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WHARTON BOROUGH BOARD OF EDUCATION
MINUTES – WORK SESSION/ACTION MEETING

THURSDAY, APRIL 15, 2010

TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY CENTER - MACKINNON MIDDLE SCHOOL

I. CALL TO ORDER
The Board of Education President, Amy Rhead, called the regular Work Session Meeting of Wharton Borough Board of Education to order at 7:00 p.m. and read the following:

OPEN PUBLIC MEETING STATEMENT
The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Law was enacted to insure 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 and acted upon. In accordance with the provisions of this act and Board of Education Bylaw 0160, the Wharton Borough Board of Education has caused notice of this meeting to be sent to the Daily Record, posted on the bulletin board in the Wharton Public School, filed with the Wharton Borough Clerk, and mailed to all those people who have requested individual notice and paid the required fee.



  1. PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE

Ms. Rhead asked those present to join her in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.



IV. ROLL CALL

Present: Amy Rhead, President; Marc Towne, Vice President (arrived 7:08 p.m.); Anthony Astrologo; Robert Dollberg (arrived 7:32 p.m.); William Rogers (arrived 7:12 p.m.); Socorro Sampson; and Stephen Skelly.


Also present: Interim Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Ernest Palestis; School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Pamela Hinman; Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, Alan Bocchino; 2 staff members and 6 residents of the community.

V. DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT – Stephen Skelly read the following:

In partnership with the community, the Wharton School District is committed to educational excellence and guarantees challenging learning opportunities for all students to become life-long learners and productive and responsible members of society. It is the expectation of this school district that all pupils achieve the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards at all grade levels.

VI. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT AND PRESENTATIONS


  1. Mr. Bocchino presented the Technology Plan for 2010-2013.




  • Mr. Skelly commented on the obsolescence of Smart Boards and asked if the same will happen to laptops.

  • Dr. Palestis commented on the possibility of Netbooks in place of laptops. The Netbooks are smaller and would do all that laptops do with the assistance of a pen drive, and the cost is almost half of that of a laptop.

  • Mr. Bocchino stated that top need is for students to have more access to computers.



  1. Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Palestis reported on the following:




  • The pursuit for Shared Services for technology is going further then just Morris Hills Regional School District. Rockaway Township, which has a state-of-the-art technology department, is considering a Shared Service with us.

  • Shared Services with transportation with potentially Morris Hills Regional School District and Roxbury

  • Dr. Palestis has been reaching out to the public and faculty. He met with the PTA, WKFF and 2nd and 3rd grade parents.

  • Dr. Palestis has also been brainstorming on groups to meet with to inform of the budget. He plans on meeting with pre-school parents and newly-registered parents. Ms. Blalock, Principal of Duffy Elementary School, will be reaching out to new kindergarten parents.

  • The WEA is planning a “Stroll to the Poll” on Election Day.

  • The PTA is focusing their efforts on getting people out to vote.

  • School Messenger will be used as well.

  • Dr. Palestis acknowledged Board Member Stephen Skelly for his 17 years of service in our community.



  1. Board Discussion/Reports:




  • Mr. Rogers asked the Board for their “5 contacts”.

  • At the recent PTA meeting, Dr. Palestis made a brief presentation. The PTA has a vested interest in helping out with the purchase of Netbooks. Dr. Palestis would like to hold a “Technology Night” focusing on Netbooks, Achieve 3000, Daily Parent Tip Sheet on our website and the parental resources section on the website.

  • Ms. Rhead reported on a follow up with Senator Bucco. The Legislature is putting together a task force on the state of economies for schools.



  1. Business Administrator/Board Secretary’s Report – Ms. Hinman reported on the following:




  • Preview of Agenda for 4/29/10 Reorganization Meeting

  • Backstop approval

  • RFPs for Bank and Food Service

  • Wharton Soccer “Rent a John”



VII. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR DISCUSSION


  • Mr. Martin Rosenberg questioned the Netbooks. Dr. Palestis responded and stated that major technology upgrades are needed in Duffy.

  • Mr. Skelly asked if teachers were asking for computers. Dr. Palestis affirmed.

  • Mr. Bryan Lance, PTA President, asked the Board to present the PTA with any requests for technology upgrades. The PTA Facebook turnout is getting some good traffic. He also commented on the work of Maira Rogers towards the election.

  • Mr. Chick Lowry commented that he is impressed with the Board’s ability to work with the children; however, he is totally against the budget because of his taxes. Ms. Rhead responded that it is a really tough year and that staff has been cut by 17 people. The Board is spending less than last year. If there was a wage freeze and contribution to health benefits, jobs would be saved.



VIII. A. MINUTES

The Board of Education approved the Minutes from the meetings of March 18, 2010 (Work Session and Closed Session); March 25, 2010 (Business Meeting and Closed Session); and March 30, 2010 (Public Hearing and Closed Session).

Motion: Marc Towne Seconded: Robert Dollberg


Roll Call Vote:

Anthony Astrologo

Robert Dollberg

Amy

Rhead


William

Rogers


Socorro

Sampson


Stephen

Skelly


Marc

Towne


Minutes 3/18/10

Yes

Yes

Abstain

Yes

Yes

Abstain

Yes

Minutes 3/25/10

Yes

Yes

Abstain

Yes

Yes

Abstain

Yes

Minutes 3/30/10

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Abstain

Yes



B. CURRICULUM & STUDENT ACTIVITIES:


  1. The Board of Education approved the following field trips, pursuant to Policy 2340:*




  1. 77 students – Grade 2 (J. Meyer) to Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, NJ on 4/27/10 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. to view a live stage performance by the Morris Hills High School Drama Department.




  1. 78 students – Grade 2 (J. Meyer) to Bronx Zoo in Bronx, NY on 6/1/10 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student funded - cost per student: $12.00.




  1. 115 students – Grades 5, 6, 7, 8 (S. Johnston) to Morris Hills High School in Rockaway, NJ on 6/21/10 from 8:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. for graduation practice.




  1. 80 students – Grade 4 (C. Jenkins) to NJ State House and Barracks in Trenton, NJ on 6/22/10 from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Student funded - cost per student: $6.00.


*Note: Board costs include transportation only

2. The Board of Education approved the following programs for summer 2010:



Program

Purpose

Dates

Summer ESY Program

PRIDE


To provide in-district extended school year program for Wharton Special Education students

July 6, 2010 to

August 2, 2010

8:30 to 10:30 AM


Summer ESY Program

A-STARS


To provide in-district extended school year program for Wharton Special Education students

June 28, 2010 to

August 9, 2010

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Summer ESY Program

Primary LLD



To provide in-district extended school year program for Wharton Special Education Students; Two blocks of 2 hour sessions for academic instruction; Social Skills group offered when indicated in student’s IEP

July 6, 2010 to

August 2, 2010

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Summer ESY Program Intermediate/Upper LLD

To provide in-district extended school year program for Wharton Special Education Students; Two blocks of 2 hour sessions for academic instruction; Social Skills group offered when indicated in student’s IEP

July 6, 2010 to

August 2, 2010

8:30 AM to 12:30 PM


Summer ESL Program

To provide an English as a Second Language Program for Wharton limited English speaking students

Monday thru Thursday

July 6, 2010 to

July 29, 2010 (15 days)

9:00 AM to 11:15 AM



3. The Board of Education approved the following student services for the 2009-2010 school year:



Student

Services

Date(s)

Fee

#7757251074

Tutorial Services

(Saint Clare’s Hospital Behavioral Health



2-10 days of services

$49.00 per hour

(Acct. #11-000-216-320-000-000)



#6394527838

Neuro-psychiatric Evaluation

(Dr. Dale Jacobs)



TBD

$450.00

(Acct. #11-000-219-320-000-000)



#0001770

(NJ Smart # not yet issued)

Bilingual Educational Evaluation

(Educational Services Commission)



TBD

$395.00

(Acct. #11-000-216-320-000-000)





  1. The Board of Education approved the following out of district placement for the remainder of the 2009-2010 school year:

Student

Placement

Date(s)

Tuition

#3594011330

Dennis O’Brien

Rockaway, NJ



4/5/10 – 6/18/10

ESY Dates TBD



$11,250.36 for remainder of school year; $4,960.50 + benefits for 1:1 aide; $2,160 ($200 per week) for transportation (ESC);

$6,250 for ESY program

5. The Board of Education approved the Child Study Team’s “Procedure for Specific Learning Disability Eligibility” which is attached to and made part of this resolution by reference. EXHIBIT A

Motion: Anthony Astrologo Seconded: Robert Dollberg


Roll Call Vote:

Anthony Astrologo

Robert Dollberg

Amy

Rhead


William

Rogers


Socorro

Sampson


Stephen

Skelly


Marc

Towne


B1 - 5

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes



  1. PERSONNEL

  • New personnel employment appointments are contingent upon the required state and federal criminal history background checks in accordance with N.J.S.A. 116, P.L. 1986. The Board authorize the submission to the County Superintendent, as required, applications for emergency hiring and the applicants’ attestations that they have not been convicted of any disqualifying crime pursuant to the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:6-7.1 et. seq., N.J.S.A. 18A:39-17 et. seq., or N.J.S.A. 18A:6-4.13 et. seq.

1. Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education accepted the resignation of Mark DiGennaro as Baseball Coach for the 2009-2010 school year.


2. Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board of Education employed the following persons in the positions and with terms as stated:


  1. Colleen Fortunato - Home Program Provider; $42.11/hr as needed (Acct. #11-150-100-101)




  1. Tom McMillin – Baseball Coach; Step 5, $ 3,518 (Acct. #11-402-100-100-000-000)




  1. Margot Velasquez and Ann Woodward – Substitute Homework Club Advisors; as needed; $25.01/hr (Acct. #11-421-100-101-000-000)




  1. Marina Andrea – Substitute Administrative Detention Monitor; $25.01/hr as needed

(Acct. #11-421-100-562-000-000)


  1. Theresa Schantz – Long-term Substitute Teacher/Maternity Leave Replacement (Castro); Certificate of Eligibility – Teacher of Students with Disabilities; Step 1 BA $48,955 0.67 FTE pro-rated with no benefits; effective on or about May 3, 2010 to on or about June 30, 2010.

(Acct. #11-213-100-101-000-000)


  1. Rachel Windish - Substitute Teacher – Morris County Substitute Certificate; $75/day,$85/day after 10 days; effective upon Board approval and receipt of pertinent documents.




  1. Jillian Rallo - Substitute Teacher – Morris County Substitute Certificate; $75/day,$85/day after 10 days; effective upon Board approval and receipt of pertinent documents.




  1. Dana Strodt - Substitute Teacher – Morris County Substitute Certificate; $75/day,$85/day after 10 days; effective upon Board approval and receipt of pertinent documents.

3. Upon the recommendation of the Superintendent, the Board approved the Medical Leave for Custodian, Grady Boyer, effective on or about April 14, 2010 to on or about May 26, 2010.

Motion: Socorro Sampson Seconded: Marc Towne


Roll Call Vote:

Anthony Astrologo

Robert Dollberg

Amy

Rhead


William

Rogers


Socorro

Sampson


Stephen

Skelly


Marc

Towne


C1 - 3

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes



  1. OPERATIONS

1. The Board of Education approved a request from Mine Hill/Wharton Cub Scout Pack 45 for a tree planting on school grounds in honor of Boy Scouts of America’s celebration of 100 years of scouting.


2. The Board of Education approved the following use of district facilities pursuant to Policy 7510 (copies available upon request):



Organization / Individual

Facility

Purpose

Dates[s]

Fee

8th Grade Class

(C. Herdman)

MacKinnon Front Parking Lot

Car Wash

Saturday, 4/17/10

9:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.



N/A

Dr. Palestis

APR

2nd & 3rd Grade Parent Meeting

4/14/10

3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.



N/A

ESY Summer Program

(A. Ryan)

Classrooms D2, 103, 107, 110A, 110B

Summer Program

6/28/10 – 8/9/10

8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.



N/A

ESL Summer Program

(A. Bocchino)

Classrooms

106 & 108



Summer Program

7/6/10 – 7/29/10

9:00 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.



N/A

INCLUDE

(C. Silvestri)

APR

INCLUDE Presentation to 5th & 6th Grade UDL Students & Parents

4/20/10

8:45 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.



N/A



  1. The Board of Education authorized the purchase of a baseball backstop from Statewide Fence Contractors, LLC for a total cost of $11,090 which includes materials and labor.

(Acct. #12-000-260-730-000-000)



  1. The Board of Education approved the 2010-2013 Technology Plan for submission to the County Superintendent for review and approval by the County Technology Board.

EXHIBIT C

Motion: Rob Dollberg Seconded: William Rogers




Roll Call Vote:

Anthony Astrologo

Robert Dollberg

Amy

Rhead


William

Rogers


Socorro

Sampson


Stephen

Skelly


Marc

Towne


D1 - 4

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes



  1. FINANCE

1. The Board of Education approved staff member professional development and travel related expenses

as detailed in the attached. EXHIBIT B

Motion: William Rogers Seconded: Socorro Sampson




Roll Call Vote:

Anthony Astrologo

Robert Dollberg

Amy

Rhead


William

Rogers


Socorro

Sampson


Stephen

Skelly


Marc

Towne


E1

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes




IX. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR DISCUSSION

There was no comment from the public at this time.



X. CLOSED SESSION: Motion by Robert Dollberg, second by Stephen Skelly, at 8:20 p.m.

WHEREAS, the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A.10:4-11, permits the Board of Education to meet in closed session to discuss certain matters, now, therefore be it


RESOLVED, the Board of Education adjourns to closed session to discuss:

1) pending or anticipated litigation or contract negotiation and/or matters of attorney-client privilege

2) specific prospective or current employees unless all who could be adversely affected request an open session

and be it


FURTHER RESOLVED, the minutes of this closed session be made public when the need for confidentiality no longer exists.


XI. ADJOURNMENT: Motion by Robert Dollberg, seconded by Socorro Sampson, at 9:35 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,


Pamela Hinman



School Business Administrator/Board Secretary


Approved at ______________ Board of Education meeting


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