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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 7:04 p.m. by the Board Vice-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: Tia Allocco, Susan Burman, Kathy Helewa, Donald Huber, James Sena, and Mildred Spiller
Absent: Gregory Przybylski arrived at 7:06 p.m.
John De Bellis
Also Present: Dr. Tami Crader, Superintendent, Patricia Leonhardt, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, members of public, and press
Mrs. Burman moved the following:
RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves the minutes of the following meeting:
March 27, 2012 public and private session
The motion was seconded by Mr. Huber and approved by a 6-0 roll call vote.
VI. CORRESPONDENCE AND INFORMATION
- HIB Information
Dr. Crader reported on HIB information from March 27, 2012 through April 10, 2012 as follows:
Total # of Investigations:
Total # of Determined Bullying Incidents:
- Fire Drills
- Security Drills
Dr. Przybylski arrived at this point in the meeting (7:06 p.m.).
VII. PRESIDENT'S REMARKS
Dr. Przybylski welcomed all back from spring break and complimented Dr. Crader on her management of make-up school days.
VIII. SUPERINTENDENT'S REMARKS
Dr. Crader congratulated Dr. Horn on her upcoming retirement and read words of praise from Mr. Comba.
Dr. Crader also congratulated Mrs. Roth on her upcoming retirement and read words of praise from Mrs. Milita.
Dr. Crader congratulated all involved with the Middle School play, which she stated was truly wonderful.
IX. COMMITTEE REPORTS
Mrs. Spiller discussed the curriculum meeting, which discussed the TAP program, the music program, a professional development survey, the new teacher evaluation system, and the planning stages of a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) program.
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).
XII. ITEMS FOR BOARD CONSIDERATION/ACTION
Mrs. Burman requested that agenda items C.4 and C.5. be pulled until after executive session.
On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Mrs. Burman, the consent agenda items A.1. - through C.3., and C.6. were approved by a 7-0 roll-call vote.
A.1. Home Instruction
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves home instruction for the following students:
a) One student (ID# 2001215) to receive 5 hours per week for a period 60 days beginning March 29, 2012 and ending on or about June 22, 2012 at a cost not to exceed $2400.
b) One student (ID#121384) to receive a 60 day extension of 10 hours per week beginning March 29, 2012 and ending on or about June 22, 2012at a cost not to exceed $4,800.
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, to pay qualifying bills and claims within approved budget line item amounts, from April 1 to April 30, 2012 and to submit those bills to the Board of Education for approval at its next regular meeting.
B.2. Joint Transportation Agreement
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education authorizes a Joint Transportation Agreement between Somerset County Educational Services Commission (SCESC) and the Warren Township Board of Education for the 2012-2013 School Year, with an administrative fee of 6%.
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:
- Mary Balkonis, RTI - Practical Strategies, Parsippany $242
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.
C. PERSONNEL/STUDENT SERVICES
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the following resignations:
a) Susan Horn, Grade 8 Language Arts/Social Studies Teacher, Middle School, for the purpose of retirement, with appreciation for the 18 years of service to the children of Warren, effective June 30, 2012.
b) Marlene Roth, Kindergarten Teacher, Central School, for the purpose of retirement, with appreciation for the 20 years of service to the children of Warren, effective June 30, 2012.
C.2. Middle School Guidance Extended Work Schedule
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves three days each of an extended work schedule for Midge Johnson and Helen Scully, and Melissa Kurlan Middle School Guidance Counselors, for three days after the official last day of school, June 22, 25, 26, 2012, at each individual's per diem rate.
C.3. Substitute Secretary
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves Mia Bivaletz at a rate of $80 per day, at a total not to exceed $960, effective April 19, 2012 through May 7, 2012 to assist during a long term secretarial absence.
C.4. Physical Examination
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:16-2, requires employee ID#4514 undergo a physical examination, effective March 30, 2012.
C.5. Administrative Suspension
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the suspension with pay for employee ID#4514 from March 30, 2012 until the board takes further action.
C.6. Family Medical Leave Request
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education approves the family medical leave request under FMLA for Patricia Iannacone, Special Education Teacher, Central School, effective on or about April 16, 2012 through on or about June 30, 2012 (unpaid, with benefits) returning on or about September 1, 2012.
XIII. OLD BUSINESS
XIV. NEW BUSINESS
Mrs. Burman asked if the district calendar now has an extra day.
Mrs. Allocco asked if the Summer Fun packet was hard copy last year and commented on the high quality of the packet.
XV. PUBLIC COMMENTARY
XVI. EXECUTIVE SESSION:
At 7:21 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
a collective bargaining agreement and/or negotiations related to it,
specific prospective or current employees unless all who could be adversely affected request an open session
and be it further
RESOLVED that action will be taken upon the return to the public session
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. Burman and approved by unanimous voice vote.
On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Mrs. Burman the board reconvened in open session at 9:03 p.m.
On motion by Mrs. Spiller, seconded by Mrs. Burman, the board approved agenda items C.4 and C.5. on a 7-0 roll call vote.
XVII. ADJOURNMENT: On motion by Mrs. Spiller seconded by Mrs. Burman, the meeting adjourned at 9:04 p.m.
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