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Board Minutes for December 17, 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, December 17, 2018.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
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
Assistant Principals: Mr. Kyle Roddey, Ms. Heather Carman
Elementary Coordinator
Absent
Director of Facilities III
Absent
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Absent
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS
Ms. Marlene Gaynor
Director of Transportation
Ms. Donna Post
Assistant Director 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 C.J. Hooker Select Chorus and Harmony Chorus performed prior to the Board Meeting under the guidance of Pam Murphy, music teacher a CJH. They caroled in the village starting at 6:45 p.m. and ended in our boardroom at 7:15 p.m., putting everyone in the holiday spirit.

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.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of December 3, 2018.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: legal review from Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLC. and various newspaper articles.

Dr. Rolon introduced and highlighted the educational background and extra-curricular activities of Pamela Murphy. Dr. Rolon described how Ms. Murphy’s vision has revitalized the music program at C.J. Hooker Middle School. The District has grown because of all her accomplishments. She is an asset to our music program. Dr. Rolon was proud and pleased to recommend Pamela Murphy to the Board of Education for tenure.

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 tenure appointment of Pamela Murphy in the tenure area of Music effective January 20, 2019.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Patrick Longo, Member Relations Manager at New York School Boards Association (NYSSBA) and John Redman, NYSSBA Area 9 Director joined the Board in recognizing Judy Green for 20 years of service to the Board of Education and Martha Bogart for 35 years of service. During their years on the Board, both have held the office of Vice-President and President. Each were presented with plaques made by Joe Fedor, visual arts teacher at Goshen High School, as a show of appreciation for their commitment to our community and schools.

Mr. Pucci called a brief recess at 7:52 p.m. to allow those present to congratulate Pam Murphy on being a newly tenured employee, as well as Martha Bogart and Judy Green on their Board service milestones.

The meeting reconvened at 8:08 p.m.

Mr. Pucci mentioned that he recently attended a meeting with Mr. Connor and Phil Royle, development director for LEGOLAND. He noted that it was a productive meeting with both groups agreeing to provide mutual support in attaining student and community goals.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

There were no comments or questions.

Mrs. Bogart did not have any legislative or Orange County School Boards Association updates.

On December 11, a presentation called “Hidden Mischief” was held in the GHS library, in partnership with The Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Council of Orange. The program highlighted a simulated teen “bedroom” which had a number of hidden drug/alcohol paraphernalia, to help alert parents to types of items used by young people today. Mr. Heinzelman and Mr. Roddey spoke with 26 groups of parents that night in a proactive approach to addressing the vaping, substance and alcohol abuse that is consuming not just our youth, but society as a whole. Mr. Heinzelman noted that Mr. O’Brien is working on including many of the items discussed at the presentation into the high school health curriculum. On January 17, 2019, there will be another presentation, hosted by New York State Trooper Esther Suarez, which will discuss with parents issues relating to social media, cyberbullying and drug awareness. Mrs. Bogart commented that there needs to be a continued collaborative approach between schools, parents and the community to combat these issues.

This was Donna Post’s last Board Meeting, as she will be retiring after 12 years with the District at the end of the month. On behalf of the Board, Mr. Connor presented Ms. Post with a plaque to recognized her for her outstanding professionalism, high expectations and leadership, which have made a significant impact on the lives of our students and the Goshen community. Ms. Post thanked the Board and Mr. Connor for their support of students and programs. She enjoyed working for the District.

Ms. Lynch mentioned that Frank Arturi from Triton Construction would be at the January 7 Board Meeting to discuss the status of the capital project and some additional change orders related to it.

Mr. Carter reviewed the district’s Professional Development Plan with the board. Minor changes have been made. It is ready for the board’s re-adoption later in the meeting.

Mr. Carter noted that the state approved our APPR Hardship Waiver from the requirement for a second observation/school visit by an impartial independent evaluator. The waiver can be submitted to the state if a district finds this requirement creates an undue burden on them. We will use lead evaluators in the district for observations instead of hiring an independent evaluator.

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-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Accept resignation:  Jean Schuppe, teacher aide, effective January 2, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Carlos Perez, custodial worker, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately November 29, 2018 through on or about December 31, 2018.

Approve medical leave of absence: Nancy Ellefsen, school nurse, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately January 2, 2019 through on or about January 29, 2019.

Approve childcare leave of absence: Justine Zani, special education teacher, is requesting a childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately April 23, 2019 through on or about June 10, 2019.

Approve unpaid leave of absence: Michelle Serna, teacher aide, is requesting an unpaid leave of absence, effective December 10, 2018 through December 10, 2019 to accept the probationary internal auditor position.

Approve appointment: Michelle Serna, internal claims auditor (probationary), at a salary of $42,000 (prorated) effective December 10, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective December 10, 2018. Duties will include: internal claims auditing, district registration, and Central Office clerical. The internal claims auditor position was increased to full time/exempt status at the November 5, 2018 BOE meeting. An account clerk typist position that was abolished in the Business Office offset the increase in hours of this position. Ms. Serna is replacing Christine Fini.

Approve appointment: Jhumur Hazari, food service helper (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), for 3 hours per day, effective December 18, 2018.  In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective December 18, 2018. She is a substitute food service helper with the District. Ms. Hazari is replacing Lori Brennan.

Approve appointment:  Sabrina Easton, boys & girls assistant ski coach, under Schedule B – A 0.7, at a stipend of $3,113.00, effective November 5, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Michael Antonelli, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective December 18, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. He has Permanent Music and Permanent School District Administrator certifications.

Approve appointment: Michael Antonelli, long-term substitute music teacher, at a salary of $294.55 per diem (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective approximately January 2, 2019 to on or about January 23, 2019, or until music teacher returns. He has Permanent Music and Permanent School District Administrator certifications. Mr. Antonelli is filling the medical leave of absence for Ellen Dickinson.

Approve appointment:  John Haeberle, long-term substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $15.85/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), for 7 hours per day, effective November 29, 2018 to on or about December 31, 2018 or until custodial worker returns. He is currently a substitute custodial worker with the District. Mr. Haeberle has been filling the extended medical leave of absence for Carlos Perez.

Approve appointment:  Thomas P. Giordano, substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $10.40/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective December 18, 2018.

Approve appointment:  Thomas P. Giordano, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective December 18, 2018.

Approve appointment:  Isabel Laufer, tutor, at a salary of $33.00/hr., as needed, effective December 18, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Lorraine Gallagher, tutor, at a salary of $33.00/hr., as needed, effective December 6, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Gallagher meets the requirements to provide educational assistance to students who are unable to attend school.

Approve amending appointment:  Nicole Dagele, long-term substitute elementary teacher, at a salary of $294.55/diem (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective approximately December 4, 2018 to January 4, 2019 or until teacher returns. She has Provisional School Counselor certification. Ms. Dagele is filling the medical leave of absence for Candice Shera.

Approve amending appointment:  Carmella Moore, long-term substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $13.60/hour, effective September 1, 2018 to February 19, 2019 or until teacher aide returns. She was incorrectly approved as a teacher aide leave replacement at the September 4, 2018 BOE meeting.

Approve decrease in hours: MaryEllen Devito, reduction in hours from 8 hours/day to 6 hours/day, effective December 31, 2018, due to the responsibilities as registrar being moved from her duties to the internal auditor position. Salary will be prorated and adjusted accordingly as per the CSEA Agreement.

Approve extra compensation: Joseph LeBlanc, science teacher, at a salary of $82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. LeBlanc will be teaching one extra class every 6 days in a 6-day cycle rotation.

CSE/CPSE

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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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Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
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Committee on Special Education
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On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Martha Bogart, 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:

11/07/18
EC CO-05
Additional Time & Material Summer Work
$15,283

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Judy Green, 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 relevant to the IT/Cabling portion of the capital project:

11/07/18
EC CO-02
Additional cameras, speaker & data drops (GIS & CJH)
$15,283

AYES-7            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 approves the re-adoption of the District Comprehensive/Professional Development Plan as presented.

AYES-7            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the donation of $500.00 from M & T Bank specifically for Science Olympiad supplies.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves increasing the 2018-2019 budget by a total of $500.00 to support the expenditures associated with C.J. Hooker Middle School’s supplies for Science Olympiad.

Appropriations Total $500.00

MS Supplies     A2110-45-2-42

Revenues Total $500.00

Donations        A2705

AYES-7            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 approves the budgetary transfer dated December 10, 2018, in the amount of $68,000, to cover maintenance fees for a residential special education student.

AYES-7            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 Matthew O’Brien as an additional DASA designee at Goshen High School. There is no stipend for this position.

AYES-7            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A student inquired about why the District had taken away the ability of students to use cell phone service in the schools. Jim Sterett responded that our infrastructure could not handle the level of service needed for both student use and educational program use. Educational program use was being negatively impacted. Mr. Lorenzo mentioned that with improvements to our IT infrastructure as part of the capital project, the administration would be looking to provide a guest wireless access for students. If a student’s individual phone carrier allows for Wi-Fi calling over wireless services, a student may be able to access cell service.

The student followed up by asking if the Board of Education would consider a cell tower on the property. Mr. Lorenzo stated that there are many regulations and tax implications involved which make it a difficult option. Mr. Pucci stated that the Board is not considering a cell tower at this point in time.

A community member commended Ms. Post for her work through the years in the District.

Some suggestions were made regarding the vaping issue such as involving the county health department, reaching out to parents of elementary students, and possible changes to board policies. Mr. Heinzelman noted that administrators are working on K-12 initiatives for both community programs and additions to curricula to address this community issue. Once completed, it will be brought to the Board for approval. Mr. Cassel noted that the vaping issue is not just a school issue, but also a community issue.

Judy Green and Martha Bogart thanked the Board for their kind words earlier during the recognition of their board service. Both stated that it is an honor & privilege to be a part of our District.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:32 p.m. on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk