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Board minutes for January 8, 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, January 8, 2018 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
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 Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the
meeting of December 18, 2017.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for October 2017 was acknowledged under Financial Update.
The board received the following correspondence: NYSSBA Area 9 Director December
Newsletter; Orange-Ulster BOCES letter appointing Martha Bogart as their liaison to our
Board; Glen Arden commending our Music Department’s performance at their holiday
party; and various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

At 7:32 p.m., on a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Thomas Mullane the Board
entered Executive Session, with the intent to return, for the purpose of employment history
of a particular person.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

At 7:52 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci the Board
closed the Executive Session to reconvene the regular meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

There was no President’s Report.

Mrs. Bogart discussed some issues from Governor Cuomo’s State of the State Address.
One item is adopting a 5-point plan to ensure no student goes hungry. A provision of the
plan includes a ban on school lunch shaming for any student who cannot afford lunch
including a ban on the provision of alternative lunches for students who cannot pay. Mrs.
Bogart noted that the district has been proactive on this issue by recently revising the food
service policy to address shaming, ensuring it does not happen in our district.

Mr. Miller noted that Gov. Cuomo signed an executive order suspending the state law
prohibiting prepaying of property taxes. This order was in response to the new federal tax
law that puts a $10,000 cap on state and local income, sales and property taxes. Gov.
Cuomo’s executive order and changes to the new federal tax codes have created a lot of
confusion for our school district taxpayers. Many were under the impression that they
would be able to prepay the 2018 school taxes. The 2018 school taxes would not be
allowed to be collected in 2017, as our budget is not completed, nor approved by voters.
This will not occur until May 2018.

Mr. Connor noted that Mr. Carter was slated to give a presentation tonight on Goshen
Intermediate School initiatives. Due to the forecast of inclement weather tonight, his
presentation will be postponed.

Mr. Connor updated the Board on the latest regarding APPR. There is presently a
moratorium on using growth scores based on state tests for teacher and principal
evaluation. This moratorium is set to expire at the start of the 2019-2020 school year.
NYSUT and NYSCOSS would like to make changes to the Board of Regents. NYSUT is
lobbying to go back to the old system of APPR, which would be locally negotiated
evaluations. A change back may be difficult at this point.

Mr. Miller reported that Cooper & Arias has provided their cost proposal for their focused
audit on controls over non-payroll cash disbursements and reimbursements for meals and
other employee expenses. This audit will take place in February. The proposal for both
items does fall within our budgeted amount for the specialized audit. Approval of the
proposal is slated for later in the meeting.

Mr. Miller discussed the 2018-2019 budget. He mentioned that next week, Central Office
will begin meeting with administrators for upcoming budget presentations. The first round
of presentations is scheduled for Monday, February 5, 2018 by the Buildings & Grounds,
Technology, Athletics and Transportation Departments. It is still a fluid process. Mr.
Miller informed the Board there are still some information not available to us that will
affect the budget: state aid numbers, Consumer Price Index (CPI), and OU BOCES Health
Plan rates. The health plan will have a meeting at the end of January to set the rate. Mr.
Connor noted that early indications are the rate may be better than in the past, possibly in
the 7% range. Mr. Miller has been trying to gather information on the LEGOLAND and
Amy’s Kitchen PILOTS to work those figures into his financial calculations.

Mrs. Green noted that OU BOCES Health Plan’s choice last year to switch to CVS
Caremark as the pharmaceutical provider, as a means of savings on pharmaceutical costs,
has resulted in financial losses to local pharmacies. This may force some to go out of
business.

Dr. Kotes did not have any items to discuss.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel,
BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools,
the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Shelly Dewitt, school bus monitor,
effective January 26, 2018. Ms. Dewitt has been with the District for 28 years.
BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools,
the Board of Education approves the remainder of the Consent Agenda as presented.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Approve resignation: Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke, Evening High School English 12
teacher, effective December 31, 2017.
Approve childcare leave of absence: Danielle Linguanti, business teacher, is requesting a
childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
approximately March 20, 2018 through on or about June 8, 2018.
Approve medical leave of absence: William Smith, computer maintenance specialist, is
requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible,
effective November 28, 2017 through on or about December 19, 2017.
Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke, English
teacher, is requesting an extension of her medical leave of absence under the Family
Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective December 31, 2017 through on or about June 30,
2018.
Approve extension of intermittent medical leave of absence: Maria Philips, cook manager,
is requesting an extension of her intermittent medical leave of absence under the Family
Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective January 17, 2018 through on or about February
28, 2018, as needed. This leave conforms to the Family Medical Leave Act requirements.
Approve change of appointment: Jennifer Viscardo, from long-term substitute teacher to
leave replacement teacher, at a salary of $61,569 prorated (MA-3 on GTA salary
schedule), effective November 13, 2017 to on or about June 30, 2018. She has Permanent
English 7-12 certification. Ms. Viscardo is filling the medical leave of absence for Patricia
McCaffrey-Bjorke.

Approve appointment: Lora Lindsey, long-term substitute social worker, at a salary of
$288.78 per diem (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective January 29, 2018 to on or
about April 3, 2018, or until social worker returns. She has Provisional School Social
Worker certification. Ms. Lindsey is filling the medical leave of absence for Katherine
Shaffer.
Approve appointment: Jennifer Williams, special education teacher aide (probationary), at
a salary of $13.60/hr., for 5 3⁄4 hours/day, effective January 9, 2018. In accordance with
Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52
weeks, effective January 9, 2018. Ms. Williams is a substitute aide with the District. She is
replacing Ann Brosnan.
Approve appointment: Catalina Caizaluisa, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of
$13.60/hr. for 5 3⁄4 hrs. /day effective January 2, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service
Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective
January 2, 2018. Ms. Caizaluisa was a substitute teacher aide and long-term leave
replacement teacher aide with the District. She is replacing Gina Martin.
Approve appointment: Humaira Zeb, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr.
for 5 3⁄4 hrs. /day effective January 2, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this
appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective January 2,
2018. Ms. Zeb is a substitute teacher aide with the District. She is filling one of the two
positions created at the November 6, 2017 meeting.
Approve appointment: Nicole McKernan, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of
$13.60/hr. for 5 3⁄4 hrs. /day effective January 2, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service
Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective
January 2, 2018. Ms. McKernan is a substitute teacher aide with the District. She is filling
one of the two positions created at the November 6, 2017 meeting.
Approve appointment: Jennifer Walsh, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as
needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective January 9, 2018. She has an Initial
Early Childhood (K-2) and Initial Childhood Education (1-6) certifications.
Approve appointment: Lora Lindsey, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as
needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective January 29, 2018. She has Provisional
School Social Worker certification.
Approve appointment: Colleen Swales, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of
$20.11/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective January 9, 2018.
Approve appointment: Melvin Bechard, substitute head maintenance worker, at a salary of
$40.00/hr., as needed, effective January 2, 2018. Mr. Bechard is retired from the district as
head maintenance worker and possesses highly specialized skills and knowledge.
Approve appointment: Kristin Green, Evening High School English 12 teacher, at a salary
of $44.46/hr. for 3.5 hours per evening, effective January 2, 2018 to June 30, 2018. She is
replacing Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke.
Approve appointment: Ashley Cunningham, school psychologist for summer PPS IEP
work, effective July 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017, at a salary of $50.62/hr., not to
exceed 5 hours.
Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.
Mr. Connor introduced Jennifer Viscardo to the Board. She is the leave replacement for
Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke who is on a medical leave of absence.

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On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, the Board of Education
approves the Superintendent of Schools attending the New York State Council of School
Superintendents Annual Winter Institute and Lobby Day in Albany, New York from
March 4-6, 2018.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, the Board of Education
authorizes the use of the District credit card by Superintendent of Schools, Daniel Connor,
at the New York State Council of School Annual Winter Institute and Lobby Day in
Albany, New York from March 4-6, 2018.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of
the Superintendent of Schools the Board of Education approves the proposal dated
December 19, 2017 from Cooper Arias, LLP for Internal Audit –Monitoring/Testing as
presented.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that the Board of
Education authorizes its attorneys, Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, LLP to execute a
Consent Order in a tax certiorari proceeding captioned 70 Hatfield Lane. v. Town of
Goshen and Goshen CSD.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci 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 Quick Realty Inc. v. Town of Wallkill
and Goshen CSD, and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board authorizes the
refund of taxes as required by the terms of the Consent Judgment.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that the Board authorizes
the Board President to execute a Settlement Agreement and Mutual Releases,
dated January 8, 2018, between the School District and ArtistDefense, Inc., as presented to
the Board at this meeting, for the School District’s use of a MasterFile image without a
license therefore, for the amount of $865.00. A copy of said Settlement Agreement and
Mutual Releases is incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Resolution added to the meeting, not on the agenda:

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci, that the Board of
Education accepts the retirement of Robert Miller, Assistant Superintendent for Business,
effective April 1, 2018. Mr. Miller has been with the District for 11 years. AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The Board thanked Mr. Miller for all the work he has done throughout the years on behalf
of the district and wished him well during his retirement.

There were no Board Member issues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:17 p.m. on a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by
Michael Lorenzo.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk