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A regular business meeting of the Board of Education was held this day in the Board of Education Administration Building, Mt. Horeb Road. The following is a record of that meeting.

I. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:02 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.

Roberta Monahan, Dr. Gregory Przybylski, Tony Sardis, Gina Voorhees, and Kathleen Winter
Patricia Toubin arrived at 7:15 p.m.Dave Ricci arrived at 7:18 p.m.
Mildred Spiller arrived at 8:30 p.m.
Sue Burman arrived at 9:10 p.m.

Also Present: Dr. James Crisfield, Superintendent, Peter Daquila, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, & members of the staff, public, and press

IV. PRESENTATION ((Elks Essay Award Winners)
Mrs. Monahan thanked Ms. Lynn Spurrier of the Elks for coming to the meeting. Ms. Spurrier presented the Elks Essay Award Winners plaques for their achievements. Mikhala Schultz read her 1st place essay, "The American Dream." Mrs. Monahan congratulated the award winners.


Dr Przybylski moved the following:
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the minutes, of the following meeting:

February 22, 2010 public and private session

The motion was seconded by Mrs. Monahan and approved by 4-1 roll call vote. (Mr. Sardis voted no.)

Fire Drills - The superintendent reported the following fire drills had been held



Mt. Horeb



February 19, 22

February 17, 22

February 19, 22

February18, 19

February 8, 24

Mrs. Monahan reminded the BOE members of the Middle School play "Beauty & the Beast" on March 11th and 12th. She regretfully informed the board that the last February snow storm contributed to the deaths of Dr. Richard Vernese, husband of school nurse Ann Marie Vernese and Norman Lovas, substitute teacher. She also congratulated Dr. Susan Kline and Dr. Chris Huss on their achievements on furthering their education to achieve the doctor status.

Mrs. Toubin and Mr. Ricci arrived at this point in the meeting.



  • 2010-2011 Budget
  • Mr. Daquila reported that there are no new updates to the budget information released on 2/22/2010. The governor will present his budget address on 3/16/2010. This should determine the district's state aid, if there is a tax cap restriction and if there will be a budget vote. The public hearing on the budget is scheduled for 3/25/10. He also reported that the district's appeal against the amount of surplus that is being taken from the district was successful. The district's amount is being reduced by $30,000 to $695.

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).


Mrs. Monahan asked to pull agenda item B.3 for discussion. Dr. Crisfield corrected agenda item C.5, indicating C.5.b. is for Middle school.

On motion by Mrs. Winter, seconded by Mrs. Toubin, the consent agenda (items A.1-3, B.1, 2. & 4. and C.1 - 8, and D.1.), was approved by unanimous 7-0 roll-call vote.

A. Education

A.1. 2010 Summer Fun Program
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the 2010 Summer Fun Program to begin on Monday, June 28, 2010 and end on Friday, July 30, 2010. School will not be in session on July 5, 2010.

A.2. In-District Evaluation
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves one student (D#0120904 )to receive augmentative technology evaluation from Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey. The cost to the district will be $550.

A.3. Out of District Placement
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the out of district placement for one student (ID#0120355) at the Newmark School, effective March 10, 2010 through June 30, 2010. The cost to the district will be $16,471.28

B. Finance/Operations/Transportation

B.1. Camp Invention 2010
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the agreement for the use of Woodland School for Camp Invention scheduled for the week of August 2, 2010 through August 6, 2010.

B.2. Central Jersey Media Service
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the termination of the membership with the Central Jersey Instructional Media Service of Manville, New Jersey effective July 1, 2011.

B.3. Superintendent Search Consultant
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the contract with Hazard Young dated February 25, 2010, for the provision of Superintendent search services in an amount not to exceed $12,450 plus expenses as listed.

B.4. Summer Fridays for 2010
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the list of Summer Fridays for 2010 dated March 8, 2010.

C. Personnel/Student Services

C.1. Amendment on Salary Guide
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following amended placement on the teachers' negotiated salary guide:a) Jennifer Kaniuka, Central School, BA+15 to MA (remaining at step 21), effective February 1, 2010.
b) Catherine Maguire, Woodland School, BA+15 to MA (remaining at step 3-4, effective February 1, 2010.
c) Amanda Rodrigues, Middle School, BA to BA+15 (remaining at step 7-8), effective January 1, 2010.

C.2. Resignation
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following resignations:
a) Virginia Pasternak, Grade 5 Teacher, Angelo L. Tomaso School, for the purpose of retirement, with appreciation for the 21 years of her service to the children of Warren, effective June 30, 2010.
b) Kelly Hawkins, Special Education Teacher, Central School, effective June 30, 2010.

C.3. Elimination of Job Description
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the elimination of the following job descriptions
a) Coordinator of Guidance Services at Middle School dated December 6, 1999
b) Technology Teacher dated September 1998 (it falls under the job description for Teacher).

C.4. Substitute Teachers
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Substitute Teachers for the 2009-2010 school year:
a) Robert Simon
b) Ana Geraldes (nurse)
c) Alejandra Krutis (nurse)

C.5. After School Club - 2009-2010 School Year
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following after school club for the 2009-2010 school year and the instructors for each club at the negotiated stipend rate.

Mt. Horeb School
a) Girls On The Run - advisor Fran Pisano to take the place of Andrew Ahimovic who was approved on November 23, 2009 at a stipend of $715.

Middle School
b) Homework Club - advisor Dan Ticchio at a stipend of $715.

C.6. Job Title Change
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the job title change from Supervisor of Student Personnel Services to Director of Special Services for the 2010-2011 school year for Faye Brady.

C.7. Job Descriptions

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following job descriptions dated March 8, 2010:

a) Adaptive Physical Education Specialist
b) Classroom Paraprofessional
c) Dean of Students
d) Guidance Counselor
e) Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant (LDTC)
f) Librariang) Literacy Coach
h) Multi Duty Aide
i) Nurse
j) Occupational Therapist
k) Principal
l) Principal/Supervisor of Summer School
m) School Psychologist
n) School Social Worker
o) Speech/Language Therapist
p) Secretary
q) Middle School Guidance Office Secretary
r) Secretary to School Principal
s) Teacher
t) Director of Special Services

C.8. Summer Employees
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education authorizes the posting of the temporary summer employees job openings for 2010.

D Policy

D.1. 9000 Series Bylaws
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the second and final reading of the following revised bylaws a) 9000 - Roll Of The Board
b) 9010 - Role Of The Board Member
c) 9121 - Elections and Duties Of President
d) 9130 - Committees (as altered)
e) 9323/9324 - Agenda Preparation/Advance Delivery Of Meeting Material (as altered)


  • Math Update
    Dr. Crisfield presented the math update and all schools are comparable. The pacing for each school needs to be improved and will be a summer cubiculum project.
  • Special Education Program Review
    Mr. Daquila reported that Ms. Trudy Doyle, Executive County Superintendent, has provided the names of three consultants that may be able to perform the Special Education Program Review. This item will be pursued after the budget season.



At 7:24 p.m. Mrs. Voorhees 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:

matter rendered confidential by federal or State law

pending or anticipated litigation or contract negotiation and/or matters of attorney-client privilege

a matter in which release of information would impair the right to receive government funds

material the disclosure of which constitutes an unwarranted invasion of individual privacy

a collective bargaining agreement and/or negotiations related to it

a matter involving the purchase, lease, or acquisition of real property with public funds

protection of public safety and property and/or investigations of possible violations or violations of law

specific prospective or current employees unless all who could be adversely affected request an open session

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. Voorhees, seconded by Dr Przybylski, the board reconvened in open session at 10:30 p.m.

On motion by Mrs. Voorhees, seconded by Dr Przybylski, the board approved agenda item B. 3. as amended on a 7-2 roll call vote. (Mrs. Spiller and Mrs. Burman abstained.)

XVI. ADJOURNMENT: On motion by Dr Przybylski, seconded by Mrs. Toubin, the meeting adjourned at 10:35 p.m.

Minutes recorded by:
Peter Daquila