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Board Minutes for December 4, 2017

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 4, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Present: Mrs. Judy Green, President
Mr. Jason Pucci, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mr. Jeremy Cassel
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte

Superintendent of Schools Mr. Daniel T. Connor
Assistant Superintendent for Business Mr. Robert Miller
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology Dr. Kurtis Kotes

Principals: Mr. Robert McKiernan, Mr. Jason Carter, Dr. Gregory Voloshin, Assistant Principals: Absent
Elementary Coordinator Mr. Henry Freedman
Director of Facilities III Absent
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Absent
Director of PPS Ms. Heather Hendershot
CSE Chairperson Ms. Marlene Gaynor
Director of Transportation Ms. Donna Post
Director of Personnel Mr. Robert Siracuse
Network Administrator Mr. James Sterett
Student Senate Representative Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mrs. Judy Green at 7:30 p.m.

Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane 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 20, 2017.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for September 2017 was acknowledged under Financial Update.
The board received the following correspondence: Goshen Gladiator Gazette and
various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

There was no President’s Report.

Mrs. Bogart discussed two topics that the New York State School Boards Association is
not in favor of which is included in the tax reform plans presented by Congress:

  • The proposed tax reform plans may eliminate or change the federal tax deduction
    for state and local taxes (SALT). Elimination of the SALT deduction could put
    incredible pressure on school district budgets. If individual federal tax liability
    goes up, as is anticipated for many if this plan is adopted, taxpayers may look for
    relief at the local level. At the same time, estimated reductions in taxes for
    corporations and the highest earning individuals would result in an overall loss in
    federal tax revenue. This will leave less funding available for school districts and
    other federally funded programs.
  • 529 Plans – the new tax reform plan would allow taxpayers to save up to $10,000 a
    year tax free for tuition at nonpublic and parochial K-12 schools. At a time when
    school districts are struggling to find the resources to provide all students with the
    programs and services they are entitled to, NYSSBA is not in favor of the
    government reducing its financial capability to properly fund public school
    districts by enacting policies and programs that support nonpublic schools.
    Mrs. Bogart also discussed the recent trend of refinancing bonds by some districts to save
    on debt payments. She asked Mr. Miller if this was possible for our district. He replied that
    both outstanding bonds are coming due within the next two years, so refinancing would
    not give us a savings. In addition, they are not callable bonds.

Mr. Connor discussed a recent article pertaining to a coalition of state education
organizations calling on the New York Legislature and Governor Cuomo to increase state
aid by $2 billion in the 2018-2019 state budget. This increase would assist with various
needs including aid to struggling schools, investment in professional development, and the
strengthening of college & career pathways for students.

Matt Milnamow from LAN Associates joined the board to give an update on the capital
project.

  • Architectural review has begun in November ahead of schedule. The comments
    were routine and normal. One of the code review comments may be more
    significant as it will require a variance from the Department of State. A variance
    is required to exceed the maximum opening width provided in a firewall where the
    proposed addition adjoins the existing building with the connecting corridors. The
    width of the door openings must provide adequate clearance to provide adequate
    egress capacity. The clear opening required to provide adequate egress capacity
    should not exceed 25% of the length of the firewall according to code. NYSED
    commented that the portion of firewall wrapping around the existing walls, as
    designed, is not to be used in the 25% maximum calculation. Therefore, the
    designed length of our door openings exceeds the maximum opening (40%) and
    therefore requires a variance. LAN has received information that this is a routine
    variance with older buildings. Obtaining the variance could take 2-3 weeks, and if
    granted, obtaining the variance should not affect the overall schedule of the
    project. The variance was submitted to the state today.
  • Mr. Milnamow reached out to the NYSED to set up an appointment to meet with
    the project manager in charge of our project, in hopes of speeding up the project’s
    engineering review process. Meeting with NYSED would not change our project’s
    place in the queue for review, but would aid in shorting the review process itself.
    Mr. Milnamow found out when he scheduled an appointment, that the engineering
    review is slated to begin at the end of February. This is a month longer than the
    original January estimate. This would put us going out to bid in the mid-April
    period, after the optimal bid period of March, thus resulting in the possibility of
    higher bid results.
  • Triton had projected preliminary cost estimates based on 50% project designs,
    which resulted in cost overrun (above $30 million project approved by voters –
    LAN’s estimate of project cost) They did a second cost estimate based on 90-
    100% design drawings reducing cost overrun to approximately $2.5-$3 million.
    Both LAN and Triton are confident in their respective cost estimates. Mr.
    Milnamow believes the outcome of the bidding process may find that the true costs
    lies somewhere between LAN’s and Triton’s figures. Mr. Milnamow suggested the
    board consider some alternates for the project.
  • LAN and the district will be meeting shortly to discuss to start the conversation
    about logistics for contractors, teacher, and student parking, etc.

Mr. Lorenzo inquired why there might be increase in bidding costs. Mr. Milnamow stated
that in the construction cycle, bids typical come in lower in the December-March period as
companies are starting to try to obtain jobs for the coming construction season. After
March, bids typically are higher. Mr. Lorenzo asked if it would be better to wait and bid
next year during the optimal period. Mr. Milnamow responded that the cost of labor and
materials would naturally increase over the cost of a year, so there would be no advantage
to waiting.

Mr. Pucci inquired if there is a chronological order that the project must follow. Mr.
Milnamow stated that site work needs to be completed first. The work in summer 2019
needs to be on target to cause the least disturbance to students and building staff.
The board thanked Mr. Milnamow for his update.

Mr. Miller reported that Cooper & Arias would be in-house this week to perform their
internal audit. Mr. Miller provided a list of topics to the Audit Committee as suggestions
that Cooper & Arias can perform during their focused internal audit in February 2018. He
asked the Audit Committee to provide their suggestion by the next board meeting.

Mr. Miller informed the board that there has been an increased interest in the desire of
purchasing supplies through Amazon. There have been many instances where Amazon was
less expensive than other suppliers. In the interest of trying to procure items at the lowest
cost, Mr. Miller is looking into options with Amazon. As a normal course of business,
Amazon does not accept purchase orders, which means purchases would have to be on the district credit card, not the best option. He did find that Amazon does have a business line-of-credit program, which would accept purchase orders. Mr. Miller asked the board if a line-of-credit is an option he should continue to investigate. They felt he should. Mr. Pucci inquired about what amount of line-of-credit Mr. Miller was considering. Mr. Miller is contemplating $7,000.

Dr. Kotes reviewed the district’s Professional Development Plan with the board. Minor
changes had been made. It is ready for the board’s readoption later in the meeting.
Mr. Freedman joined the board to discuss professional development opportunities
regarding the new Math in Focus program that teachers had available to them during
Professional Development Day on November 7. Teachers worked on the scope and
sequence of the new math curriculum. Scope refers to the depth and breadth of the content
to be taught at a specific grade level and the development of the content across grade
levels. Sequence is the order in which the content should be taught for the best learning
within a grade. Through professional development, the district will continue the vertical
articulation of this program, which is set for full implementation in September 2018.
On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the Consent Agenda as
presented.

Mrs. Green noted there a few positions being created on the consent agenda. We have
previously discussed the girls and boys freshman basketball positions. There has been a
great increase in the number of students in the middle school and freshman expressing
their desire to play basketball. The creation of the two freshman basketball coaching
positions will allow many of these children to participate.

Mr. Siracuse discussed a specific Civil Service’s requirement for competitive positions. If
a leave of absence is granted for more than a few weeks, but less than 90 days, a temporary
position must be created for that employee’s position. We can then appoint an in-house
employee to fill that leave of absence. If it is expected that the competitive employee will
be out longer than 90 days, we still need to create the temporary position, but we must hire
someone off the civil service test to fill the leave of absence. This requirement is not
applicable to non-competitive positions.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Approve resignation: Ann M. Brosnan, teacher aide, effective December 11, 2017.
Approve resignation: Paul Bennis, history club advisor at C.J. Hooker Middle School,
effective December 5, 2017.
Approve intermittent medical leave of absence: Cathy Kloorfain, Grade 3 teacher, is
requesting an intermittent medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act,
if eligible, effective November 15, 2017 through on or about February 9, 2018, as needed.
This leave conforms to the Family Medical Leave Act requirements.
Approve medical leave of absence: Maria Phillips, cook manager, is requesting a medical
leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective November 29,
2017 through on or about December 13, 2017.
Approve medical leave of absence: Sophie Szarwark, food service helper, is requesting a
medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
November 20, 2017 through on or about December 5, 2017.
Approve medical leave of absence: Carl Grzywaczewski, school bus monitor, is requesting
a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
September 23, 2017 through on or about January 2, 2018.
Approve medical leave of absence: Kenneth Bowen, school bus driver, is requesting a
medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
September 6, 2017 through on or about February 1, 2018.
Approve medical leave of absence: Susan Tucker, school bus driver, is requesting a
medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
November 2, 2017 through on or about December 4, 2017.
Approve medical leave of absence: Marie Coluccio, senior school secretary, is requesting
a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
December 18, 2017 through on or about February 28, 2018.
Approve abolishing position: teacher aide #1538 at Goshen High School, effective
December 19, 2017, to create a student supervisor/teacher aide position. This position is
5.5 hours/day at a salary of $13.60/hr.
Approve creating position: student supervisor/teacher aide at Goshen High School,
effective November 28, 2016. The abolishment of a teacher aide position will help fund
this position. This position is 4.25 hours/day at a salary of $17.08/hr.
Approve creating position: temporary cook manager, to temporary fill the cook manager position while cook manager is on medical leave of absence, at a salary of $25,294
prorated (CSEA Step A) for 7 hours per day, as needed, effective November 28, 2017 to
approximately December 13, 2017, or until cook manager returns.
Approve creating position: freshman girls’ basketball coach
Approve creating position: freshman boys’ basketball coach
At a stipend of GTA Schedule B (.8), effective November 21, 2017, due to an increase in
the amount of students interested in participating in basketball.
Approve change in appointment: Marianne Schneider, freshman girls basketball coach
under Schedule B – D .8 at a stipend of $5,056 effective the 2017/2018 school year. Ms.
Schneider was approved at the 11/06/17 meeting as modified girls’ basketball coach. She
is being appointed to the new freshmen team instead.
Approve change in appointment: Terry McPike, freshman boys basketball coach under
Schedule B – A .8 at a stipend of $3,488 effective the 2017/2018 school year. Mr. McPike
was approved at the 11/06/17 meeting as modified boys’ basketball coach. He is being
appointed to the new freshmen team instead.
Approve appointment: John Tether, modified girls basketball coach under Schedule B – D
.7 at a stipend of $4,424 effective the 2017/2018 school year. Mr. Tether is replacing
Marianne Schneider as modified girls’ basketball coach.
Approve appointment: Thomas Giordano, modified boys basketball coach under Schedule
B – A .7 at a stipend of $3,054 effective the 2017/2018 school year. Mr. Giordano is
replacing Terry McPike as modified boys’ basketball coach.
Approve appointment: Deborah DeRosa, temporary cook manager, at a salary of $140.52
per diem (Schedule A-Step A of the CSEA salary schedule) effective November 29, 2017
to approximately December 13, 2017, or until cook manager returns. Ms. DeRosa is a
food service helper with the District. She has the requisite skills and aptitude for the
position. Ms. DeRosa is filling the medical leave of absence of Maria Phillips.
Approve amending compensation: Andrea McClorey, school tax collector, at a salary of
$53,275 for the 2017-2018 school year; $62,873 for the 2018-2019 school year and
$65,388 for the 2019-2020 school year.
Approve decrease in hours: Norman Tenorio, school bus driver, decrease in hours from 5
1⁄2 hours per day to 5 hours per day, effective November 21, 2017. Decrease in hours is due
to a change in assigned bus route.
Approve increase in hours: Joanne Kich, school bus driver, increase in hours from 5 1⁄4
hours per day to 5 3⁄4 hours per day, effective November 21, 2017. Increase in hours is due
to a change in assigned bus route.
Approve increase in hours: Anne Marie Walker, school bus driver, increase in hours from
5 1⁄4 hours per day to 5 1⁄2 hours per day, effective November 21, 2017. Increase in hours is
due to a change in assigned bus route.
Approve increase in hours: Steven Schaaf, school bus driver, increase in hours from 5
hours per day to 5 1⁄4 hours per day, effective November 21, 2017. Increase in hours is due
to seniority and student need.
Approve increase in hours: Christine Sullivan, school bus driver, increase in hours from 5
hours per day to 5 1⁄4 hours per day, effective November 21, 2017. Increase in hours is due
to seniority and student need.
Approve 2017-2018 compensation for non-bargaining staff: BE IT RESOLVED, that the
Board hereby approves salary increases for non-bargaining staff, as set forth on the
attachment annexed hereto and made a part of this resolution.
Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

 

CSE/CPSE
Committee on Special Education 11/16/17;118958/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 11/16/17;121826/Classified Preschool NS
11/16/17;121756/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 11/15/17;121892/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 11/09/17;119287/Classified
Committee on Special Education 11/28/17;118755/Ineligible
11/15/17; 115912/Classified
11/08/17;120927/Ineligible
11/15/17;115477/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 11/17/17;113407/Classified
11/09/17;120634/Classified
Committee on Special Education 11/16/17;114865/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 11/08/17;115946/Classified
Committee on Special Education 11/06/17;119000/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 10/26/17;121759/Classified Preschool NS
Committee on Special Education 11/15/17;112680/Classified
11/09/17;117278/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 11/09/17;121440/Classified
11/09/17;121554/Classified
Committee on Special Education 11/08/17;121882/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 11/15/17;113283/Classified
Committee on Special Education 11/08/17;121017/Classified
11/09/17;121598/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 11/16/17; 120890/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 11/15/17;121888/Classified
11/15/17;116115/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 11/08/17;114979/Classified
11/08/17;116080/Classified
Committee on Special Education 11/13/17;118491/Exited
Subcommittee on Special Education 11/08/17;121156/Classified
On a motion by Jason Pucci 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 Jason Pucci 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, 2017 through December 15, 2018.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that the Board of
Education hereby designates US Employee Benefits Service Group as insurance broker of
record for life insurance for administrators (Cigna), student accident insurance (Pupil
Benefits & United States Fire Insurance Co.) and Health Insurance (MVP) effective
immediately.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the Terms &
Conditions for Department Directors of the Goshen Central School District effective July
1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Martha Bogart, that the Board President is
hereby authorized to execute an Addendum Agreement dated December 4, 2017, to the
Contract for the Assistant Superintendent for Business, a copy of which agreement shall be
incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Thomas Mullane, that the Board President is
hereby authorized to execute an Addendum Agreement dated December 4, 2017, to the
Contract for the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and
Technology, a copy of which agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the
minutes of this meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Allison Salte, WHEREAS, the Goshen
Central School District has previously adopted a Flexible Benefits Plan for its employees
administered through AFLAC/Wageworks;
BE IT RESOLVED upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools,
the Board of Education readopts the Flexible Benefits Plan Summary Description
approved December 7, 2015 for the new year, the period January 1, 2018 through
December 31, 2018, as presented by AFLAC/Wageworks.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent
of Schools the Board of Education approves effective January 1, 2018 for calendar year
2018 the same service fee schedule with AFLAC/Wageworks which was effective January
1, 2017 and which was approved by the Board of Education at its November 21, 2016
meeting as Aflac/Wageworks has indicated that the fees will remain the same for calendar
year 2018.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas Mullane, WHEREAS the Board of
Education has participated over the years in the NY State Department of Health SSHSP
Medicaid Program; and
WHEREAS the administrative cost of the program has now exceeded the reimbursement
received from the program.
BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools that the
Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District hereby authorizes the Goshen
Central School District to withdraw from the NYS Department of Health SSHSP Medicaid
Program effective January 1, 2018.
(Mr. Pucci inquired if the district withdraws at this point, would we be able to participate
in the program again at a future date. Mr. Miller confirmed that we could.)
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves entering into an
Agreement with ARC of Orange County to provide services for special education students,
effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. A copy of said Agreement shall be
incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the payment of tax
certiorari judgment awarded to Crystal Run Newco LLC, Town of Wallkill (SBL 78-1-87
& 78-1-92) as per the court order entered in the Office of the Clerk of Orange County
Supreme Court on November 2, 2017 served upon the District on November 20, 2017 in
the amount of $5,757.02 for the 2017/2018 school year.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to fund said tax certiorari judgment that the
payment of $5,757.02 be funded from a reduction in the 2017/2018 tax levy (A1001).
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

There were no Board Member issues.

At 8:25 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci, the Board
entered Executive Session, with the intent not to return, for the purpose of employment
histories of a particular person.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

At 9:05 p.m., on a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Martha Bogart the Board
closed the Executive Session.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:06 p.m. on a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by
Jeremy Cassel. AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk