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

THURSDAY, MAY 12, 2011

TECHNOLOGY LIBRARY CENTER - MACKINNON MIDDLE SCHOOL

I. CALL TO ORDER
Pamela Hinman, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, called the Annual Reorganization and Work Session/Action 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. Hinman asked those present to join her in the Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.




  1. REORGANIZATION:



ELECTION RESULTS – Ms. Hinman reported on the results of the April 27, 2011election:

For seats on the Board of Education:



Candidate

Votes

For Two (2) Three-Year Full Terms




Anthony Astrologo

290

Marc Towne


287

Yolanda Williams


197

Write-in







Candidate

Votes

For One (1) One-Year Unexpired Term




James Gottshall

327

Write-in




On the $7,474,224 General Fund tax levy for 2011-2012:



Yes

302

No

279



V. OATH BY BOARD MEMBERS

Ms. Hinman administered the Oath of Office to newly-elected Board members.




VI. ROLL CALL

Present: Anthony Astrologo; James Gottshall; Stuart Goulden; William Rogers; Socorro Sampson; Marc Towne; and Theresa Yeager


Also present: Dr. Ernest Palestis, Interim Superintendent of Schools; Pamela Hinman, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary; one staff member; and two residents of the community.


VII. ELECTION OF PRESIDENT

Miss Hinman declared nominations were in order for the position of President.
NOMINATION: Marc Towne was nominated by James Gottshall, seconded by Anthony Astrologo. Mr. Towne

then withdrew his nomination.


Stuart Goulden was nominated by James Gottshall, seconded by Socorro Sampson


Vote for President

Anthony Astrologo

James

Gottshall



Stuart

Goulden


William

Rogers


Socorro

Sampson


Marc

Towne


Theresa

Yeager


Name: Stuart Goulden

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ELECTION RESULTS: Stuart Goulden was elected President of the Wharton Borough Board of Education.



VIII. BOARD PRESIDENT TAKES CHAIR

IX. ELECTION OF VICE PRESIDENT
Mr. Goulden declared nominations were in order for the position of Vice President.
NOMINATION: William Rogers was nominated by James Gottshall, seconded by Stuart Goulden


Vote for Vice-President

Anthony Astrologo

James

Gottshall



Stuart

Goulden


William

Rogers


Socorro

Sampson


Marc

Towne


Theresa Yeager

Name: William Rogers

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

ELECTION RESULTS: William Rogers was elected Vice-President of the Wharton Borough Board of Education.



X. DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENTMr. Goulden 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.

XI. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT AND PRESENTATIONS


  1. Superintendent’s Report – Dr. Palestis congratulated the newly elected Board members. He reported on the following:




  • Election results




  • Pride 2 Program




  • Summer School



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







  • Contract Compliance Audit




  • Year-end procedures




  • Summer cleaning schedule



XII. OPEN TO THE PUBLIC FOR DISCUSSION


  • Ms. Marilyn Cahill spoke regarding her concerns about her daughter’s needs for transitioning back into the Wharton School district.




  • Ms. Stephanie Parrish spoke regarding her employment in the district and requested information regarding a Donaldson Hearing. Dr. Palestis responded.



XIII. REORGANIZATION ACTION ITEMS
1. The Board of Education officially designated an abstention as a non-vote.


2. The Board of Education adopted the Mission Statement that was developed as part of the Strategic Planning process:


In partnership with the community, the Wharton School District is committed to educational excellence and guarantees challenging learning opportunities for all students to become lifelong 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.”

3. The Board of Education adopted all bylaws, policies, and regulations in effect on May 12, 2011 in compliance with N.J.S.A.18A:11-1.

4. The Board of Education established the minimum requirement for full-time status employment to be 30 hours or more, in compliance with N.J.A.C. 17:9-4.6.


5. The Board of Education adopted all textbooks of record on May 12, 2011, in accordance with the attached document and in compliance with N.J.S.A. 18A:33-1 and 34-1. EXHIBIT A






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