Minutes � Workshop Meeting � Board of Education � New Paltz Central School District � October 1, 2008 � 7:00 PM

Woodcrest Community, Rifton, New York

 

CALL MEETING TO ORDER                                                                                                                                 CALL TO ORDER

Meeting was called to order at 6:29 PM by David Dukler, Board President.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                                              QUORUM CHECK

                                                                Roderick Dressel Jr. (arrived 6:30 PM)

David Dukler

Steven Greenfield

Don Kerr

Patrick Rausch (arrived 6:30 PM)

                                                                Edgar Rodriguez (arrived 6:30 PM)

                                                                Laura Walls

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Maria Rice, Superintendent of Schools

                                                                Richard Linden, Assistant Superintendent

 

ROLL CALL

The roll was called as reflected above.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION                                                                                                                                                      EXECUTIVE

Motion made by Don Kerr and seconded by Steve Greenfield that the Board of                                                   SESSION

Education move into Executive Session at 6:29 PM for the purpose of discussing the

employment history of particular individuals, the school history of particular students in

accordance with their FERPA rights and discussing negotiations with a firm or company.

 

Motion carried 4 - 0 with 4 members voting.

 

Out of Executive Session - Motion made by Don Kerr and seconded by

Patrick Rausch that the Board return to Public Session at 6:51PM.

 

Motion carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

 

CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                                                     CALL TO ORDER

The Public Meeting was called to order at 7:10 PM by David Dukler, Board President.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                                             QUORUM CHECK

                                                                Roderick Dressel Jr.

David Dukler

Steven Greenfield

Don Kerr

Patrick Rausch

                                                                Edgar Rodriguez

                                                                Laura Walls

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Maria Rice, Superintendent of Schools

                                                                Debora Banner, Assistant Superintendent

                                                                Richard Linden, Assistant Superintendent for Business

                                                                Connie Hayes, Assistant Superintendent for Pupil Personnel Services

                                                                Bill Richers, Director of Information & Communications Technology

                                                                Mike Robinson, Director of Food Services

                                                                Beverly Sickler, District Clerk

                                                                Emily Freedman, Student Representative

                                                                Members of the Public and Press

 

 

 

ROLL CALL                                                                                                                                                                        ROLL CALL

The roll was called as reflected above.

 

PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

 

AGENDA CHANGES                                                                                                                                                          AGENDA

                                                                                                                                                                                                CHANGES

President Dukler presented the following addendum to the agenda:

 

ADDENDUM

12.10 Non-Instructional Resignation

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby accept the resignation of the following non-instructional employee:

 

Christopher Rizza                                 School Bus Driver                                Effective 10/1/08

 

 

Motion made by Steve Greenfield and seconded by Rod Dressel that the Board of Education accept the agenda as amended.

 

Motion carried 7 0 with 7 members voting.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS                                                                                                                                                       PUBLIC

                                                                                                                                                                                                COMMENT

Maryann Tozzi, New Paltz Nutritional Foods

                                                                                                                                                                                                PETITION

 

The Board of Education was presented with a signed petition which states, We the undersigned students and parents completely support adding more healthy menu choices to the school lunch program.  We fully oppose taking away items that are currently available, leaving the choice to the parent and student.  Thank you.

 

Brian Obach, New Paltz Green High Performance Act

Rachel Busher, NPUT President Davis/Bacon Protection

Pat McVeigh, Sheet Metal Workers Davis/Bacon Act

John Olsen, President Iron Workers Davis/Bacon Act

 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE REPORT Emily Freedman, Student Representative, reported on activities and events at the high school.

 

SUPERINTENDENTS REPORTS & DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

       SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS Mrs. Rice thanked Assemblyman Kevin Cahill for his efforts to obtain a grant for the district.  She extended congratulations to National Merit Scholarship recipients. An important workshop entitled Government on the Energy Gridiron will be attended by Maureen Ryan, Director of Transportation.  Mrs. Rice asked for a board member to volunteer to attend as well.  Steve Greenfield and Edgar Rodriguez expressed an interest.

       STATE OF THE DISTRICT REPORT Each member received a copy of the State of the District Report compiled by Superintendent Rice and the Administrative Team. Mrs. Rice commented that the districts mission, vision and goals drive the decisions that are made to education our children, stating that what is best for the students is the main consideration.  Mrs. Rice highlighted various aspects of the report. Questions and answers followed. The report will be available on the districts Web Site.  Hard copies are available for those who do not have access to the Web. 

       UPDATE ON NUTRITION TASK FORCE PHASE I RECOMMENDATIONS, DISCUSSION & DECISION - Maria Rice & Michael Robinson reported on the cost of implementing suggestions made by the Nutrition Task Force.  Superintendent Rice asked for direction from the board on how to proceed, given that there is a cost but no monies allocated to pay the cost.  Discussion followed with members offering suggestions.  No consensus was arrived at by the board. The current budget allocates $7,000 to implement the suggestions of the Nutrition Task Force, however, Mrs. Rice pointed out that there was also an 8% decrease in state aid.  It was agreed that Mr. Robinson would do what can be done with the $7,000 with the understanding that a re-evaluation of the matter will take place.

 

 

BOARD COMMUNICATIONS

 

       PROPOSED NYSSBA RESOLUTION AMENDED BY NORTH SALEM BOARD OF EDUCATION: GREEN HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOLS President Dukler read an amendment to the original resolution provided by NYSSBA for consideration on the floor of the Annual Meeting in NYC.  Members offered their opinions on the revised resolution. 

 

GREEN HIGH-PERFORMING SCHOOLS

                (DAVIS-BACON ACT)

 

Motion made by Steve Greenfield and seconded by Edgar Rodriguez that the board substitute the amended resolution presented this evening with resolution #18 as found on page 31 in the original resolution provided by the NYSSBA Resolution Committee and to be on record at the convention that we support the original wording.

 

(Note: The text of the original resolution is found in NYSSBAs publication entitled Proposed Bylaw Amendments/Resolutions and Voting Delegates Guide for the Annual Business Meeting.)

 

Discussion followed. 

 

Mr. Dukler called the question.

 

Motion FAILED 3 YES (Edgar Rodriguez, Steve Greenfield, Don Kerr) to 4 NO (Patrick Rausch, Rod Dressel, David Dukler, Laura Walls)

 

Motion made by Laura Walls and seconded by Patrick Rausch that the Board support the resolution as presented by the North Salem Central School District.

 

Discussion followed.

 

Mr. Dukler called the question.

 

Motion CARRIED 5 YES (Laura Walls, Patrick Rausch, Rod Dressel, Don Kerr, David Dukler) to 2 NO (Edgar Rodriguez, Steve Greenfield)

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

 

Members agreed to allow the Public to make comment at this point in the meeting.

 

Sam Fratto, Electricians Local and HV Building Trades Prevailing Wage

John Olsen, President Labor Council Prevailing Rate

Rachel Busher, NPUT President Prevailing Rate and Funding

 

       DUZINE SEPTIC SYSTEM PROJECT Assistant Superintendent Richard Linden reviewed the final cost to the Duzine Septic System.  Discussion took place over the need for an additional tank to allow particulates to settle out before going into the leach field.  Steve Callahan explained why a new tank was not purchased.  The matter is not final and will be discussed by the Facilities Committee. 

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

       AUDIT & FINANCE COMMITTEE Patrick Rausch reported that the next meeting will be held on October 8 at 8:00 PM.  Auditor Tim Doyle will be attending.  Another community member is needed to sit on the committee.  Names are being pursued.

       FACILITIES COMMITTEE Donald Kerr will work on creating complete minutes of the meetings.

       POLICY COMMITTEE Edgar Rodriguez noted that a second reading will take place tonight.  Members are drafting policy changes concerning advertising and sponsorship.   Next meeting is October 8 at 5:00 in the District Office.  Extra Classroom Activity Funds policy will be looked at by the committee.

       HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE Donald Kerr noted that the HAC is entertaining applications to completely constitute the committee.  Letters of interest that have been submitted by individuals will be provided to all board members and the board officers will consider any input.

 

 

MINUTES OF MEETING   

 

Motion made by Laura Walls and seconded by Rod Dressel

that the Board of Education approve the following recommendation:                                                                                                                       

MINUTES

         9/17/08, 9/24/08

 

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education accept the minutes of the     

Regular Business Meeting of September 17, 2008 and the Special Meeting of September 24, 2008.

 

Discussion followed.                                                                                                                                                                                                          

Motion carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

 

PERSONNEL (CONSENT AGENDA)                                                                                                                             PERSONNEL

Motion made by Laura Walls and seconded by Rod Dressel that the Board of

Education approve the following personnel (consent agenda) resolutions:

 

12.1        Instructional Resignation for Purpose of Retirement

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby accept the resignation of the following instructional employee for the purpose of retirement:

 

Charleen Gottschalk            Special Education Teacher                 Effective 2/1/09

 

12.2        Advisorships

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby appoint the following instructional employees to the following advisorships for the 2008-2009 school year, with remuneration as per NPUT contract:

 

 Student Council                                            Jessica Grey

 Mirror                                                              Susan Periera

 Reflections                                                     Randi Rosen

Yearbook                                                         Jill Belgrave

Art Club                                                           Kim Sturgis

Rock & Soul                                                    Charles Seymour

All County Band                                            Charles Seymour

Geography Bee                                               Trina Naclerio

Science Olympiad                                          Mark Pizzarello

Drama Club                                                     Mary Holmes

All-County Chorus                                        Linda Eckert

 

12.3        Instructional Substitute Appointments - Certified

Recommendation that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent, does hereby appoint the following certified substitute teachers at a per diem rate of $100 for the 2008-2009 school year:

 

Maria Troise

 

 

 

12.4        Instructional Substitute Appointments - Uncertified

Recommendation that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent, does hereby appoint the following uncertified substitute teachers at a per diem rate of $80 for the 2008-2009 school year:

 

William Ficker

Karen Harding

 

12.5        Home Tutor

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby appoint the following instructional employee, on an as-needed basis with remuneration as per NPUT contract effective for the 2008-2009 school year:

 

Michael E. Brady                  Effective 10/1/08

 

12.6        Non-Instructional Appointments

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby appoint the following non-instructional employees:

 

Name                                      Title                                       Effective Date                       Salary                    Other    

Angela Avila-Flores            Perm Sub. School                 10/2/08                                   $20.00/hr                4 hours per day

                                                Bus Driver

Raffeala Policastro               Perm. Sub. School                10/2/08                                   $20.00/hr                4 hours per day

                                                Bus Driver

Jennifer Sutton                     F/T School Monitor             10/2/08                                   As per ESS Contract

 

12.7        Additional Hours for Non-Instructional Position

Recommendation that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby increase hours for the following:

 

Name                                      Title                                                       Effective Date                       Additional Minutes/Day

Judith Quinn                         School Bus Attendant                        10/2/08                                   5 hours to 7 hours per day

 

12.8        Non-Instructional Leave of Absence

Recommendation that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby approve an unpaid leave of absence for the following non-instructional employee:

 

Name                                      Title                                                       Effective

Frances Gehrig                     School Bus Driver                                12/18/08 to 12/23/08

 

12.9        Non-Instructional Extended Emergency Conditional Appointments

Recommendation that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby extend the appointment of the following non-instructional employees for an additional 20 days in anticipation of fingerprinting clearance:

 

Hilda Figueroa

Melissa Shipe

Jason Woolsey

Shawn Long

Aaron Fish

David Young

Stacy Maddalena

Jennifer Newell

Katrina Siple


 

 

 

 

 

12.10 Non-Instructional Resignation

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby accept the resignation of the following non-instructional employee:

 

Christopher Rizza                                 School Bus Driver                                Effective 10/1/08

 

MOTION carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

 

OLD BUSINESS                                                                                                                                            OLD BUSINESS

 

Motion made by Steve Greenfield and seconded by Laura Walls that the

Board of Education approve the following resolution:

 

                                                                                                                                                APPROVE REVISION TO POLICY 7670

 

13.1        Second Reading and Request for Approval of Revisions to Policy 7670 Impartial Due Process Hearings/Selection of Impartial Hearing Officers

 

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education, after a second reading, approve revisions to Policy 7670 page 7, paragraph titled Compensation of Impartial Hearing Officers as follows:

 

Compensation of Impartial Hearing Officers

 

            The District will be responsible for compensating the IHO for prehearing, hearing and post-hearing activities at the rate agreed upon at the time of the IHO's appointment. The rate of compensation may not exceed the maximum rate approved by the Director of the Division of the Budget. The District will also reimburse the IHO for travel and other hearing-related expenses (e.g., duplication and telephone costs) pursuant to an annually determined schedule. On an annual basis, the District will forward a copy of its compensation rates to each IHO on the District's rotational list. A copy of this policy will be provided to each IHO at the time of appointment.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS                                                                                                                                            NEW BUSINESS

 

Motion made by Don Kerr and seconded by Steve Greenfield that the

Board of Education approve the following resolution:

 

                                                                                                                                                                     CSE & CPSE PLACEMENTS

 

14.1        Request for Approval of Committee on Special Education Recommendations and Student Placements

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approve the following Committee on Special Education (CSE) and Committee on Pre-School Special Education (CPSE) recommendations and student placements: 0221, 9101, 11162; 9825, 11222, 1054B, 10892, 10960.

 

Motion carried 7 0 with 7 members voting.

 

Motion made by Don Kerr and seconded by Steve Greenfield that the

Board of Education approve the following resolution:

 

                                                                                                                                                                 CSE/CPSE PARENT MEMBER

14.2        CSE/CPSE Parent Member List

BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approve the appointment of the following individual to the CSE/CPSE Parent Member List:

 

Jeanine Donato-Stoddard

 

Motion carried 7 0 with 7 members voting.

 

Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Patrick Rausch that the

Board of Education approve the following resolution:

 

                                                                                                                                                                    BUDGETARY TRANSFER

14.3        Request for Approval of Budgetary Transfer

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby approve the following transfer:

                                               

Transfer (To):

 

 

Transfer (From):

 

       51,200.00

A1620402

DW Electric

  154,850.00

A225015015

MS Salaries

       12,800.00

A5530402

Transp Electric

  173,960.00

A225015020

HS Salaries

     184,612.00

A1620403

DW Fuel Oil

    55,000.00

A233115411

Elem Sum Schl Salaries

       44,713.00

A5530403

Transp Fuel Oil

      1,500.00

A2331159

Sum School Principal

       29,104.00

A1620407

DW Natural Gas

      5,000.00

A2331164

Sum School Non Instruc

         7,276.00

A5530407

Transp Natural Gas

      9,500.00

A9770700

Interest - RAN

     219,000.00

A5510451

Mat & Sup - Diesel

      3,200.00

A9711701

Bond Interest, Consol

     548,705.00

 

 

      5,775.00

A9711705

Bond Interest, $1.8M

 

 

 

    27,487.00

A9711706

Bond Interest, Refinan

 

 

 

    14,748.00

A9711707

Bond Interest $11.1M

 

 

 

    40,000.00

A9060800

Hospital/Medical Ins

 

 

 

    50,000.00

A9060805

Health Ins Buyout

 

 

 

      7,685.00

A9050800

Unemployment Ins

 

 

 

  548,705.00

 

 

 

 

Motion carried 7 0 with 7 members voting.

 

Motion made by Patrick Rausch and seconded by Steve Greenfield that the

Board of Education approve the following resolution:

 

                                                                                                                                            SELL/DISPOSE SURPLUS EQUIPMENT

 

14.4        Request for Approval to Sell/Dispose of Surplus Equipment

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, declares the following truck as excess and unneeded property and authorizes the sale/disposition of said property:

 

Truck 209               96 Chevy               1 ton utility body with plow

 

Motion carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

                                                                                                                                                                                               

FINANCIAL REPORTS                                                                                                                                   FINANCIAL REPORTS

                                                                                                                                                                                JULY & AUGUST 2008

 

Motion made by Patrick Rausch and seconded by Laura Walls that the Treasurers Reports for July 2008 and

August 2008 and Budget Transfer Schedule #1 July 2008 (includes August 2008 transfers) be approved.    

                                                                                               

Motion carried 7 0 with 7 members voting.

 

OTHER DISCUSSION                                                                                                                                       OTHER DISCUSSION

                                                                                                               

Members voiced a variety of questions, concerns and requests.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS                                                                                                                                                       PUBLIC

            COMMENT

 

Johann Huleatt, Woodcrest Thank You

 

 

 

 

ADJOURN                                                                                                                                                                            ADJOURN

Motion made by Laura Walls and seconded by Patrick Rausch that the Board

adjourn at 10:36 PM.

 

Motion carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

________________________

Beverly J. Sickler

District Clerk