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Board of Education meeting minutes for September 5, 2017

A tour of the school facilities was held at 6:00 p.m. for Members of the Board of Education on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

Present: Mrs. Judy Green, President
Mr. Jason Pucci, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent: Mr. Jeremy Cassel

Superintendent of Schools Mr. Daniel T. Connor
Assistant Superintendent for Business Mr. Robert Miller
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum,
Instruction, Personnel and Technology Mr. Kurtis Kotes
Director of Facilities III Mr. James Riley

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 Tuesday, September 5, 2017 immediately following the tour of facilities.

Present: Mrs. Judy Green, President
Mr. Jason Pucci, Vice President
Mrs. Martha Bogart
Mr. Michael Lorenzo
Mr. Thomas Mullane
Mrs. Allison Salte
Absent: Mr. Jeremy Cassel

Superintendent of Schools Mr. Daniel T. Connor
Assistant Superintendent for Business Mr. Robert Miller
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and
Technology Mr. Kurtis Kotes

Principals: Mr. Robert McKiernan,
Mr. William Rolon,
Mr. Jason Carter,
Dr. Gregory Voloshin
Assistant Principals: Mrs. Patricia Lercara,
Ms. Heather Carman
Elementary Coordinator Mr. Henry Freedman
Director of Facilities III Mr. James Riley
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Absent
Director of PPS Absent
CSE Chairperson Mrs. Marlene Gaynor
Director of Transportation Absent
Network Administrator Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel Mr. Robert Siracuse
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 7:33 p.m. Mrs. Green led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation remembering the people of Texas affected by Hurricane Harvey this past week.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jason Pucci, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of August 21, 2017.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for June 2017 was acknowledged under Financial Update. The board received the following correspondence: Town of Goshen Planning Board’s Leading Agency SEQRA Finding Statement regarding LEGOLAND; MHSSC Messenger Newsletter and Dinner Workshop Brochure; and various newspaper articles.

Mrs. Green opened Privilege of the Floor.
In attendance were two Odyssey of the Mind team members and coaches (Team Wong and Team Smith) who came to thank the board for their continued support. During 2016-2017 school year, of the eleven teams Goshen had, six Odyssey of the Mind teams placed first in the region and two went on to compete in the World Finals at Iowa State University May
24-27. A video was viewed which presented their experiences at both the regional and world level. Several students recounted their experiences and noted that they enjoyed meeting other students from around the world including Mexico and China. The board congratulated all the students from both Odyssey of the Mind teams on their fine accomplishments.

Mrs. Green welcomed back Zach Konstantindis, Student Senate Representative, to the board meeting this year.

Mrs. Green read a letter from Dorothy Slattery, which stated that David Eaton would continue to be our liaison from Orange-Ulster BOCES this school year.

There was no Legislative Update.

Regarding the tour of our facilities, Mr. Connor thanked Mr. Riley and the entire buildings & grounds / custodial staff for the terrific work they did in getting the facilities ready for the opening of school. He went on to thank the administrators as well for all their efforts.

Mr. Rolon mentioned that there was a 6th grade ice cream social on August 30. He thanked Mrs. Bogart for attending this event. The ice cream was donated by Stewarts. The 6th graders got to meet many of the staff members. They had the chance to become acclimated to the layout of the school and to try out their lockers before their first day of school.

Mr. Connor thanked the many people involved with making the Opening Day for staff today a success. He thanked Mrs. Green for her remarks at the assembly. Mr. Connor also thanked Dr. Kotes and Jon Redeker for all the effort they put in their presentation on technology and professional development goals. Faculty and staff who attained 20, 25, 30, 35 and 40 years of service to the district were acknowledged during the Opening Day
event.

Dr. Voloshin spoke about the Kindergarten ice cream social held on August 25. He thanked the SAS PTO for all their efforts in making this event a success. Rita’s Ice provided food. Incoming Kindergarten students and their parents had the opportunity to meet their new teachers and to acclimated themselves to their classrooms during the Kindergarten Tea event today.

Mr. Connor noted that the 12-month employee picnic was well attended and a success. He thanked Vas Tzouganatos for cooking for everyone.

Mr. McKiernan thanked the Board of Education for coming and helping at the Freshman Barbeque on August 29. Approximately 35 teachers were in attendance at the Freshman Barbeque. He thanked the Student Senate, Mrs. Lercara and clerical staff for all their work in helping to make this event a success.

Jason Carter spoke to the Board regarding a desire to change Kelly Ducham from a .6 to a .8 music position. She currently teachers 4 out of 6 periods at Goshen Intermediate School. In addition, she works with the chorus 4 days a week for an hour before school. Increasing her position will balance out the music department instead of adding another 1.0 position.
Mrs. Bogart stated she is in favor of such a move as supporter of the arts/music program. Mr. Pucci asked what the financial effect would be of a change from a .6 to .8 position. Mr. Miller replied that a .6 position does not receive health insurance, whereas a .8 position would be offered health insurance. There would also be contributions changes to TRS and
Social Security. This change would have a salary increase of approximately $15,000. Mr. Pucci inquired what the change would be increasing a .8 position to a 1.0 position. Dr. Kotes replied that a 1.0 becomes a permanent position, whereas a .8 position would need to be reappointed ever year.

Mr. Miller discussed with the Board the $447,500 anticipated shortfall in the 2017-2018 PPS budget. The budgeted funds for out-of-district placements is less than the required needs of students. This is due to unexpected expenses such as some students needing settings that are more restrictive and several students had moved into the district who
require out-of-district placements. Mr. Miller will present the Board with a budgetary transfer at the next meeting for their approval.

Dr. Kotes reported that on August 23 and 24 the new teacher orientation was held. According to NYSED regulations, any new teachers that have never held a full-time position must be assigned to a mentor for one full year. Our District goes beyond that and has mentoring for all new staff, even if it is not for a full year. Dr. Kotes discussed with the Board district-wide professional development goals that was discussed at the Opening Day program: In collaboration with building and district administrators and directors, and in alignment with the Board of Education goals 1, 2 & 3, we will be working towards the following district wide professional development goals for the 2017/2018 school year:

  • Google Classroom
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Explore & Develop STEAM
  • Math In Focus K-6
  • Cross-Building Faculty Meetings

Jon Redeker worked on summer curriculum creating recommended lesson plans by grade levels to ensure that all teachers will have available resources to teach with available technology in the classrooms using Google Classroom. Mr. Redeker is certified to train teachers in Google Classroom and will continue to offer professional development classes
on Google Classroom. Four parent nights have been scheduled to support skill development and answer questions regarding Google Classroom.
Math In Focus is the new math series chosen to align the K-6 math curriculum. A new scoping sequence document and pacing calendar has been developed to roll out the new program full scale next year.
The goal of cross-building faculty meetings is to develop stronger continuity in our instructional program. The cross-building faculty meetings target strategies and methodologies that help improve student learning as they transition between buildings. Mr. Pucci suggested more widely announcing the Google Classroom parent sessions and My School Bucks program. Mr. Mullane also suggested having additional Naviance
training sessions for parents, so they become more familiar with all aspects of their student’s college search process. On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the
Consent Agenda as presented.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Accept resignation: Paula Walter, senior payroll clerk (probationary), effective August 28, 2017.
Accept resignation: Kelly Delehanty, junior class advisor, effective September 1, 2017.
Accept resignation: Jennifer Berger, .6 teaching assistant, effective August 30, 2017.
Accept resignation: Michael Dunne, .8 AIS teacher, effective August 31, 2017.
Approve extension of medical leave: Linda Barbaro custodial worker is requesting an extension of her medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately September 12, 2017 through on or about January 19, 2018.
Approve appointment: Sarah Rosa, .6 ENL teacher at a salary of $41,924 prorated (pending GTA negotiations, prorated to .6)-(MA-8 on GTA salary schedule) effective September 6, 2017. She has Professional ESL K-12, Initial Early Childhood Education K-2, and Initial Childhood Education 1-6 certifications. Ms. Rosa is replacing Fior Flores.
Approve appointment: Jennifer Berger, teaching assistant at a salary of $35,918.40 (pending GTA negotiations) (Level IVA) effective September 1, 2017 with a tenure date of September 1, 2021 in the tenure area of Teaching Assistant. She has Permanent Special education K-12 certification. Ms. Berger is replacing Kelly Vaughan.
Approve appointment: Julissie Saltzberg, special education teacher aide, at a salary of $13.60/hr., for 5 3⁄4 hours/day, effective September 6, 2017. In accordance with Civil Service Rules, this appointment is a probationary appointment, in effect for 52 weeks, effective September 6, 2017. Ms. Saltzberg is a substitute aide with the District. She is replacing Justine McLaughlin.

Approve appointment: Michele Gulino, substitute school bus monitor, at a salary of $10.40/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective September 6, 2017.
Approve appointment: Elena Wakeham, substitute teacher, at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective September 6, 2017.
She has Permanent Pre-K, Permanent K and Permanent 1-6 certifications.
Approve appointment: Mary Nuara, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, effective September 6, 2017. She is retired from the District as an AIS teacher.
Approve appointment: Elena Wakeham, SEIT teacher, at a salary of $50.62/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective September 6, 2017. She has Permanent Pre-K, Permanent K and Permanent 1-6 certifications.
Approve appointment: Frank Kowalczyk, LEA designee, at a salary of $2,490 effective July 29, 2017. He has the appropriate asbestos worker/handler certification and particular knowledge/experience.
Approve appointment: Diane Villegas, AIS teacher, for Summer Curriculum Writing for 2017, at a salary of $44.29/hr., pending GTA negotiations, for 10 hours effective July 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017.
Approve increase in position: special education teacher in C. J. Hooker Middle School, .8 to 1.0., due to an increase in IEP mandated services.
Approve increase in position: Shalanda Harrison-Marquez, special education teacher, from .8 to 1.0, at a salary of $64,254 (MA-5, pending GTA negotiations) effective September 1, 2017, with a tenure date of September 1, 2021 and a tenure area in Special Education, subject to the teacher’s receipt of composite or overall APPR ratings pursuant
to Education Law Section 3012-c and/or 3012-d of either Effective or Highly Effective in at least two of the three years preceding tenure conferral. Ms. Marquez has Initial Students with Disabilities 1-6 and Initial Childhood Education 1-6 certifications.
Approve additional hours: Kristy Leva, summer teacher aide at a salary of $14.10/hr., for up to 3 days, as needed, effective July 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017. Ms. Leva is currently an aide in the district.
Approve additional hours: Cynthia Ilardi, summer teacher aide at a salary of $14.10/hr., for up to 3 days, effective July 1, 2017 through August 31, 2017. Ms. Ilardi is currently an aide in the district.
Approve additional hours: Kendra Parchinski, teaching assistant, for preparing new hardware in buildings, not to exceed 15 hours, as needed, at a salary of $27.76/hr., pending GTA negotiations, effective August 24, 2017.
Approve increase in hours: Stanley DeGraw, school bus monitor, increase in hours from 5 1⁄4 hours per day to 6 hours per day, effective September 6, 2017. Increase in hours is due to a change in assigned bus route.
Approve extra compensation: Marisol Paneto, special education teacher at a salary of $79.08/ period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective for the 2017-2018 school year. She is currently an ENL teacher in the District. Ms. Paneto will be teaching an extra class every day to meet the needs of an increased number of ENL students.
Approve extra compensation: Patricia Boles, special education teacher at a salary of $79.08/ period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective for the 2017-2018 school year. She is currently an ENL teacher in the District. Ms. Boles will be teaching an extra class every day to meet the needs of an increased number of ENL students.
Approve extra compensation: Jacqueline Demers, special education teacher at a salary of $79.08/ period, per GTA contract (pending GTA negotiations), effective for the 2017-2018 school year. She is currently a special education teacher in the District. Ms. Demers will be teaching an extra class every day to meet the needs of an increased number of special
education students.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education acknowledges receipt of the Public School Fire Safety Reports as presented on June 21, 2017. (It is noted that any non-conformances that were indicated at the time of inspection were corrected and new Certificates of Occupancy have been issued. Additionally, it is noted that legal notice
has been published at least once in newspapers of record and that the fire departments with jurisdiction covering school facilities have also been notified and given access to inspection reports). AYES-6 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 Terms & Conditions for Evening High School of the Goshen Central School District effective July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2018. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas Mullane, that pursuant to the requirements of Education Law Section 3012-d and Part 30-2.9 of the Regents Rules, the following people, have completed all of the required training to be re-certified by this Board of Education as “Lead Evaluators” for classroom teachers:
Kurtis Kotes, Jason Carter, Henry Freedman, Heather Carman, Patricia Lercara, William Rolon, Gregory Voloshin, Deirdre Hallinan, Marlene Gaynor, Robert McKiernan, Robert Siracuse.
AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.
On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas Mullane, upon the
recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the appointment of Jeremy Cassel as the District’s voting delegate for New York State School Boards Association Annual Convention. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jason Pucci and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of education approves amending the resolution made August 21, 2017 approving the Transportation Contract with Orange Ulster BOCES by deleting from the list of schools Clear View School and adding to the list of schools Rockland BOCES Hilltop Elementary. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green opened the second Privilege of the Floor. An audience member inquired if the school district has a safety plan in place should there
be a leak from the 15,000 gallon ammonia tank located in the electric generation facility that CPV Valley Energy Center is currently building in Waywayanda. Mr. Riley noted that the district does have a Safety Plan, but that it does not address that particular issue specifically. The plan does address environmental hazards that might occur from various sources that are around the district in numerous locations. This plan is updated annually.
Mr. Connor stated he would bring up the issue at the next BOCES meeting of school superintendents, as will Mr. Riley at his next meeting of BOCES facilities directors.
Mrs. Green noted that the facilities look great. It was nice to see the changes that have occurred in the buildings.
The meeting was adjourned at 8:24 p.m. on a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Thomas Mullane. AYES-6 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mrs. Green thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,
Maureen Farrell
District Clerk