FEBRUARY 11, 2014 WORKSESSION AGENDA

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Dates: 
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 - 7:00pm
THIS MEETING WILL BE HELD AT THE JAMES CAULFIELD ADMINISTRATION BUILDING, 2369 MORRIS AVENUE UNION, NJ 07083 AT 7 P.M. 

 

UNION TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
WORKSESSION AGENDA
FEBRUARY 11, 2014
 
*=RESOLUTION WILL BE VOTED ON AT WORKSESSION
 
 A.  Roll Call
 
B.  Flag Salute
 
C.  Open Public Meetings Act Statement
 
D.  Approval of Minutes:
      1.  Regular Meeting - December 17, 2013
       2.  Executive Session - December 17, 2013
       3.  Organization Meeting - January 7, 2014
       4.  Worksession - January 14, 2014
 
E.  Communication
 
1.  Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Diana M. Vrettos, teacher assistant, CEO Program at Union High School, effective April 1, 2014.
 
2.  Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Stephen J. Petela, physical education teacher at Battle Hill, Connecticut Farms and Hannah Caldwell Schools, effective July 1, 2014
 
3.  Request from Pedro Sousa, President, Union soccer Club for use of Union School gyms for indoor soccer through the Union Recreation Department.
 
4.  Request for extension of unpaid child rearing leave from Nicole Axentiou, teacher at Hannah Caldwell School, for the period March 17, 2014 through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.
 
5.  Request for waiver of fees from Susan Lipstein, President of the Township of Union Education Foundation for use of Union High School auditorium for second annual "Union's Got Talent - 2014" on Saturday, June 28, 2014 for auditions and Saturday, September 13, 2014 for rehearsal and performance.
 
6.  Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Gail A. Signorelli, teacher at Washington School, effective July 1, 2014

7.  Letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement from Ellen Labonia, twelve month accounts payable secretary, effective July 1, 2014

8.  Request for extension of unpaid child rearing leave from Nicole Schecter, School Psychologist from February 3rd through March 4th, 2014

9.  Request for maternity and unpaid family leave from Danielle Stabler, science teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, for the period April 22nd through the end of the 2013-2014 school year.

10.  Request for unpaid family leave from Jason Siderman, teacher at Hannah Caldwell School, for the period March 3rd through April 20th, 2014

11.  Request for fee waiver from Nicholas Ardito on behalf of the New Jersey Police Athletic League (PAL) to use Union High School Principal’s Conference Room on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10:30 to 1:30 p.m. for statewide meeting.

F.  Presentations:

1.  Sergio Panunzio, Superintendent of Public Works, regarding food recycling program at Livingston School

2.  Stuart Migdon of BGIA Insurance regarding renewal of district health insurance policy

G.  Superintendent's Report

H.  Comments from the Public on *Resolutions on the Agenda

I.  Education/Student Discipline Committee

E-1.  The committee recommends and I so move that the 2013-2014 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 the board amend list of students exited from the rolls [three (3) students exited during the period January 1 through January 31, 2014; a total of thirteen (13) students have been exited for the 2013-2014 school year] who are not domiciled in this school district in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.

E-3.  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 January 21 to February 7, 2014.

E-4.  The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Calendars for the 2014-2015 school year 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 request from staff members to allow their children to attend Union Public Schools for the 2014-2015 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and recorded in the nonpublic portion of these minutes:  (a) B.B. - pre-k at Washington Elementary School; (b) L.C. - pre-k at Washington Elementary School; (c) J.A. - pre-k at Washington Elementary School; (d) D.E. - kindergarten at Connecticut Farms School

E-6.  The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Tuition Contract Agreement with Mount Holly Township Board of Education in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and recorded in the non public portion of these minutes.

J.  Fiscal and Planning Committee

F-1.  The committee recommends and I so move that the Treasurer's Report dated January 31, 2014 be accepted.

F-2.  The committee recommends and I so move that the Secretary's Report dated January 31, 2014 be accepted.

F-3.      Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I  certify that as of January 31st, 2014 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. 

 
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.2(h), we certify that as of January 31st, 2014 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 fund 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 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-6.      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) Metro Fundraising - $2,100 – fundraiser for musical production – Kawameeh Middle School; (b) NJSIAA - $2,000 – sale of tickets for Girls Basketball State semi-final game – Union High School Athletic Department; (c) Passaic Valley Coaches - $3,584 – ski/snowboard club trip – Kawameeh Middle School; (d) First Tracks - $7,628 – ski/snowboard club trip-Kawameeh Middle School; (e) Heritage Festivals - $20,000 – 1st payment for spring trip to Boston by chorus and band – Union High School; (f) Heritage Festivals - $30,000 – 2nd payment for spring trip to Boston by chorus and band – Union High School; (g) Heritage Festivals - $12,920 – final payment for spring trip to Boston by chorus and band – Union High School; (h) Encore Orchestra of NJ - $5,600 – orchestra for Union Celebrates Broadway – Union High School; (i) Home Depot Credit Services - $3,290.05 – scenic construction for “Miss Saigon” – Union High School
 
F-7.      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-8. 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-9. The committee recommends and I so move that the Board accept donation in the amount of $750 from Verizon for use by Girls’ Varsity Soccer Team in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
K.  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 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 advertisement for sale of the items on the attached list which have been deemed no longer serviceable (If there are no bids on these items, it will be sold as scrap.)
 
O-3.      The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept proposal for documentation and submission of annual combustion adjustment data for Connecticut Farms Elementary School to Environmental Compliance Assistance, LLC, 123 Hillside Lane, Saylorsburg, PA 18353 in an amount not to exceed $2,420 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 waiver of fees for use of Union High School Principal’s Conference Room on Saturday, February 22, 2014 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. for statewide meeting of NJ Police Athletic League (PAL).

 
DISCUSSION ITEMS:
1.  Use of Union School gyms by Union Soccer Club for indoor soccer
2.  Use of Union High School Auditorium for “Union’s Got Talent”
 
L.  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, 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 approve leaves for the following staff:  (a) Nicole Axentiou, teacher at Hannah Caldwell School, extension of unpaid child rearing leave for the period March 17, 2014 through the end of the 2014-2015 school year; (b) Nicole Schecter, School Psychologist, unpaid child rearing leave from February 3 through March 4, 2014; (c) Danielle Stabler, science teacher at Kawameeh Middle School, maternity and unpaid family leave for the period April 22 through the end of the 2013-2014 school year; (d) Jason Siderman, teacher at Hannah Caldwell School, unpaid family leave for the period March 3 through April 20, 2014

P-4.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board accept letters of resignation from the following staff:  (a) Diana M. Vrettos, teacher assistant, CEO Program at Union High School, effective April 1, 2014; (b) Stephen J. Petela, physical education teacher at Battle Hill School, Connecticut Farms and Hannah Caldwell Schools, effective July 1, 2014; (c) Gail Signorelli, teacher at Washington School, effective July 1, 2014; (d) Ellen Labonia, twelve month accounts payable secretary, effective July 1, 2014.

P-5.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board amend Resolution Providing Salary and Fringe Benefits for Central Office Personnel in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (deletions/corrections/additions have been either blacklined or bolded)

P-6.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Lisa Mulvaney, district certified teacher to provide ABA to students at a rate of $50 per hour on an "as needed" basis for the 2013-2014 school year.  (Acct #17197/11-150-100-101-96-19-SS19)

P-7.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Cerebral Palsy of North Jersey, 220 South Orange Avenue, Suite 300, Livingston, NJ to perform Augmentative Evaluations at a rate of $750 per evaluation and Alternative Communication Evaluations at a rate of $1,000 per evaluation in an amount not to exceed $2,500 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-8.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Gayle Sumner, Union High School Nurse, to provide nursing services during student transportation to and from school for the period January 29, 2014 through the end of the 2013-2014 school year at a rate of $38.25 per hour on an "as needed" basis (Acct# 11-000-216-110-01-19-SS19)

P-9.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Around the Clock (ATC) Healthcare Services, Inc., 422 Morris Avenue, Suite 5, Long Branch, NJ 07740 to provide nursing services at a  rate of $38.25 per hour for the period February 3, 2014 through the end of the 2013-2014 school year in an amount not to exceed $34,000 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (Acct#11-000-216-320-01-19)

P-10.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve increase in hourly salary rate for Kathy Herrigal, staff accountant, from$38.25 to $39.00 ( for the 2012-2013 school year) and $39.00 to $39.75 (hourly rate for 2013-2014 school year) which is a 1.9% increase.  (The salary increase will be paid retroactively starting July 1, 2012)

M.  Legal/Residency Committee

*L-1.  The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve Stipulation of Settlement in the matter of D.W. and N.D. on behalf of H.W. vs. Township of Union Board of Education, OAL Docket No. EDS-17539-13 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and recorded in the non-public portion of these minutes.

N.  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.

O.  Unfinished Business

P.  New Business

Q.  Comments from the Public

R.  Adjournment                                                                   __________ p.m.

 

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