FEBRUARY 26, 2019 MINUTES

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Dates: 
Wednesday, March 13, 2019 - 9:45am
LINCOLN PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LINCOLN PARK, NEW JERSEY
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
6:30 PM, LINCOLN PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
FEBRUARY 26, 2019
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 Avena called the meeting to order at 6:40 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, Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches,                                                           Mr. Kaufman, and Ms. Nielsen
                                          
MEMBERS ABSENT:          Mr. Stager, and Ms. Stoel
 
ADMINISTRATION:           Mr. James Grube, Superintendent,                                                                 Mrs. Juanita Petty, Interim Business                                                               Administrator and Board Secretary,
                                      Mr. Michael Meyer, Middle School Principal
 
OTHERS PRESENT:          Student Council representative and three                                                       members of the public
 
 
There was a moment of silence held for the Boonton High School Student and his father who were killed last week in a traffic accident on Route 23.
 
MINUTES
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Gibbons, moved to approve the minutes of the regular meeting and executive session of the Board of Education on February 19, 2019.  The minutes were approved by a roll call vote: 5-0-0.
 
A roll call vote was taken for the Minutes.
YEA: Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Mr. Kaufman, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Avena
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 5-0-0
                                                                                                                                                        
PRESENTATIONS
1) A Student Council Report was presented by Ethan Smith.
2) Mr. Meyer, Middle School Principal, along with staff members, presented proposals for student programs for next year:
A. Donna Nilsson presented Restorative Justice.
B. Mr. Lee presented a restricted section in the Media Center, for eighth grade students.
Discussion ensued. There was a consensus to proceed
3) Mr. Grube gave a brief presentation on iready.
Discussion ensued.
4) Mr. Grube presented an update on the district goals. Discussion ensued.
The staff left the meeting at 7:35 p.m.
5) Mr. Grube updated the Board on issues today at Boonton High School with regard to the student response to the memorial for the untimely death of a student.
 
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT     
1) Changes to the Agenda - none
2) HIB Report - none
3) Suspension Report - none
4) Enrollment Report – in folder
 
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT   
1) Drills as noted on the agenda.
2) Financial disclosures: all are done or need correction with the exception of one. A required password reset has been requested.
3) Accounts Payable position: interviews will be conducted Wednesday and Thursday. Administration hopes to have a recommendation on the 3/12/19 agenda.
4) Budget ongoing – updating figures as next year’s contracts are received.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Curriculum / Personnel, Carol Nielsen
  • There was a meeting tonight. The following items were discussed:
1) Non-tenured staff
2) Presentation from tonight
3) Retirements
4) Open positions
5) Special Education position – new
6) Instructional Technology position – new
7) Part-time Physical Education teacher – new
8) Projected enrollments
9) 2019-2020 calendar
10) Curriculum updates
 
MCSBA, Robert Stager
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Finance / Facilities, Frank Avena
  • There is a meeting scheduled for March 12th.
 
Negotiations, Jack Gibbons
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Lincoln Park / Pequannock Shared Services, Frank Avena
  • No meeting.
  • There was an article in the newspaper today, and it will be discussed under Boonton High School.
 
Policy / Public Relations, Todd Henches
  • No meeting, no report.
 
MCESC, Todd Henches
  • No meeting, no report.
 
NJSBA, Joshua Kaufman
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Boonton High School Representative / High School, Rob Stager
  • Mr. Stager emailed Mr. Avena, regarding the Boonton High School meeting last night.
  • There was an employee who resigned last night who was involved in the development of the STEM Program. This compromises the development of the program, until the position can be filled.
  • There was an article in “Suburban Trends” regarding the Pequannock program. Boonton High School’s Superintendent expressed concern over the loss of students and ultimately the loss of revenue.
  • Discussion ensued.
  • They are awaiting the final determination of student interviews.
 
 
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
 
ADMINISTRATION
Trustee Kaufman, seconded by Trustee Nielsen, moved Administration items #1& #3.
 
HIB REPORT, FEBRUARY 2019
RESOLUTION 1949-2019 “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 22, 2019, 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.”
 
SCHOOL CALENDAR, 2019-2020 TABLED
* RESOLUTION 000-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the Lincoln Park Public Schools calendar for the 2019-2020 school year.”
 
PROFESSIONAL DAY WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE
RESOLUTION 1950-2019 “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
D. Nilsson
North Jersey Genesis User Group meeting, 4/3/19
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28
 
* 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.”
 
Discussion:
Mr. Kaufman suggested that professional days on a Wednesday or Thursday should match up to early dismissal on Monday to match Boonton High School.
Mr. Grube explained the reasoning for scheduling delayed openings rather than early dismissals, but indicated he will get more information from staff on changing it to early dismissals.
Discussion ensued. It was suggested to table the resolution to the next meeting.
 
Trustee Kaufman, seconded by Trustee Henches, moved that item #2 be tabled to the next meeting.
Voice vote - all yes.
 
 
A roll call vote was taken for Administration items #1 & #3 only:
YEA: Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Mr. Kaufman, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Avena
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 5-0-0
 
PERSONNEL
Trustee Gibbons, seconded by Trustee Henches, moved Personnel items #1-3, Finance items #1-1, and Facilities items #1-1.
 
LONGEVITY STIPEND, ZODDA
RESOLUTION 1951-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Danielle Zodda for a longevity stipend of $1,000.00 for completing 15 years of service, effective March 1, 2019.”
 
STUDENT SHADOW, VIERU
RESOLUTION 1952-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education post approves Olga Vieru, Student Shadow, Lincoln Park Middle School, for up to 25 hours per week, at a rate of $14.00 per hour, no benefits, not to exceed $12,810.00 per annum, account #11.000.217.100.03, effective February 25, 2019 through June 30, 2019.”
 
TERMINATION OF SUBSTITUTES, 2018-2019
RESOLUTION 1953-2019 “WHEREAS, the Lincoln Park School District has contracted with Insight Workforce Solutions for substitute services, including substitute placements which shall begin on March 4, 2019;
THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the termination of employment of the following substitute teachers/paraprofessionals effective at the end of the work day on March 1, 2019:
Khalilah Amatulla-Lindsey, Sihana Asani, Marta Baez, Ilysa Berkowitz, Joanne Capozzi, Janet Church, Alexandra Cicero, Jason Cifune, Medina Colaku, Elise Collins, Nancy Cummings, Rachel Dawson, Daniella Delarosa, Dennis Di Sanzo, Jennifer Dockendorf, Morgan Dowd, Kristen Eftimoski, Deborah Elefante, Lucia Falcone-Piro, Linda Gambino, Nadia Garcia, Mary Gillen, Sandra Hoff, Virginia Joy, Diane Karback, Janice Kirn-Sottilaro, Michael Klein, Deena Kozak, Andrew Lee, Tiffany Lee, Janet Long, Helene Mandara, Michelle Manna, Jillian Marchione, Diane Marsh, Caitlin McGee, Debra McHugh, Kathleen Miller, Anne Miscia, Sandra Moretti, Christina Nicoletti, Joyce Peraino, Frank Picciotto, Joelle Prinzo, Jessica Rauch, Matthew Rugel, Jacqueline Savarese, Rose Lynn Shawah, Susan Stringer, Patricia Sullivan, Buthaina Tahawi, Robin Zanca.”
 
FINANCE
PAYROLL AND GENERAL ACCOUNTS BILLS LIST
* RESOLUTION 1954-2019 “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
2/15/2019
 $              445,564.86
STATE SHARE - FICA
2/15/2019
 $                25,150.50
BOARD SHARE
2/15/2019
 $                  6,857.27
DELTA DENTAL
 
 $                               -  
HORIZON B/C B/S
 
 $                               -  
 
TOTAL
 $              477,572.63
 
 
 
   
FY19
 
 
BILLS LIST FUND 10
2/26/2019
 $              144,238.06
BILLS LIST FUND 20
2/26/2019
 $                21,014.60
BILLS LIST FUND 60
2/26/2019
 $                  5,730.05
 
TOTAL
 $             170,982.71
 
GRAND TOTAL
 $             648,555.34
 
FACILITIES
USE OF FACILITIES
 RESOLUTION 1955-2019 “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 Recreation Department
Middle School
Gym & 5-6 classrooms
Monday-Friday
6/21/19 (dropping off equipment) camp starts 6/24/19-8/16/19
7:30 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
N/A
B
PTO
Elementary School
Gym
Tuesday
2/26/19
4:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
N/A
C
PTO
Middle School
APR
Friday
3/15/19
6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
N/A
D
PTO
Elementary School
Library
Tuesday
3/12/19
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
N/A
E
PTO
Elementary School
Café
Tuesday
3/12/19
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
N/A
 
A roll call vote was taken for Personnel, Finance and Facilities.
YEA: Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Mr. Kaufman, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Avena
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 5-0-0
 
BOARD DISCUSSION
1) Mr. Grube noted there will be a High School Committee Meeting tomorrow at 6:00 p.m. in Boonton.
 
EXECUTIVE SESSION
There was none.
 
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.
 
ADJOURNMENT
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Kaufman, moved for the Board:
 
      To adjourn the meeting at 8:00 p.m.
 
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
 
 
Juanita A. Petty,
RSBA, SFO, Interim Business Administrator/Board Secretary      
 
 
 
 
 
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