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A regular business meeting of the Board of Education was held this day in the Middle School. The following is a record of that meeting.
I. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:04 p.m. by the Board President, Mrs. Monahan
OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT - Mrs. Monahan read the following Statement:
In accordance with the provisions New Jersey Open Public Meetings Law, the Board of Education has caused notice of this meeting to be posted in the Board Office and in the Township Office, mailed to the Courier News and Echoes Sentinel, and filed with the Clerk of the Township of Warren.
II. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE - Mrs. Monahan led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.
III. ROLL CALL
Present: Sue Burman, Roberta Monahan, Dr. Gregory Przybylski, Tony Sardis, Mildred Spiller, Patricia Toubin, and Kathleen Winter
Absent: David Ricci
Also Present: Dr. James Crisfield, Superintendent, Peter Daquila, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, members of the staff and the public
- Excellence In Education Award Recipients
Mrs. Monahan noted that Warren is an excellent school district with excellent staff members and it is a true accomplishment to earn an excellence award in Warren.
Dr. Crisfield reported that Central School received a flag that was flown in Iraq from 2 Marines in thanks for Central's support of the troops.
Dr. Cebula, Central School Principal, spoke about Mrs. LeBlond the Excellence in Education award winner at Central School.
Mr. Comba, Middle School Principal, spoke about Mrs. Brasile the Excellence in Education award winner at Middle School.
Mr. Kimmick, Mt Horeb School Principal, spoke about Mrs. Nimmo the Excellence in Education award winner at Mt. Horeb School.
Ms. Bond, Tomaso School Principal, spoke about Mrs. Kline the Excellence in Education award winner at ALT School.
Mr. Celebre, Woodland School Principal, spoke about Mrs. Brower the Excellence in Education award winner at Woodland School.
Mrs. Monahan thanked Mr. Celebre for his work as interim principal at Woodland for the period of January to June 2009. She stated that Mr. Celebre has truly been a star in the district. Mrs. Monahan presented Mr. Celebre a gift as a token of appreciation.
- Energy Conservation Program
Mr. Daquila introduced Steve Rizzoli, the district energy monitor. Mr. Rizzoli presented a summary of the district's energy savings plan and explained that the district has saved $112,000 from July 2008 to March 2009.
Mrs. Spiller moved the following:
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the minutes, of the following meeting:
May11, 2009 public & private session
The motion was seconded by Mrs. Winter and approved by 5-1-1 roll call vote. (Mrs. Burman
abstained. Mr. Sardis voted no.)
VI. CORRESPONDENCE AND INFORMATION
Mr. Daquila noted that the district is currently working on the plan to spend the stimulus funds (ARRA) of approximately $460,000 over the summer and the 2009/2010 school year. When the plan is finalized it will be presented to the board.
VII. PRESIDENT'S REMARKS
Mrs. Monahan noted that the original intent was to present awards to the students. The list of students exceeded 100 recipients and there was a fear that students were being omitted. Each student will receive a certificate of recognition.
VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
2009-2010 Board of Education Committees
Mrs. Monahan noted that the list of committees for 2009/2010 has been established and has been distributed.
District Field Trip Guidelines
Dr. Crisfield noted the field trip guidelines have been reviewed and are presented for the board's review. Dr Przybylski questioned the trip to Medieval Times. Dr. Crisfield responded to Dr Przybylski concerns; he will gather more information and report back.
X. PUBLIC COMMENTARY (including opportunity to speak about items for Board Consideration/Action)
Note on public input at BOE meetings: Board Policy #9322, adopted on April 14, 2008, provides for and encourages public participation in Board of Education meetings. Such participation is governed by the following rules:
1. A participant must be recognized by the presiding officer and must preface comments by an announcement of his/her name and place of residence;
2. Each Statement made by a participant shall be limited to three minutes' duration (limit may be adjusted at the discretion of the presiding officer as circumstances dictate);
3. No participant may speak more than once on the same topic until all others who wish to speak on that topic have been heard; and
4. All Statements shall be directed to the presiding officer-no participant may address or question Board members individually.
The portion of the meeting during which participation of the public is invited shall be limited to fifteen minutes (limit may be adjusted at the discretion of the presiding officer as circumstances dictate).
Michele DiPaolo, 95 Mt. View Rd, asked if electronic hand held games are ok to be brought on field trips. Dr. Crisfield will explore the item with the administrators.
Joyce Puccio, 16 Soft Wood, questioned the class size at Mt. Horeb and the rumor that class sizes are going to be changed to over 20 students. Dr. Crisfield responded that the projected enrollment is compared to the district class size guidelines in order to determine the number of sections in each grade.
Michele DiPaolo also spoke about the potential class size for 2009/2010 and the increase over to 20 students in the 4th grade at Mt. Horeb.
XI. ITEMS FOR BOARD CONSIDERATION/ACTION
Mr. Daquila noted that item C.11.f. should read 6 days. Dr. Crisfield noted the change in D.1. on the nepotism policy. Mrs. Burman asked to pull C.2. for discussion in executive session. Mr. Sardis questioned items B.4. & B.5. and asked for a separate vote. It was determined that the finance committee will evaluate all contacts over $50,000 and determine how they will be reviewed. Dr Przybylski asked a question about the amount of the transportation contract in comparison to the amount reported as county busing in the budget discussion. Mr. Daquila responded. Dr Przybylski also asked a question regarding C.9. and the fact that the board hasn't met the candidate. Dr Przybylski and Mrs. Burman asked to pull the item for discussion in executive session.
On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Mrs. Winter, the board approved agenda items B.1-3, B.6-7, C.1, C.3-8. C.10-11, and D.1. The consent agenda was approved by unanimous 7-0 roll-call vote.
On motion by Mrs. Spiller seconded by Mrs. Winter and approved on a 6-1 roll call vote the board approved agenda items B.4. and B.5. (Mr. Sardis voted no.)
B.1. Payment of Bills
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the payment of bills for May 2009 in the amount of $3,416,143.34.
B.2. Substitute Service Contract - AESOP/Frontline
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves AESOP/Frontline as the automated substitute service for the 2009-2010 school year at the rate of $2.00 per employee needing a substitute and $0.75 per employee not needing a substitute at a cost of $6,227.50.
B.3. Travel Approval
Whereas, in accordance with State of New Jersey School District Accountability Act (A-5) and the Warren Township Schools' policy number 4133 - Travel and Work Related Expense Reimbursement, travel by school district employees and Board of Education members must be approved in advance.
Now Therefore Be It RESOLVED, the Warren Township Schools Board of Education approves the following expenses for faculty, staff, administrators, and board members for seminars, conferences and workshops. The expense includes travel costs, if applicable:
Laura Weitzman, SPS - MUJC Spending Stimulus Funds, New Providence, NJ $ 25
All of the above travel has been approved by the Superintendent and the board of Education. The School business Administrator shall track and record these costs to insure that the maximum amount is not exceeded.
B.4. Dealaman Bus Services Contract Renewal for 2009-2010
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the renewal of the transportation contract for the 2009/2010 school year with Dealaman Bus Services of Warren, NJ. The eleven (11) routes are all being renewed in accordance with the State of New Jersey's CPI of 3.34%. The detail is as follows:
Route Number Renewal Number Amount for 2009-2010
1 15 $ 263,283.84
2 11 $ 107,492.57
4 10 $ 27,268.83
5 11 $ 173,601.02
6 10 $ 38,835.09
7 9 $ 65,572.21
8 1 $ 154,327.90
9 7 $ 52,633.54
10 6 $ 26,149.77
11 5 $ 50,551.44
12 4 $ 44,518.90
B.5. Somerset County Educational Services Joint Transportation Agreement
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the joint transportation agreement, with the S.C.E.S.C. for the transportation of special education students for the 2009-2010 school year.
B.6. Award Contract: Angelo L. Tomaso - HVAC Renovations
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the following resolution:
WHEREAS, on May 20, 2009, the Board of Education received bids for the Angelo L Tomaso HVAC Renovations Project:
- Sunnyfield Corporation, Eatontown, NJ $ 107,000.00
- ACP Contracting, Fairfield, NJ $ 157,890.00
Upon the Engineer's recommendation the bid should be awarded to Sunnyfield Corporation since it is the lowest responsible bidder.
RESOLVED, the Board of Education awards the contract for the Angelo L Tomaso HVAC Renovations Project to Sunnyfield Corporation of Eatontown, NJ.
B.7. Award Contract: Central School - Phase 2 Roof Replacement
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the following resolution:
WHEREAS, on May 20, 2009, the Board of Education received bids for the Central School - Phase 2 Roof Replacement
- Integrity Roofing Inc., Rahway, NJ $ 374,000.00
- The Barrett Company, Millington, NJ $ 453,000.00
- Safeway Contracting, Mountainside, NJ $ 460,000.00
- East Rutherford Roofing Co. Inc., West Paterson, NJ $ 468,000.00
Upon the Architect's recommendation the bid should be awarded to Integrity Roofing Inc. since it is the lowest responsible bidder.
RESOLVED, the Board of Education awards the contract for the Central School - Phase 2 Roof Replacement to Integrity Roofing Inc. of Rahway, NJ.
C. Personnel/Student Services
C.1. Employment for the 2009-2010 School Year
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the application for emergent hiring for the following positions for the 2009-2010 school year under the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:16-1 et seq., N.J.S.A. 18A:39-17 et seq., and N.J.S.A. 6-4.14 et seq., as listed below:
a) Catherine Lazas, Special Education Teacher, Middle School, BA, step 15, effective September 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010. (Maternity Leave Contract.)
C.2. Staff Assignments for the 2009-2010 School Year
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the list of staff assignments for the 2009-2010 school year dated May 6, 2009.
C.3. Family Leave Request
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the family leave request for the following:
1. Tara Keller, Project Grow Teacher, Mt. Horeb School, (unpaid with benefits) from September 1, 2009 through October 31, 2009 returning November 2, 2009
2. Stephanie Azzari, Grade 5 Teacher, Central School (unpaid with benefits) from December 21, 2009 through March 26, 2010. Returning April 6, 2010.
C.4. Temporary Leave of Absence
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves a temporary leave of absence for Lianne Reedy, Classroom Paraprofessional, Angelo L. Tomaso School, effective September 1, 2009 through December 30, 2009, unpaid with no benefits (returning January 1, 2010. (Ms Reedy will be student teaching at another district.)
C.5. Extended Work Schedule
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following extended work schedule for the following:
a) Anne Frank, Multi-duty Paraprofessional, Central School, two days at the end of the school year.
b) Carmella Motyczka, Multi-duty Paraprofessional, Central School, two days at the end of the school year.
c) Ginny Sordillo, Multi-duty Paraprofessional, Woodland School, three days in August.
C.6. Temporary Employee
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves Sharyn Baier to work in the Student Personnel Services Department as a substitute for Eileen Meyers for the period of May 26, 2009 to June 26, 2009. Ms Baier will work a maximum of 30 hours per week and will be paid $16.00 an hour.
C.7. Student Teacher
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Student Teacher for the 2009-2010 school year:
a) Briana McLeroy, Mt. Horeb School, half day practicum from September 21, 2009 through November 25, 2009, Grade 5 from January 19, 2010 through March 12, 2010 and Special Education from March 15, 2010 through May 7, 2010.
C.8. Per Diem Deduct Request
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following per diem deduct requests for:
a) Hildy Jackson, Spanish Teacher, Central School, for two days, May 22 and May 26, 2009.
b) Mary Jo DeFonzo, Classroom Paraprofessional, Central School, for ½ day, May 29, 2009.
C.9. Dean of Students
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the hiring of Scott Cook as Dean of Students, Warren Middle School, for the period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2010 at an annual salary of $105,000 (all other terms and conditions of employment as set forth in the collective bargaining agreement of the Warren Township Administrators Association).
C.10. Supervisor of Student Personnel Services
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the hiring of Faye Brady as Supervisor of Student Personnel Services, for the period January 1, 2010 through June 30, 2010 at an annual salary of $112,000 prorated (all other terms and conditions of employment as set forth in the collective bargaining agreement of the Warren Township Administrators Association).
C.11. Additional Student Personnel Services Employees 2009 Summer Work
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves additional work for the following Student Personnel Services Employees for summer 2009 as follows:
a) Faye Brady, Social Worker - 4 days hand scheduling for Middle School and up to 7 days for evaluations (1 day for case management)
b) Rebecca Olszyk-Kiseli, Psychologist - 4 days hand scheduling for Middle School and up to 6 days for evaluations
c) Terry Kraminitz, LDTC - 4 days hand scheduling for Middle School and up to 7 days for evaluations
d) Joan Darkenwald, LDTC - up to 5 days for evaluations
e) Alida Gorin, - up to 4 days for evaluations
f) Fran Blabolil, LDTC - up to 6 days for evaluations
g) Karen Leski, Psychologist - up to 7 days for evaluations
h) Michele Stein, Psychologist - up to 7 days for evaluations
i) Ann Santee, Social Worker - up to 7 days for evaluations
j) Amy Brunswick, Social Worker - up to 8 days for evaluations
k) Jamie Perry, Speech Therapist - 60 hours for evaluations
l) Alison Reu, Speech Therapist - 48 hours for evaluations
m) Allison Dmochowski, OT - up to 60 hours for evaluations
n) General Education Teachers - 1 hour per meeting up to 15 meetings for evaluations
o) Special Education Teachers - 1 hour per meeting up to 15 meetings for evaluations
D.1. Second Reading of Policies
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the second reading of the following four policies:
a) 4112.8/4212.8 - Nepotism
b) 4119.22/4219/22 - Conduct and Dress
c) 5131 - Conduct/Discipline
d) 6173 - Home Instruction
XII. OLD BUSINESS
- 2009-2010 Enrollment Projects
Enrollment projections were discussed in public commentary and will be monitored until 9/1/09.
XIII. NEW BUSINESS
XIV. PUBLIC COMMENTARY
Donna Perry asked about the ARRA stimulus package. The package is under IDEA (special services) and is $460,000 in total. She also asked about the co-teaching for 2009/2010. Dr. Crisfield responded and referred Ms. Perry to Dr. Weitzman. She noted that she is very happy about Faye Brady being appointed as Supervisor of Special Services.
XV. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
At 8:45 p.m. Mrs. Spiller moved the following:
WHEREAS, the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A.10:4-11, permits the Board of Education to meet in closed session to discuss certain matters, now, therefore be it
RESOLVED, the Board of Education adjourns to closed session to discuss:
1) matter rendered confidential by federal or State law
2) pending or anticipated litigation or contract negotiation and/or matters of attorney-client privilege
3) a matter in which release of information would impair the right to receive government funds
4) material the disclosure of which constitutes an unwarranted invasion of individual privacy
5) a collective bargaining agreement and/or negotiations related to it
6) a matter involving the purchase, lease, or acquisition of real property with public funds
7) protection of public safety and property and/or investigations of possible violations or violations of law
8) specific prospective or current employees unless all who could be adversely affected request an open session
9) deliberation after a public hearing that could result in a civil penalty or other loss
and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, the minutes of this closed session be made public when the need for confidentiality no longer exists.
The motion was seconded by Mrs. Toubin and approved by unanimous voice vote.
On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Mrs. Toubin, the board reconvened in open session at 9:40 p.m.
On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Mrs. Burman and approved on a 7-0 roll call vote, the board approved agenda item C.2.
On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Mrs. Toubin and approved on a 4-3 roll call vote the board approved to table agenda item C.9. (Mrs. Spiller, Mrs. Winter, and Mrs. Monahan voted no.)
ADJOURNMENT: On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Dr Przybylski, the meeting adjourned at 9:45 p.m.
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