July 13, 2021, regular Board of Education meeting

Minutes for Regular Meeting of the Board of Education 7/13/2021 Immediately following the Organizational Meeting


Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, RESOLVED that the Board of Education approve the Minutes of the June 15, 2021 Board of Education Meeting.

Motion: Jay Deitchman; second, Tom Snyder, vote 5-0


None at this time.


Kimberly Matthews, Building Administrator, spoke about the end-of-year year ceremonies, Moving-Up Day and Graduation. The end of the school year events were a success and everyone seemed most appreciative. All of the photos, taken during Graduation, were distributed. The final Music Dept. concert, presented on the front lawn, was also a great success; we may plan one again next year. The Summer Program for students began yesterday and has been going great. There were a few “hiccups” however we learned from them and things are working out wonderfully. Ms. Matthews talked about the benchmarks and barriers that align with the NYS Standards.

Deb Geci, Deputy Treasurer, presented the Board with the Treasurer’s Report Summary for the month of May. This includes a summary of the Budget Status report, Warrants, Bank Reconciliations and the Revenue Status Report. Ms. Geci was asking for approval during tonight’s meeting for several transfers of money to cover year-end balances from the surplus amount within the savings of insurance funds. She also announced that we are not in need of a RAN now, but monitoring of the cash flow will continue.

Theresa Carlin, Superintendent, welcomed Dr. Catie Huber, Superintendent of ONC BOCES, as well as Cory Spooner, the newest member of the Board of Ed. Ms. Carlin provided an overview on the two Stimulus Grants and the slight increase we were granted for one. The process established for use of these Grant funds is to apply, purchase, and then to receive reimbursement. The purchases need to be verified.

The second Grant will be used starting on 7/1/2021 for the Summer Program and additional Staff to help with learning loss, social and emotional learning, ELA, Math, electives, a Dean of Students, as well as the after- school program until the grant expires. After 3 years we will no longer support this in our own Budget.

Ms. Carlin stated that the Board will need to approve the legal notice for the September 22, 2021 Merger Vote which will be published in the paper at the beginning of August. Ms. Carlin presented the schedule for the Board Retreat this summer. After some discussion, Board members agreed on the dates.

At this time Dr. Deitchman asked to discuss the difference between the current college courses offered from SUNY College at Cobleskill and the Tompkins-Cortland Community College program as he heard that currently there is a charge for the SUNY Cobleskill program, while courses offered at TC3 are at no cost. Ms. Matthews responded that they brought in representatives from Tompkins Cortland C.C. to meet with a committee of teachers to discuss the possibility of partnering with TC-3. However, after the meeting, the staff did not want to move forward with TC-3 but to continue with SUNY Cobleskill; they may revisit this option in the future.

Ms. Carlin added that Worcester CS will be offering a couple of TC3 courses this year as they look to move to TC3, so in the event of a merger, that will most likely be the direction for College Classes. It will also give Schenevus the opportunity to learn from Worcester’s experience. She believes that we will definitely be interested in the future. Dr. Deitchman continued to bring up the point that it is more affordable and accessible without denying students an opportunity to possibly earn an associate degree in addition to their High School Diploma.


Upon recommendation of the Superintendent, RESOLVED that the Board of Education approved the May 2021 Treasurer’s Report and the requested Year-End FY2021 budget transfers.

Motion: Jay Deitchman; second, Tom Snyder, vote 5-0


The Board was given a copy of the updated District-Wide School Safety Plan to review for a public hearing and approval during the 8/17/21 Meeting.

The Board was also reminded of the School Board Institute – Governance and Finance Training on 9/10/21 – 9/11/21




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 Legal Notice for the Merger Vote on September 22, 2021. Accept a donation, from an Anonymous Donor, in the amount of $1,290.00 for the Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team jerseys.
3. Appoint Ginsberg Foods, Sysco Foods, Sinon Farms for Milk and Hershey for Ice Cream for the 2021-2022 school year.
4. Accept the recommendation of the Deputy Treasurer to void the following checks from 2019:
a. #985, dated 4/10/2019 in them amount of $10.00
b. #992, dated 6/11/2019 in the amount of $5.00
c. #1052, dated 7/26/2019 in the amount of $25.00
d. #1053 dated 7/26/2019 in the amount of $15.00

Motion: Jay Deitchman; second, Liz Reed, vote 5-0

Personnel Items:

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

1. Appoint the following Summer School Employees effective July 12 – 29, 2021 from 7:45 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. at their contractual hourly rate. All expenses to be paid through the ARPA federal Grant Funds.

A. LTA/Teacher Aides
1. Amy Sulas
2. Mary Lou Geary
3. Sandy Lamme
4. Tracy ODell
5. Stacey Piercy
B. Teachers
1. Allyson Hares
2. Kathleen Walke
3. Marie McCrea
4. Jennifer Andrews
5. Kelley Jones
6. Sarah Mellor
7. Charylie Dennis
8. Brideen Edwards
9. Trisha D’Imperio
10. Don Zaengle

C. Drivers
1. Gordy Carey
2. Scott Wolstenholme
3. Anthony Loehr
D. Bus Aides
1. Francine Hertzler
2. Joan Gregory
E. Substitute Teachers
1. Stephanie Lincoln
2. Joan Martindale
3. Miranda Morell
4. JoAnn Fredette
F. Nurse
1. Jamie Hunt
G. Food Service
1. Vincent Calleja
2. Karen Jahnke
3. Brenda Carvin

2. Appoint Jennifer Pier to the position of Dean of Students starting September 1, 2021 at the agreed upon contractual rate. All expenses to be paid through the ERPA Federal Grant funds.
3. Appoint Ivan VanDewerker and Wendy Peterson to the position of summer Cleaner at the contractual hourly rate during the period of July 1 – September 1, 2021
4. Appoint the following employees for summer workdays, at the contractual daily rate. All expenses to be paid through the ERPA federal grant funds:

1. Jessica Barrett, School Nurse
2. Taylor Diffley, Guidance Counselor
3. Ashley Warren, School Social Worker
4. Jennifer Pier, Dean of Students
5. Approve Joan Gregory for the position of 1:1 aide during the period of July 6 – August 13, 2021 for Summer Special Education students, at the contracted rate.
6. Appoint the following employees to the following extra-curricular/advisors positions at the contractual stipend rate for the 2021-2022 school year. (attached)
7. Accept the resignation of Nicole Couse, with regret, from the position Superintendent’s Secretary/District Clerk as of 8/8/2021
Motion: Jay Deitchman; second, Tom Snyder, vote 4-0-1


Matt Gregory advised the Board that Marie McCrea and he are the newly appointed SUT Co-Presidents and are looking forward to working with the Board. He also brought to the Board’s attention more detail on the TC-3 College Courses that were presented to the Committee of 7 teachers; it was not well received due to limited course offerings. This year SUNY Cobleskill waived fees for 2 students and perhaps the Schenevus Foundation for Excellence could help cover the cost. They do not want to limit students’ opportunities.

Tim Walke thanked all staff involved in the Summer Program as well as those who will be on the Staff of the next year’s after-school program in addition to those who organized the Recognition of the Girls’ Varsity Championship Softball Team at Borst Field.


Theresa Carlin reminded Board members of the dates they chose to attend the Summer Board Retreat – August 25 and 26 from 2:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Having no further business before the Board, Jay Deitchman made a motion to adjourn at 7:43 p.m. second, Liz Reed; vote 5-0.