Board of Education Meeting February 7, 2023



Minutes for Regular Meeting of the Board of Education Meeting

Tuesday, February 7, 2023     6:00 p.m.

Board President, Tom Snyder called the Board of Education meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.

Members present: Tom Snyder, Tim Walke, Liz Reed, Serenity Beardslee, Cory Spooner

Also present: Jeff Bennett, Superintendent; Erin Goodlander, SPED director; Patti Hoyt, Principal;

Jody Carney, District Clerk; Catie Huber; District Superintendent ONCBOCES; Marie McCrea, SUT co-pres. and teacher; Brad and Denise Damiani, Community Members


Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, RESOLVED that the Board of Education approve the January 10, 2023 Regular Board of Education Meeting Minutes

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, RESOLVED that the Board of Education  approve the January 17, 2023 Special Board of Education Meeting Minutes.

Motion: Liz Reed; 2nd: Tim Walke; Vote 5-0


Building Administrator Report: Mrs. Hoyt stated that January report cards went out and she is pleased to report that 96 students in grades 6-12 were on the Honor/High Honor/Principals lists.  These students will be recognized on Friday as “Smart Cookies”.  The students on the restriction list are mostly there due to failing one class and some by just a few grade points. The regents scores are in and a majority of the students taking the tests passed. Ms. Hoyt has still been participating in Professional Development Webinars and will be attending one on Youth Vaping tomorrow.  We have a parent who is working with interested students on a school newspaper. This Pilot will go until the end of the year and if a success may possibly be negotiated into the SUT contract as a new club. Middle school students were informed that they are no longer allowed to have their phones out during class time and were advised of the consequences of each infraction. The teachers are pleased with this move. Letters went home to parents, in the mail, explaining the rule and consequences if students do not follow the no phone rule.

Special Education Directors Report: Mrs. Erin Goodlander reported that she is still doing unannounced observations and is really enjoying watching the teachers and the students during this time. She is also enjoying talking with the teachers afterwards and getting the chance to know each of them.  The SPED department is in the process of 504 Meetings. Mrs. Goodlander has implemented a new process for how 504’s are being addressed allowing  all teachers having input on the students they work with. After February break IEP meetings will begin with the Special Education Teachers. New teacher’s will be doing IEP training with Erin so they can understand the process.

Superintendent Report: Mr. Jeffrey Bennett has accomplished much during his first two weeks. He has been meeting with staff, visiting classrooms and rode a bus on Monday and plans on riding all the bus routes. Which is part of the goals he is looking to fulfill. In line with his goals is the Budget which he has been working on with SBO Pete Iorizzo and Treasurer Stephanie Lincoln.  He anticipates new courses being offered next year with the current staff available.  We will begin advertising unfilled positions again after February break. Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Hoyt will be putting together an end of the year calendar of events and will hold a planning meeting to organize and publish the calendar for parents and students. The Merger/annexation revote is February 15th and Mr. Bennett reminded BOE president Tom Snyder that he should be in attendance at noon, 5pm and 8pm. The other BOE members were asked to sign up for times they will be available during the day to take a shift. Mr. Bennett would like to start meeting with the Policy Committee after February break to update policies. Mr. Bennett ended by reminding the BOE that the second board meeting of the month, on February 28th, will focus on the budget only and there will be no new business items. 

Building Committee: Nothing new to report at this time

Finance Committee: Had a great meeting this afternoon. Part I of the presentation for the  23-24 Budget will be shared at the next meeting.

Negotiation Committee: SUT contract is finished and signed copy will be sent to be printed.

Policy Committee: Will begin working on policies in the next couple of weeks.


Motion: Liz Reed; 2nd: Serenity Beardslee; Vote 5-0


Business Items:

On the recommendation of the superintendent, RESOLVED that the Board of Education approve the following: 

  1. Special Education program service recommendations from the Committee on Special Education.
  2. Approve the Section IV Merger with Worcester Central School for Varsity Boys and Girls Track for the 2022-2023 school year.
  3. Buchanan Endowment FBO Schenevus Central School Resolution

Motion: Tim Walke; 2nd: Cory Spooner; Vote 5-0

Personnel Items:

On the recommendation of the superintendent, RESOLVED that the Board of Education approve the following: 

  1. Approve the appointment of Matthew Gregory as Mentor for Emily West at the prorated SUT contractual rate of $960.00. ($480.00)
  2. Approve the appointment of Steve Hornung as Mentor for Nicholas Chase at the prorated SUT contractual rate of $960.00. ($480.00)
  3. Approve the appointment of Sarah Stevens as a volunteer to assist with the Drama production pending fingerprint clearance.
  4. Approve the appointment of Emily West as Drama Technical Director at the SUT contractual rate of $1,082.00.
  5. Approve the appointment of Nicholas Chase as substitute tutor for the afterschool program at the SUT rate of $40.00
  6. Approve the appointments of the following coaches for the Spring 2023 season, at the SUT contractual rate.

    Jessica Barrett -Modified Softball Coach  ($1654.00)

    Kaitlin Darling-Hunter- Varsity Track and Field ($3525.00)

    Ron Spranger – Volunteer Assistant Baseball Coach 

    Charity Burton- Girls Varsity Softball Coach  ($3,000.00)

    Rich Westcott-Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach  

    Allyson Hares – Volunteer Assistant Softball Coach

    Jim Gaske – Boys Varsity Baseball Coach  ($3255.00)

    Brody Smith – Asst’ track coach ($1500.00)

7.  Amend the November 29, 2022 appointment of Jennifer Green as Boys Modified Basketball coach to a Co-Coach appointment, with the SUT contractual rate of $2,000.00, to be shared with Tim Smith, who was appointed as acting coach on December 13, 2022 until Jennifer Green received her certification which is now completed.

8. Approve a one time payment to Emilia Knecht for chaperone pay at $16.20 an hour for 3.5 hours ($56.70).

Motion: Tim Walke; 2nd Cory Spooner; Vote 5-0


ADJOURNMENT: Having no further business before the Board, Cory Spooner made a motion to adjourn at 8:18 p.m. 2nd by Tim Walke; Vote 5-0