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A regular business meeting of the Board of Education was held this day in the Woodland School, Stirling Road. The following is a record of that meeting.

I. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:03 p.m. by the Board President, Dr. Przybylski

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT - Dr. Przybylski 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 - Dr. Przybylski led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Donald Huber, Roberta Monahan, Dr. Gregory Przybylski, James Sena, Mildred Spiller, and Kathleen Winter
Sue Burman
Tony Sardis.
Patricia Toubin arrived at 7:06 p.m.

Also Present: Dr. Tami Crader, Superintendent, Peter Daquila, and School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, members of the staff, and public


  • Woodland School Community Service Club
    Dr. Crader introduced, Mr. Chris Huss, Woodland School Principal. Mr. Huss noted all of the work done by the service club for the community. Ms. Beekman, Service Club Advisor, introduced the students who informed the board about service club and presented a slide show on the program.


Mrs. Winter moved the following:

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the minutes, of the following meeting:

November 22, 2010 public and private session

The motion was seconded by Mrs. Spiller and approved by 6--0-1 roll call vote. (Mrs. Toubin abstained.)


Fire Drills

The superintendent reported the following fire drills had been held.



Mt. Horeb



December 21

December 10

December 22

December 21

December 13

Security Drills



Mt. Horeb



December 21

Student Safety Drill Review

December 8

Student Safety Drill Review

December 8

Faculty Mtg Security Procedures

December 6

Faculty Mtg Security Procedures

December 7

Faculty Mtg Security Procedures

Dr. Przybylski thanked Mr. Huss, Ms. Beekman, and the children & parents of the students in the service club. He asked for a moment of silence for the victims & families of the tragedy in Arizona.


Mrs. Monahan noted that there was a 2nd meeting with the public about district programs and the programs the public would like to remain in the budget.

She indicated that the Finance Committee discussed the items that will be included in the preliminary budget.


Mrs. Spiller asked if the rankings will be discussed. Mrs. Monahan noted that a few board members still need to complete the sheet. Once all board members have completed the ranking, it can be discussed by the board.

Dr. Crader distributed a list of potential agenda items for future meetings. Mrs. Winter asked for superintendent remarks at each meeting. Dr. Przybylski noted that he and Dr. Crader speak the Wednesday before the meeting, and asked the members to please get potential topics to either of them before the Wednesday prior to the meeting.

Dr. Crader distributed the hiring time line and strategy for hiring the new principal. The BOE discussed the process.

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 for a separate vote on agenda item C.6.

Mr. Sena asked a question about agenda item C.10. "Why Girls on the Run" - not boys.

Mrs. Monahan noted that this is a specific program for girls and a program for the boys is

not available.

Mrs. Toubin asked a question about agenda item C.8. and the salary in comparison to 2011.

Dr. Crader responded that the salary is the same as 2010 but the principal was given one additional comp day.

On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Mrs. Winter, the consent agenda items A.1. - 3. B.1. - 4. and C.1. - 5. & C.7. - 10, as amended, were approved by a 7-0 roll-call vote.

On motion by Mrs. Monahan, seconded by Mrs. Spiller, agenda item C.6.as amended was approved by a 7-0 roll call vote.

A. Education

A.1. 2011 Summer Fun Program Amended

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the 2011 Summer Fun Program to begin on Monday, June 27, 2011 through July 24, 2011. School will not be in session on Monday, July 4, 2011.

A.2. Bedside Instruction

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves 14 days of bedside instruction for one student (ID#0121234) for two hours per day at $55 per hour, beginning December 17, 2010 through January 5, 2011, provided by University Behavior Health Care at UMDNJ for a total cost to the district of $770.

A.3. Home Instruction

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves one student (ID#620272) to receive ten hours per week of home instruction for a period of 30 days beginning January 10, 2011 for a total cost to the district of $2,000.

B. Finance/Operations/Transportation

B.1. Camp Invention 2011

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the agreement for the use of Woodland School for Camp Invention scheduled for the week of August 1, 2011 through August 5, 2011.

B.2. Amended Resolution for Transportation for Out of District Student Correction

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the change in transportation of one student under the joint transportation agreement with WHRHS (Route #W139), previously approved for $18,032.83. Transportation for this student has been cancelled. This change was effective October 18, 2010. The new amount to be approved is $2,805.04 (28 days at a per diem rate of $100.18.)

B.3. ATC Controls Upgrade at Middle School

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the following change orders for Integrated Control Solutions, LLC. in the amount of $4,022.00.

  • C/O #2 Install controls on 5 ceiling units and 3 wall units that were omitted from the original contract $5,152.00
  • C/O #3 Change the controls in the main office to improve the efficiency and in order to better control the air flow to the offices, conference room and office area


  • C/O #4 Planned improvements for the server room are no longer required due to the reduced amount of equipment in the server room (9,200.00)

Total $4,022.00

The original bid for this project from Integrated Control Solutions, LLC. was $83,400.00

Change orders #1 for $1,032.00, which has been approved, and Change orders #2 - 4 for total of $4,022.00 bring the total amount due to Integrated Control Solutions, LLC. for the project to $88,454.00.

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the appropriation of $4,022.00 from Capital Reserve to Fund 12 for the funding of the above change order.

B.4. 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:


  • Jennifer Kaniuka, Central - Music from a Developmental Prospective, Princeton, NJ
  • $175
  • Tami Crader, BOE - NJASA TECHSPO 2011, Atlantic City, NJ $ 235

March 2011

  • Fran Blabolil, SPS - Successful Co - Teaching Strategies, East Hanover, $250

All of the above travel has been approved by the Superintendent. The School Business Administrator shall track and record these costs to insure that the maximum amount is not exceeded.

B.5. Angelo L. Tomaso School PTO Donation

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves, with appreciation, the donation of a warming oven, valued at $1,350, from the Angelo L. Tomaso School PTO.

C. Personnel/Student Services

C.1. Employment for the 2010-2011 School Year

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the application for emergent hiring for the following positions for the 2010-2011 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) Peter Kassalow, Special Education Teacher, Angelo L. Tomaso School, MA, Step 1-2 of the 2009-2010 salary guide (2010-2011 step will be the equivalent of this 2009-2010 step, to be determined once collective bargaining is concluded), effective January 1, 2011 through June 30, 2011. (Replacing Mrs. Lento on maternity leave.)

C.2. Family Leave Request

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education amends and approves the family leave request for the following:

a) Kristen Stoyanov, Kindergarten Teacher, Mt. Horeb School (unpaid with benefits) from September 1, 2011 through December 2, 2011. Returning December 5, 2011.

b) Paul Duncan, Grade 5 Teacher, Central School, (unpaid with benefits) from April 11, 2011 through June 30, 2011. Returning September 1, 2011.

c) Tara Lento, Special Education Teacher, Angelo L. Tomaso School, amend family leave request from April 18, 2011 to February 22, 2011 through May 25, 2011 and child rearing leave from May 26, 2011 through June 30, 2011 (unpaid - Mrs. Lento has waived her benefits). Returning September 1, 2011.

C.3. Audiology Services

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves audiology services from Lake Drive School in Mountain Lakes to synchronize the classroom FM system with the hearing aid of one student (ID#0120903) for a total cost to the district of $300.

C.4. Per Diem Deduct Request

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following per diem deduct request for the following staff:

a) Harriet Stambaugh, Nurse, Woodland School, for two days, March 21-22, 2011.

b) Pat LaMorte, Special Education Teacher, Middle School, for one day, February 16, 2011.

c) Michaela DiPaolo, Classroom Paraprofessional, Central School for one day, February 16, 2011.

C.5. Substitute Teachers

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Substitute Teachers for the 2010-2011 school year:

a) Peter Kassalow

C.6. Resignation Amended

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts the resignation of Mary Lou Cebula, Principal, Central School, for the purpose of retirement, with appreciation for the 24 years of service to the children of Warren, effective June 30, 2011.

C.7. Employee Discipline

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the suspension, without pay, of employee #4402 for five working days during the period of January 14, 2011 to and including January 21, 2011.

C.8. Summer Fun Coordinator 2011

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Meryl Lettire, Middle School, as Summer Fun Coordinator for the summer of 2011 at a salary of $8,632.

C.9. Home Instructor

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Allen Huang as a home instructor for the 2010-2011 school year.

C.10. After School Club - 2010-2011 School Year

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following after school club for the 2010-2011 school year and the instructors for each club at the negotiated stipend rate.

Woodland School

a) Girl's on the Run - advisors Mary Pat Brown and Harriet Stambaugh at a stipend of $715 each.


  • Garden State Coalition Letter Regarding Charter Schools

    Dr. Crader discussed the letter regarding legislation on charter schools suggested by GSC with the board. The board is in favor of Dr. Crader sending the letter.

    Mrs. Spiller would like to discuss the curriculum committee report and Mandarin at the next meeting.

    Mrs. Spiller asked about some of the literature that was presented to Dr. Crader and Mr. Daquila. Dr. Crader & Mr. Daquila responded.


Central School Art Club Proposal

Dr. Crader showed the board the smaller drawings of the Art Club's proposed mural. Mrs. Winter asked the board if it is proper to have one group of students leave their mark on the school. The board discussed the potential mural and approved the mural.

Mrs. Spiller was asked by a parent what are the ramifications if a 5th grade student fails language arts. There are no consequences if a student fails one subject.


Patricia Zahn noted that the 4 inserts for the Central mural are one of each grade's art project for the year.

Tia Allocco asked about the potential agenda items and the district succession planning for administrators.

She asked about the follow up from the architect on his September presentation and cost analysis for future projects.

In addition she asked about follow up from the curriculum report.


At 8:05 p.m. Mrs. Winter 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. Spiller and approved by unanimous voice vote.

On motion by Mrs. Winter, seconded by Mrs. Spiller the board reconvened in open session at 8:24 p.m.

XVI. ADJOURNMENT: On motion by Mrs. Winter seconded by Mrs. Spiller, the meeting adjourned at 8:26 p.m.

Minutes recorded by:

Peter Daquila