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Board Meeting Minutes for October 21, 2019

The regular meeting of the Members of the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District, Orange County, New York, was held in the Board of Education Room at the Main Street School on Monday, October 21, 2019.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo (Entered 6:47 p.m.)
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
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), Ms. Heather Carman, Mr. Matthew Wentworth, Mr. Henry Freedman (Interim)
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Absent
Elementary Coordinator
Vacant
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS
Vacant
Supervisor of Transportation
Ms. Karen Wells
Assistant Supervisor of Transportation
Vacant
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel
Absent
Student Senate Representative
Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

President Jason Pucci called the regular meeting to order at 6:44 p.m.

At 6:45 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, the Board of Education entered into Executive Session, with the intent to reconvene the regular portion of the meeting, for the purpose of the review of the employment history of a particular person.

AYES-5          NAYS-0           Motion carried.

At 6:47 p.m., Michael Lorenzo entered Executive Session.

At 7:16 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, the Board closed the Executive Session and reconvened the regular meeting.

AYES-6          NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Prior to the start of the regular Board Meeting, students from Mrs. Calohan’s Goshen High School Chamber Orchestra played for the Board of Education and community in honor of School Board Recognition Week. The Board and Mr. Connor thanked Mrs. Calohan and her students for the wonderful performance.

Also to commemorate School Board Recognition Week (October 21-25, 2019), on behalf of the administrators and directors, Ms. Carman presented Board Members with an aerial picture of the new stadium. In addition, Board Members were given a wooden paperweight made by Joe Fedor using some new STEAM lab equipment. All items were bestowed as tokens of appreciation of the Board Members’ service to the school district and community.

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

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of October 7, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: memorandum from Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLP – Recent Changes to the NYS Human Rights Law Impacting Public Schools and various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor. Items discussed included:

Patty Hartley, CJH-PTO President, noted Tom Thelen would speak to students October 22. Mr. Thelen is youth motivational speaker who encourages students to speak up to bullying and become a positive influence at their school. A community member questioned the difference between the Board Minutes posted online and Official Board Minutes. District counsel discussed the topic with those present.

President’s Report:

The Goshen High School will be named in honor of Roy Reese on November 1 at 6:00 p.m. The Board will tour C.J. Hooker Middle School on November 4 prior to the regular meeting.

On October 2, the high school hosted a College Fair. Mr. Heinzelman noted 100 colleges attended.

Legislative/OCSBA Updates:

Mrs. Bogart did not have any legislative updates.

On October 2, she attended the Orange County School Boards meeting. At the meeting, the Safe School Ambassadors Program was discussed. Through training, students can gain skills that empower them to speak up to bullying which will have a positive impact on school climate. At the next OCSBA meeting on November 6, there will be a tour of the OU-BOCES Arden Hill campus.

Superintendent’s Report:

Students, families and staff of CJH were in attendance as the Board recognized Kate Loftus for all her work in starting and growing the musical/drama production program at CJH, both during the school year and during summer break. Many spoke to the positive impact Ms. Loftus had on their lives. Ms. Loftus announced the spring musical would be Annie, Jr.

Ms. Capicchioni, from Nugent & Haeussler, discussed the findings of the 2018-2019 Financial Audit. All three reports received unmodified or “clean” opinions, meaning no material errors were found. The District continues to maintain good financial position. The District’s assets are four times its liabilities.

Kyle Roddey gave a presentation on the new initiatives that were initiated this year at the high school:

Virtual High School

  • Online learning platform for students to take virtually any class that might not be offered internally.
  • Students go to the library daily and log in to a computer to participate.
  • Real teacher, real classmates
  • Examples of current classes: Latin 3, Web Design, Cybersecurity, Biotechnology

Distance Learning

  • Lab overseen by Teaching Assistant Brian Johnson
  • Host schools provide instruction
  • Students interact with teachers and classmates via microphones, cameras, and other broadcast equipment
  • Business Law, Personal Finance, and Sports Marketing

STEAM Lab

Equipment includes:

  • CNC Machines
  • 3D Scanner
  • Plasma Cutter
  • 3D Printers
  • VEX Robotics

STEAM Lab Instruction

  • Computer Integrated Manufacturing
  • Robotics
  • Design and Drafting for Production I & II
  •  Introduction to Computer Science
  • AP Computer Science

The Board thanked Mr. Roddey for his presentation.

Heather Carman reported on the National Junior Honor Society Induction ceremony, which occurred on October 18.

Mr. Connor spoke about a committee of Orange County school administrators that is researching the feasibility of building a regional athletic center to be located at the OU-BOCES Arden Hill campus. Availability issues at West Point has caused limited space for student athletes to compete during winter sports, as well as when spring/fall sports are faced with wet conditions.

Ms. Lynch provided a correction action plan relating to the external audit by Nugent & Haeussler. It is on the agenda for approval and will be submitted to the state.

All staff evaluation data has been successfully uploaded into the state portal. As a result, new 2019-2020 evaluations may begin.

Mr. Carter reported there would be two final Project Lead the Way training session. At the conclusion of these classes, all elementary teachers will be credentialed in the program.

Mr. Lorenzo asked for an inventory of items that can be vulnerable to computer vandalism issues, which would be addressed to prevent possible issues in the future.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Martha Bogart, 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:  Andrew Schug, athletic trainer, effective November 15, 2019.

Approve childcare leave of absence: Katherine Shaffer, social worker, is requesting a childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately March 30, 2020 through on or about May 29, 2020.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Christopher Tucci, unified arts teacher, is requesting an extension of his medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately October 22, 2019 through on or about November 26, 2019.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Jessica Daly, English teacher, is requesting an extension of her childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately November 2, 2019 through on or about June 26, 2020.

Approve change of appointment: Nina Juncaj, from long-term substitute English teacher to leave replacement English teacher, at a salary of $60,088 (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective September 3, 2019 to on or about June 26, 2020. She has Initial ELA 7-12 certification. Ms. Juncaj is filling the childcare leave of absence for Jessica Daly.

Approve appointment: Meghan Tobin, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $14.71/hr., for 5¾ hours/day, effective October 16, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 16, 2019. Ms. Tobin is replacing Aida Roman.

Approve appointment: Kerri LaViano, long-term substitute food service helper, at a salary of $16.60/hr., for 7 hours/day, effective October 15, 2019. Ms. LaViano will help in the Food Service Department until the Assistant School Lunch Manager position is filled which is anticipated to occur before December 20, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Barbara Elder, substitute teacher, at a salary of $110.00/diem, effective approximately October 18, 2019. She has Initial Visual Arts K-12 certification.

Approve appointment:  LaAsia Brown, substitute teacher, at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, effective October 16, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Samantha Ramdass, substitute teacher, at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective October 22, 2019. She is currently a substitute teacher aide with the District.

Approve appointment:  Jennifer Amodio, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective October 22, 2019. Ms. Amodio previously worked for the District as a special education teacher aide and is currently a substitute teacher.

Approve appointment:  Jessica Chitkara, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 22, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Katherine Loftus, acting club advisor under Schedule B – A.5 at C.J. Hooker Middle School, at a stipend of $1,291.00, effective for the 2019-2020 school year. This stipend position was created at the October 7, 2019 meeting.

Approve appointment:  Valerie Natt, stage manager club advisor under Schedule B – A.8 at C.J. Hooker Middle School, at a stipend of $2,065.00, effective for the 2019-2020 school year. This stipend position was created at the October 7, 2019 meeting.

Approve extra compensation: Michael LaMonica, Gr. 8 science teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 4, 2019. Mr. LaMonica will be teaching ½ extra period every day for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve extra compensation: Jacqueline Demers, special education teacher, at a salary of $82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018. Ms. Demers taught an extra period every day for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve extra compensation: Brenda Megello, science teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 4, 2019. Ms. Megello will be teaching one extra class every six days for the first semester of the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve amending tenure areas & dates: Sarah Rosa, has worked exclusively in the ESL tenure area from September 1, 2017 through the end of the 2018-2019 school year and is currently serving a three-year probationary period as an ESL teacher with a tenure date of March 26, 2022. During the 2019-2020 school year, Ms. Rosa will be teaching three classes as a Spanish 7-12 teacher and two classes as an ESL teacher. Contingent upon Ms. Rosa continuing to work at least 40% of her work day teaching ESL classes, she will continue her probationary period as an ESL teacher and continue to accrue seniority as an ESL teacher. Ms. Rosa will commence a new four year probationary period as a Spanish teacher commencing with the start of the 2019-2020 school year, with a tenure date of September 1, 2023.

Approve unpaid administrative leave: Employee No. 102119, confirm a four-day unpaid leave of absence, effective October 15, 2019 through October 18, 2019.

Create/Dissolve Co-Curricular Stipends at CJH:

1.  Dissolve: Walking Club Advisor (FTE 0.4)

2.  Create: Spanish Club Advisor (FTE 0.4)

3.  Dissolve: Grade 7 & Grade 8 Girls Leadership Advisor (FTE 0.4)

4.  Create: National Junior Honor Society Assistant Advisor (FTE 0.4)

Evening High School

Approve amending Terms & Conditions Evening High School: The Terms & Conditions for Evening High School, which was approved at the September 16, 2019 meeting, incorrectly listed security aides as $67.03/hour instead of $67.03/evening.

Approve appointment:  Katherine Shaffer, as Evening High School tutor at a salary of $33.66/per hour, as needed, effective October 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Fabien Riviere, Margaret Storms, Gabby Ackert and Lauren Cummings, as Evening High School tutor at a salary of $33.66/per hour, as needed, effective October 22, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

CSE/CPSE Recommendations:

Subcommittee on Special Education
09/25/19;115323/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
10/11/19;122041/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
09/17/19;117249/Classified

10/08/19;122434/Classified

09/25/19;118958/Classified

09/17/19;121625/Classified

09/17/19;117397/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
10/10/19;122883/Classified

10/02/19;119418/Classified
Committee on Special Education
09/25/19;115386/Classified

09/25/19;115913/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
10/11/19;122156/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
09/27/19;122797/Classified

10/01/19;122815/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
10/01/19;122717/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
09/10/19;122488/Classified

09/26/19;118915/Classified

09/17/19;115912/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
10/07/19;116287/Classified
Committee on Special Education
10/11/19;122311/Declassified

10/01/19;117800/Classified

09/16/19;122896/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
10/08/19;122366/Classified

10/04/19;118181/Classified
Committee on Special Education
09/10/19;122147/Classified

10/01/19;122775/Classified

10/08/19;119911/Classified

10/01/19;115479/Classified

09/10/19;122091/Classified

09/26/19;121424/Classified

10/02/19;121162/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
10/03/19;122838/Classified
Committee on Special Education
09/10/19;120246/Classified

10/08/19;121571/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
10/15/19;122387/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
10/04/19;120578/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
10/10/19;122817/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
10/11/19;121338/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
10/01/19;115482/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
10/08/19;117461/Classified
Committee on Special Education
09/25/19;115470/Classified

09/24/19;122214/Classified

09/17/19;121485/Classified

10/08/19;122903/Classified

09/17/19;116394/Classified

09/25/19;122823/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
09/26/19;122856/Classified
Committee on Special Education
09/25/19;122860/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
10/10/19;122356/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
10/01/19;121828/Classified Preschool

10/11/19;120942/Classified Preschool

10/01/19;122743/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
09/17/19;121760/Classified

09/24/19;121164/Classified

09/17/19;117274/Classified

10/01/19;121696/Classified

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 adoption of the 2020-2021 budget development calendar.

AYES-6          NAYS-0                         Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the financial audit report for the year ended June 30, 2019 as presented by Nugent & Haeussler, P.C. on October 21, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

CSE/CPSE Recommendations

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the corrective action plan, for the External Audit performed by Nugent and Haeussler for the year ended June 30, 2019.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                  Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the entry of the name of the 2019 Summer Graduate in the Board of Education Minutes.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education schedules a Board Workshop to discuss Board Goals and Objectives on November 18, 2019 following the regular board meeting.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

A community member asked the Board to check board policy as they relate to transparency.

Mrs. Green asked that during the GHS auditorium-naming event on November 1, the STEAM lab and cafeteria remain open, to allow community members to view of the upgrades of the capital project in those areas.

Mr. Mullane asked that the district consider relocating the plaque placed at Mt. Olympus field in memory of Irving Medina to a more prominent area since there is less use of that field. Mr. Medina was a Goshen graduate who died in combat in Iraq.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:30 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                 Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk