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Board Minutes for October 2, 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 2, 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
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 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 Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mrs. Judy Green at 7:34 p.m.
Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation
remembering the families of Svein Salte (Allison Salte’s father-in-law) and Mrs. A. Riley
(Jim Riley’s mother) for their loss. Also remembered during the meditation were the
people of Puerto Rico affected by the recent hurricane and the victims and families of the
mass shooting in Las Vegas.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane 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 18, 2017.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for June 2017 was acknowledged under Financial Update.
The board received the following correspondence: invitation to 37th Annual Jelly Bean
Field Day and various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.
There was no President’s Report.
There was no Legislative Update.

Each year, the National Merit Scholarship Program announces Letters of Commendation,
based on scores students received on the PSAT test while juniors. The Letters of
Commendation are awarded to the top 34,000 students of the approximately 1.5 million
students who took the PSAT (roughly top 2%). This year Goshen had three students
receive the honor: Andie Wong, Jamie Wong and Judy Yim. Mr. Connor and the Board
congratulated the students and their families for their achievement.

Nugent & Haeussler discussed with the Board the findings of their 2016-2017 Financial
Audit. Mr. Sassi met with the Audit Committee on September 25, 2017. Three reports
(Audit Report, Federal Awards and Extraclassroom Activity Funds) were reviewed with
the Audit Committee. All three received the best results, which are unmodified, or “clean”
opinions meaning no material errors were found. The District continues to maintain good
financial position. The District has enough funds to meet its obligations. It has a strong
cash position and liabilities are at a minimum. The District is properly reserved. Mr. Sassi
commented that Mr. Miller keeps the District in good financial order. He feels that Mr.
Miller treats the finances of the District as if they were his own accounts.

Mr. Sassi noted that changes in legislative disclosure reporting has caused a small shift
from asset to liability for TRS purposes. This has no affect on taxpayers, but does have an
effect for bonding purposes. The District’s bond rating still remains high – Aa2. Mr. Pucci
noted that more education/training should be given to class officers and advisors in the
process of reporting for their extraclassroom accounts. Mr. Pucci commended Mr. Miller
and the Business Office staff for their work in continuing to keep the District in good
financial shape.

Mr. Connor reported on his attendance at the New York State Council of Superintendents
Fall Conference on September 24-25. Among the topics discussed were issues with scoring
the 2017 geometry regents and the scheduled Rating Day in 2018-2019 (which will cause a
hardship in fitting in 180 days of teaching during that school year).

Dr. Voloshin and Mr. Freedman joined the Board to give a presentation on initiatives being
implemented at Scotchtown Avenue School. The highlights of the presentation included:
1. Full-time instructional aides for Kindergarten
2. RTI Forms are now accessible through Google Forms
3. Academic Assistant Forms are accessible through Google Forms
4. Creation of Kinesthetic Activity Lab (motor skills, coordination, and social interaction with physical activities are integrated into learning activities – “action-based learning”).
5. Eight SAS improvement/initiative teams created (green, building improvement,
RTI, school safety, SAS pride, kinesthetic learning, technology improvement, K-2
STEAM development)
6. Faculty and Staff Back to School BBQ
7. 120 Chromebooks added to SAS
8. #Goshenpride initiatives
9. Project Based Learning Theme (Year 1): Anti-Bullying

Mr. McKiernan discussed a parent survey regarding the Naviance (program that
students/families use in researching and applying for colleges). The majority of
respondents were familiar with the program and would be interested in parent training
sessions. At recent open houses, Mr. McKiernan encouraged all parents, including those of
underclassmen, to attend Naviance training sessions.

Mr. Miller noted that it is time to start to prepare for a new budget cycle. Included in the
Board packet is a draft of the 2018-2019 budget development calendar for review and
adoption at the next board meeting. The budget vote will be May 15, 2018.

Dr. Kotes discussed the Board’s commitment to increasing the access of technology in the
classroom. Last year, 1,800 new devices were added to classrooms district-wide. While the
devices are cost-effective, they do have a life span. A large amount of our inventory are
reaching the end of their usable life span. Mr. Sterett discussed Google’s auto update
expiration, which no longer guarantees automatic updates to Chromebook devices once the
device reaches 5 years from its production date (not its in-use date). There will be 848
Chromebooks, about 23% of our stock, set to expire in July 2018. We should look to
replace these devices in the summer. Each Chromebook costs about $220 per device
including licensing and program installation. Mr. Sterett noted that a replacement schedule
is being developed with the purpose of not having to replace devices at the same time.
After this group of devices are replaced, the district should be in good shape until 2020-
2021. Dr. Kotes noted that after this group of Chromebooks is replaced, it would allow a
year to work on other initiatives of the Technology Committee including investing in other
opportunities such as STEM, robotics and drone technology, before continuing with the
Chromebook replacement cycle. Mr. Pucci requested a list of when devices will expire to
aid the Board in budgeting for the new devices. The Board discussed damage to devices
and the pros/cons of assigning devices to students. Mr. Sterett noted that our model (not
assigning devices to students) is working well in relation to the amount of damage that
occurs.

Dr. Kotes informed the Board that Jon Redeker has begun the Google Classroom parent
information sessions. There are 118 parents signed up for four classes. The next class is
October 21.

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
Consent Agenda as presented.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Accept resignation: Heather Hilliard, teacher aide, effective September 22, 2017.
Accept resignation: Kathleen Dallendorfer, special education teacher aide, effective
September 29, 2017.
Accept resignation: Clidia Mercado, food service helper, effective October 13, 2017.
Accept resignation: Laura Sullivan, food service helper, effective September 28, 2017.
Laura Sullivan
Accept resignation: Michelle Killenberger, girls leadership advisor at C.J. Hooker Middle
School, effective September 6, 2017.
Accept resignation: Maggi Ackert, Zumba club advisor at C.J. Hooker Middle School,
effective September 6, 2017.
Approve unpaid administrative leave of absence: Christine Sullivan, school bus driver on
unpaid leave of absence, effective September 18, 2017 through September 22, 2017.
Approve childcare leave of absence: Katherine Shaffer, social worker, is requesting a
childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective
approximately January 29, 2018 through on or about April 3, 2018.
Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Rondell Gauthier-Peters, teacher aide, is
requesting an extension of her medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave
Act, if eligible, effective September 27, 2017 through on or about January 26, 2018.
Approve appointment: Maura Mitterbauer, food service helper, effective October 3, 2017.
She is filling one of the positions that was created at the July 10, 2017 meeting from the
abolishment of the senior food service helper position. Her position will increase from 4 to
5 hours per day.
Approve appointment: Valerie Michels, .8 AIS math teacher, at a salary of $49,255
prorated (0.8 FTE)-(MA-3 on GTA salary schedule) effective October 3, 2017. She has 1-
6 certification. Ms. Michels is replacing Michael Dunne.
Approve appointment: Daniel Galloway, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as
needed, effective October 3, 2017. He had been employed with the district as a teacher
aide.
Approve appointment: Kara Smith, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as
needed, effective October 3, 2017. She has Permanent Reading and Permanent
Speech/Hearing certifications.
Approve appointment: Catalina Caizaluisa, special education teacher aide leave
replacement, at a salary of $13.60/hr. for 5 3⁄4 hrs. /day effective September 28, 2017 to
December 12, 2017, or until special education teacher aide returns. Ms. Caizaluisa is a
substitute teacher aide with the District. She is filling the leave of absence for Gina Martin.
Approve appointment: Lynette DeJesus, girls leadership advisor under Schedule B – A.4
at C.J. Hooker Middle School at a stipend of $992.00, effective for the 2017/2018 school
year.
Approve appointment: Amber Brown, art club advisor under Schedule B – A.4 at C.J.
Hooker Middle School at a stipend of $992.00, effective for the 2017/2018 school year.
Approve change in appointment: Nadina Alarcon, from student government advisor to co-
advisor under Schedule B – A.5 at C.J. Hooker Middle School at a stipend of $1,240, effective for the 2017/2018 school year.
Approve appointment: Stephen Joyce, student government co-advisor under Schedule B –
A.4 at C.J. Hooker Middle School at a stipend of $992.00, effective for the 2017/2018
school year.
Approve appointment: Amie Walter, tutor, at a salary of $32.35/hr., as needed, effective
October 3, 2017 for the 2017-2018 school year.
Approve change in compensation: Ann Picchione, retired clerical substitute, at a salary of
$85 for 4 hours per day, as needed, effective October 3, 2017 through June 30, 2018. She
is provide training to Principal Clerk.
Approve extra compensation: Michael LaMonica, grade 8-science teacher at a salary of
$80.46/ period, per GTA contract, effective for the 2017-2018 school year. Mr. LaMonica
will be teaching an extra class every other day to meet the needs of the increased number
students studying Earth Science.
Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

Mr. Connor introduced Valarie Michels to the Board of Education. She was appointed to
the .8 AIS math teacher position at C.J. Hooker Middle School.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the
financial audit report for the year ended June 30, 2017 as presented by Nugent &
Haeussler, P.C. on October 2, 2017.
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 appoints Heather Hendershot as:

 Section 504 Compliance Officer
 Attendance Officer
 Title VII Officer
 Title IX Officer
 Homeless Liaison

for the 2017-2018 school year, effective October 1, 2017. Ms. Hendershot is replacing
Deirdre Hallinan in these positions. There are no stipends for the positions.
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 approves the budgetary transfer
dated September 21, 2017, in the amount of $170,000, to cover the increase in special
education transportation costs due to additional students and locations.
AYES-7 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 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 James & Hope Baird (Goshen) SBL 15-1-41 in
the amount of $647.99; Guiseppe & Rosa Bosco (Goshen) SBL 18-1-86 in the amount of
$262.90; Thomas & Christine Jones (Goshen) SBL 17-4-18 in the amount of $329.55;
Joseph & Renee Prata (Goshen) SBL 17-2-33 in the amount of $361.01; Louis Riso
(Goshen) SBL 4-1-55 in the amount of $370.28; Siegfried & Carolee Gruen (Goshen)
SBL 17-1-98.2 in the amount of $925.68 (A690) for the 2017/2018 tax year.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that pursuant to the
requirements of Education Law Section 3012-d and Part 30-2.9 of the Regents Rules, the
following person, has completed all of the required training to be re-certified by this Board
of Education as “Lead Evaluator” for classroom teachers:
For Classroom Teachers: Heather Hendershot
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation
of the Superintendent of Schools that an account for the Class of 2021 Club Fund be
established within the Extra Classroom Activity Fund at the High School and that the Class
of 2021 Club Advisors be authorized to sign disbursement orders, receipts and otherwise
oversee this account in accordance with District Policy and the Procedures outlined in the
New York State Education Department Guidelines entitled, “The Safe Guarding,
Accounting and Auditing of Extra Classroom Activity Funds”. The faculty advisors are
Sarah Barquero and Kacie DeNoyelles.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

 

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that the Board of
Education of Goshen Central School District accepts the insurance recovery check from
NYSIR in the amount of $108,676.33 for the value of a large bus which was involved in a
motor vehicle accident and declared a total loss.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Goshen Central School
District accepts the additional insurance recovery check from NYSIR in the amount of
$1,372.00 for the towing of the bus which was involved in a motor vehicle accident and
declared a total loss.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board of Education authorizes increasing
the 2017-2018 budgetary appropriations by a total of $110,048.33 and appropriates
$108,676.33 of this amount to account code A5510.201 and the remaining amount of
$1,372.00 to account code A5510.408.81. The offsetting revenue account code A2680
shall also be increased by $110,048.33.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Allison Salte,
WHEREAS, on September 1, 2017, a 66-passenger school bus was damaged
beyond repair in an accident; and WHEREAS, the District received insurance proceeds in the amount of
$108,676.33 for replacement of the bus and the cost of a replacement bus is $117,568.33;
and WHEREAS, the District needs to replace the 66-passenger school bus as soon as
possible in order to allow for the effective and efficient transportation of children;
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes
the purchase of a 66-passenger school bus to replace Bus No. 243 that was totaled on
September 1, 2017 for the amount of $117,568.33 and authorizes the appropriation of
unencumbered money in the equipment code A2110.209, in the sum of $8,892.00, and
transfer of such sum to A5510.201 to pay the difference between the insurance proceeds
received and the cost of the replacement bus.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

School Food Service Program (Lunch & Breakfast) Policy #5660 was presented for first
reading.

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

Mr. Pucci asked for a section load report prepared for the next meeting.
Mr. Cassel asked for a list of how many students are failing one or more classes for the
next meeting.
The meeting adjourned at 9:03 p.m. on a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas
Mullane.

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk