Minutes – Regular Business Meeting – Board of Education – New Paltz Central High School – April 15, 2009 – 7:00 PM

CALL MEETING TO ORDER                                                                                                                                 CALL TO ORDER
Meeting was called to order at 6:09 PM by David Dukler, Board President.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                                        QUORUM CHECK
Roderick Dressel Jr.
David Dukler
Steven Greenfield
Kate Hymes-Flanagan
Patrick Rausch (arrived 6:34 PM)
Edgar Rodriguez
                                                               
ALSO PRESENT:                 Maria Rice, Superintendent of Schools
                                                               
EXCUSED:                                            Don Kerr

ROLL CALL
The roll was called as reflected above.

EXECUTIVE SESSION                                                                                                                                                      EXECUTIVE
Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Steve Greenfield that the Board of                                               SESSION                  
Education move into Executive Session at 6:09 PM for the purpose of discussing the
employment history of particular individuals and matters made exempt under FERPA.

Motion carried 5 - 0 with 5 members voting.

Out of Executive Session - Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by
Kate Hymes-Flanagan that the Board return to Public Session at 7:07 PM.

Motion carried 6 - 0 with 6 members voting.

CALL TO ORDER                                                                                                                                                  CALL TO ORDER
The Public Meeting was called to order at 7:15 PM by David Dukler, Board President.

Gardiner Supervisor Joe Katz welcomed members of the Board of Education and the public to Gardiner.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                                   QUORUM CHECK
Roderick Dressel Jr.
David Dukler
Steven Greenfield
Kate Hymes-Flanagan
Don Kerr
Edgar Rodriguez

EXCUSED:                                            Don Kerr
                                                               
ALSO PRESENT:                

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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
                                  Bill Richers, Director of Information & Communications Technology
Barbara Hastie, Special Education Coordinator
Beverly Sickler, District Clerk
Dan Torres, 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

NEW BUSINESS

CHANGE existing New Business Item 8.1 - Approval of Committee on Special Education Recommendations and Student Placements, to include the following additional student numbers:

Recommendation - 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: 9439, 1085B, 10964, 10110.

ADD the following New Business items:

    1. Request for Approval of Consultant Agreement with Dr. Pradeep Sharma

Recommendation – that the following resolution be approved:  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby approves the Consultant Agreement by and between the District and Dr. Pradeep Sharma dated April 9, 2009 for services in connection with expert witness medical testimony.  A copy of the Agreement shall be incorporated by reference into the minutes of this meeting; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board President be authorized to sign said Consultant Agreement on the Board’s behalf.

    1. Request for Approval to Authorize Chair of Audit Committee to Sign Engagement Letter

Recommendation – that the following resolution be approved:  BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education authorize Patrick Rausch, Chair of the Audit Committee, to sign an Engagement Letter from the firm of Sickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill as valid and binding.  The Engagement Letter shall be incorporated by reference into the minutes of this meeting.

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

Motion carried 6 – 0 with 6 members voting.

PUBLIC COMMENTS                                                                                                                                                       PUBLIC
                                                                                                                                                                                                COMMENT
Judy Raffey, New Paltz – Stoneleigh Woods toxic soil

MINUTES OF MEETING   

Motion made by Steve Greenfield and seconded by Patrick Rausch
that the Board of Education approve the following resolution:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   MINUTES
BE IT RESOLVED that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education accept the minutes                            
of the Regular Workshop Meeting of April 1, 2009.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     
Motion carried 6 - 0 with 6 members voting.

PERSONNEL (CONSENT AGENDA)                                                                                                                             PERSONNEL
Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Patrick Rausch that the Board of
Education approve the following personnel (consent agenda) resolutions:

6.1          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:

Lauren O’Donnell
Linda Richards

6.2          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:

Claudia Jean Bonforte
James Dochtermann
Lynn Palewicz

6.3          Instructional Appointment - Mentors
Recommendation - that the New Paltz Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent of Schools, does hereby appoint the following instructional employee as a mentor for the 2008/2009 school year:

Kathleen Lacy      effective 4/1/09 – 6/30/09

6.4          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 instructional employee:

Trish Lewis                           Elementary                            9/1/2009 – 6/30/2010           

6.5          Extend Long Term Substitute Instructional Appointment
Recommendation - that the New Paltz Central Schools Board of Education, upon the recommendation of Maria C. Rice, Superintendent, does hereby approve the extension of the appointment of the following long term substitute instructional employee with remuneration as per NPUT contract: (original appointment on 3/4/09)

Keri Zurlini                            Elementary                            4/3/09-6/30/09
(Diana Ryan)

6.6          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 Home Tutor, on an as-needed basis with remuneration as per NPUT contract:

Charleen M. Gottschalk                      Effective 4/15/09-6/25/09

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

Glenn Eckert                          Track Assistant Coach                       Unpaid

6.8          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                    Hours    

Stephanie DeStefano           Substitute School Bus Attendant     3/23/09                                   $9.75/hr                  as needed
Blaise Bradley                       Substitute School Bus Driver            3/23/09                                   $19.00/hr                as needed
Suzanne Yenzer                    Substitute School Bus Driver            3/24/09                                   $19.00/hr                as needed
Donna Holmes                      Substitute Teacher Aide                     9/1/08                                     $9.75/hr                  as needed
Donna Holmes                      Substitute Clerical                                3/23/09                                   $11.00/hr                as needed
John Falck                             Substitute Clerical                                3/25/09                                   $11.00/hr                as needed
Sandra Heimbender             Substitute Clerical - DO                      4/1/09                                     $12.50/hr                as needed
Sandra Heimbender             Substitute Clerical                                4/1/09                                     $11.00/hr                as needed
Rebecca Fiorese                   Account Clerk/Typist                         4/16/09                                   $28,000/yr              as per contract
                                                                                                                                                                (pro-rated)
6.9          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.


Sherry Kitay         
AnnMarie Dixon
Dawn Britton       
Marianne Moline


MOTION carried 6 - 0 with 6 members voting.

NEW BUSINESS                                                                                                                                      NEW BUSINESS

Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Steve Greenfield that the Board of
Education approve the following resolution:
                                                                                                                                 CSE & CPSE PLACEMENTS

8.1          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: 2496, 11342, 5694, 8154, 387, 8159, 9461, 9981, 9458, 2565, 8813, 9459, 9986, 8005, 8276, 8270, 8233, 2573, 9456, 8199, 8894, 8200, 8856, 392, 589, 2616, 9494, 261, 5694, 6804, 258, 605, 6805, 7011, 1464, 1108, 9394, 2590, 11328, 10236, 1211, 6204, 610, 1798, 5015, 5678, 7130, 11262, 11158, 10043, 10792, 9909, 10630, 10032, 10115, 10637, 10650, 9537, 10141, 11173, 1057B, 11302, 11160, 10927, 10742, 10707, 10892, 10967, 9624, 10959, 10596, 10130, 10080, 10957, 9827, 11288, 10935, 9439, 1085B, 10964, 10110.

Motion carried 6 – 0 with 6 members voting.

Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Kate Hymes-Flanagan that the Board of
Education approve the following resolution:

                                                                                                                                                ESTABLISH SCHOLARSHIP AWARD
                                                                                                                                                MICHAEL OREMUS FOUNDATION

8.2          Request for Approval to Establish the Michael Oremus Foundation Scholarship
BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the New Paltz Central School District approve the establishment of the Michael Oremus Foundation Scholarship Award in the amount of $1,000 to be awarded to a graduating senior.

Motion carried 6 – 0 with 6 members voting.

Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Kate Hymes-Flanagan that the Board of
Educations approve the following resolution:

                                                                                                                                         HEALTH & WELFARE CONTRACT
                                                                                                                                           KINGSTON CITY SD 2008-2009

8.3          Request for Approval of Health & Welfare Contract – Kingston City School District 2008-2009
BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education approve the Health and Welfare Contract, forwarded under separate cover, for Kingston City School District for a total amount of $7,645.00 for the 2008-2009 school year for 11 children who are residents in the New Paltz Central School District attending a school in the Kingston City School District.

Motion carried 6 - 0 with 6 members voting.

Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Steve Greenfield that the Board of
Education approve the following resolution:
                                                                                                                                CONSULTANT AGREEMENT DR. SHARMA

    1.      Request for Approval of Consultant Agreement with Dr. Pradeep Sharma

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education hereby approves the Consultant Agreement by and between the District and Dr. Pradeep Sharma dated April 9, 2009 for services in connection with expert witness medical testimony.  A copy of the Agreement shall be incorporated by reference into the minutes of this meeting; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board President be authorized to sign said Consultant Agreement on the Board’s behalf.

Motion carried 6 – 0 with 6 members voting.

Motion made by Steve Greenfield and seconded by Kate Hymes-Flanagan that the Board of
Education approve the following resolution:

                                                                                                                                AUDIT COMMITTEE ENGAGEMENT LETTER

    1.        Request for Approval to Authorize Chair of Audit Committee to Sign Engagement Letter

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education authorize Patrick Rausch, Chair of the Audit Committee, to sign an Engagement Letter from the firm of Sickler, Torchia, Allen & Churchill as valid and binding.  The Engagement Letter shall be incorporated by reference into the minutes of this meeting.

Motion carried 6 – 0 with 6 members voting.

FINANCIAL REPORTS                                                                                                                            FINANCIAL REPORTS

Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Patrick Rausch that the Treasurer’s Report for         
March 2009 and Budget Transfer Schedule #8 March 2009 be approved.
                                                                                               
Motion carried 6 – 0 with 6 members voting.

BOARD COMMUNICATIONS

  1. APPOINTMENT OF RECOGNITION COMMITTEE MEMBERS – President Dukler reported that a recommendation for recognition of an individual has been presented to the Board of Education.  He asked for volunteers to serve on an ad hoc Recognition Committee.  No members volunteered.
  1. FINALIZATION AND ADOPTION OF THE 2009-2010 BUDGET – Superintendent Rice reviewed the proposed budget being presented for board approval this evening.  Members of the board offered their opinions and comments on the proposal.

Motion made by Rod Dressel and seconded by Patrick Rausch that the Board of
Education approve the following resolution:

                                                                      APPROVAL OF PROPOSED 2009-2010 BUDGET
 
Request for Approval to Adopt the 2009-2010 School District Budget for Presentation to Voters

BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Education of the New Paltz Central School District adopt a budget of forty eight million four hundred seventy thousand dollars ($48,470,000) for school district purposes for the school year July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 to be presented to the voters on May 19, 2009.

Motion carried 6 – 0 with 6 members voting.

  1. FINALIZE STONELEIGH WOODS LETTER TO PLANNING BOARD – Members reviewed the draft letter authored by David Dukler and Steve Greenfield to the Village of New Paltz Planning Board and Board of Trustees.  Several changes were agreed upon with the understanding that the District Clerk will email all members the revised letter for final approval at the next meeting of the Board of Education.

PUBLIC COMMENTS                                                                                                                                      

Dan Torres, Student Representative, reported on events and activities at the New Paltz High School.

EXECUTIVE SESSION                                                                                                                                                      EXECUTIVE
                                                                                                                                                                                                SESSION

Motion made by Steve Greenfield and seconded by Rod Dressel to move into Executive Session at 8:55 PM to discuss the employment history of particular individuals, contract negotiations, negotiations with a firm or company, litigation and receiving legal advice from the district’s attorney regarding pending litigation.

Motion carried 6 - 0 with 6 members voting.

BOARD MEMBERS PRESENT:                                                                                                                            QUORUM CHECK
Roderick Dressel Jr.
David Dukler
Steven Greenfield
Kate Hymes-Flanagan
Patrick Rausch
Edgar Rodriguez (left at 9:55 PM)
                                                               

ALSO PRESENT:                 Maria Rice, Superintendent

EXCUSED:                                            Don Kerr

Out of Executive Session
Motion made by Patrick Rausch and seconded by David Dukler that the Board                                                     RETURN
return to Public Session at 10:05 PM.                                                                                                                               PUBLIC
                                                                                                                                                                                                SESSION
Motion carried 5 - 0 with 5 members voting.

                                                                                                                                                                               
ADJOURN                                                                                                                                                                            ADJOURN
Motion made by Patrick Rausch and seconded by Steve Greenfield that the Board
adjourn at 10:06 PM.

Motion carried 5 - 0 with 5 members voting.

Respectfully submitted,

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Beverly J. Sickler
District Clerk