MINUTES OF THE

NORTH HUNTERDON-VOORHEES REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT

BOARD OF EDUCATION - HUNTERDON COUNTY, NJ

BOARD MEETING AND PUBLIC HEARING

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

Tuesday, February 19, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

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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 Exit Announcement
  4. Roll Call

Cheryl Allen-Munley - present

arrived 7:05 p.m and departed 8:20 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 - present

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, Z. Baharev, Director of Special Services,

A. Broan, Director of Curriculum, Articulation and Student Achievement, M. Squarcia, Director of School Counseling Services, L. LaMonte, District Comptroller, G. Vargas-Dellacasa, Technology Coordinator, M. Smagala, Communications Coordinator, G. Cottrell, Principal, North Hunterdon High School, R. Peterson, Principal, Voorhees High School, T. Moore, Board Attorney, Riker Danzig, Scherer, Hyland, Perretti, and approximately six members of the public.

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Motion by R. Straight, second by J. Melick to approve item 6.1  

Upon a voice vote, the motion carried with one abstention by J. Viotto.   Note:  Board member C. Allen-Munley was not present for this vote.

  1. Minutes of the January 15, 2019 board meeting

  1. Audit Presentation - Ms. Man Lee of Nisivoccia, LLP of Mt. Arlington, NJ - Comprehensive Annual Financial Report for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2018.  Copies of the 2017-2018 audit summary and synopsis are provided at this meeting for public review.  
  1. Opportunity for Public Comment on the 2017-2018 audit - No comments
  2. Motion by J. Melick, second by S. Crisologo to approve the receipt and acceptance of the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the Auditor’s Management Report for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2018, as prepared by the District’s appointed Certified Public Accounting firm, Nisivoccia, LLP of Mt. Arlington, NJ, and acknowledgement that no corrective action plan was required.  Upon a roll call vote, with all members present and voting, the motion carried unanimously.  Note:  Board member C. Allen-Muley arrived during the audit presentation.
  1. Superintendent’s Report - Superintendent, J. Bender reported the following:
  1. Report on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)
  2. Motion by F. Goger, second by H. Richards to affirm the determinations on the HIB incidents reported at the January 15, 2019 board meeting.  Upon a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
  3. Motion by F. Goger, second by J. Melick to approve the annual renewal of the New Jersey Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement Between Education and Law Enforcement Officials for the 2018-2019 school year.  Upon a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously.
  4. Congratulated the North Hunterdon Education Foundation for winning the 2019 Outstanding Education Foundation Program award for its college bound programming from the New Jersey Education Foundation Partnership.
  5. Thanked the North Hunterdon Education Foundation for funding and the Interact Club and its advisors for coordinating activities for guest speaker Eric LeGrand.
  6. Congratulated the Voorhees Mock Trial team for winning the County Championship for the 9th consecutive year.
  7. Congratulated North Hunterdon seniors Ryder DeCanio and Kaylyn Feeley, finalists in the National Merit Scholarship Program.
  8. Announced upcoming theater productions, Catch Me If You Can the Musical at North Hunterdon High School and Big Fish at Voorhees High School.  
  9. Announced the start of Spring 2019 sports and reported that a Junior Varsity Girls Golf Team is now available at both North Hunterdon High School and Voorhees High School.
  1. President’s Report - Board President, R. Kirchberger reported the following:
  1. March 19, 2019 - board meeting - 7:00 p.m. - District Administration Office
  1. Board Committee Reports
  1. Facilities, Finance and Transportation Committee Chair, J. Melick reported that the committee met and reviewed change orders and the capital reserve withdrawal to fund field and track projects at both schools.
  2. Community Relations Committee Chair, J. Viotto reported that the committee met and discussed communication strategies for the new girls golf teams, turf and track projects and the new North Star Academy program.  Announced that fundraising is ongoing for a greenhouse at Voorhees High School.
  3. Curriculum, Instruction & Technology Committee Chair, F. Goger reported that the members discussed girls golf, scheduling, course requests, curriculum mapping software expansion for access by students and parents and Albert.io software expansion for test preparation.
  4. Personnel Committee Chair, S. Crisologo reported that the committee met and discussed the agenda
  5. Policy Committee Chair, T. Roll reported that the members discussed the polices on the agenda and reviewed the matter of individual board members responding during public comment; it was the consensus of the committee that board members continue to follow policy and not comment.
  6. Hunterdon County Vocational School District Representative, F. Goger reported that Hunterdon County Vocational School will meet to discuss the availability of grant funding and related opportunities.
  7. Hunterdon County School Boards Association Delegate, R. McLaughlin reported on a recent meeting where there was an informative presentation about school finance.
  1. Monthly Reports - No comments.
  2. Old Business - None
  3. Opportunity for Public Comment - No members of the public addressed the Board.
  4. Motion by J. Viotto, second by T. Roll to approve agenda items 15.1 - 17.15.  Upon a voice vote, the motion carried with one abstention by T. Hintz on item 17.15, her own training / travel request.
  5. Curriculum, Instruction and Technology
  1. Home instruction and out-of-district placements  
  1. Policy
  1. First reading of board policies
  2. First and only reading of regulations
  1. Finance, Facilities and Transportation
  1. Credit change order 003, in the amount of $11,814.80, for state project #3660-050-17-1000 - exterior building restoration at North Hunterdon High School - credited funds are restricted for surplus
  2. Credit change order 005, in the amount of $6,839.30, for state project #3660-050-18-3000 - girl’s gymnasium renovation at North Hunterdon High School - credited funds are restricted for transfer back to the capital reserve account
  3. Credit change order 006, in the amount of $47,974.44, security enhancements at North Hunterdon High School and Voorhees High School - state project #3660-050-18-4000 (NHHS) and 3660-060-18-3000 (VHS) - credited funds are restricted for transfer back to the capital reserve account
  4. Resolution F21919 authorizing a withdrawal from the capital reserve account
  5. Accept the NJ Department of Education 2018-19 Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Consolidated Formula grant award in the amount of $91,034 and the associated amended budget inclusive of carryover funding in the amount of $14,968 from 2017-18, for a total amended budget of $106,002
  6. Authorize submission of the 2018-2019 application for extraordinary aid
  7. Proposal from International Institute for Restorative Practices of Bethlehem, PA, in the amount of $8,340, inclusive of estimated related expenses, to provide two staff training sessions
  8. Educational Services Commission of Morris County 2019-2020 rates for services
  9. Agreement with Hunterdon Medical Center of Flemington, NJ to engage a licensed registered nurse professional, at a rate of $54 per hour, to provide substitute school nursing services
  10. Check journals 
  11. Treasurer and Board Secretary reports January 2019
  12. Transfer report January 2019
  13. State contract purchases pursuant to N.J.A.C. 18A:18A
  14. Staff training and travel requests
  15. Board member training and travel request                      
  1. Public Hearing on the Amendment of the Contracts of the Assistant Superintendent of Schools and the School Business Administrator

Board President, R. Kirchberger read the following:  Whereas, the North Hunterdon-Voorhees Regional High School District Board of Education (hereinafter the "Board") wishes to amend the contracts of the Assistant Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Richard Bergacs, and the School Business Administrator, Susan Press, for the effective period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019; and

Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:11-11, the Board is required to provide public notice, 30 days and 10 days prior, of its intent to hold a public hearing and to take action to amend, extend, renegotiate and / or alter contract terms and conditions of the district Assistant Superintendent of Schools and School Business Administrator.  Notice was provided to the public via publication in the district’s official newspaper on January 18, 2019 and on February 1, 2019, and publication on the district’s public website everyday for the period beginning January 16, 2019 through February 19, 2019.  The subject contracts were reviewed and subsequently approved on December 19, 2018 by the Interim Executive County Superintendent of the NJ Department of Education, Hunterdon County Office.  

Opportunity for public comment on the amended contracts of the  Assistant Superintendent of Schools and the School Business Administrator. No members of the public addressed the Board during this opportunity for public comment.

  1. Motion by J. Viotto, second by H. Richards to adopt the resolution for executive session.  Upon a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously and the Board adjourned to executive session at approximately 7:35 p.m.  

Resolution read by the Board President:  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 salary,  changes in assignment, and leaves of absence
  2. Pending and threatened litigation and matters falling within the attorney-client privilege
  3. Executive session minutes January 15, 2019

Note:  At approximately 8:20 p.m., Board member, C. Allen-Munley returned to public       session and left the meeting.

  1. Motion by F. Goger, second by H. Richards to reconvene public session.  Upon a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously and the Board reconvened at approximately 8:30 p.m.  
  2. New Business - Board member, F. Goger read a letter of commendation from the Hunterdon County Prosecutor.
  3. Motion by F. Goger, second by S. Crisologo to approve agenda items 22.1 - 22.4 with the addition of hand carried item, 22.5.  Upon a roll call vote, the motion carried with one abstention by J. Viotto on agenda item 22.2, minutes for a meeting she did not attend.  Note:  Board member C. Allen-Munley was not present for this vote.
  1. Personnel agenda P02192019
  2. Executive session minutes January 15, 2019
  3. Approve the amended contract, effective for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, between the Board and Dr. Richard Bergacs
  4. Approve the amended contract, effective for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, between the Board and Susan Press
  5. Move that payment be made on behalf of student #20200144 for instructional services provided to the student for the period of 12/24/18 thru 2/19/19.  
  1. Motion by F. Goger, second by J. Viotto to adjourn.  Upon a voice vote, the motion carried unanimously and the meeting adjourned at approximately 8:40 p.m.  

Respectfully Submitted,

Susan Press

Susan Press

School Business Administrator and Board Secretary