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Board minutes for October 16, 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, October 16, 2017 at 6:30 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, 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 Absent
Director of PPS Ms. Heather Hendershot
CSE Chairperson Ms. Marlene Gaynor
Director of Transportation Absent
Director of Personnel Absent
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 6:32 p.m.

Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.

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

At 7:36 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo the
Board reconvened the regular meeting.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte 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 September 5, 2017.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: copy of letter from Goshen Public
Library to Orange County IDA requesting the library’s participation in PILOT payments
and various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

There was no President’s Report.

Mrs. Bogart recently attended the Orange County School Boards Association delegates
meeting. At the meeting Dr. Lang, BOCES Director of Instructional Support, gave a
presentation on understanding the McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act. Also
discussed at the meeting were proposed resolutions, amendments & rebuttals for the
NYSSBA convention.

James McLoughlin, Laura Dubatowka and Jacelyn Whiting, high school guidance
counselors, joined the Board to give a presentation on the role of the Guidance
Department in students’ lives and their work to foster each student’s social, emotional,
academic, and career development to maximize their educational potential.

 

They reviewed Guidance Department objectives as per the GHS Guidance Plan and
provided a month-by-month look on department activities to meet these objectives:
1. To provide comprehensive, developmental counseling services for all students needing
support with academic, career and personal/social issues.
2. To help students who exhibit attendance problems, academic problems, behavioral or
adjustment problems, family issues that impact their education and life.
3. To preserve and support the social and emotional health of all students.
4. To evaluate student progress and encourage each student to pursue appropriate
programs commensurate with his/her abilities/aptitudes and interests, and to develop a
schedule of courses that support progress towards NYS Diploma requirements.
6. To inform parents/guardians of student progress and involve them in guidance related
services.
7. To provide career guidance to students at each grade level so that they may attain the
knowledge and skills necessary to secure employment and perform work in a satisfactory
manner.
8. To provide consultation services to teachers, student support personnel, parents,
administration in understanding and meeting the individual needs of students.
9. To maintain a working relationship with all agencies involved with youth.
10. To address the needs of students with disabilities or other special needs.
11. To provide effective communication to the school community and the community at
large.

Also discussed was Naviance, a web-based software that provides students with a variety
of features, including college research and matching tools, course planning, career
assessment/personality tests, and surveys to help students connect what they are doing in
school to what they would like to do once they complete their education. Naviance also
facilitates the submission of college applications, as well as online submission of
transcripts, school forms and recommendations to colleges. Mr. Pucci inquired if
parent/student use of the program can be tracked within Naviance to see how much this
resource is being used to determine if more promotion is needed for this great resource.
Mrs. Dubatowka noted that the Guidance Department could see, on their end, when
students and/or parents logon to their accounts. Mr. Lorenzo asked if Naviance helps
students who will be entering C-Tech fields or the military instead of following a college
path. Mrs. Dubatowka stated Naviance has an assessment component that helps guide
students for various careers and provides information for the training and skills needed to
enter those careers.

Mr. Mullane inquired about the student/counselor ratio in Goshen compared to countywide
ratio. Dr. Kotes responded that our counselors average 10-15 students per counselor higher
than the county average.

Mrs. Bogart noted that part of a counselor’s day might involve addressing student
personal/social issues. She inquired what proportion of a counselor’s workday involves
addressing these services. Mrs. Whiting noted that it is unpredictable on any given day.
When a student has a crisis, that student takes precedence and the counselor’s other duties
are delayed until the student’s issues are addressed.

The Board thanked the Guidance Department for their informative presentation.

Mr. Rolon reported on the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony that took
place on October 13, 2017. Over 100 students qualified for induction and 88 students
attended that evening. After the ceremony in the C.J. Hooker auditorium, inductees and
families gathered in the gym for a potluck dinner. Mr. Rolon thanked Fabien Riviere,
faculty advisor, and many staff members for their work in making the ceremony a
successful event.

Mr. Carter reported on the 38th Annual Jelly Bean Field Day that occurred October 2-4 at
Goshen Intermediate School. The weather was wonderful and the children enjoyed
themselves immensely.

Mr. Connor and Mr. McKiernan reported on Spirit Week, Pep Rally, Hall of Fame
Ceremony and Homecoming, which all took place over the past week.

Mr. Miller informed the Board that Cooper & Arias, the district’s internal auditors, are
scheduled to be in district December 5-6, 2017 for their audit and February 13-14, 2018 for
special area testing. Mr. Miller asked the board to consider areas they would like to see
tested or he could make a list of possible topics to test.

Dr. Kotes gave the board an executive summary of the 1,000+ hours of curriculum work,
that teacher performed this summer. The district-wide curriculum work was dedicated to
the following areas: K-6 math program for the goal of full implementation in the 2018-
2019 school year, STEM at every school level, our 4 technology liaisons worked on
technology additions to all schools, and Advanced Placement (AP) annual updates that are
required by College Board.

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
retirement of Linda Barbaro, custodial worker, effective October 31, 2017. Ms. Barbaro
has been with the District for 11 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: Caroline O’Sullivan, special education teacher aide, is
requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible,
effective September 11, 2017 through on or about October 31, 2017.

Approve medical leave of absence: James Riley, Director of Facilities III, is requesting a
medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
November 10, 2017 through on or about December 4, 2017.

Approve appointment: Jennie Nicholson, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of
$13.60/hr. for 5 1⁄2 hrs. /day effective September 29, 2017. In accordance with Civil
Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks,
effective September 29, 2017. Ms. Nicholson is a substitute teacher aide with the District.
She is replacing Diane Hynes.

Approve appointment: Stephanie Cecere, food service helper (probationary), effective
October 3, 2017. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a
probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 3, 2017. She is
employed with the district as a substitute food service helper and substitute teacher aide.
Ms. Cecere is replacing Regina Torino.

Approve appointment: Jacqueline Gill, food service helper (probationary), effective
October 3, 2017. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a
probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 3, 2017. She is
employed with the district as a substitute teacher aide. Ms. Gill is replacing Laura Sullivan.

Approve appointment: Belynda Barton, senior account clerk typist (probationary), at a
salary of $38,310.00 (prorated), effective November 1, 2017. In accordance with Civil
Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks,
effective November 1, 2017. Ms. Barton is replacing Amanda Barone.

Approve appointment: Suela Marku, special education teacher aide (probationary), at a
salary of $13.60/hr., for 5 3⁄4 hours/day, effective October 5, 2017. In accordance with Civil
Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks,
effective October 5, 2017. Ms. Marku is a substitute teacher aide with the District. She is
replacing Kathleen Dallendorfer.

Approve appointment: Lizbeth Criscenzo, tutor, at a salary of $32.35/hr., for 3 1⁄2
hour/day, as needed, effective October 17, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.

Approve appointment: Suela Marku, volunteer Odyssey of the Mind advisor, for the 2017-
2018 school year. There is no stipend for this position.

Approve appointment: Elizabeth Lumezi, volunteer Odyssey of the Mind advisor, for the
2017-2018 school year. There is no stipend for this position.

Approve increase in hours: Brooke Knapp, teacher aide, increase in hours from 5 1⁄2 to 5 3⁄4
hours/day effective October 17, 2017 at a salary of $13.60/hour. Ms. Knapp is replacing
Heather Hilliard.

Approve increase step: Evelyn Schneider, English teacher, at a salary of $113,575
(MA60-21) effective October 17, 2017. She is moving from Master’s step 18 to Master’s
step 21 to compensate for facilitating new teacher/intern program since the passing of Jane
Unhjem. Ms. Schneider was hired at step 4 despite having many more years of experience.

 

 

CSE/CPSE
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 09/19/17;121762/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 09/20/17;120980/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 10/03/17;121605/Ineligible
Subcommittee on Special Education 09/29/17;115031/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 10/05/17;118915/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 09/28/17;121375/Classified
09/13/17; 119739/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 09/28/17;115478/Classified
09/07/17;118535/Classified
Committee on Special Education 09/13/17;113315/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 09/22/17;120979/Classified PP NR
Committee on Special Education 09/13/17;119195/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 02/14/17;118689/Classified
05/08/17;114145/Classified
09/07/17;113899/Classified
Committee on Special Education 09/13/17;119493/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 09/07/17;118139/Classified
09/08/17;121606/Classified PP NR

Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

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 re-adoption of the
School Food Service Program (Lunch & Breakfast) Policy #5660.

(Mrs. Green noted that this policy updates what can be charged, limits the number of
charges, describes the system to record charged meals and the system of repayments)
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the adoption of the
2018-2019 budget development calendar.
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 that the Class of 2017 account within
the Extra Classroom Activity Fund at Goshen High School be closed, as the class has
graduated, and any funds remaining be transferred to the Class of 2021 Extra Classroom
Activity Fund Account at Goshen High School.
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 entering into an
Agreement with Center for Discovery to provide functional behavior assessments and
behavior intervention plans for special education students, effective October 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 Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci, that the Board of
Education hereby ratifies the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement between the
District and the Goshen Administrators’ Association dated October 16, 2017 and
authorizes the funding of those monies necessary to implement the provisions of the 2017-
2020 Collectively Negotiated Agreement with the Goshen Administrators’ Association.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

(Mrs. Green thanked the negotiating team for all the work involved in this contract. Mr.
Carter, Goshen Administrators’ Association President, thanked the Board of Education and
members of the negotiation committee for the contract between the district and the
association. The association appreciates the Board’s continued support of their members.)

 

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the
Terms & Conditions for Central Office of the Goshen Central School District effective
July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

(Ms. Farrell, Central Office staff member, thanked the Board of Education for the updated
terms & conditions for the group. Central Office appreciates the Board’s continued support
of them.)

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education amends the Memorandum of
Agreement between Goshen Central School Districts and the Goshen Teachers’
Association dated August 28, 2017. Provision number 10 should be amended to read
“Teacher Salary Schedule (includes all unit members as defined in Article II (2.1))”.
(Mrs. Green noted that the wording in the Memorandum of Agreement inadvertently
excluded increases to nurses’ salaries. Intent was for all unit members to receive increase
to salaries. This motion rectifies the error.)
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Thomas Mullane, that the Board of
Education of the Goshen Central School District/Location Code 73302 hereby establishes
the following as standard work days for elected and appointed officials and will report the
following days worked to the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System
based on time keeping system records or the record of activities maintained and submitted
by these officials to the Clerk of this body:

Maureen Farrell, district clerk
Standard work day: 8 hours
Term begins/ends: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
Participates in employers’ time keeping system: No
Days/month (Based on record of activities): 10.29

Ann Desiglioli, district treasurer
Standard work day: 8 hours
Term begins/ends: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
Participates in employers’ time keeping system: No
Days/month (Based on record of activities): 21.67

Andrea McClorey, school tax collector
Standard work day: 8 hours
Term begins/ends: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
Participates in employers’ time keeping system: No
Days/month (Based on record of activities): 21.67

Christine Fini, claims auditor
Standard work day: 6 hours
Term begins/ends: July 1, 2017-June 30, 2018
Participates in employers’ time keeping system: Yes
Days/month (Based on record of activities): N/A

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation of
the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the corrective
action plan dated October 2, 2017, for the External Audit performed by Nugent and
Haeussler for the year ended June 30, 2017.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

Mr. Lorenzo was asked by Mr. Cassel to have two topics discussed in his absence –
development of a construction committee and percentage of students failing subjects.
Construction committee – Mr. Pucci mentioned the idea behind a committee would be
communication. Members would attend construction meetings and disperse minutes to all
board members in a timely fashion. Mr. Connor noted that Kevin Sawyer, the district’s
construction manager, would record minutes of the meetings and forward them to him. Mr.
Connor in turn would forward the minutes to the board. Mrs. Green stated that more of an
effort will be made to increase the flow of communications and stated that any board
member (up to 3 at a time) could attend construction meetings if they are available.

Regarding percentage of students failing subjects, Mr. Connor noted both Mr. McKiernan
and Mr. Rolon have a system in place to track students. An update will be given at the next
board meeting.

Mr. Pucci asked to have the section load report, which was provided to the Board, be
simplified by teacher. He would also like to have at least two years of data to help identify
trends.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:57 p.m. on a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by
Thomas Mullane.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk