February 22, 2021 Minutes

Regular Board of Education Meeting – February 22, 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.

 

A link for this meeting is shown below:

 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/1FUUSYn06sJcDTjt7N4bcbDH-menYmnBy/view?usp=sharing

 

Board Members present: Marirose Ethington, Jeff Finch, Margaret Gaston, Kevin Stefan, Callin Ayers-Tillotson, and Chris Jeffres

 

Board Members Absent: Becky Dziekan

 

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

 

Others Absent:

 

One (1) guest was present as per the list of attendees received by GVBOCES.

 

Jeff Finch led the Pledge of Allegiance

 

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

 

**        Moved by Jeff Finch; seconded by Kevin Stefan to approve all items in the consent grouping - Minutes: Regular BOE minutes of 2/8/2021; CSE, Sub-CSE, CPSE and 504 minutes of 2/10/2021 and 2/11/2021 – 2 sets each; Appropriation and Budget Status Reports for A, C & F funds for January 2021, Treasurer’s Report for January 2021; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

BUSINESS:

 

1.               Superintendent Update:

**        Mrs. Hoffman shared the results of the recent survey conducted regarding transitioning to a 4 day school week for students in grades 6 – 12 beginning March 8, 2021.  She indicated that overall the response is very positive and indicated that most parents are in favor of this move.  She stated that she is currently working on a question/answer sheet for the parents who have asked questions about this move and that this information will be shared with the parents of students in the Middle/High school this week. 

 

**        Mrs. Hoffman stated that Dr. Eigenbrod and Mr. Martelle have been working hard on ensuring that there is adequate room for this move and stated the Friday March 5, 2021 will be a full remote day for all students in grades 6 – 12.

 

**        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 shared with the Board the recent awards won by three of our students and congratulated the students for excelling despite the current hardships they are facing.

 

**       Dr. Eigenbrod wanted to thank Ann Pursel and Megan Hoffman, guidance counselors, for their hard work with the process of bringing our students back to school four days a week.

 

**       Dr. Eigenbrod mentioned that she will be having a virtual meeting on Friday February 26th with the seniors and their family members to discuss graduation and senior activities.

 

**        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 spoke to the Board regarding the slight changes that will be made to the upcoming Breakfast of Champions this school year.  This event will be held on 2 days this year, during 1st period and no family members will be able to attend. However the District is looking into having a speaker come in to talk to the students.

 

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

 

**        Mr. Wilson spoke about the recent reading incentive program that was held in the elementary building announcing that the students had read over 4,000 books!

 

**        Mr. Wilson mentioned the Imagination Station program that the District participates in and indicated that we are advertising this great program not only through the District Newsletters, but also the monthly one that Mr. Wilson creates for the elementary families.

 

**        Mr. Wilson would like to compliment both Amanda Eighmey and Nikki Palmer for the excitement they have brought to the library since the start of the school year, it’s a wonderful thing for this excitement especially since we have been focusing on literacy so much this year.

 

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

 

**        Ms. Tallon spoke briefly to the Board regarding the fact that the K – 8th grade Special Education teachers have been attending training to enable them to better help the students with their literacy needs. 

 

**        Ms. Tallon answered questions asked and the Board thanked her for the update. No action required.

 

**        Mr. Childs addressed the Board regarding the Tax Cap indicating that it is not quite ready for them to approve as of yet as the District is still awaiting information regarding the PILOTs.  He indicated that this information is due to the Comptroller by March 1st, so he will bring this to the Board again at the next meeting for their approval.

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

 

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

 

 

3.         Tax Cap Calculation 2021-2022:

**        Item Tabled

 

4.         Unpaid Maternity Leave - Curry:

**        Moved by Cal Ayers-Tillotson, seconded by Chris Jeffres to approve the request as submitted by Stephane Curry and upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of School for an additional three (3) weeks of unpaid leave to allow her to stay home with her newborn longer; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

5.         2020-2021 Tutoring Appointments:

**        Moved by Cal Ayers-Tillotson, seconded by Kevin Stefan, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, to approve the list of tutors for the 2020-2021 school year as presented; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

6.         Library Letter:

**        Mrs. Hoffman shared a letter with the Board from the Hollwedel Memorial Library regarding it’s recent vote to formally move forward with its plan to held a vote to create a school district public library, establish and initial budget, and elect initial trustees at the School District’s annual budget vote on May 18, 2021.  Mrs. Hoffman and Mr. Childs answered question asked and the Board has requested that the members of the library be asked to attend an upcoming Board meeting to answer additional questions. No action required.

 

INFORMATION:  

1.      Monday March 8 and 22, 2021 BOE meeting dates

**        Moved by Peg Gaston, seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson to enter executive session for a personnel matter at 7:53 PM; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

**        Moved by Peg Gaston, seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson to return to regular session at 8:19 PM; carried unanimously (6 votes).

 

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

 

 

 

                                                                       

Mary Jo Pahl

 

 


Clerk of the Board