An Organizational meeting of the Pal-Mac CSD Board of Ed was called to order at 7:00 PM in the Pal-Mac Middle School. New Board members, Ms. Laura Arrington, Ms. Sherry Miller, and Mr. Norbert Miller all took the Oath of Office as newly elected Board of Education board members. Immediately following, the oath of office was administered to Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Robert Ike. Nominations and elections of the Board of Education President and Vice-President were then held, followed by Ms. Sharon Lang taking the Oath of Office of the Board President, and Ms. Laura Arrington taking the Oath of Office of the Board Vice-President, each for a term of one year. The appointments of Ms. Claudia McLaughlin as District Clerk, Mr. James Sapienza as Treasurer, Ms. Amy Lugering as the Claims Auditor, and Ms. Dawn Nicholas as the Deputy Claims Auditor were then approved, each for a one year term, with each appointee taking their Oath of Office.
Appointment of Ms. Cynthia DiLaura Devore, MD, F.A.A.P. As the Director of School Health Services and School Medical Director was approved for the 2014-2015 school year. Additional appointments for the upcoming school year included that the school nurses act as Attendance Officers in their respective schools, Mr. Ryan Pacette be named as Homeless Liaison, and that the Director of Physical Education, Athletics, and Community Services, High School Nurse, Nurse Practitioner, Director of School Health Services, Middle School Nurse, and the Athletic Trainer were named as the Concussion Management Team, and the law team of Larrison, Barrett & Reitz, P.C. as the school attorney. Additional appointments included the District Wide Safety Team and the AIDS Advisory Council.
The board approved a resolution calling upon the New York State Legislation to end the Gap Elimination Adjustments (GEA) when they adopt the New York State 2015-2016 Annual Budget. Additionally a resolution approving a revision to the Public Participation in Board Meetings Policy, requesting that comments regarding specific personnel and/or students are not appropriate for public comment and should instead be brought to the attention of the Superintendent of Schools privately was also approved.
A presentation was given by Dr. Pacatte and Ms. Vecchiotti regarding highlights and changes in the Professional Development Plan. Dr. Pacatte shared that the plan’s goal is to offer world class professional development to the staff of Pal-Mac CSD, offering opportunities and education, which can then be passed along to students. A committee made up of teachers, parents, administration, and school staff created the proposed plan over a period of one year, with pilot programs conducted throughout the school year. A 1 year PDP (Professional Development Plan) was created and proposed to the board for their consideration. The 6 identified goals of the proposed plan were cited as teacher collaboration, data-driven instruction, data-driven leadership practices, curriculum development, new teacher/leader/teaching assistant support, and school violence protection. The board approved a resolution for the adoption of the recommended Professional Development Plan.
A second presentation was made by Mr. Brongo regarding the Leaders2Leaders Affordable Care Act recommendations. It was explained that the phase-in of the program are still on-going, with goals are to increase quality and adorability of health insurance, and to lower the number of uninsured Americans. Items outlined within the Affordable Care Act that have little to no impact on the PMCSD include no annual or lifetime caps on coverage, no discrimination for pre-existing conditions, dependents ability to remain on parent’s policies until age 26, no out-of-pocket costs for preventative services, and the establishment of “Minimum Essential Health Benefits”. However, it was noted that new taxes and fees are incorporated into the Affordable Care Act are built into health care premiums and will represent an increase of approximately 4.5%-5% of the annual 2014-2015 annual premium, which translates into a total of approximately $230,000- $250,000 of the district’s $5.1 million budget for health insurance in 2014-2015. It was noted that the district’s plan is to utilize current staff for the management of monitoring and reporting, however many sources of help will be utilized regarding PPACA Compliance Guidance such as BOCES Labor Relations Specialists, the School Attorney, the Finger Lakes Health Plan (FLASHP) Attorney, Smola Consulting (Health Insurance Consultants), Bond Financial (Health Insurance Consultants), New York State School Boards Association, The Council of School Superintendents, and the New York State Association of School Business Officials. The board approved a resolution to adopt an interim measurement period for current ongoing variable hour and seasonal employees which will begin on July 1, 2014 and end on April 30, 2014.
Public comment was received from a resident who asked if district taxpayers who do not have internet access will have the opportunity to receive a paper survey as an alternative, and it was explained that one will be mailed to residents who call the district and request a hard copy. The next regular meeting of the Pal-Mac Board of Education will be August 5, 2014 at 7:00 PM. By Becky Block