Board Minutes for September 18, 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, September 18, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Present: Mrs. Judy Green, President
Mr. Jason Pucci, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mr. Jeremy Cassel
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent: Mr. Michael Lorenzo
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: Absent
Elementary Coordinator Absent
Director of Facilities III Absent
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

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mrs. Judy Green at 7:30 p.m.
Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.
At 7:31 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel the Board
entered Executive Session with the intent to return for the purpose of employment history
of particular person and collective negotiations.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

At 8:15 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel the Board
reconvened the regular meeting.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Thomas Mullane, 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: Notice of Proposed Merlin
Entertainment Group PILOT Deviation from Orange County IDA and various newspaper
articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

There was no President’s Report.

There was no Legislative Update.

Mr. Connor introduced Kelly Ducham, music teacher at Goshen Intermediate School, to
the Board of Education. Mr. Carter spoke at the last meeting, of the desire to increase her
position from .6 to .8, as she works with choral groups in addition to her normal duties.

Mr. Connor thanked Student Senate Representative Zach Konstantindis for attending the
meeting.

Mr. Miller mentioned that the Goshen Public Library approached him to inquire about
Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) monies that they felt might be owed to them. Legal
counsel had advised Mr. Miller that the library must be listed as an entity in a PILOT
agreement for them to receive any money. Furthermore, it is the company’s responsibility to distribute PILOT monies to each entity included in the PILOT. Therefore, the district is
not required to collect PILOT money on behalf of the library. In reviewing all the current
PILOT agreement, only one, Glen Arden, mentions the library as a receiver of money.
Since 2005, the district had inadvertently collected the library’s portion of the PILOT
money and had not passed it on to the library ($48,650). As per legal counsel, we will have
action later in the meeting to return the money to Glen Arden for them to pay the library
directly. Mr. Miller suggested to the library that if they want to be included in PILOT
agreements in the future, they should speak to the Orange County IDA, as they make
PILOT agreements with companies.

Dr. Kotes informed the Board that the second annual college fair would be held October 5,
from 1-3 p.m. Ninety colleges have confirmed their attendance. Our district has invited
Chester and Florida school to attend.

Mr. McKiernan noted that in the evening of October 5, there would be a meeting to inform
parents of the NCAA requirements needed for students to be eligible to participate in
sports at the college level. The NCAA has academic guidelines for eligibility. Having this
information is important, as it will allow families to wisely choose academic classes
throughout high school for their student.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of
the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the Consent Agenda as
presented.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Accept resignation: Cynthia Ilardi, special education teacher aide, effective September 22,
2017.
Accept resignation: Bryttany Sakell, school bus driver, effective September 5, 2017.
Accept resignation: Patricia Hall, school bus driver, effective September 1, 2017.
Accept resignation: Brenda Lawrence, school bus driver, effective August 29, 2017.
Accept resignation: Myrna Roman, school bus monitor, effective August 31, 2017.
Accept resignation: JoHanna Agius, leave replacement special education teacher, effective
September 19, 2017.
Approve paid administrative leave of absence: Paul Bennis, social studies teacher on paid
leave of absence, effective September 7, 2017 through September 11, 2017.
Approve abolishing position: Senior Payroll Clerk
This position is being abolished, as the payroll function will be performed by a senior
account clerk/typist.
Approve abolishing 2 positions: Maintenance Worker
Approve creating 2 positions: Head Maintenance Worker
These positions are being created better reflect the increasing duties and responsibilities of
current personnel in the Building & Maintenance Department. Their former positions are
being abolished, therefore no net increase to staffing.
Approve appointment: Don Spoor, head maintenance worker, at a salary of $66,651
(prorated), (Step H* of the CSEA salary schedule) effective September 19, 2017. He has
been a maintenance worker with the District for 18 years and has demonstrated the
requisite skills and aptitude, especially with regard to the district’s electrical systems. Mr.
Spoor is filling one of the two positions being created at this meeting.
Approve appointment: Mel Bechard, head maintenance worker, at a salary of $66,651
(prorated), (Step H* of the CSEA salary schedule) effective September 19, 2017. He has
been a maintenance worker with the District for 20 years and has demonstrated the
requisite skills and aptitude especially with regard to the district’s HVAC systems. Mr.
Bechard is filling one of the two positions being created at this meeting.
Approve appointment: Gabrielle Roberts, leave replacement special education teacher, at a
salary of $58,639 (prorated), pending GTA negotiation (MA-2 on GTA salary schedule),
September 19, 2017 to June 30, 2018. She has Initial SWD K-2, Initial SWD 1-6 and
Initial 1-6 certifications. Ms. Roberts is a substitute teacher with the District and had
previously completed a full year leave replacement assignment. Ms. Roberts is filling the
childcare leave of absence for Ann Marie Mollenhauer.

Approve appointment: Christina Weiss, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of
$13.60/hr. for 51⁄4 hrs. /day effective September 27, 2017. In accordance with Civil
Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks,
effective September 27, 2017. Ms. Weiss is a long-term teacher aide with the District. She
is replacing Amanda Grunenberg.
Approve appointment: Alissa Smith, special education teacher aide (probationary), at a
salary of $13.60/hr., for 5 3⁄4 hours/day, effective September 25, 2017. In accordance with
Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52
weeks, effective September 25, 2017. Ms. Smith is a substitute aide with the District. She
is replacing Cynthia Ilardi.
Approve appointment: Brenda Baker, school bus driver (probationary), at a salary of
$21.33/hr., for 5 1⁄4 hours/day, effective September 20, 2017. In accordance with Civil
Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks,
effective September 20, 2017. Ms. Baker is replacing Bryttany Sakell.
Approve appointment: Martin Herbert, school bus driver (probationary), at a salary of
$21.33/hr., for 5 1⁄4 hours/day, effective September 19, 2017. In accordance with Civil
Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks,
effective September 19, 2017. Mr. Herbert is replacing Brenda Lawrence.
Approve appointment: Michele Gulino, school bus monitor (probationary), at a salary of
$13.60/hr., for 5 1⁄4 hours/day, effective September 19, 2017. In accordance with Civil
Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks,
effective September 19, 2017. Ms. Gulino is replacing Myrna Roman.
Approve appointment: Nicole Dagele, volleyball volunteer coach, not to exceed 29 hours
per week for all assignments, effective September 19, 2017. She is a substitute teacher
with the district. There is no stipend for this position.
Approve appointment: Marisol Paneto, Junior Class Advisor under Schedule B – A.8 at
Goshen High School at a stipend of $1,950.00 (pending GTA negotiations), effective for
the 2017/2018 school year.
Approve appointment: Elizabeth Laskoski, Odyssey of the Mind Advisor under Schedule
B – D.7 at Goshen High School at a stipend of $2,461.00 (pending GTA negotiations),
effective for the 2017/2018 school year.
Approve appointment: Cynthia Ilardi, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hr., as
needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 22, 2017.
Approve additional hours: Donna Meaney, summer teaching assistant, for preparing new
hardware in buildings, not to exceed 15 hours, as needed, at a salary of $24.34/hr., pending
GTA negotiations, effective August 29, 2017.
Approve change of duties: Amanda Barone, senior account clerk/typist, from accounts
payable duties to payroll duties, at a salary of $60,000 (prorated), effective August 29,
2017.
Approve increase in position: general music teacher in Goshen Intermediate School, .6 to
.8, due to the addition of the chorus rehearsal schedule.
Approve appointment: Kelly Ducham, general music teacher, from .6 to .8, at a salary of
$45,046 (prorated, .8 FTE) (BA-4, pending GTA negotiations) effective September 1,
2017.
Approve change in compensation: Jean Maxson, substitute administrator, at a salary of
$500/day, $250/half day, effective September 18, 2017 through September 22, 2017. She
is filling in at C.J. Hooker Middle School.
Approve extra compensation: Taryn Hackbarth, special education teacher at a salary of
$79.08/ period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective September 1,
2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. She is currently a special education teacher in the
District. Ms. Hackbarth will be teaching an extra class every other day to meet the needs of
the increased number students requiring special education services.
Approve extra compensation: Christopher Cagna, special education teacher at a salary of
$79.08/ period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective September 1,
2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. He is currently a special education teacher in the
District. Mr. Cagna will be teaching an extra class every day to meet the needs of the
increased number students requiring special education services.
Approve extra compensation: Anna LaRegina, special education teacher at a salary of
$79.08/ period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective September 1,
2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. She is currently a special education teacher in the
District. Ms. LaRegina will be teaching an extra class every other day to meet the needs of
the increased number students requiring special education services.
Approve extra compensation: Matthew Laroe, special education teacher at a salary of
$79.08/ period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective September 1,
2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. He is currently a special education teacher in the
District. Mr. Laroe will be teaching an extra class every other day to meet the needs of the
increased number students requiring special education services.
Approve extra compensation: Steven Camposeo, special education teacher at a salary of
$79.08/ period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective September 1,
2017 for the 2017-2018 school year. He is currently a special education teacher in the
District. Mr. Camposeo will be teaching an extra class every other day to meet the needs of
the increased number students requiring special education services.
Approve extra compensation: Julia Chiarot, science teacher at a salary of $79.08/ period,
per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective September 1, 2017 for the 2017-
2018 school year. Ms. Chiarot will be teaching one extra class every 6 days in a 6-day
rotation.

Evening High School

Approve appointment: Patricia McCaffrey-Bjorke as Evening High School English 12
teacher at a salary of $52.33/hr. (pending GTA negotiations) for 3.5 hours per evening, per week, effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms. McCaffrey-Bjorke is returning to Evening High School.

Approve appointment: Eleanor Knieriemen as Evening High School Participation in
Government teacher at a salary of $40.11/hr. (pending GTA negotiations) for 3.5 hours per
evening, per week, effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms.
Knieriemen is returning to Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Kristin Green as Evening High School English 11 teacher at a
salary of $36.70/hr. (pending GTA negotiations) for 3.5 hours per evening, per week,
effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms. Green is returning to
Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Patricia Douglas as Evening High School library aide at a salary of
$13.60/hr. for 2.5 hours per evening, 2 evenings per week, effective September 19, 2017
for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms. Douglas is returning to Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Gail Rodriguez as Evening High School security at a salary of
$64.43/per evening, for 3 hours per evening, two evenings per week effective September
19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms. Rodriguez is returning to Evening High
School.
Approve appointment: Gail Frey as Evening High School security at a salary of
$64.43/per evening, for 3 hours per evening, one evening per week effective September 18,
2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms. Frey is returning to Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Anna Allen as Evening High School security at a salary of
$64.43/per evening, for 3 hours per evening, one evening per week effective September 19,
2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms. Allen is returning to Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Michael Kelly as Evening High School administrative substitute at
a salary of $58.07/hr. (pending GTA negotiations), as needed, for 3 1⁄2 hours per evening,
effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Mr. Kelly is returning to
Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Joseph Palancia as Evening High School substitute teacher at a
salary of $28.00/hr. (pending GTA negotiations) for 2 hours per evening, as needed,
effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Mr. Palancia is returning to
Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Danielle Dziedzic as Evening High School TASC English teacher
at a salary of $35.63/per hour (pending GTA negotiations), for 3 1⁄2 hours per evening, per
week, effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year.

Approve appointment: Danielle Dziedzic as Evening High School TASC science teacher
at a salary of $35.63/hr. (pending GTA negotiations) for 3 1⁄2 hours per evening, per week,
effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year.
Approve appointment: Diane Winslow as Evening High School TASC Math teacher at a
salary of $38.94/hr. (pending GTA negotiations) for 3.5 hours per evening, per week,
effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms. Winslow is returning to
Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Paul Tenney as Evening High School TASC social studies teacher
at a salary of $58.90/hr. (pending GTA negotiations) for 3.5 hours per evening, per week,
effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Mr. Tenney is returning to
Evening High School.
Approve appointment: Anna LaRegina as Evening High School testing teacher at a salary
of $35.63/hr. (pending GTA negotiations), as needed, effective September 19, 2017 for the
2017/2018 school year.
Approve appointment: Matthew Laroe as Evening High School Participation in
Government teacher at a salary of $35.63/hr. (pending GTA negotiations) for 3.5 hours per
evening, per week, effective September 19, 2017 for the 2017/2018 school year.
Approve appointment: Jacqueline DeSantis as Evening High School substitute security at
a salary of $64.43/per evening, for 3 hours per evening, as needed, effective September 19,
2017 for the 2017/2018 school year. Ms. DeSantis is returning to Evening High School.

CSE/CPSE
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 09/07/17;120952/Classified Preschool NS
Committee on Special Education 08/31/17;121654/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education 09/05/17;121655/Classified
Committee on Special Education 08/03/17;120252/Ineligible
Subcommittee on Special Education 04/24/17;115401/Classified

05/22/17;112323/Classified PP Within Dist.
Committee on Special Education 08/23/17; 121549/Classified PP NR.
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 08/28/17;121424/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education 09/08/17;115494/Classified
06/01/17;114432/Classified

Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 09/05/17;121535/Classified Preschool NS
08/08/17;120598/Classified Preschool
08/28/17;121673/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education 08/09/17;120983/Classified PP NR
Committee on Special Education 08/23/17;121551/Classified PP NR
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 08/28/17;121664/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education 08/08/17;121599/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed. 09/14/17;119887/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education 08/23/17;121672/Classified PP NR
Subcommittee on Special Education 04/07/17; 120515/Classified
04/24/17;114551/Classified
08/09/17;120974/Declassified

Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.
On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves
entering into an Agreement for Services with Carolyn Carsley to provide Special
Education Itinerant to a special education student during the 2017-2018 school year at a
rate of $90.00 per hour. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education
authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to execute the Agreement. A copy of said
Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.
On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, WHEREAS, there has
been a PILOT agreement in effect since 1995 in which Glen Arden, Inc., as Lessee, has
agreed with local officials to make payments to the “County, Town, School District,
Village, and or other political units in which the Project Facility is located in lieu of
payments and assessments which would be levied and collected by such County, Town,
School District, Village and or other political units in which the Project Facility is located
if the property were not so exempt.”; and
WHEREAS, the School District has billed and collected such PILOT monies from
Glen Arden, Inc., for the District over the years; and
WHEREAS, the School District has over billed Glen Arden, Inc. for said PILOT
monies in that it combined the district rate and the library rate into one rate; and
WHEREAS, this is known to have happened since at least November 2005.
THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED upon the recommendation of the
Superintendent of Schools that the portion of the PILOT monies known to have been
erroneously collected since 2005 in the amount of $48,650 be returned to Glen Arden, Inc.
The District will instruct Glen Arden, Inc. to make payment directly to the Goshen Public
Library, if Glen Arden, Inc. has not already done so.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves a budgetary
transfer from A9060.805 to A1930.405 in the amount of $48,650 to cover the expense.
AYES-6 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 certified by this Board of
Education as “Lead Evaluator” for classroom teachers:

For Classroom Teachers: Matthew O’Brien
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 the overnight trip for the
Boys/Girls Cross Country teams to attend the Ocean State Invitational in East Greenwich,
Rhode Island from September 22-23, 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.
(The entry fee for athletes and transportation costs are being borne by district. Parents are
paying all other expenses.)
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.
On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the
budgetary transfer dated September 12, 2017, in the amount of $707,515; cover the
increase in BOCES special education costs & private school costs.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.
On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of
the Superintendent of Schools the Board of Education accepts the donation from Jostens in
the amount of $600.00 to be deposited in the Class of 2018 Extraclassroom Activity
Account at the high school, to help fund Class of 2018 activities.
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 schedules a
Board Workshop for the purpose of discussions on the Capital Project on September 25,
2017 at 7:00 p.m.
(Triton Construction, the district’s construction manager, will discuss their recent cost
analysis.)
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that the Board of
Education hereby ratifies the provisions of the Memorandum of Agreement between the
District and the Goshen Teachers’ Association dated August 28, 2017 and authorizes the
funding of those monies necessary to implement the provisions of the 2017-2020
Collectively Negotiated Agreement with the Goshen Teachers’ Association.
(Mrs. Green thanked the negotiating team for all the work involved in this contract. Mrs.
Bogart noted it was a pleasure working with the other board committee members, Mr.
Cassel and Mr. Pucci, as well as Mr. Connor and the teacher representatives in developing
a good contract for both parties.)
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Addendum to agenda:
On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Thomas Mullane, that the Board of
Education of the Goshen Central School District, upon the recommendation of the
Superintendent of Schools, hereby approves the agreement dated September 18, 2017,
extending the probationary appointment of Henry Freedman to June 30, 2018, in
accordance with the terms of said agreement.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.
Mr. Robert Karchawer, Goshen Teacher’s Association President, thanked the Board of
Education and members of the negotiation committee for the contract between the district
and the association. The association approved the Memorandum of Agreement in a vote
181 to 0. The association appreciates the Board’s continued support of their members.
Mr. Mullane noted that both he and Mr. Cassel are on the Board Safety Committee.
Scotchtown Avenue School now has a safety committee. He discussed the possibility that
the other schools should have a safety committee as well.

Mrs. Bogart discussed the Notice of Proposed PILOT Deviation from the Orange County
Development Agency regarding the LEGOLAND PILOT. In the notice, the IDA informed
all affected taxing jurisdictions of Merlin Entertainment’s application of a 20 year PILOT
for LEGOLAND, which deviates from the IDA’s 15-year policy. Merlin was considering
asking for a 30 year PILOT. Mrs. Bogart thanked Mr. Miller for his investigation into the
IDA’s policies and attending the public hearing on the LEGOLAND PILOT. At the
meeting, the district requested a PILOT that would adhere to the IDA’s 15-year policy.
Mrs. Bogart was pleased that the PILOT request was reduced to 20 years. Mrs. Bogart
feels that had the district not been vocal on the PILOT, there may not have been a
reduction in Merlin’s PILOT request of 30 years.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:42 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by
Martha Bogart.

AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk