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Board Minutes for October 7, 2019

A Public Hearing to present the District-wide School Safety Plan was held in the Board of Education Room at the Main Street School on Monday, October 7, 2019 at 7:15 p.m.  The 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 7, 2019 following the Public Hearing.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent:
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Superintendent of Schools
Mr. Daniel T. Connor
Assistant Superintendent for Business
Ms. Louise Lynch
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology
Mr. Jason Carter
Principals:
Mr. Thomas Heinzelman (Interim), Mr. Matthew Wentworth, Mr. Henry Freedman (Interim)
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director
Mr. Matthew O’Brien
Elementary Coordinator
Vacant
Director of PPS
Absent
Assistant Director of PPS
Mr. Brian Orzell
Supervisor of Transportation
Ms. Karen Wells
Assistant Supervisor of Transportation
Vacant
Director of Facilities III
Mr. James Riley
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel
Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Student Senate Representative
Absent
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

President Jason Pucci called the Public Hearing to order at 7:17 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green, to present the District-wide School Safety Plan.

Mr. Carter gave the following PowerPoint presentation:

What is the district-wide school safety plan?

  • The district wide school safety plan establishes protocol for responding to a multitude of safety issues
    • These issues include:
      • Implied threats of violence
      • Acts of violence
      • Communication with law enforcement, parents and/or guardians
        • Police
        • Fire
        • EMS
        • Other Government Agencies
      • Establishing prevention and intervention techniques
      •  Training
      • Safety drills
  • School districts must have a Chief Emergency Officer named in the district-wide plan
    • Superintendent of Schools, or his/her designee
  • The Chief Emergency Officer is responsible for the following:
    • Ensure that the schools’ building-level emergency response plan is up to date each year
    • Ensure that building-level drills (fire drills and lock down drills) are completed each year
    • Aid in policy development and decision-making for school technology
  • How does this differ from building-wide safety plans?
    • Building-wide safety plans:
      • Have protocols for crises that warrant evacuation, sheltering, and lockdown/lockout
      • Contain school and/or building blueprints, communication plans, and the chain of command to be utilized
      • Is a confidential document
      • May not be viewed by or commented on by the public

The district-wide school safety plan has been made available on our website.

The Board thanked Mr. Carter for his presentation.

Mr. Pucci opened the Public Hearing to comments and questions.

Mr. Cassel inquired if any of the police agencies are involved with the development of the district-wide safety plan. Mr. Riley replied the district collaboratively works with police agencies and BOCES in making yearly revisions to both the district-wide and school specific plans. Electronic copies of the plans are submitted to the state after the yearly review, and are at the fingertips of State Police to access and disseminate as necessary.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, the Public Hearing was adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

During a brief recess before the beginning the regular meeting.

President Jason Pucci called the regular meeting to order at 7:31 p.m.

Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation remembering the families of Charles Norton (retired Gr. 4 teacher), David Racusen (father of Ann Desiglioli, Treasurer) and John Eylers (father of Karen Wells, Supervisor of Transportation) on their recent passing.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of September 16, 2019.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for July 2019 was acknowledged under Financial Update.

The board received the following correspondence: various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor. Items discussed included:

  1. Members of the cross-country team addressed the Board on a recent complaint regarding the clothing they wear while practicing.
  2. A group of faculty, staff and parents at Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School came to the meeting to show their support for Henry Freedman to be the permanent principal of the school.
  3. A community member questioned the content of board minutes as it relates to the Open Meetings Law.
  4. A community member questioned the reimbursement for tuition for administrators have earned a Ph.D. upon their separation from the District.

Assigning Jon Redeker as a teacher on special assignment is on the agenda this evening. This position will provide support to district teachers and other professional staff in the area of technology. The Board has discussed the need of this assignment in the past few years and is glad to be able to move forward with this initiative.

Mr. Pucci mentioned he conferred with Mr. Connor regarding the possible formation of a financial planning committee. The goal of the committee would be to strategically plan 3-5 years out, similar to corporations in the private sector. While it is difficult to predict the revenue side, the district has the ability to forecast expenses.

All Homecoming events were well attended and successful.

The auditorium was recently retested for radon following the baseline testing in June. The results were well below the EPA allowable levels.

A Board tour of CJH will occur prior to the November 4 meeting.

Due to Mrs. Bogart absence, there was no legislative or Orange County School Boards Association report.

Jon Redeker joined the Board to discuss the results of an online survey he conducted with staff and eighth and twelfth grade students. Mr. Redeker provided a few key summary points:

  • Provide further training to fully utilize the technology tools available.
    • Support technology skills: Specifically spreadsheets, management tools, and creative services.
    • Develop new teaching strategies to maximize student learning and technology.
    • Our students and teachers would benefit from having more training in the management tools in GSuite. They like Google Classroom but they have not been instructed in all of the app integration that it has according to their answers. There are some who opt in, but a universal training program and orientation could work well to address these needs. An orientation using a set of classes at different grade levels, or a “Student Development Day” similar to a Staff Development Day could be a good option to help instruct students in skills to help manage their lives digitally.
  • Students think highly of their technology skills and their readiness for the future.
    • Students feel confident but do not cite Goshen as a reason.
    • Further research is recommended to see if their perceptions match reality for issues regarding Digital Citizenship and behavior.
    • Students do not utilize tech management tools.
  • Students’ desire more access to the internet on their personal devices, but may not be able to handle appropriate and responsible use.

The Board thanked Mr. Redeker for his presentation and Mr. Redeker thanked the Board for serving the district in his new capacity.

Matthew O’Brien, Lynn Abrams and John Stephens joined the Board to discuss the K-5 health education. They gave the following PowerPoint presentation:

What’s New:

  • Bolstered Curriculum reflective of age-appropriate Mental Health Content at the K-5 level
    • As per NYS Mandate (2018)
  • Full-time K-5 Health Education Teacher
    • Meets with students from SAS and GIS bi-weekly
    • Full curriculum can be implemented through regularly scheduled health lessons

NYS Framework for Mental Health Education Instruction:

Standard 1 – Self-Management:

Develop self-awareness and self-management skills essential for mental health.

  • 1A. Self-care to promote mental health and overall well-being.
  • 1B. Resiliency
  • 1C. Feelings

Standard 2 – Relationships:

Develop healthy relationships to promote mental health.

  • 2A – Communication Skills
  • 2B – Empathy, Compassion, Acceptance
  • 2C – Gratitude, Forgiveness

Standard 3 – Resource Management:

Develop skills to utilize personal and community resources related to mental health. Know what, when, where and how to ask for help for self and others.

  • 3A – What to ask for help for self and others
  • 3B – When to ask for help for self and others
  • 3C – Where to ask for help for self and others
  • 3D – How to ask for help for self and others

Mental Health Education at the Secondary Level

  • Middle School
    • Grades 6-8
  • High School
    • Health & Wellness course
    • Stress Management PE course
    • Critical Health Issues elective
  • NYS Mental Health Education Readiness Guide

Health at SAS

Kindergarten

  • Students are continuing to learn about the Health and Wellness Triangle
  • Students have learned about various emotions such as Anger, Happiness, Sadness, Excitement, and Frustration
  • Students understand how Breathing can us control our emotions and actions and can help us feel better.
  • Students have learned about the word “Cope” and have been able to identify different ways they can cope with bad emotions.

First Grade

  • Students are continuing to learn about the Health and Wellness Triangle
  • Students have learned about different emotions and have been able to identify different things that make them feel that way and how they can help themselves feel better.
  • Students have learned about the word “empathy” and how they can help others that they feel empathy for.

Second Grade

  • Students are continuing to learn about the Health and Wellness Triangle
  • Students have learned about different ways that they can cope with bad emotions
  • Students have engaged in conversations about how we can help others.
  • Students have participated in a “Link of Kindness” where they have named an Act of Kindness and added it to our class link.

Health at GIS

Third Grade

  • Students have grasped an understanding of each part of the Health and Wellness Triangle
  • Students have learned about Mindfulness and how meditation can help them stay focused on the present moment and control their actions and thoughts.
  • Students are learning now how to make observations of their surroundings to stay mindful of their surroundings.

Fourth Grade

  • Students can identify an example of each part of the Health and Wellness Triangle
  • Students have learned about Mindfulness and can name some strategies of how they can stay mindful.
  • Students have been able to identify different situations of when good mindfulness can help them
  • Students are learning now how observations of your surroundings and different situations can cause stress.
  • Students will be able to explain what stress is and how they can cope with stressful situations.

Fifth Grade

  • Students can name each part of the Health and Wellness Triangle
  • Students have learned about Mindfulness and can name some strategies of how they can stay mindful.
  • Students have been able to create different situations of when good and bad mindfulness can occur
  • Students are learning now about stress and how it affects us and our thoughts
  • Students are also creating different stressful situations and naming ways that they can deal with them.

Mr. O’Brien noted this is a not a new curriculum, but a bolstered one which includes mandated state and national standards.

Jim Sterett discussed recent cyber-attacks that occurred at other local districts and what our district is doing to help avert such an event. We are always monitoring access while trying not to impede the learning process. Mr. Lorenzo mentioned the Board Technology Committee has discussed safety issues. User education and having a patch management schedule is very important. Mr. Sterett reported both student records and our financial system are stored off-site and are protected by the latest software security systems.

Due to the resignation of Mr. Orzell, the district is beginning a search for a new assistant director of pupil personnel services. The new hire will begin in January.

Ms. Lynch reported the Business Office is continuing to work on the migration of data.

The Claim’s Auditor report showed few errors, all of which were corrected before payments were issued.

The external audit of the 2018-2019 financial records conducted by Nugent & Haeussler is uploaded onto the website.

Ms. Lynch provided the Board with a draft budget development calendar for 2020-2021.

The budgetary transfers on this evening’s agenda were discussed. Monies slated for Hamptonburgh residential were incorrectly budgeted to the St. Dominick’s account code. The district has no control over the number of students placed at Hamptonburgh. Nurses’ salaries were under budgeted due to mid-year stipend.

The Spanish textbook on the agenda for adoption is required for two new Spanish 5 courses offered to our students through Corning Community College.

We have a Level I cohort currently training in Wilson, which will help students who are reading and spelling below grade level, as well as those diagnosed with a language-based learning disability. Fifteen teachers are choosing to continue training that entails 65 lessons and 90 additional online hours.

A cohort at the high school is currently being trained in project-based learning.

BEDs day occurred on October 2. It involved a vast amount of data upload into the NYSED system. It was a large effort and Mr. Carter thanked Dr. Voloshin for his assistance.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Richard Besaw, custodial worker, effective December 12, 2019. Mr. Besaw has been with the District for 39 years.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, 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.

Accept resignation:  Brian Orzell, assistant director of pupil personnel services, effective October 16, 2019.

Approve childcare leave of absence: Amber Brown, art teacher, is requesting a childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately November 25, 2019 through on or about January 6, 2020.

Approve childcare leave of absence: Michael LaMonica, grade 8 science teacher, is requesting a childcare leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately January 6, 2020 through on or about February 3, 2020.

Approve medical leave of absence: Christopher Tucci, unified arts teacher, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately October 7, 2019 through on or about October 21, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Anna Allen, teacher aide, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately October 3, 2019 through on or about February 21, 2020.

Approve medical leave of absence: Joseph Sanzone, school bus driver, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately September 4, 2019 through on or about December 2, 2019.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Anthony Chisholm, technical support assistant, is requesting an extension of his medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately September 14, 2019 through on or about October 24, 2019.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Pamela Klusky, teacher aide, is requesting an extension of her medical, effective approximately October 7, 2019 through on or about November 1, 2019.

Approve intermittent medical leave of absence: Katherine Russo, special education teacher aide, is requesting an intermittent medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective September 27, 2019, as needed. This leave conforms to the Family Medical Leave Act requirements.

Approve appointment: Karen Wells, supervisor of transportation (probationary), at a salary of $86,000 (prorated) for the 2019-2020 school year, effective September 20, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective September 20, 2019. Ms. Wells is the assistant supervisor of transportation and has assumed many of the duties of the supervisor of transportation position upon the retirement of Donna Post in December 2018.

Approve appointment:  Kelly Kennedy, ENL teacher, at a salary of $66,038 prorated (MA-4 on GTA salary schedule) effective (to be determined), with a tenure date of (to be determined), 2023 and a tenure area in ENL, subject to the teacher’s receipt of composite or overall APPR ratings pursuant to Education Law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either Effective or Highly Effective in at least three of the four years preceding tenure conferral. Ms. Kennedy has Initial ESOL and Professional Adult Education English Learning certifications. She is replacing Jesus Morales.

Approve appointment: Purita Rosas, school bus driver (probationary), at a salary of $23.29/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective October 8, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 8, 2019. She is a substitute driver with the District. Ms. Rosas is replacing Michael Osburn.

Approve appointment: Christine Gliatta, school bus driver (probationary), at a salary of $23.29/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective October 8, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 8, 2019. She is a substitute driver with the District. Ms. Gliatta is replacing James Murray.

Approve appointment: John Pierce, school bus driver (probationary), at a salary of $23.29/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective October 8, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 8, 2019. He is a substitute driver with the District. Mr. Pierce is replacing Mary Beth Walla.

Approve appointment: James DeBlock, school bus monitor (probationary), at a salary of $16.60/hr., for 5 ¼ hours/day, effective October 8, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 8, 2019. He is a substitute school bus monitor with the District. Mr. DeBlock is replacing Jose Mercado.

Approve appointment: Jeniece Gonzales, food service helper (probationary), at a salary of $15.00/hr., for 3 hours/day, effective October 8, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 8, 2019. She is a substitute food service helper with the District. Ms. Gonzales is replacing Maritza Morales.

Approve appointment:  Leah Morganstein, long-term substitute administrator, at a salary of $600.00/diem, as needed, effective October 16, 2019 through January 17, 2019 pending the hiring of a new assistant director of PPS.  Ms. Morganstein is currently an approved substitute administrator for the District.

Approve appointment:  Monika Quilatan, substitute teacher, at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 8, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Amanda Raco, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 8, 2019. Ms. Raco previously worked for the District as a custodial worker and food service helper.

Approve appointment:  Yvonne Abatecola, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective October 8, 2019. Ms. Abatecola is also being approved as a substitute school bus monitor.

Approve appointment:  Yvonne Abatecola, substitute school bus monitor, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective October 8, 2019. Ms. Abatecola is also being approved as a substitute teacher aide.

Approve appointment:  Valerie Washington, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $11.80/hour, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 8, 2019.

Approve appointment:  Michael Calabrese, Ski Club Advisor under Schedule B – B.8 at C.J. Hooker Middle School, at a stipend of $2,359.00, effective for the 2019-2020 school year. Michael LaMonica was incorrectly assigned this position at the August 19, 2019 BOE meeting.

Approve appointment:  Jennifer Kirk, modified cheer intramural coach, at a salary $37.72/hour, effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Kate Schmidt, volunteer Odyssey of the Mind coach, at Goshen Intermediate School, effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Justin Campbell, Karyn Hughes, Gabriella Ackert, Margaret Storms, Jan Van Hage, Kristy Leva, Patricia Hartley, Charles Doyle, John Kayser, Jacqueline Gamboli, Ravon Carrillo and Amie Walter, after-school program tutors at C.J. Hooker Middle School, at a salary of $ 33.66 per hour, effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Margaret Storms, Christine Ruggerio, Erin Sherry and Kelly Ducham, tutors for PPS Department, at a salary of $ 33.66 per hour, as needed, effective for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Christian Cole, volunteer football coach for the 2019-2020 school year. There is no stipend for this position.

Approve amending appointment:  Maria Melchiori, long-term substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $16.60/hr., effective September 17, 2019 through December 10, 2019.  Ms. Melchiori is replacing Jennifer English who was filling the leave of absence for Michelle Serna. The appointed salary at the September 16, 2019 was incorrect.

Approve amending appointment: Diane Otero, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $16.60/hr., for 5¾ hours/day, effective September 3, 2019. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective September 3, 2019. Ms. Otero is replacing Patricia Mill. The appointed salary at the September 3, 2019 was incorrect.

Approve reappointment: Maria Dymon, substitute teacher, at a salary of $100.00 per diem, effective September 3, 2019.

Approve amending stipends: peer mediation club advisors at C.J. Hooker Middle School to be as follows: Jennifer Blake ($1,861 – D.5), Michael Toscano ($1,670 – C.5), and Lisa Brent ($1,670 – C.5). The approval at the August 19, 2019 Board Meetings incorrectly stated the FTE as .4 instead of .5 FTE.

Approve amending stipend: Jonathan Redeker, teacher on special assignment, at a stipend of $10,270, for the 2019-2020 school year. This is an amendment to the technology K-12 coordinator stipend approved at the July 15, 2019 meeting.

Approve extra compensation: Carmina Villegas, social studies teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective October 8, 2019. Ms. Villegas will be teaching 1 extra period on U.S. History every day for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve extra compensation: Robert Karchawer, social studies teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective October 8, 2019. Mr. Karchawer will be teaching 1 extra period on Participation in Government every day for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Approve extra compensation: Michael Isseks, social studies teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective October 8, 2019. Mr. Isseks will be teaching 1 extra period on U.S. History every day for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve extra compensation: Joseph Condello, science teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 4, 2019. Mr. Condello will be teaching 1 extra period every 6 days for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve extra compensation: Lori Paulus, science teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 4, 2019. Ms. Paulus will be teaching 1 extra class period every 6 days for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve extra compensation: Sharon Woelfel, science teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 4, 2019. Ms. Woelfel will be teaching 1 extra class period every 6 days for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve extra compensation: Christina Maliwacki, mathematics teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 4, 2019. Ms. Maliwacki will be teaching 2 extra class periods every day until October 11, 2019.

 

Approve extra compensation: Kelly McGoldrick, long-term substitute physical education teacher, at a salary of $83.71/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 4, 2019. Ms. McGoldrick taught 2 extra classes, one on September 4, 2019 and one on September 5, 2019. These were on her schedule in error and was corrected beginning September 6, 2019.

 

Approve increasing step level:  Casey Nardone, speech pathologist, at a salary of $63,641 (MA-30 Step 1 on GTA salary schedule) effective July 1, 2019. She is moving from MA step 1 to MA-30 step 1. Ms. Nardone was hired at the incorrect step level at the August 5 meeting.

 

Create/Dissolve Co-Curricular Stipends at CJH:

1.  Dissolve: Newspaper Club Advisor (FTE 0.8)

2.  Create: Stage Manager (FTE 0.8)

3.  Dissolve: Video Yearbook advisor (FTE 0.5)

4.  Create: Acting Club Advisor (FTE 0.5)

 

Evening High School

 

Approve appointment:  Eric Harris as Evening High School administrative substitute at a salary of $63.65/hr., as needed, for 3 ½ hours per evening, as needed, effective September 17, 2019.

 

Approve appointment:  Joanne Donovan as Evening High School substitute security aide at a salary of $67.03/per evening, for 3 hours per evening, as needed, effective September 17, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve appointment:  Jaclyn LaRocco Migneco as Evening High School substitute security aide at a salary of $67.03/per evening, for 3 hours per evening, as needed, effective September 17, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve appointment:  Nina Juncaj, Lisa Nardone, Patricia Hartley, Laura MacGinitie, and Theresa Baker, as Evening High School tutors at a salary of $33.66/per hour, as needed, effective September 23, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve appointment:  Justin Campbell and Elizabeth Joseph, as Evening High School tutors at a salary of $33.66/per hour, as needed, effective October 1, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve appointment:  Paul Tenney as Evening High School GED social studies teacher at a salary of $66.14/hr., for 3.5 hours per evening, one evening per week, effective September 17, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

 

Approve appointment:  Diane Winslow as Evening High School GED/TASC math teacher at a salary of $43.73/hr., for 3.5 hours per evening, one evening per week, effective September 23, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.  Ms. Winslow is returning to Evening High School.

 

Approve appointment:  Nina Juncaj as Evening High School GED/TASC English teacher at a salary of $37.72/hr., for 3.5 hours per evening, one evening per week, effective September 23, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Anna LaRegina as Evening High School GED/TASC testing & tutoring teacher at a salary of $41.22/hr., as needed, effective September 23, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.

Approve appointment:  Matthew Laroe as Evening High School Participation in Government teacher at a salary of $40.02/hr., for 3.5 hours per evening, one evening per week, effective September 17, 2019 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Kristin Green as Evening High School English 12 teacher at a salary of $45.04/hr., for 3.5 hours per evening, 1 evening per week, effective September 17, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.  Ms. Green is returning to Evening High School.

Approve appointment:  Kristin Green as Evening High School English 11 teacher at a salary of $49.22/hr., for 3.5 hours per evening, for 1 evening per week, effective September 17, 2019 for the 2019-2020 school year.  Ms. Green is returning to Evening High School.

Approve revised list of CSE, SSE, CPSE Members and Surrogate parents for 2019-2020 school year.

CSE/CPSE Recommendations:

Committee on Special Education
09/17/19;117249/Classified
09/11/19;122783/Classified PP NR
09/17/19;121625/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
09/13/19;116265/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
09/17/19;122700/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
09/19/19;117798/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
09/24/19;122456/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
09/27/19;122668/Classified Preschool NS
Committee on Special Education
09/06/19;117184/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
09/26/19;113926/Classified
Committee on Special Education
09/11/19;122738/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
09/24/19;121598/Classified
Committee on Special Education
08/26/19;114215/Classified
Committee on Preschool Spec. Ed.
09/19/19;122427/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
08/28/19;117357/Classified

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Allison Salte,

WHEREAS, the District desires to assign Jonathan Redeker, a tenured 7-12 Social Studies tenure area teacher, to a position as a Teacher on Special Assignment K-12 Technology Instructional Specialist providing support to District teachers and other professional staff in the area of technology, including but not limited to providing professional development in technology, technology integration, assistance and support in technology for professional staff, among other technology related services, which constitutes an Instructional Support Services (“ISS”) position within the meaning of Part 30 of the Regents Rules; and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent deems Jonathan Redeker to be competent and qualified to perform the services of as a Teacher on Special Assignment, K-12 Technology Instructional Specialist based upon his successful service providing of such technology services during the previous six school years and his professional certificate as Educational Technology Specialist, and a professional certificate as Social Studies 7-12 teacher and more than three years teaching experience in his Social Studies tenure area; and

WHEREAS, in accordance with Part 30 of the Regents Rules and Section 3013 of the New York State Education Law, Jonathan Redeker shall continue to accrue seniority in the Social Studies tenure area while serving in this ISS position;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that Jonathan Redeker, is assigned to the position of an Teacher on Special Assignment, K-12 Technology Instructional Specialist position for the 2019-2020 school year, and thereafter, unless returned to a classroom teaching position in his/her tenure area of employment.

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 the re-adoption of the District Safety Plan as presented.

AYES-6           NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, 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:

Appointed Officials

Title/Name/SS # (last 4 digits)/Registration Number/Standard Work Day (Hrs/Day)/Term Begins/Ends/ Participates in Employer’s Time Keeping System (Yes/No)/ Days/Month (Based on Record of Activities)

District Clerk/Maureen Farrell/xxxx/xxxx/8/07/01/19-06/30/20/NO/13.50

District Treasurer/Ann Desiglioli/xxxx/xxxx/8/07/01/19-06/30/20/NO/22.00

School Tax Collector/Andrea Ricciardi/xxxx/xxxx/8/07/01/19-06/30/20/NO/22.00

AYES-6            NAYS-0                         Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent the Board of Education approves the update to the Internal Policy and Procedures for Use of District Credit Card/Line of Credit as presented.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Thomas Mullane, 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:

Henry Freedman

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the C.J. Hooker Middle School French Department Trip to Montreal and Quebec City, Canada from April 4 through April 7, 2020. 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.

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 approves the overnight trip for the Cross Country team to Warwick, Rhode Island on October 18-19, 2019 to participate in the Brown University Cross Country Invitational. 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.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education appoints the following District positions for the 2019-2020 school year, effective October 8, 2019:

Robert Siracuse
Comptroller, Extra-Classroom Activity Account – C.J. Hooker Middle School
Heather Carman
DASA Coordinator – C.J. Hooker Middle School
Henry Freedman
DASA Coordinator – Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School

AYES-6            NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the following budgetary transfers:

Description/Dated/Amount

Monies slated for Hamptonburgh residential were incorrectly budgeted to St. Dominick’s account code/09/26/19/$140,000

Nurses salaries were under budgeted due to mid-year stipend/07/31/19/$86,671

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves entering into individual Agreements with Learning Together and Greenburgh North Castle Union Free School District, to provide special educational services for students and for the District to sub-allocate IDEA 611 and 619 funds to said providers, on a per student basis, for the school year July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020.

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 entering into an Agreement with The Center for Discovery, to provide 1:1 Registered Behavior Technician Services per student’s IEP, in the amount of $9,660.00, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute the contract.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts a donation from Goshen Intermediate School PTO, in the amount of $6,658.66, to fund water bottle fill stations and coolers.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves increasing the 2019-2020 budget by $6,658.66 to support the associated expenditures.

Appropriations Total  $6,658.66

Water Maintenance Supplies    A1621.452.07

Revenues Total    $6,658.66

Donations A2705

AYES-6            NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts a donation from Global Payments Direct, Inc., in the amount of $1,000, to promote the school lunch program with a grant through MySchoolBucks.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves increasing the 2019-2020 budget by $1,000 to support the expenditures associated with promoting the school lunch program.

Appropriations   Total  $1,000  Supplies Non-Food C2860.450

Revenues Total    $1,000  Donations  C2705

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accept the donations totaling $7,550 from the following vendor list for the Athletic Fields Ribbon Cutting Ceremony:

Athletic Fields Ribbon Cutting Ceremony Donations

Daniel Connor, Jason Carter, Louise Lynch & Greg Voloshin
$       500
Atlas Security Services Inc.
$       500
Gerard Associates Consulting Engineers, P.C.
$       500
Goshen Youth League
$       500
Benard Associates, Inc.
$       500
Goshen High School: Goshen Teachers Association
$       500
LAN Associates
$       500
Triton Construction
$       500
LEGOLAND
$       500
M & T Bank
$       500
Goshen Intermediate School Parent- Teacher Organization
$       250
Scotchtown Ave School PTO
$       250
Thomas Guarino Family Foundations INC
$       250
Goshen Lions Club Administration Account
$       250
Goshen Chamber of Commerce
$       250
Goshen CSD CSEA
$       250
CJ Hooker Middle School PTO Inc.
$       250
Orange County Bagel Bakery II LLC
$       200
Trailside Treats LLC
$       100
Palacio Enterprises, Inc.
$       100
Mark Kalish
$       100
Goshen Sunoco
$       100
Community Sponsorship Main Street
$       100
Ashley Mechanical, INC
$       100

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves increasing the 2019-2020 budget by $7,550 to support the expenditures associated with the Athletic Fields Ribbon Cutting Ceremony.

Appropriations Total $7,550

Community – Contractual  A8060.400

Revenues Total    $7,550

Donations A2705

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 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 Michael & Maritza Batista (Goshen) SBL 29-1-16 in the amount of $959.74, Gill Bhupinder (Goshen) SBL 4-1-61.4 in the amount of $2,102.64, William & Eveline Henry (Goshen) SBL 112-16-9 in the amount of $402.72, Wendy Robinson (Goshen) SBL 17-1-44 in the amount of $1,761.88, Laureen Somers (Goshen) SBL 4-1-15.21 in the amount of $1,026.15 and Barry & Julia Terach (Goshen) SBL 18-2-42, in the amount of $1,088.11, (A1001) for the tax year 2019/2020.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the payment of the tax certiorari judgment awarded to Al Turi Landfill, Inc., Town of Goshen, as per court order entered in the Office of the Clerk of Orange County Supreme Court on September 8, 2016. Phase II in the amount of $526,689.33 and Phase III in the amount of $1,125,535.53. The said payments will be made to the “Commissioner of Finance, Orange County” upon request. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to fund said tax certiorari judgment refund that budgetary appropriations for the 2019/2020 school year be increased by $1,652,224.86 (A1964.400) and that the $1,652,224.86 be transferred to the General Fund Budget from the Tax Certiorari Reserve as the offsetting source of revenue.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                        Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education adopts a Spanish textbook, Aventuras Literarias, published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, for a new Spanish 5 course through Corning Community College.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green, that the Goshen Central School District approves a revised Agreement for District Legal Services with Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLC, from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, in the amount of $48,000 per school year. The District Law Firm is appointed annually at the Re-Organization meeting. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education President shall execute said 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 Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that the Board President is hereby authorized to execute an Addendum Agreement dated October 7 2019, to the Contract for the Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology, a copy of which 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, that the Board President is hereby authorized to execute an Addendum Agreement dated October 7 2019, to the Contract for the Assistant Superintendent for Business, a copy of which agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the Terms & Conditions for Department Directors of the Goshen Central School District effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020, a copy of which 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 Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the re-adoption of the Immunization of Students #7511 policy.

AYES-6            NAYS-0                       Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor. Items discussed included:

  • Final cost of the ribbon cutting for the high school new addition and athletic fields.
  • Expenses relating to the cross- country trip to Rhode Island.
  • A community member questioned the expenses related to the 1:1 registered behavior technician services and reimbursement.
  • Required postings for positions for which the District has interim contracts – high school principal and superintendent of schools.

There were no Board Member issues or questions.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

The meeting was adjourned at 9: 23 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte.

AYES-6           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk