, and administrators taking a similar course of action are subject to proceedings leading to the loss of certification.

--Fifth, the State Education Department has stated that there is no provision in statute or regulation allowing parents to opt their children out of State tests.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approved minutes of the 3/2/15 and 3/16/15 meetings.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Acknowledged February Budget Status Report.
--Acknowledged February Budget Transfers.
--Accepted Treasurer’s Report.
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims.Auditor
--Approved Fundraiser Request.

The board sanctioned the upcoming Senior All Night Party.

Approved the recommendation for the joint athletic team name to be Seneca Indians and the colors are Maroon, Navy Blue and White for the football season.

Approved the recommendation for tenure to Alex Richmond as Social Studies Teacher.

Approved the recommendation for tenure to Alicia Learn as Teaching Assistant.

Approved the creation of an Assistant Lacrosse Coach position.

Approved the creation of an Assistant/Modified Tennis Coach position due to a large amount of students who have signed up.

Approved the resignation of Susan Schaffner as Teacher Aide effective April 14, 2015.

Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager gave a preliminary review of the 2015-16 school budget. The Finance Committee will meet on Tuesday, April 14, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. to review it more extensively.

The next meeting is a workshop scheduled for Monday, April 20, 2015 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text:
Top:
Watkins Glen Public Library Board President Carol Franzese.
Bottom: School Board member Gloria Brubaker makes a point.

School Board meeting: March 16

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting/workshop of March 16, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education meeting opened with the board acting on the following items:

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented.

A group of Watkins Glen students who are enrolled in the New Visions Program at BOCES gave an overview of how the program has impacted their lives. It has given them insight to numerous opportunities in the Health and Education/ Business fields through shadowing. They have earned Phase 5 college credits with the New Visions Program which has enhanced their college entrance process. The students expressed to the board their enthusiasm and appreciation for the opportunities to experience the career exploration and challenging academic programming through the New Visions Program.

Approved the extension of the Superintendent’s Contract through 2020.

Approved the following Coaching Appointments:
Cody Crooker as Volunteer Assistant – Baseball
Mike Murray as Mod-A Lacrosse Coach
Dale Irwin as Volunteer Assistant – Lacrosse
Louis Condon, Jr. as Varsity Football Coach
Jack McCauley as Assistant Football Coach

Approved the Health and Welfare Contract with Horseheads Central School District for a Watkins Glen student attending a nonpublic school there.

Approved the services with Hope House, Inc. for a Watkins Glen student.

The Finance Committee Final Budget Review has been scheduled for Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 6, 2015 beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

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The workshop began with the Business Manager and Administrators discussing the proposed instructional budget along with the athletic budget for the district. Various staffing needs were discussed as well as budget requests.

School Board meeting: March 2

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of March 2, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:

--A parent commended the district for the opportunities students will be given in the future with engineering and math classes, but asked if other departments, including English, are given the same opportunities to review their curriculum.

Superintendent’s Report:

--Mr. Phillips thanked Pat Ellison for donating a 1902 Oracle Yearbook to the school which she recently found amongst her late husband’s papers.
--Mr. Phillips announced and welcomed Kayla Johnson, the new Prevention Youth Counselor through Schuyler County.
--Mr. Weeden reported on the athletic survey which was given to grades 6 through 11. Mr. Weeden suggested that, because of the interest in tennis, the board may want to establish a girls’ tennis team in the fall.
--Mr. Phillips spoke on the Athletic Placement Process, which would better evaluate athletes for accurate placement. He would like the district to approve this process soon because, by the end of next school year, it will be mandatory by the state.

Board of Education:

--Mike Myers introduced Sandra Ruffo, the new Director of Area 4 with NYSSBA. If any board members have any concerns or questions, please contact her.
--Keith Caslin addressed the possibility of replacing the carpet in the UPK and kindergarten classrooms soon. It is scheduled with Phase 2 of the project to be completed this summer, but he was wondering if it could be moved up.

District Clerk:

--Marie Keefer reported board of education packets are available in the district for the upcoming vacancies on the board. Mike Myers’ and Kelly McCarthy’s terms will expire at the end of the school year.

1. Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:

--Approved minutes of the 2/5/15 meeting.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Acknowledged Budget Report and January Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports.
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor.
--Approved Fundraiser Requests.
--Accepted Donations

o $1,550 by Matthew Marciniak for Mike Watson Wrestling Scholarship Fund
o $8,982 donated by WG Booster Club to purchase supplies for Baseball, Lacrosse, Softball and Golf.

The board nominated Robert Everett for the GST BOCEES Board of Education for a five-year term.

A special Board of Education meeting will be held on April 22, 2015, at 7 a.m. for the sole purpose of the BOCES Administrative Budget Vote and Election of BOE members.

Approved a Journalism Trip to NYC from Wednesday, March 18th through March 20, 2015.

Approved the Pre-College Math Textbook which will better prepare students for the appropriate college math class.

Approved the appointment of Jerry White as Custodian.

Approved stipend position for Sarah Matthews as Senior Play Music Director.

Approved the Board of Education Officials for the May 19th Budget Vote and election of Board of Education members.

The BOE Finance Committee will meet tomorrow, Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

The next Board of Education Workshop will be held on Monday, March 16, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.
The Board of Education has rescheduled the Final Budget Review meeting for Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting: February 9

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of February 9, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:

--A parent expressed her support regarding combining football program with Odessa-Montour School District, but stated that she believes it is rushed.

Superintendent’s Report:

--Mr. Phillips recommended that the 2/23/2015 Budget Meeting be cancelled due to a conflict with a legislative update meeting to be held in Bath that same night. Mr. Phillips will contact board members with the details of the meeting.
--Mr. Phillips recognized the following Board Members with certificates for the Leadership Development Program: Kristin Hazlitt, Gloria Brubaker and Keith Caslin.

Board of Education:

--Mr. Caslin made a statement related to the combining of the football program with Odessa Montour School District, explaining that there have been many meetings with much planning and research conducted regarding the program since the end of the football season this past year.

Approved /accepted /acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 1/5/15 and 1/20/15 meetings.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE Recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Status Reports
--Acknowledged December Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Terri Myers, Alternate Claims Auditor
--Accepted Donation of $419.50 from Watkins Glen PTO to purchase supplies for ES

Mr.D’Alleva presented the High School Course Catalog to the board which which will allow students a resource for courses with the curriculum.

Approved the Pre-Calculus Credit opportunity for students who will enroll with Tompkins Cortland Community College.

Approved the following coaching appointments:
--Jessica Karius as Varsity Track & Field
--Maria Quagliana as Modified Track & Field
--Nils Watson as Varsity Lacrosse

Approved the appointment of Bradley Smith as Teacher Aide.

Accepted the Annual Fire Inspection Report by Jerry Harriger.

Approved to contract the District Policy Manual through Hogan & Sarzynski, Slynch, DeWind & Gregory, LLP effective 7-1-15.

Approved the Health & Welfare Services with Corning City School District for our students in the 2014-15 school year.

Approved the resolution for a joint football program with Odessa-Montour Central School District.

The next Board of Education Meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 2, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. There is no board workshop scheduled for February due to winter break.

School Board meeting/workshop: Jan. 20

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting/workshop of January 20, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Nan Woodworth-Shaw, Director of Special Services, Karen Armstrong, Mary DeBolt and Philip Davidowsky presented a proposal for a new Engineering program for the next school year in conjunction with Cornell University. This would give the students a great opportunity to be introduced to an “authentic” program, incorporating Math and Science in the STEM room.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
Approved Fundraiser Request

Acknowledged the 2nd reading and Adopted the following program: Wellness Plan

Approved Engineer Your World Program for next school year.

Approved the updated Stipend Positions.

Approved the contract extension for the Business Manager through 2017.

Approved the creation of a Custodian Position to replace the vacancy of a cleaner position due to retirement.

The board declined the appointment of a Track & Field Coach.

The next Board of Education workshop is scheduled for Monday, January 26, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. in the High School Auditorium. This will be a joint meeting with Odessa-Montour School Board members to discuss shared services.

Approved scheduling an additional business meeting on Monday, February 9, 2015 at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room.

Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager, provided preliminary budget information to board members as the District begins the 2015-16 budget building process which included Operations & Maintenance along with Transportation. Governor Andrew Cuomo will release proposed state budget figures for 2015-16 on Wednesday and we anticipate state aid figures later in the day.

There was a reminder that the Board of Education Finance Committee will meet at 5:45 p.m. on February 23, 2015 for a Budget Planning Meeting.

School Board workshop/meeting: Jan. 5

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of January 5, 2015 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:
A parent expressed her support with the merging of sports with Odessa-Montour School District, but would like the board to identify the reasons why and the process on how it will happen. Also, asked the board to look into the possibility of a modified girls’ tennis team for the future.

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips recognized DuWayne Austic (left in photo) for all his services with the district as he goes into retirement and was given a small gift as appreciation. He has been a “fixture” in the Fieldhouse along with the leadership in the Mike Watson Tournament and also serving as CSEA president.

Mr. Phillips spoke about an additional board meeting to be scheduled on January 26, 2015 for the purpose of a joint workshop with Odessa-Montour to discuss sharing services.

Mr. Phillips thanked Chandra Flahive for her service to the district as Youth Counselor for the past five years as her last day will be January 16, 2015.

Mr. Phillips discussed the ambivalence of the current reform effort being discussed by the board of regents and the governor’s office.

James Frame, GST BOCES Superintendent (pictured at right), re-introduced himself to the board and reiterated the services BOCES has to offer and hopes to continue working with the district in the future.

Mr. Kramer gave an update of athletics over the holiday break with the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball team winning the Christmas tournaments. The wrestling team had a meet and won over the holidays and will be gearing up for the upcoming Mike Watson Wrestling Tournament this weekend. Patrick Hazlitt won the 1600 Meters at Cortland with the Indoor Track team. A meeting was held with football coaches from Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen to discuss and improve the programs with the possibility of a shared football program this fall.

Board of Education: None

Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 12/1/14 and 12/15/14 meetings.
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledged Budget Report and November Budget Transfers
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Approved Fundraiser Request
Accepted Donation of $11,654 from Watkins Glen Booster Club to support many sports programs
Approved the Seneca Youth Basketball Trip to Corning Community College.

Mrs. Brubaker and the policy committee met with Hogan and Sarzynski recently to discuss the possibility of having the district policy manual contracted through our law firm. Current services are provided by NYSSBA and the policy committee wished to examine a more streamline product.

The board acknowledged the first reading of the Wellness Plan.

Approved the appointment of Dan Bond as a volunteer assistant to the wrestling team.

The board tabled the sale of a surplus truck. It may be able to be utilized as a sports truck to carry equipment to games.

The next Board of Education workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 20, 2015 at 5:45 p.m.

The board approved an additional meeting to be held on Monday, January 26, 2015 for the purpose of a joint workshop with the Odessa-Montour School Board. The place has yet to be determined.

Photos in text: Retiring DuWayne Austic receives a Don Maas print as a retirement gift from Superintendent Tom Phillips; BOCES Superintendent Jim Frame was present at the session.

Football talks kicking off

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 16 -- The superintendents of the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour school districts and their high-school principals are set to meet Wednesday to discuss "the process" by which the two districts' football programs might be merged.

The meeting was announced by Watkins Superintendent Tom Phillips (pictured at right) during Monday evening's Watkins Glen School Board session.

He will meet with Interim O-M Superintendent Peter Punzo and principals Chris Wood (O-M) and Kai D'Alleva (Watkins Glen) at O-M at 1 p.m.

Meanwhile, Watkins Glen Athletic Manager Erich Kramer said the footall coaches from the two districts have agreed to meet during the holiday break "to discuss what a possible merger might be like ... might feel like."

Phillips said the Wednesday session will lead to "a clear understanding" of what the merger process might entail, and that when it is understood, "we will come to our boards with recommendations on moving forward." The upcoming talks, he said, will focus only on football, with recommendations "no later than February."

Any later than that, he said, and "it gets too crazy" because of Section IV scheduling needs "that have us under the gun a little bit."

However, he cautioned that fashioning a permanent solution -- a blending of the two districts' football programs into one long-term new team with a new name, new colors and new uniforms -- is probably not possible before the next football season. That, he said, would ideally involve input from students at both schools

The situation is complicated, he said Monday, by "bargaining we've done in good faith with employees" regarding operation of the football program in the Watkins district. "We have to work through all that; those are adult issues."

"The issue is what we can do for next season," Phillips said. "Right now, let's provide an opportunity for their kids to play with us while at the same time we continue discussions about where to go" in the future. "In the first year they might have to come here and play as Watkins Glen athletes, as we work toward how this would work as a Schuyler County team."

The O-M football season ended prematurely this past autumn due to the team's inability to maintain a minimum roster.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen School Superintendent Tom Phillips at Monday's meeting.

School Board workshop/meeting: Dec. 15

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop / meeting of December 15, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The workshop began with Erich Kramer updating the PEP Grant information. The first round of data will be submitted on December 22nd of year two of the grant. The Interactive Heartrate Technology (IHT) bands which are part of the PEP Grant.will be distributed to faculty and students after the holiday break.

Erich Kramer gave an update on the fall sports season, highlighted by 100% of the teams reaching the Academic All Star Team recognition. The football coaches from Odessa-Montour and Watkins Glen will be setting up a meeting during the holiday break to discuss the possible combination of teams for the fall season.

Mr. Phillips commented that Kai D’Alleva and he will be meeting with Odessa-Montour officials to discuss how to move forward regarding the combination of the fall football season with both school districts. There were five students who were inducted into the National Honor Society at Watkins Glen: Kalea Jones, Ian Chedzoy, Ashley Palmer, Jon Brown and Brooke Shaffer on Monday, December 8th in the high school auditorium. Also, Courtney Perrone has been selected as the Career and Technical Education Program Student of the Month in the Culinary Arts program at the Bush Campus. Mr. Phillips informed the board that the fundraiser to build a well in South Sudan has reached over $9,000.

Following the workshop, the board acted on the following items:
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
Approved Substitute Additions

Approved the creation of a Teacher Aide Position.

Accepted the following resignation into retirement:
DuWayne Austic as Cleaner effective 1-5-15

Accepted the 2014-15 Tax Collection Report as presented by Robin Wojcinski.

Approved the resolution to establish measurements for the Affordable Care Act.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 5, 2015 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Cross-country runners Brooke Shaffer, left, and Taylor Kennard receive school district certificates of recognition from Athletic Director Rod Weeden.

School Board workshop/meeting: Dec. 1

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of December 1, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Katherine Meehan was recognized for winning Section IV, Class C in the 100 yard breaststroke. She has also broken the 25-year-old school record for that event. Lexi Castellaneta was also recognized for her accomplishment in diving, which included IAC Diving Champ, Section IV, Class C Diving Champ and qualifying for states.

The following Girls’ Cross-Country Team members were recognized for their accomplishment as Section IV Champions and placing 6th in the NYS Public High School Athletic Association, Maggie Bond, Clara Chedzoy, Aran Holland, Taylor Kennard, Julia Reilly, Brooke Shaffer, Kai Sutterby and Cambria Weeden. Also, Patrick Hazlitt was recognized for 3rd place in Section IV, Class C for Boys’ Cross Country.

Board of Education Comments:
Board member Keith Caslin attended the Violence Prevention Awareness and Training which was held recently at the Harbor Hotel. One of the speakers, Dr. Mary Lentz, commented on the school’s Code of Conduct as one of the best she has seen, which includes hundreds of school districts’ Code of Conduct Policies.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approve minutes of the 11/3/14 and 11/17/14 meetings
--Approve substitute list additions.
--Accept CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Acknowledge Budget Status Report and October Budget Transfer
--Accept Treasurer’s Report
--Acknowledge Warrants
--Approve Fundraiser Request
--Accept Donation: $2,526 by Watkins Glen PTO for trips and school supplies.

The Policy Committee chairperson, Gloria Brubaker, spoke about concerns with the School’s Policy Manual and looking into consolidation.

Accepted the Goals Report for 2013-14 from the Goals Committee.

Approved a resolution to explore shared service with Odessa-Montour Central School.

Accepted the resignation from Christy Williams as school nurse.

Approved the 2015-16 Cost Allocation of Methodology.

The next Board of Education workshop is scheduled for Monday, December 15, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Cross-country runners (from left) Taylor Kennard, Brooke Shaffer, Clara Chedzoy and Cambria Weeden after receiving certificates.

Bottom: Athletic Director Rod Weeden hands a school district certificate of recognition to his daughter, cross-country runner Cambria Weeden.

Athletic Director Rod Weeden hands school district certificates of recognition to cross-country runners Julia Reilly and Patrick Hazlitt.

Athletic Director Rod Weeden distributes school district certificates of recognition to cross-country runners Maggie Bond, left, and Kai Sutterby.

Athletic Director Rod Weeden hands school district certificates of recognition to cross-country runners Clara Chedzoy, left, and Aran Holland.

School Board workshop/meeting: Nov. 17

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of November 17, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The workshop began with a discussion of Board of Education Goals for the 2013-14 school year. Mr. Phillips presented a PowerPoint, based on the Goals Committee input, focusing on how the District has implemented the goals. The Goals Committee will continue to meet in January to review further results and establish goals for the 2014-15 school year.

Erich Kramer gave an overview of the PEP Grant from its conception. The first year the district purchased items to develop the program. Some of the items purchased were heart monitors, bicycles, cross country skis and a kayak. In the second and third years, the district will utilize these materials to teach the students to become more informed with their choices concerning being healthy and becoming more active.

The Board of Education discussed how best to communicate their willingness to work with the Odessa-Montour School Board to explore opportunities for sharing services including Athletics. The Board made clear that these discussions should be collaborative and focused on providing access and opportunity for all student–athletes.

Following the workshop, the board acted on the following items:
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
Approved Substitute Additions
Approved Fundraiser Request

Acknowledged the second reading and approved the following plans:
Professional Development Plan (PDP)
Response to Intervention (RTI)

Approved the creation of a Teacher Aide Position.

Approved the following appointment:
Marissa Ameigh as Teacher Aide

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, December 1, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board workshop/meeting: Nov. 3

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of November 3, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:
A concerned parent addressed the board about the state testing process and the reporting of student test data results.

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips spoke about the concern with the payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT Agreement) with Water Works Inc. for the condos built in the village on Salt Point Road.

A group of students from the Class of 2020 gave a presentation on the Water for South Sudan Project. The class goal is to raise $15,000 -- enough money to fund a well in South Sudan.

Photo at right: From left, 7th graders Scott Brubaker, Ellie Clarkson and Monet Price during their presentation.

Board Member Comments:
Board members who attended the NYSSBA conference this past week commented about the conference. Thought it was an excellent and very informative conference that touched on numerous topics school districts are facing currently.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of 10/6/14 & 10/20/14 meeting.
Approved Substitute List Additions.
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
Acknowledged Budget Status and September Budget Transfers.
Accepted Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Approved Fundraisers requests
Accept Donation:
$3,515.31 by Watkins Glen Sports Boosters to support winter programs.

Acknowledged the First Reading of the following:
Professional Development Plan
Response to Intervention (RTI)

Approved the following appointment:
Karla Albee as Food Service Helper.

Approved the following appointment:
Emily DePree as Food Service Helper

Approved the following appointment:
Mary Roberts as Cleaner

Approved the following Stipend Positions:
Tammy Kellogg as 7th Grade Advisor
Amy Planty as JNHS Advisor

Approved the following Coordinator appointment:
Lori Zebrowski as UPK Coordinator

Approved the upcoming 2015-16 Budget Calendar.

Acknowledged the written response to the 2013-14 audit.

Approved the UPK Expansion Grant Agreement.

The next BOE workshop is scheduled for Monday, November 17, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board workshop/meeting: Oct. 20

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of October 20, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The workshop began with Nan Woodworth-Shaw giving updates on numerous programs starting with the Carol M. White PEP Grant. Many supplies and equipment were purchased for the first year to provide school day and afterschool programs in addition to summer activities. The Community Schools Grant is in the process of naming an afterschool Educational Liaison, who will assure good communication between teachers and afterschool tutors for the students. We are in partnership with the Food Bank for the Back Pack Program for students in the district. The grant is also wrapping around the UPK full-day program with a strong focus on curriculum. The STEM Room has given great opportunities for the district in all grades. We have received many different types of equipment for the STEM Room. They are hoping to have an “Open House” for parents to introduce the STEM Room in November. The Career and College Readiness/CDC is now blending a small amount of the services with school counselors and business teacher, Kaz Popovich, for the students. Nan Woodworth-Shaw distributed information on the Response to Intervention (RTI) Program and Professional Development Plan to be discussed at the next meeting.

The Booster Club officers, Nancy Fraboni and Val Carocci, reported they will work closely with the athletic department to give a monetary amount to the district each year to purchase items and help with sport camps.

Mr. Phillips gave an overview of the 2013-14 ELA and Math Results for students at or Above Level 2 in Regional Schools. Also reported the NYS Education Department released flexibility with students opting out of one high school social studies regent, but will need to replace it with an assessment test in an art, science, foreign language or technology area.

Mrs. Somerville and Mr. D’Alleva presented the test results associated with ELA and Math from 3 through 12th grade.

Following the workshop, the board acted on the following items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Approved Substitute Additions
--Accepted Donation
--$1,246.95 from WG Sports Booster Club to purchase a portable wireless sound system for athletic events.

Accepted the following resignations:
--Elizabeth Perrone as cleaner effective 10-14-14.
--Dave Waite as Mod “B” Boys’ Basketball Coach

Approved the following Coordinator Positions for 2014-15:
Kindergarten Coordinator – Victoria Everett
First Grade Coordinator – Jennifer Titus
Second Grade Coordinator – Patti Smith
Third Grade Coordinator – Krysti Westervelt
Fourth Grade Coordinator – Daphne Holland
Fifth Grade Coordinator – Alice Conklin
Sixth Grade Coordinator – Becky Sue Bianco
Seventh Grade Coordinator – Amy Planty
Eighth Grade Coordinator – Ben Connelly
Ninth Grade Coordinator – Alex Richmond
Math, Science and Technology Coordinator (STEM PK-6) – Daphne Holland
ELA, Social Studies, Library and Foreign Language (Humanities PK-6) – Becky Sue Bianco
Math, Science, Technology, Business (PK-12) and Family and Consumer Science (PK-12) (STEM 7-12) – Christie Fedele and Mary DeBolt
ELA, Social Studies, Library and Foreign Language Coordinator (Humanities 7-12) – Liam O’Kane
Physical Education and Health (Wellness) Coordinator (PK-12) – Cyndy Wood
Art, Music, Cultural Arts (Fine Arts) Coordinator (PK -12) – Elaine Wojtus
Guidance, School Psychologist, OT, Speech and PT (Student Support Services (PK-12) – Melissa Snow
K-6 Special Education Coordinator – Amy Miller
7-12 Special Education Coordinator – Sarah Woodward
Approved the following Stipend Positions for 2014-15
Music Ensemble Director (3) – Diana Groll, Matt Craig, Sarahjane Harrigan

Approved the following Coaching Appointments:
Mod “B” Boys (Gr. 7 & 8) Basketball – Tyler Lattin
Mod “B” Girls’ Volleyball – Jill Kautz

Approved the resolution authorizing participation in Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service (NYSMEC) for Natural Gas commencing May 1, 2015.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 3, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board workshop summary: Oct. 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of October 6, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips reported the enrollment for the opening of this school year was approximately 1150+ for PK – 12. A chart was distributed showing enrollment from 1980, which was 1600, to the present year.
Mr. Phillips reported the climate for the opening of school was very good. Thanked the entire staff for the smooth beginning of the year.
Mr. Phillips commented on how upper grades helped the lower grades with the transitioning and being great hall monitors for them.

Board Member Comments:
Mike Myers read a thank-you note from the family of Dannie Brown for the donation of a book in memory of her husband, former district employee John Brown.

District Clerk:
Marie Keefer, District Clerk, reported that if any board member is interested in attending the Economic Future of the GST BOCES meeting scheduled for Thursday, October 30, 2014 will need to contact the district office by Wednesday, October 15.
Reported the superintendent recently had his annual physical as required by contract and is able to fully execute his duties as superintendent.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of 9/2/14 & 9/15/1414 meeting.
Approved Substitute List Additions.
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
Acknowledged Budget Status and August Budget Transfers.
Accepted Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Approved Fundraisers request.

Melanie Chandler (pictured at right), Director of Technology, and Kai D’Alleva, HS Principal, gave a summary of the (BYOD) Bring Your Own Device pilot program for the district. The timeline for the program will begin this month. There was also an update on the technology the district currently has with the new capital project.

Kelly McCarthy was nominated as the voting delegate to NYSSBA Conference due to the absence of Mike Myers. The conference is scheduled for October 26-28, 2014.

Acknowledged the enrollment report for 2014-15.

Accepted the resignation of Justin Mucitelli as Grant Coordinator effective 10-14-14.

Approved the following appointment:
Erich Kramer as Grant Coordinator effective 10-14-14.

Accepted the resignation of Katey Cheplick as Modified Volleyball Coach.

Approved the following stipend appointments:
HS Attendance Officer – Robin Bingham
ES Attendance Officer – Lindsey Starr
Aquatic Director – Cyndy Wood
Senior Class Play Director – Michelle Benjamin
Senior Play Set Director – Tim Benjamin
Senior Play Technical Director - Tim Benjamin
Senior Class Advisor – Sam Brubaker
Junior Class Advisor – Jeanette Lasko
Sophomore Class Advisor – Kelsey Wood
Freshman Class Advisor – Eileen Malaney
Yearbook Advisor – Eileen Malaney
HS Student Council Advisor – Nils Watson
Broadcast News Advisor – Maggie Field
Extra-Curricular Activities Treasurer – Diana Crane
SADD Advisor – Margaret Swinnerton
HS Art Club Advisor – Elaine Wojtus
HS National Honor Society Advisor – Kelly Muir
HS Music Club Advisor – Diana Groll
HS Business and Marketing Honor Society – Eileen Malaney
Varsity Club Advisor – Kelly Sterner
Production Support Specialist – Maggie Field
HS Instrumental Music Director – Diana Groll
Athletic Manager – Erich Kramer

Approved the creation of a cleaner position.

Approved the following appointment:
Elizabeth Perrone as Cleaner

Approved the creation of .5 Physical Education Teacher due to PEP Grant.

Approved the following appointment:
Jessica Karius from .5 to 1 FTE Physical Education Teacher

Approved the following appointment:
Philip Davidowsky as LTS Science Teacher

Approved the following coaching appointments:
Assistant Football Coach – Louis Condon, Sr.
Varsity Boys’ Swim Coach – Leonard DeBolt
Assistant Boys’ Swim Coach – Matt Mangus
Volunteer Wrestling Assistant – Robby Gould
Mod “A” Wrestling Coach – Dominick Scolaro
Varsity Indoor Track Coach – Jessica Karius

Approved the Watkins Glen Faculty Contract from July 2014 through June 2017.

The next BOE workshop is scheduled for Monday, October 20, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips and Melanie Chandler, Director of Technology.

School Board workshop summary: Sept. 15

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop of September 15, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education began tonight’s meeting with the Annual Facilities Tour. Jerry Harriger directed the building tour, explaining the work completed in the Elementary School and the High School. He will be working with contractors to resolve the problem with the entrance doors at the elementary school. There was discussion about additional work that should be done throughout the school year.

The District’s auditor met with the board to report on the 2013-14 fiscal year audit report. The auditor reviewed the district financials, which included no weaknesses or lack of controls in the business cycle for the district.

Approve/Accepted/Acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved Minutes of the 7/28/14, 8/4/14, 8/1214 and 8/28/14 meetings.
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Approved Substitute List Additions
Approved Fundraiser requests
Accepted Donation
$4,268 from WG Sports Boosters to purchase supplies for various sports
Acknowledged the PTO Financial Report

Accepted the following resignation:
Cynthia Kaminski as Food Service Helper

Approved the following stipend position:
Mickilla Neal as Records Management Officer

Approved the creation of School Social Worker position for with the UPK Grant.

Approved the following appointment:
Megan Kelley as Music/Art Position Teacher for UPK Grant

Approved the new title of position thru Civil Service:
Jerry Harriger as Facilities Director

Approved the following appointment:
Jessica Karius as .5 Physical Education Teacher for UPK Grant

Approved the following coaching appointment:
Andrew Chouinard as Varsity Girls’ Swim Coach

Voted to table the Watkins Glen Faculty Contract.

Accepted the Audit Report for the 2013-14 school year.

Approved the agreement with Schuyler Head Start Inc. for UPK Program for 2014-15 school year.

The next meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 6, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin immediately following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: Sept. 2

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of September 2, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips reported today was the first day back for teachers and staff. It was a good start to the school year for the single campus.

Board of Education Comments:
Mr. Myers read a note from the family of Charlena Brown thanking the board for donating a book to the HS library in her memory. She was a former educator in the Watkins Glen School district.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approve substitute list additions
--Accept CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Acknowledge Budget Status Report and July Budget Transfer
--Accept Treasurer’s Report
--Acknowledge Warrants

The board approved an employee agreement.

Approved the appointment:
Mathew Rodenbaugh as Bus Driver
Timmy Dupay as Bus Driver

Approved the appointment:
Kelsey Wood as Modified Girls’ Swim Coach

The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 15, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. beginning with the Annual Facilities Tour (starting in the district office) followed by the regular meeting.

School Board meeting summary: August 28

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of August 28, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Approved the following consensus items:
--Substitute List for 2014-15
--Fundraiser Requests

Accepted the resignation of Llanya O’Kane as Math Teacher.

Approved the creation of coaching positions.

Accepted the resignation of Jen Conklin as Girls’ and Boys’ Swim Coach.

Approved the following coaching appointments:
Lauren Richtmyer as Modified “A” Volunteer for Football
Andrew Chouinard as Varsity Girls’ Interim Coach for Swimming
Marcy Brubaker and Alicia Shutts as Varsity Cheerleading

Approved the creation of numerous positions related to the UPK Grant the district recently was awarded.

Approved the appointment of Rebecca Mood as UPK Elementary Teacher.

Call back appointment for Elizabeth Hogan as Math Teacher.

Approved the appointment of Betty Vickio as UPK Teacher Aide.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 2, 2014. The regular meeting will begin at 5:45 p.m. with no executive session scheduled.

School Board meeting summary: August 12

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of August 12, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The board did the following:

Approved the creation of an elementary teacher with the anticipation of increased enrollment.

Approved the abolishment of an art position for this school year.

Accepted the resignation of Sheila Hess as Senior Food Service Helper

Approved the appointment of Sheila Hess as Teacher Aide.

Approved the appointment of Jennifer Bubb as Elementary Teacher.

Approved the appointment of Jeffrey Champlin as Elementary Teacher.

Approved the appointment of Norah Fritz for Long Term Sub as Elementary Teacher.

Approved the appointment of Louis Condon for Long Term Sub as a Math Teacher.

Approved the appointment of Mark Griffin for Long Term Sub as a Science Teacher.

Adopted the 2014-15 tax levy in the amount of $8,816,163. This represents a tax rate of $12.09 per $1,000 of assessed valued. This is actually a decrease of .68% (-$.08 per $1,000) from the previous school year.

Approved the agreement with Franziska Racker Centers for service in the 2014-15 school year.

Approved resolution for Post-Issuance Compliance Policies and Procedures.

Approved the sale of surplus items from the remaining middle school.

The next meeting will be held on Thursday, August 28, 2014. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photo in text: School Board member Gloria Brubaker at Aug. 12 meeting.

School Board meeting summary: August 4

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of August 4, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:
PTO President, Jim Somerville discussed the goal the PTO has to overcome the impression that it is for elementary grades only and further integrate programs at all levels. Also discussed where the meetings will be held as well as use of school email accounts.

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips reported all schools in the district are “In Good Standing” according to the NYSED’s accountability measures.
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony underway for Thursday, August 28th at 11 a.m. for the single campus at Watkins Glen.
Mr. D’Alleva gave an extensive presentation on creating the master schedule and addressing the needs of the students through course selections. Spoke about RTI (response to intervention) to help identify students who struggle in school.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of 7/7/14 meeting.
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
Acknowledged Budget Status and June Budget Transfers.
Accepted Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Approved Fundraisers for the 2014-15 school year.

Approved the ES/HS Parent/Student Handbook.

Acknowledged the following policies:
Investment Policy
Purchasing Policy
Attendance Policy

Acknowledged the attendance report for the 2013-14.

Approved the addition of AP World History course to the 2014-15 school year.

Accepted the resignation of Charlene Watson as Teacher Aide.

Approved the following appointment:
Rebecca Gilfus as Home and Careers Teacher

Approved the following appointment:
Alicia Shutts as ELA Teacher

Approved the following appointment:
Dawn Coleman as Art Teacher

Approved the following appointment:
Laura Bellis as Senior Food Service effective September 2, 2014.

Approved the following appointment:
Christin Bresett as School Counselor

Approved the following coaching appointment:
Brian Usiak as Assistant Football Coach

Jerry Harriger gave a summary with dates of completion for the project. The auxiliary gym, high school rooms and restrooms will be completed by August 22nd. The Elementary School renovations will also be completed about the same time.

Approved contract for services with SpecEd Solution for the 2014-15.

Approved the Clerical Contract from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2016.

The next BOE meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, August 12, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text: Board member Keith Caslin (top) studies his computer screen; Board President Mike Myers.

School Board meeting summary: July 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of July 7, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board clerk calling for the reorganization meeting. Michael Myers was elected as Board President and Kelly McCarthy was elected as Vice President.

Visitors’ Comments:
Lauren Richtmyer spoke on the aspect of combining the Football and Swimming Programs with Odessa-Montour School District. He suggested creating a committee to look into the possibility.

Superintendent’s Report:
Congratulated Hanley Elliott and Halle Phillips for qualifying and participating in the New York State Girls Golf Championship which was held at Delhi College in June 2014.

Reported on the NYS Community Schools Grant which was awarded to the school in the amount of $442,100. The district is exploring opportunities for collaboration with the local hospital and county to streamline services for support of our students.

The governor’s office has invited Mr. Phillips and Nan Woodworth-Shaw to attend a conference in Albany. They will present the STEM program which the school district has implemented. The conference will be held on July 21, 2014.

Board Members:
Current board members welcomed the new board members, Keith Caslin and Kris Clarkson.

Read a note from the family of Ruth Givin, former employee, thanking the board for the donation of a book to the High School Library in her memory.

Read a note from the family of Sandy Bartone thanking the board for the donation of a book in memory of her father.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 6/2/14 and 6/16/14 meetings
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor

2. Approved the following Policies:
Programs for Students with Disabilities
Allocation of Space for Special Education Programs

3. Alex Richmond, HS Social Studies Teacher, gave a presentation on AP World History Course. The Watkins Glen Social Studies Team is proposing to add this course for the 2014-15 school year.

4. Approved the Committee for Special Education for 2014-15.

5. Approved the following appointment:
Steve McFarland as Instructional Support Teacher
Craig Lattin as Instructional Support Teacher

6. Approved the resignation into retirement:
Laura Bellis as Senior Food Service effective August 22, 2014.

7. Approved the following resignation:
Jane Lodge as Bus Driver

8. Approved the following appointment:
Jane Lodge as Assistant Transportation Supervisor

9. Approved the following appointment:
Sherri Swarthout and Channel Cady as Daycare Monitors for Summer School

10. Approved the following call back appointments:
Tara Parish as Elementary Teacher
Kathleen Popovich as Business Education Teacher

11. Approved the following appointment:
Katie Richardson as School Psychologist

12. Approved the following appointment:
Charlene Watson as Teaching Assistant

13. Approved agreements with Schuyler Hospital for PT services for Summer School, 7/7/14 through 8/14/14 and for the 2014-15 school year

14. Approved GST BOCES 2014-15 Contract for Service.

15. Approved Administrator Association Contract.

16. Approved an agreement with ARC for 2014-15 to continue the Work Study Program.

17. Approved Assistant Transportation Supervisor Contract.

The next scheduled workshop/ meeting will be held on Monday, July 28, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session to discuss particular personnel matters.

School Board meeting summary: June 16

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of June 16, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The workshop began with recognition of several faculty members retiring at the end of this school year. Mr. Phillips thanked all the new retirees for their dedication and years of service. They truly made a positive impact on many students in their particular fields. The retirees are Diane Wood, Barbara Bristow, Susan Comstock, Sandy Bartone, Karen Hansen and Dave Warren. They were given a small gift as a token to say thank you from the district.

Mr. Phillips also recognized board member Tom Richardson for all his years of service with the board. He has been on the Board of Education since 2002, serving as President from 2007-2009. Mr. Phillips thanked him for rolling up his sleeves and working together planning for the future of the district.

Mr. Phillips reviewed the financial statement and communicated that the Booster Club is under new leadership for the upcoming year. The district will be working closely with them this year for the needs of the students.

The sports survey which was given to boys and girls in grades 7 through 12 was discussed.

The board approved/accepted the following consensus items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendation as presented
--Approved Substitute List
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report
--Acknowledged May Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants

Approved the Creations of Positions for the 2014-15 school year.
2 – FT Instructional Support Teachers
1 – FT Elementary School Teacher
1 – FT School Psychologist
1 – FT Teaching Assistant
Due to the retirements and reorganization of the district we were able to reinstate these positions.

Accepted the resignation of Roger Willis as Bus Driver effective 6-30-14.

Accepted the resignation of Jan Martz as Bus Driver effective 6-30-14.

Accepted the resignation into retirement:
Karen Hansen as Art Teacher effective 6-30-14.

Approved the appointments for the Summer School Positions with the Special Education Department.

Approved the following coaching appointments:
Matt Mangus – Modified Soccer Coach
BJ Sheldon – Volunteer Modified Football Coach
Robby Gould – Volunteer Wrestling Coach

The board acknowledged the 1st reading of the following policies:
4321 – Programs for Students with Disabilities
4321.3 – Allocation of Space for Special Education Programs

The board approved ACE Spanish Course for the 2014-15 school year. There was extensive discussion on the schedule for next year, focusing on supporting students and having intervention through RTI. Also, discussed the ACE and AP programs for the upcoming year.

Approved an agreement with Degroot Management Services Inc. for management of unemployment services for 2014-15 school year.

Approved the increases to Reserves effective June 30, 2014.

Approved an agreement with Odessa-Montour School District for transportation in the 2014-15 school year.

The next Board of Education meeting is the Reorganizational meeting scheduled for Monday, July 7, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m. in the Board of Education Room next to the High School Library.

Students on a Watkins Glen School District Robotics Team that excelled at a VEX Robotics Competition at the Wings of Eagles museum were honored by the School Board on June 2, each receiving a certificate. From left: teacher Greg Grodem and students Dan Schmitt, Matt Woodworth, Abigail Donelson, Phoebe Majors, Kishan Patel and Kris Ayers. Not present were Kevin Baker and Matt Gill.

School Board meeting summary: June 2

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of June 2, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Greg Grodem recognized a group of students who competed in the VEX Robotics Competition. The program promotes the awareness and development of STEM in our region. There were a battery of tests to perform during the competition. The students returned with numerous awards which included 1st Individual Team, 1st Collaborative Team, 2nd Science Fair Communication and Overall Champion. The students who participated were Dan Schmitt, Matt Woodworth, Matt Gill, Kevin Baker, Kris Ayers, Kishan Patel, Phoebe Majors and Abigail Donelson. Mr. Phillips received a compliment that our students were very willing and graciously helped other school teams during the competition.

Mr. Phillips reported the school district transportation department received 100% for bus inspection through the NYS Department of Transportation for this year.

Mr. Phillips received verification from NYS Office of Special Education Quality Assurance that we are in compliance with classification and placement of students with disabilities.

Board of Education:
Mark Franzese reported he attended the Top Drawer 24 ceremony which was held on Sunday, June 1st. He was impressed with all the athletes in the area who attended. The Master of Ceremony, Dave Warren, did an outstanding job also.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 5/6/14 and 5/19/14 meetings.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted Gifts and Donations
$800 – anonymous donor for purchase of data tracking software
$3,425 – from the estate of William and Delores Bartone Pylpciw designated to purchase 4 kayaks with paddles and carrier rack.
--Acknowledged Budget Status and April Budget Transfers.
--Accepted Treasurer’s Report
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
--Approved Fundraiser

Approved the Election Report from the May 20th Budget Vote.

Nan Woodworth-Shaw reported on the STEM Deployment Team working with Corning Inc. and 18 of the 23 schools in the GST BOCES. Further information about the team’s work can be found on http://www.gstboces.org/stem/

Mazda STEM Education Outreach Program will be presenting an assembly on June 5th at the high school. Mazda Motorsports has been presenting its STEM Education Outreach program, titled “Racing Accelerates Creative Education,” to high school students throughout the country in conjunction with their professional sports car racing events.

The Summer of Innovation offerings have been released. These provide many STEM-related summer offerings to our students through the regional STEM efforts. The link, http://www.gstboces.org/summer of innovation/index.cfm, has been posted on our website for more information.

Nan Woodworth-Shaw gave a summary of the PEP Grant. The after-school program has numerous activities and the students' participation has been great. Will be working with the county for the summer recreation program this summer. They will be sending out a Fitness Gram to students who have participated this year in the grant. This will give recommendations for students with fitness.

Approved a Leave of Absence for Jessica Purpura for next school year.

Approved the Substitute and Casual Employees Rates for 2014-15.

Approved the resignation into retirement:
Sandy Bartone – 8th Grade ELA Teacher, effective June 30, 2014.

Approved the following appointment:
Cynthia Kaminski – Food Service Helper.

Approved the following coaching appointments:
Marcy Brubaker – Fall Cheerleading
Jennifer Conklin – Varsity Girls’ Swimming
Marcy Brubaker – Winter Varsity Cheerleading

Jerry Harriger gave an update on the Capital Project. The floors in the district offices have been finished along with painting the walls. They will begin moving furniture into the classrooms next Monday, June 9th as well as into the existing library. Completion of the library is expected by June 27th.

Approved a $.10 increase of school meals for the 2014-15 school year.

Approved resolution to participate in DCMO BOCES purchases for the 2014-15 school year.

The next BOE workshop is scheduled for Monday, June 16, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m. with executive session. It is anticipated the regular workshop session will begin at 6:30 p.m.

Reorganizational Meeting is scheduled for Monday, July 7, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting summary: May 19

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting/workshop of May 19, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education meeting opened with the board acting on the following items:

--Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented.
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted Donations
$1500 from WG Sports Booster designated for purchases of $600 vault mat and $900 canopy for outdoor events
$100 by Rita Peak to perpetuate the Lloyd Peak Professional Library

Accepted the resignation into retirement:
Barbara Bristow as Home and Careers Teachers

Accepted the resignation into retirement:
Susan Comstock as Art Teacher

Accepted the resignation into retirement:
Dave Warren as High School Principal

Acknowledged the transfer of Kai D’Alleva as High School Principal effective 7-1-14.

Abolished the Position of Middle School Principal effective 7-1-14, due to the consolidation to a single campus next year.

Awarded Bids for the Phase II Consolidation Capital Project.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at 6:30 following executive session.

Deb Gleason presented her Senior Teacher Project. The project investigates a variety of successful reading tools and strategies which may be applied in content area classrooms at the secondary level. This will help increase the comprehension and develop higher thinking skills at all grade levels.

School Board meeting summary: May 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of May 6, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The meeting began with the Public Hearing on the 2014-15 proposed budget. Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager, summarized components of next year’s budget that included loss of more state aid. The proposed expenditures for next year will be 2.9% over the previous year. Public comments and questions were answered as well. The annual vote will be held on Tuesday, May 20th in the district lobby from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Melanie Chandler, IT Director with the district, gave a presentation of the B(Bring)Y(Your)O(Own)D(Device). The district is considering a pilot for BYOD with grades 10-12 in the future. Many board members had questions and comments about the challenges and benefits with this pilot.

Marcia Kasprzyk, RN with Schuyler County Public Health Department, will report the result of the survey students took with the Schuyler County Coalition on Underage Drinking and Drugs (SCCUDD). The results will be available on May 19th, 2014 at a forum being held at the Watkins Glen Elementary School Auditorium at 7 pm.

Board of Education:

Mr. Myers read a thank-you note from Lori Gezzi and family thanking the board for purchasing a book in memory of her father, Karl Hoxie, Jr, which will be placed in the school’s library.

Mr. Myers read a thank-ou note from Terri Myers thanking the board for the kind thoughts and purchasing a book in memory of her mother, Ann Golden, which will be placed in the school’s library.

Gloria Brubaker reported two policies will be reviewed with the policy committee in the near future.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 4/07/14; 4/21/14; and 4/23/14.
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
Approved Substitute List Additions.
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Acknowledged March Budget Status Report
Accepted Treasurer’s Report
Approved Fundraiser

Nan Woodworth-Shaw gave an overview of the Curriculum/Professional Committees. The 12 committee members were meeting May 7 to discuss the implementation of Common Core Learning Standards across all departments with full Pre-K-12th grade alignment for next year. Summer curricular work will be targeted in this quest. If new modules are released throughout the year, they will infuse and adapt them as possible. Will continue to implement the STEM initiative and address College and Career Readiness across all curricular areas.

Approved the appointment of Deona Muller as Food Service Helper.

Approved the appointment of Lorena Clark as Food Service Helper.

Approved the following fall coaching appointments:
Varsity Football – Louis Condon, Jr.
Volunteer Assistant Football – Brian Usiak
Modified A Football – Trevor Holland
Volunteer Modified A Football – Brett Chedzoy
Volunteer Modified A Football Coach – Dale Irwin
Varsity Boys’ Soccer – Phil Watson
Volunteer Assistant Soccer – Mark Stephany
Modified Boys’ Soccer – Nils Watson
Varsity Girls’ Soccer – Brian Gardner
Modified Girls’ Soccer – Ralph Diliberto
Assistant Girls Swimming – Kim Suddaby
Varsity Girls’ Volleyball – Ashley Cross
JV Girls’ Volleyball – Katey Cheplick
Varsity Cross Country – John Fazzary
Assistant Cross Country – Dave Waite

Approved the following winter coaching appointments:
Varsity Boys’ Basketball – John Fazzary
Volunteer Assistant Boys’ Basketball – Dave Waite
JV Boys’ Basketball – Jim Scott
Mod “B” Boys’ Basketball – Dave Waite
Varsity Girls’ Basketball – Alicia Learn
JV Girls’ Basketball – Scott Morse
Modified “B” Girls’ Basketball – Tyler Lattin
Volunteer Mod “B” Girls’ Basketball – Joe Fazzary
Varsity Boys’ Swimming – Jennifer Conklin
Varsity Assistant Boys’ Swimming – Leonard DeBolt
Varsity Wrestling – Nils Watson
Volunteer Wrestling – Dominick Scolaro
Mod “A” Wrestling – Dale Irwin
Mod “B” Girls’ Volleyball – Katey Cheplick
Varsity Bowling – Ward Brower

Approved the following spring coaching appointments:
Varsity Baseball – Jerry Carocci
Mod “A” Baseball – Mathew Mangus
Volunteer Assistant Baseball – Greg Updyke
Varsity Softball – James Scott
Volunteer Assistant Softball – Sante Conti
Volunteer Assistant Softball – Doug Gardner
Mod “A” Softball – Ralph Diliberto
Volunteer Mod “A” Assistant – Alicia Learn
Varsity Girls’ Track – Andy Chouinard
Varsity Lacrosse – Joseph Kostolansky
Volunteer Assistant Lacrosse – Brett Chedzoy
Mod “A” Lacrosse – Nils Watson
Varsity Boys’ Golf – Rob Michel
Volunteer Assistant Golf – Dave Waite
Varsity Girls’ Golf – Diane Wood
Volunteer Assistant Golf – Steve Decker
Varsity/Mod Mixed – Scott Morse
Volunteer Strength Trainer – Ralph Diliberto

Accepted resignation into retirement:
Annabell Lutomske as Assistant Supervisor to Transportation effective June 30, 2014.

Accepted resignation into retirement:
Diane Wood as Business Teacher effective June 30, 2014.

Approved the Annual Fire Inspection Report presented by Jerry Harriger

Approved the district to participate in the GST BOCES Cafeteria Supply Bids for the 2014-15 school year.

Approved agreement with Educational & Management Services for 2014-15.

The next BOE workshop is scheduled for Monday, May 19, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m. with executive session. It is anticipated the regular workshop session will begin at 6:30 p.m.

The next BOE meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 2, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: April 21

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of April 21, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education meeting opened with the board acting on the following items:

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented.
--Approved Substitute List Additions

Accepted the resignation of the following:
Danielle Cummings as Food Service Helper

Approved the New York State Report Card as required by SED.

Approved items as a surplus and for sale with the transition to a single campus.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 7:00 a.m.

The following Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 6, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

District Clerk, Marie Keefer, reported there will be three vacancies on the Board of Education at the end of this term (Gloria Brubaker, Tom Richardson and Kevin Field). Seven Board of Education candidate petitions were received by Monday’s deadline. Petitions were received from Annette Bascom, Gloria Brubaker, Keith Caslin, Kris Clarkson, Kristina Hansen, Jannica Moskal and Jim Somerville for the vacant seats.

Mr. Phillips reported the Assistant to the Secretary of Education, Brian Cechnicki, will be in the district the afternoon of Thursday, April 24 to tour the facilities. They will also discuss STEM education, closing of the Middle School, the consolidation process and the grant that was awarded for the Middle School renovations.

There was discussion on increased assessed valuations in Schuyler County which revise the projected tax rate impact to property owners. It is anticipated that the tax rate per $1,000 will decrease by at least 11 cents. Property owners with no increase of assessment will actually see a decrease in their tax bill.

The workshop began with Kai D’Alleva and the Administrators giving an overview of the 7-12 transition to the high school. They discussed the building layout along with planned student transition activities at the end of the school year. The bell schedule was announced for grades 7-12 for the 2014-15 school year.

School Board meeting summary: April 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop of April 7, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:

Kate Bartholomew, WGFA President, thanked the Finance Committee for being very open and transparent during the budget process. She expressed approval with the restoration of positions which is included in the budget proposal.

Superintendent’s Report:

Samantha Bradley was recognized for tying for high series (569) among Class C bowlers at the Section IV tournament in Vestal as well as for other bowling accomplishments.

Carol Franzese presented the 2014-15 Public Library budget. The figures represent an increase of $2,700 over last year’s budget. The Public Library budget vote will May 7, 2014 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the Public Library.

Kim Suddaby was inducted into the National Collegiate Gymnastics Association Hall of Fame at Ithaca College on March 21, 2014.

Board of Education:

Mr. Myers read a thank-you note from Claudia LaFace thanking the board for the purchase of a book to be placed in the school’s library in memory of her father.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:

Approved minutes of the 3/4/14 and 3/17/14
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledged February Budget Status Report
Acknowledged February and March Budget Transfers.
Accepted Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Approved Fundraiser Request.

Approved the 2014-15 School Calendar.

Approved the resolution realigning the building grade levels in the High School (7-12) for the 2014-15 school year.

Approved the creation of Varsity Girls Golf Coach due to increased participation.

Accepted the resignation of Ronald B. Hess, Jr. as Food Service Helper.

Accepted the resignation of Diane Wood as Assistant Golf Coach.

Approved the appointment of the following spring coaches:

--Alicia Learn as Mod-A Volunteer for Softball
--David Waite as Volunteer Assistant for Golf
--Diane Wood as Varsity Girls Golf Coach

Approved the appointment of Nan Woodworth-Shaw as Title IX Complaint Officer.

Approved action to proceed with Education Law 3020-a involving a tenured employee.

Mr. Harriger reported on the capital project. During spring break numerous additions will be started. The concrete for the new gymnasium will be poured; fire alarms and roofing to the new addition will be added.

Mr. Richardson, Finance Chairperson, gave a summary of the budget. This year’s recommendation represents a 2.76% tax levy increase which is our tax levy limit. Since 2009, with the beginning of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, the district has lost $11 million in state aid. In the fall of 2010 we looked at consolidating our district into a single campus. December of 2011 the community approved the recommendation to a single campus. These past events and how we managed them have helped this district create the financial stability we are now experiencing.

Adopted the 2014-15 Budget in the amount of $24,047,481. This represents a 2.9% increase in expenditures over last year’s budget, resulting in an estimated tax-rate increase of $.33 per $1,000 assessment. Mr. Phillips said that because the district stayed within the Tax Levy limit all property owners with a Star Exemption will receive a rebate check from New York State covering any increase in school taxes. As a result, he said, the actual impact to the property owners is a “0” percent increase.

The next meeting is a workshop scheduled for Monday, April 21, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen Library trustees (from left) Maggie Field, Judy Phillips and Carol Franzese. Also present: Ken Wilson.

Middle: Bowling honoree Samantha Bradley.

Bottom: Board President Mike Myers, left, and Superintendent Tom Phillips.

School Board extends Phillips' contract

WATKINS GLEN, March 19 -- The Watkins Glen School Board Monday night approved a one-year extension in Superintendent Tom Phillips' contract, which now carries through June 30, 2019 and raises his salary in the final year to $162,746.

A one-year contract extension is an annual event for any superintendent in the state whose performance has satisified his or her School Board. The contract duration used to be for three years, but changed statewide to a five-year plan several years ago.

"I am grateful," Phillips said, "for the confidence the Board has shown in me by extending my contract, which will permit me to see to completion the work we started in 2010" -- a reference to the ongoing consolidation of district classes and offices onto a single campus. The transition will be completed this year with the closing of the Middle School.

"This community," he added, "has provided a wonderful environment for me and my family, and we look forward to furthering our involvement in the community."

Phillips will earn $144,316 in the 2014-15 school year. His salary will rise 3% each succeeding year -- to $148,645 in 2015-16, to $153,404 in 2016-17, to $156,006 in 2017-18, and to $162,746 in 2018-19.

Photo in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips (File photo)

School Board workshop summary: March 17

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop of March 17, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education meeting opened with the board acting on the following items:

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented.
--Approved Substitute List Additions

Sanctioned the Senior All-Night Party for this year.

Acknowledged 2nd reading and adopted the following policies:
--School District Records
--Family and Medical Leave

Approved the following Coaching Appointments:
--Greg Updyke as Volunteer Assistant for Baseball
--Brett Chedzoy as Volunteer Assistant for Lacrosse
--Scott Morse as “Mod Mixed” Coach for Tennis
--Steve Decker as Volunteer Assistant for Golf

Approved the extension of the Superintendent’s contract through 2019. (Editor's note: This extension through June 30, 2019 adds a fifth year to the existing contract, a standard procedure each year for a board satisfied with the performance of its superintendent.)

Approved Non-Represented Employee Contracts.

Jerry Harriger, Superintendent of Operation & Maintenance reported on the project.

Approved the Health and Welfare Contract with the Horseheads School District for Watkins Glen students attending a nonpublic school.

Approved the Health and Welfare Contract with the Elmira City School District for Watkins Glen students attending a nonpublic school.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

The workshop began with the Business Manager and Administrators discussing the proposed instructional budget for each building. There will be no expenditures in the Middle School for 2014-15 due to the consolidation to the High School building. Various staffing needs were discussed as well as budget requests.

School Board meeting summary: March 3

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of March 3, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
The following students were recognized for winter season athletic achievements:
--Brandon Gould coached by Nils Watson as Section IV Class C Champion at 113 lbs. weight class, and IAC Wrestling Champion.
--Matt Doppel coached by Jennifer Conklin as Section IV Class C Champion, and IAC Swim Champion in 100 Backstroke, setting a new school record in the Backstroke.
--Matt Gill coached by Kelly Sterner as Section IV Class Champion in 1600 Meter Run, setting a new school record in the 1600 Meter Run.

From left: Brandon Gould, Matt Doppel and Matt Gill (File photos)

Board of Education:
Mr. Myers read a thank-you note from the family of Mary Bianco thanking the board for the purchase of a book to be placed in school’s library in her memory.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 2/3/14 meeting.
--Approved Substitute List Additions.
--Accepted CSE/CPSE Recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Status Reports
--Acknowledged January Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
--Approved Fundraiser Request.
--Accepted Donation
--$475 by WG Booster Club to purchase shirts for the Girls’ Varsity Softball Team

A special Board of Education meeting will be held on April 23, 2014, at 7 a.m. for the sole purpose of the BOCES Administrative Budget Vote and Election of BOE members.

Acknowledged the 1st reading of the following policies:
--School District Records
--Family and Medical Leave

Approved the Board of Election Officials for the May 20th annual Budget Vote and election of Board of Education members.

Approved the appointments for mentoring:
--Amy Miller for Rachel Niegelberg
--Jeanette Lasko for Tammy Kellogg

Approved the following coaching appointments:
--Sante Conti as Volunteer Assistant for Softball
--Doug Gardner as Volunteer Assistant for Softball

Jerry Harriger gave a summary of the building project. The project remains on schedule and we are waiting for the State Education Department to approve the second phase. Once approved we will move forward with bidding and awarding contracts by May 28th.

Mr. Richardson, Chairperson, reported on the budget meeting held on Wednesday, February 26th, 2014. With the closing of the Middle School next year, there will be a savings of more than $300,000. Preliminary numbers indicate an increase of 2.7% in the tax levy for the 2014-15. That is a 2% reduction over the current tax levy rate which was 4.82% for the current year. Mr. Richardson also noted that in the current state aid projection, there was a $1.6 million takeback from the state for the Gap Elimination Adjustment.

Declared items as a surplus and with the approved sale of those items.

Approved contract for Health & Welfare Services with Corning School District for Watkins Glen resident students attending nonpublic schools in Corning School District.

The next BOE Workshop is scheduled for Monday, March 17, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

The next Board of Education Finance Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m.

The next Board of Education Meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 7, 2014 at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: Feb. 3

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting/workshop of Feb. 3, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

Presented NYSSBA Board Achievement to board member Kelly McCarthy for participating in leadership development training for a total of 75 points.

Announced Assemblyman Phil Palmesano will be in the district on Thursday, February 6th, 2014. Will be given a tour of the new construction project. Will discuss the impact the gap elimination adjustment, unfunded mandates and Common Core implementation have had on the district.

Grade 7-12 transition programs are in the process with the new semester starting Monday. Plans on relocating teachers and rooms for next year's consolidation will be available in about two weeks.

Reported the district is down to one snow day with the anticipated snow storms. The district has to be conscientious on the number of student days along with conference days in order not to have state aid reduced.

Board of Education:

Mr. Myers and Mrs. Brubaker announced they will be absent for the next board meeting.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 1/6/14 and 1/21/14 meetings.
Approved Substitute List Additions.
Accepted CSE/CPSE Recommendations
Acknowledged Budget Status Reports
Acknowledged December Budget Transfers
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Amy Lakomy, Alternate Claims Auditor
Approved Fundraiser Request.
Accepted Donation:
$836 by WG Booster Club ($360 Swim Teams, $476 Girls’ Varsity Golf Banner)

Approved the Board of Education Goals for 2013-14 and they will be posted to the district website.

Accepted the resignation of Michael Stephens as Assistant Football Coach.

Approved the appointment of Danielle Cummings as Food Service Helper.

Approved the appointment of Tammy Kellogg as ELA Teacher.

Accepted the resignation of Michelle Clark as Transportation Clerk.

Approved the appointment of Michelle Clark as Transportation Supervisor.

Approved the creation of the following position: Assistant Transportation Supervisor

Approved the following agreements:
Transportation Supervisor
Assistant Transportation Supervisor

Approved the appointment of Matthew Mangus as Mod-A Baseball Coach.

Project update was given by Jerry Harriger with the capital project to present.

Mr. Richardson reported the Finance Committee met to start the process for next year's budget. With the consolidation to one campus there was an initial savings of $200,000 associated with the closing of the middle school (utilities, maintenance, and insurance).

Approved the award with Finger Lakes Technology Group to purchase items for the capital project.

Approved the agreement with Municipal Solutions, Inc. related to the capital project.

The next Board of Education Meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 3, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. There is no board workshop scheduled for February due to winter break.

The next Board of Education Finance Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 26, 2014.

From left: School Board President Mike Myers, Superintendent Tom Phillips, and board member Gloria Brubaker at Tuesday's meeting/workshop.

School Board meeting summary: Jan. 21

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting/workshop of Jan. 21, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

Superintendent Tom Phillips reported that the Booster Club is making progress with the concession stand, increasing its functions for both inside and outside in the spring.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented.

2. Approved the Chinese Class Trip to NYC on February 1, 2014.

3. Approved the Seneca Youth Basketball Trip to a basketball game at Corning Community College.

4. Approved the following appointments.
--Steve McFarland as Elementary Teacher
--Shelia Hess as Senior Food Service Helper

5. Approved the following coaching appointments:
--Joe Fazzary, Volunteer Modified 'B' Girls Basketball
--Joseph Kostolansky, Varsity Boys Lacrosse.

6. Approved the tenure recommendation for Ralph Diliberto, Teaching Assistant.

7. Approved the RFP for the Carol M. White PEP Grant.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, February 3, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

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Workshop:

Dave Warren, Nan Woodworth-Shaw and Kai D’Alleva gave a presentation on the Watkins Glen Central School 7-12 transition to one campus beginning this fall. They discussed staff and the student population along with the scheduling and course offerings. There have been numerous transitional meetings throughout the year with the staff for input to create a smooth start of the school year for all.

Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager, provided preliminary budget information to board members as the District begins the 2014-15 budget building process. Governor Andrew Cuomo released his proposed 2014-15 state aid figures on Tuesday. A review of the executive budget as proposed by the governor shows an increase of 4.13% in New York State aid (excluding building aid) for the 2014-15 year. Preliminary figures indicate an approximate 3% increase in the spending budget. There was a reminder that the Board of Education Finance Committee will meet at 5:45 p.m. on February 26, 2014 for a Budget Planning Meeting.

Photo in text: Middle School Principal Kai D'Alleva (foreground) and High School Principal Dave Warren during their presentation on the 7-12 transition plans.

School Board meeting summary: Jan. 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Jan. 6, 2014 was prepared by the School District office.)

The board appointed Tom Richardson as the new Vice-President of the Board of Education due to the resignation of Kevin Field on December 3, 2014 meeting.

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips announced there will be no school Tuesday, January 7th, 2014 due to the extreme weather conditions. All schools associated with GST and TST BOCES will be closed also.
Mr. Phillips reported the YWCA After School Program will begin next Monday, January 13th, 2014. There are currently eight enrolled in the program and they anticipate increased numbers. The Pep Grant will also be working with the program to implement activities.

Board of Education:
Mr. Myers suggested to the board that it consider changing the timing of setting Board of Education goals for the following school year; perhaps at the end of the preceding school year.

Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 12/3/13 and 12/16/13 meetings.
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Report and November Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
--Approved Fundraiser Request
--Accepted Donations:
$1500 from Matt Marciniak for Mike Watson Scholarship
$900 from WG Booster Club - $600 for Lacrosse and $300 for Baseball

Mr. Phillips spoke about filing a request for a variance from Section 100.2 of the Commissioner’s Regulations for the purpose of sharing one principal for the Middle and High Schools, who will be housed in one building effective September 2014. Currently Education Law requires one full-time principal to be assigned for each BEDS grouping of students. It would be more effective for the District to maintain both the Middle School model and High School model within one building next year.

Approved the request for a Variance through the State Education Department.

A facilities report was received from Jerry Harriger on the updated information on the project.

The next Board of Education workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2014 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting summary: Dec. 16

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Dec. 16, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

The workshop began with Mr. Phillips recognizing Jan Bubb, who is retiring from her position as a 7th grade teacher. She was presented a small token of appreciation for her 20 years of service and dedication to the district.

The Watkins Glen Cross Country Teams were recognized for winning Section IV, Class D championships. The Boys’ and Girls Cross Country Team placed 6th and 7th respectively in the state meet which was held in Queensbury, NY on November 10, 2013. The team members are Jacob Carocci, Matt Gill, Patrick Hazlitt, Brandon Pike, Shawn Rutledge, Jacob Slater, Matt Woodworth, Maggie Bond, Maria Chedzoy, Corey Flahive, Taylor Kennard and Julia Reilly.

Justin Mucitelli reported on the Carol M. White Physical Education Program Grant. The district has moved forward with the purchase of two sport walls and Dance, Dance Revolution equipment. The Fitness Gram was also purchased to assess our students’ physical fitness levels. Training for this program will begin in January. A survey was given to students in grade 7-12 about what physical activities would be of interest after school. The activities will be offered and starting up soon.

Following the workshop, the board acted on the following items:

--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Approved Substitute Additions
--Approved Fundraiser Request

Approved the Appointment of Winter Coaching:
Tyler Lattin – Girls’ Mod “B” Basketball
Stacey Teed – Volunteer Assistant – Cheerleading
Dominick Scolaro – Volunteer Assistant – Wrestling

Accepted the following resignation:
Judith Russell as Senior Food Service Helper effective December 12, 2013
Karla Albee as Bus Driver effective January 1, 2014.

Approved the resignation of board member Kevin Field with regrets from the board. Due to professional and personal time pressures, Mr. Field resigned immediately.

Approved the SEQRA Resolution associated with the Capital Project.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, January 6, 2014 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photo in text: Watkins Glen varsity cross-country coach John Fazzary, in white jacket, addresses the audience and School Board before introducing his boys and girls teams, which were being honored by the board for winning Section IV championships.

School Board meeting summary: Dec. 3

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Dec. 3, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:
Kate Bartholomew (pictured at right), Watkins Glen Faculty Association President, voiced her concerns from the 3-6 grade teachers about the mandated recess through the National PEP Grant which limits the time when assisting students with extra help with homework.

She also suggested implementing a page on the website to define “bullying of all kinds” through the Dignity Act for parents to better understand what Bullying and other Acts are. This is in reference to adults commenting about staff on social media.

Superintendent’s Report:
Superintendent Tom Phillips announced that the YWCA received approval from the state to begin the after-school program starting January 6, 2014. Flyers will be sent home soon to parents about the program, along with an application. The information will also be available on our website.

Mr. Phillips discussed the Health/PE Conference that he attended recently. Received more information on the National PEP Grant and the implementation of the data. Our district is moving forward more with the grant compared with the other two districts he had spoken with.

Mr. Phillips gave a construction project update. The cafeteria tile will be completed over Christmas. The auditorium is almost completed and it will take a while to master the technology when it comes to lighting and sound systems.

Board of Education Comments:
The board members commented on the presentation by Dr. Bill Daggett which they attended on Monday. The overall view was an eye-opener to them and how we must prepare our children for global competition for the workforce in the future.

Mike Myers (pictured at right) read a note from James St. Julien thanking the board for funding the trip to All-State choir.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approve minutes of the 11/4/13 and 11/18/13 meetings
--Approve substitute list additions.
--Accept CSE/CPSE recommendations.
--Acknowledge Budget Status Report and October Budget Transfer
--Accept Treasurer’s Report
--Acknowledge Warrants
--Approve Fundraiser Requests
--Accept Donations:
Conn Bb Cornet – valued at $200 by Donna Fairchild
$500 donated by WG Boosters to purchase Volleyball supplies
$50 donated by Atwater Estate for the Lacrosse Program

The board acknowledged and approved the following revised policies:
Program for Students with Disabilities
Diploma and Credential Options for Students with Disabilities
Building Principal and Classroom Teacher Evaluation

Approved the following resignation into retirement:
Jan Bubb as 7th Grade ELA Teacher effective 1-3-14.

Approved the 2014-15 Cost Allocation Methodology by BOCES.

Approved the revised agreement with The Arc of Schuyler from November 12, 2013 through June 27, 2014.

Accepted the 2013-14 Tax Collection Report.

The next Board of Education workshop is scheduled for Monday, December 16 beginning at 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: Nov. 4

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Nov. 4, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:

John Smith, a student, voiced his opinion on the Common Core and how it is affecting the students in Watkins Glen.

Heather Bilinski spoke about her concerns on the changes in elementary school this year starting with open house. She feels the parents are being denied access to the school.

Kate Bartholomew, WGFA President, spoke on the perceived differences between the adopted Board of Education statement related to the Common Core and a signed MOU relating to the same.

Marie Fitzsimmons would like to see group meetings with the faculty, administrators and board members with the consolidation of the buildings next year so that we are all on the same page.

Travis Durfee reported with the pace of the implementation of the Common Core, the district is doing a disservice to the students.

Liam O’Kane asked the board to read a book titled “Reign of Error” about the privatization of public education.

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips congratulated the Varsity Girls’ and Boys’ Cross Country Team for winning Section IV Class D championship. They will be heading to Queensburg, New York this weekend for the State Championship.

Mr. Phillips spoke on attending the NYSSBA conference with board members Kristin Hazlitt and Kelly McCarthy. Mr. Phillips outlined the Commissioner’s address including the commitment to stay the course on Common Core implementation. Mr. Phillips was encouraged by the commissioner's willingness to consider possible adjustments to testing including applying to the federal government for a waiver exempting 8th grade accelerated Math students from taking the 8th grade Common Core Math Test.

Mr. Phillips spoke on the decommissioning of the “Old Pool.” He is working closely with Kate LaMoreaux to establish an event which will be held on December 26, 2013.

Board of Education Comments:

The board acknowledged the comments related to the Common Core from staff and other visitors. Responses from the board included a willingness to gather needs from staff regarding the work needed to be done to assist in the implementation of the Common Core. Mr. Richardson acknowledged the difficulties of implementing the Common Core but clearly stated “The train has left the station… it’s the law, I do not think it is a good idea to try to delay it any further.” Mrs. Brubaker acknowledged the commitment and volume of work that has been done in grades K-8. She further commented on her hopes that as faculty members address the board in the future, they will include the concerns, the issues and successes associated to the elementary school. Ms. Hazlitt and Ms. McCarthy commented on the need to move forward on the implementation of the Common Core and for teachers to identify specifics related to the assistance needed from the district for successful implementation. Mr. Myers responded to Mr. O’Kane's suggestion to read the book, Reign of Error, and that many of the recommendations identified in the book are “already being worked on in the district.”

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approve minutes of the 10/7/13 and 10/21/13 meetings
Approve substitute list additions
Accept CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledge Budget Status Report and September Budget Transfer
Accept Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledge Warrants
Approve Fundraiser Request
Accept Donations:
--$250 by Delivan Gates for Lacrosse Program
--$1,700 by WG Sports Booster Club

The board acknowledged the annual enrollment report for 2013-14 school. The enrollment has dropped nine compared to last year. In the last 30 years, enrollment has dropped around 582 students.

Jerry Harriger gave an update on the construction project and a timeline for numerous installations for the upcoming months.

The board approved the upcoming 2014-15 Budget Calendar.

They rescheduled the December 2nd board meeting to December 3rd to accommodate board members to attend a meeting at Campbell-Savona.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, November18, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (following executive session).

School Board workshop summary: Oct. 21

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop of Oct. 21, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

The workshop began with Mr. Phillips giving an overview of the Common Core Curriculum and the accountability as a district. He spoke about the challenges the teachers and administrators have with implementing the curriculum. Mr. Phillips thanked the staff for their dedication and accepting the challenge of the implementation of a more rigorous and complex set of learning standards.

Mr. D’Alleva and Mr. Warren distributed the test results associated with the Common Core Curriculum from last year and described how the district will move forward to improve them. This year the teachers are being given training, through BOCES, of the Common Core Curriculum in Math and ELA which will be implemented in their studies.

Nan Woodworth-Shaw spoke on behalf of the Response to Intervention associated with the Common Core. Grade 3-8 State assessments were aligned to the Common Core Learning Standards during the 2012-13 school year. As the Commissioner of Education predicted, there was a marked increase in the number of students who did not reach the proficiency levels 3 and 4. The NYS Board of Regents subsequently voted to adjust cut scores for mandated Academic Intervention Services.

This resulted in the district providing required interventions both during and after school that are reported per RTI guidelines for students falling below the cut scores at each grade level. Students at or above the specified cut points but below the 2013 level 3 proficient cut points are not required to receive formal interventions this school year. Their progress will be closely monitored throughout the year as we address their deficiencies through the full implementation of the Common Core Curriculum implementation. There will continue to be opportunity for Level 1 interventions through differentiated instruction in the classrooms. As we closely monitor progress, any students requiring more targeted interventions will be provided with them.

Following the workshop, the board acted on the following items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Approved Fundraiser Request
--Approved Substitute Additions
--Accepted Donation
--$100 by Mechanics Club for Lacrosse

Accepted the resignation into retirement:
Alan Gregory – Elementary Teacher, effective January 24, 2014

Approved the following coaching appointments:
Tyler Lattin – Mod “B” Boys’ Basketball (Shared)Coach
Travis Durfee – Varsity Boys’ Track Coach
Scott Morse – Varsity Tennis Coach

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, November 4, 2013 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photo in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips presents an overview of the Common Core Curriculum during the workshop.

School Board meeting summary: Oct. 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Oct. 7, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:
Kate Bartholomew, WGFA President, thanked Mr. Phillips for the letter being drafted to parents explaining the Common Core Curriculum the school district has implemented from the state. She also handed out examples of tests that are part of the new Common Core Curriculum for our students.

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips congratulated a team of students who participated in the After School Fuel Recipe Contest and won 1st prize. This will entitle the team to attend and participate in a TV special on WSKG studio in the fall.

Board of Education Comments:
Ms. McCarthy gave a summary of the Lacrosse Program Grant. The first year we will be receiving 24 sets of equipment for field players and one set of equipment for a goalie. The second year we will receive an additional 12 sets of equipment. The coach will be getting additional training through the grant also. There are numerous fundraisers currently.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approve minutes of the 9/3/13, 9/16/13 and 9/25/13 meetings
Approve substitute list additions
Accept CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledge Budget Status Report and August Budget Transfer
Accept Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledge Warrants
Approve Fundraiser Requests
Accept Donations:
Clarinet – Mr. & Mrs. Vince Barto (Diana Groll’s sister)
$1226.78 – Watkins Glen Booster Club to purchase modified football helmets

Accepted the Carol M. White Grant Physical Education Program which was awarded to the district recently. The grant encompasses a three-year period, commencing October 1, 2013, with a total award of $1,083,993.

Acknowledged the letter from Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little, Michelson, LLP on the 2012-13 audit report.

Approved the creation of PE/IST Teacher on Special Assignment for the Carol M. White Grant.

Approved the creation of Health/PE Teacher on Special Assignment for the Carol M. White Grant.

Approved the creation of a Middle School/High School Ski Club. This will be at no cost to the district for chaperones or advisors.

Approved the creation of a Teacher Aide Position in the Elementary School.

Approved the following appointment:
Heidi White as Teacher Aide

Approved the revised Fall Sports w/updated CPR/AED information.

Approved the following Winter Coaching appointments:
David Waite as Volunteer Assistant to Boys Basketball
David Waite as Mod “B” Boys Basketball

Approved the following appointment:
Ronald (Rusty) Hess, Jr. as Food Service Helper

Approved the following appointment:
Kim Suddaby as PE/IST Teacher on Special Assignment for the Carol M. White Grant

Approved the following appointment:
Justin Mucitelli as Health/PE Teacher on Special Assignment for the Carol M. White Grant

Mr. Phillips gave a summary of the construction project and the updates.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 21, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (following executive session).

School Board meeting summary: Sept. 16

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Sept. 16, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education began the meeting with the Annual Facilities Tour. Mike DeNardo directed the building tour with the work completed in the Elementary School and the High School. There was discussion about the additional work that will be done throughout the school year. The board would like updates during the year when milestones happen within the capital project.

There was a presentation from the NYS Department of Taxation and Finance's Office of Real Property Tax Services on the process to register for the Basic STAR exemption. Syracuse regional manager Jeff Bartholomew said recent legislation required all homeowners receiving the Basic STAR exemption to register with the state in order to receive the exemption in 2014 and beyond.

The Schuyler County Real Property Tax Office director, Tom Bloodgood, will be assisting with the Basic STAR registration process through a public information session at the High School computer lab, Room #717, on Thursday, September 26 from 6-8 p.m.

The District’s auditor met with the board to report on the 2012-13 budget audit. They reviewed the district financials which included no weaknesses or lack of controls in the business cycle for the district.

Approve/Accepted/Acknowledged the following consensus items:
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Approved Substitute List Additions
Approved Fundraiser request
Accepted Donation
Treatment Table from Schuyler Hospital for PT

Accepted the following resignation:
Christie Cook as Food Service Helper

Approved the agreement with the YWCA of Elmira and the Twin Tiers for the afterschool program.

Approved the revised Committee on Special Education for 2013-14.

Approved the resolution for the U.S. Lacrosse First Stick Program Grant.

Accepted the Audit Report for 2012-13.

The next meeting is Monday, October 7, 2013 at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photo in text: Jeff Bartholomew of the state Office of Real Property Tax Services explains the need to register for a Basic STAR exemption.

School Board meeting summary: Sept. 3

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Sept. 3, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips reported that Watkins Glen High School was recognized by the New York State Education Department as a Reward School for the 2013-14 school year. The award recognizes schools that have made the most progress or have the highest achievement in the State with no significant gaps in student achievement.

Mr. Phillips reported that the building principals gave a positive report on the upcoming school year. The buildings are in good shape considering all the construction this summer.

Mr. Phillips gave an update on the sport programs around the region. Some schools in the region with low numbers have reported cancellation of games and/or teams.

Board of Education Comments:

Mrs. Brubaker talked with board members about getting more information on the website associated with the board agendas for monthly meetings.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approve minutes of the 8/5/13 and 8/19/13 meetings
Approve substitute list additions
Accept CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledge Budget Status Report and July Budget Transfer
Accept Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledge Warrants
Approve Fundraiser Requests
Accept Donations:
-- $1,571.01 from PTO to purchase Elementary Supplies
-- $5,509 from Booster Club to purchase uniforms and equipment
-- $500 from Thomas Phillips to purchase supplies

Approved the State Module Statement as followings:
If teachers choose to modify the modules or use other reading selections, they should be written at the same lexile level as the state selection. The teacher-created module should then be evaluated by the teacher using the tri-state rubric before being approved by the superintendent. This is the same rubric that New York State uses to create the modules.

Approved appointment:
Judith Russell -- Senior Food Service Helper

Approved the Fall Sport Program with revised CPR/First information.

Accepted the following resignations:
Cindy Stevenson – Transportation Monitor and Bus Driver
Lisa Donakowski – Transportation Monitor
Tom Strong – Transportation Monitor

Approved the appointment of Coordinator:
Kate Bartholomew as Math, Science and Technology (STEM)

Approved the agreement with Schuyler Head Start for Universal Pre-Kindergarten Program for 2013-14 school year..

Approved the agreement with an independent contractor for services with school psychology for 2013-14 school year.

Approved Memorandum of Understanding with YWCA of Elmira and Twin Tiers to establish an After School Program.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 16 at 5:45 p.m. beginning with the Annual Facilities Tour (starting at the Elementary School) followed by the regular meeting.

Photo in text: From left, Board President Mike Myers, Superintendent Tom Phillips and Board member Gloria Brubaker at Sept. 3 meeting in the Middle School library, which is located on the ground floor at the rear of the building. Board sessions this year will be held at that location.

School Board meeting summary: Aug. 19

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Aug. 19, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:

Schuyler County Cheerleading officers commented on the procedure with sign-ups for the concession stands at the football games. They would like the board to consider changing it. The board recommended to work with Rod Weeden and the Booster Club to help this process to run more smoothly.

Jim Somerville, who is an Athletic Trainer through Schuyler Hospital, spoke about how the Booster Club is not working with the athletic teams when they are approached for donations to purchase supplies or equipment.

Barb Schimizzi commented her concerns pertaining to open house with the Elementary School, Middle School and the board meeting all on the same day.

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips reported the district’s APPR Implementation Certification was filed with NYSED and approved on August 14, 2013. He wanted to thank the Watkins Glen Faculty Association and the Watkins Glen Administrators for all their hard work for making this possible.

Mr. Phillips reported that Rod Weeden and Gayle Sedlack had a meeting with some of the Booster Club officers to implement numerous procedures which will help the club operate more smoothly.

Board of Education Comments: None

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations

Acknowledged the Second Reading/Revised Policies:
--Class Ranking

Approved the revised Committee on Special Education for 2013-14

Approved the Athletic Handbook for 2013-14

There was extensive discussion about the After School Program. Debbie McDonald, Director of the Schuyler County Catholic Charities, discussed the option of working with Chemung County YWCA. The board’s goal is to have a service contract with the YWCA for the September 3rd meeting.

Accepted the resignation of Laurel McIntyre as School Counselor effective 8-31-13.

Accepted the resignation of Teresa Loudon as Senior Food Service Helper effective 8-31-13.

Approved the following Coordinator Appointments for 2013-14:
Victoria Everett – Pre-K – K Coordinator
Jennifer Titus – 1st and 2nd Grade Coordinator
Krysti Westervelt and Daphne Holland – 3rd and 4th Grade Coordinator
Alice Conklin and Angela Weeden – 5th Grade Coordinator
Becky Sue Bianco – 6th Grade Coordinator
Ben Connelly and Jan Bubb – 7th and 8th Grade Coordinator
Cyndy Wood – Physical Education, Health and Home and Careers Coordinator
Diane Wood – Guidance, Business and Library Coordinator
Amy Miller – K-12 Special Education Coordinator
Marie Fitzsimmons – ELA, Social Studies and Foreign Language (Humanities) Coordinator
Elaine Wojtus – Art, Music, Cultural Arts (Fine Arts) Coordinator

Approved the revised Fall Coaching Appointments w/updated information on First Aid/CPR certifications.

Approved the appointment of Christy Cook as Food Service Helper.

Approved the resignation of Diana Crane as Extra Classroom Activities Treasurer

Approve the appointment of Robin Wojcinski as Extra Classroom Activities Treasurer

Approved the appointment of Alyssa Hoobler as Elementary School Counselor

Jerry Harriger gave a summary of the facility operations for the beginning of the school year. The project is on schedule with the start of school.

Approved an agreement with the University of Rochester for the 2013-14 school year for consultant services.

Approved a resolution to increase Reserve for the 2012-13 fund balance effective June 30, 2013.

Adopted the 2013-2014 tax levy in the amount of $8,579,562. This represents a tax rate of $12.18 per $1,000 of assessed value.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday September 3, 2013 in the Middle School Library, Room #124. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photo in text: School Board Vice President Kevin Field ran the meeting in the absence of Board President Mike Myers.

School Board meeting summary: Aug. 5

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Aug. 5, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:
A parent wanted to know the status of the survey that was given on the school website concerning the after school program.

Superintendent’s Report:
A group of students from the Middle School under the direction of Jim Murphy, Science Teacher, made a presentation on the Annual Finger Lakes Science Fair which was held on the campus of Hobart and William Smith Colleges. During the presentation they spoke about how they collected samples and the results of stream sampling by seasons as a means of monitoring the health of the stream.

The Superintendent recognized Lucy Soper as she enters into retirement. She has been with our district for 13 years and was always willing to step up when situations arose. We will greatly miss her at Halloween for her great costumes every year.

Reported the District received $50,000 from the office of State Senator Thomas O’Mara. There was discussion about utilizing the monies to begin the after-school program. There are two meetings scheduled for next week with Catholic Charities and Chemung County YWCA to look at options to sustain the after-school program.

Reported the District received A+/stable Bond Rate which was conducted by Standard and Poors.

The Superintendent spoke about the “Living Time Capsule” Bomb Shelter discovered in the Middle School recently.

The International Motor Racing Research Center thanked the district for allowing them to use the elementary school auditorium. Special thanks went to Rod Weeden to help with audio-visual equipment problems.

Board of Education:
The board discussed in depth the options for the after-school program and hopefully will have answers by the first of September.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 7/1/13 meeting
--Approved 2013-14 Substitute List
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and June Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
--Approved the fundraising requests from Varsity Volleyball Team and the Class of 2015.
--Approved the BOE Committees for the 2013-14

Approved the handbooks for each building for the coming school year.

Acknowledged the 1st Reading of Policy: Class Ranking

Accepted the following resignations:
Mary Mack as Special Education Teacher
Tammy Bradley as Food Service Helper

Approved the creation of Transportation Positions to cover Odessa Transportation Agreement.

Approved the appointment of the Transportation Positions.

Approved the following appointments:
Kai A. D’Alleva as District Administrator
Alex Richmond as Social Studies Teacher

Approved to abolish a Custodian Position.

Approved the following appointment: Scott Brooks as Cleaner

Approved the following appointment: Rachel Niegelberg as Special Education Teacher

Approved the following stipend appointment: Scott Morse – MS Student Council Advisor

Acknowledged the Odessa Montour Transportation Agreement.

Approved the agreement with Schuyler Hospital for PT services for the 2013-14 upcoming school year.

Approved the agreement with Village Police Department for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years for SRO service.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 19, 2013. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Middle School sale approved

Deal hinges on state funds for SEPP, Inc., which is planning apartments

WATKINS GLEN, July 2 -- The Watkins Glen School Board Monday night approved an agreement to sell the Middle School to SEPP Inc. of Binghamton.

The building is set for closing after the upcoming school year. Its students have gradually been transitioning to a single campus, where the elementary and high schools have long been situated.

According to School Board President Mike Myers, the sale is "a done deal, contingent on (SEPP Inc.) receiving funding from the state" -- something the company has evidently received for past projects in the greater Binghamton area and beyond.

The sale price is $550,000, which Myers said meets the building appraisal set by Midland Appraisals of Rochester.

If the project is funded and moves forward, SEPP Inc. (Serving the Elderly through Project Planning) envisions renovating the Middle School into 48 apartments. The school's gym and auditorium would be maintained for community use under current plans.

Word on the funding is not expected until April or May of 2014. If it is provided, then construction would start soon thereafter and take about 20 months to complete, school officials said.

On its website (www.seppinc.com), the firm's mission statement says: "We provide senior citizens and people with disabilities with housing facilities and services specifically designed to meet their physical, psychologial and social needs."

The board also approved a one-year agreement with the Odessa-Montour School District whereby, Myers said, the Watkins Glen district will hire the O-M drivers and consolidate bus routes -- reducing BOCES buses from two to one, and carrying athletes from the two schools on one bus when both teams go to the same meet. Odessa will be backcharged for its bus driver salaries.

School Board meeting summary: July 1

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting/workshop of July 1, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board clerk calling for the reorganization meeting.

Michael Myers (pictured at right) was elected as Board President, succeeding Brian O'Donnell, who concluded his board career last month. Kevin Field was elected as Vice President, succeeding Myers in that post.

Visitors’ Comments:

Kate Bartholomew, Watkins Glen Faculty Association President, spoke about the concerns within the school district, including differing opinions between the board and faculty and the desire by all to work together as a “huge family” for a good environment.

Clarissa Hong, resident and business owner, commented that the decision to hire another administrator is not necessary.

Superintendent’s Report:

The Sepp Group gave a presentation of the possible renovation of the Middle School into 40+ independent apartments for the community. They presented examples of other school district renovations which they done in the past. They are anticipating keeping the gymnasium and auditorium for community use. Once the building renovation begins, it will take approximately 20 months for completion.

Board Members:

Current board members welcomed the new board members, Mark Franzese and Kristin Hazlitt.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 6/3/13 and 6/17/13 meeting
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Approved Budget Status Report and May Budget Transfer
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor

2. Approved the Committee on Special Education Members for 2013-14.

3. Acknowledged the following Policies:
--Code of Conduct
--Investment Policy
--Purchasing Policy
--Attendance Policy

4. Approved the adoption of the Chemistry Textbook

5. Acknowledged the Attendance Report.

6. Approved the following coaching appointment:
--Katey Cheplick – Mod “B” Girls’ Basketball

7. Approved the following stipend positions:
HS Disciplinarian – Nils Watson
HS Attendance Officer – Diane Johnson
MS Attendance Officer – Mary Scotchmer
ES Attendance Officer – Lindsey Starr
Aquatic Director – Cyndy Wood
Senior Class Play Director – Michelle Benjamin
Senior Play Set Director – Tim Benjamin
Senior Play Music Director – Sarah Matthews
Senior Play Technical Director – Tim Benjamin
Senior Class Advisor – Sam Brubaker
Junior Class Advisor – Jeanette Lasko
Sophomore Class Advisor – Kelsey Wood
Freshman Class Advisor – Eileen Malaney
Yearbook Advisor – Eileen Malaney
High School Student Council Advisor – Marie Fitzsimmons
Broadcast News Advisor – Maggie Field
Extra-Curricular Activities Treasurer – Diana Crane
Middle School FCCLA Club – Barbara Bristow
SADD Advisor – Margaret Swinnerton
HS Art Club Advisor – Elaine Wojtus
HS Science Club Advisor – Kate Bartholomew
Diversity Club Advisor – Kate Bartholomew
HS National Honor Society Advisor – Kate Bartholomew
MS National Junior Honor Society Advisor – Amy Planty
HS Music Club Advisor – Diana Groll
HS Business and Marketing Honor Society – Eileen Malaney
Varsity Club Advisor – Kelly Sterner
Production Support Specialist – Maggie Field
MS Instrumental Music Advisor – Sarahjane Harrigan
MS/HS Choral Director – Matt Craig
Nurse Coordinator – Christy Williams
CSE Meeting Coordinators – Melissa Snow
HS Instrumental Music Director – Diana Groll
Fitness Center Supervisor – Diana Crane

8. Approved the creation of the following positions:
--Senior Automotive Mechanic
--Automotive Mechanic

9. Approved the following appointments:
--Senior Automotive Mechanic – Temporary – Jeffrey Frasier
--Automotive Mechanic – Temporary – David Ink

10. Approved the Internal Audit Report for the 2012-13 year.

11. Approved an agreement with Schuyler Hospital for PT Services for Summer School starting 7/8/13 through 8/12/13.

12. Approved an agreement with Franziska Racker Centers for 2013-14.

13. Approved an agreement with the Arc of Schuyler for the 2013-14 to continue the Work-Study Program.

14. Approved GST BOCES 2013-14 Contract for Service

15. Approved an agreement with DeGroot Management Services for 2013-14.

16. Approved an agreement with SpecEd Solution LLC for 2013-14.

17. Approved an agreement with Sepp Inc.to purchase the Middle School.

18. Approved an agreement with Odessa-Montour to provide transportation services for 2013-14 school year.

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 5 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following an executive session to discuss particular personnel matters.

Photo in text: New School Board President Mike Myers (File photo)

School Board meeting summary: April 22

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting/workshop of April 22, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board acting on the following items:
--Approved/accepted the following consensus items:
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Approved Substitute List Additions

District Clerk, Marie Keefer reported:
There will be two vacancies on the Board of Education at the end of this term (Brian O’Donnell, Joe Fazzary). Five Board of Education candidate petitions were received by Monday’s deadline. Petitions were received from Mark Franzese, Kristin Hazlitt, Tom Lewis, Heidi Pike and Barbara Schimizzi for the vacant seats.

Approved the easement with Frog Hollow Marina. This will permit Frog Hollow Marina to connect to utilities from the Watkins Glen Central School District property.

Kristine Somerville, MS Principal and Rod Weeden, ES Principal spoke about the 3-8 ELA testing which was held last week and this current week. The students’ felt much stress over the test but were told to do their best with them. Students’ participation rate at both MS and ES schools’ greatly exceeded the 95% as required by New York State.

Approved the New York State Report Card as required by SED.

Approved the recommendations not to participate in the Internal Audit for 2013-14. This mandate relief will save the district approximately $7,000 in expense for the fiscal year.

Approved a resolution authorizing the district to refinance some existing serial bonds at a lower interest rate. This refinance will save the district approximately $700,000 over the lifetime of the refunded bonds.

The Board of Education is requesting the Superintendent to make a formal inquiry for clarification of a financial report that the Sports Booster Club submitted to the board earlier this year.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, May 7, 2013 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session. The Public Hearing on the 2013-14 Budget Vote will be held during this meeting.

School Board meeting summary: April 8

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of April 8, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors' Comments: Several students and faculty members spoke about their concerns with the elimination of two positions for the 2013-14 school year. They felt the cuts would be crucial to the programs and the growth of the students in the district.

Superintendent’s Report:
Carol Franzese presented the 2013-14 Public Library budget representing an increase of $2,402 over last year’s budget. The Public Library budget vote will be held on May 1, 2013 from 2-8 p.m. at the public library.

Mike DeNardo was recognized for all his dedication and work ethic during his years of service at Watkins Glen. With his vision for the facility plan, the district has been updated for the future to benefit faculty and students.

Corey Flahive and Hannah Armstrong were commended for being chosen out of 13 students from three schools to participate in a six-week program this summer in China through our Mandarin Chinese Class.

The building principals reported on the projected class size and staffing patterns for 2013-14 school year. The plans discussed included sharing current staff to mitigate any position reductions.

Board of Education:
Mr. O’Donnell thanked the students and faculty for voicing their concerns over the elimination of the positions. The board will also try to preserve the best education the school district can offer without affecting our students. Eliminating positions is not an easy task, but with the school’s staffing it will help fill the void in these positions.

-- Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 3/4/13 and 3/19/13 meetings
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and February Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Report
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
--Accepted Gifts and Donations

Approved the 2013-14 school calendar for the school district.

Acknowledged the consideration of a joint initiative with Corning Community College and Watkins Glen Central School to offer an associate’s degree upon high school graduation.

Approved the resolution of realigning building grade levels in the Elementary School (PK-6) and the Middle School (7-8).

Accepted the resignation into retirement of Rick Comfort as Elementary Teacher. BOE President Mr. O’Donnell thanked Mr. Comfort for his many years of service to the district and the children of our community. Mr. Phillips also thanked Mr. Comfort for his leadership with the Faculty Association and commitment to the district. Mr. Phillips acknowledged Mr. Comfort's assistance in providing a smooth transition as he arrived to the district as a new superintendent.

Accepted the resignation of Gerald Harriger as Temporary Assistant Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds effective April 23, 2013.

Approved appointment of Gerald Harriger as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds effective April 23, 2013.

Abolished position of Temporary Assistant Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds effective April 23, 2013.

Adopted the 2013-14 Budget in the amount of $23,350,020. This represents a .56% increase in expenditures over last year’s budget resulting in an estimated tax rate increase of $.55 per $1,000 of assessment.

The next BOE workshop meeting is scheduled for Monday April 22, 2013 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting summary: March 19

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of March 19, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

The Board of Education Finance Committee began with discussing the proposed budget for the buildings with the Business Office and Administrators. The current projected budget gap is $92,380.

Mr. Phillips recognized Ryan DeBolt, Matt Doppel, Braedan Fitch and Mike Olmstead of the Boys’ Swim Team, who won 1st place in the 400 Freestyle Relay in the Section IV Class C competition. Matt Gill of the Indoor Track Team was also recognized for winning 1st place in the 3,200 Meter Run in Section IV Class C/D.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented.
--Accepted Donation from the Lions Club for use in the Watkins Glen Elementary School Read-In Program

Acknowledged 2nd reading and adopted for the following policy:
Parental Involvement Policy

Approved a Spring Coach Appointment:
Modified Track – Kelly Sterner

Approved the Contract with Horseheads School District for Health and Welfare Services for Watkins Glen students attending a nonpublic school.

Approved a resolution authorizing the district to refinance some existing serial bonds at a lower interest rate. This refinance will save the district approximately $90,000 a year.

There will be a Board of Education Finance Committee meeting next week pending passage of the New York State budget.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 8, 2013 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: March 4

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of March 4, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

Katrina Swarthout, Samantha Bradley, Sarah Wickham, Mikaela Suddaby and Erika Rhodes were recognized for winning the Section IV, Class C title for the Girls’ Bowling Team. Each member of the team posted a 500+ series and Coach Brower gave a synopsis of the season.

Mr. Phillips thanked and acknowledged the Boosters Club for their semi-annual report.

Presented NYSSBA Board Achievement Awards to board members Joe Fazzary and Brian O’Donnell for participating in leadership development training totaling 150 points.

Mr. Warren reported on the concerns the high school teachers had with Regents grading this past January. The grading system has a check and balance in place, he said. Additional scoring occurs when there is a wide discrepancy. Regional scoring is being revised for use in correcting June exams.

Board of Education:

Mr. O’Donnell read a thank-you note from Ralph Diliberto thanking the board for purchasing a book in memory of his father, Andrew Diliberto.

Mr. O’Donnell read a letter from Jeannette Frank, Executive Director with The Arc of Schuyler, acknowledging the Watkins Glen Interact Club students for volunteering at The Arc of Schuyler Spaghetti Dinner recently. She was iimpressed with the hard work and professionalism along with the positive attitudes the students demonstrated.

Mr. O’Donnell reported on the Community Meeting held on February 26, 2013 for the Watkins Glen and Odessa-Montour School Districts. Community members voiced their concerns and comments on various possibilities to offer the best opportunity for education in Schuyler County. Both district superintendents stated their concern with declining revenues from the state and the increased cost of health care and retirement contributions.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 2/4/13
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledged Budget Status Report and January Budget Transfers
Accepted Treasurer’s Report
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Accepted Gifts and Donations

A special Board of Education meeting will be held on April 17, 2013, at 7 a.m. for the sole purpose of the BOCES Administrative Budget Vote and Election of BOE members.

Approved the sanctioning of the Senior All-Night Party

Acknowledged the first reading of the following policy: Parental Involvement Policy

Approved the Wellness Plan and Procedures

Approved the Lacrosse Program

Approved the following spring coaches:
Varsity Baseball – Ben Connelly
Mod-A Baseball – Karen Armstrong
Volunteer Baseball – Jerry Carocci
Varsity Softball – James Scott
Mod-A Softball – Ralph Diliberto
Varsity Boys’ Track – Travis Durfee
Varsity Girls’ Track – Andy Chouinard
Mod-A Lacrosse – Nils Watson
Varsity Golf – Rob Michel
Assistant Golf – Diane Wood
Varsity Tennis – Ann Messenger
Strength Volunteer – Ralph Diliberto

Approved the election officials for the annual budget vote on May 21, 2013.

Approved the extension of superintendent’s contract

Approved the tenure recommendations for Karlene Andrews, Speech and Hearing

Accepted the resignations of:
Craig Cheplick – resignation into retirement as Social Studies Teacher
Mike DeNardo – resignation into retirement as Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds

Declared identified items as surplus, approving these for sale.

Approved a Health & Welfare Services contract with Elmira City School District for WG resident students attending non-public school in Elmira.

The next BOE workshop and Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 18, 2013 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting summary: Feb. 4

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Feb. 4, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips recognized and thanked two board members, Tom Richardson and Mike Myers, for their participation in the leadership development training through the New York State School Boards Association.

Mr. Phillips acknowledged the Watkins Glen Faculty Association’s concern over the recent Regional Scoring Initiative of the January regents. He is in contact with the State Education Department for the possible appeal of a group of tests in question. The High School Faculty explained grading irregularities and inaccuracies on the exams and handed out examples of the grading.

Board of Education:
Mr. O’Donnell acknowledged the High School Faculty over the test concerns. He appreciates all their work and dedication to our students.

Ms. McCarthy reported on the Watkins Glen Lacrosse Program. The first year the program will be considered a team and not a club in order to scrimmage with other schools according to Section IV regulations. The program will be funded through the community only. A resolution will be accepted by the school district to establish the program for this spring.

Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 1/7/13 and 1/22/13 meetings.
Approved Substitute List Additions.
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations.
Acknowledged Budget Report and December Budget Transfers.
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports.
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor.
Approved Fundraiser request.

Board Clerk, Marie Keefer:
Reminded the board members of the GST School Board Association Legislative Reception being held on Monday, February 25, 2013 at Campbell-Savona High School. Will need a commitment from board members by Thursday for registration purposes.

Approved the Business Manager Contract.

Accepted the resignation of Robert Barlow as Bus Driver.

Approved the appointment of Channel Cady as Teacher Aide.

The Facility Committee convened and discussed possible security changes for the district.

The next Board of Education Finance Committee Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, February 20, 2013.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 4, 2013 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (following executive session). There is no board workshop scheduled for February due to winter break.

School Board meeting summary: Jan. 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Jan. 7, 2013 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips announced he met with the administrative team and the clerical association regarding a secure and common protocol to follow in order to ensure the safety of our students in the district.

Board of Education:
Mr. O’Donnell welcomed Jerry Harriger as our new Temporary Assistant Superintendent Operations & Maintenance. He will be replacing Mike DeNardo upon his retirement.
Mr. O’Donnell expressed sympathy on the recent passing of Mary Vickio. She owned a day care in the community and was a substitute teacher for the district for many years.

Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 12/3/12 and 12/17/12 meetings.
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledged Budget Report and November Budget Transfers
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Acknowledged donation of furniture from Ithaca College

Board Clerk, Marie Keefer:
Reminded the board members of the upcoming meeting being held at Alfred State College on Wednesday, January 9th, 2013.

Mr. Phillips spoke about the new NYS Education Reform with the recommendations on eight key areas:
--Provide high quality full-day pre-kindergarten for our most at-risk students.
--Create statewide models for “Community Schools” that use schools as a community hub to improve access to public, non-profit, and private services/resources, like health and social --services, for students and their families.
--Transform and extend the school day and year to expand quality learning time for students, especially in underserved communities.
--Improve the teacher and principal pipeline to recruit and retain the most effective educators.
--Build better bridges from high school to college and careers with early college high school courses and career technical education.
--Utilize all available classroom technologies to empower educators to meet the needs of a diverse student population and engage students as active participants in their own learning.
--Pursue efficiencies such as district consolidation, high school regionalization and shared services to increase student access to educational opportunities.
--Increase transparency and accountability of district leadership by creating a performance management system.

Approved the appointment of Dominick Scolaro as a volunteer assistant to the wrestling team.

Approved the agreement with the Arc of Schuyler on the overflow parking lot for events from July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2015.

Accepted the 2012-13 Internal Audit Risk Assessment.

Approved the 2013-14 Cost Allocation Methodology submitted by BOCES.

The next Board of Education workshop will be held on Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting summary: Dec. 3

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Dec. 3, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitor’s Comments:
Faculty Association president Kate Bartholomew commented that with the budget season beginning soon, the faculty association is willing to help and work as a team in order to maintain the quality programs we currently have in the schools.

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips announced the budget process started today with attendance at the high school faculty meeting followed by the elementary faculty meeting on Wednesday. While operation costs for the district continue to rise, the revenue remains flat. This will be another challenging budget year.
Mr. Phillips will be traveling to Cornell University regarding the possibility of their facilitating community discussions on the future of government and education in Schuyler County.

Board of Education: None

Accepted/Acknowledged/Approved the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 11/5/12 and 11/19/12 meetings.
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledged Budget Report and October Budget Transfers
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Sharon Clark, Claims Auditor
Acknowledged donation from U.S. Salt

Board Clerk, Marie Keefer:
Reported about a conference being held on January 9, 2013 at Alfred State College, pertaining to the potential impact of Hydro-Fracking and how it affects schools districts.

Acknowledged the second reading and Adoption the following policies:
Student Health Services
Free and Reduced Price Food Services
Purchasing

Acknowledged Administrators’ Reports. The Administrators discussed a few topics of interest and answered board questions.

Approved the resignation of Faun Farnsworh as Teacher Aide.

Acknowledged the written response with the audit committee for the 2011-12 school year.

Approved the Health and Welfare Contract with the Corning City School District for the 2012-13 for WG students attending parochial schools in the Corning district.

Approved the 2012-13 Tax Collection Report.

The next Board of Education workshop will be held on Monday, Dec. 17 at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting summary: Sept. 4

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Sept. 4, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:
Kate Bartholomew, WGFA President, announced the teachers are looking forward to working with the board and having another successful year.

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips reported we received a check for $10,000 from Cargill for a grant for the Alternative Energy-Bringing it From Our Rooftop into our Classroom to be utilized at the middle school and also the high school. It will give the students the opportunity to learn about alternative forms of energy within our Science and Technology classrooms.

Board of Education Comments:
Mr. O’Donnell read a thank-you note from Marcie Ergott for the framed print presented to her by the board in recognition of her retirement. She had 33+ years of service with the district with many happy memories.

Mr. O’Donnell expressed sympathy on the passing of Harold Denson, a former bus driver with 50+ years of service.

Mr. O’Donnell thanked Mike DeNardo for all the preparation his departments have done for making opening day a success.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 8/20/12 meeting
--Approved substitute list additions
--Approved fundraiser requests
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and July Budget Transfer
--Accepted Treasurer’s Report
--Acknowledged Warrants
--Acknowledged Grant from Cargill

Approved the Board of Education Goals for 2012-13 that were developed this summer.

Approved the following appointments:
Melissa Woodward – Assistant Varsity Cross Country Coach
William Oleniczak – Bus Driver

Approved the appointment of Coordinators for 2012-13:
Rick Comfort – Pre-K – Kindergarten Coordinator
Jennifer Titus – 1st and 2nd Grade Coordinator
Claudia LaFace and Daphne Holland – 3rd and 4th Grade Coordinator
Alice Conklin and Angela Weeden – 5th Grade Coordinator
Becky Sue Bianco – 6th Grade Coordinator
Ben Connelly and Jan Bubb – 7th and 8th Grade Coordinator
Karen Armstrong – Math, Science and Technology Coordinator (STEM)
Cyndy Wood – Physical Education, Health and Home and Careers Coordinator
Diane Wood – Guidance, Business and Library Coordinator
Mary Mack – K-12 Special Education Coordinator
Marie Fitzsimmons – ELA, Social Studies and Foreign Language (Humanities) Coordinator
Matt Craig and Elaine Wojtus – Art, Music and Cultural Arts Coordinator

Accepted the resignation of Lisa Donakowski – Bus Driver.

Approved an agreement with the Village of Watkins Glen Police Department for the Resource Officer for the 2012-13 school year.

Approved an agreement for services with ARC Yates County for the 2012-13.

Approved an agreement with Schuyler Head Start to provide services for the 2012-13 school year.

Approved an agreement for services provided by Franziska Racker Centers for the 2012-13 school year.

Approved the intent of an Intermunicipal agreement with the Village of Watkins Glen, Town of Dix, Town of Reading and Schuyler County for the purpose of opposing the tax assessment reductions sought by Wal-Mart and the Inergy corporation.

The next Board meeting will be held on Monday, Sept. 17 at 5:45 beginning with the Annual Facilities Tour (starting at the Middle School), followed by the regular meeting.

Photo in text: From left, School Board President Brian O'Donnell, Superintendent Tom Phillips, board member Gloria Brubaker and Clerk Marie Keefer search for the meeting's online agenda.

School Board meeting summary: Aug. 20

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Aug. 20, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips recognized Maria Chedzoy for the Paul Harris Fellow Award presented to her by the Watkins Montour Rotary Club. The award is given to an individual who goes above and beyond in volunteering for the community.

Michelle Clark, Director of Transportation, summarized the single bus routes along with the new times for the new school year. This year we will have 13 regular bus routes, along with two BOCES runs and one Special Needs Run.

Mr. Phillips announced we received confirmation from the New York State Education Department accepting the reconfiguration of the elementary including grades PK-5 and the middle school including grade levels 6-8.

Mr. Phillips reported that the State Department of Transportation provided a 100% safety rating for all district buses and transportation vehicles.

Gayle Sedlack, Business Manager, provided to the board a new pilot agreement with the Schuyler County IDA for a residential construction which will impact the 2012 tax roll calling for a $0 school taxes to be paid.

Mr. Phillips and Gayle Sedlack gave a review on the 2012-13 tax levy. An increase in assessment has caused a reduction in the tax rate.

Board of Education Comments: None

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 8/6/12 meeting
--Approved Substitute List for 2012-13
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations

Acknowledged the Second Reading/Revised Policies:
--Concussion Management Policy
--Purchasing Policy

Accepted the resignation of Terry LaFever as Bus Driver

Approved the appointment of Alicia Learn as Teaching Assistant

Approved the creation of Temporary Assistant Superintendent of Building and Grounds in anticipation of Superintendent of Building and Grounds retirement.

Approved an agreement with Schuyler County for Records Management and Storage for a term of five years.

Adopted the 2012-2013 tax levy in the amount of $8,184,835. This represents a tax rate of $11.60 per $1,000 of assessed value; and decrease of $.52 per $1,000.

The next meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 4, 2012. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: Aug. 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Aug. 6, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

Mr. O’Donnell reviewed guidelines for visitors’ comments. Each person is limited to three minutes, thus giving all an opportunity to speak. Also noted, persons may NOT be mentioned by name as we do not discuss personnel in public session. Any concerns/issues about personnel should be addressed to the Superintendent privately. At that time the Superintendent will determine if those concerns merit discussion with the Board in Executive Session.

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Mr. Phillips reported on a very negative impact the district will be facing with the potential loss of an estimated $270,198 in revenue through assessment reductions sought by Walmart and Inergy Corporation.

Board of Education – Mr. O’Donnell:
Mr. O’Donnell commented that the tax reduction would greatly affect the county, village and school district. Education is very expensive and it would be difficult to maintain our programs with continual cuts in assessments.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 7/2/12 meeting
--Approved Substitute List Addition
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Approved Stipend Position for Senior Play Director for Tim Benjamin
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and June Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Amy Lakomy, alternate Claims Auditor
--Approved the fundraising requests from Varsity Cheerleading and Varsity Football

Acknowledged the First Reading of revised policies:
--Concussion Management Policy
--Purchasing Policy
--Approved/acknowledged the Annual Investment Policy

Approved ES/MS/HS Parent Student Handbook

Accepted the following resignations:
Jacquelyn Bubb – resignation as Teaching Assistant
Marcy Brubaker – resignation as Cheerleading Advisor

Approved the following fall coaching appointments:
JV Volleyball – Kierston Ray
Varsity Cheerleading – Tara Parish/Alycia Bianco (co-coaches)

Approved the following bus driver appointments:
Chad Bills
Betty DeLong
Approved the following cleaner appointments:
Lorena Clark
Gloria Scranton
Paula Wallenbeck
Lisa Shrout

Approved an agreement with DeGroot Management for 2012-13

Approved BOCES 2012-13 Contract for services.

Approved CSEA Transportation Contract

Approved increase to the Tax Certiorari, Capital and Employee Retirement Reserves

The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 20, 2012. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: July 2

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of July 2, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

The meeting opened to the re-organizational portion of the meeting. Brian O’Donnell (right) was re-elected as Board President and Michael Myers was re-elected as Vice President.

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Jessica Hill, Internal Auditor, presented the 2011-12 internal report with a focus on the School Lunch Service.

Board of Education:
Mr. O’Donnell read a thank-you note from Bob Dill for the framed print and gift certificate presented to him by the board in recognition of his years of service.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
o Approved minutes of the 6/4/12 and 6/18/12 meeting
o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
o Approved Budget Status Report and May Budget Transfer
o Approved fundraising requests for the 2012-13 school year
o Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claim Auditor
o Acknowledged Second Reading / Adopted Revised Policies:
Code of Conduct
Equal Opportunity
Sexual Harassment
Bullying Prevention

2. Approved Response to Intervention (RTI) Plan

3. Approved the Committee on Special Education Members for 2012-13.

4. Approved the appointment of Finger Lakes Basketball Coaches:
--Chris Clark
--John Fazzary
--Greg Gavich

5. Approved the following appointments to stipend positions:
HS Disciplinarian – Nils Watson
HS Attendance Officer – Nancy Loughlin
MS Attendance Officer – Mary Scotchmer
ES Attendance Officer – Lindsey Starr
Aquatic Director – Cyndy Wood
Senior Class Play Director – Michelle Benjamin
Senior Play Music Director – Sarah Matthews
Senior Class Advisor – Sam Brubaker
Junior Class Advisor – Jeanette Lasko
Sophomore Class Advisor – Kelly Sterner
Freshman Class Advisor – Eileen Malaney
Yearbook Advisor – Eileen Malaney
HS Student Council Advisor – Marie Fitzsimmons
Broadcast News Advisor – Maggie Field
MS Student Council Co-Advisors – Becky Sue Bianco and Sandy Bartone
Extra-Curricular Activities Treasurer – Diana Crane
SADD Advisor – Margaret Swinnerton
HS Art Club Advisor – Elaine Wojtus
HS Science Club Advisor – Kate Bartholomew
Diversity Club Advisor – Kate Bartholomew
HS National Honor Society Advisor – Nancy Loughlin
MS National Honor Society Advisor – Amy Planty
HS Music Club Advisor – Diana Groll
HS Business and Marketing Honor Society Advisor – Eileen Malaney
Varsity Club Advisor – Kelly Sterner
Production Support Specialist Advisor – Maggie Field
Elementary Performance Ensemble Director – Matt Craig
MS Instrumental Music Director – Sarahjane Harrigan
MS/HS Choral Director – Matt Craig
Nurse Coordinator – Christy Williams
CSE Meeting Coordinator – Melissa Snow
HS Instrumental Music Director – Diana Groll
Fitness Center Supervisor – Diana Crane

6. Approved Internal Audit Report

7. Approved Agreement with Enviro-Control Technologies, Inc. for asbestos testing

8. Approved Agreement with Schuyler Hospital for Physical Therapy services for the
Period 7/9/12 through 8/15/12

The next regularly scheduled meeting will be held on Monday, August 6, 2012 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photo in text: Board President Brian O'Donnell

School Board meeting summary: June 18

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of June 18, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

Sarah Wickham and Halle Phillips were recognized for qualifying and competing in the NYS High School Federation Girls’ Golf Championship meet held at SUNY Delhi. Charlie Bascom was recognized for qualifying and competing in the New York State Track and Field Championship meet held in North Syracuse.

Alice Conklin presented a summary of her Senior Teacher project. Her project focused on creating a guide to assist substitute teachers. She surveyed teachers and substitutes to identify problem areas for new/returning substitutes. She created a book/cd individualized to each building to acclimate substitute teachers to the district’s subbing process. She also created an emergency response “cheat sheet” that can be attached to the substitute teacher badge as a quick reference in an emergency.

A Public Hearing was held to review changes to the Code of Conduct as a result of the Dignity for All Student Act recently enacted.

Board President Brian O’Donnell, on behalf of the board, presented Bob Dill with a token of appreciation for his years of service on the Board of Education. Mr. Dill served for six years in the 1990s and for the past 5-plus years.

The board also recognized Sharon Clark with a token of appreciation. Sharon is retiring from the district with 30 years of service. She has been the District Clerk/Board Secretary for the past 16 years.

Board President O’Donnell reported on the “Effective Techniques that Support Collaboration/collaborative Bargaining and Problem Solving Conference” in Cincinnati, OH. Fiona Gibson, Tom Phillips and O’Donnell attended the conference, which was sponsored by the Ford Foundation and Gates Foundation, and was hosted by the Federal Department of Education. The focus of the conference was a national effort to reform education through labor-management collaboration. Gibson, Phillips and O’Donnell summarized that while there is work to be done on a local level, Watkins Glen School District has established a foundation of collaboration that has put our district ahead of many districts across the nation when dealing with issues relating to educational reform.

Following the workshop, the board opened into a meeting and acted on the following items:

Approved the following consensus items:
--Accepted a donation from the PBA in the amount of $300 for Dare Program
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented

Acknowledged First Reading of Revised Policies
--Code of Conduct
--Equal Opportunity
--Sexual Harassment
--Bullying Prevention

Approved the appointment of Roger Willis as Cleaner.

Approved a resolution recognizing bus drivers as district employees

Approved a resolution authorizing the District to bargain with bus drivers under the CSEA contract.

Approved the following fall coaching appointments:

Varsity Boys’ Soccer – Henry Ferguson
Volunteer Asst. Soccer – Mark Stephany
Modified Boys’ Soccer – Nils Watson
Varsity Girls’ Soccer – Brian Gardner
Modified Girls’ Soccer – Ralph Diliberto
Varsity Girls’ Swimming – Kelsey Wood
Assistant Girls’ Swimming – Kim Suddaby
Varsity Girls’ Volleyball – Krystina Westervelt
Varsity Cross Country – John Fazzary
Varsity Cheerleading – Marcy Brubaker

Approved a resolution to amend the District’s 403(b) Plan.

Approved an agreement with Schuyler County Mental Health Clinic to provide transportation services for 2012-13.

Approved an agreement with Schuyler County Community Services for continued services for a Site Coordinator for 2012-13.

Approved agreement with The Arc of Schuyler to provide continued work-study services for students for 2012-13.

Approved an agreement with SpecEd Solution to provide Medicaid reimbursement assistance for the 2012-13 school year.

Approved an agreement with the University of Rochester for continued dental services for the 2012-13 school year.

Superintendent Phillips reminded the board that the Baccalaureate Service will be held on Wednesday, June 20th and that Graduation is scheduled for Saturday, June 23, 2012. Board members are asked to meet in the superintendent’s office at 1:30 p.m. Saturday.

A parent expressed his concern relating to the elementary music program.

The next Board of Education meeting is the Reorganizational Meeting scheduled for Monday, July 2, 2012 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

School Board meeting summary: June 4

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of June 4, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

Superintendent’s Report:

Recognized Ms. Wojtus and nine HS art students as finalists in the Vans Custom Culture Shoe Design contest. As the Northeast Regional finalist, the group just returned from an all-expense paid trip to Los Angeles, CA. Ms. Wojtus presented the trophy they received as a finalist and shared pictures from their trip. All students were presented with a certificate of recognition from the board.

The following retirees were recognized and presented with a small token of appreciation for their years of service and dedication to the District:

o Kathy Gillette as Library Media Specialist with 30 years of service with Watkins Glen and a total of 35 years in public education.
o Sue Kirton as Elementary teacher with 13 years of service with Watkins Glen and a total of 21 years in public education.
o Lucy Luckey as Special Education teacher with 13 years of service with Watkins Glen and a total of 32 years in public education.
o Marci Ergott as Teaching Assistant with 33 years of service with the District.
o Kay Goossen as Cleaner with 43 years of service with the District.
o Marian Boyce with 6 years as District Clerk; 10 years as Claims Auditor and 16 years as Board of Education member, including Board President.

Mr. O’Donnell, on behalf of the board, thanked our retirees who have devoted their lives to our children and our District. We are happy for their retirement, but also sad for our loss and the years of experience and service they are taking with them.

Mr. O’Donnell expressed sympathy on the recent passing of William Ellison, an icon in the community. Judge Ellison served the school-community as an active member of the PTA for many years.

Visitors' Comments:

-- A parent spoke regarding a high school concern.
--A parent had questions about the changes to the modified sports program for the 2012-13 school year.
--Bridgette Searles distributed a letter to the board regarding the elimination of French next year.
--Kate Bartholomew, newly elected WGFA President, spoke to the board about the preservation of public education and the need to work together insuring quality programming for students.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Accepted the minutes of the 5/7/12 and 5/21/12 meetings
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted the following gifts/donations:
§ $100 donation from Rita Peak for the Peak Memorial Library
§ $1,760 donations received for students traveling to CA for the Vans Custom Culture Shoe Design Contest
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Approved a fundraising request for Boys’ Basketball
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and April Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claims Auditor.

Mr. Phillips updated the board on the progress of the APPR plan. He continues to work with the WGFA team and Administrators on final details. They hope to have it completed within the next week and ready to submit to the State Education Department by the July 1 deadline.

2. Approved a resolution realigning building grade levels.

3. Created the following positions:
--Bus Driver
--Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
--School Monitor-Transportation

4. Abolished the following positions effective 6/20/12:
--Physical Education
--Physical Education/Health
--Science
--Business Education
--Social Studies
--Music
--French
--Library Media Specialist
--Special Education
--Elementary Education
--Teaching Assistant
--School Psychologist
--Confidential Secretary to the Superintendent
--Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist

5. Approved the following appointments:
--Pamela Arcangeli as Bus Driver
--Robert Barlow as Bus Driver
--Michelle Beyler as Bus Driver
--Kenneth Clark as Bus Driver
--Lorena Clark as Bus Driver
--Sheila Cody as Bus Driver
--Terry LaFever as Bus Driver
--Jane Lodge as Bus Driver
--John Lutomske as Bus Driver
--Arthur Opdyke as Bus Driver
--Judith Pearce as Bus Driver
--Gloria Scranton as Bus Driver
--Lisa Shrout as Bus Driver
--Michael Smith as Bus Driver
--Paula Wallenbeck as Bus Driver
--Roger Willis as Bus Driver
--Lisa Donajkowski as School Monitor-Transportation
--Marie Keefer as Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent

6. Accepted the following resignations:
--Sharon Clark – resignation into retirement as Senior Keyboard Specialist
--Marie Keefer – resignation as Account Clerk/Keyboard Specialist
--Katherine Meierjurgen as Foreign Language Coordinator

7. Approved appointment to the following stipend positions for 2012-13:
--Transportation Supervisor – Michelle Clark
--Assistant Records Management Officer – Kathy Walruth
--Extra-classroom Activities Treasurer – Diana Crane
--Fitness Center Supervisor – Diana Crane

8. Approved Substitute and Casual Employee Rates for 2012-2013.

9. Approved the following Special Education Summer School positions:
--Peg Cleary as Special Education Teacher
--Linda Gregory as Teacher Aide
--Katie Gates as Occupational Therapist
--Karlene Andrews as Speech Therapist
--Schuyler Hospital for Physical Therapy

10. Approved 10¢ increase in school lunch prices for 2012-2013 as required by the federal government.

11. Approved a resolution authorizing the district to participate in DCMO Cooperative Purchasing Services for 2012-13.

12. Approved an agreement with Educational & Management Services for 2012-2013.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 18, 2012 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: May 21

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of May 21, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

Becky Sue Bianco presented a summary of her Senior Teacher project. She focused on the local racing history and our students becoming authors of their own books. They interviewed local historians for the projects and scanned pictures to help illustrate their books. Numerous fiction and non-fiction books were created, unveiled at the Watkins Glen Motor Racing Research Center and donated to the Watkins Glen Public Library.

Jan Bubb presented her Senior Teacher project summary focusing on the history of Grand Prix Racing from 1948-1952 in Watkins Glen. With the integration of technology and language arts, students created a power-point presentation and then created web pages, I-movies and finally a DVD. The DVD was donated to the Watkins Glen Motor Racing Research Center and each school library received a copy.

Rick Pettet presented a summary of his Senior Teacher project. It was the creation of 12 nature trail signs that identified a variety of local trees and animals along the Catharine Valley Trail for the community to view. The plexiglass signs will be mounted and posted along the trail. Student-designed pamphlets will also be available to the public.

The superintendent and Board members complimented the Senior Teacher projects for their student involvement and commented on the benefit to the community.

Following the workshop, the board:

Approved the following consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Approved the Annual Budget Election Report

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 4 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photos in text:

Top: Jan Bubb, left, and Becky Sue Bianco, who presented Senior Teacher projects.

Bottom: One of the signs created by students as part of Rick Pettet's Senior Teacher project.

School Board meeting summary: May 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of May 7, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

The regular meeting began at 6:30 p.m. with the Public Hearing on the 2012-13 proposed budget.

Ginny Houseknecht addressed her concern regarding the current crisis facing education. She discussed the need to “do things differently,” and suggested consolidation of programs and schools in the region.

Alan Hurley spoke to the board with his concerns to the budget and shared services as well as program preservation.

Visitors’ Comments: A parent spoke to the board about her concerns relating to NCAA regulations process.

Superintendent’s Report: Mr. Phillips congratulated the nine high school art students and teacher Elaine Wojtus as the Northeast Region winner of the Vans Culture Custom Sneaker Designing Contest and are guaranteed at least $5,000.00. As a contest semi-finalist, Watkins Glen students will be traveling to Los Angeles, CA at the end of this month to compete for the $50,000 grand prize to be awarded to one of the five finalists.

Board of Education – Mr. O’Donnell:
Mr. O’Donnell spoke about the budget, saying it is difficult to cut back, and that the board and superintendent will continue to plan the best quality educational program for our students in this very difficult climate. He also expressed sympathy on the passing of Norm DeRaiche, long-time school bus driver and district soccer coach who established the CVSA Soccer Program.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved Minutes of the 4/2/12, 4/16/12 and 4/18/12
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and March Budget Transfers
--Accept Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledge Warrants

Approved sanctioning of the Senior All-Night Party.

Approved revised ES kindergarten and grades 1 – 5 report cards.

Accepted the following resignations:
Kathy Gillette – ES Librarian Teacher
Lucille Luckey – Special Education Teacher
Susan Kirton – Elementary Teacher
Marcella Ergott – Teaching Assistant
Robert Cole – Senior Food Service Helper
Lisa Coats – Cook/Manager
Kay Goossen – Cleaner

Approved the following appointments:
Robert Cole – Cook/Manager
Rene’ Peckham – Food Service Helper
Michelle Beyler – Food Service Helper

Approved the Clerical Association’s Contract

Approved Non-Represented Employee Contracts

Abolished Senior Food Service Helper Position

Approved Creation of Food Service Helper Position

Approved Annual Fire Inspection Reports

Awarded Electrical, Plumbing and Custodial Supply Bids

Authorized participation in GST BOCES Cafeteria Supply Bids and approved recommendations for bids.

School Board meeting summary: April 2

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of April 2, 2012 was prepared by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:

Bridgette Searles presented the board with a letter and expressed her concerns relating to reducing the French and Reading programs for the 2012-13 school year.

A group of teachers and a community member asked the board to reconsider tonight’s adoption of the budget and also spoke of their concerns related to program restructuring.

Superintendent’s Report:

Carol Franzese (pictured at right) and Ken Wilson presented the 2012-13 Public Library budget representing an increase of $3,000 over last year’s budget. The Public Library budget vote will be held on May 2, 2012 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the public library. Mr. O’Donnell congratulated Carol Franzese as this year’s recipient of the Velma K. Moore service award.

Natasha Patel, Lindsey Suddaby, Caitlyn Connelly and Megan Daigle were recognized for winning 1st place in the first annual Central New York Area Health Education Center Healthcare Olympiad.

The students (pictured at right) gave a brief presentation of their project. Mr. Phillips thanked the students and teacher Margaret Swinnerton for “going above and beyond” in preparing and presenting at this event.

Board of Education – Mr. O’Donnell:

Mr. O’Donnell spoke about the process used in developing the budget. Specifically, Mr. O’Donnell identified the fact that the budget was built on state aid revenues and local taxes.“We are not an unfeeling board; we are faced with difficult decisions. The reality of the situation is our revenues are limited by the State Aid we receive and the local taxes which are now limited by the tax cap," he said.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 3/5/12 and 3/19/12 meetings
Approved Substitute List additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledged Budget Status Report and February Budget Transfers
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claims Auditor

Set a special board meeting for April 18, 2012 at 7:00 a.m. for the sole purpose of voting on the BOCES Administrative budget and the election of BOCES Board of Education members.

Approved the purchase of new high school Science textbook.

Approved the 2012-13 School Calendar.

Nan Woodworth-Shaw, Director of Special Services, summarized the SWD (Students With Disabilities) Report Card for the school district. She highlighted the cost per pupil for Watkins Glen students compared to similar schools (as identified by the state) and schools state-wide. Watkins Glen’s cost per pupil for SWD is $2,000 below the state average.

Approved the recommendation for tenure for Christopher Clark, Special Education teacher.

Approved the Board of Elections for the May 15th annual Budget Vote and election of Board of Education members.

Adopted the 2012-13 Budget in the amount of $23,218,855. This represents a 3.78% (-$912,844) decrease in expenditures over last year’s budget, resulting in an estimated tax rate increase of $.30 per $1,000 of assessment.

Approved the New York State Tax Report Card as required by SED

Declared identified items as surplus, approving these for sale or disposal as appropriate.

The next BOE Workshop will be held on Monday, April 16, 2012 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text:

Top: Carol Franzese presents a report on the Watkins Glen Public Library budget.

Bottom: Sophomores (from left) Megan Daigle, Lindsey Suddaby, Caitlin Connelly and Natasha Patel share a laugh at the end of their presentation on their Healthcare Olympiad victory. They presented the trophy to the school district.

School Board workshop summary: March 19

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of March 19, 2012 was provided by the School District office.)

The Board of Education recognized the following students:
--Charlie Bascom for qualifying and participating in the New York State Indoor Track Championship meet. Charlie finished 10th overall in the state in the 600 Meter race.
--Adam Hughey for qualifying and participating in the New York State Wrestling Championship Meet. Adam wrestled at the 170-pound class. Adam is the first WGHS wrestler to qualify for the state meet since 1993.

Kelley Batrowny and Bill Giancoli presented an overview of instructional technology support services provided to faculty and staff that have been implemented to help build collaboration and communication:
--Twitter account set up
--Mobile app for WG/OM staff (same information that is on website)
--Tech Café (20-minute learning sessions held during lunch)
--Google Apps for Educators
--Continuing to meet with grade levels and department coordinators to identify needs
--Benchmarks for ToolBox Pro

Mr. Phillips announced the district’s receipt of a $5,000 grant awarded from the Arts Council of the Southern Finger Lakes for Art Without Limitations. Watkins Glen received the largest grant award. The grant was written so all kids can experience the arts. Mr. Phillips thanked Mr. Weeden and Michelle Manchester, grant writer, for their assistance in writing this grant.

Mr. Phillips updated the board on the latest developments with the APPR. While things are still tentative, the district awaits the release of the Rubric and template from the State Education Department.

Following the workshop, the board acted on the following items:

Approved the following consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Approved fundraising request
--Approved the appointment of David Fregly as Assistant Boys’/Girls’ Track Coach
--Accepted the resignation of Jennifer Meckley as School Psychologist effective June 30, 2012.

There was a reminder that the Board of Education Finance Committee will meet at 5:45 p.m. on March 21, 2012 for a Budget Planning Meeting.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 2, 2012 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: March 5

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of March 5, 2012 was provided by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:

A large group of students, staff and community members were present at this evening’s board meeting. Board of Education members listened to five students, three teachers and one community member voice their concerns. Much of the focus of the group was on the impact of state and federal funding cuts. Mr. O’Donnell thanked everyone who spoke in support of our teachers and programs. The board is proud of all of the district’s successes and will look to continue as many programs as possible in this time of declining financial aid. Mr. O’Donnell added, “the change will be how we will do things, not what we are going to be able to do.”

Mary Rogers presented the new Earth Science textbook selection, Earth Science: the Physical Setting, by Thomas McGuire, for board consideration. This new textbook comes with a CD that can be uploaded to ToolBox Pro or copied to the netbooks. It integrates curriculum with the common core standards.

Superintendent’s Report:

Announced with pleasure that Brett Somerville has been appointed to the United States Military Academy at West Point. Mr. Phillips congratulated Brett on his appointment, adding that very few students attain this prestigious accomplishment.

Read an article that was published in the NYS ARC Magazine about Stacy, a volunteer in the Elementary School reading program since 2006, who receives supports at The Arc of Schuyler.

Presented NYSSBA Board Achievement Awards to board members Brian O’Donnell, Gloria Brubaker and Joe Fazzary for participating in leadership development training totaling 75 points.

Board of Education – Mr. O’Donnell:

Commented on an open letter to Governor Andrew Cuomo published in the NYSSBA On Board publication reporting school districts have merged, cut and used reserves and how finances are still troubled. He reported the first priority continues to be what is in the best interest of our students. Watkins Glen’s issues are not isolated; it is now the way of the world and we are all in this together.

Acknowledged letters of support for the reading program received from Tracy Savard and Deb Gleason.

Presentation: Mr. Phillips presented a summary of the reduction of ARRA funds, federal and state aid for the school years 2009-2013 that now totals ($2,180,129). Mr. Phillips presented an overview of the funding for the netbook program as well as the impact on class size and program reorganization related to the proposed budget reductions.

The Board approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Minutes of the 2/6/12 meeting
--Substitute List additions
--CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Fundraising requests
--Gifts/donations:
$726 donated by the PTO for use in the ES library
$100 donated by Schuyler County Environmental Management Council for use in Karen Armstrong’s Energy program for Senior Citizens
--Budget Status Report
--Treasurer’s Reports
--Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claims Auditor

Nomination: Robert Everett for the SSCTA BOCES Board of Education. Robert has served 41 years on the BOCES Board of Education.

Dignity Act: Mr. Phillips reported on the Dignity for All Students Act that was passed to create a safe learning environment for students; an environment free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment, and bullying on school property, the school bus and at school functions. This act requires the district to establish a position of Dignity Act Coordinator. Mr. Phillips cited this requirement as another unfunded mandate.

Resignation: The board accepted the resignation of Kent Thurston as Food Service Helper.

BOE Finance Committee Report – Bob Dill, Chairperson:
Mr. Dill reported that the Finance Committee met on February 22, where Gayle Sedlack presented a detailed budget, and Building Principals provided an overview of reductions to their building and the impact of those reductions. Mr. Phillips at that meeting cautioned the board not to exceed the maximum allowable tax levy increase of 2.49%.

The board approved the following coaching appointments:
Varsity Baseball – Ben Connelly
JV Baseball – Justin Mucitelli
Varsity Softball – Jim Scott
JV Softball – Karen Armstrong
Modified Softball – Ralph Diliberto
Varsity Boys’ Track – Travis Durfee
Varsity Girls’ Track – Kelsey Wood
7th/8th Grade Track – Kelly Sterner
Varsity Golf – Rob Michel
Varsity Tennis – Jen Conklin

The board approved a resolution authorizing district participation in the Cooperative Energy Purchasing Services (NYSMEC) for Natural Gas commencing May 1, 2012. and the Natural Gas Cooperative Energy Purchasing Service Billing Schedule and Agreement.

The board approved a Contract for Health & Welfare Services with Horseheads School District for 2011-12 for district students attending parochial schools in Horseheads CSD.

The next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for March 7 at 5:45 p.m. in the High School Library.

The next board meeting is a workshop scheduled for Monday, March 19, 2012 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

School Board meeting summary: Jan. 3

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Jan. 3, 2012 was provided by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report: Mr. Phillips suggested that the Board of Education Facilities Committee meet on January 17th to review the transition timeline that will include the following:
--the implementation of single busing
--common school-day time schedule
--placement of 5th grade students next year

Board of Education: Mr. O’Donnell reported that retiree and former long-time ES cafeteria worker, Eleanor Gingrich, recently passed away.

Mr. O’Donnell congratulated the seven athletic teams (Boys Soccer, Boys XC, Girls XC, Girls Volleyball, Girls Soccer, Girls Swim/Dive, and Football) that achieved NYSPHSAA Scholar Athlete Team Awards as reported by Alan Gregory in his December report to the Board of Education.

Board Clerk: Sharon Clark, Board Clerk, reminded the board that, by contract, it is time to begin the Superintendent’s evaluation for 2011-12.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 12/19/11 meeting
--Approved Substitute List additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Approved fundraising requests
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report
--Acknowledged November Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian Boyce, Claims Auditor

Mr. Phillips updated the board on the Teacher Evaluation process and recent developments. He informed the board of the change to the grades 3-8 testing program and the effect this will have on the teacher evaluation process. He expressed a concern over the lack of clarity being provided by SED connecting student results from this new testing system to teacher performance.

Approved Health & Welfare Contract with Corning City School District for 2011-12 for WG students attending parochial schools in Corning.

The next meeting is a workshop scheduled for Tuesday, January 17, 2012 beginning at 5:45 p.m.

Photos in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips (top) and board member Tom Richardson.

School Board meeting summary: Nov. 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Nov. 7, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

Superintendent’s Report:

Mr. Phillips acknowledged our fall sports teams, congratulating all participants and coaches on a successful season. Some of the highlights of the fall seasons included:

Girls’ Volleyball – Was 14-5 this season and a Section IV, Class C semifinalist.
Boys’ Cross-Country – Section IV, Class C Champions, will be competing in the NYS Cross-Country meet in Verona, NY this weekend.
Girls’ Swimming – Finished 3rd at the Section IV, Class C swim meet.
Boys’ Soccer – Went 13-3, losing in the Section IV, Class C quarterfinal round.
Football – Won the Bucket Game against O-M and finished the season 5-3.

Shared a letter written by Senator Tom O’Mara to the State Education Department in support of the district’s concept of consolidation/renovation planning that includes closing the Middle School.

Board Clerk:
Sharon Clark, District Clerk, announced that New York State Commissioner of Education, Dr. John B. King, Jr., will be the guest speaker at a hors d’oeuvre reception at Campbell-Savona High School on Wednesday, November 30. All board members and administrators are encouraged to attend this event.

Board of Education:
Brian O’Donnell read a note from Barb Coon thanking the board for donating a book to the HS Library in memory of her father.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 10/17/11 meeting
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Acknowledged the Budget Status Report and September Budget Transfers
--Accepted CSE/CPSE Recommendations
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claim Auditor

2. Approved the Lead Evaluator Training Certification required as part of the APPR evaluation process.

3. Approved the Board of Elections for the Capital Project Vote that will be held on December 13, 2011.

4. Mr. Phillips updated the board on the Capital Project. Mike DeNardo, Charlie Woodcock, from Hunt Engineers, and Mr. Phillips traveled to Albany last Thursday to meet with SED officials to review the project details. There are a few modifications that will need to be made prior to SED approval.

5. Awarded the bid for Solar Power Equipment to Renewable Rochester of Webster, New York, in the amount of $53,260.

6. Approved the 2012-2013 Budget Calendar.

Photo in text: Board Clerk Sharon Clark helps Board President Brian O'Donnell as he operates a computer as part of the board meeting. This was the second session at which the board has used laptops in an effort to eliminate paper at its meetings. Superintendent Tom Phillips is on the left, and board member Robert Dill is on the right.

School Board meeting summary: Sept. 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Sept. 6, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

Reported on a $2 million reduction in tax assessments on the 2011 tax role. This reduction primarily reflects a lowering of assessments for utility companies.

Reported the Board of Education audit committee met with the District’s auditors to review the 2010-11 tax audit report. There were no material deficiencies reported. The auditors commented on the high quality of accounting and internal controls. Mr. Phillips thanked Gayle Sedlack and the Business Office staff for the quality of work they continually produce.

Opening Day for staff today went very well. Mr. Phillips met with grades 4-8 teachers of ELA and Math to review the new APPR plan. He is pleased with the progress the district has made implementing this plan considering the recent legal decision rendered by the NYS Supreme Court.

Board of Education:

Read a thank-you note from Nan Woodworth-Shaw for the purchase of a library book in memory of her stepfather, Louis Meehan.

Expressed sympathy to Charlie Haeffner on the recent death of his mother.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 8/15/11 meeting
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Approved fundraising requests
--Approved the following appointments to stipend positions:
HS Disciplinarian – Nils Watson
2nd Grade Team Leader – Jessica Purpura
HS Attendance Office – Nancy Loughlin
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and July Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants

2. Acknowledged the first reading of the following policies:
--Student Records
--Broadcasting and Taping of Board Meetings
--Interscholastic Athletics
--Student Health Services
--Attendance

3. Approved Board of Education Goals for 2011-12 that were developed this summer.

4. Approved the Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) Plan.

5. Acknowledged an Agreement with Catholic Charities for the Watkins Glen Youth Center for 2011-12.

6. Accepted the following resignation:
Gretta Zafonte as Food Service Helper

7. Approved the following appointments:
HS Social Studies Teacher – David Fregly
Teacher Aide – Charlene Watson
Library Clerk – Sonja Croft
Food Service Helper – Kent Thurston

8. Approved the following coaching appointments:
Modified Cross-Country – John Fazzary
Modified Football – Trevor Holland/David Fregly (co-coaches)

9. Approved the 2010-11 Audit Report.

10. Approved an agreement for the Mandarin Chinese Class Consultant for 2011-12.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, September 19, 2011 beginning at 5:45 p.m. with the Annual Facilities tour.

School Board meeting summary: Aug. 15

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Aug. 15, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

All athletic team practices began today. There are two modified coaching positions that still need to be filled. It is hoped we will have recommendations for filling these at the September 6 board meeting.

Work continues on the updated APPR plan. Teachers in grades 4-8 ELA and Mathematics will be required to participate in the new teacher evaluation program.

The State student assessment continues transition to the common-core assessments. Student achievement results for Watkins Glen remains steady. Principals will be reviewing the results and identifying strengths, as well as areas for improvement. Those results will be used by staff as they plan instruction.

Opening Day activities are still in the planning stages. The District is waiting to hear if ING will sponsor an opening day breakfast for employees at the Seneca Harbor Hotel. Administrators will meet with all grades 4-8 teachers of ELA and Mathematics to review changes to the APPR plan.

Plans are moving forward with the District’s consolidation plan. The proposed square footage of approximately 30,000 square feet has been scaled-down to just over 19,000 square feet. During a recent telephone conference call with the State Education Department, the special education layout was reviewed. The District is now waiting for information from our financial consultant. It is anticipated that public meetings will be scheduled for late September/early October to provide additional details.

Board of Education: None

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 8/1/11 meeting
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Acknowledged Warrants

2. Adopted the 2011-12 tax levy in the amount of $7,986,020. This represents an increase over last year of $.57 per $1,000 of assessment ($11.55 to $12.12 per $1,000 of assessment).

3. Approved an agreement with Schuyler Head Start to provide UPK services for district students for 2011-12.

4. Approved an agreement for the Together Including Every Student (TIES) program for 2011-12.

School Board meeting summary: Aug. 1

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Aug. 1, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
--Reported the District will accept three resignations tonight and will be reviewing staffing needs to determine if and how to fill these positions.
--Reported the District’s auditors completed their annual audit last week. One item the auditors addressed was the lack of payment from the County Treasurer for the first installment of taxes. Payment is due, by law, at the end of the first installment payment period. The District did not receive any payment from the County until April, which caused the district to not accrue interest on nearly $243,000.

Board of Education: None

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 7/6/11 meeting
--Approved the 2011-12 Substitute List
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and June Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants

2. Approved ES/MS/HS Parent/Student Handbooks

3. Accepted the following resignations:
Kai D’Alleva – resignation as HS Social Studies Teacher to take administrative position in the Spencer-Van Etten district
Patricia Williams – resignation into retirement as FSH
Vanessa Overbecka – resignation as Library Clerk

4. Approved an agreement with Welliver as Construction Manager for the Capital Improvement project for work to be done in conjunction with the District’s consolidation plan.

5. Approved an agreement with Special Education providers for the 2011-12 school year:
--ARC Yates County/Keuka Lake School
--Franziska Racker Centers, Inc.

6. Approved an agreement with Dr. Jamie Coleman, School Physician, for the 2011-12 school year. Dr. Coleman, the board noted, has declined an increase in salary.

The next meeting will be held on Monday, August 15, 2011. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: July 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of July 6, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

The meeting opened to the re-organizational portion of the meeting.

Brian O’Donnell (pictured at right) was re-elected as Board President and Michael Myers was re-elected as Vice President.

O'Donnell, in his third one-year term as president, was unopposed, as was Myers. Each was elected unanimously.

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
--Superintendent Tom Phillips reported he is working with Gayle Sedlack on closing out the 2010-11 fiscal year and should have a fund balance to report soon.
--Reported he will be attending the GST BOCES Superintendent’s retreat all day tomorrow at the Harbor Hotel.

Board of Education – Brian O’Donnell
Expressed sympathy on the recent passing of Deb Whiting, who was very active in the school-community and was a former PTA President.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
o Approved minutes of the 6/20/11 meeting
o Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
o Approved the following appointments to stipend positions:
· PK-4 Math Coordinator – Daphne Holland
· PK-4 Science Coordinator – Steve McFarland
o Approved fundraising requests for the 2011-121 school year
o Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claim Auditor.

2. Approved the Committee on Special Education Members for 2011-12.

3. Approved the Athletic Department Coaching Handbook and the Interscholastic Athlete Regulations / Athlete and Parent Handbook for 2011-12.

4. Approved the appointment of Katie Gates as Occupational Therapist.

5. Approved the BOCES 2011-12 Contract for Services.

6. Approved an agreement with The Arc of Schuyler County for 2011-12 to continue the Work-Study Program.

7. Approved an agreement with Seneca Physical Therapy for physical therapy services for the period 7/5/11 through 8/12/11.

8. Approved an agreement for mileage reimbursement for student transportation for a student who will drive to GST BOCES Coopers Campus for CTE classes for 2011-12.

9. Approved an agreement with the University of Rochester for 2011-12 for support services and consultation related to autism and special needs students.

The next regularly scheduled meeting with be held on Monday, August 1, 2011 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photo in text: School Board president Brian O'Donnell (File photo)

School Board meeting summary: June 6

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of June 6, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments:
The board heard parent comments regarding consideration of changes to the Athletic program due to lack of student participation. Mr. O’Donnell assured parents that the board will consider all options as well as impact of those options to students and programs.

Bridgette Searles distributed information regarding possible student enrollment in French for grades 7-12 next year. Mr. O’Donnell responded by thanking Bridgette for her many years of dedication to the French program. A meeting will be scheduled with Mr. Phillips, Mr. Warren and Ms. Searles to review enrollment numbers for next year.

Superintendent’s Report:
Jessica Lawrence, Internal Auditor, reported on the Payroll and Personnel Internal Audit conducted in April. She reported that there were many good practices in place and only minor weaknesses and recommendations for improvement to report.

Mr. Phillips read an email received from Senator Gillibrand’s office regarding the Senator's recent visit to the Middle School, stating, “The event was great and the Senator LOVED IT.” She talked about her visit the rest of the day.” Mr. Phillips also thanked Senator Gillibrand for her letter of support for the Learning on the Go federal grant. The District received $177,000 for support and expansion of the Mobile Learning project. This money will allow full implementation of the program for grades 5-12 next year.

Board of Education – Mr. O’Donnell:
Reported he had the pleasure of chaperoning the 2nd Grade field trip through the gorge, up to the State Park that included playground time and a bag lunch at the Seneca Lodge. Mr. O’Donnell thanked Mr. Weeden and the 2nd Grade teachers for the opportunity.

Read a note from the family of Jerry Loughlin thanking the board for donation of a book to the High School Library in his memory.

Reported over $1,000 has been raised to-date through the Jean Lawton Memorial Walk to be donated to the Public Library.

Encouraged all to take a walk through the High School to see the student artwork on display as part of the Annual HS Art Show. Kudos to Elaine Wojtus and the talent of the students for making this event so successful.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 5/3/11 and 5/16/11
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
Acknowledged Donation
$100 donation from Rita Peak for the Lloyd Peak Professional Library
Acknowledged Budget Status Report and March Budget Transfers
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claims Auditor.

2. Accepted the May 17, 2011 Election Report as presented.

3. Acknowledged the second reading and adoption of the following policies:
Annual District Election and Budget Vote
Dissection of Animals in School
Community Relations
Display of the Flag Regulation
Computer Use in Instruction
Fiscal Accounting and Reporting
Pesticides and Pest Management

4. Erica Murray, 21st Century After-School Program Coordinator, provided a detailed summary of both program offerings and enrollment numbers related to the 21st Century After-School Program. Enrollment has doubled and the program continues to experience success in both student participation and diversity of programming.

5. Approved the High School course offering of ACE Math Statistics beginning with the 2011-12 school year.

6. Approved the creation of the position of Occupational Therapist. This is a BOCES take-back position.

7. Approved the abolishment of the following positions:
Physical Education (.5)
Reading (1)
Social Studies (1)
Mathematics (1)
School Counselor (1)
Elementary (2)
District Administrator

8. Approved a recommendation for tenure for Denise Wickham, School Administrator.

9. Approved the following Coordinator/Team Leader appointments for 2011-12:
PK – Rick Comfort
Kindergarten – Rick Comfort
First Grade – Jennifer Titus
Third Grade – Krysti Westervelt
Fourth Grade – Claudia LaFace
Seventh Grade – Jan Bubb
Eighth Grade – Ben Connelly
PK-4 Cultural Arts – Matt Craig
5-8 Cultural Arts – Sarahjane Harrigan
9-12 Cultural Arts – Chris Schiavone
PK-12 Art – Elaine Wojtus
PK-12 Music – Matt Craig
PK-12 Technology, Industrial Technology & Home & Careers – Karen Armstrong
PK-12 Physical Education & Health – Cyndy Wood
7-12 Foreign Language – Kathy Meierjurgen
K-4 Social Studies – Claudia LaFace
5-8 Social Studies – Scott Morse
9-12 Social Studies – Marie Fitzsimmons
PK-4 ELA – Matt Craig
5-8 ELA – Becky Sue Bianco
9-12 ELA – Kelly Muir
5-8 Math – Holly Weed
9-12 Math – Christie Fedele
5-8 Science – Jim Murphy
9-12 Science – Barb coon
PK-4 Computer Instruction – Kathy Gillette
5-8 Computer Instruction – Diane Wood
9-12 Computer Instruction, Business Education – Eileen Malaney
PK-4 Special Education – Peg Cleary
5-8 Special Education – Michelle Rease
9-12 Special Education – Ginger Brown
PK-12 Library – Maggie Field

10. Approved the following stipend position appointments:
High School Disciplinarian – Kai D’Alleva
Middle School Disciplinarian – Craig Lattin
HS Attendance Officer – Kai D’Alleva
MS Attendance Officer – Mary Scotchmer
ES Attendance Officer – Lindsey Starr
Aquatic Director – Cyndy Wood
Senior Play Director – Michelle Benjamin
Senior Play Set Director – Tim Benjamin
Senor Play Music Director – Sarah Matthews
Senior Class Advisor – Sam Brubaker
Junior Class Advisor – Kaz Estelow
Sophomore Class Advisor – Jeanette Lasko
Freshman Class Advisor – Eileen Malaney
Yearbook Advisor – Eileen Malaney
HS Student Council Advisor – Marie Fitzsimmons
Broadcast News Advisor – Maggie Field
MS Student Council Co-Advisors – Becky Sue Bianco/Sandy Bartone
HS Foreign Language Club – Kathy Meierjurgen
Extra-Curricular Activities Central Treasurer – Diana Crane
MS FCCLA Club – Barbara Bristow
SADD Advisor – Margaret Swinnerton
HS Art Club Advisor – Elaine Wojtus
HS Science Club Advisor – Kate Bartholomew
Diversity Club Advisor – Kate Bartholomew
HS National Honor Society – Nancy Loughlin
HS Music Club Advisor – Diana Groll
HS Business and Marketing Honor Society Advisor – Eileen Malaney
Varsity Club Advisor – Kaz Estelow
Production Support Specialist – Maggie Field
ES Performance Ensemble Director – Matt Craig
MS Instrumental Music Director – Sarahjane Harrigan
MS/HS Choral Director – Chris Schiavone
HS Instrumental Music Director – Diana Groll
Fitness Center Supervisor – Diana Crane

11. Accepted the resignation of Denise Wickham as Athletic Director.

12. Approved the following coaching appointments:
Varsity Football – Louis Condon, Jr.
Assistant Football – Michael Stephens
Assistant Football – Louis Condon, Sr.
Varsity Boys’ Soccer – Henry Ferguson
Volunteer Assistant Boys’ Soccer – Mark Stephany
Modified Boys’ Soccer – Nils Watson
Modified Girls’ Soccer – Brian Gardner
Varsity Girls’ Swimming – Abby Tormey
Assistant Girls’ Swimming – Melissa Kissell
7th/8th Grade Girls’ Swimming – Kelsey Wood
Varsity Girls’ Volleyball – Krysti Westervelt
JV Volleyball – Kiersten Ray
Varsity Cross-Country – Marie Fitzsimmons
Varsity Cheerleading – Marcy Estey

13. Approved the following Special Education Summer School staff:
Karlene Andrews – Speech Pathologist
Peg Cleary – ES SE Teacher
Lucy Luckey – HS SE Teacher
Wendy Swarthout – HS SE Aide
Eva Stanko – ES SE Aide

14. Accepted Fire Inspection Reports that will now be sent to the State Education Department.

15. Approved a resolution authorizing participation in the DCMO Cooperative Purchasing Services for 2011-12

16. Adopted Workers’ Compensation Plan Document.

17. Accepted Internal Auditor’s Report as presented.

18. Approved a resolution authorizing participation in the Cafeteria Supply Bid for 2011-12.

19. Approved a mandatory $.05 increase in school lunch prices.

20. Approved an agreement with Educational & Management Services for 2011-12.

21. Approved the WGFA contract for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2014.

The next meeting is a workshop/business meeting and will be held on Monday, June 6, 2011 beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Eye cast toward sports participation

WATKINS GLEN, May 17 -- The Watkins Glen School Board might look at student participation levels in sports with an eye toward requiring minimum roster sizes.

Superintendent Tom Phillips said at Monday night's School Board meeting that in light of recent Junior Varsity softball forfeits due to inadequate numbers, and in light of a varsity softball game that ended with just eight Watkins Glen players on the field -- and with the memory of football's early termination last fall -- "we as a district have to look at the situation and come up with recommendations."

He said that while "we want to offer" as many sports as possible to students, "if you can't field a team because of a lack of numbers," perhaps a minimum number of signups should be set in each given sport in order for each to continue.

"As we enter the new financial era or situation," he said, "we have to look at this. We have to say 'Here's the number you need to sustain your program.'" The board, he said, could set such numbers.

A couple of board members agreed, but no further discussion was held.

School Board meeting summary: May 16

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of May 16, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board acting on the following agenda items:
Approved/accepted the following consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Awarded a bid for Janitorial Supplies for 2011-12

Christie Fedele, HS Math teacher, presented information to the board on offering an ACE Math Statistics course for next year. This course would be offered to juniors and seniors as a replacement for the current Math 12 course.

District Administrators reported on end-of-year activities. Some of the events board members may wish to attend included:
Jean Lawton Memorial Walk for students – May 20th – 12-1 p.m. – HS track
Top Drawer 24 – June 1st - 5:30 p.m. - South entrance of the State Park
Schuyler Scholars – June 14th at Harbor Hotel
Baccalaureate Service – June 22nd at 6:30 p.m. – HS Auditorium
Graduation – June 25th at 2:00 p.m. – HS Auditorium

Mr. O’Donnell announced that the Jean Lawton Memorial Walk will be held this Saturday at the High School Track from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. Jean was an avid walker and reader and all donations collected from the walk will be donated to the Watkins Glen Public Library in her memory.

The board acknowledged a letter received from Bridgette Searles.

Mr. Phillips reported on the following:
--Dr. John King was just appointed as Education Commissioner by the Board of Regents
--Governor Cuomo released his version of the teacher/principal evaluation. Pending Board of Regents approval, the evaluation process will become regulation. The District is currently working with BOCES on a regional level to develop a comprehensive plan.
--This year’s Grades 3-8 testing made evident the shift away from standards to the common core outcomes. Teacher feedback indicated the level of difficulty of these assessments was significant.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Monday, June 6, 2011 in the High School Library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Photo in text: From left, School Board members Kevin Field and Mike Myers, Superintendent Tom Phillips, and School Board President Brian O'Donnell at the May 16 meeting.

School Board meeting summary: April 18

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of April 18, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board acting on following agenda items:

Approved/accepted the following consensus items:
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
Approved a contract with Hunt Engineer for Additions & Alterations for Relocation of Middle School to High School Campus

Mrs. Clark, District Clerk, reported on the following:
The deadline to submit petitions for nominating candidates for the Budget Vote and Election of Board of Education members was today. The seats of Gloria Brubaker, Tom Richardson and Kevin Field will expire June 30, 2011. Three petitions were submitted for the upcoming election of board members with Gloria Brubaker, Tom Richardson and Kevin Field running unopposed.
Announced that the Public Hearing on the budget will be held during the Board of Education meeting that is scheduled for Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in the High School Library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

District Administrators reported on recent activities and programming in their departments/buildings.

The following policies with NYSSBA recommended revisions were discussed:

1050 – Annual District Election and Budget Vote
NYSSBA reissued this policy to clarify the language that addresses the option of rescheduling the date of the election based on a conflict with religious observance.

4850 – Animals in School
Chapter 320 of the Laws of 2010 now require that Boards develop a policy that gives notice to students and their parents of the right to opt out of animal dissection on moral or religious grounds, in written form by parents/guardians, provided they perform an alternative project approved by the teacher. This law takes effect July 1, 2011.

1000 – Community Relations
This policy has been updated to reflect the option of using social media as a tool in the district’s communication plan.

4311.1-R – Display of the Flag Regulation
The policy has been updated to add September 11th as a day to fly the flag at half-staff. NYSSBA has also clarified the language of the regulation so that it is understood that the flag need not be hoisted on holidays when school buildings are closed to the public.

4526 – Computer Use in Instruction
This policy and regulation have been updated to reflect changes in Internet use. The regulation provides the Board with options regarding access to social networking and other Internet sites. NYSSBA does not offer a recommendation regarding the advisability of access because they don’t believe a “best practice” has emerged.

6600 – Fiscal Accounting and Reporting
This policy has been updated to clarify that the Board expects the district to adhere to generally accepted governmental accounting standards. The prior policy implied this, but NYSSBA believes it is advantageous for the district to make it explicit. In addition, recent changes to the standards, used by the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB), regarding fund balance have triggered questions about the need for policy. NYSSBA believes that by explicitly establishing in this policy that the Board expects the district to conform to GASB, in addition to the other components of this policy, that the Board will have met its policy obligation.

8115 – Pesticides and Pest Management
NYSSBA has updated this policy to conform to a new state law regarding pesticide application to athletic fields and playgrounds.

The next Board of Education meeting will be held on Tuesday, May 3, 2011 in the High School Library beginning at 6:30 p.m.

Photo in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips, left, and School Board President Brian O'Donnell at the April 18 meeting.

Watkins School District is cutting 11 from its staff

Study Committee to Board: Move forward with Single Campus plan

WATKINS GLEN, March 22 -- The Watkins Glen School District has informed 11 staff members that their services will end June 30 -- victims of the economy and of a school budget that still has a revenue gap of $520,000.

Superintendent Tom Phillips, at a meeting of the School Board Monday night, outlined the cuts and warned that while academics "has taken the brunt of the first cuts," there could be another wave affecting instructional support and extracurricular activities, including athletics, clubs and tutoring.

Meanwhile, the Facilities Study Committee charged by the board with producing a recommendation on a proposal to close the Middle School and consolidate all classroom and administrative functions onto a single campus told the board to move forward in that direction.

Staff Cuts:

Phillips said that the staff cuts include 5.5 Elementary Teaching positions, 3 High School Teaching positions, 1 District Administrative position, and 1 District Guidance position.

With a revenue gap still existing of $520,000, he said, the board is looking at other areas to consolidate in order to avoid going to the voters with a 7% tax-rate hike. Those areas include:

--Transportation, by trimming the current double runs at the beginning and end of each day to a single run each. That would place K-12 students in a combined pick-up, with uniform start and end daily schedules.

--Athletics, by combining sports levels (creating Modified A for Grades 7-9 and eliminating Middle School Modified and Junior Varsity); by the elimination of Assistant Coaching positions; and by eliminating "specific programs."

--Academic Programs, by eliminating or reducing field trips, professional conferences, professional development and the purchase of equipment.

Unless there is a significant restoration of funds on the state level, Phillips said, "something's gotta give. I urge residents to feel free to communicate ideas they might have to board members or by calling the school." Toward that end, a PTO-sponsored session at 6:30 p.m. March 29 in the Elementary School Auditorium will provide an opportunity for residents "to discuss all of these issues."

Single Campus Concept:

Study committee members Ann Tuttle and John Terry presented a power-point outline to the board on the committee findings and thinking. Most telling, perhaps, was the revelation that the Middle School has 93,910 square feet when only about 20,000 is needed for the number of students it serves.

Another factor that swayed the committee was the drop in district enrollment from 1980 to the present day. It has fallen from 1,693 students (K-12) to 1,169, a decrease of 524, or roughly 30%. Available data indicates the enrollent in 2016-17 will be down only slightly from this year. "The committee," Tuttle said, feels the district facilities "should align with student enrollment."

The committee also weighed the costs of transporting Middle School students to required programs at the high school, the cost of upkeep at the aging facility, and the potential for increased efficiencies on the campus now housing the high school and elementary school.

The matter is now in the hands of the School Board's Facilities Committee -- Tom Richardson, Joe Fazzary and Gloria Brubaker -- which will report its recommendation to the full board at an April 11 meeting. Assuming the Facilities Committee gives the project its blessing and the full board concurs, detailed plans will be prepared and state aid sought as the district moves toward a possible district-wide vote in December.

If all were to go well, the groundbreaking would come in the spring of 2013, with construction to follow over the following year-plus.

Initial plans envision no addition to the Elementary School, and placement of grades 7-9 in the area now housing the district offices -- which would be relocated on campus. Six new rooms would be constructed for high school students, and the library would be expanded. The old pool would be eliminated, its space taken for Physical Education.

"We'd be looking at adding about 20,000 square feet," Buildings Chief Mike DeNardo said, explaining that the new construction would not impinge on the "green areas" utilized for athletics.

Photos in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips, top, and Study Committee representatives John Terry and Ann Tuttle at Monday night's School Board meeting.

School Board meeting summary: March 21

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of March 21 , 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

The board meeting opened with the board acting on the following items:
--Approved the following consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Approved the updated 2010-11 CSE/CPSE Committee Members list

The Facilities Advisory Committee presented their findings and recommended that the Board of Education Facilities Committee move forward with plans related to the development of a single campus, inclusive of closing the Middle School and housing students at the Elementary and High School campus. Committee members Ann Tuttle and John Terry summarized findings focusing on the pros and cons and the financial impact of continuing to maintain the Middle School vs. moving to a single campus facility.

Mr. Phillips and Mr. O’Donnell read statements related to the current budget process and the elimination of instructional positions as well as the remaining $520,000 gap. The board has decided to continue deliberating options to close the remaining gap while anticipating approval of the New York State budget on or about April 1st.

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 11, 2011 beginning at 5:45 p.m. It is anticipated the regular session will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

School Board meeting summary: Feb. 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Feb. 7, 2011 was provided by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:
Reported the proposed State Aid runs for 2011-12 indicating a 2.9% reduction in State Aid for next year statewide with no mandate relief or consolidation plans. With further analysis, this reduction includes local property tax as part of the revenue, which, when you remove the local share of revenue, the State Aid reduction in reality is a 7.3% reduction. This will be a challenging budget process but the priority will be to find a solution with as little impact and reduction of programming as possible.

Reported the Board of Regents is proposing mandate relief in the areas of Special Education and Middle School mandated programs such as Technology Education, Library services and Family and Consumer Science.

Clarified that no decision has been made to close the Middle School. The Facilities Advisory Committee has been meeting since November and will present their recommendation to the Board of Education’s Facility Committee at its March 21 workshop. The Board of Education’s Facility Committee will then recommend to the full board to accept, reject or modify the Advisory Committee’s recommendation. Once the Board makes their recommendation final, the District can move on with the planning process or begin to implement the Building Condition survey depending on the decision of the Board.

Congratulated Adam Hughey as the Class C, Section IV Wrestling Champion at 171 lbs. as well as IAC Champion at 160 lbs.

Announced that the District has been invited to attend a Department of Education sponsored conference, Advancing Student Achievement Through Labor Management Collaboration, in Denver, CO on February 15-16. Mr. Phillips will be attending this with Brian O’Donnell, Board President and a WGFA representative. Costs associated with this conference will be paid for through the Ford Foundation.

Board of Education – Mr. O’Donnell:
Read a thank-you note received from the family of Sandy Dalyrmple thanking the board for the purchase of a book to be placed in the school’s library in her memory.

Read a thank-you note received from the family of Margaret O’Grady Phelps thanking the board for the purchase of a book to be placed in the school’s library her memory.

Congratulated Marcy Estey and the Cheerleaders for their IAC first place finish at this past weekend’s cheerleading competition.

Read correspondence from NYSSBA thanking the District for their membership renewal and continued support.

Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
--Approved minutes of the 1/3/11 and 1/18/11 meetings
--Approved Substitute List additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations
--Approved a fundraising request for the Boys’ Swimming & Diving team to host a chili dinner
--Acknowledged the receipt of a $2,500 grant from the Corning Incorporated Foundation to be used for a K-8 Science Fair
--Acknowledged Budget Status Report and January Budget Transfers
--Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
--Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claims Auditor

Mr. Phillips reported on the Superintendent Conference Day activities that included a True Colors presentation that identifies four colors (gold, blue, orange, green) with distinct perspectives and personalities. Recognizing your true color is a key to success in personal, professional and social activities. Teachers were presented with the introduction of the State testing transition as well.

Accepted the following resignations:
Jesse Schubmehl as Teaching Assistant
Susan Kirton as Sixth Grade Team Leader
Gregg Rekczis, Jr. as Cleaner
Sandra Farrell as Cleaner

Approved the following appointments:
Ralph Diliberto as Teaching Assistant
John Rumsey as Cleaner
Michael Murray as Sixth Grade Team Leader

Approved the tenure recommendation for Abigail Tormey, Special Education Teacher.

Approved the following spring coaches:
Varsity Baseball – Ben Connelly
Modified Baseball – Justin Mucitelli
Varsity Softball – Jim Scott
JV Softball – Callie Black
Varsity Boys’ Track – Travis Durfee
Varsity Girls’ Track – Kelsey Wood
Assistant Varsity Track – Alyssa Hoobler
7th/8th Grade Track – Kelly Sterner
Varsity Golf – Rob Michel
Assistant Golf – Diane Wood
Varsity Tennis – Beth Powell
Strength Volunteer – Ralph Diliberto

BOE Finance Committee Report – Bob Dill, Chairperson:
Mr. Dill reported that the Finance Committee met on January 26, meeting with Mike DeNardo to review the Operations and Maintenance and Transportation budget for 2011-12. With the anticipated increase in employee benefits (contract wages, health insurance and TRS/ERS contribution rates) it is going to be a very challenging budget year. The next meeting is scheduled for February 23 at 5:45 p.m.

Approved a Health & Welfare Services agreement with Corning School District for WG resident students attending non-public schools in Corning.

The next board meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 7, 2011 beginning at 6:30 p.m. (following executive session). There is no board workshop scheduled for February due to winter break.

Phillips: Education in NYS is 'going to look very different'

WATKINS GLEN, Dec. 7 -- Watkins Glen Schools Superintendent Tom Phillips told the School Board at its meeting Monday night that the educational landscape in New York State will, in his estimation, "look very different in the next three to five years."

Phillips, referring to the recently released New York State Regents 2011-12 Conceptual Proposal on State Aid to School Districts, said he thinks "you're going to see some collapsing of districts ... a regionalization of districts across the state."

The Regents Proposal, a lengthy document, offers various suggestions to the State Education Department for change in such areas as Universal Pre-K (full inclusion in all districts), Regents Exam funding, and the reorganization of districts -- not through the consolidation of two contiguous districts, but on a larger scale.

"Although many school district reorganizations have occurred over the years," the document reads, "only four ... have occurred in the past decade despite there being over 200 districts with enrollments of fewer than 1,000 pupils.

"The Regents educational reform agenda," it adds, "calls for all students to be college and career ready by the time they graduate. This demand for education reform, coupled with enrollment declines occurring across the State, and challenges to revenue generation at the State and local levels, provides an opportunity to re-examine school district reorganization."

It recommends the consolidation of school districts "on a broader level, including consideration of county- or BOCES-wide districts, through use of a Commission charged with creating a new structure," and provision of "adjustments to aids to support the school district reorganization process."

That latter would include "an efficiency penalty deduction" for districts "which are recommended for reorganization on the State's Master Plan but elect not to reorganize."

Said Phillips of the Regents document: "This has a serious focus on reorganization and accountability."

Should the recommendations prove a blueprint for action by the state in the near future, "Get ready," said Phillips to the Board. "Our jobs are going to get a lot tougher."

In other business:

--Board President Brian O'Donnell presented certificates to WGHS varsity swimmers Haley Tuttle and Haleigh Wixson, both Section IV event champions. The two girls were joined at the ceremony by their parents.

--Phillips said the Facilities Advisory Committee formed to study the possibility of closing the Middle School and forming a single campus met on Nov. 14 for an organizational session, and is scheduled to meet again Wednesday.

"I'm very pleased," said Phillips, who with district building chief Mike DeNardo is co-chairing the committee.

"The first meeting was very focused, with members" asking a number of pertinent questions, Phillips said. "It was really a workng session, if you will."

Added DeNardo: "That's a good team there. They're off to a good start."

Members of the committee are Brian Gardner of Beaver Dams, and Ann & Kyle Tuttle, Amedeo Fraboni, Judy Phillips, John Terry, Dominick Smith, David Waite, Kenneth Wilson, Elizabeth Duane, Heather Bilinski-Bryerton and Betty Schmizzi of Watkins Glen.

Photos in text:

Top: Watkins Glen Schools Superintendent Tom Phillips, left, and School Board President Brian O'Donnell.

Next two: Board president Brian O'Donnell presents certificates to Haleigh Wixson (middle photo) and Haley Tuttle (bottom photo) in recognition of their swimming championships.

School Board meeting summary: Nov. 22

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Nov. 22, 2010 was provided by the School District office.)

The meeting-workshop began by remembering Robert Church, retired Cleaner/Custodian (employed by the district for 23+ years) who passed away on November 13, 2010.

The board opened the meeting to take action on the following items:
--Approved consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Appointed David Waite as Volunteer Assistant Varsity Boys’ Basketball Coach

A workshop format followed with the following items of discussion:

--Mr. Phillips distributed a comparison of state testing (grades 3-8) to regents results for the Class of 2010 and Class of 2011. These results indicate that student success rates on the Comprehensive English Regents exam were significantly higher than state testing results when in Grade 8. Mr. Phillips indicated to the board that this data refutes the rationale which the State Education Department used in resetting the Grade 3-8 cut scores this past July.

--Myron Rumsey, Technology Director, presented an overview of this year’s staffing changes to the district technology team. Myron discussed the immediate impact of these changes as well as the effect on future technology planning. The impact of joint OM/WG technology team concept as identified by Myron is the additional technical and instructional support now available and being utilized by classroom teachers.

Photo in text:

Top: School Board President Brian O'Donnell, right, and Superintendent Tom Phillips enjoy a laugh at Monday's meeting.

Bottom: Technology Director Myron Rumsey addresses the School Board.

School Board meeting summary: Oct. 18

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board workshop/meeting of Oct. 18, 2010 was provided by the School District office.)

The meeting/workshop began with a moment of silence in memory of the following former employees:

-- Linda Fazzary, who passed away on October 10th, was our ES/MS Nurse’s Office Clerk, who worked 33+ years for the District. After officially retiring, Linda continued to substitute for the District in many capacities.

-- Harry Rice, who passed away on October 15th, retired from the District as a Cleaner. Harry was a decorated WWII Veteran.

The board opened the meeting to take action on the following items:
--Approved consensus items:
--Approved Substitute List Additions
--Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendations as presented
--Tabled approval of the Facilities Study Advisory Committee. The committee member list will be approved at the November 1st board meeting.
--Accepted the following resignations:
Mildred Bailey as Food Service Helper
Kelly Sterner as Varsity Boys’ Asst. Swim Coach
--Approved the following appointments:
Mildred Bailey as Monitor
Gretta Zafonte as Food Service Helper
--Approved the creation of a teacher aide position (1:1 aide for a special education student)
--Approved the Board of Election for the Capital Reserve Referendum Vote

A workshop format followed with discussion on the following:

Administrators’ reports were presented to the board with Administrators highlighting recent building/department activities.

The following new/revised policies were reviewed by the board. These policies will be placed on the November 1, 2010 board meeting agenda for a first reading.
0115.1 – Bullying Prevention
5030 – Student Complaints
5150 – School Admissions
5151 – Homeless Students
5252 – Student Activities Funds Management
5420 – Student Health Services
5500 – Student Records
8332 – Use of District Owned Cell Phones
8330 – Authorized Use of District Owned Materials and Equipment

The next regular meeting will be held on Monday, November 1, 2010 at 5:45 p.m. in the High School Library. It is anticipated that the regular meeting will begin at approximately 6:30 p.m. following executive session.

Photo in text: Superintendent Tom Phillips, left, and School Board President Brian O'Donnell

School Board meeting summary: Oct. 4

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Oct. 4, 2010 was provided by the School District office.)

The Board of Education Audit Committee met with Colleen Stannard, School Auditor, from Ciaschi, Dietershagen, Little & Mickelson, LLP, to review the 2009-10 audit report.

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

Announced that Gaetono Williams , ES student, recently placed third in the InSights Art Competition for visually impaired artists. Gaetono and his family will travel to Louisville, Kentucky on October 15th to receive his award. A special thank you goes to the Watkins Glen Faculty Association for donating $250 to the family to help cover travel expenses.

Announced that Maggie Edgley, HS Library Media Specialist, has been appointed to serve on the Greater Southern Tier BOCES School Library System Council for a term of three years.

Invited board members to a round-table discussion with Superintendents and board members from South Seneca and Trumansburg Thursday evening at Jerlando's Restaurant.

Recognized Marjorie Thompson on her nomination to be recognized by Parent to Parent of NYS and the Direct Support Professional Alliance of NYS as a Difference Maker for her role as the teacher aide assigned to Hannah St. Julien. Marjorie plays a significant role in Hannah’s positive educational experience, providing exceptional support and motivation. Nancy St. Julien was present to express her thanks and appreciation to Marjorie as well.

Jennifer Meckley, School Psychologist, provided information on the benefits of Therapy Dogs in a school setting, including social interaction benefits, teaching students to deal with anxiety and aggression and bolstering confidence. Rosie, Jennifer’s therapy dog, is a member of Therapy Dogs International, Inc. and had to complete 15 steps of the AKC/CGC Test and additional TDI requirements to become a member.

Board members were invited to attend the 13th Annual Fall Leadership Event that will be held on November 8, 2010 and features keynote speaker Ian Jukes.

Announced that $56,015 in Race to The Top monies have been awarded to the Watkins Glen Central School District.

Announced that Claudia LaFace was awarded $250 as one of Cellino and Barnes' Classroom Scholarship recipients.

Board of Education:

Board President Brian O'Donnell read a thank-you note from the family of Tom Richardson to the Board of Education for the kindness shown during the recent loss of his mother.

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 9/7/10 and 9/20/10 meetings
Approved Substitute List Additions
Approved the appointment of mentors for 2010-11:
Lucky Luckey mentor for Chris Clark
Nan Evans mentor for Karlene Andrews
Nancy Loughlin mentor for Alyssa Hoobler
Jamie Pokerwinski mentor for Tara Parish
Sally Cocca mentor for Kyle Holtz
Amy Planty mentor for Mary Mack
Acknowledged the Budget Status Report and August Budget Transfers
Accepted CSE/CPSE recommendation
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claim Auditor

2. Reviewed NYSSBA Proposed Bylaws and Resolutions that will be voted on at the NYSSBA’s Annual Convention later this month.

3. Acknowledged the 2009-10 Attendance Reported as presented,

4. Accepted the resignation of Michelle Beyler as Monitor.

5. Approved authorization for the Superintendent to appoint an advisory committee under Education Law 402(a) for the purpose of preparing an Educational Impact Study of the establishment of a single campus.

6. Acknowledged the 30-year Enrollment Report. It was noted that for the 1980-81 school year K-12 student enrollment was 1,693. For the start of this school year, K-12 student enrollment is currently 1,184.

7. Approved a resolution to hold a Voter Referendum to propose establishing a Capital Reserve fund.

8. Approved a UPK Program Agreement with Head Start for the 2010-11 school year.

9. Accepted the 2009-10 Audit Report as presented.

School Board meeting summary: Sept. 7

(The following summary of the Watkins Glen School Board meeting of Sept. 7, 2010 was provided by the School District office.)

Visitors’ Comments: None

Superintendent’s Report:

Introduced Chief Tom Struble and Officer Mike Powers. An agreement with the Village of Watkins Glen assigns Office Powers to the Watkins Glen Central School District full-time as a School Resource Officer for the 2010-11 school year.

Distributed the NYSED 2010-11 Differentiated Accountability Status for School with Secondary-level Grades: August 2010. This report indicates that the Watkins Glen Central School District is in good standing in Secondary-Level ELA, Secondary-Level Math and Graduation Rate and that no supplemental education services need to be offered in 2010-11.

Board members viewed the promotional video produced by Verizon highlighting the Watkins Glen Middle School pilot project related to Mobile Learning Devices.

Joseph Fazzary, District Attorney, was present to speak on the benefits to the school and community of having a School Resource Officer program in the schools.

Board of Education:

Mr. O’Donnell offered condolences to Tom Richardson and Peggy Richardson on the recent loss of Tom’s mother, and to Becky Sue Bianco on the loss of her mother.

Read a thank-you note from the Senior All-Night Party Parent Committee for the board’s support of this annual event.

Read a thank-you note from Jolene Miller thanking the board for the gift of artwork presented to her in honor of her retirement.

Mr. O’Donnell and the Board of Education thanked Mike DeNardo and his crew for the great job they do each and every year in preparing for the opening of school. Their efforts and the work they do are greatly appreciated!

1. Approved/accepted/acknowledged the following consensus items:
Approved minutes of the 8/12/10 and 8/16/10 meetings
Approved Substitute List Additions
Accepted a donation of a 50” flat Screen Television donated by Welliver-McGuire, Inc. to be used in the Field House by the athletics department.
Approved the following stipend position appointments:
Senior Class Play Director – Michelle Benjamin
Senior Play Set Director – Tim Benjamin
Senior Play Music Director – Sarah Matthews
Acknowledged the Budget Status Report and July Budget Transfers
Accepted Treasurer’s Reports.
Acknowledged Warrants as approved by Marian M. Boyce, Claim Auditor.

2. Accepted the 2010-11 Board of Education Goals.

3. Approved an agreement with Clarissa Hong as Mandarin Chinese Course Consultant to provide on-site support for the 2010-11 course offering through Daemen College.

4. Approved the following resignations:
Marilyn Hoxie into retirement as Senior food Service Helper
Katherine Deal as Keyboard Specialist
Susan Schaffner as Monitor

5. Approved the creation of the following positions:
Reading
Physical Education (.5)
Teachers on Special Assignment (2)

6. Approved the recall of the following teachers from the Preferred Eligibility List:
Susanne Vedder as Reading Teacher
James Scott as Physical Education Teacher (.5)

7. Approved the following appointments:
Tara Parish as Elementary Teacher
Kyle Hotlz as Elementary Teacher
Alyssa Hoobler as School Counselor
Anita Isaacs as Cleaner
Emma Beach as Monitor
Linda Brown as Keyboard Specialist\

8. Approved the following coaching appointments:
Volunteer Trainer – James Somerville
Volunteer Assistant Girls Swim Coach – Peter Warren
Volunteer Assistant Volleyball Coach – Jill Kautz
Varsity Boys’ Basketball – John Fazzary
JV Boys’ Basketball – Jim Scott
7th & 8th Grade Boys’ Basketball – Ben Connelly
Varsity Girls’ Basketball – Michelle Simiele
JV Girls’ Basketball – Christopher Clark
7th & 8th Grade Girls’ Basketball – James Somerville
Varsity Boys’ Swimming – Jason Bond
Assistant Varsity Boys’ Swimming – Kelly Sterner
7th/8th Grade Boys’ Swimming – Kelly Sterner
Varsity Wrestling – Nils Watson
Assistant Varsity Wrestling – Bob Hogan
Varsity Bowling – Ward Brower
Varsity Indoor Track – Robert Kurcoba
Varsity Cheerleading – Marcy Estey
JV Cheerleading – Jackie Bubb/Marcy Estey

9. Approved an agreement with the Village of Watkins Glen Police Department to provide School Resource Officer services for the 2010-11 school year.

Photos in text:

Top: Superintendent Tom Phillips, left, and School Board President Brian O'Donnell at the Sept. 7th board meeting.

Bottom: School Resource Officer Michael Powers at the meeting.

 

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