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Board Meeting Minutes for March 25, 2019

Members of the Audit Committee of the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District met at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the Internal Audit of the year ending June 30, 2019, which was completed by Cooper Arias, LLP.

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, March 25, 2019.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President (Entered 6:39 p.m.)
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent:
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
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 (Absent)
Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
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
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

At 6:31 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, the Board entered Executive Session, with the intent to return, for the purpose of review of a legal issue and for the purpose of the review of the employment history of particular persons.

AYES-5          NAYS-0           Motion carried.

At 7:20 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, the Board closed the Executive Session.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The Board thanked Barton Schindler and students from C.J. Hooker Middle School orchestra 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, remembering the family of Phyllis Esposito, mother of former Board Member Steven Esposito.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of March 4, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

A community spoke about her son being reinstated on one of the spring sports teams after being cut at tryouts. She applauded the decision. She acknowledged that many people were not happy with the decision to reinstate students. The community member read a statement regarding the dissent. She noted that star athletes will always shine and reinstating gives students a chance to be included, improve their skills, and be part of a team even if they see little or no playtime.

Mr. Pucci reported that the Board Audit Committee met tonight prior to the Board Meeting. They reviewed the internal audit, which was conducted by Cooper Arias. Mr. Pucci stated that it was a clean audit with no issues. Cooper & Arias will perform their specialized audit on the transportation department.

Judy Green, Allison Salte and Jason Pucci recently toured C. J. Hooker Middle School as a follow-up to the Board tour last fall. They noted possible improvements that they would like to do if monies are available at the end of the school year.

Mr. Pucci attended recent competitions for the Mock Trial and Odyssey of the Mind teams. Both groups will be moving on to the next level of competition.

Mrs. Bogart reported that regarding state aid, districts are still in a wait and see situation until the state has a budget. Mr. Connor noted that the state might not have a budget by the April 1 deadline. Normally, this would not be a good situation for schools since they try to prepare their budgets with the inclusion of the state aid figures, but this year, it is okay since school budgets are voted on a week later than normal in May.

Mrs. Bogart will report on the latest Orange County School Boards Association meeting at our Board Meeting on April 1.

Mr. Connor mentioned that there would be a public hearing tomorrow night at the Goshen Village Hall regarding the plans for the Goshen Plaza. Mrs. Green noted that she attended a similar presentation hosted by the Goshen Chamber that was very informative.

Mr. Connor reported that today is the first day of spring sports.

Frank Arturi from Triton Construction and Matt Milnamow from LAN Associates joined the Board to give an update on the capital project. Most aspects of the project at the high school are on schedule or slightly ahead of schedule with the exception of auditorium renovations, which is slightly behind schedule. Items discussed included:

Work on the field house is in the finishing stages. Once the blacktop companies begin producing their product this spring, and the frost is no longer a concern, work on the bleachers and track will begin. The second field is at grade and the installation of turf will begin mid-April. There is a lot of ongoing work in the interior portion of the new building addition. The new addition is in the finishing stages and should be completed in the next two months. Mr. Arturi showed recent photos of the capital project work.

The project included $1.92M of contingency. After allotting monies for “B” list items the Board decided to proceed with, roughly $926K remains in contingency. Mr. Cassel inquired if remaining contingency in one project can be used on the other project. Ms. Lynch responded yes since it is really one project that has two parts to it.

Mr. Pucci asked about the process of bidding the sidewalks. Mr. Milnamow replied that new plans would need to be submitted to the state before bids go out. He strongly suggested waiting until the work on the project is nearing completion to consider moving forward on the additional sidewalk work.

Mr. Pucci inquired what the start date would be for the beginning of phase 2 of the project. Mr. Connor replied work on the kitchen would begin June 14, after lunch will no longer be served. Mr. Heinzelman noted that students taking Regents test would still be able to get breakfast. Mr. Pucci asked about the timeline for completion of the kitchen/lunchroom. Mr. Arturi and Mr. Milnamow responded by opening day of school in September.

Mr. Arturi discussed the window replacements at the high school. Windows will arrive soon. They will be replaced after school hours and on weekends. There will be no disruption to teachers or students.

Mr. Pucci noted that some of the phone are not working at CJH. Mr. Milnamow acknowledged that they have a punch list for the contractors to complete over spring recess.

Mr. Pucci inquired if the district is on the new network. Mr. Sterett responded that GIS, CJH and the “A” wing at GHS are on the network. Transportation will be moved over spring break. SAS is wired. The “B” wing at GHS and the new addition need cabling.

Mr. Cassel would like to see security increased on the weekends.  Over the past few weekends, there have been a number of instances where kids have climbed the safety fences to play on the turf fields at the high school. The fields and surrounding areas are an active construction site and are not ready for occupation at this time. The Village of Goshen police will be asked to increase their patrols of the area.

Mr. O’Brien reported on the Goshen High School musical Godspell held March 22-24 at the C.J. Hooker Middle School due to the ongoing construction at the high school. All three show were virtual sellouts. All the students involved in the production were truly amazing.

A group of administrators and board member Allison Salte recently visited the STEAM facility at Middletown High School. Mr. Heinzelman was most impressed by how engaged the students were in their activities. We will be incorporating some of Middletown’s processes/programs into our new STEAM suite and curriculum.

The high school conducted the first ever Elective Fair last Friday, which highlighted the various elective available for students to sign up for next fall. All teachers discussed the options in their various disciplines.  The fair allows students to make an informed decision.

A press release was issued to the Goshen Independent, Chronicle and Time Herald Record on the new courses available to students. Mr. Roddey discussed the high school’s new, modern learning spaces that will allow our students to become 21st century learners – critical thinkers who possess certain core skills, such as digital literacy and problem solving, which will allow them to thrive in today’s world. Several new STEAM courses were developed in order to fully utilize the new learning space and will include hands-on learning in computer science, robotics, engineering, graphics and spatial skills, computer-aided design, coding and more. In addition, the high school will offer new distance and online learning courses, including business law, web design, and art history. Distance Learning Courses allow students to interact in real-time with teachers outside Goshen High School. Another new program being offered to students is BOCES’ Virtual High School program, which allows students to participate in Online Learning Courses to complete courses on a flexible schedule. Mr. Pucci mentioned that he has received a great deal of positive feedback from parents on the press release and the district’s overall vision of educating our students. Mr. Roddey noted Mr. Connor has been instrumental in bringing distance learning to our district.

The high school has been awarded a grant from Amazon.com.  This grant will fully fund all curriculum, professional development, and software required to teach Introduction to Computer Science, and AP Computer Science Principles. This great opportunity also allows students to become eligible for scholarships & internships through Amazon. Mr. Heinzelman commended Mr. Roddey for searching out many opportunities for the school and applying for this grant.

On March 13, the Honor Graduates breakfast was held at the high school. Mr. Heinzelman noted that three students averaged over 100 and the other three students averaged over 99. It was wonderful to have the celebration in an intimate setting. The Honor Graduates will be announced in the near future. They are all terrific students.

Dr. Rolon reported on the Sojourner Truth Award Program that was held March 8 at Orange County Community College. The event recognized 600+ students. This ceremony recognizes the achievements of deserving Orange County youth who are traditionally under-represented in the college population. The Sojourner Truth Awards Program recognizes students from grades 6-12 who have excelled in areas such as athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English language arts, foreign languages, perseverance/effort, and sciences and technology. Goshen had 75 students nominated by teachers. Each year the Sojourner Truth Memorial Committee awards up to three $1000 scholarships to high school students from local public high schools. This year, Goshen student Eric Pinos was a scholarship recipient.

Ms. Lynch reported the District is continuing to comply the new financial transparency & ESSA regulations as the budget is being prepared.

Ms. Lynch thanked Mr. Heinzelman for the recent Central Office employee tour of the high school construction.

Each year, talented music students from throughout Orange County are selected to perform at the Orange County Music Educators’ Association All-County Festival. Student’s selection is based on their audition held earlier in the year. The students rehearsed and performed together in concert. Our District had fifteen student-musicians from C. J. Hooker Middle School and Goshen High School perform on March 9. Mr. Carter commended them and the band teachers for their hard work and accomplishments.

Two teams from the Goshen Central School District compete against students from around the world at the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals at Michigan State University on May 22-25. Both teams placed second in their divisions. Heidi Seligman and Brian Seligman coach the CJH team. Cathy Kloorfain coaches the GIS team.

Goshen’s Science Olympiad Division B teams did exceptionally well at Saturday’s Regional competition. Overall, two teams of 6th -9th graders placed first and second.  Fifteen team members will advance to compete at the NY State competition in two weeks in Syracuse. Mr. Carter thanked coaches DenDanto, Laura Muller, Warren Young, and Christina Pahucki for their efforts.

Mr. Carter informed the Board that the grades 3-8 online New York State English Language Arts Assessment testing would begin April 1. Both schools have worked hard at getting all the passwords set up and preparing students.

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 Consent Agenda as presented.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Accept resignation:  Jennifer Sedita, teacher aide, effective April 17, 2019.

Accept resignation:  Sherri Raco, senior food service helper, effective March 15, 2019. Ms. Raco is resigning to be appointed to cook manager at Goshen Intermediate School.

Approve childcare leave of absence: Gayonne Hartley, special education teacher, is requesting a childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately September 16, 2019 through on or about January 6, 2020.

Approve leave of absence: Jeanne Cresce, teaching assistant, is requesting a leave of absence, effective April 23, 2019 through June 10, 2019 to accept the position of long-term substitute special education teacher while special education teacher is out on childcare leave.

Approve medical leave of absence: Meri O’Hara, teacher aide, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately March 7, 2019 through on or about April 23, 2019.

Approve increasing position: ENL teacher at the middle school. This position is being increased from .6 to 1.0 to meet the increase in the number of students requiring ENL services, effective March 26, 2019.

Approve increasing position: ENL teacher at the high school. This position is being increased from .78 to 1.0 to meet the increase in the number of students requiring ENL services, effective March 26, 2019.

Approve increase in position: Samantha Ruffen, ENL teacher, at a salary of $58,910.10, prorated (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule) effective March 26, 2019, with a tenure date of March 26, 2023 and a tenure area in ENL, 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. She has Initial ESOL and Initial ELA 7-12 certifications. Ms. Ruffen has been an ENL teacher with the District. Her position will increase from .6 to 1.0.

Approve increase in position: Sarah Rosa, ENL teacher, at a salary of $74,463.06, prorated (MA-9 on GTA salary schedule) effective March 26, 2019, with a tenure date of March 26, 2023 and a tenure area in ENL, 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. She has Professional ESOL and Professional Spanish 7-12 certifications. Ms. Rosa has been an ENL teacher with the District. Her position will increase from .78 to 1.0.

Approve appointment: Sherri Raco, cook manager (probationary), at a salary of $33,027 (CSEA salary schedule – Step G), prorated, effective March 18, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective March 18, 2019. She is a senior food service helper with the District. Ms. Raco is replacing Maria Phillips.

Approve appointment: Susan Ellis, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $14.28/hr., for 5¾ hours/day, effective March 19, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective March 19, 2019. Ms. Ellis is replacing Ehrenfriede Tjipueja-Sawyer. Ms. Ellis is a substitute teacher aide with the District.

Approve appointment: Laura Burns, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $15.10/hr., for 5¾ hours/day, effective March 5, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective March 5, 2019. Ms. Burns is replacing Ravon Carrillo. Ms. Burns is a long-term substitute teacher aide with the District.

Approve appointment: Jeannie Cresce, long-term substitute special education teacher, at a salary of $294.55/diem (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective approximately April 23, 2019 to on or about June 10, 2019, or until special education teacher returns. She has Initial SWD 1-6 certification. Ms. Cresce is filling the childcare leave of absence for Justine Zani.

Approve appointment:  Deirdre Marcolini, long-term substitute teacher, at a salary of $294.55/diem (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective approximately April 12, 2019 to June 26, 2019 or until teacher returns. She has Permanent K-6 Elementary certification. Ms. Marcolini is filling the childcare leave of absence for Valerie Cassel.

Approve reassignment:  Jennifer English, long-term substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $15.10/hr., effective March 5, 2019 through December 10, 2019. She is replacing Laura Burns who was filling the leave of absence for Michelle Serna.

Appointment:  Belinda Byman, substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $11.80/hour, for 8 hours per day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective March 26, 2019. Ms. Byman is a substitute school bus monitor with the District.

Approve appointment:  Korin Campione, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 26, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Maria Phillips, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 26, 2019. Ms. Phillips worked with the District in the Food Service Department for 19 years.

Approve appointment:  Patricia O’Malley, substitute school bus monitor, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective March 26, 2019. Ms. O’Malley is also a substitute food service helper with the District.

Approve appointment:  Kristen Green as Evening High School TASC science teacher at a salary of $45.49/hr. (Step 8 in GTA contract) for 3 ½ hours per evening, 1 evening per week, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018/2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Jason Miedema, evening high school tutor, at a salary of $33.00/hr., for 3 hour/day, as needed, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Kaitlyn Lane, evening high school tutor, at a salary of $33.00/hr., for 3 hour/day, as needed, effective March 14, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Lane worked as a long-term substitute math teacher for the first semester of the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve increase in step:  Patricia Racioppo, cook manager, at a salary of $33,027 prorated, effective March 26, 2019. She is moving from Step D to Step G in CSEA contract.  Prior years of service in the District was not taken into account when she was hired. This step adjustment will rectify the error.

Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

Approve disposal of maintenance vehicle:

Vehicle #: BG10

Year: 1999

Model: International Model 4800 DT466E – Dump Truck with Plow

VIN # 1HTSEAANXXH671619

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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 12-Month Employee Holiday Calendar for the 2019-2020 school year as presented.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Orders, totaling $10,602, relevant to J & J Sass Electric, Inc.’s Contract:

01/28/19
EC CO-09
Installation of cabling for access control devices
$3,775
02/26/19
EC CO-10
Relocation of conduits above ceiling to accommodate new ceiling at auditorium entrance
$5,665
02/26/19
EC CO-11
Additional drops needed for the installation of the automatic door opener push button controls.
$1,162

AYES-6            NAYS-0                         Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Judy Green, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Order relevant to Ashley Mechanical, Inc.’s HVAC contract:

01/28/19
MC CO-08
Re-route heating supply in main entrance of auditorium due to unforeseen obstructions and add a new shut off valve.
$15,028.23

AYES-6           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 $4,908, relevant to Benard Associates, Inc.’s general construction contract:

01/21/19
GC CO-18
Add window blocking to windows on main concourse – not on construction drawings
$452
01/21/19
GC CO-19
Add curtain & track in nurse’s office – not on construction drawings
$2,336
01/21/19
GC CO-20
Paint auditorium stage lift – not on construction drawings
$2,120

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Judy Green, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Orders, totaling $61,650, relevant to Landscape Unlimited, Inc.’s site work contract:

01/04/19
SC CO-07
Add fixed combination soccer & football goal posts to practice field
$27,000
01/25/19
SC CO-08
Install lacrosse safety netting at the practice field
$34,650

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Martha Bogart,

WHEREAS, the Board of Education, in accordance with Article 5-A of the General Municipal Law, has invited sealed proposals for the Scoreboard Upgrade 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 March 20, 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 the Landscape Unlimited Inc., P. O. Box 38, Somers, New York, with a bid amount of $261,000, is the lowest responsible bidder.

AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby awards the contract to Landscape Unlimited, Inc., 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-6            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 budgetary transfer dated March 7, 2019, in the amount of $176,000, to encumber funds for additional retirement incentives.

AYES-6            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 Facility Use Agreement between the Albany-Schoharie-Schenectady-Saratoga BOCES and the Goshen Central School District for office space in the Main Street Building, to be used by a BOCES public relations specialist, effective March 26, 2019 through June 30, 2019, in the amount of $300 per month.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

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 ratification of the Proposal to Provide Special Education Legal Services from Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP, Attorneys at Law, with the Goshen Central School District, regarding impartial hearing file #030419, at a fee of $205/hr., as needed.

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 payment of tax certiorari judgment awarded to Christopher Kleister, Town of Goshen (SBL 10-1-28.3) as per court order entered in the Office of the Clerk of Orange County Supreme Court on February 21, 2019 in the amount of $1,109.04 for the 2017/2018 school year.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to fund said tax certiorari judgment refund that budgetary appropriations for the 2018/2019 school year be increased by $1,109.04 (A1964.4051) and that the $1,109.04 be transferred to the General Fund Budget from the Tax Certiorari Reserve as the offsetting source of revenue.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Martha Bogart, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the payment of tax certiorari judgment awarded to Michael A. Gurda, Town of Goshen (SBL 13-1-32.3) as per court order entered in the Office of the Clerk of Orange County Supreme Court on January 25, 2019 and served upon the District on March 18, 2019 in the amount of $7,154.68 plus any applicable interest for the 2017/2018 school year. This money is due to the County as these taxes were not paid by the taxpayer but paid by the County to the Goshen Central School District.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to fund said tax certiorari judgment refund that budgetary appropriations for the 2018/2019 school year be increased by $7,154.68 (A1964.4051) and that the $7,154.68 be transferred to the General Fund Budget from the Tax Certiorari Reserve as the offsetting source of revenue.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

Ms. Lynch presented a PowerPoint update on the proposed 2019-2020 budget:

Salaries

2019-20 Proposed
2018-19    Budget
2017-18 Budget
2016-17   Budget
Faculty
$    29,262,486
$  27,492,146
$  26,287,928
$ 25,429,886
Support Staff
$      4,103,666
$    3,215,216
$    3,139,684
$   2,991,368
Administration
$      1,122,829
$    1,420,537
$    1,250,311
$   1,170,268
O & M
$      2,310,863
$    2,059,887
$    2,013,613
$   1,939,280
Transportation
$      2,553,828
$    2,469,359
$    2,382,096
$   2,341,176
Total
$    39,353,672
$  36,657,145
$   5,073,632
$ 33,871,978

The budgeted salaries incorporate staffing movement including breakage from retirements, resignations and replacements, salary increases from cost of living, step, longevity, OT and any other contractual provisions.  This recognizes seven instructional retirees and several non-instructional retirees.

Debt Service

2019-20 Proposed
2018-19 Budget
2017-18 Budget
2016-17 Budget
2015-16 Budget
Bond Principal
$      –
$   1,050,000
$  1,590,000
$   1,595,000
$ 1,605,000
Bond Interest
$  321,046
$        52,500
$      125,925
$      201,588
$    277,675
NEW Construction BAN Principal
$  330,000
$           –
$          –
$          –
$        –
NEW Construction BAN Interest
$  602,600
$           –
$          –
$          –
$        –
NEW Library Bond Principal
$  205,000
$      200,000
$      195,000
$          –
$        –
NEW Library Bond Interest
$  289,044
$      295,044
$      298,387
$          –
$        –
Bus BAN Principal
$  634,315
$      573,838
$      511,857
$      450,376
$   391,733
Bus BAN Interest
$    45,601
$        31,338
$        24,193
$        24,488
$     18,067
Total
$       2,427,606
$   2,202,720
$   2,745,362
$   2,271,452
$ 2,292,475

Budget by Area

Building/Department
Amount
SAS
$         135,945
GIS
$         138,053
CJH
$         170,588
GHS
$      1,448,322
PPS
$      5,523,489
CAI
$         513,170
Athletics
$         247,500
O & M
$      2,093,900
Transportation
$         945,513
Staffing
$    39,353,672
Debt (less $330K)
$      2,097,606
Benefits
$    18,194,768
Central Adm
$      1,075,397
Curriculum, Etc.
$         164,988
Other
$      1,392,178
Total
$    73,495,089

All the budget presentations thus far include additions to the current year budget such as, security in all buildings, ELL program staffing, program increases requiring staff changes as needed, etc.

Tax Levy LIMIT Calculation

Prior Year Tax Levy

50,584,875
Tax base growth factor
x
1.0141
713,246.74
PILOTS prior year
+
721,232
Taxes levied for exemptions:  Net Capital Levy (less aid)

403,188
Adjusted Prior Year Tax Levy
=
51,616,166
Allowable Levy Growth Factor
<2%
1.02
1,032,323
PILOTS current year

744,599
Taxes levied for exemptions:  Net Capital Levy (less aid)
+
1,162,637
Tax Levy Limit
=53,066,527

The state sets the growth factor and Goshen is the third highest in the County, with Kiryas Joel and Middletown. The local share ($1,162,637) is significantly higher since debt is included, but because project is still underway and not complete, building aid for the project is not included in the calculation. Tax levy limit will be around 4.9% this year. This anomaly happens when you have a project underway and do receive building aid on it yet.

Budget is a Moving Target

Draft Budget excluding new debt p/m
$73,495,089
Estimated Tax Levy at 3.2%
$52,203,591
Estimated State Aid
$16,585,959
Estimated Other Revenues
$  2,305,444
Estimated Fund Balance
$     980,434
Estimated P.I.L.O.T.s
$     744,599
Estimated Interfund Transfers
$     246,730
POTENTIAL GAP
$     428,332

A $428,332 gap is based on a 3.2% tax levy increase (we are allowed up to a maximum 4.9% increase).

Solutions to Balancing the Budget

  • Additional Fund Balance to 19-20 Budget
  • Additional State Aid
  • Program Reductions

The Board thanked Ms. Lynch for her presentation.

Board members discussed the capital reserve proposition. Mr. Pucci reminded everyone that the last capital reserve is exhausted. We may or may not have excess unappropriated fund balance at the end of the year. If we do, a new capital reserve would be a good place to put the funds. Having a capital reserve in the past has served us well for helping finance projects. Mrs. Green would like to see the tax rate come down if possible. Mr. Pucci noted that with the combination of state aid and being fiscally responsible, the goal would be to drive the tax rate as low as possible while maintaining student programs.

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 following resolution to place propositions on the ballot at the annual vote and election on May 21, 2019:

Capital Reserve Fund

RESOLVED the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District be authorized to establish a capital reserve fund pursuant to Section 3651 of the New York Education Law to be known as the  District Construction, Reconstruction and Renovation of Facilities Capital Reserve Fund ~ 2019, for a probable term of  ten (10) years, in an ultimate amount of $5,000,000, for the purpose of funding, in whole or in part, capital improvements to the facilities of the District, including but not limited to construction, reconstruction and renovation of facilities and sites, with such funds to be transferred, as available, from end of year budget surplus funds known as unappropriated fund balance and the interest accrued on such funds over the term of the capital reserve fund.

Bus Proposition

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Goshen Central School District, Orange County, New York is hereby authorized to purchase two (2) 64-66 passenger or larger school buses, at a maximum estimated cost of $113,000 each; three (3) 64-66 passenger or larger school buses, at a maximum estimated cost of $111,000 each; one (1) 30-passenger or larger school buses at a maximum estimated cost of $55,000 each; and one (1) wheelchair van at a maximum estimated cost of $69,000 for an aggregate maximum cost of $683,000; and that the sum of $683,000 or so much thereof as may be necessary, shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and collected in installments; and in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District shall be issued.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Judy Green, that the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District, hereby authorizes and directs the District Clerk to give notice to the qualified voters of the School District of the Annual Public Hearing on the Budget and Annual Meeting, School District Election and Vote.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                          Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A community member asked if the District is considering training more special education teachers in becoming certified in Wilson or Orton-Gillingham to benefit more classified students. Ms. Hendershot responded that the District is always looking to incorporate special education increases in our programs. She spoke today with Wilson to have the District potentially be an on-site location for training.

With regard to the upcoming state testing, Mr. Mullane inquired about opt-out rates. Mr. Carter mentioned that historically, the District has had a 20% opt-out rate. So far, there are not many opt-outs. Mr. Pucci inquired how long before we find out the results of state testing. Mr. Carter responded that we typically are informed of the results mid-to-late summer.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:05 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk