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A regular business meeting of the Board of Education was held this day in the Woodland School. The following is a record of that meeting.
I. CALL TO ORDER: The meeting was called to order at 7:09 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.
III. ROLL CALL
Present: Pamela Coley Roberta Monahan, David Ricci, Patricia Toubin, Gina Voorhees, Mildred Spiller, and Kathleen Winter
Dr. Gregory Przybylski (arrived at 7:26 p.m.)
Also Present: Dr. James Crisfield, Superintendent, Peter Daquila, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, members of the press and public
Mrs. Winter moved the following:
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the amended minutes of the following meeting:
November 26, 2007 public and private session
The motion was seconded by Mrs. Monahan and approved by 7-0 voice vote.
VI. CORRESPONDENCE AND INFORMATION
Fire Drills - The superintendent reported the following fire drills had been held:
VII. PRESIDENT'S REMARKS
Mrs. Spiller thanked Mr. Hansen for the wonderful tour and hospitality and the PTO for their hospitality. She also thanked the WTEA for the invitation to the wonderful holiday party and wished everyone a happy and joyous holiday season.
VIII. COMMITTEE REPORTS
Mrs. Monahan noted that Kathy Winter's help is greatly appreciated but all members should be participating at PTO meetings especially with budget season approaching.
Mrs. Winter commented about the Policy Committee and Mr. Daquila noted that the contract will be mailed to the NJSBA tomorrow. The first meeting will be scheduled for January 2008.
Mrs. Winter asked Mr. Daquila about budget preparation and planning for a Finance Committee meeting. Mr. Daquila noted that based on information from Trenton the Finance Committee should be able to review the preliminary budget info the first week of January.
- Home Arts Program at Warren Middle School
Mrs. Toubin presented a summary of the Home Arts Program at the Middle School and responded to the board's questions.
Dr. Przybylski arrived during the discussion at 7:26 p.m.
X. PUBLIC COMMENTARY
XI. ITEMS FOR BOARD CONSIDERATION/ACTION (CONSENT AGENDA)
Mrs. Monahan moved, and Mrs. Winter seconded, the following as a consent agenda. (Agenda items B.8. and C.8. were amended and C.10. & C.11. were added.)
The consent agenda as amended was approved by unanimous 8-0 role-call vote.
A.1. In-District Related Services
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the following in-district related services:
a) One student (ID#0120295) to receive up to three hours per month of Behavior Management Services provided by MUJC for the 2007-2008 school year, retroactive to September 6, 2007. The total cost to the district will be $5,205.
b) One student (ID#0120903) to receive one hour per week consultation services from Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf from the Lake Drive Program beginning January 8, 2008 and to continue for the remainder of the 2007-2008 school year. The cost to the district will be $115 per hour.
A.2. Home Instruction
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves one student (ID#0000629) to receive home instruction 10 hours per week after a three day absence on an as needed basis for the 2007-2008 school year.
A.3. Out of Zone Request
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the following out of zone request for the 2007-2008 school year:
a) One student (ID#2007286) registered in third grade at Mt. Horeb to attend third grade at Central School for the balance of the 2007-2008 school year.
b) One student (ID#2006267) currently in third grade at Mt. Horeb to remain in Mt. Horeb for the balance of the 2007-2008 school year.
B.1. Payment of Bills
RESOLVED, the Board of Education authorizes the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, pursuant to policy 3326, to audit pending bills and claims during the month of December 2007, to pay qualifying bills and claims within approved budget line item amounts, and to submit those bills to the Board of Education for approval at its next regular meeting.
B.2. Disposal of Equipment
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the disposal of the following equipment:
a) One (1) 1992 GMC Bus VIN # 2GDGG35J3N4514945
b) One (1) 1991 Chevy Bus VIN # 2GBGG35J2M4119890
These vehicles will be taken to a salvage yard; the proceeds (if any) will be recorded as miscellaneous income.
B.3. School Zoning
Resolved that the board approve the zoning for the new street Gabriella Lane to the Central School and change the zoning for Sleepy Hollow Lane to ALT School. (Presently Sleepy Hollow is zoned to Central School. The one 4th grade student attending Central now will continue to do so but any new students will attend ALT.)
B.4. Central School Award to Attend Liberty Science Center
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves, with appreciation, the award from Merck Institute for Science in the amount of $345 to the Central School fifth grade students (30) and six adults to attend the Liberty Science Center.
B.5. Watchung Hills Municipal Alliance - Project Adventure
RESOLVED, the Board of Education accepts, with appreciation, the donation by the Watchung Hills Municipal Alliance of $1,382 to support teacher training for Project Adventure.
B.6. Watchung-Warren Rotary Club Donation
RESOLVED, the Board of Education accepts, with appreciation, the donation by the Watchung-Warren Rotary Club of dictionaries for all Warren third grade students in the approximate amount of $1,500.
B.7. Early Childhood Special Education Outcome Study Reimbursement
Resolved that the Board accepts the reimbursement by the State of New Jersey for materials purchased for the Early Childhood Special Education Outcome Study. The maximum reimbursement is $1,650.
B.8. Private Session Minutes
Resolved that the Board approve the release of the following Private Session Minutes:
B.9. 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:
Michele Stein, SPS - NJASP Winter Conference, Jamesburg $ 100
- Kristen Schaefer, Mt Horeb - First Class Kindergarten, Union $ 125
- Meredith Fishelman, Mt Horeb - First Class Kindergarten, Union $ 145
- Susan Leonard, Mt Horeb - First Class Kindergarten, Union $ 145
- Carol Monica, Mt Horeb - First Class Kindergarten, Union $ 145
- Marianne Larson, ALT - NJ Literacy Consortium, Union $ 20
- Laura Rodaman, ALT - NJ Literacy Consortium, Union $ 20
- Mary Lou Cebula, ALT - NJ Literacy Consortium, Union $ 20
- Tyler Tribelhorn, Maintenance - AHERA Refresher Courses $ 300
- Jamie Perry, SPS - Motivation Children with Autism, Saddle Brook $ 210
- Helen Scully, Central - I&RS Seminar, Princeton $ 5
- Laura Weitzman, SPS - Effective & Appropriate IEP's, New Providence $ 425
All of the above travel has been approved by the Superintendent and the Board of Education. The School Business Administrator shall track and record these costs to insure that the maximum amount is not exceeded.
B.10. Youth Services Commission Donation
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts, with appreciation, a donation in the amount of $5,000 for the Academic Skills Workshop at Warren Middle School and $1,500 for the development of a program for boys comparable to the Girls on the Run Program for girls.
B.11. Special Education Study
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the expenditure of $950 for a study of the district's special education program by Special Education Analysis per the November 2, 2007 proposal.
C. Personnel/Student Services
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accept the resignation of Diane LoPresti, Classroom Paraprofessional, Mt. Horeb School, effective December 31, 2007.
C.2. Home Instructors
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Home Instructors for the 2007-2008 school year:
a) Jill Graef
b) Jennifer Guerriero
C.3. Substitute Teachers
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Substitute Teachers for the 2007-2008 school year:
a) Christina Ulloa
b) Paula Davison (reinstatement)
C.4. Student Teachers
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Students Teachers for the 2007-2008 school year:
a) Lauren Regal - Mt. Horeb (Guidance) - Mrs. Regal is currently a special education teacher at Middle.
C.5. Speech Evaluation Contracted Services
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Jill Pila to provide contracted speech evaluation services on as needed basis for the 2007-2008 school year at a rate of $55 per hour.
C.6. Per Diem Deduct Request
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves per diem deduct request for the following staff:
- a) Stefanie Azzari, Grade 4 Teacher, Mt. Horeb School, for 1 day, April 28, 2008.
- b) Feuakham Vongvilay, Night Custodian, Central School for 5.5 days, December 14, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 2007.
- c) Lauren Regal, Special Education Teacher, Middle School, for two days, February 12-13, 2008.
- d) Dannine Albanese, Basic Skills Teacher, Middle School, for one day January 7, 2008.
C.7. Middle School Club Advisor
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Amanda Rodrigues as the before school Volleyball Club advisor at Warren Middle School during the 2007-2008 school year for 15 sessions at a contractual rate of $715.
C.8. Leave Request
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves a medical leave of absence with benefits for Jessica Malangone Grade 5 Teacher, Mt. Horeb School, from May 12, 2008 through June 30, 2008.
C.9. Speech Evaluation
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Jamie Perry to conduct speech evaluations for the 2007-2008 school year for out of district students after school hours. The cost to district is $55 per hour.
C.10. Change of Assignment
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the change of assignment for Ann Marie Vernese from Temporary Supplemental School Nurse at Middle School (non-tenure track), to School Nurse at Angelo L. Tomaso School (tenure track), effective January 1, 2008.
C.11. Employment for the 2007-2008 School Year
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the application for emergent hiring for the following positions for the 2007-2008 school year under the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:16-1 et seq., N.J.S.A. 18A:39-17 et seq., and N.J.S.A. 6-4.14 et seq., as listed below:
a) Lisa Lontai, Temporary Supplemental School Nurse, Middle School, MA, Step 7-8, effective January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008. (Ms. Lontai will remain a substitute until she receives her School Nurse certificate, at which time salary will be retroactively adjusted to January 1, 2008 and benefits eligibility will begin the first day of the month after the month she receives her certificate.)
b) Cynthia Bertsch, Classroom Paraprofessional, Central School, step 3-4, 32.5 hours per week, effective January 1, 2008 through June 30, 2008. (Ms. Bertsch is replacing Roberto Patella who resigned.)
XII. PUBLIC COMMENTARY
XIII. OLD BUSINESS
Draft Education Funding Resolution
Mr. Ricci reported on the Coalition for School Funding meeting and informed the board that Montgomery has passed a resolution that will be sent to Governor Corzine. Both Mrs. Voorhees and Mr. Ricci agree with passing the resolution.
The Board discussed the wording of the resolution and chose to revise it
On motion by Mrs. Voorhees, seconded by Dr. Przybylski, the board approved the attached funding resolution on an 8-0 roll call vote. The board will discuss the item again on January 14, 2008.
XIV. NEW BUSINESS
XV. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
At 8:10 p.m. Mrs. Voorhees 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) 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
11) specific prospective or current employees unless all who could be adversely affected request an open session
12) 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. Toubin and approved by unanimous voice vote.
On motion by Dr. Przybylski and seconded by Mrs. Voorhees, the Board reconvened in open session at 10:12 p.m.
XVI. ADJOURNMENT: On motion by Dr. Przybylski, seconded by Mrs. Voorhees, the meeting adjourned at 10:14 p.m.
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