Minutes � Workshop Meeting � Board of Education � New Paltz Central High School � November 5, 2008 � 7:00 PM

 

CALL MEETING TO ORDER                                                                                                                                 CALL TO ORDER

Meeting was called to order at 6:03 PM by David Dukler, Board President.

 

President Dukler appointed Maria Rice as Clerk Pro Tempore for this portion of the meeting.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                                              QUORUM CHECK

                                                                Roderick Dressel Jr. (arrived 6:08 PM)

David Dukler

Steven Greenfield (arrived 7:12 PM)

Don Kerr

Patrick Rausch

                                                                Edgar Rodriguez (arrived 6:07 PM, left 6:18 PM, returned 6:25 PM)

                                                                Laura Walls

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Maria Rice, Superintendent of Schools

                                                                David Shaw, Attorney for the District

                                                                Richard Linden, Assistant Superintendent for Business (arrived 6:25 PM)

 

ROLL CALL

The roll was called as reflected above.

 

PLEDGE TO THE FLAG

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION                                                                                                                                                      EXECUTIVE

Motion made by Patrick Rausch and seconded by Don Kerr that the Board of                                                      SESSION

Education move into Executive Session at 6:04 PM for the purpose of contractual negotiations,

the employment history of particular individuals, litigation and matters made exempt under FERPA.

 

Motion carried 4 - 0 with 4 members voting.

 

Out of Executive Session - Motion made by Laura Walls and seconded by

Patrick Rausch that the Board return to Public Session at 7:00 PM.

 

Motion carried 6 - 0 with 6 members voting.

 

CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                                                     CALL TO ORDER

The Public Meeting was called to order at 7:07 PM by David Dukler, Board President.

 

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                                             QUORUM CHECK

                                                                Roderick Dressel Jr.

David Dukler

Steven Greenfield (arrived 7:12 PM)

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

                                                                Barbara Clinton, Principal, New Paltz Central High School

                                                                Richard Wiesenthal, Principal, New Paltz Middle School

                                                                Debra Hogencamp, Principal, Duzine Elementary School

                                                                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.

 

AGENDA CHANGES                                                                                                                                                          AGENDA

                                                                                                                                                                                                CHANGES

There were no agenda changes.

 

Motion made by Don Kerr and seconded by Rod Dressel that the Board of

Education accept the agenda as presented.

 

Motion carried 6 0 with 6 members voting.

 

SPOTLIGHT ON PROGRAM: IN THE MIDDLE MIDDLE SCHOOL TV STATION Dr. Richard Wiesenthal commented on a new endeavor at the middle school The Morning Show.  Ms. Mary Holmes, Ms. Fran Lamb and Middle School Students provided the audience with an opportunity to view several episodes of The Morning Show.  Students shared with the audience the various tasks that they perform in the production of this student run program.  Announcers, script writers, camera operators, and behind the scenes tasks make up the work that is required to produce this daily event at the middle school.  The presentation was enthusiastically received by the board and members of the audience.

 

RECOGNITION - NONE

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS                                                                                                                                                       PUBLIC

                                                                                                                                                                                                COMMENT

 

Nora Strano, New Paltz School Climate Survey, Undoing Racism

Tanya Marquette, Gardiner Concerned Parents

 

 

STUDENT REPRESENTATIVE REPORT Emily Freedman, Student Representative reported on activities and events at the New Paltz Central High School.

 

SUPERINTENDENTS REPORTS & DISCUSSION ITEMS

 

       SUPERINTENDENT COMMENTS Superintendent Rice reported on the mock election held at the middle school.  Each homeroom was a state in which the students learned about registering to vote, the Electoral College and other issues pertaining to the national election.  A live debate between the presidential candidates took place in which real issues were discussed by students playing the parts of the presidential candidates.  A similar exercise took place at the Duzine School when the children debated and voted on their favorite book. Mrs. Rice announced that the visual facilities inspection will take place on November 19 at 5:15 to 6:45 PM.  Each of the facilities will be visited for an inspection by members of the board. Mrs. Rice provided each of the members with a draft calendar for 2009-2010 school year. Principals Wiesenthal and Clinton reported on Election Day at the middle school and high school.  The day went smoothly in both buildings.  Rod Castro, Administrative Intern, reported on the day after election mood at the high school.

       DIVERSITY REPORT & PLAN OF ACTION Principal Debra Hogencamp and Diversity Consultant James Childs reviewed last years accomplishments, activities still in progress and the new action plan.  Building Sub-committee members reported on what is happening at the building level by means of PowerPoint presentations.

 

In the interest of time, the Diversity Report was put on hold in order to allow Peter Fairweather to make his presentation regarding use of demographic data.  The Diversity Report was completed later in the meeting.

 

       DEMOGRAPHICS PRESENTATION Laura Walls introduced professional planner and forecaster, Peter Fairweather, who helps analyze communities and plans for the future.  He pointed out that the census data every ten years is the most reliable data available, pointing out that at the end of the ten year cycle it can be somewhat outdated. Questions and answers followed.  He noted that the New York Metro area is the sector that impacts this area the most.  The County Planning Department can provide what is available for Ulster County.  Data is the starting point.  Once you have the demographics it is necessary to use them in an intelligent way. He suggested that an action committee be put together to study the migration data. Given the available migration data, several scenarios could be put together.  Look at the high end and low end of the scenarios and ask what facilities are needed to accommodate the numbers.  Ask the community which makes the most sense. The right questions need to be asked.  Questions and answers continued.  In the final analysis, Mr. Fairweather suggested that a facilities planner would be helpful in the districts present situation.  Academic planning needs to go along with facilities planning keeping in mind that the entire process is an inexact science.  It was agreed that the members will digest what has been said.  Mr. Fairweather will continue the discussion with Superintendent Rice.

 

       DIVERSITY REPORT - The Diversity Report was resumed by James Childs and Debra Hogencamp.  The floor was opened for questions by the board and discussion continued.  It was noted by Mr. Childs that New Paltz, while not having achieved perfection, does stand out as a model school district in planning and realizing activities aimed at providing a fair and just learning environment and school community.

 

       NYSSBA CONVENTION REPORT Reports will be given at the next meeting.

 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

       AUDIT & FINANCE COMMITTEE Patrick Rausch reported on the work of the Audit Committee.  Another meeting will take place next week on November 12, 2008 at 6:30 PM in the District Office.

 

FINANCIAL REPORTS                                                                                                                                   FINANCIAL REPORTS

 

Financial Reports were discussed at this point while Mr. Linden was present at the meeting to answer questions.

 

                                                                                                                                                                FINANCIAL STATEMENTS

                                                                                                                                                                                SEPT 2008

 

Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Don Kerr that the Board of Education accept the Treasurers Report for September 2008 and Transfer Schedule #2 (September 2008).

                                                                                                                               

Motion carried 7 0 with 7

 

Members agreed to move the discussion of New Business Items 14.2, 14.4, 14.5, 14.8 to this portion of the meeting so that Mr. Linden would be available to answer questions.  Questions and answers followed.

 

No action was taken at this point.

 

       AUDIT & FINANCE COMMITTEE Mr. Rodriguez wanted to revisit discussion regarding the Audit Committee. He asked that the district go beyond a cash flow report with the board giving a directive.  Discussion followed.

       FACILITIES COMMITTEE Donald Kerr announced a meeting next week.  He reported on discussion by the committee regarding a new/second tank for the septic system at the high school and announced that three local architects are being interviewed by the committee to be followed by a recommendation to the board. The Facilities Preventive Maintenance Schedule was discussed.  Mrs. Rice indicated that a report is forthcoming.

       POLICY COMMITTEE Edgar Rodriguez reported that a meeting of the committee will take place next Wednesday at the District Office.  NYSSBA has an electronic policy service which he would like the committee to examine. 

       HEALTH ADVISORY COMMITTEE Donald Kerr briefly reported on a request to establish a school garden, implementation of healthy foods program, change in water tanks and effect on water pressure, pay phones have been removed from the middle school, and how HAC operates.

 

 

MINUTES OF MEETING   

 

Motion made by Patrick Rausch and seconded by Don Kerr

that the Board of Education approve the following recommendation:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        MINUTES

                                                                                                                                                                                                10/15/08

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education accept the minutes of the

Regular Business Meeting of October 15, 2008.

                                                                                                                                                                                               

Motion carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

 

PERSONNEL (CONSENT AGENDA)                                                                                                                             PERSONNEL

Motion made by Don Kerr and seconded by Patrick Rausch that the Board of

Education approve the following personnel (consent agenda) resolutions 12.1

through 12.7:

 

12.1        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:

 

Melissa Curcio

Haida Maya Earley

Patricia E. Tyrol

Lisa Morganstern-Perl

Cecile Eldridge-Perez

Matthew Karkos

Peter Bedrossian

Andrew Sandler

 

12.2        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:

 

Stephen Gagliardo

Melissa Ann Nelson

Seth Zimiles

Denise Jelley

Daniel Cassidy

Kristy Kleinfelder

 

12.3        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:

 

Cathy Law                             Environmental Club Advisor            

Jared Avigliano                    Marching Band Co-assistant Advisor

David Finch                          Marching Band Co-assistant Advisor

 

 

 

 

 

 

12.4        Coaching Appointments

Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent, does hereby appoint the following coaches for the 2008-2009 school year:

 

Coach

Position

Stipend

Kerri Hirsch

Girls JV Basketball Co Coach

 $  1,455.00

Nicole Vitale

Girls JV Basketball Co Coach

 $  1,455.00

Christopher Brooker

JV Wrestling

 $  2,910.00

Matthew Moore

Boys JV Basketball

 $  2,910.00

Harry Cooper

Varsity Gymnastics

 $  3,430.00

 

12.5        Non-Instructional Resignation

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 non-instructional employee:

 

Marilyn Sullivan                   School Monitor                    Effective 10/17/08

 

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:

 

Name                                      Title                                       Effective Date                       Salary                    Other    

Theodore Schurko               Custodial Worker                 11/6/08                                   $13,320/yr              4 hours per day

                                                                                                                                                (pro-rated)

Angela Avila-Flores            School Bus Driver                11/6/08                                   $20.00/hr                4.5 hours per day

 

Yusel Rashad                        Substitute Technical           10/29/08                                 $20.00/hr                as needed

                                                Services Specialist

               

12.7        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.

 

David Young                        Sherry Kitay         

 

MOTION carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

 

OLD BUSINESS                                                                                                                                            OLD BUSINESS

 

NEW BUSINESS (Consent Agenda)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       NEW BUSINESS

 

Motion made by Don Kerr and seconded by Patrick Rausch that the Board of

Education approve the following consent agenda resolutions 14.1 through 14.9:

 

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

Recommendation - that the following resolution be approved:  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:- 10063, 11190, 10130, 1059B, 9327, 10186, 10081, 9825, 10962, 9317, 9602, 8910, 10964, 11263, 9505, 10332, 11287; 1325, 1811, 1848, 1799, 11284, 2083, 427, 6812, 8124, 9355, 207, 875, 132, 8856, 9084, 9459, 10292, 2517, 1476.

 

 

 

 

14.2        Request for Approval to Award School Bus Purchase Bid for Five School Bus Vans

Recommendation that the following resolution be approved:  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education award the School Bus Purchase Bid for five School Bus Vans for $41,240.00 each for a total of $206,200.00 to Leonard Bus Sales, Inc.

 

14.3        Request for Approval to Authorize Appropriations & Ratify MOA with Schools Bus Driver Association

Recommendation that the following resolution be approved: BE IT REOLVED that the Board of Education hereby authorizes appropriations and ratifies the terms of the Supplemental Memorandum of Agreement between the District and the New Paltz Central Schools Bus Driver Association dated October 23, 2008 as presented to the Board of Education at this meeting.  A copy of said Supplemental Memorandum of Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting. 

 

14.4            Request for Approval to Reject Bid for Vehicle Four Door Mini-Van

Recommendation that the following resolution be approved: BE IT REOLVED that the Board of Education reject all bids for the purchase of a four door mini-van.

 

14.5            Request for Approval to Reject Bid for Vehicle Utility Truck with Plow

Recommendation that the following resolution be approved: BE IT REOLVED that the Board of Education reject all bids for the purchase of a utility truck with plow.

 

14.6        Request for Approval to Commence Impartial Hearing in the Matter of Student No. 10542

Recommendation that the following resolution be approved: BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby authorizes its attorneys Shaw, Perelson, May & Lambert, L.L.P. to commence an impartial hearing in the matter of Student No. 10542.

 

14.7        Request for Approval to Appoint Community Member to the Health Advisory Committee

Recommendation that the following resolution be approved:  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education appoint Iris Avishai-Cohen as a Community Representative to the Health Advisory Committee for a one year term to end on June 30, 2009. (This appointment fills a vacancy resulting from the resignation of Margaret Human whose term expires on June 30, 2009.)

 

14.8        Request for Approval to Participate in BOCES Cooperative Bidding

Recommendation that the following resolution be approved:

 

WHEREAS it is the desire of the participating school districts of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Ulster County, adopting this resolution to jointly request bids for certain commodities to be determined by the Superintendent of this school district from time to time for the 2008-09 school year,

 

NOW, therefore, be it

 

RESOLVED that the New Paltz Central School District hereby agrees to participate with other school districts of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services, Ulster County, New York, in the joint bidding of commodities to be requested by the school district Purchasing Agent and approved by the Superintendent; and be it further

 

RESOLVED that the specifications as prepared by the Steering Committee of participating school districts and presented to this Board of Education will be used and that this Board, if it desires to purchase these commodities agrees to purchase said commodities at the lowest bid price recommended by the Steering Committee of the joint school districts; provided, however, that each participating Board of Education in exercising its legal responsibilities, has the right to reject and/or modify the recommendation of the Steering Committee in the awarding of the bid; and be it further

 

RESOLVED that the invitation to bid will be advertised by BOCES in the Kingston Daily Freeman, the Middletown Times Herald Record and the Poughkeepsie Journal in accordance with the provisions of Section 103 of the General Municipal Law.

 

14.9        Request for Approval to Execute Agreement Between with CWA Resolving Grievance Nos 45 & 46

Recommendation that the following resolution be approved:  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby approves the terms of and authorizes its Superintendent of Schools to execute an Agreement between the Communication Workers of America (Custodial Unit) and the District resolving CWA Grievance Nos. 45 and 46 dated September 23, 2008 as presented to the Board at this meeting.  A copy of said Agreement shall be incorporated by reference within the minutes of this meeting.

 

Motion to approve consent agenda carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

 

OTHER DISCUSSION                                                                                                                                       OTHER DISCUSSION

                                                                                                               

Don Kerr reiterated that the Comeback List should include the matter of allocation of budgeted funds not expended.

 

Patrick Rausch asked for a statement of where we are vis a vis the results of the efforts of the Nutrition Task Force.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS                                                                                                                                                       PUBLIC

            COMMENT

None

 

ADJOURN                                                                                                                                                                            ADJOURN

Motion made by Laura Walls and seconded by Don Kerr that the Board

adjourn at 10:50 PM.

 

Motion carried 7 - 0 with 7 members voting.

 

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

________________________

Beverly J. Sickler

District Clerk