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Board Minutes for August 6, 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, August 6, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.

Present Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent: 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
Director of Facilities III Mr. James Riley
Network Administrator Mr. James Sterett
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mr. Jason Pucci at 7:29 p.m. Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of July 25, 2018.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: letter from Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLC. – School District Charitable Fund and various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened Privilege of the Floor.

Jay Shipman, correspondent for The Chronicle, introduced herself to the Board. She is newly assigned to cover school board meetings.

Mr. Pucci noted that the date for the freshman barbeque has changed to September 5.

Mr. Pucci announced that Christine Fini, internal claims auditor, has resigned. He acknowledged her many years of fine service to the District.

Mrs. Bogart did not have any new legislative items to discuss.

Frank Arturi and Matt Milnamow joined the Board to report on the progress of the capital project:
1. Goshen High School:
a. “A” wing renovations – are ahead of schedule. Mr. Riley noted that movers would help bring furniture back into rooms in preparation for the beginning of classes. New HVAC units for corridors are scheduled to be delivered in 2 to 3 weeks. Mr. Arturi is confident this timeline will not be an issue for replacement prior to the opening of school in September.
b. Work related to the kitchen addition, field house/bleachers, new addition and site work are all progressing on schedule.
c. Auditorium work – Work has begun to both the men and women’s bathrooms. The men’s bathroom will not be completed until next summer since it will occupy a portion of the space where the current administrative offices are located. The offices will be relocated into the new addition space next summer. While digging for removing the old concrete floor, rock was found in the areas of the orchestra pit and terrace steps. Since it is difficult to bring in large machines to remove the rock, smaller equipment will be used. The change order by Benard Associates for the rock removal will not exceed $220,125.
2. District-wide IT:
a. Work at Goshen Intermediate School and C.J. Hooker Middle School is on schedule. Abatement work is complete. The pulling of new cabling is near completion and installation of equipment will be beginning. Both schools will be ready for the start of school in September. Mr. Riley noted that although the new and old phone systems will be running parallel, the old phone system would still be working when school begins. The new phone system will begin service once staff is trained in mid-September, early October the latest.

b. Although work at Scotchtown Avenue School is scheduled for the summer of 2019, some preliminary work has begun.
c. Work at the Main Street building, Bus Garage and Middle School Annex is scheduled for this winter.
d. Matt Milnamow suggested purchasing 30 LED screens for the high school with contingency money. While some of the smart board that where taken down for the installation of new walls in the “A” wing still have some useful life, most are at their maximum life.
e. Mr. Lorenzo expressed the need to upgrade APs and switches in high- density area of CJH. Mr. Pucci inquired the cost of the upgrade. Mr. Sterett replied approximately $15,000. Mr. Lorenzo noted it is worth doing the upgrade at this point in the project and the other APs and switches can be replaced and reused elsewhere in areas of the district that are not high- density.

Mr. Pucci and Mr. Cassel asked to receive new timelines of the project. Mr. Milnamow indicated that updated timelines would be provided. He stated that while there are different timelines for each aspect of the project, the project is slightly ahead of schedule with a substantial completion date of August 15, 2019 and final completion of October 15, 2019.

Mr. Riley updated the Board on the status of the emergency water leak at C.J. Hooker Middle School. The abatement contractor removed the largest portion of piping and will finish total removal by tomorrow. Earth removal around the piping will begin shortly thereafter. Clearance samples will be completed by the end of the week. BOCES-OCIAA group should be allowed back into their area on Monday next week.

The 12-month employee picnic will be August 30 at the Main Street building.

Opening Day for all teachers and staff is September 4 and will be held at C.J. Hooker Middle School. Due to parking space availability, all staff will park at their respective buildings and will be bused to the middle school. On September 5, all staff at the four schools will partake in the second phase of school safety training.

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 current method. This requirement will begin with the 2019-2020 budget cycle.

On August 17, the RFPs for legal services are due. Vetting of firms will begin shortly thereafter.

Ms. Lynch mentioned that YSG Solar has informed us of their intention to construct a solar facility within out district. According to Real Property Law Section §487, the district has the right to enter into a PILOT agreement with the company. Mr. Pucci mentioned that the PILOT would be for 15 years. This will be the third solar project within our district.

Federal income tax law changes that go into effect starting with 2018 taxes will limit deductions for state and local income and real property tax payments, commonly referred to as SALT Deductions. In response, the New York State Legislature adopted changes to real property tax related laws, allowing for a new charitable contribution alternative to paying a substantial portion of property taxes that would be credited towards the tax bill issued by a taxing authority including school districts. Education Law changes were made to provide for a Charitable Fund to be established by board of education resolution, to enable the substitution of a charitable donation to be credited towards school taxes. New York State Tax Law was amended to allow Charitable Fund contributions to be deducted for state income tax purposes. The IRS forewarns of the strong possibility that the tax credit will be disallowed under federal income tax laws.

On the agenda is the authorization to execute the 2017-2018 APPR Implementation Form. By signing the APPR Implementation Certification Form, school districts are verifying full implementation of APPR for the 2017-18 school year and that they will take the steps necessary to upload the subcomponent scores and ratings and both the original and transitional overall APPR ratings for each classroom teacher and building principal evaluated pursuant to Education Law 3012-d. By executing the Implementation Certification Form, each school district is also committing to implement its most recently approved APPR plan until such time that the Commissioner approves a new plan.

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 Consent Agenda as presented.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Consent

Accept resignation: Christine Fini, internal claims auditor, effective August 15, 2018. Accept resignation: Brian Vutianitis, teacher aide, effective July 27, 2018.
Accept resignation: Phyllis Cass-DenDanto, teacher aide, effective August 7, 2018, to accept the vacant 11-month school secretary position at C.J. Hooker Middle School.

Approve leave of absence: James Barry, custodial worker, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective July 9, 2018 through on or about August 17, 2018.

Approve leave of absence: Richard Besaw, custodial worker, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective July 30, 2018 through on or about August 24, 2018.

Approve leave of absence: Marcia Atkins, grade 5 teacher, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective September 4, 2018 through on or about January 2, 2019.

Approve leave of absence: Amanda Raco, custodial worker, is requesting an extension of her medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective August 1, 2018 through on or about August 24, 2018.

Approve leave of absence: Ravon Carrillo, special education teacher aide, is requesting a leave of absence for the period September 1, 2018 through on or about February 19, 2019 in order to fill a vacant teaching assistant position at Goshen Intermediate School, due to Jeannie Cresce filling the childcare leave of absence for Dana Piaquadio.

Approve appointment: Phyllis Cass-DenDanto, school secretary (11-month), at a salary of
$35,680 (prorated) (Step A of the CSEA salary schedule, pending CSEA negotiations) effective August 27, 2018. She has been a full-time teacher aide in the District for 15 years. Ms. Cass-DenDanto is replacing Wendy Wee.

Approve appointment: Ravon Carrillo, teaching assistant, at a salary of $53,254 (prorated) effective approximately September 4, 2018 to on or about February 19, 2019, or until teaching assistant returns. He has Teaching Assistant Level One certification. Mr. Carrillo is filling in for Jeannie Cresce, who if filling the childcare leave of absence for Dana Piaquadio.

Approve appointment: Stephanie Scott, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, effective September 1, 2018.

Approve appointment: Heather Carman, mentor to Matthew Wentworth, new administrator, per GAA contract, at a salary of $1,500.00/year, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment: Andrew Schug, Athletic Trainer, under Schedule B – D 1.1, with a stipend of $7,094, effective August 13, 2018. He will be filling the stipend position created at the July 11, 2018 meeting.

Approve extra compensation: Danielle Linguanti, business teacher at a salary of $82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Linguanti will be teaching an extra class every day for the first semester only.

Approve extra compensation: Marissa Kennedy, special education teacher at a salary of
$82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Kennedy will be teaching an extra class every other day, due to the increase in the number of AIS students.

Approve extra compensation: Michael LaMonica, grade 8 teacher at a salary of $82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. LaMonica will be teaching an extra class every other day, due to the increase in the number of Earth Science students.

Approve increase in step: Mary Adams, special education teacher, at a salary of $84,295 (MA-30 Step 12 on GTA salary schedule) effective July 1, 2018. After reviewing her file, she was hired at the wrong step. She is moving from Master’s step 9 to Master’s step 12.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that the Board President is hereby authorized to execute an Addendum Agreement dated August 6, 2018, to the Contract for the Superintendent of Schools, a copy of which agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Judy Green, that the Board of Education hereby approves the proposal from LAN Associates Engineering, Planning, Architecture, Surveying, LLP (“LAN”), dated July 25, 2018, to provide architectural and engineering services relating to repair and replacement of the domestic water supply piping at C.J. Hooker Middle School, on an hourly basis according to the hourly rate schedule effective July 1, 2018 and approved at the June 19, 2018 Board Meeting, at a cost not to exceed
$22,000 for services related to the immediate repair and $11,000 for services related to the piping replacement; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board authorizes the Board President to execute the proposal letter. A copy of the said letter shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel,
WHEREAS, on July 26, 2018, YSG Solar (“Developer”), notified the Goshen Central School District (“District”) that it intends to construct a solar energy system on real property located within the District in accordance with Real Property Tax Law § 487, and

WHEREAS, the statute provides the Developer with a 15-year tax exemption on any increase to the value of the real estate on which the solar energy system is constructed; and

WHEREAS, the statute requires the District to notify the Developer if the District intends to request that the Developer enter into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (“PILOT”) agreement within 60 days of receipt of the notification (“District”); and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education intends to request such a PILOT.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education intends to request that the Developer enter into a PILOT agreement in accordance with Real Property Tax Law § 487; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Superintendent of Schools and such other employees and agents of the District are directed to undertake and complete all acts as required to effect the purposes of this resolution; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall take effect immediately. 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 enters into an Agreement with Goshen Football Touchdown Club to provide football chain crew (3adults) at the rate of $73.28 per person, per game for a total not to exceed $1,538.88 for the fall 2018 football season.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Board President and Superintendent of Schools to execute the 2017- 18 APPR Implementation Certification Form for its Annual Professional Performance Review for classroom teachers and building principals covered pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-d and Subpart 30-3 of the Rules of the Board of Regents.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the budgetary transfer dated August 1, 2018, in the amount of $150,000, to cover costs associated with the leave replacement position at Goshen High School.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, the Board of Education approves Jason Pucci attending the New York State School Boards Association (NYSSBA) Annual Convention in New York City from October 25-27, 2018.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Order reduction relevant to Hauser Brothers Plumbing, Inc. contract:

07/20/18 PC CO-01 Value Engineering – Change to Relative to
Cast Iron Piping $10,000

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The following resolution was added as a result of the earlier capital project update:

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Order increase relevant to Benard Associates, Inc.’s General Construction contract:

08/06/18 GC CO-04 Rock Removal in GHS Auditorium-at a cost
not to exceed $220,125

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor. There were no questions or issues.
There were no additional board member questions or issues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:42 p.m. on a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending. Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell District Clerk