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Board Meeting Minutes for March 4, 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 Monday, March 4, 2019.

Present:

Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
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 (Exec. Sess. Only), Mr. Matthew Wentworth, Dr. Gregory Voloshin (Absent)
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey, Ms. Heather Carman
Elementary Coordinator
Mr. Henry Freedman (Absent)
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien (Absent)
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS
Ms. Marlene Gaynor
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
Ryan Atkins
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mr. Jason Pucci at 7:00 p.m.

At 7:01 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, the Board entered Executive Session, with the intent to return, for the purpose of review of a legal issue.

AYES-6          NAYS-0           Motion carried.

At 7:30 p.m., on a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Martha Bogart, the Board closed the Executive Session and reconvene the regular meeting.

AYES-6          NAYS-0           Motion carried.

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

On a motion by Judy Green 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 February 19, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for December 2018 was acknowledged under Financial Update.

The board received the following correspondence: various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

A community member displayed banners made by BOCES for each cheerleader that won sections and will be competing at the state level.

Michael Aglione and Carolyn Swift, two high school students, represented over 500 petitioners who would like to see the high school auditorium named after Roy Reese once renovations are completed. Mr. Reese had been high school principal, superintendent and an interim superintendent for the Goshen School District. He has worked with stage crew students for the past 44 years on Goshen’s high school musicals. Many of these students have gone on to pursue careers in technical theatre. Mr. Pucci noted that the Board will consider the petition, but at this point, naming the auditorium has not been discussed.

A community member felt that the guidelines for becoming a board member on our website and the New York State School Boards Association’s (NYSSBA) website were vague. She wanted to know more about who can run for a board. Mr. Pucci responded that the process of running for the board is done like any other democratic process, members are voted on by the community/public. He mentioned that it is helpful if someone would like to run for the board, they should be active in the community. The district clerk stated that as far as the candidate qualifications on the website and on NYSSBA, what are listed are according to Education Law. We cannot add to the list provided within the law. As long as a person meets those qualifications, they can choose to run. They are not meant to be too restrictive.

Mr. Pucci mentioned that there has been a lot of positive feedback on letting parents and staff know the night before for a 2-hour delays or closings the next day whenever possible.

Mr. Pucci recently toured the construction at the high school. The new addition is coming along quickly. In the auditorium, the roof panels are in and look awesome.

The musicals are fast approaching. The high school musical, Godspell, will be at CJH from March 22-24. The middle school musical, Aladdin, Jr., will be performed April 5-6.

Mrs. Bogart mentioned that the governor and legislature are not in accord. Many in all sectors have worried that after the announcement of an anticipated $2.3 billion deficit, there would be large cuts in all sectors. The governor has blamed the deficit on items such as the limit on the state and local tax deduction (SALT) which was instituted under the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.

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

Ravon Carrillo was introduced to the Board. He is on the consent agenda for appointment as a special education teacher.

Nominating petitions for the Board of Education will be available March 18. As a followed-up to the earlier discussion on running for the Board, Mr. Connor noted that a candidate’s focus should be having the best interest of all students in mind.

Ms. Lynch reported the District received two notices from the NYS Department of Labor to release payments to A & J Construction (totaling $57,800). (Clerk note: A & J Construction did not submit to us any payment applications from our last project, for the work they completed on the new roof over the walk-in freezer at SAS, as well as the ADA upgrades at CJH. They did not submit payment applications due to their issues with the NYS Department of Labor. Now that we can release payments, we will be able to close out the prior project, which will allow the District to get aid on that project.)

Ms. Lynch provided members of the Board Audit Committee with a list of prior specialized audits that our internal auditor, Cooper Arias, has performed in the past few years. She asked the committee members to think about possible areas that could be tested by Cooper Arias this year. Ms. Salte suggested testing on capital project topics or communications within technology. More discussions on the specialized testing will occur at the Audit Committee meeting on March 25.

Mr. Carter informed the Board that tomorrow, March 5, Goshen Intermediate School and C.J. Hooker Middle School will participate in the statewide simulation of state testing. The simulation will provide a test run of accessing the state system, as well as how to gain access to the tests. Both schools have worked hard at getting all the passwords set up. The simulation should last no longer than 40 minutes.

Mr. Carter detailed the GHS student trip to participate in the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute (PR/HYLI) training sessions, which is to be considered for approval later in the meeting. The New York State Puerto Rican Hispanic Task Force and the New York State Education Department sponsor PR/HYLI. Participants develop leadership skills. They also have the opportunity to interact with positive role models such as Puerto Rican/Latino elected officials, educators, and business leaders, and develop in-depth knowledge of the state legislative process. This year’s Institute is scheduled for March 9-11, 2019. During the three-day Institute in Albany, students participate in leadership activities, network with high school students from across New York State, participate in a mock assembly, interact with legislators and attend a Student Recognition Dinner. Four students will be attending and Katharine Gonzalez will be chaperoning. There are no transportation costs for the District and the we will be reimbursed for chaperone costs.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane,

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Louise Giardina, world language teacher, effective July 1, 2019. Ms. Giardina has been with the District for 22 years.

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke, English teacher, effective July 1, 2019. Ms. McCaffrey-Bjorke has been with the District for 18 years.

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Joseph Guarneiri, mathematics teacher, effective July 1, 2019. Mr. Guarneiri has been with the District for 19 years.

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Margaret O’Donnell, special education teacher, effective July 1, 2019. Ms. O’Donnell has been with the District for 21 years.

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Sherry Felice, library clerk/typist, effective August 30, 2019. Ms. Felice has been with the District for 13 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:  Maria Phillips, cook manager, effective March 15, 2019.

Accept resignation: Ravon Carrillo, teacher aide, effective March 4, 2019. Mr. Carrillo is resigning to accept a special education teacher position.

Approve appointment:  Ravon Carrillo, special education teacher, at a salary of $53,254 (BA-1 on GTA salary schedule), prorated, effective March 4, 2019, with a tenure date of March 4, 2023 and a tenure area in Special Education, subject to the teacher’s receipt of composite or overall APPR ratings pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either Effective or Highly Effective in at least three of the four years preceding tenure conferral. Mr. Carrillo has Initial SWD – 1-6 certification. He is filling the position created at the September 4, 2018 meeting. Mr. Carrillo is a teacher aide in the District.

Approve appointment: Teresa Paulino, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $14.28/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. Paulino is replacing Kathleen Jensen. Ms. Paulino is a substitute teacher aide with the District.

Approve appointment:  Francesca Carlucci, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective March 5, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Carlucci is a substitute teacher aide with the District.

Approve appointment:  Sabrina Easton, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 5, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Easton was the assistant ski coach for the 2018-2019 season.

Approve appointment:  Josephine Traina, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 5, 2019.

Approve amending leave of absence: Patricia Hartley, change end date of leave of absence from June 26, 2019 to February 28, 2019.

Approve extra compensation: Amanda Barone, payroll clerk, at a salary of $45.00/ hour, effective February 25, 2019 through March 8, 2019, to rollover district salaries due to the 2018-2021 CSEA contract settlement.

CSE/CPSE Recommendations:

Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/22/19;122451/Classified Preschool
02/22/19;120331/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
02/07/19;119732/Ineligible
02/07/19;114156/Ineligible
02/14/19;117787/Classified
02/20/19;115246/Classified
02/06/19;121600/Classified
02/07/19;119911/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/19/19;121424/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
02/07/19;116464/Ineligible
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/19/19;122450/Ineligible
Committee on Special Education
02/13/19;117140/Classified
02/13/19;115276/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/19/19;121338/Classified Preschool NS
02/22/19;121927/Exited
02/19/19;122438/Classified Preschool NS
02/19/19;122115/Classified Preschool
02/19/19;121419/Classified Preschool
02/19/19;121837/Exited
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/05/19;117190/Classified
02/06/19;119349/Classified
Committee on Special Education
02/20/19;113596/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/08/19;121196/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
02/20/19;115386/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/05/19;119649/Classified
02/06/19;119376/Classified
02/06/19;118408/Classified
02/06/19;118296/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/08/19;120953/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/06/19;119241/Classified
Committee on Special Education
02/14/19;115349/Classified
02/21/19;115477/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/08/19;121548/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/05/19;119109/Classified
Committee on Special Education
02/07/19;119911/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/19/19;121424/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
02/13/19;115276/Classified
02/20/19;114460/Classified
01/22/19;117355/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/06/19;119066/Classified
Committee on Special Education
02/13/19;114420/Classified
02/21/19;121671/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/05/19;116393/Classified
Committee on Special Education
02/06/19;114145/Classified
02/21/19;118571/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/13/19;119184/Classified
02/13/19;119185/Classified
Committee on Special Education
02/21/19;121243/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/06/19;118139/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/19/19;121828/Classified Preschool
02/08/19;119887/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/05/19;118902/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
02/08/19;122393/Classified Preschool NS
Committee on Special Education
02/06/19;115865/Classified
02/20/19;120515/Classified
01/30/19;114551/Classified

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education re-adopts the District Technology Plan as presented.

(Mr. Mullane was appreciative of Mr. Carter’s concise summary and presentation of the District Technology plan at the last meeting)

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 adopts the 2019-2020 student calendar as presented.

AYES-6           NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, members of the Audit Committee will meet on Monday, March 25, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the Internal Audit completed by Cooper Arias, LLP.

(Mrs. Bogart thanked the committee members for the very important work they do and the time they spend on this endeavor.)

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 schedules an Executive Session for Monday, March 25, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. for the review of the work history of particular employees.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that the Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, nominates William M. Boss for re-election and nominates Joseph Byrne and Edwin A. Estrada for election to the Orange-Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education enters into an Agreement with Marie Pagan-Santiago to provide Spanish Translation Services effective for the 2018-2019 school year in the amount of $15.00 per hour.  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to execute the agreement.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the AP Biology/Physics trip to Costa Rica during spring break 2020.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any school-sponsored trip or activity in the event of any emergency condition outside of the control of the School District, in its sole discretion.

(Mr. Pucci mentioned that Joe Condello is requesting a trip to Costa Rica, which he takes every 2 years. The District would be providing transportation to the airport. This would cost approximately $270.)

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte 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 Martin Crawford, Town of Goshen (SBL 10-1-90) as per court order entered in the Office of the Clerk of Orange County Supreme Court on February 15, 2019 in the amount of $2,208.91 for the 2015/2016 school year; $2,238.35 for the 2016/2017 school year; and $2,310.51 for the 2017/2018 school year; for a total of $6,757.76.

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 $6,757.76 (A1964.4051) and that the $6,757.76 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 appoints Impartial Hearing Officer, Vanessa Gronbach, Esq., for File #030419. Compensation will be made at the hourly rates currently approved by the State Education Department pursuant to §200.21 of the Regulations of the Commissioner.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the GHS student trip to the Puerto Rican/Hispanic Youth Leadership Institute in Albany from March 9-11, 2019.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any school-sponsored trip or activity in the event of any emergency condition outside of the control of the School District, in its sole discretion.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

The Board acknowledged the 12-month employee holiday calendar for review.

Heather Hendershot, Director of Pupil Personnel Services, presented the department’s 2019-2020 budget:

Pupil Personnel Responsibilities:

Committees

  • Committee on Special Education
  • Committee on Preschool Education
  • 504 Committee

Case Management

  • St. Dominic’s & Hamptonburgh Home
  • Orange County Jail
  • Homebound/Hospitalizations
  • McKinney Vento Act
  • Intensive Day Treatment (IDT)
  • Supplemental Program for At-Risk Children (SPARC)
  • Foster Care Point of Contact

Department Supervision

  • Special Education Teachers
  • Related Service Staff
  • English as a Second Language
  • Nurses
  • Ancillary Staff (PPS Clerical)
  • Title IX, Title VII, Title VI

Compliance

  • Assures compliance for procedures for the referral, evaluation, IEP Development, placement and review of students with educational disabilities (Part 200 & 201)
  • Assures compliance for procedures for the referral, evaluation, 504 Development, and review for qualifying students (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
  • Special Education State Performance Plan (SPP)
  • Assures compliance for procedures & implementation of Part 154
  • Provides the provision of Homebound Instruction
  • Ensures continuum of educational services for Foster Care Placements
  • Ensures enrollment, transportation, and educational services under McKinney Vento

Fiscal Responsibilities

  • Development & management of 611 & 619 Grants
  • Title III: ELL
  • System to Track and Account for Children (STAC)
  • Oversees tuition reimbursement & contractual expenditures for PPS
  • Manages purchase orders & funding for costs related to special education
  • District of Location billing & record keeping (St. John/Burke)
  • District of Origin billing & record keeping (Hamptonburgh)

Data Reporting

  • PD System reporting
  • Monthly verifications of students with disabilities placements
  • Data Collection for New York State Data Warehouse (ESL, SWD, McKinney Vento, Migrant, Foster Care)

Committee on Special Education

Placement
2019-2020

Projected
2018-2019
2017-2018
2016-2017
Scotchtown Avenue
91
78
63
68
Goshen Intermediate
89
84
90
90
CJ Hooker School
116
113
110
96
Goshen High School
142
140
148
131
Orange Ulster BOCES
51
45
43
30
Rockland BOCES
6
5
5
1
Day Placements
7
6
8
8
Residential Placements
5
5
6
5
TOTALS
507
476
473
429

These meetings include initial eligibility determination meetings, reevaluation review meetings, program reviews and amendment meetings. The PPS department works hard to provide an education to students in the least restrictive environment.  Therefore, we have developed our programs to enable students to remain in district as opposed to referring students to out of district placements. Projected increase in 2019-20 is due to students identified by CPSE who will be aging into Kindergarten, as well 12 students who transferred into the District who had IEPs with out of district placements.

Committee on Preschool Special Education

CPSE
2019-2020  Projected
2018-2019
2017-2018
2016-2017
CPSE Totals
96
70
66
73
Aging into Kindergarten

49
33
14

Parentally Placed District of Location

Location
2019-2020  Projected
2018-2019
2017-2018
2016-2017
St. Johns
6
4
2
0
John S. Burke
24
21
19
0
TOTAL
30
25
21
0

The district currently provides special education services to students who are identified as special education and attend St. Johns and John S. Burke. An area of concern we currently have is one special education teacher is assigned to both SJS and JSB.  Next year, it is anticipated we will exceed the state regulated student: teacher ratio.

Section 504

Location
2019-2020  Projected
2018-2019
2017-2018
2016-2017
Scotchtown Avenue
10
9
10
0
Goshen Intermediate
29
26
31
0
CJ Hooker School
45
40
31
0
Goshen High School
65
63
65
0
St. Johns
0
0
0
0
John S. Burke
0
0
0
0
TOTAL
149
138
137
0

English Language Learners

Placement
2019-2020  Projected
2018-2019
2017-2018
2016-2017
SAS
36
31
29
31
GIS
35
32
34
19
CJH
22
20
15
7
GHS
23
20
14
7
ST. JOHNS
0
0
3
0
BURKE
0
0
7
0
New Comer
12
8
0
0
TOTAL
128
111
102
64

Newcomer program – this year we had several families from Guatemala move into district who required services through BOCES. Mrs. Bogart asked if the goal of the program is to place students in it and transition them out within the year. Ms. Hendershot said yes and added that the program costs $38K /year/student.

Budget Totals Pupil Personnel

Account
2019-2020  Projected
2018-2019
2017-2018
2016-2017
PPS Supervision
$ 35,321
$ 31,502
$  7,505
$  7,505
Home & Hospital Instruction
$ 25,000
$ 25,000
$  13,500
$  13,500
Psychologists & Speech
$15,497
$ 15,497
$ 6,500
$ 6,505
Health Services
$136,205
$  136,181
$ 133,305
$131,444
In-District Services
$591,198
$ 459,389
$ 456,323
$ 453,579
English Language Learners
$ 2,370
$ 2,370
$ 2,370
$ 2,370
St. Dominic’s Home
$258,079
$ 738,886
$ 1,000,000
$  2,000,000
Out of District Placements
$ 4,367,819
$ 3,994,222
$ 3,737,244
$  3,732,809
Itinerant & IDT
$92,000
$ 94,658
$ 92,982
$ 95,806
TOTAL
$ 5,523,489
$ 5,443,872
$  5,436,229
$  6,430,013

Hamptonburgh:

•       There are currently 6 students residing at Hamptonburgh

•       It is anticipated the tuition reimbursement amount will be $176,000 (3 students) for out of district placements.  3 students are within district.

Transfer Students (variables/unanticipated costs):

•       There were 12 transfer students who were previously placed in an out of district placement.  Upon review of their records it was determined a placement within district would not be appropriate.

•       One student transferred in and required a 1:1 nurse

St. Dominic’s:

•       At this time, there are 2 students who attend St. Dominic’s.  To offset the unanticipated tuition costs, we reviewed the St. Dominic’s expenditures over the past 3 years and reduced those lines to increase the tuition lines

English Language Learners:

•       Additional money is available via Title III

The Board thanked Ms. Hendershot for her presentation.

Ms. Lynch presented the Central Office 2019-2020 Budget:

Central Administration

2019-20 Proposed
2018-19 Budget
2017-18 Budget
2016-17 Budget
2015-16 Budget
Board of Education (incl. Internal Auditor & Internal Claims Auditor)
68,553
77,310
83,136
81,595
74,777
Chief School Administrator
37,261
37,261
32,122
34,905
34,815
Business Office, Tax Collecting, External Auditing, Actuary
98,195
91,806
94,095
99,715
85,559
Legal
73,500
73,500
79,500
79,500
77,500
Personnel & Records Management
50,788
50,788
50,727
52,884
53,195
Public Information Systems District-wide Publications
159,765
159,769
155,432
152,445
139,500
Central Printing & Mailing
108,600
108,600
105,600
105,000
103,328
Insurance
256,235
276,235
278,327
263,856
253,707
School Security
222,500




Total
1,075,397
875,269
878,939
869,900
822,381

Due to the new financial transparency & ESSA regulations, there are shifts between categories. School security is a new cost. Taking out school security, there is an overall decrease. The increase in insurance is caused by a partial shift to transportation budget to receive aid for some of this cost.

Curriculum, Mandated Testing & Professional Development

2019-20 Proposed
2018-19 Budget
2017-18 Budget
2016-17 Budget
2015-16 Budget
Curriculum Development
37,000
37,000
37,000
37,000
37,000
Research, Planning & Evaluation
96,916
96,916
59,000
58,000
62,570
In-Service /training
31,072
31,072
31,572
31,572
30,650
Total
164,988
164,988
127,572
126,572
130,220

Mandated costs. We are holding the line.

Employee Benefits ~ Mandated & Contractual

2019-20 Proposed
2018-19 Budget
2017-18 Budget
2016-17 Budget
2015-16 Budget
ERS – Noncertified Salaries
1,209,198
1,248,418
1,250,934
1,221,383
1,385,899
TRS – Certified Salaries
2,553,531
3,001,763
2,634,594
3,046,742
3,317,710
FICA & Medicare                 (Social Security)
2,967,006
2,801,196
2,657,945
2,575,603
2,483,612
Workers Compensation
461,223
460,618
440,141
419,761
412,410
Life Insurance
3,000




Unemployment Reimbursement
20,000
20,000
20,000
60,000
60,000
Health Insurance, Buyouts & Part B Reimbursement
10,184,896

10,034,380
10,077,209
8,527,565
8,185,320
Welfare Benefit Trusts
795,914
658,995
648,340
620,366
595,487
Total
18,194,768
18,225,370
17,729,163
16,471,420
16,440,438

ERS & TRS are blended rates. FICA increases as salaries increase. Life insurance is a contractual item that has been in existence before, but has been shifted due to new financial transparency requirements. Welfare benefit trusts is contractual item with the CSEA and GTS. It is for the third party administrator for vision & dental benefits for both bargaining units.

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

Mr. Pucci inquired how much is the BAN amount now. Ms. Lynch responded approximately $20 million. The principal and interest will be paid in 2020. Mrs. Bogart asked what the interest rate is on the BAN. Mr. Pucci estimated about 3%. Mr. Pucci inquired about our bond rating. Ms. Lynch would follow up with the Board on the BAN interest rate and bond rating.

State Aid Revenue Trend

State Aid
Year-to-Year

Increase
2013 – 2014
$ 12,087,115
$ 719,673
2014 – 2015
$ 12,713,300
$ 626,185
2015 – 2016
$ 13,439,718
$ 726,418
2016 – 2017
$14,820,243
$1,380,525
2017 – 2018
$15,542,031
$ 721,788
2018 – 2019
$15,545,456
$3,425

2019-2020

(Governor’s Proposal)
$15,885,959
$340,503

Governor’s Tax Cap Proposal
Effective for 19-20 School Year
NYS has a Property Tax Cap not a 2% Cap

If District proposes a tax levy at or below the “maximum allowable levy” then the budget will be approved if voters pass the budget by a simple majority (50% of the votes + 1 vote).

If District proposes a tax levy above the “maximum allowable tax levy” then the budget will be approved if voters pass the budget by a super majority (60% of the votes). If the District chooses this option, it requires a statement on the ballot indicating the required tax levy before exclusions exceeds the “Tax Levy Limit”.

If voters reject their District’s budget proposal, the District can adopt a contingent budget or put the same or revised budget up for vote a second time. However, it is important to note that if residents reject their District’s budget proposal a second time, the District would need to adopt a contingent budget and the District’s tax levy would be capped at the prior year’s tax levy – a cap of zero % increase. In addition, the budget would be subject to contingent budget requirements (ex. Administrative Cap in effect and non-contingent expenses removed).

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
Goshen has the third highest growth factor in the county. Middletown and Kiryas Joel are higher. 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 scenario happens when you have a project underway and do receive building aid on it yet.

Revenues

Real Property Taxes                                                     $53,066,527

P.I.L.O.T.S                                                                   $     744,599

State Aid (Estimated)                                                   $15,885,959

Other Revenues                                                                       $  1,377,939

Direct Expense Revenues                                            $  1,762,930

Interfund Transfer – Debt Service                               $       71,373

Appropriated Fund Balance                                         $     980,434

Estimated Total Revenues                    $73,889,761

Historical Fund Balance & Reserve Analysis

2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Non Spendable (Prepaid Expenses)
690,486
801,276
865,784
Restricted (Unemployment Reserve)
171,385
171,642
171,985
Retirement Contribution Fund


400,375
Restricted (Insurance Reserve)
492,944
493,683
494,671
Restricted (Tax Cert Reserve)
8,530,952
5,508,327
5,519,343
Restricted (Accrued Liability Reserve)
1,922,171
1,925,055
1,928,905
Restricted for Capital Reserve
9,054,557
3,976,981
1,031,954
Restricted for Tax Certs & Unemployment
20,172,009
12,075,688
9,547,233
Assigned (Carryover Encumbrances)
1,140,296
1,323,773
1,647,685
Assigned to reduce the levy
980,438
980,434
980,434
Assigned to Levy & Encumbrances
2,120,734
2,304,207
2,628,119
Unassigned & Available
2,711,135
2,790,339
2,853,584
Total ALL
25,694,364
17,971,510
15,894,720
Reduction of Levy & Available FB
3,691,573
3,770,773
3,834,018
3/4/2019
Debt Service
739,974
767,694
660,475
Mr. Pucci asked how much money is pending in the Al Turi tax cert payments. Ms. Lynch replied approximately $2.2 million. She added the tax cert reserve is 75% funded, which the auditors feel is a healthy level.

Solutions to Balancing the Budget

„  Additional Fund Balance to 19-20 Budget

„  Additional State Aid

„  Program Reductions

Bus Replacement Proposition

Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:

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 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.

Potential Capital Reserve

„  May 2011 – Voters authorized a funding limit of $5 M (ten year term)

„  May 2014 – Voters authorized increasing reserve by $5 M

„  May 2015 – Voters authorized increasing reserve by $5M

„  May 2017 – Voters authorized increasing reserve by $5M

The fund we started in 2011 and added to in 2014, 2015 and 2017 is now exhausted. It may be time to consider starting a new fund for future capital projects.

Ms. Lynch mentioned staffing would be addressed at the next Board Meeting on March 25.

The Board thanked Ms. Lynch for the presentation.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A community member asked for clarification on Hamptonburgh residency students. Ms. Hendershot replied that the students that reside there come from all over the state and are placed there through the court system.

A community member asked for more information of the release of payment to A& J Construction. (See clerk’s note under the Assistant Superintendent for Business’ Report above).

A community member asked if the approved student calendar would be shared with parents and the community. The board clerk responded yes and that it will be on the district website.

Mr. Pucci requested scheduling a board tour of C.J. Hooker Middle School as a follow-up to the tour members took in the fall.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:02 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk