Board Meeting Minutes for May 7, 2019

A Public Hearing to present the 2019-2020 budget was held in the Board of Education Room at the Main Street School on Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.  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 Tuesday, May 7, 2019 following the Public Hearing.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte (entered at 7:17 p.m.)
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 (Absent)
Assistant Principals: Mr. Kyle Roddey, Ms. Heather Carman, 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
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

The Public Hearing was called to order by President, Mr. Jason Pucci at 7:00 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green to present the 2019-2020 proposed budget.

Ms. Lynch gave the following PowerPoint presentation:

Our Mission

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.

Educational Initiatives

•       Expanded educational programs

•       High School STEAM courses

•       High School online learning

•       Scotchtown Kinesthetics lab

•       In-house ELL (English Language Learners) program

•       Continued building security at all four buildings

•       Increased utility usage due to building/field expansion

Proposed Budget (Compared to Prior Year)
2019-20

Proposed Budget
2018-19

Approved Budget
Variance
Equipment
$      511,361
$      521,101
$        (9,740)
Contractual
$   4,787,844
$   5,136,879
$    (349,035)
Materials
$   1,312,990
$   1,354,721
$      (41,731)
Textbooks
$      171,101
$      184,696
$      (13,595)
Salaries
$ 39,281,507
$ 36,657,145
$   2,624,362
BOCES
$   7,011,431
$   7,024,567
$      (13,136)
Employee Benefits
$ 18,075,937
$ 18,257,723
$    (181,786)
Debt Service
$   2,097,606
$   2,202,720
$    (105,114)
Total
$ 73,249,777
$ 71,339,552
$   1,910,225
Proposed Revenues (Compared to Prior Year)
2019-20

Proposed Budget
2018-19

Approved Budget
Variance
Taxes
$   52,203,591
$    50,584,875
$   1,618,716
PILOTS
$        744,599
$         721,232
$        23,367
State Aid
$   17,719,364
$    17,195,642
$      523,722
Other
$     1,355,059
$      1,268,267
$        86,792
Fund Balance
$        980,434
$         980,434
$                 0
Debt Service Transfer
$        246,730
$         589,102
$    (342,372)
Total
$   73,249,777
$    71,339,552
$   1,910,225

Proposition on the ballot

RESOLVED, the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District be authorized to establish a capital reserve fund pursuant to §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.

Proposition on the ballot

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.

Board of Education Election

  • Jacob Gardner
  • Michael Lorenzo
  • Jeremy Cassel

The Board thanked Ms. Lynch for her presentation.

Mr. Pucci opened the Public Hearing to comments from the community.

A community member inquired if modified lacrosse is included in the budget, as the budget is not broken down by sport. Mr. Connor responded that lines are never dollar for dollar, which allows for some flexibility.  If there is enough student interest in lacrosse at the modified level next year, we will have a boys and girls team. This budget will have the money to support modified lacrosse teams. Mr. O’Brien stated that he would go to the middle school to survey interest. Based on the interest over the past year, Mr. O’Brien feels it is likely there is enough support to make teams. Mr. Connor mentioned that the Board of Education has always supported our programs and lacrosse is a great sport to participate in, as there are many scholarship opportunities for players.

A community member asked for clarification on special education salaries. On some pages of the budget document, the salaries are decreasing next year. Ms. Lynch replied that the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) requires that districts must include the financial transparency requirement of reporting financial information by school as opposed to a district level, which is was the method used in the current 2018-2019 budget. The 2019-2020 budget includes the new methodology, by school, so in some cases, it is hard to make a line-by-line comparison.

A community member inquired about the allocation of professional development funds in the budget. Mr. Carter stated we look at District goals, the programs to meet these goals, and the courses needed to support the programs. Through consortium agreements, co-ser agreements and title funds, our faculty are provided with professional development opportunities, which help us achieve our goals. We are proactive in wanting staff to continue training/knowledge. My Learning Plan is a program that tracks professional development. We are ahead of many districts in promoting professional development.

Mr. Connor thanked the administrators, principals and Central Office for their involvement in the development of the budget. Mr. Connor credited all those involved in the budget process with controlling costs while still allowing the District to maintain programs and staffing.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Thomas Mullane, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 7:23 p.m.

During a brief recess before the beginning the regular 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 Laurie Hatfield who recently passed. Ms. Hatfield was the sister of Linda Kowalczyk, a grade 6 teacher.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of April 23, 2019 and April 25, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

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

The board received the following correspondence: correspondence from Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLP. – Employee Time Off for Voting; correspondence from Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLP.- Recent Real Property Court of Appeals Decisions; memorandum from OU-BOCES regarding BOCES 2019-20 Budget/Election results; correspondence from Goshen Public Library and Historical Society election results and TAN request; invitation to Orange County School Boards Association’s Annual Meeting; and various newspaper articles.

Ms. Bogart thanked the Board for their support for the OU-BOCES budget.

The Board had a discussion on the Goshen Public Library request for a TAN (tax anticipation note). The Library notified the District of their intention to request a TAN this year, although the amount will not be determined until the Library’s May 13 board meeting. Ms. Lynch will supply the Board a history of the Library’s tax levies and TAN requests.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

A community member asked for clarification on a TAN and its purpose. Mr. Pucci replied that the Library cannot collect their own taxes, so the District collects their tax for them. It is a separate item on our tax bills. A Tax Anticipation Note (TAN) is a short-term debt security issued to finance a current operation or project before the issuer receives tax revenues. In effect, a portion of the Library’s tax monies is given to them up front before we collect them. TAN financing helps smooth out the vicissitudes in revenue cycles if the timing of receipts does not match the timing of expenditures.

Mr. Pucci mentioned that he attended the high school concerts, as did other Board Members and Mr. Connor. The concert was held in the gym due to the ongoing construction in the auditorium. The sound was great in the gym and it is always a pleasure to attend the concerts and be entertained by our students. As discussed at the April 23 meeting, for the third consecutive year, the Goshen Central School District had been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. The banner recognizing this feat was hung up at the concert. After the concert, Mr. Pucci toured the auditorium to see the progress being made on the construction. He stated the project is coming along nicely and looks terrific.

Mrs. Bogart discussed the presentation given at the Orange County School Boards Association meeting on May 1, which discussed the trend of student collaboration using different configurations of learning areas similar to the types currently being used at the high school.

Mr. Connor mentioned that the music department was much appreciative of the banner recognizing their NAMM Foundation designation for its outstanding commitment to music education. Mr. Carter noted that only 620 districts nationwide receive this special honor. Mr. Connor commended our music departments for their wonderful work.

Mr. Heinzelman reported on the Orange-Ulster Senior Scholar Humanities Breakfast, which took place on April 25. It is a program designed to honor student achievement in humanities, such as visual arts, literature, etc. Anna Boese and Jimmy DeLeon were recognized at the breakfast. Anna will be attending Cornell University where she will major in mechanical engineering and Jimmy will be attending OCCC where he will major in new media.

Goshen Greats Breakfast was held May 1 at the high school. This event recognized the achievements of high school students in leadership, scholarship or efforts in their studies.

Ms. Lynch referenced the 2018-2019 third quarter Claims Auditor’s Report provided to the board. There were no major issues to note.

We completed successful negations with the Village of Goshen for a three-year agreement for refuse removal. After negotiations, both sides met in the middle to continue with our amicable arrangement for services. Approval for the agreement is slated for later in the meeting.

Ms. Lynch reported that the District will be receiving in the near future a multi-year lease with BOCES which will include leasing space on the 3rd floor of the Main Street building. As discussed at the last meeting, upgrades to the facility would be needed, including air conditioning units, but the cost of the upgrades would be less than the anticipated revenues. One of the budgetary transfers on the agenda tonight is for Goshen’s share of the HVAC purchase.

With regard to the other budgetary transfers on the agenda, Ms. Lynch pointed out that when the 2018-19 budget was developed, it was unknown the precise amount of salary increases for non-instructional staff.   Contingency funds were budgeted in multiple appropriation codes.  As a result of the recently approved CSEA contract and the associated salary increase provisions relative to longevity, salary rate and hourly rates, numerous budget transfers were necessary to the appropriate individual budget codes.   In an attempt to reduce the amount of transfers, needed budget funds were accidentally withdrawn from the medical insurance code, so you will note that budget transfer is now being rescinded.

Mr. Carter reported that the 3-8 math testing is concluding this week. Teachers and administrators did a terrific job preparing for the testing. There was not a big increase in the number of student opt-outs.

The District Academic Intervention Services (AIS) Plan is currently under review. Any updates will be discussed with the Board and will be on the agenda for review and re-adoption at the May 20 meeting.

Today, a representative from SED came to review the results of the recent audit of our various Title grants. Attending the meeting were representatives from our schools as well as the parochial schools within our district. It was a successful meeting. The audit identified a few items the District needs to correct such as the distribution of salary codes for an employee being paid through title monies, as well as the adoption of a new parent engagement policy. Mr. Carter commended Mary Ellen Nutley for all the work involved in providing the necessary audit documentation to NYSED.

Mr. Mullane asked if the influx of ENL students has continued. Mr. Carter replied that over the course of the past few weeks, 2-3 families have registered. He anticipates it will continue. Due to the countywide increase in the influx of ENL students, BOCES will be expanding their Newcomer program to include a second session on the secondary level as well as developing a new program at the elementary level.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, 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: Laura McGuire, teacher aide, effective May 6, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Tarin Hackbarth, special education teacher, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective April 25, 2019 through on or about July 1, 2019.

Approve extension of childcare leave of absence: Kelly Vaughan, special education teacher, is requesting an extension of her childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective May 1, 2019 through on or about May 6, 2019.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Kathleen Andryshak, Grade 2 teacher, is requesting an extension of her medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective May 6, 2019 through on or about June 10, 2019.

Approve appointment: Appointment:  Frederick Zamorski, Jr., Grade 8 mathematics teacher, at a salary of $73,968 (MA-8 on GTA salary schedule) effective September 1, 2019, with a tenure date of September 1, 2022 and a tenure area in Mathematics, 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 two of the three years preceding tenure conferral. Mr. Zamorski has Professional Mathematics 7-12 and Professional SWD 7-12 certifications. He is replacing Joseph Guarneiri.

Approve appointment: Michelle Pfanzelter, account clerk typist (probationary), at a salary of $31,105.50 ($41,474 x .75 FTE), prorated, effective May 21, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective May 21, 2019. Ms. Pfanzelter is replacing Lynn Harrison in the Business Office.

Approve appointment:  Christine Gliatta, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.91/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective April 24, 2019 and for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Samantha Pahucki, substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $11.80/hour, for 8 hours/day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective May 8, 2019 and for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Edward Lawrence, substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $11.80/hour, for 8 hours/day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective May 8, 2019 and for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Michael Kresse, substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $11.80/hour, for 8 hours/day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective May 8, 2019 and for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Julie Rodriguez, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective May 8, 2019 and for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Claudia Scanlon, long-term substitute teacher aide at a salary of $15.10/hr. for 5¾ hour per day effective April 23, 2019 through approximately June 10, 2019 or until Marisa Lopez returns from her leave of absence filling in for Jeannie Cresce.  Ms. Scanlon is filling the leave of Marisa Lopez.

Approve increase in stipend:  Interact Club stipend at Goshen High School, from 0.8 FTE to 1.0 FTE for the remainder of the GTA contract, beginning with the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve amending stipend:  Elizabeth Laskoski Interact Club Advisor from $2,919 to $3,649 (from .8 to 1.0) effective the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve increase in hours:  Jhumur Hazari, food service helper, increase in hours from 3 hours per day to 4 hours per day, at a salary of $14.25/hour, effective May 7, 2019. Ms. Hazari is replacing Jennifer Cermak.

Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

CSE/CPSE Recommendations:

Committee on Special Education
03/20/19;122123/Exited

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Subcommittee on Special Education
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Committee on Special Education
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03/20/19;116686/Classified

04/23/19;116265/Classified

04/24/19;115270/Classified

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Subcommittee on Special Education
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Committee on Special Education
03/21/19;119244/Classified

04/23/19;122311/Classified

04/09/19;117223/Classified

04/30/19;120634/Classified

04/04/19;120663/Classified

04/23/19;122119/Classified PP NR

04/09/19;115452/Classified

04/23/19;117583/Classified

04/03/19;122648/Classified

03/20/19;114680/Classified

03/27/19;118181/Classified

04/23/19;121553/Classified PP NR

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04/24/19;114992/Classified

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Subcommittee on Special Education
03/28/19;121759/Classified
Committee on Special Education
03/21/19;119532/Classified

04/24/19;116303/Classified

04/23/19;122117/Classified PP NR

04/23/19;122120/Classified PP NR

03/27/19;120442/Classified

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03/21/19;119581/Classified

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Subcommittee on Special Education
04/09/19;116173/Classified
Committee on Special Education
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Subcommittee on Special Education
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Committee on Special Education
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Subcommittee on Special Education
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Committee on Special Education
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Committee on Special Education
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Subcommittee on Special Education
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Committee on Special Education
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Subcommittee on Special Education
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Committee on Special Education
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Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
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Committee on Special Education
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Committee on Special Education
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03/28/19;120143/Classified

03/28/19;120849/Classified No Services

04/12/19;113753/Classified

04/03/19;119859/Ineligible

04/23/19;122113/Classified PP NR
Subcommittee on Special Education
04/12/19;121243/Classified
Committee on Special Education
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Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
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Committee on Special Education
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03/27/19;122274/Classified

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Thomas Mullane, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Order relevant to Benard Associates, Inc.’s general construction contract:

04/04/19
GC CO-26
Reconstruct proscenium above stage wall.
$     8,490
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 awarding the RFP for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant services to Victoria Walters as follows:

School year 19-20:  $35.00 per hour, for up to 35 hours per week

School year 20-21:  $36.00 per hour, for up to 35 hours per week

School year 21-22:  $37.00 per hour, for up to 35 hours per week

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute the Agreement.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education awards the sale of the following previously declared surplus item, to the bidder listed below, at the price bid presented during the public sale bid opening held on April 23, 2019.  The item is sold as is, with no warranties expressed or implied.
Item                                                                 Bid                          Name

Dump Truck with Plow                                    $ 5,110.00              Middletown Auto Wreckers

Wheel Loader, +/- 22,499 hours

VIN # 1HTSEAANXXH671619

Vehicle #: BG10

Year: 1999

Model: International Model 4800 DT466E

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 Agreement between the District and Westchester Institute for Human Development for Assistive Technology, to provide comprehensive assistive technology evaluations in one or more of following disciplines – speech pathology and/or occupational therapy, effective April 3, 2019 through June 30, 2019, as follows:

One discipline:                                     $1,380.00

Two Disciplines:                                  $1,890.00

Travel cost per school visit:                 $25 under 20 miles

$50 over 20 miles

Training Fees:                                      $225/hour or $560 for 3 contracted hours

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute the Agreement.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Thomas Mullane, that the Board of Education approves the Agreement between the District and the Village of Goshen for Refuse Removal for a three year period effective July 1, 2019, as follows:

School year 19-20:  $47,500

School year 20-21:  $49,500

School year 21-22:  $52,000

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute the Agreement.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education rescinds/approves the following budgetary transfers:

Description
Action
Dated
Amount
Reallocation of payroll approved at 4/23/19 BOE meeting
Rescind
04/01/19
$62,000
Reallocation of payroll approved at 4/23/19 BOE meeting
Rescind
04/01/19
$98,100
To increase P.O. for June 2019 medical insurance
Approve
04/26/19
$458,000
To cover shortage in BOCES regular day instruction services
Approve
05/02/19
$37,600
To cover Goshen’s share of HVAC equipment purchase for Main Street (cost shared with BOCES)
Approve
05/02/19
$77,535
AYES-6           NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

Surplus Item Bid Award – Dump Truck w/Plow

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 Agreement between the District and Manhattan Psychology Group, PC., for special education consultation services, at a rate of $450 per hour and prorated accordingly (daily rate $3,000, ½ day rate $2,000).

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute the Agreement.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A community member asked if the refuse agreement with the Village of Goshen is new or a continuation of a past arrangement. Mr. Pucci responded it is a continuation. We currently pay $43K for this school year. It will increase to $47.5K next school year due to an increase in the landfill tipping fees.

A clarification was requested on the agreement with Manhattan Psychology Group. Mr. Carter stated the agreement is to provide professional development for staff members to have correlation between home and school and the methodologies that need to be implemented. This agreement is for mandated special education consultation services per a student’s IEP.

A couple of community members had some comments about the recent overnight trip for our track team to compete at Penn Relays in Philadelphia:

When busing students on long trips, why do we not use contracted busing instead of our own fleet?
The girls track uniform (shorts) seems much shorter and exposing than other teams’ uniforms.
There was not a female chaperone on the trip. There should be a male and female chaperone accompanying students.
Mr. Connor would speak to Mr. O’Brien on these comments.

There were no Board Member issues to discuss.

At 8:07 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Martha Bogart, the Board of Education will enter into Executive Session, with the intent to not to return to the business portion of the meeting, for the review of the work history of a particular employee.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

At 8:52 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 meeting was adjourned at 8:53 p.m. on a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk