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Minutes for February 6, 2017Archived Minutes

A regular business meeting of the Board of Education was held this day at the Warren Middle School, 100 Old Stirling 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 Board President, Tia Allocco.

Open Public Meeting Statement – Mrs. Allocco 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 January 4, 2017. 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 TAP into Warren, 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 – Mrs. Allocco led the assembly in the Pledge of Allegiance.

III. Roll Call

Present:Paige Albano, Len deMontagnac, Lisa DiMaggio, Andrea Freijomil, Jeannine Sarosy, Joan Schiller, Patricia Zohn and Tia Allocco

Absent: David Brezee

Also Present: Dr. Matthew Mingle, Superintendent, Patricia Leonhardt, Board Secretary, and members of the public and press.

IV. Minutes

Mr. deMontagnac moved the following:

  • RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the public and private session minutes of the January 17, 2017 Board Meeting.

The motion was seconded by Dr. Schiller and approved by 7-0-1 roll-call vote. (Mrs. Sarosy abstained.)

V. Correspondence and Information

· HIB Information

 

6

   

2

Fire Drills

ALT Central Mt. Horeb Woodland Middle
4-Jan 6-Jan 12-Jan 13-Jan 25-Jan

Security Drills

 

ALT Central Mt. Horeb Woodland Middle
30-Jan 20-Jan 27-Jan 31-Jan 19-Jan
Sheltering In Sheltering In Sheltering In Sheltering In Sheltering In

VI. President's Remarks

Mrs. Allocco discussed the following items:

  • The WTAA and the Board have reached an agreement which the WTAA has already ratified. The board will be discussing in closed session later this evening, with a potential approval to follow.
  • Reported that the Watchung Hills Municipal Alliance had asked for a representative from the board and Mr. deMontagnac has agreed to serve.
  • The role of board minutes.
  • Congratulated those staff members on the agenda tonight for movement across the guide.
  • The Technology assembly to be held on February 22nd.
  • Highlighted the upcoming Whole Child Events.

VII. Superintendent’s Remarks

Dr. Mingle reported on the following items:

  • Online registration for Summer Fun in now open.
  • The Warren Township Education Foundation will be holding an information session on February 8th.
  • There will be two presentations on Online Safety on February 22nd. The daytime session will be for students with a parent presentation in the evening. Dr. Mingle thanked Principal Heaney for bringing the program to the district and the PTOs for their financial support.
  • On March 8th there will be a Whole Child Community Event at Watchung Hills Regional High School, with doors opening at 6:00 p.m. for a 6:45 p.m. program start.
  • The Warren Township Committee will recognize this as Whole Child Month, with an official resolution at its February 16th meeting.
  • Woodland School has been chosen by the N.J. Department of Education as a candidate for the Blue Ribbon School program, a high honor bestowed by the U.S. Department of Education. Final selections will be announced in September.

VIII. Presentations

  • Quarterly Update on District, Board and Superintendent Goals - Dr. Mingle presented on all levels of goals.
  • Central Office Location Recommendation - Dr. Mingle reported on the work of the committee and its recommendation to retain the status quo.

IX. Discussions

  • District Goal 3H Recommendation - Central Office Location - The board concurred with the recommendation.
  • Strauss Esmay Policy and Regulations Services - Mrs. Allocco shared with the board the positive feedback she has received regarding this service and gave a brief outline of the process. The board asked follow-up questions and the consensus was to support this change.

X. Committee Reports

Mrs. Freijomil reported on the Finance, Operations and Security Committee meeting of January 30th. The recap included the committee’s goals for 2017, the Security Action Plan, the Visitor Management System, District Goal 3H (district office location), use of emergency reserves, and the 2017-2018 budget. The Capital Improvement Plan will be addressed in greater detail at the committee’s next meeting.

Mrs. DiMaggio reported on the Curriculum and Technology Committee, for which additional documentation will be distributed to the board with Thursday’s Superintendent update.

Mrs. Albano reported on the Personnel/Negotiations Committee, informing the board that details regarding the WTAA negotiations will be provided in Executive Session.

XI. Public Commentary (including opportunity to speak about items for Board Consideration/Action)

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).

N/A

XII. Items for Board Consideration/Action

On motion by Mr. deMontagnac seconded by Mrs. DiMaggio the consent items A.1. through A.3., B.1. through B.10., and C.1. through C.10., were approved by a 8-0 roll-call vote.

A. Education

A.1. HIB Report

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the HIB Report submitted by the Superintendent for the period ending on February 2, 2017.

A.2. HIB Summary Report

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the HIB Summary Report submitted by the Superintendent for the period of September 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016.

A.3. Home Instruction

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves up to 10 hours per week of home instruction for Student #2253261742 beginning February 8, 2017, at a rate of $40 per hour.

B. Finance/Operations/Transportation

B.1. Board Secretary's and Treasurer's Report

WHEREAS, the Board of Education has received the report of the secretary for the month of December, 2016;

WHEREAS, this report shows the following balances on December 31, 2016

FUND

CASH BALANCE

APPROPRIATION BALANCE

FUND BALANCE

(10) General Current Expense Fund

$9,416,630.04

 

$973,637.24

(11) Current Expense

 

$2,351,832.08

 

(12) Capital Outlay

 

$121,988.75

 

(13) Special Schools

 

$227.54

 

(20) Special Revenue Fund

($78,579.59)

$28,280.98

$0.00

(30) Capital Projects Fund

$81,127.62

$0.00

$223,889.55

(40) Debt Service Fund

$0.00

$0.00

$0.00

TOTAL

$9,419,178.07

$2,502,329.35

$1,197,526.79


WHEREAS, in compliance with law and code 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 law and code, 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 law and code and that sufficient funds are available to meet the district's financial obligations for the remainder of the year.

B.2. Budget Transfers for Month of December 2016

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

 

TO:

 

FROM:

   

1.

11-000-230-820-00-00

Judgments Against the District

11-000-291-270-00-00

Health Benefits

$17,500

2.

11-000-266-100-00-00

Salaries - Security

11-000-262-100-09-10

Salaries - Maintenance

$6,000

3.

11-000-291-241-00-00

Retirement Contributions - PERS

11-000-291-270-00-00

Health Benefits

$18,005

4.

11-120-100-101-00-01

Salaries - Grade 1-5 Teachers

11-213-100-101-00-00

Salaries - RC Teachers

$23,000

5.

11-150-100-320-08-00

Home Instruction - Purchased Services

11-190-100-320-08-00

Purchased Professional Services - SPS

$340

6.

11-190-100-500-11-01

Other Purchased Services - Technology

11-190-100-610-11-01

Supplies - Instructional Hardware

$6,500

7.

11-209-100-106-00-00

Salaries - SEED Program - Aides

11-213-100-101-00-00

Salaries - RC Teachers

$17,100

8.

11-213-100-106-00-02

Substitute Teachers - RC Aides

11-000-262-107-00-02

Substitutes - Multi-Duty Paras

$30,000

9.

11-240-100-500-12-03

ELL - Other Purchased Services - Central School

11-230-100-500-12-03

Basic Skills - Purchased Services - Central School

$270

10.

11-240-100-500-12-04

ELL - Other Purchased Services - Mt. Horeb School

11-230-100-500-12-04

Basic Skills - Purchased Services - Mt. Horeb School

$160

11.

11-240-100-500-12-05

ELL - Other Purchased Services. - ALT

11-230-100-500-12-05

Basic Skills - Purchased Services - ALT

$135

12.

11-240-100-500-12-06

ELL - Other Purchased Services. - Woodland School

11-230-100-500-12-06

Basic Skills - Purchased Services - Woodland School

$160

1.3

11-240-100-500-12-07

ELL - Other Purchased Services. - Middle School

11-230-100-500-12-06

Basic Skills - Purchased Services - Woodland School

$110

14.

12-000-262-730-09-00

Operations & Maintenance Equipment

11-000-262-107-00-00

Salaries - Lunchroom and Playground Aides

$17,900

15.

12-000-270-732-10-00

Transportation Equipment

11-000-270-161-10-00

Salaries - Transportation

$2,100

16.

12-120-100-730-04-00

Instructional Equipment - Mt. Horeb

11-190-100-610-04-10

Instructional Supplies - Mt. Horeb

$2,500

B.3. 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:

 

Name

School

Workshop/ Conference

Location

Month/Yr

Cost

Kevin Potter

District

NJSBGA Expo 2017

Atlantic City

Mar 2017

$359

Jessica Halpern

MS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$180

Patricia Iannacone

CS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$205

Allison Reu

CS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$180

Allison Hecht

CS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$215

Myranda Shimko

MS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$205

Melissa Stoeckel

ALT

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$205

Joyce Pekarsky

CS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$209

Frances Blabolil

CS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$210

Catherine Lazas

MS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$205

Linda Yu

MS

Joint NJIDA and NJSHA Matching Interventions to Reasons for Reading Difficulties

Garwood

Mar 2017

$205

Lisa Lontai

MS

NJSSNA Spring Conference

Iselin

Mar 2017

$225

Janet Kozik

BOE

Power School User Group-NJ 2017

Atlantic City

Mar 2017

$485

Candie Hengemuhle

BOE

Special Ed. Dir. Academy-School Refusal/Anxiety and Hot Legal Topics in Special Ed.

Monroe

Mar 2017

$161

Jeannie Pang

MS

FLENJ Annual Conf

Islen

Mar 2017

$151

Jan Donlay

Transp.

STS Annual Conf.

Atlantic City

Mar 2017

$609

 

All of the above travel has been approved by the Superintendent. The School Business Administrator shall track and record these costs to insure that the maximum amount is not exceeded.

B.4. Waiver of Requirements-Special Education Medicaid Initiative (SEMI)

Program

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the Waiver of Requirements Special Education Medicaid Initiative (SEMI) Program:

WHEREAS, NJAC 6A:23A-5.3 provides that a school district may request a waiver of compliance with respect to the district’s participation in the Special Education Medicaid Initiative (SEMI) Program for the 2017-2018 School Year, and

WHEREAS, that the Board of Education desires to apply for this waiver due to the fact that it has fewer than 40 Medicaid eligible classified students,

NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby authorizes the Superintendent to submit to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools in Somerset County the appropriate waiver of the requirements of NJAC 6A:23A-5.3 for the 2017-2018 school year.

B.5. 2017-2018 School Year Tuition Rates

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following as the 2017-2018 tuition rates:

● Kindergarten: $15,348

● Grades 1 - 5: $17,325

● Grades 6 - 8: $17,752

B.6. 2017-2018 School Year Tuition Agreement

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the 2017-2018 tuition agreement dated February 6, 2017 for the child of a staff member at the annual Kindergarten tuition rate of $15,348. Parent will transport the student.

B.7. District School Streets Rezoning

RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves rezoning the following streets from the Central School Zone to the Woodland School Zone, beginning in September, 2017:

      • Dubois Road
      • Park View Road

No current students are affected by this change.

B.8. Donation - ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education accepts with gratitude a donation of $1,000 as an award winner of the ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant. The funds are to be used towards a science or math program at Central School.

B.9. Sale of Obsolete Items

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education declares as obsolete the following items:

Item Type

Make

Model

Asset Number

1982 Tractor

Ford 1900

 

900753

1988 Open Trailer

Centreville

EC16-671Dx

900758

1979 Tilt trailer

Owens

BCU4010 8X10

 

2006 Salt Spreader

Ice-o-way

   

Flail Mower

Ford

903

 

2001 Utility Truck

Dodge

Ram 2500

900740

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the sale

of the listed equipment in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:18A:45 – Sale of Property.

B.10. Finance/Operations/Security Committee 2017 Goals

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following goals for the Finance/Operations/Security Committee for the 2017 Calendar Year:

    1. To create a 5-year capital expenditure program, inclusive of the district’s long range educational goals.
    2. To ensure the financial and operational measures related to identified security needs and continued implementation of the 2014-2017 District Security Action Plan, including the Standard Response Protocol.
    3. To evaluate and address all financial, operational, and security responsibilities related to the outcome of the district enrollment decline.
    4. To analyze, evaluate and address all financial, operational and security related opportunities to improve the long term implementation of Summer Fun.

C. Personnel/Student Services

C.1. Employment for the 2016-2017 School Year

RESOLVED, upon recommendation from the Superintendent that the Board of Education approve the following Personnel items including the emergent employment of the following employees (indicated by *) conditional upon the final approval by the New Jersey Department of Education, for the 2016-2017 school year and the Board further authorizes the submission of an application for emergency hiring pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.1, et. Seq., N.J.S.A. 18A:6.14.12, et. Seq.”

a. Michelle Seelenfreund, Leave Replacement Teacher, Central School, BA, Step 1 of the 2016-2017 salary guide, $57,020 (prorated), effective on or about February 22, 2017 through June 30, 2017, which is not creditable service toward tenure acquisition. (Ms. Seelenfreund will be LRT for Employee #2574.)

b. James Zilinski, Leave Replacement Teacher, Warren Middle School, BA+15, Step 3-4 of the 2016-2017 salary guide, $61,677 (prorated), effective on or about March 20, 2017 through June 30, 2017, which is not creditable service toward tenure acquisition. (Mr. Zilinski will be LRT for Employee #2280.)

c. Richard Bardy, 0.5 Classroom Paraprofessional, Warren Middle School, Step 1-5 of the 2016-2017 salary guide, $10,668 (prorated), plus a stipend of $1,800 for a teaching certificate, effective April 6, 2017 through June 30, 2017. (Mr. Bardy replaces Carolyn Wells.)

C.2. Substitute Teachers

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following to be appointed as substitute teachers for the 2016-2017 school:

a. Cherylin DeCarlo

b. Philipp Thaler

c. Gina Voorhees

d. Laura DiCarlo

C.3. Summer Fun Assistant Principal

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Paul Duncan as the 2017-2018 Summer Fun/ESY Assistant Principal, at a salary of $9,649.

C.4. Summer Fun Nurse

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Lisa Lontai as the 2017-2018 Summer Fun/ESY Nurse, at an hourly rate of $40, effective June 26, 2017 through July 28, 2017, for a cost not to exceed $9,120.

C.5. Movement on the Guide

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following staff for amended placements on the 2016-2017 salary guide:

a. Joel VanTine, with congratulations, for movement from MA+30 to MA+45, effective January 1, 2017.

b. Lynn Alger, with congratulations, for movement from MA+30 to MA+45, effective January 1, 2017.

c. Chelsea Christophel, with congratulations, for movement from BA to BA+15, effective January 1, 2017.

C.6. Retirement/Resignation

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the retirement/resignations of the following staff:

a. Carolyn Wells, Classroom Paraprofessional, Warren Middle School, for the purpose of resignation, with appreciation for her 3 years of service to the Warren Township students, effective April 7, 2017.

C.7. Spring Coaching Stipend - Warren Middle School

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the appointment of Timothy O’Heney as Boys Track Coach for the 2016-2017 school year at the contracted rate of $2,200. (Mr. O’Heney will replace Bob Hartshorn.)

C.8. Leave Request

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following:

    1. Employee #2971 for leave (unpaid according to legal and contractual entitlement) from February 3, 2017 through on or about February 28, 2017, with an anticipated return date of March 1, 2017.

C.9. Long Term Substitutes

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following Long Term Substitutes:

    1. Richard Bardy, effective April 6, 2017 through June 30, 2017. (Mr. Bardy will be LTS for Employee #1879.)
    2. Richard Bardy, effective January 23, 2017 through on or about March 6, 2017. (Mr. Bardy is LTS for Employee #1105.)

C.10. Writing Projects 2016-2017

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the additional staff members for Curriculum Writing Projects, as per the 2014-2017 WTEA negotiated agreement, at a cost of $40 per hour, at an unchanged total project cost not to exceed $32,000:

      • Christina DeShields
      • Paul Duncan
      • Colleen Krumm
      • Patti Pillinger

XIII. Unfinished Business

Mr. deMontagnac commented on the success of Summer Fun online registration and suggested additional advertising, including lawn signs at school entrances. Mrs. Lettire is evaluating advertising avenues, and this recommendation will be communicated to her.

Mr. deMontagnac discussed the cooperation of the district and police, including random drop ins at our schools.

XIV. New Business

  • Board Agenda Delivery - A meeting will be held with two vendors to discuss options. Mrs. Allocco and Dr. Schiller will represent the board.
  • Somerset County Educational Services Commission Update - Mrs. Zohn reported on the recent board meeting which included a facilities tour, as well as approval of their budget.
  • Board Size - Mrs. Allocco discussed that the number of members on the Board of Education will be on the next meeting agenda.

XV. Public Commentary (any topic)

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).

N/A

XVI. Executive Session

At 8:00 p.m. Mr. deMontagnac 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:

a collective bargaining agreement and/or negotiations related to it and

pending or anticipated litigation or contract negotiation and/or matters of attorney-client privilege

Action may 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 Mrs. DiMaggio and approved by unanimous voice vote.

On motion by Mr. deMontagnac, seconded by Mrs. DiMaggio, the Board reconvened in open session at 8:44 p.m.

On motion by Mr. deMontagnac seconded by Mrs. DiMaggio the consent items B.11., C.11. and C.12., were approved by a 8-0 roll-call vote.

B. Finance/Operations/Transportation (continued)

B.11. Approval of Settlement Agreement and Release

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the terms of the Settlement between the Warren Township Board of Education and Michael Nelson.

C. Personnel/Student Services (continued)

C.11. Health Benefits Program Waiver Payments

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the Resolution of the Warren Township Board of Education regarding school employees’ Health Benefits Program Waiver Payments:

WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 52:14-17.31a, in conjunction with N.J.S.A. 52:14-17.46.11, permits employers participating in the School Employees Health Benefits Program (“SEHBP”) to unilaterally establish an amount to be paid to employees who agree to waive their health benefits coverage in exchange for a cash payment; and

WHEREAS, the employer has sole discretion as to whether or not to offer employees health benefits waiver payments which are not subject to the collective bargaining process in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:14-17.31a(c); and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education previously offered an incentive for eligible employees who waive medical insurance in the amount of 25%, or $5,000, whichever is less, of the amount saved by the employer because of the employee's waiver of coverage pursuant to Article IX.D.3, Health Benefit Opt Out, contained in the Collective Bargaining Agreement between the Board of Education and the Warren Township Administrators’ Association; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education and the Warren Township Administrators’ Association agreed to remove Article IX.D.3, Health Benefit Opt Out, from the parties’ Collective Bargaining Agreement effective July 1, 2017; and

WHEREAS, the Board of Education is exercising its discretion in accordance with N.J.S.A. 52:14-17.31a(c) to offer an incentive for eligible employees who waive medical insurance;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Board of Education of the Township of Warren, County of Somerset, State of New Jersey, that it will offer an incentive for eligible employees who waive medical insurance in the amount of 25%, or $5,000, whichever is less, of the amount saved by the employer because of the employee's waiver of coverage; and

BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER RESOLVED that an employee who has health benefit coverage through a spouse or from another source, other than the State Health Benefits Plan or the SEHBP, and who can demonstrate same to the Business Administrator, may elect to forego all or a portion of his/her medical, dental and/or prescription coverage for a full year and receive a cash payment of twenty-five percent (25%) of the premium savings to the Board of Education, or $5,000, whichever is less, of the amount saved by the employer. Said payment will not be considered salary, nor will it be considered pensionable. The Business Office shall provide the forms by which an employee shall waive coverage and apply for payment; and

BE IT RESOLVED FURTHER RESOLVED that an employee who has waived all or a portion of his/her medical benefit coverage will be allowed to restore such coverage on an immediate basis, without the necessity of a health questionnaire for the employee or his/her family members, in the event of a hardship or change of life event. Reentry to all health benefit coverage for reason of hardship or change of life applies only in the following situations, which result in the loss of health benefits coverage through the employee's spouse or other source:

  • Termination of employment (proof of termination of benefits required);
  • Legal Separation (a copy of decree is required);
  • Group contract/policy terminated (proof of termination of benefits required);
  • Disability of spouse which eliminates benefits (proof of termination of benefits required);
  • Divorce (a copy of the decree is required);
  • Death of Spouse (a copy of death certificate is required);
  • Military Discharge (a copy of DD214 is required);
  • Application under these circumstances must be made within sixty (60) days of the life event to the Board of Education's Payroll/Benefit Office;
  • In addition, any employee who has waived all his/her health benefit coverage may automatically restore his/her coverage by applying during the open enrollment period during any year. The reinstatement date under such conditions will be January 1. It will not be necessary for any employee or his/her family members to complete a Statement of Health (proof of insurability) to restore coverage during the open enrollment period.

C.12. 2017-2020 WTAA Collective Bargaining Agreement Approval

RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the 2017-2020 WTAA Collective Agreement which was ratified by the WTAA membership on January 30, 2017.

XVI. Adjourn

On motion by Mr. deMontagnac, seconded by Mrs. DiMaggio, the meeting adjourned at

8:45 p.m.

Minutes submitted by

Patricia Leonhardt

Board Secretary