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ContentsComments by the board president
Hearing from the public on agenda items
Special Education Monitoring
Be it also resolved
Special education teacher assistant stipend
Therefore be it resolved
Integrating occupational therapy into kindergarten program
Blood borne pathogens compliance program agreement bergen county department of health appendix “b”
Authorization to hire
Student Activities Fund
Appropriation transfers 2010-11
Revised 2011-12 school year budget
Therefore be it resolved
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BOARD OF EDUCATION
MONTVALE, NEW JERSEY
REGULAR PUBLIC BUSINESS MEETING MINUTES
AUGUST 22, 2011
The Board of Education of the Borough of Montvale, County of Bergen, State of New Jersey, met in Regular Public Meeting Session on Monday, August 22, 2011 in the Instructional Media Center of Fieldstone Middle School, 47 Spring Valley Road, Montvale, NJ. President Muller-Noonan called the meeting to order at 8:00 p.m., following a private session meeting that began at 7:30 p.m. Roll call showed the following to be present: Mr. Funesti, Ms. Harris-Bardes, Mrs. Kavanagh, Mrs. Muller-Noonan, and Mr. Rossig. Mrs. Baviello was absent. Also present were Mr. Belluzzi, Superintendent of Schools, Mrs. Latz, Board Secretary/School Business Administrator, and four members of the public.
Mrs. Muller-Noonan led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and read the Open Public Meetings announcement as follows:
"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 this Act, the Board of Education of the Borough of Montvale has caused notice of this meeting to be published by having the date, time and place thereof posted by Borough Hall/Montvale Public Library, the Board Secretary's Office, posted on the district web site, and such notice given to THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS and THE RECORD."
Mrs. Muller-Noonan welcomed the public and invited those present to sign the attendance sheet, if they so choose. She announced that no smoking is allowed and that pre-approval of audio or video recording by the public is required.
Mrs. Frankel asked for additional information about the proposal for yoga in kindergarten and also asked if the district has a policy of assigning student teachers/interns only with teachers who are tenured in that grade level. Mr. Belluzzi provided information about the kindergarten program, noting that it will also be offered in Hillsdale and River Vale this coming school year. It will be a pilot this year offered one day per week. He noted that it is often a requirement of the college for interns and student teachers to work with tenured staff and checking the list, all the participating teachers are tenured. The teachers do volunteer, and although it is not in policy, Mr. Belluzzi agreed that it is a good idea.
Enrollment - Mr. Belluzzi advised that we are down about 31 students as compared to last year. There are fewer enrolled in kindergarten than last year’s eighth grade class. It is expected that some additional students will enroll during the school year. At Fieldstone School, the year closed with 599 students and will open with 582. Memorial School closed at 493 students and will open with 479 for a district total of 1061. Average class sizes are: Kindergarten 17/18, Grade 1 15/16, Grade 2 21/22, Grade 3 19/20, and Grade 4 24/25. Grades 5-8 have an average of 22 students with sizes fluctuating based on grade levels and subjects by period.
Summer Work - Custodian have finished cleaning all classrooms and in cooperation with our maintenance staff did an excellent job in getting the schools ready to re-open. . All hallways at Fieldstone have been painted by in –house staff and at Memorial 14 classrooms were painted by a contractor. Our thanks to staff for their work.
Opening of School – Our computer tech staff did a yeoman’s job in getting iPads and other computers ready and updated over summer. Wireless access was installed in both schools; sincere thanks to the PTO and MEF for funding this initiative which is critical to moving forward. The final connections for the band width upgrade are anticipated any day. Thanks also to Dr. Chinni and Mr. Kramar who researched and implemented installation of the student materials on the iPads in cooperation with Mr. Valois. We are looking forward to the opening of school with these enhancements.
^ - Notification has been received from the NJ State Commissioner that as a result of the special education review, the district is totally in compliance. Kudos to Mrs. Levi and staff members for this recognition.
iPad Initiative - An iPad initiative at both schools is set for school opening. The pilot program in grade eight will provide 1 for each student. Additional iPads will be available for in –school use by all students through the school library. Mr. Kramar has put together a web site so parents can learn more about expectations. Parent participation the orientation and insurance program which will allow 8th grade students to take the units out of school for use is at 90 out of 95 students. This initiative is the wave of things to come and for the district will be a learning experience. We believe this initiative is a wise investment to shape kids learning, engage in critical thinking skills; and provide opportunities by navigating to multiple places. The iPads will have a lot of restrictions on them including Internet filtering even when off site.
Anti-Bullying - The district will continue to provide anti bullying activities. Although new legislation is in place, this is really a carryover of philosophy and activities for many years. We are proud of our programs that are in place to teach students to embrace and understand differences. The focus at Memorial will be to help kids understand what bullying is. Training for all staff will take place on September 1; information will be available as links on website. For the first time in law, districts are responsible for off school grounds bullying if it has a spill over into the schools.
Great things are happening at Memorial School. Working with Dr. Chinni, Mr. Collier has revised the schedule and curriculum to infuse social studies and science into the reading program. This creates a second math period (lab) for the purpose of review and reinforcement. Time will also be available for a variety of activities such as enrichment, remedial, help in specific skills; and advanced reading every day. The math curriculum in grades K-2 has also been reviewed and revised.
September 11 - The tenth anniversary of this event is on a Sunday. Eighth grade students were only about 4 years old; most of our students do not remember the actual event but will be hearing a lot about it. Teachers will be reviewing and presenting age appropriate materials, some of which are recommended by the State, with a focus on tolerance, understanding differences, and the emphasis on how people came together to support each other. Students will also participate in Operation Goody Bag and decorate a brown bag that will be filled and presented to first responders as well as the troops. The goal is to have a positive response to this anniversary.
BOARD SELF EVALUATION - Susan McCuster, NJSBA Field Representative was introduced. Noting that the self-evaluation should be done each year, she reviewed the results of the survey which highlighted the Boards’ focus on the finance and student achievement as the highest number of points in response. She stated that scores of three and above show that the Board is working together, and she commended the Board for having met that number in all categories. As a requirement for NJQSAC, the Board will need to prepare a professional development plan, and Mrs. McCuster will provide a template to assist the Board.
A fifth member of the public arrived during the presentation. (Mrs. Forcellati)
Mr. Funesti introduced motions 6.1 and 6.2 as follows which motions were seconded by Ms. Harris Bardes, and passed unanimously.
Motion RESOLVED, that there be accepted, as written, the minutes of the following
July 25, 2011 (see attached)
BOARD MEMBER RESIGNATION
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved with regret and appreciation for dedicated
6.2 service to the district, the resignation of Mr. Frank Campana as Board Member effective July 26, 2011.
Mr. Campana will be invited to attend the September meeting to be recognized for his service.
Ms. Harris Bardes introduced motions 7.1 through 7.17 as follows, which motions were seconded by Mrs. Kavanagh, and on a roll call vote, all members present voted aye.
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS, AIDES, SECRETARIES,
CUSTODIANS, HOME INSTRUCTORS
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved employment/re-employment of substitutes as
7.1 listed on Appendix “A” for the 2011-12 school year with compensation at the Board approved rate, and
^ , that all contractually employed teachers, and all substitute teachers be approved as home instructors for the 2011-12 school year with compensation at $35.00 per hour.
Mrs. Muller-Noonan asked how the sub list is refined, noting that AJ Aliprantis as a full-time teacher should come off the list. Mr. Belluzzi explained that the list is carried over year to year unless we are notified that an individual wishes to be removed or if there is another circumstance that changes the individual’s status. He agreed that Mr. Aliprantis needs to come off the list.
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved change of name for employment
7.2 records due to marriage as follows:
CST IEP MEETINGS
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved 2011 summer employment for the following
7.3 in accordance with the MTA/Board Agreement, to attend required student IEP meetings:
SALARY GUIDE ADVANCEMENT
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved advancement on the salary guide for
7.4 the following effective September 1, 2011 under the provisions of the MTA/Board Agreement:
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved a stipend of $100/month to be paid to Karen 7.5 Kennedy for toileting requirements of a handicapped child and additional hours as
required beyond the regular work day to scan classroom materials; said hours to be directed by the Supervisor of Special Services.
RE-EMPLOYMENT LIBRARY TEACHER AIDE
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved re-employment of Eileen Mulroe as
7.6 library/teacher aide assigned to the nurse’s office at Memorial School for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 with compensation of $15.57 as per the Board/MSA Agreement.
Motion RESOLVED, that the Board of Education enter into an agreement with Marian
7.7 Latz as Board Secretary/School Business Administrator for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, under the terms and conditions outlined in the employment agreement, which has been reviewed and approved by the State Department of Education/Bergen County Executive Superintendent.
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved employment of Frank Ramirez as Fieldstone
7.8 School part-time night custodian with compensation of $15.16 per hour for the period September 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012.
RE-EMPLOYMENT LUNCH AIDES MEMORIAL SCHOOL
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved employment of lunch aides for Memorial
7.9 School for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 as follows:
STUDENT TEACHER/INTERN PLACEMENTS
Motion RESOLVED, that the district permit the following student teacher/intern
7.10 placements at Memorial School to begin on September 1, 2011:
Motion WHEREAS, the Board of Education is required pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:11-12 to
7.11 adopt policy and approve travel expenditures by district employees and board members using local, State, or Federal funds to ensure that travel is educationally necessary and fiscally prudent; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Education acknowledges that on-going professional development is critical to the instructional needs of the district or may further the efficient operation of the school district, and providing said training may require travel expenses;
^ that the Board authorize employee and Board Member attendance in informational programs directly related to, and within the scope of the listed job title’s current responsibilities, and/or training opportunities as follows with payment of expenses, if applicable, based on the federal travel regulations provided that such expenses are within the annual maximum travel expenditure amount:
Motion RESOLVED, that there be accepted the proposal submitted by Allison Morgan,
7.12 MA OTR, Zensational Kids Yoga and Therapy, to integrate occupational therapy into the kindergarten program at an approximate cost of $10,000 for the 2011-12 school year.
Ms. Harris-Bardes noted that the Education Committee had discussed the need to put together criteria to evaluate the program. Mr. Belluzzi stated that these will be both quantitative and qualitative.
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved renewal of the Professional Services
7.13 Agreement with the Bergen County Department of Health to provide Blood Borne Pathogens Compliance coordination for the 2011-12 school year as detailed in Appendix “B”, including training of affected employees at a cost of $28 per participant and $168.00 for the three shot series for vaccination.
FIELD TRIP DESTINATIONS
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved the following locations as destinations for
7.14 educational field trips during the 2011-2012 school year for Memorial and/or
Bergen Performing Arts Center
Breslin Theatre, Felician College, Lodi, NJ
Bronx Zoo, New York, NY
Chelsea Pier, NY, NY
Dorney Park, Allentown, PA
Dwight Englewood School, Englewood, NJ
East Harlem School, East Harlem, NY
Ellis Island, NY, NY
FAO Schwartz, NY, NY
Great Adventure, Jackson, NY
Gugenheim Museum, NY
Hispanic Flamenco Ballet, Union City, NJ
Huff Park, Montvale, NJ
Imax Theater at Palisades Center, Nyack, NY
Jefferson School, Bergenfield, NJ
Discovery Times Square, NY
Lafayette Theater, Suffern, NY
Laria’s Cheese, Nanuet, NY
Liberty Science Center, Jersey City, NJ
Minskoff Theatre, New York, NY
Madame Tussaud’s Wax Museum, NY, NY
Madeleine’s Petit Paris, Northvale, NJ
Medieval Times, Lyndhurst, NJ
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY
Montclair State University – NJ Jackals Game
Montclair State University Convocation Day
Montclair State University Theater, Montclair, NJ
Montvale Public Library, Montvale, NJ
Museum of Natural History, NY, NY
NJ Japanese School, Oakland, NJ
Northern Highlands Playhouse, Allendale, NJ
Palace Theater, NY, NY
Papermill Playhouse, Millburn, NJ
Philadelphia/Camden Aquarium, Camden, NJ
Philipsburg Manor, Sleepy Hollow, NY
Prudential Center, Newark, NJ
Radio City Music Hall, NY, NY
Ramapo College Theater, Mahwah, NJ
Rockland Bakery, Nanuet, NY
Saddle River Valley Cultural Center
Sterling Hill Mining Museum, Ogdensburg, NJ
Studio Playhouse, Montclair, NJ
Tenafly Nature Center, Tenafly, NJ
The Bronx Zoo, New York, NY
The Cloisters Museum, New York, NY
The Maritime Aquarium, Norwalk, CT
The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
The Plaza @ Mill Pond, Park Ridge, NJ
The Therapeutic Center, Rockleigh, NJ
UN Headquarters & Grand Hyatt, NY, NY
Westchester Broadway Theater, Westchester, NY
West Point Academy, West Point, NY
All Bergen County Public Schools, Bergen County, NJ
Motion RESOLVED, that the Superintendent of Schools be authorized to offer
7.15 employment contracts to qualified candidates to fill existing open positions for the
period August 22, 2011 through September 1, 2011, subject to Board ratification at the next meeting.
PART-TIME PRESCHOOL AIDE
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved employment of Andrea Goertz as Part-time
7.16 Teacher Assistant in the preschool program, subject to Chapter 116, P.L. 8.7 1986, for the period September 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012, with compensation of $13.16 per hour, subject to continued student need.
CLINICIAN FOR SERVICES TO STUDENTS WITH 504 PLANS
Motion RESOLVED, that the individuals below be approved to provide services as
7.17 required students with 504 Plans for the period July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012:
Mr. Funesti introduced motions 8.1 through 8.5, which motions were seconded by
Ms. Harris Bardes, and on a roll call vote, all members present voted aye.
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved/ratified for payment vouchers in the total
8.1 amount of $917,548.44 as follows:
Motion RESOLVED, that there be ratified/approved line item appropriation transfers to
8.2 the 2010-11 budget as follows:
Motion RESOLVED, that pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11 [c]4, the Montvale Board of
8.3 Education certifies that as of June 30, 2011, after review of the Board Secretary's monthly financial reports [appropriations section], and upon consultation with the appropriate district official, to the best of our knowledge, no major account or fund has been over-expended in violation N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2.11(b) and that sufficient funds are available to meet the district's financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year.
The reports of the Board Secretary, the Treasurer of School Monies, including cash receipts, and the report of the student activities fund for the month of June 2011 are attached as appendix "D" to the minutes of this meeting.
ADDITIONAL STATE AID
Motion WHEREAS, the district has received notification that State Aid for the 2011-12
8.4 school year will increase by $141,097; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Education has determined that items removed from the budget due to cap restrictions are required to provide educational services for the 2011-12 school year; and
WHEREAS, the Board of Education has determined that funds not required to be used for the 2011-12 educational program be set aside for tax relief in future budget years,
^ , that the 2011-12 school year budget be revised as follows and a copy submitted to the Executive County Superintendent of Schools:
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved submission of an amendment to the ARRA
8.5 IDEA Basic Grant as follows to reflect revised allocation of grant funds to reflect the need for additional computers and the purchase of iPads for use in the special education programs:
100-100 Salaries $ 2,859
100-300 On Line Software $12,825
200-200 Benefits $ 219
200-300 Consultants $ 4,820
100-600 Classroom Supplies $20,620
200-600 CST Supplies $ 103
Mrs. Kavanagh introduced motions 9.1 and 9.2 as follows, which motions were seconded by Mr. Funesti and passed unanimously.
FIRST READING OF BOARD POLICY
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved on first reading the following new and/or
9.1 revised Board of Education Policies/By-Laws:
REVISED JOB DESCRIPTIONS
Motion RESOLVED, that there be approved the following revised job descriptions:
9.2 Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
Second in Command
FACILITIES AND TRANSPORTATION
Mr. Funesti introduced motion 10.1 as follows, which motion was seconded by Ms. Harris-Bardes. All members present voted aye.
STUDENT TRANSPORTATION 2011-12
SUBSCRIPTION BUS FEE
Motion WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey permits local school districts to provide
10.1 subscription busing at a cost equal to the district’s cost to transport eligible pupils; therefore be it
RESOLVED, that there be approved the ridership of non-eligible students (Subscription Busing) on Montvale Board of Education contracted buses for the 2011-12 school year at a cost of $625.00 per rider, subject to availability of unassigned seats.
Education Committee - Ms. Harris-Bardes reported that she and Mr. Rossig met with the Education Committee on August 10th. As Mr. Belluzzi included in his report, a discussion took place about the curriculum and technology initiatives. Discussion took place about configuring the iPads to come through the district’s filter and also for options for auditing them and for criteria to determine their impact on the learning process. She commended the administration and Pete Valois for the outstanding work. She also acknowledged Dr. Chinni and staff who spent a part of their summer working on curriculum revisions and prep work for the upcoming school year. Hopefully those at Memorial School will be happy with the band width increase for Internet access. Mr. Rossig seconded the commendations to staff and acknowledged Mr. Belluzzi’s leadership in implementing the initiatives. He commended Mr. Collier, noting that the implementation of an additional period where kids can work at their own levels at Memorial is just another example showing that the district is committed to all children. That’s why I live in this town and the efforts are appreciated.
^ – Ms. Harris-Bardes reported that a vote is scheduled on the 100 unit proposed development tomorrow evening.
Board Meeting Calendar Change – The NJSBA Annual Conference will take place in Atlantic City on October 24 – 26. October 24 is also a scheduled Board meeting date. The Board approved revising the meeting calendar as follows. Consideration should be given to changing the Board meeting dates to avoid the conflict for those planning to attend.
HEARING FROM THE PUBLIC
Mrs. Frankel provided some ideas for acknowledging September 11th in the schools including inviting relatives of some of the victims in to speak. She also encouraged Memorial School to again invite non-English speaking parents to come into the school for assistance in completing forms at on opening day and hoped that the money spent on the Yoga would be for a full program.
MOTION TO ADJOURN
Ms. Harris-Bardes introduced motion 18.1 as follows, which motion was seconded by Mrs. Kavanagh and passed unanimously.
Motion RESOLVED, that this meeting be adjourned at 9:10 p.m.