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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 the Board 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.

Pamela Coley, Roberta Monahan, Dr. Gregory Przybylski, David Ricci, Patricia Toubin, Mildred Spiller, and Kathleen Winter
Susan Burman
Gina Voorhees
Also Present:
Dr. James Crisfield, Superintendent, Peter Daquila, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, members of the press and public

· New Staff Welcome – 6:00 PM
Mrs. Spiller noted that the new staff welcome was at 6:00 p.m. this evening and that it was nice to meet the new staff members.

Mrs. Monahan moved the following:

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the minutes of the following meeting:
August 27, 2007 public and private session
The motion was seconded by Mr. Ricci and approved by 6-0-1 voice vote. (Mrs. Toubin abstained.)

Dr. Crisfield discussed the enrollment sheet for 2007-08 that was in the board folder.
Dr. Crisfield commented that the Warren Middle School club list was in the board folder. There will be no action taken tonight. Action will be taken on 9/29/07.

Central School Lower Level and Toilet Renovation
Contractor has completed the 6 bathrooms and has received a TCO (Temporary Certificate of Occupancy) so the school could open on September 6th. The floor tile and some of the wall tiles were not installed properly and the contractor will need to correct this work at his expense. A work schedule for the lower level work and the work that needs to be redone to the bathrooms should be finalized this week.

At this point there are 3 change orders for this project:
1. Install automatic flushing mechanisms on the toilets and urinals - $10,947.00
2. Concrete the floor in the girls and boys toilets off the gym and the 2 teacher toilets off the gym and replace deteriorated copper water pipes - $11,079.00
3. Upgrade the ventilation unit for the teacher restrooms and two offices near the gym - $34,151.00

· Middle School Roof
Contractor is about 99% complete with this project. The architect needs to review the work and if necessary prepare a punch list of items that will need to be corrected.

Mrs. Spiller reminded the board members of the board protocol and to be mindful of the rules during the board discussions.

Mrs. Winter indicated that the Policy Committee will meet tomorrow.



Mrs. Monahan moved, and Mrs. Winter seconded, the following as a consent agenda.
The consent agenda as amended was approved by unanimous 7-0 role-call vote.

A. Education

A.1. Out of District Parent In-Home Training
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves three hours per week of parent (student ID#0120540) in-home training to be provided by the receiving school (Garden Academy) for the 2007-2008 school year. The cost to the district will be $4,860.

A.2. Speech Therapy – In Home Setting
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves one student (ID#0120074) to receive two 30 minutes of speech therapy per week in the home setting for the 2007-2008 school year. Services will be provided by Jamie Perry (Speech/Language Specialist at Woodland School). Cost to the district will be $1,980.

B. Finance/Operations/Transportation

B.1. TRAVEL APPROVAL – September 2007
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:

September 2007
Nicholas Bayachek, Middle-CPR/AED Instructor Training, Metuchen $200.00

October 2007
Debbie Hunt, Middle – AMTNJ Annual Conference, Somerset $110.00
Heather Kitchen, Middle – AMTNJ Annual Conference, Somerset $115.00

November 2007
Nancy Darby, Woodland – NJASL Fall Conference, Long Branch $340.00
Estelle Raucci, Maintenance - Boiler Training, Kenilworth $485.00
Wayne Briner Maintenance - Boiler Training, Kenilworth $450.00

All of the above travel has been approved by the Superintendent and/or School Business Administrator and the School Business Administrator shall track and record these costs to insure that the maximum amount is not exceeded.
If unanticipated travel is necessary during the month, the Superintendent and/or School Business Administrator have the authority to approve the expense and reimbursement.

B.2. Non Public Program Aid 2007-2008
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the acceptance and expenditure of the Non Public Aid for the 2007-2008 school year as follows:
Non Public Nursing Aid $6,639.00
Non Public Textbook Aid $4,806.00
Non Public Technology Aid $3,440.00

B.3. No Child Left Behind Grant Application
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the submission of the 2007-2008 NCLB Application to the Department of Education with the following amounts:
Title II-A $25,704.00
Title IV $ 4,332.00
Title V $ 2,577.00
The Warren Township Schools will participate in a consortium with the Somerset County Vocational School District for the amount of $8,037.00 for Title III funds.

B.4. Central School PTO
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the acceptance, with appreciation, a gift of $617.10 from the Central School PTO for the purchase of24 blocks (shelf spacers), 1 set of A-Z inserts and 17 packages of clip on shelf label holders for decoration and to label areas in the library.

C. Personnel/Student Services

C.1. Amendment on Salary Guide
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following amended placements on the teachers' negotiated salary guide:
a) Noralys Rebimbas, BA+15 to MA (remaining at step 5-6), effective September 1, 2007.
b) Michele Hengen, MA+15 to MA+30 (remaining at step 9-10), effective September 1, 2007.
c) Rachel Bringuier, BA+15 to MA (remaining at step 3-4), effective September 1, 2007.
d) Cheryl Plager, MA to MA+15 (remaining at step 9-10), effective September 1, 2007.
e) Karen Balich, BA+15 to MA (remaining at step 3-4), effective September 1, 2007.
f) Nancy Darby, MA+30 to MA+45 (remaining at step 17), effective September 1, 2007.
g) Meredith Fishelman, BA+15 to MA (remaining at step 11), effective September 1, 2007.
h) Jill Zimmer, MA+30 to MA+45 (remaining at 9-10), effective September 1, 2007.

C.2. Substitute Teachers
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Substitute Teachers for the 2007-2008 school year:
a) Anastasia Papalitskas
b) Steven DelCorso

C.3. Classroom Paraprofessional Assignment Location Changes
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the assignment location changes for the following classroom paraprofessionals:
a) Mary Jo DeFonzo from Mt. Horeb School to Middle School
b) Michele Orofino from Angelo L. Tomaso School to Mt. Horeb School

C.4. Per Diem Deduct Request
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves per diem deduct request for the following staff:
a) Mary Anne Murphy, Basic Skills Teacher, Middle School, for one day September 14, 2007.

C.5. Substitute Buildings & Grounds and Transportation Employees
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following substitute Buildings & Grounds and Transportation employees:
a) Fary Lozano, substitute bus driver, at a rate of $16.64 per hour, effective September 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.
b) Wayne Briner as a substitute bus monitor/substitute custodian at a split rate of $11.44/$15.22, respectively, effective September 1, 2007 through June 30, 2008.


Algebra II Students at WHRHS
Dr. Crisfield noted that the arrangement at WHRHS for 1st period Algebra will remain the same as last year. Depending on changes at WHRHS, next year may have some drastic changes.

· October Atlantic City Convention – Board Attendance
Mr. Daquila polled the board members on their attendance at the October AC Convention.

· Mt. Horeb Divider
Mr. Daquila noted that he checked references on Corby and four different districts were extremely happy with their products and services.

· Epi Pen
Dr. Crisfield informed the board of the continuing issues with the new epi-pen legislation. The difficult issue is regarding nurses having to be available to administer epi-pens to the students who are involved with school activities.

Dr. Crisfield noted that one person is interested in doing 2 of the major jobs for this year’s play and would receive both stipend amounts.
Mrs. Monahan indicated that the Somerset County Youth Services has awarded Warren a grant of $2,500 for girls on the run program.


XVI. ADJOURNMENT: On motion by Mrs. Monahan, seconded by Dr. Przybylski, the meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.
Minutes recorded by:
Peter Daquila