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Board Meeting Minutes for December 4, 2019

Board Workshop Minutes

A Board Workshop of the Members of the Board of Education and Administrators of the Goshen Central School District, Orange County, New York was held in the Board of Education Room at the Main Street School on Wednesday, December 4, 2019, immediately following the regular meeting, for discussing Board Goals and Objectives.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent:
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Daniel T. Connor
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology
Mr. Jason Carter
Assistant Superintendent for Business
Ms. Louise Lynch
Principals:
Mr. Thomas Heinzelman (Interim)
Ms. Heather Carman
Mr. Matthew Wentworth
Mr. Henry Freedman
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Robert Siracuse
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien
Elementary Coordinator
Vacant
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS
Vacant
Supervisor of Transportation
Ms. Karen Wells
Assistant Director of Transportation
Vacant
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Network Administrator
Absent
Director of Personnel
Absent
Student Senate Representative
Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

At 8:52 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, the Board commenced the workshop.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The workshop was held with Board Members and administrators to continue to work on the Board Goals and Objectives for the 2019-2020 school year. Administrators discussed how they plan to achieve goals #4 and #5 that were discussed at the July 15 workshop:

Goal #4 – School Culture / Mental Health: To foster a positive social, emotional, and behavioral culture in which students are encouraged to attain academic and personal success. To build more comprehensive, evidence-based mental health support systems by enhancing training, assessment and mental health services.

Goal #5 – School Pride: To develop and expand collaborative efforts between students, administrators, faculty/staff, the Board of Education, and the community to foster learning, communication, understanding, positive culture, and school spirit within our schools and throughout our school community.

Goals #1 – #3 were discussed at the November 18, 2019 workshop.

The workshop was adjourned at 9:42 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Board Meeting Minutes

A tour of Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School and Goshen Intermediate School was held at 6:45 p.m. for Members of the Board of Education on Wednesday, December 4, 2019.

The 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 Wednesday, December 4, 2019 (rescheduled from Monday, December 2, 2019 due to inclement weather).

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent:
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Daniel T. Connor
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology
Mr. Jason Carter
Assistant Superintendent for Business
Ms. Louise Lynch
Principals:
Mr. Thomas Heinzelman (Interim)
Ms. Heather Carman
Mr. Matthew Wentworth
Mr. Henry Freedman
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Robert Siracuse
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien
Elementary Coordinator
Vacant
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS
Vacant
Supervisor of Transportation
Ms. Karen Wells
Assistant Director of Transportation
Vacant
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Network Administrator
Absent
Director of Personnel
Absent
Student Senate Representative
Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

President Jason Pucci called the regular meeting to order at 7:37 p.m.

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

The Board of Education recognized the girls swim team for their accomplishments during the fall athletic season. Five years after their team was formed, the Goshen High School girls swimming and diving team became the Orange County Division II League Champions. Four team members advanced to the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Swimming and Diving Championship meet on Nov. 22. Coach Melissa Kubik leads the team of 25 swimmers. Mr. O’Brien noted this scholar/athlete team has an average GPA of 92.5.

At this point, Mr. Connor 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.

Matthew Wentworth introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Kelly Mecocci, special education teacher. He described her efforts of making the buddy bench project a reality and described her passion with working with struggling learners. Mr. Wentworth was proud and pleased to recommend Kelly Mecocci to the Board of Education for tenure.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Martha Bogart, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the tenure appointment of Kelly Mecocci in the tenure area of Special Education effective December 8, 2019.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Ms. Carman introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Jan VanHage, AIS teaching assistant. She inspires her students to take risks and delve deeper into the curriculum without hesitation. Ms. Carman was pleased to recommend Jan VanHage to the Board of Education for tenure.

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 tenure appointment of Jan VanHage in the tenure area of Teaching Assistant effective December 17, 2019.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Connor thanked the Board, families and staff of the District for all their support for the candidates. Mr. Pucci called a brief recess at 7:54 p.m. to allow those present to congratulate the newly tenured employees.

The meeting reconvened at 8:06 p.m.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of November 18, 2019.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for September 2019 was acknowledged under Financial Update.

The board received the following correspondence: Notice Letter from the Orange County IDA regarding contemplated financial assistance to 13th Avenue Fish Market, Inc. for parcel located at 360 Crystal Rum Road, Town of Wallkill; Goshen High School’s The Goshen Gladiator newspaper; and various newspaper articles.

Privilege of the Floor

Item(s) discussed included: None

President’s Report:

Mr. Pucci discussed: The Board toured Goshen Intermediate School and Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School prior to the start of the meeting. Both schools are in great shape.

Legislative/OCBSA Updates:

Mrs. Bogart discussed: Comptroller DiNapoli wants Gov. Andrew Cuomo to provide more information about potential cuts to the Medicaid program due to cost overruns. The governor may make adjustments in the state budget next year because of the deficit. Hopefully, like most election years, 2020 may not have significant changes to Medicaid or education aid.

Superintendent’s Report:

On November 22, Mr. Connor and Mr. Roddey met with Senator Metzger to discuss applying for a grant with the New York State’s Municipal Facilities Program, which will provide $60K towards building a greenhouse at Goshen High School, which would be located in the area to the left of the “A” wing.

Goshen Girls Cross Country won the B Division.

The National Honor Society Induction Ceremony was held November 21 at Goshen High School.

Last evening, the first Winter Concert was held at Goshen High School. Mr. Carter noted that there was a noticeable difference in the acoustics in the auditorium due to the capital project renovation.

Mr. Connor discussed the Orange County Interscholastic Athletics Association (OCIAA)’s chart of sports teams and their respective division for each school district in the county.

Assistant Superintendent for Business’ Report:

We conducted the long-term borrowing on the remaining debt for the referendum.  Due to the excellent market conditions and competition, Goshen secured a long-term blended interest rate of 2.1%.

The budgetary transfer on the agenda is necessary to cover the unbudgeted expenses related to special education impartial hearings.

The bid opening for paving and drainage site improvements at Goshen High School (the back lot at the HS) generated 11 bidders. The lowest bid of $56,180 came in less than expected.

Plasma cutter was installed in the high school.

Tax Sheltered Annuities for retirees and matching 457 plans would be advantageous for the District as it lowers FICA.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology’s Report:

We are currently working on a proposal for NYSED that would allow us to provide GHS students with a Computer Programming Pathway.  As part of this process, we are required to conduct a self-study and to have meetings with major stakeholders.  The self-study has been completed. The next step in the process to acquire approval is to present the pathway proposal to an external committee for review.  We will be inviting a few local business leaders, a representative from the CTE Technical Assistance Center, and representatives from Siena College.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Patricia Breitfeller, school secretary, effective January 31, 2020. Ms. Breitfeller has been with the District for 17 years.

BE IT FURTHER 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 probation completion:  Michelle Serna, internal claims auditor, will complete probation and is recommended for permanent status, effective December 10, 2019.

Accept resignation:  Michelle Serna, teacher aide, effective December 10, 2019.  She had taken an unpaid leave of absence from this position to accept a probationary appointment as internal claims auditor.  Ms. Serna will complete probation effective December 10, 2019.

Approve termination:  Vera Cornelius, school bus monitor, effective December 2, 2019, pursuant to the provisions of Section 71 of the Civil Service Law with the opportunity to be reinstated to the same or similar position, if a vacancy exists, upon making application therefore within one year after termination of disability.

Approve appointment: Jacyln Juers, food service helper (probationary), at a salary of $15.00/hr., for 3 hours/day, effective December 5, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective December 5, 2019. Ms. Juers is replacing Jeniece Gonzales

Approve appointment:  Tiffany Mapes, custodial worker (probationary), at a salary of $35,514, prorated, (Step A of the CSEA salary schedule) effective December 12, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective December 12, 2019. She has been a substitute custodial worker with the District and has demonstrated the requisite skills and aptitude. Ms. Mapes is replacing Richard Besaw.

Approve appointment: Maria Melchiori, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $16.60/hr., for 5¾ hours/day, effective December 10, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective December 10, 2019. She has been filling in for Michelle Serna’s leave replacement and will be replacing Ms. Serna.

Approve appointment: Robert Ferrara, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $21.96/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective December 5, 2019.

Approve appointment: Beasia Ellington, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $21.96/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective December 5, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Jonathan Reardon, athletic trainer, at a salary of $54,319, prorated (TA>60 Step 1 on the GTA Salary Schedule), effective December 9, 2019. Mr. Reardon is replacing Andrew Schug.

Approve appointment:  Jennifer Kirk, modified cheer coach, at a salary $76.25/day, effective for the 2019-2020 school year winter season.

Approve change of appointment: Kyle Sullivan, from long-term substitute family and consumer science teacher to leave replacement family and consumer science teacher, at a salary of $54,319, prorated (BA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective approximately September 27, 2019 to on or about February 3, 2020. Mr. Sullivan is filling the childcare leave of absence for Lisa Dombrowski.

Approve change of appointment: Shannon Byman, from teacher aide to special education teacher aide, at a salary of $14.71/hr., for 5¾ hours/day, effective October 14, 2019.

Approve 2019-2020 Mentor Stipends:

Mentor Last Name/Mentor First Name/Intern Last Name/Intern First Name/Intern Level/Salary

Marsiglio/Janice/Sullivan/Kyle/Level 1/$811.00
Robusto/Michael/Kuklis/Kanika/Level 2 Prorated/$912.00
Behringer/Aileen/Serrano-Ayau/Ana/Level 1 TA/$947.10
Kennedy/Marissa/Doyle/Charles/Level 2/$1,014.00
LaRegina/Anna/Pagan/Danielle/Level 2/$1,014.00
Lobdell/Brittany/Johnson/Julianne/Level 2/$1,014.00
Loftus/Kate/Carrillo/Ravon/Level 1 prorated/$1,014.00
Linguanti/Danielle/Johnson/Brian/Level 1 TA/$1,353.00
Paneto/Marisol/De La Rosa/Cristel/Level 1/$1,353.00
Kelton/Christine/Kennedy/Kelly/Level 1/$1,420.30
Laskoski/Beth/Juncaj/Nina/Level 1/$2,019.00
Abrams/Lyn/Stephens/John/Level 1/$2,029.00
Diaz/Martha/Wildrick/Tina/Level 1/$2,029.00
Fedor/Joseph/Johnson/Dillon/Level 1/$2,029.00
Gonzalez/Katherine/Ruffen/Samantha/Level 1/$2,029.00
McNulty/Sarah/Nardone/Casey/Level 1/$2,029.00
Schneider/Evelyn/Malles/Kelsey/Level 1/$2,029.00
Schulz/Deborah/Trieste/Susan/Level 1/$2,029.00

CSE/CPSE Recommendations:

Committee on Special Education
11/12/19;121762/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
11/13/19;115988/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
11/14/19;122350/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
11/07/19;117611/Classified
11/13/19;121892/Classified
Committee on Special Education
11/13/19;122813/Ineligible
11/22/19;118915/Classified
11/14/19;118291/Classified
11/12/19;119210/Classified
11/13/19;115755/Ineligible
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
11/25/19;122496/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
11/14/19;121216/Declassified
11/07/19;121254/Classified
11/12/19;115006/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
11/14/19;122428/Classified Preschool
11/19/19;122439/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
11/04/19;122935/Classified PP
Committee on Special Education
11/14/19;122730/Classified
11/07/19;122355/Classified
11/07/19;117890/Classified
11/12/19;117878/Classified
11/12/19;120286/Classified
11/12/19;122908/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
11/19/19;122751/Classified Preschool

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 payment of tax certiorari judgment awarded to Brian Dunlevy, Town of Goshen (SBL 110-4-11.2) as per court order entered in the Office of the Clerk of Orange County Supreme Court on September 5, 2019 and served upon the District on November 5, 2019 in the amount of $4,742.14 for the 2016/2017 school year; $4,895.04 for the 2017/2018 school year; and $5,458.96 for the 2018/2019 school year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to fund said tax certiorari judgment refund that budgetary appropriations for the 2019/2020 school year be increased by $15,096.14 (A1964.4000) and that the $15,096.14 be transferred to the General Fund Budget from the Tax Certiorari Reserve as the offsetting source of revenue.

AYES-5          NAYS-0                         Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the assessment corrections as specified by the Orange County Supreme and County Courts as summarized and to direct the Tax Collector to take the necessary actions in accordance with Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) for Guddi Pamnani (Wawayanda) SBL 12-1-41.11, in the amount of $531.02 (A1001) for the tax year 2019/2020.

AYES-5           NAYS-0              Motion carried.

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 Correction of Error awarded to Charles & Patricia Eckerson, Town of Goshen SBL 114-8-1 as per the Office of Real Property in the amount of $1,538.26 (A1001) for the 2019-2020 school year.

AYES-5           NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools to award the sale of the following previously declared surplus items to the bidders listed below at the price bid at the public sale bid opening held on November 19, 2019.  All items sold as is, with no warranties expressed or implied.

Item/Bid/Name
2002 Thomas/Freightliner-66 Pass. Bus VIN # 4UZAAXAK62CJ63078 /$ 387.00 /Chet’s Garage

2002 Thomas/Freightliner-66 Pass. Bus VIN # 4UZAAXAK62CJ63081 /$ 387.00/Chet’s Garage

2004 Thomas/Freightliner-66 Pass. Bus  VIN # 4UZAAXCS44CM36731 /$ 787.00/Chet’s Garage
2004 Thomas/Freightliner-66 Pass. Bus VIN # 4UZAAXCS64CM36732 /$ 687.00/Chet’s Garage

2005 Chevrolet Express – 18 Pass. Van VIN # 1GBJG31U751209129/ $ 366.66/Thomas Hindley, Jr.

International Engine – Model 466/ $ 505.00 /Scott Ferrier

6 Goodyear Tires – Model 235-75-15/$ 126.66 / Thomas Hindley, Jr.

AYES-5           NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte,

WHEREAS, the Board of Education, in accordance with Article 5-A of the General Municipal Law, has invited sealed proposals for the Paving and Drainage for the School District’s Additions, Site Improvements & Renovations at Goshen High School (NYSED #44-06-01-04-0-008-011) capital project (“Project”), which bids were opened publicly on November 26, 2019;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby determines, based on the analysis of the bids and recommendation of LAN Associates, Engineering, Planning, Architecture, Surveying, LLP. and Triton Construction, that Superior Surfacing Systems, Ltd., 21 Allen Lane, Bloomingburg, New York, with a bid amount of $56,180, is the lowest responsible bidder.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby awards the contract to Superior Surfacing Systems, Ltd., as set forth above, in accordance with the plans and specifications for such public works project. Said contract is to be executed by the President of the Board of Education.

AYES-5            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

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 following budgetary transfer:

Description: Increase legal budget to cover unanticipated special education hearings.
Dated: 11/22/19
Amount: $30,000

AYES-5            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Judy Green,

WHEREAS, on November 20, 2019, YSG Solar (“Developer”), notified the Goshen Central School District (“District”) that it intends to construct a solar energy system on real property located within the District in accordance with Real Property Tax Law § 487, and

WHEREAS, the statute provides the Developer with a 15-year tax exemption on any increase to the value of the real estate on which the solar energy system is constructed; and

WHEREAS, the statute requires the District to notify the Developer if the District intends to request that the Developer enter into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreement within 60 days of receipt of the notification (“District”); and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education intends to request such a PILOT.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education intends to request that the Developer enter into a PILOT agreement in accordance with Real Property Tax Law § 487; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Superintendent of Schools and such other employees and agents of the District are directed to undertake and complete all acts as required to effect the purposes of this resolution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall take effect immediately.

AYES-5            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte,

WHEREAS, on November 25, 2019, ForeFront Power, LLC. (“Developer”), notified the Goshen Central School District (“District”) that it intends to construct a solar energy system on real property located within the District in accordance with Real Property Tax Law § 487, and

WHEREAS, the statute provides the Developer with a 15-year tax exemption on any increase to the value of the real estate on which the solar energy system is constructed; and

WHEREAS, the statute requires the District to notify the Developer if the District intends to request that the Developer enter into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreement within 60 days of receipt of the notification (“District”); and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education intends to request such a PILOT.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education intends to request that the Developer enter into a PILOT agreement in accordance with Real Property Tax Law § 487; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Superintendent of Schools and such other employees and agents of the District are directed to undertake and complete all acts as required to effect the purposes of this resolution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall take effect immediately.

AYES-5            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte,

WHEREAS, on November 25, 2019, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education enters into an Agreement with Bruce Chapman, Handle With Care Behavior Management System, Inc., to provide licensing and training in Handle With Care’s Instructor Certification Program effective for the 2019-2020 school year as follows:

$2,400.00 plus mileage               Day One: Verbal Skills Training

$2,400.00 plus mileage               Day Two: Physical Skills Training

$2,400.00 plus mileage               Day Three: Instructor Certification Program

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, 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.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor. Item(s) discussed included:

  1. District legal counsel attendance at board meetings.
  2. Agreement with Handle With Care Behavior Management System, Inc. is for staff training on approaches to deescalate students who are in crisis.
  3. Current staff/student use of the kinesthetic lab at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School.

Board Member issue(s) discussed included:

  1. Mr. Mullane thanked Mr. O’Brien for the exceptional senior game event at the high school.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:48 p.m. on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte.

AYES-5            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk