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December 2020

December 7, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:00 p.m. by President Joseph Bond.

PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg  ABSENT: None
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Miller
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular personnel and pending litigation.   Ms. McKnight moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:01 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session. Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 7:37 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to the public and is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel.  The video link will be posted on the District website and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable.  Mr. Bond thanked Network Specialist Craig Henrie and the members of the Technology Department for live streaming tonight’s meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS

Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any requests for items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately.  There were none.  Mr. Bond called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Consent Agenda be approved, as listed and/or attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

  1. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 11/09/20
  2. District Safety Plan Public Hearing Minutes dated 11/30/2

FINANCIAL REPORTS

  1. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for October
  2. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for October
  3. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for October
  4. Acceptance of Record of Claims for October
  5. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for October
  6. Acceptance of Cafeteria Profit and Loss Report for October
  7. Acceptance of Investment Report for October
  8. Approval of General Fund Budget Transfer for October

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL

  1. Adoption of Resolution: Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R Public Participation at Board Meetings
  2. Acceptance of Donation:
    1. Berea Elementary School – Recess Equipment Berea Elementary School PTO
  3. Approval of Side Agreements:
    1. Valley Central Administrators’ Association and Valley Central Teachers’ Association
    2. Valley Central Nutritional Staff Unit
  4. Declaration of Obsolete Equipment: Technology Dept. – Computers, Printers and Telephones

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Approval of Tenure Recommendations:

East Coldenham Allison Borriello Special Education 12/13/2020

Middle School Brooke Axelson Physical Education   1/10/2021

High School Kaitlyn Bruna             Social Studies   1/31/2021

Acceptance of Resignations:

Instructional

Diane Cassell-Smith, Student Assistance Counselor, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Noninstructional

Virginia Clair, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective December 31, 2020

Laurie Remache, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective December 1, 2020

Ronald Herman, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Doreen Klett, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Instructional

Kristen Williams, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, for an unpaid leave of absence, effective January 4, 2021 through January 15, 2021

Noninstructional

Allison Gillette, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, extension of leave of absence, effective December 1, 2020 through a date to be determined

Diane Kirk, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle School, for FFCRA childcare purposes, effective December 1, 2020 through December 22, 2020*

*(If FFCRA is not extended past 12/31/2020, Diane is also requesting an unpaid leave of absence from January 4, 2021 through January 15, 2021

Erin Muro, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for FFCRA childcare purposes, effective December 7, 2020 through December 22, 2020

Marissa Belli, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, for FFCRA childcare purposes, effective December 2, 2020 through December 22, 2020

Sarah Martin, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for FFCRA childcare purposes, effective December 1, 2020 through December 22, 2020

Approval of Appointments:

 Instructional

Jordan Earl, certified in Mathematics, appointed to a regular substitute (leave replacement) position in the Mathematics area, commencing December 8, 2020 and ending June 8, 2021

Marissa Traina, certified in Early Childhood Education (Birth-Gr. 2) and Childhood Education (Gr. 1-6), appointed to a regular substitute (leave replacement) position in the Elementary Education area, commencing December 8, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021

Substitute Teacher, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing

Noninstructional

Diana Cahoon, Registered School Nurse, Valley Central School District, effective December 8, 2020

Rebecca Watson, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Most Precious Blood, effective December 8, 2020 through June 30, 2021

Melissa Scalise, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective December 8, 2020

Alexandra Ramirez, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective December 8, 2021

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

REPORTS

Superintendent’s Report

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis reported on a BOCES Superintendents’ conference call with Regent Frances Wills regarding state aid; the return of the time capsule to the cornerstone at Berea Elementary School; and the November Parent Teacher Conferences. 

Assistant Superintendents’ Reports

  1. Curriculum & Instruction 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore reported on remote instruction during the current pause of in-person learning; monitoring student attendance and engagement; and the student failure rate and measures being taken to support students who are struggling.  Ms. Serratore responded to questions from the Board members.

  1. Human Resources 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Miller shared information on the anticipated start of the sports teams; the Family First Covid Response Act; and the New York State travel guidelines for travel during the holidays. 

School Business Official’s Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin updated the Board and those in the online audience on the status of the District’s student transportation.  He reported that Orange County Transit, during a bankruptcy proceeding on November 30th, was allowed to exit the contract for services with the District.  Upon the Board’s approval of an emergency contract with First Student, Inc. at a Special Meeting of the Board of Education on November 30th, busing has been provided to the District’s special education students with out of district placements and those District students attending private schools.  Mr. Conklin shared that Orange County Transit took a full page ad in the Wallkill Valley Times last week alleging the District was holding money due to them.  Mr. Conklin read the following statement in response:

In last week’s Wallkill Valley Times, Orange County Transit alleged that Valley Central School District is in receipt of a $563,686.00 distribution from New York State under Congress’ passage of the CARES Act and asks, “Where’s the money going?”

Unfortunately Orange County Transit misunderstands how the CARES Act works.  Funds under this statute are needed for educational purposes to address State aid shortfalls so that schools may maintain continuity of educational programs and services.  This, of course, is critical to meeting the academic and social/emotional well-being of children during this unprecedented crisis.

Contrary to Orange County Transit’s suggestion, the District does not have a surplus of funds that it can use to act as stimulus for vendors that did not provide services to the District during school closures.  In this regard, the truth is that Valley Central has not received any money from the CARES Act.  To the contrary, the District’s State Aid allocation for the current year was reduced by a Pandemic Adjustment of -$560,835. In theory, this money may be replaced by Federal Cares Restoration +$560,835. But, this money is not guaranteed. 

The United States Department of Education has encouraged that any restoration funds be used for investments in technology, infrastructure and professional development. This year, the District has spent money on upgrading internet bandwidth, purchasing of mobile hotspots and wireless service plans for those in need.  We have purchased Chromebooks and software for students and teachers.  We have also provided professional development for teachers regarding remote learning. 

As required per Governor Cuomo’s executive order, Valley Central has provided for childcare of essential workers, distributed thousands of meals, purchased necessary personal protective equipment, sanitizing supplies, and required signage. Funds may also be used to continue to employ existing staff, and Valley Central is proud to have been able to maintain all of its employees to date while other districts have made layoffs.   

While the District sympathizes with businesses that are struggling because of the pandemic, we are not in a legal or practical position to subsidize such businesses with scarce taxpayer monies that are needed to educate children.   The remedy for such business is the federal Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) which provides small businesses with the resources they need to maintain their payroll, hire back employees who may have been laid off, and cover applicable overhead.

It is our understanding that Orange County Transit was granted $1,762,030.00 from the government under the PPP.  They are NOT entitled to any more from our taxpayers.

Mr. Conklin noted that this statement has been submitted to the Wallkill Valley

 Times as a letter to the editor and will be posted on the District’s website, as well.  He thanked the community for their patience as we work towards a bus contract with a new vendor.

Racial and Social Equity Committee Report

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mrs. Serratore spoke about the next steps for the Racial and Social Equity Committee.  She shared that there were approximately fifty-five applications for committee membership received.   Zelig Kurland, the District’s equity coach, will be facilitating a meeting tomorrow with her, Mr. Bond and a group of administrators who will review the applications.  Once selected, the Committee will have their first meeting on December 16th and will meet monthly after that.  Ms. Serratore shared that she has been working closely with Dr. Gess LeBlanc, the District’s diversity consultant, who has been making recommendations on the formulation and direction of the Committee.

OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – December 2, 2020

Mr. Bond invited Mr. Fitzgerald, the Board’s OCSBA delegate to comment.  Mr. Fitzgerald shared that Board members from districts throughout Orange County discussed the challenges they have faced during the pandemic.  He reported that the guest speaker was Robbie Greene, the Executive Director of the Mid-Hudson School Study Council, who spoke about the Council’s research on college students pursuing degrees in education and the ability for districts to secure teachers in certain certification areas.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that there has been a form for Public Participation posted on the website, which has been available Friday through today at noon.  There were no requests submitted for tonight’s meeting.

Mr. Wesenberg left the meeting temporarily.

NEW BUSINESS

Adoption of 2021-2022 Budget Development Calendar

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the budget development calendar provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the 2021-2022 Budget Development Calendar, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Adoption of Resolution: 

Approval of the Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of Refund  due to Tax Bill Clerical Error

Venture Enterprises, Inc.

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board reduction of tax assessment and payment of refund, as presented and attached. Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Wesenberg re-entered the meeting.

Adoption of Resolution:

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

John and Deborah Elliott
Thomas and Diane Hanson
Susana Araujo
Debra Martinez
Wayne and Nadine Brandel Laytin

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board reduction of tax assessments and payment of refunds, as presented and attached. Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Charters:

Yearbook Club – Alternative Learning Center at Maybrook

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the Board approve the Yearbook Club at the Alternative Learning Center at Maybrook, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Jazz Band – Valley Central High School

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the Jazz Band at the High School, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Adoption of Resolution:

Authorization for Bond, Schoeneck & King to File a Claim against Orange County Transit, LLC

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing Bond, Schoeneck & King to file a claim for damages against Orange County Transit, LLC. Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

ADJOURNMENT 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 8:25 p.m.

November 2020

November 30, 2020

The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Joseph Bond, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in- person access to public meetings.

PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg

ABSENT: None
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Miller
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Upon consensus of the members, the Board convened in Executive Session at approximately 6:00 p.m. to discuss pending litigation.
Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session at 6:32 p.m.
Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to
the public and is being streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel. The video link will posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked Network Specialist Craig Henrie and the rest of the technology team for live streaming tonight’s meeting.

OTHER

Mr. Bond called for a motion to amend the Agenda.
Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the Board amend the Agenda to include the consideration of an Emergency Transportation Contract with First Student, Inc. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond then called for a motion.
Ms. McKnight moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the Emergency Transportation Contract between Valley Central School District and First Student, Inc., as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond thanked Mr. Conklin and the team from First Student for quickly addressing the needs of the students and the community with regard to student transportation.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at approximately 6:38 p.m.


November 9, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:40 p.m. by President Joseph Bond.
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg

ABSENT: None
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Miller
Also Absent: Mr. Conklin and Media (WVT/THR)

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular personnel. Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at
6:04 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session.
Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 6:40 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

PLEDGE TO FLAG
Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to
the public and is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel. The video link will be posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked the members of the Technology Department for live streaming tonight’s meeting.
Mr. Bond asked that everyone remaining standing following the Pledge for a moment of silenc for Emma Levine, the daughter of Montgomery Elementary Teacher Jennifer Huber, who passed away on November 2nd after a long and courageous battle with pediatric cancer.

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.
PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any requests for items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately. Ms. Lewis requested that Approval of Appointments, Cocurricular, Item C. 1. under Superintendent’s Recommendations be removed. Mr. Bond then called for a motion.
Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Consent Agenda be approved, as listed, amended and/or attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 10/13/20
B. District Safety Plan Public Hearing Minutes dated 10/19/20

FINANCIAL REPORTS
A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for September
B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for September
C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for September
D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for September
E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for September
F. Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for September
G. Acceptance of Investment Report for September
H. Approval of General Fund September Budget Transfer

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL
A. Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
Public Participation at Board Meetings
B. Acceptance of Donations:
1. Valley Central School District – Dictionaries
Walden Rotary Club
2. Valley Central School District – Monetary Donation
New York State Insurance Reciprocal
C. Approval of Extraclassroom Activity Treasurer:
Erin Gephard – Alternative Learning Center
SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Acceptance of Resignations:

Noninstructional
Jessica Ronaldson, Registered School Nurse, Valley Central School District, effective November 13, 2020 
Frank Striano, Jr., Maintenance Worker, Valley Central School District, effective October 22, 2020
Svandis Danzer, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020
Diana Friscia, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective November 30, 2020
Diane Fuentes, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective October 24,2020
Michelle Butcher, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective October 16,2020
Michele Daly, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020

B. Approval of Leaves of Absence:
Instructional
Erika Machuca, Art Teacher, Valley Central High School, extension of childcare leave, effective January 21, 2021 through January 31, 2021
Kristen Williams, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central Middle School, Families First Corona Response Act Leave, effective November 19, 2020 through December 22, 2020
Jenna York-Cuilty, Kindergarten Teacher, Walden Elementary School, for childcare purposes, effective on or about March 22, 2021 through June 30, 2021

C. Approval of Appointments:
Instructional
Erin Murphy, certified in Spanish 7-12, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Foreign Language tenure area, commencing October 27, 2020 and ending October 27, 2024*
Alexa Bodrato, certified in Childhood Ed. 1-6 and Early Childhood (Birth – Gr. 2), appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Elementary Education tenure area, commencing September 8, 2020 and ending September 8, 2024*
Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year –See Attached Listing
Mentor Teacher, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year-See Attached 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
Casey Heil, Certified Pool Operator, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020
Kimberly Ciaschi, Hall Monitor Coordinator, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year
AnnMarie Brodzinski, Paraprofessional Scheduler, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year
Svandis Danzer, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020
Devin Smolenski, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020
Yvette Zica, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020
Ronald Lake, Jr., Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020
Vincent Narciso, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020
Michele Daly, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective November 10, 2020
Substitute Paraprofessionals/Custodial Workers/COTA, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing

Extracurricular
Erin Gephard, Advisor, p/t, Student Council, Alternative Learning Center, effective 2020 –2021 School Year

Cocurricular
Winter 2020 – 2021 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listing** This item was removed from the Consent Agenda for consideration separately

2020 – 2021 Aquatic Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listing**
**The stipend associated with such coaching/stipend appointments shall be subject to pro-ration in the event that athletics/clubs are no longer able to be held.
Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

OTHER
Mr. Bond called for a motion for the remaining Consent Agenda item that was removed for consideration separately.
C. Approval of Appointments
Cocurricular
1. Winter 2020 – 2021 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listing**

**The stipend associated with such coaching/stipend appointments shall be subject to pro-ration in the event that athletics/clubs are no longer able to be held.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approved the Winter 2020-2021 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: 5; NO:Ms. Lewis; Mr. Fitzgerald

REPORTS

A. Superintendent’s Report
Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis reported that he and Ms. Serratore had participated in faculty meetings in all the buildings last week to share their appreciation for all the administrators’ and teachers’ hard work. Mr. Xanthis also reported that the Central Office Administrators made a presentation at the Walden Rotary Club meeting today to share information on the District’s work over the past few months. He again expressed his appreciation for the continued support from the students, families, faculty, staff, and the entire Valley Central Community.

B. Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
1. Curriculum & Instruction
Ms. Serratore provided further information on the ongoing communication with parents, staff and the community on the efforts to keep schools open and everyone informed on the protocols and plans in place.

Ms. Serratore updated the Board and those in the online audience on the status of the plans for the Racial and Social Equity Committee, which will be an advisory committee that will evaluate and make recommendations on matters such as curriculum, staff diversity, culturally competency and anti-
racism, and the District’s Code of Conduct. Ms. Serratore noted that the committee will be comprised of the Superintendent, a Central Office Administrator, building administrators, a Board member, staff
members, students, parents and community members. An application for committee membership will be made available in the coming weeks.

2. Human Resources
Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Miller shared updated information on the New York State travel advisory and expectations for faculty and staff traveling during the holidays. He also provided an update on the anticipated start of the sports program.

C. School Business Official’s Report
Mr. Conklin was unable to attend tonight’s meeting.

D. NYSSBA Convention – October 27-31, 2020
Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mrs. Messing and Ms. Lewis shared highlights from this year’s online Convention. Mr. Wesenberg, the District’s voting delegate this year, provided information on the annual business meeting.

E. OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – November 4, 2020
Mr. Bond invited Mrs. Messing, who was able to participate in the online meeting, to share her report. Mrs. Messing noted that the speaker was the Director of Risk Management from NYSIR, who spoke about cybersecurity and the increased risk during the pandemic. Mrs. Messing also noted
that Board members from districts throughout Orange County reported on what their schools have been experiencing during the past few months.

OTHER

Mr. Bond, the Board Liaison to the Valley Central Education Foundation, provided information on the efforts of the Foundation. He shared that although the annual Harvest Celebration could not be held this year due to the pandemic, the Foundation continues to seek volunteers and donations to support the enrichment opportunities they provide to the students of Valley Central.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that there has been a form for Public Participation posted on the website, which has been available Friday through today at noon. There were no requests submitted for tonight’s meeting.

Mr. Bond noted that the Public Participation form will again be posted on the website prior to the next meeting if anyone would like to submit a statement.

OLD BUSINESS

A. Approval of Draft Smart Schools Application II
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum and application provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the draft Smart Schools application, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
NEW BUSINESS

A. Approval of 2020-2021 Instructional Materials Review Committee
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Ms. Serratore to Mr. Xanthis dated November 2, 2020, and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the 2020-2021 Instructional Materials Review Committee, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

B. Approval of Social Studies and ELA Curriculum Review/Writing
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Ms. Serratore to Mr. Xanthis dated November 9, 2020, and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the review and/or writing of Social Studies and ELA Curriculum, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

C. Adoption of Resolution:
1. Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1) Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopt the Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York Local Government Records (LGS-1), as presented. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

D. Adoption of Resolution:
New York State Dept. of Transportation Land Appropriation
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, and called for a motion.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the resolution approving the appropriation of District property by the New York State Department of Transportation, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

E. Approval of Transportation Agreement between Valley Central School District and the Parents of Student 2020-7
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the agreement provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the transportation agreement between Valley Central School District and the parents of Student 2020-7, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

F. Adoption of Resolution:
Stipulation of Settlement between Valley Central School District
and the Parents of Student 2020-8. Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the Stipulation of Settlement provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the Stipulation of Settlement between Valley Central School District and the parents of Student 2020-8, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

G. Approval of Stipulation of Agreement and Release between Valley Central School District and Employee No. 2020-1
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the Stipulation of Agreement and Release provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the Stipulation of Agreement and Release between Valley Central School District and Employee No. 2020-1, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:13 p.m.

October 2020

October 13, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:35 p.m. by President Joseph Bond.
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg
ABSENT: Ms. Lewis
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Miller
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)

PLEDGE TO FLAG
Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to the public and is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s
YouTube channel. The video link will be posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked the members of the Technology Department for live streaming tonight’s meeting.

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence,
commendations, and honorable mentions.

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any requests for items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately; there were none.
Mr. Bond then called for a motion.
Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Consent Agenda be approved, as listed and/or attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
A. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 9/29/20

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE
FOR APPROVAL
A. Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
Public Participation at Board Meetings

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Acceptance of Resignations:
Instructional
Elizabeth Henriquez, ESL Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective December 31, 2020

Elizabeth Michella, Elementary School Teacher (Gr. 1), Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective December 4, 2020

Noninstructional
Elizabeth Doherty, Sr. Account Clerk, Valley Central School District, effective October 9, 2020

Andrea Rosato, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective October 13, 2020

B. Approval of Appointments:
Instructional
Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing

Noninstructional
Andrea Rosato, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective October 14, 2020

Substitute Paraprofessionals, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 –2021 School Year – See Attached Listing

Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]

REPORTS

A. Superintendent’s Report
Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis noted that the Town of Montgomery IDA held a public hearing this afternoon regarding a proposed amendment to the Uniform Tax Exemption Policy and the District has submitted a letter sharing concerns about the impact it will have on the District.

Mr. Xanthis reported that the reopening of schools has worked as well as could be expected and there are many parents that have expressed an interest in moving their children from the remote learning model to the hybrid instructional model. Plans are underway to accommodate as many students as possible. Ms. Serratore provided additional details and information.

B. Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
1. Curriculum & Instruction
Ms. Serratore provided updated information on the status of the Racial Equity in Education Committee, which was created in June as an ad hoc committee, and shared ideas on plans for the next steps. She provided a detailed summary of the goals and the action plan outlined by the Committee, as well as information on additional work that has been accomplished in the District over the past few years to address diversity and tolerance. She noted that in January 2018, the New York State Board of Regents directed the Office of P-12 Education and Higher Education to convene a panel of experts, engage with stakeholders, and develop a framework for culturally responsive-sustaining education. Since that time, the District has worked to develop strategies, programs and opportunities in areas such as curriculum, professional development, policies, student assemblies, and extracurricular activities that will help to make the District culturally responsive and for equity to exist at all levels. Ms. Serratore shared that the District remains committed to these goals and is in the planning stages of creating a Diversity Equity Team. This team, which will be divided into smaller subcommittees throughout the District, will continue the work of the Racial Equity Committee. Parents,
students and members of the Valley Central community will be invited to participate.

2. Human Resources
Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Miller shared updated information on the status of this year’s Athletic Program. At this point, it is anticipated that winter sports will begin on November 30th, fall sports will begin in early March and spring sports will begin in early May. He noted that some sports have been restricted by the Governor’s Office due to concerns with COVID-19 and further information will be provided when it is available.

C. School Business Official’s Report
Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin provided information on the status of extracurricular clubs, some of which have been put on pause pending further information on State aid. He also commented on what measures are being taken to reduce expenditures in other areas due to budget concerns this year.

Mr. Conklin reported that the District’s Food Service Program has been approved by the National School Lunch Program for eligibility under the Summer Food Service Program, which will provide breakfast and lunch at no cost for all students each day beginning November 1st and continue through the end of the year.

D. OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – October 7, 2020
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Mr. Fitzgerald, the Board’s
delegate, to provide a summary of the meeting. Mr. Fitzgerald reported that the guest speaker was Mary Alice Kovatch from the Alcoholism & Drug Abuse Council of Orange County, who shared information on the agency’s work.

OTHER

At this point in the Agenda, the Board President read the following statement regarding allegations of racial injustice in the District:

“In recent media, social media and emails, the District has been criticized and
questioned by some for its failure to address, prevent and remedy incidents
alleging racial injustice, particularly with regard to some involving students.
We have very clear expectations about student behavior. As our policies require,we encourage the reporting of any misconduct, regardless of severity. The District promptly and thoroughly investigates these allegations. While some investigations can be quick, others require more time. In either case, we will not rush an investigation or rush to judgment.
If an investigation determines that disciplinary action should be taken, that is a
private matter between the District and the family. The District is obligated
under the law to follow the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).
Accordingly, the District is not permitted to share information on the outcome of any student discipline with the public.
The District has done a lot to ensure that students have a safe and healthy
environment to learn and will continue to do so. The overview of the Race and
Equity Committee that Ms. Serratore just went through is an example, but there will always be more that the District can and will do.
As we move forward in the next couple of months, the District will be breaking up the Race and Equity committee into smaller groups and will be looking for
greater participation from community members. I encourage you to get involved and help improve our District.
I would also like to remind the public that it is inappropriate for adults to email,
text, or post information such as photos, names and social media screenprints that identify minor children. We ask our children to do better and as adults we
need to do better also.
We have a good community and a great student body. Creating a culture of
diversity and tolerance, a safe and healthy learning environment should be
something that unites us.
We will continue to encourage open, honest, respectful conservation on ways to improve our District and community.”

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that there has been a form
for Public Participation available on the website, which has been available Friday through today at noon. There were no requests submitted for tonight’s meeting.

Mr. Bond noted that the Public Participation form will again be posted on the website prior to the next meeting if anyone would like to submit a statement.

NEW BUSINESS

A. Acceptance of Audit Report for the Fiscal Year
Ended June 30, 2020 – Bonadio Group Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the Audit Report provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the External Audit Report for the Fiscal Year ended June 30, 2020, as presented and attached.

Voting: YES:Unanimous [6:0]

B. Approval of Driver Education Instruction Agreement between Valley
Central School District and Brian Mahon
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the Driver Education Instruction Agreement between Valley Central School District and Brian Mahon, as presented and attached.

Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]

C. Re-Adoption of Professional Development Plan
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the 2020-2021 Professional Development Plan provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Revoir moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the 2020-2021 Professional Development Plan, as presented and attached.

Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]

D. Appointment of District Audit Committee Member
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. He asked if there was a Board member that would volunteer to be appointed to the District Audit Committee to fill a vacated seat. Mrs. Messing volunteered and it was the consensus of the Board to appoint her.

E. NYSSBA 2020 Convention
Resolutions Discussion
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Mr. Wesenberg, the NYSSBA Delegate, to speak with the Board about the proposed resolutions.

Mr. Wesenberg referenced the packet of resolutions provided to the Board members last month and asked that they review and email him with any feedback they may have prior to the Convention.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the meeting be adjourned. VotingYES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:26 p.m.


October 19, 2020-Public Hearing on Safety

A Public Hearing was held by the Board of Education and was called to order in the Administration Building at 5:05 p.m. by the President, Mr. Bond.
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, and Mr. Wesenberg

ABSENT: All Present
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Miller
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)

PLEDGE TO FLAG
Mr. Bond opened the Public Hearing and introduced the Board members and
Administrators present this evening.
This Hearing is being held pursuant to Section 2801-a of the Education Law of the Stateof New York for the purpose of reviewing the District’s Safety Plan. A copy of the Notice ofPublic Hearing is attached. The Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 District Safety Plan at its September 29,
2020 regular meeting, pending any revisions following this Public Hearing.
Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is being streamedlive on the District’s YouTube page. The District Safety Plan has been posted on the Districtwebsite for thirty days, as required, and the public has had the opportunity to comment and ask
questions by submitting them through a form on the District’s website. Mr. Bond noted that the form will remain available through the end of today for the submission of questions or statements on the District’s Safety Plan.
Mr. Bond then turned the discussion over to Mrs. Constance Griffin, the District’s Health, Safety and Wellness Coordinator. Mrs. Griffin reviewed the attached PowerPoint presentation outlining the important information and components contained in the District’s Safety Plan.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
There were no requests for Public Participation submitted for this meeting.

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mr. Bond noted the need for an Executive Session at this time and called for a motion. No action is anticipated following Executive Session and the livestream of the Public Hearing will be concluded prior to the Board convening in Executive Session.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. McKnight seconded that the Board convene to ExecutiveSession at 5:17 p.m. to discuss the employment history of particular personnel. Voting YES:Unanimous [7:0]

ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 6:13 p.m. upon unanimous consent of the Board members.

 

September 2020

September 29, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:01 p.m. by President Joseph Bond.

PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg 

ABSENT: None

Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin

Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss a student matter and the employment history of particular personnel.  

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:02 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

Representatives from the Valley Central Teachers Association were invited to meet with the Board in Executive Session at 6:02 p.m.  

Mr. Fitzgerald entered Executive Session at 6:07 p.m.

The VCTA representatives left Executive Session at approximately 6:15 p.m.

Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 7:23 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Mr. Bond asked that everyone remaining standing following the Pledge for a moment of silence for Catherine Delvecchio, who passed away on September 21st.  Catherine was a Class of 2019 graduate.  

Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to the public and is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel.  The video link will posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable.  Mr. Bond thanked the members of the Technology Department for live streaming tonight’s meeting.

Mr. Bond commented on the Eagle Scout Court of Honor he attended over the weekend and congratulated students Charles Fibel, Damon Froeschl-Tuttle and Kyle Stafford on achieving the rank of Eagle Scout.

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS

Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any requests for items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately.  Ms. Lewis requested that Agenda items A., D. 1, and E. 1 under Superintendent’s Recommendations be removed for consideration separately.  Mr. Bond then called for a motion. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the remaining Consent Agenda be approved, as listed and/or attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

  1. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 9/14/20

 

FINANCIAL REPORTS

  1. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for August
  2. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for August
  3. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for August
  4. Acceptance of Record of Claims for August
  5. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Reports for August
  6. Acceptance of Investment Report for August
  7. Approval of General Fund Budget Transfer for August

 

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL

  1. Adoption of Resolution:

Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R

Public Participation at Board Meetings

 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Approval of Tenure Recommendation: * removed for consideration separately

District, William Miller Director of Health, November 30, 2020 Physical Education and Athletics

  • Approval of Termination:

Noninstructional

Nichole Rubino, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020

  • Acceptance of Resignations:

Noninstructional

Nancy Green, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective October 2, 2020

Stephanie Gotthardt, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 15, 2020

  • Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Administrative

William Miller, Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, Valley Central  School District, effective September 30, 2020 through June 30, 2021  * removed for consideration separately

 

Instructional

Michelle Hutchison, Guidance Counselor, Valley Central School District, for childcare purposes, effective on or about March 5, 2021 through June 30, 2022

Katherine Plitsch, Math Teacher, Valley Central School District, for childcare purposes, effective on or about January 20, 2021 through June 8, 2021

Noninstructional

Adrienne Lasagna, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for childcare purposes, effective on or about November 2, 2020 through December 18, 2020

  • Approval of Appointments: 

Administrative

William Miller, Interim Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources, Valley Central School District, effective September 30, 2020 through June 30, 2021  * removed for consideration separately

Instructional

Mentor Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year-See Separate Listing

Noninstructional

Victoria Davis, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective September 1, 2020

  • Approval of Contract Terms and Conditions:

Michael Bellarosa, Administrative Mentor, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year

Voting:  YES: 6; NO: Ms. Lewis

 

OTHER

Mr. Bond then called for a motion to approve the agenda items removed from the Consent Agenda for consideration separately, A., D. 1, and E. 1 under Superintendent’s Recommendations.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that William Miller’s tenure recommendation and leave of absence as the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics, and his appointment as the Interim Assistant Superintendent of Human Resources be approved, as listed and attached.  Voting:  YES: 5; NO: Ms. Lewis; ABSTAIN: Ms. McKnight

 

REPORTS

  • Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Xanthis shared updated information following a phone conference he had with Senator Skoufis regarding anticipated state aid cuts for this school year and the potential impact it will have on the District.   

  • Assistant Superintendent’s Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore again expressed her appreciation for the hard work of the technology department.  She noted that technology and instruction has never been as closely linked as they are at the present time and the technology aspect has continued to improve as the school year progresses.  

Ms. Serratore informed the Board and those watching online that a survey has been put out to the parents of students who are currently attending classes remotely to see if they may be interested in participating in the hybrid model.  Feedback from the survey will help determine how many students can be accommodated while continuing to maintain COVID safety protocols.

Ms. Serratore shared that the District will not be participating in the State Education Department’s snow day pilot, which would allow instruction to pivot to all remote instruction on a day that would otherwise be a school closure due to snow.  After careful consideration, it was decided that the District would not participate since there is a large number of students who attend five days a week and are not set up for online instruction.

Ms. Serratore will be reporting on the direction of the Racial Equity in Education Committee at the next Board meeting.

  • School Business Official’s Report

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin shared updated information on the Universal Pre-K Program.  The program was postponed at the beginning of the school year in anticipation of the program not being fully funded this year.  Mr. Conklin noted that there has been some confusion in the community about the funding for this program; it is funded through a grant, not local taxpayer money.  Since guidance from the State indicates that funding will be provided to a greater extent than initially anticipated, the District is now planning to begin the program on October 6th.

  • Enrollment – September 23, 2020

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Xanthis noted that enrollment has not changed significantly since the last report.  Total enrollment is down approximately 100 students since the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  

OLD BUSINESS

Second and Final Reading of:

  • Policy 1240 Visitors to the Schools (Revised)
  •  Regulation 4526-R Computer & Networked Information Resources 

  (Revised)

  •  Exhibit 4531-E Field Trips and Excursions (Revised)
  •  Policy 5100 Attendance (Revised)
  •  Policy 5151 Homeless Children (Revised)
  •  Policy 5320 Student Conduct on School Buses (Revised)
  •  Policy 5330 Searches and Interrogations (Revised)
  •  Policy 6670 Petty Cash/Petty Cash Accounts (Revised)
  •  Policy 8200 Buildings and Grounds Management (Revised)
  •  Policy 8520 Free and Reduced Price Food Services (Revised)
  •  Policy 9240 Part-Time and Substitute Professional Staff Employment 

 (Revised)

  •  Policy 9590 Family Medical Leave (Revised)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the above listed revised policies, which were presented for a first reading at the September 14th Board meeting, and called for a motion. 

Mrs. Revoir moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board adopt the above listed policies/exhibit/regulation, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

  • Approval of Curriculum:

Grade 7 Math Concepts

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the curriculum listed above, which has been available in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for review, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board adopt the above listed curriculum, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

NEW BUSINESS

  • Acceptance of 2019-2020 Internal Audit Report and District Response

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the 2019-2020 Internal Audit Report and the District Response, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

  • Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Mind Shaper SLP, LLC

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the agreement between the Valley Central School District and Mind Shaper SLO, LLC, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the agreement between Valley Central School District and Mind Shaper SLO, LLC be approved, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

  • Establishment of a Public Hearing for District Safety Plan – October 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Public Hearing for the District Safety Plan be established for October 19, 2020 at 5:00 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

  • Adoption of the District School Safety Plan 2020-2021

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that the District School Safety Plan is being presented for adoption pursuant to any revision following the Public Hearing on October 19th.  He then called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the 2020-2021 District Safety Plan, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

OTHER

Mr. Bond called for a motion to amend the Agenda.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board amend the Agenda to include the adoption of the revised District student calendar for 2020-2021.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond then called for a motion for approval.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board adopt the revised District student calendar for 2020-2021, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

ADJOURNMENT 

Mr. Bond thanked the Valley Central team and the community for their efforts in reopening the schools.  He then called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:44 p.m.


September 14, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration  Building at 6:08 p.m. by President Joseph Bond 

PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing,  and Mr. Wesenberg  ABSENT: Mr. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Revoir 
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Conklin, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Bellarosa Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)  

PLEDGE TO FLAG 

Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance  with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended  those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s  meeting is closed to the public and is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s  YouTube channel. The video link will posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will  be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked the members of the Technology Department  for live streaming tonight’s meeting. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss student matters,  litigation, and the employment history of particular personnel.  

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board convene to Executive  Session at 6:10 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0] 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board come out of Executive  Session at 7:17 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0] 

Mr. Bellarosa left the meeting at this time. 

Mr. Bond stated that before the meeting gets underway, he wanted to thank all the  faculty, staff and community for the hard work in getting the schools ready for reopening and the  students back to school. 

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS 

Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence,  commendations, and honorable mentions. 

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any requests for items to  be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately; there were none.  Mr. Bond then called for a motion.  

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the following Consent Agenda be  approved, as listed and/or attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES 

A. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 8/24/20 

B. Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 8/31/20 

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 

FOR APPROVAL 

A. Adoption of Resolution: 

Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R Public Participation at Board Meetings 

B. Acceptance of Donation: 

Valley Central High School – Student Backpacks  Walden Rotary Club 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS 

A. Acceptance of Resignations: 

Instructional 

Ashley Kraus, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, effective  August 31, 2020 

Brent DiVittorio, .5 Science Teacher, Valley Central High School, effective  September 1, 2020 

Jacqueline Burns, Permanent Substitute Teacher, p/t, Walden Elementary School,  effective September 1, 2020 

Noninstructional 

Angie Goodrich, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School  District, effective August 31, 2020 

Brian Bartle, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School District,  effective August 31, 2020 

Julie Agueros, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 18, 2020 

Deborah Muro, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  August 31, 2020 

Virginia Sbordone, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  August 31, 2020 

Extracurricular 

Aaron Weiss, Beautification and Development Team Advisor, p/t, Valley Central  Middle School, effective September 1, 2020 

B. Approval of Leaves of Absence: 

Instructional 

Dory O’Rourke, Elementary School Teacher (Grade 2), Valley Central School  District, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, commencing September 8, 2020 for a period  not to exceed 12 weeks (60 days) 

Elizabeth Auger, ESL Teacher, Valley Central School District, Families First  Coronavirus Response Act, commencing September 4, 2020 for a period not to exceed 12 weeks  (60 days)

Noninstructional 

Yamilet Reyes, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School  District, Families First Coronavirus Response Act, commencing September 1, 2020 for a period  not to exceed 12 weeks (60 days)  

Allison Gillette, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, Family Medical  Leave Act, commencing September 8, 2020 for a period not to exceed 12 weeks (60 days) Isabel Grattan, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, Families First  Coronavirus Response Act intermittent leave commencing September 1, 2020 for a period not to  exceed 12 weeks (60 days)  

Diana Friscia, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, Family Medical  Leave Act, commencing September 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020  Diane Fuentes, Paraprofessional (1:2), p/t, Berea Elementary School, Family Medical  Leave Act, commencing September 1, 2020 through November 30, 2020  

Amy Ragni, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, Families First  Coronavirus Response Act intermittent leave commencing September 1, 2020 for a period not to  exceed 12 weeks (60 days) 

C. Approval of Appointments: 

Instructional 

Team Leader, p/t, Alternative Learning Center at Maybrook, effective 2020 – 2021  School Year – See Attached Listing 

Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School  Year – See Attached Listing 

Noninstructional 

Stephanie Gotthardt, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 15, 2020 

Substitute Paraprofessionals/Custodial Workers/Food Service Helpers, p/t, Valley  Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Separate Listing 

Extracurricular 

Advisors, p/t, Valley Central High School, Valley Central Middle School and East  Coldenham Elementary School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listings* 

*The stipend associated with such advisor appointments shall be subject to pro-ration in the event that  the clubs are no longer able to be held. 

Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0] 

REPORTS 

A. Superintendent’s Report 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis commented on  a phone conference he had with Senator Skoufis regarding the District’s anticipated reduction in  state aid and the impact it will have on the District. He also commented on the start of the school  year and reiterated his thanks to all the faculty and staff who helped make the reopening of  schools possible. 

B. Assistant Superintendent’s Report 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Ms. Serratore again expressed her  appreciation for all those who developed, facilitated and supported the plan for the reopening of  school this year. She noted that approximately 70% of the District’s students are attending  school utilizing the hybrid method, and approximately 30% are participating in remote learning.  She shared that there were a few glitches with technology in the first few days but the District is  working on solving those issues.

C. School Business Official’s Report 

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin shared updated information  on student transportation and the start of the school year; the Town of Montgomery’s proposed  changes to the Uniform Tax Exemption Policy; and the anticipated decrease in state aid for this  school year.  

D. School Opening: 

∙ Convocation 

∙ Transportation 

This agenda item was discussed during the Central Office Administrators reports.

E. Policy Committee Meeting – August 31, 2020 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that the policies the Committee  reviewed would be discussed later in the Agenda under New Business. 

F. OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – September 2, 2020 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mrs. Messing was able to participate in the  virtual meeting and shared information with the Board on the topics discussed, including the  upcoming NYSSBA Annual Convention and reopening of schools in local districts. 

G. Opening Enrollment – September 9, 2020 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Xanthis offered a brief review of the  enrollment this year and noted that class sizes are good. Enrollment is down approximately 100  students since the end of the 2019-2020 school year.  

OLD BUSINESS 

A. Approval of Curricula: 

Secondary Physical Education 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the curricula listed above, which  has been made available in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for review, and called for a  motion. 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the above listed  curricula, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0] 

B. Adoption of 2020-2021 District Goals 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the District Goals provided to the  Board, and called for a motion.  

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopt the 2020-2021  District Goals, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0] 

C. Adoption of Resolution: 

Stipulation of Settlement between Valley Central School District  and the Parents of Student 2020-6 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, read the following resolution: 

RESOLVED, that all brought by the Parents of Student No. 2020-6, be resolved in lieu of  an Impartial Due Process hearing in accordance with the terms and conditions of the  Stipulation to be entered into between the Board and the Parents, in a form satisfactory to  the District’s attorney.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board authorizes the Superintendent of Schools  to execute the aforementioned Stipulation. 

Mr. Bond then called for a motion.  

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board adopt the resolution,  as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0] 

NEW BUSINESS 

A. First Reading of: 

1. Policy 1240 Visitors to the Schools (Revised) 
2. Regulation 4526-R Computer & Networked Information Resources   (Revised) 
3. Exhibit 4531-E Field Trips and Excursions (Revised) 
4. Policy 5100 Attendance (Revised) 
5. Policy 5151 Homeless Children (Revised) 
6. Policy 5320 Student Conduct on School Buses (Revised) 
7. Policy 5330 Searches and Interrogations (Revised) 
8. Policy 6670 Petty Cash/Petty Cash Accounts (Revised) 
9. Policy 8200 Buildings and Grounds Management (Revised) 
10. Policy 8520 Free and Reduced Price Food Services (Revised) 
11. Policy 9240 Part-Time and Substitute Professional Staff Employment  (Revised) 
12. Policy 9590 Family Medical Leave (Revised) 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the above listed policies/exhibit/  regulation, and read a summary of the proposed revisions. He noted that the policies/exhibit/ regulation presented for this first reading have been reviewed by the District’s attorney and the  Policy Committee and will be presented to the Board of Education at its September 29, 2020  meeting for adoption. 

B. Review of Curriculum: 

Grade 7 Math Concepts 

Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item and noted that this curriculum will be available  in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for review. It will be placed on the September 29,  2020 Board agenda for consideration. 

ADJOURNMENT  

Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. 

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting  YES: Unanimous [5:0] 

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:41 p.m.


August 2020

August 31, 2020 

The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Joseph Bond, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in- person access to public meetings. 

PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg 
ABSENT: Ms. Lewis 
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Conklin and Ms. Serratore 
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

PLEDGE TO FLAG 

Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to the public and is being streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel. The video link will posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked Network Specialists Craig Henrie, Greg Pawlowski, Steven Savage and the rest of the technology team for live streaming tonight’s meeting. 

CONSENT AGENDA 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and referenced the Addendum Agenda provided to the Board members prior to the meeting. He asked if there were objections to voting on all Consent Agenda items together; there were none. Mr. Bond then called for a motion. 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the following Consent Agenda be approved, as listed and/or attached: 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS 

A. Approval of Appointments: 

Instructional 

Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing 

Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing [Addendum] 

Noninstructional 

Substitute Custodial Workers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020– 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing 

Voting: YES: 5; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald 

ADJOURNMENT 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0] 

Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at approximately 6:14 p.m.


August 24, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:05 p.m. by President Joseph Bond 
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg   
ABSENT: None 
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Conklin, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Bellarosa 
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

EXECUTIVE SESSION 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular personnel. Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. McKnight seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:05 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session. Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. McKnight seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 7:30 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

PLEDGE TO FLAG 

Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to the public and is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel. The video link will posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked Network Specialist Craig Henrie and the rest of the technology team for arranging and live streaming tonight’s meeting. 

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS 

Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions. 

OTHER As a privilege of the chair, Mr. Bond requested that Item A under Old Business, the 2020-2021 Reopening Plan, be considered at this point in the Agenda. He then called for a motion. Mrs. Revoir moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the following resolution: 

The Board of Education hereby approves and ratifies the Reopening Plan for the 2020- 2021 school year required by the New York State Education Department (“SED”). The Board authorizes the Superintendent of Schools to make modifications to this Reopening Plan, as needed, and requests that the Superintendent provide updates to the Board regarding such modifications. 

Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that Item C under For Approval on the Consent Agenda has been removed. He asked if there were any requests for items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately; there were none. Mr. Bond then called for a motion. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the following Consent Agenda be approved, as listed and/or attached: 

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES 

A. Special Meeting Minutes dated 8/10/20
B. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 8/10/20 

FINANCIAL REPORTS 

A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for July
B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for July
C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for July
D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for July
E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for July
F. Acceptance of Investment Report for July
G. Approval of General Fund July Budget Transfer 

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 

FOR APPROVAL 

A. Adoption of Resolution: 

Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R Public Participation at Board Meetings 

B. Approval of Agreements: 

1. Valley Central School District with Healthy Kids 2. Valley Central School District with YMCA Club Kid 

C. Approval of Transportation Agreement between the Valley Central School District and Student 2020-5 *this item was removed from consideration 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS 

A. Acceptance of Resignations: 

Instructional 

Donna Damone, Foreign Language Teacher, Valley Central School District, effective August 11, 2020 

Noninstructional 

1.Alissa Bracero, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 11, 2020
2. Crystal Bond, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2020
3.Toni Brown, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central High School, effective August 31, 2020
4.Laura Blackwell, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 24, 2020 
5.Sibyl Librandi, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2020 
6.Todd Vradenburgh, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective August 24, 2020
7.Susan Connoly, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2020

Extracurricular 

Nina Morrison, Drama Club Advisor, p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective September 1, 2020 

B. Approval of Appointments: 

Instructional 

  1. GradPoint Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing
  2. Haley Gray, certified in Visual Arts, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Art tenure area, commencing September 1, 2020 and ending September 1, 2024*
  3. Michael Kelly, certified in Physical Education, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Physical Education tenure area, commencing September 1, 2020 and ending September 1, 2024*
  4. Alexa Bodrato, certified in Childhood Ed. (Gr. 1-6), appointed to a leave replacement position (regular substitute) commencing on or about October 8, 2020 and ending June 30, 2021 

5. Substitute Teachers/Home Tutors/Student Assistance Counselor, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached 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.Constance Griffin, Coordinator of Safety and Health, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year 

2.Michael Saltz, Registered Professional Nurse, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020 

3.Jessica Ronaldson, Registered Professional Nurse, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020 

4.Toni Brown, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020 

5.Crystal Bond, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central High School, effective September 1, 2020 

6.Amanda Collins, Scheduling Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year 

7.Margarita Ramirez, Hall Monitor Coordinator, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year 

8. Sibyl Librandi, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective September 1, 2020 

9.Todd Vradenburgh, Head Custodian, Valley Central School District, effective August 25, 2020 Victoria Davis, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021 

10.Christine Byrne, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020 

11.Theresa Espinoza, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020 

12.Substitute Paraprofessionals/Custodial Workers/Food Service Helpers/RNs/LPN/ Clerical, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing 

Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

REPORTS

A. Superintendent’s Report 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis shared the number of those viewing the recent reopening presentations on the District’s YouTube channel. There were 2,440 views for the first Town Hall for the parents and families on August 11th; 1,445 for the second on August 13th; and 1,169 for the third on August 21st. Additionally, there were 690 views of the August 21st Town Hall presentation for faculty and staff members. Mr. Xanthis expressed his appreciation for the feedback from the staff and families on the reopening plan. He thanked Ms. Serratore, the Reopening Task Force Committee, and all the staff for their work on the development of the reopening plan and the Board members for their support. 

B. Assistant Superintendent’s Report 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Ms. Serratore thanked all those involved in developing the plan for the reopening of school this year. She provided information on the upcoming conference days planned for faculty and staff and offered examples of the professional development opportunities offered to the faculty and staff. 

Ms. Serratore expressed her appreciation for Connie Griffin, who has worked tirelessly over the summer to ensure that the health and safety protocols are in place, that the District is in compliance with SED and NYSDOH guidelines, and the District is ready to open. 

C. School Business Official’s Report 

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin shared information on an anticipated decrease in state aid for this school year. More information will be received in the next few weeks. Mr. Conklin also provided updated information on bus routing and communication with parents regarding student transportation. 

Mr. Xanthis thanked Mr. Conklin and his staff for their long hours and careful preparation in planning the bus routes this year. 

D. Review of Projected Enrollment – September 2020 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Xanthis offered a brief review of the projected enrollment for September, which is down approximately 100 students since the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 

OLD BUSINESS 

A. Adoption of Resolution: 

2020-2021 Reopening Plan 

This Agenda item was considered earlier this evening. 

B. Approval of Curricula: 

1. Elements of Science (Viking Program) 2. Seminar For Life (Freshman Skills Seminar) 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the curricula listed above, which has been made available in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for review, and called for a motion. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Lewis seconded that the Board adopt the above listed curricula, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: 6; NO: Mr. Wesenberg 

C. Second and Final Reading of: 

1. Exhibit 3230-E Organizational Chart (Revised) 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and referenced the revised exhibit. The first review of this exhibit was held at the August 10, 2020 Board meeting. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board adopt the above listed exhibit, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

NEW BUSINESS 

A. Tax Levy 

1. Confirmation of Tax Rolls, Authorization for Tax Levy, and 

Establishment of Tax Rates 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution, and called for a motion. 

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the resolution confirming the tax rolls, the authorization for tax levy and the establishment of tax rates, as presented, listed and/or attached. 

Mr. Conklin, Deputy District Clerk, called the roll: 

Mr. Bond VOTING YES Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES Ms. Lewis VOTING YES Ms. McKnight VOTING YES Mrs. Messing VOTING YES Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES 

2. Authorization of Tax Warrant 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution, and called for a motion. . 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing the tax warrant, as presented, listed and/or attached. 

Mr. Conklin, Deputy District Clerk, called the roll: 

Mr. Bond VOTING YES Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES Ms. Lewis VOTING YES Ms. McKnight VOTING YES Mrs. Messing VOTING YES Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES 

Mr. Conklin circulated the tax warrant for the signature of the Board members. 

B. UPK Program Discussion 

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin shared concerns over the possibility of state aid being reduced for this school year and how it may impact the District. Discussion took place on whether it would be prudent to delay the start of the UPK program until we receive further information on state aid. Mr. Bond called for a motion. 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the start of the Universal Pre- Kindergarten Program for 2020-2021 be delayed until October 5, 2020. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

C. 2020-2021 District Goals Discussion 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and referenced the District Goals document provided to the Board. Discussion took place regarding possible revisions for this school year. Adoption of the 2020-2021 District Goals will take place at an upcoming Board meeting. 

D. Acceptance of Bid Recommendations: 

1. Health, Physical Education and Athletic Bid 2. Asphalt Repairs and Replacement 3. Kitchen Equipment Service Bid 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and referenced the memoranda provided to the Board members. He asked that all three bid recommendations listed above be considered together. There was no objection; Mr. Bond then called for a motion. 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Health, Physical Education and Athletic bid, the Asphalt Repairs and Replacement bid and the Kitchen Equipment Service bid recommendations be approved, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

Review of Curriculum: 

1. Secondary Physical Education 

Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item and noted that this curricula will be available for the Board’s review. It will be placed on the September 14, 2020 Board agenda for consideration. 

ADJOURNMENT 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 8:06 p.m. 


August 10, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 7:25 p.m. by President Joseph Bond
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing and Mrs. Revoir
ABSENT: Mr. Wesenberg
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Conklin
Also Absent: Ms. Serratore and Media (WVT/THR)
PLEDGE TO FLAG
Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to the public and is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s
YouTube channel. The video link will posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked Network Specialist Craig Henrie and the rest of the technology team for arranging and live streaming tonight’s meeting.
CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence,
commendations, and honorable mentions.
PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately. Board members requested that Items C. 1, D. 1 and E. 1 under Superintendent’s Recommendations be pulled for consideration
following Executive Session. Mr. Bond then called for a motion.
Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the following Consent Agenda be approved, as listed and/or attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
A. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 7/20/20
FINANCIALS
A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for June
B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for June
C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for June
D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for June
E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for June
F. Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for June
G. Acceptance of Investment Report for June
H. Approval of General Fund June Budget Transfer
RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE FOR APPROVAL
A. Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
Public Participation at Board Meetings
B. Acceptance of Donation:
Walden Elementary School
Library Books – Mr. Zach Kuenzi
C. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
and Greenburgh North Castle UFSD
D. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
and Anderson Center for Autism
E. Consideration of Anticipated Overnight Trip Requests:
1. Valley Central High School – Music Department
2. Valley Central High School – Science Olympiad
3. Valley Central High School – National Art Honor Society
4. Valley Central High School – Math League
5. Valley Central High School – Freshman Class
6. Valley Central High School – Sophomore Class
7. Valley Central High School – Senior Class
8. Valley Central High School – JROTC
9. Valley Central High School – Science Research (Two)
SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Approval of Reduction in Force or Excessed Personnel:
Instructional Tenure Area of Position Eliminated and Person within Tenure Area who shall be Excessed, Valley Central School District, effective June 30, 2020 – See Attached Listing

B. Acceptance of Resignations:
Instructional
Cayla Tangney, Art Teacher, Valley Central School District, effective July 21, 2020

Noninstructional
Barbara DeSena, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2020

Lori Schmidt, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 10, 2020

Extracurricular
Nina Morrison, Drama Club Advisor, p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective September 1, 2020

C. Approval of Leaves of Absence:
Administrative
Georgia Patchen, Assistant Director of Special Education, Valley Central School District, effective August 11, 2020* removed for consideration separately

Instructional
Erika Machuca, Art Teacher, Valley Central High School, for childcare purposes, effective on or about December 14, 2020 through January 21, 2021

Noninstructional
Amanda Oberpriller, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, for medical leave purposes, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year

D. Approval of Appointments:
Administrative
Georgia Patchen, Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Programs, Valley
Central School District, effective August 11, 2020* removed for consideration separately

Instructional
Jeffrey Mann, certified in General Science 7-12 and Biology 7-12, appointed to a three-year probationary period in the Science tenure area, commencing September 1, 2020 and ending September 1, 2023*

Department Chairpersons and Team Leaders, p/t, Valley Central High School,
Valley Central Middle School, Berea Elementary School and Montgomery Elementary School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listings

Robert Ciganek, Community-as-School Liaison, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year

*To the extent applicable under Education Law Section 3012-d and the accompanyingCommissioner’s Regulation, in order to be considered for tenure, teachers and principalsappointed 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
Lori Schmidt, Paraprofessional (12-month), p/t, Human Resources Department,Valley Central School District, effective August 11, 2020

Christopher Bartko, Water Treatment Operator, p/t, Valley Central SchoolDistrict, effective July 13, 2020

Grace Giulini, Paraprofessional (LPN), Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020

Barbara DeSena, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective September 1, 2020

Summer 2020 Paraprofessional Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District – SeeAttached Listing

Extracurricular
Advisors, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, Berea Elementary School,
Montgomery Elementary School and Walden Elementary School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listings

E. Approval of Contract Terms and Conditions:
Ellen McGoldrick, Assistant to the Superintendent/District Clerk * removed for consideration separately
Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

REPORTS

A. Superintendent’s Report
Following the introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis noted that there will be a town hall forum that will take place August 11th at 1:00 p.m. to answer questions about the reopening plan and the instructional program for this school year. Parents and community members are invited to submit their questions through a Google Form on the District’s website.
Questions will be answered during a livestreamed presentation on the District’s YouTube channel. Per the Governor’s order, two additional parent/community forums will be held prior to August 21, 2020 and a separate one will be held for teachers.
Mr. Xanthis offered a brief review of the projected enrollment for September, which is down approximately 100 students since the end of June.
B. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and shared that Ms. Serratore was not able to attend tonight’s meeting due to a previous commitment. In her absence, Mr. Conklin provided information on the submission of the reopening plan to the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Health. He noted that although the plan was submitted before the July 31st deadline, it has been erroneously reported that District’s plan was
not received.
C. School Business Official’s Report
Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin shared information on student transportation. Parents have been encouraged to transport their children to school if at all possible. He noted that bus routes have been planned, protocols have been put in place and the District is prepared to bus students in September. He asked that the families be patient as this is
something the District has never dealt with and there may be some glitches in the beginning. Mr. Conklin also noted that there was some minor damage to the District’s properties from the tropical storm last week and the cleanup work has been done.
D. Review of Projected Enrollment – September 2020
This agenda item was reviewed under the Superintendent’s Report.
E. Racial Equity in Education Committee – July 23, 2020 & August 6, 2020
Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bond invited Ms. Lewis, the BoardLiaison to the committee, to offer her report. Ms. Lewis referenced the memorandum from Ms.Serratore to Mr. Xanthis dated August 7th, which outlines the Committee’s mission statement and goals. Mr. Bond noted that Ms. Serratore has also provided the Board with the Committee’s
action plan.

F. MHSSC Summer Law Conference – August 7, 2020
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that this year’s law conference was a virtual presentation. Administrators and Board members viewed the presentation at the High School Auditorium to allow for social distancing. NYSSBA’s Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, Jay Worona, was the presenter. The PowerPoint presentation was shared with
administrators and Board members who were unable to attend. Board members commented on some of the topics reviewed at the conference, including recent Supreme Court decisions.
OLD BUSINESS

A. Approval of Student Calendar Modification
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion. Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the revised
2020-2021 student calendar, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

B. Second and Final Reading of:
1. Policy 5311.5 – Student Dress Code (Revised)
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and read the revised policy. The first reading of this policy was held at the July 20, 2020 Board meeting.Ms. Lewis moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the above listed policy, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
NEW BUSINESS
A. First Reading of:
1. Policy 0110 Sexual Harassment (Removed)
2. Regulation 0110 Sexual Harassment (Removed)
3. Policy 0110.1 – Sexual Harassment of Students (New)
4. Regulation 0110.1 – Sexual Harassment of Students (New)
5. Policy 0110.2 – Sexual Harassment of Employees (New)
6. Regulation 0110.2 – Sexual Harassment of Employees (New)
7. Exhibit 3230-E Organizational Chart (Revised)
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the above listed policies and regulations, and read a summary of the proposed revisions. He noted that the Board can waive the second hearing on the sexual harassment policies and regulations and adopt the revised policies and regulations this evening since the new regulations will go in effect on August 14, 2020.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board waive the second reading of the Policy 0110, 0110.1 and 0110.2 and Regulations 0110, 0110.1 and 0110.2. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board remove Policy 0110 and Regulation 0110 and adopt the revised Policies 0110.1 and 0110.2 and Regulations 0110.1 and 0110.2, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

B. Review of Curricula:
1. Elements of Science (Viking Program)
2. Seminar For Life (Freshman Skills Seminar)
Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item and noted that this curricula will be available in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for review. It will be placed on the August 24, 2020 Board agenda for consideration.
C. Adoption of Resolutions:
1. Appointment of 2020-2021 Title IX Coordinator
2. Appointment of 2020-2021 Appeals Hearing Officer
Mr. Bond referenced the resolution for the appointment of Marianne Serratore as the Title IX Coordinator for the 2020-2021 school year and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the appointment of Marianne Serratore as the District’s 2020-2021 Title IX Coordinator, as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Bond referenced the resolution for the appointment of Ira Lobel as the District’s Appeals Hearing Officer for the 2020-2021 school year and called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the appointment of Ira Lobel as the District’s 2020-2021 Appeals Hearing Officer, as attached. Voting: YES: 6; NO: Ms. Lewis

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss litigation and contract negotiations. Action is anticipated following Executive Session. Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 7:56 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session.
Ms. McKnight moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 8:42 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
OTHER

Mr. Bond asked that the three items removed from the Consent Agenda for
consideration following Executive Session be voted on together, if there was no objection from the Board. There being no objection, he called for a motion.
SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
C. Approval of Leaves of Absence:
Georgia Patchen, Assistant Director of Special Education, Valley Central School District, effective August 11, 2020
D. Approval of Appointment:
Georgia Patchen, Director of Pupil Personnel and Special Programs, Valley Central School District, effective August 11, 2020

E. Approval of Contract Terms and Conditions:
Ellen McGoldrick, Assistant to the Superintendent/District Clerk
Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the above-listed personnel items be approved, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Ms. Lewis moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.


Special Meeting- August 10, 2020

The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 5:30 p.m. by President Joseph Bond.
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing and Mrs. Revoir
ABSENT: Mr. Wesenberg
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Conklin
Also Absent: Ms. Serratore and Media (WVT/THR)
PLEDGE TO FLAG
BOARD REREAT
Mr. Bond noted that the Board will be discussing Board operations/procedures and racial equity during the annual Board Retreat this evening. Robin McMillan and Zelig Kurland are the speakers invited to meet with the Board for this discussion. As the topics addressed may touch on confidential student matters, the Board will move into Executive Session.
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mr. Bond called for a motion.
Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at approximately 5:32 p.m. No action is anticipated to be taken following Executive Session. Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0]
Ms. Lewis entered Executive Session at approximately 5:42 p.m.
Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at approximately 7:14 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Mrs. Revoir moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:15 p.m.

July 2020

July 20, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the AdministrationBuilding at 6:30 p.m. by President Joseph Bond
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg

ABSENT: None
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)
EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session.
Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:02 p.m. to discuss the employment history of particular personnel, a student matter, and possible litigation. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 7:15 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
PLEDGE TO FLAG
Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is closed to the public and is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s
YouTube channel. The video link will posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked Director of Technology Chris Mohr and his team for arranging and live streaming tonight’s meeting.
CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
There was no correspondence or commendations for this meeting.
PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that item D. 2. under Superintendent’s Recommendations will be removed from consideration this evening and item D. 1. under Superintendent’s Recommendations will be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately this evening. Mr. Bond then called for a motion.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the following Consent Agenda, as amended, be accepted/ approved, as amended, listed, and/or attached.
CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
A. Public Hearing Minutes dated 7/6/20
B. Reorganizational/Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 7/6/20

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE FOR APPROVAL

A. Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
Public Participation at Board Meetings
C. Approval of Overnight Trip Request:
1. Walden Elementary School – Grade 5
SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

A. Approval of Reduction in Force or Excessed Personnel:
Instructional Tenure Area of Position Eliminated and Person within Tenure Area who shall be Excessed, Valley Central School District, effective June 30, 2020 – See Attached Listing

B. Acceptance of Resignations:
Instructional
Nagla Elsakka, Spanish Teacher, Valley Central School District, effective July 10, 2020
Karen Miedema, Science Teacher (.5), Valley Central School District, effective July 2, 2020

Noninstructional
Taghreed Elkashef, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective August 31, 2020

C. Approval of Appointments:
Instructional
After School Tutoring Program, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2020 –2021 School Year – See Attached Listing
Jacqueline Burns, Permanent Substitute, p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year
Summer Curriculum Writing Staff, p/t, Freshman Skills Seminar/Art 107 Design/Best Practices of Online Instruction

Noninstructional
Scott Warner, Aquatics Coordinator, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year

Constance Griffin, School Nurse Coordinator, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year

Taghreed Elkashef, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020

Summer 2020 Paraprofessional Hours, p/t, Walden Elementary School
Substitute Clerical/RN, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021

School Year – See Attached Listing

D. Approval of Contract Terms and Conditions:
Brad Conklin, School Business Official *removed for consideration separately
Ellen McGoldrick, Assistant to the Supt./District Clerk *removed from agenda
Ryan Schmidt – Director of Facilities III
Eleanore Mills – School Lunch Manager
Sharon Delmonico – Athletic Trainer
Patricia Behr – Media Specialist

Voting: YES: 6; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald
Mr. Bond then called for a motion for the Approval of Contract Terms and Conditions for Brad Conklin, School Business Official, which had been removed from the Consent Agenda for consideration separately.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the Contract Terms and Conditions for Brad Conklin, School Business Official, as presented and as attached.
Voting: YES: 5; NO: Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight
REPORTS
A. Superintendent’s Report
Following the introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis shared that he joined the United Together Against Racism Task Force, a group comprised of Superintendents in the Orange-Ulster BOCES component districts with the purpose of creating a plan for diversity.
The first meeting was held this week; Mr. Xanthis will be reporting on the work of this task force in the coming weeks.
B. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Ms. Serratore provided an update on plans for reopening the schools. She shared information on guidance from SED and noted that the Central Office Administrators will be meeting with Cabinet this week to further develop an instructional plan.
Ms. Serratore responded to questions from the Board members.
C. School Business Official’s Report
Following the introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Conklin shared
information on the external audit now underway; the status of the State Comptroller’s audit; repair work to the High School pool and the District parking lots; and plans to get the facilities ready to reopen.
D. Projected Enrollment – September 2020
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Xanthis noted that we are down
approximately 75 students since June; the numbers will be changing throughout the summer and the District will continue to monitor the class sizes.
OLD BUSINESS
A. Readoption of District Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary
Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item and noted that the Code of Conduct and
Plain Language Summary reviewed at the Public Hearing on July 6, 2020 has been further reviewed and revised. He referenced and read the revised language and then called for a motion.
Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board readopt the District Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary, as presented and as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
NEW BUSINESS
A. First Reading of:
1. Exhibit 3230-E – Organizational Chart (Revised)
2. Policy 5311.5 – Student Dress Code (Revised)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item; reviewed the above-listed exhibit and policy changes and discussion took place. This exhibit and policy will be placed on an upcoming agenda for a second and final reading.
B. Approval of Agreement between the Valley Central School District and the
YMCA of Middletown. Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion. Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the Agreement between the Valley Central School District and the YMCA of Middletown, as presented and as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
C. Approval of the Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of
Refunds due to Court Order and Judgment:
1. Northern Enterprises NY, LLC
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the reduction of tax assessment and payment of refund due to court order and judgment, as listed and as attached.
Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
D. Approval of Curriculum Writing:
1. Online Instructional Framework
2. Freshman Skills Seminar/Art 107 Design 1
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion to approve the writing of the online instructional framework.
Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the writing of the online instructional framework, as attached. Voting: YES:6; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald
Mr. Bond then called for a motion to approve the Freshman Skills Seminar and Art 107/Design 1 curriculum writing.
Ms. Lewis moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the Freshman Skills Seminar and Art 107 Design 1 curriculum writing, as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

OTHER
Mr. Bond noted that the Board needs to take action on a transportation agreement between the Valley Central School District and the parents of a student. This agreement was provided to the Board members prior to the meeting. Mr. Bond called for a motion to add this item to the agenda for consideration.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board add the consideration of a transportation agreement between the Valley Central School District and the parents of Student 2020-4 to the agenda. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
Mr. Bond then called for a motion.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the transportation agreement between the Valley Central School District and the parents of Student 2020-4, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Ms. Lewis moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES:Unanimous [7:0]
Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:48 p.m.


Reorganizational and Regular Meeting – July 6, 2020 

Following the Public Hearing held for the purpose of reviewing the District’s Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary, the Reorganizational meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Office at 7:56 p.m. 

PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg  ABSENT: All Present 
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin and Ms. McGoldrick 
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

PLEDGE TO FLAG 

Ms. McGoldrick, District Clerk, called the Reorganizational meeting to order at 7:56 p.m. 

OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS 

Ms. McGoldrick stated she would like to officially recognize the newly re-elected Board member, Mr. Joseph Bond and the newly elected Board member, Ms. Katie McKnight. 

ELECTION OF OFFICERS 

A. President of the Board 

The District Clerk called for nominations for President of the Board for the school year 2020-2021 and for authorization for the President to sign all legal documents such as deeds, contracts, etc. and co-affix the seal of the District.  Mrs. Messing nominated Mr. Bond for President of the Board for the 2020-2021 school year, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded the nomination.  The District Clerk asked if there were any other nominations for President of the Board; there were none. She then called for a vote for Mr. Bond as President of the Board. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 
The District Clerk then turned the meeting over to the President. 

B. Vice President 

Mr. Bond made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is being recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube Channel. Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable. Mr. Bond thanked Director of Technology Chris Mohr for arranging the technology to live stream tonight’s meeting.  The President then called for nominations for Vice President of the Board to serve in the absence of the President and for authorization for the Vice President to sign all legal documents such as deeds, contracts, etc. and co-affix the seal of the District.  Mr. Fitzgerald nominated Mrs. Messing for Vice President of the Board for the school year 2020-2021, Mrs. Revoir seconded the nomination. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

C. Administration of Oath of Faithful Performance 

As District Clerk, Ms. McGoldrick administered the Oath of Faithful Performance to the President, Vice-President and members of the Board of Education, and the Oath Book was signed by all. 

APPOINTMENT OF OFFICERS 

Mr. Bond noted the entire Reorganizational Agenda could be done as a Consent Agenda, as we have in the past, and suggested, if there was no objection by the Board members, that this practice be followed. It was the consensus of the Board to proceed with a Consent Agenda format. Mr. Bond asked if there were any items on the Reorganizational Agenda that Board members would like to be removed; there were none. 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda of the Reorganizational Meeting. Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the following Consent Agenda Reorganizational Meeting items be accepted/approved, as listed and/or attached: 

A. Clerk of the Board/Deputy Clerk of the Board 

Ellen McGoldrick be appointed Clerk of the Board for the school year 2020-2021, including the July 2021 Reorganizational Meeting. 

B. District Treasurer/Deputy Treasurer 

Jacqueline Calarco be appointed Treasurer of the District and that Mary Hand be appointed Deputy Treasurer of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

C. Tax Collectors 

Marie E. Pruschki be appointed Tax Collector of the District for the Towns of Montgomery and New Windsor with a 1% collection fee for the school year 2020-2021, and that Debbie Smith be appointed Tax Collector for the Town of Newburgh with a 1% collection fee. 

D. Claims Auditor/Deputy Claims Auditor 

Heather L. Gallo be appointed Claims Auditor of the District and that Joan Babcock be appointed Deputy Claims Auditor for the school year 2020-2021. 

OTHER APPOINTMENTS 

A. School Physician 

Dr. Lin-Lin Remenar of Crystal Run Healthcare Physicians LLP, be appointed School Physician for the school year 2020-2021 at the hourly rate of $125.00. 

B. School Attorneys/Bond Counsel 

Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP be appointed School Attorney for the school year 2020-2021 at an annual fee of $56,000.00 for general counsel, as attached. 

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC be appointed School Attorney for the school year 2020- 2021 at an annual fee of $30,000.00 for negotiations and personnel, as attached. 

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC be appointed Bond Counsel for the school year 2020- 2021, per attached Engagement Letter. 

C. Central Treasurers – Extraclassroom Activity Account 

A Central Treasurer authorized to sign checks and withdrawals for each school be appointed for their Extraclassroom Activity Account as per the attached list for the school year 2020-2021. 

D. Deputy Central Treasurers – Extraclassroom Activity Account 

Kristen Becker be appointed Deputy Treasurer for the High School Extraclassroom Activity Account; Geraldine Cola be appointed Deputy Treasurer for the Middle School Extraclassroom Activity Account; Catherine Giordano be appointed Deputy Treasurer for the Berea Elementary School Extraclassroom Activity Account; Mary Pettine be appointed Deputy Treasurer for the East Coldenham Elementary School Extraclassroom Activity Account; Stacie Troy be appointed Deputy Treasurer for the Montgomery Elementary School Extraclassroom Activity Account; and Tracy Barry be appointed Deputy Treasurer for the Walden Elementary School Extraclassroom Activity Account for the school year 2020-2021. 

E. Attendance Officer/Homeless Liaison 

Barbara Gravel be appointed Attendance Officer and Homeless Liaison of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

F. Foster Care Liaison 

Marianne Serratore be appointed the Foster Care Liaison of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

G. Records Access Officer 

Ellen McGoldrick be appointed Records Access Officer of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

H. Records Management Officer 

Renee Marchant be appointed Records Management Officer of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

I. Asbestos (LEA) Designee and Designated Person (DP): AHERA 

Jack DeGraw, Coordinator, Health & Safety/Risk Management, Orange-Ulster BOCES, be appointed Asbestos (LEA) Designee: AHERA of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

Ryan Schmidt, Director of Facilities, or his designee be appointed Asbestos (LEA) Designated Person (DP): AHERA of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

J. Financial Advisors 

Bernard P. Donegan, Inc. be appointed Financial Advisors for the school year 2020-2021 per the attached Schedule of Fees. 

K. Purchasing Agent 

The School Business Official be appointed Purchasing Agent of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

L. Chief Emergency Officers 

Assistant Superintendent and the Director of Technology be appointed Chief Emergency Officers of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

M. External Auditors 

Bonadio & Co., LLP be appointed External Auditor of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

N. Internal Auditors 

Nugent & Haeussler, P.C. be appointed Internal Auditor of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

DESIGNATIONS 

A. Official Bank Depositories 

TD Bank, ConnectOne Bank, JPMorgan Chase and the New York Liquid Asset Fund be designated Official Bank Depositories of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

B. Regular Meetings 

The Administration Building Board Room be designated as the regular place of meeting and hour of 6:00 p.m. be designated for an anticipated Executive Session, and 6:30 p.m. be designated as the time of the public meeting of each month per attached schedule with exceptions as noted for the school year 2020-2021. Student presentations, when scheduled, will begin at 6:30 p.m. 

C. Official Newspapers 

The Times-Herald Record and Wallkill Valley Times be designated as the Official Newspapers of the District for the 2020-2021 school year. 

AUTHORIZATIONS 

A. Payroll Certification Officer/Alternate Payroll Certification Officer 

The Superintendent of Schools be named Payroll Certification Officer of the District for the school year 2020-2021, and in the absence of the Superintendent of Schools, the School Business Official be named Alternate Payroll Certification Officer of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

B. Health Plan Representative 

The School Business Official or his/her designee be named Representative to the Health Plan/Workers Compensation Plan for the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

C. Conferences, Conventions, Workshops Attendance Approval 

The Assistant Superintendents approve Conference, Convention, and Workshop Attendance for the school year 2020-2021. 

D. Establish Petty Cash Funds 

Petty Cash Funds be established for the following for the school year 2020-2021: 

Mr. Xanthis CO $ 50.00 TBD CO 50.00 Ms. Serratore CO 50.00 Mr. Conklin CO 50.00 Ms. Coleman CO 50.00 Ms. Butler Special Education 50.00 Mr. Miller Health, PE & Athletics 50.00 Mr. Mohr Technology 50.00 Mr. Schmidt Maintenance 50.00 Ms. Ginda-Baxter HS 100.00 Mr. Burns MS 100.00 Mr. Solimando BE 50.00 Mr. McDonald EC 50.00 Mr. Canino MO 50.00 Mr. Heidemann WA 50.00 Ms. Mills Cafeteria Fund 460.00 $1,310.00 

E. Designation of Signatures on Checks 

The District Treasurer be authorized to sign all District checks, withdrawals, and money transfers (except extracurricular accounts) for the school year 2020-2021, and in the absence of the District Treasurer, the Deputy Treasurer be authorized to sign all District checks, withdrawals, and money transfers (except extracurricular accounts) for the school year 2020- 2021. 

F. Annual Reports 

The President of the Board be authorized to sign annual reports for the school year 2020- 2021. 

G. Budget Transfers on Chief School Officer’s Approval 

The Superintendent of Schools be authorized to approve budget transfers as per Board policy for the school year 2020-2021. 

H. Superintendent to Apply for Grants in Aid 

The Superintendent of Schools be authorized to apply for Grants in Aid (State and Federal) for the school year 2020-2021. 

I. Certification under Every Student Succeeds Act 

The Superintendent of Schools be authorized to provide certification under Every Student Succeeds Act. 

J. Certification and Payment of Tax Refunds 

The District Treasurer be authorized to approve and certify payments due for the correction of errors on the tax rolls, where such corrections do not exceed two thousand five hundred dollars ($2,500.00) for the school year 2020-2021. 

OFFICIAL UNDERTAKINGS (BONDS) 

All District employees will be bonded for $100,000.00 under the District’s Faithful Performance Blanket Bond and the following positions will be bonded in excess of the $100,000.00 for the school year 2020-2021: 

A. District Treasurer /Deputy Treasurer $1,000,000.00 B. District Tax Collectors 1,000,000.00 C. School Business Official 1,000,000.00 

OTHER A. Readoption of Revised Board Policy Handbook 

The revised Board Policy Handbook be readopted for the school year 2020-2021. 

B. Establishment of Mileage Reimbursement Rate 

Establish the Mileage Reimbursement Rate at the prevailing allowable I.R.S. rate. 

C. Sexual Harassment Officers 

The Assistant Superintendents and/or the Superintendent of Schools be appointed Sexual Harassment Officer of the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

D. Title VI Compliance Officer 

Marianne Serratore serve as the Title VI Compliance Officer for the 2020-2021 school year. 

E. Committee on Special Education Members 

The following be appointed as members of the Committee on Special Education for the school year 2020-2021: 

CSE Chairpersons – Director of Special Education, Assistant Director of Special Education CSE Alternate Chairpersons – Frank Jordan, Delaine Charette, Adrienne Hershfield, Dawn Moore, Lauren Koller, Melanie Montenora, Marci Rheal, Jessica Filangeri, Constandia Georgiou, Alitsa Chabut, Brittany Olah, Alisa Podgorskaya, Mara Costagliola, Angelo Leo CSE Sub-Committee Chairpersons – Director of Special Education, Assistant Director of Special Education, Frank Jordan, Delaine Charette, Adrienne Hershfield, Dawn Moore, Lauren Koller, Melanie Montenora, Marci Rheal, Jessica Filangeri, Constandia Georgiou, Alitsa Chabut, Alisa Podgorskaya School Psychologist Members – District School Psychologists, Assistant Director of Special Education Teacher Member – Student Dependent, Tiiu Presutti, Susan Turi, John Robinson Special Education Teachers – Director of Special Education, Student Dependent Alternate Special Education Teacher Members – District Special Education Teachers CSE Parent Members – Carolyn Wesenberg 

F. Committee on Preschool Special Education Members 

The following be appointed as members of the Committee on Preschool Special Education for the school year 2020-2021: 

CPSE Chairpersons – Director of Special Education, Assistant Director of Special Education Alternate CPSE Chairpersons – Frank Jordan, Lauren Koller, Jessica Filangeri, Delanie Charette, Adrienne Hershfield, Dawn Moore, Melanie Montenora, Marci Rheal, Constandia Georgiou, Alitsa Chabut, Brittany Olah, Alisa Podgorskaya, Mara Costagliola, Angelo Leo Teacher Member – Student Dependent, Tiiu Presutti, Susan Turi, John Robinson CPSE Parent Members – Carolyn Wesenberg CPSE Evaluator Member – Student Dependent 

G. 504/ADA Officers – Students 

Jane Malley be appointed Section 504 Elementary Compliance Officer, the Elementary Building Principals and/or Elementary Assistant Principals and Secondary Assistant Principals be appointed Section 504/ADA Officers, and all School Psychologists and Guidance Counselors (Secondary) be appointed Alternate Section 504/ADA Officers, for District students for the school year 2020-2021. 

H. 504/ADA Officer – Staff 

The Assistant Superintendent be appointed Section 504/ADA Officer for District employees for the school year 2020-2021. 

I. Impartial Hearing Officers 

The SED Updated List of Impartial Hearing Officers located in the Impartial Hearing Reporting System (IHRS) be approved as Impartial Hearing Officers for the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

J. Surrogate Parent 

Carolyn Wesenberg be appointed as Surrogate Parent for the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

K. Private Investigator 

JM Investigations, LLC be appointed as Private Investigator for the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

L. Dignity Act Coordinators 

The Elementary, Middle, and High Schools be appointed Dignity Act Coordinators for the school year 2020-2021 as follows: 

Berea Elementary School Katherine Gusmano Student Assistance Counselor East Coldenham Elementary School Alexandra Lerman Student Assistance Counselor
Montgomery Elementary School Melinda Sulzbach Student Assistance Counselor
Walden Elementary School Diane Smith Student Assistance Counselor Walden Elementary School Lydia Pabon-Genovez Student Assistance Counselor
Valley Central Middle School Catherine Heil Student Assistance Counselor Valley Central High School TBA Student Assistance Counselor
Alternative Learning Center Lisa Strassner Guidance Counselor 

M. Wellness Coordinator 

The Athletic Director be appointed Wellness Coordinator for the District for the school year 2020-2021. 

N. Medicaid Consultant 

Kinney Management Services, LLC be appointed Medicaid Consultant for the District for the school year 2020-2021 as attached. 

O. Lead Evaluators 

Valley Central Administrators serve as Lead Evaluators for Teachers and Principals as per attached. 

P. Data Protection Officer 

Tammy Coleman serve as the Data Protection Officer for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

Mr. Bond noted that this concluded the Reorganizational Meeting and the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education was convened. 

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS 

Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations and honorable mentions. 

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that item C. 3. Under Superintendent’s Recommendations will be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda and tabled to the next meeting for further discussion. Ms. Lewis asked that item C. 1. Under Superintendent’s Recommendations be removed for consideration separately. Mr. Bond then called for a motion. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted/ approved and as amended, listed and/or attached. 

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES 

A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 6/10/20 B. Special Meeting Minutes dated 6/18/20 

FINANCIAL 

A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for May
B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for May
C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for May
D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for May
E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for May
F. Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for May
G. Acceptance of Investment Report for May
H. Approval of General Fund May Budget Transfer 

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 

FOR APPROVAL 

A. Adoption of Resolution: 

Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R Public Participation at Board Meetings
B. Readoption of District Guidance Plan
C. Establishment of Standard Work Day Hours for ERS Employees
D. Adoption of Resolution: 
     1. 2020-2021 Free and Reduced Price Meals
E. Consideration of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Matthew Witherow – Impartial Hearing Officer for Student Discipline
F. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Center for Discovery
G. Approval of Boards of Registration and Election 2021-2022
H. Adoption of Resolution: 
     1. Orange-Ulster BOCES General Supplies Bid 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS 

A. Acceptance of Resignations: 

Instructional 

Jaclyn Tannazzo, Business Teacher, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2020
Dana DeMasi, Summer School Teacher, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective July 6, 2020 

Noninstructional 

Cheryl Terribile, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 30, 2020
B. Approval of Appointments: 

Instructional 

Elements of Science Summer Curriculum Writing Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District

Stephen Smith, Earth Science Summer Opportunities Teacher, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective June 29, 2020 through July 30, 2020 

Michele Sinn, Community-as-School Liaison, p/t, Summer 2020, Valley Central High School 

Kimberly Ronaldson, Summer School Teacher, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective July 6, 2020 

Noninstructional 

Summer 2020 Paraprofessional/Nurse Hours, p/t, Valley Central Middle School and Walden Elementary School 

C. Approval of Contract Terms and Conditions: 

1. Michael Bellarosa, Administrative Mentor (this item was removed for consideration separately)
2. Marianne Serratore, Assistant Superintendent
3. Brad Conklin, School Business Official (this item was tabled to the next Board meeting) 

Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

OTHER 

Mr. Bond then called for a motion to consider the remaining item in the Proposed Consent Agenda, C. 1. under Superintendent’s Recommendations.  Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the Terms and Conditions for Michael Bellarosa, Administrative Mentor, for the 2020-2021 school year. Voting: YES: 6; NO: Ms. Lewis 

REPORTS 

A. Superintendent’s Report 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Xanthis commented on the distribution of diplomas and the picture taking opportunities for this year’s senior class. Mr. Xanthis thanked all those involved for their hard work in making this event a wonderful one, especially Jayme Ginda-Baxter, Sarah Messing, Kim Carver and Kateigh and Ben Jamison. 

B. Assistant Superintendent’s Report 

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore updated the Board members on the committee working on a re-opening plan and on the Racial Equity in Education Committee. 

C. School Business Official’s Report 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Conklin provided information on the status of the internal audit, the New York State Comptroller’s audit, and the external audit to be conducted this month. He also noted that he was able to secure 27,000 reusable face masks for the reopening of school at no cost, which is a great cost saving for the District. 

D. Review of Final Enrollment 2020-2021 

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Xanthis noted that the enrollment is down only eighteen students since June 2019. The enrollment umbers have remained fairly consistent over the past few years. 

E. OCSBA Meeting – June 30, 2020 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Mrs. Messing, who was able to participate in the annual end-of-year meeting, to comment. Mrs. Messing shared information provided by the guest speakers from NYSSBA, including Bob Schneider, Executive Director; Jay Worona, Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel; Brian Fessler, Director of Governmental Relations; and Barry Entwistle, Director of Member Relations. 

OTHER 

Mr. Bond noted that the Board appointed Ms. Lewis to be the liaison on the Racial Equity in Education Committee at the June 18th meeting and invited her to offer a report. Ms. Lewis reported on the recent online committee meeting with Dr. Gess LeBlanc, who has been working with the District on addressing cultural diversity and parity issues. 

OLD BUSINESS 

A. Approval of High School and Middle School Curricula 

1. Grade 8 Science 2. Digital Electronics and Robotics 3. Work Based Learning 4. Financial Accounting 153 (SUNY Orange) 5. World Issues 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the curricula that has been available for review in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction, and called for a motion. 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the above listed curricula, as presented and as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

NEW BUSINESS 

A. Readoption of District Code of Conduct and Readoption of Plain Language Summary 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that the revised Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary was reviewed earlier tonight at the Public Hearing. This agenda item will be tabled to the next Board meeting to allow time for further review and/or revisions. 

B. Appointment of Committee Member/Liaison: 

1. Audit Committee
2. Policy Committee
3. Health, Safety & Wellness Committee
4. Technology Committee
5. Guidance Committee
6. Curriculum Council
7. Valley Central Education Foundation
8. Valley Central PTA Council
9. Orange County School Boards Association
10. New York State School Boards Association
11. Racial Equity in Education Committee 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Following discussion, it was the consensus of the Board to appoint the following Committee members/liaisons: 

Audit Committee – Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. McKnight
Policy Committee – Mr. Bond, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir
Health, Safety & Wellness Committee – Mr. Fitzgerald
Technology Committee – Mrs. Revoir
Guidance Committee – Ms. McKnight
Curriculum Council – Mrs. Revoir
Valley Central Education Foundation – Mr. Bond
Valley Central PTA Council – Ms. Lewis
Orange County School Boards Association – Mr. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Messing (Alternate)
New York State School Boards Association – Mr. Wesenberg
Racial Equity in Education Committee – Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight (Alternate) 

C. Approval of Curriculum Writing: 

1. Grade 8 Elements of Science 

Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item and called for a motion. 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the curriculum writing listed above, as presented and as attached. YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

D. Approval of Bid Recommendations: 

1. Plumbing Service Bid – Joe Lombardo Plumbing & Heating of Rockland, Inc. 2. Electrical Service – Harry Rotolo & Sons, Inc.
3. Trash Removal Service – Interstate Waste
4. HVAC Service – MDS HVACR-R, Inc.
5. Cleaning of Septic Tanks/Grease Traps – Fred A. Cook, Jr., Inc. and Hydro Jetting Power Snaking of Grease/Sewer Lines – PK Songer Plumbing 

Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item and referenced the attached bid awards. He asked the Board members if there were any objections to the consideration of all five bid awards together. There were none; he then called for a motion. 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board adopt the resolutions awarding the above listed bids, as presented and as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous: [7:0] 

E. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and the YMCA of Middletown. Consideration of this agenda item was tabled to the next Board meeting. 

F. First Reading of: 

1. Policy 5311.5 – Student Dress Code (Revised) 

This policy will be presented for a first reading at the next Board meeting. 

G. Adoption of Resolution: 

1. Student 2020-2 Discipline Appeal 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, read the resolution upholding the Superintendent’s decision, and called for a motion. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the resolution to uphold the disciplinary action the Superintendent has recommended concerning Student 2020-2. Voting YES: 6; NO: Mr. Wesenberg 

H. Approval of Transportation Agreement between the 

Valley Central School District and Student 2020-3 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Mr. Conklin to Mr. Xanthis dated June 30, 2020, and called for a motion. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the transportation agreement between the Valley Central School District and Student 2020-3, as presented and as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous: [7:0] 

OTHER On behalf of the Board, Mr. Bond read the following statement: 

The BOE recognizes racial injustice and certainly knows that our community is not immune to this. The BOE is aware of the concerns of members of the community. The BOE has the desire to support change and make sure that Valley Central is a fair and equitable environment for all students. But the BOE also acknowledges that change will take time, so changes will be quick but other things will take more time. 

The BOE will use feedback from the Race and Equity committee to help us identify opportunities to change and we will use our resources to help us support the implementation of those changes. Change is a process. The first two steps of change is awareness and desire, and this board has both of them. And the next step is knowledge. Right now, we are in the gathering stage of knowledge. We are committed to change, and we will do what we need to do to support that change. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the evaluation of the Superintendent. No action is anticipated following Executive Session. 

Mrs. Revoir moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 8:41 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

ADJOURNMENT 

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 9:01 p.m. upon consensus of the Board.


July 6, 2020 

A Public Hearing was held by the Board of Education and was called to order in the Administration Building at 5:33 p.m. by the President, Mrs. Messing. PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, and Mr. Wesenberg  ABSENT: All Present 
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin 
Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

PLEDGE TO FLAG 

Mrs. Messing introduced the Public Hearing and turned the discussion over to Mr. Xanthis. This Hearing was held pursuant to Chapter 181 of the Laws of 2000 and Sections 2801 and 2802 of the Education Law of the State of New York for the purpose of reviewing the District Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary. A copy of the Notice of Public Hearing is attached. 

Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is being streamed live on the District’s YouTube page. The public has the opportunity to offer comments and ask questions by submitting them electronically or by calling a telephone line set up to receive public comment this evening. This information has been provided on the District’s website and Facebook page. 

Mr. Xanthis reviewed the annual process and the requirements for the District Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary. Mr. Xanthis noted this year’s edits to the Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary were revised to include language regarding the dress code. A copy of the revised documents have been posted on the District website. All students and parents annually receive a copy of the Plain Language Summary, and both the Plain Language Summary and the Code of Conduct are posted on the District’s website. New students to the District receive a copy during the registration process. Related details were shared. 

Ms. Serratore then shared the comments and questions from the public; further discussion took place. 

The re-adoption of these documents with amendments is on the agenda for approval during the regular meeting that follows this Public Hearing. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION 

Mrs. Messing noted the need for an Executive Session at this time and called for a motion. 

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:34 p.m. to discuss the contract negotiations and a student matter. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board reconvene to Regular Session at 7:53 p.m. 

ADJOURNMENT 

Mr. Weseberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Public Hearing be closed at 7:54 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

June 2020

Special Meeting -June 18, 2020

The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:00 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings.

PRESENT: Mrs. Messing, Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg

ABSENT: Mrs. Revoir

Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin

Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube page.  Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practical.  

Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely.  She thanked the administrators and staff who have worked so hard to coordinate the needs of the District during this unprecedented time.

2020 ANNUAL DISTRICT ELECTION AND BUDGET 

OTE RESULT RESOLUTION

Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, noted that a roll call vote is required, and called for a motion. 

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board adopt the Valley Central School District 2020 Annual District Election and Budget Vote Result Resolution, as attached.  A roll call vote showed:

Mr. Bond VOTING YES
Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES
Ms. Lewis VOTING YES
Mrs. Messing VOTING YES
Mrs. Revoir ABSENT
Mrs. Schwartz VOTING NO
Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES
The motion was declared duly adopted [5:1].

RECOGNITION OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item.  She congratulated Mr. Joseph Bond and Ms. Katie McKnight on their election to a three year term on Board of Education, and thanked Ms. Sheila Schwartz for her six years of service as a Board member.  

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

 Mrs. Messing referenced the Approval of Appointments and Approval of Leave of Absence and asked if there were any items to be removed for consideration separately.  Ms. Lewis requested that Item A. 2., Approval of Appointments, Noninstructional be removed for consideration separately.  Mrs. Messing then called for a motion. Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Superintendent’s Recommendations be approved, as amended, presented and attached.

Approval of Appointments:

Instructional
2020 Summer Opportunities Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School [Annual Appointment]

Summer 2020 Grad Point Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School [Annual Appointment]

2020 Summer School Staff, p/t, Valley Central Middle School [Annual Appointment]

Noninstructional
Marina Censoni, Cook Manager, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2020 [Retirement Replacement]

Summer 2020 Paraprofessional and Nurse Hours, p/t, Valley Central High School, Berea Elementary School and East Coldenham Elementary School* to be considered separately [Annual Appointment]

Approval of Leave of Absence:

Instructional
Kristen Williams,  Special Education Teacher, Valley Central Middle School, for childcare purposes effective on or about November 12, 2020 through November 30, 2020 [Childcare Leave] Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

Mrs. Messing called for the remaining item for consideration under Superintendent’s Recommendations. Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Appointment of Noninstructional Summer 2020 Paraprofessional and Nurse Hours, p/t, Valley Central High School, Berea Elementary School and East Coldenham Elementary School be approved, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

OTHER

Mrs. Messing noted that the topic of appointing a Board member to the Racial Equity in Education Committee was raised at the last Board meeting.  Ms. Serratore then provided follow up information; discussion continued. Ms. Schwartz moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the appointment of Sonia Lewis as the Board Liaison to the Racial Equity in Education be approved.  Voting:  YES: 4; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald; Mr. Wesenberg

Board members thanked Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Bellarosa for their years of service to the District and wished them well.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0] Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at approximately 6:21 p.m.


June 10, 2020

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings.
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
ABSENT: None
Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Mohr, Ms. Behr and Ms. McGoldrick Also Absent: Media (THR/WVT)

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s Facebook page.  Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable.   Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely and thanked Director of Technology Chris Mohr and Communications Specialist Patti Behr for arranging and live streaming tonight’s teleconference.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mrs. Messing called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the appeal of a student discipline decision and personnel matters.  Action is anticipated following Executive Session. Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board enter into Executive Session at 6:36 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0] Ms. Schwartz moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 7:09 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS

Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately.  Ms. Lewis asked that the tenure recommendation for Special Education teacher Jeanine Lord be removed for consideration separately.  Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, as amended.

Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted and approved as amended, listed and/or attached. 

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

  1. Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 5/7/20
  2. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 5/11/20
  3. Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 5/20/20
  4. Annual Budget Hearing Minutes dated 6/1/20

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 

 FOR APPROVAL
Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
Public Participation at Board Meetings

Acceptance of Donations:
Montgomery Elementary School – Monetary Donation Montgomery Elementary PTA

    Valley Central School District – Books – Hannah Lapierre

       SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS  
    Approval of Tenure Recommendations:

    Berea Tracy Addington Elementary Ed. September 1, 2020

             Berea Christopher Colella Elementary Ed. September 1, 2020

             East Coldenham Alexandra Riker School Counselor September 1, 2020

             East Coldenham Vincent Pettine Special Education       September 1, 2020

             East Coldenham Katherine Brown  Elementary Ed.       September 27, 2020

             East Coldenham Vanessa Rossi            Elementary Ed. October 10, 2020

             ALC Jeanine Lord Special Education       September 1, 2020*

             Montgomery Matthew Canino Elem.School Principal July 1, 2020

             Montgomery Maria Taylor Art September 1, 2020

             Montgomery Melissa Marino Elementary Ed. September 1, 2020

             Montgomery Danielle Quitoni Elementary Ed. October 24, 2020

             Walden Amanda Storck Elem.Ed./Spec.Ed. September 1, 2020

             Walden Jacqueline Burns ESL September 1, 2020

             Walden Lydia Pabon-Genovez School Social Worker September 1, 2020

             Walden Nicolena Newhall Special Education       September 1, 2020

             Walden Iris Rose Elementary Ed. September 26, 2020

             Middle School Justin Glodich Music September 1, 2020

             High School Thomas Plitsch Mathematics September 1, 2020

             High School Samantha Eull Fam. & Cons.Science September 1, 2020

             High School     Patrick Kemp Special Education       September 1, 2020

             High School Daryl Nelsen Foreign Language September 1, 2020

             High School Helen Menendez English September 1, 2020

             High School Nicole Speranzo Special Education       September 1, 2020

             High School Katelyn Weller Mathematics September 1, 2020

             High School Kayleigh Guercio Special Education       September 1, 2020

             High School Kristen Becker Business September 1, 2020

             District Christine Dworetsky Mathematics September 1, 2020

    * To be considered separately

    Acceptance of Juul Agreements:
    High School Allison Simoskevich Sec. School Asst. Prin.   September 1, 2021
    High School Ashley Kraus Special Education       September 1, 2021     

    Acceptance of Resignation:
    Instructional

    Eric Bartle, Physical Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

    Approval of Appointments:
    Instructional

    High School/Middle School Curriculum Writing, p/t, Summer 2020, Valley Central School District

    Extended School Year Program Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective July 6,  2020 through August 14, 2020

    Approval of Leaves of Absence:
    Instructional

    Alexa Whitney, Elementary School Teacher (Grade 4), for childcare purposes, on or about November 19, 2020 through June 30, 2021

    Approval of Stand Alone Contracts Carryover 

    Voting:  YES: 6; NO: Ms. Schwartz

    OTHER

    Mrs. Messing then called for a motion for the agenda item removed from the Consent Agenda for consideration separately.

    Approval of Tenure Recommendations:

        ALC Jeanine Lord Special Education       September 1, 2020

    Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that Jeanine Lord be granted tenure in the area of Special Education, effective September 1, 2020.  Voting:  YES: 5; NO: 0; ABSTAIN: Ms. Lewis, Ms. Schwartz

    Mr. Bellarosa acknowledged this year’s tenure recipients and read the list of teachers and administrators who have been awarded tenure.  Mr. Xanthis commented on the teacher mentoring program offered at Valley Central and thanked all those who facilitate this wonderful program to support our newest teachers.  

    REPORTS

    Superintendent’s Report

    Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Xanthis shared information on the celebration events planned for the seniors graduating this year.

    Deputy Superintendent’s Report

    Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bellarosa expressed his appreciation of the ongoing efforts of faculty, staff and volunteers who have assisted with the ongoing activities in the District during this time, including the budget vote and election, the daycare for essential workers, food distribution in the community, and the many events to celebrate the students at the end of the school year, especially the Class of 2020.

    Assistant Superintendent’s Report

    Following introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore spoke about the recent complaints of racism and a lack of diversity in the Valley Central community and the measures that are being undertaken to address these issues.  Based on feedback from the students and their families, Ms. Serratore has organized a group of students, parents, teachers, administrators and community members to better understand and respond to the issues of racism that exist in society and in our District.  This group, the Racial Equity in Education Committee, had its first meeting this week and will be meeting regularly throughout the summer.  Mrs. Serratore responded to questions from Board members; discussion continued.  

    Interim School Business Official’s Report

    Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin provided information on the extended deadline for receipt of ballots of June 16th for this year’s budget vote and election, the vote canvassing to be held on June 17th, and the Governor’s announcement of plans for a possible budget revote. 

    OLD BUSINESS

    Second and Final Reading of:
    Policy 4740 – Honor Rolls (Revised)
    Regulation 4740-R – Honor Rolls (Removed)
    Policy 5500 – Student Records (Revised)
    Regulation 5500-R – Student Records (Revised)
    Policy 8635 – Information and Data Privacy, Security, Breach and Notification (Revised)
    Regulation 8635- R – Information and Data Privacy, Security, Breach and Notification (Revised)

        Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the above listed policies and regulations, and read a summary of the proposed revisions. Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board adopt the above listed revised policies and regulations, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

        NEW BUSINESS

        Draft Board of Education Schedule of Meetings 2020-2021

        Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the Draft Board of Education Schedule of Meetings distributed to the Board (copy attached), and noted this schedule will be approved by the Board at its upcoming Reorganizational meeting.  

        Approval of Independent Contractor Renewal: Allen Associates

          Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the proposal submitted by Allen Associates dated June 3, 2020, and called for a motion. Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the contract with Allen Associates for policy maintenance services for 2020-2021 school year, as listed and/or attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

          Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and J&D Ultracare

          Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced agreement between the Valley Central School District and J&D Ultracare, and called for a motion. Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the 2020-2021 Agreement between Valley Central School District and J&D Ultracare be approved.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

          Review of Curricula:
          Grade 8 Science Curriculum
          Digital Electronics and Robotics 
          Work Based Learning
          Financial Accounting 153 (SUNY Orange)
          World Issues

              Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, and noted that this curricula will be available in the office of Curriculum and Instruction for review, and will be placed on the next agenda for Board approval.

              Approval of Curriculum Writing:
              Secondary Physical Education
              Grade 7 Math Applications

                  Mrs. Messing introduced this agenda item and called for a motion. Mrs. Revoir moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board approve the curriculum writing listed above be approved as presented and as attached.  YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

                  Approval of ESSA Accountability 2020-2021 Participation Rate Improvement Plan:

                  Montgomery Elementary School
                  Valley Central Middle School
                  Mrs. Messing introduced this agenda item and noted that these schools have been selected to submit improvement plans to improve the rate of test participation.  These improvement plans are mandated by the State. Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the improvement plans be approved, as presented and/or attached.  Voting YES:  6; NO: Mr. Wesenberg

                    Adoption of Resolution:  Student 2020-1 Discipline Appeal
                    Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, read the resolution upholding the Superintendent’s decision, and called for a motion. Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the resolution to uphold the disciplinary action the Superintendent has recommended concerning Student 2020-1.  Voting YES:  4; NO: Ms. Schwartz, Ms. Lewis, Mr. Wesenberg

                      OTHER
                      Establishment of a Special Meeting – June 18, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion. Ms. Schwartz moved, Ms. Wesenberg seconded that the Board approve the establishment of a Special Board Meeting to be held on June 18, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

                      Ms. Lewis offered her thoughts on the urgency of appointing a Board member to the Racial Equity in Education Committee prior to the Reorganizational meeting.  Board members responded; discussion continued.  Ms. Serratore will speak with the Committee to confirm their interest in having a Board member on the Committee and report back to the Board.

                      ADJOURNMENT 
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] The meeting was adjourned at 8:23 p.m.


                      Annual Budget Hearing: June 1, 2020

                      The Annual Budget Hearing of the Valley Central School District was convened via teleconference at 6:05 p.m. by President Sarah Messing in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order
                      No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: None
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin
                      Also Absent: Mr. Bellarosa
                      PLEDGE TO THE FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing welcomed the Board to the required Annual Budget Hearing. Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law
                      requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube page. She noted that the public has the opportunity to offer comments
                      and ask questions by submitting them electronically or by calling a telephone line set up to receive public comment this evening. This information has been provided on the District’s website and Facebook page.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced herself, the administrators and Board members present: John Xanthis, Superintendent of Schools; Marianne Serratore, Assistant Superintendent, Brad Conklin, Interim School Business Official; Board members Joseph Bond, Art Fitzgerald, Sonia Lewis, Diana Revoir, Sheila Schwartz and Mel Wesenberg; Ellen McGoldrick, District Clerk; and Patti Behr, Communications Specialist. She thanked Chris. Mohr, Director of Technology for setting up the meeting and Brad Conklin, the Business Office staff, and all the administrators for their hard work in developing the 2020-2021 budget.
                      Mrs. Messing then turned the meeting over to Mr. Conklin. Mr. Conklin updated the Board and those in the public on the printing and mailing of the absentee ballots. He shared that the voter database company that was contracted to do our mailings let us know Friday night that there was an envelope supply issue and our absentee mailings were delayed, along with approximately fifty other districts throughout the state.  He noted that over the weekend, the District was able to source the envelopes, get the ballots and envelopes printed, and
                      assemble a District team of volunteers get the ballots ready to mail.  The ballots will be mailed out early tomorrow morning and will arrive in the coming days.  Lock boxes will be installed at Central Office and all District schools for ballot drop off and will be accessible from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. through June 9th, with the exception of Sunday, June 7th. Mr. Conklin thanked all the many staff members who volunteered to
                      accomplish this task in a timely manner. Mr. Xanthis also expressed his appreciation for all those involved and their commitment to the Valley Central community.
                      Mr. Conklin referenced the 2020-2021 proposed budget and compliance information, which is accessible on the District’s webpage, and provided a brief review.
                      Ms. Serratore then read the comments and questions submitted by members of the community. The Central Office Administrators responded to questions and comments from the public, as well as questions from the Board members.
                      Mr. Conklin provided information on the procedure for the Board of Education Election and the 2020 candidates. There are three individuals running for two vacant seats, each for a three year term commencing July 1, 2020 and ending June 30, 2023. The candidates are, in ballot order: Joseph Bond, Katie McKnight and Sheila Schwartz.

                      Mr. Conklin reviewed voter qualifications and the ballot counting process for this year. The Central Office Administrators responded to questions regarding the absentee ballots.
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Annual Budget Hearing be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0] (Mr. Wesenberg was not present at the time of the vote). Mrs. Messing adjourned the Hearing at 6:53 p.m.


                      May 2020

                      Special Meeting: May 20, 2020

                      The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:07 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-
                      person access to public meetings.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg ABSENT: None
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Mohr, Ms. Behr and Ms. McGoldrick
                      Also Absent: Media (THR/WVT)

                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is
                      being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube page. Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as
                      soon as practical. Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely. She thanked the administrators and staff who have worked so hard to coordinate the needs of the District during this unprecedented time.
                      Adoption of Resolution:
                      Appointment of Inspectors of Election (Revised)
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, read the resolution, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the resolution appointing the Inspectors of Election for the June 9, 2020 annual school district budget vote and election be adopted, as presented and as attached. YES: 6; NO: Ms. Schwartz
                      Adoption of Property Tax Report Card and 2020-2021 Budget
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and turned the meeting over to the Central Office Administrators for the budget presentation.
                      Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin presented the Superintendent’s Recommended 2020-2021 Budget and provided detailed information on the development budget process, the administrative, program and capital components of the proposed budget, and the anticipated revenues.
                      The proposed tax levy increase is 2.86%, with a budget to budget increase of 1.5%. Mr. Conklin noted that this budget is fiscally responsible, aligns with District goals, and preserves all current programs and
                      opportunities for students. He reminded the Board and those in the audience that the Governor has made no provision for a second vote this year; if the budget fails, the District will be faced with a contingency budget and need to make further cuts. Mr. Conklin invited the public to please call or email with any budget questions they may have.
                      Mrs. Messing invited the Board members to ask questions and offer comments. Board members thanked the administration for their hard work in preparing the budget during a time when there are so many unknowns; the administrators responded to questions from the Board members.
                      Mrs. Messing read the following resolution:
                      Be it hereby resolved that the 2020-2021 Property Tax Report Card is approved, thereby authorizing the Proposed 2020-2021 Budget, in the amount of $108,429,011, be placed before the qualified voters at the annual school budget vote and election on June 9, 2020 by absentee ballot only.
                      Mr. Conklin, Deputy District Clerk, called the roll:
                      Mr. Bond VOTING YES
                      Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES
                      Ms. Lewis VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Messing VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES
                      Ms. Schwartz VOTING NO
                      Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES
                      The motion was declared duly adopted [6:1].
                      Mr. Xanthis acknowledged the tremendous efforts of the Central Office Administrators in planning the budget during this challenging time and thanked the Board for their support of the proposed budget.
                      First Reading of:
                      1. Policy 0110 – Sexual Harassment (Revised)
                      2. Regulation 0110-R – Sexual Harassment (Revised)
                      3. Policy 0110.1 – Sexual Harassment of Students (New)
                      4. Policy 0110.2 – Sexual Harassment of Employees (New)
                      5. Policy 4740 – Honor Rolls (Revised)
                      6. Regulation 4740-R – Honor Rolls (Removed)
                      7. Policy 5500 – Student Records (Revised)
                      8. Regulation 5500-R – Student Records (Revised)
                      9. Policy 8635 – Information and Data Privacy, Security, Breach and Notification (Revised)
                      10. Regulation 8635 – Information and Data Privacy, Security, Breach and Notification (Revised)
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the above listed policy and regulation revisions, and provided an overview of the revisions recommended by the Policy Committee. These policies and regulations will be presented for a second and final reading at the June 10, 2020 Board meeting.
                      Adoption of Resolution:
                      VCTA Retirement Incentive
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, read the resolution, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the resolution approving the agreement between the Valley Central School District and the Valley Central Teachers’ Association regarding the retirement incentive for 2019-2020 be adopted, as presented and attached. YES: 4; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald,
                      Ms. Schwartz; ABSTAIN: Mrs. Messing
                      Adoption of Resolution:
                      2019-2020 Student Calendar Modification
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, read the resolution, and called for a motion. Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the resolution modifying the 2020-2021 Student Calendar be adopted, as presented and attached. YES: 6; NO: Ms. Lewis

                      OTHER
                      Ms. Serratore responded to a Board member’s question regarding the proposed revision to the Honor Roll Policy.
                      Mr. Bond commented on the Valley Central Education Foundation’s efforts and encouraged those in the community to show their support of this worthy organization, which provides grants and enrichment opportunities for the students of the District.
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Ms. Schwartz seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 7:12 p.m.

                       


                      May 11, 2020

                      The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:35 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in- person access to public meetings.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: None
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Mohr, Ms. Behr and Ms. McGoldrick
                      Also Absent: Media (THR/WVT)

                      PLEDGE TO FLAG

                      Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is
                      being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s Facebook page. Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as
                      soon as practicable.

                      Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely and thanked Director of Technology Chris Mohr and Communications Specialist Patti Behr for arranging and live streaming tonight’s teleconference.

                      CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS

                      Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.

                      PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately. Ms. Schwartz requested that Item A., Approval of Appointment under the Superintendent’s Recommendations be removed from the Consent
                      Agenda. Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda, as amended.

                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted and approved as amended, listed and/or attached.

                      CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

                      A. Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 4/16/20
                      B. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 4/20/20

                      RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE
                      FOR APPROVAL

                      A. Adoption of Resolution: Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R Public Participation at Board Meetings Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

                      Mrs. Messing then called for a motion for the remaining Consent Agenda item.
                      SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
                      A. Approval of Appointment:
                      Noninstructional: Jacqueline Calarco, School District Treasurer, Valley Central School District, effective July 1, 2020

                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board approve the Appointment of Jacqueline Calarco, School District Treasurer, Valley Central School District, effective July 1, 2020.
                      Voting: YES: 5; NO: Ms. Lewis, Ms. Schwartz

                      REPORTS

                      A. Superintendent’s Report
                      Mr. Xanthis expressed his appreciation for the extraordinary leadership of the Central Office Administrators and the dedicated support of the faculty and support staff during this time.
                      B. Deputy Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bellarosa updated the Board and those in the online audience on the ongoing efforts to provide the best opportunities for students at this time. He noted that plans are being made for the end of school year and the next task will be structuring a plan for
                      the re-opening of schools when possible.
                      Mr. Bellarosa and Mr. Conklin responded to questions from Board members regarding the District’s costs incurred during the COVID-19 pandemic, such as food distribution to those in need, childcare for essential workers, unemployment payments and the increased cost of the upcoming budget
                      vote and election, which will be held by absentee vote only. Some of these costs may be reimbursed by the State.
                      C. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore shared the results of the recent online survey concerning the remote learning program. She also reported that the Central Office Administrators have been working with collaboratively with administrators from districts throughout the
                      region on re-opening plans.
                      D. Interim School Business Official’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin provided information on the plans for canvassing the budget vote and election this year; the E.A.T. Capital Project BANS, which will be converted to bonds in June; and the work to be completed this summer under the Smart Schools Phase I.
                      E. OCSBA Delegates’ 39; Meeting – May 6, 2020
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that she was able to participate in the online meeting. Materials from this meeting were previously provided to the Board members. Mrs. Messing reported that the OCSBA Annual Dinner Meeting has been cancelled and the final meeting of
                      this school year will be held on June 17th. The training for prospective Board members, which OCSBA conducts each spring, was held via Zoom. The school governance training for new Board members has been cancelled and will possibly be conducted online this year. The annual NYSSBA Convention was discussed and more information will follow. OCSBA encouraged all members to complete the 2020 Census, as it affects the amount of funding their community receives. Delegates discussed this year’s
                      budget development and the delayed budget vote and election, as well.

                      OLD BUSINESS

                      A. Adoption of Resolution:
                      Approval of Superintendent Contract
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and read the resolution approving the contract with the Superintendent of School, and called for a motion.

                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board adopt the resolution approving the Superintendent’s contract, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: 5; NO: Ms. Lewis, Ms. Schwartz

                      B. 2020-2021 Budget Discussion

                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Conklin referenced the budget presentation provided to the Board members and emphasized that the numbers in this budget are tentative. Further
                      information is expected from the State at the end of the week and the District will have a clearer picture at that point. Mr. Conklin noted that the tax levy will be 2.86% this year. He then reviewed the capital, administrative and program budget components, anticipated revenue, as well as the changes to the
                      budget process and vote for this year. Mr. Conklin responded to questions from the Board members.
                      C. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
                      and The Devereux Foundation Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the 2020-2021 agreement for special
                      education services between the District and The Devereux Foundation, and noted that this agenda item was tabled at the last meeting. She then called for a motion to bring the motion back to the table for consideration.

                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the motion for the approval of the agreement between Valley Central School District and The Devereux Foundation be brought back to the table.
                      Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the 2020-2021 Agreement between Valley Central School District and The Devereux Foundation be approved. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

                      NEW BUSINESS

                      A. Adoption of Resolutions:
                      1. Establishment of Tax Certiorari Reserve Fund 2019-2020
                      2. Funding of Reserve Funds – June 30, 2020
                      3. Transfer from Employee Benefit Reserve Fund
                      4. Dissolution of Tax Certiorari Fund 2014-2015
                      5. Establishment of Unemployment Insurance Reserve Fund
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolutions and memoranda from Mr. Conklin to Mr. Xanthis dated May 7, 2020, and called for motions. Ms. Lewis moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the resolution for the establishment of the Tax Certiorari Reserve Fund 2019-2020 be adopted, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the resolution for the Funding of Reserve Funds at June 30, 2020 be adopted, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the resolution for the Transfer from the Employee Benefit Reserve Fund be adopted, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the resolution for the Dissolution of Tax Certiorari Fund 2014-2015 be adopted, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the resolution for the Establishment of Unemployment Insurance Reserve Fund be adopted, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous
                      B. Approval of the Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of
                      Refund Due to Court Order and Judgment
                      1. John Coladonato
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Mr. Conklin to Mr. Xanthis dated March 26, 2020, and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board approve the above listed Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of Refund due to Court Order and Judgment, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      C. Establishment of a Special Meeting – May 20, 2020, 6:00 p.m.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the establishment of a Special Board Meeting to be held on May 20, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. YES: 5; NO: Ms. Lewis, Ms. Schwartz
                      D. Establishment of Annual Reorganizational Meeting – July 6, 2020, 6:30 p.m.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the Board approve the establishment of the Annual Reorganizational Meeting on July 6, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      E. Establishment of Public Hearing – Code of Conduct – July 6, 2020, 5:30 p.m.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the Board approve the establishment of the Public Hearing on the Code of Conduct on July 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

                      EXECUTIVE SESSION

                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters. No action is anticipated following Executive Session.

                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 7:45 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 8:05 p.m. upon consensus of the Board.

                      Special Meeting: May 7, 2020

                      The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-
                      person access to public meetings.

                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: Mr. Fitzgerald
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Mohr, Ms. Behr and Ms. McGoldrick
                      Also Absent: Media (THR/WVT)
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is
                      being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s Facebook page. Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practical.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely. She thanked the administrators and staff who have worked so hard to coordinate the needs of the District during this unprecedented time.
                      Adoption of Resolution to Rescind the Special Proposition for Capital Project
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, read the resolution, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the resolution rescinding the special proposition for the Capital Project be adopted, as presented and as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      Establishment of 2020 Annual Meeting Procedures (Revised)
                      Annual District Election and Budget Vote and Public Hearing Resolution
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, read the resolution establishing the 2020 District Election, Budget Vote and Public Hearing, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board adopt the Valley Central School District Annual District Election and Budget Vote and Public Hearing Resolution, as attached. A roll call vote showed:
                      Mr. Bond VOTING YES
                      Mr. Fitzgerald ABSENT
                      Ms. Lewis VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Messing VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Schwartz VOTING YES
                      Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES
                      The motion was declared duly adopted [6:0].
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing noted the need for the Board to convene in Executive Session to discuss personnel and contract negotiations. No action is anticipated following Executive Session.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board convene in Executive Session at 5:17 p.m. Voting: YES: 5; NO: Mr. Wesenberg [5:1]
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Upon unanimous consent of the Board, Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 6:15 PM


                      April 2020 

                      April 20, 2020

                      The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:31 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-
                      person access to public meetings.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: None
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Mohr, Ms. Behr and Ms. McGoldrick
                      Also Absent: Media (THR/WVT)
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG

                      Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s Facebook page. Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practical.

                      Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely and thanked Director of Technology Chris Mohr for arranging tonight’s teleconference.
                      CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS

                      Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.
                      PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately. There were none. Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.

                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted and approved as listed and/or attached.
                      CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

                      A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 3/23/20
                      B. Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 4/3/20

                      FINANCIAL REPORT

                      A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for March
                      B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for March
                      C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for March
                      D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for March
                      E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for March
                      F. Acceptance of Investment Report for March
                      G. Acceptance of Budget Transfer Report for March

                      RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE
                      FOR APPROVAL

                      A. Adoption of Resolution:
                      Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
                      Public Participation at Board Meetings
                      B. Acceptance of Donation:
                      1. Valley Central High School – Monetary Donation
                      New York State Beef Council  

                      SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
                      A. Acceptance of Resignations:
                      Noninstructional
                      Rebecca Maher, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective April 30, 2020
                      Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]

                      REPORTS

                      A. Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Xanthis shared that he and many officials from throughout Orange County have been invited to participate in an online fellowship meeting on Wednesday to review the community efforts going on at this time.

                      B. Deputy Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bellarosa updated the Board and those in the online audience on the childcare program for the essential workers and the meal distribution for families in need. He thanked all the staff and volunteers who have made these efforts possible.

                      C. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore shared information on the instructional program and the numbers of students participating in remote learning. Follow up has been planned for students that haven’t been engaging to provide additional support where necessary.

                      D. Interim School Business Official’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin updated the Board on the New York State Comptroller’s Audit. Although the on-site audit is currently on pause, they have confirmed that the focus of the audit will be the District’s Technology Department.

                      OLD BUSINESS

                      A. 2020-2021 Budget Vote and Election Update

                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that Mr. Xanthis had updated the Board on the postponement of the budget vote and election earlier in the meeting. Mr. Conklin had no further information to provide at this time.

                      NEW BUSINESS

                      A. Adoption of BOCES Cooperative Purchasing Resolution
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Mr. Conklin to Mr. Xanthis dated April 14, 2020, and called for a motion.

                      Mr. Bond moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the BOCES Cooperative Purchasing resolution for the 2020-2021 school year be adopted, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous
                      [7:0]
                      B. Approval of Pool Acid Wash and Re-grouting Bid:
                      All State Technology
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Mr. Conklin to Mr. Xanthis dated April 14, 2020, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Pool Acid Wash and Re-grouting Bid be awarded to All State Technology, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      C. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
                      And The Devereux Foundation Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the 2020-2021 agreement for specialceducation services between the District and The Devereux Foundation, and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the 2020-2021 Agreement between Valley Central School District and The Devereux Foundation be approved.

                      Discussion took place regarding the District’s cost for this program.
                      Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Ms. Schwartz seconded that the motion be tabled to the next Board meeting. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      OTHER

                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board amend the Agenda to include the consideration of a resolution appointing the District’s Data Protection Officer. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

                      NEW BUSINESS

                      D. Adoption of Resolution:
                      1. Appointment of Tammy Coleman as the District’s Data Protection
                      Officer for 2019-2020 Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. Schwartz seconded that the resolution appointing Tammy Coleman as the District’s Data Protection Officer be approved, as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]

                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mr. Xanthis expressed his appreciation for the efforts of the District’s Communication Specialist, Patti Behr. He noted that she has gone above and beyond to communicate the commitment and efforts of the District’s staff, students, families and community during the school closure and has
                      also been hard at work to redesign the District’s website.

                      Ms. Lewis thanked the District’s nurses, who have assisted in the distribution of meals to families in need.
                      The meeting was adjourned at 6:59 p.m.


                      April 16, 2020

                       

                      The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 5:17 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring inperson access to public meetings.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: None
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Mohr, Ms. Behr and Ms. McGoldrick
                      Also Absent: Media (THR/WVT)
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is
                      being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s Facebook page. Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practical.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely. She thanked the administrators and staff who have worked so hard to coordinate the needs of the District during this unprecedented time.
                      COVID-19 Update
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this agenda item and invited the Administrators to provide an update. Mr. Xanthis thanked the Board members and all the faculty and staff for their ongoing work and support of the District during this time. Mr. Bellarosa shared information on the latest updates on the extended closure of schools through May 15th, safety protocols, new mandates, and the status of the childcare program and food distribution. Ms. Serratore commented on remote learning and the instructional program. Feedback has been received from students, parents, teachers and principals, and
                      she has worked with administrators to develop strategies for support wherever needed. Mr. Conklin spoke briefly about the budget concerns for next year, and noted that the District is waiting for further information from the state before the Board will be presented with a recommended budget in May. He noted that once a date has been determined for the budget vote and election, the detailed information and timeline will be shared with the Board and community.
                      The administrators responded to questions from the Board members.
                      Consideration of Orange-Ulster BOCES Administrative Budget
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the proposed administrative budget, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the Orange-Ulster BOCES  2020-2021 Administrative Budget in the amount of $7,540,018, as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Consideration of Orange-Ulster BOCES Vacancies (Three)
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and shared related details. She proposed, if there were no objections from the Board, that all three candidates be considered together. There were no objections. She then called for a motion.
                      Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the Board cast a vote in the annual election of members of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services for each of the three candidates, Martha Bogart, Lawrence Berger and David Eaton, as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing noted the need for the Board to convene in Executive Session to discuss personnel, contract negotiations, and a student matter.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board convene in Executive Session at 5:40 p.m. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      No action is anticipated following Executive Session.
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Upon unanimous consent of the Board, Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 6:36 p.m.


                       

                      April 3, 2020

                      The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in person access to public meetings.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: None
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Mohr, Ms. Behr and Ms. McGoldrick
                      Also Absent: Media (THR/WVT)
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is
                      being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s Facebook page. Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practical.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely. She thanked the administrators and staff who have worked so hard to coordinate the needs of the District during this unprecedented time.
                      Mrs. Messing called for a moment of silence following the Pledge for all those impacted by the Coronavirus, for those who are heroically working to serve others, for those who are suffering and have died, including Newburgh School Board Vice President Susan Prokosch who tragically lost her life this week.
                      COVID-19 Update
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this agenda item and invited the Administrators to provide an update. Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, and Ms. Serratore shared information on the latest updates from the County Health Department and the New York State Department of Education, and the measures the
                      District has taken to provide students with meaningful learning activities, breakfast and lunch for those in need, and securing childcare services for essential workers. Mr. Bellarosa provided detailed information on the agreement with the YMCA of Middletown for childcare services, which the Board will be asked to approve tonight. Mrs. Serratore elaborated on the District’s plans for remote learning as the schools remain closed. Mr. Xanthis shared that the Board of Regents will be meeting early next
                      week, and further guidance will be provided following that meeting.
                      The administrators responded to questions from the Board members.
                      Adoption of Resolution:
                      Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
                      and the YMCA of Middletown. Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution and proposed contract, and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the resolution authorizing the contract between Valley Central School District and the YMCA of Middletown be adopted, as presented and as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Ms. Schwartz seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mrs. Messing thanked the Central Office staff and the entire Valley Central Family for making the necessary accommodations during the current State of Emergency due to COVID-19.
                      The meeting was adjourned at 5:27 p.m.


                      March 2020 

                      March 23, 2020

                      The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 5:00 p.m. by President Sarah Messing, via teleconference, in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12, 2020 Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring inperson access to public meetings.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: None
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Mohr, Ms. Behr and Ms. McGoldrick
                      Also Absent: Media (THR/WVT)
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Following the Pledge, Mrs. Messing called for a moment of silence for all those impacted by the Coronavirus, for all those who are suffering, for all those who are heroically working to serve others, and for Newburgh School Board Vice President Susan Prokosch who tragically lost her life this week.
                      Mrs. Messing made an announcement that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, and in accordance with Governor Cuomo’s March 12th Executive Order No. 202.1, which temporarily suspended those sections of the Open Meetings Law requiring in-person access to public meetings, tonight’s meeting is
                      being held via teleconference, recorded and streamed live on the District’s Facebook page. Audio from the meeting will be recorded and posted on the District website, and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practical.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced those attending the meeting remotely. She thanked the administrators and staff who have worked so hard to coordinate the needs of the District during this unprecedented time.
                      CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
                      Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.
                      PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately. There were none. Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted and approved as listed and/or attached.
                      CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
                      A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 3/9/20

                      FINANCIAL REPORT
                      A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for February
                      B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for February
                      C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for February
                      D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for February
                      E. Acceptance of Cafeteria Profit and Loss Report for February
                      F. Acceptance of Investment Report for February
                      RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE FOR APPROVAL
                      A. Adoption of Resolution:
                      Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
                      Public Participation at Board Meetings
                      B. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
                      and 12th Rock Sports
                      SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
                      A. Acceptance of Resignations:
                      Noninstructional
                      Catherine Longo, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 9, 2020
                      Irene Finocchiaro-Brisee, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, effective March 23, 2020
                      Donna Stanley, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, for retirement
                      purposes, effective October 25, 2020
                      Kristin Javaheri, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 10, 2020
                      B. Approval of Appointments:
                      Instructional
                      Home Tutors, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year –
                      See Attached Listing
                      Noninstructional
                      Irene Finocchiaro-Brisee, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 24, 2020
                      Substitute Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing
                      Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      REPORTS
                      A. COVID-19 Update
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this agenda item and invited the Administrators to provide an update. Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa and Ms. Serratore shared information on the latest updates from the County Health Department and the New York State Department of Education, and the measures the
                      District has taken to provide students with meaningful learning activities, breakfast and lunch for those in need, and help locating childcare for essential workers. Mr. Bellarosa thanked all the faculty, staff and volunteers that have helped in so many ways to provide help and support to the students and
                      families in the community. Board members also commented on the efforts of all those involved.
                      B. Health, Safety and Wellness Committee – March 10, 2020
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Fitzgerald provided a summary of topics discussed at the meeting, including a COVID-19 update.
                      C. Community Participation
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended or participated in recently. Board members commented on the Community Reader Day at Walden Elementary School and the High School/Middle School’s POPS Concert last week.
                      OLD BUSINESS
                      A. 2020-2021 Budget Presentation:
                      Superintendent’s Proposed Budget
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and referenced the proposed budget that was presented to the Board. She asked that Board members review the budget and forward any questions they may have so the District can provide that information.
                      Mr. Conklin noted that he is working with the District’s Communications Specialist to share the 2020-2021 budget information publicly.
                      B. Adoption of Resolution to Authorize a Special Proposition for Capital Project
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the resolution authorizing the special proposition for the Capital Project be adopted, as presented and as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      C. Adoption of Resolution:
                      Declaration of Walden Elementary School Roof Reconstruction
                      Project as a SEQRA Type II Action
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.
                      Mrs. Revoir moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the resolution declaring the Walden Elementary School Roof Reconstruction Project as a SEQRA Type II action be adopted, as presented and as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      D. Establishment of 2020 Annual Meeting Procedures (Revised)
                      1. Annual District Election and Budget Vote and
                      Public Hearing Resolution
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and referenced the resolution
                      establishing the 2020 District Election, Budget Vote and Public Hearing.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board adopt the Valley Central School District Annual District Election and Budget Vote and Public Hearing Resolution, as attached.
                      A roll call vote showed:
                      Mr. Bond VOTING YES
                      Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES
                      Ms. Lewis VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Messing VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Schwartz VOTING YES
                      Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES
                      The motion was declared duly adopted [7:0].
                      E. Adoption of Resolution:
                      1. Waiver of Conflict of Interest with Valley Central School District
                      and Orange-Ulster BOCES
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the attached resolution, and called for a motion. Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board adopt the resolution waiving a potential conflict of interest between the Valley Central School District and Orange-Ulster BOCES regarding a legal opinion as to whether BOCES’ component school districts are obligated to pay BOCES for all contracted services. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Ms. Lewis left the meeting at this time.

                      OTHER
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to amend the Agenda to include the consideration of a resolution to approve the appointment of an arbitrator to hear the appeal of a Title VI matter.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Agenda be amended to include the appointment of an arbitrator to hear the appeal of a Title VI matter. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

                      OLD BUSINESS
                      F. Adoption of Resolution:
                      1. Appointment of Ira Lobel to Hear the Appeal of a Title VI
                      Investigation Determination
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the resolution appointing Ira Lobel to hear the appeal of a Title VI Investigation Determination be adopted, as presented and as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      Mrs. Messing thanked the Director of Technology for setting up tonight’s meeting by teleconference and the Central Office staff for making the necessary accommodations during the current State of Emergency due to COVID-19.
                      The meeting was adjourned at 6:06 p.m.


                       

                      March 9, 2020

                      The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:43 p.m. by President Sarah Messing.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: Ms. Schwartz
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Student Representatives Dan Harrington and Caroline Sweikata, approximately twenty-five people in the audience, including students, staff and community members and Media (WVT)
                      Also Absent: Media (THR)
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss VCTA and VCAA contract negotiations.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:02 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0] 
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to come out of Executive Session at approximately 6:43 p.m.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]  
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made the regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking, and audiotaping of the meeting.  She made available a copy of the opening statement/ guidelines for public participation for those wishing to speak.
                      STUDENT PRESENTATION: Alternative Learning Center at Maybrook
                      Following introduction by Mrs. Messing, Assistant Director of Special Education Georgia Patchen gave a brief history of the ALC Program.  Science teacher Michael Stoduto and school psychologist Alitsa Chabut offered a PowerPoint presentation providing an overview of the ALC Program, the students it serves, and sharing some their activities.
                      CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
                      Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.
                      PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for discussion.  There were none.  Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted and approved as listed and/or attached. 
                      CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
                      Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 2/24/20
                      RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 
                      FOR APPROVAL
                      Approval of Overnight Trip Request:
                      Alternative Learning Center at Maybrook – Senior Class
                      Declaration of Obsolete Equipment 
                      East Coldenham Elementary School – GBC Binding System
                      SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
                      Approval of Tenure Recommendation:
                      High School   Stephanie Hernandez      Foreign Language     March 14, 2020
                      Acceptance of Resignations:
                      Administrative
                      Michael Bellarosa, Deputy Superintendent, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020
                      Instructional
                      Leayn Darley, Elementary School Teacher (Gr. 3), Valley Central School District, effective June 26, 2020
                      Noninstructional
                      John Truglio, Custodial Worker, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 5, 2020
                      Penny Bellarosa, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020
                      Approval of Leave of Absence:
                      Instructional
                      Samantha Eull, Family and Consumer Science Teacher, Valley Central High School, for childcare purposes, effective on or about September 14, 2020 through November 30, 2020
                      Approval of Appointments:
                      Instructional
                      Nagla Elsakka, After-School Tutoring Program, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year
                      Substitute Teachers/Home Tutor, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing
                      Noninstructional
                      Andrea Rosato, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 10, 2020
                      Karisha Perez, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 10, 2020
                      Sherica Ridge-Kiernan, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 10, 2020 
                      Substitute Paraprofessional/Food Service Helpers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing
                      Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0] 
                      REPORTS
                      Student Representatives’ Report
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Student Representatives to present their report.  Student Representatives Dan Harrington and Caroline Sweikata provided information on activities at the High School, including Senior Week activities, the start of spring sports, The Music Man student performances at the elementary schools planned for Thursday, the States swim and dive competition, and the sale of tickets for the Junior Prom. The Student Representative was thanked for the report and left the meeting at this time.
                      Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Xanthis shared information from the Mid-Hudson Catskill Council of School Superintendents Conference on February 21st and the New York State Council of School Superintendents’ Winter Institute March 1st through March 3rd.
                      Deputy Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bellarosa shared updated information on the coronavirus received from the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Health, and shared concerns about how it might impact the community and schools.  He noted that Central Office Administrators met with the Cabinet to brainstorm on emergency plans and procedures as the situation develops.
                      Assistant Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore shared that the District received approval on the first phase of the Smart Schools Technology Grant application, which focuses on safety.  The Director of Technology is working with vendors and the improvements should be implemented in the very near future.
                      Ms. Serratore also shared information on the submission of the required Participation Improvement Plan for any school in the lowest ten percent of schools within the state.  This plan is to improve the District’s participation rate on the ELA and math assessments.  She noted that the Board will be asked to approve the District’s plan in May.
                      Interim School Business Official’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin referenced the handout that the Board had received concerning repairs to the roof at Walden Elementary School and work to be done under the proposed Capital Project.  He then asked Mr. Ritzenthaler from CSArch to review the recommendations for the Board and those in the audience.  
                      Mr. Conklin and Mr. Ritzenthaler responded to questions from the Board members.
                      Mr. Conklin updated the Board on the New York State Comptroller’s audit of the District; the status of the District’s internal audit; the appointment of the internal claims auditor; a transportation issue; the submission of the ESSA report to the State.
                      Curriculum Council– March 4, 2020
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited Mrs. Revoir to provide a summary.  Mrs. Revoir shared that the committee reviewed topics on the vocation program and teaching of life skills; the primary learning standards and productive play activities at the elementary level; and the Race, Identity and Justice elective at the High School.  Ms. Serratore also noted that a team of teachers from Montgomery Elementary School gave a presentation on the CTS model, teaming a special education teacher with regular education teachers, and reported that it has been working very well.
                      OCSBA Delegates Meeting – March 4, 2020
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that she was able to attend the meeting.  She reported on the topics covered, which included a presentation on students’ right of free speech; a review of the NYSSBA Capital Conference; the Orange-Ulster BOCES proposed budget; and an update on COVID-19.  The Board members were provided with handouts from the meeting.
                      Community ParticipationMrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended or participated in recently.  Board members commented on the drama club productions at Walden and Montgomery Elementary Schools, Drama II practice, the Multi-Cultural Day at Montgomery Elementary School, basketball games, the PTA Council’s Founders Night, East Coldenham Elementary School’s Founders Night, and the Montgomery Elementary School’s DARE Graduation.
                      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
                      There were two people requesting time to speak this evening:
                      Diane Savage – Special Olympics
                      Tara LaPierre – Safety at the Middle School
                      OLD BUSINESS

                      2020-2021 Budget Presentation:
                      Operations & Maintenance
                      Transportation
                      Fund Balance
                      Revenues
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mrs. Messing, Mr. Conklin presented a PowerPoint review of the District’s operations, maintenance and transportation budgets and an overview of the work that has been accomplished this year.  He noted that budgets for these departments will be kept as tight as possible for next year.
                      Mr. Conklin then reviewed the fund balance and the anticipated revenues for next year’s budget.  
                      Mr. Conklin noted that the reallocation of funds and the elimination of some positions, services or programs will be necessary to keep the budget for next year at a minimal increase; the recommendation is to decrease expenditures through retirements and attrition rather than layoffs.
                      Mr. Conklin responded to questions from Board members.
                      NEW BUSINESS
                      Adoption of Resolution:Appointment of District Claims Auditor.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution appointing Heather L. Gallo as the District’s Internal Claims Auditor, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board adopt the resolution appointing Heather L. Gallo as the District’s Internal Claims Auditor for the 2019-2020 school year, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 8:03 p.m.


                      February 2020

                      February 24, 2020

                      The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:45 p.m. by President Sarah Messing.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: Mr. Fitzgerald
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, and approximately twenty-five people in the audience, including students, staff and community members
                      Also Absent: Student Representatives, Media (WVT/THR)
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss personnel matters, a student matter, possible litigation and contract negotiations.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:00 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [5:0] Mrs. Revoir was absent at the time of the vote.
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to come out of Executive Session at approximately 6:45 p.m.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session. Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]  
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made the regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking, and audiotaping of the meeting.  She made available a copy of the opening statement/ guidelines for public participation for those wishing to speak.
                      MOMENT OF SILENCE
                      Following the Pledge, Mrs. Messing requested a moment of silence for Grace Skopin who passed away last week.  Mrs. Skopin was a special education teacher at Berea Elementary School and retired in April 2014 after thirteen years in the District.    
                      CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
                      Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.
                      PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for discussion.  There were none.  Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted and approved as listed and/or attached. 
                      CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
                      Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 2/10/20
                      FINANCIAL REPORT 
                      A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for January
                      B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for January
                      C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for January
                      D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for January
                      E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for January
                      F. Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for January
                      G. Acceptance of Investment Report for January
                      H.  Acceptance of Budget Transfer Report for January
                      RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 
                      FOR APPROVAL
                      Acceptance of Donation:
                      Alternative Learning Center – Microwave Oven
                      Mrs. Diane Cascarino
                      SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
                      Acceptance of Resignation
                      Instructional
                      Jennifer Comfort, Science Teacher, Valley Central School District, effective February 21, 2020
                      Michelle Bohler, Elementary School Teacher (Gr. 5) (Regular Substitute), Berea Elementary School, effective March 1, 2020
                      Leayn Darley, Elementary School Teacher (Gr. 3), Valley Central School District, effective June 26, 2020
                      Noninstructional
                      Harrison Drury, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective February 21, 2020
                      Approval of Appointments:
                      Instructional
                      Michelle Bohler, certified in Early Childhood (Birth-Gr. 2) and Childhood Ed. (Gr. 1-6), appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Elementary Education tenure area, commencing September 1, 2019 and ending September 1, 2023*
                      Substitute Teachers/Home Tutors, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached 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
                      Crystal Bond, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective February 25, 2020
                      Jennifer Nunez, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective February 25, 2020
                      Heather Forrestal, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective February 25, 2020
                      Substitute Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing
                      Cocurricular
                      Spring 2020 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019-2020 School Year – See Separate Listing
                      Approval of Salary Adjustment:
                      Noninstructional
                      Patricia Behr, Media Specialist, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective January 1, 2020 Voting:  YES: 5; NO: Ms. Schwartz
                      REPORTS
                      Student Representatives’ Report
                      The Student Representatives were not present this evening.
                      Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Xanthis noted that he attended the Mid-Hudson Catskill Council of School Superintendents on February 21st.  In the interest of making time available for the budget presentation tonight, he will report on the conference at the next meeting.
                      Deputy Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bellarosa spoke on the topic of Community Benefit Agreements.  He noted that the District is exploring possible avenues for donations to benefit the school district.
                      Assistant Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore shared that she will be speaking about curriculum and instruction during the budget presentation.
                      Interim School Business Official’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin updated the Board on the New York State Comptroller’s audit of the District; the internal audit; the internal claims auditor position; the repair estimate for the roof at Walden Elementary School; the deadline for alternate student transportation requests for next school year; an upcoming bid for grouting at the pool; and DOT planning for the installation of a traffic light at the High School/Middle School complex. Mr. Conklin responded to questions from the Board members.
                      Technology Committee – February 19, 2020 
                       Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore attended the meeting and recapped the topics covered by the Committee, including Promethean Boards, the Smart Schools grant, the STEAM curriculum and Class Link, a new app that will allow students to use a single sign-in.
                      Community Participation
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended or participated in recently.  Board members commented on basketball games, practice for the musical at the High School, the All Night Grad Tricky Tray, the Orange County Arts Council Showcase at the Galleria Mall, the VC 21 presentation, and the Montgomery Drama Club production of Peter Pan, Jr.
                      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
                      There were two people requesting time to speak this evening:
                      Melissa Verlin – VCSD Facebook page comments
                      Don Berger – Industrial Development Association
                      OLD BUSINESS
                      2020-2021 Budget Presentation:
                      Curriculum and Instruction
                      Special Education
                      BOCES
                      Athletic Program
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin to review tonight’s budget presentation.  Mr. Conklin briefly spoke about the tax cap calculation and noted that this number needs to be filed with the State by the end of the business day on February 28th.  He reminded the Board that next year’s budget needs to be very tight.  Ms. Serratore reiterated the District’s focus on mental health and social/emotional learning, safety, curriculum and instruction, and facilities, and spoke about the programs, staffing and professional development that support the goals outlined in the District’s Strategic Improvement Plan.  
                      Ms. Serratore reviewed the upward trend in the rate of special education classifications and noted that this is not unlike other Districts in the area.  She then reviewed CSE placements and the special education budgets for 2018-2019, the current school year, and a tentative budget for next year.  
                      Mr. Conklin gave an overview of services offered by BOCES.  He then reviewed the BOCES Services expenditures for 2018-2019, the budget adopted for the 2019-2020 school year, and the budget projected for next year’s services.
                      Mr. Conklin offered a highlight of the 15 athletic programs in the District, which includes 56 teams.  He noted that in the Fall 2019 season, there were seven teams that were recognized by the NYSAA as scholar athletes.  He then presented the expenditures for 2018-2019, the budget for the current school year and a tentative budget for next year’s athletics.
                      Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin responded to questions from Board members.
                      NEW BUSINESS
                      Establishment of 2020 Annual Meeting Procedures
                      1.  Annual District Election and Budget Vote and Public Hearing Resolution
                      2. Appointment of Permanent Chairperson, Assistant Clerks and Inspectors of Election Resolution
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mrs. Messing, Mr. Conklin noted roll call votes are required for each resolution.   He then called the roll:
                      Mr. Bond PRESENT
                      Mr. Fitzgerald ABSENT
                      Ms. Lewis PRESENT
                      Mrs. Messing PRESENT
                      Mrs. Revoir PRESENT
                      Mrs. Schwartz PRESENT
                      Mr. Wesenberg PRESENT
                      Mr. Conklin referenced the first resolution establishing the District Election, Budget Vote and Public Hearing.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board adopt the Valley Central School District Annual District Election and Budget Vote and Public Hearing Resolution, as attached.  A roll call vote showed:
                      Mr. Bond VOTING YES
                      Mr. Fitzgerald ABSENT
                      Ms. Lewis VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Messing VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Schwartz VOTING YES
                      Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES
                      The motion was declared duly adopted [6:0].
                      Mr. Conklin referenced the second resolution appointing the Permanent Chairperson, Inspectors of Election and Assistant Clerk, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board adopt the Resolution for Appointment of Permanent Chairpersons, Inspectors of Election, and Assistant Clerk, as attached.  A roll call vote showed:
                      Mr. Bond VOTING YES
                      Mr. Fitzgerald ABSENT
                      Ms. Lewis VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Messing VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES
                      Mrs. Schwartz VOTING YES
                      Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES
                      The motion was declared duly adopted [6:0].
                      Review of Petitions for Board Candidates’ Seats 2020-2021
                      Informational Packet for Board Candidates
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin noted that Board members had received the petitions and information in their packets and briefly reviewed the process.  Copies will be made available in the Administration Building for those wishing to pick up a petition.  
                      Nomination of BOCES’ Candidates
                      Lawrence Berger
                      David Eaton
                      Martha Bogart
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and referenced the letters of interest from the candidates listed above.
                      Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board nominate Lawrence Berger, David Eaton and Martha Bogart as candidates for election to the Orange-Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational Services.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]
                      Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District 
                      and KidsPeace
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the agreement for tutoring services for a District student placed in a facility outside the state, and called for a motion.
                      Mrs. Revoir moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and KidsPeace, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]
                      Adoption of Restated District 403(b) Plan
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the documents provided to the Board, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board adopt the restated District 403(b) Plan, as presented and as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]
                      Adoption of Resolution:
                      Authorizing the Appeal of the Order of the Impartial Hearing Officer in SED Impartial Hearing Reporting System Cases No. 523385 and 527937
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution and noted that Board was briefed on this Agenda item in Executive Session.  She then called for a motion.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board authorize the Appeal of the Order of the Impartial Hearing Officer in SED Impartial Hearing Reporting System Cases No. 523385 and 527937.  Voting:  YES: 5; NO: Ms. Schwartz
                      ADJOURNMENT 
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 7:48 p.m.


                      February 10, 2020

                      The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:49 p.m. by President Sarah Messing.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: All Present
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Dan Harrington and Caroline Sweikata, Student Representatives, and approximately fifty people in the audience, including students, staff and community members
                      Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the Superintendent’s contract and seek advice from legal counsel.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:02 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [4:0]  Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Revoir and Mrs. Schwartz were absent at the time of the vote.
                      Attorney Dan Petigrow joined the Board in Executive Session.
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to come out of Executive Session at approximately 6:48 p.m.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session. 
                      Voting YES:  Unanimous [5:0]  Ms. Lewis and Ms. Schwartz were absent at the time of the vote.
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made the regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking, and audiotaping of the meeting.  She made available a copy of the opening statement/ guidelines for public participation for those wishing to speak.
                      STUDENT PRESENTATION
                      Montgomery Elementary School
                      Following introduction by Mrs. Messing, Principal Matthew Canino spoke briefly about the Project Fit America program and curriculum.  The students and their teachers, Mrs. Giudice and Mr. Luciano, then offered a presentation on the Project Fit America program. The teachers commented on how the Project Fit program dovetails with the District’s physical education program and the mental health initiative.  The students discussed some of their favorite activities and demonstrated one of their favorite challenges from the program. Board of Education members were invited to participate in the challenge. 
                      Following their presentation, the students and advisors were thanked and a round of applause was offered. The students and their parents left the meeting at this time.
                      CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
                      Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.
                      PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for discussion.  There were none.  Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda. Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted and approved as listed and/or attached. 
                      CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
                      Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 1/13/20
                      Special Meeting Budget Work Session Minutes dated 1/13/20
                      Special Meeting Minutes dated 1/27/20
                      FINANCIAL REPORT 
                      Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for December
                      Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for December
                      Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for December
                      Acceptance of Record of Claims for December
                      Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for December
                      Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for December
                      Acceptance of Investment Report for December
                      Approval of General Fund Budget Transfers for November & December
                      RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 
                      NEW BUSINESS
                      Approval of Overnight Trip Requests:
                      Valley Central High School – Art Honor Society
                      Valley Central High School – Varsity Softball
                      Valley Central High School – Varsity Girls Track Team
                      Acceptance of Donation:
                      Valley Central School District
                      St. Andrews’s Episcopal Church and Douglas and June Gridley
                      Adoption of Resolution:
                      Amendment of Motion to Fund Advisor Position
                      Declaration of Obsolete Equipment:
                      Valley Central High School – Refrigerator Cabinets
                      SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
                      Acceptance of Resignations:
                      Noninstructional
                      Carol Robinson, School District Treasurer, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective July 30, 2020
                      Margaret Davis, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective August 3, 2020
                      Nancy Brother, Registered School Nurse, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective May 31, 2020
                      Roy Davis, Jr., Head Custodian, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective August 3, 2020
                      Janet Vonronn, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective February 14, 2020
                      Dianna Goldman, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective August 1, 2020
                      Approval of Appointments:
                      Instructional
                      Substitute Teachers/Home Tutor, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing
                      Noninstructional
                      Jessica Ronaldson, Registered School Nurse (Regular Substitute), Valley Central School District, extension of leave position from January 31, 2020 through June 30, 2020
                      Susan Connoly, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective February 11, 2020
                      Tracy Barry, p/t, Deputy Treasurer for Walden Elementary School’s Extra Classroom Activity Account, effective February 3, 2020 through June 30, 2020
                      Substitute Paraprofessionals/Custodial Worker/Food Service Helpers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing
                      Extracurricular
                      Advisor, p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing
                      Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      REPORTS
                      Student Representatives’ Report
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Student Representative to present the report.  Student Representatives Dan Harrington and Caroline Sweikata provided information on activities at the High School including the first annual Viking Pride Competition, the recent Attaboy assembly promoting good choices, senior activities, the upcoming Sweetheart Serenades and plans for the All Night Grad Tricky Tray on February 21st at 5:30 p.m. in the Middle School. The Student Representative was thanked for the report and left the meeting at this time.
                      Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Xanthis shared that he had attended the “Pink Out” Girls Basketball Game last week.  He reported that it was a great event and a wonderful tribute to the athletic trainer.
                      Deputy Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bellarosa reviewed enrollment numbers in the buildings.  Mr. Conklin noted that there are two large residential developments planned for the District that may create space issues in the building in the next few years.
                      Mr. Bellarosa also shared information on the coronavirus received from the New York State Department of Education and the New York State Department of Health.  Mr. Xanthis noted that our Head Nurse, Connie Griffin, and the Orange County Department of Health have been very helpful with additional information and advice on precautions and plans to communicate in the event that there is a suspected case in the area.
                      Assistant Superintendent’s ReportFollowing introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore shared good news from the Technology Department.  She noted that the Director of Technology was able to obtain an additional 200 used computers from the New York State Create Program, which amounts to a savings of approximately $146,000 to the District.  Mrs. Serratore also reported that a survey is currently being conducted with the teachers and students on their experience with the Chromebooks, and the feedback will provide information on how the District can continue to make this initiative successful.  
                      Ms. Serratore shared that the District has been invited to the upcoming BOCES Vaping Symposium on February 12th.  She has been asked by ADAC to sit on a panel of key collaborators.
                      Ms. Serratore noted that she is working on a video showcasing the District’s STEAM curriculum;   once completed, it will be shared on Facebook.
                      Ms. Serratore spoke briefly about the recently released graduation rates.  She noted that the majority of the students who did not graduate had moved into the District after the 8th grade, and it may be a good idea to look into how we can better support the students as they transition into the District.
                      Interim School Business Official’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin noted that the Board had received an inspection report regarding the roof at Walden Elementary School.  He asked Mr. Ritzentahaler from CSArch to review the findings for the Board and those in the audience.  Recommendations for the repair will be prepared by CSArch.  Following his review, Mr. Ritzenthaler answered questions from a Board member.
                      Mr. Conklin then updated the Board on the New York State Comptroller’s Audit of the District.  The examiner that has been conducting the audit since mid-November has transferred to another position in the Comptroller’s Office.  It is expected that a new examiner will be assigned and begin next week.
                      Mr. Conklin shared that the District’s Internal Audit is now complete and a review with the District’s Audit Committee will be scheduled in the coming weeks.  Mr. Conklin noted that he will be meeting with Allen Walter from the Bonadio Group for a preliminary meeting tomorrow to discuss the District’s upcoming External Audit.  Mr. Conklin also shared that he has spoken with Orange-Ulster BOCES and the District will have an internal claims auditor assigned during the week of March 2nd.
                      Mr. Conklin also updated the Board on an upcoming bid for pool grouting at the High School and approval of the Capital Bond Project on the February 24th Board meeting.
                      Mr. Conklin responded to questions from the Board members.
                      Guidance Advisory Committee – January 16, 2020 
                       Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that she was able to attend.  The Committee reviewed the Guidance Plan and are planning a work session to discuss any necessary changes to the District’s plan for the upcoming year.   Mrs. Messing also provided information on shared lesson plans among the District’s elementary schools and Destination Day at the end of May.
                      OCSBA Meeting – February 5, 2020
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Schwartz to offer her report; Ms. Schwartz was not able to attend the meeting.
                      NYSSBA Capital Conference – February 9-10, 2020     
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mrs. Messing, Mr. Wesenberg provided an overview of the topics discussed at the Capital Conference, including the State budget, school aid and proposed legislation that will impact some districts.  Handouts from the meeting will be shared with the Board members.
                      Community Participation
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended or participated in recently.  Board members commented on basketball games, wrestling matches, play practice and set building at the High School, and drama club productions at the elementary schools.
                      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
                      There was one person requesting time to speak this evening:
                      Pamela Nasser – Evaluations for Advanced Placement Athletics
                      OLD BUSINESS
                      2020-2021 Budget Presentation:
                      Superintendent’s and Board of Education’s Budget Initiatives
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mrs. Messing, Ms. Serratore noted that the District’s goal with the proposed budget is to reallocate resources to improve our programs.  Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin then reviewed the initiatives that the District will focus on next year, all based upon mental health and social/emotional learning, safety, curriculum and instruction, and facilities.
                      Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin responded to questions from Board members.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Ms. Schwartz seconded that the Board establish a special budget work session on April 2, 2020 at 6:30 p.m. to allow for further discussion on the proposed budget.  Voting:  YES: 6; NO: Mr. Wesenberg
                      District Voting Discussion
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and referenced the memorandum provided to the Board outlining the costs and feasibility of decentralizing voting in the District.  Mr. Conklin then briefed the Board and those in the audience on his research on this subject.  He noted that the cost of conducting a vote in five locations throughout the District would increase by approximately $22,000.  Additionally, the County Board of Elections has notified all Districts in Orange County that they will not be able to provide additional voting machines beyond what were provided last year.  Mr. Conklin noted that the Dial-A-Bus and absentee ballots are an option for those who may have difficulty getting to the polling site.  Information will be provided in the budget newsletter.
                      Approval of High School Curriculum:
                      Design and Production of Woods
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item.  She noted that the curriculum was first presented at the January 13, 2020 Board meeting and has been made available in the Office of Curriculum & Instruction for review, and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the curriculum as presented.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0] 
                      Adoption of Resolution:
                      1.  Stipulation of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Student 2020-1. Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the Stipulation of Agreement that was provided to the Board members and called for a motion. Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the Stipulation of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Student 2020-1.  Voting:  YES: 5; NO: Mr. Wesenberg, Mr. Fitzgerald
                      NEW BUSINESS
                      Adoption of Resolution:
                       2019-2020 Health and Welfare Services Rate
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution establishing the 2019-2020 Health and Welfare Services rate at $1,287.19 per pupil, and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board adopt the resolution establishing the 2019-2020 Health and Welfare Services rate, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Approval of the Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of 
                      Refunds due to Court Order and Judgment:
                      RLR Investments, LLC
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution approving the reduction of tax assessment and the payment of refunds to RLR Investments, LLC
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board approve the reduction of tax assessment and the payment of refunds to RLR Investments, LLC, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                       Establishment of a Special Meeting for Mentor Presentations –
                      April 27 or 29, 2020 at 5:30 p.m.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the Board establish a Special Meeting for Mentor Presentations on April 27, 2020 at 5:30 p.m., as listed above and/or as attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Adoption of 2020-2021 Student Calendar
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board adopt the 2020-2021 student calendar, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Senior Citizen Sliding Scale School Tax Exemption Discussion
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and referenced the memorandum from Mr. Conklin to Mr. Xanthis dated February 4, 2020. 
                      Discussion took place; it was the consensus of the Board to make no further increase to the income limits for the senior citizen sliding scale school tax exemption at this time.
                      Approval of Charter:
                      Walden Elementary School Math Club
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Mr. Heidemann to Mr. Xanthis dated January 14, 2020 and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the Walden Elementary School Math Club Charter, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Approval of High School/Middle School Curriculum Writing
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and referenced the memorandum from Ms. Serratore to Mr. Bellarosa dated February 10, 2020, and called for a motion.
                      Ms. Lewis moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board approve the High School/Middle School curriculum writing, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      OTHER
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that an update on the plans to meet the mandated instructional hours for next year be presented at an upcoming meeting.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing noted the need for the Board to meet in Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular personnel, and contract negotiations under the Taylor Law.  It is not anticipated that the Board will take action following Executive Session.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board convene in Executive Session at 8:46 p.m.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]  
                      ADJOURNMENT 
                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 9:51 p.m. upon unanimous consent of the Board.


                      January 2020

                      January 27, 2020-Special Meeting

                      The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:02 p.m. by President Sarah Messing.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: None
                      Also Present: None
                      Also Absent: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin and Media (WVT/THR)
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the Superintendent’s contract and to seek legal counsel.
                      Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session to at 6:02 p.m. Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Attorney Daniel Petigrow was invited to join the Board in Executive Session.
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to come out of Executive Session atapproximately 7:30 p.m.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      OTHER
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board amend the Agenda to include the adoption of a resolution appointing a District Title VI Compliance Officer. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board adopt the following resolution:
                      RESOLVED, that Marianne Serratore be named the District’s Title VI Compliance Officer for the 2019-2020 school year. Voting: YES: 6; NO: 0; ABSTAIN: Ms. Lewis
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
                      Ms. Schwartz moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 7:31 p.m.


                      January 13, 2020-Budget Work Session

                      The budget work session of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 5:31 p.m. by President Sarah Messing.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: All Present
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, and approximately twenty people in the audience, including staff and community members

                      Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made the regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking, and audiotaping of the meeting.
                      NEW BUSINESS
                      1. Budget Review
                      2. Board Member Feedback
                      Mrs. Messing turned the meeting over to Mr. Conklin.
                      Mr. Conklin began the presentation with a summary of the current year’s revenue and expenditures. Mr. Conklin reviewed the District’s financial history, including per pupil spending, school tax levy increases, fund balance and reserves. He provided information on the 2020-2021 budget
                      development timeline, guidelines and goals. He noted that the budget development is a work in progress; the anticipated expenditures and revenues will change as the District receives additional information in the coming weeks on such items as state aid, unsettled contracts, special education costs,
                      insurance rates and PILOT agreements.
                      Ms. Serratore noted that the current curriculum and program initiatives were designed to provide a continuum of learning throughout the students’ years in the District. She shared that the proposed budget for next year will continue to be focused on programs and initiatives driven by the District’s
                      goals and values, as determined in the District’s Five-Year Strategic Plan.
                      Mrs. Messing invited the Board members to offer input. Mr. Conklin and Ms. Serratore responded to questions from Board members; further discussion took place.
                      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
                      Mrs. Messing called upon one person requesting time to speak.
                      Donald Berger introduced himself and shared that he was at the meeting representing the Residents Protecting Montgomery. He spoke about the Town of Montgomery IDA and asked for support from the District to oppose the PILOT agreements currently before the IDA. Discussion took
                      place.
                      There were no other requests from the public to speak this evening.
                      Mrs. Messing then shared that the senior tax exemption was increased last year and asked if the Board would like to consider increasing the senior tax exemption this year.

                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the administrators create a proposal increasing the senior tax exemption for the Board’s consideration. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      Ms. Lewis asked that the Board consider having someone present at the Town of Montgomery IDA meetings to represent the interests of the District. Further discussion took place. Mr. Fitzgerald expressed an interest in applying for a seat on the IDA Board.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that Mr. Fitzgerald be named the District’s representative and apply for a seat on the Town of Montgomery IDA. Further discussion took place regarding whether a Board member appointed to the IDA would be voting to represent the Board of
                      Education or solely as an individual. The administrators will speak with the Town Supervisor and consult with the attorneys for the District on this matter. The motion was tabled.
                      Mrs. Messing noted that a member of the community had inquired about de-centralizing voting in the District. Mr. Conklin will research the feasibility and costs involved in conducting a vote at locations throughout the District.
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to adjourn the Special Work Session of the Board of Education.
                      Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Ms. Schwartz seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES:
                      Unanimous [7:0]
                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 6:31 p.m.


                      January 13, 2020

                      The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:31 p.m. by President Sarah Messing.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Ms. Schwartz and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: All Present
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Dan Harrington, Student Representative, and approximately fifty people in the audience, including students, staff and community members

                      Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made the regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking, and audiotaping of the meeting. She made available a copy of the opening statement/ guidelines for public participation for those wishing to speak.
                      STUDENT PRESENTATION
                      Valley Central Middle School
                      Following introduction by Mrs. Messing, Mr. Russell Burns spoke briefly about the Family and Consumer Science Department and the Middle School Culinary Club. The department was a recent recipient of a grant from the New York State Beef Council. The students, along with teachers Ms.
                      Lauren Ostner and Mrs. Melissa Toromanides, demonstrated how they put this grant to use in the classroom. The students conducted surveys, researched cuts of beef and recipes, and prepared burgers, condiments and sides using fresh, whole foods. Following a short PowerPoint presentation, the students
                      served burgers and condiments to the Board, Administrators and those in the audience. Following their presentation, the students and advisors were thanked and a round of applause was offered. The students and their parents left the meeting at this time.
                      CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
                      Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing ofcorrespondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.
                      PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for discussion. There were none. Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted and approved as listed and/or attached.
                      CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
                      A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 12/9/19

                      FINANCIAL REPORT

                      A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for November
                      B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for November
                      C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for November
                      D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for November
                      E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for November
                      F. Acceptance of Cafeteria Profit and Loss Report for November
                      G. Acceptance of Investment Report for November
                      H. Approval of General Fund Budget Transfer for November

                      RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE
                      NEW BUSINESS

                      A. Approval of Agreements:
                      1. Valley Central School District and Center for Spectrum Services
                      2. Valley Central School District and the County of Orange
                      3. Valley Central School District and Montgomery Nursery School
                      B. Acceptance of Donation:
                      1. Valley Central School District – Monetary Donation
                      Barbara Gravel (Valley Central Education Foundation)
                      C. Approval of Overnight Trip Requests:
                      1. Valley Central High School – Freshman Class
                      2. Valley Central High School – Sophomore Class
                      3. Valley Central High School – Senior Class
                      4. Valley Central High School – French Honor Society
                      D. Approval of Side Agreements:
                      1. Valley Central Teachers’ Association
                      School Related Professionals Unit
                      2. CSEA

                      SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATIONS
                      A. Acceptance of Resignations:
                      Instructional
                      Carolyn Zayas, Foreign Language Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Leeanne Walsh, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      James Hession, Student Assistance Counselor, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Heather Martin, Social Studies Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Paul Cummings, Physical Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 20, 2020

                      Vicki Vermilyea, Elementary School Teacher (Gr. 2), Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Robin McMillan, Elementary School Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Mary Ann Norman, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Noninstructional
                      Patricia Zillig, Typist, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Taghreed Elkashef, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective January 13, 2020

                      Gloria Oehme, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Maureen Morrissey, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Patricia Marron, Cook Manager, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Grace Chase, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective January 13, 2020

                      Tracy Barry, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective February 2, 2020

                      B. Approval of Leave of Absence:
                      Instructional
                      Launa Kruithof, Literary Consultant, East Coldenham Elementary School, for childcare leave, effective January 6, 2020 through January 31, 2020

                      C. Approval of Appointments:
                      Instructional
                      Debra Peet, certified in Pre-K through Grade 6 and Special Education, appointed to a three- year probationary period in the Elementary Education tenure area, commencing September 3, 2019 and
                      ending September 3, 2022*

                      After School Tutoring Program Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing

                      Evening High School Program Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2019-2020 School Year – See Attached Listing

                      Grace Chase, Permanent Substitute Teacher, p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year

                      Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year –

                      See Attached 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
                      Nichole Rubino, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective January 14, 2020
                      Amy Ragni, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective January 14, 2020
                      Taghreed Elkashef, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective January 14, 2020

                      Substitute Paraprofessional/Custodial Worker, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective

                      2019 – 2020 School Year – See Attached Listing
                      Tracy Barry, Typist, Valley Central School District, effective February 3, 2020

                      Cocurricular

                      Non-Paid Winter 2019-2020 Coaching Assignment, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listing
                      Voting: YES: Unanimous [7:0]
                      REPORTS

                      A. Student Representatives’ Report
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Student Representative to present the report. Student Representative Dan Harrington provided information on activities at the High School including the upcoming musical production of The Music Man, the wind ensemble concert planned for this weekend at the High School, the Math Department’s mural contest, a State swim meet in Schenectady last weekend, and the recent transgender presentation at the High School.
                      The Student Representative was thanked for the report and left the meeting at this time.
                      Ms. Schwartz left the meeting at approximately 7:10 p.m.
                      B. Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Xanthis shared information on the letter sent to the Town of Montgomery IDA on the Bluewater PILOT that is now being considered. He also provided information on the Rural Schools Conference on the Whole Child, which was focused on student mental
                      health.

                      C. Deputy Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bellarosa updated the Board and those in the audience on in-house work done in the buildings during the winter recess. He noted that AED/CPR training is being planned for all custodial workers, since they are the staff members that are present any
                      time the buildings are open and would be available, if needed, during school hours and events.

                      D. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore shared information on a gap analysis study that the STEAM Committee recently conducted on the District’s program. She also expressed her appreciation for the District allowing her the opportunity to attend a NYSCOSS Consortium in Albany
                      during the school year, where administrators throughout the State meet to discuss topics affecting the schools.

                      E. Interim School Business Official’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin updated the Board on the New York State Comptroller’s Audit of the District, which is currently being conducted. He also noted that the District’s Internal Auditors, Nugent and Haeussler, will begin their work this week.
                      Mr. Conklin shared that he had a request from East Coldenham Elementary School to add an advisor to the Crazy 8s Math Club due to the large number of students who are interested. He asked the Board if they would support this request, and if so, an advisor would be appointed at the February 10th
                      Board meeting. Mr. Bond made a motion to approve the additional cost of an advisor to the Crazy 8s Math Club at East Coldenham Elementary School. Mr. Wesenberg seconded the motion. Voting YES:
                      Unanimous [6:0]

                      F. District Audit Committee – December 9, 2019
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that the Committee met prior to the December Board meeting to discuss the focus of the District’s Internal Audit. It was the consensus of the Committee that the internal audit focus on procurement and a review of transportation administration and
                      calculations.
                      OTHER
                      Ms. Lewis questioned the placement of the agreement between the Valley Central School District and Montgomery Nursery School under New Business on the Consent Agenda.
                      Ms. Lewis moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board convene in Executive Session. Voting: YES: 1; NO: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir, Mr. Wesenberg
                      Ms. Lewis expressed that she felt there were questions about the agreement that had not yet been addressed; discussion continued.

                      Ms. Lewis made a motion to reconsider Agenda item A. 3, Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Montgomery Nursery School under New Business on the Consent
                      Agenda. The motion was not seconded.
                      Ms. Lewis stated that she wanted it reflected on the record that she did not intend to vote to approve the agreement.

                      G. Health, Safety & Wellness Committee – January 7, 2020
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that the Board members had received a copy of the minutes from the meeting.
                      H. Community Participation
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended or participated in recently. Board members commented on hosting a life skills class over the winter recess, holiday concerts, wrestling and basketball games, a technology committee
                      meeting, and the Valley Central Education Foundation Harvest Awards Dinner.
                      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
                      There were no requests for Public Participation this evening.
                      OLD BUSINESS

                      A. Capital Project Update – BPD Financial Advisors Presentation
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mrs. Messing, Jason Schwartz and Chris DeCarlo from BPD Financial Advisors reviewed the timeline for District’s proposed referendum and the
                      anticipated financial impact.
                      B. Second and Final Reading of:
                      1. Policy 1741 – Participation in Extracurricular Activities for
                      Home Schooled Students (Revised)
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the policy listed above, which was first read at the December 9, 2019 Board meeting, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board consider this the second and final reading of policy listed above. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      NEW BUSINESS

                      A. Adoption of Resolution:
                      Amendment to Valley Central School District’s 403(b) Retirement Plan
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Mr. Conklin to Mr. Xanthis dated December 9, 2019, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board approve the Amendment to the Valley Central School District’s 403(b) Retirement Plan, as listed and attached. Voting: YES:
                      Unanimous [6:0]
                      B. Approval of High School Course Proposals:
                      1. Accounting 153
                      2. Work Based Learning
                      3. World Issues
                      4. Skills Seminar
                      5. Art 107 – Design I
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Ms. Ginda-Baxter to Mr. Xanthis and Ms. Serratore dated December 13, 2019, and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the High School course proposals, as listed and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      C. Review of High School Curriculum:
                      1. Design and Production of Woods

                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that this curriculum will be available for review in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction. This curriculum will be placed on the February 10, 2020 Board Agenda for approval.

                      D. Establishment of a Special Meeting – January 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.

                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board establish a Special Meeting of the Board of Education for January 27, 2020 at 6:00 p.m. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing noted the need for the Board to meet in Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular personnel, pending litigation, and contract negotiations under the Taylor Law. It is not anticipated that the Board will take action following Executive Session.

                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board convene in Executive Session at 7:53 p.m. Voting: YES: 5; NO: Mr. Wesenberg
                      Mr. Wesenberg left the meeting at this time.
                      ADJOURNMENT

                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 8:40 p.m. upon unanimous consent of the Board.


                      December 2019

                      December 9, 2019

                      The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:38 p.m. by President Sarah Messing.
                      PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg
                      ABSENT: Ms. Schwartz
                      Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Bellarosa, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin, Dan Harrington, Student Representative, Ms. Sweikata, Student Representative and approximately sixty people in the audience, including students, staff and community members

                      Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR)
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to move into Executive Session to review pending litigation, student matters, the employment history of particular personnel and contract negotiations.
                      Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 5:39 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      Mrs. Messing called for a motion to come out of Executive Session at approximately 6:36 p.m. Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session.
                      Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
                      PLEDGE TO FLAG
                      Mrs. Messing made the regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking, public participation, and audiotaping of the meeting. She made available a copy of the opening statement/ guidelines for public participation for those wishing to speak.
                      MOMENT OF SILENCE
                      Following the pledge, Mrs. Messing asked for a Moment of Silence for a few members of the Valley Central Family. Annette Bittner, who passed away on November 25th, was the Principal’s secretary at Walden Elementary School. Annette worked in the District for 28 years. Two of the members of the Class of 2016, Holmes Shindon and Thomas Jewis, also passed away recently.
                      STUDENT PRESENTATION
                      Mrs. Messing introduced East Coldenham Elementary School Principal Mr. Daniel McDonald.
                      Mr. McDonald and Student Assistance Counselor Mrs. Allie Riker offered a brief overview of the Character Education program at East Coldenham Elementary, which aligns with the District’s social/emotional learning initiative. Mrs. Riker then lead the students in a game of Character Education
                      BINGO with the Board members. 
                      The students were thanked for their presentation and a round of applause was offered. The students and their parents left the meeting at this time.

                      CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS

                      Mr. Xanthis and Mrs. Messing reviewed the attached listing of correspondence and commendations.

                      PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for discussion. There were none. Mrs. Messing then called for a motion to approve the Consent Agenda.
                      Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the following Consent Agenda, be accepted and approved as amended, listed and/or attached.

                      CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
                      A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 11/12/19
                      FINANCIAL
                      A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for October
                      B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for October
                      C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for October
                      D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for October
                      E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for October
                      F. Acceptance of Cafeteria Profit and Loss Report for October
                      G. Acceptance of Investment Report for October
                      H. Approval of General Fund Budget Transfer for October
                      RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE
                      FOR APPROVAL
                      A. Acceptance of Donations:
                      1. Valley Central School District – Recess Equipment
                      American Heart Association
                      2. Valley Central School District – Monetary Donation
                      New York State Insurance Reciprocal
                      3. Valley Central School District – Monetary Donation
                      Police Emerald Society of the Hudson Valley
                      4. Berea Elementary School – Monetary Donation
                      Mr. Barney Zipkin
                      5. East Coldenham Elementary School – Monetary Donation
                      Mr. Barney Zipkin and Rapid Tire
                      6. Montgomery Elementary School – Monetary Donation
                      Mr. Barney Zipkin
                      7. Walden Elementary School – Monetary Donation
                      Walden Elementary School PTO
                      8. Montgomery Elementary School – Monetary Donation
                      Village of Montgomery Preservation Committee
                      B. Approval of Amendment to the 2019-2020 General Fund Budget
                      C. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District
                      and DECAT Driving School
                      SUPERINTENDENT'S RECOMMENDATIONS

                      A. Acceptance of Resignations:
                      Instructional
                      Ronald Hebbard, Science Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2020

                      Erin Goldman, Elementary School Teacher (Grade 4), Valley Central School District, effective January 1, 2020

                      Noninstructional
                      Judith Lozier, Internal Claims Auditor, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective February 29, 2020

                      Donna Massey, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective December 9, 2019

                      Sylvia Buccieri-Cromwell, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District,effective November 29, 2019

                      Meghan O’Leary-Henry, Paraprofessional (1:2), p/t, Walden Elementary School,effective December 13, 2019
                                  
                      B. Approval of Leaves of Absence:
                      Instructional
                      Jennifer Huber, Elementary School Teacher (Grade 2), Montgomery Elementary School, for childcare purposes, effective on or about March 9, 2020 through May 1, 2020
                      Amanda Quinn, Elementary School Teacher (Grade 5), Walden Elementary
                      School, for childcare purposes, effective on or about May 16, 2020 through June 18, 2020

                      C. Approval of Appointments:
                      Instructional
                      Substitute Teachers/Home Tutor, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective

                      2019 – 2020 School Year – See Separate Listing

                      Noninstructional
                      Diane Kirk, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective December 10, 2019

                      Jo-Ann Pugh, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective December 10, 2019

                      Donna Massey, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective December 10, 2019

                      Isabel Grattan, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective December 10, 2019

                      Substitute Paraprofessionals/Custodial Worker/Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year – See Separate Listing

                      Extracurricular
                      Advisors, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2019 – 2020 School Year –See Separate Listing
                      Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

                      REPORTS

                      A. Student Representatives’ Report
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited the Student Representatives to present their report. Student Representatives Caroline Sweikata and Dan Harrington provided information on activities at the High School, including the Rent-A-Brain fundraiser, caroling at Adams in Newburgh,
                      the Banksy Project display of pieces of art throughout the school, the craft fair on November 20th, the food drive, the blood drive, the Varsity Boys Swim and Dive meet, and the plans for the upcoming meet and greet with Ben Noll. The Student Representatives were thanked for their report and left the meeting at this time.
                      B. Superintendent’s Report

                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Xanthis shared information on a recent meeting with the newly elected Supervisor of the Town of Montgomery; attendance at the parent-teacher conferences in November; the decision process for weather closings and delays; and a fireside chat,
                      hosted by Leadership Orange, that he was invited to participate in last week.

                      C. Deputy Superintendent’s Report

                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bellarosa noted that the District is transitioning to a program that will integrate staff absence management and professional development in a single platform and thanked those in Central Office that have been instrumental in making this
                      changeover work smoothly. He also commented on the recent Valley Central win at the Feller Tournament, the Annual Craft Fair, and the Administrators participation with the Walden Rotary in stocking shelves at the local food pantry on November 20th.
                      D. Assistant Superintendent’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore spoke about the December 4th Professional Development Day. She noted that the District’s professional development is focused on social/emotional learning, future ready schools, and providing safe facilities. Ms. Serratore also shared
                      information on the graduation rate/scoring data in terms of the District’s efforts to create equitable educational opportunities.

                      E. Interim School Business Official’s Report
                      Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin updated the Board on preliminary budget planning and the Walden Elementary D.A.R.E. Graduation last week.

                      F. Policy Committee Meeting – November 12, 2019
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that the Policy Committee reviewed the first installment of NYSSBA Policy Updates at the November meeting. There is one policy revision that the Committee is recommending; this policy is on the agenda for a first reading tonight.

                      G. Technology Planning Committee – November 14, 2019
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited Mr. Bond, the Committee Liaison, to update the Board on the Committee’s work. Mr. Bond reported that the Committee is considering touchscreen technology from two companies and will decide the next steps after conducting
                      a survey among the teaching staff. .

                      H. Curriculum Council Meeting – December 4, 2019
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Serratore to report on the meeting last week. Ms. Serratore provided a brief review of the rollout of YALE Ruler training in the buildings; the dropout prevention conference that the High School Principal attended recently; and the Reality Checks and Balances Program at the High School to teach the students real life skills; and plans for the Next Gen Science Standards update.

                      Mr. Bellarosa and Mr. Xanthis commented on the energy, enthusiasm and positive collaboration at the quarterly Curriculum Council meetings, which is helping drive the District’s focus on social/emotional learning and teaching the whole child.
                      I. OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – December 4, 2019
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and asked if any Board members present attended the December meeting; none were able to attend. No report was provided this evening.

                      Mr. Wesenberg left the meeting at approximately 7:22 p.m.

                      J. Community Participation Report

                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item. Board members commented on events that they had participated in or attended, including the caroling at Adam’s in Newburgh, the Drama II production, a presentation honoring Chief Holmes of the Walden Police Department, a modified wrestling meet, the
                      Feller Basketball Tournament, and the ALC Thanksgiving Celebration.

                      PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

                      There were four people requesting time to speak this evening.
                      1. Sherah Petrarca
                      2. Evan Petrarca
                      3. Pamela Santana
                      4. John Ramos

                      OLD BUSINESS

                      A. Capital Project Referendum Discussion
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Xanthis spoke about the referendum vote that was defeated by a small margin in August and the administration’s recommendation to present a small referendum, under $10 million, to the voters in May. A spreadsheet outlining the scope and cost
                      of the proposed project was provided to the Board members for their review.

                      Mr. Conklin spoke briefly about what would be included in the proposed capital project, which would focus on traffic and safety and allow the District to prepare for the DOT traffic light installation in 2021. He noted that the District is scheduled to conduct a building condition survey in 2021 and the District plans to create a Facilities Committee that would include representation from
                      administrators, staff and members of the community. This would assist in prioritizing the needs of the District.

                      Mr. Tom Ritzenthaler from CSArch was in the audience and addressed questions from the Board members.

                      It was the consensus of the Board to move ahead with the preliminary planning. Mr. Conklin noted that the District’s financial advisors will be invited to the January 13th Board meeting to speak about financial planning in terms of a project.

                      NEW BUSINESS

                      A. Approval of the Reductions of Tax Assessments and Payments of
                      Refunds due to Court Order and Judgment:

                      2. David Washington
                      3. Nathaniel Williams
                      4. Ellen Verhulp
                      5. Greg Gantter
                      6. Mark Gallagher
                      7. Vincent and Karen
                      Savarese
                      8. Evaristus Uke
                      9. William Sanchez
                      10. Richard Daubel
                      11. Jeanine Kranes
                      12. Christopher Schenk III
                      13. Jennifer Thompson
                      14. Kathleen Jurman
                      15. John Nosek

                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memoranda with accompanying resolutions, and read the taxpayers names and the amount of each refund. She asked that the above listed items be considered together if there were no objections from the Board. There were none; she then called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve reduction of tax assessmentsand payment of refunds due to court order and judgment, as listed and as attached. Voting: YES:
                      Unanimous [5:0]

                      A. Adoption of Resolution:
                      Stipulation of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Student 2019-6
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and referenced the Stipulation of Agreement provided to the Board members.
                      Mrs. Revoir moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board adopt the resolution approving the Stipulation of Agreement between the Valley Central School District and Student 2019-6. Voting:
                      YES: Unanimous [5:0]
                      B. Adoption of Resolution:
                      Stipulation of Agreement between Valley Central School District and Student 2019-7
                      This Agenda item was removed from consideration.
                      C. First Reading of:
                      1. Policy 1741 – Participation in Extracurricular Activities for HomeSchooled Students (Revised)
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and noted that this policy was revised to comply with current immunization requirements. This policy revision will be presented at the January Board meeting
                      for a second and final reading.
                      D. Establishment of Budget Work Session – January 13th at 5:30 p.m.
                      Mrs. Messing introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board establish a Budget Work Session for January 13, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. Voting: YES: Unanimous [5:0]
                      EXECUTIVE SESSION
                      Mrs. Messing noted the need for the Board to meet in Executive Session to discuss contract negotiations. It is not anticipated that the Board will take action following Executive Session.
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board convene in Executive Session at 7:56 p.m. to discuss contract negotiations. Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0]
                      ADJOURNMENT
                      Mr. Bond moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES:Unanimous [5:0]
                      Mrs. Messing adjourned the meeting at 8:45 p.m.  

                             

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                                 

                                   

                                   

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

                                     

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