Meeting Minutes: May 5th, 2016

NYC School Support Services

Organizational Board Meeting

May 5, 2016, 5 p.m.

110 William Street, 4th Floor Conference Room


Meeting Minutes

The first meeting of the Board of NYC School Support Services, Inc. (the “Corporation”) was called to order at 5:00 pm by Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose, the Chancellor’s designee, who presided over the meeting and serves as Board chair.

In attendance were Elizabeth Rose, Larian Angelo, who serves as the Budget Director’s designee, David Kramer, Jose Davila and Natalie Green Giles, comprising all of the members of the Board.  It was noted that a quorum was present to conduct business.  Also present were Tina Isselbacher, Corporation Counsel’s office; Karen Coronel and Mollie Meikle, Mayor’s Office of Appointments; and Edie Sharp, John Shea and Vincent Chin from the Department of Education.

Chair Rose read a statement highlighting the significance of the reforms to the management and oversight of custodial services in all NYC public school buildings and laid out the agenda for the meeting.

A motion was made to adopt bylaws, a copy of which were previously provided to the Board.

The by-laws were unanimously adopted.

The Board elected Natalie Green Giles as Secretary, and Larian Angelo as Treasurer of the Corporation.

A motion was made and a resolution was adopted to authorize the Corporation to open a bank account and apply for a loan from the Fund for the City of New York for start-up costs.

The Board went into Executive Session to discuss hiring an Executive Director.

Members of the public deemed nonessential to the discussion were asked to exit the room as the Board and necessary staff went into executive session to discuss the candidates for Executive Director.  The Executive Session concluded and the public session was reconvened, and a motion was made and a resolution approved to hire Stephen Brennan as Executive Director.  The formal offer of employment would be finalized following the final negotiation of salary and benefits package.

New Business

The Board discussed the logistics of obtaining start-up funding, the establishment of office space for the Corporation, and the build-out of the Corporation, which is ultimately budgeted to 40 staff people (an organizational chart for the model was provided to Board members).  A bridge loan from the Fund for the City of New York will allow for the payment of salaries and securing a lease for office space.  The Corporation will be headquartered at an interim space at 9 Bond Street in Downtown Brooklyn.

A three-year budget for the organization is being developed.  The ultimate goal is to have all requirements in order to go before the Panel for Education Policy for vote at their June meeting.

It was requested that Board meetings be scheduled on a regular schedule (designated time of week and time).

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 5:40 pm. 

Respectfully submitted by Natalie Green Giles, Secretary