FCAA board of directors hold monthly meeting for December

FONDA — Fulmont Community Action Agency’s Board of Directors held their monthly meeting on Dec. 4 at the Montgomery County Annex Building.

Board Chairperson Mark Ford brought the meeting to order. Twenty two of 27 board members were present, as well members of Fulmont’s senior staff.

Among the agenda items discussed at the meeting was a letter officially notifying the board that a team from the Department of State, Division of Community Services will conduct a Triennial review for accountability and compliance with standards in April of 2018. The TRACS is an in-depth, comprehensive review of the agency’s programs and finances. In 2015, the agency achieved a score of 99.8 percent, meeting 58 of 58 federal standards and 219 of 220 state indicators.

Finance and Audit Committee Chairperson Ellen Anadio announced to the board that an entrance conference was held during the committee meeting earlier in the evening. CPA Robert Mohring of EFPR Group, LLP was present to discuss Fulmont’s annual agency-wide audit which took place Dec. 4 through 8.

The nominating committee met prior to the board meeting to discuss the appointment of Councilman-At-Large Craig Talarico of Johnstown to the publicly-elected sector effective Jan. 1. Committee Chairperson Jack Wilson said Board Chair Mark Ford will represent Mr. Talarico on the Fulmont board of directors.

Acting Program Planning Committee Chairperson Linda Frederick stated that Deputy Executive Director Ann Black distributed a report on the Community Services Department’s new National Performance Indicators. She said that at the committee meeting, Ann thoroughly reviewed the changes between the old and new indicators and described how the new performance indicators affect the work plan for federal fiscal year 2018. The work plan was brought before and approved by the full board at the meeting.

At a meeting held before the board the directors meeting, the Human Resource Committee discussed a proposed amendment to Fulmont’s human resource policies which provides qualifying employees with paid family leave for up to eight weeks, with an increase to a maximum of 12 weeks leave phased in over the next few years, under Governor Cuomo’s New York State Paid Family Leave Program that will become effective Jan. 1. The board voted to adopt the proposed amendment.

In addition, the board adopted the 2018-19 Head Start Program Narrative and Head Start Training Plan. These documents extensively detail the head start program, including goals and objectives, selection criteria, budgets, and training requirements for staff.

Reports were given on the activity at each Community Services Outreach Center over the month of Nov. 2017. A total of 1,602 people were assisted with services such as food pantries, baked goods, emergency clothing, household items, personal care items, coats for kids, rental assistance, HEAP application assistance, holiday baskets, family development, resume writing assistance, and job search assistance.