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. 
*Note:  April 25th will be a special board of education meeting for the purpose of voting on the Orange-Ulster BOCES Administrative Budget and Election and the district's proposed 2019-2020 budget.  

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

Are you interested in possibly serving on Minisink Valley’s Board of Education? Find out what it takes to be a school board member at a free workshop for perspective board members on Saturday, March 30 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Orange-Ulster BOCES, 53 Gibson Rd., in Goshen.


The Orange County School Boards Association (OCSBA) will present information to interested community members about the roles, responsibilities, and realities of school board service.



• Legal and practical qualifications for serving on a school board

 • Roles and responsibilities of a school board member

• Time commitment and types of decisions made by school boards

• School district relationships


 The workshop is offered by OCSBA as a free community service. Reservations are required. RSVP by March 23 via email or regular mail to: Karyn Meier, OCSBA 7 Panel Lane, Florida, N.Y. Email:


Important dates to remember:

·       April 22 – Petition must be filed for central, union free and common school districts.  The District Clerk's office will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. to accept petitions.

·       May 1 – Petition must be filed for all small city school districts

         May 21 – Budget Vote and Election Day


Petitions for nominating candidates for the office of member of board of education must be filed with the clerk of the district by April 22,  2019 by 5:00 p.m.  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.  If you are interested in picking up a nominating petition, please do so before the spring recess.  Nominating petitions with information about disclosure of expenditures by board candidates are available 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: