May 18, 2010 Regular Meeting Agenda

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Dates: 
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 - 7:00pm

UNION TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
MAY 18, 2010

A. Roll Call

 

B. Flag Salute

 

C. Open Public Meetings Act Statement

 

D. Approval of Minutes:

      1.  March 4, 2010 - special meeting

       2. March 4, 2010 - executive session

  

E. Communications:

1. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Dorothy Perry Hassell, part time bus aid, effective June 24, 2010.

2. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Lillian C. Pryor, vocal music teacher at Burnet Middle School, effective July 1, 2010.

3. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Brian Shanahan, English teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010.

4. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Diane C. Buttel, Assistant Principal at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010.

5. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Patricia Krebs, secretary at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010.

6. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Eleanor Steinbaum, special education teacher at Burnet Middle School, effective July 1, 2010.

7. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Carlyn S. Fitzpatrick, teacher at Washington School, effective July 1, 2010.

8. Request for unpaid family leave from Kevin McNierney, special education teacher at Union High School, for the period May 1, 2010 through the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

9. Request for maternity and unpaid family leave for Lauren Kohn, special education teacher at Union High School, for the period September 6 through December 5, 2010.

10. Request for maternity and unpaid family leave for Christine Drivas, A.A.P. teacher at Hannah Caldwell School for the period September 14 through November 28, 2010.

11. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Elena Diaz-Dillon, English teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010.

12. Request for extended leave of absence from Denise Talmadge, science teacher at Union High School, for the 2010-2011 school year.

13. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Elaine Faulks, teacher at Connecticut Farms School, effective July 1, 2010.

14. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Barbara J. Somma, English teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010.

15. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Doreen DeLaurier, interventionist at Connecticut Farms School, effective July 1, 2010.

16. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Diane Rusnak, teacher at Battle Hill School, effective July 1, 2010.

17. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Theresa M. von Nessi, teacher at Livingston School, effective July 1, 2010.

18. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from David Emma, English teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010.

19. Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Kathleen Schultz, Supervisor of English 9-12 and Libraries/Media Specialists districtwide, effective September 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 approval be given to amend the list of students removed from the rolls [three (3) students exited from April 1st through April 30th 2010 for a total of fifty (50) students for the 2009-2010 school year] who are not domiciled in this school district in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

E-2. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Chapter 226, Nonpublic School Nursing Services Agreement with Union County Educational Services Commission for the 2010-2011 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

E-3. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve agreement for participation in coordinated transportation services with Union County Educational Services Commission for the 2010-2011 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

E-4. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve revised Township of Union Government Cable Access Channel’s Policy and Procedures 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 establishment of a full-time Behavioral Disabilities Class at Kawameeh Middle School, effective July 1, 2010 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

E-6. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve establishment of a full-time Behavioral Disabilities Class at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

E-7. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve establishment of a full-time Autistic Class at Kawameeh Middle School, effective July 1, 2010 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

E-8. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve elimination of a full-time Autistic Class at Central-Five/Jefferson School, effective June 30, 2010 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

E-9. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve New Jersey Participating LEA Memorandum of Understanding in connection with Race to the Top Grant for submission to New Jersey State Department of Education in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

G. Fiscal and Planning Committee

 

F-1. Certified report of the annual school election held on April 20, 2010 as follows in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member:

                                                                                                    YES           NO
Public Question No. 1 – General Fund                               2258         1890

Public Question No. 2 – Bond Referendum                      2118         1858

Three Year Term
Richard J. Galante -  2773 votes
Versie McNeil  - 2278 votes
Kenneth Meisch  - 1545 votes
Linda Gaglione -  2095 votes

F-2. The committee recommends and I so move that the Treasurer’s Report dated April 30th, 2010 be accepted.

 

F-3. The committee recommends and I so move that the Secretary’s Report dated April 30th, 2010 be accepted.

 

F-4. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I certify that as of April 30th, 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 April 30th, 2010 after review of the secretary’s monthly financial report (appro-priations 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-5. 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-6. The committee recommends and I so move that the Board concur with the investments made by the Business Administrator as follows:

Mature Date           Purchase   Date No of Days      Amount       

Investment Held  By      

Home A/C Acct                         Interest Rate         Estimated Income             
05/18/10 04/27/10 21   800,000 Val. Nat'l UCNB EBS CAST 0.15%             70.00
05/18/10 04/27/10 21 1,200,000 Val. Nat'l UCNB CAFE 0.15%            105.00
05/18/10 04/27/10 21 16,500,000 Val. Nat'l UCNB CAP RES 0.15%           1,443.75
05/18/10 04/27/10 21 11,000,000 Val. Nat'l UCNB OP AC 0.15%             962.50
05/18/10 04/27/10 21      800,000 Val. Nat'l UCNB '03 BOND 0.15%                70.00
05/18/10 04/27/10 21   1,000,000 Val. Nat'l UNITY SUI 0.15%                87.50

 

F-7. The committee recommends and I so move that the Board approve the following contracts and/or purchase orders pursuant to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5 and 18A:18A-10(a) and in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

F-8. 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) Aramark Award - $1,000 – senior awards – Union High School; (b) Aramark Award- $1,000 – senior awards – Union High School; (c) High Note Festivals - $3,400 – band trip – Burnet Middle School; (d) Forest Lodge Catering - $5,263.75 – 8th grade class trip – Kawameeh Middle School

 

F-9. The committee recommends and I so move that the board authorize disbursement of the following scholarship funds:

Dora D. Feins -  $ 100.00
Myrtle Vohden Hassey Memorial (Medicine) -  $ 50.00
Myrtle Vohden Hassey Memorial (Nursing)  - $ 50.00
Jack Segale Memorial Award -  $ 500.00
Anna Zofay Slobodianyk (Business) -  $ 500.00
Anna Zofay Slobodianyk (Math)  - $ 500.00
Geraldine Minieri Memorial Fund -  $ 1,000.00
Bob O’Dell Scholarship -  $ 2,500.00
Ellen S. Rever Memorial -  $ 2,000.00
Louis J. Rettino Memorial -  $ 1,000.00

F-10. 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-11. 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-12. The committee recommends and I so move that the Board approve Union County Educational Services Commission to administer the district’s IDEA-B funds for nonpublic schools pursuant to the requirements of the Individuals with Disability Act and the district’s grant application in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

F-13. The committee recommends and I so move that the Board accept the following donations: (a) Great American Opportunities - $631.60 for use by Washington School

F-14. The committee recommends and I so move that the Board accept additional FY10 Title I allocation for school improvement funds to Burnet Middle School in the amount of $28,781 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

H. Operations Committee

 

O-1. The committee recommends and I so move that pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:17-11.2 the board approve the following bus emergency evacuation drill reports: (a) Washington Elementary School-April 28, 2010; (b) Central-Five/Jefferson School – April 23, 2010; (c) Union High School – April 7, 2010
 

O-2. The committee recommends and I so move that the board award bid for science supplies (Bid #10-16) as follows:

Carolina Biological $ 3,421.54
Flinn Scientific 1,767.36
Sargent-Welch 3,906.79
Science Kit & Boreal 1,547.11
Ward’s 1,388.09
Frey Scientific 3,091.71
Fischer Science Ed. 4,719.96
Eric Armin, Inc. 21,265.48
Bio Rad 34.20
TOTAL BID $ 41,142.24

O-3. The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept proposal (Proposal No. P2010028) for architectural services in connection with Roofing Replacement at Hamilton Elementary School from Potter Architects, 410 Colonial Avenue, Union, New Jersey in an amount not to exceed $36,800 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

O-4. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve renewal agreement with New Jersey School Boards Association for Schoolboardnet services in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

O-5. The committee recommends and I so move that the board increase lighting bid amount awarded to Felzenberg Brothers from $1,966.14 to $9,079.32 or an additional $7,113.18 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

O-6.  Report of bids received on May 13, 2010 for proposed Districtwide Playground Repairs at Various Township of Union Schools.

 

O-7.  The committee recommends and I so move that the board award bid for Districtwide Playground Repairs at Various Township of Union Schools (Project #08-039) to D&L Contractors, Inc., 185 High Street, Nutley, New Jersey 07110 in the total bid amount of $334,900.

K. Personnel Committee

 

P-1. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that Personnel Actions be approved 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 Board amend Substitute/Home Instruction List; Substitute Custodians, Substitute Cafeteria/Playground Aides, Teacher Assistants and Secretaries for the 2007-2008 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 

P-3. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board accept letters of resignation from the following staff: (a) Dorothy Perry Hassell, part-time bus assistant, effective June 24, 2010 (retirement); (b) Lillian C. Pryor, vocal music teacher at Burnet Middle School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (c) Brian Shanahan, English teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (d) Diane C. Buttel, Assistant Principal at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (e) Patricia Krebs, secretary at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (f) Eleanor Steinbaum, special education teacher at Burnet Middle School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (g) Carlyn S. Fitzpatrick, teacher at Washington School, effective July 1, 2010; (h) Elaine Faulks, teacher at Connecticut Farms School, effective July 1 2010 (retirement); (i) Barbara J. Somma, English teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (j) Doreen DeLaurier, interventionist at Connecticut Farms School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (k) Diane Rusnak, teacher at Battle Hill School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (l) Theresa M. von Nessi, teacher at Livingston School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (m) David Emma, English teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2010 (retirement); (n) Kathleen Schultz, Supervisor of English 9-12 and Libraries/Media Specialists districtwide, effective September 1, 2010 (retirement)

P-4. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve unpaid family leave for Kevin McNierney, special education teacher at Union High School, for the period May 1, 2010 through the end of the 2009-2010 school year.

P-5. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve maternity and unpaid family leave for the following staff: (a) Lauren Kohn, special education teacher at Union High School, for the period September 6 through December 5, 2010; (b) Christine Drivas, A.A.P. teacher at Hannah Caldwell School for the period September 14 through November 28, 2010.

P-6. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Dr. Elliot Grossman, Pediatric Neurologist to provide neurological evaluations at a rate of $300 per evaluation, not to exceed $900 for the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

P-7. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve payment to the following staff for preparation of the 2010 Union High School graduation booklet at a rate of $600 per person: (a) Gerry Muller; (b) Genevieve Reis and (c) John Schafer.

 

P-8. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve extended leave of absence for Denise Talmadge, science teacher at Union High School, for the 2010-2011 school year.

 

P-9. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve the following job descriptions: (a) Special Education Classroom Assistant and (b) Classroom Assistant 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 accept proposal for Staff Training in Inclusive Education Strategies and Assistive Technology for the 2010-2011 school year from AssistiveTek, 174 Stephensburg Road, Port Murray, NJ 07965 at a fee not to exceed $61,000 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

P-11. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve staff for Summer 2010 Extended School year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

P-12. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve payment to staff who will be graduation monitors at Union High School Graduation at a rate of $58 per person in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 

L. 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.
 

M. Unfinished Business

 

N. New Business

 

O. Comments from the Public

 

P. Adjournment                                                                    ________p.m.
 

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