Meeting Minutes July 27, 2022

President Hess opened the meeting at 5:20 PM and led the Board/Public in the Pledge of Allegiance.


PRESENT: Jessica Hess, Kerry Davis, Joseph Liberto

ABSENT: Christopher Clark (excused), Meghann Khork (excused), James Marino (arrived 5:37 PM), Uzma Mehr (excused)


Renae Clifford, President of the Marching Red Raiders Band Boosters Club addressed the Board regarding the Marching Band’s change to an extra-curricular activity and presented the Board with a generous donation in the amount of $2,438.53 to benefit the HS band.

The Board thanked her for the generous donation (donation will be officially accepted later in the evening).


Construction Report: School Business Official, Patrick Flaitz on behalf of Andy Billiotte (Welliver) provided the Board with a construction update.


Superintendent Palotti reported:

  • The summer has been super busy with Professional Development
  • The Administrator’s Retreat went very well, the team worked on skills, collaboration, strategic planning, review of the last five years, working on ways to improve. We also had some time with the District’s attorney reviewing practices and policies.
  • We still have some hiring to do before the new year starts. Library, PE/Health and Special EducationBoard member Marino arrived at 5:37 PM



BY: DAVIS/MARINO that the agenda be approved as presented.


RESOLVED: BY: DAVIS/ MARINO that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti to approves/accepts the following

Consent Agenda items:

  • Acceptance of the Revenue Report of June 30, 2022.
  • Acceptance of the GF Budget Transfer Report of June 30
  • Acceptance of the Appropriations Report of June 30, 2022.
  • Acceptance of the Student Activities Report of June 30, 2022.
  • Acceptance of the Treasurer’s Report of June 30, 2022.
  • Acceptance of the Warrant Reports of June 30, 2022.
  • Has no objections to the recommendations of the Committee on Special Education and approves the authorization of funds to implement the special education programs and services consistent with such recommendations for the CSE meeting of July 11, 2022. The CPSE meeting of July 21, 2022 and amendment of July 15, 2022 (no meeting).






RESOLVED: BY: DAVIS/MARINO that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board approves the updated Safety Plan as shared at the meeting of June 15, 2022.


RESOLVED: BY: DAVIS/MARINO that, agenda items VI. D. 1. b. through VI. D. 3. m. be grouped together for one action.


RESOLVED: BY: DAVIS/MARINO that, upon the recommendation of Superintendent Palotti, the Board:

  • authorizes Patrick Flaitz to dispose of the following district vehicles: 2014 66 passenger Freighliner Bus (#80) – VIN 4UZABRDTXECFS85442009 Ford F250 Pickup (for parts) – VIN 1FTNF21509EA17861 2013 Dodge Caravan – VIN 2C4RDGBGGDR533254
  • authorizes Patrick Flaitz to dispose of the technology equipment on the list dated July 5, 2022;
  • authorizes Patrick Flaitz to dispose of a Whirlpool dual washing machine – Asset Tag – A00497029;
  • approves the updated External Facility Use Application;Finance
  • approves the 36 month service agreement with TK Elevator Corp. to provide elevator service and maintenance effective August 1, 2022;
  • approves the service agreement with Hillside to provide Therapeutic Educationprogramming for the 2022/23 school year;
  • approves the agreement to with the Steuben County Sheriff to provide SRO Services effective September 1, 2022 through September 1, 2023;
  • accepts the generous donation of $2,438.53 from the Hornell Band Boosters Club;
  • approves the tax warrant for the 2022-23 school year;Personnel
  • accepts the resignation of Brittany Martin as Teacher Aide effective June 30, 2022;
  • accepts the resignation for the purpose of retirement of Mary Losecco as Teacher Aide effective August 6, 2022. (21 years of service);
  • approves the 26-week probationary appointment of Tara Foster as Tax Collector/ 12-Month Clerical effective July 18, 2022. Furthermore, the Board approve her individualcontract effective July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025 (prorated);
  • approves the 26-week probationary/conditional appointment of Tonya Cornish as Senior Typist / 12-Month Clerical effective August 8, 2022. Tonya’s appointment is conditional upon her passing the Steuben County Senior Typist Civil Service test and reachable on the list provided by the County. Furthermore, the Boar approve her individual contract effective July 1, 2022 – June 30, 2025 (prorated);
  • accepts the resignation of Sarah Dickson as Special Education Teacher effective August 31, 2022;
  • accepts the resignation of Briana Hollenback as Special Education Teacher effective June 28, 2022;
  • accepts the resignation of Brian Biro as Physical Education / Health Teacher effective August 26, 2022;
  • accepts the resignation of Vanessa Spitulnik as Librarian/Literacy Coach effective July 20, 2022;
  • approves the following student teachers and assignments for the 2022/23 school year:SUNY Geneseo: Cullen Ingraham w/ Gary Kelleher – Aug. 30-Oct. 21,2022202216, 2022Kevin Roger w/ Mary Franklin – Aug. 30 – Oct. 21, Sabrina Schumacher w/ Erik Werner – Oct. 27-Dec.St. Bonaventure: Kyle Dougherty w/ Paul Vetter – Oct. 24-Dec. 9,2022;
  • approves the following ESY and SLA appointments for the remainder of the 2022 programs:Kaitlyn Tatu – ESY Substitute Teacher and Aide effective July 15, 2 Katrina Hurd – SLA Substitute Teacher and Aide effective July 1, 2022;
  • approves the following Fall Coaching Assignments for the 2022 season, (pendin proper certifications and clearances) with salaries as defined in the HEA Contract appointments are conditional upon actual existence of a Fall season,with Stipends as defined in the HEA Contract – stipends may be prorated to reflect the abbreviated season due to the COVID restrictions in place.: 
    • Football: Erik Werner – Head CoachGary Kelleher – 1st Varsity AssistantLuke Morgan – Assistant CoachAdam Dwyer – Assistant CoachWilliam Greenthal – Assistant CoachTrevor Styles & Kyle Flaitz – Co Modified – Head Coach
    • Boys Soccer: Jim Tobin – Varsity Head Coach Zach Haynes & Caden Dunham Co-JV Head Coach Andrew Newman – Modified Head Coach Girls Soccer:Mike Wilkinson – Varsity Head CoachJames Dagon – JV Head CoachJamie Haynes – Modified Head Coach
    • Volleyball: Kristi Gemmel – Varsity Head CoachMary Wolf – JV Head Coach Ashlen Arias-Baird – Modified Head Coach Cross Country:TBD – Varsity Head Coach
    • Girls Swimming:
      Mark Kelly – Varsity Head CoachKristen Hazard – Assistant Coach (starting late)
    • Cheerleading: TBD – Varsity Head Coach
    • Volunteers: Ismail Mehr – Footbal*Jason Scialpa – Football Sandy Hillman – Girls Soccer*Kerrigan Lisi – Girls Soccer*Nicole Gibson – Girls Soccer Fred Thompson – Boys Soccer John Ashworth – Boys Soccer Dan Stutzman – Boys Soccer*Josh Harrison – Boys Soccer*Dan Congdon – Boys Soccer*Chase Freeland – Boys Soccer* Highlighted may be removed if no proof of fingerprint clearance;
  • approves the lists of 2022-23 Advisors under the condition that the club is able to operate – applicable stipends may be prorated accordingly;
  • approves the following changes to the substitute roster and other assignments, pending successful fingerprint clearance through the New York State Education Department and approval through DMV and or Civil Service if applicable:

Substitute Additions:





The next Regular Board of Education Meeting will be held on Wednesday, August 24, 2022 at 5:15 PM in the High School Library.

RESOLVED: BY: DAVIS/MARINO that, at 5:42 PM the Board move to Executive Session to discuss contract negotiations.


RESOLVED: BY: DAVIS/MARINO that, at 6:22 PM the Board return to Regular Session and the meeting be adjourned.


Respectfully submitted,
Carol Eaton, District Clerk