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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 7:01 p.m. by Board of Education Vice- President, Mrs. Coley.

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT – Mrs. Coley 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. Coley led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Present:   Pamela Coley, Peter Fallon, Roberta Monahan, Mildred Spiller, Jay Wilpon, Kathleen Winter, Dr. Ellen Zimmerman Absent: John Henschel, Gina Voorhees
Also Present: Dr. James Crisfield, Superintendent, Peter Daquila, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary and members of the public  

IV. APPROVAL OF MINUTES  Mrs. Monahan moved the following.
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the minutes of the following meetings as printed and distributed:
January 9, 2006: Open Session
January 9, 2006: Closed Session
The motion was seconded by Mr. Fallon and approved by voice vote.  (Mrs. Winter abstained.)

Construction Update - Central School
Mr. Daquila reported on Central School construction.  Progress is being made and the district is optimistic of the work being completed on schedule.

VI. PRESIDENT’S REMARKS – tabled as Mrs. Voorhees was not present.

VII. COMMITTEE REPORTS – Mrs. Monahan noted 2nd meeting of the Nutrition Committee has been held. Progress is starting slowly and the meetings will continue.



Mr. Fallon moved, and Mr. Wilpon seconded the following as a consent agenda.  The consent agenda was approved by unanimous role-call vote.

A. Education

A.1. K-8 Library Curriculum
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the revised K-8 Library Curriculum dated December 2005.

B. Finance/Operations/Transportation

B.1. Payment of Bills (Attachment 1)
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the payment of bills for January 2006 (Check Numbers 020886-021038) in the amount of $2,591,944.33.

B.2. Budget Transfers for Month of December 2005
Approve the following Resolution:

RESOLVED, the Board of Education ratifies the following transfers between budget line items that have been approved by the Superintendent of Schools and reported to them pursuant to Policy 3160:






Tuition--Private (Reg. Year)





Tuition--Private (Reg. Year)


Reach Supplies



Purch. Prof. Services


Purchased Tech Serv



BOE Membership Dues And Fees


Dues & Memberships-Sup.



Bus Off Suppl


Misc Purch Srv (400 500) Bus





Misc. Pur. Serv. (Incl. Ins.)



Bus Off Equip Central Srvc


School Adm Equipment




B.3. Board Secretary's and Treasurer's Report (Attachment 2)
WHEREAS, the Board of Education has received the attached report of the secretary for the month of December 2005, and

New Page 2
(10) General Current Expense Fund $847,457.90   $678,873.29
     (11) Current  Expense   $1,292,078.18  
     (12) Capital Outlay   $119,034.26  
     (13) Special Schools   $809.43  
     Capital Reserve     $110,897.79
(20) Special Revenue Fund ($252,756.04) $51,584.36 ($25.00)
(30) Capital Projects Fund $341,917.96 $700,450.35 $227,005.47
(40) Debt Service Fund $1,157,211.93 $0.50 $0.68
TOTAL $2,093,831.75 $2,163,957.08 $1,016,752.23

WHEREAS, this report shows the following balances on December 31, 2005:

WHEREAS, in compliance with N.J.A.C.6:20-2A(d) the secretary has certified that, as of the date of the reports, no budgetary line item account has obligations and payments (contractual orders) which in total exceed the amount appropriated by the district board of education, now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, the Board of Education accepts the above reference reports and certifications and be it

FURTHER RESOLVED, in compliance with N.J.A.C.6:20-2A.10(e), the Board of Education certifies that, after review of the secretary's monthly financial report (appropriation section), to the best of its knowledge, no major account or fund has been over expended in violation of N.J.A.C.6:20-2A.10(a)(1), and that sufficient funds are available to meet the district's financial obligations for the remainder of the year.

C. Personnel/Student Services

C.1. Amendments on Salary Guide
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following amendment on the teachers negotiated salary guide effective January 1, 2006:
a) Kristina Morano from BA+15 (step 5) to MA (step 5)

C.2. Family Leave Request
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the following Family Leave request:
a) Anabela Santos-Ordner, Grade 4 Teacher, Angelo L. Tomaso School, Family Leave (unpaid with benefits) from May 22, 2006 through June 30, 2006.  Returning September 1, 2006.
b) Amanda McGrath, Grade 3 Teacher, Woodland School, Family Leave (unpaid with benefits) from April 17, 2006 through June 30, 2006.  Returning September 1, 2006.

C.3. Change in Assignment
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the change in assignment for Kristina Morano to .60 LDTC and .40 Special Education Teacher, effective January 1, 2006 through June 30, 2006.

C.4. Substitute Teachers (Attachment 3)
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Substitute Teachers for the 2005-2006 school year:
a) Kriti Shah
b) Jennifer Monto
c) Lauren Wagner

C.5  Per Diem Deduct Request
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves per diem deduct request for the following staff:
a) Jill Zimmer, REACH Teacher, Central School, for one day, February 21, 2006 (visiting family in Florida).
b) Ann Frank, Multi Duty Paraprofessional, Central School for one day, April 7, 2006 (accompanying son to swim meet in Florida).

C.6  After School Clubs

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the continuation of the following after school clubs for the 2005-06 school year and the instructors for each club at the negotiated stipend rate.

Angelo L. Tomaso School
Homework & Board Games Club - Grades 3-5 - One hour once per week, for fifteen weeks beginning February 9, 2006 through June 1, 2006, instructor will be Mary Lynch.

C.7  2006 Summer Fun Secretary
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Eileen Haddican as the 2006 Summer Fun Secretary, at a salary of $4,000.

D. Policy

D.1. Regulation #1250 - Visits to the Schools (Attachment 4)
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the second reading of the attached new Regulation #1250 entitled Visits to the Schools.

D.2. Regulation #5113 - Absences and Excuses (Attachment 5)
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the second reading of the attached new Regulation #5113 - Absences and Excuses.

XI. Public Commentary

XII.  Old Business
Summer Fridays (Attachment 6)
Dr. Crisfield introduced the concept as outlined in attachment 6.  Board discussed affect on Summer Fun program.  Board will continue to discuss the matter before a final decision will be made. 
Dr. Zimmerman discussed the Central School construction project in relation to the WHRHS project.  Asked for an analysis of the project indicating the original parameters compared to the current condition.  Mr. Daquila and Dr. Crisfield to prepare the analysis for the board. 

XIII. New Business
2006-2007 Budget Update

Dr. Crisfield reported that there is nothing new to report on the budget since neither the state nor the town has provided the district with any additional information. 

XIV. EXECUTIVE SESSION: At 7:27 p.m. Mr. Wilpon 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)  a 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. Winter and approved by unanimous voice vote.
On motion by Mrs. Monahan and seconded by Mrs. Spiller, the Board reconvened in open session at 7:46 p.m.

XV.  ADJOURNMENT:  On motion by Mrs. Winter and seconded by Mr. Wilpon the meeting adjourned at 7:47 p.m.

Minutes recorded by:
Peter Daquila, Board Secretary