Policy Board Minutes


    Policy Board Meeting Minutes

    May 7, 2018

    4:00 p.m. – Room D120 -- Pioneer Middle School


    Board Members:

    Teachers Present: Susan Dressel, Frank Guzzetta, Giorgio LoBianco, Jennifer Palmerton, Mary Rauscher

    Others Present: Tammy Burton, Michael Irizarry, Deborah Rickerson, Dr. Thomas Priester

    Absent: Benjamin Halsey, Karen Haynes, Thomas Izydorczak, Michelle Lyons, Joyce Masich, Kim McCormick, Robert Morgan, Laura Tatlow, Kirk Winters

    Quorum present? N/A


    Others Present (non-voting):

    Jill Wilkie - Teacher Center Director/Teacher

    Mary Lou Sworts – Teacher Center Secretary



    • Meeting called to order at 4:00 p.m. by Chair, Jennifer Palmerton



    1. Consensus Report – Minutes – March 12, 2018

                                     Financial Report

                Motion:   To approve Consensus Report as presented.

                 1st     Mary Rauscher      2nd   Deborah Rickerson       

    All in favor. Motion passed


    1. Welcome New Members
    • Higher Ed - Dr. Thomas Priester, Genesee Community College 
    • Business – Tammy Burton, McDonald’s of Arcade



    1. Forthcoming Meetings
      • May 17, 2018 - Buffalo State College
      • June 4, 2018 – Policy Board meeting



    1. State, Curriculum/TC Updates
    • Received notice of Grant funding for 2018-2019 - $27,917.
    • ELA/Math Next Generation Standards - $75.00 left in grant to be used for partial workshop reflection. Participants in the Next Generation standards review sessions felt that they were incredibly helpful and gave the sessions and presenters excellent reviews. The sessions were a great springboard for summer work and future work with the new standards.
    • Technology Kits for buildings – The Policy Board will determine at a later date if technology kits will be purchased for building libraries.


    1. Webmaster Update

        All information on the website is up to date, including the 2018-2019 In-Service

    Course Catalog and Calendar.   After the meeting, the next meeting date and minutes from March’s meeting will be uploaded to the website.


    1. Building Liaison Information
      • 2017-2018 course payments were due by April 15. Please submit payment as soon as possible.
      • 2018-2019 PTC In-Service Workshops are available – please sign up promptly
      • When teachers receive training on My Learning Plan (MLP), they can sign up for their Teacher Center course and approval.
      • Registrations are required for workshops, sent to the TC in electronic or hard copy format
      • 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. If individuals have taken workshops from outside providers, they should contact the Teacher Center for a Reflection Form. Reflection Forms will not be available online due to being specific to each workshop.
      • Please remember that all Reflection Forms should be typed and submitted electronically.


    1. Policy Board Composition
    • Accept resignation of Sylvia Chase, Business Representative
    • Approval of Dr. Thomas Priester – Higher Education
    • Approval of Tammy Burton – Business Representative


    Motion:   To approve new Policy Board members, Dr. Thomas Priester and Tammy Burton and accept resignation of Sylvia Chase.

           1st      Giorgio LoBianco       2nd   Mary Rauscher                                      

         All in favor.  Motion passed.


    1. Workshop Approvals

    The Policy Board reviewed final paperwork for the speech independent study, along with an application for initial approval for a science independent study.

    • 2017-2018 - Independent Study: Speech – Jillian Hemming/Jennifer Matuszak

            Motion:   To approve Jillian Hemming and Jennifer Matuszak’s Independent Study.

           1st      Mary Rauscher            2nd     Deborah Rickerson                                         

         All in favor.  Motion passed.


    • 2017-2018 – Independent Study – Science - Susan Saeli

    Motion:  To give initial approval for Susan Saeli’s Independent Study workshop.

          1st    Frank Guzzetta               2nd      Sue Dressel                            

         All in favor.  Motion passed.


    1. 2018-2019 Grant Application and Budget Approval

    The director presented the 2018-2019 Continuation Application and budget. The Policy Board discussed the contents and voted to approve both.

    Motion:   To approve the 2018-2019 Pioneer Teacher Center Grant Application as submitted

     to the Policy Board.

     1st    Mary Rauscher               2nd     Sue Dressel                             

    All in favor. Motion passed.


    Motion:   To approve the 2018-2019 Pioneer Teacher Center Grant Budget FS10 as submitted to the

                     Policy Board in the amount of $27,917.

    1st    Frank Guzzetta                 2nd   Giorgio LoBianco

         All in favor. Motion passed.      



    1. Annual Center Effectiveness Questionnaire

    There were 81 returns on the Annual Center Effectiveness Questionnaire. The Center received a great deal of positive feedback and helpful suggestions.  The Policy Board will further review the results at the June meeting.


    Motion made by Tammy Burton to adjourn meeting, seconded by Dr. Priester.

    All in favor. Motion passed.


    • Next meeting – June 4, 2018
    • Meeting adjourned at 5 p.m.




    Minutes submitted by Secretary, Mary Lou Sworts