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Thursday, November 19, 1998


A work session meeting of the Board of Education was held on Thursday, November 19, 1998, in the Administration Building, 379 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. The meeting was called to order at 7:30 p.m. by President, Mrs. Colleen Jarvis.

Mrs. Jarvis read the following statement:

"Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meeting Act, Public Law 1975, Chapter 231, the Board Secretary caused notice of this meeting to be given to the public and the press on September 29, 1998".

Roll Call was taken by Joseph T. Bellino, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, and the following members responded to their names:

Present - Mrs. Carroll Dr. MacDonall Mr. Case

Absent None

Also Present: Dr. Stepura, Mr. Bellino, Mr.Dzwilewski



Mrs. Jarvis gave an NJSBA Delegates Assembly report and proposals. She informed the board that there will be a special work session with the New Jersey School Boards Association on January 14 to review the Board self-evaluation.

Athletics and Recreation Committee

Mrs. Fitzgibbons reviewed the resolutions to be acted upon at the November 24, 1998 public meeting.

Mrs. Fitzgibbons reported on the following:

1. Junior Semi-formal
2. Band at Giants Stadium
3. Euclid School Student Council
4. Update on Middle Level programs
5. Band competition/other Fall Sports.
6. Board to honor Girls Soccer at next meeting.


Dr. MacDonall reported on the following:

1. New Athletic Field lighting costs. He will talk to other community sports groups. 2. Discussed updates on small projects and health inspection.
3. He discussed future plans for Capital Projects.

Community Relations Committee

Mr. Casella reported that the Committee is putting together a release on the Countywide Library System.

Education Committee/Faculty Liaison

Mr. Casella reviewed the resolutions to be acted upon at the November 24, 1998 public meeting.

Mr. Casella reported on the following:

1. Employment of a part-time clerical aide for the Chi

Finance Committee

Dr. Eglow reviewed the resolutions to be acted upon at the November 24, 1998 public meeting.

Dr. Eglow reported on the following:

1. Audit review by Mr. Cannone
2. Purchase of LaSalle Avenue Property to be discussed in Private Session.
3. Set Bond Sale Date
4. New Budget Update
5. Current Budget Status
6. Shortfall in Special Education funding.
7. Bond Payment on February 15.

Future Directions Committee

Mr. Suriano reported on the following:


Labor Relations Committee

Mrs. Carroll will discuss in Private Session:
a. Mrs. Blewitt's extended leave of absence.
b. The contract and evaluation of CSA.

Policy Committee

Mrs. Nasuta discussed the pay rates for substitutes under extenuating circumstances.

Technology Committee

Dr. MacDonall gave an update on wiring proposals. He discussed the status of current labs plans, installations currently behind, need to evaluate results, future needs, etc. to be discussed further.

New Buildings (Ad Hoc)

Mr. Suriano reviewed the

Mr. Suriano reported on the following:

a. Construction manager proposals.
b. The need for communications on future matters.
c. Computer wiring proposals.


Mrs. Jarvis reported on dinner meeting. Guest speaker talked about school violence.

Board recessed for a ten minute break.

Board Issues and Discussions

The members discussed the following:

1. Athletics and Recreation:
a. Junior Semi Formal surveys distributed
b. Discussion on what other parents say.
c. Suggestion to put off to next year.
d. Poll taken approving dance this year as long as all school criteria is met.

2. Buildings and Grounds: a. Discussed green house proposal.

3. Education and Faculty Liaison:
a. Need IBM computer in library.
b. Religious holidays.
c. Testing.

4. Policy:
a. Sub pay policy.
b. Evaluations form neede

5. New Building:
a. Ed. Specs reviewed
b. Chair lift not acceptable in gym at end schools.
c. Weight room in new cafeteria area rejected in High School.

Correspondence/School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Report

Correspondence - Four items

Workshops/Seminars - Three items


1. Copy machine proposal status.
2. Departmental evaluation schedule.
3. Additional TSA representative.
4. December Workshop Meeting date change.

Dr. Stepura reported on the following:

1. Waiver approved in 1/2 day problem with HHEA.
2. Art trip questionable due to number of students.
3. Class of 1950 notes.
4. Borough Administrator discussion about cable.
5. Five year plan discussed.
6. Keys update. Going well. One Complaint.
7. Gifted and Talented guidelines discussed.
8. Resolutions discussed.

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 11:45 p.m. to private session.

RESOLUTION: Whereas, in accordance with the provisions of the New Jersey Open Public 11-243-98 Meetings Act the

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education adjourn to Private Session for the purpose of discussing such matters, and

Be It Further Resolved, that the public be informed of these matters as soon as the need to remain confidential is no longer necessary at a future date to be determined.

Meeting adjourned at 12:31 a.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Joseph T. Bellino
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

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