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A regular business meeting of the Board of Education was held this day in the Board of Education Administration Building, 213 Mt. Horeb Road. The following is a record of that meeting.

I. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:00 p.m. by President Jim Sena.

Open Public Meeting Statement – Mr. Sena read the following Statement:

Re: Chapter 231 P.L. 1975: “The adequate notice of this regular meeting as required by the open public meetings act was provided by the posting, mailing/delivery, and filing of this notice on August 20, 2015. This notice was on that date posted on the bulletin board in the Township Office, mailed to the Courier News and the Echoes Sentinel, and filed with the Township Clerk of the Township of Warren, all in accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act.”

II. Pledge of Allegiance – Mr. Sena led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

III. Roll Call

Present: Tia Allocco, Celeste Campos, Desiree DeNourie, Lisa DiMaggio, Kathy Helewa, Joan Schiller, Greg Steier and Jim Sena


Also Present: Dr. Elizabeth Nastus, Interim Superintendent, Patricia Leonhardt, Board Secretary, and members of the public and press.

Len deMontagnac arrived at 7:02 p.m.

IV. Presentation

Study to Examine Enrollment Project (STEEP)

Dr. Nastus thanked Ms. Campos for her work on the project plan and timeline. Dr. Nastus then presented an overview of the updated documents.

  • RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts the STEEP Project Plan, Goals and Objectives, and proposed timeline as presented this evening.

On motion by Mrs. Helewa seconded by Dr. Schiller the STEEP Project Plan proposal was approved by a 9-0 roll-call vote.

V. President's Remarks - Jim Sena

Mr. Sena thanked Dr. Pfenning for his work and presence tonight.

VI. Public Commentary (including opportunity to speak about items for Board


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).


VII. Old Business

Mrs. Allocco reiterated thanks to Ms. Campos for her STEEP work, and Mr. deMontagnac concurred.

VIII. New Business


IX. Public Commentary


X. Executive Session - Dr. Dwight Pfennig to present Superintendent Search Candidates

At 7:07 p.m. Mrs. Helewa 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:

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

Action will not be taken upon return to public session;

the length of the meeting is anticipated to be approximately 20 minutes; 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 Mr. deMontagnac and approved by unanimous voice vote.

On motion by Mrs. Helewa, seconded by Mr. Steier, the Board reconvened in open session at 8:52 p.m.

XI. Adjourn

On motion by Mrs. Helewa, seconded by Mrs. DiMaggio the meeting adjourned at 8:53 p.m.

Minutes submitted by

Patricia Leonhardt

Board Secretary