Meeting Location - District Administration Office, 1445 Route 31, Annandale, NJ 08801

Tuesday, January 15, 2019 - 7:00 p.m.


At 7:00 p.m., Board President, R. Kirchberger called the meeting to order and led the opening activities.

  1. Call to Order
  2. Open Public Meeting Act Statement.
  3. Fire Code Announcement
  4. Roll Call

Cheryl Allen-Munley - arrived at 7:15 p.m.

Califon Borough / Tewksbury Township

Shelley Crisologo - present

Town of Clinton / Franklin Township / Glen Gardner Borough

Lisa Diederich - present

Union Township

Francis Goger - present

Bethlehem Township / Hampton Borough

Tara Marie Hintz - present

High Bridge Borough / Lebanon Township

Robert Kirchberger - present

Clinton Township / Lebanon Borough

Rachel McLaughlin - present

Clinton Township / Lebanon Borough

John Melick - present

Califon Borough / Tewksbury Township

Heather Richards - present

Clinton Township / Lebanon Borough

Thomas Roll - present

High Bridge Borough / Lebanon Township

Roger Straight - present

Clinton Township / Lebanon Borough

Jessica Viotto - absent

Town of Clinton / Franklin Township / Glen Gardner Borough

Also present: J. Bender, Superintendent of Schools, R. Bergacs, Assistant Superintendent,

S. Press, Business Administrator / Board Secretary, G. Vargas-Dellacasa, Technology Coordinator, M. Smagala, Communications Coordinator, G. Cottrell, Principal, North Hunterdon High School, A. Broan, Director of Curriculum, Articulation and Student Achievement,

Z. Baharev, Director of Special Services, T. Moore, Board Attorney, Riker Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, Perretti, and approximately three members of the public.

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Motion by R. Straight, second by S. Crisologo to approve meeting minutes, agenda items 6.1 - 6.3.  The motion carried with the following abstentions: H. Richards and R. Straight on item 6.1 minutes for a meeting they did not attend; L. Diederich, T. Hintz, and R. McLaughlin on items 6.1 and 6.2, minutes for meetings prior to their appointment.  Board member, C. Allen-Munley was not present for this vote.
  1. November 13, 2018 board meeting
  2. December 18, 2018 special board meeting
  3. January 2, 2019 board reorganization meeting
  1. Public Hearing on the Amendment of the Contracts of the Assistant Superintendent of Schools and the School Business Administrator.  Note:  Board President, R. Kirchberger postponed the public hearing, agenda item 7,  until after executive session.  Upon reconvening, the public hearing was tabled until the February 19, 2019 board meeting.  
  2. Superintendent’s Report - J. Bender reported the following:
  1. Model UN, the end of the first semester and 8th grade parent / student orientation sessions.
  2. Report on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)
  3. Motion by R. Straight, second by H. Richards to affirm the Superintendent’s determinations on the HIB incidents reported at the November 13, 2018 board meeting.  The motion carried unanimously.
  4. Acknowledgement of the State of New Jersey Department of Education Health and Safety Evaluation of School Buildings Checklist Statement of Assurance for the 2018-2019 school year
  5. Announcement of selections for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program:

Teachers - Summer Morris, North Hunterdon High School, World Language

Melissa Haines, Voorhees High School, Special Education Educational Services Professionals - Jessica Allora, North Hunterdon High School, School Psychologist

Leslie Ahrendts-Edwards, Voorhees High School, Librarian / Media Specialist  

  1. President’s Report - R. Kirchberger reported the following:
  1. February 19, 2019 - board meeting - 7:00 p.m. - District Administration Office
  2. Appointment of board committees, delegates and representatives
  1. Board Committee Reports
  1. Personnel Committee Chair, S. Crisologo reported that the committee met on January 15, 2019.
  2. Facilities, Finance, and Transportation Chair, J. Melick reported that the committee met and reviewed a change order and discussed turf and track projects at both schools.
  3. Board member R. McLaughlin asked if the employees selected as candidates for the Governor’s Educator of the Year Program would be invited for recognition at a board meeting.  
  1. Monthly Reports
  2. Old Business
  3. Opportunity for Public Comment
  1. Mary Obermair, Annandale resident and Volunteer Trustee on the North Hunterdon Education Foundation, addressed the Board regarding the availability of Foundation grants to provide additional prevention programming for topics related to the opioid crisis and vaping.
  1. Motion by R. Straight, second by S. Crisologo to approve agenda items 15.1 - 16.12 (including hand carries if provided - no handcarries were provided).  R. McLaughlin commented that the Curriculum Committee did not meet and requested additional information about items listed on the agenda; a discussion ensued.  The motion carried with abstentions by T. Hintz,  L. Diederich, and R. McLaughlin.  Note:  Board member C. Allen-Munley was not present for this vote.
  2. Curriculum, Instruction and Technology
  1. Home instruction and out-of-district placements
  2. Addition of The Learning Center at Four Winds Hospital, of Katonah, NY to the professional consultants list for the provision of home instruction services at a rate of $57 per hour
  3. Renewal agreement with Apex Learning of Seattle, WA, in the amount of $5,250,  for access to digital curriculum
  4. Agreement with Effective School Solutions, LLC of Summit, NJ, in the amount of $285,000, for the provision of therapeutic mental health services for the 2019 - 2020 school year
  1. Finance, Facilities and Transportation
  1. NJ Department of Education addendum to the final eligible cost determination letter for state project #3660-050-16-3000 - visitor bleacher and tennis bleacher replacement at North Hunterdon High School
  2. Allowance deduction change order 003 in the amount of $3,511.35 for state project #3660-050-18-5000 - renovations to room 125 at North Hunterdon High School - the original contract amount is unchanged
  3. Somerset County Educational Services Commission tuition and program fees for the 2019-2020 school year
  4. Check journals 
  5. Treasurer and Board Secretary reports October 2018
  6. Treasurer and Board Secretary reports November 2018
  7. Treasurer and Board Secretary reports December 2018
  8. Transfer report October 2018
  9. Transfer report November 2018
  10. Transfer report December 2018
  11. State contract purchases pursuant to N.J.A.C. 18A:18A
  12. Staff training and travel requests
  1. Motion by R. Straight, second by F. Goger to adopt the resolution for executive session.  Note:  Board member C. Allen-Munley arrived during the reading of this resolution.  The motion carried unanimously and the Board adjourned to executive session at approximately 7:20 p.m. 

Resolution read by the Board President, R. Kirchberger:

Whereas Section 7 of the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12, authorizes a public body to exclude the public from that portion of a meeting at which the Board discusses topics falling within certain specified exceptions to the requirement for open public meetings, and Whereas the matters to be discussed fall within one or more of those exceptions, now therefore be it Resolved that the Board of Education of the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District now adjourns from public session to executive session for the purpose of discussing the following:

  1. Personnel - recommendations for appointments, separations, changes in assignment and leaves of absence
  2. Pending and threatened litigation and matters falling within the attorney-client privilege
  3. Executive session minutes November 13, 2018
  1. Motion by S. Crisologo, second by T. Hintz to reconvene public session.  The motion carried unanimously and the Board reconvened at approximately 8:05 p.m.  Board President, R. Kirchberger announced that agenda item 7 was tabled until the February board meeting.  
  2. New Business
  1. Board member, R. Straight raised the topic of Board members not responding to public comment.  A discussion ensued and there was no consensus to move the matter to Committee or to make any changes.
  2. Board President, R. Kirchberger requested that the North Hunterdon Education Foundation grant opportunities mentioned during public comment be discussed with building administrators.  Superintendent, J. Bender commented that addiction prevention is an integral part of the curriculum and that he would communicate with the building level administration.
  3. Board member, J. Melick inquired about the scope of authority related to Booster Club finances; if the District Administration can audit Booster Club records.  Superintendent, J. Bender stated that Booster Clubs are separate entities and their financial records and activities are not within the scope of authority for District Administration.
  1. Motion by F. Goger, second by S. Crisologo to approve agenda items 20.1 - 20.2 (including hand carries if provided - none were provided).  Upon a roll call vote, the motion carried with the following exceptions:  L. Diederich and R. McLaughlin abstained on agenda item 20.2 minutes for a meeting prior to their appointment. T. Hintz abstained on 20.1 and 20.2.  
  1. Personnel agenda P01152019
  2. Executive session minutes November 13, 2018
  1. Motion by R. Straight, second by T. Roll to adjourn.  The motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at approximately 8:10 p.m.

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Press

Susan Press, School Business Administrator / Board Secretary