BOARD OF EDUCATION

MIDDLETOWN, NEW YORK

JULY 10, 2008 – REORGANIZATION MEETING

 

The Annual Reorganization Meeting of the Board of Education of the Enlarged City School District of Middletown, New York was held Thursday, 

July 10, 2008, at the Board of Education Office, 223 Wisner Avenue.  This meeting was called to select Board officers, administer oaths of office,  designate bank depositiories, and for such other business as may come before the meeting. 

 

Present: Mrs. Isseks, Mrs. Martinez, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Paul,

Ms. Perkins (left at 8:35 p.m.), Mr. Perrino, Mr. Geiger,

Ms. Tobiassen (left at 8:30 p.m.) – 8.

 

Absent: Mrs. Knapp - 1.

                             

Others Attending:            

Kenneth Eastwood, Superintendent of Schools

Elizabeth McKean, School Business Administrator  

Richard DelMoro, Director of Secondary Education

Mr. Paul Weir, Director for Personnel Services

Selena Fischer, Director for Pupil Personnel & Special Services

Thomas Scott, Superintendent of Buildings & Ground

Michael Tuttle, Chief Technology Officer        

                                   

The meeting was called to order at 6:33 p.m.  Mr. Paul made a motion, seconded by Mr. Perrino, to have an executive session for the discussion of the employment history of a particular person and proposed, pending or current litigation.

Ayes:  Mr. Geiger, Mrs. Isseks, Mrs. Martinez, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Paul, Ms. Perkins, Mr. Perrino, Ms. Tobiassen – 8.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

Public session resumed at 7:50 p.m.

The meeting was called to order by Superintendent Kenneth Eastwood, followed by the pledge of allegiance led by Mr. Perrino.

Mr. Geiger made a motion, seconded by Mr. Perrino, to add Opportunity to Address the Board to the agenda.

Ayes:  Mr. Geiger, Mrs. Isseks, Mrs. Martinez, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Paul, Ms. Perkins, Mr. Perrino, Ms. Tobiassen – 8.  Noes:  None.  Motion was unanimously approved.

OPPORTUNITY TO ADDRESS THE BOARD:

  • Horace Belton – Gave opinions on the Board’s status and functions.
  • Edwin Estrada – Congratulated the new Board members and gave his support to Dr. Eastwood, Ms. Tobiassen and Mr. Geiger’s accomplishments over the last year.
  • A gentleman (no name recorded) – Read a letter regarding a matter involving his son.  Dr. Eastwood responded that the District has knowledge of the letter but stressed that it was not appropriate to discuss personnel-related issues during the public meeting.  Dr. Eastwood further stated that the District will follow-up based on what can be communicated legally.

The Oath of Office to support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of the State of New York was administered to Evelyn Isseks and Barbara Martinez by Mr. James Drohan, Esq.

Dr. Eastwood declared nominations in order for the position of President of the Board of Education for the 2008-2009 school year. 

Mr. Perrino made a motion, seconded by Mr. Geiger, nominating Rose Tobiassen as President of the Board of Education for the 2008-2009 school year. 

Mr. Paul made a motion, seconded by Ms. Perkins, nominating Nicholas Mauro as President of the Board of Education for the 2008-2009 school year.

Dr. Mauro made a motion, seconded by Mr. Paul, to vote for President by closed ballot.

Mr. James Drohan, Esq., determined that votes cannot be cast by closed ballot and must be open to opinion.  Voting by closed ballot would be in violation of Roberts Rules of Order. 

No action taken on motion.

A roll-call vote was taken for Ms. Tobiassen.    

Ayes:  Mr. Geiger, Mr. Perrino, Ms. Tobiassen – 3.  Noes:  Mrs. Isseks, Mrs. Martinez, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Paul, Ms. Perkins - 5.  Motion was defeated.

A roll-call vote was taken for Dr. Mauro.

Ayes:  Mrs. Isseks, Mrs. Martinez, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Paul, Ms. Perkins - 5.  Noes:  Mr. Geiger, Mr. Perrino, Ms. Tobiassen - 3.  Dr. Mauro was declared 

President.

Mr. James Drohan administered the Oath of Office to Board President Nicholas Mauro.

Dr. Eastwood declared nominations in order for the position of Vice-President of the Board of Education for the 2008-2009 school year. 

Mr. Perrino made a motion, seconded by Ms. Tobiassen, nominating William Geiger as Vice-President of the Board of Education for the 2008-2009 school year.

Mr. Geiger declined the nomination.

Mr. Perrino made a motion, seconded by Dr. Mauro, nominating Lynne Perkins as Vice-President of the Board of Education for the 2008-2009 school year.

A roll-call vote was taken for Ms. Perkins.

Ayes:  Mr. Geiger, Mrs. Isseks, Mrs. Martinez, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Paul, Ms. Perkins, Mr. Perrino - 7.  Noes:  None.  Absent:  Mrs. Knapp, Ms. Tobiassen -2.  Ms. Perkins was declared Vice-President.         

Mr. James Drohan administered the Oath of Office to Board Vice-President Lynne Perkins

 

PRESENTATIONS

  • Mr. James Drohan, Esq.

CHILD ABUSE (see attached presentation). 

OPEN MEETINGS LAW (see attached presentation).

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

RESOLVED, that the reading of the Annual Board Appointments for the period of July 1, 2008 – June 30, 2009, be waived and the appointments on the attached list be approved.

Ayes:  Mr. Geiger, Mrs. Isseks, Mrs. Martinez, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Paul, Mr. Perrino, - 6.  Noes:  None.  Absent:  Mrs. Knapp, Ms. Perkins, Ms. Tobiassen - 3. Motion was unanimously approved.

Mr. James Drohan, Esq., administered the Oath of Office to Shelli Colo, District Treasurer.

Mr. James Drohan, Esq., administered the Oath of Office to Michelle Towle, District Clerk.

Mr. Paul made a motion, seconded by Mrs. Isseks, to approve the following items:

  • Board Meeting Dates for the 2008-2009 School Year as per the attached.
  • To delegate to the Superintendent of Schools the authorization to approve attendance at a conference as funded in the current year budget by any employee, officer or board member of the District for the school year beginning July 1, 2008.
  • To grant the Superintendent authorization to make budget transfers up to the amount of $5,000.
  • Election workers for the 2008/2009 school year as per the attached list.
  • Authorizing the Superintendent to Apply for Grants-in-Aid (State and Federal).
  • Financial Memorandum #1, copy attached.

A discussion pursued regarding Board Meeting Dates for the 2008-2009 School Year. 

Mr. Perrino made a motion, seconded by Mr. Geiger, to change the Board meeting date originally listed for August 7, 2008, to August 14, 2008.  The 2nd Board meeting date for August would remain as August 28, 2008.

Ayes:  Mr. Geiger, Mrs. Isseks, Mrs. Martinez, Dr. Mauro, Mr. Paul, Mr. Perrino, - 6.  Noes:  None.  Absent:  Mrs. Knapp, Ms. Perkins, Ms. Tobiassen - 3. Motion was unanimously approved.  

Dr. Mauro requested to table the approval of Board Assignments until the Board has the opportunity to discuss further.

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

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby approves the participation in the three Association Board memberships as designated on the agenda for the 2008/2009 school year and as follows:                                                                                               

Orange County School Boards Association                                    $ 1,785

New York State Association of Small City School District             $ 4,476

New York State School Boards Association                                    $ 9,970

Mr. Geiger made a motion, seconded by Mr. Paul, to adjourn the Reorganization Meeting.  Motion was unanimously approved.

 

Respectfully submitted,

Michelle K. Towle

District Clerk