AGENDA

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

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  1. Call to Order
  2. Open Public Meeting Act Statement
  1. In accordance with the requirements of the Open Public Meetings Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq., adequate notice of the meeting has been provided by posting of notice at North Hunterdon High School and Voorhees High School, delivery by facsimile to the Hunterdon County Democrat, Star-Ledger, municipal clerks of Bethlehem Township, Califon Borough, Town of Clinton, Clinton Township, Franklin Township, Glen Gardner Borough, Hampton Borough, High Bridge Borough, Lebanon Borough, Lebanon Township, Tewksbury Township and Union Township as well as other interested parties.
  1. Fire Code Announcement
  1. Fire exits are located in the direction indicated.  If alerted to fire, please move in a calm and orderly fashion to the nearest smoke-free exit.  At this time, please silence all cell phones.
  1. Roll Call

Cheryl Allen-Munley

Califon Borough / Tewksbury Township

Shelley Crisologo

Town of Clinton / Franklin Township / Glen Gardner Borough

Lisa Diederich

Union Township

Francis Goger

Bethlehem Township / Hampton Borough

Tara Marie Hintz

High Bridge Borough / Lebanon Township

Robert Kirchberger

Clinton Township / Lebanon Borough

Rachel McLaughlin

Clinton Township / Lebanon Borough

John Melick

Califon Borough / Tewksbury Township

Heather Richards

Clinton Township / Lebanon Borough

Thomas Roll

High Bridge Borough / Lebanon Township

Roger Straight

Clinton Township / Lebanon Borough

Jessica Viotto

Town of Clinton / Franklin Township / Glen Gardner Borough

  1. Flag Salute
  2. Call for a motion and second to approve meeting minutes, agenda items 6.1 - 6.3.  Voice 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, Dr. Richard Bergacs, and the School Business Administrator, Susan Press

Statement read by the Board President:

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 December 13, 2018, and publication on the district’s public website every day for the period beginning on December 12, 2018 through January 15, 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.  The Board, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 10:4-12 (b), the Open Public Meetings Act, shall not publicly discuss personnel matters and shall not respond to comments made by members of the public.  Please be aware that the subject of this hearing retains the right of privacy and shall retain all rights regarding defamation and slander according to the laws of New Jersey. The Board shall not be held liable for comments made by members of the public.

Call for a motion and second, to approve the amended contracts, effective for the period of July 1, 2018 through June 30, 2019, between the Board and Dr. Richard Bergacs, and between the Board and Susan Press.  Roll Call Vote

  1. Superintendent’s Report
  1. Report on Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB)
  2. Call for a motion and second to affirm the Superintendent’s determinations on the HIB incidents reported at the November 13, 2018 board meeting.  Voice Vote
  3. 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
  4. Announcement of selections for 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
  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
  2. Monthly Reports
  3. Old Business
  4. Opportunity for Public Comment
  1. During this portion of the meeting, the public is invited to address the Board with questions or comments.
  2. The public is requested to sign the register provided for this purpose and to state their name, address, and direct their comments to the Board President.
  3. While all comments will be considered and a response will be forthcoming if and when appropriate, the Board will not respond to the speakers at the time of their appearance.
  4. The public comment period will be a maximum of thirty minutes in length unless there are unusual circumstances.
  5. Those appearing will be allocated three minutes to speak and no one will be permitted to speak twice until those wishing to speak have had a turn.
  1. Call for a motion and second to approve agenda items 15.1 - 16.12 (including hand carries if provided).  Voice 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. Call for a motion and second to adopt the resolution for executive session.  

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 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

Voice Vote 

  1. Call for a motion and second to reconvene public session.  Voice Vote
  2. New Business
  3. Call for a motion and second to approve agenda items 20.1 - 20.2 (including hand carries if provided).  Roll Call Vote
  1. Personnel agenda P01152019
  2. Executive session minutes November 13, 2018
  1. Call for a motion and second to adjourn.  Voice Vote