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

Seated:  Kathlee DeRose, Cathy Prezioso, Sandra Brownsey, Alfred Gibbs
Standing:  John Odland, Thomas Salamone, President Joseph Flaherty, Paul Rickard, Vice-president William Cooper

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Board of Education Goals for the 2013-2014 School Year

  • Develop a budget for the 2014-2015 school year that continues to provide a quality education for all our students and attempts to maintain current program and staffing levels, while remaining sensitive to the fiscal implications for our taxpayers.
  • Continue to advance technology and its integrated use as an instructional tool and information source across the curriculum.
  • Negotiate contracts with the labor unions in a fair and fiscally responsible manner.
  • Continue to embrace and nurture the district’s good relationship with the community, staff, and students while working toward continual improvement
  • Continue to support our administration, staff and students in meeting all requirements to effectively implement the new components of the Regent Reform Agenda as we continue to raise our instructional and learning standards and student achievement levels.  Maintain a professional development program that cultivates ongoing learning and professional dialogue to ensure the continuance of our highly skilled teaching staff.

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 2013-2014

3330 Parental Rights to Annual Professional Performance Review Composite Scores & Quality Ratings Under Education Law Section 3012-c
4212 Organization Chart
4330 Administrative Staff
5322 Use of the District Cell Phone
6112 Identification Badges
6125 Selection of Coaches
6212 Certification
6305 Non-Represented Employees
7545 Dignity for all Students Act DASA
7310 Code of Conduct
7615 Diploma and/or Credential Options for Students with Disabilities

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.

The scheduled board of education meetings for the 2013-14 school year are as follows:

July 11 November 7, 21 March 6, 20
August 22 December 5, 19 April 10, 24
September 12, 26 January 9, 23 May 8, 29
October 10, 24 February 6, 20 June 12

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Committee Meetings

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education has scheduled the following committee meetings for the 2013-14 school year:

  • April 10 @ 6:30 PM Audit Committee
  • April 3 @ 6:30 PM Finance Committee
  • March 20 @ 7:30 PM Transportation Committee
  • March 13 @ 6:30 PM Finance Committee
  • March 6 @ 7:00 PM Buildings and Grounds Committee
  • February 27 @ 6:30 PM Finance Committee
  • February 20 @ 7:30 PM Athletic Committee
  • February 13 @ 6:30 PM Finance Committee
  • January 23 @ 7:45 PM Policy Committee
  • January 23 @ 7:00 PM Menu Advisory
  • October 10 @ 7:00 PM Policy Committee
  • October 10 @ 7:30 PM Audit Committee
  • September 26 @ 7:00 PM Buildings and Grounds Committee
  • September 12 @ 7:00 PM Policy Commitee
  • July 11 @ 7:30 PM Policy Committee

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Board of Education Elections

There will be three three-year openings for seats on the board of education in July 2014 for the expiring seats of Sandra Brownsey, Alfred Gibbs, and John Odland.  The election will be held on May 20, 2014 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 21, 2014.  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.

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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.

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