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 2015-2016 School Year

  • The board will develop and successfully pass a fiscally responsible budget for the 2016-2017 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 conduct a review of all board of education policies to ensure that they are in compliance with all New York State laws and education department regulations.
  • The district will continue to implement new strategies and methods to enhance and strengthen parent, faculty, staff, student and community involvement in our school district.
  • The district will utilize the results of our five-year Building Condition Survey to develop a long range facility plan to ensure that our staff and students have the best possible environment to foster growth at all levels.  This should include the ongoing efforts to explore and utilize renewable energy where it can best serve the district.
  • The district will continue to evaluate the entire academic program and determine areas for improvement and create opportunities to expand curriculum offerings at all levels in order to provide our students with a continued rich and diverse curriculum.  The district will continue to utilize and expand technology to assist in the implementation of the district's curriculum.

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 2015-2016

6121 Sexual Harassment of Employees
7310 Code of Conduct
7513 Administration of Medication
7521 Students with Life-Threatening Health Conditions
7540 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 April 20th meeting is a Wednesday.

July 9 November 5, 19 March 3, 17
August 20 December 3, 17 April 7, 20
September 3, 17 January 7, 21 May 5, 19
October 8, 22 February 4, 18 June 2, 16

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Committee Meetings

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education has scheduled the following committee meetings for the 2015-16 school year:

  • June 2 -  Bldg & Grounds Comm @ 6:30 PM
  • May 5 -  Bldg & Grounds Comm @ 6:30 PM
  • April 20 - Policy Comm @ 7:45 PM
  • April 13 - Bldg & Grounds Comm @ 5:00 PM
  • March 31 - Audit Comm. @ 6:00 PM
  • Dec. 17 - Policy Comm. @ 7:45 PM
  • Nov. 19 - Policy Comm. @ 7:45PM
  • Oct. 8 - Audit Comm. @ 7:00 PM

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Board of Education Elections

There will be three three-year openings on the board of education in July 2016 for the expiring seats of William Cooper, Joseph Flaherty, and Thomas Salamone.  The election will be held on May 17, 2016 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, 2016.  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.

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.



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