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Board of Education

The Minisink Valley Board of Education believes that, in partnership with the community, parents, administration, faculty, and staff, our primary mission is to enable the individual student to identify and achieve maximum potential.

Our board of education members are unpaid public officials elected by the voters to take formal legal actions and set policy for the conduct of the district.


Board Members

Minisink Valley Board of Education Members

Back Row:  Kathlee DeRose, John Odland, Thomas Salamone, Alfred Gibbs, Cathy Prezioso
Front Row:  Paul Rickard, President Joseph Flaherty, Vice-president William Cooper, Shawn Cahill

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Board of Education Goals for the 2016-2017 School Year

  • The district will develop and successfully pass a fiscally responsible budget for the 2017-2018 school year that complies with the New York State Tax Cap Law and supports a quality education for all of the students.
  • The district will complete a review and adoption of all Board of Education policies and administrative regulations and implement an annual review process to ensure compliance with all State and Federal laws and regulations. 
  • The district will utilize the Building Condition Survey to enhance opportunities for the students and the community, to address ongoing maintenance of the facilities by developing a capital improvement project, and to reduce the overall energy use by implementing various strategies.
  • The district will continue to expand the curriculum offerings for all of the students in order to provide them with rich and diverse opportunities.
  • The district will continue to utilize social media, the website and newsletters as vehicles to promote district programs and services while building stronger connections with the community.

Policies of the Minisink Valley Board of Education

A major function of our board of education is to set the direction for the district.  Board members do this by writing and reviewing policies.   When we set procedures and guidelines, we do so in conjunction with these policies. 

View all Minisink Valley Board of Education Policies 

New and/or Revised Policies for 2016-2017

# 5410 Purchasing:  Competitive Bidding and Offering
# 5411 Procurement of Goods and Services
# 6121 Sexual Harassment of Employees
# 7240 Student Records:  Access and Challenge
# 7241 Student Directory Information
# 7551 Sexual Harassment and Grievance Procedures for Students



Meeting Schedule

The Minisink Valley Board of Education meets Thursdays, twice a month, at 8:00 PM in room 108 at the middle school. Visitors are welcome.

Please note that the October 26th meeting is a Wednesday.

July 14 November 17 March 9, 23
August 25 December 1, 15 April 20
September 8, 29 January 5, 19 May 4, 18
October 13, 26* February 2, 23 June 8

Committee Meetings

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education has scheduled the following committee meetings for the 2016-17 school year:

  • June 22 - Audit Comm. @ 7:45 PM
  • May 18 - Buildings and Grounds Comm. @ 6:30 PM - BOE Room
  • March 23 - Finance Comm. @ 6:30 PM - MS Aud.
  • March 9 - Finance Comm. @ 6:30 PM - IS Aud.
  • February 23 - Finance Comm. @ 6:30 PM - MS Aud.
  • February 2 - Finance Comm. @ 6:30 PM - MS Aud.
  • January 12 - Policy Comm. @ 7:00 PM - BOE Room
  • December 15 - Policy Comm. @ 6:30 PM - BOE Room
  • December 1 - Policy Comm. @ 6:30 PM - BOE Room
  • October 13 - Audit Comm. @ 7:30 PM - BOE Room
  • October 13 - Buildings and Grounds Comm. @ 6:30 PM - BOE Room
  • October 6 - Policy Comm. @ 6:00 PM - BOE Room
  • September 22- Buildings and Grounds Comm. @ 4:00 PM - BOE Room
  • September 14 - Policy Comm. @ 7:45 PM - BOE Room
  • August 2 - Policy Comm. @ 10:00 AM - CO Conf. Room
  • July 14 - Audit Comm. @ 6:30 PM

Board of Education Elections

There will be three three-year openings on the board of education in July 2017 for the expiring seats of Shawn Cahill, Alfred Gibbs, and John Odland; and one unexpired term created by the death of Board member Paul Rickard, commencing on or about May 16, 2017 through June 30, 2018.  The election will be held on May 16, 2017 during the hours of 12:00 noon to 9:00 PM.

Running for the Board of Education

Petitions for nominating candidates for the office of member of board of education must be filed with the clerk of the district by April 18, 2017.  Vacancies on the board of education are not considered specific offices.  Candidates run at large.  Nominating petitions must be signed by qualified voters of the district, shall state the name and residence of each signer and the name and residence address of the candidate.  Nominating petitions with information about disclosure of expenditures by board candidates are available to be picked up from the district clerk's office from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM on days when school is in session.


Board Candidate Eligibility Requirements


  • Must be able to read and write.
  • Must be a qualified voter of the district. A member does not necessarily have to be a taxpayer, but must be a district resident for a period of at least one year prior to the election.
  • No more than one member of an immediate family may serve as a member of the board of education at one time.
  • May not be a current employee of the school district.
  • May not simultaneously hold another incompatible public office.
  • May not have been removed from any school district office within the preceding year.

Requirements for all Newly Elected Board of Education Members

For any school board of education member appointed to a term beginning on or after July 1, 2005, New York State now requires you to complete, within one year, at least six hours of training in your financial oversight, accountability, and fiduciary responsibilities. The training curriculum must be approved by the commissioner of education in consultation with the comptroller. The commissioner also must approve training providers. There are five (5) approved workshops totaling six hours being offered by the New York State School Boards' Association. The areas covered are:

  • School District Finances: Roles and Responsibilities
  • Revenue Sources and the Budget Process
  • Building School District Fiscal Fitness
  • Monitoring District Fiscal Fitness
  • Preventing Fraud, Waste, and Abuse of District Resources.

In addition, every school board member elected or appointed for a first term beginning on or after July 1, 2011, must complete within one year, training in Essentials for School Board Governance.  The areas covered are:

  • The boards' role in student achievement
  • The dynamics of the board-superintendent relationship
  • How policy is developed and used by the board
  • Key legal parameters such as the Open Meetings Law
  • How data is used by school boards in decision making.