Board of Education

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The Valley Central School District Board of Education is the official policy-making body of the school district.  Board of Education decisions affect the education of our children and the well being of our community. 

The Valley Central District Goals adopted by the Board of Education are:  

  • To increase student achievement
  • To attract and retain a knowledgeable and dedicated staff
  • To serve as the cornerstone of the community
  • To maintain and improve facilities in order to support the previous goals listed.

Responsibilities of a Board Member

The Board of Education is a uniquely American institution. It keeps the country’s public schools flexible and responsive to the needs of their local communities. A member of a Board of Education in New York State takes on one of the most important responsibilities that can be assigned to any citizen: helping to plan the education of the community’s youth.

The main responsibility of the Board of Education is to establish policy for the management of the school district. The superintendent of schools, who is the chief executive officer of the district, is responsible for the administration of these policies.

Board of Education Meetings

School board meetings are held in public and conducted by the Board of Education under the legal authority of the State of New York. The meetings provide time for the board to carry out the tasks for which it is responsible. Typically, each meeting is composed of the following:

THE AGENDA

Copies of the agenda are available to the public at each meeting. The agenda outlines the order of business for each meeting. Agendas and supporting documentation are delivered to board members in advance of the meeting date to allow the board to study and review the information provided to them by the superintendent.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

The public is invited to address the Board of Education during the public participation portion of the meeting. Community members who choose to speak are asked to state their name and address and, when appropriate, identify any organization they might be representing. The Board of Education President confines the remarks of each speaker to a four minutes in order to give everyone who wishes to address the board an opportunity to speak. This also ensures that the board has time to complete its business. Speakers are cautioned during this forum not to address issues that are personal in nature or that identify specific personnel. Such issues should be discussed privately with the superintendent, school staff, or school board members.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

The Board of Education also meets in executive session. These sessions may precede or follow regular meetings. Executive sessions are closed to the public since they relate to personnel matters, labor negotiations, legal issues, and other topics defined as confidential under the Open Meeting Law of the State of New York. All official actions, however, must and do take place at public meetings.

In addition to its regular meetings, it is sometimes necessary for the board to hold executive sessions. Executive Sessions generally are for the discussion of sensitive subjects such as personnel matters and employee contract negotiations. 


Next Meeting of the Board of Education

The next regular meeting of the Board of Education will be Monday, June 14, 2021 at 7:00 PM at VCHS North  Cafeteria.

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education that was scheduled to take
place on Monday, June 14, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. has been rescheduled for
Monday, June 14, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. at the Valley Central High School.
An Executive Session is anticipated to take place prior to the Regular meeting for the purpose of discussing the employment history of particular persons.

A live stream of the meeting will be broadcast on the District’s YouTube channel.  A link to the stream will be provided on the District website on the day of the meeting.

While the regular meetings of the Board of Education are currently being held at the High School and we have resumed in person Public Participation, we invite the public to submit a statement regarding any business that will be discussed or actions taken at this meeting for those who will not be able to attend in person.

Statements and comments submitted will be read aloud during the Public Participation at the Board meeting. The Public Participation portion of the agenda will be limited to forty minutes.

If you have a statement you would like to make and have shared at the June 14, 2021 Board Meeting, please fill this form out completely.

Public Participation Form June 14, 2021 Meeting

AGENDA    Monday, June 14, 2021

CALL TO ORDER

PLEDGE TO FLAG

MOMENT OF SILENCE

STUDENT PRESENTATION 

CORRESPONDENCE

COMMENDATIONS

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

  1. Budget Hearing Minutes dated 5/10/21
  2. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 5/10/21
  3. Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 5/19/21

 

FINANCIALS

 

  1. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for April
  2. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for April
  3. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for April
  4. Acceptance of Record of Claims for April
  5. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for April
  6. Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for April
  7. Acceptance of Investment Report for April
  8. Acceptance of Budget Transfer Report for April

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL

 

  1. Rescission of Donation Acceptance:

Montgomery Elementary School – Monetary Donation

Village of Montgomery Preservation Committee

  1. Declaration of Obsolete Equipment/Textbooks
  2. Middle School – Science Textbooks
  3. Buildings & Grounds – Dishwasher and Countertop
  4. Montgomery Elementary School – Playground Equipment

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Approval of Tenure Recommendations:

High School Philip Rodriguez Sec. School Asst. July 3, 2021

Principal

High School Allison Simoskevich Sec. School Asst. Sept. 1, 2021

Principal

High School Sarah Rosenwasser Social Studies Sept. 1, 2021

High School Amanda Gliedman Science Sept. 1, 2021

High School Alisa Podgorskaya School Psychologist Sept. 1, 2021

High School Denyse LaVallie Business Sept. 1, 2021

High School Daniel Walker Music Sept. 1, 2021

High School Brittany Bilodeau Art Sept. 1, 2021

Middle School Thomas Stoddard Physical Education Sept. 1, 2021

Middle School Joanna Sandve English Sept. 1, 2021

Middle School Kathryn Vecchio Special Education Sept. 1, 2021

Middle School Gracie Burillo School Media Sept. 1, 2021

Specialist-Library

Berea Stephanie Walsh Special Education Sept. 1, 2021

Berea/Montgomery Amber Lomolino Music Sept. 1, 2021

Berea Mary Beth Reed School Media Sept. 1, 2021

Specialist-Library

Berea Keri Amend Speech Sept. 13, 2021

East Coldenham Amanda Ashford Elem. Education Sept. 1, 2021

East Coldenham Erin Lappe Special Education Sept. 1, 2021

East Coldenham Tonya Kelly Elem. Education Sept. 1, 2021

Walden Brittany Olah School Psychologist August 25, 2021

Walden Wendy McNeely Elem. Education Sept. 1, 2021

 Walden Breeanna Ramos- Janson Special Education Sept. 1, 2021

 

Acceptance of Resignations:

Administrative

  1. William Miller, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Valley Central School District, effective June 30, 2021

Noninstructional

  1. Christopher Hathaway, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective June 16, 2021
  2. Saima Awais, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 11, 2021
  3. Vera Stabile, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021
  4. Louis Curti, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 3, 2021
  5. Susan Wilson, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021
  6. Michelle Picard, Paraprofessional (1:2), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective June 30, 2021

       

  • Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Administrative

  1. Michael Conklin, Secondary School Assistant Principal, Valley Central High School, effective July 1, 2021

      [To Run Concurrent with Probationary Secondary School Principal Position]

Noninstructional

  1. Amanda Oberpriller, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, for childcare purposes, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year

  • Approval of Appointments:

 Administrative

  1. William Miller, certified in School District Administration, appointed to a four-year probationary period as Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources in the tenure area of Human Resources, commencing July 1, 2021 and ending July 1, 2025

 

Instructional

  1. Elementary Summer School Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective Summer 2021 – See Separate Listing

 

  1. Summer 2021 Enrichment Program Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing

  2. Summer 2021 Hours-AIS Plan Revisions, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing
  3. K-12 Library Media Curriculum Writing, p/t, Summer 2021, Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing
  4. 2021 Summer Opportunities Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing
  5. Brendan Sutta, certified as an Earth Science teacher, appointed to a four-year probationary position as a Science teacher in the Science tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*
  6. Michael Fuoco, certified as a School Counselor, appointed to a four-year probationary position in the School Counselor tenure area, commencing August 25, 2021 and ending August 25, 2025*
  7. Lacey Benjamin, certified as a School Social Worker, appointed to a four-year probationary position as a Student Assistance Counselor in the School Social Worker tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*
  8. Andrea Cadena, certified in Spanish 7-12, appointed to a four-year probationary position as a Spanish teacher in the Foreign Language tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*
  9. Kasi Wang, certified in Foreign Language, appointed to a three-year probationary period position as a World Language/Spanish teacher in the Foreign Language tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2024*
  10. Rachel Musteen, certified in Speech & Language Disabilities, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Speech tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending November 2, 2024*
  11. Michele Sinn, Community-as-School Coordinator, p/t, Summer 2021, Valley Central High School
  12. Department Chairs, p/t, Valley Central High School/Valley Central Middle School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listings
  13. Team Leaders, p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing
  14. Related Service and Itinerant Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective Summer 2021– See Separate Listing
  15. Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Separate Listing
  16. Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing

*To the extent applicable under Education Law Section 3012-d and the accompanying Commissioner’s Regulation, in order to be considered for tenure, teachers and principals appointed to a four-year probationary period must have received an APPR rating of effective or highly effective in three of the four probationary years and must not receive an ineffective in the fourth year.

Noninstructional

 

  1. Heidi O’Connell, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 15, 2021
  2. Patricia Smith, Typist, Valley Central School District, effective July 1, 2021
  3. Summer Custodial Workers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 28, 2021 through August 31, 2021-See Separate Listing
  4. Summer 2021 Paraprofessional Hours, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing
  5. 2021 Summer Physical Nurse Appointments, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing
  6. Food Service Helpers and Food Service Coordinator, p/t, Summer 2021, Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing
  7. Constance Griffin, Coordinator of Safety and Health, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year
  8. Substitute Paraprofessionals/Custodial Workers/ Food Service Helpers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Separate Listing
  9. Substitute Paraprofessionals/Food Service Helpers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing

Extracurricular

 

  1. Advisors, p/t, Alternative Learning Center, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Separate Listing
  • Approval of Stand Alone Contracts:

  1. Marianne Serratore, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction
  2. Brad Conklin, School Business Official
  3. William Miller, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources
  4. Ryan Schmidt, Director of Facilities
  5. Eleanore Mills, School Lunch Manager
  6. Jacqueline Calarco, District Treasurer
  7. Sharon Delmonico, Athletic Trainer

 

VII. REPORTS

 

  1. Student Representatives Report
  2. Superintendent Report
  3. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Report
  4. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Report
  5. School Business Official Report
  6. COVID-19 Update
  7. Racial and Social Equity Committee Report- Sonia Lewis
  8. Technology Steering Committee – May 12, 2021 – Diana Revoir
  9. OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – June 2, 2021 – Art Fitzgerald
  10. Community Participation

 

VIII. PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

  1. OLD BUSINESS

Approval of Curricula:

  1. Summer School (Elementary)
  2. Social Emotional Learning Program (Middle School)
  1. Adoption of Resolutions – Capital Project Bond Financing
    Reconstruction and Improvements to School District Buildings
    Construction of High School Restroom Building

NEW BUSINESS

1.Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and the 

Valley Central Teachers Association

2. Approval of High School Textbook Adoption:

World Languages

3. Approval of High School Curricula Writing:

Spanish C1 and C2 

4. Review of High School Curricula:

  1. Social History of Rock & Roll
  2. Literature Through Film
  3. Journalism & Mass Media

Approval of Professional Development Plan

  1. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Greenburgh North Castle UFSD
  1. Approval of Bid Recommendations:
  1. Wet/Dry Trash Removal
  2. HVAC Service
  3. Plumbing Service
  4. Electrical Service
  5. Cleaning of Septic Tanks, Grease Traps and Lines
  6. Kitchen Equipment Service
  7. Asphalt Repairs and Replacement
  1. Approval of Memorandum of Agreement between Valley Central School District and First Student, Inc.
  1. Approval of Boards of Registration and Election 2022-2023
  2. Adoption of Resolutions:
  1. Funding of Reserve Funds – June 30, 2021
  2. Establishment of Tax Certiorari Reserve Fund 2020-2021
  3. Dissolution of Tax Certiorari Fund 2015-2016
  1. Approval of Independent Contractor Renewal:
  1. Allen Associates
  1. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District  and Sign Language Resources, Inc.
  1. Adoption of Resolution:

Orange-Ulster BOCES Joint Purchasing 

  1. Adoption of Resolution:

Reductions of Tax Assessments and Payment of Refunds Due to Court Order and Judgment

  1. Paul and Shawna Delcastello
  2. Edward Halpin
  3. Christopher Nihill
  1. First Reading of:
  1. Policy 0100 – Equal Opportunity (Revised)
  2. Policy 5311.9 – Dignity For All Students Act (Revised)

ADJOURNMENT

Printable Agenda – June 14, 2021