Board Meeting Minutes for November 19, 2018

A tour of the Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School and Goshen Intermediate School was held at 6:00 p.m. for Members of the Board of Education on Monday, November 19, 2018.

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, November 19, 2018 immediately following the tour of the schools.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent: Mrs. Martha Bogart
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
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
Elementary Coordinator
Mr. Henry Freedman
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien
Director of PPS
Absent
Assistant Director of PPS
Absent
Director of Transportation
Ms. Donna Post
Assistant Supervisor of Transportation
Ms. Karen Wells
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel
Absent
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 7:32 p.m.

Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation remembering the family of Phyla Wright, wife of long-time Goshen High School Musical Director, who passed away this past week.

On a motion by Judy Green 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 November 5, 2018.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: memorandum from Orange-Ulster BOCES announcing Edwin Estrada as their new Cooperative School Board Member and various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

There were no comments or questions.

Mr. Pucci spoke about the Orange County School Board Association’s tour of the STEAM lab at Middletown High School on November 6. Mr. Connor, Mr. Carter, Joe Fedor and Matt O’Brien also attended. Many good ideas came out of the tour and the presentations provided to the group were very informative.

Mr. Pucci mentioned some events he recently attended including the World Language Honor Society Induction and Math Night at SAS.

Mr. Pucci mentioned that they would be meeting with the CSEA representatives for negations on November 14. Much progress has been made and he is optimistic that negotiations are nearing a conclusion.

Due to Mrs. Bogart’s absence, there was no legislative/OBSBA report.

Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Connor presented certificates of recognition to the coaches and captains of the football, girls soccer and cross-country teams for their accomplishments during the fall 2018 season:

  • Football – won the 2018 Orange County Interscholastic Athletic Association (OCIAA) Class A Division II Championship. They defeated Warwick and recaptured the “Spirit Trophy”.
  • Girls soccer – captured another Class A Section Title – that is 5 in the last 6 years.
  • Cross-Country – had a fantastic season. In a short few years, the program has catapulted to an exceptionally high level.

Mr. O’Brien also presented Thomas Gilbert, Clarissa Adamo-Cassel and Gus Lawson with certificates of recognition for their tireless help behind the scenes that contributed to making the fall sports season so successful.

On November 9, the World Language Honor Society held their induction ceremony. It took place at C.J. Hooker Middle School due to the ongoing construction at the high school. Mr. Heinzelman noted that 40 students were inducted bringing the total number of society members to 72.

Mr. O’Brien discussed the student heart-screening program that took place on November 10.

Ms. Lynch discussed the Tax Collector’s report, the recent capital project change orders and the request for NYLAF and M&T Securities as additional depositories.

Mr. Carter reported on upcoming Project Lead the Way training and the purchase of additional licenses for MAPS, which measures a student’s growth and performance.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo,

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Steven Camposeo, special education teacher, effective July 1, 2019. Mr. Camposeo has been with the District for 30 years.

BE IT 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.

Approve extension of childcare leave of absence: Catalina Roney, teacher aide, is requesting an extension of her childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective December 1, 2018 through June 26, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Danielle Arico, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 20, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. She is the JV basketball cheerleading coach.

Approve appointment:  Dominick Pascullo, III, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 20, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. He has Initial Social Studies 7-12 and Initial Elementary Education 1-6 certifications.

Approve appointment:  Michelle Bayack, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.11/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), for 5¼ hours, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 20, 2018.

Approve appointment:  John Pierce, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.11/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), for 5¼ hours, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective November 20, 2018. Mr. Pierce is a substitute school bus monitor.

Approve extending appointment:  Laura Burns, long-term substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $13.60/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), effective December 1, 2018 through approximately June 26, 2019. She is a substitute teacher aide with the District. Ms. Burns is filling the childcare leave of Catalina Roney.

Approve extra compensation: Katharine Gonzalez, ENL teacher, at a salary of $82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective November 9, 2018 for the next 30 days or until an ENL position is filled. Ms. Gonzalez will be teaching 1 extra period every day.

Approve increase in position: Dawn Kohler-Pawliczak, school nurse (RPN), from 0.67 FTE to a 1.0 FTE position, at a salary of $48,278.64 (prorated), (Nurse Step 6 on GTA salary schedule), effective November 20, 2018, due to the increased responsibilities of the school nurses. She will continue to be a floater nurse in all of our school buildings on an as needed basis. Ms. Kohler-Pawliczak is a Registered Professional Nurse.

Approve increase in hours:  Jennifer Cermak, food service helper, increase in hours from 3 hours per day to 4 hours per day, at a salary of $13.60/hour, effective October 23, 2018.

Approve increase in salaries:  Antoinette Iaquez-Samuelson, Kathleen Kish, Dawn Kohler-Pawliczak, Dorothy McKenna, Patricia Moore-Amante, Nancy Moore-Ellefsen and Charlotte O’Connor, school nurses (Registered Professional Nurses), at salary increases of $5,000 each effective July 1, 2018, due to the increase in health needs of students and increase in paperwork/state requirements.

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On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District accepts the 2018-2019 report of the Tax Collector as presented and having determined that the Tax Collector has accounted for the full amount of the tax warrant, directs that the lists of the delinquent tax items, with the addition of penalty, be certified to the Office of the County Treasurer and/or other tax enforcement office.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the budgetary transfer dated November 6, 2018, in the amount of $32,480, to purchase 10 New Line Interactive Touchscreen’s for Goshen Intermediate School.

 

(Mr. Sterett mentioned that the purchase of the additional screens are part of the replacement cycle to replace older Smartboards.)

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 appoints Kyle Roddey as an additional DASA designee at Goshen High School. There is no stipend for this position.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education appoints Megan A. Shedden, Attorney at Law, as Superintendent Hearing Officer for Education Law Section 3214 Hearings for the Goshen Central School District at a flat fee of $400 for waivers and a reduced hourly rate of $150.00 for matters which go to a hearing.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Order relevant to J & J Sass Electric, Inc.’s Contract:

10/30/18
EC CO-04
Auditorium AV Equipment Upgrades
$134,730

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green 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:

10/30/18
GC CO-07
Installation of 16 UV Louvers
$61,034

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the assessment corrections as specified by the Orange County Supreme and County Courts as summarized and to direct the Tax Collector to take the necessary actions in accordance with Small Claims Assessment Review (SCAR) for Palma Florio (Goshen) SBL 17-3-26, in the amount of $579.73,  Brian & Lynn Tegnander (Goshen) SBL 2-1-76 in the amount of $1,315.32 and Gerald Caliendo (Hamptonburgh) SBL 18-1-88 in the amount of $2,121.25  (A1001) for the tax year 2018/2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby authorizes M&T Securities as an additional depository, with a limit of $45,000,000.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel,

Resolution of the Board of Education (“Governing Body”) of the Goshen Central School District (“Participant”), authorizing the execution and delivery of an amended and restated Municipal Cooperation Agreement and related documents by and among the several municipal corporations, school district, fire districts and/or boards of cooperative educational services to provide for the cooperative temporary investment of public funds.

WHEREAS, the Participant, pursuant to the provisions of the General Municipal Law and its investment policy, after due investigation, evaluation and deliberation, has determined that it is in the best interest of the Participant to invest a portion of its public funds on a cooperative basis pursuant to the terms of a Municipal Cooperation Agreement dated as of November 19, 2018 (the “Agreement”) among the Red Hook Central School District, as Lead Agent, and various other municipal corporations, under the trade name “New York Liquid Asset Fund” (“NYLAF”);

NOW, THEREFORE, be it resolved by the Governing Body (the “Finance Board”) of the Participant, located in Orange County, State of New York, as follows:

Section 1. The terms, conditions and provisions of the Agreement attached hereto are hereby approved. The Superintendent of Schools (the “Chief Fiscal Officer”) of the Participant is hereby authorized to execute and deliver the Agreement, and the Chief Fiscal Officer is hereby authorized to affix the seal of the Participant thereto and attest such seal. The Chief Fiscal Officer is hereby authorized to from time to time effect and consent to such changes to the Agreement in the form attached hereto as may be necessary or convenient in order to further carry out the purposes of the Agreement or to clarify or correct the terms thereof. The Chief Fiscal Officer is hereby authorized to delegate the foregoing duties to his or her designees as authorized by the Law (as that term is defined in the Agreement), which designee is an authorized employee officer of the Participant. Upon the execution in full and delivery of the Agreement, the Participant shall become a Participant, as that term is defined in the Agreement.

Section 2. Notwithstanding any term or provision of the Agreement to the contrary, the Participant may withdraw from the Agreement at any time upon thirty (30) days written notice to the Governing Board of NYLAF by the Chief Fiscal Officer and thereafter the Participant shall cease to have any rights or obligations under the Agreement.

Section 3. This resolution shall be effective immediately upon its due adoption by the Finance Board.

NOW, THEREFORE BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby authorizes NYLAF as an additional depository, with a limit of $45,000,000.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A community member asked for information on the capital project change orders that were approved. Mr. Pucci responded that the Board decided to wait to approve some items until after the project was underway to make sure money would be available for these items. At the October 15 meeting, auditorium AV equipment upgrades was one of the items on the list that the Board decided to move forward with which were deferred at the time of the bid awards. Mr. Cassel noted that the second change order is relating to window louvers which is the result of an accidental omission on architectural plans. The plans included windows with louvers on one side of the courtyard and not on the other side.

Mr. Pucci referenced the list of upcoming events and concerts for the Board to attend.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:07 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk