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Board Meeting Minutes for September 3, 2019

A tour of the Goshen High School was held at 6:00 p.m. for Members of the Board of Education on Tuesday, September 3, 2019.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mrs. Allison Salte

Absent:
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane

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)
Assistant Principals
Mr. Kyle Roddey
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley

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 Tuesday, September 3, 2019 immediately following the tour of the high school.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President (entered 7:44 p.m.)
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mrs. Allison Salte

Absent:
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane

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 RoddeyMr. Robert Siracuse
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien

Elementary Coordinator
Vacant
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot (Absent)
Assistant Director of PPS
Mr. Brian Orzell
Director of Transportation
Vacant
Assistant Director of Transportation
Ms. Karen Wells (Absent)
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel
Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Student Senate Representative
Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

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 families of Barry Klusky (husband of Pam Klusky, teacher aide at CJH) and Dennis Maddalone, Sr. (father of Dennis Maddalone, Jr, Buildings & Grounds Department) on their recent passing.

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 August 19, 2019.

AYES-4           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

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

The board received the following correspondence:

  1. Correspondence from Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLC: Immunization Requirements for Extra-Curricular Events and Filing Deadline for APPR Implementation Form & APPR Closeout;
  2. Orange-Ulster BOCES letter appointing Martha Bogart as their liaison to our Board for the 2019-2020 school year;
  3. Orange-Ulster BOCES letter appointing David Eaton to fill the open seat on their Board;
  4. Notice Letter from the Orange County IDA regarding contemplated financial assistance to McNeilly Wood Products, Inc. for parcel located at 120 Neelytown Road, Town of Hamptonburgh;
  5. Various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

There were no comments or questions.

Mr. Pucci reported the Board toured Goshen High School prior to the meeting. Progress is being made and we are looking forward to the new school year. At the Opening Day meeting of all faculty and staff this morning, on behalf of the entire Board of Education, Mr. Pucci wished everyone a great year.

Mrs. Bogart did not have any new legislative or Orange County School Boards Association to items to report. She remarked on the recent passing of Senator William Larkin whom she worked with in the past. He was a great friend to education. Senator Larkin listened to the goals of our district and tried to procure monies for us to fund them.

At 7:44 p.m., Mr. Cassel entered the meeting.

Mr. Connor reported on Opening Day and the tour of the high school this evening. Many people worked so hard in the last few days, including the weekends. He commended Jim Riley and the whole Buildings and Grounds crew for their exceptional effort to prepare the buildings for the first day for students tomorrow.

The high school hosted some football and soccer scrimmages this past week. Mr. Connor relayed the positive comments he heard from opposing team members and their parents regarding our new facilities at the high school. People are thoroughly impressed with our facilities.

The Goshen Central School District will host its Athletic Facilities & High School Addition Grand Opening Celebration on Saturday, September 7 at the high school. The Goshen community is invited to attend the free event that will showcase the progress of the district’s capital project that was approved last winter. The celebration will include:

  • 12 p.m. – Open walk throughs of the following:
    – The new multi-purpose artificial turf field with 8-lane track, digital scoreboard, 1,500 seat bleachers and field house (with locker rooms, training room, storage rooms, bathrooms and concession stand).
    – The new high school main entrance way and 15,000 square foot building addition (with new classrooms, administrative offices and security vestibule).
  • 3 p.m. – A ribbon cutting ceremony with live music and special guests/speakers.
  • 4 p.m. – Gladiator Nation Tailgate and Celebration complete with deejay, inflatables, and catering provided by Catherine’s Restaurant.
  • 7 p.m.  The Goshen Gladiator varsity football team will face off versus Highland.

Matt O’Brien gave an update on fall sports. The season is a couple weeks underway. There are approximately 500 student athletes signed up in the modified, junior varsity and varsity levels. We have 21 teams and 40 coaches.

Ms. Carman mentioned that there was a 6th grade ice cream social on August 28. The 6th graders got to meet many of the staff members. They had the chance to become acclimated to the layout of the school and to try out their lockers before their first day of school.

Mr. Freedman spoke about the Kindergarten ice cream social held August 23. He thanked the SAS PTO for all their efforts in making this event a success. At the “meet & greet” today, incoming Kindergarten through Grade 2 students and their parents had the opportunity to meet their new teachers and to acclimated themselves to their classrooms.

Mr. Heinzelman discussed the Freshman Barbeque held on August 28. Despite the rain, it went very well. Mr. Roddey and the Student Senate spoke to the students. Incoming freshman received their schedules and toured the building to become acclimated to the layout prior to the beginning of school.

Mr. Connor noted that the 12-month employee picnic was well attended and a success. This year, it was held at the bus garage. He thanked Vas Tzouganatos for cooking for everyone.

Ms. Lynch gave the Board a chart of the five-year history comparison of taxable assessed value, which Mrs. Bogart requested at the last meeting. The chart shows there has been slow growth during the period.

The audit of the 2018-2019 financial records has been on track. There will be a little positive cash flow. The Audit Committee is scheduled to meet September 16, prior to the regular BOE meeting.

The Business Office is continuing to work toward being in compliance with state mandates of financial transparency. It is a huge undertaking.

Mr. Pucci requested a schedule of anticipated payments for PILOTS.

Mr. Carter reported that last week there were title grant collaboration meetings as required by the state. He met with representatives of St. Johns School, John S. Burke, and Orange county Department of Corrections, who oversees the education of incarcerated youth. These three institutions are located within our district boundaries. We discussed how we spend our title monies with them. As required by the state, there were also meetings with parents of students whose children receive support with title money. We received positive feedback and suggestions from all stakeholders.  These meetings will lead to finalizing revisions to the family engagement policy with the Policy Committee and close out the title audit conducted by the state this past May. Mr. Carter commended Mary Ellen Nutley for all the work involved in coordinating and attending these meetings.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the Consent Agenda as presented.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Accept resignation:  Jill Quackenbush, teacher aide, effective September 1, 2019.
Accept resignation:  Stacey Ryan, teacher aide, effective September 1, 2019.
Accept resignation:  Aida Roman, teacher aide, effective September 3, 2019.
Accept resignation:  Catalina Roney, special education teacher aide, effective September 1, 2019.
Accept resignation:  James Murray, school bus driver, effective September 4, 2019.
Accept resignation:  Mary Beth Walla, school bus driver, effective September 4, 2019.
Accept resignation:  Maritza Morales, food service helper, effective August 30, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Richard Heater, custodial worker, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately August 23, 2019 through on or about October 18, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Patricia Douglas, secretary, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately July 22, 2019 through on or about October 10, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Kerry Rourke, teacher aide, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately September 3, 2019 through on or about October 7, 2019.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Pamela Klusky, teacher aide, is requesting an extension of her medical, effective approximately September 3, 2019 through on or about October 7, 2019.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Sharlene Bischof, clerk, is requesting an extension of her medical, effective approximately September 6, 2019 through on or about February 3, 2020.

Approve unpaid leave of absence: Jeanette McDowell, teacher aide, is requesting an unpaid leave of absence, effective September 3, 2019 to accept the leave replacement secretary position at Goshen High School.

Approve appointment: Jeanette McDowell, leave replacement secretary, at a salary $18.47/hr. (rate based on Step A of secretary title in CSEA contract), for 8 hours per day, effective September 3, 2019 through October 7, 2019 or until secretary returns. She is filling the medical leave of absence for Sharlene Bischof.

Approve appointment:  Jesus Morales, ENL teacher, at a salary of $64,056 (MA-3 on GTA salary schedule) effective September 3, 2019, with a tenure date of September 1, 2023 and a tenure area in ENL, subject to the teacher’s receipt of composite or overall APPR ratings pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either Effective or Highly Effective in at least three of the four years preceding tenure conferral. Mr. Morales has Professional Childhood Education 1-6, Professional ESOL and Professional Bilingual Education Extension certifications. He is filling the position created at the June 3, 2019 meeting.

Approve appointment:  Susan Trieste, special education teacher, at a salary of $70,003 (MA-6 on GTA salary schedule) effective September 3, 2019, with a tenure date of September 1, 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. Ms. Trieste has Permanent Special Education K-12, Permanent English K-12, and Permanent Nursery, K, 1-6 certifications. She is replacing Taryn Hackbarth.

Approve appointment: Tina Wildrick, music teacher leave replacement, at a salary of $56,081(BA-2 on GTA salary schedule), effective September 3, 2019 through June 30, 2020. She has Initial Music K-12 certification. Ms. Wildrick is filling the childcare leave of absence for Sophie Levenberg.

Approve appointment: Diane Otero, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $14.71/hr., for 5¾ hours/day, effective September 3, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective September 3, 2019. Ms. Otero is replacing Patricia Mill.

Approve appointment: Jennifer English, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $16.60/hr., for 5¾ hours/day, effective September 1, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective September 1, 2019. She was a leave replacement teacher aide with the District. Ms. English is replacing Stacey Ryan.

Approve appointment: Joan Forrester, special education teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $14.71/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective September 3, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective September 3, 2019. Ms. Forrester is replacing Harlene Kresse.

Approve appointment: Maritza Morales, special education teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $14.71/hr., for 5 ½ hours/day, effective September 3, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective September 3, 2019. Ms. Morales is replacing Catalina Roney.

Approve appointment: Lea Morganstein, substitute administrator, at a salary of $350.00/day and $175.00/half day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 3, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Ms. Morganstein is a recently retired Director of PPS in Orange County and has the required qualifications for this position.

Approve appointment: Marlene Gaynor, substitute administrator, at a salary of $350.00/day and $175.00/half day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 3, 2019 through June 30, 2020. Ms. Gaynor is a retired administrator with the District.

Approve appointment:  Julie Palladino, part-time dispatcher, at a salary of $26.03/hour (rate based on Step A of dispatcher title in CSEA contract), for 8 hours per day, as needed, effective August 28, 2019. Ms. Palladino will be sharing the full time position with Yelitza Vargas until the full time position is filled.

Approve appointment:  Yelitza Vargas, part-time dispatcher, at a salary of $26.03/hour (rate based on Step A of dispatcher title in CSEA contract), for 8 hours per day, as needed, effective August 28, 2019. Ms. Vargas will be sharing the full time position with Julie Palladino until the full time position is filled.

Approve appointment:  Tiffany Mapes, long-term substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $17.07/hour (rate based on Step 1 of custodial worker title in CSEA contract), for 7 hours per day, effective September 1, 2019 to on or about October 18, 2019 or until custodial worker returns. She is currently a substitute custodial worker with the District. Ms. Mapes will be filling the medical leave of absence for Richard Heater.

Approve appointment:  James Murray, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $21.96/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 4, 2019. Mr. Murray was a driver for the District.

Approve appointment:  Mary Beth Walla, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $21.96/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 4, 2019. Ms. Walla was a driver for the District.

Approve appointment:  Nicole Vrohidis, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $21.96/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 3, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Jaclyn Krauss, substitute teacher, at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 4, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Harlene Kresse, substitute teacher, at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective September 4, 2019.  Ms. Kresse is also a substitute teacher aide in the District.

Approve appointment:  Michael Kresse, substitute teacher, at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective September 4, 2019.  Mr. Kresse is also a substitute custodial worker in the District.

Approve appointment:  Samantha Ramdass, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 4, 2019.

Approve appointment: Kathleen Forgione, substitute school nurse, at a salary of $25.00 / hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 3, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Heather Carman, mentor to Robert Siracuse, new administrator at C.J. Hooker Middle School, per GAA contract, at a salary of $1,500.00/year, effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve extra compensation: Ellen Dickinson, music teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Ms. Dickinson will be teaching 1 extra period every day in C.J. Hooker Middle School.

Approve extra compensation: Kristen Calohan, music teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year. Ms. Calohan will be teaching 1 extra period every day in Goshen Intermediate School/C.J. Hooker Middle School.

Approve increase in hours: Jennie Nicholson, teacher aide, increase in hours from 5 ½ to 5 ¾ hours/day effective September 4, 2019. Ms. Nicholson is assuming hours of a vacant position. The new hire will take over the 5 ½ hour/day position.

Approve disposal of transportation vehicles/supplies:

Vehicle #         Year                 Model                                             Vin #

198                     2002       Thomas/Freightliner-66 Pass. Bus   4UZAAXAK62CJ63078
201                     2002       Thomas/Freightliner-66 Pass. Bus   4UZAAXAK62CJ63081
211                     2004       Thomas/Freightliner-66 Pass. Bus   4UZAAXCS44CM36731
212                     2004       Thomas/Freightliner-66 Pass. Bus   4UZAAXCS64CM36732
224                     2005       Chevrolet Express – 18 Pass. Van   1GBJG31U751209129
International Engine – Model 466
6 Goodyear Tires – Model 235-75-15

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, members of the Audit Committee will meet on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. to discuss the External Audit completed by Nugent & Haeussler.

AYES-5           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 approves entering into an Agreement for Services with Carolyn Carsley to provide Special Education Itinerant to a special education student during the 2019-2020 school year at a rate of $100.00 per hour.

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

AYES-5          NAYS-0                         Motion carried.

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 appointment of Jeremy Cassel as the District’s voting delegate and Michael Lorenzo as alternate voting delegate for New York State School Boards Association Annual Convention.

AYES-5           NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Allison Salte, that the Board of Education authorizes its attorneys, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP to execute a Consent Judgment in a tax certiorari proceeding captioned Tailwinds Properties, LLC. v. Town of Goshen and Goshen CSD;  BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board authorizes the refund of taxes as required by the terms of the Consent Judgment.

AYES-5            NAYS-0                         Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Judy Green, that pursuant to the requirements of Education Law Section 3012-d and Part 30-2.9 of the Regents Rules, the following people have completed all of the required training to be certified or re-certified by this Board of Education as “Lead Evaluators” for classroom teachers:

Jason Carter | Re-Certification
Robert Siracuse | Re-Certification
Thomas Heinzelman | Re-Certification
Matthew Wentworth | Re-Certification
Kyle Roddey | Re-Certification
Heather Hendershot | Re-Certification
Matthew O’Brien | Re-Certification
Brian Orzell | Certification
Heather Carman| Re-Certification
Gregory Voloshin | Re-Certificatio

AYES-5            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the following budgetary transfer:

Description: Auditor’s Adjusting Entries – Compensated Absences & Special Aid Fund
Dated: 06/30/19
Amount: $72,010.11

AYES-5            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 overnight trip for the Boys Varsity Soccer team to Oneonta, New York on September 21-22, 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. 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-5            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Judy Green, that the Board hereby appoints the firm of Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP, as special education counsel for the District effective September 3, 2019, pursuant to the proposal dated August 27, 2019 on file with the District Clerk.

AYES-5            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

There were no comments or questions.

Mrs. Bogart requested a member of the District attend the Orange County IDA’s public hearing on the contemplated financial assistance to McNeilly Wood Products, Inc. for parcel located at 120 Neelytown Road, Town of Hamptonburgh. She is not in favor of PILOT while other businesses and taxpayers are paying their full-assessed value.

At 7:58 p.m., on a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Martha Bogart, the Board of Education entered 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-5            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

At 8:25 p.m., on a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, the Board closed the Executive Session.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:26 p.m. on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte.

AYES-5           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk