MARCH 26, 2019 MINUTES

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Dates: 
Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 10:30am
LINCOLN PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS
LINCOLN PARK, NEW JERSEY
MINUTES
REGULAR MEETING
6:30 PM, LINCOLN PARK MIDDLE SCHOOL
MARCH 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 6:32 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, Ms. Nielsen, and Mr. Stager
 
MEMBERS ABSENT:          Ms. Stoel
 
ADMINISTRATION:           Mr. Michael Meyer, Middle School Principal,                                                   Mr. James Grube, Superintendent and                                                             Mrs. Juanita Petty, Interim Business                                                               Administrator  and Board Secretary
 
OTHERS PRESENT:           Ms. Rushnok, Middle School teacher,                                                             students and their parents who were                                                             involved in presentations.
 
 
MINUTES
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Gibbons, moved to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of the Board of Education on March 12, 2019.  The minutes were approved by a roll call vote: 6-0-0.
 
A roll call vote was taken for the Minutes.
YEA: Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Stager, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Avena
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 6-0-0
 
PRESENTATIONS
Student Council President’s Update was presented by Sarah Henches, the Council Historian. The Council is running a school spirit clothing sale to raise money for the council. The spring pep rally will be held next week, as the boys have completed their baseball tryouts, and the girls, their softball tryouts. The LPMS play, James and the Giant Peach, will be held on May 4th and 5th.
Mrs. Rushnok and two students from her 5th grade class, Jake Scardilli and Antonio De La Rosa, presented their Hydroponic Garden, which was purchased with money from a grant.
 
SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT     
1) Changes to the Agenda - none
2) The HIB Report is in the folder. There was one HIB at the middle school for harassment.
3) * Suspension Report – there was one in school suspension at the LPMS.
4) Enrollment Report – February’s report is in the folder. The previous enrollment reports were modified and completed. A couple of students had been classified in the wrong category.
5) We are awaiting the insurance appraisal on the truck. Discussion ensued. A determination will be made on where to park the truck in the future; the plan is to park the truck closer to the cameras.
6) Nicole Schoening was welcomed to the meeting. We are excited to have her join the staff as the new Business Administrator.
7) At their March 19th meeting, the Borough Council memorialized a Shared Service Agreement to provide up to one million gallons of water for the middle school field. The borough sponsored teams will have access to these fields. The Board of Education will adopt this at the next meeting. There was discussion on the condition of the field, and reseeding will be considered next fall.
8) All the language for the Chapel Hill agreement has been worked out, and will be approved on the next agenda. The fire escape will be repaired, and Chapel Hill plans on performing other building improvements.
 
BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR’S REPORT   
1) Budget – has been submitted to the County; awaiting approval. Boonton’s budget matches with the tuition adjustment.
2) Working on: A) a review of the 2019-2020 tuition rate, B) The RR final expenditures for 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 were received today, and are currently under review. They should be able to be presented to the Finance Committee in April.
 
COMMITTEE REPORTS
 
Curriculum / Personnel, Carol Nielsen
  • No meeting, no report.
 
MCSBA, Robert Stager
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Finance / Facilities, Frank Avena
  • No meeting, no report. There is a meeting scheduled for April 9th.
 
Negotiations, Jack Gibbons
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Lincoln Park / Pequannock Shared Services, Frank Avena
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Policy / Public Relations, Todd Henches
  • No meeting, no report.
 
MCESC, Todd Henches
  • There was a meeting two weeks ago; they are still hoping for a buyer for Park Lake School.
 
NJSBA, Joshua Kaufman
  • No meeting, no report.
 
Boonton High School Representative / High School, Rob Stager
  • Mr. Stager was not able to attend last night’s meeting.
  • There was a special meeting where the budget was approved.
 
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 Gibbons, seconded by Trustee Stager, moved Administration items #1-5.
 
 
HIB REPORT, MARCH 2019
* RESOLUTION 1978-2019 “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 March 22, 2019, as summarized:                                                                                                                    LPES       LPMS
                                                Incidents Reported                              0              1
                                                Confirmed HIB                                     0              1
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the remedial and disciplinary action taken by the building principals.”
 
HOME INSTRUCTION:  2018-2019, #7814948767
RESOLUTION 1979-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education post approves the provision of home instruction services for student State ID #7814948767 – Lincoln Park, to be provided by Saint Clare’s, at a rate of $55.00 per hour, for up to 5 hours per week, account #11.150.100.320.03, effective February 20, 2019, per the Boonton Child Study Team and the Boonton Board agenda dated March 11, 2019.”
 
TEMPORARY OUT OF DISTRICT PLACEMENT: 2018-2019, #2335513959
RESOLUTION 1980-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education post approves the placement of student State ID #2335513959 to attend the Morris Plains School District, at a rate of $100.54 per day, for a total of 7 days, not to exceed $703.78, account #11.000.100.562.00.
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.”
 
LANES FIELD STORAGE CONTAINER
RESOLUTION 1981-2019 "RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves the placement of a temporary storage container at Lanes Field by the Lincoln Park Police Athletic League, at no expense to the Board of Education, effective April 25, 2019 through July 26, 2019.”
 
PROFESSIONAL DAY WORKSHOP ATTENDANCE
RESOLUTION 1982-2019 “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
M. Meyer
The Principal/AP/VP’s Survival Guide, 3/28/19
Free (membership)
110
H. Hernandez
NJSBGA Conference/Expo, 3/11-13/19*
$500
270
W. Billig
Handle With Care Instructor Recertification Program, 5/30/19
$450
---
J. Petty
NJASBO Conference, 6/4-7/19
$525
270
D. Nilsson
Restorative Practices, 4/4/19
$209
14
 
* 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.”
 
There was a question on Administration item #3, regarding temporary replacement.
 
A roll call vote was taken for Administration.
YEA: Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Stager, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Avena
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 6-0-0
 
PERSONNEL
Trustee Nielsen, seconded by Trustee Kaufman, moved Personnel items #1-8.
               
SCHOOL BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR / BOARD SECRETARY, SCHOENING
*RESOLUTION 1983-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Nicole Schoening, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, account #11.000.251.100.02, effective July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 in accordance with the contract, annexed hereto, approved by the Executive County Superintendent; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board President is authorized to execute the contract on behalf of the Board of Education.”
 
ACCOUNTS PAYABLE CLERK, CRUZ ARIAS
RESOLUTION 1984-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Santa Lucia Cruz Arias, Accounts Payable Clerk, at a salary of $45,000, prorated with benefits, account #11.000.251.100.02, effective on or about April 1, 2019 through June 30, 2019.”
 
RESCIND MATERNITY LEAVE, EMPLOYEE #001494
RESOLUTION 1985-2019 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education rescinds resolution 1931-2019 which was passed on February 19, 2019 in the following form:
RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Employee, ID #001494, for maternity leave beginning March 25, 2019 through April 23, 2019 as sick days, and April 24, 2019 through June 19, 2019 (or the last day of school) under the Family Medical Leave Act, unpaid with benefits, returning to work September 1, 2019.”
 
MATERNITY LEAVE, EMPLOYEE #001494
RESOLUTION 1986-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education post approves Employee, ID #001494, for maternity leave beginning March 25, 2019 through April 22, 2019 as sick days, and April 23, 2019 through June 19, 2019 (or the last day of school) under the Family Medical Leave Act, unpaid with benefits, returning to work September 1, 2019.”
 
MATERNITY LEAVE, EMPLOYEE #001285
RESOLUTION 1987-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Employee, ID #001285, for maternity leave beginning May 31, 2019 through June 19, 2019 as sick days, September 3, 2019 through November 25, 2019 under the Family Medical Leave Act, unpaid with benefits, and November 26, 2019 through January 30, 2020 as unpaid leave without benefits, returning to work January 31, 2020.”
 
MATERNITY LEAVE, EMPLOYEE #001503
RESOLUTION 1988-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Employee, ID #001503, for maternity leave beginning September 3, 2019 through November 25, 2019 under the Family Medical Leave Act, unpaid with benefits, and November 26, 2019 as a personal day, returning to work November 27, 2019.”
 
GRADE 3 TEACHER LEAVE REPLACEMENT, NICOLETTI
RESOLUTION 1989-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Christina Nicoletti, placement by Insight Workforce Solutions, for the Grade 3 Teacher Leave Replacement position, effective during the 2018-2019 school year.”
 
VOLUNTEER FOR BASEBALL, CABALAR
RESOLUTION 1990-2019 “RESOLVED, that upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves Mr. Anthony Cabalar as a volunteer to assist the boys’ baseball team during the Spring 2019 season.”
 
A roll call vote was taken for Personnel.
YEA: Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Stager, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Avena
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 6-0-0
 
FINANCE AND USE OF FACILITIES
Trustee Gibbons, seconded by Trustee Stager, moved Finance items #1-6, and Use of Facilities item #1 of 1.
 
BOARD SECRETARY’S REPORT, FEBRUARY, 2019
* RESOLUTION 1991-2019 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the February, 2019 Board Secretary’s Report.”
 
TREASURER’S REPORT, FEBRUARY, 2019
* RESOLUTION 1992-2019 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education accepts and affixes   to the minutes of this meeting the Treasurer’s Report for February, 2019.”
 
CERTIFICATION, FEBRUARY, 2019
* RESOLUTION 1993-2019 “Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2A 10(e), the Board Secretary does certify that the Board Secretary’s Report for February, 2019 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, FEBRUARY, 2019
* RESOLUTION 1994-2019 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education approves and affixes to the minutes of this meeting the monthly transfer report for February, 2019 in compliance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-13.3(e).”
 
CHAPEL HILL FIRE ESCAPE REPAIRS
RESOLUTION 1995-2019 “RESOLVED, that the Lincoln Park Board of Education authorizes Chapel Hill Academy to make necessary repairs to the building fire escapes at 31 Chapel Hill Road, Lincoln Park, NJ at a total cost of $25,350.00 at no cost to the District for such repairs.”
 
PAYROLL AND GENERAL ACCOUNTS BILLS LIST
* RESOLUTION 1996-2019 “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
3/15/2019
 $              433,040.20
STATE SHARE - FICA
3/15/2019
 $                25,208.55
BOARD SHARE
3/15/2019
 $                  5,827.50
DELTA DENTAL
 
 
HORIZON B/C B/S
 
 
 
TOTAL
 $              464,076.25
FY19
   
BILLS LIST FUND 10
3/26/2019
 $              240,918.90
BILLS LIST FUND 20
3/26/2019
 $                18,296.28
BILLS LIST FUND 60
3/26/2019
 $                17,829.65
 
TOTAL
 $              277,044.83
 
GRAND TOTAL
 $              741,121.08
 
USE OF FACILITIES
 RESOLUTION 1997-2019 “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
PTO – Spring Fling
LPES
Gym & APR
Thursday
4/11/19
4:30-7:00 p.m.
N/A
B
PTO – Ice Cream Social
LPES
APR
Friday
4/26/19
5:00-9:00 p.m.
N/A
C
PTO – Guy & His Girl event
LPES
Gym & APR
Thursday
5/2/19
4:30-9:00 p.m.
N/A
D
LP PAL Cheerleading
Chapel Hill
Fields
Monday-Friday  & a Saturday
8/1-8/2, 8/5-8/9, 8/12-8/16, 8/19-8/23, 8/26-8/30, 9/3-9/8/19
5:00-8:00 p.m., & on 9/7, 8 am-12:00 p.m.
N/A
E
LP PAL Cheerleading
Middle School
Gym
Monday-Friday
9/9-9/13, 9/16-9/20, 9/23-9/27, 9/30-10/4, 10/7-10/11, 10/15-1018, 10/21-10/25, 10/28-11/1, 11/4-11/6, 11/11-11/15, 11/18-11/22/19
5:30-8:30 p.m.
N/A
 
A roll call vote was taken for Finance and Facilities.
YEA: Mr. Gibbons, Mr. Henches, Mr. Kaufman, Mr. Stager, Ms. Nielsen, Mr. Avena
NAY: None
ABSTAINED: None
The motion carried: 6-0-0
 
BOARD DISCUSSION
Mr. Avena brought up the Rockland County ban on unvaccinated students in public places; discussion ensued.
 
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 Stager, seconded by Trustee Kaufman, moved for the Board:
 
      To adjourn the meeting at 7:13 p.m.
 
 
 
Respectfully submitted,
 
 
 
Juanita A. Petty
RSBA, SFO, Interim Business Administrator/Board Secretary      
 
 
 
 
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