August 20, 2013 Regular Meeting

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Dates: 
Tuesday, August 20, 2013 - 9:00am

THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE JAMES CAULFIELD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING AT 9 A.M.

 
UNION TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
AUGUST 20, 2013
 

A.            Roll Call

B.            Flag Salute

C.            Open Public Meetings Act Statement

 
D.            Communication:
 
1.        Request for maternity leave from Nicole Schecter, School Psychologist at Burnet Middle School for the period October 17, 2013 through February 2, 2014.
 
2.         Letter of resignation from Kimberly Piotrowski, in-class resource teacher at Battle Hill School effective immediately.
 
3.         Request for maternity and family leaves from Jennifer McCartney, English teacher at Burnet Middle School for the period November 15, 2013 through the end of the 2013-2014 school year.
 
4.         Letter of resignation from Jennifer Winters, English teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, effective immediately.
 
5.         Letter of resignation from Lisa Kabus, secretary at Franklin School, effective August 31, 2013.
 
6.         Request for extended child rearing leave from Eliza Stypulkowski, AAP teacher at Central-Five/Jefferson School for the period September 1 through September 30, 2013.
 
7.         Letter of resignation from Jeanine Sapone, Science teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, effective October 1, 2013.
 
8.         Request from Matty Magliacano, Township of Union Director of Recreation to use Cooke Memorial Field and snack stand for Union Rams Pop Warner football games on August 25, September 8 and 29 and October 13, 2013 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
  
9.         Letter from Ellen Maged, secretary at Livingston School to rescind her resignation effective December 31, 2013.
 
10.       Request for unpaid family leave from Bernadine Santoro, teacher at Franklin Elementary School, for the period September 1 through October 27, 2013.
 
11.       Request from Ron Rago, Supervisor of Visual and Performing Arts and James Mosser, Director of Theatre to use Union High School Auditorium on January 17th or 18th, 2014 for a concert fundraiser.
 
12.       Request from Township of Union Education Foundation to use Union High School Auditorium on November 23 and December 14, 2013 for a combined, non-profit fundraiser.
 
13.       Request for family leave and extended child rearing leave from Cindy Valia, teacher at Livingston Elementary School for the period September 1, 2013 through January 1, 2014.

 

 
14.       Request for unpaid medical leave from Jane J. Colford, teacher at Franklin Elementary School for the period September 1 through December 31, 2013.
 
15.       Request for maternity and unpaid family leave from Lauren Dougherty, English Teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, for the period September 1 through November 25, 2013.

 
E.            Approval of Minutes
                1.            Regular Meeting – July 16, 2013
                2.            Executive Session – July 16, 2013
                3.            Special Meeting – August 9, 2013
                4.            Regular Meeting – June 18, 2013

            5.         Executive Session – June 18, 2013
            6.         Special Meeting – June 27, 2013
 
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 board amend the 2013-2014 Out-of-District Atypical Student Placement, Exit Lists and tuitions in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and appended to the nonpublic portion of these minutes.
 
E-2.        The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve list of students attending Charter Schools and tuitions for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and appended to the nonpublic portion of these minutes.
 
E-3.        The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve District Code of Conduct for the 2013-2014 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 amendments to Bylaws of New Jersey School Boards Association Insurance Group 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 agreement with Union County Educational Services Commission for the Union County Special Needs Careers Academy 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 the establishment of In-class support/In-class replacement program at Union Senior High School, effective September 9, 2013 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 the elimination of In-class support/In-class replacement program at Union Senior High School,  effective September 9,  2013 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 the elimination of Behavioral Disabilities Self-Contained class at Burnet Middle School, effective September 9, 2013 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 the establishment of Behavioral Disabilities Self-Contained class at Burnet Middle School, effective September 9, 2013 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 the elimination of Behavioral Disabilities Self-Contained class at Washington Elementary School effective September 9, 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 the establishment of a Behavioral Disabilities Self-Contained class at Washington Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-12.     The committee recommends and I so move that that board approve the establishment of a Behavioral Disabilities Self-Contained Class Program at Union Senior High School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-13.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the elimination of Behavioral Disabilities Self-Contained Class Program at Union Senior High School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-14.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve establishment of an Autism program (age range 7-10 years old) at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-15.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve elimination of an Autism program (age range 5-7 years old) at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-16.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the establishment of an Autism program (age range 7-10 years old) at Connecticut Farms Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-17.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the elimination of an Autism program (age range 8-10 years old) at Connecticut Farms Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-18.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the establishment of an Autism program (age range 5-8 years old) at Franklin Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-19.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the elimination of an Autism program (age range 5-6 years old) at Franklin Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-20.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the establishment of a multiple disabilities program (age range 11-14 years old) at Burnet Middle School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-21.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the elimination of a multiple disabilities program (age range 13 -16 years old) at Burnet Middle School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-22.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve elimination of Pull-out replacement resource program (6th grade Science and 6th grade Social Studies) at Burnet Middle School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
  
E-23.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the establishment of in-class replacement programs (grade 5) at Jefferson School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-24.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the establishment of in-class replacement programs (grade 2) at Livingston Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-25.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the establishment of in-class replacement programs (grade 2) at Franklin Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-26.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the elimination of in-class replacement programs (grade 5) at Hannah Caldwell Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-27.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the elimination of in-class replacement programs (grade 5) at Connecticut Farms Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-28.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve the elimination of in-class replacement programs (grade 3) at Livingston Elementary School effective September 9, 2013 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-29.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve amended Procedures for Home Instruction in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
E-30.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board allow A.H. ,a  high school student who is home schooled, to participate as a member of the  Union High School Soccer Team for the Fall, 2013 season in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and recorded in the nonpublic portion of these minutes.
 
E-31.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Middle  School Academy to take place before and after school from October 16th through November 14th, 2013 to be held at Burnet and Kawameeh Middle Schools. An overnight trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 15th and 16th, 2013 will be part of this program. The Academy will be offered to all 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. The cost is $175 per student. Students designated “Free Lunch” will be eligible to receive a full scholarship to this program and those designed “Reduced Lunch” will be eligible to receive a half tuition.
 
P-32. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Academy Ambassador Program to take place after school from October 16th through November 14th, 2013 to be held at Union High School. An overnight trip to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on November 15th and 16th, 2013 will be part of this program. The Academy will be offered to all 9th grade students. The cost is $125 per student. Students designated “Free Lunch” will be eligible to receive a full scholarship to this program and those designed “Reduced Lunch” will be eligible to receive a half tuition.

 

 

I.             Fiscal and Planning Committee
 
F-1.        The committee recommends and I so move that the Board accept final Treasurer’s and Secretary’s reports  dated June 30, 2013.
 
F-2.        The committee recommends and I so move that the Board accept Treasurer’s Report dated July 31, 2013.
 
F-3.        The committee recommends and I so move that the Board accept Secretary’s Report dated July 31, 2013.
 
F-4.        The committee recommends and I so move that pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I certify that as of July 31, 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, Board Secretary                 Dated
 
 
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.2(h),  we  certify  that  as  of  July 31, 2013 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-5.        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-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 districtwide 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-8.  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-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) I.D. Ville - $3,581.42 – student I.D. cards – Union High School
 
F-10.     The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept the allocation for Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act of 2014 (IDEA) as follows: (a) Basic - $1,747,795 and (b) Preschool - $51,076 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
F-11.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept FY 14 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) funds from the New Jersey Department of Education as follows: (a) Title I-A - $673,209; (b) Title IIA - $180,400; and (c) Title III - $53,825 for a total of $907,434.
 
F-12.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Acknowledgement and Release in connection with Margaret Fekete Trust 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  pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:41-1 and P.L. 2009, Chapter 178, the board approve the following 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-2.       The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve change of name of Central-Five/Jefferson School to Jefferson School/Central-5.
 
O-3.       The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve District Safety and Security Plan for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and recorded in the nonpublic portion of these minutes.
 
O-4.       The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept donation from TelecomPioneers, Chapter 99, 1 Ericsson Drive, Piscataway, NJ to Hannah Caldwell Elementary School of 100 binders, 100 hanging files and 100 file folders in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
O-5.       The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Change Order #1 from C&M Door Controls, Inc., 20 Markley Street, Port Reading, New Jersey to extend time for completion of this project 58 days in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
O-6.       The committee recommends and I so move that the board reject all bids received in connection with Wireless Monopole at Union High School project (Bid #14-08) in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

 
O-7.       The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve sale of the following vehicles which are deemed no longer serviceable by the district: (a) 2000 Model 3500 Chevy Van 16-passenger – VIN#1GBHG31FXY1220355 – minimum bid $1,000; (b) 2000 Model 3500 Chevy Van 16-passenger – VIN#1GBHG3F7Y1217722 – minimum bid $1,000.
 

 

DISCUSSION ITEM:

1.       Use of Cooke Memorial Field by Union Rams Pop Warner Football league from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. on August 25, September 8 and 29 and October 13, 2013.

2.       Use of Union High School auditorium by Township of Union Education Foundation on November 23, 2013 and December 14, 2013 for a joint fundraiser.

3.       Use of Union High School auditorium by UHSPAC on January 17th or 18th for a concert fundraiser.

4.      Lt. Christie – Union High School Traffic

 

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 additions to the 2013-2014 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 reappoint Cafeteria/Playground Aides for the 2013-2014  school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
P-4.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve leaves for the following staff: (a) Nicole Schecter, School Psychologist at Burnet Middle School, maternity leave for the period October 17, 2013 through February 2, 2014; (b) Jennifer McCartney, English teacher at Burnet Middle School, maternity and family leaves for the period November 15, 2013 through the end of the 2013-2014 school year;(c) Eliza Stypulkowski, AAP teacher at Central-Five, extended child rearing leave for the period September 1 through September 30, 2013; (d) Cindy Valia, teacher at Livingston School, family leave and extended child rearing leave from September 1, 2013 through January 1, 2014;(e) Lauren Dougherty, English teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, maternity and unpaid family leave from September 1 through November 25, 2013; (f) Jane J. Colford, teacher at Franklin Elementary School, unpaid medical leave from September 1 through December 31, 2013.
 
P-5.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board accept letters of resignation from the following staff: (a) Jeannette Franzone, special education teacher at Union High School and Kawameeh Middle School, effective immediately; (b) Kimberly Piotrowski, in-class resource teacher at Battle Hill Elementary School, effective immediately; (c) Jennifer Winters, English teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, effective immediately; (d) Lisa Kabus, secretary at Franklin School, effective August 31, 2013; (e) Jeanine Sapone, Science teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, effective October 1, 2013    
 
P-6.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve withholding employment and adjustment increments for employee #9972, effectively immediately. These increments shall not be restored unless approved by the Board of Education.
 
P-7.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board reappoint residency investigators for the 2013-2014 school year at a rate of $20 per hour not to exceed 70 hours or $1400 per month: (a) Anthony Martino; (b) Thomas Sheridan; (c) Al Tutela and (d) Maria Schmidtberg
 
 
P-8.     The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve waiver application to the NJ Department of Education pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:9-6.5c 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 approve staff members whose salaries are funded in part through the district’s No Child Left Behind (NCLB) FY14  grant 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 approve professional development contract with Bharati Mullick, M.D. as Chief Medical Inspector pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:40-1 for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014 at an annual fee of $20,000 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
P-11.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept proposal from Whitehall Associates, Inc., 65 Fayson Lakes Road, Kinnelon, New Jersey 07405 to prepare a Demographic Study for a fee of $2500 plus costs 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 Dr. Steven Eisenstat, 1050 Galloping Hill Road, Union, NJ as Medical Inspector for the 2013-2014 school year at an annual rate of $1,300.
 
P-13.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Dr. Gregory Gallick, 2780 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ as Team Physician for the 2013-2014 school year at an annual rate of $3,500. 
 
P-14.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Fatima DeCorte, Coordinator of Testing at Union High School for the 2013-2014 school year at a rate of $30 per hour, not to exceed 50 hours or $1,500.
 
P-15.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Andrea Steenson, Coordinator of Elementary Testing for the 2013-2014 school year at an annual stipend of $3,000.
 
P-16.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board amend hours for Summer 2013 nurses for sports physicals as follows: (a) Connie Novoa – 43 hours at $38.25 per hour not to exceed $1644.75; (b) Gayle Sumner – 40 hours at $38.25 per hour not to exceed $1530; (c) Melanie Lemar – 15 hours at $38.25 per hour not to exceed $573.75 and (d) Connie Sensor – 35 hours at $38.25 per hour not to exceed $1338.75.
 
 
P-17.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move the board approve that the board approve staff to perform in-house professional development for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information in the hand of each board member.
 
P-18.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve two days of staff development on Suicide Prevention and Awareness delivered by Amy S. Jacob, LCSW. Each session will be two hours at $400 per session not to exceed $800. (Acct# 7075/11-000-219-320-01-19)
 
P-19.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Union County Educational Services Commission to provide bedside instruction for the 2013-2014 school year on an “as needed” basis for district students in an amount not to exceed $30,000 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (Acct # 7693/11-150-100-320-01-19)
 
P-20.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Alyssa Shanley to provide speech therapy services to district students at a rate of $65 per hour during August, 2013. (Acct # 11-000-216-100-78-19-SS19)
 
P-21.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve inlingua, 95 Summit Avenue, Summit, New Jersey to provide translation services for the 2013-2014 school year at fee not to exceed $200 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (Acct # 7043/11-000-216-320-01-19)
 
P-22.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve increase of hours for providing occupational therapy to district students for the period July 1st through July 30th 2013 from 8:30 – 12:30 to 8:30 -2:30 at a rate of $65 per hour to the following staff members: (a) Nancy Dionisio; (b) Bonnie Mauer; and (c) Joanne Timpano. (Acct # 11-000-216-100-78-19-SS19)
 
P-23.   The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Brendan Roberts to provide home instruction to district students during August 2013 at a rate of $38.25 per hour. (Acct #11-150-100-101-96-19-SS19)
 
 
P-24 The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move  that the board approve Lindsey Zaleski to provide ABA (Applied Behavioral Analysis) to district students at a rate of $50 per hour during August, 2013 (Acct#11-150-100-101-96-19-SS19)
 
 

 
 

P-25.      The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve withholding employment and adjustment increments for employee #8875, effectively immediately. These increments shall not be restored unless approved by the Board of Education.

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.                   Policy Committee
 

POL-1. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve revised Policy File Code 6142.10  – Internet Safety and Technology. The revision to this policy was by New Jersey School Boards Association in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

N.             Executive Session

 

O.           Legal Committee
 
L-1.      The committee recommends and I so move that the Board approve Settlement Agreement in the matter of R.M.H. in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and recorded in the nonpublic portion of these minutes.
           

P.            Unfinished Business

Q.            New Business

R.      Adjournment                                                    ___________p.m.

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