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REGULAR MEETING MINUTES  MAY 21, 2013

 

REGULAR MEETING MINUTES  MAY 21, 2013

 

TO ALL BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS: 

The Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of the Township of Union will be held on May 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Union High School Library, North Third Street, Union, New Jersey. 

      The regular meeting of the Board of Education of the Township of Union was held at on May 21, 2013 at 7:00 p.m. at Union High School Library, North Third Street, Union, New Jersey,  pursuant to notice sent to each board member. 

            PRESENT AT ROLL CALL: Mr. David Arminio, Dr. Guy Francis, Mrs. Linda Gaglione, Mr. Richard Galante, Mr. Vito Nufrio and Mr. Francis R. Perkins, President   

                      ABSENT AT ROLL CALL: Mrs. Susana Cooley, Mr. Thomas Layden and Mrs. Versie McNeil   

                            Mr. Perkins called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. 

                            Mr. Tatum led the board and audience members in the Pledge of Allegiance. 

                            The secretary read the statement required under the “Open Public Meetings Act”, a copy of which is on file in the office of the secretary. 

                      APPROVAL OF MINUTES:

                            Moved by Mr. Galante, seconded by Mr. Nufrio that the minutes of the Special Meeting of March 6, 2013; the Worksession of March 12, 2013; the Executive Session of March 12, 2013 and the Special Meeting of March 21, 2013 be adopted. 

                            AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

                            NAY:  None

                            ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED 

                      COMMUNICATION: 

                    REQUEST TO UPDATE MATERNITY LEAVE AND EXTEND CHILD REARING LEAVE – DIAZ

                          Megan Diaz, teacher at Livingston School, submitted a request to update maternity leave to extend child rearing leave through the end of the 2012-20143school year. 

                    REQUEST FOR EXTENDED CHILD REARING LEAVE – SAHR

                          Doreen Sahr, English teacher at Union High School, submitted a request for extended child rearing leave for the 2013-2014 school year.  

                    REQUEST TO UPDATE MATERNITY LEAVE – AXENTIOU

                          Nicole Axentiou, teacher at Hannah Caldwell School, submitted a request to update maternity leave to begin on April 12, 2013. 

                    LETTER OF RESIGNATION – AKL

                          Lobna Akl, long term substitute at Union High School, submitted a letter of resignation, effective April 27, 2013. 

                    REQUEST TO UPDATE MATERNITY AND FAMILY LEAVES – DEL  GUERCIO

                          Dana DelGuercio, special education teacher submitted a request to update maternity and family leaves to begin on April 30, 2013 through the end of the 2012-2013 school year. 

                    REQUEST FOR USE OF SCHOOL BUSES FOR ANNUAL MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – VETERANS ALLIANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UNION

                          Charles Capaccio, Treasure of Veteran’s Alliance of the Township of Union submitted a request for use of four or five school buses to transport students from surrounding towns to the Annual Memorial Day Parade on May 27, 2013. 

                    NOTICE OF REMEDIATION WORK – TYREE ENVIRONMENTAL CORP.

                          Adam Stretz, Senior Environmental Scientist, Tyree Environmental Corp, submitted notification to the board of remediation work being done at Getty Service Station, 2352 Morris Avenue, Union, NJ. 

                    REQUEST FOR MATERNITY, FAMILY AND EXTENDED CHILD REARING LEAVE – GIORDANO

                          Jennifer Giordano, special education teacher at Union High School, submitted a request for maternity leave, family leave and extended child rearing leave for the period May 7, 2013 through January 1, 2014. 

                    REQUEST FOR UNPAID FAMILY LEAVE – COLFORD

                          Jane J. Colford, teacher at Franklin Elementary School, submitted a request for unpaid family leave for the period May 10, 2013 through the end of the 2012-2013 school year. 

                    REQUEST FOR EXTENDED UNPAID MEDICAL LEAVE – DUERR

                          Kathy Duerr, teacher at Washington Elementary School, submitted a request for extended unpaid medical leave through the end of the 2012-2013 school year. 

                    LETTER OF RESIGNATION – WIGGINS

                          Betty J. Wiggins, part-time bus assistant, submitted a letter of resignation effective May 2, 2013. 
                     

                    LETTER OF RESIGNATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF RETIREMENT – KOUFOMIHALIS

                          Kalliope “Carol” Koufomihalis, part-time bus assistant, submitted a letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement, effective July 1, 2013. 

                    REQUEST FOR INTERMITTENT FAMILY LEAVE – ROSSANO-PUFF

                          Linda Rossano-Puff, special education at Livingston School, submitted a request for intermittent family leave beginning on May 17, 2013. 

                    LETTER OF RESIGNATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF RETIREMENT –  JEANNE MC  FALL

                          Jeanne McFall, part-time bus assistant, submitted a letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement, effective July 1, 2013. 

                  LETTER OF RESIGNATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF RETIREMENT – DANIEL MC FALL

                        Daniel McFall, part-time bus driver, submitted a letter of resignation for the purpose of retirement, effective July 1, 2013. 

              SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT

                    Dr. Martin said that there are a few issues that he wanted to bring to the board’s attention.  He introduced Ms. Schomeyer who is a teacher at Union High School in the Business Education Department who is pursuing her administrative degree at Montclair State University.  Dr. Martin said that she is presently taking classes in preparation for a license to be a school administrator, what she needs to become a Superintendent.  He said that Ms. Schomeyer has been working with his office and has also spoken to Mr. Vieira about Business Offices work.  Dr. Martin said that Ms. Schomeyer has also worked in the past with Mr. Damato, Mrs. Gentilcore and Mr. Tatum about different aspects of the board of education.  He said that she is attending the board meeting tonight to see how a board of education meeting runs.   

                    Dr. Martin said that he wanted to make the board and the public aware that the district has been doing a great amount of work on its website which is www.twpunion schools.org.  He said that on the homepage of that site, there is a list of the wonderful things that are happening in the district right now.  Dr. Martin said that the list is updated daily with positive things that have been happening in the district.  He encouraged community members, parents and students to go onto the website.  Dr. Martin thanked Ms. Hart of the technology department for maintaining the website.  He said that if there are students, staff members, parents, board of education members or anyone who has “good news” of something that is happening in the district, they should send the information to his office for posting on the website.  Dr. Martin said that there are so many good things happening in the district. 

                    Dr. Martin said that the attendance for the month of April was students 95.66% and staff 94.77%.  He said that these rates seem high and they seem reasonable but they are not high enough.  Dr. Martin said that they should be in the 97 to 98 percent for staff and students.  He said that it is his intention to really focus in on that as the next school begins in September.  Dr. Martin said that he would like to make this one of the district’s goals.  He said that parents can help by getting their children to school every day. Dr. Martin said that parents don’t have to wait until next school year to get going.  He said that every single day is important and precious for a student’s education.  Dr. Martin said that obviously he did not want students coming to school if they are ill but there are many absences that can be prevented.   

                    Dr. Martin said that it gave him great pleasure to announce that the HSPA (High School Proficiency Assessment) results came back for Union High School students last week.  He said that all high schools students must take in eleventh grade and pass before they can graduate.  Dr. Martin said that if a student does not pass the test the first time, it can be taken again at the beginning of twelfth grade.  He said that it is a goal of any quality school district to get the number of students who take the HSPA the first time to pass.  Dr. Martin said that the Language Arts scores were up for the third year running, 3.4% and the Math scores were also up 3.4%.  He said that for the first time the Language Arts scores broke into the 90 percentile range; 91% of the 11th graders passed the HSPA test on the first try and that includes the special education students as well.  Dr. Martin said that each year the percentage of students passing on the first try is increasing.  He said that the percentage of students graduating from Union High School is also on the rise and has been rising over the past several years.  Dr. Martin congratulated the Union High School administration, staff and faculty for their efforts.   

                    Dr. Martin said that over the past few months he has been talking about the importance of a strong relationship between the board of education and the Township of Union.  He said that the district does have a terrific relationship with the Township Committee, the Police Department, the Fire Department, the Mayor’s Office and the Township Administrator.  Dr. Martin said that the latest example of this cooperation will take place on Monday evening; he said that the Township of Union hosts a wonderful Memorial Day Parade each year.  Dr. Martin said that over the past three or four years the Memorial Day Parade, which goes down Stuyvesant Avenue, has gotten bigger and better.  He said that this year it will be better than ever.  Dr. Martin said that the Township Parade Committee has invited all Union Township Public School students to march in the parade.  He said that there will be a contingent from each of the ten schools in town that will be marching in the parade.  Dr. Martin said that since the Parade Committee invited all of the students to participate and since the parade ends at Connecticut Farms School parking lot, the Township decided that free ice cream and hot dogs to all students who march in the parade; he said that there will also be a water balloon toss activity that will take place in the parking lot.  He said that he reported to the Parade Committee that there should be a large number of students participating.  Dr. Martin said that it was terrific to see the Township support the schools and the students in such a wonderful way.  He invited all students to participate in the parade which starts at 10 a.m. 

                 

              COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC ON RESOLUTIONS ON THE AGENDA

                    None 

              EDUCATION/STUDENT DISCIPLINE COMMITTEE

                    Moved by Mr. Arminio, seconded by Mrs. McNeil that resolutions E-1 through E-8 be adopted: 
               

            E-1. AMEND LIST OF STUDENTS REMOVED FROM THE ROLLS

                  That approval be given to amend the list of students removed from the rolls [two (2) students exited from April 1, 2013 through April 30, 2013 for a total of forty (40) students for the 2012-2013 school year] who are not domiciled in this school district and six (6) students who will be allowed to complete the 2012-2013 school year in accordance with the information appended to the nonpublic portion of these minutes. 
             

            E-2. APPROVE STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE TO OPERATE SUMMER SCHOOL 2013

                  That the board approve Statement of Assurance to Operate Summer School 2013 for the period July 1st through July 31st, 2013 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
             

            E-3. AFFIRM SUPERINTENDENT’S RESOLUTION OF HARASSMENT, INTIMIDATION AND BULLYING (HIB) CONCLUSIONS

                  That the board affirm the Superintendent’s resolution of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) conclusions for the period April 8th through May 10th, 2013. 

            E-4.   AMEND OUT OF 2012-2013 OUT-OF-DISTRICT ATYPICAL STUDENT PLACEMENT LIST

                  That approval be given to amend the 2011-2012 Out-of-District Atypical Student Placement List and amended out-of-district tuitions in accordance with the information appended to the nonpublic portion of these minutes. 
             

            E-5. APPROVE CORRECTED SCHOOL CALENDAR – 2013-2014

                  That the board approve corrected school calendar for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
             

        E-6. APPROVE 2013-2014 NEW JERSEY NONPUBLIC SCHOOL TEXTBOOKS AGREEENT – UNION COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION

              That the board approve 2013-2014 New Jersey Nonpublic School Textbooks Agreement with Union County Educational Services Commission in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
         

        E-7. APPROVE 2013-2014 CHAPTER 226 NONPUBLIC SCHOOL NURSING SERVICES AGREEMENT – UNION COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION

              That that board approve 2013-2014 Chapter 226 Nonpublic School Nursing Services Agreement with Union County Educational Services Commission in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member.  The Union County Educational Services Commission will administer the district’s Chapter 226 Nonpublic School Nursing Services for the period July 1, 2013 through June 30, 2014.  The Union Board of Education agrees to pay the Commission the amount not to exceed the Nonpublic School Nursing state aide.  Billing shall commence in October and shall continue for nine (9) successive months, based on the actual expenditures of the prior month plus a 6% administrative fee.  It is understood that the Commission will provide services for all of the eligible Nonpublic schools identified by the district’s grant application.  

    E-8. APPROVE 2013-2014 AGREEMENT FOR PARTICIPATION IN COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION SERVICES – UNION COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION

          That the board approve Agreement for Participation in Coordinated Transportation Services with Union County Educational Services Commission for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    DISCUSSION:

          Mr. Arminio stated that the change in the School Calendar was to get it into alignment with the number of school days.    

          AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

          NAY:  None

          ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED 

          Moved by Mr. Arminio, seconded by Mrs. McNeil that resolution E-9 be adopted: 

    E-9. APPROVE TRIP TO PARIS FRANCE IN JULY 2014 – TARTAGLIA

          That the board approve Nicole Tartaglia, French teacher at Union High School, to lead a student trip to Paris  France in July of 2014 at no cost to the board, in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    DISCUSSION:

          None 

          AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

          NAY:  None

          ABSTAIN: Mrs. Gaglione     MOTION WAS CARRIED

     

     Moved by Mr. Arminio, seconded by Mrs. McNeil that resolutions E-10 through E-19 be adopted: 

    E-10. APPROVE THREE YEAR TECHNOLOGY PLAN FOR 2013-2016

          That the board approve Three Year Technology Plan for 2013-2016 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    E-11. ADOPT TEXTBOOKS AND CURRICULUM GUIDES FOR K-5 FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

          That the board adopt K-5 textbooks and curriculum guides for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    E-12. APPROVE 2013-2014 SPECIAL EDUCATION TUITION CONTRACT – UNION COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION

          That the board approve 2013-2014 special education tuition contract with Union County Educational Services Commission in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    E-13. APPROVE PRE-K TO GRADE 5 THREE YEAR CURRICULUM REVIEW CYCLE

          That the board approve Pre-K to grade 5 Three (3) Year Curriculum Review Cycle in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    E-14. APPROVE TUITION STUDENT CONTRACT FOR 2013-2014

          That the board approve Tuition Student Contract for the 2013-2014 school year:  (a) R.R. a twelfth grade student at Union High School and (b) R.F. for � day cosmetology program at Union High School in accordance with the information appended to the nonpublic portion of these minutes. 

    E-15. APPROVE CHILDREN OF STAFF MEMBERS TO ATTEND UNION PUBLIC SCHOOLS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

          That the board approve children of staff members to attend Union Public Schools for the 2013-2014 school year tuition free:  (a) C.D., 4th grade at Connecticut Farms School; (b) V.E. 2nd grade at Connecticut Farms School in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    E-16. APPROVE 2013-2014 MEMBERSHIP – NEW JERSEY STATE INTERSCHOLASTIC ATHLETIC ASSOCIATION (NJSIAA)

          That the board approve membership in New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association (NJSIAA) for the 2013-2014 school year at the rate of $2,150 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes.  
     
     

    E-17. APPROVE 2013-2014 NON PUBLIC SCHOOL PUBLIC LAW 1977 CHAPTERS 192-193 AGREEMENT – UNION COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION

          That the board approve Nonpublic School Public Law 1977 Chapters 192-193 Agreement with Union County Educational Services Commission for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    E-18. APPROVE PARTICIPATION IN 2013-2014 COORDINATED TRANSPORTATION AGREEMENT – MIDDLESEX REGIONAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION

          That the board approve participation in Coordinated Transportation agreement with Middlesex Regional Educational Services Commission for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

    E-19. APPROVE ADDITIONAL SUMMER 2013 READING TITLES

          That the board  approve additional summer 2013 reading titles:  Grade 9 – A Time to Kill; Brave New World; The Importance of Being Earnest; Dharma Bums; The Pearl; The Good Earth; One for the Road; Sirens of Titan; Slaughterhouse V and Great Expectations.  Grade 12 – 1984 

    DISCUSSION:

          None 

          AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

          NAY:  None

          ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED 

FISCAL AND PLANNING COMMITTEE

      Moved by Mrs. Gaglione, seconded by Mr. Arminio that the following resolutions be adopted: 

      F-1.  ACCEPT TREASURER’S REPORT

      That the Treasurer’s Report dated April 30, 2013 be accepted. 

      F-2. ACCEPT SECRETARY’S REPORT

            That the Secretary’s Report dated April 30, 2013 be accepted. 

      F-3.  CERTIFY TREASURER’S AND SECRETARY’S REPORTS

            Pursuant  to  N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I certify that as of  April 30, 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 April 30, 2012 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 LINE ITEM TRANSFERS

            That the Board approve line item transfers in accordance with the information in the hands of each board member. 
       

      F-5. APPROVE 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)

            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 appended to these minutes. 
       

      F-6. 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

            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 appended to these minutes. 
       

      F-7. ACCEPT DONATIONS

            That the Board accept the following donations: (a) Lifetouch National School Studios - $531.35 for use by Connecticut Farms School; (b) The Jeffery J. Bubnowski Charitable Foundation - $500 for use for special education camping trip-Union High School; (c) Union High School PTA - $2,000 for use by Union High School to purchase student planners for the 2013-2014 school year; (d) ICF Macro International, Inc. - $500 for participation in 2013 National Youth Risk Behavior Survey at Union High School

       

       

       

      F-8. APPROVE ATTACHED LIST OF CONTRACTS AND/OR PURCHASES PURSUANT TO THE REQUIREMENTS OF N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-5(21)

            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 appended to these minutes: (a) Forest Lodge LLC – not to exceed $5,000 – balance due for 8th grade trip – Kawameeh Middle School; (b) Dorney Park - $2,120 – band field trip- Burnet Middle School; (c) Taylor Publishing Company - $7,000 – Yearbook – Union High School; (d) Proforma AYR Graphics - $1,360.50 – Chorus/Band Fundraiser – Union High School; (e) Fairview Lake YMCA Camps - $2,743.50 – cost of camping trip – Union High School; (f) Useline Matthew - $1,527.50 – reimbursement for purchase of Six Flags tickets for Dance Club field trip – Union High School  
       
       

      F-9. AMEND SCHOLARSHIP TO BE AWARDED TO 2013 UNION HIGH SCHOOL GRADUATING SENIORS

            That the Board amend scholarships to be awarded to 2013 Union High School graduating seniors to include two (2) $400 scholarships from Geraldine Minieri Memorial Scholarship Fund in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
       
       

      F-10. PRE-APPROVE DISTRICTWIDE STUDENT FIELD TRIP DESTINATIONS AND PURPOSES PURSUANT TO N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-5.8

              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 appended to these minutes. 
       
       

      DISCUSSION:

            None 
       
       

            AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

            NAY:  None

            ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED 
       
       

OPERATIONS COMMITTEE

      Moved by Mr. Galante, seconded by Mrs. Gaglione that the following resolutions be adopted: 

O-1. REPORT RECEIPT OF BIDS

      

Report of bids received on April 30, 2013 for Music Supplies for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid 14-01); for Art Supplies for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid 14-02); for Science Supplies for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid 14-03);  bids received on May 7, 2013 for Vocational Supplies for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid 14-04); for Family/Consumer Science Supplies for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid 14-05); for Tech Occupations Supplies for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid 14-06); for Vocational Lumber Supplies for the 2013-2014 school year (Bid 14-07) bids received on May 9, 2013 for Wireless Monopole (Bid 14-08) 

O-2.  APPROVE ADVERTISEMENT FOR DISPOSAL OF EQUIPMENT

      

That the board approve advertisement for disposal of equipment which is deemed no longer serviceable in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

O-3. APPROVE SECURITY DRILL AND BUS EVACUATION DRILL REPORTS

      

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 and in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

O-4. APPROVE DISCARD OF TEXTBOOKS

      

That the board approve discard of textbooks in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

O-5. APPROVE USE OF SCHOOL BUSES FOR MEMORIAL DAY PARADE – VETERAN’S ALLIANCE OF THE TOWNSHIP OF UNION

      

That the board approve use of four or five school buses to transport students from surrounding towns to the annual Memorial Day Parade on May 27, 2013 at the request of the Veteran’s Alliance of the Township of Union. 

O-6. APPROVE USE OF CONNECTICUT FARMS SCHOOL PARKING LOT FOR POST-MEMORIAL DAY PARADE ACTIVITIES

      

That the board approve Township of Union Memorial Day Parade Committee to use Connecticut Farms School parking lot for post-Memorial Day Parade activities for Township of Union Public School students who have marched in the parade. Free hotdogs, drinks and ice cream (provided by the Memorial Day Parade Committee) will be served.  A water balloon activity supervised by Dr. Patrick Martin, Superintendent and Caitlin Brady, Union High School teacher will also take place.  Union High School students performing community service will also assist with these activities. 
 

O-7. ACCEPT DONATION – HANNAH CALDWELL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL

      

That the board accept donation from Lynda Dixon, a Crabtree representative, to Hannah Caldwell Elementary School in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

O-8. APPROVE USE OF 54-PASSENGER BUS AND ONE BUS DRIVER FOR SUMMER 2013-TOWNSHIP OF UNION RECREATION DEPARTMENT

      

That the board approve use of one 54 passenger bus and one bus driver for the period July 1st through August 9th, 2013 by the Township of Union Recreation Department to transport 4th and 5th grade students to various camps and exhibits in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

O-9. ACCEPT PROPOSAL FOR PURCHASE OF NUTRIKIDS PROGRAM – HEARTLANDS SCHOOL SOLUTIONS

      

That the board accept proposal from Heartlands School Solutions, 787 Elmgrove Road, Rochester, NY 14624 for purchase of NUTRIKIDS hardware and software products, set up and training for use in district school cafeterias at a fee of $88,623 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 61-910-310-340-01-61) 

O-10. APPROVE CONTINGENCY CHANGE ORDER #10 – PATOCK CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

      

That the board approve Contingency Change Order #10 from Patock Construction Company, 43 Gilbert Street North, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701, addition and alterations to Central-5/Jefferson School for labor and material to louvers in the deduct amount of $1,161; labor and material to reroute lobby area ductwork due to existing structural conflicts in the deduct amount of $4,861; credit for elimination of 90 weep holes and 17 exterior expansion joints in existing building in the credit amount of $8,085; labor and material required to install glass window wall in lieu of metal railing at upper lobby area in the deduct amount of $1,520; supply gas kettle in lieu of electric kettle in the deduct amount of $726; labor and material to install additional carpentry and drywall per architect’s direction in the deduct amount of $2,170; leaving a balance in the contingency reserve of $740,203 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes.  

O-11. APPROVE CONTINGENCY CHANGE ORDER #11 – PATOCK CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

      

That the board approve Contingency Change Order #11 from Patock Construction Company, 43 Gilbert Street North, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701, addition and alterations to Central-5/Jefferson School for (a)  labor and material required to install fritz tile in corridors in the deduct amount of $12,106; (b) labor and material required to install additional/revised IDF outlet locations as per owner  in the deduct amount of $4,355; and (c) credit for not supplying and installing 8 willow oak trees along rear of property line in the credit amount of $2,584 for a total deduct from the contingency account of $13,877; leaving a balance in the contingency reserve of $737,973 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes.

O-12. APPROVE CONTINGENCY CHANGE ORDER #12 – PATOCK CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

      

That the board approve Contingency Change Order #12 from Patock Construction Company, 43 Gilbert Street North, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701, addition and alterations to Central-5/Jefferson School for labor and material required to remove and reinstall concrete curb retaining wall in the deduct amount of $26,882; leaving a balance in the contingency reserve of $723,973 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes.  

O-13. APPROVE CONTINGENCY CHANGE ORDER #13 – PATOCK CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

      

That the board approve Contingency Change Order #13 from Patock Construction Company, 43 Gilbert Street North, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701, addition and alterations to Central-5/Jefferson School for labor and material required to route areaway drain to street in the deduct amount of $5,360; leaving a balance in the contingency reserve of $697,091 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes.  

O-14. APPROVE CONSTRUCTION CHANGE DIRECTIVE #3 – PATOCK CONSTRUCTION COMPANY

      

That the board approve construction change directive #3 from Patock Construction Company, 43 Gilbert Street North, Tinton Falls, NJ 07701, addition and alterations to Central-5/Jefferson School for labor and material to install cast stone entablatures in the deduct amount of $21,156; reduce lump sum allowance to clean and install salvaged cast stone pieces in the credit amount of $9,500; reduce lump sum allowance for display case in the credit amount of $5,000; and reduce plan allowance to mount salvaged cast stone pieces in the credit amount of $1,800 for a total deduct amount of $4,856 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
 

DISCUSSION:

      

None  

        AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

      

NAY:  None

      

ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED

  

PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

      

Moved by Mr. Galante, seconded by Mr. Nufrio that resolution P-1 be adopted 
 

P-1. APPROVE PERSONNEL ACTIONS

      

That Personnel Actions be approved in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

DISCUSSION:

      

None 

        AYE: Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

      

NAY:  None

      

ABSTAIN: Mr. Arminio     MOTION WAS CARRIED 
 

      

Moved by Mr. Galante, seconded by Mr. Nufrio that resolutions P-2 through P-22 be adopted: 

P-2 AMEND SUBSTITUTE LISTS

      

That the Board amend Substitute/Home Instruction List; Substitute Custodians, Substitute Cafeteria/ Playground Aides, Teacher Assistants and Secretaries for the 2012-2013 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

P-3. ACCEPT RESIGNATION LETTERS

      That the board accept resignation letters from the following staff: (a) Lobna Akl, long term substitute at Union High School, effective April 27, 2013; (b) Betty J. Wiggins, part-time bus assistant, effective May 2, 2013; (c) Kalliope “Carol” Koufomihalis, part-time bus assistant, effective July 1, 2013 (retirement); (d) Jeanne McFall, part-time bus assistant, effective July 1, 2013 (retirement); (e) Daniel McFall, part-time bus driver, effective July 1, 2013 (retirement) 

P-4. REAPPOINT TREASURER OF SCHOOL MONIES FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – CYBURT

      That the board reappoint Debra Cyburt as Treasurer of School Monies for the 2013-2014 school year at an annual salary of $4,300. 

P-5. REAPPOINT AFFIRMATIVE ACTION OFFICER FOR AWARDING CONTRACTS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – DAMATO

      That the board reappoint James J. Damato, as Affirmative Action Officer for awarding contracts for the 2013-2014 school year under P.L.1975, c. 127, at no cost to the District. 

P-6. APPOINT CUSTODIAN OF SCHOOL RECORDS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – DAMATO

      That the board appoint James J. Damato, as Custodian of School Records for the 2013-2014 school year at no cost to the District. 
 
 

P-7. APPROVE STAFF TO PERFORM SUMMER 2013 EXTENDED SCHOOL YEAR SERVICES

      That the board approve staff to perform Summer 2013 Extended School Year Services for the period July 1

st through August 31, 2013 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

P-8. REAPPOINT RESIDENCY INVESTIGATORS FOR SUMMER 2013

      That the board reappoint residency investigators to work during Summer 2013 as follows at a rate of $20 per hour:  (a) Maria Schmidtberg – not to exceed 70 hours per month or $1,400; (b) Anthony Martino – not to exceed 50 hours per month or $1000; (c) Thomas Sheridan – not to exceed 50 hours per month or $1000; (d) Albert Tutela – not to exceed 50 hours per month or $100. 
 

P-9. APPROVE LEAVES FOR STAFF

      That the board approve the following leaves:  (a) Megan Diaz, teacher at Livingston School, update extended child rearing leave through the end of the 2012-2013 school year; (b) Doreen Sahr, English teacher at Union High School, extended child rearing leave for the 2013-2014 school year; (c) Nicole Axentiou, teacher at Hannah Caldwell School, update maternity leave to begin on April 12, 2013; (d) Kathy Duerr, teacher at Washington School, extended unpaid medical leave through the end of the 2012-2013 school year; (e) Linda Rossano-Puff, special education teacher at Livingston School, intermittent family leave commencing May 17, 2013 

 

P-10. APPROVE COUNSELING PRACTICUM/INTERN AFFILIATION AGREEMENT – KEAN UNIVERSITY

      That the board approve Counseling Practicum/Intern Affiliation Agreement with Kean University for a three year period commencing with the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
 

P-11. APPROVE CURRICULUM WRITING TEAMS

      That the board approve 2013-2014 Curriculum Writing Teams at a rate of $20 per hour not to exceed 15 hours or $300 per person:  (a) Gifted and Talented – Grades K-2:  Joanna Riley and Michael Riley; (b) Gifted and Talented – Grades 3-4:  Joanna Riley and Michael Riley; (c) Gifted and Talented – Garde 5:  Joanna Riley and Michael Riley; (d) Computers – Grades K-4:  Joanna Riley and Craig Wojcik; (e) Introduction to Pre-Calculus with Statistics:  Shawn Swingle, Ines Jaramillo and Robert Sukovich; (f) Social Studies – Grade 2:  Karen Freitas, Greg Pardo and Jaclyn Vincent; (g) Social Studies – Grade 3:  Karen Freitas, Greg Pardo and Jaclyn Vincent 
 
 

P-12. APPROVE ACADEMIC SUPERVISOR ASSIGNMENTS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

      That the board approve Academic Supervisor Assignments for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
 

P-13. APPROVE STAFF TO ADMINISTER AND SCORE K-5 PROFICIENCY ASSESSMENTS

      That the board approve following staff to administer and score K-5 proficiency assessments on the following dates:  July 16, 17, 23, 24 and August 7, 8, 20, 21, 2013 at a rate of $38.25 per hour for a maximum of four hours per day.  (Acct No. 11-120-100-101-78-54-PK05/17070): (a) Jennifer Medina; (b) Diane Esquivel; (c) Linda Dimakos; (d) Janet Whitehouse; (e) Carolyn Schefter; (f) Joanna Riley; (g) Leslie Ragucci; (h) Jeanne Stanco; (i) Suzanne Kmet Diaz; (j) Jaclyn Vincent; (k) Alison Brehm; (l) Richard Grennor; (m) Joan Carroll; (n) Danielle Beninato and (o) Anne Marie Caldarola 
 

P-14. APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE VOCATIONAL EVALUATIONS FOR 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR – JEWISH VOCATIONAL SERVICES

      That the board approve Jewish Vocational Services, 111 Prospect Street, East Orange, NJ to provide vocational evaluations at a rate of $850 per evaluation for district students on an “as needed” basis, not to exceed $2550 for the remainder of the 2012-2013 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 7074/11-000-219-320-01-19) 
 

P-15. APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE VOCATIONAL EVALUATIONS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – JEWISH VOCATIONAL SERVICES

      That the board approve Jewish Vocational Services, 111 Prospect Street, East Orange, NJ to provide vocational evaluations at a rate of $850 per evaluation and Community Based Assessments at a rate of $60 per hour in an amount not to exceed $5,200, for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 
 

P-16. APPROVE INCREASE OF PURCHASE ORDER #13-01239 – CROSS COUNTY CLINICAL AND EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

      That the board increase purchase order to Cross County Clinical and Educational Services (P.O. #13-01239) from $2,500 to $4,950 to provide bilingual evaluations at a rate of $825 per evaluation for the 2012-2013 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
 

P-17. APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE ASSISTIVE TECHNOLOGY EVALUATIONS AND CONSULTATIONS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – ASSISTIVE TEK, LLC

      That the board approve Assistive Tek, LLC, 174 Stephensburg Road, Port Murray, NJ to provide Assistive Technology Evaluations for district students at a rate of $1,000 per evaluation; Assistive Technology Consultations (two hour minimum) at a rate of $150 per hour and Assistive Technology � day training at a rate of $600 per day in an amount not to exceed $5,400 for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19 and 11-000-216-320-01-19) 

P-18. APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS – FABER

      That the board approve Dr. Mark Faber, 594 Valley Road, Upper Montclair, NJ to provide Psychiatric evaluations at a rate of $550 per evaluation in an amount not to exceed $4,950 for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct. No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

P-19. APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE EVALUATIONS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – NEW JERSEY SPECIALIZED CHILD STUDY TEAM, KATZENBACH SCHOOL FOR THE DEAF

      That the board approve New Jersey Specialized Child Study Team, Katzenbach School for the Deaf, P.O. Box 535, Trenton, NJ to provide partial Evaluation Package at a rate of $1350 per evaluation and Individual Evaluations at a rate of $400 per evaluation in an amount not to exceed $4,500 for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct. No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

P-20. APPROVE 2013-2014 AGREEMENTS FOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES – UNION COUNTY EDUCATIONAL SERVICES COMMISSION

      That the board approve 2013-2014 Agreements for Professional Services between the board and the Union County Educational Services Commission in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

P-21. APPROVE STAFF TO CONDUCT PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS FOR THE PERIOD JULY 1 THROUGH AUGUST 30, 2013

      That  the  board  approve staff to conduct Professional Development  workshops for the period July 1 through August 30, 2013 at an hourly rate of $40 per hour not to exceed two hours or $80 per workshop in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-223-110-54-PK05/7177) 

P-22. APPROVE STAFF TO CONDUCT K-5 PARENT WORKSHOPS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – CONNEELY

      That the board approve Lindsay Conneely to conduct K-5 Parent Workshops during the 2013-2014 school at a rate of $40 per hour not to exceed two hours per workshop or $80. (Acct No. 11-000-223-110-54-PK05/7177) 

        DISCUSSION:

        None 

        AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

      NAY:  None

      ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED 
 

      Moved by Mr. Nufrio, seconded by Mrs. Gaglione that resolution P-23 be adopted: 

P-23. APPROVE REAPPOINTMENT OF STAFF FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

      That the board approve that all employees on the attached list be reappointed for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes.  

        AYE: Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

      NAY:  None

      ABSTAIN: Mr. Arminio and Mr. Galante  MOTION WAS CARRIED 

      Moved by Mr. Galante, seconded by Mr. Nufrio that resolutions P-24 through P-31 be adopted: 

P-24. APPROVE STAFF WHO CONDUCTED NJASK PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT WORKSHOPS DURING 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR

      That the board approve staff who conducted NJASK Professional Development workshops during the 2012-2013 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 

P-25. APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE VOCATIONAL ASSESSMENTS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – OCCUPATIONAL CENTER OF NEW JERSEY

      That the board approve Occupational Center of New Jersey, 301 Cox Street, Roselle, New Jersey for vocational assessments at a rate of $100 per day, not to exceed $3,000 for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

P-26. APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE PSYCHIATRIC EVALUATIONS AND MENTAL HEALTH SCREENINGS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – THE FAMILY CENTER AT MONTCLAIR

      That the board approve The Family Center at Montclair, 155 Pompton Avenue, Suite 202, Verona, New Jersey to provide psychiatric evaluations at a rate of $500 per evaluation and mental health screenings at a rate of $100 per screening, not to exceed $5,400 for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

P-27. APPROVE VENDOR TO CONDUCT FEEDING THERAPY EVALUATIONS FOR 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR – ST. JOSEPH’S HOSPITAL FEEDING AND SWALLOWING CENTER

      That the board approve St. Joseph’s Hospital Feeding and Swallowing Center, 703 Main Street, Paterson, New Jersey to conduct feeding therapy evaluations for district students.  Each evaluation will not exceed the sum of $1512.88 and the total expenditure for the 2012-2013 school year will not exceed $4,538.64 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

P-28. APPROVE FUNDS FOR PAYMENT TO STAFF WHO WILL BE PARTICIPATING IN POST SCHOOL OUTCOMES TRANSITION STUDY – NEW JERSEY DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION OFFICE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION PROGRAMS

      That the board approve the sum of $6,000 for the purpose of providing payment to staff who will be participating in Post School Outcomes Transition Study which is being conducted by the New Jersey Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs the in accordance with the information appended to these minutes.  Reimbursement from the State is expected pending study response rate.  Funding is required because staff will be collecting data outside of contract hours.  Staff members who are chosen will be paid $38.25 per hour. The study will be completed by August 2013. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

P-29. APPROVE VENDOR TO CONDUCT TRAINING WEBINAR TO ADMINISTER AND INTERPRET STANDARDIZED ASSESSMENT – CURRICULUM ASSOCIATES, LLC

      That the board approve Curriculum Associates, LLC, P.O. Box 2001, North Billerica, MA to conduct training webinar to administer and interpret a standardized assessment related to transition for Child Study Team members at a rate of $500 in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

P-30. APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE FEEDING THERAPY EVALUATIONS FOR THE 2012-2013 SCHOOL YEAR – CHILDREN’S SPECIALIZED HOSPITAL

      That the board approve Children’s Specialized Hospital, 150 New Providence Road, Mountainside, New Jersey to provide feeding therapy evaluations for district students at a rate of $1771 per evaluation not to exceed $5,313 for the 2012-2013 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

P-31. APPROVE SUBMISSION OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR TO UNION COUNTY EXECUTIVE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS – TATUM

      That the board approve submission to the Union County Executive Superintendent of Schools the Employment Contract of Gregory Tatum, Assistant Superintendent for the 2013-2014 school year.  This contract will not become effective until such approval is received. 

P-32. APPROVE SUBMISSION OF EMPLOYMENT CONTRACT FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR TO UNION COUNTY EXECUTIVE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS – VIEIRA

      That the board approve submission to the Union County Executive Superintendent of Schools the Employment Contract of Manuel E. Vieira, Business Administrator for the 2013-2014 school year.  This contract will not become effective until such approval is received. 
 

P-33. APPROVE CERTIFIED TEACHER TO PROVIDE HOME INSTRUCTION TO DISTRICT STUDENTS – GREENSPAN

      That the board approve Wendy Greenspan, district certified teacher to provide home instruction to district students on an “as needed” basis effective April 22, 2013 through June 30, 2013 at a rate of $38.25 per hour. 
 

P-34. APPROVE ATHLETIC EVENT STAFF FEES AND STAFF ASSIGNMENTS FOR THE 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

      That the board approve 2013-2014 Athletic Event Staff Fees and 2013-2014 Athletic Event Staff Assignments in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. 
 

P-35.  APPROVE VENDOR TO PROVIDE CHILD STUDY TEAM BILINGUAL EVALUATIONS FOR 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR – CROSS COUNTY CLINICAL EDUCATIONAL SERVICES

      That the board approve Cross County Clinical and Educational Services, P.O. Box 150, Ringwood, NJ for Child Study Team Bilingual Evaluations at a rate of $825 per evaluation in an amount not to exceed $3,300 for the 2013-2014 school year in accordance with the information appended to these minutes. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 
 

P-36.  APPROVE INCREASE OF PURCHASE ORDER #13-01484 – ASSISTIVE TEK, LLC

      That the board approve increase of purchase order to Assistive Tek, LLC (P.O.#13-01484) from $4,000 to $5,000 for assistive technology evaluations for district students at a rate of $1,000 per evaluation for the 2012-2013 school year. (Acct No. 11-000-219-320-01-19) 

DISCUSSION:

      None 

        AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

      NAY:  None

      ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED

APPROVAL OF BILLS

      Moved by Mrs. Gaglione seconded by Dr. Francis that the board concur with the bills listed in the permanent bound register appended to these minutes and be ordered for payment. 

        AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

      NAY:  None

      ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED 

UNFINISHED BUSINESS

      None 

NEW BUSINESS

      Mr. Nufrio commented on Dr. Martin’s report regarding attendance.  He did concur that student attendance was imperative and that it should be as close to 100% as possible.  Mr. Nufrio said that attendance will help to improve all around scores and education.  He said that with regard to the staff attendance he felt that the percentage was low but he wanted to know if there was a “perfect attendance incentive” program in the district.  Dr. Martin said that the district does not have such a program.  Mr. Nufrio urged the board to at least agree that this is a helpful way of trying to give staff incentive for better attendance or perfect attendance.  He felt that the attendance of staff was more important than student attendance because teacher attendance is imperative.  Mr. Nufrio thought that such a program should be explored for next year.   

      Dr. Martin said that he felt that the board should really take the “goal setting” meeting very seriously and make sure that it does occur.  He said that he would like to discuss such an attendance program be discussed. 

      Mr. Nufrio said that this program should not only be limited to teachers, it should be across the board for every staff member. 

      Mr. Arminio asked whether there was a resolution to the problem of the individual who attended the worksession regarding Burnet Middle School.  Mr. Wiggins said that he was going to set up a meeting with Mr. Olivio and others to try to figure out what course of action would be taken on the issue of the bushes in front of the school. 

      Mr. Arminio said that every year a teacher from each school is selected as “Teacher of the Year” for teacher recognition.  He announced the teachers that were nominated for this year:  Washington School – Jacqueline Cunningham; Hamilton School – Ashley DelValle; Livingston School – Jolee Doyle; Battle Hill School – Jennifer Duggan; Franklin  
School – Suzanne Mercado; Kawameeh Middle School – Christina Monet; Hannah Caldwell School – Leslie Nigro; Burnet Middle School – Kevin O’Brien; Connecticut Farms School – Mary Ellen Petricco and Union High School – Jean Salvatore.  Mr. Arminio congratulated these individuals. 

      Mr. Nufrio said that sometime last year he recommended naming a “Student of the Month”.  Dr. Martin said that there is such a program at Union High School already and he thought that there was also such a program in the middle schools.  He did not think that the elementary schools did this, however.  Mr. Nufrio said that he has seen this in other school districts and articles have been place in local newspapers.   

      Dr. Martin recognized Gina Calderone who was appointed this evening as the new Vice Principal at Union High School.   

      Dr. Martin said that on Thursday evening there will be a “Poetry Slam” at Van Gogh’s Ear at 5:30 in the evening.  He said that this has been organized by a group of faculty members and students come and read poetry.  Dr. Martin said that most of it is original poetry.  He said that both middle school and high school students do participate.  Dr. Martin said that there will also be guest speakers from the faculty and administration at this event.  He invited everyone to attend. 

      Mr. Perkins said that the board has had many discussions about more community involvement in the schools.  He thought that the goal of the district’s new webpage was to encourage community involvement.  Mr. Perkins said that good ideas come from anywhere or from anyone and to restrict access or turn an idea away because it doesn’t come from someone on the faculty, a parent or a student is really stupid.  He said that not only should members of the community become conversant with the issues that are currently being debated by the government but that every citizen participate in some way and that participation, in the bare minimum, is getting out to vote.  Mr. Perkins said that there are many people in the country who are not registered to vote and who take a “pass” and think that there is no obligation.  He said that the framers of the Constitution wrote the words “A government of the people, by the people and for the people”.  Mr. Perkins said that “by the people” includes all citizens.  He said that it was the board’s goal was to encourage citizens to participate in all areas of the community.   

COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLIC

      Ms. Laverty said that she has three children who attend Battle Hill School.  She said that she had a concern with the air conditioning at the school or the lack of it.  Ms. Laverty asked that the board revisit this problem and try to rectify the problem so that the students are comfortable while in school.  She said that if there was something that the parents at the school could do to raise money for this cause, if it is appropriate, she asked that the board advise the parents so that everyone can work together. 
 
 

MOTION TO ADJOURN

      There being no further business before the board, it was moved by Mrs. Gaglione,      seconded by Mr. Arminio  that the meeting be adjourned. 
 

        AYE: Mr. Arminio, Dr. Francis, Mrs. Gaglione, Mr. Galante, Mr. Nufrio and Mr. Perkins

      NAY:  None

      ABSTAIN: None     MOTION WAS CARRIED 
 

 
      Respectfully submitted 
 
 

                                    JAMES J. DAMATO

                                    BOARD SECRETARY 
 


 

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