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Board Meeting Minutes for January 6, 2020

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 Monday, January 6, 2020.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent:
Mr. Thomas Mullane
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:
Ms. Heather Carman
Mr. Matthew Wentworth
Mr. Henry Freedman
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Absent
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
Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel
Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Student Senate Representative
Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

President Jason Pucci called the regular meeting to order at 7:29 p.m.

Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silence remembering the family of Michael O’Reilly, brother of Maureen Farrell (District Clerk/Executive Secretary to Superintendent of Schools).

Teegan Kennedy joined the Board to discuss her work with students at Goshen Intermediate School regarding the Orange County Green Stars School Program, which awards “stars” to schools engaged in green practices. The Board thanked Teegan for her presentation and recognized her efforts in inspiring students at Goshen Intermediate School to become global citizens by working to change behaviors of students and families through waste reduction and recycling thus having a positive impact on the environment.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of December 19, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

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

The board received the following correspondence: Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLP – Prohibition of Wage or Salary History Inquiries and various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci wished everyone a Happy New Year. He also hoped all students, teachers and administrators have continued success in the second part of the school year.

Legislative/OCBSA Updates:

Mrs. Bogart discussed:

Like most election years, 2020 may not have significant changes to education aid. As we get closer to the adoption of a state budget, there should be more discussions on Foundation Aid and its distribution.

Superintendent’s Report:

Schools are back in session today after the winter break.

After an extensive search, the new assistant director of pupil personnel services will be appointed later in the meeting. Mr. Connor thanked Ms. Hendershot for leading the committee who chose Ms. Marino.

Assistant Superintendent for Business’ Report:

The Claim’s Auditor report showed few errors, all of which were corrected before payments were issued.

The budgetary transfer on the agenda is necessary to cover continued special education BOCES costs. The district has seen increased student needs over the past few years. This will be discussed further during budget presentations.

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

Mr. Carter has been working with Jon Redeker to set up Parent Technology Nights. At the meetings, items discussed will include Google Classroom, Google Calendar and digital citizenship. Possible dates are January 14, January 27, March 6 and a date in April. Mr. Pucci suggested having a session during the day for parents who are free while students are in school. Notification of meetings will be communicated via School Messenger and school emails.

Michael Calabrese, technology teacher at CJH, is attending Project Lead the Way training in automation and robotics. Once he completes the training, Mr. Calabrese will be fully credentialed.

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 Consent Agenda as presented.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Carole Griffin, AIS teacher, is requesting an extension of her medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately January 6, 2020 through on or about June 30, 2020.

Approve intermittent medical leave of absence: Patricia Holland, school bus driver, is requesting an intermittent medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective November 27, 2019 through on or about June 26, 2020, as needed. This leave conforms to the Family Medical Leave Act requirements.

Approve intermittent medical leave of absence: Holly Werner, senior account clerk, is requesting an intermittent medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective January 7, 2020 through on or about June 30, 2020, as needed. This leave conforms to the Family Medical Leave Act requirements.

Approve appointment: Enoelia Espinosa, school bus monitor (probationary), at a salary of $16.60/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective January 7, 2020. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective January 7, 2020. She is a substitute school bus monitor with the District. Ms. Espinosa is replacing Vera Cornelius.

Approve appointment: Enoelia Espinosa, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $11.80/hr., for 3 hours per day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective November 1, 2019.

Approve change of appointment: Deirdre Marcolini, from long-term substitute AIS teacher to leave replacement AIS teacher, at a salary of $60,088, prorated (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective approximately October 15, 2019 to June 30, 2020 or until teacher returns. She has Permanent K-6 Elementary certification. Ms. Marcolini is filling the medical leave of absence for Carole Griffin.

CSE/CPSE Recommendations:

Committee on Special Education
09/25/19;118958/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
12/12/19;122883/Classified
Committee on Special Education
05/13/19;120566/Classified
09/25/19;115386/Classified
11/13/19;122328/Ineligible
12/05/19;119287/Classified
12/12/19;116287/Classified
05/29/19;118158/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
12/13/19;122360/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
12/03/19;117127/Classified
12/12/19;120989/Classified
12/03/19;119913/Classified
12/12/19;119280/Classified
12/10/19;115301/Classified
12/12/19;120399/Classified
12/05/19;119841/Classified
10/21/19;121440/Classified
Committee on Special Education
12/05/19;121104/Classified
09/25/19;115470/Classified
10/23/19;114420/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
12/13/19;122392/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
03/27/19;118689/Classified
Committee on Special Education
12/03/19;120729/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/13/19;119184/Classified
02/13/19;119185/Classified
Committee on Special Education
12/03/19;117129/Classified
12/03/19;117128/Classified
01/30/19;114551/Classified
12/12/19;121157/Classified
12/10/19;121164/Classified

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Allison Salte, the Board of Education approves the Superintendent of Schools attending the New York State Council of School Superintendents Annual Winter Institute and Lobby Day in Albany, New York from March 1-3, 2020.

AYES-6          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 appoints Alyssa Marino, Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services at a gross salary of $100,000, prorated, effective February 7, 2020, with a tenure date of February 7, 2024 in the tenure area of Assistant Director of Pupil Personnel Services. Ms. Marino has Permanent School Social Worker and Initial School District Leader certifications. She is replacing Brian Orzell.

AYES-6          NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the following budgetary transfer:

Description: Increase in Special Education BOCES expenses.
Dated: 12/20/19
Amount: $363,100

AYES-6           NAYS-0              Motion carried.

Second Privilege of the Floor

Item(s) discussed included: None

  1. Mrs. Green commended all those who worked on the recent newsletter mailed to residents of the district.
  2. Mrs. Bogart and Ms. Salte were unable to attend the last Orange County School Boards Association meeting on December 4, at which there was a screening of the film “Resilience, the Biology of Stress & the Resilience of Hope” Mrs. Bogart will try to get a synopsis of the film to share with the Board.
  3. Mr. Pucci noted the Goshen Teachers’ Association and Goshen Administrators’ Association contracts expire June 30. The Board will soon begin reviewing both contracts.
  4. Departmental budgets for the 2020-2021 school year will be presented in the upcoming meetings beginning February 3.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:59 p.m. on a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk