Regular meeting, Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7 p.m. - Union High School Library, 2350 North Third Street, Union, NJ 07083

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Tuesday, December 19, 2017 - 7:00pm

Township of Union Board of Education, regular meeting, Tuesday, December 19, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at the Union High School Library, 2350 North Third Street, Union, New Jersey 07083.

TOWNSHIP OF UNION BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA – DECEMBER 19, 2017

 

 

A. Roll Call

B. Flag Salute

C. Open Public Meetings Act Statement

D. Comments from Public on Resolutions

E. Mission Statement

F. Approval of Minutes:

            1.         October 10, 2017 – worksession
            2.         October 10, 2017 – executive session
            3.         October 17, 2017 – regular meeting
            4.         October 17, 2017 – executive session
 

G. Communications

  1. Request from the Township of Union Education Foundation, Inc. to use Jefferson School cafeteria and gymnasium for the Second Annual Pizza Tasting Contest to be held on March 16, 2018 (with a snow date of March 23, 2018) from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
  2. Request for unpaid non-FMLA medical leave from Susan Alswang, French teacher-Union High School, from December 1, 2017 and with a return date of January 2, 2018.
  3. Request for paid medical leave of absence from Louis Cardinale, custodian-Union High School from July 24, 2017 and with a return date of January 3, 2018.
  4. Letter of resignation from Raquel Collins, paraprofessional-Kawameeh Middle School, effective December 16, 2017.
  5. Request for maternity leave and unpaid FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Noa Denning, speech correction/language specialist-Hannah Caldwell Elementary School from April 24, 2018 and with a return date of October 22, 2018.
  6. Letter of resignation from Mary Juliet Donohue, paraprofessional-Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, effective January 16, 2018.
  7. Request for paid intermittent FMLA/NJFLA leave from Cathy Jakositz, resource room teacher-Kawameeh Middle School, from November 28, 2017 through June 30, 2018.
  8. Request for maternity leave and unpaid FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Laura Leibrock, science teacher-Union High School from March 16, 2018 and with a return date of September 1, 2018.
  9. Request for paid maternity leave and unpaid FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Christina Nufrio, teacher-Washington Elementary School, from March 26, 2018 and with a return date of June 11, 2018.
  10. Request for maternity leave and unpaid FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Lauren Whitford, math teacher-Kawameeh Middle School, from February 2, 2018 and with a return date of June 1, 2018.
  11. Request for paid maternity leave from Lisa Rosa, special services teacher-Battle Hill Elementary School, from March 19, 2018 and with a return date of May 2, 2018.
  12. Request for paid FMLA/NJFLA leave from Ronda Vendola, paraprofessional-Burnet Middle School, from January 2, 2018 and with a return date of February 12, 2018.
  13. Letter of resignation from Shonda Dennis, part-time education clerk-special education-Hamilton School, effective January 4, 2018.
  14. Request for unpaid intermittent FMLA followed by possible consecutive FMLA leave from Paul Dellano Jr., math teacher-Burnet Middle School, from January 2, 2018 through June 30, 2018.
  15. Request for extension of unpaid non-FMLA/non-NJFLA maternity leave from Jaclyn Scotto, English teacher-Union High School, new return date of September 1, 2018.
  16. Letter of resignation from Pierre Papillon, part-time bus driver-transportation, effective February 9, 2018.
  17. Letter of resignation from Carolina Luna, Spanish teacher-Washington Elementary School, effective February 13, 2018.
  18. Request for extension of FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently)/non-FMLA/non-NJFLA from Danielle House, teacher-Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, new return date of May 1, 2018.
  19. Request for paid maternity/unpaid FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Nikki Grato, speech correction/language specialist-Kawameeh and Burnet Middle Schools, from February 26, 2018 with a return date of October 1, 2018.
  20. Request for extension of unpaid non-FMLA/non-NJFLA maternity lease from Jennifer Parkhurst, school counselor-Connecticut Farms Elementary School, with a new return date of May 1, 2018.
  21. Request for intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Lynn Mancinelli, library media specialist-Franklin and Washington Elementary Schools, from December 20, 2017 through December 20, 2018.
  22. Request for paid maternity and unpaid FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Vanessa Tuohy, school social worker-Union High School, from January 16, 2018 and with a return date of May 29, 2018.
  23. Letter of resignation, for purposes of retirement, from Eugenia Stanco-Jefferson School, effective January 31, 2018.
  24. Letter of resignation from Andrew Deegan, math teacher-Burnet Middle School, effective January 8, 2018.
     

H. Superintendent’s Report

            1.         Presentation of Financial Report by Auditors – Nisivoccia LLP (December 19th)
 

I. Education/Student Discipline Committee Resolutions

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Education/Student Discipline Committee presents the following resolutions for the Board’s consideration:
 
E-1.     Affirm the Superintendent’s resolution of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) conclusions for the period November 1, 2017 to December 22, 2017, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.

E-2.     Approve the following Curriculum Guide(s):
 
  1. Grade 5 Mathematics
  2. ELA Grade 1 – Curricular Frameworks Units 1-4
  3. ELA Grade 2 – Curricular Frameworks Units 1-4
  4. Language Arts Grade 3 – Units 1-4
  5. Language Arts Grade 4 – Units 1-4
  6. ELA Grade K – Curricular Frameworks Units 1-4

E-3.     Agenda item approved at December 12, 2017 worksession (Project Graduation).
 
E-4.     Approve film for Union High School – Grade 9 English, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-5.     Approve the Township of Union Title I District - School Parental Involvement Policies for Burnet Middle School, Union High School, Franklin Elementary School and Jefferson School, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-6.     Approve teachers employed through Brookfield Schools, Cherry Hill, New Jersey to provide bedside instruction for District students on an “as needed” basis for the 2017-2018 school year, in the amount not to exceed $2,500.00, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member (Acct #7693-11-150-100-320-01-19).
 
E-7.     Approve participation for Laura Damato and Tommy Harrell to become certified to administer professional development for Leader in Me Leadership Program modeled from “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” for Burnet Middle School, Kawameeh Middle School and all Elementary Schools, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-8.     Approve two (2) sessions of Camp Invention at Jefferson School from June 25 to June 29, 2018 and July 30 to August 3, 2018 (not school funded), in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-9.     Approve Contract with The Gateway Family YMCA, in accordance with the non-public information in the hands of each Board member.
 

I. Fiscal and Planning Committee Resolutions

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Fiscal and Planning Committee presents the following resolutions for the Board’s consideration:
 
F-1.     That the Treasurer’s Report dated November 30, 2017 be accepted.

F-2.     That the Secretary’s Report dated November 30, 2017 be accepted.

F-3.     Pursuant  to  N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I certify that as of November 30, 2017 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.
 
 
                         /s/   Gregory E. Brennan                                               ____________
                        Gregory E. Brennan, Board Secretary                                   Dated

Pursuant to N.J.A.C.6A:23-2.2(h), we  certify  that as of November 30, 2017 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.     Approve appropriation transfers in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.

F-5.     Approve the attached list of contracts and/or purchase orders pursuant to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5 (bid exceptions to requirement for advertising) and 18A:18A-10(a) (purchase through State agency; procedure), in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.

F-6.     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-7.     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-8.     Approve the amended list of the 2017-2018 State Contract Vendors pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-10(a) (purchase through State agency; procedure) to facilitate schools’ purchasing, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-9.     Agenda item approved at December 12, 2017 worksession (student activity).
 
F-10.   Approval be given to amend the 2017-2018 out-of-district student placement list, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-11.   Approve amendment to the FY18 ESEA Grant to be submitted due to the FY17 ESEA carry-over funds as follows:: (a) Title I-A: $145,647, Title IIA: $168,331, Title III: $3,246, Title III Immigrant: $1,252 for a total of $318,476.
 
F-12.   Report on the Official Report of the annual school election held on November 7, 2017 as follows:
 
            Three-year term:        Linda Richardson                   4052
                                                Vito Nufrio                             3473
                                                Sharon Sherry Higgins           3398
                                                Ronnie McDowell                  3369
                                                Nancy Zuena                           3186
                                                Michelle Schultz                    2836
 
F-13.   Accept the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) and the Auditor’s Management Report, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member (auditors will present report to the public at the regular meeting on December 19, 2017).
 
F-14.   Accept the Corrective Action Plan (CAP ) for Single Audit Fiscal Year ending June 30, 2017, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-15.   Accept the following donations, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member:
 
From
For Use By
$/Item
Greg & Geraldine Muller
C.E.O. Program of Union High School
$100.00
Lifetouch National School Studios
Livingston Elementary School
$1,093.75
Lifetouch National School Studios
Connecticut Farms Elementary School
$772.00
Costco of Union
Hannah Caldwell-1st/2nd grade
200 back packs
 
F-16.   Approve reimbursement to parent for transporting special education student to and from private school at a rate of $8.75 per day from September 12, 2016 through March 23, 2017, in accordance with the non-public information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-17.   Approve submission of FY2018 IDEA Grant Amendment 1 to allocate the $31,745 unexpended non-public funds from the FY2017 IDEA Basic Grant.
 
F-18.   Approve an increase to P.O. #18-01223 with EPIC Health Services, Inc. (EPIC) to provide nursing services for the 2017-2018 school year from $40,000 to $220,000 to meet the District’s needs, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-19.   Agenda item approved at December 12, 2017 worksession (fundraisers).
 
F-20.   For informational purposes only – vote not required.  List of legal services for the 2017-2018 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-21.   Approve the recommendation of Educational Services Commission of New Jersey to approve a 5-year lease purchase financing for the acquisition of radio equipment in the principal amount of $448,000 with Municipal Leasing Consultants (MLC) at an interest rate of 2.177% and at the Swap Rate of 2.135%, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-22.   Approve the donation of books to the Union High School Library by author Wil Mara, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-23.   Approve the donation of books to the Union High School Library by BookLinx, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-24.   Approve the following fundraiser, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
Event Name – School/Club
Date
Purpose
Districtwide Dress Down Day – UHS JROTC – Operation Enduring Care
January 5, 2018
Raise money for hurricane relief efforts in Puerto Rico
 

J. Operations Committee Resolutions

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Operations Committee presents the following resolutions for the Board’s consideration:
 
O-1.     Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:41-1 and P.L. 2009, Chapter 178, approve the following security drill and bus evacuation reports for the  2017-2018 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
O-2.     Approve resolution concerning (a) Colonial Life Voluntary Benefits and (b) New York Life Voluntary Benefits as a voluntary educator’s disability insurance program, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
O-3.     Agenda item approved at December 12, 2017 worksession (Uniform State MOA).
 
O-4.     Approve request from the Township of Union Education Foundation, Inc. to use Jefferson School cafeteria and gymnasium for the Second Annual Pizza Tasting Contest to be held on March 16, 2018 (with a snow date of March 23, 2018) from 3:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 

K. Personnel Committee Resolutions

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Personnel Committee presents the following resolutions for the Board’s consideration:
 
P-1.     Agenda item approved at December 12, 2017 worksession (personnel actions).
 
P-1A.   Personnel Actions be approved in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.

P-2.     Agenda item approved at December 12, 2017 worksession (substitute lists).
 
P-2A.   Approve amended Substitute List for the 2017-2018 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
P-3.     Accept letters of resignation/retirement from the following staff:
 
Resignations
Name
 
Position
Location           
Eff.
Date
Reason
Notes/
Corrections
Collins, Raquel
Paraprofessional
KMS
12/16/17
Resignation
 
Donohue, Mary Juliet
Paraprofessional
HC
1/16/18
Resignation
 
Dennis, Shonda
10 Month Part Time Clerk position only
Hamilton Building/
SS
1/4/18
Resignation
Last working day 1/3/18 as per letter. She will remain an active sub in district
Papillon, Pierre
Part Time Bus Driver
Transp-
Ortation
2/9/18
Resignation
Last day 2/9/18 as per letter
Luna, Carolina
Teacher of Spanish
Wash
2/13/18
Resignation
Last working day 2/12/18
Deegan, Andrew math teacher Burnet 1/8/18 resignation last working day 1/5/18
           
 
 
Retirements
Name
 
Position
Location           
Effective Date: (Noted on letter)
Reason
Date of Hire
Not including leave of absences.
(May include Substituting history)
Attendance to BOE meeting
Stanco, Eugenia
Elementary Teacher
Jefferson
1/31/18
Retirement
02/01/1991
 TBD
 
 
P-4.     Approve leaves for the following staff:
 
Leave of Absences
Name
 
Position
Location              
Leave Dates
Leave Type 
Regarding updated info only.
Notes/
Corrections
Alswang, Susan
Teacher of French
UHS
12/1/17-1-Return of 1/2/18
Unpaid Non-FMLA Medical Leave
Does not meet FMLA requirements (length of service)
Denning, Noa
Speech /Language Specialist
HC
4/24/18-Return 10/22/18
Paid Maternity
And Unpaid
FMLA/NJLA (Concurrently)
 
Cardinale, Louis
Custodian
UHS
1/24/17-Return 1/3/18
Paid Medical Leave
Use of all available sick time.
Jakositz, Cathy
Resource Room Teacher
KMS
11/28/17-6/30/18
Paid Intermittent FMLA/NJFLA 11/28/2017-6/30/2018
 
Leibrock, Laura
Teacher of Science
UHS
3/16/18-6/30/18
Paid Maternity
And Unpaid
FMLA/NJLA (Concurrently)
 
Nufrio, Christina
Elementary Teacher
Wash
3/26/18-Return 6/11/18
Paid Maternity
And Unpaid
FMLA/NJLA (Concurrently)
 
Whitford, Lauren
Teacher of Mathematics
KMS
2/2/18-Return 6/1/18
Paid Maternity
And Unpaid
FMLA/NJLA (Concurrently)
 
Rosa, Lisa
Teacher of Special Services
BH
3/19/18-Return 5/2/18
Paid Maternity
Use of sick time only at this time.
Vendola, Ronda
Paraprofessional
BMS
1/2/2018-2/9/18
Paid Intermittent FMLA/NJFLA 1/2/18-2/9/18
 
Dellano, Paul
Teacher of Mathematics
BMS
1/2/2018-6/30/18
unpaid intermittent FMLA followed by possible consecutive FMLA leave
Not to exceed the allotted 12 weeks under FMLA/NJFLA
Scotto, Jaclyn
Teacher of English
UHS
Extension through 9/1/18
Extension of unpaid Maternity Non FMLA Non NJFLA
FMLA/NJFLA allotted time exhausted 12/15/17
Org. leave began 9/1/17
Parkhurst, Jennifer
School Counselor
CF
Extension return of 5/1/18
Unpaid Non FMLA/Non NJFLA Maternity
FMLA/NJFLA allotted time exhausted 2/7/18
Org. leave began 9/11/17
House, Danielle
Elementary Teacher
HC
Extension return of 5/1/18
Unpaid  FMLA/NJFLA (Concurrently)
Org. Leave began 9/18/17
Mancinelli, Lynn
Library Media Specialist
Frank/Wash
12/20/17-12/20/18
Intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (Concurrently)
Not to exceed the allotted 12 weeks under FMLA/NJFLA
Tuohy, Vanessa
School Social Worker 
UHS
1/16/18-5/29/18
Paid Maternity
And Unpaid
FMLA/NJLA (Concurrently)
 
Grato, Nikki
Speech Correction/Language Specialist
KMS/BMS
2/26/18-Return 10/1/18
Paid Maternity
And Unpaid
FMLA/NJLA (Concurrently)
 
 
P-5.     Approve evaluation form for athletic coaches, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
P-6.     Approve Job Description for the position of Assistant Director of Instructional Technology, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member
 

L. Policy Committee

 

M. Residency Committee Resolutions

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Residency Committee presents the following resolutions for the Board’s consideration:

R-1.     Approval be given to amend the list of students removed from the rolls [four (4) students exited from November 1st through December 12, 2017 (4 from elementary) or a total of thirteen (13) students for the 2017-2018 school year] who are not domiciled in this school district, in accordance with the non-public information in the hands of each Board member.
 
R-2.     Approval to remove student #278248 from the attendance rolls as the student has been determined to be ineligible to attend the Township of Union Public Schools as a resident student.
 
R-3.     Approval to remove student #319051 from the attendance rolls as the student has been determined to be ineligible to attend the Township of Union Public Schools as a resident student.
 
R-4.     Approval to remove student #298198 from the attendance rolls as the student has been determined to be ineligible to attend the Township of Union Public Schools as a resident student.
 
R-5.     Approval to remove student #260547 from the attendance rolls as the student has been determined to be ineligible to attend the Township of Union Public Schools as a resident student.
 

N. Technology Committee

 

O. Approval of Bills

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, that the Board concur with the bills listed in the permanent bound register appended to these minutes and be ordered for payment.
 

P. Unfinished Business

Q. New Business

R. Comments from the Public

S. Adjournment  ___________ p.m.

 

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