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Board Minutes for December 3, 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 03, 2018.

Mr. Jason Pucci, President

Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President

Mrs. Martha Bogart

Mrs. Judy Green (7:20 p.m.)

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
Mr. Thomas Heinzelman (Interim), Mr. Matthew Wentworth
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
Elementary Coordinator
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS
Director of Transportation
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel
Student Senate Representative
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mr. Jason Pucci at 7:13 p.m.

At 7:14 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel the Board entered Executive Session, with the intent to return, for the purpose of employment history of particular person.

AYES-6          NAYS-0           Motion carried.

At 7:25 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte the Board closed the Executive Session to reconvene the regular meeting.

AYES-7          NAYS-0           Motion carried.

At 7:26 p.m., Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.

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 November 19, 2018.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

There were no comments or questions.

Mr. Pucci spoke about his attendance at the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. He also toured the high school capital project and noted it is progressing nicely. Mr. Arturi from Triton Construction will be giving an update later in the meeting.

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

Officers of the Scotchtown Avenue School PTO, Goshen Intermediate School PTO and C.J. Hooker Middle School PTO were in attendance. The Board thanked the PTOs for their important contributions that bring so many great activities and programs to our schools’ teachers, students, and families. Mr. Connor presented each PTO with a plaque as a token of the Board’s appreciation of their hard work on behalf of the District and children.

Mr. O’Brien and Mr. Connor presented certificates of recognition to the girls swim coach, captains and members of the girls 200-medley relay team for their accomplishments during the fall 2018 season:

×          County/divisional 1st place in the 200 Medley Relay.

×          The program is just 5 years old and has made tremendous strides, placing 3rd overall in the division.

×          Emma Melley competing at the NYS Championships.

The president of the booster club thanked the Board for supporting the swim program.

On November 27, the National Honor Society held their induction ceremony. Mr. Heinzelman noted that 71 students were inducted.

Frank Arturi from Triton Construction joined the Board to give an update on the capital project. Most aspects of the project are on schedule or slightly ahead of schedule with the exception of auditorium renovations, due to the unforeseen rock removal in developing the orchestra pit. Mr. Arturi showed recent photos of the capital project work. The project included $1.92M of contingency. After allotting monies for “B” list items the Board decided to proceed with, roughly $1.0M remains in contingency. Two change orders for summer IT project work totaling $55.8 K ($26K at GIS and $29.8K at CJH) were discussed that would be on the next Board Meeting for approval. The additional expenses were related to:

×          Existing conduit that was to be used to pull new data wiring was already 100% filled and could not accept any more wiring. New conduit had to be installed for new data cables.

×          Existing camera locations were not shown on the drawings resulting in additional data cabling to those cameras. In addition, some cameras were added after bid drawings were issued.

×          New power pole and data drops were requested by Jim Sterett to computer room to avoid additional abatement costs.

Ms. Lynch noted that most contracts have an allowance, but our capital project contracts do not have allowance in them.

Ms. Lynch informed the Board that preliminary 2019-2020 budget discussions have begun.

Mr. Carter reported that Jon Redeker and Karen Kropp are currently attending Project Lead the Way training to earn their teaching credentials for training other teachers in the program.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Thomas Mullane, 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:  Lorie Brennan, food service helper, effective October 17, 2018.

Approve medical leave of absence: Ellen Dickinson, music teacher, 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 23, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Aleith Thompson, school bus monitor, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately November 26, 2018 through on or about January 7, 2019.

Approve unpaid leave of absence: June Chiusano, special education teacher aide, is requesting an unpaid leave of absence, effective December 14, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Sarah Rosa, .78 ENL teacher at a salary of $74,463 (prorated to $58,081.14, MA-9 on GTA salary schedule) prorated effective December 6, 2018.  She is currently a .6 ENL teacher with the District. Ms. Rosa is filling the .78 ENL teacher position created at the November 5, 2018 meeting.

Approve appointment:  Anthony Rodriguez, custodial worker (probationary), at a salary of $32,995 (prorated, pending CSEA negotiations), (Step A of the CSEA salary schedule) effective December 21, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective December 21, 2018. He has been a substitute custodial worker with the District and has demonstrated the requisite skills and aptitude. Mr. Rodriguez is replacing Belinda Hunter.

Approve appointment: Candy Arnott, school bus driver (probationary), at a salary of $21.33/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), for 5 ¼ hours/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 driver with the District. Ms. Arnott is replacing Mary Lake.

Approve appointment:  Nicole Dagele, long-term substitute elementary teacher, at a salary of $266.27/diem (BA-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 extra compensation: Joseph Condello, science teacher, at a salary of $82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Mr. Condello will be teaching one extra class every 6 days in a 6-day cycle rotation.


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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 bid award to MDS HVACR, Inc. in the amount of $95.00/hr. with an overtime rate of $142.50/hr., Holiday rate of $142.50/hr., travel charge of $25.00 per call and 15% mark up on parts effective December 16, 2018 through December 15, 2019.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

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

Thomas Heinzelman

AYES-7            NAYS-0                    Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane 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 Landscape Unlimited, Inc.’s site contract:

SC CO-06
Additional Track Lanes (on the stretch)

AYES-7            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 approves the following Change Order relevant to Ashley Mechanical, Inc.’s HVAC contract:

MC CO-05
Raising Field House Ductwork

AYES-7            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

Topics discussed included:

×          Food allergies and reminder of recommendations from the Food Allergy Committee in 2016, which aimed to mitigate risks yet, still allowed for holiday celebrations.

×          Anti-bullying initiatives at the high school and throughout district. Mr. Connor noted assemblies and other anti-bullying programs are a top priority throughout the District. Mr. Wentworth and Mr. Roddey spoke about the initiatives at Goshen Intermediate School and Goshen High School.

×          Capital project change orders as they relate to latent conditions and use of contingency monies were discussed. Mr. Connor mentioned that voters approve the scope of a project. Contingency monies are set aside in case there are latent/ unforeseen issues as the project progresses. Mr. Pucci noted that we had a second proposition to add additional capital reserve money to the project since we thought we may be short to complete the scope of work. The Board also made a “B” list of scope items that they would hold off on in case money was tight. The Board’s intent is not to spend all contingency money unnecessarily. If there is money left over it will go to reducing bond borrowing. Mr. Connor added that savings from one project cannot be used to address other work that may be needed in other areas of the District as voters, by law, determine the scope of work.

×          In early November, two teachers at Scotchtown Avenue School reported a stale odor in their classrooms (17 and 76) to building administrators. The Orange-Ulster BOCES Health/Safety and Risk Management team was contacted and performed an indoor air quality test. The district received the indoor air quality test results, which indicated that both classrooms are safe for occupancy by students and staff. LAN Associates conducted an additional inspection where no signs of mold in the wall or carpet tile in both rooms were observed. LAN Associates inspected the crawlspace under classroom 17, where some mild condensation was observed. A plan was submitted by LAN Associates to the Board of Education to add ventilation and insulation to prevent condensation in the crawlspace.  Students will remain in an alternate location until the matter is rectified. In addition, rugs may be replaced if necessary. Classroom 76 does not have a crawlspace beneath it. Mr. Connor noted that individuals may have different levels of sensitivities and the District wants to be respectful to our employees’ sensitivities.

×          The District was commended on how the recent student threat to the Goshen High School was handled.  The threat was seen on social media by a parent who reported it to the police. The Goshen Police Department immediately investigated and the student was arrested. The police determined that there was no threat to the high school and did not believe that the student intended to carry out the threat. Mr. Connor thanked the parent who brought the information to the District’s attention and the quick actions by our local police. The safety of our students and employees is always our number one priority.

×          IT portion of capital project and its effect on cell phone service in the buildings was discussed. Mr. Riley mentioned the new phone system will be in all classrooms. Mr. Lorenzo mentioned that Wi-Fi calling over wireless services may be available by an individual’s phone carrier.

There were no Board Member issues.

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