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Board of Education Meeting Minutes for March 5, 2018

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, March 5, 2018 at 7:00 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. 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
Mrs. 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 7:00 p.m.

At 7:03 p.m., on a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremey Cassel the Board entered Executive Session, with the intent to return, for the purpose of employment history of a particular person.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

At 7:29 p.m., on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Martha Bogart the Board closed the Executive Session to reconvene the regular meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

At 7:31 p.m., Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.
On a motion by Jeremy Cassel 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 February 20 2018.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for December 2017 was acknowledged under Financial Update.
The board received the following correspondence: correspondence from Shaw, Perelson, May and Lambert, LLP – regarding student protests; letter from Scotchtown Avenue School P.T.O. regarding food allergy permission slips and various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.

James O’Donnell, retired MTA police commander and current Orange County legislator who represents constituents of our district, joined the board to update them on issues of importance to the district.
 He recently had a meeting with several school superintendents who informed him that the Smart School Act monies they applied for are being held up for payment by the state. He sent a resolution to the state requesting release of these monies.

 Mr. O’Donnell commended Mr. Connor for his recent letter to parents and the community, which addressed safety measures the district has taken recently in the wake of the mass school shooting in Florida, as well as other measures the district had previously instituted since Columbine and Sandy Hook. He suggested having a safety hotline number for the district, so community members and parents can report issues, much like the New York State Police hotline 866-NYS-SAFE.

 Other suggestions given by Mr. O’Donnell to improve school safety and school culture are:
o Conduct school safety drills with faculty (often referred to as active shooter drills). Mr. Connor noted that he has been communicating with Goshen Village Police Chief Watt to schedule these sessions with our faculty;
o All students should feel welcome. Have students & administrators greet every student as they walk into school each day;
o Goshen will be the pilot school district to hook up their camera system to the county 911 system. To address privacy issues, the district’s cameras will only become visible at the 911 center when a call comes in relating to the district;
o Installing magnetometers and blue lights can help with security. Blue light systems are often used on college campuses and were recently installed by Pine Bush school district;
o Look at Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi’s program on school safety for ideas of additional programs to implement.
There was no President’s Report.
Mrs. Bogart discussed Gov. Andrew Cuomo desire to freeze the growth in the STAR rebates that homeowners receive on their school taxes as a cost-cutting move in the state budget. STAR rebates were expected to grow at 2 percent a year, but Cuomo wants to end the increase, saying New Yorkers are already getting property-tax relief through a separate rebate check program. In addition, he argued, the growth in property taxes has slowed with the installation of a tax cap in 2011. Another change proposed is seniors who receive Enhanced STAR would be required to participate in an annual income verification program to get their benefits. Currently, seniors either enroll to have their income verified automatically by the state or can apply annually to their municipality. Moving to a mandatory income verification program would save the state millions annually. Mrs. Bogart worries this move may end up hurting our seniors.
Matt Milnamow, from LAN Architects, gave a summary of the security enhancements of being addressed in the capital project:
 At GHS – The building addition provides a more safe & secure entrance. The building addition is designed with a vestibule “man trap” at the new front entrance. The security guard office is provided with security windows (that have a security film installed on the inside face). The mantrap allows the District to screen guests in the school vestibule before permitting entry into the school. The security guard can touch a button to electronically retract the latch on the lockset allowing a visitor access into the building.
 District-Wide IT Improvements – The District’s existing communication infrastructure is failing. We are installing new network cable and devices to improve the reliability and dependability of the communication systems. The District-Wide IT Improvements includes the installation of a new Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP) phone system, which allows the District to group page and create/integrate an emergency notification system. By making use of a VoIP-enabled emergency notification system, schools can increase their ability to manage any potential threats. With the help of this system, schools can immediately alert authorities to potentially dangerous situations.
Mr. Milnamow updated the board on the status of the project. It is nearing approval by the state. Over the next few weeks, the Goshen Central School District will begin removing trees at the Goshen High School in order to prepare for construction of the school’s new addition. Although the project will not break ground until the summer, the trees must be removed before March 31, as per the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, or DEC. In New York State, construction projects can only clear trees between November 1 and March 31 in order to protect two species of endangered bats. Waiting until November to remove the trees would greatly delay the construction of the new high school addition and the capital project as a whole. Mr. Connor noted that he spoke to the DEC to see if the district could get a waiver to wait until June to remove the trees, but was told it was highly unlikely to be granted. Memorial trees will be uprooted and relocated to a different location.
Mr. Connor discussed the various changes to our district’s school safety measures since the Sandy Hook tragedy. He noted that tomorrow, March 6, the Board School Safety Committee will tour the schools and hold a public forum at night. We will continue to look at other avenues to tighten up security. All schools maintain school safety plans. The district will have a school safety assessment by Emergency Preparedness Consulting in the coming weeks. Various safety apps will be evaluated, such as Share911. The district has 93 cameras throughout which continually monitor activities. We asked the Village of Goshen to put an officer all the schools. The Board will need to discuss continuing arrangement or whether to pursue other options that may be more cost effective.

Mr. Pucci also suggested having a mental health assessment of the district to see if there are things we can improve on since it seems the nationwide tragedies have mental health components to them. Mr. O’Donnell noted that two separate groups should do the assessments; one specialized in building security, the other in mental health.

Mr. Connor attended the NYSCOSS conference yesterday and this morning. Discussions at the conference revolved around the school year/days based on instructional hours. The state is tightening up state aid districts receive based on student instructional time.

Nominating petitions for the Board of Education will be available March 19.

Goshen High School musical, 42nd Street, will be performed March 16-18.

The Audit Committee met to discuss the drafts of Cooper & Arias’ internal audit and the specialized audit. Mr. Miller noted that it was a good audit and the reports will be presented to the full board for approval at the next meeting. Mr. Pucci stated that they were clean reviews with no issues and commended Mr. Miller and his staff for their work.

Dr. Kotes mentioned that our Science Olympiad teams competed in three events recently: Yale University, SUNY Ulster and Cornell University. The senior team placed 17th overall out of 42 teams. They had a very successful year under the guidance of coaches Muller, Young and DenDanto.

Dr. Kotes discussed the state’s new metric to measure school performance based on participation in ELA and Math testing. They are still trying to hold accountability for participation in tests. It is a 4-part metric:
1. Year 1 – State will go to building principals to see what steps they are taking to improve participation levels on tests. Mr. Carter and Mr. Rolon have been vigilant with fielding hundreds of phone calls from parents.

2. Year 2 – No marked improvement, they will then go to the district level. Last two year, Mr. Kotes has made parent presentations, which discussed changes with computer based testing and the district philosophy on assessments in general. Both presentations were not very well attended.

3. Year 3 – No marked improvement, the regional BOCES gets involved to come up with a corrective action plan.

All this stems from New York State trying to comply with the Federal Every Student Succeeds Act, which has a standard of 95% participation in ELA and Math tests. Only small schools and urban schools seem to be close to reaching this standard. Dr. Kotes is working with Christina Gore, our communication specialist, to do a media push this year, bringing the presentation to the people. It will focus on computer based testing in both GIS and CJH and student preparation. If no changes to APPR happen between now and 2019-2020, test scores will be tied to teacher evaluations.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci,
BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Catherine Frahme, English teacher, effective July 1, 2018. Ms. Frahme has been with the District for 30 years.
BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Marlin Maduras, English teacher, effective July 1, 2018. Mr. Maduras has been with the District for 25 years.
BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the remainder of the Consent Agenda as presented.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.
Approve resignation: Carl Grzywaczewski, school bus monitor, effective February 28, 2018.
Approve medical leave of absence: Kerry Rourke, teacher aide, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective February 2, 2018 through on or about April 27, 2018.
Approve unpaid medical leave of absence: Nila Vadala, school bus driver, is requesting an unpaid medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective January 31, 2018 through on or about May 1, 2018.
Amend medical leave of absence: The start date of Kathryn Magid’s (physical education teacher) medical leave of absence is amended to be April 16, 2018. It was approved at the February 20, 2018 meeting with the incorrect start date of April 6, 2018.
Assistant Superintendent for Business’ Report
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology’s Report
Approve appointment: Holly Werner, senior account clerk typist (probationary), at a salary of $44,606 (prorated) (Step E of the CSEA salary schedule) effective March 22, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective March 22, 2018. Ms. Werner is replacing Tina Lutes.
Approve appointment: Kristine Fleckenstein, long-term substitute science teacher, at a salary of $288.78 / diem (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective approximately April 2, 2018 to June 22, 2018. She has Professional Biology 7-12 and Professional General Science 7-12 certifications. Ms. Fleckenstein is filling the childcare leave of absence for Julia Chiarot.
Approve appointment: Aleith Thompson, school bus monitor (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr. for 5 ¼ hrs. per day effective March 6, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective March 6, 2018. She is a substitute school bus monitor with the District. Ms. Thompson is replacing Shelly DeWitt.
Approve appointment: Lorie Brennan, food service helper (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr. for 3 hrs. per day, effective March 6, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective March 6, 2018. Ms. Brennan is replacing Virginia Martin.
Approve appointment: Purita Rosas, substitute school bus driver, at a salary of $20.11/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 6, 2018.
Approve appointment: Chris Reyes, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 6, 2018. He has Permanent Business and Distributive Education certification. Mr. Reyes was approved as a long-term substitute teacher, at the February 20, 2018 meeting, filling the childcare leave of absence for Danielle Linguanti.
Approve appointment: Ryan Smith, substitute teacher at a salary of $100.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective March 6, 2018. He was approved as a JV Assistant Baseball Coach, at the February 20, 2018.
Approve appointment: Natacha Generali, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, for all assignments, effective March 6, 2018. She is a substitute food service helper with the District.
Amend stipend: Kiersten Jacobsen, Assistant Varsity Girls Lacrosse Coach under Schedule B – D 0.9, with a stipend of $5,690, effective February 20, 2018.
Approve change of assignment: Richard Duggan, from Assistant Varsity Boys Lacrosse Coach to Volunteer Lacrosse Coach. There is no stipend for this position.
Appoint 2017-2018 Spring Coach Stipends:
NAME
STEP
FTE
AMT
SOFTBALL:
Modified Coach
Schneider, Marianne
C
0.7
$ 3,971
TRACK:
Modified Coach
Higgins, Kathleen
A
0.7
$ 3,054
LACROSSE:
Varsity Boys Coach
Salerno, Jon
A
1.0
$ 4,360
Varsity Assistant Coach – Boys
Tangney, Michael
B
0.9
$ 4,516
BASEBALL:
Junior Varsity Head Coach
Giordano, Thomas
A
0.8
$ 3,488
Holly Werner
Kristine Fleckenstein
Aleith Thompson
Lorie Brennan
Purita Rosas
Chris Reyes
Ryan Smith
Natacha Generali
Kiersten Jacobsen
Richard Duggan
2017-2018 Spring Coach Stipends
Board of Education Minutes Draft March 5, 2018
Committee on Special Education
02/12/18;116187/Classified
Subcommittee on Special Education
10/18/17;117610/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed.
02/15/18;118915/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
02/15/18;114656/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed.
02/15/18;121315/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
02/06/18;121546/Ineligible
02/09/18;119771/Classified
02/13/18;121907/Classified
02/13/18;121906/Classified
01/31/18;115301/Classified
02/22/18;117278/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed.
02/12/18;119482/Classified Preschool
Subcommittee on Special Education
05/03/17;112155/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed.
02/22/18;119578/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
02/14/18;117926/Declassified
02/12/18;118630/Ineligible
02/12/18;119185/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed.
02/20/18;121443/Classified Preschool
02/22/18;121328/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
02/14/18;115079/Classified
02/09/18;119771/Classified
02/12/18;116601/Classified
02/14/18;113829/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed.
02/20/18;121443/Classified Preschool
Committee on Special Education
02/14/18;112685/Classified
01/30/18;119788/Classified
Committee on Preschool Special Ed.
02/22/18;121328/Classified Preschool

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education schedules an Executive Session for Monday, March 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. for the purpose of work history of particular employees.
AYES-7 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 entering into an Agreement for Services with Therapeutic Horizons to provide Physical Therapy Services to a special education students during the 2017-2018 School Year at a rate of $120.00 per hour.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the Superintendent to execute the agreement with this contractor.
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 approves the overnight trip for the Varsity Softball team to Liverpool, New York on May 5-6, 2018 to participate in the Homerun Softball 2018 High School Spring Tournament.

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-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo,
WHEREAS, the Orange County Industrial Development Agency and the Wallkill Industrial Development Agency are authorized by statute to grant qualified applicants certain tax benefits, which may include real property tax abatements; and
WHEREAS, as part of this process, the qualified applicant’s property is deemed to be tax exempt for an agreed upon period of time consistent with the law and each IDA’s Uniform Tax Exemption Policy; and
WHEREAS, the IDA may enter into a Payment in Lieu of Taxes (PILOT) Agreement with the applicant for the benefit of the affected tax jurisdictions, one of which is the School District and
WHEREAS, the Goshen Central School District (“School District”) typically prepares and sends a bill to the applicant in the amount of the PILOT payment based on a formula set forth in the PILOT agreement; and
WHEREAS, the Goshen Public Library (“Library”) is a school district public library within the boundaries of the Goshen Central School District; and
WHEREAS, the Library is not considered to be an affected tax jurisdiction; and
WHEREAS, pursuant to Education Law Section 255 and 259, the School District is required by law to levy and collect library taxes for the Library on properties that are not tax exempt; and
WHEREAS, the Library does not have the legal authority to prepare and bill the applicant directly for its proportionate share of PILOT payments unless otherwise agreed by the applicant and the IDA.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District that the School District will make its best efforts to bill, collect and distribute to the Library its proportionate share of PILOT payments, unless otherwise requested by the Library or otherwise agreed, such proportionate share of PILOT payments to be in addition to the proportionate share of PILOT payments billed and collected for the benefit of the School District; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the officers, employees and agents of the School District are directed to undertake and complete all acts as required to effect the purposes of this resolution; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that this resolution shall take effect immediately.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Thomas Mullane,
A RESOLUTION PROVIDING FOR THE SUBMISSION OF A PROPOSITION AT THE ANNUAL DISTRICT MEETING AND BUDGET VOTE SCHEDULED TO BE HELD ON MAY 15, 2018 AUTHORIZING THE EXPENDITURE OF $3,976,000 FROM THE CAPITAL RESERVE FUND TO PAY COSTS IN CONNECTION WITH A CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT IN AND FOR THE GOSHEN CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT, ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK.

WHEREAS, the Board of Education of Goshen Central School District, Orange County, New York, has heretofore adopted a resolution providing for the holding of the Annual District Meeting and Budget Vote of said School District on May 15, 2018, as provided by the Education Law; and
WHEREAS, the voters approved a proposition on February 28, 2017 authorizing the reconstruction and construction of improvements to School facilities, including additions, site work, multi-use athletic field, track, lighting and grandstand and equipment, a new field house, as well as original furnishings, equipment, machinery, apparatus and other improvements and costs incidental thereto (the “Capital Improvement Project”) at a maximum estimated cost of $30,483,850 and the expenditure of $1,343,184 State Smart Schools Bond Act Funds, and the expenditure of up to $9,054,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund and the issuance of $20,086,666 bonds to pay the cost thereof; and
WHEREAS, it is now desired to present a proposition for the approval of the qualified voters of said School District, relating to the expenditure of an additional $3,976,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund in connection with such Capital Improvement Project at said Annual District Meeting and Budget Vote scheduled to be held on May 15, 2018; to provide for the insertion of a notice with respect to such proposition in the Notice of said Annual District Meeting and Budget Vote; and to provide for other matters in connection therewith,
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Education of Goshen Central School District, Orange County, New York, as follows: With respect to the proposition referred to in the preambles hereof, the School District Clerk is hereby authorized and directed to cause to be included in the Notice of the Annual District Meeting and Budget Vote of said School District scheduled to be held on May 15, 2018, the following additional notice:
PLEASE TAKE FURTHER NOTICE that at such Annual District Meeting and Budget Vote scheduled to be held on May 15, 2018 the following proposition shall be submitted for the approval of the qualified voters of said School District:
Proposition at Annual District Meeting & Budget Vote – Authorize Use of $3,976,000 from the Capital Reserve

PROPOSITION
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to-wit:
RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District is hereby authorized to expend up to $3,976,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for any additional costs for the Capital Improvement Project approved by the voters on February 28, 2017, and to the extent not so required to use such funds to reduce the amount of bonds authorized for such project.
VOTING
Allison Salte
AYE
Jeremy Cassel
AYE
Thomas Mullane
AYE
Martha Bogart
AYE
Michael Lorenzo
AYE
Jason Pucci
AYE
Mrs. Judy Green
AYE
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci, that the Board President is hereby authorized to execute an Addendum Agreement dated March 5, 2018, to the Contract for the Superintendent of Schools, a copy of which agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the budgetary transfer dated February 23, 2018, in the amount of $171,724.38, to move funds from district hardware code to BOCES hardware code for the purchase of 610 Chromebooks.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the budgetary transfer dated February 20, 2018, in the amount of $30,925.00, for a change in placement of special education student.
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 that the Goshen Central School District establish the Richard Gillette Memorial Scholarship Fund as outlined in the letter of request of Patricia Gillette;
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts the donation of $50,000 from Patricia Gillette for the funding of said Scholarship Fund.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Thomas Mullane, that the Board hereby authorizes its President to execute an employment agreement with Meryl Rubinstein to serve on a contractual, non-tenure bearing basis, as the Interim Assistant Superintendent for Business pursuant to the provisions of an agreement dated March 5, 2018 as presented to the board at this meeting. A copy of said Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried

2018-2019 Pupil Personnel Services Budget Proposal
Pupil Personnel Responsibilities:
Committees
• Committee on Special Education
• Committee on Preschool Education
• 504 Committee
Case Management
• St. Dominic’s & Hamptonburgh Home
• Orange County Jail
• Homebound/Hospitalizations
• McKinney Vento Act
• Intensive Day Treatment (IDT)
• Supplemental Program for At-Risk Children (SPARC)
Compliance
• Assures compliance for procedures for the referral, evaluation, IEP Development, placement and review of students with educational disabilities (Part 200 & 201)
• Assures compliance for procedures for the referral, evaluation, 504 Development, and review for qualifying students (Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973)
• Special Education State Performance Plan (SPP)
• Assures compliance for procedures for the identification, placement and services for English Language Learners (Part 154)
• Assures that no person shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving federal financial assistance (Title IX)
• Provides the provision of Homebound Instruction
Department Supervision
• Special Education Teachers
• Related Service Staff
• English as a Second Language
• Nurses
• Ancillary Staff (PPS Clerical)
Fiscal Responsibilities
• Development & management of 611 & 619 Grants
• Title III: ELL
• System to Track and Account for Children (STAC)
• Oversees tuition reimbursement & contractual expenditures for PPS
• Manages purchase orders & funding for costs related to special education
• District of Location billing & record keeping
Data Reporting
• PD System reporting
• Monthly verifications of students with disabilities & 504 placements & services
• Data Collection for New York State Data Warehouse (ESL, SWD, McKinney Vento, Migrant)
Committee on Special Education
Placement 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 Projected Scotchtown Avenue 68 63 84 Goshen Intermediate 90 90 92 CJ Hooker School 96 110 115 Goshen High School 131 148 153 Orange Ulster BOCES 30 36 40 Rockland BOCES 1 5 7 Day Placements 8 7 9 Residential Placements 5 6 6 TOTALS 429 465 506
2018-2019 Pupil Personnel Services Budget Proposal
Board of Education Minutes Draft March 5, 2018
Committee on Preschool Special Education
CPSE 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 CPSE Totals 73 63 83 Aging into Kindergarten 14 33 23
Parentally Placed District of Location
Location 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 St. Johns 0 2 4 John S. Burke 0 19 24 Totals 0 21 28
Section 504
Location 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 Scotchtown Avenue 0 10 15 Goshen Intermediate 0 31 36 CJ Hooker School 0 31 36 Goshen High School 0 65 70 St. Johns 0 0 0 John S. Burke 0 0 0 Totals 137 137 157
English as a Second Language
Location 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 Scotchtown Avenue 31 29 35 Goshen Intermediate 19 34 38 CJ Hooker School 7 15 19 Goshen High School 7 14 18 St. Johns 0 3 3 John S. Burke 0 7 7 Totals 64 102 120
CSE/CPSE Meetings
July 2016 – June 30, 2017 July 2017 – February 28, 2018 Committee Number of CSE Meetings
Committee Number of CSE Meetings CSE 249
CSE 179 Sub CSE 248
Sub CSE 128 CPSE 164
CPSE 77 Total Meetings 661
Total Meetings 384
Board of Education Minutes Draft March 5, 2018
Proposed Program Costs – 2018/2019
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change
PPS
Supervision
$ 7,505
$ 7,505
$ 7,505
*$33,002
$ 31,502
($ 1,500)
Includes: Professional dues/conferences, contractual (copier), office materials/supplies.
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change
Psych.
& Speech Services
$ 2,500
$ 6,500
$ 6,500
$ 15,497
$ 8,997
Includes: Mandated IEP/504 testing kits, testing software, publications, conferences/meetings, office/material supplies.
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change
Health Services
$ 126,937
$ 131,444
$ 133,305
$ 136,181
$ 2,876
Includes: Equipment, Publications, Conferences, Tuition, Dues, Contractual, Physician’s Services, Supplies, Health Services (other districts), BOCES services.
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change
In – District
Programs
$ 458,633
$ 453,579
$ 456,323
$ 459,389
$ 3,066
Includes: District-wide equipment, staff conferences, merchandise warranties, sound system installation and repair, assistive technology service plans/equipment/warranties, contracted CSE/504 mandated OT/PT services and evaluations, CSE mandated evaluations, supplemental reading & math materials, modified curriculum materials, basic classroom supplies, academic testing & supplies, district of location materials and supplies.
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change
English Language
Learner
$ 2,370
$ 2,370
$ 2,370
$ 2,370
0
Includes: translator services, materials and supplies, supplemental readers, native language textbooks.
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change
Group Home
St. Dominic’s
$ 3,000,000
$ 2,000,000
$ 1,000,000
$ 738,886
($ 261,114)
Includes: translator services, hospital instructional services, contracted transportation cost, BOCES and non-BOCES tuition costs, tutoring costs, materials and supplies, vehicle maintenance.
Board of Education Minutes Draft March 5, 2018
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
2018-19
Change
Out of District
Program
(Non-St. Dominic)
$ 3,597,415
$ 3,732,809
$ 3,737,244
$3,994,222
$ 256,978
Includes: projected increase in tuition costs for 18-19, tuition for all BOCES and non-BOCES (day and residential), settlement agreement tuition costs, retroactive tuition rate adjustments. ** Includes September 2017 shortfall.
Specific Budget Line Items:
 BOCES Itinerant Teachers-(Teacher of the Deaf and Teacher of the Visually Impaired)
Budget 2017-2018 $ 74,982
Budget 2018-2019 $ 76,658
Change – $ 1,676
 BOCES Intensive Day Treatment Program
Budget 2017-2018 $ 18,000
Budget 2018-2019 $ 18,000
Change $ 0
Pupil Personnel Budget Totals Account 2015-2016 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019 PPS Supervision $ 7,505 $ 7,505 $ 7,505 $ 31,502 Psychologists & Speech $ 2,505 $ 6,505 $ 6,500 $ 15,497 Health Services $ 126,937 $ 131,444 $ 133,305 $ 136,181 In-District Services $ 458,633 $ 453,579 $ 456,323 $ 459,389 English as a Second Language $ 2,370 $ 2,370 $ 2,370 $ 2,370 St. Dominic’s Home $ 3,000,000 $ 2,000,000 $ 1,000,000 $ 738,886 Out of District Placements $ 3,597,415 $ 3,732,809 $ 3,737,244 $ 3,994,222 Itinerant & IDT $ 100,948 $ 95,806 $ 92,982 $ 94,658 Total $ 7,296,308 $ 6,430,013 $ 5,436,229 $ 5,447,208
The Board thanked the Ms. Hendershot for her budget presentation.
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District-Wide and Central Administration Salaries and Benefits
Preliminary Budget for Fiscal 2018-19
Goshen Central Administration: Proposed Operating Costs
14-15
15-16
16-17
17-18
Proposed18-19
Board of Education (incl. Internal Auditor & Internal Claims Auditor)
71,471
74,777
81,595
83,136
77,310
Superintendent
34,578
34,815
34,905
32,122
37,261
Business Office, Tax Collecting, External Auditing, Actuary
85,201
85,559
99,715
94,095
91,806
Legal
79,250
77,500
79,500
79,500
73,500
Public Information Systems, District-Wide Publications
136,000
139,500
152,445
155,432
159,769
Central Printing & Mailing, Paper & Postage district wide
148,567
152,092
153,949
156,667
161,768
Insurance
240,101
253,707
263,856
278,327
276,235
Debt Service*
Does not include new debt service – postpone until 8/1/18
2,256,458
2,292,475
2,286,452
2,745,362
2,202,720
Total
3,051,626
3,110,425
3,152,417
3,624,641
3,080,369
Curriculum & Instruction Proposed Operating Costs
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Proposed
2018-19
Personnel, supplies & materials
44,355
45,180
45,755
46,680
46,680
Curriculum development,
contractual, supplies & materials
29,775
37,000
37,000
37,000
37,000
Research, Planning and
Evaluation
39,828
62,570
58,000
59,000
96,916
In-service training,
contractual, supplies
28,750
30,650
31,572
31,572
31,072
Total
142,708
175,400
172,327
174,252
211,668
Proposed Salary Summary
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Proposed
2018-19
Faculty
22,311,671
23,066,143
23,987,813
24,754,535
26,027,413
Staff
6,608,554
7,234,758
7,497,653
7,791,751
8,107,183
Admin
2,058,333
2,301,410
2,390,511
2,530,293
2,558,903
Total
30,978,558
32,602,311
33,875,977
35,076,579
36,693,499
District-Wide and Central Administration Salaries and Benefits
Preliminary Budget for Fiscal 2018-19
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Proposed Summary of Benefits
2014-15
2015-16
2016-17
2017-18
Proposed
2018-19
ERS
1,398,781
1,385,899
1,221,383
1,250,934
1,248,418
TRS
4,202,747
3,317,710
3,046,742
2,634,594
3,001,763
Social Security
2,362,301
2,483,612
2,575,603
2,657,945
2,801,194
Work. Comp.
468,560
412,410
419,761
440,141
460,618
Unemployment Insurance
60,000
60,000
60,000
20,000
20,000
Medical
7,703,861
8,185,320
8,527,565
10,077,209
10,034,380
Union Welfare/
Dental / Vision
609,781
595,487
620,366
648,340
658,995
Total
16,806,031
16,440,438
16,471,420
17,729,163
18,225,368
History of Aid Lost to Gap Elimination Adjustments
2010-11: ($1,474,322)
2011-12: ($2,517,350)
2012-13: ($2,146,042)
2013-14: ($1,672,268)
2014-15: ($1,351,255)
2015-16: ($ 837,157)
2016-17: ($ 552,944)
2017-18: $ 0
2018-19: $ 0
State Aid Revenue Trend
State Aid
Year-to-Year: Increase / (Decrease)
2010 – 2011
$ 12,023,280
($ 1,683,180)
2011 – 2012
$ 10,763,773
($ 1,259,507)
2012 – 2013
$ 11,367,442
$ 603,669
2013 – 2014
$ 12,087,115
$ 719,673
2014 – 2015
$ 12,713,300
$ 626,185
2015 – 2016
$ 13,439,718
$ 726,418
2016 – 2017
$14,820,243
$1,380,525
2017 – 2018
$15,542,031
$ 721,788
Governor’s Proposal
2018 – 2019
$15,183,034
($ 358,997)
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18-19 PROJECTED REVENUE
State Aid 2017-18 2018-19 (est.) Gain/ (Loss)
Governor’s Proposal 15,542,031 15,183,034 (358,997)
Governor’s Tax Cap Proposal Effective for 17-18 School Year NYS has a Property Tax Cap not a 2% Cap
 If District proposes a tax levy at or below the “maximum allowable levy” then the budget will be approved if voters pass the budget by a simple majority (50% of the votes + 1 vote).
 If District proposes a tax levy above the “maximum allowable tax levy” then the budget will be approved if voters pass the budget by a super majority (60% of the votes). If the District chooses this option, it requires a statement on the ballot indicating the required tax levy before exclusions exceeds the “Tax Levy Limit”.
 If voters reject their District’s budget proposal, the District can adopt a contingent budget or put the same or revised budget up for vote a second time. However, it is important to note that if residents reject their District’s budget proposal a second time, the District would need to adopt a contingent budget and the District’s tax levy would be capped at the prior year’s tax levy – a cap of zero % increase. In addition, the budget would be subject to contingent budget requirements (ex. Administrative Cap in effect and non-contingent expenses removed).
Tax Cap Formula
Prior Year Tax Levy 49,744,442
Tax Base Growth Factor times (x) 1.0097
50,226,963
Prior Year Pilot plus (+) 535,305
50,762,268
Prior Year Exclusions minus (-) 857,446
Adjusted Prior Year Levy 49,904,882
Allowable Growth Factor 1.0200
50,902,919
PILOTS for Coming Year minus (-) 647,989
50,254,930
Available Carryover 0
50,254,930
TAX LEVY LIMIT
Coming School Year Exclusions:
Capital Exclusion plus (+) 403,188
TRS Exclusion plus (+) 0
ERS Exclusion plus (+) 0
Maximum Allowable Levy 50,658,118
Maximum Allowable Tax Levy Calculation
Tax Levy Limit $ 50,254,930
+ Coming Year 2018-19 Exclusions $ 403,188
Maximum Allowable Tax Levy $ 50,658,118
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Budget: Where We Are
Draft
Draft Contingent
2017-2018 2018-2019 2018-2019
Appropriations 69,733,196 71,039,552 71,039,552
Revenue
Fund Balance 980,434 980,434 980,434
APR Debt Service Reserve 133,074 589,102 589,102
Tax Levy 49,744,442 50,658,118 49,744,442
PILOTS 535,305 647,989 647,989
State Aid 15,542,031 15,183,034 15,183,034
Other 2,797,910 2,618,453 2,618,453
Total 69,733,196 70,677,130 69,763,454
Budget Gap – Estimated Revenue/Expenditure
Reduction needed to balance budget
to meet tax cap 362,422 1,276,098
* At Tax Cap
* Assumes No New Positions
Appropriation From Debt Service Reserve
Current Situation
Current Minus Current
Year Debt Service Building Aid Local Share
2017 $ 1,796,588 $ 1,107,341 $ 689,247
2018 $ 1,715,925 $ 708,739 $ 1,007,186 $ 317,939
2019 $ 1,102,500 $ 0 $ 1,102,500 $ 413,253
18 – 19 $ 413,253 Net Local Share Estimate
* $ 413,253 Debt Service Reserve to be even
$ 0
* Recommend Apply $ 589,102 since end of project debt service payments.
Solution
1. Apply additional Fund Balance to 18-19 Budget
2. Wait for additional State Aid
3. Program Reductions
Tax Certs & SCARS
2017 – 2018 SCARS
25 filed $ 92,149.67
25 settled $ 7,306.02 paid
_________________________________________________________________________2017 – 2018 Tax Certs
23 parcels
21 companies
Projected $ 769,831.03
_________________________________________________________________________Open Tax Certs 1993 – 2017/18
109 parcels
58 companies
Projected Liability $ 6,609,123.58
Tax Cert Reserve 3/1/17 $ 5,508,326.91
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Updated 3/13/03/01/72018
****ALL ABOVE FIGURES ARE ESTIMATES BASED ON AGREEMENT APPROVED BY BOE IN DECEMBER 2016
Assessed Value Tax Rates Tax Dollars
$23,939,918 109.263468 $2,615,758
Effect on Tax Rates $358,885 /$496,915 0.72%
$20,655,331 109.263468 $2,256,873
Difference $358,885.00
18-19 Galleria and Target Possible Assessment Change – Projection Estimated Impact
AFTER
True Value: $145,145,249
Galleria ONLY: 132,738,000
Assessed Value: $30,828,851
$28,193,551 – Galleria
$2,635,300 – Target
Middletown 33%
$10,173,520
Goshen 67%
$20,655,331
Galleria $18,072,731
Target $2,582,600
Middletown 33%
Assessed Value: $35,731,220 $ 1 1 , 7 9 1 , 3 0 2
$33,095,920 – Galleria
$2,635,300- Target
Goshen 67%
$23,939,918
Galleria $21,357,318
Target $2,582,600
BEFORE
True Value: $162,414,636 Galleria and Target
True Value = $150,436,000 Galleria
2017-2018 Galleria Assessment Change
Effects Middletown and Goshen School District
Before Galleria and Target After Galleria and Target
True Value: $ 162,414,636 True Value: $ 145,145,249
 Estimated Effect on Goshen School District Tax Bill: .72%
 Drop in assessment alone
Proposition No.2
AUTHORIZATION TO INCREASE MAXIMUM ESTIMATED COST OF CAPITAL
IMPROVEMENT PROJECT
Shall the following resolution be adopted, to wit:
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District is
hereby authorized to expend up to $3,976,000 from the Capital Reserve Fund for any
additional costs for the Capital Improvement Project approved by the voters on February
28, 2017, and to the extent not so required to use such funds to reduce the amount of bonds
authorized for such project.
Proposition No.3 – Bus Purchase
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Goshen Central School District,
Orange County, New York is hereby authorized to purchase four (4) 64-passenger or larger
school buses, at a maximum estimated cost of $110,047 each; four (4) 30-passenger or
larger school buses at a maximum estimated cost of $54,015 each; for aggregate maximum
cost of $656,248; and that the sum of $656,248 or so much thereof as may be necessary,
shall be raised by the levy of a tax upon the taxable property of said School District and
collected in installments; and in anticipation of such tax, obligations of said School District
shall be issued.
The Board thanked Mr. Miller for his presentation.
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Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor.
Mr. Mullane discussed a letter from the Scotchtown Avenue School PTO regarding Dr. Voloshin’s request that the PTO provide a food allergy permission slip for all food related activities during school hours. The PTO’s advice is to go with an electronic opt-in/opt-out form instead of individual event paper permission slips to streamline the permission process and make it more cost effective. Mr. Carter stated that both he and Dr. Voloshin are working with the PTOs to find balance and equity between celebrations/events sponsored by the PTOs while still maintaining the work done by the Food Allergy Committee.
The meeting was adjourned at 9:44 p.m. on a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Allison Salte.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.
Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.
Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk
Privilege of the Floor
Board Member Issues
Meeting Adjourned