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Board Meeting Minutes for February 19, 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 Tuesday, February 19, 2019.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mrs. Allison Salte (exited 8:30 p.m.)
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Absent:
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
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 (Absent)
Ms. Heather Carman (Absent)
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 (Absent)
Assistant Director of PPS
Ms. Marlene Gaynor
Director of Transportation
Vacant
Assistant Director of Transportation
Ms. Karen Wells
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett (Absent)
Director of Personnel
Mr. Robert Siracuse (Absent)
Student Senate Representative
Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

The Board thanked Kim Longo and her high school percussion ensemble students for the music they provided prior to this evening’s meeting.

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 Martha Bogart, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of February 4, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: O/U BOCES Save-the-Date Budget Presentation Dinner – April 3, 2019 and information regarding the BOCES budget vote and Cooperative Board election; correspondence from Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLC. – status report on pending tax certiorari proceedings; and various newspaper articles. Mrs. Bogart mentioned that BOCES culinary students would provide food at the BOCES budget dinner.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

A community member thanked the Board for adding additional information to the resolutions in the minutes of the February 4, 2019 minutes. This was a prior request made by the community member to give more information to the public on each resolution.

Mr. Pucci mentioned that the capital project change order, to be voted on later in the meeting, is for rock removal to install the footings of field lighting. The field area is known to have a lot of shale. The area to excavate for the footings required a larger drilling rig to complete the job. The change order is for $12K.

Mr. Pucci sat in on a Mock Trial practice. He was very impressed by the process and the abilities of the students who will be representing our District in Mock Trial competitions. Mr. Connor mentioned that the banner that was made for the Mock Trial team, which commemorated their winning the state competition last year, will be hung in the lobby of the high school once the capital project construction in complete.

The Audit Committee will meet on March 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to review the recent internal audit conducted by Cooper & Arias.

Mrs. Bogart reported on the February 6 Orange County School Board Association meeting. The Orange County Youth Bureau gave a presentation on their goals to improving the lives of youth in Orange County. Mrs. Bogart was particularly impressed with their mentor/internship program available to high school students who may be considering a future in working in the youth services field.

This year, Mr. Connor and Mr. Carter have been actively visiting classes in all schools to observe lessons. On February 14, they had the pleasure of visiting Jura Schell’s class at GIS to observe her class at three STEAM centers. One of the centers involved coding that led to the children using a 3D printer. It is exciting to see the STEAM curricula unfolding in the schools. Mr. Carter added that the Goshen Gladiator Gazette featured a student penned article on this lesson.

Mr. Connor reported that the Goshen Chamber has hired Barbara Martinez as their new executive director. Before coming to Goshen, Martinez served for more than two years as director of communications of the Orange County Chamber of Commerce. One of the events she has secured for Goshen is the Cupcake Festival to be held at Goshen’s Historic Track. The event is expected to draw 20,000 people.

Lisa Dombrowski and Diane Villegas, Leo Club advisors, will be working with the Leo Club on April 28 on a spring clean-up project in the village.

Matt O’Brien reported on the College Commitment Ceremony held February 6. Kayla Pucci, Maegan Allspach, Erika Fuentes, Hannah Taylor, Rebecca Andrews and Jayna Celano committed to playing their respective sports at the collegiate level. Mr. O’Brien noted no matter where each student’s journey may take him or her; they still have a home base here in Goshen.

Mr. O’Brien gave a PowerPoint presentation to inform the Board and the public of where the spring sports teams will play while construction continues at the high school.

Relocation needs:

1)      Varsity & JV Softball

a)      Will practice:

i)        Together @ CJH

b)      Will play:

i)        Varsity @ CJH

ii)      JV @ “The Rock” in Chester (in return of use of their facility, we will let them use our facilities on weekends)

2)      Boys & Girls Lacrosse

a)      Plan A: Normal Spring Weather

i)        Will practice @ Erie St. and Mt. Olympus (upper field)

ii)      Games will be played at Mt. Olympus (game field)

b)      Plan B: “Wet” Spring Weather

i)        Move JV Lacrosse games to “away”

ii)      Allow Varsity (Boys and Girls) to play @ Mt. Olympus/McNally

c)      Plan C:

i)        Possibly lower turf field in May if completed

3)      Boys and Girls Track

a)      Will practice:

○        GHS

○        Mt. Olympus

○        CJH

○        Neighboring schools (Middletown and John S. Burke will allow us to use their facilities on occasion)

b)      Will compete: Away

Mr. Mullane inquired if the District will be able to get a certificate of occupancy for the lower field only. Mr. Connor replied yes.

Ms. Lynch reported that all the pieces of the budget are being pulled together as they become available. The departments are trying to hold the line in their budgets.

The tax cap deadline is looming. It is not a true 2% cap, but it is determined using a complex formula. CPI, one component of the formula, is at 2% this year. Goshen has a nice strong growth factor.

Ms. Lynch mentioned a recent meeting she had with John McCarey (Orange County Real Property), Doug Bloomfield (Goshen Town Supervisor) and Joel Thomas (Community Energy, Inc.) at which they discussed the Glenmere Lake Solar PILOT.  She also discussed the concept of PILOTs.

Today, Ms. Lynch received the internal audit report from Cooper Arias that will be discussed with the Audit Committee on March 25. It was a clean audit, which indicates nice separation of duties and roles. Ms. Lynch will send the committee a list of the special area audits conducted by Cooper Arias in the past that may help the committee to determine an area they would like Cooper & Arias to focus on for their special area audit this year.

“Fiscal transparency” refers to the publication of information on how governments raise, spend, and manage public resources. Both the federal and NYS governments have passed laws requiring school districts to report their expenditures by building. Goshen is one of the 306 districts in NYS required to comply this year. In order to accomplish this as required, Goshen has had to transform the expenditure chart of accounts to mirror the “uniform system of accounts”. Mr. Pucci inquired when the new reporting format would be available to look at. Ms. Lynch replied the new format would be included in the public budget document, which will be available once the budget process is complete.

Mr. Carter presented to the Board the 2018-2021 District Technology Plan. Included in their packet was the technology plan, a thorough summary of the plan and our in-house 5-year plan to achieve the goals within the plan. Also included with the Board information is a listing of various hardware devices broken down by school. The format of the current technology plan has changed in comparison with previous plans submitted to the state. The current plan is no longer a data collection survey. The technology plan is now a comprehensive one that is organized into six categories:

District LEA Information
Strategic Technology Planning
Action Plan
NYSED Initiatives Alignment
Administrative Management Plan
Sharing Innovative Educational Technology Programs

Mr. Carter thanked Jon Redeker and Jim Sterett for their assistance in assembling the technology plan as well as the Board Technology Committee (Jason Pucci and Michael Lorenzo) for their input.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Martha Bogart,

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Lizbeth Criscenzo, guidance counselor, effective July 5, 2019. Ms. Criscenzo has been with the District for 15 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-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Accept resignation:  Ehrenfriede Tjipueja-Sawyer, teacher aide, effective March 4, 2019.

Accept resignation:  Marcus Lawrence, school bus driver, effective January 28, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Carlos Perez, custodial worker, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately February 1, 2019 through on or about April 26, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Tiffany Mapes, long-term substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $16.58/hour (rate based on Step 1 of custodial worker title in CSEA contract), for 7 hours per day, effective February 19, 2019 to on or about April 26, 2019 or until custodial worker returns. She is currently a substitute custodial worker with the District. Ms. Mapes will be filling the medical leave of absence for Carlos Perez.

Approve appointment:  Maya Itzcowitz, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Initial Childhood Education 1-6 and Initial Early Childhood Education B-2 certifications.

Approve appointment:  Lisa Kroemer, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Permanent Elementary Pre K-6 certification.

Approve appointment:  Paige Mancuso, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Professional Early Childhood Education B-2 and Professional Childhood Education 1-6 certifications.

Approve appointment:  Jamie Fischer, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Professional Early Childhood Education B-2 and Professional Childhood Education 1-6 and Professional SWD 1-6 certifications.

Approve appointment:  Nicole Amanatides, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Initial English 7-12 certification.

Approve appointment:  Carly Donati, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Jennifer Amodio, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Bridget Rodriguez, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Danielle Razukiewicz, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Ehrenfriede Tjipueja-Sawyer, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 4, 2019. Ms. Tjipueja-Sawyer was a teacher aide with the District.

Approve appointment:  Mary Kate Paulus, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Enoelia Espinosa, substitute school bus monitor, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019.

Approve appointment:  James DeBlock, substitute school bus monitor, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Marcus Lawrence, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.91/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective February 20, 2019. Mr. Lawrence was a driver for the District.

Approve decrease in hours: Marianne Schneider, teacher aide, from 5.75 hours/day to 4.75 hours/day, at a salary of $14.28/hour. Ms. Schneider is changing buildings from C.J. Hooker Middle School to Goshen High School.

Approve appointment:  Matthew Laroe as Evening High School Participation in Government teacher at a salary of $38.09/hr. (Step 2), one evening per week, effective February 20, 2019 for the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Matthew Laroe as Evening High School Economics teacher at a salary of $36.98/hr. (Step 1), one evening per week, effective February 13, 2019 for the second semester of the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment 2018-2019 Spring Coach Stipends:

NAME
STEP
FTE
AMT

BASEBALL:
Varsity Head Coach
Mardyniak, John
D
1.0
6,448
Varsity Assistant Coach
Toscano II, Michael
D
0.9
5,804
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Giordano, Thomas
B
0.8
4,094
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach
Smith, Ryan
B
0.7
3,582
Program Assistant
Pezzullo, John
D
0.5
3,224
Modified Head Coach
Zamorski, Fredrick
D
0.7
4,514

SOFTBALL:
Varsity Head Coach
Kelly, Michael
D
1.0
6,448
Varsity Assistant Coach
Smith, Karen
D
0.9
5,804
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Gilbert, Thomas
D
0.8
5,159
Junior Varsity Assistant Coach
Guerra, Noreen
A
0.7
3,113
Modified Head Coach
Schneider, Marianne
D
0.7
4,514
Program Assistant
Chiarot, Julia
D
0.5
3,224
Volunteer Coach
Scheetz, Debra
N/A
0.0
Volunteer Coach
Springer, Shawn
N/A
0.0

TENNIS:
Varsity Boys Head Coach
Soroka, Kenneth
D
0.9
5,804
Junior Varsity Boys Head Coach
Carrecia, Nicole
B
0.8
4,094

TRACK:
Varsity Head Coach – Boys
Lewis, Kyle
D
1.0
6,448
Varsity Assistant Coach – Boys
Manaseri, Joseph
B
0.9
4,606
Varsity Head Coach – Girls
Lawson, Gustavus
D
1.0
6,448
Varsity Assistant Coach – Girls
Mcintee, Robert
D
0.9
5,804
Modified Head Coach
Haller, Christopher
D
0.7
4,514
Modified Assistant Coach
Higgins, Kathleen
B
0.7
3,582
Modified Assistant Coach
Gamboli, Jaqueline
A
0.7
3,113

GOLF:
Varsity Head Coach – Boys
Tether, John
D
0.7
4,514
Varsity Head Coach – Girls
Polanis, James
D
0.7
4,514

LACROSSE:
Varsity Head Coach- Boys
Salerno, Jon
B
1.0
5,117
Varsity Assistant Coach – Boys
Duggan, Richard
B
0.9
4,606
Junior Varsity Head Coach – Boys
Kayser, John
B
0.8
4,094
Volunteer Coach
Carillo, Ravon
N/A
0.0
Varsity Head Coach – Girls
Swayne, Kiersten
D
1.0
6,448
Varsity Assistant Coach – Girls
Tangney, Michael
C
0.9
5,209
Junior Varsity Head Coach – Girls
Corter, Robert
A
0.8
3,558
Varsity Head Coach- Boys
Salerno, Jon
B
1.0
5,117

ATHLETIC TRAINER:
District Athletic Trainer
Schug, Andrew
D
1.0
6,448

Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

CSE/CPSE

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01/11/19;122298/Classified Preschool NS
Committee on Special Education
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On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Order relevant to J & J Sass Electric, Inc.’s Contract:

01/18/19
EC CO-08
Larger drilling rig needed to excavate rock for installation of field lighting
$12,059

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Change Order – J&J Sass

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 budgetary transfer dated February 11, 2019, in the amount of $385,615.92, to adjust encumbrance for BOCES contracted services and fund budget for School Resource Officers at all schools.

AYES-6           NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Judy Green, the Board of Education approves Jason Pucci, Judy Green and Thomas Mullane attending the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Superintendent Evaluation Workshop on March 15, 2019 in Latham, New York.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

A draft of the 2019-2020 student calendar was reviewed. First day of school would be September 4, 2019. The last day of school would be June 26, 2020. Winter recess would be two weeks in length.

The Board acknowledged the donation of a Faberge-style egg made by Gloria Keyes Brawley in commemoration of the Class of 1961’s 50th reunion. John Albarino, also a member of the Class of 1961, donated the egg.

Proposed 2019-2020 Budget Presentation – K-12

Dr. Voloshin, Mr. Wentworth, Dr. Rolon and Mr. Heinzelman presented their proposed budgets:

Mission Statement

The mission of the Goshen Central School District is to create lifelong learners who demonstrate personal well-being and civic responsibility. Our mission is accomplished through the knowledgeable professionals who provide a quality education for our students and who themselves are lifelong learners. Our welcoming and supportive school environment provides a student centered, standards-based curriculum that is relevant, challenging, and instills an appreciation for learning that will last a lifetime.

K – 12 Proposed Costs: Administrative, Contractual, Furniture & Equipment, Supplies, Library, Guidance, and Textbooks

$   834,598 – Program

$1,058,310 – GHS – BOCES/NYSED Requirements

$1,892,908 – GRAND TOTAL

Scotchtown Avenue School Proposed Program Costs

2018-2019 Approved
2019-2020 Proposed
Admin.
$33,601
$33,601
Contractual
$1,450
$1,450
Furniture & Equipment
$10,400
$10,400
Supplies
$47,256
$47,256
Library
$8,288
$8,288
Textbooks
$34,950
$34,950
Total
$135,945
$135,945

Goshen Intermediate School Proposed Program Costs

2018-2019 Approved
2019-2020 Proposed
Admin.
$32,950
$32,950
Contractual
$4,850
$4,850
Furniture & Equipment
$14,200
$14,200
Supplies
$39,400
$39,400
Library
$9,723
$9,723
Textbooks
$36,930
$36,930
Total
$138,053
$138,053

C.J. Hooker Middle School Proposed Program Costs

2018-2019 Approved
2019-2020 Proposed
Admin.
$39,500
$39,500
Contractual
$20,900
$20,900
Furniture & Equipment
$15,050
$15,050
Supplies
$45,150
$45,150
Library
$6,769
$6,769
Guidance
$3,435
$3,435
Textbooks
$39,784
$39,784
Total
$170,588
$170,588

Goshen High School Proposed Program Costs

2018-2019 Approved
2019-2020 Proposed
Admin.
$68,938
$68,938
Contractual
$50,386
$50,386
Furniture & Equipment
$28,925
$28,925
Supplies
$86,135
$86,135
Library
$36,852
$36,852
Guidance
$55,254
$55,254
Textbooks
$63,522
$63,522
Total
$390,012
$390,012

GHS – BOCES/NYSED Requirements

2018-2019 Approved
2019-2020 Proposed
Occ Ed BOCES
$1,028,310
$1,028,310
Alternate HS BOCES
$30,000
$30,000
Total
$1,058,310
$1,058,310

Allison Salte exited the meeting at 8:30 p.m.

Mr. Lorenzo inquired about what new items are new in the budgets to improve schools programs. Mr. Heinzelman responded that the new STEAM program is included in the budget. It is a cutting-edge initiative that will involve all disciplines over time. Some children may not want to attend BOCES programs because of the courses we will be offering. The STEAM curriculum will be at all levels for a K-12 continuum.

Mrs. Bogart inquired about the testing systems employed by the schools to identify, at early ages, students who may be in need of remedial help. Mr. Carter responded that the new MAPs testing, which are being employed at all levels, would be able to better assess and identify students who may require additional assistance than the system previously employed. By using the MAPs assessments, we should see a decrease in the number of students who would go from tier 1 to tier 2 and tier 3 category levels of required additional assistance.

All schools are holding the line with 2019-2010 proposed budgets compared to the 2018-2019 approved budgets from last year. The principals feel confident they can still function at the same levels as last year. They noted that trying to increase student involvement and keeping the budgets at the same level is a big feat, but with working collaboratively together and careful cost management, they will be able to do so.  Mr. Mullane questioned holding the line on the budgets. It is difficult to make do year after year when the costs of things continue to rise. Dr. Rolon responded that the schools often manage to stay within their budgets and do not go without, and when there are times where schools needed additional assistance, central administration has always provided the additional financial support.  Mr. Connor mentioned that schools can no longer present budgets with everything we want in them. Schools now have to live within a cap system. The budget includes moving forward with new STEAM and distance learning initiatives. The District would need to see what aid numbers would be from Albany. Maybe we could add additional items and not have to make cuts instead.

Mrs. Green inquired about the placement of SROs in the building. Dr. Rolon, Mr. Wentworth and Dr. Voloshin responded that there are two officers in each of their respective schools, who rotate within their schools. Sgt. Smoulcey, who oversees all SROs, is housed at the high school.

Mr. Pucci noted that the last few years have been exciting in the District. We have been adapting our curricula to topics relevant to today’s topics. Focusing on increasing technology for students (e.g. Chromebooks) and through vertical alignment in areas such as STEAM has given students greater knowledge to help them be competitive in today’s world.

It has been a tough year at the high school with all the construction. Few complaints have been expressed. Mr. Pucci commended faculty, staff and students for making things run as smooth as can given the circumstance.

Dr. Voloshin mentioned that the District’s social media brand is growing and it has been instrumental in disseminating information throughout the community.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A community member congratulated the cheerleading team for their sections win. They will be competing at the state level in Rochester.

A community member inquired about how often children go to the kinesthetic lab at Scotchtown Avenue School. Dr. Voloshin responded that inclusion students visit twice a week and other students attend once a week.

There were no Board member issues or concerns.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:51 p.m. on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Martha Bogart.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk