March 23 2020 Minutes

Regular Board of Education Meeting – March 23, 2020

 

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.

 

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

 

Board Members Absent:

 

Others Present: Donald Childs and Kenneth Ellison

 

Others Excused: Sheila Eigenbrod, Jon Wilson, Charles Martelle, Stacey Tallon, and Mary Jo Pahl

 

Marirose Ethington dispensed with the Pledge of Allegiance

 

**        Moved by Cal Ayers-Tillotson; seconded by Chris Jeffres to approve agenda with additions carried unanimously (7 votes).

 

**        Moved by Jeff Finch; seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson to approve all items in the consent grouping - Minutes: Regular BOE minutes of 3/9/2020; Sub-CSE minutes of 3/5/2020 and 3/10/2020; CPSE minutes of 3/19/2020; 504 minutes of 3/6/2020; carried unanimously (7 votes).

 

 

BUSINESS:

 

1.               Appointments:

**        Moved by Cal Ayers-Tillotson, seconded by Peg Gaston upon the recommendation of The Superintendent of Schools to approve the two substitute teaching applications as presented for Terry Antonelli and Mary Bernadette Bochicchio; carried unanimously (7 votes).

 

 

2.         Recognition of Extraordinary Circumstances:

**        Moved by Peg Gaston, seconded by Chris Jeffres to approve the resolution as shown below; carried unanimously (7 votes).

 

 

March 23, 2020

 

WHEREAS, On March 14, 2020, the Genesee County Department of Health recommended that school Districts in Genesee County close to students, effective as soon as practicable, and until further notice due to the COVID-19 virus;

 

WHEREAS, As of 7:00 PM on Saturday, March 14, 2020, the Genesee County Board of Supervisors in collaboration with the Genesee County Department of Health declared a state of emergency in response to the COVID-19 pandemic;

 

WHEREAS, On March 16, 2020, Andrew Cuomo, Governor of the state of New York, signed an executive order closing schools statewide for two (2) weeks beginning on March 18, 2020 and ending on April 1, 2020;

WHEREAS, the Pavilion Central School District complied with these orders and closed to students beginning March 16, 2020;

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Education recognizes the undue hardship this unprecedented event may have on its community;

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Education recognizes the undue hardship this situation may have to safely maintain and operate its facilities;

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Education recognizes the need to provide its vulnerable student populations with meals during the mandated closure;

 

WHEREAS, the Board of Education recognizes the need to continue the essential functions of the Business Office,

 

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes Kenneth Ellison, Superintendent of Schools to take necessary measures, including waiving current District policies, to ensure the continuity of Business Office functions including but not limited to purchasing, bill payment, banking, and payroll for all District employees and long-term substitutes;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes Kenneth Ellison, Superintendent of Schools to designate select staff, faculty and administration as essential to address the aforementioned concerns;

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, this resolution shall remain in effect until such time the as District is allowed to reopen to students and non-essential personnel and resume functions as prescribed by regulatory authorities.

 

3.         2020-2021 State Budget Update: 

**        Mr. Ellison gave the Board an update on the 2020-2021 budget and shared his thoughts on the outlook for State aid.  Further discussion of the budget will occur at the next Board meeting. No action required.

 

4.         Donation – Craigs Station Creamery:

**        Moved by Chris Jeffres, seconded by Kevin Stefan to accept the donation of eight cases of cheddar cheese snack packs from Craigs Station Creamery; carried unanimously (7 votes).

 

5.         Rescind Retirement Notice - Ellison:

**        Moved by Chris Jeffres, seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson to approve the presented resolution to rescind the acceptance of Mr. Ellison’s letter of retirement, acknowledge his withdrawal of such letter and approve changes to his contract as detailed in said resolution; carried unanimously (7 votes).

 

The Board members also wished to express their “many thanks” to Mr. Ellison for his willingness to delay his retirement and stay on as Superintendent of Schools to help out during this difficult period of time.

 

6.         Easement Agreement – Utilities:

**        Moved by Peg Gaston, seconded by Becky Dziekan to approve the easement as needed by the water department to install the new water lines; carried unanimously (7 votes).

 

 

INFORMATION

 

1.      Monday, April 13 and 27, 2020 BOE meeting dates

 

**        Mr. Ellison addressed the Board regarding the below topics:

 

1.  He indicated that several options are being considered concerning the continuation of services for the upcoming Easter break.

 

2.  For the April 13th Board meeting, this will be conducted as a Zoom meeting.  Mr. Ellison will send out an invitation to join the meeting prior to the meeting date.  He indicated that he will conduct a practice Zoom meeting session on Monday or Tuesday next week.

 

 

**        Moved by Peg Gaston, seconded by Cal Ayers-Tillotson to adjourn at 7:37 PM; carried unanimously (7 votes).

 

 

 

                                                                       

Donald Childs

Acting Clerk of the Board