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Board Minutes for November 6, 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 6, 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
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent: Mr. Thomas Mullane
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 Mr. James Riley
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Mr. Matthew O’Brien
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 Zach Konstantindis
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

Students from Mrs. Calohan’s Goshen High School Orchestra played for the Board of
Education and community in honor of School Board Recognition Week, prior to the start
of the regular Board Meeting. The Board and Mr. Connor thanked Mrs. Calohan and her
students for the wonderful performance.

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mrs. Judy Green at 7:32 p.m.
Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation
remembering the family of Pauline Frey, retired elementary teacher, on her recent passing.
On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the
meeting of October 16, 2017. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: letters from Scotchtown Avenue staff
members and PTO commending Henry Freedman for his administrative work; Goshen
Gladiator Gazette and various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

Karen McDonnell, Scotchtown Avenue faculty member, read a letter written by members
of Scotchtown Avenue’s faculty to the Board of Education commending Henry Freedman
for his administrative work and his commitment to students and staff. Victoria Catalano,
vice-president of Scotchtown Avenue School’s PTO, read a letter from the PTO to the
Board of Education conveying their appreciation of Mr. Freedman’s work with the PTO
and commitment to students. Mrs. Green thanked both groups for their kind words and
their efforts in presenting the letters to the Board at this meeting.

At 7:40 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Michael Lorenzo the Board
entered Executive Session, with the intent to return, for the purpose of employment
histories of particular persons. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

At 7:49 p.m., on a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Martha Bogart the Board
closed the Executive Session. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

At 7:51 p.m., on a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo the Board
reconvened the regular meeting. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green welcomed back Zach Konstantindis, Student Senate representative, and David
Eaton, OU-BOCES Board liaison to the Goshen Board of Education, to the meeting.

Mrs. Green thanked the administrators for the gift they received in recognition of School
Board week. Mr. Rolon spoke on behalf of the group, thanking the Board for all their hard
work, dedication and student focus throughout the year.

Mrs. Bogart recently attended the Orange County School Boards Association delegates
meeting. Topics discussed at the meeting included the opioid epidemic effecting students
today and the preliminary legislative platform. Mrs. Bogart gave a synopsis of the
discussions.

Mr. Connor reported on his attendance at the NYSCOSS Legislative Committee meeting
today. The goals of the committee were to prioritize issues that would more effectively
influence deliberations by executive branch state policymakers. Topics discussed included
the state financial outlook and the formulation of priorities for the upcoming budget
season. Mr. Connor noted that tax reforms would affect how we prepare our budget.
Thanks to Mr. Miller’s management of our finances, district is financially in great shape
compared to other districts.

Jon Redeker joined the Board to report on the Google Expeditions Augmented Reality
program that took place on October 25 at the high school. Representatives from Google
came to the district to work 1:1 with student and teachers using virtual reality technology
to explore exciting topics in their curricula. Students from SAS, GIS and CJH were bused
to the high school for the program. There were over 300 students involved in “beta testing”
Google’s new technology, using hands-on scientific methodology. Augmented reality is
using a computer-generated 3-D image that is superimposed into your environment that
can be interacted with by using special equipment. Students can walk all around the
objects, get in close to spot details, and step back to see the full picture. It allows students
to take virtual field trips without leaving the classroom. Mr. Redeker noted that students
and teachers were all impressed and excited by having the opportunity to explore this new
technology. Mr. Pucci inquired how this technology could be implemented into the our
curriculum. Mr. Kotes responded that it would not be part of everyday lessons, but could
be used for supporting topics. Zach Konstantindis noted that this technology would be very
beneficial for the visual learner. Mr. Pucci inquired if the devices /programs are currently
available to purchase. Mr. Redeker responded that they are. Mr. Redeker’s presentation
can be found on the web address: goo.gl/JMyXrK.

Mr. McKiernan reported on Flyin, the mini-drama production at the high school. There
were 15-20 students in the production. The theme centered on students trying to find their
way in today’s world.

Matt O’Brien gave the Board a report of the successes of the fall sports teams. Every
team had was a finalist or semi-finalist. Some of the fall sport accomplishments
were:

  • 5 cross-country scholar athletes have qualified to compete in state competition
    November 10-11;
  • Boys soccer went to state quarterfinal competition;
  • Girls soccer, football and volleyball all advanced to section 9 semifinals;
  • Girls swimmers set all new school records.
  • Most teams will be recognized as scholar-athlete teams.

Mr. Connor noted that the high school Leo Club will be honored at the annual Goshen
Chamber of Commerce dinner November 10 for their volunteer work. He remarked that
under Lisa Bellotto’s guidance, the Leo Club has grown to be one of the largest in the
state. Mr. Connor commended the club for all of their hard work.

Mr. Connor reminded the Board that the holiday party is December 9.

Mr. Miller referenced the 2017-2018 first quarter Claims Auditor’s Report provided to the
board. Next, Mr. Miller updated the Board on the tax collection period, which 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. He stated tax collection was being
completed and the Tax Collector’s Report will be available this week, which will require
signatures from the Board prior to submission to the County.

Dr. Kotes discussed the faculty conference day, which will take place on November 7. Different from previous years, the conference day is in line with the county-wide conference day this year. This enables faculty to engage in a variety of professional development opportunities both in house and at other schools and locations around the region. They will have the chance to study topics that will sharpen their skills.

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 retirement of Melvin Bechard,
head maintenance worker, effective December 31, 2017. Mr. Bechard has been with the District for
20 years.

Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the
remainder of the Consent Agenda as presented. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Approve medical leave of absence: Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke, English teacher, is requesting a
medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective October 16,
2017 through on or about December 30, 2017.

Approve medical leave of absence: Shirley Molina, special education teacher aide, is requesting a
medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective October 25,
2017 through on or about December 10, 2017.

Approve appointment: Jennifer Viscardo, long-term substitute teacher, at a salary of $261.05 / diem
(M-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective November 13, 2017 to December 30, 2017 or until teacher
returns. She has Permanent English 7-12 certification. Ms. Viscardo is filling the medical leave of
absence for Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke.

Approve appointment: Jennifer Viscardo, substitute teacher, at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed,
effective November 13, 2017. She has Permanent English 7-12 certification.

Approve appointment: Susan Ellis, teacher aide leave replacement, at a salary of $13.60/hr. for 5 3⁄4
hrs. per day effective October 17, 2017 to January 26, 2018, or until teacher aide returns. Ms. Ellis
is a substitute teacher aide with the District. She is filling the leave of absence for Rondell Gauthier
Peters.

Approve appointment: Richard Heater, custodial worker, at a salary of $42,605 (prorated) (G-Step
7 of the CSEA salary schedule) effective October 31, 2017. Mr. Heater is a retired custodial worker
with the District and is currently a long-term substitute custodial worker. He has the requisite skills
and aptitude for the position. Mr. Heater is replacing Linda Barbaro.

Approve appointment: Joan Forrester, food service helper (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr.
for 3 hrs. per day, effective November 7, 2017. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this
appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective November 7, 2017. Ms.
Forrester is replacing Clidia Mercado.

Approve appointment: Joan Brunswick-Kissinger, reading teacher, at a salary of $51.51/hr. for up to 2 hours per week effective September 6, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Brunswick-
Kissinger is providing services to meet the requirements of a student’s IEP.

Approve appointment: Kristine Bossio, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $10.40/hr. for 3
hours per day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 7, 2017.

Approve appointment: Catherine Apostolakis, substitute food service helper, at a salary of
$10.40/hr. for 3 hours per day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 7,
2017.

Approve appointment: Yinkhia Duran, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $10.40/hr. for 3
hours per day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 7, 2017.

Approve appointment: Emily Gonzalez, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $10.40/hr. for 3
hours per day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective November
7, 2017.

Approve appointment: Emily Gonzalez, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hr., as needed,
not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective November 7, 2017.

Approve appointment: Paul Giusto, substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $10.40/hr. for 8 hours
per day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 7, 2017.

Approve appointment: Marlin Maduras as leave replacement Evening High School English 12
teacher at a salary of $47.31/hr. for 3.5 hours per evening, 1 evening per week, effective October
19, 2017 to approximately December 30, 2017, or until Evening High School English 12 teacher
returns. He is filling the leave of absence for Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke.

Approve creating position: special education teacher aide, to meet the requirements of a student’s
IEP, effective November 7, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.

 

Approve abolishing position: .6 special education teaching assistant at Goshen
Intermediate School, effective November 7, 2017. This position was created at the
November 21, 2016 meeting to meet the increased need of instructional support in a
special education classroom. Enrollment in that classroom has decreased.

Approve creating positions: 2 teacher aide positions at Goshen Intermediate School,
effective November 7, 2017. These 2 positions were abolished at the November 21, 2016
meeting to fund the creation of the special education teaching assistant position at that
time. The abolishment of teaching assistant position now will fund the reinstating of these
2 positions. They are both 5 3⁄4 hour/day positions.

Approve increase in hours: Jaclyn Libman, food service helper, increase in hours from 3 to
4 hours/day effective November 7, 2017 at a salary of $13.60/hour.

Approve extra compensation: Marisol Paneto, ENL teacher at a salary of $51.51/day, per
GTA contract, effective September 6, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Paneto will
be providing ENL services to students in the afterschool ENL Academy.

Approve extra compensation: Patricia Boles, ENL teacher at a salary of $51.51/day, per
GTA contract, effective September 6, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. Ms. Paneto will
be providing ENL services to students in the afterschool ENL Academy.

Approve extra compensation: Jennifer Hopkins, special education teacher, at a salary of
$80.46/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 6, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school
year. Ms. Hopkins will be teaching 5 extra classes every week to meet the requirements of
students’ IEPs.

Approve extra compensation: Mary Sullivan, special education teacher, at a salary of
$80.46/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 6, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school
year. Ms. Sullivan will be teaching 3 extra classes every week to meet the requirements of
a student’s IEPs.

Approve amending extra compensation: Patricia Boles, ENL teacher at a salary of $79.08/
period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective for the 2017-2018 school
year. Ms. Boles will be teaching an extra class every other day to meet the needs of an
increased number of ENL students. This rescinds the approval from the September 5, 2017
meeting, which approved compensation for teaching an extra class every day.

Approve appointments: 2017-2018 Winter Coaches Stipends

WINTER COACHES
BASKETBALL:
VARSITY BOYS BASKETBALL COACH TANGNEY, MICHAEL D 1.0 6,322
ASSISTANT BOYS BASKETBALL COACH DOMBROWSKI, JOHN D 0.9 5,690
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT BOYS BASKETBALL COACH VACANT N/A –
JV BOYS BASKETBALL COACH DUGGAN, RICHARD B 0.8 4,011
MODIFIED BOYS BASKETBALL COACH MCPIKE, TERRY A 0.7 3,054
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT MODIFIED BASKETBALL COACH FINNEGAN, JAMES N/A –
VARSITY GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH HARRIS, ERIC A 1.0 4,360
ASSISTANT GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH CESTARE, JENNIFER D 0.9 5,690
VOLUNTEER ASSISTANT GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH VACANT N/A –
JV GIRLS BASKETBALL COACH JORDAN, CHRISTINA B 0.8 4,011
GIRLS MODIFIED BASKETBALL COACH SCHNEIDER, MARIANNE D 0.7 4,424
WRESTLING:
VARSITY WRESTLING COACH KILLENBERGER, EDWARD D 1.0 6,322
JUNIOR VARSITY WRESTLING COACH DOOLITTLE, MATTHEW B 0.8 4,011
MODIFIED WRESTLING COACH VACANT N/A –
MODIFIED WRESTLING COACH VASS, EDWARD D 0.7 4,424
ALPINE SKIING:
VARSITY (B&G) SKIING COACH GILBERT, THOMAS D 0.8 5,056
ASSISTANT VARSITY (B&G) SKIING COACH MADURAS, MARLIN A 0.7 3,054
INDOOR TRACK:
VARSITY – BOYS INDOOR TRACK COACH LEWIS, KYLE D 0.8 5,056
VARSITY – GIRLS INDOOR TRACK COACH JACOBSEN, KIERSTEN C 0.8 4,538
ASSISTANT (B&G) INDOOR TRACK COACH MANASERI, JOSEPH A 0.7 3,054
VOLUNTEER ASST. (B&G) INDOOR TRACK
COACH FURST, RICHARD N/A –
SWIMMING:
BOYS VARSITY HEAD COACH FREEHILL, MELISSA C 1.0 5,674
CHEERLEADING:
VARSITY BASKETBALL CHEERLEADING CLARK, KIMBERLY B 0.7 3,510
JV BASKETBALL CHEERLEADING COACH LOBDELL, BRITTANY D 0.6 3,792

Mr. Connor introduced Jennifer Viscardo to the Board of Education. She was appointed to
the long-term substitute teacher position at the high school.

 

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 budgetary transfer
dated October 19, 2017, in the amount of $100,000, to correct a coding error in a
transportation account which was approved at the October 2, 2017 meeting.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Martha Bogart, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the assessment corrections
as specified by the Orange County Supreme and County Courts as summarized and to
direct the Tax Collector to take the necessary actions in accordance with Small Claims
Assessment Review (SCAR) for William & Meghan Castellane (Goshen) SBL 108-2-24 in
the amount of $599.85; Juliana Feuster (Goshen) SBL 18-2-20 in the amount of $420.26;
Joseph Lanza & Natalie Jouve (Goshen) SBL 112-16-6 in the amount of $1,154.52;
Bernard & Louise Luck (Goshen) SBL 112-8-3 in the amount of $777.57; Ivan & Rachel
Perlman (Goshen) SBL 17-4-3 in the amount of $296.22; Sean Trentcosta & Kristen
Costello in the amount of $250.42; Miquel Gonzalez (Hamptonburgh) SBL 4-1-35.21 in
the amount of $ 909.77 (A690) for the 2017/2018 tax year.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, WHEREAS, the District has
previously approved an Engagement Letter with Nugent and Haeussler, PC for the
preparation of Audited Financial Statements for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2017 at the
rate of $28,500 plus $1,500 for the Updated Depreciation Register; and
WHEREAS, Nugent and Haeussler has incurred additional expense beyond the amount
stated in the Engagement Letter for services related to consultation regarding the New
York State Comptroller’s audit, payroll related issues during the course of the fiscal year
and additional audit work related to the single audit;
THERFORE BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education authorizes the payment to Nugent and Haeussler of an
additional $4,500 beyond the amount stated in the Engagement Letter, for the additional
work.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the
donation from Fanraise in the amount of $85.00 for fundraising sales made by Goshen Varsity Club and authorizes these funds to be deposited in the Goshen High School Extra-Classroom Activity Fund (Goshen Varsity Club Account). AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Jason Pucci, that the resolution approved
by the Board of Education at the October 2, 2017 meeting regarding the purchase of a
replacement 66-passenger school bus for $117,568.33 with insurance proceeds in the
amount of $108,676.33 and a transfer from the equipment code in the amount of
$8,892.00 is hereby amended to provide that the purchase price of such replacement school
bus shall be $113,787.16 and the amount of $5,110.83 shall be transferred from the
equipment code A2110.209 to A5510.201.
(Mr. Miller stated that the original quote for the bus was renegotiated to a lower amount,
which is more in line with the amounts we have paid in the past.)
AYES-6 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 the overnight trip for
the Boys/Girls Cross Country athletes to attend NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championship
held at Wayne Central School, Penfield, New York from November 10-11, 2017.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board reserves the right to cancel or
reschedule any school-sponsored trip or activity in the event of any emergency condition
outside of the control of the School District, in its sole discretion.
(Mrs. Green wished the team well)
AYES-6 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 entering into an
Agreement with Center for Discovery 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-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

 

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation of
the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves entering into an
Agreement with Agri-Business Child Development Florida ABCD to provide services for
special education students, effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018.

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 Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves entering into an
Agreement with United Green Chimneys 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-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A parent addressed the Board with her concerns involving a transportation error involving
her child. She would like to see some changes in procedures, which would aid in avoiding
future mistakes. The parent offered a couple of suggestions such as adding bus monitors on
all elementary bus runs and daily check-off sheets for student drop-offs. The Board and
Mr. Connor offered the parent their apologies for the mishap. Mr. Connor stated that he
would be working with Mrs. Post, Director of Transportation, and Dr. Voloshin, SAS
Principal in developing/modifying student drop-off procedures.

Mr. Cassel asked to have a report given to the Board on the student failures/progress due to
the new academic intervention services programs that were developed in the schools. It
was a key aspect of the negotiations with the GTA. Mr. Connor mentioned that all schools
have strategies and plans in place and they will be reported to the Board at a future
meeting.

At 8:57 p.m., on a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, the Board
entered Executive Session, with the intent not to return, for the purpose of employment
histories of particular persons.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

At 9:30 p.m., on a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Martha Bogart the Board
closed the Executive Session.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:31 p.m. on a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by
Jeremy Cassel.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.
Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk