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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.

The meeting was called to order at 7:05 p.m. by the Board 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: Susan Burman, Pamela Coley, Roberta Monahan, Dr. Gregory Przybylski, Mildred Spiller, Patricia Toubin, Gina Voorhees, and Kathleen Winter
Absent: Dr. Ellen Zimmerman arrived at 7:10 P.M.
Also Present: Dr. James Crisfield, Superintendent, Peter Daquila, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, members of the press and public

IV. Recognitions
● New Staff Welcome Reception 6:00 PM
Mrs. Coley commented that it was nice to meet all the new teachers at the staff welcome reception and that everyone seemed eager to do a great job.

V. Minutes
Mrs. Spiller moved the following:
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the minutes of the following meeting as distributed:

August 28, 2006 public and private session

The motion was seconded by Mrs. Toubin and approved by 8-0 voice vote.

VI. Correspondence and Information
Dr. Crisfield shared pictures from the parade and commented that he thought the parade was a huge success.

Construction Update
Central School - Addition
A temporary certificate of occupancy was issued and the Ribbon Cutting Ceremony was a grand event and the school is being used. The outside steps were corrected and the signs were installed. The contractor will call for a final inspection and complete his punch list.

Central School - Gym
The asbestos abatement has slightly delayed the progress of the job. The blackboards have been installed and the installation of the ductwork is almost finished. The floor will be installed as soon as the duct work is completed. The constructions should be finished by September 29th.

ALT - Roof
The roof is about 95% complete. The contractor has to complete the trim work, a few minor items and the general cleanup.

Mrs. Monahan mentioned that here should be a plaque on the building. It should have the names of the current BOE and also name the following people:
Jack Henschel, Jay Wilpon, Peter Fallon, Ken Brenn, Doreen Beninatti, Pat Parenty, and Pat Cranley.

VII. President's Remarks
Mrs. Coley asked for a moment of silence for the anniversary of 9/11. She commented that the parade and the car show was a huge success.

VIII. Committee Reports
Mrs. Spiller reported that there would be a township meeting on September 14th at 7:00 p.m. Mrs. Monahan and Dr. Przybylski will attend. She also mentioned that Kathy Winter will join the Communications Committee.

IX. Discussion
Math Levels at Warren Middle School
Mr. Comba, Middle School Principal, and Mr. Huss, Dean of Students, answered the BOE questions about the math levels program at the Warren Middle School.

Mrs. Toubin left at 7:50 p.m.

X. Public Commentary
Rick Negri, Valley Drive, had a question about discipline and political correctness. He asked about the games instruction at ALT. Dr. Crisfield commented that it is a new pilot program called trouble free play ground.
Patricia Zan, Mt. View Rd., commented that the Middle School math discussion concentrated around 9-18 students that are on the border of the placement.
Nancy Wilchenski, Jessica Lane, commented that the new games at ALT are geared to get “all” the student involved in the games.
Laura Nackamuli, Orchard Way, asked if the ALT pilot will be tied at the other elementary schools.

Mrs. Spiller moved, and Dr. Przybylski seconded, the following as an amended consent agenda:
Prior to voting Mrs. Winter asked for clarification and it was given on agenda items C.2. and C.3. It was also clarified that the E2 Coordinator stipend in agenda item C.5. isn’t for only E2 students. Agenda item C.8. was clarified as to what portion of the clubs this represents. These clubs do not use all of the budget money.

The consent agenda was approved by unanimous 8-0 role-call vote.

A. Education

B. Finance/Operations/Transportation

B.1. Donation of a Batting Cage and Pitching Machine
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves with appreciation, the donation of a batting cage and pitching machine to the Middle School from Susan and Richard Aldrich valued at $3,500.

B.2. 2006-2007 Non Public Program Aid
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the acceptance and expenditure of Non Public Program Aid for the 2006-2007 school year as follows:
Grant Amount
Non Public Technology $2,360.00
Non Public Nursing $4,382.00
Non Public Textbook $3,293.00

B.3. School Alliance Insurance Fund Indemnity and Trust Renewal Agreement
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the renewal of the Board's membership in the School Alliance Insurance Fund for a three year period, beginning July 1, 2006 and ending July 1, 2009.

B.4. Tuition Paying Student
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves that student (ID#2006516) may attend eighth grade at Warren Middle School in the 2006/2007 school year as a tuition paying student. The student’s family will be required to pay $1,116.60 per month or a total of $11,166.00 for this privilege.

B.5. Purchase Copy Machines
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the purchase of three (3) copy machines from Stewart Business Systems of Freehold, NJ. The district will purchase a Savin 4075 for the teacher’s room at Central School, a Savin 8055 for the main office at Woodland School, and a Savin 8035 for a total amount of $40,895.00. The copy machines for Woodland and the Board Office will also operate as network printers. The above pricing includes delivery, installation and the removal of the old machines. Stewart Business Systems is covered by NJ State Contract A51464. The funds for this purchase are included in the 2006-2007 budget.

B.6. Contract for Copy Machine Service
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the contract with Stewart Business Systems of Freehold, NJ for copy machine service. The contract with Stewart covers the 22 copy machines in the district and includes all labor and parts for every copy machine excluding paper and staples. The annual cost for this service is estimated to be $70,300.00 (including $6,000.00 for one time repairs to the copy machines). The district will save approximately $4,400 in 2006-2007 by switching from ERC to Stewart for the copy machine service. Stewart Business Systems is covered by NJ State Contract A51464. The funds for this service are included in the 2006-2007 budget

C. Personnel/Student Services

C.1. 2006-2007 PTO Calendar of Events
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the PTO Events Calendar for ALT, Central, Mt. Horeb, Woodland, Middle Schools, and SePTO for the 2006-2007 school year.

C.2. Rescind Behavioral Consultation for the 2006-2007 School Year
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education rescinds the approval of Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center to provide 15 hours per month of behavioral consultation for one student (ID #0120349). The monthly rate is $1,875 for a total cost of $18,750 for the 2006-2007 school year. (Approved 6/26/06, C.16. b.)

C.3. Behavioral Consultation for the 2006-2007 School Year
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves six hours per month for consultation to school based applied behavior analysis for two students (5 hours for student ID#0120169 and 1 hour for student ID #0120349) by Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center, Division of Outreach Services for a total cost to the district of $7,500 plus travel.

C.4. Amendment on Salary Guide
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following amended placements on the teachers' negotiated salary guide effective September 1, 2006:
a) Deanna DeRoner from BA+15 to MA (remaining at step 7).
b) Cheryl Plager, from BA+15 to MA (remaining at step 8).
c) Susan Cooper from MA to MA+15 (remaining at step 16).
d) Nancy Darby from MA to MA+15 (remaining at step 16).

C.5. 2006-2007 Stipend Positions
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following stipend positions at the following rates for the 2006-2007 school year:
a) SGA advisor - Beverly Mac Gorman, Middle School - $1,300.
b) E2 Weekend Coordinator - Susan Cooper, Middle School - $1,300.

C.6. World Language Coordinator
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Robin Savage as World Language Coordinator for the period September 1, 2006 through June 30, 2007 in the annual stipend amount of $5,000.

C.7. Amendment of Hours for the 2006-2007 School Year
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the amendment of hours for Michelle Roth, Classroom Paraprofessional, Woodland School from 30 hours to 32.5 hours per week for the 2006-2007 school year.

C.8. Warren Middle School After-School Activities 2006-2007 Brochure
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the Warren Middle School After-School Activities Brochure for the 2006-2007 school year.

XII. Public Commentary

XIII. Old Business
● Breakfast with the Board at schools
Mrs. Coley asked that the board e-mail Dr. Crisfield with their scheduled attendance.

XIV. New Business
Mrs. Winter questioned student supply lists and asked why these things are required in the schools. She stated that some items should be on a request list not on a student request list.


At 8:35 p.m. Mrs. Spiller 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. Monahan and approved by unanimous voice vote.

On motion by Mrs. Voorhees and seconded by Mrs. Burman, the Board reconvened in open session at 8:50 p.m.

Mrs. Monahan gave a Finance Committee update on the July 8th budget and its possible affect on the negotiations.

Mrs. Spiller left at 9:00 p.m.

XVI. ADJOURNMENT: On motion by Mrs. Burman and seconded by Dr. Przybylski the meeting adjourned at 9:35 p.m.

Minutes recorded by:
Peter Daquila, Board Secretary