Regular Meeting, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 of the Township of Union Board of Education at 7 p.m. at Union High School Library, 2350 North Third Street, Union, NJ 07083

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Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 7:00pm

Township of Union Board of Education, Regular Meeting, Tuesday, January 15, 2019 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 – JANUARY 15, 2019

 

A. Roll Call

B. Flag Salute

C. Open Public Meetings Act Statement

D. Mission Statement

E. Comments from Public on Resolutions

F. Approval of Minutes:

            1.         September 11, 2018 – worksession
            2.         September 11, 2018 – executive session #1
            3.         September 11, 2018 – executive session #2
            4.         September 18, 2018 – regular
            5.         September 18, 2018 – executive session #1
            6.         September 18, 2018 – executive session #2
 

G. Communications

LETTER FROM NEW JERSEY BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION
            Request from NJ Baseball Umpires Association to use the Union High School Cafeteria on April 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (certificate of insurance to be provided).
 
LETTER OF RESIGNATION – ATZBI
            Letter of resignation from Michael Atzbi, science teacher-Union High School, effective February 19, 2019.
 
LETTER OF RESIGNATION – EGAN
            Letter of resignation from Elizabeth Egan, teacher-Connecticut Farms Elementary School, effective January 14, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR INTERMITTENT LEAVE – CARRERO
            Request for intermittent FMLA leave from Kristen Carrero, teacher-Jefferson School, December 13, 2018 - June 30, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR INTERMITTENT LEAVE – CORSENTINO
            Request for intermittent FMLA leave from Mary Anne Corsentino, math teacher-Burnet Middle School, December 10, 2018 - June 30, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR LEAVE – ROBERTS
            Request for paid child rearing leave followed by unpaid leave under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Shareenah Roberts, classroom assistant-Burnet Middle School, February 19, 2019 - June 6, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR LEAVE – VILLARINO
            Request for paid child rearing leave followed by unpaid leave under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Darcy Villarino, special services teacher-Franklin Elementary School, March 11, 2019 - June 23, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR LEAVE UPDATE – RAND
            Update to request for paid child rearing leave followed by unpaid leave under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently), September 27, 2018 – March 29, 2019.
 
LETTER OF RETIREMENT – ECKMAN
            Letter of resignation, for the purpose of retirement, from Susan Eckman, teacher of career education-Union High School, effective February 1, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR INTERMITTENT LEAVE – KRUPA
            Request for intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Constance Krupa, Accountant, Special Services-Hamilton School, January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR INTERMITTENT LEAVE UPDATE – SIDERMAN
            Request for update for intermittent FMLA leave from Jason Siderman, special education teacher-Jefferson School, January 3, 2019 – June 30, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR LEAVE – KAUFFMAN
            Request for paid medical leave followed by unpaid FMLA from Randi Kauffman, speech language specialist-Battle Hill Elementary School, November 19, 2018 – March 11, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR LEAVE – GARCIA
            Request for FMLA/NJFLA leave (concurrently) from Laura Garcia, special services teacher-Union High School, February 14, 2019 - February 22, 2019 (tentative).
 
REQUEST FOR LEAVE – NICASTRO
            Request for intermittent NJFLA from Joyce Nicastro, kindergarten teacher-Connecticut Farms Elementary School, January 11, 2019 – February 22, 2019.
 
REQUEST FOR EXTENSION OF LEAVE – CHI
            Request for extension of paid medical leave from Virginia Chi, school nurse-Washington Elementary School, new return date March 1, 2019 (tentative).
 
REQUEST FOR INTERMITTENT LEAVE – FOX
            Request for intermittent unpaid ;FMLA from Patricia Fox, bus driver-Transportation Department, December 13, 2018 – December 13, 2019.
 

H. Superintendent’s Report

  1. American Legion Speech Contest Winners – January 15th
  2. District Culture and Climate Survey (Sept-Dec 2018) – January 15th
  3. Presentation – Kawameeh Middle School – January 15th
  4. Presentation – Franklin Elementary School – January 15th
  5. Presentation – Financial Report by Auditors – January 15th
  6. Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Report – January 15th
 

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 SUPERINTENDENT’S RESOLUTION OF HIB
            Affirm the Superintendent’s resolution of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) conclusions for the month of December 2018, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-2.     APPROVE CURRICULUM GUIDES
            Approve the following curriculum guides:
 
  1. Grade 5 – Social Studies
  2. Grade 7 – Social Studies Honors
  3. Grade 7 – Social Studies
  4. Grade 8 – Social Studies Honors
  5. Grade 8 – Social Studies
  6. Preschool Curriculum
  7. Grade 5 English
  8. English Lab 9
  9. English Lab 10
  10. College Study Skills
  11. English Lab 11R
  12. English Lab 11
  13. English Lab 12
  14. Journalism
  15. Public Speaking
  16. College Writing
  17. Graphic Novel
  18. Holocaust and Genocide Literature
  19. Young Adult Literature
  20. Creative Writing Nonfiction and Media
  21. Creative Writing Fiction and Poetry
  22. Introduction to Writing and Style
  23. Honors Corporate Internship
  24. Financial Literacy
  25. Marketing
  26. Business Leadership
  27. Cooperative Marketing
  28. Business Law
  29. Accounting I
  30. Accounting II
  31. Computer Apps I
  32. Computer Apps II
  33. Cultural Studies
  34. Grade 5 Social Studies
  35. Grade 6 Social Studies
  36. Grade 7 Honors Social Studies
  37. Grade 7 Social Studies
  38. Grade 8 Social Studies
  39. Grade 8 Honors Social Studies
  40. Economics
  41. Honors Humanities
  42. Humanities
  43. Introduction to Law
  44. Advanced Placement Government and Politics
  45. Psychology
  46. AP Psychology
  47. Sociology
  48. AP European History
  49. AP Government & Politics
  50. AP Psychology
  51. US History I
  52. Honors US History I
  53. US History II
  54. Honors US History II
  55. World History
  56. Honors World History
  57. AP Comparative Government
  58. Physics
  59. Honors Biology
  60. Hollywood Science
  61. Grade 5 Science
  62. Geophysics
  63. Grade 6 Science
  64. Grade 7 Science
  65. Grade 8 Science
  66. Grade 9 Science
  67. Action Chemistry
  68. Biology
  69. Chemistry Honors
  70. Environmental Science
  71. Forensic Science
  72. AP Physics I
  73. AP Physics II
  74. AP Chemistry
  75. Human Anatomy & Phys
  76. Business Ethics
  77. Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  78.  Business Management
  79. Criminal Justice
  80. Everything Business
  81. Fashion Marketing
  82. Financial Literacy
  83. Keyboarding
  84. Marketing Education
  85. Public Relations
  86. Sports and Entertainment
  87. General Art Grades 6-8
  88. Advanced Ceramics Grades 10-12
  89. Advanced Drawing Grades 9-12
  90. Advanced Painting Grades 10-12
  91. AP Photography HS Grades 10-12
  92. AP Music Theory Grades 10-12
  93. Band Grade 5
  94. Concert Band Grades 6-8
  95. Chorus Grade 3
  96. General Art Grades 3, 4, 5
  97. Chorus Grade 8
  98. Chorus Grade 4
  99. Concert Chorus Grades 9-12
  100. Concert Band/Wind Ensemble Grades 9-12
  101. Digital Arts I: Grades 9-12
  102. Digital Arts II: Grades 10-12
  103. Craft Grades 9-12
  104. Digital Arts III: Grades 10-12
  105. Design Fashion: Grades 9-12
  106. Digital Arts IV: Grades 10-12
  107. Drawing: Grades 9-12
  108. General Music Grade 7
  109. General Music Grade 6
  110. General Music Grade 5
  111. General Music Grade 1
  112. General Music Grade 3
  113. General Music Grade 2
  114. General Music Grade K
  115. General Music Grade 4
  116. Band Group Lessons Grade 3
  117. Concert Band Grade 3
  118. Ensemble Orchestra Grade 3
  119. String Group Lessons Grade 3
  120. String Group Lessons Grade 4
  121. Concert Band 4 Grade 4
  122. Orchestra 4 Grade 4
  123. Chorus Grade 5
  124. Group Lessons Grade 6
  125. Group Lessons Grade 7
  126. Group Lessons Grade 5
  127. Group Lessons Grade 8
  128. Advanced Musical Theatre Grade 10-12
  129. Ceramics/Sculpture Grades 9-12
  130. Jazz Ensemble Grades 9-12
  131. General Art Grades 9-12
  132. Musical Theatre Grades 9-12
  133. Wind Ensemble Grade 9-12
  134. Music Theory Grade 9-12
  135. General Art: Grades K, 1, 2
  136. General Art: Grade 6-8
  137. Orchestra Grade 5
  138. Orchestra Grade 6-8
  139. Orchestra Grade 9-12
  140. Painting Grade 9-12
  141. Photography II
  142. Photography I
  143. Photography III
  144. Photography IV
  145. Show Choir Grade 10-12
 
E-3.     APPROVE STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN JOINT ICE HOCKEY PROGRAM
            Approve agreement to continue participation of students from Township of Union Public Schools in a joint ice hockey program with students from Kenilworth Public Schools and Springfield Public Schools for the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 school years, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-4.     APPROVE JANUARY REPORT – NJDOE – HIB
            Approve the Township of Union Public Schools January report presented by Superintendent as required by the New Jersey Department of Education of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB).  The report provides the public with the information collection from September 2018 through December 2018, 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-5.     APPROVE ESTABLISHMENT OF BEHAVIORAL DISABILITIES PROGRAM – JEFFERSON ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
            Approve establishment of the Behavioral Disabilities Program at Jefferson Elementary School, effective September 1, 2019, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-6.     APPROVE ESTABLISHMENT OF RESOURCE PROGRAM – IN CLASS SUPPORT/IN CLASS REPLACEMENT – FRANKLIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
            Approve establishment of the Resource Program – In Class Support, In Class Replacement for kindergarten at Franklin Elementary School, effective February 1, 2019, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-7.     APPROVE ESTABLISHMENT OF AUTISM PROGRAM – BATTLE HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
            Approve establishment of the Autism Program for kindergarten through fourth grades at Battle Hill Elementary School, effective February 1, 2019, in accordance with the information provided to each Board member.
 

J. 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.     TREASURER’S REPORT
            That the Treasurer’s Report dated December 31, 2018 be accepted.
 
F-2.     SECRETARY’S REPORT
            That the Secretary’s Report dated December 31, 2018 be accepted.
 
F-3.     CERTIFY TREASURER’S AND SECRETARY’S REPORT
            Pursuant  to  N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I certify that as of December 31, 2018 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 December 31, 2018 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
            Approve appropriation transfers in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-5.     APPROVE LIST OF CONTRACTS/PURCHASE ORDERS
            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
            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 TRIPS
            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 LIST OF 2018-2019 STATE CONTRACT VENDORS
            Approve the amended list of the 2018-2019 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.     APPROVED LIST OF CONTRACTS/PURCHASES (STUDENT ACTIVITY)
            Approve the attached list of contracts and/or purchases pursuant to the requirements of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5(21) (paid by funds raised by or collected by students), in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member:
 
School
Account/Department
Vendor/Description
Amount
 
Burnet Middle School
Band
Cherrydale Farms – band fundraiser
$2,691.00
Union High School
46/Key Club
NJ District Key Club – field trip payment – convention in Long Branch
$7,160.00 (not to exceed)
Union High School
2190/Athletics
UHS St. Jude Event – donate proceeds to St. Jude Children’s Hospital
$13,000.00 (estimate)
 
F-10.   APPROVE 2018-2019 OUT-OF-DISTRICT STUDENT PLACEMENT LIST
            Approval be given to amend the 2018-2019 out-of-district student placement list, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-11.   APPROVE FUNDRAISERS
            Approve the following fundraisers, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member:
 
Event Name
Date
Purpose
 
Scratch & Help
1/16 – 3/16/19
UHS/Boys Soccer – to raise funds for boys’ soccer program – pre-game meals, end of season banquet etc.
Pretzel Sale
1/25 - 5/31/19
UHS/National German Honor Society – to raise funds for field trip to German Art Gallery in New York
Food Drive
5/1 5/31/19
UHS/Healthcare Occupation Students of America (HOSA) – a food drive for homeless people living in New Jersey
T-Shirt Sale
2/1-3/1/19
Kawameeh/Drama Club – raise funds for production of Aladdin Jr. and provide students with a production t-shirt
Flip Give
1/15-4/15/19
Kawameeh/Gifted & Talented Club – provide funding for 8th grade G&T trip to Philadelphia
Valentine’s Grams
2/1-14/19
Kawameeh/Student Council – to raise funds for 8th grade trip
 
F-12.   ACCEPT DONATIONS
            Accept the following donations, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member:
 
From
For Use By
$/Item
Union Plaza Diner Corp
Special Services Department
$2,000.00
Debmar/Mercury, LLC
Union High School (Nicholas Ferroni)
$1,500.00
 
F-13.   Agenda item tabled at meeting to February meeteing (CAFR)..
 
F-14.   Agenda item tabled at meeting to February meeting (CAP).
 
F-15.   APPROVE INCREASE TO PETTY CASH ACCOUNT
            Approve an increase to the petty cash account for costs associated with students’ IEP driven Community Based Instruction (CBI) at Burnet Middle School in the amount of $600.
 
F-16.   For informational purposes only – vote not required.  List of legal services for the 2018-2019 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-17.   APPROVE AMENDMENT TO RESOLUTION – FIRST CHILDREN
            Approve amendment to Resolution F-25 approved by Board of Education on May 15, 2018 for First Children for BCBA consultation (includes consultation and/or functional behavior assessments) to District students and staff at the rate of $100 per hour and ABA therapist at the rate of $45.00 per hour (not to exceed $205,000.00) for the 2018-2019 school year (Account #11-000-216-320-01-19), in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 

K. Operations Committee Resolutions

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Operations Committee presents the following resolutions for the Board’s consideration:
 
O-1.     APPROVE SECURITY DRILL/BUS EVACUATION REPORTS
            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  2018-2019 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
O-2.     APPROVE REQUEST FROM NJ BASEBALL UMPIRES ASSOCIATION
            Request from NJ Baseball Umpires Association to use the Union High School Cafeteria on April 9, 2019 from 6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. (certificate of insurance to be provided).
 

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.     PERSONNEL ACTIONS
            Personnel Actions be approved in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.

P-2.     APPROVE SUBSTITUTE LISTS
            Approve Substitute Lists for the 2018-2019 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board.
 
P-3.     ACCEPT LETTERS OF RESIGNATION/RETIREMENT
            Accept letters of resignation/retirement from the following staff:
 
Name
 
Position
Location             
Eff.
Date
Reason
Notes/
Corrections
Atzbi, Michael
Teacher of Science
UHS
2/19/19
Resignation
60-day notice given.
Last physical day 2/15/19
Egan, Elizabeth
Elementary Teacher
CF
1/14/19
Resignation
Last physical day 1/11/19
Eckman, Susan
Teacher of career education
UHS
2/1/19
Retirement
 
 
 
P-4.     APPROVE LEAVES
            Approve leaves for the following staff:
 
Name
 
Position
Location             
Leave Dates
Leave Type 
Regarding updated info only.
Notes/
Corrections:
All tentative approvals are pending required documentation.
Carrero, Kristen
Elementary Teacher
Jefferson
12/13/18-6/30/19
Intermittent FMLA
FMLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
 
Corsentino, MaryAnne
Teacher of Mathematics
BMS
12/10/18-6/30/2019
Intermittent FMLA
FMLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
 
Roberts, Shareenah
Classroom Assistant 
BMS
2/19/19-6/6/19
Paid Child Rearing Leave followed by Unpaid Leave under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently)
FMLA/NJFLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
Villarino, Darcy
Teacher-Special Services
Franklin
3/11/19-6/23/19
Paid Child Rearing Leave followed by Unpaid Leave under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently)
FMLA/NJFLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
Rand, Tiffany
Elementary Teacher
Washington
Update 9/27/18-3/29/19
Return 4/1/19
Update to Paid Child Rearing Leave followed by Unpaid Leave under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently)
FMLA/NJFLA Entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
Krupa, Constance
Accountant-Special Services
Hamilton
Intermittent 1/1/19-12/31/19
Intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (Concurrently)    
FMLA/NJFLA Entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
Siderman, Jason
Teacher-Special Education
Jefferson
Update to leave.
Now Intermittent 1/3/19-6/30/19
Intermittent FMLA
FMLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
 
Kauffman, Randi
Speech Language Specialist
Battle Hill
11/19/18-3/11/19 Return 3/12/19
Paid Medical Leave followed by Unpaid FMLA Leave
FMLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
 
Nicastro, Joyce
Kindergarten Teacher
Conn Farms
Intermittent 1/11/19-2/22/19
Intermittent NJFLA
NJFLA only.
NJFLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
Chi, Virginia
School Nurse
Wash
Update to
Return 3/1/19
Paid Medical Leave Extension
Return date is tentative
Fox, Patricia
Bud Driver
Transportation
Intermittent
12/13/18-12/13/19
Intermittent FMLA
FMLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
 
Garcia, Laura
Teacher-Special Services
UHS
2/14/19-2/22/19
Intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently)
FMLA/NJFLA entitlement not to exceed 12 weeks.
 
 
 
P-5.     APPROVE 2018-2019 ATHLETIC EVENT ASSIGNMENT FEES
            Approve the 2018-2019 Athletic Event staff assignments at Burnet Middle School as follows: (a) Donna Sienkiw, (b) Steve Brown, (c) Qunaye Taggert.
 
P-6.     APPROVE PUBLIC AGENCY COMPLIANCE OFFICER
            Approve Gregory Brennan as Public Agency Compliance Officer (PACO) for 2019, at no cost to the District.
 
 
P-7.     APPROVE 2018-2019 NON-UNIT HOURLY RATES LIST
            Approve the 2018-2019 Non-Unit Hourly Rates List (half-day sub rates), in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 

L. Policy Committee

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Policy Committee presents the following policy(ies) for the Board’s consideration:
 
POL-1.            APPROVE FILE CODE 9130/BYLAW-COMMITTEES
            Approve File Code 9130/Bylaw - Committees, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 

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.     APPROVE LIST OF STUDENTS REMOVED FROM ROLLS
            Approval be given to amend the list of students removed from the rolls [three (3) students exited from December 1 through December 21, 2018 (1 from elementary, 1 from secondary and 1 from high school) or a total of nineteen (19) students for the 2018-2019 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.     APPROVE TO REMOVE STUDENT
            Approval to remove student #280835 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.     APPROVE TO REMOVE STUDENT
            Approval to remove student #226010 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.     APPROVE TO REMOVE STUDENT
            Approval to remove student #246025 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. Executive Session

T. Adjournment  ___________ p.m.

 

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