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Board Minutes for July 25, 2018

The reorganizational meeting 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 Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

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 Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology
Mr. Jason Carter
Assistant Superintendent for Business
Ms. Louise Lynch
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Director of Personnel
Mr. Robert Siracuse
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

President Jason Pucci called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.

Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation, remembering the families of football coach Chuck Lappe and a S.S. Seward student, both who had passed away this week.

 

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 July 11, 2018.

AYES-7            NAYS-0           Motion carried.

 

The board received the following correspondence: various newspaper articles. Mr. Pucci opened Privilege of the Floor.

Mr. Pucci did not have any items to discuss. There were no new legislative items to discuss.

Mr. Connor mentioned that Kyle Roddey, new assistant principal at Goshen High School, would be resigning as Goshen Village Mayor, effective mid-September, to devote all his attention to the students of our district.

 

Mr. Connor discussed some initiatives that the district will launch this year:

1.     Distance learning – there are two methods – our students receive the class from another district or our teachers provide a class to other students in other districts. If our teacher were conducting the class, they would receive a stipend. If an outside teacher conducts the course, our district would pay a fee for our students to be included in the course. Mr. Connor is working with Chester and Florida school districts who have expressed an interest in this initiative.

2.     Study skills program in 10th grade – having a faculty member at the middle school who is tasked with reaching out to families of struggling learners, as early as the third week of school, to develop a plan/implement resources to help the child.

3.     Accelerate children in the four core courses beginning in the middle school.

 

Mr. Connor gave a school security update. Chief Watt and Officer Smoulcey will be attending monthly administrative meetings as a means of keeping both the district and the village police apprised of issues and/or security updates. Mr. Connor has been working with Officer Smoulcey on a applying for a grant, which would help aid in paying for a school resource officer or other security items, such as cameras.

 

Ms. Lynch noted that the district is currently working in two fiscal years. We have started the new 2018-2019 fiscal year and are in the process of closing out the 2017-2018 fiscal year. The external auditors will be in-house in a few weeks for their audit of the 2017-2018 fiscal year.

 

Mr. Carter mentioned that the Project Lead the Way modules have been purchased, two per grade level. Training will begin mid to late September by BOCES staff. Department chairs in grades K-6 will receive training and come back to train our other staff. Full launch of the program will occur for the 2019-2020 school year.

Ms. Lynch mentioned that the Goshen High School classroom furniture related to the project have been ordered. She also noted that the technology initiatives have been funded.

With regard to the work to fix the leak to the water supply lines under the CJH auditorium, the asbestos removal work did not need to be bid on, as it is deemed an emergency project. The three quotes the district received came in much lower than anticipated. Abatement work can begin as early as July 30 and will be completed by August 10, well before the opening of school. The short-term repair of the piping will be covered by building aid since it is an emergency situation. The long-term permanent solution of running new lines would require voter approval. This will be a proposition to be presented to voters in May 2019 for the upcoming 2019-2020 school year. Once voter approved, the district will receive aid on the costs involved.

Mr. Carter thanked the staff at Central Office for his smooth transition to his new position. He is looking forward to the future in his new capacity.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, 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: Andrew Schug, Athletic Trainer, effective July 25, 2018. He is resigning to fill a teaching assistant position.

Approve leave of absence: Thomas Hughes, maintenance worker grounds, is requesting an intermittent medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective July 3, 2018 through on or about July 20, 2018.

Approve creating position: 1.0 Teaching Assistant, position added at C.J. Hooker Middle School, based on student academic need, under the direction of building administration, effective September 1, 2018.

Approve creating stipend: End-of-Year Events Coordinator Stipend, this Goshen High School stipend is being created under GTA Schedule B, effective September 1, 2017.

Approve appointment: Andrew Schug, 1.0 teaching assistant at a salary of $53,254 (TA>60 Step 1/Year 1on GTA salary schedule) effective September 1, 2018, with a tenure date of September 1, 2022 in the tenure area of Teaching Assistant, subject to the teaching assistant’ receipt of composite or overall APPR ratings pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either Effective or Highly Effective in at least three of the four years preceding tenure conferral. Mr. Schug has Teaching Assistant Level One certification. He has been the athletic trainer with the District.

Approve appointment: Robert Karchawer, end-of-year events coordinator, under Schedule B – D 1.5, with a stipend of $5,473, effective September 1, 2017.

Approve appointment: Heather Tredt, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, effective September 1, 2018. She has Kindergarten and 1-6 Permanent certifications.

Approve appointment: Heather Tredt, tutor, at a salary of $33.00/hr., as needed, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment: Michelle Serna, summer teacher aide, at a salary of $13.85/hr., as needed, effective August 1, 2018, for summer office help and placement letter mailings, not to exceed 17 hours each. Ms. Serna is currently a teacher aide in the district.

 

Approve appointment:  Catherine Apostolakis, summer teacher aide, at a salary of

$13.60/hr., as needed, effective August 1, 2018, for summer office help and placement letter mailings, not to exceed 17 hours each. Ms. Serna is currently a teacher aide in the district.

 

Approve change in appointment: John Pezzulo, Assistant Varsity Football Coach under Schedule B – D 1.0, with a stipend of $6,448, effective August 13, 2018. He will be replacing Charles Lappe.

 

Approve appointment: Robert Corter, Assistant Junior Varsity Football Coach under Schedule B – A 1.0, with a stipend of $3,558, effective August 13, 2018. He will be replacing John Pezzullo.

 

 

Approve appointment: Mary Kay Jankowski, DASA coordinator designee, effective for the 2018-2019 school year. Due to revised school social worker placements, Ms.

Jankowski will be replacing Lauren Levesque who was appointed to this position at the July 11, 2018 reorganization meeting.

Approve extra compensation: Anna LaRegina, special education teacher at a salary of

$82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. She is currently a special education teacher in the District. Ms. LaRegina will be teaching an extra class every day to meet the needs of the increased number students requiring special education services.

 

Approve extra compensation: Steven Camposeo, special education teacher at a salary of

$82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. He is currently a special education teacher in the District. Mr. Camposeo will be teaching an extra class every day to meet the needs of the increased number students requiring special education services.

Approve increase in hourly rate:  David Medlar, retired substitute custodian, at a salary of

$17.50/hour effective July 26, 2018. He substitutes in all buildings as well as substitutes as district courier.

Approve change in title: Marlene Gaynor, assistant director of Pupil Personnel Services, effective July 1, 2018, according to the Memorandum of Agreement between the Goshen Administrators’ Association and the District dated July 11, 2018.

Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the list of Board Committees for the 2018-2019 school year, as presented.

AYES-7            NAYS-0           Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart 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 Wallkill Realty Partners, LLC., Town of Wallkill (SBL 60-1-99.2) as per the court order entered in the Office of the Clerk of Orange County Supreme Court on July 2, 2018 in the amount of $32,610.45 for the 2016/2017 school year and $56,157.05 for the 2017/2018 school year for a total of

$88,767.50. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to fund said tax certiorari judgment refund that budgetary appropriations for the 2018/2019 school year be increased by $88,767.50 (A1964.4051) and that the $88,767.50 be transferred to the General Fund Budget from the Tax Certiorari Reserve as the offsetting source of revenue.

 

AYES-7            NAYS-0           Motion carried.

 

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas Mullane, 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, 2018 through June 30, 2019.

 

AYES-7            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 enters into an Agreement with Upstate Cerebral Palsy to provide special educational services for students enrolled in the Trade Winds Education Center at Upstate Cerebral Palsy for the school year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. 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 Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte,

WHEREAS, the Village of Goshen (“Village”) and the Goshen Central School District (“School District”) did heretofore, effective as of February 27, 2018, enter into a Memorandum of Understanding (“MOU”) pursuant to which the Village agreed to provide a Village Police Officer, acting as a School Resource Officer (“SRO”), who was present during the respective school days for each of the Goshen Schools identified as follows: Scotchtown Avenue School; Goshen Intermediate School, CJ Hooker Middle School and Goshen Central High School; and

WHEREAS, the term of said Memorandum of Understanding expired on June 22, 2018; and

WHEREAS, the Village and the School District have been negotiating in good faith seeking to reach a new long term Agreement (the “new Agreement”) that will contain mutually satisfactory terms pursuant to which the Village would continue to provide SROs to the said school district buildings on a longer term basis subject to a formal written five (5) year contract between the Village and the School District; and

WHEREAS, as a result of said good faith negotiations, the Village and the School District have agreed upon an outline of the essential material terms to be incorporated into the new Agreement pursuant to which the Village will continue to staff the aforementioned schools with SROs as provided hereinafter,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Village and the School District do agree to enter into a new Agreement, which will contain the following essential material terms:

1.              In addition to the SRO previously working at the Goshen High School, the Village will provide one SRO at each of the following schools: the Scotchtown Avenue School, the Goshen Intermediate School and the CJ Hooker Middle School;

 

2.              The School District shall pay to the Village for the SROs at the Scotchtown Avenue School, the Goshen Intermediate School and the CJ Hooker Middle School a total daily cost of $763.44;

3.              The SRO provided to the Goshen Central High School shall have the rank of Sergeant and the School District agrees to pay 50% of the total compensation package due to said Sergeant during year 1 of the new Agreement, 60% of the total compensation package due to said Sergeant during year 2 of the new Agreement and 70% of the total compensation package due to said Sergeant for the remaining term of the new Agreement;

4.              The School District shall provide an annual monetary payment to the Village during each year of the new Agreement in an amount that will be determined during further negotiations between the parties, prior to the execution of the new Agreement, for use in connection with police training and toward a vehicle allowance;

5.              This Agreement shall have a five-year term with reasonable percentage of pay increases per year as agreed with the Police Benevolent Association; and it is further

 

RESOLVED, that the foregoing outline of the essential material terms of the new Agreement between the Village and School District shall be subject to final review and approval of a formal Contract between the Village and the School District.

 

(Mr. Pucci noted that we might be able to have a vehicle, that is being aged out for student transportation purposes, available for police use in the future. Bogart commended Mr. Pucci on his efforts to come to an agreement with the Village.)

 

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 orders relevant to Benard Associates, Inc.’s General Construction contract:

07/10/18    GC CO-01
Additional Abatement Work Room 105 & 104
$16,463
07/17/18    GC CO-02
Floor Changes Deduct
($17,945)
07/17/18    GC CO-03
Additional Abatement Work Room 105
$7,972

Total
6,490
AYES-7
NAYS-0           Motion carried.
On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute ACA Environmental Service’s proposal for abatement work related to the C.J. Hooker Middle School emergency project in the amount of $105,450. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to execute the agreement with this contractor. A copy of said proposal shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

 

AYES-7            NAYS-0           Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves entering into an Agreement for Services with Accucare Nursing to provide nursing services to a special education student effective July 27, 2018 through June 30, 2019 at a rate of $60.00 per hour for Registered Nurses and $50.00 per hour for Licensed Practical Nurses. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to execute the agreement with this contractor. A copy of said proposal shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

 

(The child requires nursing services while traveling to and from school, approximately 9 hour/day. If the district had to hire a nurse, we would have to pay for benefits as well.

Continuing with the new student’s nursing services through this vendor would be a large savings to the district as opposed to hiring a new nurse.)

AYES-7            NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor. There were no questions or comments.

Mr. Pucci inquired when the Request for Proposal for legal services is due. Ms. Lynch responded next week. She noted there were not many questions from legal firms as to our required services.

 

Board members who visited the construction site discussed the changes/work that has been occurring at the high school.

 

At 8:33 p.m., on a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas Mullane the Board entered Executive Session, with the no intent to return, for the purpose of employment history of a particular persons.

 

AYES-7            NAYS-0           Motion carried.

 

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

 

At 9:02 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte the Board closed the Executive Session to reconvene the regular meeting.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

 

The meeting was adjourned at 9:03 p.m., on a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Thomas Mullane.

AYES-7            NAYS-0           Motion carried.

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell District Clerk