Valley Stream Central High School District

Board of Education

Minutes ● November 5, 2013

              Committee Meeting              District Office Board Room              8:00 PM

                            1 Kent Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580

Call to Order

Attendee Name

Title

Status

Arrived

Anthony Iadevaio

Trustee

Present

 

Elise Antonelli

President

Present

 

Carolyn Torres

Trustee

Present

 

Donna LaRocco

Trustee

Present

 

Jeanne Greco Jacobs

Trustee

Present

 

Joseph DiSibio

Trustee

Absent

 

Kenneth Cummings

Trustee

Present

 

Lawrence Trogel

Trustee

Present

 

Frank J. Chiachiere

Vice President

Present

 

Draft Agenda for November 12, 2013 Business Meeting

Regarding Interscholastic Athletics, Trustee Trogel asked what would happen if the vacancies for Varsity Rifle Head Coach and Varsity Girls Gymnastics Head Coach were not filled.  Dr. Heidenreich responded that the District is trying their hardest and using contacts to try and fill both vacancies.  The next step would be an ad in Newsday.

 

Regarding the Award of Graduation Facilities Use Contract, Board President Antonelli asked if a spreadsheet could be done to show the price differential between on campus and off campus graduation ceremonies.  Dr. Loper replied that could be done once the bids are received. 

 

Dr. Nekulak stated that she would like to schedule a meeting of the Policy Committee for December 3rd, prior to the Executive Session that evening.

Draft Minutes

1.              Draft Minutes of October 1, 2013 Committee Meeting

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

2.              Draft Minutes of October 8, 2013 Business Meeting

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

Discussion Items

1.              Common Core Math Update

Dr. Troisi introduced the Math Chairpersons from each building.  They provided the Board of Education with an overview of what the District is doing to meet the challenges of Common Core.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

2.              Class Size Report 2013-14

Dr. Nekulak shared that although there have been personnel reductions throughout the last few budget cycles, the increase in class sizes has been reasonable.    There are some classes that have seen a larger increase then the District would like. 

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

3.              District Flood Insurance

Dr. Loper shared with the Board that because of the change in the FEMA flood maps, South High School and the garage there are now in the high risk area.    The flood insurance that is provided by NYSIR has changed making the new deductible on the excess cost policy $500,000.  Should the District wish to obtain flood insurance to cover the new deductible, they would need to apply to the National Flood Insurance Program.    Dr. Loper priced out getting the policy to cover the new deductible for the school building, the garage and for all of the District's facilities.   He asked for direction from the Board on how they wish to proceed.

 

Trustee Trogel asked if the District can appeal the designation?  Dr. Loper replied no, that is the map designation from FEMA.

 

Board President Antonelli polled the Board to see if they wished to continue with the NYSIR excess cost policy for South High School only, for the building and contents, with a $500,000 deductible.   The unanimous consensus of the Board was to continue with this policy.

 

The Board President then polled the Board to see if the wanted to add on the policy from the National Flood Insurance Program, for South High School only, with a deductible of $50,000.   The unanimous consensus of the Board was to purchase this policy.   The unanimous consensus of the Board was to purchase this policy at a cost of $7,856 from NFIP.

 

 

Board President Antonelli polled the Board to see if they wanted to add on the policy from the National Flood Insurance Program, for the garage located at South High School.  The consensus of the Board, by 5 no's and 3 yes's was not to add this policy on.

 

Lastly, the Board President polled the Board to see if they were interested in a flood only policy for $1,000,000 for the entire district.   The unanimous consensus of the Board was to purchase this policy.

RESULT:              DISCUSSED

ADJOURN

Motion to Enter into Executive Session

At 9:43 p.m., on motion of Trustee Iadevaio, seconded by Trustee Cummings and carried unanimously, the Board entered into Executive Session, with the Board only, to discuss the employment history of a particular person, discussion regarding proposed, pending and current litigation and for collective negotiations pursuant to Article 14 of the Civil Service Law (the Taylor Law).  No action was anticipated.

Motion to Adjourn

On motion of Trustee Iadevaio, seconded by Trustee Cummings and carried unanimously, the Board adjourned at 11:00 p.m.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Anthony Iadevaio, Trustee

SECONDER:              Kenneth Cummings, Trustee

AYES:              Iadevaio, Antonelli, Torres, LaRocco, Jacobs, Cummings, Trogel, Chiachiere

ABSENT:              Joseph DiSibio

 

_____________________________

Mary E. Colgan

District Clerk