Board of Education


Work/Action Meeting

~ Minutes ~



21 Babylon Road

Merrick, NY  11566


Tuesday, February 7, 2017              7:15 PM              Cub's Cave

1.              Call to Order

The meeting was called to order at 6:15 PM by Vice President Sigal Negrin

Attendee Name




Gina Piskin




Nancy Kaplan




Butch Yamali




Pamela Banks




Sigal Negrin

Vice President



Jill Levine




Linda Wilk




2.              Exit Public Session 6:14 PM

3.              Enter Executive Session  6:15 PM- Discussion of Bargaining Unit Negotiations

4.              Exit Executive Session - 7:14 PM

5.              Reconvening of Meeting. Pledge of Allegiance - Lakeside students led in the Pledge of Allegiance

6.              Minutes of Board of Education Meeting

1.              Board of Education - Work/Action Meeting - Jan 10, 2017 7:15 PM


AYES:              Piskin, Kaplan, Yamali, Negrin, Levine, Wilk

EXCUSED:              Pamela Banks

7.              Treasurer's Report

1.              Treasurer's Report - December 2016

8.              Claims Audit Report

1.              Internal Audit Claims Report for the month of December 2016

9.              Statement of Paid Claims

1.              Statement of Paid Claims  January 2017 - February 3, 2017


MOVER:              Gina Piskin, Trustee

SECONDER:              Butch Yamali, Trustee

AYES:              Piskin, Kaplan, Yamali, Negrin, Levine, Wilk

EXCUSED:              Pamela Banks

10.              Dr. Grucci's Money Minute

1.              Dr. Grucci's Money Minute

11.              Public Statement - Condolences to the McDonough Family at Birch school.

12.              Hearing of Visitors on Items in the Superintendent's Report - No comments

13.              Superintendent's Report

A.              PERSONNEL

1.              Substitute Staffing

We are recommending the following appointments for the 2016-2017 school year:

Appointment of Per Diem Substitute Teacher

Baldauf, Samantha

Walters, Peyton


Resignation of Substitute Teacher Assistants

Shapiro, Roberta

2.              Resignation of Short Term Leave Replacement

We received a letter of resignation from Melissa Mayo, short term leave replacement, effective January 13, 2017.

3.              Resignation/Retirement

We received the following resignations, for the purpose of retirement, from the staff indicated:





Effective Date

Edna Lynn

Teacher Aide



Johnny Ng




4.              Appointment of School Psychologist

Appointment of Pamela Antoci, School Psychologist, as a Co-Chairperson of the Committee on Special Education, Committee on Preschool Special Education and Subcommittees: Committee on Special Education.

5.              Appointment of Regular Substitute School Psychologist

We are recommending the appointment of Pamela Antoci as a regular substitute school psychologist, effective February 13, 2017 and ending no later than June 30, 2017. Her salary will be $71,743 (prorated) MA Step 1 and stipend of $1,915.

6.              Appointment of Cleaner

Probationary appointment of Steve Salomon as a Cleaner (Full-Time) assigned to Birch School, effective February 8, 2017.  His salary will be $42,015 (prorated) as per the Merrick Custodial Unit Salary Schedule.  Mr. Salomon has been a Part-Time Cleaner.



These appointments are conditional pending approval by Nassau County Civil Service Commission.

7.              Additional hours for Special Education Services

Andrea Gatto is to be paid 6 hours of additional time for New Co-Teaching Planning Time at the hourly rate as per teacher contract

8.              Curriculum Writing

Allison Ippolito is to be paid $40/hour for 25 additional hours of curriculum writing.

9.              Appointment of Full-Time Teaching Position

We are recommending the appointment of Jennifer Barba as a full time teacher position effective February 8, 2017.  Jennifer is currently a .88 teaching position.  Her salary will be $103,959   (prorated) MA Step 8.

B.              ADMINISTRATION

1.              Donation From Lakeside PTA

The Lakeside PTA would like to donate $61,460 to the Lakeside school for a fully installed playground.


Installation and site work   $39,980

Playground structure   $21,480


Total cost of unit, installed   $61,460

2.              Donation from Merrick Little League

The Merrick Little League would like to donate the installation of safety netting to the front ball field (Forever 9 Field) at Lakeside as per the attached contract. The total value of this donation is $7,484.


D.              STUDENT SERVICES

1.              Committee on Preschool Special Education

The Committee on Preschool Special Education met between January 3, 2017 and January 31, 2017


A summary of the cases presented is attached.

2.              Committee on Special Education

The Committee on Special Education met between January 3, 2017 and January 31, 2017


A summary of the cases presented is attached.

3.              Committee on Section 504

The Committee on Section 504 met between January 3, 2017 and January 31, 2017


A summary of the cases presented is attached


1.              Additional Student Transportation

Additional Student Transportation



              Bid for additional Non-Public School transportation for the 2016-17 school year was duly received and opened on December 16, 2016 at 10 A.M. at the Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Office.


It is recommended that award be made for Non-Public transportation for the 2016-17 school year to the lowest responsible bidder meeting specifications as listed below:



              School                              No. of Pupils                            Dates                                     Vendor                   Cost per Month



The Waldorf School              1                           1/3/17 - 6/23/17         We Transport        $2,468.00




Additional BOCES Transportation Required


              An addition to the previously approved BOCES contract for the 2016-17 school year is needed for a special education student with a matron.



              School                       No. of Pupils                      Dates                  Cost per Month                Matron per Month


Jerusalem Avenue             1           1/18/17 - 6/23/17         $561.20                       $2,619.30


2.              Excess Equipment

The attached document is a list of computer equipment that is obsolete. The District will dispose of the units in an environmentally suitable way. 

14.              Hearing of Visitors - The public expressed their concerns regarding the proposed transportation referendum.  A sign-up sheet for Merrick residents to receive email notifications from the district will be available at  the budget vote on May 16, 2017.

15.              Reports of Bellmore-Merrick Central High School District Board Members - Dr. Nancy Kaplan provided a brief report. Dr. Palma spoke to the public about the informative workshops being offered by the BMCHSD to inform the community about heroin and opioid addiction

16.              Legislation - Linda Wilk encouraged the public to stay informed and involved in public education.

17.              Reports of Board Members - No report

18.              New Business - None

19.              Old Business - Transportation

20.              Adjournment - 8:43 PM


District Clerk, Clarice Rebentisch