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Board meeting minutes for August 7, 2017

A regular meeting 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, August 7, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Present Mrs. Judy Green, President
Mr. Jason Pucci, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mr. Jeremy Cassel
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Absent: Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Superintendent of Schools Mr. Daniel T. Connor
Assistant Superintendent for Business Mr. Robert Miller
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology Dr. Kurtis Kotes
Principals: Mr. Robert McKiernan
Mr. William Rolon
Mr. Jason Carter
Mr. Gregory Voloshin
Assistant Principals: Absent
Elementary Coordinator Absent
Director of Facilities III Mr. James Riley
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Absent
Director of PPS Absent
CSE Chairperson Mrs. Marlene Gaynor
Director of Transportation Mrs. Donna Post
Network Administrator Absent
Student Senate Representative Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

The regular meeting was called to order by President Judy Green at 7:30 p.m. Mrs. Green
led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the
meeting of July 10, 2017.

AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for May 2017 was acknowledged under Financial Update.
The board received the following correspondence: Mid-Hudson School Study Council
2017 Finance Study and various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

A community member spoke to the Board regarding 3 issues:

  1. Kudos were given to the Goshen administration and Board of Education for recognizing that the library media specialist is an extremely valued position, which is slated to be reinstated on the consent agenda.
  2. The 12-month employee picnic will be August 30. It was suggested that an online sign-up be created on Sign-Up Genius to have parent volunteers contribute donations of food and supplies for this picnic. Many parents would want to contribute to give their thanks, just as they had with the transportation luncheon a few months ago. Mr. Connor thanked the community member for the kind offer.
  3. The community member read a letter penned by a small group and supported by 35 parents. The letter expressed their concern regarding communication procedures and hiring processes. They have been frustrated with communication from administration regarding changes (administrative appointments & policy changes such as CTEC rubric). The group requests direct notification to parents for items that affect the schools as a whole. With regard to the appointing of the new Scotchtown Avenue principal, they feel not having teacher/staff input in the appointment process caused an unsupportive environment for teachers/staff. The Board was asked to consider the groups thoughts. The letter was submitted to the Board Clerk.

Mrs. Green thanked the community member for bringing the group’s concerns to them. Mrs. Green reminded the Board that the last scheduled construction meeting LAN Associates would be having will be on August 20.

There was no Legislative Update.

Mr. Connor thanked the community member for coming to address the Board with the group’s concerns. He believes the District’s communications specialist does a very good job relaying information to the public. Sometimes things move quickly towards the end of the year and some things may not have been relayed as quickly as usual. It is never the intent of the District to keep people in the dark. Moving forward, the goal is to relay information in a more timely fashion. Our quarterly newsletter is scheduled to be mailed out shortly. As always, if there are any questions or concerns, please call our offices.

The freshman barbeque will be August 29. The District will be letting freshman know, in writing, eligibility requirements for various activities such as National Honor Society and NCAA, so that they know the requirements ahead of time to help them attain these goals if desired.

Opening Day for all teachers and staff is September 5. During Opening Day, the District staff gets together for a ceremony acknowledging milestones in employees’ careers with the District. Afterwards, our staff work towards making final preparations for the arrival of students the next day.

The 12-month employee picnic will be August 30. Mr. Connor thanked the community member for the offer of assistance with this event. This picnic, as well as the 10/11-month employee picnic in June and the transportation breakfast in the spring, are funded by administrators as their way of thanking the employees for their hard work and dedication.

Fall sports will begin on August 14.

There are 2 students who have qualified to be National Merit winners.

The District is nearing a final agreement with the Goshen Teachers Administration on a new contract. Both the District and teachers union are working toward a system of interventions to support struggling learners, not just the students identified by Academic Intervention Services. The use of 10th period at the middle school and high school level and time during the day at the elementary level will give struggling learners the additional help they need. Final details are being worked out. Critical to the implementation of this intervention system is community/parent support for all students to succeed.

Mr. Connor noted in 2007/2008, the District lost about 15 positions due to cuts in spending. Over the last 3 years, the District is getting back to previous staffing levels, including reinstating the library media specialist position tonight. The needs of the student population today are much different from 10 years ago. He commended Dr. Kotes and the administrators for their continued efforts towards meeting these needs.

Mr. Miller reported that the District’s external auditors, Nugent & Haeussler, is currently in-house conducting the audit of year-end June 30, 2017. After the audit is complete, the Board Audit Committee will meet with Nugent & Haeussler to review the audit. Nugent & Haeussler will then make an audit presentation to the full Board in October.

Mr. Miller has a budgetary transfer for $200,000 for multi-touch (True Touch) boards. He wanted to make sure the transfer was following the Board’s wishes for technology purchases. Dr. Kotes reported that boards would be in 2 high school classrooms and allow us to explore new technology in the building. Dr. Kotes discusses technology purchases with Jim Sterett. Mr. Lorenzo noted that the primary goal is purchasing Chromebooks.

Purchases beyond that goal would be fine. Dr. Kotes reported the 1,500 Chromebooks have arrived. The balance of the technology money would go toward the replacement cycle of equipment. The touchscreen Chromebooks are going to Scotchtown Avenue School, as they are age appropriate. The remaining Chromebooks will go to the other schools.

Particular attention was made to make sure C.J. Hooker Middle School is well outfitted for online state testing to begin this spring. Mr. Pucci suggested Dr. Kotes send the Board Technology Committee an email for significant technology requests to discuss with the committee. This would quicken the purchasing process instead of waiting until the next Board Meeting to discuss the purchase.

Mr. Miller gave an update on the data hosting issue with the Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center (MHRIC). Currently, MHRIC provides Finance Manager, an accounting and personnel resources program. Data is hosted in our District and is accessed remotely by MHRIC to provide program updates. The MHRIC had informed us this arrangement was going to end and that we would now have 2 choices: host data here and perform updates ourselves by our technology department, or host data with them for an additional $2,600 per year. Mr. Miller felt that there is a security issue with having MHRIC host our data. Mr. Connor and Mr. Miller attended a meeting with Bill Hecht, Orange-Ulster BOCES Superintendent, Chuck Khoury, Superintendent of Ulster BOCES and the director of the MHRIC to discuss our District’s concerns. It was decided that the current arrangement would remain the same for a more year. Mr. Miller thanked all those involved for their help to maintain the arrangement.

Dr. Kotes reported the new math series had been purchased and materials have arrived. Summer curriculum work has been focused on standards alignment with new masters and alignment building to building. Some teachers have asked to start implementing the new series this year. Dr. Kotes will not stand in their way. Piloting the program this year though, is not required, as a year has been given to complete the alignment of the program.

Professional development goals will be set at the beginning of the school year. Math alignment will be one of the goals. Mrs. Bogart mentioned that observing summer curriculum work at Scotchtown would allow Dr. Voloshin to view its developmental stages, instructional techniques and strategies. She has been impressed with the faculty at Scotchtown. Dr. Kotes noted he and that Dr. Voloshin have met to discuss summer curriculum work at Scotchtown.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Rosemary Pereira, Personnel Coordinator, effective September 19, 2017. Ms. Pereira has been with the District for 24 years.

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the remainder of the Consent Agenda as presented. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Accept resignation: Cynthia Rosenzweig, math teacher, effective September 1, 2017.
Accept resignation: Sarah Rosenwasser, AIS teaching assistant, effective August 2, 2017.
Accept resignation: James Murray, summer remedial teacher for the CJ Hooker Summer
Program, effective July 5, 2017.
Accept resignation: Fior Flores, .6 ENL teacher, effective July 27, 2017.
Accept resignation: Michael Toscano, teacher aide, effective August 8, 2017.
Approve medical leave: Linda Barbaro custodial worker is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately July 18, 2017 through on or about September 12, 2017.
Approve creating position: Guidance Counselor effective September 1, 2017. This position is being created to meet the needs at C.J. Hooker Middle School.
Approve creating position: Library Media Specialist effective September 1, 2017. This position was abolished at the 6/7/10 Board Meeting and is being added back to meet the needs of the District.
Approve reclassification of position: school secretary to senior school secretary title in Goshen High School Athletic Department. This position is being reclassified to better reflect the increasing duties and responsibilities of the position.
Approve appointment: Amie Walter, Grade 8 ELA teacher, at a salary of $64,254 (M-5, pending GTA negotiations) effective September 1, 2017, with a tenure date of September 1, 2020 and a tenure area in English, subject to the teacher’s receipt of composite or overall APPR ratings pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either Effective or Highly Effective in at least two of the three years preceding tenure conferral. Ms. Walter has Initial ELA 7-12 certification. She is replacing Roselle Massaroni.
Approve appointment: Jason Miedema, mathematics teacher, at a salary of $66,127 (M-6, pending GTA negotiations) effective September 1, 2017, with a tenure date of September 1, 2021 and a tenure area in Mathematics, subject to the teacher’s receipt of composite or overall APPR ratings pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either Effective or Highly Effective in at least three of the four years preceding tenure conferral. Mr. Miedema has Professional Mathematics 7-12 certification. He is replacing Cynthia Rosenzweig.
Approve appointment: Michael Toscano, guidance counselor, at a salary of $56,762 (M-1, pending GTA negotiations) effective September 1, 2017, with a tenure date of September 1, 2021 and a tenure area in Guidance. Mr. Toscano has Provisional School Counselor certification. He is filling in the position created at this meeting.
Approve appointment: Antonio Rodriguez, teacher aide/student supervisor, at a salary of $17.08/hr., for 6 ½ hours/day, effective September 1, 2017. Mr. Rodriguez is returning to this position. He is replacing Richard Duggan.
Approve appointment: James Miedema, school bus driver, at a salary of $21.33/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective September 1, 2017. Mr. Miedema is replacing Linda Popowick.
Approve appointment: William Kelly, school bus driver, at a salary of $21.33/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective August 30, 2017. Mr. Kelly is replacing Denise Valluzzi.
Approve appointment: Joanne Kich, school bus driver, at a salary of $21.33/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective August 31, 2017. Ms. Kish is replacing Hilda Sandoval.
Approve appointment: James Murray, school bus driver, at a salary of $21.33/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective August 29, 2017. Mr. Murray is replacing Jane Kallenberg.
Approve appointment: Deirdre Hallinan, substitute administrator, at a salary of $350.00/day and $175.00/half day, as needed, effective October 1, 2017.
Approve appointment: Richard Heater, long-term substitute custodial worker at a salary of $15.86/hr. for 8 hours per day, effective approximately July 18, 2017 through on or about September 12, 2017 or until Linda Barbaro returns from her leave. Mr. Heater is filling the leave of Linda Barbaro. Mr. Heater is a retiree of the District and on our substitute custodial list.
Approve appointment: Bryan Ildefonso, substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $10.40/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective August 8, 2017.
Approve appointment: Denise Valluzzi, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.11/hr., as needed, effective September 1, 2017. Ms. Valluzzi is a retiree of the District.
Approve appointment: Robert DiVietri, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.11/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 1, 2017.
Approve appointment: Dawn Frawley, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $10.40/hr., for 3 hours/day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 1, 2017. Ms. Frawley is a school bus driver with the District.
Approve appointment: Jennifer Cermak, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $10.40/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 1, 2017.
Approve appointment: Amelia Dombal, summer clerk, at a salary of $125.56/day, for 8 hours/day, as needed, effective July 19, 2017 to approximately August 31, 2017. Ms. Dombal will be filling in for the open Athletic Department secretary position.
Approve appointment: Jan VanHage, summer remedial teacher for the CJ Hooker Summer Program, teaching Grade 7 & 8 ELA and social studies, at a salary of $50.62/hr., pending GTA negotiations, for 3.5 hours per day effective July 5, 2017 through August 3, 2017. Ms. VanHage is replacing James Murray.
Approve appointment: Stephen Joyce, substitute summer remedial teacher for the CJ Hooker Summer Program, at a salary of $50.62/hr., pending GTA negotiations, for 3.5 hours per day effective July 5, 2017 through August 3, 2017.
Approve appointment: Karen Beilman, Evening High School secretary at a salary of $26.28/hr. for 2.5 hours per evening, 4 evenings per week, effective September 1, 2017. This is a yearly appointment.
Approve appointment: Michael Isseks, Evening High School Administrator at a salary of $58.07/hr., pending GAA negotiations, for 3.5 hours per evening, 2 evenings per week effective August 1, 2017. This is a yearly appointment.
Approve appointment: Robert Karchawer, Evening High School Administrator at a salary of $58.07/hr., pending GAA negotiations, for 3.5 hours per evening, 2 evenings per week effective August 1, 2017. This is a yearly appointment.
Approve increase in hours: Richard Duggan, teacher aide/student supervisor increase in hours from 6 ½ to 7 ½ hours/day effective September 1, 2017 at a salary of $17.08/hour. Mr. Duggan is replacing Michael Razukiewicz.

Approve 2017-2018 Fall Athletic Stipends (pending GTA negotiations):

Football:
VARSITY HEAD COACH KILLENBERGER, EDWARD 6,835
ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH TAMBURRI, THOMAS 6,213
ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH MARDYNIAK, JOHN 6,213
ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH LAPPE, CHARLES 5,576
JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH PEZZULLO, JOHN 4,460
ASSISTANT JUNIOR VARSITY COACH MULLER, DANIEL 3,428
ASSISTANT JUNIOR VARSITY COACH SMITH, MARTIN 3,428
MODIFIED COACH LAWSON, GUSTAVUS 4,348
Soccer:
BOYS VARSITY HEAD COACH KELLY, MICHAEL 6,213
BOYS ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH PARKER, ALEC 5,018
BOYS JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH CONDELLO, JOSEPH 4,969
MODIFIED BOYS COACH MCINTEE, ROBERT 4,348
GIRLS VARSITY HEAD COACH MONTI, ANTHONY 6,213
GIRLS ASSISTANT VARSITY COACH JACOBSEN, KIERSTEN 5,018
GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH SCHNEIDER, MARIANNE 3,428
GIRLS MODIFIED TETHER, JOHN 4,348
Cross Country:
VARSITY BOYS HEAD COACH LEWIS, KYLE 4,969
VARSITY GIRLS HEAD COACH MANASERI, JOSEPH 3,428
MODIFIED COACH RUECKERT, HELEN 4,348
MODIFIED COACH VIGNA, AMY 4,348
Volleyball:
VARSITY HEAD COACH HARTLEY, GAYONNE 6,213
JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH DELEHANTY, KELLY 3,428
MODIFIED COACH RYAN, LISA 4,348
Tennis:
GIRLS VARSITY HEAD COACH SOROKA, KENNETH 5,592
GIRLS JUNIOR VARSITY HEAD COACH CARECCIA, NICOLE 3,428
Cheerleading:
FOOTBALL VARSITY HEAD COACH CLARK, KIMBERLY 3,450
FOOTBALL JV HEAD COACH LOBDELL, BRITTANY 3,727
Swimming:
GIRLS VARSITY HEAD COACH KUBIK, MELISSA 5,576

Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

Mr. Connor introduced Amie Walter (newly appointed Grade 8 ELA Teacher) and Michael Toscano (newly appointed Guidance Counselor) to the Board.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the list of Board Committees for the 2017-2018 school year, as presented (adding Jeremy Cassel back onto the Safety Committee). AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

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 revised 2017-2018 Board Meeting schedule, as presented. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jason Pucci, BE IT RESOLVED in the event that the Principal of the Goshen Intermediate School is not physically present in the Goshen Intermediate School on one or more days (or portions thereof,) during the 2017-2018 school year, that the Elementary Coordinator be appointed Acting Principal for all purposes, including short-term student discipline
matters pursuant to Section 3214 of the New York State Education Law; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that in the event that the Principal of the Scotchtown Elementary School is not physically present in the Scotchtown Avenue School on one or more days (or portions thereof,) during the 2017-2018 school year that the Elementary Coordinator be appointed Acting Principal for all purposes, including short-term
student discipline matters pursuant to Section 3214 of the New York State Education Law; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the District Clerk shall forward a copy of this resolution to each of the above referenced persons. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education appoints Heather Hendershot, Director of Pupil Personnel Services at a gross salary of $137,000 effective September 8, 2017, with a tenure date of September 8, 2021 in the tenure area of Director of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Hendershot has Permanent SAS, Permanent SDA, Permanent S.E., and Permanent N-6 certifications. She is replacing Deirdre Hallinan. (Resolution was read as gross salary of $137,500. District Clerk noted the clerical error. Board acknowledged error, confirming gross salary will be $137,000.) AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Jason Pucci, that the Board of Education of Goshen Central School District accepts the insurance recovery check from NYSIR in the amount of $3,650.00 for the value of a small bus which was involved in a motor vehicle accident and declared a total loss.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Education authorizes increasing the 2017-2018 budgetary appropriations by $3,650.00 and appropriates these monies to account code A 5510.208. The offsetting revenue account code A2680 shall also be increased by $3,650.00. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the Letter of Engagement and Retainer from Girvin & Ferlazzo, Attorneys at Law, for legal services, at a fee of $180/hr., as needed. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Martha Bogart, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the 2017-2018 (September 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) special education transportation contract extension for Route #1, Orange Ulster BOCES with Quality Bus Service, LLC as follows: cost per day $450.21, cost per monitor per day $90.90. Total anticipated annual cost is $116,921.85. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the 2017-2018 (September 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) special education transportation contract extension for Route #3, AHRC School with Quality Bus Service, LLC as follows: cost per day $396.90, cost per monitor per day $70.02. Total anticipated annual cost is $99,333.90. Mr. Pucci inquired if the difference in the costs between the various transportation
contracts had to do with the distance of the routes. Mr. Miller responded yes. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the 2017-2018 (September 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018) as needed, athletic transportation contract extension with Quality Bus Service, LLC as follows:
49-66 passenger bus- cost per hour $56.52/hr.
21-30 passenger bus- cost per hour $49.41/hr.
9-16 passenger bus- cost per hour $48.27/hr.
Total anticipated annual cost is $10,000.00.
AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

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 overnight trip for the Varsity Boys Soccer team to Oneonta, New York on September 9-10, 2017. 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. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education enters into an Agreement with Goshen Football Touchdown Club to provide football chain crew (3adults) at the rate of $72.02 per person, per game for a total not to exceed $2,592.72 for the fall 2017 football season. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves entering into an Agreement with Colleen O’Carroll to provide substitute Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant services, on an as needed basis, for special education students effective September 11, 2017 through close of business on December 22, 2017, in the amount of $33.00 per hour, for up to 35 hours a week. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute the Agreement. A copy of
said Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Martha Bogart, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves entering into an Agreement with AnnMarie Ciganek to provide Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant services, for special education students effective for the 2017-2018 school year, in the amount of $41.00 per hour, for up to 35 hours a week. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute the
Agreement. A copy of said Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

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 revised Agreement for Services with Jeff Brain to provide Educational/Therapeutic Counseling Services to a special education student during the 2017-2018 Summer Session only, at a rate of $115.00 per hour, for up to 8 hours. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to execute the agreement. A copy of said Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Board President and Superintendent of Schools to execute the 2016-17 APPR Implementation Certification Form for its Annual Professional Performance Review for classroom teachers and building principals covered pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-d and Subpart 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A community member inquired about the reason and cost of the varsity boys soccer overnight trip. Mr. Connor responded the soccer team would be participating in a tournament consisting of 2 dozen teams from across the state. Oneonta Soccer Club runs this tournament in memory of former Lansing High School boys varsity coach, Adam Hexk. Mr. Cassel mentioned that Goshen Soccer Parent Association would be raising money to offset the costs.

Mrs. Bogart discussed her concerns regarding the CTEC program for 11th & 12th graders. The 11th grade class has a large number of students and more slots should have been budgeted for the CTEC program because of the increase in students. She feels every student deserves the best education for him or her. Mrs. Bogart would like to see money moved to cover the cost of students who wished to go to CTEC, so they are not held back from attending. Many of the programs end with students obtaining certifications. Money we spend this year is received in state aid next year.

Mr. McKiernan reported there were 90 spots budgeted for CTEC. Of the budgeted amount, 55 seniors are returning to the program, leaving roughly 35 spots available for juniors. There were 105 juniors apply for the 35 available spots. Mr. Connor mentioned that the cost of tuition to attend CTEC is $11,115 per student. Mr. McKiernan noted that historically, there are a number of students who decide not to go to CTEC during the summer before the school year begins. In addition, there are students who decide once the school year starts, that the CTEC program is not for them. As these vacancies occur, other students are placed into the program based on a rubric, which takes into account a student’s GPA, attendance record and disciplinary history. Mr. Lorenzo noted that the rubric is used as a tool for selection into the program and we should be conscious of why a student may not have been selected. Mr. Miller mentioned to the Board that there has been an unanticipated increase in special education enrollment this year of children moving into the District, which amounts to $500,000 of unbudgeted costs. Board members decided that the goals would be to fill the slots with as many of the qualified students as possible.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 p.m. on a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo. AYES-5 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk