January 11, 2021 Minutes

Regular Board of Education Meeting – January 11, 2021

 

The regular meeting of the Pavilion Central School District Board of Education was called to order at 7:00 PM by Board President Marirose Ethington.

 

An audio link for this meeting is shown below:

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1VjnSjmspmcCTrDK-zEWfoZ7SZTlBDTc4/view?usp=sharing

 

 

Board Members present: Marirose Ethington, Jeff Finch, Margaret Gaston, Becky Dziekan, Callin Ayers-Tillotson, and Chris Jeffres (7:01 PM)

 

Board Members Absent: Kevin Stefan

 

Others Present: Sheila Eigenbrod, Jon Wilson, Charles Martelle, Stacey Tallon, Mary Kate Hoffman, Donald Childs, and Mary Jo Pahl

 

Others Absent:

 

Three (3) guests were present as per the list of attendees received by GVBOCES.

 

Jeff Finch led the Pledge of Allegiance

 

**        Moved by Cal Ayers-Tillotson; seconded by Jeff Finch to approve agenda with additions carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

**        Moved by Jeff Finch; seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson to approve all items in the consent grouping - Minutes: Regular BOE minutes of 12/14/2020; CSE, Sub-CSE, CPSE and 504 minutes of 12/16/2020; 1/6/2021; and 1/7/2021; Appropriation and Budget Status Reports for A, C & F funds as of November 2020 and Treasurer’s Reports as of November 2020; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

BUSINESS:

 

1.               Superintendent Update:

**        Mrs. Hoffman updated the Board regarding the Athletic Director interviews which will be taking place on Wednesday 1/13/2021.  She indicated that she anticipated the appointment being on the agenda for the next BOE meeting for approval with the official start date to be determined.  She was hoping that the newly appointed AD will have the opportunity to work alongside Mr. Sattora prior to his retirement. 

 

**        Mrs. Hoffman also updated the Board about the school meal program and the ways in which we will be increasing the service so that students are able to have meals for the Wednesday remote days and we will also be opening the program up for students who are participating in the hybrid learning model as well.

 

**        Mrs. Hoffman also informed the Board that we currently have one classroom that is on quarantine, but she also wanted them to know how thankful she is that we have been able to stay open for the students as long as we have.  She attributes this success to the fact that our student, their families, our faculty, staff and all support staff are diligent about the necessary safety measure necessary to keep open and expressed her thanks to all for working so hard to enable us to stay open for our students.

 

**        Mrs. Hoffman answered questions on each of the above items as asked during each update; the Board thanked her for the updates. No action required.

 

 2.        Admin Updates:

**       Dr. Eigenbrod addressed the Board regarding the recent professional development that has taken place in the middle/high school about reading in content areas. 

 

**       Dr. Eigenbrod also mentioned that the senior’s caps have been ordered already in anticipation of shipping delays so that each student will be able to decorate their cap for graduation.  She indicated that Mrs. Orban would be doing the measuring for the gowns soon as well to ensure that all students have the correct size for graduation.  There are talks taking place regarding a parade around the elementary school for the seniors to be able to wear their caps and gowns for the elementary school students to see.  

 

**        Dr. Eigenbrod also mentioned that Mr. Weaver has been able to combine the two senior portraits that had been taken into one group photo for the yearbook.  Talks are in the work with the Genesee Country Museum regarding thoughts for the prom, once the advisors speak with the museum, they will speak to the junior and senior classes to share the ideas to see if the classes like the ideas or not. 

 

**        Dr. Eigenbrod touched upon the fact that the Breakfast of Champions, assessments, and parent teacher conferences will still take place, though more than likely in a much different format than in years past, but it’s her feeling that it will still be successful for the students.

 

**        Dr. Eigenbrod answered questions on each of the above items as they were asked during each update, the Board thanked her for the updates. No action required.

 

**        Mr. Martelle addressed the Board regarding how the district is trying to bring all students back four days per week and the challenges that may bring up.  Jeff Finch asked him if there has been any word on sports and he indicated that the AD’s have met, but there really is not much information out there as of yet.  Mrs. Hoffman indicated that from her talks with Mr. Sattora, winter sports are not looking good because they are deemed high risk. No action required.

 

**        Mr. Wilson spoke to the Board about the “Science of Reading” and of how important even just 20 minutes of reading to your child each night can make in the increase of their exposure to vocabulary and enjoyment of reading. 

 

**        Mr. Wilson mentioned to the Board about the “In lieu of giving” initiative that the elementary school participates in each year at the holidays in which all family members who wish to donate funds to go to the Pavilion Community Chest in lieu of buying their child’s teacher a gift.  This past holiday season, there was $475.00 raised for the Pavilion Community Chest and Mr. Wilson would like to express his thanks to the families who contributed to this worthy cause.

 

**        Mr. Wilson answered questions on each of the above items as they were asked during each update, the Board thanked him for the updates. No action required.

 

 

**        Ms. Tallon addressed the Board regarding how the weekly check-ins with Shelby LaMond, the school psychologist, have been going so far.  She also indicated that some of the special education teachers and one of the middle/high school English teachers recently attended a workshop on the Wilson Reading Program.  She indicated that the three teachers who attended this program will in turn teach the program to the rest of the special education and English teachers in the school so that all can benefit from this effective program. She answered questions and the Board thanked her for the updates. No action required.

 

**        Marirose Ethington thanked the Superintendent and Administrators for the updates.

 

3.         Appointments:

**        Moved by Chris Jeffres, seconded by Peg Gaston, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, to approve the one substitute teacher application as presented for Bethany Liano; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

**        Moved by Jeff Finch, seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, to appoint Courtney Westberg to the position of Long-term substitute School Social Worker to begin January 13, 2021 for a period of six to eight weeks at the daily rate of $125.00; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

INFORMATION:  

1.      Monday January 25, February 8 and 22, 2021 BOE meeting dates

**        Moved by Peg Gaston, seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson to enter executive session at 7:30 PM; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

**        Moved by Becky Dziekan, seconded by Chris Jeffres to return to regular session at 8:19 PM; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

**        Moved by Chris Jeffres, seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson to adjourn at 8:19 PM; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

 

 

                                                                       

Mary Jo Pahl

 

 


Clerk of the Board