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					   Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District
             Rye Brook, New York
             Board of Education Meeting Minutes



DATE:                              February 25, 2008

LOCATION:                          Blind Brook MS/HS Auditorium

MEMBERS OF THE BOARD:              Dr. Richard C. Buzin
                                   Mr. Lawrence D. Engle
                                   Mr. Monroe E. Haas
                                   Mr. Steven Kaplan
                                   Ms. Sheri Zarkower

ATTENDEES:                         Ronald D. Valenti, Ph.D.,
                                   Superintendent of Schools
                                   Mr. Jonathan Ross, Asst. Supt. Finance
                                   & Facilities
                                   Mrs. Christine Burton, Director of CIT
                                   K-12
                                   Mr. William Stark, Interim HS Principal
                                   Mr. Chris Griffin, Director of Guidance
                                   & Counseling
                                   Mr. Eugene Wolotsky, Director of Pupil
                                   Personnel Services
                                   Mr. Harry Burg, Assistant Director of
                                   Pupil Personnel Services
                                   Mrs. Andrea Hamilton, Administrative
                                   Intern
                                   Mrs. Carolina Pichardo, Per Diem
                                   Secretary




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                                      AGENDA


I.       Opening of Meeting

•     Pledge of Allegiance
•     The meeting was called to order by Dr. Richard Buzin at 8:05 p.m.


II.      Communications/Board Comments

•     Mr. Lawrence Engle explained the recent distribution changes with the school’s
      newspaper, Focus.
•     Mr. Steven Kaplan requested that the administrators review the school calendars
      again, since there were some mistakes with dates.

III.     Superintendent’s Report

•     Student National Merit Scholarship Winners
            Dr. Valenti congratulated the three students that were selected as winners
            of the National Merit Scholarship.
•     Refusal of Newsweek’s National High School Evaluation
            Dr. Valenti stated that Blind Brook High School will not be participating
                 in Newsweek’s “Top High School” listing for this school year.
•     Superintendent’s Proposed Budget for 2008-2009
            Dr. Valenti presented a PowerPoint presentation on the Blind Brook’s
            budget for the 2008-2009 school year.
•     Board Policy on Whistleblowing: Second Reading
            The Board read the Whistleblowing Policy for a second time, and will
            adopt at the next board meeting.

IV.      Resolutions for Action

                    •   Educational
                    •   Personnel
                    •   Financial


V.       Public Participation

•     Brad Hamburger expressed concern with the budget for the Elementary School,
      particularly with the facility expenditures.
•     Steve Melvin inquired about the new computer science instructor, and whether
      the salary for this position was budgeted.


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•   Tammy Vavolizza questioned class sizes, and how Blind Brook compares with
    other schools/districts.

VI.    Meeting was adjourned at 9:30 p.m.

VII. Next Board of Education Meeting: Saturday, March 1st, Budget
     Review Day (9 a.m. – 3 p.m.)




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            SECOND PUBLIC READING: Policy No. 5850

                    ALLEGATIONS OF FRAUD (Whisteblowing)

Reporting and Investigations of Allegations of Fraud
        All Board members and officers, District employees, and third party consultants
are required to abide by the District’s policies, administrative regulations, and procedures
in the conduct of their duties. Further, all applicable federal and/or state laws and
regulations must be adhered to in the course of District operations and practices. Any
individual who has reason to believe that financial improprieties or wrongful conduct is
occurring within the school system is to disclose such information according to the
reporting procedures established by the District. The reporting procedures will follow the
chain of command as established within the department or school building or as
enumerated in the District’s organizational chart. In the event that the allegations of
financial improprieties/fraud and/or wrongful conduct concern the investigating official,
the report shall be made to the next level of supervisory authority. If the chain of
supervisory command is not sufficient to ensure impartial, independent investigation,
allegations of financial improprieties/fraud and/or wrongful conduct will be reported as
applicable, to the Internal Auditor (if available), or the Independent (External) Auditor, or
the School Attorney, or the Board of Education. The District’s prohibition of wrongful
conduct, including fraud, will be publicized within the District as deemed appropriate;
and written notification will be provided to all employees with fiscal
accounting/oversight and/or financial duties including the handling of money.
        Upon receipt of an allegation of financial improprieties/fraud and/or wrongful
conduct, the Board or designated employee(s) will conduct a thorough investigation of
the charges. However, even in the absence of a report of suspected wrongful conduct, if
the District has knowledge of, or reason to know of, any occurrence of financial
improprieties/fraud and/or wrongful conduct, the District will investigate such conduct
promptly and thoroughly. To the extent possible, within legal constraints, all reports will
be treated as confidentially and privately as possible. However, disclosure may be
necessary to complete thorough investigation of the charges and/or to notify law
enforcement officials as warranted, and any disclosure will be provided on a “need to
know” basis. Written records of the allegation, and resulting investigation and outcome
will be maintained in accordance with law.
        Based upon the results of this investigation, if the District determines that a school
official has engaged in financial improprieties/fraudulent and/or wrongful actions,
appropriate disciplinary measures will be applied, up to and including termination of
employment, in accordance with legal guidelines, District policy and regulation, and any
applicable collective bargaining agreement. Third parties who are found to have engaged
in financial improprieties/fraud and/or wrongful conduct will be subject to appropriate
sanctions as warranted and in compliance with law. The application of such disciplinary
measure by the District does not preclude the filing of civil and/or criminal charges as
may be warranted. Rather, when school officials receive a complaint or report of alleged
financial improprieties/fraud and/or wrongful conduct that may be a criminal in nature,
law authorities should be immediately notified.


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        An appeal procedure will also be provided, as applicable, to address any
unresolved complaints and/or unsatisfactory prior determinations by the applicable
investigating officer(s).

Prohibition of Retaliation
        The Board prohibits any retaliatory behavior directed against those individuals
who, in good faith, report allegations of suspected financial improprieties/fraud and/or
wrongful conduct as well as witnesses and/or any other individuals who participate in the
investigation of an allegation of financial impropriety/fraud and/or wrongful conduct.
Follow-up inquiries shall be made to ensure that no reprisals or retaliatory behavior has
occurred to those involved in the investigation. Any act of retaliation is prohibited and
subject to appropriate disciplinary action by the District.

Knowingly Makes False Accusations
         Any individual who knowingly makes false accusations against another individual
as to allegations of financial improprieties/fraud may also face appropriate disciplinary
action.




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                    RESOLUTIONS FOR BOARD ACTION

EDUCATIONAL

2008-068       ACCEPTANCE OF ANONYMOUS DONATION FOR BBMS

               RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby accept the anonymous donation of $500 for the purchase of a Blind Brook MS
game board to be installed in the cafeteria.

Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.

PERSONNEL

2008-069       RESTORATION TO FULL-TIME TEACHER AIDE

                RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby increase Susan Cataldo and Esther Schulkin from part-time to full-time teacher
aides, effective February 26, 2008 at their regular, pro-rated annual contractual salary.

Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.

Mrs. Zarkower thanked the aides for their efforts.

2008-070       RESTORATION TO FULL-TIME TEACHER AIDE: MARY
               LACKOWITZ

              RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby increase Mary Lackowitz from part-time to full-time teacher aide, effective
February 25, 2008 at her regular, pro-rated annual contractual salary.

Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.

Mr. Kaplan was concerned with the changes occurring with the Teacher Aide’s
department and how this affects the children.

2008-071       REDUCTION OF TEACHING ASSIGNMENTS


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              RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby approve that Nicole Simmons’ teaching assignment as a BBHS Math teacher be
reduced from 1.2 to 1.0, effective January 29, 2008.
Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.

FINANCIAL

2008-072      HEALTH SERVICES CONTRACT FROM THE TARRYTOWN
              UFSD

               RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby approve the health services contract from the Tarrytown UFSD, which covers
seven students that attended the Hackley School located in Tarrytown during the 2007-
2008 School Year, and authorizes the payment of $699 per student, or $4,893 for all
seven students.

Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.

2008-073      HEALTH SERVICES CONTRACT FROM THE ELMSFORD UFSD

              RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby approve the health services contract from the Elmsford UFSD, which covers two
students who attended private schools located in Elmsford during the 2007-2008 School
Year, and authorizes the payment of $846.87 per student, or $1,693.74 for the two
students.

Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.

2008-074      APPROVAL OF PAYMENT TO OUTSIDE ATHLETIC
              CONSULTANT UNITED SOCCER ACADEMY

               RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby approve a $340.00 payment to the United Soccer Academy for student and
coaching clinics provided to the BBHS Athletic Program.

Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.



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                                      ADDENDUM

                     Superintendent’s Proposed Budget Meeting
                            Monday, February 25, 2008


2008-075        APPROVAL OF OVERNIGHT TRIP PROPOSAL –
                GETTYSBURG, PENNSYLVANIA

              RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby approve the overnight trip proposal for the 7th Grade annual trip to Gettysburg,
Pennsylvania from Wednesday, May 7 to Friday May 9, 2008.

Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.

2008-076        APPROVAL OF APPOINTMENT: SPRING COACHING
                ASSIGNMENTS

              RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of
Schools, the Board of Education of the Blind Brook-Rye Union Free School District does
hereby approve the appointment of the following Spring 2008 Coaches for Blind Brook’s
Athletic Department:

Assignment          Staff             Base Stipend   # of Years        Amt. of
                                                                       Longevity
                                                                       Stipend
JV Baseball         Brett Lyons       $4,072         2                 50
Modified Baseball   Brent Kammerer    $2,926         2                 50
Modified Baseball   Mike Vecchione    $2,926         1                 0
Two
JV Softball         Dave Centofanti   $4,072         4                 225

Upon motion by Mr.Haas and seconded by Mrs. Zarkower, this resolution was passed
unanimously.




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