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HASBROUCK HEIGHTS BOARD OF EDUCATION
REGULAR MEETING MINUTES
Thursday, January 31, 2002

A regular meeting of the Board of Education was held on Thursday, January 31, 2002, in the Keifer Auditorium of the Jr. Sr. High School Building, 365 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey. The meeting was called to order at 8:00 p.m. by the President, Dr. Delcalzo.

Dr. Delcalzo 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 May 7, 2001".

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

Present - Mrs. Carroll, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Delorenzo, Mr. Suriano, Mr. Fasciano, Mr. Van Hook, Mrs. Fitzgibbons, Dr. Delcalzo

Absent - Mr. Casella

Also Present: Mr. Gonnella, Mr. Bellino, Mr. Dzwilewski, citizens, members of the press.

Dr. Delcalzo led the Board in the flag salute.


Presentations

The following resolution was moved by Mr. Fasciano, seconded by Mr. Van Hook:

RESOLUTION 01-297-02: Whereas, due to the resignation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education required the services of an interim Chief School Administrator during the 2001-2002 school year, and

Whereas, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education interviewed a select number of highly qualified individuals to fulfill this need, and

Whereas, after diligent consideration the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education selected Mr. Anthony F. Gonnella due to his long and impressive record as an Interim Superintendent in many school districts across the state of New Jersey in addition to being a highly respected Superintendent in the Passaic Township School District prior to his retirement, and

Whereas, Mr. Gonnella assumed the position of Interim Superintendent in Hasbrouck Heights in August, 2001, and

Whereas, from that time forward Mr. Gonnella has provided the district with strong and competent educational leadership, and

Whereas, during his tenure Mr. Gonnella has evaluated various district policies and procedures and has passed on to the Board recommendations for improvements in many areas, and

Whereas, through his patience, guidance and expertise the district has maintained a high level of efficiency throughout a difficult period of transition.

Now, Therefore Be It Resolved, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education on behalf of the administrators, teachers, staff, students, parents and citizens of Hasbrouck Heights takes this opportunity to express its deepest gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Anthony F. Gonnella for his dedicated service to the district as Interim Superintendent, and

Be It Further Resolved, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education wishes Mr. Anthony F. Gonnella good health and much happiness in all future endeavors.

Roll Call: Ayes: Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Delorenzo, Mr. Fasciano, Mrs. Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Suriano, Mr. Van Hook, Dr. Delcalzo   Nays: None Resolution approved



Approval of Minutes

Mrs. Powell moved, seconded by Mrs. Carroll to accept the minutes of December 20, 2001(4). Motion approved by unanimous voice vote of all members present.


Public Discussion on Agenda Resolutions - None


Correspondence/Report of School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

1. Correspondence

a. Letter of resignation from John Casella
b. Notice of hearing
c. Haworth Board of Education resolution

2. E-Rate Applications

a. Current year - denial of first level appeal/will appeal at second level
b. Next year - Submitted/funding level dropped 40% to 20%

Report of the Superintendent
1. Technology
2. Foreign language grant
3. Recommendations
4. Professional plan
5. Interim principal


Community Relations Committee:
Mr. Suriano commented committee is looking at promotion of new district activities.

Education and Technology Committee:
Mrs. Powell commented the committee met and discussed a technology report on current conditions and activities update.

Facilities and Recreation Committee:
Mr. Van Hook commented the committee met and discussed fieldhouse renovations and athletic update.

Finance and Labor Relations Committee:
Mr. Fasciano commented the committee met and discussed the budget status and current uncertainty due to state funding.

NJ/BCSBA
Mrs. Carroll gave a legislative update.

Borough Council Liaison - No report

Faculty Liaison
Mrs. Powell commented the next meeting is in March.


Resolutions:
Education/Technology Committee: The following resolutions were moved by Mrs. Powell, seconded by Mr. Fasciano:

RESOLUTION 01-298-02: Be it Resolved by the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education that, in compliance with Chapter 116,P.L. 1986 and in accordance with the State of New Jersey Department of Education memorandum dated October 29, 1986, all new personnel on the attached list dated January 24, 2002 shall be considered to be provisionally hired, and

Be It Further Resolved that the Superintendent of Schools is hereby directed to comply with State Department directives concerning the State and Federal criminal history background checks of these employees, and

Be It Further Resolved that said new personnel shall be considered provisionally hired until such time as the Department of Education has indicated that they have completed the criminal history background checks of prospective employees and that said employees have satisfied the requirements of Chapter 116, P.L. 1986 at which time said employees shall no longer be provisional; said list shall be considered a part of the minutes of this meeting; the Board Secretary shall be hereby directed to employ personnel contained on the attached list and to take such other personnel actions as indicated on Attachment A.


RESOLUTION 01-299-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approves the following individuals as substitute teachers in the Hasbrouck Heights School District for the school year 2001-2002:
Nancy Hoh - County Certified
Jeannette Kropiewnicki - County Certified
Carle DelToro - County Certified
Kimberly Napalitano - County Certified


RESOLUTION 01-300-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approves Dolores Sullivan as a substitute teacher/clerical/lunch aide at the appropriate hourly rate of $10.00 or $9.50 in the Hasbrouck Heights School District for the school year 2001-2002 as needed.

RESOLUTION 01-301-02: Be it Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education accepts the tuition responsibility of the following special education students:
Student #73-02, Sage Day $31,930 pro-rated, Rochelle Park, NJ Eff. 1/3/02

RESOLUTION 01-302-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approves Joan Catapane as Coordinator of the Hasbrouck Heights Adult School for the 2001-2002 school year at a compensation rate of $17.00 per hour for on-site evening activities as needed.

RESOLUTION 01-303-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education grants Cheryl M. Reed maternity leave of absence effective 12/17/01 through 2/25/02 with pay in accordance with the agreement between the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education and Hasbrouck Heights Education Association, and

Be It Further Resolved that Cheryl M. Reed be granted a leave of absence without pay under the provisions of the Family Leave Act from 2/26/02 through 6/30/02, and

Be It Further Resolved that Cheryl M. Reed be granted a child rearing leave of absence from 9/1/02 until on or about 1/27/03.

RESOLUTION 01-304-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education grants Kathy Toy maternity leave of absence effective 1/28/02 through 4/2/02 with pay in accordance with the agreement between the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education and Hasbrouck Heights Education Association.

RESOLUTION 01-305-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education grants Kimberly Pyskaty a leave of absence without pay from 6/17/02 through 6/25/02 for personal reasons.

Be It Further Revolved that the two personal days granted by contract be used for this occasion provided she has not used these days prior to the anticipated leave of absence.

RESOLUTION 01-306-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education accepts a Teaching Tolerance Grant in the amount of $1,000, and

Be It Further Resolved that the terms and conditions of the grant be fulfilled as indicated in the grant.

RESOLUTION 01-307-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approves the following individual as part of the Mental Health Team of the Hasbrouck Heights school district for the 2001-2002 school year, as needed, at the fees indicated: Dr. M. Katz, Neurologist, $300.00 - $400.00,  Neurological Consultants, Depending on extent of neurological evaluation


RESOLUTION 01-308-02: Be It Re solved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approves the 2002-2003 school year calendar as per attachment B.


RESOLUTION 01-309-02: Be it Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education accept, with regret, the resignation of Mr. John Casella as Board Trustee effective January 31, 2002, and

Be It Further Revolved that the Heights Board of Education authorize the Board Secretary to post notice of the Board vacancy seeking applications from qualified citizens interested in filling the unexpired term of Mr. Casella.


RESOLUTION 01-310-02: Be it Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education amend Resolution  #11-256-01 approving hospital home instruction at Four Winds, for a student #HI-1-02, and

Be It Further Resolved that student #HI-2-02 also be approved for hospital home instruction at the rate indicated in Resolution #11-256-01, effective 1/22/02.


RESOLUTION 01-311-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the Caron Foundation to provide educational services through Berks County Intermediate Unit for a Hasbrouck Heights student #HI-3-02 receiving bedside instruction at $20.00 per hour, 2 hours per day.


RESOLUTION 01-312-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, Sharon Harmsworth be approved as a long term substitute for Mrs. Cheryl Reed, at $125.00 per day, effective 2/1/02 to 6/30/02.

Roll Call: Ayes: Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Delorenzo, Mr. Fasciano, Mrs. Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Suriano, Mr. Van Hook, Dr. Delcalzo 
Nays: None Resolutions approved


Recreation and Facilities Committee
The following resolutions were moved by Mr. Van Hook, seconded by Mr. Delorenzo:

RESOLUTION 01-313-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the following individuals as substitute custodians for the 2001-2002 school year at a pay rate of $10.00 per hour: Barry Hamyack


RESOLUTION 01-314-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approves the following field trips:
Washington, DC,  8th grade, May 15, 16, 17, 2002
Boston/Salem, MA, 10th grade, March 25, 26, 27, 2002
Orlando, FL, Band, April 8 through 12, 2002

RESOLUTION 01-315-02: Be It Resolved that, upon the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approves the use of a Junior/Senior High School room for Rutgers courses to be determined for Spring, 2002 at a fee of $200.00.

Roll Call: Ayes: Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Delorenzo, Mr. Fasciano, Mrs. Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Suriano, Mr. Van Hook, Dr. Delcalzo 
Nays: None Resolutions approved


Finance and Labor Relations Committee:

RESOLUTION 01-316A-02: Resolution to table Resolutions 01-325-02 and 01-326-02 was moved by Mr. Fasciano, seconded by Mr. Delorenzo.

Roll Call: Ayes: Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Delorenzo, Mr. Fasciano, Mrs. Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Suriano, Mr. Van Hook, Dr. Delcalzo  
Nays: None Resolution approved

The following resolutions were moved by Mr. Fasciano, seconded by Mrs. Carroll:

RESOLUTION 01-316-02: Be it Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the following reports which are in agreement and that they be kept on file in the office of the Board Secretary:
1. Report of the Board Secretary for the month of November, 2001.
2. Report of the Treasurer of School Funds for the month of November, 2001.


RESOLUTION 01-317-02:Be It Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the following budget appropriation transfers as per Attachment C.

RESOLUTION 01-318-02: Be It Resolved that pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2:12 (3) and upon consultation with the appropriate district officials, the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education certifies that to the best of its knowledge, no major account or funds have been overexpended in violation of N.J.A.C. 6:20-2:12 and that sufficient funds are available to meet the district's financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year.

RESOLUTION 01-319-02: Be It Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the actual payroll for the month of December, 2001, in the amount of $1,011,504.05, and that the President of the Board, the Board Secretary, and the Treasurer of School Funds be, and they hereby are, authorized to sign warrants up to and including the above.

RESOLUTION 01-320-02: Be It Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the estimated payroll for the month of January, 2002, in the amount of $1,000,050.00 and that the President of the Board, the Board Secretary, and the Treasurer of School Funds be, and they hereby are, authorized to sign warrants in any amount up to and including the above $1,000,050.00.


RESOLUTION 01-321-02: Be it Resolved that the President of the Board, the Board Secretary, and the Treasurer of School Funds be, and they hereby are, authorized to sign warrants for supplies and materials received and services rendered to the Hasbrouck Heights School District . The amount for the month of January being:
General Fund:
11 483,564.73
12 7,423.92
20 12,602.80
40 5,431.29 509,022.74

Capital:
30 7,100.00

Enterprise:
50 98,657.06

Total: 614,779.80


RESOLUTION 01-322-02: Whereas, the Annual School Election will be held on April 16, 2002, and

Whereas, school board elections now conform to the general election process and be supplemented in Title 19 of the New Jersey Statutory Code, and

Whereas, this brings such elections under the jurisdiction of the County Clerk, Boards of Elections and Superintendent of Elections,

Now, Therefore be it Resolved, that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education authorize the time of election to be from 2:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

RESOLUTION 01-323-02: Be It Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the drawing of the names for positions on the ballot for the Annual School Election of April 16, 2002, be held in the Administration Building, 379 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights, New Jersey on Wednesday, March 6, 2002 at 3:45 p.m.

RESOLUTION 01-324-02: Be It Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approves the 2001-2002 Voluntary Separation Program to be offered to all current full time employees of the district in accordance with the provisions specified in the memorandum to all staff members from the Superintendent of Schools dated February 1, 2002.

Roll Call: Ayes: Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Delorenzo, Mr. Fasciano, Mrs. Fitzgibbons,  Mrs. Powell, Mr. Suriano, Mr. Van Hook, Dr. Delcalzo 
Nays: None Resolutions approved


Old Business - None

New Business - None

Open Public Hearing

Comments and questions on the following:
1. Field trips
2. SAC position for next year
3. Enterprise fund
4. Surplus
5. Administrators salaries
6. After school building schedules
7. Federal program deadline
8. Board vacancy
9. Bullying issue
10. Superintendent recommendations
11. ESPA scores

Motion by Mrs. Powell, seconded by Mr. Delorenzo to adjourn to private session.

RESOLUTION PS-051-01: Whereas, in accordance with the provisions of the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education wishes to meet in Private Session for the purpose of discussing matters of a confidential nature relating to negotiations.

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 was adjourned to private session at 9:17 p.m.

Meeting was reopened at 9:44 p.m.

RESOLUTION 01-325A-02: Resolution to untable Resolutions 01-325-02 and 01-326-02 was moved by Mr. Fasciano, seconded by Mrs. Carroll.

Roll Call: Ayes: Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Delorenzo, Mr. Fasciano, Mrs. Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Suriano, Mr. Van Hook, Dr. Delcalzo
Nays: None Resolution approved

The following resolutions were moved by Mr. Fasciano, seconded by Mr. Van Hook:

RESOLUTION 01-325-02: Be It Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education ratify and approve the collective bargaining agreement between the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education and the Hasbrouck Heights Administrators Association for the period of July 1, 2000 through June 30, 2003 as negotiated by the parties, and

Be It Further Resolved that the Board President and Board Secretary be authorized to sign said agreement on behalf of the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education.

RESOLUTION 01-326-02: Be It Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the following salary adjustments for the following individuals, retroactive to July 1, 2000: 2000-2001 school year:
H. Eisenberg, Director of CST (M) $79,675
P. O'Hare, Principal JSHS $103,224
G. Stein, Vice Principal JSHS (L) $100,108
E. Bolcar, Vice Principal JSHS (L) $79,182
P. Donnelly, Vice Principal JSHS (L) $100,108
L. A Schoen, Principal LS $78,539

Be It Further Resolved that the Hasbrouck Heights Board of Education approve the following salary adjustments for the following individuals retroactive to July 1, 2001: 2001-2002 school year:
H. Eisenberg, Director of CST (M) $82,716
P. O'Hare, Principal JSHS $107,198
G. Stein, Vice Principal JSHS (L) $104,035
E. Bolcar, Vice Principal JSHS (L) $82,303
P. Donnelly, Vice Principal JSHS (L) $104,035
L. Schoen, Principal LS $81,563
M. McGovern, Principal ES $82,042 pro-rated

Roll Call: Ayes: Mrs. Carroll, Mr. Delorenzo, Mr. Fasciano, Mrs. Fitzgibbons, Mrs. Powell, Mr. Suriano, Mr. Van Hook, Dr. Delcalzo 
Nays: None Resolutions approved

Meeting was adjourned at 9:46 p.m.
Respectfully submitted,

Joseph T. Bellino
School Business Administrator/Board Secretary

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