Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7 p.m. - regular meeting of the Township of Union Board of Education, UHS Library, 2350 North Third Street, Union, NJ 07083

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Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:00pm

Township of Union Board of Education, regular meeting, Tuesday, October 17, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Union High School Library, 2350 North Third Street, Union, NJ 07083.

TOWNSHIP OF UNION BOARD OF EDUCATION

REGULAR MEETING AGENDA – OCTOBER 17, 2017

 

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.         August 10, 2017 – special meeting
            2.         August 22, 2017 – planning session
            3.         August 22, 2017 – regular meeting
            4.         August 22, 2017 – executive session
 

G. Communications

  1. Request from Crossroads Christian Fellowship to use Battle Hill School gym beginning Thursday, January 8, 2018 through Thursday, April 5, 2018 (every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for their 2018 volleyball/basketball program and the waiver of all fees (Certificate of Insurance to be provided).
  2. Request from Holy Spirit School to use Hannah Caldwell Elementary School gym Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 9:30 p.m. and Washington Elementary School’s gym Thursday evenings from 5:30 to 9:00 p.m. for their 2017-2018 basketball season and waiver of all fees (Certificate of Insurance to be provided).
  3. Request from League of Women Voters to use the Union High School Library from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017 for the Union Board of Education Candidates Night Forum and Debate.
  4. Request from Vauxhall Historical Society to use Jefferson School gym Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the annual Veterans’ Day Program, the waiver of all fees and insurance and to have the UHS ROTC to post the colors and lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
  5. Request from Township of Union Recreation Department to use Jefferson School’s Parking lot for the 2017 Township of Union Recreation Department’s Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
  6. Request from Debra Lester, 123College.com, Inc. to rent out classrooms at Union High School on December 5, 2017 and December 7, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to provide a free educational workshop.
  7. Request for extension of unpaid non-FMLA maternity leave from Jamie Barca, resource program teacher-Hannah Caldwell, now through February 28, 2018.
  8. Request for unpaid non-FMLA medical leave from Anthony Carlin, Cafeteria Aide-Livingston Elementary School from November 7, 2017 with a tentative return date of January 2, 2018.
  9. Request for intermittent FMLA medical leave from Michelle Newell, school psychologist-Union High School from October 1, 2017 to October 1, 2018.
  10. Request for intermittent paternity leave under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Matthew Puorro, health/physical education teacher-Hannah Caldwell from December 20, 2017 to December 20, 2018.
  11. Request for continuation of remaining intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Robin Raffaele, language arts teacher-Burnet Middle School through April 6, 2018.
  12. Request for extension of unpaid non-FMLA maternity leave from Jaclyn Scotto, English teacher-Union High School, from now and with a return date of February 1, 2018.
  13. Request for extension of unpaid non-FMLA medical leave from Lauren Hunter-Covino, instructional paraprofessional-Battle Hill Elementary School, from now and with a return date of November 1, 2017.
  14. Request for paid medical leave-non-FMLA from Carol Walsh, instructional paraprofessional-Connecticut Farms Elementary School, from September 21, 2017 to November 15, 2017.
  15. Letter of resignation from Sandra Loureiro, part-time bus aide-transportation, effective September 22, 2017.
  16. Letter of resignation from Cora V. Haynie, cafeteria aide-Hannah Caldwell Elementary School, effective October 6, 2017.
  17. Letter of resignation from Jose Delacruz-Gutierez, part-time bus driver-transportation, effective October 4, 2017.
  18. Request for paid and unpaid maternity leave non-FMLA/NJFLA from Amri Clowers, paraprofessional-Connecticut Farms Elementary School, from November 10, 2017 to March 12, 2017.
  19. Request to return early from unpaid FMLA leave from Gina Metta, math teacher-Kawameeh Middle School, new return date November 1, 2017.
  20. Request for unpaid intermittent paternity under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Ralph Piverger, custodian-Burnet Middle School, from November 15, 2017 to November 15, 2018.
  21. Request for paid intermittent FMLA/NJFLA from Gregory Solla, security officer-Union High School, from September 7, 2017 to December 11, 2017.
  22. Request for paid intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently) from Chandra Braxton-Wilson, districtwide librarian, from September 1, 2017 to June 30, 2018.
  23. Request for extension of unpaid, non FMLA leave from Maria Matos, paraprofessional-Battle Hill Elementary School, with a tentative return date of January 2, 2018.
  24. Request for extension of unpaid maternity leave non-FMLA/NJFLA from Erin Atzbi, science teacher-Union High School, with a return date of September 4, 2018.
  25. Request to return early from Jill Rible, art teacher-Kawameeh Middle School, new return date November 1, 2017.

H. Superintendent’s Report

            1.         Presentation by Randi Moran – October 17, 2017
            2.         Presentation by Jeremy Cohen – October 17, 2017
 
 

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 September 1, 2017 to September 30, 2017, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.

E-2.     Proclaim the month of October 2017 as International Alpha Delta Kappa Month, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.

E-3.     Approve Addendum to No. 4 for Communicable Disease Policies which is part of District’s School Health Standing Orders, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-4.     Approve the Morris-Union Jointure Commission Joint Transportation Agreement for the 2017-2018 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-5.     Approve the following IPAD applications for installation and use on District IPads at no cost to the district: (a) Rethink EDU, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-6.     Approve the 2017-2018 School Nursing Service Plan, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-7.     Approve film for Union High School – Grade 10 English Courses for the 2017-2018 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-8.     Approve film for Kawameeh Middle School – Grade 7 English Courses for the 2017-2018 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-9.     Approve Township of Union Public Schools to host “Unsung Hero 2019” program for Union County School Districts.
 
E-10.   Approve teachers employed through Silvergate Prep, 981 Route 22 West, Suite 202, Bridgewater, New Jersey 08807 to provide bedside instruction for district students on an “as needed” basis for the 2017-2018 school year in the amount not to exceed $8,000 (Account #7693-11-150-100-320-01-19).
 
E-11.   Agenda item approved at October 10, 2017 worksession (authorizing competitive contracting-paraprofessional).
 
E-12.   Approve the Union County Educational Services Commission 2017-2018 Nonpublic School Technology Initiative Program Agreements for the following participating schools located within the District: (a) Holy Spirit and (b) St. Michael, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
E-13.   Approve the following Curriculum Guides – October 2017:
  1. Sports & Entertainment Marketing
  2. Hospitality and Tourism Marketing
  3. Fashion Marketing
  4. World History
  5. United States History I
 

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 September 30, 2017 be accepted.

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

F-3.     Pursuant  to  N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(a), I certify that as of September 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 September 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.     Agenda item approved at October 10, 2017 worksession (districtwide travel).

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 October 10, 2017 worksession (purchase paid by student activity account).
 
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.   Accept the following donations:
From
For Use by
$/Item
Bob’s Discount Furniture
Hannah Caldwell Elementary
$2,500.00
The Kula Foundation
Washington Elementary School
$          .74
NJ State Council Knights of Columbus
Center for Educational Opportunity
$2,000.00
 
Commencement Flowers Inc.
Burnet Middle School
$210.00
The Kula Foundation
Burnet Middle School
$11.01
 
F-12.   Approve the following fundraisers:
Event
Date
Purpose
Gymnastic Team fundraising event for Susan G. Koman Organization
Month of October
fundraising proceeds to Susan G. Koman Organization
 
F-13.   Agenda item approved at October 10, 2017 worksession (signatories on ConnectOne – Washington Elementary School).
 
F-14.   Approve the Acceptance of the Play Unified Grants, Special Olympics for the following schools: (a) Union High School, (b) Burnet Middle School and (c) Kawameeh Middle School.
 
F-15.   Approve increase to P.O. #18-01210 with Dr. Kubichek to provide Neurological evaluation services for the 2017-2018 school year by $15,525.00 to meet the District needs, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-16.   Approve the school based applications to the Play Unified 2017-2018 Grant, Special Olympics for the following schools: (a) Jefferson School, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-17.   Approve the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan Report (actual FY17, budgeted FY18 and Planned FY19), in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-18.   Approve the Annual Maintenance Budget Amount Worksheet (Form M-1) pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:26A, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
F-19.   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-20.   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 Code6471 and in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 

J. Grievance/Negotiation Committee

 

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.     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 request from Crossroads Christian Fellowship requesting use of Battle Hill School gym beginning Thursday, January 8, 2018 through Thursday, April 5, 2018 (every Thursday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. for their 2018 volleyball/basketball program and the waiver of all fees (Certificate of Insurance to be provided), in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
O-3.     Agenda item approved at October 10, 2017 worksession (request from Holy Spirit).
 
O-4.     Agenda item approved at October 10, 2017 worksession (request from League of Women Voters).
 
O-5.     Agenda item approved at October 10, 2017 worksession (request from Vauxhall Historical Society).
 
O-6.    Approve request from Township of Union Recreation Department to use Jefferson School’s Parking lot for the 2017 Township of Union Recreation Department’s Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 28, 2017 from 12 noon to 5 p.m.
 
O-7.     Item removed from agenda.
 
O-8.     Approve Credit Change Orders for the boiler replacement project at Union High School as follows: (a) #005 in the amount of $21,234 for Contingency Allowance not used and (b) #006 in the amount of $10,000 for existing conduit/pipe removal allowance not used, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
O-9.     Item removed from agenda.
 

L. 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 be approved in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.

P-2.     Approve Substitute Lists for the 2017-2018 school year in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board.

P-3.     Accept letters of resignation/retirement from the following staff:
 
Resignations
Name
 
Position
Location              
Eff.
Date
Reason
Notes/
Corrections
Loureiro, Sandra
Part Time Bus Aide
Transport-ation
9/22/17
Resignation
 
Haynie, Cora
Part Time Cafeteria Aide
Hannah Caldwell
10/6/17
Resignation
 
Delacruz-Gutierez, Jose
Part Time Bud Driver
Transport-ation
10/4/17
Resignation
 
 
P-4.     Approve leaves for the following staff:
 
Leave of Absences
Name
 
Position
Location              
Leave Dates
Leave Type 
Regarding updated info only.
Notes/
Corrections
Barca, Jamie
Resource Program Teacher
Hannah Caldwell Elem. School
Extension of leave through 2/28/18
Return of 3/1/18
Unpaid NON-Fmla/NJFLA
Maternity Leave
FMLA/NJFLA time exhausted.
Carlin, Anthony
Part Time Cafeteria Aide
Livingston Elem. School
11/7/17-Tetnative Return 1/1/18
Unpaid NON-Fmla medical leave
Return date is tentative
 
Clowers, Amri
Paraprofessional
Conn. Farms Elem. School
11/10/17-3/12/17
Paid followed by Unpaid Non FMLA/Non NJFLA
Does not yet meet FMLA requirements.
Newell, Michelle
School Psychologist
Union High School
10/1/17-10/1/18
Intermittent FMLA Leave
 
Puorro, Matthew
Health/Physical Education Teacher
Hannah Caldwell Elem School
12/20/17-12/20/18
Intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (Concurrently)
Unpaid after applicable personal days used (3)
Raffaele, Robin
Language Arts Teacher
Burnet Middle School
Extension of 4/6/18
Continuation of previous FMLA/NJFLA now on Intermittent basis
Not to exceed beyond 4/6/18 or FMLA days are exhausted (whichever comes first)
Scotto, Jaclyn
Teacher of English
Union High School
Extension with a  return of 2/1/18
Unpaid Non-FMLA Maternity Leave
FMLA/NJFLA time exhausted.
Original leave began 9/1/17
Hunter-Covino, Lauren
Instructional Paraprofessional
Battle Hill Elem. School
Extension now through 10/31/17
Return of 11/1/17
Unpaid Non-FMLA Medical Leave
FMLA time Exhausted
Walsh, Carol
Instructional Paraprofessional
Connecticut Farms
9/21/17-11/15/17
Paid Medical Non FMLA
Use of paid sick days. End date is subject to change
Metta, Gina
Math teacher
Kawameeh Middle School
Early return  – 11/1/17
Unpaid FMLA leave
Original return date was 12/1/17
Piverger, Ralph
Custodian
Burnet Middle School
11/15/17-11/15/18
Unpaid intermittent paternity under FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently)
 
Solla, Gregory
Security officer
Union High School
9/7/17-12/11/17
Paid intermittent FMLA/NJFLA
 
Braxton-Wilson
Librarian
Districtwide
9/1/17-6/30/18
Paid intermittent FMLA/NJFLA (concurrently)
 
Matos, Maria
Paraprofessional
Battle Hill
Through 12/31/17
Extension of unpaid, non FMLA
 
Atzbi, Erin
Science teacher
Union High
School
Return date 9/4/2018
Extension of unpaid maternity leave non FMLA/NJFLA
 
Rible, Jill
Art teacher
Kawameeh
Early return – 11/01/17
 
Original return was 11/8/17
 
 
P-5.     Approve amending resolution previously approved August 22, 2017 (P-6), to approve Kim Conti, Director of Special Services, to attend meetings at the Morris Union Jointure Commission at no cost to the District and to attend UCASE meetings at a cost of $50 for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
P-6.     Approve Craig Wojcik, IT Specialist, attendance at meetings at the Morris Union Jointure Commission, at no cost to the District for the 2017-2018 school year.
 
P-7.     Approve the following staff member whose salary is funded in full through the District’s ESEA FY18 Title I grant: Francis Barken, Burnet Middle School, $66,449-Title I Language Arts.
 
P-8.     Approve Change of Salary Class (effective September 2017), in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
P-9.     Approve Angela Rapke as a designee for the ConnectOne “Burnet Middle School Student Activities Account,” at no cost to the District.
 
P-10.  Approve the appointment of Kira Baskerville-Williams, as a 10-month Vice Principal of Burnet Middle School, at a contractual salary of $116,870, effective on or before December 1, 2017.
 

M. Policy Committee

Upon recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Policy Committee presents the following policy(ies) for the Board’s consideration:
 
POL-1.            File Code: 9113 – Filling Vacancies Bylaw, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member (final reading).
 

N. 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 [one (1) students exited from September 1st through September 30, 2017 (1 from elementary) or a total of five (5) students for the 2017-2018 school year] who are not domiciled in this school district and zero (0) students who will be allowed to complete the 2017-2018 school year, in accordance with the information in the hands of each Board member.
 
R-2.     Approval to remove student #260841 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.
 

O. Technology Committee

 

P. 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.
 

Q. Unfinished Business

R. New Business

S. Comments from the Public

T. Adjournment  ___________ p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

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