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Board Minutes for November 20, 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, November 20, 2017 at 6:30 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. William Rolon,
Mr. Jason Carter,
Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Assistant Principals:
Ms. Heather Carman
Elementary Coordinator
Mr. Henry Freedman
Director of Facilities III
Absent
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien
Director of PPS
Ms. Heather Hendershot
CSE Chairperson
Absent
Director of Transportation
Absent
Director of Personnel
Mr. Robert Siracuse
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett
Student Senate Representative
Zach Konstantindis
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

At 6:33 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci the Board entered Executive Session with the intent to return for the purpose of employment history of particular corporations.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

At 7:33 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.

At 7:35 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo the Board begin the regular meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mrs. Judy Green at 6:32 p.m.

Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance. Jared Garcia, C.J. Hooker Middle School student, sang the National Anthem, 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 November 6, 2017.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

There was no President’s Report.

There was no legislative update.

William Rolon and Heather Carman joined the Board to give a presentation on initiatives being implemented at C.J. Hooker Middle Avenue School. The highlights of the presentation included:

  1. Goals at CJH were discussed:
    1. Improve student achievement in academic performance toward college and career readiness and success on Common Core Assessments.
    2. Improve technology infrastructure and technology use district-wide.
  2. Building initiatives were reviewed. Mr. Rolon invited many teachers/faculty members to discuss their roles and activities to help accomplish these initiatives:
    1. Team Leaders – They are the liaison between administrators and teachers. They meet bi-weekly.
    2. New Faculty – Emphasis is on teaching methods and strategies. This is accomplished through a variety of ways including: monthly meetings, collaborative sessions, peer observations, professional development, observations, and pairing mentors to mentees.
    3. Promotion of academic excellence – through accelerated program offerings, National Junior Honor Society, Student of the Month, Honor Roll and celebrations/awards.
    4. Providing academic support – AIS, ENL, 3-5 afterschool program, homework club, 10th period extra help, RTI, summer remediation and counseling.
    5. Technology – CJH has over 900 Chromebooks available to students. Teachers and students are fully immersed in Google Classrooms. Students are taught digital citizenship.
    6. Development of student character – through monthly themes, celebration Spirit Club, Leo Club and assemblies.
  3. Students are able to participate on various activities such as National Junior Honor Society, musical productions, Canada trip, Student Government, and many other additional clubs to which they may have interest in (e.g. cooking, history, astronomy, music, etc.).

The Board thanked Bill Rolon and Heather Carman for their informative presentation.

Mr. McKiernan reported on the World Language Honor Society Induction Ceremony that took place on November 9. There were 37 students inducted. Mrs. Polanis is the faculty advisor. Some students recited the national anthem of the language they are learning or that they speak at home (e.g. Bengali, Korean Spanish, French, etc.) Many students spoke of the importance of language in their lives.

Mr. McKiernan also spoke about the National Honor Society Induction Ceremony that took place on November 16. Mrs. Brown and Mrs. Quinn are the faculty advisors. The other NHS class officers spoke about the four pillars in NHS – character, scholarship, service and leadership. It was an outstanding ceremony.

Mr. Connor noted that Jon Redeker has been selected as a 2017 inductee into the New York State Association for Computers & Technologies in Education (NYSCATE) Volunteer Hall of Fame. NYSCATE is an organization of dedicated educators who use technology to transform teaching and learning, to provide children with an education that prepares them to live in the technological world today. The NYSCATE Hall of Fame was established to recognize those members whose contributions to the profession and service to the Association have been significant, substantial and long-standing.

Matt O’Brien reported on the fall college commitment ceremony held today by 4 student athletes who have committed to play sports at the college level.

Mr. Miller discussed the Tax Collector’s report. He noted that the tax collection period ran from September 1, 2017 to November 3, 2017. Last year the district collected $43.5 million and $2.6 million was returned to the county as uncollected. This year $45.6 million was collected and $2.5 million was returned to the county.

Mr. Miller reported on the District’s participation in the Medicaid Reimbursement Program. Early on, the district was being reimbursed close to $200K. As time went on, it has become increasingly difficult to claim items for reimbursement, in part due to the lack of cooperation of parents and doctors, but also due to the program itself, due to regulation barriers. Last year, we had $0 reimbursement. This year, it will be less than $300. It costs more for us to recoup Medicaid expenses in terms of the time and effort of the Business Office and PPS office staff to pull together the information & file, than is worth the amount of reimbursement. Mr. Miller feels it may be time to consider withdrawing from the program. Withdrawing from the program will not affect the services our students are provided. The consensus of the board was to withdraw from the program. Mr. Pucci asked Mr. Miller to inquire if the district can participate again in the reimbursement program at a future date should regulations change. To withdraw from the program, the board would need to pass a resolution at the next meeting.

Dr. Kotes informed the board that the district’s Professional Development Plan has been reviewed and minor changes have been made. It is ready for the board’s annual review and readopting at the next meeting.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the
Consent Agenda as presented.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Approve medical leave of absence: Rick McCormack, school bus driver, is requesting a
medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
November 1, 2017 through on or about February 1, 2018.

Approve childcare leave of absence: Julia Chiarot, science teacher, is requesting a
childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
approximately April 2, 2018 through on or about June 30, 2018.

Approve childcare leave of absence: Rose Mary Okin, math teacher, is requesting a
childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
approximately March 5, 2018 through on or about May 31, 2018.

Approve appointment: Hilda Sandoval, substitute school bus monitor, at a salary of
$10.40/hr., as needed, effective November 21, 2017. Ms. Sandoval is a retired school bus
driver from the district.

Approve appointment: Catherine Apostolakis, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of
$10.40/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours for all assignments, effective November 21,
2017.

Approve appointment: Candy Arnott, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.11/hr.,
as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 21, 2017.

Approve appointment: John Pierce, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.11/hr.,
as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective December 4, 2017.

Approve appointment: Anthony Ricciardi, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of
$20.11/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 21, 2017.

Approve amending appointment: Eric Harris, Varsity Girls Basketball Coach under
Schedule B – D 1.0, with a stipend of $6,322, effective November 7, 2017.

Approve creating position: teacher aide position at Goshen Intermediate School, to meet
the requirements of a student’s IEP, effective November 21, 2017 for the 2017-2018
school year, at a salary of $13.60/hr. for 5 ¾ hours per day.

Approve increase in step: Nancy Clark, Grade 6 teacher, at a salary of $113,575 (MA60-
21) effective November 21, 2017. She is moving from Masters 60-step 18 to Masters 60-
step 21. When Ms. Clark moved from Masters to Masters30, she was moved from step 7
down to step 4. This step adjustment will rectify the error.

Approve 2017-2018 Mentor Stipends:
Last Name First Name Intern First Intern Last Intern Level Salary
Zani Justine Jennifer Berger Teaching Assistant $255.60
Banuls Christine Aileen Behringer Level 2 $479.00
Kropp Karen Carol Larca Level 2 $479.00
Carlino Beth Jessica Berger Teaching Assistant $511.20
Dornfest Joshua Amber Brown Level 1 prorated .5 $942.00
Higgins Kathleen Sarah Rosa Level 2 $958.00
Klos Jill Kimberly Clark Level 1 prorated .5 $958.00
Kropp Karen Nicole Careccia Level 2 $958.00
Schneider Evelyn Eric Harris Level 2 $958.00
Villegas Diane Valerie Michels Level 1 prorated .5 $958.00
Mesic Nancy Diane Bonizzi Teaching Assistant $1,278.00
Abrams Lyn Joseph Manaseri Level 1 $1,917.00
Denaxas William Jason Miedema Level 1 $1,917.00
Hughes Karyn Amie Walter Level 1 $1,917.00
Joyce Stephen Daniel Muller Level 1 $1,917.00
O’Donnell Margaret Kelly Vaughan Level 1 $1,917.00
Woelfel Sharon Joseph LeBlanc Level 1 $1,917.00
Blake Jennifer Lisa and Michael Brent and Toscano Level 1 $3,834.00

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District accepts the 2017-2018 report of the Tax Collector as presented and having determined that the collector has accounted for the full amount of the tax warrant, directs that the lists of the delinquent tax items, with the addition of penalty, be certified to the Office of the County Treasurer and/or other tax enforcement office.
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 increase of service fees for Jeffrey Schiro, Esq., as Hearing Officer for Education Law Section 3214 Hearings for the Goshen Central School District, from a flat fee of $300/matter plus mileage to $400/matter without a mileage adjustment.
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 enters into an Agreement with Catherine Apostolakis to provide Greek Translation Services for the Goshen Central School Districts effective for the 2017-2018 school year, in the amount of $15.00 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-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves entering into an Agreement with United Cerebral Palsy 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.

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

Mr. Pucci thanked Mr. Rolon and Ms. Carman for their presentation. It was informative and important to keep the board and public apprised of the work that is going on in the buildings. Mr. Lorenzo added that it is great to see teachers come speak of the work they do and the passion they possess really shows.

Mrs. Bogart attended the Goshen Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner with Mr. Connor. She noted the school district is proud that the Goshen High School Leo Club was honored as Service Organization of the Year at the event.

Mr. Mullane discussed with the board the $100 million dollar capital project that the Monticello School District will be presenting to voters. It is one of many capital projects being presented to voters in the area.

Mr. Cassel noted that one of the student-athletes signing on to play at the college level today is a lacrosse player. It is great to see that starting the lacrosse program three years ago has provided the opportunity for student-athletes to excel and participate at the collegiate level.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:07 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending and wished everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk