NOVEMBER 27, 2018 MINUTES

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Dates: 
Wednesday, December 19, 2018 - 3:00pm
LINCOLN PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LINCOLN PARK, NEW JERSEY
MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
6:30 PM, LINCOLN PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
NOVEMBER 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 6:38 p.m., and he led the Board in the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag. 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 (departed at 8:15 p.m.), Mr. Gibbons,                                          Mr. Henches (arrived at 6:50 p.m), Ms. Nielsen,                                            Mr. Stager, Ms. Stoel
 
MEMBERS ABSENT:            Mr. Runfeldt
 
ADMINISTRATION:             Mr. James Grube, Superintendent, Mr. Michael                                               Meyer, Middle School Principal, Mr.  
                                         David Winston, Director of Curriculum
 
OTHERS PRESENT:             Connor Neuhaus, Mr. Neuhas, Mrs. Neuhaus,                                                 John  Mooney, Liz Warner, Patricia Hiendel
 
 
MINUTES
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Stoel, moved to approve the minutes of the regular meeting and executive session of the Board of Education on November 13, 2018.  The minutes were approved by a roll call vote: 5-0-0.
 
A roll call vote was taken for Minutes.
YEA: Mr. Avena, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Stager, Ms. Stoel, Mr. Gibbons
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 5-0-0
 
PRESENTATIONS
1) Presentation of the Fiscal Year 18 Audit – Nisivoccia LLP
John Mooney provided a summary of the audit, and explained why every school district’s audit is delayed; Y-75 needs to be released from the State, before the audit can be completed. No action could be taken by the Board of Education at this meeting. An approval will need to be done at a future Board Meeting. Mr. Mooney explained surplus, excess surplus, and Capital accounts. The district’s debt will be paid off in five years, and he provided information on the debt the district is permitted to carry. There were two minor findings that are already corrected, and are not repeat findings.
 
President Gibbons thanked and complimented Mr. Mooney and Mrs. Petty on the work they did to fix the issues that were identified in the business office.
 
2) United Way
Liz Warner and Patricia Hiendel gave a presentation on the program and services United Way can provide to the district. They explained that they have worked with Lincoln Park in the past, and would love to work with Lincoln Park moving forward. A discussion was held on the benefits of the services.
 
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT     
Changes to the agenda
  • No change.
HIB Reports
  • None since the last report.
 Suspensions Report
  • One suspension: one day of in school suspension, and one day of out of school suspension.
 
Enrollment Report
 
  • October Enrollment Report.
Mr. Grube provided an update on the security measures that have been put in place, and are now operational. The LobbyGuard, cameras, and door locks have all been installed.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Curriculum / Personnel, Carol Nielsen
  • No meeting, no report.
 
MCSBA, Robert Stager
  • No meeting, no report. Operational items.
 
Finance / Facilities, Frank Avena
  • The audit was reviewed in the meeting held prior to the Board Meeting.
 
Negotiations, Jack Gibbons
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Lincoln Park / Pequannock Shared Services, Frank Avena
  • No meeting, no report. During board discussion, the board will discuss the Pequannock Academy Program and Boonton Pathway Program.
 
Policy / Public Relations, Todd Henches
  • No meeting. Three policies are on the agenda for a first reading; one new policy and two updated policies.
 
MCESC, Todd Henches
  • No meeting, no report.
 
NJSBA, Michael Runfeldt
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Boonton High School Representative / High School, Jack Gibbons
  • Boonton has had several meetings; the John Hill School is dealing with some issues. A lock down took place at the high school yesterday. There is ongoing discussion regarding SROs in the schools.
FIRST PUBLIC RECOGNITION REGARDING SCHOOL RELATED MATTERS
By a voice vote, the Board approved to forgo the first public recognition, as there was no one from the public in attendance wishing to address the Board.
 
RESOLUTIONS
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Henches, moved Administration items #1-3.
 
ADMINISTRATION
HIB REPORT, NOVEMBER 2018
RESOLUTION 1819-2018 “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 November 21, 2018, as summarized:                                                                                                 LPES      LPMS
                                                Incidents Reported                0             0
                                                Confirmed HIB                       0             0
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the remedial and disciplinary action taken by the building principals.”
 
EAGLE SCOUT PROJECT
RESOLUTION 1820-2018 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education recognizes and approves the Eagle Scout Project of Connor Neuhaus, the creation and installation of an inspirational rock garden at the Lincoln Park Middle School, at no expense to the Board of Education.”
 
PROFESSIONAL DAY WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE
RESOLUTION 1821-2018 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the following professional days: WHEREAS, The Board of Education has determined that the school district travel expenditures for the stated functions are in compliance with State travel guidelines as established by the Department of the Treasury and within the guidelines established by the federal Office of Management and Budget; except as superseded by conflicting provisions of Title 18A of the New Jersey Statutes; and WHEREAS, The Board of Education finds that a mileage reimbursement rate equal to that of the State of New Jersey Office of Management and Budget mileage reimbursement rate of $0.31 per mile is a reasonable rate; and WHEREAS, The Board of Education has determined that participation at the stated function is in compliance with the district policy on travel. THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby approves attendance of the following employees at the following professional day conferences and/or workshops:
 
Name of Attendee
Name and Date of Event
Event Cost
Estimated Mileage
J. Bastedo
Practical Co-Teaching Strategies…English Language Learners, 12/11/18
$259
---
M. Meyer
MCAEMSA Conference, 11/30/18
---
42
M. Bammer
MCAEMSA Conference, 11/30/18
---
54
D. Nilsson
Restorative Discipline seminar, 1/25/19
$259
10
 * for post approval
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education hereby approves the costs of attendance at the stated functions, including all registration fees and statutorily authorized travel expenditures, provided that such expenditures are within the annual maximum travel expenditure amount, and that the total cost of the related travel expense will not exceed the amounts stipulated above.”
 
A roll call vote was taken for Administration.
YEA: Mr. Avena, Mr. Henches, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Stager, Ms. Stoel, Mr. Gibbons
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 6-0-0
 
POLICY
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Stager, moved Policy items #1-1.
 
POLICIES, FIRST READING
    * RESOLUTION 1822-2018 “WHEREAS, the Policy Committee reviewed the following via an                 update provided to them on November 20, 2018.
      BE IT RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park   
      Board of Education approves the following for first reading:          
 
Policy/Reg. No.
Title
Status
A
Policy 4111.2/4211.2
Domestic Violence
New
B
Policy 4131/4131.1
Staff Development; Inservice Education/Visitations/Conferences
Revised
C
Policy 5145.7
Gender Identity and Expression
Revised
 
 
A roll call vote was taken for Policy.
YEA: Mr. Avena, Mr. Henches, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Stager, Ms. Stoel, Mr. Gibbons
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 6-0-0
 
 
PERSONNEL
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Henches, moved Personnel items #1-3.
 
HEAD CUSTODIAN STIPEND, MOORE
RESOLUTION 1823-2018 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education appoints Tristan Moore as Head Custodian, Lincoln Park Middle School, at a prorated annual stipend of $1,350.00, effective January 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.”
 
 
LONGEVITY STIPEND, MILTNER
RESOLUTION 1824-2018 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Lewis Miltner for a longevity stipend of $200.00 for completing 11 years of service, effective December 15, 2018.”
 
 
SUBSTITUTE, 2018-2019
RESOLUTION 1825-2018 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the following substitute at the approved substitute rate of pay, as called, effective November 28, 2018 through June 30, 2019:  Tiffany Lee, Teacher.”
               
 
A roll call vote was taken for Personnel.
YEA: Mr. Avena, Mr. Henches, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Stager, Ms. Stoel, Mr. Gibbons
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 6-0-0
 
FINANCE
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Stager, moved Finance items #1-15.
 
APPROVAL OF FINAL PAYMENT AND CLOSEOUT - MS ROOF PROJECT
* RESOLUTION 1826-2018 RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the final payment of $7,315.00 to More Consulting Corp. and the closeout of the Middle School Roofing Project, State Project #2650-040-18-1000, as reviewed and approved by the District Architect of Record.
 
FINAL AUDITED SECRETARY’S REPORT, JUNE, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1827-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the June, 2018 final audited Board Secretary’s Report.”
 
FINAL AUDITED TREASURER’S REPORT, JUNE, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1828-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the final audited Treasurer’s Report for June, 2018.”
 
FINAL AUDITED CERTIFICATION, JUNE, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1829-2018 “Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2A 10(e), the Board Secretary does certify that the final audited Board Secretary’s Report for June, 2018 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
 
REVISED SECRETARY’S REPORT, JULY, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1830-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and   
               affixes to the minutes of this meeting the revised July, 2018 Board Secretary’s Report.”
 
REVISED TREASURER’S REPORT, JULY 2018
*RESOLUTION 1831-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the revised Treasurer’s Report for July, 2018.”
 
REVISED CERTIFICATION, JULY, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1832-2018 “Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2A 10(e), the Board Secretary does certify that the revised Board Secretary’s Report for July, 2018 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
 
 REVISED SECRETARY’S REPORT, AUGUST, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1833-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the revised August, 2018 Board Secretary’s Report.”
 
REVISED TREASURER’S REPORT, AUGUST, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1834-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the revised Treasurer’s Report for August, 2018.”
 
REVISED CERTIFICATION, AUGUST, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1835-2018 “Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2A 10(e), the Board Secretary does certify that the revised Board Secretary’s Report for August, 2018 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
 
SECRETARY’S REPORT, SEPTEMBER, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1836-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the revised September, 2018 Board Secretary’s Report.”
 
TREASURER’S REPORT, SEPTEMBER, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1837-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the revised Treasurer’s Report for September, 2018.”
 
 
CERTIFICATION, SEPTEMEBER, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1838-2018 “Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2A 10(e), the Board Secretary does certify that the revised Board Secretary’s Report for September, 2018 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, 2018
* RESOLUTION 1839-2018 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the revised monthly transfer report for September, 2018 in compliance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-13.3(e).”
 
PAYROLL AND GENERAL ACCOUNTS BILLS LIST
* RESOLUTION 1840-2018 “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
11/15/2018
 $              456,309.40
STATE SHARE - FICA
11/15/2018
 $                24,923.72
BOARD SHARE
11/15/2018
 $                  7,491.95
DELTA DENTAL
 
 
HORIZON B/C B/S
 
 
 
TOTAL
 $              488,725.07
     
FY19
 
 
BILLS LIST FUND 10
11/27/2018
 $              724,891.14
BILLS LIST FUND 20
11/27/2018
 $                15,595.94
BILLS LIST FUND 60
11/27/2018
 $                17,396.37
 
TOTAL
              757,883.45
 
GRAND TOTAL
 $          1,246,608.52
 
A roll call vote was taken for Finance.
YEA: Mr. Avena, Mr. Henches, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Stager, Ms. Stoel, Mr. Gibbons
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 6-0-0
 
 
BOARD DISCUSSION
The board discussed the Boonton High School Pathway and the Pequannock Academies’ programs.  All of the board members agreed that although Boonton is trying to establish a STEM program, it is not at the level of Pequannock’s program. They feel that if the attention and emphasis is continued to be placed on the STEM program, it could grow into an equivalent program. It was agreed that if Lincoln Park 8th grade students request approval to attend one of the three academies, the board will approve the tuition payment to Pequannock.
The board discussed the United Way presentation earlier in the evening, and are all in agreement that the district should pursue participation in the program.
 
 SECOND PUBLIC RECOGNITION REGARDING SCHOOL RELATED MATTERS
By a voice vote, the Board unanimously approved to forgo the second public recognition, as there was no one from the public in attendance wishing to address the Board.
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION
There was no Executive Session.
 
ADJOURNMENT
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Henches, moved for the Board:
 
      To adjourn the meeting at 8:59 p.m.
 
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
 
James W. Grube
Acting Board Secretary
 
 
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