BOARD OF EDUCATION

MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK

JANUARY 20, 2005

 

A regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York was held Thursday, January 6, 2005, at the Board of Education Office, 223 Wisner Avenue, Board President Vincent Crescenzo, presiding.

Present:  Mr. Estrada, Mr. Geiger, Mrs. Knapp, Mr. Perrino, Ms. Tobiassen, Mrs. Botti, Mr. Crescenzo – 7

Absent: Dr. Best - 1  

Others Present:  Kenneth Eastwood, Superintendent
                               Elizabeth McKean, School Business Administrator
                               Richard DelMoro, Director for Secondary Education
                               Ellen Kaplan, Director for Personnel Services
                               Selena Fischer, Director of Pupil Personnel & Special Services
                               Thomas Scott, Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds
                               Peter Ancona, Director for Technology

Mr. Crescenzo called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Mr. Estrada made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Botti, to have an executive session to discuss collective negotiation matters.  Motion was unanimously approved.

Public session resumed at 8:05.  Mr. Crescenzo led the pledge to the flag.

Ms. Tobiassen made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Knapp, to approve the minutes of December 16, 2004.

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Tobiassen, Botti, Crescenzo – 7.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

Director of Fine Arts Ina Segnit introduced MHS student Kristen Stanley. Mrs. Segnit announced that Kristen has been selected to be part of the Music Educators National Conference All Eastern Band.  Mrs. Segnit said that Kristen is instructed by High School band director Steve Austin.

Mr. Crescenzo said that he would like to recognize the efforts of Marty Harnick, who coaches Scott Dickover in cross country, and Frank Woodward, who coaches Janine DiGennaro, in swimming.   The two students were recognized for their accomplishments at the January 6 meeting of the Board.

Mr. Crescenzo read a letter to Orange-Ulster BOCES Superintendent Dr. Robert Hanna from Catherine Ahearn of the State Education Department.  The letter indicated that based on Dr. Hanna’s quarterly report, the District has made considerable progress in delivering appropriate training to school personnel.  It also stated that the District is complying with State attendance policies, although a technology based system would provide additional efficiencies.

Dr. Eastwood said that presentations of the proposed 2005-06 budget will be delivered in three stages.  The Administrative Component will be presented this evening; the Instructional Component will be presented on February 3; and the Capital Component will be presented on February 21.  Dr. Eastwood said that the administrative budget proposal for next year provides for a 2.98% increase over last year, or approximately $244,231.  Mrs. McKean reviewed the proposed amounts for each line item.  Board discussion of each of the three components will be conducted at the meetings following the presentations. 

Board Member Reports:

Mr. Estrada commended the performers and helpers who were involved with the recent production by the Chorley Cherubs.  He also said that he and Dr. Eastwood attended the Middletown/NFA boys basketball game and was happy to report that Middletown was victorious.

Mr. Perrino complimented Monhagen Principal Eileen Shapiro-Rivera and Assistant Principal Jim Higgins for their efforts to provide transportation for a handicapped student during the recent bad weather.  He also complimented the work of our school bus drivers and maintenance/custodial staff, especially during bad weather.  Concluding, Mr. Perrino said that a concert will be held tomorrow at Truman Moon to aid the tsunami victims.

Mr. Geiger also acknowledged the efforts of the Buildings and Grounds staff.  He said that he had recently attended a college information session at the High School and was impressed with how staff was looking out for the safety of those in the building. 

Responding to a question from Ms. Tobiassen, Mr. DelMoro explained that Norma Martine, an eighth grader at Monhagen Middle School, has been selected to participate in the Junior Presidential Youth Inaugural Conference in Washington, D. C.  Mr. DelMoro said that Norma is a new entrant to Middletown this year, and her activities at her prior school were instrumental in her selection.

Ms. Tobiassen noted the Board protocol which calls for the Board president or the District Clerk to be notified in the event a Board member cannot attend a Board meeting.

Mr. Crescenzo noted that at last week’s Board meeting, the Board accepted the retirement of Louise Ghiotti who has been with the District for more than 17 years.  He wished her well in her retirement.

Visitors:

Sheila Esposito, President of the Middletown Teachers Association, spoke about the need for consistency when canceling after-school activities due to inclement weather.

Deborah Morris, Chairperson of the Health and Family Consumer Science Department at the High School, read a statement expressing concerns about combining health and parenting to create a one semester class. 

Ms. Tobiassen made a motion, seconded by Mr. Perrino, to approve the Instructional portion of Personnel Memorandum #19, copy attached.

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Tobiassen, Botti, Crescenzo – 7.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

Ms. Tobiassen made a motion, seconded by Mr. Estrada, to approve the Non-Instructional portion of Personnel Memorandum #19, copy attached.

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Tobiassen, Botti, Crescenzo – 7.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

Ms. Tobiassen made a motion, seconded by Mr. Perrino, to approve the following resolution:

Resolved, that the services of a Part-time Teaching Assistant be terminated effective January 21, 2005.

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Tobiassen, Botti, Crescenzo – 7.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

Mr. Estrada made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Knapp, requesting personnel folders for the purpose of conducting personnel business in executive session.

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Tobiassen, Botti, Crescenzo – 7.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

Mr. Estrada made a motion, seconded by Ms. Tobiassen, to amend the agenda to include consideration of Financial Memorandum #13, copy attached.

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Tobiassen, Botti, Crescenzo – 7.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 Dr. Eastwood said that approval of this financial memorandum will provide for the purchase and funding of a student information system.  He noted that Dr. Robert Hanna, the District’s monitor, recommended that Middletown look into a student information system to help the District better monitor our students.  The system to be purchased, CrossPointe Software Solutions, is an integrated system that will address students, personnel and finances.  Dr. Eastwood said that the District can purchase Crosspointe through Mid-Hudson Regional Information Center BOCES which will allow the purchase price and implementation costs and training costs to be eligible for BOCES aid.

Mr. Perrino made a motion, seconded by Mr. Estrada, to approve Financial Memorandum #13, copy attached.

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Botti, Crescenzo – 6.  Noes:  Tobiassen – 1.  Motion was declared approved.

Mrs. Botti made a motion, seconded by Mr. Estrada, to approve Special Services Memorandum #13, copy attached.

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Tobiassen, Botti, Crescenzo – 7.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

Mr. Estrada made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Botti, to approve the State Environmental Quality Review Type II Action (Siemens Energy Performance Contract).

Ayes:  Estrada, Geiger, Knapp, Perrino, Tobiassen, Botti, Crescenzo – 7.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

No visitors asked to address the Board.

Roundtable:

Mr. Estrada inquired how our neighboring school districts are providing health/parenting instruction.  Dr. Eastwood replied that the State allows districts flexibility in providing this instruction either through the middle school home ec program and the high school health program, or through a separate course at the high school level.   Middletown currently offers this instruction as a separate course at the High School, which students are required to pass in order to graduate.  Dr. Eastwood said that the District is trying to accommodate the State requirements and at the same time reduce some of the requirements placed on our students for graduation.  He said he has requested that the curriculum be re-written to split the program between middle school and high school, which will reduce graduation requirements.  Dr. Eastwood said that the District could continue to offer the year-long program as an elective.

Mrs. Botti asked that the Board be provided with directory information for Board members and Central Office administration.

Mr. Geiger suggested that the District look into some sort of recognition for retirees.

Mr. Crescenzo suggested that the District schedule a recognition of our scholar-athletes.

At 9:30 p.m., Ms. Tobiassen made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Botti, to have an executive session for the discussion of the employment histories of specific personnel and to discuss collective bargaining development issues.  Motion was unanimously approved. 

Public session resumed at 10:50 p.m.  There being no further business, Mr. Geiger made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Knapp, to adjourn the meeting.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Alicia E. Olsen

School District Clerk

 

ENLARGED CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

OF MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK

PUPIL PERSONNEL/SPECIAL SERVICES

MEMORANDUM #13

TO:                 Board of Education

FROM:           Selena Fischer, Director for Pupil Personnel & Special Services

DATE:            January 20, 2005

RE:                 Committee on Special Education/Committee on Preschool Special Education 

Resolved, that the special programs and services required by the recommendations in the Pupil Personnel/Special Services Memorandum No. 13 dated January 20, 2005, shall be implemented by the Board of Education within the time period provided by law, and

Be it further resolved, that the proposed appointments set forth below to the CSE and CPSE are hereby confirmed.

COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION RECOMMENDATIONS REACHED AT THE FOLLOWING MEETING(S):

December 13, 15, 16, 21, 22, 23, 2004

COMMITTEE ON PRESCHOOL RECOMMENDATIONS REACHED AT THE FOLLOWING MEETING(S): 

 

APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEE ON SPECIAL EDUCATION:

MEMBER NAME                   POSITION                              EFFECTIVE

APPOINTMENTS TO COMMITTEE ON PRESCHOOL SPECIAL EDUCATION:

MEMBER NAME                   POSITION                              EFFECTIVE

APPOINTMENTS OF SURROGATE PARENTS:

MEMBER NAME                   POSITION                              EFFECTIVE

 

ENLARGED CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT

OF MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK

FINANCIAL MEMORANDUM #13

 TO:                 Board of Education

FROM:           Elizabeth McKean

DATE:            January 20, 2005

RE:                 Financial Memorandum #13

 

1. Purchase of CrossPointe Software Solutions Approved

CrossPointe student software, human resources software and finance software and all necessary implementation and training.  Purchased to be funded with a minimum down payment of $469,612 with the balance of $240,853 to be financed through BOCES.

2. Budget Transfer #6 Approved

     From:

     A.2630.8160.10.2640.06

    Computer Asst. Instr. Salary-Noninstr.

    $80,800 

     

     A.9030.8803.10.9100.00

     Social Security

     6,500

     

     

    A.9060.8804.10.9100.00

     Health & Dental Ins.

     17,181

     

     

    A.9020.8801.10.9100.00

     State Teachers Retirement

    2,500

     

    A.9040.8805.10.9100.00

     Worker’s Compensation

    2,000

     

    A.2630.8200.10.2640.07

     Furniture & Equipment

     235,481

     To: 

     A.1680.8490.10.0405.00

     BOCES Services

     $344,462