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Board Meeting Minutes for April 1, 2019

A regular meeting of the Members of the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District, Orange County, New York, was held in the Board of Education Room at the Main Street School on Monday, April 1, 2019.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte (Entered 7:41 p.m.)

Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Daniel T. Connor
Assistant Superintendent for Business
Ms. Louise Lynch
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology
Mr. Jason Carter
Principals:
Mr. Thomas Heinzelman (Interim)
Dr. William Rolon
Mr. Matthew Wentworth
Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
Ms. Heather Carman
Elementary Coordinator
Mr. Henry Freedman
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS
Ms. Marlene Gaynor (Absent)
Director of Transportation
Vacant
Assistant Director of Transportation
Ms. Karen Wells
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel
Mr. Robert Siracuse
Student Senate Representative
Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mr. Jason Pucci at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of March 25, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: invitation to OU-BOCES Annual Meeting/related OU-BOCES budget information various newspaper articles. OU-BOCES annual meeting will be held April 4 at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Bogart can assist with questions any Board Member may have on their budget.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

There were no comments or questions.

At this point, Mr. Pucci began the tenure appointment section of the meeting. He remarked that it was nice to see such a large gathering tonight and congratulated the candidates and their families on this milestone.

Mr. Connor noted that bestowing tenure is one of the most special nights as a superintendent. Each candidate was the best at the time of their hiring and they continued to prove themselves as outstanding employees. Awarding tenure is one of the most important actions taken by a board of education. It is a sign the “we believe in you” and that the district is willing to sign them up for a career here.

Kyle Roddey introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Kelly Delehanty. He described her as a rising star in Goshen. Mr. Roddey was proud and pleased to recommend Kelly Delehanty to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Kelly Delehanty in the tenure area of Mathematics effective September 1, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Matthew O’Brien introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Kiersten Swayne. Mr. O’Brien described her as a Swiss army knife; she does it all and very well. Mr. O’Brien was proud and pleased to recommend Kiersten Swayne to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Kiersten Swayne in the tenure areas of Health and Physical Education effective September 1, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Heinzelman informed the crowd that Kiersten Swayne’s husband was being deployed to Iraq in a couple of weeks. The crowd gave him a standing ovation. They thanked Mr. Swayne for his service to the country and wished him well.

Mrs. Salte entered the meeting at 7:41 p.m.

Mr. Heinzelman introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Matthew Laroe. He was described as being a positive role model for students and has chaperoned students abroad, which is no easy feat. Mr. Heinzelman was pleased to recommend Matthew Laroe to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Martha Bogart, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Matthew Laroe in the tenure area of Special Education effective September 1, 2019.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Dr. Rolon introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Marisol Paneto. She was described as an extremely dedicated teacher that has achieved great results in helping students with limited English assimilate and excel in school. Dr. Rolon was pleased to recommend Marisol Paneto to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Marisol Paneto in the tenure areas of Foreign Language and English as a Second Language effective September 1, 2019.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Dr. Voloshin introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Laura Mullane. She was described as wonderful teacher who has improved the culture of Scotchtown Avenue School by introducing initiatives such as Read Across America and Game Day to the student body. Dr. Voloshin was pleased to recommend Laura Mullane to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Laura Mullane in the tenure area of Elementary Education effective September 1, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           ABSTAINS-1 (T. Mullane)        Motion carried.

Dr. Voloshin introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Christina Kelly. Her students always benefit from the nurturing classroom environment that she has created based on her passion for teaching. Dr. Voloshin was pleased to recommend Christina Kelly to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Christina Kelly in the tenure area of Special Education effective September 1, 2019.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Dr. Voloshin introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Sophie Levenberg. She is a gifted musician and valuable member of Scotchtown Avenue School. Ms. Levenberg cares deeply about our school, students and community. Dr. Voloshin was pleased to recommend Sophie Levenberg to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Sophie Levenberg in the tenure area of Music effective September 1, 2019.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Dr. Rolon introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Melissa Bailey. She is a dedicated, compassionate, kind, and personable professional who is courteous to everyone that she interacts with. Dr. Rolon was pleased to recommend Melissa Bailey to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Melissa Bailey in the tenure area of Teaching Assistant effective September 1, 2019.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Connor thanked the Board, families and staff of the District for all their support for the candidates. The District is fortunate to have the candidates who just received tenure.

Mr. Connor congratulated all candidates receiving tenure on behalf of the Board of Education.  Mr. Pucci called a brief recess at 7:56 p.m. to allow those present to congratulate the newly tenured employees.

The meeting reconvened at 8:09 p.m.

Mr. Pucci attended the recent fundraiser for the Goshen Swimming & Diving Booster Club at which the Harlem Wizards took on the Goshen Gladiators, a team of teachers, staff and principals. It was a well-attended and fun event.

Mr. Pucci also discussed that the change orders on tonight’s agenda were discussed at prior meetings including the purchasing new curtains & rigging for the GHS auditorium.

Mrs. Bogart reported that the state budget had passed over the weekend. She shared some of the key components of interest to school districts:

$961 million School Aid increase
$618 million Foundation Aid increase
$342 in  Expense-based aids
A variation on the Executive’s proposal to implement a Foundation Aid redistribution or “equity” plan. Districts with like schools that are identified by DOB as high need and underfunded (5% below district average) will be required to file a report with SED by September 1 each year to identify how they will “effectuate prioritizing equity” for those schools. Ms. Lynch noted that this item would not affect Goshen schools.
Making the Tax Cap permanent.
Rejecting the proposal to consolidate expense-based aids (i.e. services aid) into a block grant that would result in less aid for most districts.
Rejecting a proposal to reduce building aid reimbursements.
Making changes to APPR to eliminate the mandate to use state assessments in APPR and requiring that districts collectively bargain what assessment will be used.
Increasing the BOCES District Superintendent Cap for the first time since 2003.
Authorizing districts and BOCES to establish TRS reserve funds.
Authorizing SUNY schools to collaborate with high schools to offer no or reduced cost tuition and fees to dually enrolled students.
Authorizing “piggy-back” transportation contracts.
Staggering building condition surveys.
Rejecting the proposed requirement to mandate seat belt use on school buses.
Requiring that all employers provide all employees with three hours of paid leave to vote.

Mrs. Bogart also shared with the Board a PowerPoint presentation from the last Orange County School Boards Association meeting related to legal updates for school districts.

Mr. Connor spoke about his attendance at the Harlem Wizards game.

Mr. Roddey reported on a new program titled GHS Works. This initiative aims to help students develop important skills that will help them gain employment. During this seminar, students will learn resume writing, interviewing skills and methods for seeking employment. They will also participate in mock interviews led by high school teachers.

The first GHS Works after-school seminar will be held Wednesday, April 24, in the high school library. If there is enough student interest, another seminar will be held in late May after the conclusion of spring sports.

The annual pancake breakfast at the bus garage will be held on April 4.

Nominating Petitions to run for the Board of Education are due on April 22 by 5:00 p.m.

Mr. O’Brien reported that the OCIAA Scholar/Athlete Breakfast would be held June 4. This year’s award recipients are Nicholas Paneto and Maggie Calzaretta.

Ms. Lynch reported the $183K increase in state aid for our district was a decent amount for a non-election year. The District will continue to work on finalizing our budget. She noted more details will need to be provided by the state regarding the items that Ms. Bogart provided in her report to see how they will be paid for (e.g. students on reduced lunch will now be given free lunch instead).

Mr. Carter reported that ELA state testing for grades 3-8 began today. No issues were reported. Because of building administrator and teacher preparedness, everything ran smoothly. Mr. Carter will report on opt-out levels after ELA testing is complete.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel  and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the Consent Agenda as presented.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Approve childcare leave of absence: Jessica Daly, English teacher, is requesting a childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately September 3, 2019 through on or about November 1, 2019.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Marcia Atkin, Grade 5 teacher, is requesting an extension of her medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective April 26, 2019 through on or about June 26, 2019.

Approve extending appointment: Rosemarie Rampulla, Grade 5 leave replacement math teacher, effective approximately April 26, 2019 through on or about June 26, 2019, or until grade 5 teacher returns. Ms. Rampulla is filling the leave of absence for Marcia Atkin.

Accept probation completion:  Holly Werner, senior account clerk typist, has completed probation and is recommended for permanent status, effective March 25, 2019.

Approve step adjustment:  Sherri Raco, cook manager, at a salary of $32,024 prorated, effective March 18, 2019. Ms. Raco is moving from Step G to Step E in CSEA contract due to clerical error.

Approve appointment:  Michael Kelly as Evening High School administrative substitute at a salary of $61.50/hr., as needed, for 3 ½ hours per evening, effective March 26, 2019 for the 2018/2019 school year.  Mr. Kelly is returning to Evening High School.

CSE/CPSE Recommendations:

Committee on Special Education
03/07/19;118847/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/19/19;122231/Classified Preschool
03/19/19;122112/Exited
03/22/19;121866/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
03/26/19;117743/Ineligible
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/22/19;122430/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
03/25/19;118781/Classified
03/05/19;115301/Classified
03/11/19;122125/Classified
03/05/19;115006/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/22/19;120955/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
11/29/18;122240/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/22/19;121211/Classified Preschool
03/22/19;122449/Classified Preschool
03/19/19;122439/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
03/04/19;119322/Classified NS
03/05/19;119265/Classified
03/12/19;122371/Classified
03/25/19;118749/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/19/19;121856/Classified Preschool
03/19/19;121416/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
03/11/19;118777/Ineligible
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/05/19;117096/Classified
03/05/19;118499/Classified
03/05/19;122458/Classified
Committee on Special Education
03/07/19;118847/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/12/19;122423/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/19/19;122231/Classified Preschool
03/19/19;121870/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/05/19;121183/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/22/19;121873/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
03/12/19;115449/Classified
03/12/19;117092/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/05/19;121097/Classified
03/14/19;119796/Classified
Committee on Special Education
03/07/19;119145/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/14/19;119806/Classified
03/05/19;117107/Classified
Committee on Special Education
03/07/19;118925/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/12/19;117127/Classified
Committee on Special Education
03/12/19;119913/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/22/19;120955/Classified Preschool
03/19/19;121360/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
03/05/19;118535/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/05/19;116727/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/22/19;121461/Classified Preschool
03/22/19;121460/Classified Preschool
03/22/19;122449/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
03/07/19;120753/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/19/19;121438/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
03/05/19;116008/Classified
03/04/19;119322/Classified
03/05/19;116670/Classified
03/07/19;121790/Classified
03/12/19;115945/Classified
03/12/19;116679/Classified
03/12/19;122371/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/14/19;119051/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
03/19/19;121416/Classified Preschool
03/22/19;122095/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/05/19;118318/Classified
03/14/19;121627/Classified
03/05/19;118289/Classified
03/07/19;117479/Classified

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of School, the Board of Education accepts the Independent Internal Audit Report Agreed-Upon Procedures Initial Risk Assessment Update dated January 2019 prepared by Cooper Arias, LLP.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the adoption of the Education of Students in Temporary Housing #7131.

AYES-7            NAYS-0                      Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the adoption of the Education of Students in Foster Care #7133.

AYES-7           NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the adoption of the Student Wandering and Elopement #7571.

AYES-7            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the adoption of the Use of Time-Out Rooms, Physical Restraints & Aversives #7619.

AYES-7            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the French Level 2, 3 and 4 students’ trip to France at the end of June 2020. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any school-sponsored trip or activity in the event of any emergency condition outside of the control of the School District, in its sole discretion.

(Mr. Pucci noted that the cost of the trip will depend on the number of students who take the trip and whether the itinerary will be solely France or if it will include another country. Board approval will allow the group to start making plans.)

AYES-7            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Thomas Mullane, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Orders, totaling $79,280, relevant to Benard Associates, Inc.’s general construction contract:

03/11/19
GC CO-21
Repair & replace loose masonry around duct in auditorium.
$     913
03/11/19
GC CO-22
New stage curtains and rigging.
$46,002
03/11/19
GC CO-23
Replace existing rigging of 13 battens that do not meet ANSI theatrical rigging standards.
$25,071
03/13/19
GC CO-24
Reinforce walls at doors DD01-DD03, which separate the existing lobby from the building addition.
$     565
03/21/19
GC CO-25
Replace colored stained concrete floor in fieldhouse with more durable epoxy flooring.
$  6,729

AYES-7           NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

Ms. Lynch discussed the status of the 2019-2020 budget. Since the last meeting, we took the debt payment out of the budget, which is permissible. This just defers the payment to a later date. State aid has increased $183K due to the adoption of the state budget over the weekend. We now have a $240K gap in our budget. Through careful examination of accounts, Ms. Lynch is confident we should be able to close the gap.  That makes the budget increase at approximately 2.8%, which makes the levy increase at 3.2%. This levy increase would require a simple majority. To decrease the levy further, for every ½%, it would equate to having to cut $250K out of the budget, which is a challenge. Our tax cap is 4.9%. Ms. Green inquired about the neighboring districts and their levy increases. Ms. Lynch stated that some are higher and some lower. We are at the levy increase level for most of the schools.

We have had a number of driving forces this year that are included in next year’s budget as continued expenses such as school security, increased needs in our ELL program, and STEAM & kinesthetic lab curriculum expenses. If we did not have the seven retirements, our budget would have a much wider gap.

The Board discussed the Goshen Public Library debt service. It is included in our budget as an expense and an offsetting revenue. It is included in our budget by law. We collect the library’s taxes. The library’s taxes are listed separately on our tax bills.

Mr. Pucci inquired when we anticipate collecting tax revenue for the projects around us that will involve PILOTs, as that may affect some Board decisions. He also asked for information about how the PILOTs are set up. Ms. Lynch believed most are based on assessed value. Mr. Pucci thought we might have seen one based on straight dollar value. Ms. Lynch will gather information on upcoming PILOTs for Board review. Mr. Pucci would like to have a meeting to review this information with Doug Bloomfield as well.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

There were no comments or questions.

Mr. Mullane and the Board thanked Mr. Rolon for the Board group photographs that they received tonight.

At 8:49 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Martha Bogart, the Board of Education will enter into Executive Session, with the intent to not to return to the business portion of the meeting, for the review of the work history of a particular employee and legal issues.

AYES-7            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

At 9:14 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, the Board closed the Executive Session.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:15 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk