July 16, 2013 Regular Meeting Agenda

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Dates: 
Tuesday, July 16, 2013 - 7:00pm

 

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT 7 P.M. AT THE JAMES CAULFIELD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING,
2369 MORRIS AVENUE, UNION, NJ 07083
 
 UNION TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
JULY 16, 2013
 
 
A.           Roll Call
 
 
B.            Flag Salute
 
 
C.           Open Public Meetings Act Statement
 
 
D.           Communication:
 
1.    Letter of resignation from Jacquelyn Dyer, pre-k teacher at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, effective July 1, 2013.
 
2.    Letter of resignation from Lawrence Brown, classroom assistant, effective July 1, 2013.
 
3.    Letter of resignation from Matthew Swajkowski, classroom assistant at Union High School, effective July 1, 2013.
 
4.    Letter of resignation from Lisa A. Romanski, art teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2013.
 
5.    Letter of resignation from Kathleen VanDusen, LDT-C at Union High School, effective July 1, 2013.
 
6.    Letter of resignation from Kelly A. Longberg, teacher at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, effective July 1, 2013.
 
7.    Letter of resignation from Christine M. Plevyak, special education teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2013.
 
8.    Letter of resignation from Sherri Lynn Maloney, cafeteria/playground aid at Washington School, effective July 1, 2013.
 
9.    Request for maternity and family leave from Julia Vicidomini, confidential administrative assistant, superintendent’s office for the period June 17, 2013 through January 1, 2014.
 
10.Request for Family Leave from Sarah A. McCulloh, LSW, Transition coordinator for the period June 5 through the end of the 2012-2013 school year.
 
11.Request from Ron Rago, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts and James Mosser, Director of UHSPAC for use of Union High School auditorium in January 2014 for a concert fundraiser.
 
12.Letter of resignation from Jeannette Franzone, special education teacher at Union High School and Kawameeh Middle School, effective immediately.
  
E.             Approval of Minutes:
 

1.    Executive Session – November 13, 2012
2.    Worksession – April 9, 2013
3.    Regular Meeting – April 16, 2013
4.    Worksession – May 14, 2013
5.    Executive Session – May 14, 2013
6.    Regular Meeting – May 21, 2013
7.    Worksession – June 12, 2013

 

F.            Superintendent’s Report
1.    Annual report regarding 2012-2013 Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Incidents within the district.
 
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 board amend 2013-2014 Out-of-District Atypical Student Placement and tuitions in accordance with the information appended to the nonpublic portion of these minutes.
 
E-2.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board affirm the Superintendent’s resolution of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) conclusions for the period June 15 to June 27, 2013.
 
E-3.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the Township of Union Public Schools June report presented by the superintendent as required by the New Jersey Department of Education of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB). The report provides the public with the information collected from September 2012 through June 2013 as well as the number of incidents per school building, status of investigations, HIB investigators, nature of the HIB reports and the discipline resulting from the report findings. The HIB report also includes all training of school district personnel, building programs and assemblies during the time period.
         
E-4.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Three-Year Curriculum Review Cycle Grades 6 through 12 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
E-5.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board allow child of staff member to attend Union Public Schools for the 2013-2014 school year, tuition free: (a) B.H. – kindergarten at Washington School; (b) K.M. – grade 8 at Kawameeh Middle School.
 
 
E-6.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Secondary Curriculum Guides for the 2013-2014 school year 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 New Jersey Department of Education Self-Assessment for Determining Grades under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights for each school 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 Union High School’s participation in the State Farm Celebrate My Drive Grant Opportunity for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-9.   The committee recommends and I so move that approval be given to amend the list of students removed from the rolls [three (3) exited from June 1, 2013 through June 30, 2013 for a total of forty-six (46) students the 2012-2013 school year] who are not domiciled in this school district in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-10. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve establishment of a Learning/Language Disabilities, mild/moderate program at Central-Five/Jefferson School effective September, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-11. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve elimination of a Learning/Language Disabilities, mild/moderate program at Connecticut Farms Elementary School effective September, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
E-12. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Application for Change of Use of Educational Space for 2013-2014 School Year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 

E-13.  The committee recommends and I so move that the board allow Gerry Benequista, custodial parent of A.F. to enroll her as a student at Union High School tuition free 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 board accept the Treasurer’s report dated June 30, 2013.
 
F-2.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept the Secretary’s report dated June 30, 2013.
 
F-3.    Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2.13(d), I certify that as of June 30, 2013 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                             Dated
 
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2.13(e), we certify that as of June 30, 2013 after review of the secretary’s monthly financial report (appropriate 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. 6:20-2.13(b) 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 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-5.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board authorize the Board Secretary to advertise for bids for various school needs for the 2013-2014 school year.
 
F-6.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve line item transfers in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
 
 
F-7.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board pre-approve  district wide 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-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 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 Publishing Co., d/b/a Balfour - $6,431.99 – final payment for 2013 yearbooks –Union High School; (b) Jostens - $6,363.33 – farewell booklet – Kawameeh Middle School; (c) Cesar Vega, Head Volleyball Coach – not to exceed $2,000 - for jackets and jerseys for varsity volleyball team – Union High School Athletics; (d) IE Planners, Inc. – not to exceed $4,000 – fruit snack fundraiser for volleyball team – Union High School Athletics
 
F-10.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept the following donations: (a) Lifetouch National School Studio - $1,177.29 – for use by Washington Elementary School
 
 
J.            Operations Committee
 
O-1.   Report receipt of bids received on June 25, 2013 for Science Supplies (re-bid Bid#14-20); and bids received on July 11, 2013 for Asbestos Abatement at Burnet Middle School
 
O-2.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve contracts for Before care and After care services for the 2013-2014 school year with the Y.M.C.A. of Eastern Union County, 135 Madison Avenue, Elizabeth, New Jersey 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 advertisement for sale of equipment that is deemed no longer serviceable in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
O-4.   The committee recommends and I so move that pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:41-1 and P.L. 2009, Chapter 178, the board approve security drill reports and bus evacuation drill reports in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:27-11.2 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
O-5.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board award bid for Science Supplies for the 2013-2014 school year (rebid Bid #14-20) to Flinn Scientific in the total bid amount of $3,414.81.
 
 
O-6.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board award bid for Student Transportation Services for School Related Activities for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid#14-15) to Villani Bus Company, 811 East Linden Avenue, Linden, New Jersey in accordance with the fee schedule in the hands of each board member.
 
O-7.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board reject all bids received for Fire Alarm Sprinkler Service and Inspection for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid #14-18) and reject all bids received for Fire Extinguisher Service and Inspection for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid #14-19).
 
O-8.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve discard of textbooks in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
O-9.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board reject all proposals received on June 6, 2013 for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy because none of the proposals met the specifications of the request.
 
O-10. The committee recommends and I so move that the board award bid for boiler burner cleaning and inspection for the 2013-2014 school year to Manhattan Welding Company, Inc., 1434 Chestnut Avenue, Hillside, New Jersey in accordance with the attached fee schedule in the hands of each board member.
 
O-11. The committee recommends and I so move that the board award bid for Asbestos Abatement at Burnet Middle School to Four Strong Builders, Inc., 108 Sargeant Avenue, Clifton, New Jersey 07013 for the total bid amount not to exceed $84,420.

 

DISCUSSION ITEMS:

1.    Use of Union High School Auditorium by UHSPAC for “The Township of Union Celebrates Broadway, A concert event” on January 17th or 18th, 2014. Also use of auditorium for first two weeks of January for rehearsals.

 
 
 
 
K.            Personnel Committee
 
P-1.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve personnel action 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 approve hourly rates for the 2013-2014 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) Jacquelyn Dyer, pre-k teacher at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, effective July 1, 2013; (b) Lawrence Brown, classroom assistant, effective July 1, 2013; (c) Matthew Swajkowski, classroom assistant at Union High School, effective July 1, 2013; (d) Lisa A. Romanski, art teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2013; (e) Kathleen VanDusen, LDT-C at Union High School, effective July 1, 2013; (f) Kelly A. Longberg, teacher at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, effective July 1, 2013; (g) Christine M. Plevyak, special education teacher at Union High School, effective July 1, 2013; (h) Sherri Lynn Maloney, cafeteria/playground aid at Washington Elementary School, effective July 1, 2013; (i) Jeannette Franzone, special education teacher at Union High School and Kawameeh Middle School, effective immediately
 
P-4.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve leaves for the following staff: (a) Julia Vicidomini, confidential administrative assistant superintendent’s office, maternity and family leave for the period June 17, 2013 through January 1, 2014; (b) Sarah a. McCulloh, LSW, Transition Coordinator family leave for the period June 5 through the end of the 2012-2013 school year
 
P-5. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve the following: (a) Kawameeh Middle School STEAM Club – Amanda Viggiano; Daniel DeMarco and Amanda Maxwell and (b) Burnet Middle School STEAM Club – Tommy Harrell, Joann Gentile and Scott Cornacchia. The STEAM Clubs will run from September through May, three six-week sessions or 18 weeks at a rate of $2066.66 per teacher. Faculty advisors will be paid three times per year after the conclusion of each six week session. (Acct. # 17213/11-421-100-101-62-54-0612)
 
 
P-6.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve I&RS Committee members for the 2013-2014 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 Dr. Abraham Morganoff, Pediatric Neurologist, 1020 Galloping Hill Road, Union, New Jersey to provide neurological evaluations at a rate of $425 per evaluation not to exceed $5400 for the 2013-2014 school year. (Acct # 11-000-219-320-01-19)
 
P-8.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Therese Desamours, a classroom assistant for the Extended School Year Program at a rate of $16 per hour for the period July 1 through July 30 2013 (Monday through Friday).
 
P-9.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve the following staff to act as data collectors for the Post School Outcomes Transition Study at a rate of $38.25 per hour: (a) Latesha Jenkins; (b) Rosa Teixeira; (c) Peter Klein; (d) Jennifer Russo and (e) Natalie Ratcliffe. The end date of this program is being amended to September 30, 2013 to allow for an extension of time for data collection. (Acct # 11-000-219-320-01-19)
 
P-10. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Morris Union Jointure Commission, 340 Central Avenue, New Providence, New Jersey to provide physical therapy evaluations at a rate of $220 per hour not to exceed $2200 for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (Acct #11-000-219-320-01-19)
 
P-11. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board accept proposal from Promedia Technology Services, Inc., 535 US Highway 46 East, Little Falls, New Jersey to provide technical services at a rate of $140 per hour for regular technical servicing and $200 per hour for emergency, overtime and holidays not to exceed 200 hours for the 2013-2014 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 three year extension of local and long distance telephone services contract with Broadview Networks, Inc., 800 Westchester Avenue, Rye Brook, New York 10573 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
P-13. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board amend list of individuals to conduct Child Study Team (CST) evaluations at a rate of $310 per evaluation for the period July 1 through August 30, 2013: (a) Duteche Aine
 
P-14. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Secondary Curriculum Writing Teams for the 2013-2014 school year at a rate of $20 per hour not to exceed 15 hours or $300 per person in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
P-15 The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and  I so move that the board accept proposal for Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy for the 2013-2014 school year from Clarity Service Group, One North Bacton Hill Road, Frazer, Pennsylvania through Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission, a New Jersey approved Cooperative Pricing System at a rate of $74.99 per hour for therapies and $260 per occupational and physical therapy evaluation and $320 for bilingual evaluation not to exceed $164,978 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (Acct #11-000-219-320-01-190).
 
P-18. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board reappoint Lillian Detjen, part-time substitute coordinator for the 2013-2014 school year at a annual salary of $36,000.
 
P-17. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve payment to Michael Atzbi, teacher at Union High School, to receive STEM training (Training on Project Lead the Way STEM curriculum and lesson planning) during the period July 21 through August 2, 2013 at a rate of $38.25 per hour not to exceed 80 hours or $3060.   (Acct #11-000-223-110-01-54-0612/7175)
 
P-18. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Dr. Patricia Neary-Ludmer, 300 North Avenue East, Cranford, New Jersey to administer mental health examinations for district purposes during the 2013-2014 school year at a rate of $500 per evaluation.
 
P-19. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve staff to provide Applied Behavioral Analysis (ABA) instruction to district students for the 2013-2014 school year at a rate of $50: (a) Dana DelGuercio; (b) Latesha Jenkins; (c) Kari Ring; (d) Melissa Osborne; (e) Angela Kahn; (f) Francesca Stanco; (g) Alexia Moriello; (h) Rosemary Federer; (i) Jennifer Russo; (j) Tara Wisiak and (k) Anthony Manderichio, Jr. (Acct #17197/ 11-150-100-101-96-SS19)
 
P-20. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board increase Jessica Salvatore, classroom assistant for the Extended School Year Program at a rate of $16 per hour for the period July 1 through July 30 2013 from Monday through Thursday to Monday through Friday.
 
P-21. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Michele Zaitz, certified teacher, to provide home instruction to homebound students at a rate of $50 per hour for the period July 1 2013 through June 30, 2014 (Acct #11-150-100-101-01-19-SS19)
 
P-22. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve the following district staff to provide home instruction to district students on an “as needed” basis for the 2013-2014 school year at a rate of $38.25 per hour in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (Acct # Acct #17197/11-150-100-101-96-SS19)
 
P-23. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Kari Ring to provide Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) for a district student at a rate of $50 per hour for the period July 1 through August 30, 2013.
 
P-24. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Edward Gottlin for attendance at IEP meetings at a rate of $38.25 per hour on an “as needed” basis for the period July 1 through August 30, 2013.
 
P-25. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Dr. Brian Kaufman to act as Parent Intervention Trainer for the period August 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 at a rate of $100 per hour not to exceed $19,000 (Acct #11-000-216-110-01-SS19)
 
P-26. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve staff for “Running Start Summer Program” which will run from August 12 through August 23, 2013 at Hamilton School in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
P-27. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board accept proposals from the following firms for Civil Engineering Services for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member: (a) Maser Consulting, P.A., 331 Newman Springs Road, Red Bank, NJ 07701 and (b) T&M Associates, 11 Tindall Road, Middletown, NJ 07748

 
 
 
 
L.            Legal Committee
 
L-1.    The committee recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Stipulation of Settlement in the matter of N.M. and M.M. o/b/o A.M. vs. Union Township Board of Education, OAL Docket No EDS 07167-2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and recorded in the nonpublic portion of these minutes.
 
 
M.           Approval of Bills
 
The committee recommends and I so move that the board concur with the bills listed in the permanent bound register in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and be ordered for payment.
 
 
 
N.           Unfinished Business
 
Discussion Items:
 
1.    August Planning Session Meeting Date
 
2.    Central-Five/Jefferson School Ribbon Cutting Event – August 28 at 7 p.m.
 
 
O.           New Business
 
 
P.            Comments from the Public
 
 
 
Q.           Adjournment                                       ____________ p.m.
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