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									                                              REGULAR MEETING
                                    ROCKAWAY TOWNSHIP BOARD OF EDUCATION
                                                March 10, 2010


The Rockaway Township Board of Education held a regular meeting on Wednesday, March 10, 2010, at 6:20 PM at the Copeland
Middle School, Lake Shore Drive, Rockaway, New Jersey.

The following members of the Board of Education were present: Mr. Giarratano, Mrs. Power, Mr. Puzio, Mrs. Salny, Mr. West
and Dr. Friedberger. Mr. Jackson was absent.

Public announcement was read regarding the “Open Public Meeting Act.” No Board Member objected to the conduct of the
meeting as advertised.

Motion made by Mrs. Salny, seconded by Mr. Puzio to adopt the following resolution:

RESOLVED, that in accordance with the “Open Public Meetings Act” the Rockaway Township Board of Education will
meet in closed session to discuss matters involving personnel, the content of said discussions will be disclosed to the public at
such time and extent as is required by law.

All present voting yes, motion carried.

The Board met in closed session.

Motion made by Mrs. Salny, seconded by Mr. West that the closed session meeting stand adjourned at 7:07 PM
Roll Call Vote, all present voting yes, motion so carried.

The Public Meeting reconvened at 7:08 PM Also present were 24 visitors and no members of the press.

Dr. Friedberger opened the regular business meeting of the Board.

Motion by Mr. Giarratano, seconded by Mr. West to open the public session of the meeting at 7:09 PM.

Show of hands on above, all present voting yes, motion so carried.

No public comment.

Motion by Mrs. Salny, seconded by Mr. Puzio to close the public session of the meeting 7:10 PM.

Show of hands on above, all present voting yes, motion so carried.

COMMUNICATIONS                                                                                                         Correspondence
The following correspondence was received for the Board since the last regular meeting:
Art Educators Re: Invitation
CMS Music Department             Re: Minutes
Ted Doty                         Re: User Friendly Budgets
RTSEPAC                           Re: Minutes
Joseph Jackson                    Re: Board Meeting Topics
Ana Echevarria                    Re: Behavioral Disabilities Class
CMS Theater Company              Re: Invitation
Ana Echevarria                    Re: Letter Review
Ted Doty                          Re: Excess Surplus
Ted Doty                         Re: Governor’s Responses
Ted Doty                         Re: March 4 Schundler Article
Ted Doty                         Re: Proposed NJSBA Letter
RTSEPAC                          Re: Attend Board Meeting
Linda Peccoralo                  Re: School Taxes
Ana Echevarria                   Re: Behavioral Disabilities Class
Linda Peccoralo                  Re: Response
Leonardis                        Re: Special Education
Certificate of Appreciation      Re: Read Across America
APPROVE MINUTES                                                                                                        Approve Minutes
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Motion made by Mr. West, seconded by Mr. Puzio to approve the minutes of February 18 and 23, 2010.

Roll Call Vote on above, all present voting yes, motion so carried.


The following information was presented by the Superintendent in his report:                                     Supt Report
Dr. Vitta addressed the March 15, 2010 QSAC monitoring.

Dr. Vitta addressed the March 24, 2010 Public Hearing date change from March 31, 2010.

Dr. Vitta addressed his position not to publish comments regarding massive staff reductions based on no
creditable information.

Dr. Vitta addressed the CEO of Hitachi Company’s visit to the Copeland Middle School.

Dr. Vitta addressed the 2010-2011 school year budget process. He addressed the parameters of the budget
process. He outlined some of the elements of the budget. He discussed the use of fund balance to offset taxes.
He stipulated that the 2010-2011 budget is practical, prudent and appropriate to meet the needs of staff and
students. He addressed the proposed staff reductions and he outlined big ticket cost elements – salaries,
insurance, etc. He addressed the effective and efficient manner we will run the district.

Dr. Vitta addressed the contingency plan, if state aid is reduced.

Dr. Vitta addressed the reduction of the Elementary Support Specialist (ESS) (Guidance Counselor) in the 2009-
2010 budget. He announced his change in opinion on the reduction and indicated he is supporting in the 2010-
2011 school year, based on the needs of the district to reinstate an ESS in each elementary school.

Mrs. Salny asked questions on the workload of the ESS presently employed by the district. Dr. Grefe, Assistant
Superintendent, responded on the question.

Dr. Vitta introduced Dr. Grefe, who addressed the 2010-2011 school year budget for Curriculum and Instruction.

Dr. Grefe requested she meet once a month with the Curriculum Committee.

Dr. Grefe and Ms. Swierc, Director of Special Education, addressed the special education restructuring plan.
They addressed the district’s needs that are driving the restructuring plan.

Dr. Friedberger indicated Ms. Swierc address the programmatic questions related to the changes proposed.

Dr. Friedberger addressed redistricting and the impact on the proposed programs. Various Board Members
asked questions and Ms. Swierc and Dr. Grefe responded.

Ms. Salny addressed the program changes and her concern that we can effectuate change.

Dr. Vitta introduced Mr. Valle, Director of Technology, who discussed the 2010-2011 technology budget.
He also addressed the state mandated Technology Plan.

Dr. Friedberger addressed the Board-To-Board meeting he attended and specifically the comments of a
Board Member in Denville. He indicated he and Mrs. Salny were able to say that Rockaway Township is so
far ahead of the other sending districts in the area of technology.

Mrs. Power addressed the professional development component of the Technology Plan and its importance
in instructional delivery of services.

Dr. Verbist addressed the 2010-2011 school year budget for Transportation and Maintenance Departments.

Dr. Vitta summarized the 2010-2011 school year budget.

Dr. Vitta addressed a letter to the editor in the Neighbor News with the correct information as opposed to
the inaccurate information in the article.

The following was presented by the Business Administrator in his report:
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 Dr. Verbist had no report.


The following actions were taken during the Regular Meeting of the Board:
Personnel
The Superintendent of Schools recommends actions on the following certificated personnel:

Motion made by Mrs. Salny, seconded by Mr. Puzio to approve the following personnel recommendations.

Employment/NJ ASK Test Coordinators                                                                               Employ NJ Ask
Approve the employment of Sandra Prendergast Blaha, as a NJ ASK Coordinator for the Stony Brook School,
effective February 24, 2010, for the 2009-2010 school year, at the maximum of 6 hours and 40 minutes, at the rate
of $42.00 per hour. (Mrs. Blaha is replacing Mrs. Shapiro).

Approve the employment of Christine Garabrant, as a NJ ASK Coordinator for the Stony Brook School, effective
February 24, 2010, for the 2009-2010 school year, at the maximum of 6 hours and 40 minutes, at the rate of
$42.00 per hour. (Mrs. Garabrant is replacing Mrs. Shapiro).

Employment/Substitute Teacher                                                                                    Employ Sub
Approve the employment of the following state certified Substitute Teacher indicated below for the 2009-2010
school year:

Leanne Cougle            Montclair State University, NJ (BA)
Green Pond, NJ           Certification:          State
                         Effective Date:         March 11, 2010

Job Reassignment                                                                                                 Job Reassignment
Approve the job reassignment of Karen Jordano from State Certified Substitute School Nurse for the District to
full-time School Nurse at the Copeland Middle School, effective April 5, 2010 for the 2009-2010 school year.
The annual prorated salary will be $49,107.00 (BA+15 Step 1). (Mrs. Jordano is replacing Margaret Fiorello).

Leaves of Absence                                                                                                Leaves
Approve a leave of absence for June Beck, full-time Grade 4 Teacher at the Katharine D. Malone School, with
pay, effective May 17, 2010 through June 18, 2010. (Mrs. Beck is expected to return to work on September 1,
2010).

Approve a leave of absence for Erin Kramer, full-teacher Grade 2 Teacher at the Birchwood School, with pay,
effective February 12, 2010 through March 4, 2010. (Mrs. Kramer is expected to return to work on
March 5, 2010).

Approve a leave of absence for Erin Kramer, full-teacher Grade 2 Teacher at the Birchwood School, with pay,
effective May 17, 2010 through June 18, 2010, the leave will continue without pay, under the New Jersey Twelve
Week Family Leave Act, effective September 1, 2010 through November 19, 2010. (Mrs. Kramer is expected to
return to work on November 22, 2010).

The Superintendent of Schools recommends actions on the following non-certificated personnel:

Job Reassignment                                                                                                 Job Reassignment
Approve the job reassignment of Cynthia Wassmuth from State Certified Substitute Teacher for the District to
part-time Staff Assistant for the morning session in the Pre-School Step-Up Program at the Dennis B. O’Brien
School, effective March 16, 2010, for the 2009-2010 school year. The rate of pay is $14.82 (Step 1) per hour.
(Ms. Wassmuth is replacing Mrs. Bricker).

Leaves of Absence                                                                                                Leaves
Approve a leave of absence for Carolyn Monga, full-time Bus driver for the Transportation Department, with
pay, effective March 3, 2010 through March 17, 2010. (Mrs. Monga is expected to return to work on March 18,
2010).


Approve a leave of absence for Karen Walsh, full-time Bus Driver for the Transportation Department, with pay,
effective February 23, 2010 through March 12, 2010. (Ms. Walsh is expected to return to work on
March 15, 2010).
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Authorize the Superintendent of Schools, or his designee, to employee staff on an as needed basis between board
meetings and submit the employment actions for board ratification at the next board meeting.


Roll Call Vote on all above recommendations, all present voting yes, motion so carried.


Curriculum/Instruction
Motion made by Mr. West, seconded by Mrs. Power to approve the following curriculum/instruction
recommendations.

Approve Lisa Perfetto, from East Stroudsburg University, for 15 hours of classroom observation at the                   Student Teacher
Birchwood School.

Explanation: Requirement for degree.


Roll Call Vote on all above recommendations, all present voting yes, motion so carried.


Administration
Mrs. Salny asked about the change on the amended settlement, Ms. Swierc provided the rational on the
provider change.

Motion made by Mrs. Salny, seconded by Mr. Puzio to approve the following administrative recommendations.

Be It Resolved that the Rockaway Township Board of Education approves the amended settlement for the case               Legal Settlement
OAL Docket No. EDS-09711-2009.

Amend resolution for Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center to provide services as per settlement                   Douglass
agreement and authorize Dr. Kimberly Vogt as provider, at a cost not to exceed $12,000.00 for the district.             Development

Explanation: As per settlement agreement and student IEP.


Roll Call Vote on all above recommendations, all present voting yes, motion so carried.

Finance
Motion made by Mr. Giarratano, seconded by Mr. Puzio to approve the following finance recommendations.

Be It Resolved in accordance with Chapter 53 and Board Policies 4133 and 9250 the Rockaway Township
Board of Education approves the attached travel expenses as they promote the delivery of instruction, critical to       Travel
the instructional needs of the district and/or further the efficient operations of the district (see attached).

Be It Further Resolved, that the travel is educationally necessary and fiscally prudent and is directly related to,
and within, the scope of the current responsibilities for district employees/trustees and the district’s Professional
Development Plan.

Explanation: As per statute, boards of education are required to establish a maximum budget for travel and
             subsistence, the Board may not exceed this maximum.




Authorize the acceptance of a $2,000.00 grant from Intermec Foundation to Katharine D. Malone School.                   Donation
Mr. Stephen Gottlieb, Principal and Karen O’Donnell, Educational Technologist received the grant for their
proposal “The Technological Application of StarBoard and Document Camera in the Grade 2 Math Program.”
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Explanation: The Intermec Foundation is part of the Intermec Technologies Corporation and Mr. Joseph
             Venturini, a Katharine D. Malone parent, was the sponsor.


Roll Call Vote on all above recommendations, all present voting yes, motion so carried.


Policy                                                                                                           Policies
Motion made by Mr. Giarratano, seconded by Mr. Puzio to approve the following policy recommendations.

                      File Code: 5111 - Admission
                      File Code: 5111R - Procedures for Admission of Affidavit Pupils and
                                         Removal of Non-Resident Pupils


Roll Call Vote on all above recommendations, all present voting yes, motion so carried.


Old Business                                                                                                     Old Business
Mrs. Salny reported on the Arts Exhibit at the Library.

Mrs. Power addressed the meeting she had with Mr. Jackson and Dr. Verbist on the budget.


New Business                                                                                                     New Business
Mr. West addressed the NJSBA meeting he attended hosted by Commissioner Shundler in regard to school
funding.

Mr. West reported on the Hitachi visit. He complemented Mr. Valle, Mrs. Ferranti and Mr. Allshouse for the
event. This is certainly a positive thing and we should be proud of our system.

Mr. Salny addressed the property on Sanders and Green Pond Road. She asked Dr. Verbist about the project.
Various Board Members asked questions and discussed the plan.

Mr. Giarratano suggested the Board oppose the change in use from age restricted to open non-restricted.

Dr. Friedberger addressed the Board-To-Board meeting he and Mrs. Salny attended. He outlined the goals –
better alignment of World Language – Elementary to High School, how to better inform parents on educational
programs at the high school and explore joint staff training activities.


Public Discussion                                                                                                Public Discussion
Motion by Mr. West, seconded by Mr. Puzio to open the Public Session of the meeting at 9:38 PM.

Show of hands, all present voting yes, motion so carried.

Mrs. Ferranti thanked the Board for their support. She informed the Board that Channel 10 will be doing a
piece on StarBoards.

A parent thanked the Board and Ms. Swierc for the additional special education staff. She thanked
Dr. Friedberger for his attendance at the parent group meetings. She expressed her pleasure in Ms. Swierc. She
was looking for clarification of the “culture shock” comment. Ms. Salny addressed the comment. She then
asked questions on the proposed program changes i.e., space issues. Dr. Friedberger and Ms. Swierc responded
to the question.

A parent addressed the school change and the impact on her child.

A parent addressed the board staff reduction.

A resident addressed enrollment.
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Motion by Mr. West, seconded by Mr. Puzio to close the Public Session of the meeting at 10:26 PM.


Show of hands Call Vote, all present voting yes, motion so carried.


Motion made by Mrs. Salny, seconded by Mrs. Power that the meeting stand adjourned at 10:27 PM      Adjournment


Roll Call Vote, all present voting yes, motion so carried.


Respectfully submitted,




DR. JAMES P. VERBIST
Board Secretary

								
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