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January 20, 2015 Regular Meeting Agenda

Start Date: 
Tue, 01/20/2015 - 7:00pm

 

THIS MEETING WILL TAKE PLACE AT UNION HIGH SCHOOL LIBRARY,
NORTH THIRD STREET, UNION, NJ AT 7 P.M.
 
 
TOWNSHIP OF UNION BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING AGENDA
JANUARY 20, 2015
 
 
 
A.     Roll Call
 
 
B.     Flag Salute
 
 

C.     Approval of Minutes -

        (1) December 9, 2014 Worksession

        (2) December 16, 2014 Regular Meeting

 
 
D.     Communication
 

1.  Request for maternity and unpaid family leaves from Shannon Durak, physical education teacher at Burnet Middle School, for the period February 17th through May 31st, 2015.

 

2.  Request for rental fee waiver from Ashley L. Green, Ph.D., Chairperson of Youth Symposium for use of Union High School on Saturday, March 14th, 2015 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an outreach program.

 

3.   Communication from Deborah and Craig Murray regarding PARCC testing.

 

4.    Request for intermittent unpaid family leave from Narisa Svetvilas, school counselor at Union High School for the period January 12 through the end of the 2014-2015 school year.

 

5.    Request for maternity and unpaid family leaves from Jennifer Ramirez, art teacher at Burnet Middle School, for the period March 13 through June 8, 2015.

6.     Letter of resignation from John Dennis, teacher assistant at Battle Hill School, effective January 30, 2015.

 
E.     Superintendent’s Report
1.       Summary Report of HIB incidents which occurred from September 1st through December 31st, 2014
 
 
F.      Comments from the Public on Resolutions on the Agenda
 
G.      Education/Student Discipline Committee
 
E-1.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board amend list of students removed from the rolls [five (5) students removed for the period December 1 through December 31, 2014 for a total of twenty-six (26) 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.
 
E-2.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board amend list of out of district atypical student placement and exits and home instructors 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.
 
 
H.      Fiscal and Planning Committee
 
F-1.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept the Treasurer’s Report dated December 31, 2014.
 
F-2.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept the Secretary’s Report dated December 31, 2014.
 
F-3.    Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I certify that as of December 31, 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.
 
          ____________________________       _________________
           James J. Damato Board Secretary         Date
 
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.2(h), we certify that as of December 31, 2014 after review of the secretary’s 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 upon 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 information 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 8A:18A-10(a) and 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 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-7.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve 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 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) Forest Lodge, LLC - $1,600 – 2nd payment for 8th grade trip – Kawameeh Middle School; (b) American Tours and Travel - $22,500 – marching band/chorus spring trip - Union High School; (c) American Tours and Travel - $7,500 – marching band/chorus spring trip – Union High School; (d) Yankee Candle Fundraising - $1,385.26 – student council fundraiser – Kawameeh Middle School; (e) Audio Incorporated - $1,578.64 – audio rental for “A Christmas Carol” – Union High School; (f) NJSIAA – not to exceed $3,000 – State Basketball playoff game – Union High School Athletic Department; (g) All American Tours and Travel - $26,250 – marching band/chorus spring trip (3rd payment) - Union High School; (h) All American Tours and Travel - $18,750 – marching band/chorus spring trip (4th payment) - Union High School 
 
F-9.    The committee recommends and I so move that the board accept the following donations: (a) $2,000 from UP (Union Plaza Diner) Fund for use by Special Services Department
 

F-10. The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve an amendment of the FY15 NCLB Grant be submitted due to the FY14 NCLB Carry-Over funds for the following: TITLE I-A - $100,981; TITLE IIA - $23,490; TITLE III - $30,188 for a TOTAL of $154,659.

 
F-11. The committee recommends and I so move that the Board amend 2014-2015 list of State Contract Vendors to facilitate schools’ purchasing in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
I.      Operations Committee
 
O-1.   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 December 10, 2014 through January 9, 2015.
 
O-2.   The committee recommends and I so move that the board approve use of Hamilton School by the Township of Union Police Department for the period January through September 2015 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.
 
J.      Personnel Committee
 
P-1.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve personal 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 board amend Substitute Lists for the 2014-2015 school 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 approve various leaves of absence for the following staff: (a) Shannon Durak, physical education teacher at Burnet Middle School for the period February 17th through May 31st, 2015; (b) Narisa Swetvilas, school counselor at Union High School, intermittent unpaid family leave for the period January 12 through the end of the 2014-2015 school year
 
P-4.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Samantha Passo of Samantha Passo Consulting, 832 Park Place, Red Bank, NJ 07701 to present two (2) two-hour workshops “Strategies to Prepare Students for the Rigors of the PARCC” - January 16 and February 13, 2015 at Livingston Elementary School in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. The January session will focus on writing and the February session will focus on reading. The fee for both of these workshops is $1400. (Acct #7182/11-000-223-320-01-07)
 
P-5.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Ellen Hansen from Summit Speech School, 705 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07974 to provide training to district staff on the Baha sound processor at a rate not to exceed $150 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (Acct #7075/11-000-219-320-02-19)
 
P-6.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve inlingua, 95 Summit Avenue, Summit, NJ 07901 to provide interpretation services on an “as needed” basis. Interpretation services will be billed according to the rates identified in the information in the hands of each board member in an amount not to exceed $1,000 for the 2014-2015 school year. (Acct#11-000-216-320-01-19)
 
P-7.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve the following certified teachers employed by Silvergate Prep, 10 Finderne Avenue, Bridgewater, NJ 08807 to provide bedside instruction for district students on an “as needed” basis for the 2014-2015 school year in an amount not to exceed $5,000: (a) Robert Vignoli, (b) Brandy Jimdar Morrison, (c) Alexandra Arnese Devincenzo, (d) Alejandro Castro, (e) Denise Gonsiewski, (f) Catherine Mallon and (g) Kristina Grish-Asimogiou (Acct # 7693/11-150-100-320-01-19)
 
P-8.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that approval be given to Summit Speech School for Audiology Consultative Services, 705 Central Avenue, New Providence, NJ 07076 to provide services in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member for the 2014-2015 school year in an amount not to exceed $1,000. (Acct #11-000-219-320-01-19)
 
P-9.    The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve Colleen M. Cerebe, certified teacher, employed through Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia School Program (CHOP) to provide bedside instruction for district students on an “as needed” basis for the 2014-2015 school year in an amount not to exceed $3,100 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. (Acct#7693/11-150-100-320-01-19)
 
P-10. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve termination of employee #10880, effective January 21, 2015.
 

P-11. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board accept resignation from John Dennis, teacher assistant at Battle Hill School, effective January 20, 2015
 
P-12. The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve payment of retroactive salary to the following staff: (a) Employee #11426 – $1,404 for black seal license stipend from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014; (b) Employee #10888 - $1,404 for black seal license stipend from July 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014; (c) Employee #10913 - $1,170 for black seal license stipend from October 1, 2013 through December 31, 2014; (d) Employee #10484 - $5,115 for black seal license stipend from June 1, 2009 through December 31, 2014 and (e) Employee #11139 - $281 for CDL stipend from July 1, 2014 through December 31, 2014.
 

P-13.  The Superintendent recommends, the committee concurs and I so move that the board approve the appointment of Althea Bossard as Vice Principal at Jefferson School effective January 21, 2015 at an annual salary of $109,895.

 
K.      Legal Committee
 
L-1. The committee recommends and I so move that the board adopt settlement in the matter of D.C. v. Township of Union Board of Education; Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Essex County, Docket No. ESX-L-8336-13 in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member and recorded in the nonpublic portion of these minutes.
 
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.     Unfinished Business
 
 
 
N.     New Business
 
 
 
O.     Comments from the Public
 
 
 
P.     Adjournment                    __________ p.m.