Minutes for March 12, 2012History icon Archived Minutes

Skip Navigation

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 Vice-President, Mrs. Spiller.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT - Mrs. Spiller 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. Spiller led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.


Present: Tia Allocco, Donald Huber, Roberta Monahan, James Sena, and Mildred Spiller

Absent: Susan Burman

John De Bellis

Gregory Przybylski

Also Present: Dr. Tami Crader, Superintendent, Patricia Leonhardt, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, members of public, and press


Energy Conservation Award

Dr. Crader introduced Ross Kelly of Energy Education, who presented the district an Environmental Excellence award. Also present and playing a role in the award were Hildy Jackson, Energy Educator, and Tyler Tribelhorn, Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds.


Mrs. Monahan moved the following:

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

February 28, 2012 public and private session

The motion was seconded by Mr. Sena and approved by a 4-0-1 roll call vote. (Mrs. Monahan abstained.)


  • HIB Information

    Dr. Crader reported on HIB information from January 24, 2012 through February 13, 2012 as follows:





    Total # of Investigations:



    Total # of Determined Bullying Incidents:



  • Fire Drills



    Mt. Horeb



    February 15

    February 3

    February 15

    February 23

    February 10

  • Security Drills



    Mt. Horeb



    February 28

    Lockdown Drill

    February 24

    Lockdown Drill

    February 24, 2012 Lockdown Drill

    February 27

    Lockdown Drill

    February 23

    Lockdown Drill




Dr. Crader reported on the success of Read Across America.

Dr. Crader introduced Mrs. Spiller who read a Resolution of Appreciation, thanking former Board of Education member Mrs. Patricia Toubin for her years of service.




Superintendent and Board Secretary Evaluations

Board Secretary Evaluation

Dr. Crader will discuss the evaluation with the board later this evening in executive session.

Superintendent Evaluation

Mrs. Spiller discussed the online NJSBA evaluation tool which the board will utilize.

Violence and Vandalism and HIB Report

Dr. Crader spoke of the Violence and Vandalism Report, discussing that the district's counts remain steady for the last three years. There were eight incidents, which includes an overturned flower pot. Regarding Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying, there have been 52 investigations to date, nineteen of which were found to be true HIB incidents.


The Board Of Education interviewed four candidates for the Board Of Education vacancy.

XII. 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).

Mr. Calvo, Sage Drive, asked about the status of negotiations. (Both sides await the Fact Finder's report.)

Mr. Vetter, 186 Mountain Ave., asked about class trips specifically at Woodland School.


Mr. Huber asked questions regarding the transportation workshop (B.2.), the new hire (C.1.a.), the Summer Fun nurse hire (C.2.), and the student supervision hire (C.3.).

On motion by Mrs. Monahan, seconded by Mrs. Allocco, the consent agenda items A.1. - A.3., B.1. - B.3., C.1. - C.7., and D.1. were approved by a 5-0 roll-call vote.


A.1. Home Instruction

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves one student (ID#620256) to receive 10 hours per week of home instruction for 8 weeks beginning on or about March 7, 2012 for a cost not to exceed $3,200.

A.2. Out of District Placement

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves out of district placement for one student (ID#620626) at Hillcrest School effective March 12, 2012 at a monthly tuition rate of $5,127 and at a cost not to exceed $20,508.

A.3. Out of Zone Request

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the out of zone request for the following:

a) Two students (ID#620225 and ID#620226) to complete 2nd grade at Mt. Horeb School for the 2011-2012 school year. The student's parents have moved into Woodland School zone and will transport students.


B.1. Education Jobs Fund

Resolved, that the board of education approves the revised reallocation of Education Jobs grant monies as follows (February 28, 2012, B.4.):

a) Eileen Haddican 34,543.80 (total salary)

b) Jane Claussen 33,633,80 (total salary)

c) health benefits 2,699.40 (partial)

B.2. 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:

March 2012

  • Diana Raucci, School Transportation Conference, Atlantic City $321

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.3. CSI- Human Resource Modules

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the purchase of the three Human Resource modules of Computer Solutions, Inc. at a cost of $9,775. Accordingly, use of Systems 3000 to be discontinued.


C.1. Employment for the 2011-2012 School Year

RESOLVED, upon recommendation from the Superintendent that the Board of Education approve the following Personnel items including the emergent employment of the following employees (indicated by *) conditional upon the final approval by the New Jersey Department of Education, for the 2011-2012 school year and the Board further authorizes the submission of an application for emergency hiring pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.1, et. Seq., N.J.S.A. 18A:6.14.12, et. Seq."

a) Tami Bivaletz as the executive secretary to the Superintendent, effective May 7, 2012 through June 30, 2012 at a salary of $60,000 per year, prorated through June 30, 2012.

C.2. Summer Fun Nurse

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Colleen Schiller as the Summer Fun Nurse for 2012 at an hourly rate of $40 (same rate as Summer Fun 2011), beginning June 25, 2012 through July 27, 2012 for a total not to exceed $4,200.

C.3. Student Supervision

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Debra Granrath for student supervision for the 2011-2012 softball season at $40 per hour at a total cost not to exceed $600.

C.4. Family Leave Request

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the family leave request for Alison Hales, Occupational Therapist, District, effective on or about September 4, 2012 through December 4, 2012 (unpaid, with benefits) returning on or about December 5, 2012.

C.5. Leave Extension

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 19A:30-6, after reviewing the specific circumstances of this request and based upon its unique circumstances, determines to exercise its discretion as mandated by N.J.S.A. 18A:30-6 and grant to Kristen Boni a non-precedent setting leave of absence for the period March 19, 2012 through May 10, 2012, unpaid with benefits and May 11, 2012 through June 30, 2012, unpaid with no benefits, (original motion dated February 13, 2012).

C.6. Compacted Schedule for Summer 2012

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves a 4-day compacted work schedule for summer 2012 for the weeks of 7/9, 7/16, 7/23, 7/30, 8/6.

C.7. Substitute Teachers

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Substitute Teachers for the 2011-2012 school year:

a) Jennifer Godin

b) Philip Barrier


D.1. Policies - Second and Final Reading

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the second and final reading of the following policies:

a) 1330 - Use Of School Facilities

b) 4111/4211 - Recruitment, Selection And Hiring

c) 5131.8 - Dating Violence At School






Stacy McAteer, Highmount Ave., read a statement regarding her experience in the Warren Township School District and the changes now resulting from the unsettled teacher contracts.


At 8:31 p.m. Mrs. Monahan 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

a collective bargaining agreement and/or negotiations related to it,

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

and be it further

RESOLVED that action will be taken upon the return to the public session

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. Allocco and approved by unanimous voice vote.

On motion by Mrs. Monahan, seconded by Mr. Sena the board reconvened in open session at 9:13 p.m.

Mrs. Burman arrived at this point in the meeting. (9:13 p.m.)


On motion by Mrs. Monahan, seconded by Mr. Sena, and approved on a 5-0-1 roll call vote, the board resolved to appoint Kathy Helewa to the Board of Education effective March 12, 2012 through January 7, 2013. (Mrs. Burman abstained.)

Mrs. Leonhardt administered the oath of office to Mrs. Helewa.

XIX. ADJOURNMENT: On motion by Mrs. Monahan seconded by Mrs. Allocco, the meeting adjourned at 9:18 p.m.

Minutes recorded by:

Patricia Leonhardt