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Minutes Board of Trustees Meeting

Monday, 1/19/15, 7:30 pm, Jewish Federation of Northeast New York


Sandy Schuman Suzanna Randall Gail Kendall
Rabbi Binyamin Lehrfield Jason Packer Marta Koblenz
Laura Segal Steven Kamenir Howard Goldberg
Michele Fisher Gomez Ira Zackon Rabbi David Eligberg
Carolyn Levine


Excused Trustees:

Malka Evan, Rhonda Rosenheck, Anna Rosen, Moshe Binyamin


Members and Community Stakeholders:

Laurie Sasson, Paul Moser, Rebecca Schwarzmer

  1. Consent Agenda (Minutes and Finance Report)

Passed with one abstention

  1. Revenue Budget Preview
    1. Retention, Attrition, Admission
    2. Development
    3. Tuition Affordability Initiative

Discussion: Board discussed possibilities about engaging potential parents and students at the Sephardic Shabbat this Friday. Sandy will reach out to Rachael to coordinate an HACD presence at the CBAJ event.

The Board stressed the importance of working with the synagogues, pre-schools and Camp Givah to better organize and get support from existing institutions. The Board identified the need to reestablish the Recruitment Committee to move forward and refocus its outreach activities.

  1. Tuition Proposal

Motion: Tuition will set for the 2015-2016 school year at $10,950.

Steven Kamenir second by Laura Segal

Motion adopted unanimously by the BS HACD Board.


  1. Dvar Torah by Ira Zackon


  1. Castle Island Proposal

Motion: To rent space to Castle Island Bilingual Montessori School for one classroom, an office, and a bathroom for $300 a month beginning March 1, 2015 through August 31, 2015.

Motion unanimously rejected by the BS HACD Board.


The Board raised several questions about the Castle Island School Policies for the following:

  • What are the current requirements for vaccinations?
  • Teacher Background checks?
  • What are the school’s security procedures?
  • What are Castle Island’s internet requirements and how will they intersect with HACD’s?
  • What about liability insurance – what do they have and what do we need to incur to enable them to occupy the space?
  1. Julie Pollack Leave
  2. Committee on Trustees Chair – Anna Rosen will chair this Committee. Sandy has asked for people to move forward
  3. Head of School Evaluation Committee Chair – sandy Schuman has taken on the chair position for this Committee
  4. Super Sunday – sign-up sheet was passed around
  5. Good and Welfare

Mazel Tov to the High School Seniors and invite graduating high school seniors to a special school event to celebrate their graduation

Yair was published in “Skribblers Magazine” – great opportunity for good PR

Thank you to HACD Staff for getting HACD Kids Art work in for this year’s Jewish World calendar

  1. Executive Session


  1. Motion from Executive Session

The BS HACD Board of Trustees has accepted the Proposal by Rhonda Rosenheck to reduce her time to 50% beginning on February 1, 2015. Ms. Rosenheck will step down as Head of School effective February 1, 2015 and perform mutually agreed upon duties, to be defined. This revised contract will end on June 30, 2015. Ms. Rosenheck will receive a pension payment at the rate of 50% of that stated in the current contract. She will continue to receive health and dental coverage as described in the current contract and will not receive a payout for any unused paid time off.

Motion: Suzanna Randall Second: Ira Zackon

Motion adopted unanimously by the BS HACD Board.


Motion from Executive Session

At this time, the BS HACD Board of Trustees appoints Principal Julie Pollack to assume the duties and responsibility for leading BS HACD.

Motion: Suzanna Randall Second: Gail Kendall

Motion adopted unanimously by the BS HACD Board.


Motion to adjourn at 11:10 PM.