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					                                  BOARD OF EDUCATION
                                 MONTVALE, NEW JERSEY

                         REORGANIZATION MEETING MINUTES
                                   April 26, 2010

In accordance with the provisions of Chapter 7, Title 18A:10-3 and 18A:15-1 of the Revised New
Jersey Statutes, the Secretary called the Organization Meeting to order at 8:05 p.m. in the
Instructional Media Center at Fieldstone Middle School, following a private session that began at
7:00 p.m.

Mrs. Latz led those present in the Pledge of Allegiance and read the Open Public Meetings
announcement as follows:
   "The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Law was enacted to ensure the right of the public to
have advance notice of and to attend the meeting of public bodies at which any business affecting
their interests is discussed or acted upon. In accordance with the provisions of this Act, the Board
of Education of the Borough of Montvale has caused notice of this meeting to be published by
having the date, time and place thereof posted by Borough Hall/Montvale Public Library, the Board
Secretary's Office, and such notice given to THE RIDGEWOOD NEWS and THE RECORD" and
posted on the district’s website.

COMMENTS
Mrs. Latz welcomed the public and invited those present to sign the attendance sheet, if they so
choose. She announced that no smoking is allowed and pre-approval of audio or video recording by
the public is required.


SCHOOL ELECTION RESULTS
Mrs. Latz announced that the Annual School Election and Budget Vote were held from 2:00 p.m. -
9:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 20, 2010. The Board Secretary advised that the Municipal Clerk
provided the unofficial results of the election as follows:
       Board of Education Members              3 Year Terms
          DISTRICT                 1       2        3       4   Absentee Provisional      Total
    Thomas A. Funesti             182      219      359     263       26         TBD       1049
    Carol A. Harris               151      214      325     263       21         TBD        974

      Board of Education Member             1 Year Term
   Diane E. Baviello       160          227     336    263            24            TBD      1010

      Vote on the Proposed Budget General Funds
        DISTRICT            1      2       3             4   Absentee       Provisional     Total
   Yes                      169    210     315           257       21              TBD        972
   No                       104    159     242           193       11              TBD        709
Administration of the oath of office to the newly elected Board members
The oath was taken by Mr. Thomas Funesti, Ms. Carol Harris-Bardes, and Mrs. Diane Baviello.
Board members offered congratulations to the re-elected and new members.



BOARD MEMBERSHIP
Mrs. Latz announced the Board Membership and terms of office as follows:
                     Mr. Thomas Funesti         April 2013
                     Ms. Carol Harris           April 2013
                     Mr. Brian Hallowell        April 2012
                     Mrs. Marie Muller-Noonan April 2012
                     Mr. Frank Campana          April 2011
                     Mrs. Joan Gifas            April 2011
                     Mrs. Diane Baviello        April 2011

Nominations for the office of president
Mrs. Baviello nominated Mrs. Muller-Noonan for Board President, which motion was seconded by
Mrs. Gifas. As there were no further nominations, Mrs. Baviello introduced a motion that the
nominations for president be closed and that the secretary cast one vote, which motion was
seconded by Mr. Hallowell, and unanimously approved.

Mrs. Muller-Noonan was congratulated on being elected president. Mrs. Latz turned the meeting
over to the Board President.



Nominations for the office of vice-president
Mr. Campana nominated Mrs. Baviello as Vice-president, which motion was seconded by Mrs.
Gifas. As there were no further nominations, Mr. Funesti introduced a motion that the nominations
for vice-president be closed and that the secretary cast one vote, which motion was seconded by Mr.
Hallowell, and unanimously approved.

Mrs. Baviello was congratulated on being elected Vice-president.



APPOINTMENTS
       Mr. Campana introduced motion 9.1 as follows, which motion was seconded by
       Mrs. Gifas and passed unanimously.
Motion       RESOLVED, that the following be appointed to continue in the position listed
9.1          through June 30, 2010:
               Secretary to the Board     Mrs. Marian Latz
               Treasurer of School Monies Mrs. Margaret J. Wright
               Board Attorney             Mr. Stephen R. Fogarty, Fogarty & Hara
               Medical Officer            Dr. David Zigelman

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                Auditor                      Mr. Timothy Vrabel, T. M. Vrabel & Associates, LLC
                Architect                    Mr. Larry Uher, Spiezle Architectural
                Attendance Officer           Ms. Kelly Benz
                Affirmative Action Officer   Mr. David Collier
                Purchasing Agent             Mrs. Marian Latz
                Insurance Consultant         Richard Lofberg
                Insurance Agent of Record
                for SAIF Insurance Pool      John Serapiglia, Polaris Galaxy Insurance, LLC

              Delegate to New Jersey School Boards Association and Bergen County
              School Boards Association:
                                   Delegate                     Alternate
              N.J.S.B.A.           Ms. Harris-Bardes            Mrs. Gifas
              B.C.S.B.A.           Mr. Funesti                  Mrs. Baviello

       COMMITTEE APPOINTMENTS - Board members will review committee appointments
       with the Board President.



MEETING PLACE TIME AND DATES
APPENDIX “A”
     Mrs. Baviello introduced motion 10.1 as follows, which motion was seconded
     by Mr. Hallowell, and passed unanimously.
10.1       RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of the Borough of Montvale hold its
           Regular Business Meeting in the Instructional Media Center of Fieldstone Middle
           School, Spring Valley Road, Montvale, NJ, at 8:00 p.m. on Mondays of each month
           (Board Secretary to advertise as necessary), as per Appendix "A" to the minutes of
           this meeting.

              BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that Public Worksession Meetings be held in
              accordance with the Law, Board By-Laws, and implementing policy to the extent
              required, as listed on Appendix "A".



FINANCE COMMITTEE
       Mr. Campana introduced motion 11.1 through 11.11 as follows, which motions
       were seconded by Mrs. Gifas, and passed unanimously.
EXECUTION OF WARRANTS
Motion        RESOLVED, that the President or Vice President, and the Secretary or
11.1          designate, be authorized and directed to execute warrants without further action
              on the part of the Board for payment when due of the salaries of the Superintendent,
              Principals, School Office Personnel, the Board Secretary/School Business
              Administrator, Board Office Personnel, Treasurer of School Monies, Guidance
              Counselor, Attendance Officer, Psychologist, Medical Officer, Nurses, Teachers,
              Janitors and other employees [including substitute teachers, home instruction and
              other special contract and extra curricular awards), withholding tax, pension funds,
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              social security, hospitalization/benefit programs, insurance funds, transportation
              charges, tuition fees, election board fees, petty cash fund reimbursements,
              reimbursements of the Montvale Schools' Food Service Account, payment against
              Principal and Interest when due on school bonds, expenditures for postage,
              investment, and pre-payment of registration fees to institutions and sponsoring
              organizations, expenditures for capital projects as certified by the architect, and

              BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the budget allocation for referee, chaperone and
              entrance fees be (likewise) paid to the Montvale Schools' General Account against
              school vouchers at the appropriate time(s).

BANK ACCOUNTS & SIGNATORIES-BOARD OF EDUCATION
Motion    RESOLVED, that the Board of Education retain a checking account at TD North/
11.2      Commerce Bank; said account for regular expenditures and deposits with the
          (1) President or Vice President and
          (2) the Board Secretary or designate, authorized to sign for the Board of Education of
              the Borough of Montvale, together with
          (3) the Treasurer of School Monies and be it further

              RESOLVED, that the Board of Education retain a Payroll Agency checking account
              at TD North/Commerce Bank; (consisting of the Federal & State employer tax and
              pension deductions held in reserve), with the Treasurer of School Monies designated
              to sign for the Board of Education with the Board Secretary as an alternate, and

              BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the Board of Education retain a Payroll checking
              account with TD North/Commerce Bank, for the handling of payroll by data
              processing procedures with the Treasurer of School Monies designated to sign the
              payroll checks.

FEDERAL DEPOSITORY
Motion    RESOLVED, that the TD North/Commerce Bank be named as receiver of Federal
11.3      tax deposits.

INVESTMENTS
Motion    RESOLVED, that the Secretary of the Board be authorized with the
11.4      approval of the Superintendent of Schools and the Chairman (or designate)
          of the Finance Committee to invest school district funds within Statutory
          limitations, action to be reported to the Board for approval or ratification
          of action taken, and

              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the following banks be authorized as
              depositories for investments:
                     TD North/Commerce Bank      New Jersey Cash Management Fund
                     Hudson United Bank          Bank of America
                     JPMorgan Chase Bank         Lakeland Bank



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MONTVALE SCHOOLS STUDENT ACTIVITIES ACCOUNT
Motion    RESOLVED, that the TD North/Commerce Bank be named as receiver of
11.5      Montvale Schools Student Activities Monies with use restricted for previously
          designated purposes; signatories to be the Principal, Fieldstone School and the
          Secretary to the Principal, Fieldstone School with the Board Secretary and
          Superintendent as alternates.

MILK FUND
Motion    RESOLVED, that the TD North/Commerce Bank be named as receiver of
11.6      Montvale Schools Milk Fund Monies with use restricted for previously designated
          purposes, signatories to be the Superintendent of Schools OR Alternate, the Secretary
          to Superintendent AND the Secretary of the Board OR designate.

SIGNATORIES/DEPOSITORIES/AUTHORIZATION TO BORROW
Motion     RESOLVED, that the funds of this corporation be deposited in one or more
11.7       accounts with TD North/Commerce Bank subject to withdrawal orders or if a
           checking account, checks made in the corporate name signed by any of the following
           officers: President or Vice President, The Board Secretary, the Treasurer of School
           Monies, who are also authorized to make, collect, discount, negotiate, endorse,
           assign and deposit in the corporate name, all checks, drafts, notes and other
           negotiable paper payable to or by this corporation and that as aforesaid, including
           checks drawn to cash or bearer or to the individual order of the officer signing said
           checks, shall be honored and paid by said Bank/Trust Company, without further
           inquiry, and charged to the corporation's account, the Bank/Trust Company may do
           or cause to be done by virtue hereof; provided however, that TD North/Commerce
           Bank shall not be obligated to or any check or withdrawal order drawn on the
           account unless there are sufficient funds on deposit, and any amount not collected
           may be charged back to account, including expenses incurred, and
              RESOLVED, that any two of the following officers of the corporation to wit:
                              President (or Vice President)
                              Secretary (or designate)
              are hereby authorized to borrow money and to obtain credit for this corporation from
              said TD North/Commerce Bank on such terms as may seem to them advisable and to
              make and deliver notes, drafts, acceptances agreements and any other obligations of
              this corporation therefore in form satisfactory to said Bank/Trust Company as
              security therefore to pledge and trustee any stocks, bonds, bills receivable, bills of
              lading, warehouse receipts and any other property of this corporation with full
              authority to endorse or guarantee the same in the name of this corporation to execute
              and deliver all instruments of assignment and transfer and to affix the corporate seal;
              also to discount any bill receivable or other negotiable paper held by this corporation
              with full authority to endorse same in the name of this corporation, and
              RESOLVED, that the Secretary of this corporation be and hereby is authorized to
              certify to said TD North/Commerce Bank, the foregoing resolutions and that the
              provisions thereof are in conformity with the charter and by-laws of this corporation,
              that the foregoing powers and authority will continue until written notice of
              revocation has been delivered to TD North/Commerce Bank.
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PETTY CASH FUND AUTHORIZED AND FRAMEWORK FOR OPERATION
Motion     RESOLVED, that Petty Cash Funds be authorized as follows and that the
11.8       designated individual be authorized to cash checks payable to him/her duly
           marked as reimbursement for the fund:
           Fund                          Amount         Authorized Signatory
           Board/Business Office         $150.00        Board Secretary
           Fieldstone Middle School      $150.00        Principal
           Memorial School               $150.00        Principal
           Superintendent's Office       $150.00        Superintendent of Schools
           Child Study Team              $ 75.00        Supervisor of Special Services

              BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that Petty Cash Fund disbursements shall be made
              within the framework of Rules & Regulations provided by the School Business
              Administrator and approved by the Superintendent of Schools and the School
              Auditor for the effective control of expenditures.

MAXIMUM TRAVEL EXPENDITURE AMOUNT
Motion    WHEREAS, P.L. 2007, c 53 requires that districts annually establish a maximum
11.9      appropriation amount for travel related expenditures, and

              WHEREAS, the amount of $53,770 was appropriated for the 2009-10 school year
              with recorded expenditures of $23,677 as of April 19, 2010; therefore be it

              RESOLVED, that the Board establishes $40,865 as the maximum expenditure
              amount that is allotted for travel during the 2010-11 school year;

              AND BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that there be approved an annual maximum of
              $250 per each Child Study Team Member and Administrator for routine business
              travel for the 2010-11 school year,

              AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the mile reimbursement rate be equal to
              the rate set by the State OBM.

INTEREST EARNINGS
DEBT SERVICE AND CAPITAL PROJECTS
Motion     RESOLVED, that interest earnings on debt service and/or capital project funds be
11.10      applied to offset debt service costs.

2010-11 CHART OF ACCOUNTS
Motion      WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey Department of Education requires local
11.11       districts to classify expenditures and revenues under the Uniform Minimum Chart of
            Accounts, Handbook 2R2,

              THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the Montvale Board of Education adopts
              the minimum chart of accounts as the reporting level of detail in the appropriations
              expenditures classification for the 2010-11 school year,
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              AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Superintendent of Schools as Chief
              School Administrator be authorized to transfer amounts among minimum chart of
              accounts line items in the 2010-11 budget to prevent line items account deficit[s] as
              may be necessary in accordance with statutory authority; a detailed report of the
              amounts transferred to be ratified by the Board of Education at the next Regular
              Public Business Meeting.



DESIGNATION OF NEWSPAPER(S) FOR LEGAL ADVERTISING PURPOSES
       Mr. Hallowell introduced motion 12.1 as follows, which motion was
       seconded by Mrs. Baviello and passed unanimously.
Motion       WHEREAS, the following newspapers are published in Bergen County
12.1         and are circulated in the municipality,

              BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that this Board of Education does hereby
              designate The Ridgewood News, and or The Record, recipients for the legal
              advertising for the school district.



POLICY
       Mrs. Gifas introduced motions 13.1 and 13.2 as follows, which motions were
       Seconded by Mrs. Baviello and approved unanimously.
RE-ADOPT POLICY
Motion       RESOLVED, that there be hereby re-adopted existing Board of Education
13.1         By-Laws, Policies, and Administrative Regulations of the school district.

CURRICULUM GUIDES 2010-11
APPENDIX “B”
Motion     RESOLVED, that there be approved the re-adoption of existing curriculum
13.2       guides for the 2010-11 school year as listed on Appendix “B”.


INSURANCE
       Mr. Campana introduced motion 14.1 as follows, which motion was
       Seconded by Mrs. Baviello and passed unanimously.
SOUTH BERGEN WORKERS
COMPENSATION POOL
Motion       BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Education of Montvale that pursuant
14.1         to the provision of Title 18A: 18A-42 that it continue to participate as a
             member of South Bergen Workers Compensation Pool through June 30, 2010;

              AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that such membership shall continue for
              one year effective July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2011 and,

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              BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board of Education of Montvale hereby
              appoints the Board Secretary, or her designee, as its representative to serve on the
              committee from which a board or trustees shall be selected to manage the affairs of
              the insurance pool in accordance with the by-laws of South Bergen Workers
              Compensation Pool in effect as of the date of this resolution as authorized and
              permitted by said statute.



ANNOUNCEMENT
Mrs. Muller-Noonan announced that the Board is now considered to be organized in accordance
with the provisions of Chapter 7, Title 18A:10-3 and 18A:15-1 of the Revised Statutes of the State
of New Jersey. The minutes of Board meetings are posted on a bulletin board in the Borough Hall
foyer, at the Montvale Public Library, and the district web-site.



SCHOOL BOARD ETHICS
Mrs. Muller-Noonan advised that as required by N.J.A.C. 6A:30 and 6.3, each Board of Education
reviews the School Ethics Law annually. Appropriate reference sheets have been distributed to
Board of Education members.



NEW BUSINESS
       Mr. Campana introduced motions 18.1 through 18.3 as follows, which motions were
       seconded by Mrs. Baviello. On a roll call vote, all members present voted aye, except
       for Ms. Harris-Bardes, who abstained.
BOARD/MTA AGREEMENT – 2009-2012
APPENDIX “C”
Motion        WHEREAS, negotiations regarding salaries and terms and conditions of
18.1          employment between the Montvale Board of Education and the Montvale Teachers
              Association have been duly conducted under the appropriate laws and successfully
              concluded for the 2009-10, 2010-11, 2011-12 school years,

              BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the aforesaid Agreement covering the
              period July 1, 2009 through June 30, 2012 be adopted; a copy of the Agreement to be
              on file in the Office of the Secretary of the Board; and

              BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the Board President and chief Negotiator be
              authorized to sign the aforesaid Agreement on behalf of the Board of Education with
              the attestation of the Secretary of the Board,

              AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that there be approved changes in
              compensation and that the appropriate contracts be issued as noted on
              Appendix “C”.


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               Mr. Campana, Chief Negotiator for the Board, stated that he was pleased to
               announce that there is a completed settlement. He thanked both the Board’s
               representatives and the MTA’s representatives for the time spent on many afternoons
               and weekends for more than a year. He provided details of the settlement and the
               expectation that funds now available from the wage freeze in 2010-11, will allow for
               re-instatement of some of the personnel and programs cut due to lost State aid. It is
               expected that the finance committee will be making a recommendation to the full
               Board at the May 10th meeting.

BOARD/MCA AGREEMENT – 2010-2013
Motion    WHEREAS, negotiations regarding salaries and terms and conditions of
18.2      employment between the Montvale Board of Education and the Montvale
          Custodial Association have been duly conducted under the appropriate laws and
          successfully concluded for the 2010-11, 2011-12, and 2012-13 school years,

               BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, that the aforesaid Agreement covering the
               period July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2013 be adopted; a copy of the Agreement to be
               on file in the Office of the Secretary of the Board; and

               BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the Board President and Chief Negotiator be
               authorized to sign the aforesaid Agreement on behalf of the Board of Education with
               the attestation of the Secretary of the Board.

               Mr. Hallowell, Chief Negotiator for the Board, stated that he was pleased to
               announce that there is a completed settlement with the Custodians. They too have
               accepted a wage freeze for the 2010-11 school year and minimal increases for years
               two and three. They will be subject to a 1.5% of wages contribution toward the costs
               of health benefits as the contract begins July 1, 2010.

SPECIAL EDUCATION CLINICIANS
Motion     RESOLVED, that the following be approved to provide services as required by
18.3       the Child Study Team and student Individual Education Programs for the 2009-10
           school year:
                        Clinician                             Service
           New Hope Psychological Services Psychological Evaluation (Hindi)
           Kashyapi Shah                       Speech Therapy (Hindi)



HEARING FROM THE PUBLIC
Mrs. Forcellati congratulated the newly elected and re-elected Board members and thanked the
Board for negotiating contracts that include the wage freeze. She stated her displeasure with actions
taken by teachers to strip the bulletin boards. She expressed an opinion that this exploited the
children of Montvale and that children should never be subliminally bullied. She also would like
the PTO funds used for holidays and teacher gifts to be directed to purchasing school supplies.



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Mrs. Mickiewicz, the parent of a current fourth grader, urged the Board to reinstate the block
language arts period for grade 5 next year. Other grade 4 parents in the audience also expressed
support for re-instating the program, and asked for clarification of the Bridges program. A parent
questioned if the music program would be re-instated.

Mrs. Blau read a statement concerning her placement and inequities on the teacher salary guide.

Mrs. Frankel, noting that the Board would be looking to re-instate programs, suggested that careful
consideration be given to each item in an effort to maximize the funds. She offered comments
concerning information available about the budget, offered to participate in the principal’s search
committee and volunteered to work on bringing to closure the use of funds donated in honor of
Andrew Morse.

Mr. Belluzzi, Mr. Campana, and Mrs. Muller–Noonan provided answers to questions including
those concerning the grade 5 Language Arts program, advised that members of the MTA will begin
paying the 1.5% at the end of this contract period, and that the Finance Committee is expected to
have recommendations for review by the full Board concerning items to re-instate by the May 10th
meeting. They advised that issues concerning the salary guide are complicated, but that guides and
placement are determined as part of the negotiations process.

PRIVATE SESSION [Reconvened]
       Mrs. Baviello introduced motion 20.1 as follows, which motion was seconded
       by Mrs. Gifas and passed unanimously.
Motion       RESOLVED, that at 8:55 p.m., the Board re-convene in Private Executive
20.1         Meeting Session for discussion of items, including personnel, excluded under the
             Open Public Meetings Act, which items, as appropriate will subsequently be made
             public.

The Board returned to public session at 9:00 p.m.

MOTION TO ADJOURN
       Mrs. Baviello introduced motion 21.1 as follows, which motion was seconded
       by Mrs. Gifas and passed unanimously.
Motion       RESOLVED, that this meeting be adjourned at 9:35 p.m.
21.1
                                                                 Respectfully submitted,

                                                                      Marian Latz
                                                                      Board Secretary




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