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September 2021

September 27, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:45 p.m. by President Joseph Bond.
PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mrs. Kelly, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir andMrs. Terralavoro ABSENT: Mr. Fitzgerald Also Present: Mr. Miller, Mr. Conklin, Ms. McGoldrick, and approximately twenty-five faculty, staff, and community members in the audience
Also Absent: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Media (WVT/THR)

EXECUTIVE SESSION
Mr. Bond called for a motion to convene in Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular personnel and contract negotiations.
Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board convene in Executive Session at 6:05 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 6:45 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

PLEDGE TO FLAG
Mr. Bond asked that everyone remain standing following the Pledge for a Moment of Silence for Steve Nicoli, who died on September 26th following a battle with COVID-19. Steve was a graduate of Valley Central and the founder of the Hudson Valley Honor Flight.
Following the moment of silence, Mr. Bond made the regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking, public participation, and audiotaping of the meeting. He made available a copy of the opening statement/ guidelines for public participation for those wishing to
speak.

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS
Mr. Conklin and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached correspondence and commendations.

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the following Consent Agenda be approved, as amended, listed, and/or attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
A. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 9/13/21FINANCIAL REPORTS
A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for August
B. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for August
C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for August
D. Acceptance of Record of Claims for August
E. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Reports for July/August
F. Acceptance of Investment Report for August
G. Approval of General Fund Budget Transfer for August

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL
A. Approval of CSEA Request for Additional Paid Holidays
B. Declaration of Obsolete Books:
Walden Elementary School Library Books (see attached listing)
C. Approval of Agreement between the Valley Central School District
and the Orange County Department of Health [Addendum]

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Acceptance of Resignations:
Instructional

Jeffrey Schaper, Check and Connect Mentor, p/t, Valley Central High School,
effective September 1, 2021

Noninstructional
Victoria Estridge, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 29, 2021

Robin Lake, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2021

Patrick Wimmer, JROTC Non-Commissioned Officer, Valley Central HighSchool, for retirement purposes, effective July 31, 2022.

Christine Schuyler, Typist, Valley Central School District, for retirement
purposes, effective December 30, 2021.

Jill Cucuzza, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District,
effective October 1, 2021

B. Approval of Leave of Absence:
Administrative
Barbara Butler, Director of Special Education, Valley Central School District, for
an Intermittent Family Medical Leave, starting September 23, 2021 for a period not to exceed 60days

Instructional
Kristin Vasapolli, School Media Specialist, East Coldenham Elementary School,
for childcare purposes, effective on or about February 10, 2022 through March 23, 2022

C. Approval of Appointments:
Instructional
Jessica Pforte, Check and Connect Mentor, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year

Aileen Hanel, certified in Social Studies 7-12 with pending supplemental
certification in ESOL, appointed to a leave replacement position (Regular Substitute) effective September 28, 2021 through June 30, 2022

AIS Morning Elementary Program Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District,effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

Stephanie Hanley, certified in Special Education (Gr. 1-6), appointed to a four-
year probationary period in the Special Education tenure area, commencing October 4, 2021 and ending October 4, 2025*

Substitute Teacher, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022

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
Dana Williams, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 28, 2021

Lori Dzierzek, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective September 28, 2021

Andre Bryan, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective September 28, 2021

Mercedes Gonzalez, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, effective September 28, 2021

Joy LeFort, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective September 28, 2021

Substitute Paraprofessional/Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing

Cocurricular
2021-2022 Aquatic Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Attached

Listing
Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0]
REPORTS
A. Student Representative Report
Mr. Bond introduced Jenna Napoleon and invited her to share some information about herself, which she did. She then presented her report on activities at the High School, including plans for JROTC events, Spirit Week, Homecoming, and the Powderpuff Game. She also shared information on the upcoming Student Government Elections and Honor Society events.
B. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Report
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Miller shared Ms. Serratore’s report as she was unable to attend this meeting. Mr. Miller updated the Board and those in the audience on plans for professional development in the afternoon on the October 6th, the District’s reporting of COVID cases on the New York State Dashboard, and information on the Orange County Department of Health’s vaccine point of distribution that will be located at the High School on
October 8th.
C. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Report
Following the introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Miller provided information on the NewYork State DOH testing mandate for unvaccinated staff. The District is working with Affinity Health to coordinate the testing of the staff members, which will be provided at no cost to the District or
the individuals.

D. School Business Official Report
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Conklin noted that the traffic light in front of the High School/Middle School complex is now fully operational and has been a great benefit with the traffic flow at dismissal time. He also provided information on student transportation, the capital project, and the recently conducted external audit.
E. Enrollment – September 22, 2021
Following the introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Conklin provided a brief review of the current enrollment. The enrollment figures appear as an Agenda item on each Agenda from July through September; the Board will receive enrollment figures at the second Board meeting of the month throughout the remainder of the school year.
F. Technology Report
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Mohr reported on the district-wide
installation of the Promethean Boards over the summer. He noted that this was a very large project and the installation, which was coordinated to work around the summer school program, went very smoothly. He reported that the company that installed the Promethean Boards was very professional and worked quickly. He thanked all those involved in the project for their
efforts, especially the members of his department and the maintenance and custodial staff.
G. Presentation of End-of-Year Reports:
1. Food Service
2. Buildings & Grounds
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Eleanore Mills, School Lunch Manager, to make her End-of-Year Food Service presentation.
Ms. Mills reviewed the school lunch program for the past two years. She shared that theNational School Lunch Program provided meals at no cost during the ongoing pandemic.
She described the challenges her department has encountered such as staffing, vendor supplies, and delivery. Related details were shared.
Mr. Bond then introduced Mr. Ryan Schmidt, Director of Facilities. Mr. Schmidt
reviewed his End-of-Year Report, highlighting the goals and accomplishments of the department over the course of the 2020-2021 school year. Related details were shared. Mr. Schmidt thanked the Board and Administration for all the support he and his staff have received.
Mr. Bond thanked Ms. Mills and Mr. Schmidt for their reports and extended his thanks to them and their staff for their hard work.
H. Community Participation
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Board members commented on events that they had participated in or attended recently, including sporting events and Open Houses.
PUBLIC PARTICIPATION
There were five requests for public participation this evening:
Crystal Johnson – Bus Driver Incident
Kyle Conway – Bus Driver Incident
Alex Ross – COVID Mandates
Jen Watson – Library Materials
Seamus Geary – Special Education Issue
Mr. Bond thanked the speakers for their remarks and let them know that someone from the District would follow up with them regarding their questions.

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NEW BUSINESS

A. Adoption of District School Safety Plan 2021-2022
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Mrs. Terralavoro moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the 2021-2022 District Safety Plan, as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
B. Approval of Academic Intervention Services Plan
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Mrs. Terralavoro moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the 2021-2023 Academic Intervention Services Plan, as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

C. Adoption of Resolution:
Authorization for Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLC
to Intervene in the Tax Certiorari Proceedings Filed by Medline Industries,
Inc. Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the resolution, and called for amotion.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the attached resolution authorizing Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLC to intervene in the tax certiorari proceedings filed by Medline Industries, Inc. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

D. Review of Curricula:
1. High School Health
2. Middle School Health
Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item and noted that this curriculum will be available for the Board’s review in the office of Curriculum and Instruction. It will be placed on the October 12, 2021 Board agenda for consideration.
E. Approval of Textbook Adoption:
Middle School Spanish

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Ms. Ginda-Baxter dated September 27, 2021, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Terralavoro moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the
textbooks for the Middle School Spanish courses, as presented and as attached. Voting YES:
Unanimous [6:0]

F. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and
CSArch for 2021 Capital Project Architectural Services
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the agreement provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and CSArch for 2021 Capital Project architectural services, as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

G. Approval of East Coldenham Elementary Club Charters:
1. Boomwhacker Club
2. EC Echoes
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the club charters provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopt the above listed club charters, as attached. 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 7:52 p.m.

September 13, 2021

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, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Kelly, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mrs. Terralavoro ABSENT: All Present

Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Miller, Mr. Conklin, Ms. McGoldrick, and approximately twelve faculty, staff, and community members in the audience Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Mr. Bond made regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking, public participation, and audiotaping of the meeting. He made available a copy of the opening statement/ guidelines for public participation for those wishing to speak.

Mr. Bond thanked the staff and bus company employees for a good beginning to the school year.

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 called for a motion. 

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

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

Regular Meeting Minutes dated 8/23/21

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL

Declaration of Obsolete Equipment/Textbooks: 
Middle School – English Textbooks 
Buildings & Grounds – Kitchen Equipment

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Acceptance of Resignations:

Instructional

Vincent Pettine, 5th Grade Team Leader, p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, effective September 1, 2021

Noninstructional

Eric Guarneri, Night Custodial Supervisor, Valley Central High School, effective August 31, 2021

Colleen Maier, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central High School, effective September 13, 2021

Hilda Rodriguez Roman, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective August 31, 2021

Eugene Cummings, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 23, 2021         

Geraldine Accettulli, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2021

Katelyn Pastena, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

 

Approval of Appointments:
 

Instructional

Stephanie Harrigan, certified in Speech and Language Disabilities, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Speech tenure area, commencing October 13, 2021 and ending October 13, 2025*

Linda Cooney, certified in Special Education, appointed to a leave replacement position (Regular Substitute) in the Special Education area, effective for the 2021 – 2022 School Year

Brenna Cooney, certified in Students with Disabilities (1-6) and Childhood Education (1-6), appointed to a leave replacement position (Regular Substitute) in the Special Education area, effective for the 2021 – 2022 School Year

Tiffani Garrison, Team Leader, p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year

Valley Central Evening High School Staff, p/t, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

Elementary AIS Morning Program Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

2021 – 2022 Grad Point Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School – See Attached Listing

After School Tutoring Program, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

Substitute Teachers/Home Tutors, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

[Addendum] Anthony Vallo, certified in English Language Arts 7-12, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the English tenure area, commencing September 14, 2021 and ending September 14, 2025*

 

*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

Colleen Maier, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021

Terri Warrington, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021

Angela Adjei, Registered School Nurse, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021

. Jill Cucuzza, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective October 1, 2021

Lorna Mallay, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021

Milagros Maldonado, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective September 14, 2021 through June 25, 2021

Denyse Heine, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021

Dawn Stokes, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 14, 2021

Substitute Paraprofessionals/RN/Clerical/Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

Extracurricular

Eric Guarneri, Advisor, p/t Lighting Technician, Valley Central High School, effective  2021 – 2022 School Year

Elaine Keefer, Gradus Honoris Advisor, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year

Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

REPORTS

Superintendent Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.   Mr. Xanthis commented on the very successful start of the school year and expressed his thanks to the Board for their continued support as we open the new school year.  

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Report

Following the introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Ms. Serratore spoke about the students’ return to the classrooms and the welcome events that were held at all the schools.  She also shared information on the before and after school programs, programs to help close the academic gap, and professional development for faculty and staff.   

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Miller updated the Board and those in the audience on the COVID-19 guidance and protocols related to District faculty and staff.

School Business Official Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin reported on student transportation and the traffic flow at the High School/Middle School complex during drop-off and pick-up times; the utilization of CRRSA (Corornavirus Response & Relief Supplemental Appropriations) grant funds; the status of the Capital Project plans; and the District’s recently conducted external audit.

Enrollment Report – September 8, 2021

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Xanthis noted that the enrollment up approximately 35 students since June and class sizes are good.   He shared that we have approximately 150 students who are currently being homeschooled, which is a larger number than we have had historically and is possibly due to the pandemic.

COVID-19/Back to School Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Serratore, the District’s COVID-19 Coordinator, to offer her report.  Ms. Serratore commented on the reopening of schools, including the instructional plan and the measures being taken to ensure the safety of staff and students as all students return to in person learning this year.  

OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – September 1, 2021

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mrs. Messing shared information on the plans for the upcoming NYSSBA Convention and the OCSBA Delegates’ roundtable discussion on the start of the school year.

Racial and Social Equity Committee Report  

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Mrs. Kelly, the Board’s liaison to the Committee, to update the Board on the work of the Committee.  Mrs. Kelly shared that the Committee met on September 9th for the first meeting of the school year.  The Committee discussed topics for a survey to be sent out to the community.

High School Presentation:
Community As School Program 
Career and College Readiness 

Following introduction of this Agenda item, High School Principals Mr. Conklin and Mr. Burns, along with teachers Michelle Sinn and Rebekah Stoll, presented an overview of the Community As School program and the career and college preparation opportunities for the students at the High School. 

The administrators and teachers were thanked for their presentation.

Community Participation

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had recently attended or participated in within the District and community.  Board members commented on students being back on campus, the ALC Welcome Back Barbecue, athletic events, the Village of Walden 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony, and the General Montgomery Day Parade.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bond called on the one person requesting time to speak:

Paul DiPierro – Vaccines

Mr. Bond thanked the speaker for his remarks and noted that one of the District administrators would follow up with him.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Approval of World Language Curricula:
Spanish A1 &  Spanish A2
Spanish C1 & Spanish C2

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

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

Second and Final Reading of:
 1. Policy 1530 – Smoking and Vaping on School Premises (Revised)

2. Exhibit 3230-E – Organizational Chart (Revised)

3. Policy 4000 – Instructional Goals (Revised)

4. Regulation 5420-R – Student Health Services (Revised)

5. Policy 5460 – Child Abuse, Maltreatment or Neglect in a Domestic Setting (Revised)

6. Regulation 5460-R – Child Abuse, Maltreatment or Neglect in a Domestic Setting (Revised)

7. Policy 8112 – Health and Safety Committee (Revised)

8. Policy 8220 – Buildings and Grounds Maintenance and Inspection (Revised)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and referenced the revised policies/ exhibit/

regulations listed above, which were presented for a first reading at the August 23, 2021 Board meeting.  He noted that these revisions have been posted on the website.  He then read a summary of the revisions and called for a motion. 

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

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Bid Recommendations:
Health, Physical Education & Athletics 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and referenced the memorandum with the bid recommendations provided to the Board members.  Mr. Bond then called for a motion.  

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Kelly seconded that the Health, Physical Education and Athletic bid recommendations be approved, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Charter Revision:
National Social Studies Honor Society

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the revised charter presented to the Board, and called for a motion.  

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Terralavoro seconded that the Board approve the revised National Social Studies Honor Society Charter, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Acceptance of NYS Comptroller’s Audit Corrective Action Plan

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the Corrective Action Plan provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.  

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board accept the New York State Comptroller’s Audit Corrective Action Plan, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

ADJOURNMENT 

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

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

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


August 2021

August 23, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration  Building at 6:31 p.m. by President Joseph Bond. 

PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Kelly, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, and  Mrs. Terralavoro 

ABSENT: Mrs. Revoir  

Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Miller, Ms. McGoldrick, approximately seventy-five members of the community and staff in the audience 

Also Absent: Mr. Conklin and Media (WVT/THR)  

EXECUTIVE SESSION 

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the collective bargaining negotiations (VCAA) under the Taylor Act. 

Mrs. Terralavoro moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board convenes to Executive  Session at 6:04 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [5:0] 

Mr. Fitzgerald entered Executive Session at approximately 6:15 p.m. 

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board come out of Executive  Session at 6:30 p.m. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0] 

PLEDGE TO FLAG 

Mr. Bond made regular announcements regarding emergency egress, no smoking,  public participation, and audiotaping of the meeting. He made available a copy of the opening statement/ guidelines for public participation for those wishing to speak. 

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. Agenda Item 19 – Non-Instructional  Appointments under Superintendent’s Recommendations has been removed from consideration this evening. Mr. Bond then called for a motion.  

Mrs. Terralavoro moved, Ms. Kelly seconded that the following Consent Agenda be  accepted/ approved, as listed, amended and/or attached. 

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES 

A. Regular Meeting Minutes dated 8/9/21

FINANCIAL REPORT 

A. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for July 

B. Acceptance of Investment Report for July 

C. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for July 

D. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for July 

E. Acceptance of Record of Claims for July 

F. Approval of General Fund July Budget Transfer  

G. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for July 

H. Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for June 

I. Acceptance of Investment Report for June 

J. Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for June 

K. Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for June 

L. Acceptance of Record of Claims for June 

M. Approval of General Fund June Budget Transfer  

N. Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for June 

O. Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for June 

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 

FOR APPROVAL 

A. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District  

and LaSalle School  

B. Approval of Side Agreement: 

Valley Central Nutritional Staff Unit 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS 

A. Acceptance of Resignations: 

Instructional 

Vincent Fino, English Teacher, Valley Central Middle School, effective August 31, 2021 

Noninstructional 

Chrystal Lozano, Paraprofessional, 12 months, p/t, Valley Central School District,  effective September 2, 2021 

Christine Schuyler, Typist, Valley Central School District, for retirement  

purposes, effective January 1, 2022  

Maureen Coberly, Custodial Worker and Night Supervisor, Valley Central Middle  School, effective August 31, 2021 

Sherica Ridge-Kiernan, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District,  effective August 31, 2021 

Tiziana Russo, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 1, 2021 

Denise James, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  August 31, 2021 

Extracurricular 

Denyse LaVallie, Advisor, p/t, Future Business Leaders of America, Valley  Central High School, effective August 31, 2021 

B. Approval of Leaves of Absence: 

Instructional 

Kerriann Leete, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, for  childcare purposes, effective 2021-2022 School Year

Noninstructional 

Michael Williams, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School  District, for medical purposes, effective September 1, 2021 through October 15, 2021 

C. Approval of Appointments: 

Instructional 

Samaria Gray, certified as a School Social Worker, appointed to a four-year  probationary position in the School Social Worker tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021  and ending September 1, 2025* 

Jessica Pforte, certification pending as a School Attendance Teacher, appointed to  a four-year probationary position in the School Attendance Teacher tenure area, commencing  September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025* 

Patricia Bishop, certified as a School Counselor, appointed to a four-year  

probationary position in the School Counselor tenure area, commencing August 25, 2021 and  ending August 25, 2025* 

Paul Sontag, certified in Physical Education, appointed to a four-year  

probationary position in the Physical Education tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and  ending September 1, 2024* 

Diana Leone, certified as Blind and Visually Impaired, appointed to a four-year  probationary period in the Visually Impaired tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and  ending September 1, 2025* 

Stephanie Mineo, certified as a School Counselor, appointed to a four-year  probationary position in the School Counselor tenure area, commencing August 25, 2021 and  ending August 25, 2025* 

Team Leaders, p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective 2021-2022 School  Year – See Separate Listing 

Middle School Health Curriculum Writing, p/t, Valley Central School District,  effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Separate Listing 

Substitute Teachers/Home Tutors, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  2021 – 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing 

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

Noninstructional 

Jennifer Miller, Typist, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021 

Bonny Velie, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021 

Yahaira Diaz, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 1, 2021 

Kathleen Pinto, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 1, 2021 

Malvina Ahmetaj, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District,  effective September 1, 2021 

Thomas Amodio, Jr., Paraprofessional, (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central  School District, effective September 1, 2021 

Geneen Calyer, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective  September 1, 2021 

John Lunden, Custodial Worker (.5), Valley Central School District, effective  August 24, 2021 

Chrystal Lozano, Typist, Valley Central School District, effective September 2,  2021 

Brittany Minard, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School  District, effective September 1, 2021 

Katelyn Pastena, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, 

effective September 1, 2021  

Alejandra Sanchez-Sharif, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School  District, effective September 1, 2021  

Emily Prior, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 1, 2021 

Amanda McNeill, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 1, 2021 

Amber Lofrese, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021 

Elizabeth Killilea, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 1, 2021 

Hans Solon, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective August  24, 2021 

Lauren Pine, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective  September 1, 2021 

Joseph Morrow, Custodial Worker (.5), Valley Central School District, effective  August 24, 2021 This appointment was removed from consideration. 

Sherica Ridge-Kiernan, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Montgomery Elementary  School, effective September 1, 2021 

Substitute Paraprofessionals, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021- 2022 School Year – See Separate Listing 

Extracurricular 

Advisors, p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective 2021-2022 School Year  – See Separate Listing 

Nicole Fuoco, Advisor, p/t, Future Business Leaders of America, Valley Central  High School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year 

Cocurricular 

2021 Fall Non-Paid Assistant Football Coaches, Valley Central School District – See Separate Listing 

Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0] 

REPORTS 

A. Superintendent Report 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Xanthis commented on the start of the new school year, including New Teacher Induction, the ALC Welcome Back Barbecue, and the start of the fall sports season. 

B. Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Report  

Following the introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore shared information on the events planned in all the schools during the first week of September to welcome the students back. 

C. Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Report  

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Miller reported on the work in the Human  Resources Department in preparation for the 2021-2022 school year including recruitment, hiring,  diversity efforts, new teacher induction, and COVID-19 sick leave issues. 

D. Projected Enrollment 2021-2022 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Xanthis noted that the enrollment is up slightly from last year and class sizes are good.  

E. COVID -19/Back to School Report

Following the introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore thanked those in the community that submitted questions in the survey regarding the District’s Reopening Plan, which is posted on the District’s website. She then read the questions from the public and answered them. Dr. Lin Lin Remenar, the District’s medical director, and Mr. Daniel Petigrow, the  District’s general counsel, were present to answer questions, as well. 

F. Racial and Social Equity Committee Report  

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Ms. Serratore shared that the Board has been provided with a list of recommendations from the Committee, which was the culmination of their work from the 2020-2021 school year. Mrs. Serratore began by noting that the District has received many questions regarding Critical Race Theory and confirmed that it is not a part of the  District’s curriculum. The Committee’s recommendations center on school climate, curriculum review, professional development and staff diversity. Mr. Zelig Kurland, the District’s Diversity  Coach, will be present at an upcoming Board meeting to answer any questions the Board may have. 

G. Community Participation 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended or participated in within the District and community. Board members commented on the induction program held today to welcome our new teachers. 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION 

Following the introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bond noted that due to the number of community members requesting time to speak this evening, he is making a motion to extend the  Public Participation portion of the meeting to an hour. Mrs. Messing seconded the motion.  Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0] 

There were twenty requests for Public Participation on the topic of masks and other  COVID-19 protocols. Those who spoke were: 

Eugenia Riddick, Alex Rossi, Amy Rossi, Marc Carassone, Ken O’Brien,Melissa Doro, Michael Franklin, Diane DiPierro, Magda Skermo, Brian Christein, Julie Partington, Jeff VanZandt, Jennifer Watson, Mark Baker, Joe Partington, Kevin Kyle, Elizabeth Kyle, Mike Scotto, Emily Diaz 

OLD BUSINESS

A. Adoption of Resolution: 

2021-2022 Reopening Plan 

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Kelly seconded that the Board adopts the following resolution: 

The Board of Education hereby approves and ratifies the Reopening Plan for the 2021- 2022 school year. 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 [6:0] 

B. Approval of Curricula: 

K-12 Library Media 

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. Terralavoro moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopts the K-12 Library  Media Curricula, as presented. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0] 

NEW BUSINESS 

A. Adoption of 2021-2022 District Goals  

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

Mrs. Terralavoro moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopt the 2021-2022  District Goals, as presented and attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0] 

B. 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. 

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

Ms. McGoldrick, District Clerk, called the roll: 

Mr. Bond VOTING YES 

Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES 

Mrs. Kelly VOTING YES 

Ms. McKnight VOTING YES 

Mrs. Messing VOTING YES 

Mrs. Revoir ABSENT 

Mrs. Terralavoro VOTING YES 

2. Authorization of Tax Warrant 

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

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

Ms. McGoldrick, District Clerk, called the roll: 

Mr. Bond VOTING YES 

Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES 

Mrs. Kelly VOTING YES 

Ms. McKnight VOTING YES 

Mrs. Messing VOTING YES 

Mrs. Revoir ABSENT 

Mrs. Terralavoro VOTING YES 

Ms. McGoldrick circulated the tax warrant for the signature of the Board members. 

C. Review of World Language Curricula: 

1. Spanish A1 & Spanish A2 

2. Spanish C1 & Spanish C2 

Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item and noted that these curricula will be available for the Board’s review in the office of Curriculum and Instruction. It will be placed on the  September 13, 2021 Board agenda for consideration.

D. First Reading of: 

1. Policy 1530 – Smoking and Vaping on School Premises (Revised) 

2. Exhibit 3230-E – Organizational Chart (Revised) 

3. Policy 4000 – Instructional Goals (Revised) 

4. Regulation 5420-R – Student Health Services (Revised) 

5. Policy 5460 – Child Abuse, Maltreatment or Neglect in a Domestic Setting  (Revised) 

6. Regulation 5460-R – Child Abuse, Maltreatment or Neglect in a Domestic  Setting (Revised) 

7. Policy 8112 – Health and Safety Committee (Revised) 

8. Policy 8220 – Buildings and Grounds Maintenance and Inspection (Revised) 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the above-listed policies/exhibits/ regulations, and read a summary of the proposed revisions. He noted that the policies/exhibits/ regulations 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 13, 2021  meeting for adoption. 

E. NYSSBA Board of Directors Election – Area 9  

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and proposed, if there were no objections from the Board, that both candidates be considered together. There were no objections. He then called for a motion. 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Kelly seconded that the Board cast a vote in the New York State School Board Association’s Board of Directors Election for John Redman as Area 9  Director. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]  

F. Establishment of Public Hearing for District Safety Plan – September 13, 2021 at  5:30 p.m. 

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Terralavoro seconded that the Board establish a Public Hearing for the District Safety Plan on September 13, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. Voting: YES:  Unanimous [6:0]  

ADJOURNMENT 

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

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

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 8:52 p.m.


August 9, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 5:47 p.m. by President Joseph Bond PRESENT: Mr. Bond, Mrs. Kelly, Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. McKnight, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mrs. Terralavoro ABSENT: None 

Also Present: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Miller, Ms. Serratore, Ms. McGoldrick and seven community members in the audience 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.  Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 5:15 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0] Mr. Fitzgerald entered Executive Session at approximately 5:20 p.m. 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 5:45 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

PLEDGE TO FLAG

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion. Mrs. Revoir moved, Mrs. Terralavoro seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted/approved, as listed and/or attached.

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES 

  1. Reorganizational/Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 7/26/21

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 

FOR APPROVAL

  1. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and  J&D Ultracare Corp.
  2. Adoption of Resolution:Superintendent’s Salary Reduction Contract Amendment andStand Alone Payments for 2021-2022
  3. Approval of Request for Proposal Recommendation:Sign Language Interpreter Services and Instruction
  4. Declaration of Obsolete Textbooks: Middle School – Math Textbooks
  5. Review of Curriculum: K-12 Library Media
  6. Approval of Overnight Trip Request : Valley Central Varsity Cheerleading Team

 

   SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Acceptance of Resignations:

 

Instructional

 

Keri Amend, Speech Therapist, Valley Central School District, effective August 31, 2021

Noninstructional

 

Lindsay Vermilling, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Alternative Learning Center,effective August 31, 2021

Steven Nahow, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective July 31, 2021

Travis Phillips, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective July 19, 2021

  • Approval of Appointments:

Instructional

Mentor Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year-See Attached Listing

Kimberly Ronaldson, Check and Connect Coordinator, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective 2021-2022 School Year

Check and Connect Mentors, p/t, Valley Central High School and Valley Central Middle School, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Attached Listings

Social/Emotional Mentors, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

John Guercio, certified in Social Studies 7-12, appointed to a Social Studies leave replacement (regular substitute) position, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022

Substitute Teachers/Home Tutors, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

Noninstructional

Lisa Sullivan, Typist, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Iris Noll, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Lindsay Vermilling, Paraprofessional, p/t, Alternative Learning Center, effective September 1, 2021

Alejandra Rivera, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Jessica Greene, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Sheri Sloboda, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021   

Donna Wiegert, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Substitute Paraprofessionals/RN/Clerical/Food Service Helpers/Custodial Workers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

 

Cocurricular

 

Fall Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Attached Listing Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

There was one request for Public Participation this evening:Mercedes Ortiz – Donations to School Community

 

BOARD RETREAT

  • SuperEval Demonstration

Mr. Bond announced this Agenda item, and introduced Mr. Bob Hartz from SuperEval, who offered a presentation via Zoom on his company’s evaluation tool platform and pricing.Mr. Hartz was thanked for his presentation with a round of applause.

  • New York State School Boards Association Presentation

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bond introduced Mr. Mark Snyder, the Leader Development Manager from NYSSBA.  Mr. Snyder led a Board Retreat on the topic of the Superintendent’s annual goals and evaluation process.

The Board and Central Office Administrators thanked Mr. Snyder for facilitating the Board Retreat and offered a round of applause.

ADJOURNMENT

Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Kelly seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0] Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 9:10 p.m.

July 2021

July 26, 2021

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, Mrs. Kelly, Ms. McKnight and Mrs. Revoir 
ABSENT: Mr. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Messing and Mrs. Terralavoro

Also Present: Ms. Serratore, Ms. McGoldrick and one community member in the audience
Also Absent: Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Miller and Media (WVT/THR) 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Mrs. Revoir moved, Mrs. Kelly seconded that the following Consent Agenda, be accepted/approved, as listed and/or attached.

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES 

Reorganizational/Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 7/12/21

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE 

FOR APPROVAL

  1. Approval of Middle School Curricula:
  1. Family & Consumer Science Revisions
  2. Books Alive!
  3. Literary Villains
  4. Comics & Graphic Novels
  5. Who Done It!
  6. Esports
  7. Foundations of Music Technology
  8. Mural Arts
  9. Sketching Your Way Through Art
  1. Approval of the Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of Refunds due to Court Order and Judgment: Springhouse Apartments, LTD
  2. Acceptance of Bid Recommendation for High School Auditorium Lighting Replacements: Harry F. Rotolo & Son, Inc.
    Approval of High School Extraclassroom Activity Account Deputy Treasurer: Kristen Becker

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Acceptance of Resignation:

Noninstructional

Marica Sadutto, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective July 16, 2021

  • Approval of Appointments:

Instructional

Jacqueline Burns, English as a Second Language Teacher, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021   

Nicole Fuoco, certified in Business and Marketing, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Business tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*

Matthew Lennon, certified in Physical Education, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Physical Education tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*

Related Services and Itinerant Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective Summer 2021

*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

Carmen Rodriguez, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective July 27, 2021

Nikolaus Rottenbucher, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective July 27, 2021

William Sherry, Hall Monitor Coordinator, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective 2021-2022 School Year

Anthony Romanelli, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Kyle McNeely, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective July 27, 2021

Kimberly Ciaschi, Hall Monitor Coordinator, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective 2021-2022 School Year

AnnMarie Brodzinski, Scheduling Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective 2021-2022 School Year

Steven Nahow, Head Custodian, Valley Central School District, effective August 1, 2021

Rebecca Watson, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Most Precious Blood, effective September 1, 2021

Everett Loucks, Summer Custodial Worker, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective July 27, 2021 through August 31, 2021

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [4:0]

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no requests for Public Participation this evening.

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 [4:0] Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 6:03 p.m. 

Print July 26, 2021 Minutes


July 12, 2021

The Reorganizational meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Office at 6:30 p.m. by Ellen T. McGoldrick, District Clerk

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

PLEDGE TO FLAG

OFFICIAL RECOGNITION OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The District Clerk officially recognized the newly elected Board members, Mrs. Dee Kelly and Mrs. Angela Terralavoro.

ELECTION OF OFFICERS
A.  President of the Board

The District Clerk called for nominations for President of the Board for the school year 2021-2022 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 2021-2022 school year, Mrs. Revoir seconded the nomination.  The District Clerk called for a vote for Mr. Bond as President of the Board of Education.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Ms. McGoldrick then turned the meeting over to the President.

B.  Vice President

The President 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. Mrs. Revoir nominated Mrs. Messing for Vice President of the Board for the school year 2021-2022, Ms. McKnight 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, members of the Board of Education and the Superintendent of Schools.  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 and Brad Conklin be appointed Deputy Clerk of the Board for the school year 2021-2022, including the July 2022 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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022, 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 Marlene Marcano be appointed Deputy Claims Auditor for the school year 2021-2022.

OTHER APPOINTMENTS

School Physician

Dr. Lin-Lin Remenar of Crystal Run Healthcare Physicians LLP, be appointed School Physician for the school year 2021-2022 at the hourly rate of $125.00.

School Attorneys/Bond Counsel  

Thomas, Drohan, Waxman, Petigrow & Mayle, LLP be appointed School Attorney for the school year 2021-2022, as attached.

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC be appointed School Attorney for the school year 2021-2022 for negotiations and personnel, as attached.

Bond, Schoeneck & King, PLLC be appointed Bond Counsel for the school year 2021-2022, as attached.

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 2021-2022.

D.  Deputy Central Treasurers – Extraclassroom Activity Account

TBD 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; Tracy Barry be appointed Deputy Treasurer for the Walden Elementary School Extraclassroom Activity Account; and Erin Gephard be appointed Deputy Treasurer for the Alternative Learning Center Extraclassroom Activity Account for the school year 2021-2022.

E.  Attendance Officer/Homeless Liaison

Barbara Gravel be appointed Attendance Officer and Homeless Liaison of the District for the school year 2021-2022.  

F.  Foster Care Liaison

Marianne Serratore be appointed the Foster Care Liaison of the District for the school year 2021-2022.

G.  Records Access Officer

Ellen McGoldrick be appointed Records Access Officer of the District for the school year 2021-2022.

H.  Records Management Officer

Renee Marchant be appointed Records Management Officer of the District for the school year 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022.

Ryan Schmidt, Director of Facilities, or his designee be appointed Asbestos (LEA) Designated Person (DP):  AHERA of the District for the school year 2021-2022.

J.  Purchasing Agent

The School Business Official be appointed Purchasing Agent of the District for the school year 2021-2022.

K.  Chief Emergency Officers

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction and the Director of Health, Safety & Wellness be appointed Chief Emergency Officers of the District for the school year 2021-2022. 

L.  Financial Advisors

Bernard P. Donegan, Inc. be appointed Financial Advisors for the school year 2021-2022 per the attached Schedule of Fees.

M.  External Auditors

Bonadio & Co., LLP be appointed External Auditor of the District for the school year 2021-2022.

 

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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022.  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 2021-2022 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 2021-2022, 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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022.

C.  Conferences, Conventions, Workshops Attendance Approval

The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction approve Conference, Convention, and Workshop Attendance for the school year 2021-2022.

D.  Establish Petty Cash Funds

Petty Cash Funds be established for the following for the school year 2021-2022:

Ms. Mills Cafeteria Fund 460.00

 

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 2021-2022, 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 2021-2022.

F.  Annual Reports

The President of the Board be authorized to sign annual reports for the school year 2021-2022.  

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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022:

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

Readoption of Revised Board Policy Handbook  

The revised Board Policy Handbook be readopted for the school year 2021-2022. 

Establishment of Mileage Reimbursement Rate

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

Sexual Harassment Officers

The Assistant Superintendents and/or the Superintendent of Schools be appointed Sexual Harassment Officer of the District for the school year 2021-2022.

Title VI Compliance Officer

Marianne Serratore serve as the Title VI Compliance Officer for the 2021-2022 school year.

Committee on Special Education Members 

The following be appointed as members of the Committee on Special Education for the school year 2021-2022:

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

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

Special Education Teachers – Director of Special Education, Student Dependent

Alternate Special Education Teacher Members – District Special Education Teachers

CSE Parent Members – Carolyn Wesenberg

Committee on Preschool Special Education Members 

The following be appointed as members of the Committee on Preschool Special Education for the school year 2021-2022:

CPSE Chairpersons – Director of Special Education, Director of Pupil Personnel & Special Programs 

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

Teacher Member – Student Dependent, Tiiu Presutti, Susan Turi

CPSE Parent Members – Carolyn Wesenberg

CPSE Evaluator Member – Student Dependent

504/ADA Officers – Students

The Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction 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 2021-2022.

504/ADA Officer – Staff

The Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources be appointed Section 504/ADA Officer for District employees for the school year 2021-2022.

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 2021-2022.

Surrogate Parent

Carolyn Wesenberg be appointed as Surrogate Parent for the District for the school year 2021-2022.

Private Investigator

JM Investigations, LLC be appointed as Private Investigator for the District for the school year 2021-2022.

Dignity Act Coordinators 

The Elementary, Middle, and High Schools be appointed Dignity Act Coordinators for the school year 2021-2022 as follows:

 

Berea Elementary School Katherine Gusmano, Student Assistance Counselor

East Coldenham Elementary School Alexandra Riker, Student Assistance Counselor

Montgomery Elementary School Sarah Barringer, 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 Lacey Benjamin, Student Assistance Counselor 

Alternative Learning Center Lisa Strassner, Student Assistance Counselor

 Wellness Coordinator

The Athletic Director be appointed Wellness Coordinator for the District for the school year 2021-2022.

Instructional Materials Review Committee

The Instructional Materials Review Committee be appointed for the school year 2021-2022 as follows:

Marianne Serratore, Chairperson 

Janet Werner – Elementary Teacher (Walden) 

Wendy Portillo-Fonseca – Secondary Teacher (High School) 

Matthew Canino – Elementary Principal (Montgomery) 

Alicia Gannello – Secondary Assistant Principal (Middle School) 

Lisa Paulus – Library Media Specialist (High School) 

Erik Wright – Parent

Medicaid Consultant

Kinney Management Services, LLC be appointed Medicaid Consultant for the District for the school year 2021-2022.

 Lead Evaluators

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

Data Protection Officer

Tammy Coleman serve as the Data Protection Officer for the 2021-2022 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 asked if there were any items to be removed for consideration separately.  There were none; Mr. Bond then called for a motion. Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the following Consent Agenda be accepted/approved as listed and/or attached.

 

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 6/14/21

 

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

Establishment of Standard Work Day Hours for ERS Employees
Adoption of Resolution:
                        2021-2022 Free and Reduced Price Meals

Acceptance of Donation:
Walden Elementary School – Peace Pole

                        Walden Rotary Club

Declaration of Obsolete Textbooks
Middle School Science
High School Spanish
Consideration of Anticipated Overnight Trip Requests:
Valley Central High School – Music Department
Valley Central High School – Science Olympiad
Valley Central High School – Math League
Valley Central High School – Senior Class
Valley Central High School – Freshman Class
Valley Central High School – Sophomore Class
Valley Central High School – JROTC
Valley Central High School – Science Research (Two)
Valley Central High School – National Art Honor Society

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Acceptance of Resignations:

Instructional

Richard Steger II, Physical Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, 

effective June 30, 2021

Victoria O’Connor, Summer School Teacher, p/t, Valley Central School District, 

effective July 6, 2021

Noninstructional

Toni Brown, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 

25, 2021

Cheryl O’Brien, Principal Account Clerk, Valley Central School District, effective 

July 16, 2021

Alexandra Ramirez, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Walden Elementary School, 

effective June 30, 2021

Cristina Cancelleri, Registered School Nurse, Valley Central School District, 

effective June 30, 2021

Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Instructional

Casey Bannon, Mathematics Teacher, Valley Central School District, for childcare purposes, effective on or about December 15, 2021 through April 8, 2022

Maryellen James, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, leave request for the 2021-2022 School Year  

Rose Verno, ESL Teacher, Valley Central School District, for childcare purposes, effective on or about September 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022

Approval of Appointments:

Administrative

Richard Steger II, certified as a School District Administrator, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Director of Health, Physical Education and Athletics tenure area, commencing July 1, 2021 and ending July 1, 2025*

Instructional

STEAM Enrichment Program Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 – See Attached Listing

Health Curriculum Writing, p/t, Valley Central Middle School and High School, effective Summer 2021 – See Attached Listing

C1 and C2 Spanish Curriculum Writing, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective Summer 2021 – See Attached Listing

A1 and A2 Spanish Curriculum Writing, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective Summer 2021 – See Attached Listing

Karen Miedema, certified in Biology 7-12 and General Science 7-12, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Science tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*

2021 Summer Opportunities Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District 

Maryellen James, certified as a School Counselor, appointed to a regular substitute (leave replacement) position as a School Counselor, commencing August 25, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022

Kristin Doucette, certified as a School Counselor, appointed to a regular substitute (leave replacement) position as a School Counselor, commencing August 25, 2021 and ending June 30, 2022

Robert Ciganek, Community-as-School Liaison, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year

Brian Majestic, certified in Students with Disabilities (Gr. 1-6) and Students with Disabilities (Birth – Gr. 2), appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Special Education tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*

Team Leaders, p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year 

Grace Chase, certified in Childhood Education (Gr. 1-6), appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Elementary Education tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025  

 

*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

Constance Griffin, School Nurse Coordinator, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year

Grace Giulini, Paraprofessional (LPN), Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year

Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Sr. Account Clerk, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective July 13, 2021

Summer Custodial Workers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective July 13, 2021 through August 31, 2021

Alexandra Ramirez, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Valerie Bragaglia, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective September 1, 2021

Extracurricular

High School, Berea Elementary School, East Coldenham and Walden Elementary School Advisors, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Attached Listings

District Event Photographers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021-2022 School Year 

REPORTS

Superintendent Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Xanthis commented on this year’s graduates and the 2021 Commencement Ceremony, which was held on Saturday, June 26, 2021.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Report 

Following the introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore updated the Board members on this year’s summer school program, which began July 6th and is being held in all the District schools and the Alternative Learning Center.

 

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Report 

Following the introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Miller reported on staffing efforts for 2021-2022.  He noted that Induction will be held on August 23rd.

School Business Official Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin provided information on student transportation for summer school and planning for the upcoming Capital Project.

Projected Enrollment 2021-2022

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Xanthis noted that the enrollment is down considerably from last year, but the District anticipates a large number of new enrollments over the summer.  The Board will continue to receive projected enrollment figures at each meeting through the opening of school.  

COVID -19 Update

Following the introduction of this Agenda item, Ms. Serratore noted that the reopening plan for the 2021-2022 school year will be developing further over the next few weeks.  The District is waiting for additional guidance from the State Education Department and the New York State Department of Health.

Ms. Serratore also reported that the District held a town hall event last week to present information on grants under the Federal Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations (CRRSA) Act and American Rescue Plan (ARP) and to get input from the community.  She shared plans for utilizing the grant monies, including infrastructure measures such as ventilation and air conditioning; pavilions to increase capacity for outdoor learning and lunch areas; early learning loss prevention programs; before and after school programs; hiring additional student assistance counselors; as well as increased academic programs and professional development.

Racial and Social Equity Committee Report 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore shared the selection process for Committee membership.  The terms of committee members are staggered so that each year there is an opportunity for new applicants to join the committee.  For this year, the Committee was seeking membership applications for three parents, community members, or recent graduates; two students; one high school teacher; one middle school teacher; one elementary teacher; and one non-instructional elementary staff member.  The Committee’s first meeting is scheduled for September 9th.

Community Participation

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended or participated in within the District and community.  Board members commented on the summer school Spanish enrichment program, moving up ceremonies and graduation.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

There were no requests for public participation this evening.

OLD BUSINESS

Approval of High School Curricula  
Social History of Rock & Roll
Literature Through Film
Journalism & Mass Media
 

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

Second and Final Reading of:
Policy 0100 – Equal Opportunity (Revised)
Policy 5311.9 – Dignity For All Students Act (Revised)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, read revised Policy 0100, and called for a motion.  

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopts Policy 0100 – Equal Opportunity, as attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond then read revised Policy 5311.9 and called for a motion.  

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board adopt Policy 5311.9 – Dignity For All Students Act, as attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

NEW BUSINESS

Readoption of District Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that there were no revisions to the Code of Conduct and Plain Language Summary for this year.  He 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 attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Readoption of District Guidance Plan

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, noted that there were no revisions District’s Guidance Plan this year, and called for a motion.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopts the District Guidance Plan, as attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous: [7:0]

Adoption of Resolution:
Rockland BOCES Energy Purchasing Consortium

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Terralavoro seconded that the Board adopts the resolution approving the District’s participation in the Rockland BOCES Energy Purchasing Consortium for the 2021-2022 school year, as attached.  Voting: YES: Unanimous: [7:0]

Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and 
Matthew Witherow – Impartial Hearing Officer for Student Discipline

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

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and Matthew Witherow, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and 
The Center for Discovery for Educational/Residential Services

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the agreement between Valley Central School District and The Center for Discovery for educational/residential services in the 2021-2022 school year, and called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approves the agreement between Valley Central School District and The Center for Discovery, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and 
The Center for Discovery for Consultation, Evaluation and Therapy Services  

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the agreement between Valley Central School District and The Center for Discovery for consultation, evaluation and therapy services in the 2021-2022 school year, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and The Center for Discovery, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Appointment of Committee Member/Liaison:
Audit Committee
Policy Committee
Health, Safety & Wellness Committee
Technology Committee 
Guidance Committee
Curriculum Council
Valley Central Education Foundation
Valley Central PTA Council
Orange County School Boards Association
New York State School Boards Association
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, Ms. McKnight, Ms. Terralavoro

Policy Committee – Mr. Bond, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir

Health, Safety & Wellness Committee – Mrs. Kelly

Technology Committee – Mrs. Revoir

Guidance Committee – Ms. McKnight

Curriculum Council – Mrs. Revoir

Valley Central Education Foundation – Mrs. Terralavoro, Mr. Bond (Alternate)

Valley Central PTA Council – Mrs. Terralavoro

Orange County School Boards Association – Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Kelly (Alternate)

New York State School Boards Association – Mrs. Terralavoro

Racial Equity in Education Committee – Mrs. Kelly, Ms. McKnight (Alternate)

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

Springhouse Apartments
ALKO Farms

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

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopts the resolution authorizing the reductions of tax assessments and the payment of refunds due to Court Order and Judgment, as presented, listed, and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of  Middle School Charters:
Chess Club
Mindfulness & Yoga Club 
Students Against Destructive Decisions Club 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the club charters presented to the Board, and called for a motion.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approves the charters for the Middle School Chess Club, the Mindfulness & Yoga Club, and the Students Against Destructive Decisions Club, as presented, listed and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Curricula Writing:
High School Spanish A1 and A2
High School and Middle School Health 

Mr. Bond introduced this agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Ms. Serratore to Mr. Xanthis, and called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the curricula writing for High School Spanish A1 and A2 and High School and Middle School Health, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Review of Middle School Curricula:
Family & Consumer Science Revisions
Books Alive!
Literary Villains
Comics & Graphic Novels
Who Done It!
Esports
Foundations of Music Technology
Mural Arts
Sketching Your Way Through Art

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that the curricula for these Middle School elective courses will be available in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for review.  The curricula will be placed on the July 26th Board agenda for approval.

ADJOURNMENT 

            There being no further business, Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn. Mrs. Kelly moved, Mrs. Terralavoro seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [7:0] Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:13 p.m.

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June 2021

June 14, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:16 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, Mr. Miller, Student Representative 

Alexander Oakes, and approximately fifty students, parents and staff members    Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.  

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board move into Executive Session to review the employment history of particular personnel at 6:17 p.m.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 7:04 p.m.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0] 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Following the Pledge, Mr. Bond asked those present to remain standing for a Moment of Silence for Joseph DiBello, who passed away on June 1st.  Joe was a teacher and administrator at the High School for 30 years.  Through his years at Valley Central, he served as a Teacher, Assistant Principal, and High School Principal.  

STUDENT PRESENTATION 

Ms. Serratore introduced the top ten graduating students from the Class of 2021, who were invited to this meeting to share their post-graduation plans. Those honored were Maddox Schaper, Kelly Conan, Maeve Harkin, Nicholas Suchy, Rachel Lastowski, Caroline Hargrove, Vanessa DiMartino, Lia Grammer, Kaylee Mayo and Sarah Robotham.

A round of applause was offered for the students and their parents and they left the meeting at this time.

CORRESPONDENCE/COMMENDATIONS

Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Bond reviewed the attached listing of correspondence, commendations, and honorable mentions.  Retiring Board members Mr. Wesenberg and Ms. Lewis were thanked for their years of dedicated service on the Board of Education.

PROPOSED CONSENT AGENDA

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that Agenda Item E. under Superintendent’s Recommendation will be removed for consideration separately.  He then called for a motion.

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

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

Budget Hearing Minutes dated 5/10/21
Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 5/10/21
Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 5/19/21

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

 

FOR APPROVAL

Rescission of Donation Acceptance:
Montgomery Elementary School – Monetary Donation

Village of Montgomery Preservation Committee

Declaration of Obsolete Equipment/Textbooks
Middle School – Science Textbooks
Buildings & Grounds – Dishwasher and Countertop
Montgomery Elementary School – Playground Equipment

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Approval of Tenure Recommendations:

 

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

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

High School Sarah Rosenwasser Social Studies Sept. 1, 2021

High School Amanda Gliedman Science Sept. 1, 2021

High School Alisa Podgorskaya School Psychologist Sept. 1, 2021

High School Denyse LaVallie Business Sept. 1, 2021

High School Daniel Walker Music Sept. 1, 2021

High School Brittany Bilodeau Art Sept. 1, 2021

Middle School Thomas Stoddard Physical Education Sept. 1, 2021

Middle School Joanna Sandve English Sept. 1, 2021

Middle School Kathryn Vecchio Special Education Sept. 1, 2021

Middle School Gracie Burillo School Media Specialist-LibrarySept. 1, 2021

Berea Stephanie Walsh Special Education Sept. 1, 2021

Berea/Montgomery Amber Lomolino Music Sept. 1, 2021

Berea Mary Beth Reed School Media Specialist-Librar Sept. 1, 2021

Berea Keri Amend Speech Sept. 13, 2021

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

East Coldenham Erin Lappe Special Education Sept. 1, 2021

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

Walden Brittany Olah School Psychologist August 25, 2021

Walden Wendy McNeely Elem. Education Sept. 1, 2021

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

Acceptance of Resignations:

Administrative

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

Noninstructional

Christopher Hathaway, Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, effective June 16, 2021

       Saima Awais, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 11, 2021

       Vera Stabile, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

       Louis Curti, Paraprofessional (School Monitor), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 3, 2021

      Susan Wilson, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

     Michelle Picard, Paraprofessional (1:2), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective June 30, 2021

 

Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Administrative

Michael Conklin, Secondary School Assistant Principal, Valley Central High School, effective July 1, 2021 To Run Concurrent with Probationary Secondary School Principal Position

Approval of Appointments:

Administrative

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

Instructional

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

 Summer 2021 Enrichment Program Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District

 Summer 2021 Hours-AIS Plan Revisions, p/t, Valley Central School District

K-12 Library Media Curriculum Writing, p/t, Summer 2021, Valley Central School District 

2021 Summer Opportunities Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listing

Brendan Sutta, certified as an Earth Science teacher, appointed to a four-year probationary position as a Science teacher in the Science tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*

Michael Fuoco, certified as a School Counselor, appointed to a four-year probationary position in the School Counselor tenure area, commencing August 25, 2021 and ending August 25, 2025*

Lacey Benjamin, certified as a School Social Worker, appointed to a four-year probationary position as a Student Assistance Counselor in the School Social Worker tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*

Andrea Cadena, certified in Spanish 7-12, appointed to a four-year probationary position as a Spanish teacher in the Foreign Language tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2025*

Kasi Wang, certified in Foreign Language, appointed to a three-year probationary period position as a World Language/Spanish teacher in the Foreign Language tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending September 1, 2024       

Rachel Musteen, certified in Speech & Language Disabilities, appointed to a four-year probationary period in the Speech tenure area, commencing September 1, 2021 and ending November 2, 2024*

Michele Sinn, Community-as-School Coordinator, p/t, Summer 2021, Valley Central High School

Department Chairs, p/t, Valley Central High School/Valley Central Middle School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year 

Team Leaders, p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year

Related Service and Itinerant Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective Summer 2021 

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

 Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year 

 

 

*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

Heidi O’Connell, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 15, 2021

Patricia Smith, Typist, Valley Central School District, effective July 1, 2021

Summer Custodial Workers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective June 28, 2021 through August 31, 2021

Summer 2021 Paraprofessional Hours, p/t, Valley Central School District 

2021 Summer Physical Nurse Appointments, p/t, Valley Central School District

Food Service Helpers and Food Service Coordinator, p/t, Summer 2021, Valley Central School District 

Constance Griffin, Coordinator of Safety and Health, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year

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

Substitute Paraprofessionals/Food Service Helpers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2021 – 2022 School Year 

Extracurricular

Advisors, p/t, Alternative Learning Center, effective 2021-2022 School Year – See Attached Listing

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

 Approval of Stand Alone Contracts 
 *this item was removed from the Consent Agenda for consideration separately

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

Mr. Bond then introduced Agenda Item E. under Superintendent’s Recommendations that was removed from the Consent Agenda for consideration separately and noted that each contract would be considered individually.  

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that Marianne Serratore’s 2021-2022 contract be approved, as presented, amended and attached.  Voting YES:  6; NO: Ms. Lewis

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that Brad Conklin’s 2021-2022 contract be approved, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  6; NO: Ms. McKnight, Mr. Fitzgerald

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. Messing seconded that William Miller’s 2021-2022 contract be approved, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  6; NO: Ms. Lewis

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that Ryan Schmidt’s 2021-2022 contract be approved, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that Eleanore Mill’s 2021-2022 contract be 

approved, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that Jacqueline Calarco’s 2021-2022 contract be approved, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that Sharon Delmonico’s 2021-2022 contract be approved, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

REPORTS

Student Representatives’ Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Alexander Oakes to offer his report.  Mr. Oakes reported on activities at the High School including the recently completed spring sports season, the Pops concert, the Art Show and Sidewalk Chalk Festival, the 2021 the distribution of Revelations and the yearbook, Senior Week activities and the upcoming Senior Awards and Athletic Awards.

Mr. Oakes responded to questions from Board members on his post-graduation plans.  He was thanked for his report and left the meeting at this time. 

Superintendent’s Report
 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis commented on the end of year events throughout the District.

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore shared information on plans for summer school, which will include enrichment programs and a social/emotional program at the Middle School in addition to the academic programs.  She also spoke about the Racial and Social Equity Committee and the District’s ongoing efforts to improve school climate and staff diversity, provide additional professional development and review curriculum for inclusivity.

Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Report

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Miller reported that thirty-six faculty and staff members have retired this year.  He also provided information on staffing for the 2021-2022 school year and plans for Induction in August.

School Business Official’s Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin provided information on the upcoming Capital Project and plans for the federal stimulus money the District will receive.

COVID-19 Update

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Serratore, the District’s COVID-19 

Coordinator, to provide an update.  Ms. Serratore reported that the Back To School 2021-2022 Task Force continues to meet to plan for instruction in the fall; at this point it appears that we will be able to return to 100% in-person instruction for the 2021-2022 school year.

Racial and Social Equity Committee – Sonia Lewis

The Racial and Social Equity Committee update was shared earlier this evening, during the 

Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction’s report.

Technology Steering Committee – May 12, 2021 – Diana Revoir

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mrs. Revoir provided a summary of topics discussed at the meeting.  She noted that the new Promethean boards are being installed in the classrooms over the summer to be ready for school reopening in September.

OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – June 2, 2021 – Art Fitzgerald

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Messing provided a brief overview of the annual meeting.  Fred Langstaff from NYSSBA was the guest speaker for the evening.  District Clerks and retiring Board members were recognized at the meeting, as well.  Mr. Fitzgerald congratulated Mrs. Messing on her election to the OCSBA Executive Council.  

Community Participation

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended or participated in within the District and community.  Board members commented on sports events, the Walden Peace Pole Assembly, Gradus Honoris, the Science Symposium, the Pops Concert and Eighth Grade Awards Night.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Mr. Bond noted that although tonight’s meeting is open to the public, the opportunity for public participation has been made available through a Google Form on the District website for those who are unable to attend in person.  The following individuals submitted a statement or requested to speak at this meeting:

Alex Rossi

Amy Rossi

Kaylee Rossi

Ava Davila

Melissa Doro

Marc Carassone

Mary Ruggerello

Jennifer Watson

OLD BUSINESS

Approval of Curricula:
Summer School (Elementary)
Social Emotional Learning Program (Middle School)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that this curricula was presented at the 

May 10, 2021 Board meeting and has been available for review in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.  He then called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the Elementary Summer School curriculum and the Middle School Social Emotional Learning Program curriculum, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Adoption of Resolutions – Capital Project Bond Financing
Reconstruction and Improvements to School District Buildings
Construction of High School Restroom Building

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board adopt the resolutions for the Capital Project Bond financing, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and the 
Valley Central Teachers Association

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and the Valley Central Teachers Association, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of High School Textbook Adoption:
World Languages

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the adoption of A-Level Spanish textbook EntreCulturas 1, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of High School Curricula Writing:
Spanish C1 and C2 

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the curricula writing for High School Spanish C1 and C2, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Review of High School Curricula:
Social History of Rock & Roll
Literature Through Film
Journalism & Mass Media

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that the curricula for these High School courses will be available in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction.  The curricula will be placed on the July 12th Board agenda for approval.

 

Approval of Professional Development Plan

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the 2020-2023 Professional Development Plan, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District 
and Greenburgh North Castle UFSD

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and Greenburgh North Castle UFSD, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Bid Recommendations:
Wet/Dry Trash Removal
HVAC Service
Plumbing Service
Electrical Service
Cleaning of Septic Tanks, Grease Traps and Lines
Kitchen Equipment Service
Asphalt Repairs and Replacement

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for motions for each of the above listed bid award recommendations.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the award for trash removal services with Interstate Waste Services for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the award for HVAC services with MDS HVAC-R, Inc. for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the award for plumbing services with Joe Lombardo Plumbing & Heating of Rockland, Inc. for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the award for electrical services with Harry Rotolo & Sons, Inc. for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the award for the cleaning of septic tanks, grease traps and lines with Fred A. Cook, Jr., Inc. and the renewal of the award for the power snaking of grease and sewer lines to PK Songer Plumbing for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the award for refrigeration and freezer equipment services with Dayco Mechanical Services, Inc. and the award for cooking, food preparation, dishwashing, air exhaust, sink and counter equipment with Quality Restaurant Repair Service, Inc. for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the award for asphalt repairs and replacement with Catalyst Construction LLC for the period of July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Memorandum of Agreement between 
Valley Central School District and First Student, Inc.

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the agreement with First Student, Inc. for summer school transportation services, and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the Memorandum of Agreement between Valley Central School District and First Student, Inc., as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Boards of Registration and Election 2022-2023

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

Ms. Lewis moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the Boards of Registration and Election 2022-2023, as attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Adoption of Resolutions:
Funding of Reserve Funds – June 30, 2021
Establishment of Tax Certiorari Reserve Fund 2020-2021
Dissolution of Tax Certiorari Fund 2015-2016

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and asked if there were any objection to the three resolutions being considered together.  There being none, he called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopt the resolutions for the funding of reserve funds at the end of the 2020-2021 school year; the establishment of a tax certiorari reserve fund for 2020-2021; and the dissolution of the tax certiorari fund for 2015-2016, as presented, listed and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Independent Contractor Renewal:
Allen Associates

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the contract for Board Policy services with Allen Associates, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District 
and Sign Language Resources, Inc.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and Sign Language Resources, Inc., as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Adoption of Resolution:
Orange-Ulster BOCES Joint Purchasing 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. Lewis seconded that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing the District’s participation in the Orange-Ulster BOCES Cooperative Bid for supplies and services for the 2021-2022 school year, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Adoption of Resolution:
Reductions of Tax Assessments and Payment of Refunds Due to 

Court Order and Judgment

Paul and Shawna Delcastello
Edward Halpin
Christopher Nihill

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing the reductions of tax assessments and the payment of refunds due to Court Order and Judgment, as presented, listed and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

First Reading of:
Policy 0100 – Equal Opportunity (Revised)
Policy 5311.9 – Dignity For All Students Act (Revised)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and read the revisions to the above listed Board policies.  These policy revisions will be presented for a second reading and adoption at the July 12, 2021 Board meeting.

OTHER

Mr. Bond reminded the community that this is the final Board meeting for the 2020-2021 school year.  He thanked the District faculty and staff for the response to the pandemic and all they did this year for the students of the District.  He expressed his appreciation to the retiring Board members, Mr. Wesenberg and Ms. Lewis, and thanked them for their service.

Mr. Conklin shared with those in the audience that the majority of school supplies that teachers would typically ask families to buy prior to the start of school in September have been purchased by the District for each building.  A message will be sent to the families this week.

ADJOURNMENT 

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

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

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 8:32 p.m.

May 2021

May 19, 2021

The Special Meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 5:35 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 approximately twenty faculty and staff members

Also Absent: Mr. Miller, Media (WVT/THR) 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Following the Pledge, Mr. Bond made an announcement that tonight’s meeting is open to the public and is also being recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel.

2021 ANNUAL DISTRICT ELECTION AND BUDGET 

VOTE RESULT RESOLUTION

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, noted that a roll call vote is required.

Mr. Conklin, Deputy District Clerk, read the 2021 Budget Vote and Board of Education election results.  Mr. Bond then called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Bond seconded that the Board adopt the Valley Central School District 2021 Annual District Election and Budget Vote Result Resolution, as attached.  A roll call vote showed:

Mr. Bond VOTING YES

Ms. Lewis VOTING YES

Ms. McKnight VOTING YES

Mrs. Messing VOTING YES

Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES

Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES

 

The motion was declared duly adopted [7:0].

RECOGNITION OF NEW BOARD MEMBERS

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and announced the newly elected Board members are Dee Kelly and Angela Terralavoro.  The new Board members will be sworn in at the Reorganizational Meeting in July.

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Wesenberg requested that Agenda item B. 1. be removed from consideration.  Mr. Bond then called for a motion.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Superintendent’s Recommendations be approved, as amended, listed and/or attached:

Acceptance of Resignation:

Noninstructional

Theresa Espinoza, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective May 21, 

2021

Approval of Appointments:

Instructional

Department Chairpersons, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective 2021-2022

School Year – See Separate Listing*  This item was removed from consideration  

2021 Summer Opportunities Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School – See Attached 

Listing

Team Leaders, p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, effective 2021-2022 School 

Year – See Attached Listing

Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School 

Year – See Attached Listing

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that Agenda item B. 1., Approval of Middle School 2021-2022 Department Chairpersons, be tabled to the June 14, 2021 meeting agenda.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

MENTOR PRESENTATIONS

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, the following Mentees made their presentations:

Middle School:  Paige Van Pelt (Math)

Middle School:  Lauren Ostnerr (Family and Consumer Science)

East Coldenham Elementary School:  Michelle Donovan (Grade 2)

Berea Elementary School:  Michelle Bohler (Grade 2)

High School:  Ashley Bogert (Math)

High School:  David Cloer (Social Studies)

High School:  Amy Maher (Math)

High School:  Stephen Smith (Earth Science)

The Board members and Central Office Administrators thanked the mentors and mentees for their presentations and a round of applause was offered.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to enter Executive Session to discuss personnel matters.  No action is anticipated following Executive Session.

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board move into Executive Session at 6:41 p.m. to review the employment history of particular personnel.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]  Ms. Lewis, Ms. Serratore and Mr. Conklin left the meeting at this time.

Mr. Xanthis left Executive Session at approximately 7:30 p.m.

ADJOURNMENT

 Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:46 p.m. upon consensus of the Board.  

 

May 10, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:45 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, Mr. Miller, Student Representative  Caroline Hargrove, and two staff members

Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Following the Pledge, Mr. Bond congratulated the Varsity Girls Soccer Team on their recent Section IX Championship.  He also recognized Vice President Sarah Messing, who was invited to serve on the Executive Council of the Orange County School Boards Association.

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 called for a motion.

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

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

  1. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 4/19/21
  2. Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 4/22/21

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL

  1. Declaration of Obsolete Textbooks/Equipment:
  2. Valley Central Middle School – Textbooks
  3. Buildings & Grounds – See Attached Listing

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Acceptance of Resignations:

Noninstructional

Diane Kirk, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective May 7, 2021

Jack Herman, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective May 7, 2021

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

  • Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Instructional

Jennifer Pacione, Guidance Counselor, Valley Central Middle School, for childcare purposes, effective on or about October 26, 2021 through June 17, 2022

Katherine Gasperetti, Special Education Teacher, Montgomery Elementary School, for childcare purposes, effective September 1, 2021 through October 29, 2021

  • Approval of Appointments:

Instructional

Curriculum Writing Staff:  Middle School Family and Consumer Science, Middle School 

Electives, K-12 Library Media, p/t, Summer 2021, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listings

Related Services and Itinerant Staff, Summer 2021, p/t, Valley Central School District – 

See Attached Listing

2021 Summer Opportunities Staff, p/t, Valley Central High School and Middle School – 

See Attached Listing

Sixth Grade Team Leaders, p/t, Valley Central Middle School, effective 2021-2022 

School Year – See Attached Listing

Elementary Summer School Lead Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 

Summer 2021 – See Attached Listing

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

See Attached Listing

 

Noninstructional

 

Seasonal Groundskeepers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective May 11, 2021 

through June 30, 2022 – See Separate Listing

 Patrick Quinn, Jr., Maintenance Worker, Valley Central School District, effective May 11, 

2021

 Summer 2021 Paraprofessional and Nurse Hours, p/t, Valley Central School District – See 

Separate Listing

       Substitute Paraprofessionals, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 

School Year – See Separate Listing

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

 

REPORTS

  • Student Representatives’ Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Caroline Hargrove to offer her report.  Ms. Hargrove reported on activities at the High School including the prom that was held last weekend, spring sports, Advanced Placement testing currently being administered, and plans for the upcoming Spirit Week and end of year events.

 

Ms. Hargrove responded to questions from the Board members.  She was thanked for her report and left the meeting at this time. 

  • Superintendent’s Report

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis reported on a recent Mid-Hudson School Study Council Conference he attended.  The topic of the conference was “Where Do We Go From Here?”  Mr. Xanthis noted that he continues to work with Superintendents throughout the area as schools continue to navigate through the pandemic.  He also commented on the budget information presentations held with District staff and the employees at First Student, Inc., as well as the recent site visit at the High School to discuss the proposed Capital Project.

  • Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
  1. Curriculum & Instruction 

 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore shared information on plans for 

summer school programs that will include a social/emotional program at the Middle School and STEM programs at the elementary level in addition to academic programs.  She noted that the District is looking into options for before and after school programs for the fall.  Ms. Serratore also spoke about the District joining in a professional development network through Putnam Northern Westchester BOCES for leadership programs.

  1. Human Resources 

 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Miller shared information on staffing for the 2021-2022 school year.  He noted that the District has been working with an organization named Nemnet for assistance in recruiting minority candidates. 

  • School Business Official’s Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin reported that the Central Office Administrators have made budget information presentations to the faculty and staff at all the schools, as well as the employees of First Student, Inc.  He provided updates on financial planning for the anticipated Federal stimulus funds, the New York State Department of Transportations’ work on 17K in front of the High School/Middle School campus, and the Capital Project Zoom presentation, which is available on the District’s YouTube page.  Mr. Conklin also shared information about the District’s water testing and the recent visual inspections of all the District’s buildings conducted by CSArch, the District’s engineer.

  • COVID-19 Update

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Serratore, the District’s COVID-19 

Coordinator, to provide an update.  Ms. Serratore reported that Orange County has moved from a designation of high transmission to a designation of substantial transmission, which means that students need to maintain a three foot social distance rather than six feet indoors.  She announced that all students who opted for a five day in person schedule have now returned to in person classes.  Ms. Serratore also noted that the Back To School 2021-2022 task force met last week to start planning for instruction in the fall.

  • Racial and Social Equity Committee – Sonia Lewis

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  He noted that Ms. Lewis, the Board’s liaison to the Racial and Social Equity Committee, was not in attendance tonight and invited Ms. Serratore to provide an update.  Ms. Serratore reported on the work of the committee and subcommittees, including plans for an upcoming school climate survey, efforts to recruit more diverse faculty and staff, and professional development and training on diversity.

  • Guidance Advisory Committee – April 28, 2021 – Katie McKnight

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Ms. McKnight provided a summary of topics discussed at the meeting, including students and teachers resuming five days a week in-person instruction.

  • Health, Safety & Wellness Committee – May 5, 2021 – Art Fitzgerald

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Fitzgerald shared information on CSArch’s visual building inspection report and presentation discussed at the meeting and reiterated that there is much work to be done in the coming years to keep the District’s facilities safe and up to date.

  • OCSBA Delegates’ Meeting – May 5, 2021 – Art Fitzgerald

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Fitzgerald congratulated Mrs. Messing on her appointment to the OCSBA Executive Committee.  Mrs. Messing provided a brief overview of the meeting, including a discussion on best practices for engaging students as they return to in person learning and providing social/emotional supports.  

  • Community Participation

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited the Board members to share what events they had attended are participated in within the District and community.  Board members commented on sporting events and commented on the good relationship the community enjoys with First Student, Inc., the District’s student transportation company

 

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

 

Mr. Bond noted that although tonight’s meeting is open to the public, the opportunity for public participation has been made available through a Google Form on the District website for those who are unable to attend in person.  There were no requests for public participation, in person or online, for this meeting.

 

NEW BUSINESS

  • Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District 

and the Valley Central Administrators Association

 

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

 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and the Valley Central Administrators Association, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

  • Acceptance of Revised 2020 Internal Audit Corrective Action Plan

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the corrective action plan provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

 

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the Revised 2020 Internal Audit Corrective Action Plan, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

  • Review of Curricula:
  • Summer School (Elementary)
  • Social Emotional Learning Program (Middle School)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that the above listed curricula will be available in the Office of Curriculum and Instruction for the Board members’ review.  This curricula will be placed on the June 14, 2021 Board agenda for approval.

  • Approval of Middle School Curriculum Writing:
  • Family & Consumer Science

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Ms. Serratore to Mr. Xanthis, and called for a motion.

 

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the curriculum writing for the Middle School Family & Consumer Science program, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

  • Approval of High School Culinary Course Title Revision

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

 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the revised High School Culinary course title, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

  • Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and 

The Devereux Foundation

 

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

 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and The Devereux Foundation, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

  • Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and 

Anderson Center for Autism

 

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

 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and Anderson Center for Autism, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

  • Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and 

J&D Ultracare

Mr. Conklin requested that this Agenda item be removed from consideration.

  • Establishment of Annual Reorganizational Meeting – July 12, 2021, 

6:30 p.m.

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board establish the Annual Reorganizational Meeting for Monday, July 12, 2021 at 6:30 p.m.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

  • Establishment of Public Hearing – Code of Conduct – July 12, 2021, 

5:30 p.m.

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board establish the Public Hearing for the Code of Conduct for Monday, July 12, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

OTHER

Mr. Bond reminded the community that the Budget Vote and Election will be held at the High School on May 18th.  He noted that the New York State Department of Transportation has begun work on 17K in front of the High School Middle School campus in preparation for the installation of traffic lights, and asked that everyone be safe as they travel through that area.  

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to enter Executive Session to discuss a personnel matter.  No action is anticipated following Executive Session.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board move into Executive Session to review the employment history of particular personnel.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0] 

Ms. McKnight moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 7:38 p.m.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0] 

ADJOURNMENT 

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

Ms. McKnight moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:38 p.m.

May 10, 2021

Annual Budget Hearing

The Annual Budget Hearing of the Valley Central School District was convened at 6:02 p.m. in the Valley Central High School 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 THE FLAG

Mr. Bond welcomed the Board to the required Annual Budget Hearing.  

Mr. Bond introduced the Board members and Central Office Administrators present:  President Joseph Bond, Vice President Sarah Messing, Trustee Art Fitzgerald, Trustee Katie McKnight, Trustee Diana Revoir, Trustee Mel Wesenberg, Superintendent of Schools John Xanthis, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction Marianne Serratore, School Business Official Brad Conklin, and Interim Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources Bill Miller.

.   Mr. Bond then turned the meeting over to Mr. Conklin.  Mr. Conklin provided an overview of the 2020-2021 proposed budget and capital project propositions, and reviewed the compliance information.  He noted that the 2021-2022 Budget Report is available in all the District schools, the public libraries and is accessible on the District’s webpage.

Mr. Conklin provided information on the procedure for the Board of Education Election and the 2021 candidates.  There are four individuals running for two vacant seats, each for a three year term commencing July 1, 2021 and ending June 30, 2024.  The candidates are, in ballot order:  Tiffany Carroll, Dee Kelly, Angela Terralovoro and Lisa Ruiz. 

Mr. Conklin noted that the budget vote and Board election on May 18th will be held at the High School Gymnasium from 6:00 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.  He then reviewed voter qualifications and the process for absentee ballots.  

Mr. Bond noted that the public had the opportunity to offer comments and ask questions by submitting them electronically or in person; however, there were no electronic submissions or requests from the public to speak this evening.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond noted the need for an Executive Session to discuss contract negotiations and personnel.  He called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board move into Executive Session at 6:10 p.m. to discuss contract negotiations and personnel matters.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session. Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 6:43 p.m.   Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

ADJOURNMENT 

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

Mr. Bond adjourned the Hearing at 6:43 p.m.

 

April 2021

April 22, 2021

The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 5:18 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, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg ABSENT: Mr. Fitzgerald, Ms. Lewis and Ms. McKnight

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

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 the technology team for live streaming tonight’s meeting.

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION SUSPENDING PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the resolution suspending in person participation for this meeting, as attached. Voting:  YES: Unanimous [4:0]

CONSIDERATION OF ORANGE-ULSTER BOCES ADMINISTRATIVE BUDGET

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the proposed Orange-Ulster BOCES Administrative Budget provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Revoir moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the Orange-Ulster BOCES 2021-2022 Administrative Budget in the amount of $8,101,727, as attached.    Voting:  YES: 3; NO: Mr. Wesenberg [3:1] 

CONSIDERATION OF ORANGE-ULSTER BOCES VACANCIES (TWO)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and proposed, if there were no objections from the Board, that both candidates be considered together.  There were no objections.  He then called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board cast a vote in the annual election of members of the Board of Cooperative Educational Services for each of the candidates, Eugenia Pavek and Michael Bello, as attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [4:0] 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to enter Executive Session at 5:21 p.m. to discuss personnel matters.  No action is anticipated following Executive Session.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board move into Executive Session to review the employment history of particular personnel.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [4:0] 

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 5:33 p.m.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [4:0] 

ADJOURNMENT 

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES: Unanimous [4:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 5:34 p.m.

April 19, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:02 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, Mr. Miller, Student Representative  Caroline Hargrove, and approximately fourteen staff and community members

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session at 6:02 p.m.

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular personnel, pending litigation, and contract negotiations.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

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 6:36 p.m.   Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Mr. Bond made an announcement that tonight’s meeting is open to the public and is also being recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel.  Mr. Bond thanked the members of the Technology Department for live streaming tonight’s meeting. The video link will be posted on the District website and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable.  

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.  He noted the addendum to the agenda and stated that Agenda Item A, Acceptance of Juul Agreement, under Superintendent’s Recommendations will be removed for consideration separately.  He then called for a motion.

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Consent Agenda be approved, as listed, amended and attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 3/22/21

FINANCIAL REPORTS
Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for March
Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for March
Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for March
Acceptance of Record of Claims for March
Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for March
Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for January
Acceptance of Investment Report for March
Acceptance of Budget Transfer Report for March

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL

Approval of Overnight Trip Request:
1. Valley Central High School – JROTC

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Acceptance of Juul Agreement: * Removed for Consideration Separately
District ,Director of UPK,  Assessment/Data Management & APPR July 1, 2022

Acceptance of Resignations:

Noninstructional

Marlene Marcano, Typist (SRP Unit), Valley Central School District, effective June 30, 2021
Linda Davis, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021
Beverly Decker, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective April 19, 2021|
Shirley Jefferson, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective April 23, 2021
Donna Massey, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective April 1, 2021
Cathleen Curti, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021 [Addendum]

Cocurricular
Sonny Davoren, Junior Varsity Softball Coach, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective April 19, 2021

Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Instructional

Erika Machuca, Art Teacher, Valley Central High School, for childcare purposes, effective May 4, 2021 through June 18, 2021

Noninstructional

Allison Gillette, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for childcare purposes, effective through June 30, 2021

Approval of Appointments:
 Administrative
Summer School Co-Principals, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective Summer 2021 – 

Instructional

High School Science Curriculum Writing Staff, p/t, Summer 2021, Valley Central School 

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

Noninstructional

Marlene Marcano, Typist (Confidential Unit), Valley Central School District, effective  July 1, 2021

  Brittany Brown, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective April 20,  2021

Beverly Decker, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective April 20, 2021

Kim Allard, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective April 20, 2021

Mariam Miller, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective April 20, 2021 

Travis Phillips, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective April 20, 2021

Hilda Rodriguez Roman, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective April 20, 2021

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

Samantha Veaz, Senior Account Clerk, Valley Central School District, effective on or about May 7, 2021 [Addendum]

Cocurricular

Lara Keenan, Non-Paid Assistant Girls Lacrosse Coach, Valley Central School District, effective Spring 2021

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

OTHER

      Mr. Bond called for a motion for the approval of Consent Agenda Item A, Superintendent’s Recommendations.

  Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board accept the Juul Agreement between the Valley Central School District and Tammy Coleman, as attached.  YES: 4; NO: Ms. McKnight; Mr. Fitzgerald   

REPORTS

Student Representatives’ Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Caroline Hargrove to offer her report.  Ms. Hargrove reported on activities at the High School including sports and clubs, plans for the upcoming Senior Prom, Spirit Week and end of year events.  She shared that the seniors remain hopeful for a traditional graduation this year.

Superintendent’s Report
 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis reported that there will be a town hall forum for parents and staff on April 21st concerning the continued efforts to return to five day a week in person instruction.  He also commented on anticipated increases in state and federal aid for schools this year and the potential impact it may have on the District.

Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
1.  Curriculum & Instruction 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore shared that the District is waiting for 

more detailed information on how the federal stimulus grant money can be used, but plans are moving forward to provide additional student supports, including enhanced social/emotional learning and a robust summer school program that will be offered at all grade levels.  She also provided information on the four Regents examinations that will be administered in June.

 

2.  Human Resources 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Miller thanked the faculty, staff and administrators for their continued efforts over the past few months.  He shared information on staff matters, including COVID-19 guidance, vaccinations, quarantine measures, the New York State travel guidelines.  

School Business Official’s Report

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Conklin spoke about the increase in State foundation aid and how that will help the District to maintain a balanced budget going forward.  He also shared information on the $10 million federal grant award and cautioned that this money will be phased out after three years so strategic planning for its use will be necessary.  Mr. Conklin provided information on the upcoming work by the New York State DOT in preparation for the installation of traffic lights in front of the High School/Middle School campus.  He noted that the marquee in front of the High School has been removed because of the DOT work and will be relocated once the work is completed.  

COVID-19 Update

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Serratore, the District’s COVID-19 

Coordinator, to provide an update.  Ms. Serratore shared that plans to return all students to a five day in person schedule has changed due to new guidance from the CDC and Department of Health.  The elementary schools returned to five days on April 19th, and the District continues to make adjustments to accommodate in person instruction five days a week at the High School and Middle School to the extent allowable under the guidelines.

 

Technology Update – Christopher Mohr

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Mohr shared information on the ongoing safety 

and security project, the upcoming installation of touchscreen devices throughout the District, and the new Chromebooks that have been delivered and are now ready to be distributed to students.

Racial and Social Equity Committee – Sonia Lewis

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  He noted that Ms. Lewis, the Board’s liaison to the Racial and Social Equity Committee, was not in attendance tonight and invited Ms. Serratore to provide an update.  Ms. Serratore reported on the continuing work of the committee and subcommittees throughout the District.

Valley Central Education Foundation – Joseph Bond

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Bond shared information on the fundraising efforts of the Foundation, which have been hindered this past year as a result of the pandemic.  He noted that the Foundation generously provides grants each year to enhance and broaden the educational opportunities for the students of the District and encouraged those in the audience to consider getting involved with this worthy cause.

 

Capital Project Communications Report – Patricia Behr

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Behr, the District’s Communications Specialist, to speak about the District’s plan to communicate information on the proposed Traffic & Safety Capital Project, which the District voters will consider on May 18th.  Ms. Behr provided a timeline and information on the communications plan for the proposed budget and capital project.  Plans include webinars, a site visit at the High School, newsletters, and postings on the website and social media.

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that there is an opportunity for Public Participation for this meeting, both in person or through a Google Form that has been available on the District website.  Mr. Bond called on the one person who requested to speak.

Lisa Ruiz – Federal CARES Act

 

Ms. Ruiz was thanked for her remarks.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Adoption of Property Tax Report Card and 2021-2022 Budget

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and turned the floor over to Mr. Conklin to make his presentation.  Mr. Conklin noted that the budget has been revised since receiving additional information on the increase in foundation aid.  He reviewed key information on the budget planning 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 3.48% and a total budget of $112,200,000. He noted that this budget is fiscally responsible, aligns with District goals, and preserves all current programs and opportunities for students.   Mr. Conklin also reviewed plans for the proposed Traffic & Safety Capital Project, which will also be presented to the community for a vote on May 18th.  He shared that the District currently receives approximately 75% of building aid on eligible project expenses.

Mr. Conklin noted there are two vacancies on the Board of Education, each for three year terms beginning July 1st.  Nominating petitions were due in the District Clerk’s Office by 5:00 p.m. today and four petitions were received.  The candidates are Angela Terralavoro, Dee Kelly, Lisa Ruiz and Tiffany Carroll.   Candidates are invited to the District Clerk’s Office at 9:00 a.m. tomorrow to witness the selection of names to determine placement on the ballot. 

Mr. Conklin responded to questions from the Board members on the proposed budget and capital project.

Mr. Bond then called for a motion to adopt the Property Tax Report Card and 2021-2022 Budget.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the following resolution be adopted:

Be it hereby resolved that the 2021-2022 Property Tax Report Card is approved, thereby authorizing the Proposed 2021-2022 Budget, in the amount of $112,200,000, to be placed before the qualified voters at the annual school budget vote and election on May 18, 2021.

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

A roll call vote showed:

 

Mr. Bond VOTING YES

Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES

Ms. Lewis ABSENT

Ms. McKnight VOTING YES

Mrs. Messing VOTING YES

Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES

Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES

The motion was declared duly adopted [6:0].

NEW BUSINESS

Approval of Candidates Forum Offer by PTA Council

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and shared that the Valley Central PTA Council has offered to sponsor Candidates’ Night on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at 7:00 p.m. This event will be virtual this year and streamed on the District’s YouTube channel.  

Mr. Bond called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board accept the Valley Central PTA Council’s offer to sponsor Candidates’ Night on Thursday, May 6, 2021.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

Discussion of Petitions for Board Candidate Seats and 
Procedure for Selection of Placement on Ballot

Petitions due to District Clerk by Monday, April 19, 2021 
at 5:00 p.m.

Announcement of Selection of Candidates’ Placement on the Ballot – Tuesday, April 20, 2021 at 9:00 a.m. at Central Office

This Agenda item was discussed earlier in the meeting.

Approval of Terms and Conditions:
Bonadio & Co., LLP – External Auditor

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and Bonadio & Co., LLP for auditing services, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

Approval of Curriculum Writing:
K-12 Library Media

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the K-12 Library Media curriculum writing, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

Approval of Middle School Course Proposals

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Ms. Ginda-Baxter, and called for a motion.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the Middle School course proposals, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District 
and Green Chimneys Children’s Services

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and Green Chimneys Children’s Services, as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

Adoption of Resolution:
Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of Refund Due to 

Court Order and Judgment

Newburgh Hotel, LLC

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the reduction of tax assessment and the payment of refund due to court order and judgment, as listed above, and as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

OTHER

Mr. Bond noted that the fall sports season is ending and the Girls’ Volleyball and Soccer Teams made it to the Section IX championships.  He thanked Mr. Steger and the coaches for their efforts for a brief but successful season.

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 [6:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 7:53 p.m.


March 2021

March 22, 2021

VALLEY CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

944 State Route 17K

Montgomery, New York

March 22, 2021

Valley Central High School

7:00 p.m.

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 7:01 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, Mr. Conklin, Mr. Miller, Student Representatives 

Alexander Oakes and Caroline Hargrove, and five staff members

Also Absent: Media (WVT/THR) 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Upon consensus of the members, the Board met in Executive Session with Attorney Daniel Petigrow at 6:00 p.m.to discuss Board operations.

PLEDGE TO FLAG

Mr. Bond made an announcement that tonight’s meeting is open to the public and is also being recorded and streamed live on the District’s YouTube channel.  Mr. Bond thanked the members of the Technology Department for live streaming tonight’s meeting. The video link will be posted on the District website and meeting minutes will be posted as soon as practicable.  

Mr. Bond congratulated the Class of 2021 Valedictorian, Maddox Schaper, and the Salutatorian, Kelly Conan.  

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 Agenda Item B. 1, under Noninstructional Approval of Appointments, is being removed from consideration tonight.  He then called for a motion.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Consent Agenda be approved, as listed, amended and attached:

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 3/8/21

FINANCIAL REPORTS

Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for January
Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for January
Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for January
Acceptance of Record of Claims for January
Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for January
Acceptance of Cafeteria Report for January
Acceptance of Investment Report for January
Acceptance of Budget Transfer Report for January

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

 

FOR APPROVAL

Approval of Guided Reading Materials – Grades K-5
 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Acceptance of Resignation:

Noninstructional

Francine Tuohy, Paraprofessional (1:2), p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective March 22, 

2021

Approval of Appointments:
 

Instructional

Curriculum Writing Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective Summer 2021 – See 

Attached Listing

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

See Attached Listing

Noninstructional

Michelle Picard, Paraprofessional (1:2), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective 

March 23, 2021

Francine Tuohy, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 23, 

2021     

Substitute Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School 

Year – See Attached Listing

Cocurricular

Spring 2021 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, p/t, Valley Central School 

District – See Attached Listing

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

REPORTS

Student Representatives’ Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and shared that this is the first meeting for the

Student Representatives this school year.  He invited Caroline Hargrove and Alexander Oakes to introduce themselves and offer their report.  The representatives reported on activities at the High School, including sports and clubs, Winter Fest, and Spirit Week for the entire student body.  Once the students return to school five days a week in April, a Spirit Week for the 2021 Senior Class will be planned.  The student representatives also reported that they are planning to meet with advisors to schedule upcoming events and are hopeful for a traditional graduation this year.

Superintendent’s Report
 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis reported on the March 10th town hall forum for parents and staff concerning students returning to five day a week in person instruction.  He also commented on anticipated increases in state and federal aid for schools this year. 

Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
1.  Curriculum & Instruction 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore updated the Board and those in the audience on the continuing efforts of the Racial and Social Equity Committee throughout the District.

2.  Human Resources 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Miller shared information on staff matters, including COVID-19 guidance, vaccinations, quarantine measures, the New York State travel restrictions for domestic travel that are expected to be lifted on April 1st, and fraudulent unemployment claims that have been filed in District employee names.  He also provided an update on the Athletics Program.

School Business Official’s Report

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Conklin thanked those staff and Board members who helped with meal preparation and distribution while food service staff at Berea Elementary School were quarantined recently.  He also thanked the High School staff and technology team for hosting tonight’s Board of Education meeting.  Mr. Conklin reported on the New York State DOT plans for the upcoming installation of traffic signals at the High School/Middle School complex.  He also commented on anticipated state aid and noted that the District hopes to have more information in the coming weeks.

 

COVID-19 Update

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Serratore, the District’s COVID-19 

Coordinator, to speak.  Ms. Serratore shared that there has been a spike in positive COVID tests in the past few days which required a large number of staff and students to quarantine.  She thanked the administrators and staff for their continued flexibility and willingness to overcome obstacles.  Ms. Serratore noted that the District’s Reopening Task Force met earlier today to discuss plans and address concerns.  She shared new guidance from the CDC regarding social distancing and noted that the state and local Departments of Health are expected to adopt this guidance.  At this time, the plan for in person instruction five days a week is for Grades K-6 to return on April 12th; Grades 7 and 10 to return on April 19th; and Grades 8, 11 and 12 to return on April 26th.  

PUBLIC PARTICIPATION

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and noted that there is an opportunity for Public Participation for this meeting, both in person or through a Google Form that has been available on the District website.  There were no requests or submissions for tonight’s meeting.

Mr. Bond shared that he was able to attend a few athletic events as a spectator recently and also participated in the Walden Community Reader Week, which was held virtually this year.

Ms. Lewis left the meeting at approximately 8:00 p.m.

 

OLD BUSINESS

2021-2022 Budget Presentation:
Superintendent’s Proposed Budget

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and turned the floor over to Mr. Conklin to make his presentation.  Mr. Conklin introduced Mrs. Jackie Calarco, the District Treasurer, who was in attendance and available to answer any questions the Board members may have regarding the budget or capital project numbers.  Mr. Conklin also provided information regarding the two upcoming vacancies on the Board of Education and informed those in the audience that nominating petitions are available in the District Clerk’s Office.  

 

Mr. Conklin reviewed the three part budget, which includes the capital, administrative and program components.  He noted that the tax levy limit is 2.86% this year, the proposed budget to budget increase is 2.66%, for a total budget of $111,310,000.  Mr. Conklin noted that the proposed budget would allow for the programs currently in place and maintains class sizes, but at this point, no new educational initiatives will be possible while remaining at the tax cap.  He shared that the administration has been meeting regularly to review possible budget savings, which will be achieved primarily through attrition and reallocation.  The State budget will be voted on in early April and the three-part budget will be updated with more current information at that time.  

The Central Office Administrators responded to questions from the Board members.

The 2021-2022 budget will be presented to the Board for adoption at the April 19, 2021 meeting.

Adoption of Resolution to Authorize Special Propositions 
for Capital Project

Following introduction of this Agenda item, Mr. Conklin, along with Mr. Ritzenthaler from CSArch and Mr. Jason Schwartz from BPD Financial Advisors, who both participated in the meeting via Zoom, presented a summary of the scope of the work and estimated costs in the Capital Project.  

Mr. Ritzenthaler and Mr. Schwartz responded to questions from the Board members.

Mr. Bond referenced the resolution provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the resolution authorizing the special propositions for the Capital Project be adopted, as presented and as attached.  YES: 5; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald

Establishment of 2021 Annual Meeting Procedures (Revised)
Annual District Election and Budget Vote

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin, Deputy District Clerk, noted a roll call vote is required for the resolution.   

Mr. Conklin referenced the resolution establishing the 2021 Annual District Election and Budget Vote and Public Hearing.

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

Mr. Bond VOTING YES

Mr. Fitzgerald VOTING YES

Ms. Lewis ABSENT

Ms. McKnight VOTING YES

Mrs. Messing VOTING YES

Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES

Mr. Wesenberg VOTING YES

Second and Final Reading of:
1. Policy 0101 – Gender Neutral Single-Occupancy Bathrooms (New)

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, read the policy, and called for a motion.  Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopt Policy 0101 – Gender Neutral Single-Occupancy Bathrooms.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

NEW BUSINESS

Acceptance of 2020-2021 Internal Audit Report and District Response

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the Internal Audit and Risk Assessment Report and the District’s Response to the Internal Audit, and called for a motion.

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board accept the 2020-2021 Internal Audit and Risk Assessment Report and the District’s Response, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

Adoption of Resolution Authorizing Bond Refunding

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board adopt the resolution authorizing the refunding of bonds, as presented and attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

 
Approval of Textbook Adoption:
Middle School – Family & Consumer Science Department 
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Ms. Ginda-Baxter dated March 10, 2021, and called for a motion.

Mrs. Revoir moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the textbook for the Middle School Family & Consumer Science courses, as presented and as attached.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0]

ADJOURNMENT 

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. Revoir seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 8:33 p.m.

March 8, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:30 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, 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.

MOMENT OF SILENCE
Mr. Bond asked that everyone remain standing following the Pledge for a Moment of Silence for Police Officer Nick Winum, who was killed in the line of duty on February 26th in Stanley, Virginia. Nick was a 1990 graduate of Valley Central. His father, Larry, and his brother, Jarret, were both Valley
Central teachers and his mother, Jean, was a tutor for the District.

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

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES
A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 2/8/21
B. Special Board Meeting Minutes dated 2/24/21
FINANCIAL REPORTS
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
A. Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R
Public Participation at Board Meetings
B. Declaration of Obsolete Equipment
Buildings and Grounds – 2004 Jeep
SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS
A. Acceptance of Resignations:
Noninstructional
Elizabeth DiBenedetto, Senior Account Clerk, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Michelle Ali, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 1, 2021
Victoria Davis, Paraprofessional (1:2), p/t, Montgomery Elementary School, effective February 24, 2021
Margaret Boldrin, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective March 8, 2021

Extracurricular
Erika Machuca, Photography Club Advisor, p/t, Valley Central High School, effective October 13, 2021

B. Approval of Leaves of Absence:
Noninstructional
Tiffany Braham, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, East Coldenham Elementary School, for childcare purposes, effective February 8, 2021 through April 5, 2021
C. Approval of Appointments:
Instructional
Sarah Baker, certified in Visual Arts, appointed to a leave replacement position (regular substitute), commencing October 19, 2020 and ending May 3, 2021
Substitute Teachers, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year –

Noninstructional
Nikolaus Rottenbucher, Custodial Worker, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 9, 2021
Meghan O’Leary-Henry, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 9, 2021
Margaret Boldrin, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective March 9, 2021
Substitute Certified Occupational Therapy Assistant, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Attached Listing

Cocurricular
James Frisbie, Fall 2020-2021 Non-Paid Assistant Varsity Girls Swimming Coach, p/t, Valley Central District
Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]

REPORTS
A. Superintendent’s Report
Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis shared that he hadparticipated in the New York Council of School Superintendents Winter Institute, which is being held virtually this year, and spoke about the presentations held during the conference this morning. Mr. Xanthis also commented on the plans for increasing student attendance to five days a week and noted that the District has been in close communication with Superintendents throughout the District, as well as County leadership, throughout the pandemic.
B. Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
1. Curriculum & Instruction
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Ms. Serratore updated the Board and those in the online audience on the guidance from the State Education Department regarding the required student assessments and Regents for this year. Ms. Serratore also shared information on plans for test preparation and summer school this year.
2. Human Resources
Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Miller provided an update on the athletic program and the livestreamed events on the District’s YouTube page. He shared that Section IX Athletics has determined that two spectators per athlete will be permitted for outside athletic events this year. Mr. Miller also reported on staffing and quarantine guidance.
C. School Business Official’s Report
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Conklin reported on student transportation, the food service program, a bond that the District would like to refinance this year, state aid, and recent unemployment claims that have been fraudulently filed in District employee names.
D. OCSBA Delegates Meeting – March 3, 2021
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Fitzgerald and Mrs. Messing provided a summary of the topics discussed at the meeting, including state aid funding, student assessments and Regents, and the need for clarity and consistency regarding the guidance, both on the state and local levels, during the pandemic.
E. COVID-19 Update
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and invited Ms. Serratore, the District’s COVID-19 Coordinator, to speak. Ms. Serratore began by thanking the teachers, staff, administrators and especially the community for their support as the District continues to navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic.
She commended everyone involved for their flexibility and ability to overcome the challenges that we are experiencing, especially as the guidelines and decisions change quickly. Ms. Serratore noted that the District was able to open on time in September and offer five day a week in-person instruction for selfcontained classroom students, ENL students and those students attending ALC and Viking Academy.
At-risk students were offered four day a week in-person instruction and at-risk twelfth grade students were offered the opportunity to attend five days a week to assist them in graduating. She noted that parent surveys have been conducted to determine how many students would like to return for five day
in-person instruction once we are able to. Ms. Serratore reviewed the results of the survey responses received to date, as well as the topics discussed by the reopening task force as reopening plans move  forward. A town hall forum will be held on March 10th and the community is invited to participate.
The event will be livestreamed on the District’s YouTube channel.

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 submissions for tonight’s meeting, however, Mr. Bond did share two questions from a member of the
community regarding the reopening plans for the record.
Mr. Bond noted that he and Mrs. Messing were able to participate in the Winter Fest held last week to celebrate the Class of 2021 and it was a wonderful event.
OLD BUSINESS
A. Proposed Capital Project Presentation – CSArch
Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Conklin shared that this proposal is a small capital project focused on traffic and safety that the District would like to present to the voters in the spring. Mr. Conklin invited Mr. Ritzenthaler from CSArch, who participated in the meeting via Zoom, to offer his presentation (attached).
Mr. Ritzenthaler reviewed the scope of the proposed work, budget estimates, the prereferendum schedule and the post-referendum schedule. Mr. Ritzenthaler responded to questions from the Board members.
This project will be placed on the agenda for the March 22nd Board meeting for consideration. If approved, it will be presented to the voters on May 18, 2021 along with the budget vote and election.
B. 2021-2022 Budget Presentation:
Superintendent and Board of Education Budget Initiatives
 Curriculum and Instruction
 Special Education
 BOCES
 Athletic Program
 Operations & Maintenance
 Transportation
 Fund Balance
 Revenues
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Conklin noted the areas to be reviewed in tonight’s budget presentation and invited to Ms. Serratore to review the curriculum and instructional program and professional development plans for 2021-2022. Ms. Serratore provided a recap of the
instructional program and the District’s continued focus on mental health/social and emotional learning and racial/social equity. She also noted that the District is planning a summer school program that will
help lessen the student achievement gap due to the pandemic.
Mr. Conklin reviewed the anticipated expenditures in the areas of curriculum and instruction, special education, BOCES, athletics, operations and maintenance, and student transportation. He also spoke about the District’s fund balance, reserve funds and expected revenues for the 2021-2022 school
year. He reviewed the tax cap calculation and noted that the tax levy limit is 2.86% this year.
Mr. Bond invited the Board members to ask questions and offer comments. The Superintendent’s Proposed Budget will be presented at the next Board meeting on March 22nd.
NEW BUSINESS
A. Establishment of 2021 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
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item. Mr. Conklin, Deputy District Clerk, noted roll call votes are required for each resolution.
Mr. Conklin referenced the first resolution establishing the District Election, Budget Vote and Public Hearing. Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing 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
Ms. McKnight VOTING YES
Mrs. Messing VOTING YES
Mrs. Revoir VOTING YES
Mr. Wesenberg ABSENT
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. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the Resolution for Appointment of Permanent Chairpersons, Inspectors of Election, and Assistant Clerk, as attached. A
 oll call vote showed:
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 ABSENT
The motion was declared duly adopted [6:0].
B. Review of Petitions for Board Candidates’ Seats 2021-2022
Mr. Bond 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.
C. Approval of RFP Recommendation:
1. District Architect – CSArch
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the appointment of CSArch as the District’s Architect, as presented and/or attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
D. Adoption of 2021-2022 Student Calendar
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board adopt the 2021-2022 student calendar, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]
E. Approval of Driver Education Instruction Agreement between
Valley Central School District and Brian Mahon
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the agreement provided to the Board, and called for a motion.
Ms. Lewis 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]
F. Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and
Westchester Institute for Human Development
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 agreement between the Valley Central School District and the Westchester Institute for Human Development, as
presented and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]
G. Adoption of Resolution:
Reductions of Tax Assessment and Payment of Refund Due to
Court Order and Judgment
1. Alko Farms, 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 the payment of refund due to court order and judgment, as listed above, and as presented
and attached. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]
H. First Reading of:
1. Policy 0101 – Gender Neutral Single-Occupancy Bathrooms (New)
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the above listed policy, and noted that this is a new policy to allow districts to comply with a recently passed state law regarding single-occupancy bathrooms, which must now be designated as gender neutral. The second reading will be held at the
March 22nd Board meeting.
Nomination of Orange Ulster BOCES Board of Education Candidates
1. Eugenia Pavek
2. Michael Bello
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and referenced the letters of interest from the candidates listed above.
Mrs. Messing moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board nominate Eugenia Pavek and Michael Bello as candidates for election to the Orange-Ulster Board of Cooperative Educational
Services. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
I. Approval of Textbook Adoption:
1. High School Spanish – World Language Department
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Mr. Conklin and Mr. Burns dated March 2, 2021, and called for a motion.
Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the textbooks for the Spanish C1 and C2 courses, as presented and as attached. Voting YES: Unanimous [6:0]
J. Establishment of a Special Meeting – May 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m.
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion.
Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board establish a Special Meeting on May 19, 2021 at 5:30 p.m. to accept the results of the 2021 Annual District Election and Budget Vote and for Mentor Presentations. Voting: YES: Unanimous [6:0]

ADJOURNMENT
Mr. Bond noted for those in the online audience that the next Board of Education meetin will be held at the High School and will be open to the public.
Mr. Bond then called for a motion to adjourn the meeting.
Ms. Revoir moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the meeting be adjourned. Voting YES:
Unanimous [6:0]
Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 9:18 p.m.


February 2021

February 24, 2021

The special meeting of the Board of Education was called to order at 6:05 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, 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 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.  

ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION:

NEW YORK REAL PROPERTY TAX LAX SECTION 485-b[7]

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board adopt the following resolution:

WHEREAS, Section 485-b of the New York Real Property Tax Law (“RPTL”) generally exempts from taxation the assessed valuation attributable to construction, alteration, installation or improvement of real property for commercial, business or industrial purposes (hereinafter “business investment tax exemption”); and

WHEREAS, pursuant to Section 485-b[7] of the RPTL, a board of education may by resolution reduce or eliminate such business improvement tax exemption;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Valley Central School District approves the elimination of the business improvement tax exemption permitted under Section 485-b of the RPTL, and further authorizes the Superintendent or his designee to file a copy of such resolution with the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Taxation and Finance and with the assessors of each assessing unit comprising the Valley Central School District. Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0:0]

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

A. Approval of Appointments:

Cocurricular

Fall 2020 – 2021 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listing

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item and called for a motion. Mrs. Revoir moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Fall 2020-2021 Coaches and Non-Paid Coaches be appointed, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: 4; NO: 0; ABSTAIN: Mr. Fitzgerald, Mrs. Messing [4:0:0]

ADJOURNMENT

There being no further business, Mr. Bond called for a motion to adjourn the meeting. Ms. McKnight moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the meeting be adjourned.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [6:0]

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at approximately 6:08 p.m.

February 8, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:02 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, VCTA/VCAA contract negotiations and a student matter.  

Ms. McKnight moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:02 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [7:0]

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 7:18 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.

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, referenced the Addendum Agenda, and asked if there were any requests for items to be removed from the Proposed Consent Agenda for consideration separately.  Ms. Lewis requested that Item C. under Superintendent’s Recommendations – Approval of Appointments, Cocurricular, be removed for consideration separately.  Mr. Bond called for a motion.

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

CONSIDERATION OF MINUTES

A. Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 1/11/21
B. Special Meeting Minutes dated 1/19/21

FINANCIAL REPORTS

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

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSE

FOR APPROVAL

A. Adoption of Resolution:
1. Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R Public Participation at Board Meetings

B. Acceptance of Donations:
1. Valley Central School District – Monetary Donation
Valley Central Education Foundation

2, Berea Elementary School – Computer Monitors
Nugent & Haeussler, PC

3. Declaration of Obsolete Equipment:
Buildings and Grounds – Vehicles & Equipment
 

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

A. Acceptance of Resignations:

Instructional

1. Joan Babcock, Administrative Assistant, Central Office, for retirement purposes, effective  June 30, 2021

2. Darlene Laxton, Custodial Worker, Montgomery Elementary School, for retirement purposes, effective July 30, 2021

B. Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Instructional

1.Alicia Northrop, Elementary Education Teacher (Grade 3), East Coldenham Elementary School, for childcare purposes, effective February 1, 2021 through April 30, 2021

2.Kerriann Leete, Special Education Teacher, East Coldenham Elementary School, for childcare purposes, effective on or about June 8, 2021 through June 30, 2021

C. Approval of Appointments:
 
Instructional

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

Noninstructional

1.Megan Finn, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, effective February 9, 2021

2.Jack Herman, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective February 9, 2021

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

Extracurricular

1.Advisors, p/t, District Event Photographers, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Separate Listing

2.Extraclassroom Activity Account Central Treasurers, p/t, Valley Central Middle School and Valley Central High School, effective 2020 – 2021 School Year – See Separate Listing

Cocurricular

1.Fall 2020 – 2021 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listing* This item was pulled for consideration separately

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Mr. Bond then called for a motion for the Agenda item that had been pulled for consideration separately.

Cocurricular

1.Fall 2020 – 2021 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments, p/t, Valley Central School District – See Attached Listing

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Fall 2020 – 2021 Coaching and Non-Paid Coaching Assignments be approved, as listed and/or attached.  Voting: YES: 6; NO: Ms. Lewis [6:1]

REPORTS

A. Superintendent’s Report
 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis commented on a recent meeting between the Orange County Superintendents and Senators Skoufis and Martucci regarding education funding.  Mr. Xanthis shared that he had participated in the virtual National Art Honor Society Induction last week and thanked Star Langlitz and the students for the wonderful presentation.  Mr. Xanthis reported that the Racial and Social Equity Committee met last week, and invited Sonia Lewis, the Board Liaison, to offer her thoughts, which she did.

B. Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
1.  Curriculum & Instruction 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore referenced the gift from the Valley Central Education Foundation that the Board accepted this evening.  She shared that this gift will provide iPads to be used in conjunction with the 3D printers as part of the District’s STEAM initiative and thanked the Foundation for their generous support.  Ms. Serratore then updated the Board members and those in the online audience on the efforts to return more students to in-person learning while continuing to observe COVID-19 protocols.  She noted that the three major factors are physical space, the number of students, and staffing.  Ms. Serratore responded to questions from the Board members on the instructional plan.

2.  Human Resources 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Miller provided an update on the status of the athletic program and the District’s participation in high-risk sports.  Mr. Miller responded to questions from the Board members on COVID-19 protocols for the athletes.

Mr. Miller also reported on staffing and quarantine issues.  He thanked the faculty and staff for their hard work and flexibility during the ongoing pandemic.

C.School Business Official’s Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin reported on student transportation, the food service program, the upcoming RFP for architectural services, a possible capital project for this year, and anticipated state aid for next school year.

Mr. Bond asked that the District explore opt out options for businesses filing for 485B tax exemptions with the State.

D. Guidance Advisory Committee
 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Ms. Serratore commented on the topics discussed at the meeting, including online streaming of classes, student participation, increasing morale, and plans for summer school this year. 

E. NYSSBA Capital Conference – February 3, 2021

Mr. Bond noted that Mrs. Messing was able to participate in the virtual Capital Conference and invited her to share some highlights.  Mrs. Messing shared information on topics including student testing, efforts to increase diversity and equity, a need for additional student support services in the coming years, state aid, and the financial outlook over the next few years.   .  

F. OCSBA Meeting – February 3, 2021
 
Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.   Mrs. Messing was able to participate in this meeting and provided a summary of the meeting, as well as the meetings OCSBA scheduled with the area legislators the next day.  Mrs. Messing provided information on upcoming Board trainings, new reforms on racial diversity efforts, COVID-19 guidelines, and state aid.

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 submissions for tonight’s meeting.

OLD BUSINESS

A.2021-2022 Budget Presentation:
Superintendent and Board of Education Budget Initiatives

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Conklin reviewed the attached Power Point presentation, which outlined the budget development goals and the factors that are known and unknown at this point, such as state aid, unsettled contracts, special education placements, and health care costs for the 2021-2022 school year.  He then shared the District’s goals and values and noted how the budgeted items will align with these goals and values.  Mr. Conklin reviewed safety and facilities and Ms. Serratore spoke about the areas of curriculum/instruction and mental health/social emotional learning.

Mr. Xanthis, Mr. Conklin and Ms. Serratore responded to questions from the Board members.

NEW BUSINESS

A.Approval of Valley Central School District’s Special Education Plan

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the Special Education Plan provided to the Board members, and called for a motion.

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board approve the Special Education Plan, as presented and attached. Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

B.Approval of Summer School Curriculum Writing

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item, referenced the memorandum from Marianne Serratore to John Xanthis dated February 8, 2021 and called for a motion.

Ms. Lewis moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the writing of summer school curriculum, as presented and attached. Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

D.Approval of Charter:
District Event Photographers

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the District Event Photographers Charter, as presented and attached.  Voting: YES: 6; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald [6:1]

E.Adoption of Resolution:
Reductions of Tax Assessments and Payment of Refunds Due to Court Order and Judgment:
1.Daniel and Stephanie Steiler
2.Cara Messing

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the reductions of tax assessments and payment of refunds due to court order and judgment listed above, as presented and attached.  Voting: YES: 6; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald [6:1]

F.Adoption of Resolution:
District Participation in High-Risk Sports [Addendum]

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopt the resolution approving the District’s participation in high-risk sports, the Orange County Code of Conduct Form and the District’s Acknowledgement and Assumption of Risk, as presented and attached.  Voting: YES: 6; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald [6:1]

OTHER

Mr. Bond called for a motion to amend the Agenda in include the approval of an Addendum to the Superintendent’s 2020-2023 Contract.
Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board amend the Agenda to include the approval of an amendment to the Superintendent’s 2020-2023 Contract.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]
Mr. Bond read the following resolution:

It is hereby agreed by and between the Board of Education of the Valley Central School District (“Board”) and Superintendent of Schools John Xanthis (“Mr. Xanthis”) that the contract between the parties covering the period of July 1, 2020 through June 30, 2023 shall be amended to reflect the following:

Effective February 8, 2021, Section 4 of the contract shall be amended as follows:  
“The BOARD shall evaluate and assess in writing the performance of the SUPERINTENDENT at least once in each school year and not later than each June 1st during the term of this Agreement.”

All other terms of the employment contract shall remain unchanged.  

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board adopt the resolution to amend the Superintendent’s 2020-2023 Contract, as attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

ADJOURNMENT 

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

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

Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 8:47 p.m.

 

January 2021

January 19, 2021

The special 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, Ms. Lewis, Mrs. Messing, Mrs. Revoir and Mr. Wesenberg

ABSENT: Mr. Fitzgerald and Ms. McKnight

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 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 technology team for live streaming tonight’s meeting.

HIGH SCHOOL HOUSE MODEL/CO-PRINCIPAL PRESENTATION

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Ms. Serratore and Mr.Miller offered a Power Point presentation on the new House Model/Co-Principal plan for the High School.  Ms. Serratore reviewed the framework of the collaborative leadership model, which will focus on social and emotional programs at the ninth and tenth grade levels and career and college preparedness at the eleventh and twelfth grade levels.  Ms. Serratore also spoke about both the shared and different responsibilities of the co-principals and reviewed recently conducted research that studied the efficacy of the co-principal model.  Mr. Miller then reviewed the transition plan and timeline.Ms. Serratore and Mr. Miller responded to questions from the Board members.

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:      

         RECOMMENDATIUOON OF CSE/CPSE

Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R

Public Participation at Board Meetings

Approval of High School Course Proposals/Course Revision:
 History of Rock and Roll
Literature Through Film
Mass Media and Journalism

            SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Approval of Resignation:

Noninstructional 
James Hall, Head Custodian, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes,  effective July 30, 2021

Approval of Leave of Absence:

Administrative

Michael Conklin, Secondary School Assistant Principal, Valley Central High School, effective February 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021

Approval of Appointments:

Administrative

Michael Conklin, certified as a School Building Leader, appointed to a four-year probationary position as Secondary School Principal tenure area, commencing February 1, 2021 and ending February 1, 2025*

 

  *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.

Instructional

High School Curriculum Writing Staff, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective 2020 – 

2021 School Year – See Attached Listing

      Rachel Musteen, certified in Speech and Language Disabilities, appointed to a leave replacement (regular substitute) position as a Speech Therapist, commencing November 2, 2021 and ending June 30, 2021

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [5:0]

2021-2022 BUDGET PRESENTATION:

Budget Snapshot (Projections & Unknowns)
Bernard P. Donegan, Inc. 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Conklin reviewed the attached Power Point presentation, which included a breakdown of anticipated costs and revenues for the 2021-2022 school year and an explanation of the budget planning process.  Mr. Bond polled the Board members for any budget initiatives they would like to suggest.  The Board and Superintendent’s budget initiatives will be discussed in more detail at the next Board meeting.

Mr. Conklin introduced Jason Schwartz from Bernard P. Donegan, Inc., the District’s financial advisors, who presented an overview of the District’s financial history and a five year projection.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mr. Bond called for a motion to move into Executive Session to discuss the employment history of particular personnel.  No action is anticipated following Executive Session.

Mrs. Messing moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 7:46 p.m.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [5:0]

Mr. Xanthis, Ms. Serratore, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Miller left the meeting at this time.

ADJOURNMENT 

            Mr. Bond adjourned the meeting at 8:53 p.m. upon consensus of the Board.  


January 11, 2021

The regular meeting of the Board of Education was called to order in the Administration Building at 6:02 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.  Mr. Wesenberg moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board convene to Executive Session at 6:02 p.m.  Voting YES:  Unanimous [6:0] Ms. Lewis entered Executive Session at approximately 6:05 p.m. Mr. Bond called for a motion to come out of Executive Session. Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board come out of Executive Session at 6:34 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.

MOMENT OF SILENCE

Mr. Bond asked that everyone remain standing following the Pledge for a moment of silence for Griffin Masterson, a Class of 2020 graduate, who passed away on December 12th after a courageous fight against cancer.  Griffin is the son of Karen Masterson, a paraprofessional at East Coldenham.

OTHER

Mr. Bond shared the District’s appreciation for bus driver Annabelle Coykendall upon her retirement. In 2016, Annabelle was awarded the “Heart of the Industry Award” by the New York Bus Contractors Association.  She has transported thousands of District children through the years and now, upon her retirement, her absence will certainly be felt by all who had the good fortune to know her.

RACIAL AND SOCIAL EQUITY PRESENTATION

Mr. Bond introduced Dr. Gess LeBlanc, the District’s Racial and Social Equity consultant, who shared a presentation on this initiative.  He noted that the District’s two major goals are enhancing the school climate and creating a systemic and sustainable approach to diversity.  He reviewed the feedback provided by the ad hoc committee formed this summer and identified climate, curriculum and faculty/staff diversity as the areas for improvement.  Dr. LeBlanc then spoke about his research, the work he has been conducting with the Racial and Social Equity Committee and the focus groups in the schools, and the plans to address tolerance and diversity throughout the District. 

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, referenced the Addendum Agenda, 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

Regular Board Meeting Minutes dated 12/7/20

FINANCIAL REPORTS

Acceptance of Treasurer’s Report for November
Acceptance of Expenditure Budget Status Report for November
Acceptance of Revenue Budget Status Report for November
Acceptance of Record of Claims for November
Acceptance of Extraclassroom Report for November
Acceptance of Cafeteria Profit and Loss Report for November
Acceptance of Investment Report for November
Approval of General Fund Budget Transfer for November

RECOMMENDATIONS OF CSE/CPSEr

FOR APPROVAL

Adoption of Resolution:
Suspension of Board Policy 2370 and Regulation 2370-R

Public Participation at Board Meetings

Approval of Side Agreement:
Valley Central Teachers’ Association

SUPERINTENDENT’S RECOMMENDATIONS

Acceptance of Resignations:

Instructional

Marnie Henrie, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Jean McMahon, Science Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes,  effective June 30, 2021

Jacqueline York, English Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective March 1, 2021

MaryJane Hebbard, Special Education Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Paul Fritz, Science Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Patricia Weigel, Social Studies Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021           

Carmen Maher, Foreign Language Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

 Melinda Sulzbach, School Social Worker, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Timothy Lee, Computer Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Christine Hollway, Reading Teacher, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021        

Nancy Donaldson, School Media Specialist, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021Noninstructional

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

Frederick Sparks, Jr., Custodial Worker, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Pamela Horner, Typist, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Alva Antonelli, Clerk, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021

Susan Ward, Typist, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 30, 2021            

Deborah Vela, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective February 26, 2021          

Sarah Fanning, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective January 29, 2021          

Karisha Perez, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective January 4, 2021       

Norma Danz, Food Service Helper, p/t, Valley Central School District, for retirement purposes, effective June 25, 2021

Margaret Boldrin, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, effective January 11, 2021

Approval of Leaves of Absence:

Noninstructional

Marissa Belli, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Berea Elementary School, for childcare purposes, effective January 11, 2021 through January 15, 2021

Amy Ragni, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for childcare purposes, effective January 4, 2021 through a date to be determined       

Sarah Martin, Paraprofessional, p/t, Valley Central School District, for childcare purposes, effective January 11, 2021 through January 15, 2021       

Michelle Ali, Paraprofessional (LPN), p/t, Valley Central School District, for medical purposes, effective January 8, 2021 through April 5, 2021  

Approval of Appointments:
 

Instructional

Brenna Cooney, certified in Childhood Education (1-6) and Students with Disabilities (1-6), appointed to a leave replacement (regular substitute) Special Education position, commencing 

December 2, 2020 through June 30, 2021       

John Guercio, certified in Social Studies 7-12, appointed to a leave replacement (regular substitute) Social Studies position, commencing September 1, 2020 through June 30, 2021

Christina Giordano, certified in Childhood Education (1-6) and Students with Disabilities (1-6), appointed to a four-year probationary position in the Special Education tenure area, commencing January 12, 2021 and ending January 12, 2025*

[Addendum] Deborah Alverson, certified as a School Counselor, appointed to a leave replacement position (regular substitute) as a School Counselor, commencing January 12, 2021 and ending June 30, 2021

[Addendum] Brian Majestic, certified in Early Childhood Education (B-Gr. 2) and Childhood Education (1-6), appointed to a leave replacement position (regular substitute) as an Elementary School Teacher, commencing January 12, 2021 and ending June 30, 2021

 

*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

Margaret Boldrin, Paraprofessional (1:1), p/t, Walden Elementary School, effective January 12, 2021

Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

REPORTS

Superintendent’s Report
 Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Xanthis reported that students will be returning to hybrid learning beginning next Tuesday, January 19th. 

Assistant Superintendents’ Reports
1.  Curriculum & Instruction 

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Ms. Serratore spoke about the Recalibration Day next Wednesday, which will allow teachers an opportunity for collaboration with colleagues and planning time before the students return to school on January 19th.  Ms. Serratore shared the results and feedback from the recent parent survey on the instructional plan.  She also provided an update on the plans for COVID testing if the District reaches that threshold.  

Ms. Serratore then responded to questions from the Board members on the instructional plan.

2.  Human Resources 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Mr. Miller shared information on staff taking leave time during the pandemic and provided an update on the status of the athletic program.

School Business Official’s Report

Mr. Bond introduced this Agenda item.  Mr. Conklin reminded the Board and those in the online audience that there are meals available for pickup on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays and encouraged everyone to take advantage of this program serving the Valley Central community.  He updated the Board on a plan to conduct a RFP for architectural and engineering services.  He reported on a new development project that is planned for East Coldenham and the impact it may have on the District.  

Mr. Conklin spoke about the transition from Orange County Transit to First Student, Inc. and noted that the Board is being asked to approve the contract for student transportation tonight.  He also reviewed changes to the 2021-2022 budget planning calendar, which is also on the agenda for the Board’s approval tonight.

Parent and Family Engagement – Ms. Marianne Serratore
 

Following introduction of this Agenda item by Mr. Bond, Ms. Serratore reported that the Title I Audit was conducted recently.  Under the Every Student Succeeds Act, each school district that receives Title I funds is required to have a parent and family involvement policy.  Ms. Serratore spoke on this topic and the ways in which the District has implemented programs, activities and procedures that achieve parent and family involvement. 

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 submissions for tonight’s meeting.

 

OLD BUSINESS

Approval of Extension of Emergency Contract between Valley Central 
School District and First Student, Inc.

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mr. Fitzgerald seconded that the Board approve the extension of the emergency contract between Valley Central School District and First Student, Inc. through January 31, 2021, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

NEW BUSINESS

Acceptance of Request for Proposal Recommendation for Student Transportation:
Agreement between Valley Central School District and First Student, Inc. – January 1, 2021 – June 30, 2021
Agreement between Valley Central School District and First Student, Inc. – July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2026

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

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Revoir seconded that the Board approve the award of the student transportation contracts listed above to First Student, Inc., as presented and attached. Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Adoption of Resolution:
Establishment of Co-Principal Position

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

Mrs. Revoir moved, Mr. Wesenberg seconded that the Board adopt a resolution establishing a Co-Principal position at the secondary level, as presented and attached. Voting: YES: 5; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald; Ms. Lewis [5:2:0]

Adoption of Resolution:
New York Liquid Asset Fund (NYLAF)

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 New York Liquid Asset Fund’s transition from RBC Global Asset Management to PMA Financial in the assignment of investment, marketing and relationship management, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

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

Stefano and Dolores Mollicone
David and Christina Maliwacki
Juan Rondon and Lissette Nieves

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

Mr. Fitzgerald moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the reductions of tax assessments and payment of refunds due to court order and judgment listed above, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Adoption of Resolution:
      Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of Refund Due to 

   Court Order and Judgment:

Edward and Gertrude Sims

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

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the reduction of tax assessment and payment of refund due to court order and judgment listed above, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Adoption of Resolution:
Reduction of Tax Assessment and Payment of Refund Due to 

Court Order and Judgment:

Karen and Pratibha Garewal

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

Mrs. Revoir moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the reduction of tax assessment and payment of refunds due to court order and judgment listed above, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Renewal of Inter-Municipal Agreement between 
Valley Central School District and the County of Orange 

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

Mr. Wesenberg moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the renewal of the Inter-Municipal Agreement between Valley Central School District and the County of Orange, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Agreement between Valley Central School District and 
Sign Language Resources, Inc.

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

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the agreement between Valley Central School District and Sign Language Resources, Inc., as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Approval of Revised 2021-2022 Budget Calendar

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

Ms. McKnight moved, Mrs. Messing seconded that the Board approve the revised 2021-2022 budget planning calendar, as presented and attached.  Voting:  YES: Unanimous [7:0]

Establishment of Special Board Meeting – January 19, 2021
 

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

Mrs. Messing moved, Ms. McKnight seconded that the Board establish a Special Meeting of the Board of Education to be held on January 19, 2021 at 6:00 p.m.  Voting:  YES: 6; NO: Mr. Fitzgerald [6:1:0]

ADJOURNMENT 

Mr. Bond 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 7:45 p.m.


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 Plancopy 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.