HPS Hamtramck Public Schools Minutes of Regular Meeting Board of Education Wednesday, September 12, 2012

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1 MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING HELD ON WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 12, 2012 The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of the School District of the City of Hamtramck, Wayne County, Michigan, was held on Wednesday, September 12, 2012 at 6:00 p.m. at the Administration Building, 3201 Roosevelt St., Hamtramck, MI The meeting was called to order by Vice President Walters at 6:01 p.m. Present: 37

2 Motion by Member H. Shulgon Seconded by Member Hussain ACCEPTANCE OF AGENDA RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts and approves the Agenda, with any additions and deletions. 38

3 CORRESPONDENCE There was no correspondence for the Board BOARD MEMBER DISCUSSION Mr. Walters addressed the issue of price increases on food and snack items at the Middle School. Mr. Niczay will investigate and report back to the Board. 39

4 Motion by Member Srodek Seconded by Member A. Shulgon CONSENT AGENDA RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, that the Board of Education approves the following items under the Consent Agenda: a. Approval of Minutes from: 1. August 8, 2012 Regular Meeting Minutes 2. August 8, 2012 Special Meeting Minutes b. Approval of Payment Payment in the amount of $17, to Frey Scientific for the purchase of Supplementary Science Books for Kosciuszko Middle School. c. Approval of Payment Payment in the amount of $16, to Sehi Computer Products for the purchase of Interactive Whiteboards, projectors, installation, etc for Hamtramck High School. d. Approval of Payment Payment in the amount of $36, to Rosetta Stone Ltd.for the purchase of student licenses and training. e. Approval of Payment Payment in the amount of $44, to Delta Education for the purchase of FOSS Science Kits. f. Approval of Employment Employment of Snezana Matovski, as an Adult Education Teacher for Hamtramck Public Schools, pay per the HFT contract, effective September 13, g. Approval of Employment Employment of John Stofflett as an Instructional Technology Coach for Hamtramck Public Schools, for a total of 120 days, $200 per day, total amount not to exceed $24, h. Approval of Employment Employment of Andre Smith-Hunter Jr., resident of Detroit, as a Locker Room Attendant for the Recreation Department, $8.00 per hour, maximum of 35 hours per week, effective September 17, i. Approval of Employment Employment of Emmett Long, as a One-on-one paraprofessional for the Special Services Department at Hamtramck High School, $11.00 per hour, effective September 3, j. Approval of Assignment Change Approval of Anthony Battaglia, part time social studies teacher at Hamtramck High School, being moved to a full time teaching assignment of three social studies classes and E20/20 paid for with At-risk funds. k. Acceptance of Resignation Resignation of Jaclyn Piscitelli, 4 th Grade Teacher at Holbrook Elementary School, effective immediately. l. Acceptance of Retirement Retirement of Christine Bindas, Library Aide at Hamtramck High School, effective September 28,

5 m. Acceptance of Retirement Retirement of Betty Tolentino, Paraprofessional at Holbrook Elementary School, effective September 4, n. Acceptance of Resignation Resignation of Nawal Al-Hadwan, Paraprofessional at Dickinson West Elementary, effective immediately. o. Acceptance of Resignation Resignation of Rachael Wrobel, Graphic Design Teacher at Hamtramck High School, effective August 27, p. Acceptance of Retirement Retirement of Alice Dembowski, Recreation Employee for Hamtramck Public Schools, effective August 27, q. Acceptance of Resignation Resignation of Fatima Chowdhury, Title I Paraprofessional at Kosciuszko Middle School, effective immediately. r. Approval of Leave Approval of a 12 week FMLA Leave of Absence for Sara Cavataio, 4 th Grade Teacher at Holbrook Elementary, effective September 29, 2012 or upon the birth of her child. s. Acceptance of Resignation Resignation of Anthony Morgan, Head Girl s Varsity Basketball Coach at HHS t. Acceptance of Resignation Resignation of Kristin Ramold, Kindergarten Teacher at Early Childhood Elementary, effective September 10, u. Acceptance of Resignation Resignation of Kaid Omar, 6 th Grade Teacher at D. East, effective for the school year. v. Acceptance of Resignation Resignation of Christina Benedict, Preschool Teacher at Early Childhood Elementary, effective September 11, Members H. Shulgon, Walters, Hussain, Srodek, Burkman and A. Shulgon 41

6 Reports by the Superintendent of Schools: INFORMATION/ACTION ITEMS School Based Health Clinic Ms. Sarah Peslar and Nr. Niczay gave a brief overview of the School Based Health Clinic. Sarah reported on the specifics including services provided, students serviced, community involvement, parent support, etc. Mr. Niczay explained the funding sources used to support the clinic. Curriculum Ms. Charns along with Linda McGarry, Patricia Hartwig and Aletha Kimbrough presented the curriculum that will be used throughout the District. With the new common core standards, it was necessary to make various updates and changes to the way the curriculum is delivered to the students. Teachers who helped with the process were also present and gave brief statements regarding their thoughts. OLD BUSINESS Student Discipline Procedures Mr. Terrence George asked the board to again review the student discipline procedures that were presented at last month s meeting. Discussion was held regarding the procedures, suggestions were made, and Mr. Niczay will now bring the changes to the Board next month for adoption. (The meeting recessed at 7:50 p.m.) (The meeting reconvened at 8:01 p.m.) 42

7 General Fund Board Report September 12, 2012 ACTION ITEMS Attached hereto is a listing of invoices and checks now due for supplies, materials, equipment or services delivered or rendered to the School District. These invoices and checks represent purchases made or services ordered upon approved resolutions of the Board of Education for the current fiscal year. Where required or when possible, competitive prices have been obtained prior to placing orders, and where quality specifications permitted, purchases were made or services obtained at the lowest price quoted. Invoices examined and recommended for approval by the Board of Education. Thomas Niczay Superintendent of Schools APPROVAL OF INVOICES AND CHECK REGISTER Motion by Member A. Shulgon Seconded by Member H. Shulgon RESOLVED, that the Check Register for the period August 9, 2012 through September 12, 2012 as enclosed, be approved. 43

8 Motion by Member A. Shulgon Seconded by Member Srodek of Education does hereby approve the employment of Stephanie Stanley as a Resource Room Teacher at Kosciuszko Middle School, step 0 for a Bachelor s Degree, effective August 28, Motion by Member H. Shulgon Seconded by Member Srodek of Education does hereby approve the employment of Kourie MacKenzie, as a Physical Education/Health Teacher at Kosciuszko Middle School, step 0 for a Bachelor s Degree, effective August 28,

9 Motion by Member A. Shulgon Seconded by Member H. Shulgon of Education does hereby approve the employment of Zach Fifelski, as an ELA Teacher at Hamtramck High School, step 0 for a Bachelor s Degree, effective August 28, Motion by Member Srodek Seconded by Member A. Shulgon of Education does hereby approve the employment of Amber Baylor, as a 5 th Grade Teacher at Holbrook Elementary School, step 0 for a Bachelor s Degree, effective August 28,

10 Motion by Member H. Shulgon Seconded by Member Srodek of Education does hereby approve the employment of David Lesmeister, as the Recreation Coordinator, annual salary of $34,008.00, effective September 17, Motion by Member Srodek Seconded by Member H. Shulgon of Education does hereby approve the employment of Colleen Stevens as Early Childhood Elementary School Principal, salary of $39, which is ½ of step 1 of the salary schedule of the Hamtramck Administrator s Association for 130 days. There are no benefits with this position. 46

11 Motion by Member Srodek Seconded by Member H. Shulgon of Education does hereby approve the employment of Harry Katopodis, as the CTE/Graphic Arts Teacher at Hamtramck High School, step 0 for a Bachelor s Degree, effective September 4, Motion by Member H. Shulgon Seconded by Member Burkman of Education does hereby approve the employment of Matthew Corbitt, as a Science Teacher at Horizon Alternative High School, step 0 for a Bachelor s Degree, effective September 5,

12 REDUCTION OF PERSONNEL Motion by Member Walters Seconded by Member A. Shulgon WHEREAS the District must cut 20% from the Title I Consolidated Grant due to having a school being identified as a priority school and have another 10% cut from the priority schools Title I grant. In addition the District has another school identified as a Focus school. That school must also cut 10% from its Title I grant, It is with great regret that the Board hereby authorize the Superintendent to take any and all actions necessary to reduce the District's workforce so as to effectuate the immediate reduction of District expenditures in an amount attributable to the current employment of the personnel listed on the attached list by the layoff and/or other disposition of said personnel in as expeditious a manner as practicable, Said reductions will be effective September 28, A roll call vote was taken Members Walters, Hussain, Srodek and Burkman Members A. Shulgon and H. Shulgon ELIMINATION OF POSITION Motion by Member A. Shulgon Seconded by Member H. Shulgon of Education does hereby eliminate the Office Clerk position at Early Childhood Elementary/Dickinson West effective September 28,

13 AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION Member Walters recognized and congratulated Ms. Westrate on her interview for BLAC magazine. The article was truly impressive and a testament to the wonderful job she is doing as principal at the high school. Discussion was also held regarding Audience Participation at the beginning of the meeting for those who want to address items on the agenda. 49

14 Motion by Member A. Shulgon Seconded by Member H. Shulgon RESOLVED, that the Meeting be adjourned. ADJOURNMENT The Meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m. Respectfully submitted, Hedy Shulgon, Secretary Approved by: Yvonne Myrick, President 50