February 9, 2010 Regular Meeting

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Dates: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2010 - 7:00pm
 
 
UNION TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
FEBRUARY 9, 2010
 
A.         Roll Call
 
 
B.         Flag Salute
 
 
C.         Open Public Meetings Act Statement
 
 
           D.         Approval of Minutes:      
 
1.                   Worksession – December 8, 2009
2.                   Worksession – January 12, 2010
3.                   Executive Session – January 12, 2010
4.                   Special Meeting – January 23, 2010
5.                   Special Meeting – January 25, 2010        
 
 
           E.                   Communications:
 
1.       Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Lynda Braun, special education teacher at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, effective July 1, 2010.
 
2.       Request for unpaid extended child rearing leave from Caroline Weinstein, teacher assistant at Hannah Caldwell School, for the period February 1st through March 31st, 2010.
 
3.       Request for unpaid family leave from Diane Rusnak, teacher at Battle Hill Elementary School, for the period March 23rd through April 18th, 2010.
 
4.       Letter of resignation from Mary Kemps, cafeteria/playground assistant, effective January 21, 2010
 
5.       Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from John F. Taylor, industrial arts teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, effective July 1, 2010.
 
 
          F.         Superintendent’s Report
 
         G.         Comments from the Public on Resolutions on the Agenda
 
         H.         Education/Student Discipline Committee
 
            E-1.      The committee recommends and I so move that the 2009-2010 Out-of-District Atypical Student Placement List, students exited from Out-of-District Placement and Out-of-District Tuition Lists be amended in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. 
           
            E-2.      The committee recommends and I so move that approval be given to amend the list of students removed from the rolls [five (5) students exited during the period January 1 through January 31, 2010; a total of thirty-nine (39) students have been exited for the 2009-2010 school year] who are not domiciled in this school district in accordance with the information in the hands of board member.
 
           E-3.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve school calendar; twelve month employee calendar and the maintenance department calendar for the 2010-2011 school year.
 
            E-4.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve 2009-2010 Special Education Tuition Contract for Union County Special Needs Careers Academy in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
           E-5.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement between Union Board of Education and Law Enforcement Officials in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
I.          Fiscal and Planning Committee
 
            F-1.      The committee recommends and I so move that the Treasurer’s Report dated January 31st, 2010 be accepted.
 
            F-2.      The committee recommends and I so move that the Secretary’s Report dated January 31st, 2010 be accepted.
 
 
 
            F-3.      Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I  certify that as of January 31st, 2010 no budgetary line item account has obligations and payments (contractual orders) which in total exceed the amount appropriated by the district board of education pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:22-8 and 18:22-8.1.
 
            ___________________________ _          ______________
            James J. Damato, Board Secretary                 Dated
 
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.2(h), we certify that as of January 31st, 2010 after review of the secretary’s monthly financial report (appropriations section) and upon consultation with the appropriate district officials that to the best of our knowledge no major account or fund has been over-expended in violation of N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.2(d)3  and that sufficient funds are available to meet the district’s financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year. This certification is solely based on the information provided by the School Business Administrator and Board Secretary and is assumed by the board to be correct.
   
 
                         F-4.     The committee recommends and I so move that the Board approve line item transfers in accordance with the copy in the hands of each board member.
 
 
           F-5.      The committee recommends and I so move that the Board concur with the investments made by the Business Administrator:
 
Mature
Date
Purchase
Date
Number
of Days
 
   Amount
Invest.
Held by
Home A/C
Account
Interest
Rate
Estimated
Income
02/09/10
01/19/10
21
    800,000
Investors
UCNB EBS CAST
0.17%
         79.33
02/09/10
01/19/10
21
 1,200,000
Investors
UCNB CAFE
0.17%
       119.00
02/09/10
01/19/10
21
17,500,000
Investors
UCNB CAP RES
0.17%
    1,735.42
02/09/10
01/19/10
21
22,000,000
Investors
UCNB OP AC
0.17%
    2,181.67
02/09/10
01/19/10
21
    800,000
Investors
UCNB JAN 03 BOND
0.17%
         79.33
02/09/10
01/19/10
21
1,000,000
Investors
UNITY BANK SUI
0.17%
         99.17
 
            F-6.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the attached list of contracts and/or purchase orders pursuant to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5 and 18A:18A-10(a) in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
            F-7.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve attached list of contracts and/or purchases pursuant to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5(21)  in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member: (a) Taylor Publications - $10,000 – yearbook – Union High School (b) American Red Cross - $1,485.49 – Donation for Haiti relief – Union High School (c) Pirylis Distributors - $4,034.80 – food for marching band competition concessions – Union High School (d) All-American Music Festival - $12,400 – chorus/band spring trip – Union High School (e) N.J.S.I.I.A. - $11,500 – reimbursement for state wrestling meet – Union High School (f) U.C.I.A. - $4,000 – reimbursement for county wrestling meet – Union High School (g) Freedom Fundraiser - $1,136.80 – National Honor Society fundraiser – Union High School
           
             F-8.      The committee recommends and I so move that the Board approve district wide travel and related expenses pursuant to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:11-12, N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-7 and Board Policy File Code 6471 and in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
           F-9.      The committee recommends and I so move that the Board pre-approve districtwide student field trip destinations and purposes pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-5.8 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
           F-10.     The committee recommends and I so move that the Board accept the following donations: (a) Lifetouch National School Studio - $1,087.88 to Battle Hill School; (b) Lifetouch National School Studio - $406.48 to Franklin School; (c) Lifetouch National School Studio - $803.10 to Franklin School; (d) Lifetouch National School Studio - $560.06 to Livingston School; (e) Lifetouch National School Studio - $950.08 to Washington School; (f) Lifetouch National School Studio - $588.36 to Battle Hill School;(g) Lifetouch National School Studio - $1,240 to Washington School; (h) Lifetouch National School Studio - $1,426.50 to Central-Five/Jefferson School; (i) Upromise, Inc. - $1.29 to Washington School
  
 
            F-11.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept donation from Merck & Co., Inc. in the amount of $5,000 which represents a one-time payment to support Union High School’s Introduction to Street Law program in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
            F-12.     The committee recommends and I so move that the Board cancel contract with Union County Educational Services Commission approved by the board at its regular meeting on November 17, 2009 to administer district’s Nonpublic School Individuals with Disabilities Education Act – ARRA funds, both preschool and basic, in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
           F-13. The committee recommends and I so move that the Board approve formal resolution providing for the submission of a special ballot question to the  Union Township voters at the Annual School District Election to be held on Tuesday, April 20, 2010 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
  
 
           J.      Operations Committee
 
                         O-1.      The committee  recommends and I so move  that  the  Board authorize  polls to  be  open  from  2:00 p.m. to  9:00  p.m. for the Annual  Board  of  Education/Budget Election on Tuesday, April 20, 2010.
 
 
                         O-2.      The committee recommends and I so move that the Board amend amount of  proposal (PMK Proposal No. 092635) from Birdsall Services Group, 65 Jackson Drive, Cranford, New Jersey for professional services, environmental, engineering and regulatory compliance from $119,900 to $74,900 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
                        O-3.      The committee recommends and I so move that the Board approve Network Services Agreement with Comcast Business Communications, LLC, One Comcast Center, Philadelphia, PA at a monthly rate of $10,220 for a term of sixty (60) months in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
                        O-4.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept bids for sale of the following vehicles: (a) Bus #72 – 1994 International Flat Nose Tc2000 54-passenger - $3,000 – from Jose Marca, 108 Frank E. Rogers Avenue, Harrison, NJ 07029; (b) Bus #77 – 1998 International Flat Nose Thomas body 54-passenger - $4,250 – John Kababa, J.K. Transportation, Inc., P.O. Box 381M, Morristown, NJ 07963
 
                        O-5.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept donation of 1,269 Grade PreK to Grade 5 story various title and genre books from Verizon in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. These books will be distributed to classrooms throughout the district.
 
                        O-6.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve rental agreement with Portuguese School of Union for use of three (3) classrooms at Burnet Middle School for the 2009-2010 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
K.         Personnel Committee
 
P-1.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the Board approve personnel actions in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
P-2.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the February, 2010 Substitute/Home Instruction List, substitute custodians and substitute playground/ cafeteria aides, classroom assistants and secretaries be approved in accordance with the copy in the hands of each board member.
 
 
              P-3. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board accept resignations from the following staff:   (a)  Lynda Braun, special education teacher at Hannah Caldwell School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (b) Mary Kemp, cafeteria/playground assistant, effective January 21, 2010; (c) John F. Taylor, industrial arts teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement)
  
                        P-4.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve the following curriculum writing teams at a rate of $20 per hour not to exceed 15 hours or $300:
                       
                        Action Biology – Grade 10                        Biology – Grade 10
                        Jim Grossi                                              Jim Grossi
                        Gina Calderone                                      Gina Calderone
                        Stephen Piotrowski                                 Stephen Piotrowski
 
 
                        Hollywood Science – Grade 12
                        Richard Massarelli
                        Edward Boffa
 
                       
                        P-5.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve unpaid extended child rearing leave for Caroline Weinstein, teacher assistant at Hannah Caldwell School, for the period February 1st through March 31st, 2010.
 
                        P-6.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve unpaid family leave for Diane Rusnak, teacher at Battle Hill School, for the period March 23rd through April 18th, 2010.
 
            P-7.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board amend list of staff members approved to present in-service courses at a per person compensation rate of $40 per hour in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
            P-8.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve R-Pat Solutions, 8 Falcon Road, Livingston, New Jersey to provide professional services in connection with staff training in the areas of training for assessment and instruction of mathematical strategies to improve students academic performance in mathematics for the 2009-2010 school year in an amount not to exceed $40,000 (these funds will be paid from I.D.E.I.A. ARRA grant) in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
            P-9.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board amend list of SES Providers for Title I in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
            P-10.     The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board rescind resolution P-8 adopted at the November 17, 2009 regular meeting approving Consulting Service Associates, 137 Reservoir Avenue, Randolph, NJ to provide professional services and approve Assistive Tek, LLC, 174 Stephensburg Road, Port Murray, New Jersey in its place to provide professional services in connection with staff training in the areas of Inclusive classroom Instruction and Integration of Assistive Technology for the 2009-2010 school year in an amount not to exceed $80,000 (these funds will be paid from I.D.E.I.A. ARRA grant) in accordance with the information of each board member.
 
            P-11.     The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Union County Educational Services Commission to provide bedside instruction for district students on an “as needed” basis for the period September 8, 2009 through June 30, 2010 in an amount not to exceed $15,000 and in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
L.                   Legal/Residency Committee
 
                        L-1.       The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Stipulation of Settlement in the matter of M.T. and C.T. o/b/o A.T. vs. Union Township Board of Education in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
M.                 Approval of Bills
 
            The Committee recommends and I so move that the Board concur with the bills listed in the permanent bound register appended to these minutes and be ordered for payment.
 
 
N.                  Unfinished Business
 
 
 
O.                  New Business
 
 
 
P.                   Comments from the Public
 
 
 
          Q.         Adjournment                                         p.m.
 



 
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