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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 of Education Members

Minisink Valley Board of Education Members

Back Row:  Alfred Gibbs, President Joseph Flaherty, Shawn Cahill, Vice-president William Cooper, John Odland

Front Row:  James Emery, Jr., Kathlee DeRose, Catherine Prezioso, Thomas Salamone

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Board of Education Goals for the 2017-2018 School Year

  • The district will develop and successfully pass a fiscally responsible budget for the 2018-2019 school year that complies with the New York State Tax Cap Law and supports a quality education for all of our students.
  • The district will complete the review an implementation of the updated board of education policies and ensure that they are in compliance with all New York State laws and begin the review of the administrative regulations associated policies.
  • The district will continue to expand and improve upon our communication capabilities with our staff, students and community to help promote all the positive attributes of Minisink Valley.
  • The district will expand the curriculum and extracurricular offerings at all levels to help facilitate student achievement.
  • The district will ensure proper planning for the construction phase of the Capital Project.

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 2017-2018

There are none at this time.



Meeting Schedule

The Minisink Valley Board of Education meets on various Thursdays at 8:00 PM in room 108 at the middle school. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come.  Please not that the February 22, 2018 meeting will be held in the Otisville Elementary school.

July 13 November 2, 16 March 8, 22
August 24 December 7, 21 April 5, 19
September 14 January 4, 18 May 3, 17
October 5, 18 February 8, *22 June 7, 21

Committee Meetings

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education has scheduled the following committee meetings for the 2017-18 school year:

  • Finance Comm. - 3/22 @ 6:30 pm
  • Finance Comm. - 3/08 @ 6:30 pm
  • Finance Comm. - 2/22 @ 6:30 pm
  • Finance Comm. - 2/08 @ 6:30 pm
  • Athletic Comm - 12/13 @ 8:00 am
  • Policy Comm - 12/7 @ 6:30 pm
  • Audit Comm - 10/5 @ 7:30 pm

Meeting Agendas

Archives of past agendas

Meeting Minutes

Archives of past minutes

Board of Education Elections

There will be three three-year openings on the board of education in July 2018 for the expiring seats of Catherine Prezioso, Kathlee DeRose, and Alfred Gibbs commencing July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2021.  The election will be held on May 15, 2018 during the hours of 12:00 noon to 9:00 PM.  Orange County School Boards Association will be holding a workshop, Prospective School Board Member, on April 7, 2018 from 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon for those that are considering running for the board of education.  Please click here for more information and to register for this workshop.

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 16, 2018.  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.