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Board of Education Meeting Minutes for November 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, November 5, 2018.

Present:
Mr. Jason Pucci, President
Mr. Jeremy Cassel, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mrs. Judy Green
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
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), Dr. William Rolon, Mr. Matthew Wentworth, Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Assistant Principals: Mr. Kyle Roddey, 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
Mrs. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS
Mrs. Marlene Gaynor
Director of Transportation
Absent
Network Administrator
Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel
Mr. Robert Siracuse
Student Senate Representative
Ryan Atkins
Members of the Faculty, Press and Citizens of the District

Students from Mrs. Calohan’s Goshen High School Chamber Orchestra played for the Board of Education and community in honor of School Board Recognition Week, prior to the start of the regular Board Meeting. The Board and Mr. Connor thanked Mrs. Calohan and her students for the wonderful performance.

To commemorate School Board Recognition Week (October 22-26, 2018), on behalf of the administrators, Central Office administrators and the directors, Dr. Rolon presented the Board Members plaques, which were a token of everyone’s appreciation of the Board and their service to the school district and community.

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mr. Jason Pucci at 7:32 p.m.

Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation remembering the family of Maggie Heath, former PPS Director, who passed away this past week.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of October 15, 2018.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

A community member commented on the passing of Maggie Heath. He remembered her to be a very child-centered employee.

Mr. Pucci thanked Dr. Rolon and administrators for the kind words, gifts of appreciation, and acknowledgement.

The New York State School Board Association’s Annual Conference was very informative. Mr. Pucci, Mr. Mullane, Mr. Cassel and Mr. Lorenzo attended. The Board Members met with many people on topics such as purchasing v. leasing buses and security/technology firms. Conversing with other board members in other districts was very beneficial.

Mr. Pucci recently toured the construction at the high school. A lot of work has been completed. The pitch of the floor in the auditorium is impressive.

Mrs. Bogart did not have any legislative updates. The Orange County School Board Association is sponsoring a tour of the STEM lab at Middletown High School on November 7 for all county board members and administrators.

Kelly Mecocci and Michele Pacciarelli presented a slide show on the buddy bench at Goshen Intermediate School. They thanked the Board of Education for their approval to move forward with fundraising for the buddy bench. They thanked the Building and Grounds crew, GIS-PTO, teachers, custodians and GIS building administrators for their support. The bench will promote friendship, kindness, and inclusion for all students, for many years to come. Mr. Connor thanked Ms. Mecocci and Pacciarelli and the GIS-PTO for all their work on the project.

Mr. Connor mentioned that the capital project is moving along nicely. The addition will soon be enclosed and inside work on it will continue over the winter and spring. The expected completion date of the addition is June. He thanked the high school administration, staff and student for their efforts in making sure the building is running seamlessly despite the ongoing construction.

The academic awards were presented on October 30. This year, it was held in the evening. Mr. Heinzelman noted that 221 students received awards. Students had to be on the honor roll, with an average of 90 or higher, for all four quarters last year. The number of students astonished Mr. Heinzelman – 221 students equates to 25% of the total high school student body.

Mr. Heinzelman spoke about the extra help students will be receiving at the high school. At the 5-week mark in the first quarter, some students were identified as needing additional services. Guidance counselors will be contacting parents and students to get the extra help/services students require. The high school will continue to identify students throughout the year.

Mr. Roddey attended the Goshen Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Dinner October 26. The Goshen High School football team was lauded for their volunteer work. Unfortunately, the team was not in attendance due to competing in a playoff game the same evening.

Mr. Roddey reported on Just Another High School Production, the mini-drama production  on November 2-3. The theme centered on a director who does not show up for the production. Due to the construction at the high school, the drama production was held at GIS. The crew worked very hard on the drama and it was well attended.

Matt O’Brien reported on the successful fall sports season:

  • Girls soccer captured another Class A Section Title – that is 5 in the last 6 years.
  • Boys Soccer made the postseason once again – lost to Red Hook in the quarterfinals.
  • Football team went 6-2. They had a fantastic year – defeating Warwick and finally recapturing the “Spirit Trophy”. They lost in the semi-finals unfortunately, but that program is really headed in the right direction.
  • Our volleyball team also had a great season – they went 12-7 overall and 6-2 in the division. They were the #3 seed in the playoffs, defeated New Paltz at home in the quarterfinal round, but unfortunately lost to Cornwall in the semi-finals.
  • The boys and girls cross-country program continues its excellence. Our coaches – Kyle Lewis, Joe Manaseri and Rich Furst really do an outstanding job. The boys and girls both finished 2nd overall in their division – and both teams will have two team members competing at the State Championships this weekend at Sunken Meadow State Park in Kings Park, Long Island. For the boys, Nick Paneto and Stephen Perillo-Sullivan and for the girls, Kayla Schramm and Madison Montgomery will be representing us in the state championships.
  • The girls swimming program that has really taken off in just the past 5 years. They finished 3rd in the division out of a total of 9 teams and we had a swimmer, Emma Melley, qualify for the State championships in the 100m Butterfly which will take place on November 16 at Ithaca College.
  • Girls tennis won another division championship going 10-0 in the division and 10-2 overall.
  • Today is the first day of Winter Sports and we fully expect to have another great year with all of our Winter sports.

Ms. Lynch referenced the 2018-2019 first quarter Claims Auditor’s Report provided to the board.

It is time to start to prepare for a new budget cycle. Included in the Board packet is a draft of the 2019-2020 budget development calendar and it will be adopted later on in the meeting.

Next, Ms. Lynch updated the Board on the tax collection period, which ran from September 1, 2018 to November 2, 2018. We collected 94% of the taxes. She stated that the Tax Collector’s Report would be available next meeting.

Ms. Lynch thanked the Board for all their hard work and dedication.

Mr. Pucci mentioned that they will be meeting with the CSEA for negations again soon, for possibly the last session.

Mr. Carter discussed the faculty conference day, which will take place tomorrow, November 6. Faculty will be able to engage in a variety of professional development opportunities both in-house and at other locations around the region. They will have the chance to study topics that will sharpen their skills.

The materials are in for Project Lead the Way. Before it can be launched in classrooms, teacher training must be completed. There are two options for training. One would be to have a consultant come in, which would be very expensive. The other option would be to send a few teachers out for training by a Project Lead the Way consultant. These teachers would then in turn provide in-house training to the remaining teachers. This approach would significantly reduce the cost of training. We are looking at the December-January period for training.

Pursuant to Education Law §3012-d, districts may apply, on an annual basis, for a hardship waiver from the requirement for a second observation/school visit by an impartial independent evaluator. This waiver can be submitted if the district finds this requirement creates an undue burden on their district. The approval of the waiver is on the agenda for later in the meeting. We will use lead evaluators in the district and not hire independent evaluators. Mr. Mullane inquired how long will the current method of evaluating teachers continue. Mr. Carter responded that today schools were told Regents would be moving to extend the current moratorium on using state test results as a factor in New York’s teacher and principal evaluation system. Instead of expiring at the end of the current school year, the moratorium would run through June 2020. That means that while students’ state math and English language arts test scores still can be a factor considered in some teacher and principal evaluations, school personnel will remain shielded from losing their jobs or suffering other consequences related to those test scores. Mr. Connor noted that extending the moratorium would provide more time for the State Education Department to gather broad input from stakeholders and craft recommendations for an improved Annual Professional Performance Review (APPR) system. This would be a step in the right direction.

Mr. Carter discussed the creation of a .78 FTE ENL teacher that is on the Consent Agenda tonight. There has been an increase in the number of ENL students moving to the secondary level. Mr. Carter worked with Ms. Hendershot and building principles to adjust ENL teacher schedules to meet students’ needs. Even with these teachers being assigned additional teaching classes, the District is having a difficult time meeting Commissioner Regulations. Mr. Carter noted that the need for additional services is likely to continue and additional ENL staff may be required in the future.

Mr. Carter and Ms. Lynch spoke to the increase in the internal auditing position from a stipend to a 1.0 FTE position. Due to a recent resignation in the Business Office, both Mr. Carter and Ms. Lynch took a collaborative approach to meeting needs within Central Office. The account clerk typist position will be abolished. The funds from this position will pay for the increase to the internal auditing position, which will include internal auditing functions, district registration and Business Office duties. This position is currently vacant. The posting ends today and should be filled at the next meeting. Ms. Lynch noted that there is an overall reduction of a .5 FTE position with this team approach to fulfilling multiple needs.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Donna Post, Director of Transportation, effective December 31, 2018. Ms. Post has been with the District for 12 years.

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Sally Sopalsky, teacher aide, effective October 31, 2018. Ms. Sopalsky has been with the District for 23 years.

BE IT RESOLVED, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the retirement of Belinda Hunter, custodial worker, effective December 21, 2018. Ms. Hunter has been with the District for 16 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.

Accept resignation:  Stephanie Cecere, food service helper, effective October 17, 2018.

Accept resignation:  Tracy Soberal, JV basketball cheerleading coach, effective November 5, 2018.

Approve medical leave of absence: Kristen Altieri, Grade 4 teacher, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately October 3, 2018 through on or about November 7, 2018.

Approve medical leave of absence: Marissa Terrana, teacher aide, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately November 19, 2018 through on or about January 2, 2019.

Approve abolishing position: account clerk typist, in the Business Office in order to increase the internal auditor position to 1.0 FTE which will include multiple Central Office duties in addition to internal auditing function.

Approve creating position: ENL teacher (.78 FTE), due to the increased number of ENL students at the high school level that need appropriate academic services, effective November 6, 2018.

Approve appointment: Diane Griffin, long-term substitute Grade 4 teacher, at a salary of $294.55 per diem (MA-1 on GTA salary schedule), effective approximately October 3, 2018 to on or about November 7, 2018, or until Grade 4 teacher returns. She has Permanent Elementary and Permanent Math 7-12 certifications. Ms. Griffin is filling the childcare medical leave of absence for Kristen Altieri.

Approve appointment: Stephanie Guido, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), for 5¾ hours/day, effective October 22, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective October 22, 2018. Ms. Guido is a substitute teacher aide with the District. She is replacing Regina Hartmann.

Approve appointment: Laura McGuire, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), for 5½ hours/day, effective November 6, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective November 6, 2018. Ms. McGuire is a substitute food service helper with the District. She is replacing Sally Sopalsky.

Approve appointment: Tracey Tegeler, teacher aide (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), for 5¾ hours/day, effective November 6, 2018. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective November 6, 2018. Ms. Tegeler is a substitute teacher aide with the District. She is replacing Diane O’Sullivan.

Approve appointment: Lucrecia Ramirez, food service helper (probationary), at a salary of $13.60/hr., for 3 hours per day, effective November 6, 2018.  In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective November 6, 2018. Ms. Ramirez is replacing Ysidra Cruz.

Approve appointment:  Robert Corter, modified boys basketball coach, under Schedule B – A 0.7, at a stipend of $3,113.00, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  Danielle Arico, JV basketball cheerleading coach, under Schedule B – A 0.6, at a stipend of $2,668.00, effective for the 2018-2019 school year. She is replacing Tracy Soberal who was appointed at the October 15, 2018 meeting.

Approve appointment:  Teresa Paulino, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 6, 2018.

Approve appointment:  Patricia Flynn, long-term substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $13.60/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), effective October 22, 2018 through June 26, 2019. She is currently filling the childcare leave of Catalina Roney, but will now fill the leave of absence for Patricia Hartley.

Approve appointment:  Laura Burns, long-term substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $13.60/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), effective October 22, 2018 through approximately December 18, 2018 or until the teacher aide returns. She is a substitute teacher aide with the District. Ms. Burns is replacing Patricia Flynn who was filling the childcare leave of Catalina Roney.

Approve appointment:  Tracy Woehrle, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 6, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Initial Childhood Education 1-6 and Initial SWD 1-6 certifications.

Approve appointment:  Nicole Bruce, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $10.40/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective November 7, 2018.

Approve appointment:  Edward Judkins, substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $10.40/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), for 8 hours per day, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective November 6, 2018.

Approve appointment:  John Kayser, tutor, at a salary of $33.00/hr., as needed, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment:  James McLoughlin, SAT coordinator, under Schedule B – A 0.8 with a stipend of $2,024, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve increase in position: Internal Claims Auditor, from a stipend position to a 1.0 FTE position. Duties will include: internal claims auditing, district registration, and Central Office clerical. An account clerk typist position is being abolished in the Business Office to offset the increase in hours of this position.

Approve extra compensation: Julia Chiarot, science teacher at a salary of $82.07/ period, per GTA contract, effective September 1, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. Ms. Chiarot will be teaching one extra class every 6 days in a 6-day rotation.

Approve change of position/stipend: Kiersten Swayne, from Varsity Girls Indoor Track Head Coach to Indoor Track Assistant Coach, under Schedule B – D 0.7 with a stipend of $4,514, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve change of position/stipend: Joseph Manaseri, from Indoor Track Assistant Coach to Varsity Girls Indoor Track Head Coach, under Schedule B – B 0.8 with a stipend of $4,094, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

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Approve disposal of obsolete equipment.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the adoption of the 2019-2020 budget development calendar.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, that the Class of 2018 account within the Extra Classroom Activity Fund at Goshen High School be closed, as the class has graduated; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, $1,500.00 of the remaining funds will be transferred to the Mush Lodhi scholarship fund and any other funds remaining shall be transferred to the Class of 2022 Extra Classroom Activity Fund Account at Goshen High School.

AYES-7            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 payment of tax certiorari judgment awarded to Quick Realty Inc., Town of Wallkill (SBL 41-1-113.1) as per court order entered in the Office of the Clerk of Orange County Supreme Court on September 12, 2018 in the amount of $10,144.46 for the 2014/2015 school year; $7,931.65 for the 2015/2016 school year; $8,340.81 for the 2016/2017 school year; $2,409.06 for the 2017/2018 school year; for a total of $28,825.98 plus an additional $864.75 in applicable interest due to the County as these taxes were not paid by the taxpayer but paid to the Goshen Central School District by the County. For a total due of $29,690.73.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in order to fund said tax certiorari judgment refund that budgetary appropriations for the 2018/2019 school year be increased by $29,690.73 (A1964.4051) and that the $29,690.73 be transferred to the General Fund Budget from the Tax Certiorari Reserve as the offsetting source of revenue.

AYES-7            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 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 the 2018/2019 tax year (A1101):

Petitioner
Section Block & Lot
Amount
Michael & Corbett Hoffman
(Goshen) SBL 17-1-90
$1,288.71
Jothil Vaidyalingam
(Goshen) SBL 127-2-33
$ 1,064.43
Margaret Staehle
(Goshen) SBL 127-2-39
$349.74
Aver & Raba Siljkovic
(Hamptonburgh) SBL 9-1-61
$1,178.47
Ioannis Likidis
(Hamptonburgh) SBL 18-1-11.21
$ 3,146.52
Shawn Bakker
(Goshen) SBL 112-16-5
$527.27
Cui Zhanglin
(Goshen) SBL 10-1-67.24
$539.82
Steven Faith
Goshen) SBL 125-1-45
$1,262.10
William Jones
(Goshen) SBL 18-1-108
$408.66
Christopher O’Connell
(Goshen) SBL 112-16-2
$862.94
Debra Rockwell Living Trust
(Goshen) SBL 112-16-4
$588.77
Gerald Santoro
(Goshen) SBL 15-1-6.62
$1,213.81
Dominick Siracusa
(Goshen) SBL 17-1-98.1
$764.11
Jeff VanEtten
(Goshen) SBL 112-5-25
$456.19
AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that the Board of Education hereby ratifies the signing by the Board President, Superintendent of Schools, Goshen Teachers’ Association President and Goshen Administrators’ Association President, of the SED’s Undue Burden Independent Evaluator Hardship Waiver Certification, covering the period July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, to allow for the continuation of filing an APPR Plan that is compliant with the requirements of §3012-d of the Education Law.

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, WHEREAS New York State has increased the minimum wage for hourly workers effective December 31, 2018; BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby establishes the following hourly rates, effective December 31, 2018, to comply with New York State minimum wage law:

Substitute Food Service Helper: $11.80/hr.

Substitute Custodial Worker: $11.80/hr.

Substitute Bus Monitor: $11.80/hr.

Substitute Teacher Aide: $11.80/hr.

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the donation of $2,000.00 from the C.J. Hooker Middle School PTO. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves increasing the 2018-2019 budget by a total of $2,000.00 to support the expenditure for four (4) energy efficient hydration systems for water fountains at C.J. Hooker Middle School.

(The Board thanked the CJH-PTO for their donation. Members of the CJH-PTO said Jacob Kriney, National Junior Honor Society member, who raised money to support 3 hydration systems, inspired them. The CJH-PTO decided to continue his efforts towards the remaining water fountains.)

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Judy Green, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Orders relevant to Landscape Unlimited, Inc.’s site contract:

10/19/18
SC CO-04
Relocate existing scoreboard to practice field
$12,000
10/19/18
SC CO-05
Concrete sidewalks and curbing
$183,000

(Mr. Pucci noted the Board decided at the last meeting to move forward with some portions of the project. The relocation of the scoreboard and sidewalks/curbing were two of the items. The sidewalks/curbing will begin in front of the “A” wing and continue to Scotchtown Avenue.)

AYES-7            NAYS-0                         Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Order relevant to J & J Sass Electric, Inc.’s Contract:

09/13/18
EC CO-02
Add alternate #1 practice field lighting installation
$219,353
10/19/18
EC CO-03
Relocate existing scoreboard to practice field
$4,148

(Mr. Pucci noted the Board decided at the last meeting to move forward with some portions of the project. The relocation of the scoreboard and practice field lighting were two of the items.)

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the following Change Order relevant to Ashley Mechanical, Inc.’s HVAC contract:

10/19/18
MC CO-03
Relocate heat pipes (found condition)
$3,064.18
10/19/18
MC CO-04
Reinstall finn tube covers in “A” wing
$2,269.36

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Judy Green, that the Board of Education hereby delegates its authority, pursuant to Commissioner’s Regulation 100.2(y), to the Superintendent of Schools, who shall have the full and final authority to make determinations regarding student residency.

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the overnight trip for the Boys/Girls Cross Country athletes to attend NYSPHSAA Cross Country Championship held at Sunken Meadows State Park, Suffolk County, New York from November 9-10, 2018. 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 Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the budgetary transfer dated October 24, 2018, in the amount of $984,342, due to growth in special education student needs.

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Allison Salte, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the re-adoption of the following policies:

a)      Workplace Sexual Harassment Policy #6121

b)      Sexual Harassment of Students Policy #7551

c)      Participation in Graduation Ceremonies & Activities Policy #7221

d)      Diploma or Credential Options for Students with Disabilities Policy #7222

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A community member asked about the change orders relevant lighting and relocating a scoreboard to the practice field if games would not be played on the field. Mr. O’Brien stated that “practice field” is a misnomer. It has been the name used in the past to distinguish between the two fields. That field will in fact be used for competition, so the scoreboard is a necessity. The existing scoreboard we currently have will be relocated to that field. The lighting will allow for additional play/games beyond daylight. The community member asked if there was any calculations to additional electricity costs involved with lighting that field. Mr. Riley noted that the cost of electricity was discussed in the planning stages of the capital project and that the community voted to approve the project, which included the additional lighting to that field.

Also discussed during privilege of the floor were the cross-country overnight trip, a missing violin, relocation of the memorials outside the Goshen High School after construction is completed, and a student enrollment issue.

Mrs. Green discussed a meeting she had with Allison Salte, Martha Bogart and LAN Associates to discuss items related to the Goshen High School auditorium project such as wood samples and wainscoting colors. It was a productive meeting.

At 8:46 p.m., on a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo the Board entered Executive Session, with the no intent to return, for the purpose of educational history of a particular student.

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

At 9:35 p.m., on a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte the Board closed the Executive Session to reconvene the regular meeting.

AYES-7            NAYS-0              Motion carried.

The meeting was adjourned at 9:36 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel.

AYES-7           NAYS-0           Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk