Meeting Minutes for Oct. 1, 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, October 1, 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. Robert McKiernan,
Mr. Matthew Wentworth
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
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
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

The regular meeting was called to order by President, Mr. Jason Pucci at 7:30 p.m.
Mr. Pucci led the Pledge of Allegiance followed by a moment of silent meditation.

On a motion by Martha Bogart 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 17, 2018.

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The Treasurer’s Report for July 2018 was acknowledged under Financial Update.

The board received the following correspondence: Orange-Ulster BOCES letter regarding a vacancy on their Board and various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

There were no questions or issues.

Mr. Pucci thanked Barbara Korycki for taking the time to be a regular attendee of the Board meetings.

Mr. Pucci discussed his attendance at the Goshen High School Orientation and the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction. Both events were well done.

Mrs. Bogart noted that this is an election year. Historically, state aid has been more favorable in election years. Ms. Lynch commented that in recent years, it seems to have neutralized, but we can be optimistic.

Nugent & Haeussler discussed with the Board the findings of their 2017-2018 Financial Audit. Ms. Capicchioni met with the Audit Committee on September 17, 2018. Three reports (Audit Report, Federal Awards and Extra-classroom Activity Funds) were reviewed with the Audit Committee. All three received unmodified or “clean” opinions, meaning no material errors were found. The District continues to maintain good financial position. The District has enough funds to meet its obligations. It has a strong cash position and liabilities are at a minimum. The District is properly reserved. A Retirement Contribution Reserve Fund was established with the purpose of financing retirement contributions to ERS using $400K of 2017-2018 unappropriated unassigned fund balance. Ms. Capicchioni noted biggest change this year was the implementation of GASB 75 reporting on postemployment benefits other than pension. Mr. Pucci commended Ms. Lynch, her predecessor Mr. Miller, and the Business Office staff for their work in continuing to keep the District in good financial shape.

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 financial audit report for the year ended June 30, 2018 as presented by Nugent & Haeussler, P.C. on October 1, 2018.

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Martha Bogart and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the corrective action plan, for the External Audit performed by Nugent and Haeussler for the year ended June 30, 2018.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Judy Green and seconded by Allison Salte, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes its President to execute an employment agreement dated October 1, 2018 with Thomas Heinzelman, to serve on a contractual, non-tenure bearing basis, as the Interim High School Principal, effective October 4, 2018 through June 30, 2019, pursuant to the provisions of an Agreement, as presented to the board at this meeting. A copy of said Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

(Mr. Pucci mentioned that the search would begin again in the spring when there is a larger candidate pool.)

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 enters into individual Agreements with Liberty Post, Field of Dreams, The ARC of Orange County, Green Chimneys, Learning Tree, The Center for Discovery, and United Cerebral Palsy, to provide special educational services for students and for the District to sub-allocate IDEA 611 and 619 funds to said providers, on a per student basis, for the school year July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019. Copies of said Agreements shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Michael Lorenzo and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education approves the budgetary transfer dated September 24, 2018, in the amount of $299,720.69, to re-align payroll.

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 and appoints Christine Jones, Claims Auditor, as per the Shared Internal Claims Auditor Services with Orange-Ulster BOCES, effective October 1, 2018.

(Mr. Pucci noted that this is a temporary arrangement with BOCES.)

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

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

WHEREAS, BOCES district superintendents are by statute, the education leader for their BOCES, component districts and our communities; and

WHEREAS, BOCES district superintendents play a critical role in helping shape and implement important education policies that directly impact our students; and

WHEREAS, currently, a BOCES district superintendent’s salary is capped at 98% of the commissioner of education’s 2003-2004 salary or 106% of the previous year’s salary, whichever is less. It has been 15 years since the cap was updated;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes its President to sign and submit a letter to Governor Cuomo urging his approval of S.3203-A/A.2112-A, which would update the cap on BOCES district superintendent salaries.

(Mrs. Green noted that the current salary structure is unrealistic to keep. It makes it hard to attract qualified people to these positions. Mrs. Bogart thanked the Board for their support in her request at the last meeting to submit a letter to the governor.)

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

There were no questions or issues.

There were no additional comments or Board Member issues.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:06 p.m. on a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Mr. Pucci thanked everyone for attending.

Respectfully submitted,

Maureen Farrell
District Clerk