FEBRUARY 27, 2018 MINUTES

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Dates: 
Tuesday, March 13, 2018 - 6:30pm
                                              LINCOLN PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LINCOLN PARK, NEW JERSEY
MINUTES
                                                        REGULAR MEETING
6:30 PM, LINCOLN PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 27, 2018
 

District Mission Statement

The Lincoln Park School District will provide, through its schools, an educational setting that
helps children to love and master learning, to work independently as well as collaboratively, and
to develop the character and values that promote a healthy society. It is the school district’s expectation that all students will achieve the New Jersey Student Learning Standards at all grade levels.
 
 
President Gibbons called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m., and he led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.  A moment of silence was held after the Pledge of Allegiance in memory of the victims of the tragedy in Parkland Florida.
 
He then read the following statement into the record:
In accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act, I wish to announce that:
 
The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Law was enacted to ensure the right of the public to have advance notice of and to attend the meetings of public bodies at which any business affecting their interests is discussed or acted upon.  In accordance with the provisions of the act, the Lincoln Park Board of Education has caused notice of this meeting to be mailed to the Daily Record and The Record and posted at the Board of Education Administrative Offices and filed with the Borough Clerk.
 
MEMBERS PRESENT:          Mr. Avena, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Runfeldt,                                                     Mr. Stager, Mrs. Stoel
MEMBERS ABSENT:         
ADMINISTRATION:               Mr. James Grube, Superintendent
 
OTHERS PRESENT:             Mrs. Juanita Petty, Business Administrator / Board Secrety
      Director of Curriculum, Middle School Principal,
      9 Members of the public including the Mayor of Lincoln Park.
 
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Stoel, moved to approve the minutes of a regular meeting of the Board of Education held on February 13, 2018.
 
A roll call was taken for the minutes:
YEA:  Mr. Avena, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Runfeldt, Mrs. Stoel
NAY:  None          
ABSTAINED: Mr. Stager
The motion carried: 6-0-1
 
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT
A. Changes to the Agenda
None
 
B. HIB Report
None
 
C. Suspension Report
LPMS
Two 8th grade students had possession of an electronic cigarette in school and received one day in-school suspension.
 
LPES
A 4th grade student was given one day of in-school suspension for continued defiance of a staff member.
 
D. Enrollment Report
The January enrollment report is in the board folder.
 
Mr. Grube indicated he was going to discuss school security in light of the recent tragedy in Florida and the recent events that are taking place in schools around the country, but he is aware that during the public session of tonight’s meeting the topic of school security will be discussed so he will hold his discussion until then.
 
Mr. Grube reminded the board that he sent an email this morning with the initial LPES news production. If you haven’t had a chance yet to watch it, please take the time to do so, as it is very informative as well as entertaining.
 
Mr. Grube reminded the board that once again this year the Borough Council will hold a meeting in the LPMS gymnasium on Tuesday, April 17th at 10:00am. The meeting was such a big success last year that the Mayor and the Council agreed to come back again this year.
 
The LPES will be celebrating Read across America this Friday. Guest readers will be reading Dr. Seuss books and they will end the day with the extremely popular Hop on Pop activity.
 
We have scheduled a tentative High School Committee meeting for Wednesday, March 7th at 6:00pm. in Boonton.
 
 
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT
 
Elementary School Drills:
February 12, 2018 – Fire Drill
February 15, 2018 – Lockdown Drill
 
Middle School Drills:
February 14, 2018 – Lockdown Drill
February 15, 2018 – Fire Drill
 
  1. Budget development is still underway.  Working with Boonton to finalize the tuition adjustments from 2016-2017. 
  2. The budget calendar was revised by the State since the Governor’s address will be delayed until March 13th.  So as it stands today, the budget is not due to the County until March 29th so the District will adopt the preliminary budget at its regular meeting on March 27th.
  3. Financial reports are still taking some time to reconcile with the Treasurer.  At the next meeting, the October reports will be approved and hopefully those for November.  If we can stay on a schedule of adopting two sets of financial reports each meeting, we will be caught up by the end of March.
 
 

COMMITTEE REPORTS

 
Curriculum / Personnel, Carol Nielsen
  • No meeting, no report.
 
MCSBA, Robert Stager
  • Meeting was held and there were some concerns on how the District deals with DACA.
  • Good News In Sharing ( Computer Coding)
  • There is a new Superintendent evaluation tool on the NJSBA website.
  • Nathanya Simon presented on special needs student programs
  • Mental health issues were discussed.
 
Trustee Gibbons noted that there is a new evaluation model for the Superintendent evaluation and indicated that the District would have its choice this year of continuing to use the old model or changing to the new model.  Discussion ensued with Mr. Grube explaining the differences between the models and the impact it would have on the evaluation this year since some of the goals were two year goals.  Consensus was reached to use the old model for this year.
 
Finance / Facilities, Frank Avena
  • Meeting tonight.
  • The budget was reviewed. Mrs. Petty provided an overview of the budget status. Mr. Avena asked that the Finance Committee be provided with updates on budget development as more information is received.
 
Negotiations, Jack Gibbons
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Lincoln Park / Pequannock Shared Services, Frank Avena
  • Mrs. Petty shared services reviewing part of the budget.
 
Policy / Public Relations, Todd Henches
  • No meeting, no report.
 
MCESC, Todd Henches
  • No meeting, no report.
 
NJSBA, Michael Runfeldt
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Boonton High School Representative / High School, Jack Gibbons
  • Two instructors:
F. Mr.  Dunn – Social Studies/History: NJ Vietnam Vet Association – Teacher of the Year Award.
C. Mr. Hurd – White House History Institute Participant.
 
  • Budget meeting – The budget still remains $1.6 million dollars over budget and they are working on reducing and have another meeting scheduled next Monday.   (Might have $100,000.00 left in surplus.)
Lincoln Park Tuition is always a topic of discussion – Mr. Gibbons shared that he was not happy with A4-1, A4-2.
 
  • The next budget meeting is to be held next Monday.
  • On March 14, 2018, twenty students will be participating in the walk-out.
 
FIRST PUBLIC RECOGNITION REGARDING SCHOOL RELATED MATTERS
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Henches, moved to open the first public recognition at 6:57 p.m. as members from the public wished to be recognized.  The motion was approved by unanimous vote.
 
Mara Toma, who resides at 23 Crefeldt Court, has a 2nd grade student who spoke about student security. She briefly reviewed some suggestions.
 
Mr. Grube responded providing information on what the District is doing to keep the children and staff safe and secure.
 
  • Having safety and security plans for both schools with contribution from the LPPD.
  • Safety teams in both the Elementary and Middle Schools.
  • Must have two drills at each school. The police have attended every emergency drill.
  • Panic button as another type of system – Share 911 enables any staff member to initiate a lockdown. Police are part of this system as well.
  • Doors - We have modified the entrance doors to make them harder to penetrate. .
  • Cameras – Police have access to cameras, we are looking to getting additional cameras.
  • Swipe Card Systems – All doors lock.
  • Middle School has a “Stop It” app to anonymously report harassment, bullying, etc.
This is only a small list of the steps we are taking to make the children and staff safe and secure.
 
Evetta Hada - Advocate for Special Needs students.  Students may need special training or may need assistance. She suggests making students aware of issues so they know to report things when they see or hear something.
 
Amy Raffa, who resides at 2 Mabey Lane has a son in the Middle school PS program, she suggests metal detectors, police officers at all entrances to the school, and someone outside during recess.
 
Emmy Smith states to reach out to the community for outreach and support.
 
Mayor of Lincoln Park – Community connections with groups such as PAL, churches, police, schools, etc.
 
Liz McClafferty, who resides at 12 Cedar Street suggests:
  • Parent  IDs
  • Doors that lock form the inside without opening the door.
 
 She spoke about arming teachers and hopes that the district is not considering this.
 
Vice President Avena, seconded by Trustee Stoel, moved to close the first public recognition at 8:20 p.m. Motion was approved by unanimous vote.
 
The Board took a one minute break and returned with no members of the public staying for the remainder of the meeting.
 
RESOLUTIONS
 
ADMINISTRATION
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Stager, moved to consider the following resolutions on Administration:
 
RECOGNITION AND ACCEPTANCE OF THE HIB REPORT FOR FEBRUARY 2018
RESOLUTION 1443-2018 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education recognizes and approves the Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying report as of February 23, 2018, as summarized below:
School
Incidents Reported
Confirmed
Incidents of HIB
LPES
0
0
LPMS
0
0
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the remedial and disciplinary action taken by the building principals.”
 
OUT OF DISTRICT PLACEMENT – WINDSOR LEARNING CENTER: 2018, #4564098739
RESOLUTION 1444-2018 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education post approves the placement of student State ID #4564098739 to attend Windsor Learning Center, at $305.00 per day, for 83 days, not to exceed $25,315.00, account 11.000.100.562.00, effective January 12, 2018 through June 25, 2018.    
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board President and the School Business Administrator are authorized to execute the agreement/contract on behalf of the Board of Education.”
 
HOME-BASED SPEECH THERAPY SERVICES: 2018, #5341123808
RESOLUTION 1445-2018 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education post approves Tracey D’Amelio to provide home-based Speech Therapy, for student State ID #5341123808, for up to 2.5 hours per week, at a rate of $95.00 per hour, not to exceed $5,937.50, account #11.000.219.320.03 effective January 2, 2018 through June 20, 2018.”
 
 
DONATION FOR LPMS
RESOLUTION 1446-2018 "RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts, with gratitude, the following check for the Lincoln Park Middle School:
Date                       Check #                 Received from                     Amount
2/14/2018              1590                       BIATA L.L.C                          $50.00”
 
 
A roll call was taken for Administration:
YEA: Mr. Avena, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Runfeldt, Mr. Stager, Mrs. Stoel.
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 7-0-0
 
PERSONNEL
No Resolutions Submitted
 
 
FINANCE AND FACILITIES
Trustee Stager, seconded by Trustee Henches, moved to consider the following resolutions on Finance and Facilities.
 
SECRETARY’S REPORT, SEPTEMBER, 2017
* RESOLUTION 1447-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the September, 2017 Secretary’s Report.”
 
TREASURER’S REPORT, SEPTEMBER, 2017
* RESOLUTION 1448-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the Treasurer’s Report for September, 2017.”
 
CERTIFICATION, SEPTEMBER, 2017
* RESOLUTION 1449-2018 “Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2A 10(e), the Board Secretary does certify that the Board Secretary’s Report for September, 2017 does not reflect over-expenditures in any account based on the appropriation balances reflected in the report and on the advice of district officials.”
 
 
___________________________________________________
Board Secretary
 
 
 
MONTHLY TRANSFER REPORT, SEPTEMBER, 2017
* RESOLUTION 1450-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the monthly transfer report for September, 2017 in compliance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-13.3(e).”
 
PAYROLL AND GENERAL ACCOUNTS BILLS LIST
* RESOLUTION 1451-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the payment of the following payroll related expenses and the following General Account bills list as approved by the finance committee:”
                                                                                               
BILLS DESCRIPTION
 DATED
AMOUNT
 
PAYROLL GENERAL
2/15/2018
$             425,012.89
 
STATE SHARE - FICA
2/15/2018
$              23,799.15
 
BOARD SHARE - FICA
2/15/2018
$                6,725.14
 
HORIZON B/C B/S 
 
 
 
DELTA DENTAL    
 
 
 
 
TOTAL
 $            455,537.18
 
       
FY18
 
 
 
BILLS LIST FUND 10
2/27/2018
 $            701,935.11
 
BILLS LIST FUND 20
2/27/2018
 
 
BILLS LIST FUND 60
2/27/2018
 $              20,971.15
 
 
TOTAL
 $             722,906.26
 
 
GRAND    TOTAL
 $          1,178,443.44
 
 
USE OF FACILITIES
RESOLUTION 1452-2018 “WHEREAS, the group(s)/organization(s) listed below have requested the use of facilities; and WHEREAS, these requests comply with the policies outlined under “Rental of School Facilities” incorporated into the policies of the Board of Education; THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that approval is hereby given to the listed group(s)/organization(s) to rent requested facilities; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the School Business Administrator is hereby authorized to issue permits for these requests. The Board reserves the right to schedule school activities at any time.”
 
 
 
Group/
Organization
School
Location
Day
Date(s)
Time
Rental Fee
A
LP Day Association
Chapel Hill
      Field
Saturday
9/22/2018
Rain Date- 9/23/2018
9:00am
5:00pm
    N/A
 
 
A roll call was taken for Finance and Facilities:
YEA:  Mr. Avena, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Runfeldt, Mr. Stager, Mrs. Stoel.
NAY:  None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried:  7-0-0
 
 
BOARD DISCUSSION-
The NJDOE has provided guidance on how schools could handle the proposed country wide student walkout “Walk Out” on March 14, 2018. 
 
SECOND PUBLIC RECOGNITION REGARDING SCHOOL RELATED MATTERS
By a voice vote, the Board approved to forgo the second public recognition at 8:25 p.m., as there was no one present from the public.
 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

None
 
ADJOURNMENT
Trustee Henches, seconded by Trustee Stoel, moved to adjourn the meeting at 8:26 p.m.
The motion was approved by unanimous vote.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
 
 
Juanita A. Petty, RSBA, SFO
Business Administrator / Board Secretary
 
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