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Board Minutes for March 19, 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, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.

Present: Mrs. Judy Green, President
Mr. Jason Pucci, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent: Mr. Jeremy Cassel
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
Dr. William Rolon
Mr. Jason Carter
Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Assistant Principals: Absent
Elementary Coordinator Absent
Director of Facilities III Absent
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Absent
Director of PPS Ms. Heather Hendershot
CSE Chairperson Mrs. 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 7:04 p.m.

At 7:05 p.m., on a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Thomas Mullane the
Board entered Executive Session, with the intent to return, for the purpose of employment
history of particular persons.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

At 7:37 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.

At 7:38 p.m., Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent
meditation remembering the family of Christopher Tucci on the passing of his wife.
On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the
minutes for the meeting of March 5, 2018.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: correspondence from Shaw, Perelson,
May and Lambert, LLP – All Cancer Screening Law, Goshen Gladiator Gazette and
various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

A community member noted that there are two resolutions on the agenda tonight regarding
police staffing in our schools. He questioned where the money is coming from to cover the
cost, both now and in the future. Mr. Miller explained that budgets are plans. Sometimes
there are unexpected expenses, such as police coverage, and sometimes there are
unexpected savings. We have savings in retirement incentive costs this year due to less
teachers deciding to retire than anticipated. Mr. Connor noted that in the future, the Board
will have decide what kind of safety coverage we will have in the schools – Village of
Goshen police, Orange County Sheriff’s Department, etc. Some of that decision will
depend on what the outcome is on current discussions on the state and federal level:
funding on both state and federal level, possibly allowing schools to exceed 2% cap for
security costs, allowing retired police officers to exceed their $30,000 cap in extra
employment income per year, etc.

Matt Milnamow, from LAN Associates, joined the board to give an update on the capital
project. On March 12, the District received approval from NYSED for the capital project.
Bid advertisements are in the newspapers this week and the bid documents will be
available starting March 26. Pre-bid walkthroughs are scheduled for the week of April 2.
Bids for contract #1 (GHS) are due on April 25. Bids for contract #2 (District-wide IT) are
due on April 19. Mr. Pucci inquired about the timeline once bids are opened. Mr.
Milnamow responded that it would take 3-4 days to qualify bidders. The process will be
easier if LAN has worked with the bidder before, if an unknown bidder, more time would
be needed to qualify them. Mr. Pucci asked if some of the IT work could begin before the
end of the school year. Mr. Milnamow noted that it would depend on how long it would
take to award bids. We should also wait to until after bids for contract #1 are opened and
analyzed. Mr. Lorenzo requested copies of bids. The Board thanked Mr. Milnamow for
his report.

Mr. Miller was recognized for his service to the District. He will be retiring April 1. Mr.
Connor praised Mr. Miller for his meticulous work on every budget. In all his years as a
superintendent, Mr. Connor noted that this District is in the best financial shape of all the
districts Mr. Connor has worked for, in a large part to Mr. Miller’s efforts. His retiring is
bittersweet; we are happy for him, but sad for our loss. Mrs. Green presented Mr. Miller
with a plaque commemorating all the years of service Mr. Miller provided to our District.
Mr. Miller stated that it has been a pleasure working here and a privilege serving the
people of the District. He enjoyed the challenging of meeting educational needs of students
and the financial needs of our taxpayers. He will miss his office staff. Mrs. Green called a
brief recess at 7:59 p.m. to allow those present to wish Mr. Miller well.

The meeting reconvened at 8:13 p.m.

Mrs. Green reminded Board members that there would be a monthly capital project
meeting on March 20 for up to 3 member to attend.

Mrs. Bogart discussed items included in the state legislative budget proposal such as
considering an increase in the BOCES district superintendent salary cap and allowing
schools to exceed 2% cap for security costs.

Mr. McKiernan and Dr. Rolon spoke about the National Student Walkout Against Gun
Violence held nationwide and by students of Goshen High School and C.J. Hooker Middle
School on March 14, with the goal of standing in solidarity with the victims of school
violence. Both walkouts were 17 minutes in length, in honor of the 17 victims of the
Parkland, Florida tragedy. Both Mr. McKiernan and Dr. Rolon were impressed with the
student leadership in their schools who organized the walkouts. Mrs. Green thanked both
principals for allowing students to promote and participate in the peaceful event.

Dr. Rolon reported on the Sojourner Truth Award Program that was held March 9 at
Orange County Community College. The event recognized 500+ students. The Sojourner
Truth Awards Program recognizes students from grades 6-12 who have excelled in areas
such as athletics, citizenship, creative arts, diversity, English language arts, foreign
languages, perseverance/effort, and sciences and technology. Goshen had 67 students
nominated by teachers, the largest group of all districts.

Mr. McKiernan reported on the Goshen High School musical 42nd Street held March 16-
March 18. All three show were well attended. It was a “theatrical triumph”!

Mr. Miller presented to the Board a response to Cooper & Arias’ audit reports in which the
district acknowledged and thanked Cooper Arias for the reports. Mr. Pucci, on behalf of
the Audit Committee, approved the response letter to be sent to Cooper Arias.

Dr. Kotes worked with Christina Gore, our communications specialist and webmaster, to
add a page to our website that discusses K-12 overview of standards and assessments.
(https://www.gcsny.org/academics/k-12-overview-of-standards-and-assessments/) The
purpose of the new webpage is to:

1. Inform families of philosophical purpose of assessment in the district;
2. Educate families on what logistical purpose assessment serves in each building
(what do we do vs. what we do not do);
3. Discuss the types of assessments used in each building in the district;
4. Provide brief examples of each assessment.

Mr. Mullane commented that it is good to let families know what tests are and are not used
for. There is often a misconception that assessments are used for teacher evaluations.
Dr. Kotes discussed the recent trip he made with Henry Freedman and Jon Redeker to
Queensbury High School, to examine the K-12 STEM program Queensbury began seven
years ago. They use one of the most successful STEM programs, Project Lead the Way.

This program has elementary modules all the way through courses that terminate in college
credits in high school. With this program, elementary teachers educate students using
block time. What impressed Dr. Kotes, besides the facilities, was at the elementary level,
teachers do not follow the Next Generation Learning Standards. Teachers at Queensbury
feel that using Project Lead the Way provides curricula that still prepares students for
grade 4-8 state testing. It is a good time to discuss where we go from here and do some
long range planning to incorporate this program throughout the District. We can possibly
work with BOCES for support in training and supplies.

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 Consent Agenda as
presented.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Accept resignation: Kyle Borisewich, teacher aide, effective January 11, 2018.
Approve medical leave of absence: Cheryl Gage, physical education teacher, is requesting
a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective April
9, 2018 through on or about May 18, 2018.
Approve medical leave of absence: Catherine Manuele, special education teacher aide, is
requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible,
effective February 2, 2018 through on or about April 2, 2018.
Approve unpaid medical leave of absence: Stephanie Cecere, food service helper, is
requesting an unpaid medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if
eligible, effective January 9, 2018 through on or about June 22, 2018.
Approve appointment: Catherine Apostolakis, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of
$13.60/hr. for 5 3⁄4 hrs. per day effective February 12, 2018. In accordance with Civil
Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks,
effective February 21, 2018. She is a substitute teacher aide and substitute food service
helper with the District. Ms. Apostolakis is filling the position created at the November 7,
2017 meeting.
Approve appointment: Ravon Carrillo, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of
$13.60/hr. for 5 3⁄4 hrs. per day effective March 20, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service
Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective
March 20, 2018. Mr. Carrillo is replacing Mildred Ardisana.
Approve appointment: William O’Donnell, student supervisor/teacher aide (probationary),
at a salary of $17.08/hr. for 5 3⁄4 hrs. per day effective March 20, 2018. In accordance with
Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52
weeks, effective March 20, 2018. Mr. O’Donnell is filling the position created at the
December 4, 2017 meeting.
Approve appointment: Carmella Moore, long-term substitute teacher aide, at a salary of
$13.60/hr. for 5 3⁄4 hrs. /day effective February 2, 2018 to April 27, 2018, or until teacher
aide returns. Ms. Moore is a substitute teacher aide with the District. She is filling the
medical leave of absence for Kerry Rourke.
Approve appointment: Patricia Moore, long-term substitute special education teacher aide, at a
salary of $13.60/hr. for 5 3⁄4 hrs. /day effective February 2, 2018 to April 2, 2018, or until
special education teacher aide returns. Ms. Moore is a substitute teacher aide with the
District. She is filling the medical leave of absence for Catherine Manuele.
Approve appointment: Kristine Fleckenstein, substitute teacher, at a salary of $110.00 /
diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 6, 2018. She has
Professional Biology 7-12 and Professional General Science 7-12 certifications. Ms.
Fleckenstein was appointed as a long-term substitute science teacher at the March 5, 2018
meeting.
Approve appointment: Dawn Dobbs, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as
needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 20, 2018. She has Conditional
Initial Students With Disabilities 1-6 certification.
Approve increase in hours: Clarissa Adamo-Cassel, student supervisor/teacher aide,
increase in hours from 5 1⁄2 to 6 hours/day effective March 20, 2018.
Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

 

Board of Education Minutes Draft March 19, 2018
Committee on Special Education 02/28/18;120718/Classified
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Subcommittee on Special Education 02/15/18;114656/Classified
Committee on Special Education 02/27/18;121062/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 03/01/18;120727/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 11/29/17;115006/Classified
02/15/18;116631/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 03/01/18;121927/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education 02/21/18;112155/Classified
Committee on Special Education 02/28/18;121979/Classified
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03/08/18;121937/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 03/06/18;120284/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 02/26/18;117223/Classified
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Subcommittee on Special Education 02/21/18;115305/Classified
Committee on Special Education 02/22/18;116670/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 03/06/18;121215/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 01/31/18;113158/Classified
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02/26/18;118268/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 03/06/18;121253/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 01/31/18;115782/Classified

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of School, the Board of Education accepts the
Independent Internal Audit Report Agreed-Upon Procedures Initial Risk Assessment
Update dated December 2017 and the Internal Audit Report Agreed-Upon Procedures
Internal Controls Over: Cash Disbursements dated February 2018, prepared by Cooper
Arias, LLP.
AYES-6 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
budgetary transfer dated March 6, 2018, in the amount of $72,000, to move funds between
capital codes to cover materials testing approved at the February 20, 2018 meeting.
AYES-6 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
awarding the RFP for Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant services to AnnMarie
Ciganek as follows:

School year 18-19: $41.50 per hour
School year 19-20: $42.00 per hour
School year 20-21: $42.00 per hour

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of
Schools to execute the Agreement. A copy of said Agreement shall be incorporated by
reference within the minutes of this meeting.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools the Board of Education approves
awarding the RFP for Psychiatric Evaluation services to Dr. Richard Hahn, MD as follows:

A. The hourly consultation rate: B. The evaluation rate:
School year 18-19: $425.00 School year 18-19: $850.00
School year 19-20: $425.00 School year 19-20: $850.00
School year 20-21: $425.00 School year 20-21: $850.00

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of
Schools to execute the contract. A copy of said Agreement shall be incorporated by
reference within the minutes of this meeting.
AYES-6 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 approves the budgetary transfer
dated March 9, 2018, in the amount of $270,000, to fund school resource officers and
school facilities safety analysis.
AYES-6 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
District-wide closing of offices on April 2, 2018. In the event the district will need to close
offices due to weather before April 2, 2018, district offices will remain open as originally
planned.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried

Preliminary Budget for Fiscal 2018-19

State Aid Revenue Trend
State Aid Year-to-Year: Increase / (Decrease)
2010 – 2011 $ 12,023,280 ($ 1,683,180)
2011 – 2012 $ 10,763,773 ($ 1,259,507)
2012 – 2013 $ 11,367,442 $ 603,669
2013 – 2014 $ 12,087,115 $ 719,673
2014 – 2015 $ 12,713,300 $ 626,185
2015 – 2016 $ 13,439,718 $ 726,418
2016 – 2017 $14,820,243 $1,380,525
2017 – 2018 $15,542,031 $ 721,788
Governor’s Proposal
2018 – 2019

$15,183,034 ($ 358,997)

18-19 PROJECTED REVENUE

State Aid 2017-18 2018-19 (est.) Gain/ (Loss)
Governor’s Proposal 15,542,031 15,183,034 (358,997)

Governor’s Tax Cap Proposal
Effective for 17-18 School Year
NYS has a Property Tax Cap not a 2% Cap

 If District proposes a tax levy at or below the “maximum allowable levy” then
the budget will be approved if voters pass the budget by a simple majority (50%
of the votes + 1 vote).
 If District proposes a tax levy above the “maximum allowable tax levy” then the
budget will be approved if voters pass the budget by a super majority (60% of the
votes). If the District chooses this option, it requires a statement on the ballot
indicating the required tax levy before exclusions exceeds the “Tax Levy Limit”.
 If voters reject their District’s budget proposal, the District can adopt a contingent
budget or put the same or revised budget up for vote a second time. However, it is
important to note that if residents reject their District’s budget proposal a second
time, the District would need to adopt a contingent budget and the District’s tax
levy would be capped at the prior year’s tax levy – a cap of zero % increase. In
addition, the budget would be subject to contingent budget requirements (ex.
Administrative Cap in effect and non-contingent expenses removed).

Tax Cap Formula

Prior Year Tax Levy 49,744,442
Tax Base Growth Factor times (x) 1.0097
50,226,963
Prior Year Pilot plus (+) 535,305
50,762,268
Prior Year Exclusions minus (-) 857,446
Adjusted Prior Year Levy 49,904,882
Allowable Growth Factor 1.0200
50,902,919
PILOTS for Coming Year minus (-) 647,989
50,254,930
Available Carryover 0
50,254,930
TAX LEVY LIMIT
Coming School Year Exclusions:
Capital Exclusion plus (+) 403,188
TRS Exclusion plus (+) 0
ERS Exclusion plus (+) 0
Maximum Allowable Levy 50,658,118

Maximum Allowable Tax Levy Calculation

Tax Levy Limit $ 50,254,930
+ Coming Year 2018-19 Exclusions $ 403,188
Maximum Allowable Tax Levy $ 50,658,118

Budget: Where We Are 3/19/18

Draft
Draft Contingent
2017-2018 2018-2019 2018-2019
Appropriations 69,733,196 71,039,552 71,039,552
Revenue
Fund Balance 980,434 980,434 980,434
APR Debt Service Reserve 133,074 589,102 589,102
Tax Levy 49,744,442 50,658,118 49,744,442
PILOTS 535,305 647,989 647,989
State Aid 15,542,031 15,183,034 15,183,034
Other 2,797,910 2,618,453 2,618,453
Total 69,733,196 70,677,130 69,763,454
Budget Gap – Estimated Revenue/Expenditure
Reduction needed to balance budget
to meet tax cap 362,422 1,276,098

* At Tax Cap
* Assumes No New Positions

Board of Education Minutes Draft March 19, 2018
Appropriation From Debt Service Reserve

Current Situation

Current Minus Current
Year Debt Service Building Aid Local Share
2017 $ 1,796,588 $ 1,107,341 $ 689,247
2018 $ 1,715,925 $ 708,739 $ 1,007,186 $ 317,939
2019 $ 1,102,500 $ 0 $ 1,102,500 $ 413,253
18 – 19 $ 413,253 Net Local Share Estimate
* $ 413,253 Debt Service Reserve to be even
$ 0
* Recommend Apply $ 589,102 since end of project debt service payments.

Solution
1. Apply additional Fund Balance to 18-19 Budget
2. Wait for additional State Aid
3. Program Reductions

Tax Certs & SCARS

2017 – 2018 SCARS
25 filed $ 92,149.67
25 settled $ 7,306.02 paid
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2017 – 2018 Tax Certs
23 parcels
21 companies
Projected $ 769,831.03
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Open Tax Certs 1993 – 2017/18
109 parcels
58 companies
Projected Liability $ 6,609,123.58
Tax Cert Reserve 1/16/18 $ 5,508,326.91

Updated 3/30/17 1/30/2018

****ALL ABOVE FIGURES ARE ESTIMATES BASED ON AGREEMENT APPROVED BY BOE IN DECEMBER 2016
Assessed Value Tax Rates Tax Dollars
$23,939,918 109.263468 $2,615,758

Effect on Tax Rates $358,885 /$496,915 0.72%
$20,655,331 109.263468 $2,256,873
Difference $358,885.00

18-19 Galleria and Target Possible Assessment Change – Projection Estimated Impact

AFTER
True Value: $145,145,249
Galleria ONLY: 132,738,000

Assessed Value: $30,828,851
$28,193,551 – Galleria
$2,635,300 – Target

Middletown 33%
$10,173,520
Goshen 67%
$20,655,331

Galleria $18,072,731
Target $2,582,600

Middletown 33%
Assessed Value: $35,731,220 $11,791,302
$33,095,920 – Galleria
$2,635,300- Target

Goshen 67%
$23,939,918

Galleria $21,357,318
Target $2,582,600

BEFORE

True Value: $162,414,636 Galleria and Target
True Value = $150,436,000 Galleria

Board of Education Minutes Draft March 19, 2018
2017-2018 Galleria Assessment Change
Effects Middletown and Goshen School District
Before Galleria and Target After Galleria and Target
True Value: $ 162,414,636 True Value: $ 145,145,249
 Estimated Effect on Goshen School District Tax Bill: .72%
 Drop in assessment alone

Proposition No.2

AUTHORIZATION TO INCREASE MAXIMUM ESTIMATED COST OF CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT

Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District is
hereby authorized to expend up to $3,976,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for any
additional costs for the Capital Improvement Project approved by the voters on February
28, 2017, and to the extent not so required to use such funds to reduce the amount of bonds
authorized for such project.

Proposition No.3 – Bus Purchase

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Goshen Central School District,
Orange County, New York is hereby authorized to purchase four (4) 64-passenger or larger
school buses, at a maximum estimated cost of $110,047 each; four (4) 30-passenger or
larger school buses at a maximum estimated cost of $54,015 each; for aggregate maximum
cost of $656,248; and that the sum of $656,248 or so much thereof as may be necessary,
shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and
collected in installments; and in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District
shall be issued.

The Board thanked Mr. Miller for his presentation.

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
following resolution to place propositions on the ballot at the annual vote and election on
May 15, 2018:

Bus Proposition

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Goshen Central School District, Orange
County, New York is hereby authorized to purchase four (4) 64-passenger or larger school
buses, at a maximum estimated cost of $110,047 each; four (4) 30-passenger or larger
school buses, at a maximum estimated cost of $54,015 each; for an aggregate maximum
cost of $656,248; and that the sum of $656,248 or so much thereof as may be necessary,
shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and
collected in installments; and in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District
shall be issued.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that the Board of
Education of the Goshen Central School District, Orange County, New York, hereby
authorizes and directs the District Clerk to give notice to the qualified voters of the School
District of the Annual Public Hearing on the Budget and Annual Meeting, School District
Election and Vote. (See attached document in official minutes).
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried

 

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

Mr. Pucci inquired when the cafeteria budget would be presented. Mr. Miller responded
that the budget is usually presented to the Board in late May or the beginning of June.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:22 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by
Jason Pucci.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk