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									                                 PORT JERVIS CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
                                        BOARD OF EDUCATION
                                         MEETING MINUTES

                                             JANUARY 7, 2010

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education was held on January 7, 2010 in the High School Cafeteria.

Members Present:      Michael Bello
                      Steve Doss
                      Brandy Figueroa
                      Roger Kalin
                      William Onofry
                      Cathy Sadaghiani
                      Tom Sexton
                      William Smith
                      Patrick Witherow

Others Present:       John Xanthis, Superintendent
                      John Bell, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction
                      Lorelei Case, Assistant Superintendent for Business
                      Shayna Reichert, Student Representative
                      Meghan McGregor, Senior Student Representative

Others Absent:        None


Call to Order – Agenda Item 1

     The meeting was called to order at 6:30 p.m. by William Onofry, the Presiding Officer.


Motion to Enter into Executive Session – Agenda Item 2

     Motioned by Mike Bello, seconded by Brandy Figueroa to enter into executive session at 6:30 pm.

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.

Motion to Enter into Regular Session – Agenda Item 3

     Mr. William Onofry, the Presiding Officer, moved the meeting into regular session at 7:30 p.m. motioned
     by Brandy Figueroa, seconded by Pat Witherow.

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.



     Mr. William Onofry, the Presiding Officer, moved to have a motion to accept the amended agenda.
     Motioned by Steve Doss, seconded by Bill Smith.

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.
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Presentation – Agenda Item 4

     None

Public Comment – Agenda Item 5

     There was no one from the public who wished to speak.

Administrative Reports – Agenda Item 6

Student Representatives – Shayna Reichert & Meghan McGregor

     Shayna reported that over the break the main hallways in the high school were refinished and painted.
     Seniors are being accepted into their colleges, and class of 2010 pennants is being hung in the cafeteria.
     The school had its quarterly honor roll breakfast first and second period for students who made high
     honor roll and honor roll, on December 18. Band is having a Valentine’s Day fundraiser, selling
     chocolate, magazines and jewelry. January 20 the French Club will have a 3 Kings Day celebration with
     games, songs, and a special cake. This celebration concludes the holiday school events.

     Students have off on January 26, 27, and 28 for regents exams. Students do have school the 24th and
     29th. The end of the second marking period is January 29th.

     Meghan reported on sports events. Boy’s basketball versus Goshen is tonight and girl’s basketball
     versus Goshen is tomorrow night – both are league games. Wrestling has a match against Honesdale on
     January 11. On January 13 there is a wrestling match against Washingtonville, January 20 wrestling
     match against Valley Central, January 22 wrestling match against Cornwall and on January 29 boy’s
     basketball versus O’Neill.

Superintendent – Mr. John Xanthis

     Mr. Xanthis started by wishing everyone a Happy New Year. Before break we started our budgets with
     administrators and they are completed. On January 19 the Governor will give his budget to the Assembly
     and Senate in New York and we will have a much better idea of what’s in store for Port Jervis and the
     rest of the state and we can plan accordingly. Ms. Case will report more on this subject in her report.

     Our Middle School students were a part of “Songs for Troops” this year and this is our third year being
     involved. Mr. Xanthis received a beautiful letter from Senator Larkin and another letter from a
     Commanding Officer in the Army named Jason Norwood. Mr. Norwood expressed how appreciative he
     was that his troops were able to see the children perform. The district also received a thank you letter
     from Mr. Ernie Jackson, Middle School Assistant Principal at Chester Academy. Mr. Jackson is the
     person that organizes this program and he wrote a letter thanking us but we need to thank Mr. Jackson
     for his tireless time he devotes to make this happen. Mr. Xanthis also thanked Mr. Jackson’s wife,
     Debbie Jackson, who works for the district as the Public Relations person and helps coordinate this
     program through BOCES. It’s a nice program and we are thrilled to be a part of it.

Assistant Superintendent for Instruction – Mr. John Bell

     Mr. Bell mentioned that there are seven teachers and a host of others that will be approved for retirement
     tonight. The district will be honoring these retirees in June but Mr. Bell just wanted to mention them and
     tell them that they will be missed.

     Mr. Bell announced on the behalf of HBE that there are two events coming up to raise money for the
     Dorritie and Fahey Scholarship Funds. 1) There is a Spaghetti Dinner at HBE on Friday, January 22.

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     2) A Tricky Tray on Saturday, January 30 in the High School gym. Mr. Bell is encouraging anyone that
     can to participate in either one these events.

Assistant Superintendent for Business – Ms. Lorelei Case

     Ms. Case mentioned that they had budget discussions with building principals and directors in December
     and it went very well. There will be a meeting next week with the Building and Grounds Committee to
     talk about some of the things the district would like to see in next year’s budget. We will be waiting to
     see what the Governors proposal will be on January 19th.

Consent Agenda Items – Agenda Item 7

     Roger Kalin motioned, seconded by Cathy Sadaghiani to approve the following Consent Agenda Items.
     No discussion.

     a.   Minutes December 9, 2009 Regular Meeting of the Board of Education

     b.   Minutes December 21, 2009 Workshop of the Board of Education (Section I)

     c.   CSE/CPSE Minutes (enclosure no. 1)
          CSE Minutes:  12/1/09; 12/2/09; 12/3/09; 12/7/09; 12/8/09; 12/10/09; 12/11/09; 12/14/09;
                        12/15/09; 12/16/09; 12/17/09; 12/18/09; 12/21/09
          CPSE Minutes: 12/2/09; 12/3/09; 12/8/09; 12/11/09; 12/17/09; 12/18/09

     d.   Financial Reports for November 2009: Comprehensive Budget Status, Revenue Status, and
          Warrant (enclosure no. 1)

     e.   Treasurer’s Report for November 2009 (enclosure no. 1)

     f.   Budget Transfers (enclosure no. 1)

     g.   Leave(s) of Absence (Section III Personnel)

          Name:             Cori Jashembowski
          Position:         Special Education Teacher
          Assignment:       HBE
          Reason:           Documentation on File
          Effective:        March 26, 2010 – June 1, 2010

          Name:             Kathy Smith
          Position:         School Monitor – High School
          Reason:           Documentation on File
          Effective:        January 4, 2010 through January 3, 2011

          Name:             Gretchen Brown
          Position:         Food Service Helper – High School
          Reason:           Documentation on File
          Effective:        February 4, 2010 – February 3, 2011




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h.   Intermittent Leave of Absence (Section III Personnel)

     Name:            Judith McClelland
     Position:        Cleaner – 209 Complex
     Reason:          Documentation on File
     Effective:       December 1, 2009 through November 30, 2010

i.   Resignation (s) (Section III Personnel)

     Name:            Nancy Baker
     Position:        School Bus Monitor
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       January 11, 2010

j.   Resignation(s) as per Severance and Release Agreement (Section III Personnel)

     Name:            Brenda Suchoruki
     Position:        School Bus Monitor
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Agnes Potyrala
     Position:        School Bus Driver
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Leslie Nery
     Position:        School Bus Driver
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            George Cosh
     Position:        School Bus Driver
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Cheryl Sauschuck
     Position:        School Bus Monitor
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Diane Kuen
     Position:        School Bus Monitor
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Barbara Miller
     Position:        School Bus Monitor
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010




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     Name:            Denise Sinclair
     Position:        School Bus Monitor
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Sandra Quick
     Position:        School Bus Driver
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Lori Rogers
     Position:        School Bus Monitor
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Pamela Wachtel
     Position:        School Bus Driver
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name             Karen Wells (Rescind Termination of Dec. 9, to Resign and Accept Severance)
     Position:        School Bus Dispatcher
     Assignment:      Transportation
     Effective:       December 31, 2009

k.   Retirement(s) (Section III Personnel)

     Name:            Adelaide Schmidt (Began working as sub bus monitor in 1998)
     Position:        School Bus Monitor
     Reason:          Retirement
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Frank Felter (Began working as sub cleaner in 1998)
     Position:        Head Custodian
     Reason:          Retirement
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Kevin Birmingham (30 years)
     Position:        Social Studies Teacher
     Assignment:      High School
     Reason:          Retirement
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Sharon Close (30 years)
     Position:        Nurse
     Assignment:      Middle School
     Reason:          Retirement
     Effective:       June 30, 2010

     Name:            Chana Auerbach (24 years)
     Position:        Social Studies Teacher
     Assignment:      Middle School
     Reason:          Retirement
     Effective:       June 30, 2010
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            Name:             Patricia McCooey (30 years)
            Position:         Teacher
            Assignment:       ASK
            Reason:           Retirement
            Effective:        June 30, 2010

            Name:             Janet Niosi (37 years)
            Position:         Teacher
            Assignment:       ASK
            Reason:           Retirement
            Effective:        June 30, 2010

            Name:             James Cullinan (38 years)
            Position:         Teacher
            Assignment:       ASK
            Reason:           Retirement
            Effective:        June 30, 2010

            Name:             Patricia Woodruff (21 years)
            Position:         Foreign Language Teacher
            Assignment:       Middle School
            Reason:           Retirement
            Effective:        June 30, 2010

      l.    Disposal of Books Declared Excess from the ASK Library (enclosure No. 2)

      m. Accept donation of smoke detectors from Cuddebackville Fire Department for HBE students.
.
                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Appointment(s) – (Section III Personnel) – Agenda Item 8

           Mike Bello motioned, seconded by Steve Doss to approve the following appointments:
           No Discussion.

A.   Support Staff

             Name:            Shirley Shannon
             Position:        Clerk Typist Substitute (Currently PT Clerk Typist)
             Assignment:       District Wide
             Reason:           Per Diem
             Effective:       January 8, 2010
             Probation:        N/A
             Salary:          $15.73 per hour Step 1

             Name:            Jessica Jennings
             Position:        Clerk-Typist (Appt. from CS Eligible List #42807)
             Assignment:       District Wide
             Reason:          Vacancy No. 1584
             Effective        January 25, 2010
             Probation:       8 - 26 weeks
             Salary:          $15.73 per hour Step 1

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Name:         Gretchen Brown
Position:     School Monitor (Currently Food Service Helper)
Assignment:   High School
Reason:       Vacancy No. 1579
Effective:    February 8, 2010
Probation:    8 – 26 weeks
Salary:       $15.86 per hour Step 1

Name:         Nancy Baker
Position:     Courier (Currently School Bus Monitor)
Assignment:   Central Administration– Building and Grounds
Reason:       Vacancy No. 1580
Effective:    January 11, 2010
Probation:    8 - 26 weeks
Salary:       $15.61 per hour Step 1

Name:         Donna Green
Position:     Teacher Aide 1:1
Assignment:   High School
Reason:       Vacancy No. 1581 (Based upon the student needs and student’s residency in district)
Effective:    January 4, 2010
Probation:    8-26 weeks
Salary:       $13.80 per hour Step 1

Name:         Kathy Smith (Currently employed by district)
Position:     Teacher Aide (temporary through 12/31/10)
Assignment:    High School
Reason:       Vacancy No. 1578
Effective:    January 4, 2010
Probation:     N/A
Salary:       $13.80 per hour Step 1

Name:         James Shimer
Position:     Cleaner – Substitute
Assignment:   District
Reason:       Per Diem
Effective:    January 8, 2010
Probation:    N/A
Salary:       $14.29 per hour Step 1

Name:         Sara Card
Position:     Cleaner – Substitute
Assignment:   District
Reason:       Per Diem
Effective:    January 8, 2010
Probation:    N/A
Salary:       $14.29 per hour Step 1




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B.    Instructional Staff – Change in Effective Date

         Name:              Christopher Fassett
         Position:          School Psychologist
         Assignment:        ASK
         Reason:            Vacancy # 1572 (Leave replacement for Shannon Johnson)
         Effective:         December 10, 2009
                            (Previously approved for January 4, 2010 at 11/19/09 board meeting)
         Probation:         N/A
         Salary:            $ 52,418 Step 1 (pro-rated)
                            + 1,500 Masters
                            $53,918

C.    Coaching Positions for Winter/Spring Sports

      Thomas Chuckran             Volunteer Basketball Coach
      Jonathan Foley              JV Wrestling Head Coach                  $4,090


D.    Substitute Teachers/RNs *Denotes College Students

         A = Certified
         Suzanne Vicchiariello          Dawn Gallondorn
         Robert Curtis                  Lynda Onofry

         B = BA/MA
         Kelly Shannon                  Larry Gotham

         C = 48 or more college credits
         Jonathan Foley*              Bonnie Morgan

                                                                     Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                     Motion carried.

Approval of Contracts for Confidential Secretary to the Superintendent and Administrative Aide to the
Assistant Superintendent of Business – Agenda Item 9

      Steve Doss motioned, seconded by Mike Bello to approve the contracts for Confidential Secretary to
      the Superintendent and Administrative Aide to the Assistant Superintendent of Business. No Discussion.

                                                                     Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                     Motion carried.

Approval of Amended Contracts for the following: Confidential Secretary to the Assistant
Superintendent for Instruction; Director of Building and Grounds; Computer Services Specialists;
Food Service Director; and Public Information Specialist. See Item 6 of Employment Contract (Sick
Leave) – Changed wording from “Should the Employee separate from employment for any reason to
should the Employee separate from employment for the purpose of retirement” – Agenda Item 10

     Cathy Sadaghiani motioned, seconded by Steve Doss to approve the wording in the amended contracts.
     No Discussion.

                                                                     Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                     Motion carried.
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  Establishment of the following scholarships: - Agenda Item 11

      a) Devon Fahey Memorial Scholarship
      b) The Goshen Historic Track Scholarship
      c) The “Kass & Jules” Dorritie Memorial Scholarship

      Tom Sexton motioned, seconded by Bill Smith to approve the establishment of the three scholarships.
      No Discussion.

                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Approval of NYSSBA Membership Dues for 2010 – Agenda Item 12

      Cathy Sadaghiani motioned, seconded by Mike Bello to approve the NYSSBA Membership Dues
      for 2010. No Discussion

                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Approval of Refuse Bid – Agenda Item 13

      Cathy Sadaghiani motioned, seconded by Mike Bello to approve the Refuse Bid.
      No Discussion.

                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Approval of Mat Bid – Agenda Item 14
     Roger Kalin motioned, seconded by Bill Smith to approve the Mat Bid. No Discussion

                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Approval of Uniform Bid – Agenda Item 15
     Cathy Sadaghiani motioned, seconded by Roger Kalin to approve the Uniform Bid.
     There was some discussion on the cost of the shirts.

                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Reject Paint Bids – Agenda Item 16

      Cathy Sadaghiani motioned, seconded by Steve Doss to Reject the Paint Bids.
      No Discussion.

                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Discussion of Race to the Top Application and Memorandum of Understanding – Agenda Item 17

      Mr. Xanthis explained what the Race to the Top is. It is money that the Federal Government will be
      giving out to approximately 8 to 12 states totaling about $5 billion. Each state interested in claiming
      some of the money will need to fill out the Race to the Top application. Superintendent Mr. Xanthis,
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     President of the Board Mr. Onofry, and the Teacher’s Union President, Ms. Cathy are asked to sign on
     saying that they are in agreement of what this document says. This is a non-binding document. There
     would be about $700 million available to New York State. The state would keep half of the money and
     $350 million would be distributed to districts that have signed on. We will need the Board of Education’s
     approval to do this. Upon receiving funds for New York State then there would be a binding contract.
     The contract would then need to be voted on by the Board. This would give our district about $180,000,
     so we should certainly try to apply for it. Again this is not binding, just showing support for the concept.

     Mr. Xanthis has met with the Union President and there is a check list towards the back of the
     application that they would not endorse because it is not part of their contract. The district will be fine
     with their decision not to sign if approved by the Board tonight. The application needs to be submitted
     by tomorrow, January 8.

     The documents have been shared with the district’s attorney, Judy Mayle, and she did not find any
     drawbacks to signing the document. We can walk away from this at any time now and up to 90 days
     after the state gets the money.

     Cathy Sadaghiani made a motion to have the Superintendent and the Board President sign the
     application, seconded by Mike Bello.

                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Request for Club Field Trip during the Day – Agenda Item 18

     Roger Kalin motioned, seconded by Bill Smith to approve the ASK 6th Grade Performing Arts Club
     request to take a trip to New York City during the school day on June 2, 2010 to see “The Lion King”.
     There was some discussion on the amount of chaperones needed and not using all instructional staff
     to chaperone this trip.

                                                                        Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                        Motion carried.

Discussion Regarding District Capital Project Renovation – Agenda Item 19

     Cathy Sadaghiani motioned, seconded by Bill Smith to open up this item for discussion.

     The Board discussed what direction they wished to take, whether to just put out one vote or to go with
     two and proposal B would be contingent upon passage of proposal A. The majority of the Board voted
     unanimously to go with the two proposals as follows:

          A = $11.4 Million   (for window replacement, heating issues, and security vestibules)
          B = $ 3.1 Million   (for upgrading science labs, locker replacements, and a Voice over
                              IP system)


Possible Adoption of SEQRA Resolution – Agenda Item 20

     This item was decided to be removed from the agenda.




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Possible Adoption of all Related Resolutions for the District Capital Project Renovation –
Agenda Item 21

      a)   Adopt Resolution of Necessity – Bill Smith motioned, seconded by Steve Doss to adopt this
           Resolution upon a roll call vote: Witherow yes; Smith yes; Bello yes; Sadaghiani yes;
           Figueroa yes; Kalin yes; Doss yes; Sexton yes; Onofry yes.

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.

      b)   Adopt Serial Bond Resolution – Mike Bello motioned, seconded by Steve Doss to adopt this
           Resolution upon a roll call vote: Witherow yes; Smith yes; Bello yes; Sadaghiani yes;
           Figueroa yes; Kalin yes; Doss yes; Sexton yes; Onofry yes.

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.

      c)   Adopt Board Resolution Establishing Date of Voter Referendum – Pat Witherow motioned,
           seconded by Bill Smith to adopt this Resolution upon a roll call vote: Witherow yes; Smith yes;
           Bello yes; Sadaghiani yes; Figueroa yes; Kalin yes; Doss yes; Sexton yes; Onofry yes.

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.

      d)   Adopt Wording of Propositions – Bill Smith motioned, seconded by Steve Doss to adopt this
           Resolution upon a roll call vote: Witherow yes; Smith yes; Bello yes; Sadaghiani yes;
           Figueroa yes; Kalin yes; Doss yes; Sexton yes; Onofry yes.

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.

Approval of CSE Vendors – Agenda Item 22

      Pat Witherow motioned, seconded by Mike Bello to approve the following CSE Vendors:


      The Astor Learning Center               Phone # (845) 871-1122
      P.O. Box 5005
      Rhinebeck, NY 12572-5005

      Sign Language Resources, Inc.           Phone # (8450 566-7951
      1607 Route 300, Suite 106               Fax # (845) 566-7471
      Newburgh, NY 12550

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.




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Policies – Agenda Item 23

     Roger Kalin motioned, seconded by Brandy Figueroa to approve the Second and Final Reading of
     the following policy:

     Second and Final Reading

     Policy No. 7315              Bullying: Peer Abuse in the Schools

                                                                      Yes 9 No 0 Absent 0
                                                                      Motion carried.


Committee Reports – Agenda Item 24

    Audit Committee – Mr. Witherow stated that the Audit Committee met yesterday reviewing firms for the
    Internal Auditor position. Three firms were interviewed and the committee is waiting on some additional
    information that Ms. Case is going to provide from the firms. The committee will present a
    recommendation for Internal Auditor at the next board meeting. Mr. Witherow thanked two community
    members, Mrs. Judy Rudy and Mr. Robert Schultz for their commitment to the committee.

    Building and Grounds/Visitation Committee/Master Plan Liaison – Mr. Sexton reported nothing new
    to report but the committee will be meeting next week.

     Policy Committee – Mrs. Sadaghiani stated nothing new to report. We will meet next Wednesday,
     January 13, at 3:30 PM at Thompson Street. As always, if anyone wishes to attend and requires
     handicap accessibility, they are asked to contact Mrs. Pagano, so that arrangements can be made.
      .
     DLT Report – Mrs. Sadaghiani reported a Joint BEPTs and DLT Meeting are scheduled to be held on
     Wednesday, January 27th at 3:30 PM to discuss any amendments required to the Plan for Participation.
     This is a document which needs to be reviewed biennially. Following that, the DLT will meet on
     Wednesday, February 10th at 2:30 PM to review the suggestions, prior to their submission to the state.

     Health/Safety/Wellness Committee Liaison – Mrs. Figueroa stated nothing new to report.

     OCSBA – Mr. Bello reported nothing new to report. The next meeting will be January 20th at 7:00 PM
     at BOCES in Goshen. We will be adopting the legislative agenda for Orange County School Boards. On
     February 6 there is the Mid Hudson School Study Council’s legislative brunch at West Point. The
     Superintendent and Board President attend as guests and Mr. Bello mentioned that any additional board
     member can attend at the cost of $25 each. If interested, contact Mrs. Lasch. Mr. Bello will be attending
     this brunch with BOCES. On February 24th there is a BOCES Budget Presentation and dinner at 6:00
     PM at the SETRC building. It’s a nice evening with presentations from the different academies and
     BOCES will present their administrative budget. Board members are invited to attend this evening as
     well.

     NYSSBA – Mr. Smith mentioned that there is a Claims Auditing class coming up offered by NYSSBA
     on March 5th in Latham, NY that both he and Mr. Witherow would like to attend.

     Port Jervis Liaison – Mr. Sexton stated nothing new to report.

     Deerpark Liaison – Mr. Smith stated nothing new to report.




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     Legislative Liaison – Mr. Kalin reported that along with himself, Mr. Xanthis and Mr. Onofry, they will be
     meeting with Congressman John Hall tomorrow at 4:30 PM in the Goshen County building. Some issues
     that we would like to discuss with Mr. Hall are The Educate Act, the mandates under The No Child Left
     Behind Act, The Federal Lunch Program mandates and The McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act.

Board Member Comments/Issues – Agenda Item 25

     Mr. Sexton commented that Jason Norwood is a wrestling coach for Tri-State Wrestling and came to us
     through West Point. His kids are going to the Eastern States this weekend.

     Mr. Kalin read parts of an article from a New York Times editorial regarding the state’s legislators.
     Mr. Kalin also read a letter addressed to Mr. Onofry that was received from Richard L. Rose,
     Commissioner of Orange County Parks. The letter was a response to the letter we sent a couple of
     weeks ago to the Commissioner and Mr. Ed Diana. Mr. Rose supports our concerns for the condition of
     the canal and explained how they are working to improve it.

     Mrs. Sadaghiani read the names of the seven teachers that are on tonight’s agenda for retirement and
     thanked them for being a part of our children’s lives and they will be very much missed. Mrs. Sadaghiani
     had two concerns for administration. 1) Transfer students into the district with disabilities are being
     placed in Inclusion classes and I was wondering if the ratio of students in these Inclusion classes is
     being kept in compliance. 2) There was a security breach in a school in Schenectady, NY and money
     was taken out of their treasury. What type of security system do we have so that doesn’t happen to us?
     Ms. Case confirmed that the district does have security on their accounts that would protect them from
     that type of incident.

     Mr. Smith mentioned that the Eastern States Wrestling Championships will be this Saturday and Sunday
     at Sullivan County Community College. This is a huge high school tournament, one of the biggest in the
     country, sponsored by Section 9 and Port Jervis is a major player.

Informational - Agenda Item 26

     All informational Items were acknowledged and received.

Dates to Remember – Agenda Item 27

     Mr. Onofry read the dates to remember as follows:

     January 13       ASK PTA Meeting, Library 7:00 p.m.
     January 14       Parent Workshop HBE Library, 6:30 p.m. (snow date 1/21)
     January 15       Middle School Dance, 6-8 p.m.
     January 18       Holiday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day – DISTRICT CLOSED
     January 21       Board of Education Meeting/Workshop – PJHS Cafeteria 6:30 p.m.
     January 26       HBE PTA Meeting at 6:30 p.m.
     January 26-29    High School Regents
     January 29       Second Quarter ends


MEETING ADJOURNMENT

     A motion was made by Cathy Sadaghiani, seconded by Pat Witherow to adjourn the regular business
     meeting with a 9-0-0 vote. The meeting adjourned at 8.29 p.m.




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The next regular board meeting and Food Service, Transportation, and Central Administration Goals Workshop
will be held on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 6:30 pm (executive session) and 7:00 pm (open business
meeting) followed by a workshop in the High School Cafeteria.


                                                        Transcribed by _______________________
                                                        Dawn R. Lasch, Deputy Clerk
                                                        Port Jervis Board of Education




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