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

Standing:  John Odland, Vice-president William Cooper, Shawn Cahill, President Joseph Flaherty, Thomas Salamone
Seated:  James Emery, Jr., Catherine Prezioso, Kathlee DeRose, Christopher Briecke

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Board of Education Goals for the 2018-2019 School Year

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 2018-2019

Policy # 8271 Internet Safety / Internet Content Filtering



Meeting Schedule

The Minisink Valley Board of Education meets on various Thursdays at 8:00 PM, unless otherwise noted, in room 108 at the middle school. Visitors are welcome and encouraged to come.  *Note:  November 14th will be a special board of education meeting for the purpose of uncollected taxes.  January 10th's meeting will be held in the middle school auditorium.

July 12 November 8, *14 March 7, 21
August 30 December 6, 20 April 11, 25
September 20 January 10*, 24 May 2, 16
October 11 February 7, 21 June 6, 20

Committee Meetings

The Minisink Valley Central School District Board of Education has scheduled the following committee meetings for the 2018-19 school year:

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 2019 for the expiring seats of William Cooper, Joseph Flaherty and Thomas Salamone commencing July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2022.  The election will be held on May 21, 2019 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 TBD from 9:00 a.m. - 12 Noon for those that are considering running for the board of education.  

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

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:

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: