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Meeting Minutes for Oct. 15

A tour of the C.J. Hooker Middle School was held at 6:00 p.m. for Members of the Board of Education on Monday, October 15, 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 15, 2018 immediately following the tour of the middle school.

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 Absent
Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology Mr. Jason Carter
Principals:
Mr. Thomas Heinzelman (Interim),
Mr. William Rolon,
Mr. Matthew Wentworth
Assistant Principals:
Mr. Kyle Roddey
Elementary Coordinator Absent
Director of Facilities III Mr. James Riley
Assistant Principal/Athletic Director Absent
Director of PPS Mrs. Heather Hendershot
Assistant Director of PPS Mrs. Marlene Gaynor
Director of Transportation Mrs. Donna Post
Network Administrator Mr. James Sterett
Director of Personnel Absent
Student Senate Representative Absent
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 Thomas Mullane and seconded by Martha Bogart, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education approves the draft of the minutes for the meeting of October 1, 2018.

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

The board received the following correspondence: various newspaper articles.

Mr. Pucci opened the Privilege of the Floor.

There were no questions or issues.

Mr. Pucci mentioned that the Board Negotiating Committee has met with the CSEA for four sessions and will be meeting with them again on Wednesday. They hope to have an agreement soon.

The Technology Committee met October 10. Mr. Pucci stated they discussed hardware, software, curriculum, drones, coding, and possibly increasing Jon Redeker’s duties. Mr. Carter added it was a productive meeting that focused on the future vision of technology in programs, the creative use of personnel, and the cutting-edge, state-of-the-art STEAM lab. Mr. Connor noted that the District has made a large commitment to technology, even creating a separate line item in the budget to support its growth. Looking at the number of hardware devices available to students and staff countywide, Goshen is ranked second to Middletown, which demonstrates our commitment to technology over the years.

The capital project is progressing nicely. After consulting with our architect and construction manager, we can now begin reducing our level of the contingency fund balance for the project to consider certain items that were deferred at the time of the bid awards. Mr. Pucci noted that later in the meeting there is a resolution to commit to items the district will move forward on, which would then leave the remaining contingency fund balance between $900,000 to $1,000,000 as we move in to phase 2 of the project. Mr. Pucci mentioned that our construction manager asked all the contractors to review their costs to see if there can be additional savings for us to use toward other items to complete. The result was approximately $70,000 in savings.

Mrs. Bogart did not have any legislative or Orange County School Board Association updates.

Dr. Rolon introduced Jacob Kriney to the Board. Last year, Jacob was inducted into the National Junior Honor Society. When choosing a community service project, Jacob decided to do one that would support C.J. Hooker Middle School. Jacob raised $1,500 to enhance the 3 water fountains, making them more eco-friendly. Dr. Rolon thanked Mr. Riley and the Buildings & Grounds staff with their assistance with this project. Mr. Connor presented Jacob with a Certificate of Special Recognition and Appreciation in recognition of Jacob’s dedication and outstanding contribution to the National Junior Honor Society.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education accepts the donation of $1,500.00 from the C.J. Hooker Middle School National Junior Honor Society Extra Classroom Activity Fund. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves increasing the 2018-2019 budget by a total of $1,500.00 to support the expenditure for three new eco-friendly water fountains.

Appropriations Total $1,500.00
Heating/Plumbing/Electrical Supplies A1621-45-7-32

Revenues Total $1,500.00
Donations A2705

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Dr. Rolon reported on the National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony that took place on October 12. There were 85 students who qualified to be inducted. After the ceremony in the C.J. Hooker auditorium, inductees and families gathered in the gym for a potluck dinner. Mr. Rolon thanked Fabien Riviere, faculty advisor, and many staff members for their work in making the ceremony a successful event. Last year, members of the National Junior Honor Society completed 2,000+ hours of community service.

Dr. Rolon discussed the All-Year Honor Roll Awards Barbeque held on October 4 at C.J. Hooker Middle School. Over 150 students were on honor roll for all four quarters last year. The barbeque was an effort to honor their achievement.

Mr. Wentworth reported on the 39th Annual Jelly Bean Field Day that occurred October 9-11 at Goshen Intermediate School. Student try to achieve physical feats to earn jellybeans. Students enjoyed the time.

Mr. Connor and Mr. Pucci commented on the college fair that Goshen High School hosted on October 4. Many colleges/universities had representatives in attendance to speak with junior and senior students. Chester and Florida districts sent students to this event.

Mr. Heinzelman spoke about the Goshen Gladiators recapturing the coveted Spirit Trophy for the first time since 2003, in a victory against the rival Warwick Wildcats at the 106th Spirit Trophy Game on Oct. 5. The Spirit Trophy Game is the second-oldest high school football rivalry in New York State. Mr. Heinzelman noted the trophy is on display in the high school office. The trophy is a symbol of our successful athletic programs, which help bring community enthusiasm and promotes positive culture.

Mr. Connor proudly announced our District was awarded the School Violence Prevention Program grant through the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS Office), a component within the U.S. Department of Justice, to provide funding for additional security measures in our school district. The grant covers supplies, equipment and technology improvements across the district. The Village of Goshen Police Department, on behalf of the Goshen Central School District, applied for the grant in July. The School Violence Prevention Program grant fund is for $128,977. Our district was one of only two awarded in New York State.

There was no Assistant Superintendent for Business’ Report due to Ms. Lynch absence.

Mr. Carter gave the board an executive summary of the 1,300+ hours of curriculum work, mostly in the math content area, that teachers performed this summer. The district-wide curriculum work was dedicated to scope & sequence and alignment of K-12 math and ELA. Particular emphasis was placed on the Board of Regents newly adopted Next Generation Learning Standards (revised English Language Arts and Mathematics learning standards), which is slated for full implementation in September 2020. Mr. Carter thanked the Board for their continued support of summer curriculum work.

Superintendent’s Report

Assistant Superintendent for Business’ Report

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction, Personnel and Technology’s Report

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 Consent Agenda as presented.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Accept resignation: Mary Lake, school bus driver, effective October 15, 2018.

Accept resignation: John Pierce, school bus driver, effective October 4, 2018.

Accept resignation: Regina Hartmann, teacher aide, effective October 15, 2018.

Accept resignation: Diane O’Sullivan, teacher aide, effective September 24, 2018.

Accept resignation: Ysidra Cruz, food service helper, effective October 5, 2018.

Approve medical leave of absence: Candice Shera, elementary teacher, is requesting a medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective approximately December 4, 2018 through on or about January 4, 2019.

Approve medical leave of absence: Christina Pahucki, art 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 October 24, 2018.

Approve extension of medical leave of absence: Richard Besaw, custodial worker, is requesting an extension of his medical leave of absence under the Family Medical Leave Act, if eligible, effective October 1, 2018 through approximately October 31, 2018.

Approve appointment: John Haeberle, long-term substitute custodial worker, at a salary of $15.85/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), for up to 35 hours per week, effective October 5, 2018. He is currently a substitute custodial worker with the District. Mr. Haeberle has been filling the extended medical leave of absence for Richard Besaw.

Approve appointment: Angela LeMay, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Permanent Pre-K, Kindergarten and Childhood Education 1-6 certifications.

Approve appointment: Katie Terwilliger, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Initial 7-12 ELA certification.

Approve appointment: Samantha Rathgeb, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective October 16, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Permanent Childhood Education 1-6 and SWD 1-6 certifications.

Approve appointment: Courtney Quinn, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Initial School Counselor certification.

Approve appointment: Jeff Danzer, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. He has Permanent Social Studies 7-12 certification.

Approve appointment: Susan Taylor, substitute teacher at a salary of $110.00/diem, as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year. She has Initial School Counselor certification.

Approve appointment: Jennifer English, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018.

Approve appointment: Alana Sinnott, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018.

Approve appointment: Lisa Klein, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018.

Approve appointment: Zorihelga Mercado-Nedorost, substitute teacher aide, at a salary of $10.40/hr. (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018.

Zorihelga Mercado-Nedorost

Approve appointment: John Pierce, substitute school bus monitor, at a salary of $10.40/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018. He was a school bus driver with the District.

Approve appointment: Laura McGuire, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $10.40/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018.

Approve appointment: Amanda Santiago, substitute food service helper, at a salary of $10.40/hour (pending CSEA negotiations), as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week, effective October 16, 2018.

Approve appointment: Samantha Rathgeb, tutor, at a salary of $33.00/hr., as needed, not to exceed 29 hours per week for all assignments, effective October 16, 2018 for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment: Kathy Sherlock, volunteer Odyssey of the Mind coach, at Goshen Intermediate School, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve appointment: Kerri Stroka, Tom Loftus, and Heidi Seligman, volunteer Odyssey of the Mind coaches, at C.J. Hooker Middle School, effective for the 2018-2019 school year.

Approve increase in hours: Catherine Thomas, school bus driver, increase in hours from 5 ¼ hours per day to 6 ¾ hours per day, effective October 16, 2018. Increase in hours is due to addition of late bus run to assigned bus route.

Approve appointments: 2018-2019 Winter Coaches Stipends

Approve Disposal of Obsolete Equipment

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 entry of the names of the 2018 Summer Graduates in the Board of Education Minutes (see official minutes).

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 appoints the following District positions for the 2018-2019 school year, effective October 6, 2018:
Name Position
Thomas Heinzelman Comptroller, Extra-Classroom Activity Account – Goshen High School
Thomas Heinzelman DASA Coordinator – Goshen High School
Jason Carter Title VI Officer
Marlene Gaynor Foster Care Liaison

There are no stipends for these positions.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Allison Salte and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, that the Board of Education of the Goshen Central School District/Location Code 73302 hereby establishes the following as standard work days for elected and appointed officials and will report the following days worked to the New York State and Local Employees’ Retirement System based on time keeping system records or the record of activities maintained and submitted by these officials to the Clerk of this body:

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.
CSE/CPSE Recommendations

Disposal of Obsolete Equipment

2018 Summer Graduates

Appoint of Certain District Positions

Standard Workday for Appointed Officials

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 Cross Country team to Warwick, Rhode Island on October 19-20, 2018 to participate in the Brown University Northeast Cross Country Championship. 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 Thomas Mullane and seconded by Jeremy Cassel, that based upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby rescinds the auditorium rock removal change order approved at the August 20, 2018 meeting in the amount of $220,125 and hereby approves the actual Change Order GC-CO-06 relevant to Benard Associates, Inc.’s general construction contract:

09/26/18 GC CO-06 Auditorium Rock Removal $148,791.00

AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Allison Salte, that the Board of Education hereby approves the proposal from Joseph Lombardo Plumbing, Heating & Cooling, Inc., dated October 10, 2018, to provide services relating to repairing the domestic water supply piping at C.J. Hooker Middle School, at a cost of $91,000 for such services; BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board authorizes the Board President to execute the proposal letter.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Michael Lorenzo, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, that an account for the following clubs be established within the Extra Classroom Activity Fund at the High School:

Club Fund Faculty Club Advisor(s)
Class of 2022 Marie Jane Panzer & Joseph Condello
Young Progressives Marie Jane Panzer

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Faculty Club Advisor(s) are authorized to sign disbursement orders, receipts and otherwise oversee this account in accordance with District Policy and the Procedures outlined in the New York State Education Department Guidelines entitled, “The Safe Guarding, Accounting and Auditing of Extra Classroom Activity Funds”.

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 enters into an Agreement with Center for Spectrum Services 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. BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board authorizes the Superintendent to execute the Agreement.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

On a motion by Jeremy Cassel and seconded by Judy Green, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education hereby approves the unpaid administrative leave of absence for Employee No. 101518.
AYES-7 NAYS-0 Motion carried.

Overnight Trip – Cross Country Team

Change Order – Benard Associates – Auditorium Rock Removal

Lombardo Plumbing –
Water Supply Piping at CJH

Establish Extra Classroom Activity Funds @ GHS

PPS Agreement – Center for Spectrum Services

Unpaid Administrative Leave

On a motion by Thomas Mullane and seconded by Martha Bogart,
WHEREAS, based upon the progress of the District’s capital project consisting of Additions, Site Improvements & Renovations at Goshen High School, the Field House at Goshen High School and the Press Box at Goshen High School, the District’s Architect and Construction Manager have recommended that the contingency funds for these projects may be reduced and consideration be given to certain items that were deferred at the time of the bid awards; and

WHEREAS, the Superintendent of Schools believes that the Board of Education should consider using a portion of the contingency funds for certain items previously placed on the “B” list for later consideration with contingency funds;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, hereby authorizes the reduction in the contingency funds for the above capital project and consideration of using such funds for certain additional projects, such as replacement of sidewalks, purchase and installation of cameras and other projects, with such projects to be authorized either by change order, bid or written quotations, as appropriate, in accordance with law and the District’s purchasing policy:

• Sidewalks – $183,000
• Goalpost – $17,000
• Auditorium Work (curtains, lighting, audio) – $214,000
• Cameras – $30,000
• STEAM Equipment – $73,000
• Scoreboard (move & run electric) – $95,000
• Practice Lights – $210,000

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 Earth Science student trip to Iceland during the 2019-2020 Spring Break (tentatively proposed for April 2, 2020 through April 11, 2020). 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.

Mr. Pucci opened the second Privilege of the Floor.

A community member asked about what kinds of safety items are included in the COPS grant and if the grant money is given or if the District needs to outlay the money and be reimbursed. Mr. Connor responded that with most grants, monies are expended, then reimbursed. Mr. Connor, Officer Smoulcey, Jim Sterett and Jim Riley came together while applying for the grant to determine the District’s needs. The grant money is given for equipment, technology and supplies such as cameras, a server, license plate readers and security software. The grant does not cover personnel costs.

A community member recommended including the cost of student trips when approving them. He also inquired how the District’s liability insurance works while students are on trips. Mr. Connor would confirm coverage and report back at the next meeting.

Mr. Cassel suggested writing a thank you letter to the Middletown School District for letting our District use their filed and facilities for our football game on Saturday. Due to the recent rainfall, our fields were unplayable. Mr. Connor stated that Middletown School District has always been a good friend & neighbor to Goshen.

Mr. Pucci noted that it has been four months since he became president of the Board. He thanked the rest of the Board and Mr. Connor for their continued support of him.

The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 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
Approve Related Items to Capital Project for Contingency Fund