Policy Board Minutes


    Policy Board Meeting Minutes

    September 10, 2018

    4:00 p.m.

    Pioneer Middle School, Room D-120

    Board Members:

    Teachers Present: Susan Dressel, Frank Guzzetta, Thomas Izydorczak, Jennifer Palmerton, Mary Rauscher, Giorgio LoBianco, Michelle Lyons

    Others Present: Karen Haynes, Jessica Hibbard, Michael Irizarry, Deborah Rickerson, Ben Halsey, Nick Silvaroli

    Absent: Carolyn Richards, Laura Tatlow, Tammy Burton

    Quorum present? N/A


    Others Present (non-voting):

    Jill Wilkie - Teacher Center Director/Teacher



    • Meeting called to order at 4:05 p.m. by Chair, Jennifer Palmerton


    1. Consensus Report – Minutes – June 4, 2018

                                     Financial Report

                Motion:   To approve Consensus Report as presented.

                 1st       Mary Rauscher                        2nd        Sue Dressel

    All in favor. Motion passed.


    1. Forthcoming Meetings
      • September 27, 2018 – FarWest Regional Directors’ Meeting – Erie 1 BOCES
      • October 1, 2018 – Policy Board meeting
      • October 16, 2018 – NYSTC Fall Focus – Erie 1 BOCES
      • November 5, 2018 – Policy Board meeting
      • December 3, 2018 – Policy Board meeting
      • December 6 – FarWest Regional Directors’ Meeting – Erie 1 BOCES
      • January 7, 2019 – Policy Board meeting
      • January 31, 2019 – FarWest Regional Directors’ Meeting – Erie 1 BOCES
      • February 4, 2019 – Policy Board meeting
      • March 4-6, 2019 – NYSTC Spring Symposium – Albany, NY
      • March 11, 2019 – Policy Board meeting
      • April 1, 2019 – Policy Board meeting
      • May 6, 2019 – Policy Board meeting
      • June 3, 2019 – Policy Board meeting



    1. State, Curriculum/TC Updates
    • Grant Application/FS10 have received full approval
    • The first FarWest TC Directors’ meeting will be held Thursday, September 27
    • Update on new TC secretary
    • Center operations update/Reflection Forms on MLP



    1. Webmaster Update

        All information on the website is up to date. After the meeting, the next meeting date and minutes from June’s meeting will be uploaded to the website. Discussion on new webmaster position was held by board members.


    1. Building Liaison Information
      • 2018-2019 course payments are being accepted. Please submit $100 payment as soon as possible.
      • 2018-2019 PTC In-Service Workshops are available – please sign up promptly.
      • Teachers should not start coursework before receiving approval in MLP.
      • Registrations are required for workshops, sent to the TC in electronic or hard copy format.
      • At this time, Reflection Forms will be sent to participants for completion one month before the designated due date. Completed forms should be sent to the Teacher Center and the course instructor.
      • Please remember that all Reflection Forms should be typed and submitted electronically.
      • When taking a course from an outside provider (ASCD, etc.), please use the general Reflection Form found on the TC website. All forms and certificates should be forwarded directly to Carrie Bartoszek. They do not need to be sent to the Center.
      • Fall 2018 MS Application in the Classroom is in danger of cancellation.


    1. Approval of New Policy Board Member

    Dr. Priester, from Genesee Community College, has changed to a different role at the college and will no longer be able to be our Higher Education TC representative. Jessica Hibbard, Director of Operations for GCC, is willing to be our new Higher Education representative.


    Motion:   To approve Jessica Hibbard, GCC Director of Operations, as the Higher Education representative for Pioneer Teacher Center.

    1st     Frank Guzzetta                           2nd        Tom Izydorczak

    All in favor. Motion passed.


    1. Independent Study Approval

    Initial Approval

    • Speech Therapy – 2018-2019 (Weimer/Fenar/Smith/Grundtisch/Matuszak)


    1. 2018-2019 Fall Workshop Approvals

    The Policy Board reviewed registrations for 2018-2019 in-service workshops. Fall 2018 course registrations were reviewed for approval. Microsoft Applications in the Classroom has very low enrollment and will be reviewed again at the October 1, 2018 Policy Board meeting.


    Motion:   To approve Fall 2018 courses and initially approve the Speech Therapy Independent Study, with the exception of Microsoft Applications in the Classroom:

    1st     Mary Rauscher                           2nd        Karen Haynes

    All in favor. Motion passed.



    Motion made by Gio LoBianco to adjourn meeting, seconded by Michelle Lyons.

    All in favor. Motion passed.


    • Next meeting – October 1, 2018
    • Meeting adjourned at 4:45 p.m.




    Minutes submitted by Secretary, Karen Haynes