Regular Meeting January 27, 2014

A. READING OF COMMUNICATIONS

  1. Letter from Thomas J. Dowd, Interim Executive County Superintendent of Schools, NJ Department of Education, stating that our district school safety plan has been approved for implementation.

  2. Letter from Thomas J. Dowd, Interim Executive County Superintendent of Schools, NJ Department of Education, commending the district on exceeding efficiencies in all seven standards enumerated in the NJAC 6A:23A-9.3. (Attachment A.1)

  3. Letter from Dan O'Neill, Founder, MercyCorps, thanking the school district staff for the $874.90 donation to provide aid to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines.

B. PRESENTATIONS

  1. Introduction of Braylen Johnson, Secretary of Special Projects, Student Council at Galloway Township Middle School

C. SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT

  1. Attorney's Report (William S. Cappuccio, Esq.) (Attachment C.1)

  2. Student Enrollment Report as of December 31, 2013 (Attachment C.2)

  3. Out of School Suspension Report for December 2013 (Attachment C.3)

  4. Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Report for the reporting period from December 13, 2013 through January 22, 2014. (Attachment C.4)

D. CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION

The Superintendent recommends approval of the following resolutions:

  1. Resolution to approve home instruction for the following students:

  2. Account # 11-150-100-101-00-SA

Student ID #

School

Dates

909845

Arthur Rann

January 2, 2014 up to 60 days;

5 hours per week per doctor's note

902445

GTMS

January 15, 2014 to March 1, 2014;

5 hours per week per doctor's note

908269

GTMS

January 21, 2014 to February 21, 2014; 5 hours per week; per doctor's note

  1. Resolution to approve Home Schooling for the 2013-2014 school year for the following students in accordance with Board Policy #6172.00: Alternative Education Programs:

School

Student ID #

Effective Date

Grade

Smithville

906725

January 2, 2014

6

  1. Resolution to approve the following Stockton College 80 hour Fieldwork Placements for the Spring 2014 semester:

    StudentCooperating Teacher School/Grade Dates

    David Dunleavy Cyndy Legowski GTMS/7 01/23/14 - 04/10/14

    Dana Flanagan Jennifer Goodwin Arthur Rann/2 01/23/14 - 05/02/14

  2. Resolution to approve the following Rowan University Student for Clinical Practice for the Spring 2014 Semester:

    Student Cooperating Nurse School/Grade Dates

    Jaclyn Alcott Kathy Paparone GTMS/7 & 8 01/07/14 - 04/14/14

  3. Resolution to approve the following Stockton College Student as an Occupational Therapy Intern for the Spring 2014 Semester:

    Student Cooperating OT / PT School/Grade Dates

    Samantha Morrison Heather Samuelson Pomona/Pre-K 02/05/14 - 04/16/14

  4. Resolution to approve the Southern New Jersey Consortium Program for the Spring 2014 Semester on the following Saturday dates from 8:00 am to 12:30 pm each week at Galloway Township Middle School:

March 8, 2014

April 5, 2014

March 15, 2014

April 12, 2014

March 22, 2014

April 26, 2014

March 29, 2014

May 3, 2014

  1. Resolution to approve Galloway Township Middle School students to participate in the Atlantic Cape Middle School Wrestling Tournament at Ocean City High School, Ocean City, NJ on Saturday, February 8, 2014 (original date of January 23, 2014 canceled due to snow); Transportation Costs: $229.70; Account #11-000-270-512-16-00

  2. Resolution to approve Galloway Township Middle School students to participate in the MathCounts Regional Competition at Rowan University in Glassboro, NJ on Saturday, February 1, 2014 (snow date is February 8, 2014).

    Transportation costs $443.82; Account #11-000-270-512-16-00

  3. Resolution to approve Arthur Rann Elementary School MD students to attend the Stockton College Special Olympics of New Jersey Floor Hockey Expo on January 10, 2014. Transportation costs will be paid by The Special Olympics.

(Administrative approval was granted.)

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E. FINANCE AND SCHOOL OPERATIONS

The Superintendent recommends approval of the following resolutions for formal Board action, as recommended by Timothy E. Kelley, School Business Administrator and the Finance Committee:

1. Resolution to accept the following food service reports:

Cafeteria: Profit and Loss Statement for December 31, 2013.

(Attachment E.1)

Trial Balance Report/Breakfast & Lunch Cash Sales

(Attachment E.2)

Breakfast & Lunch Meal Counts Participation (Attachment E.3)

Special Income Detail. (Attachment E.4)

2. Resolution to accept the Investment Report(s) for December 2013 in accordance with Policy #3290. (Attachment E.5)

3. Resolution to accept the Board Secretary's monthly certification budgetary line item status for December 31, 2013. (Attachment E.6)

4. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2.13(e), the Galloway Board of Education certifies that as of December 31, 2013 after review of the secretary's monthly financial reports (appropriations section) and upon consultation with the appropriate district officials, that to the best of our knowledge, no major account or fund has been over expended in violation of N.J.A.C. 6:20-2.13(b) and there have been no changes in anticipated revenue sources and/or amounts so that sufficient funds are available to meet the district's financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year.

5. Resolution to approve the Cash and Secretary's Report for the month(s) of December 31, 2013. (Attachment E.7)

6. Resolution to approve the January Bill List - 2013-2014 Budget.

(Attachment E.8)

7. Resolution to approve the January transfers - 2013-2014 Budget.

(Attachment E.9)

8. Resolution to approve the acceptance of the AtlantiCare mini-grant for the Sustained Edible School Garden Grant, at the Galloway Township Middle School, in the amount of $500.

9. Resolution to approve submission of Amendment #1 for the 2013-2014 NCLB Consolidated Sub Grant. This amendment is to include carryover from the 2012-2013 Grant: (Attachment E.10)

Title I $444,446

Title IIA 74,128

Title III 47,527

Title III Imm 13,580

10. Resolution to approve a shared services consortia agreement between the Galloway Township Board of Education and the Educational Information & Resource Center (EIRC) (Attachment E.11)

-PUBLIC COMMENT-

Special Education:

11. Resolution to approve student #910263 to attend Y.A.L.E. East, Northfield campus, beginning January 21, 2014 through June 30, 2014 for the 2013-2014 school year at a cost of $46,962 prorated. Acct. #11-000-100-566-00-02

12. Resolution to approve a 1:1 personal aide for student #904036 at Atlantic County Special Services School District from February 1, 2014 to through June 30, 2014 at cost of $40,320. Acct. #11-000-100-565-400-02

Out-of-District:

12. Resolution to approve the following out-of-district professional development:

Activity: Motivating Autistic Children to Speak

Staff Name: Date: Expenses: Account:

Joanne A. Popeson March 7, 2014 Registration: $189.00 20-250-200-500-00-02

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F. FACILITIES AND MAINTENANCE

G. COMMUNITY USE OF SCHOOL FACILITIES

The Superintendent recommends approval of the following:

  1. Galloway Township Community Services has requested the use of our baseball/softball and soccer fields at GTMS and baseball field at Arthur Rann from March 1, 2014 through July 31, 2014 each evening from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm and all day on the weekends.

  2. The Galloway Warrior Youth Lacrosse has requested the use of our fields from March 20, 2014 through May 31, 2014. (Organization must contact Beth Stasuk, Director of Community Services for Galloway, for field and time assignment)

  3. The Atlantic County Outlaws Baseball Team has requested the use of the GTMS baseball field from March 9, 2014 through July 31, 2014 for practice and games. (Organization must contact Beth Stasuk, Director of Community Services for Galloway, for field and time assignment)

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H. PERSONNEL

The Superintendent recommends approval of the following resolutions:

  1. Resolution to accept the letter of intent to retire from Doris Pincus, custodian at Arthur Rann Elementary School, effective December 31, 2013. Mrs. Pincus has worked in the Galloway Township Public School District for 20 years and her dedication and commitment to students and staff are appreciated by our entire school family.

-PUBLIC COMMENT-

  1. Resolution to approve the maternity leave request from Nicole Sweiderk, part-time intervention teacher at Reeds Road Elementary School as follows:

03/24/14 - 04/04/14

with pay, without benefits (opts out)

04/07/14 - 06/30/14

without pay, without benefits

Returning 09/14

  1. Resolution to approve the family leave request from Catherine Watkins, teacher at Roland Rogers Elementary School as follows:

01/13/14 - 01/17/14

without pay, with benefits

Returning 01/21/14

  1. Resolution to approve the family leave request from Christine Graham, LDT-C at Arthur Rann Elementary School as follows:

01/14/14 - 02/21/14

without pay, without benefits (opts out)

Returning 02/24/14

  1. Resolution to approve the family leave request from Nada Mason, classroom assistant at Pomona Preschool as follows:

11/04/13 - 01/31/14

without pay, with benefits

Returning 02/03/14

  1. Resolution to approve the family leave request from Matthew DaCosta Lobo, classroom assistant at Roland Rogers Elementary School as follows:

02/03/14 - 03/14/14

without pay, with benefits

Returning 03/17/14

  1. Resolution to approve Anthony Gaudiello as a classroom assistant at Pomona Pre-School for the 2013 - 2014 school year effective January 6, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Salary: Step 1: 01/06/14 - 01/31/14 $34,074.60 (pro-rated); 02/01/14 - 06/30/14 $34,912.74 (pro-rated); Certificate; Account #11-216-100-106-40-SA (new position)

  2. Resolution to approve Samantha Rada as a part-time LLD classroom assistant at Reeds Road Elementary School for the 2013-2014 school year effective January 28, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Salary: Step 1: 01/28/14 - 01/31/14 $23,026.89 (pro-rated); 02/01/14 - 06/30/14 $23,625.30 (pro-rated); 4 year degree;

    Account #11-204-100-106-45-SA (new position)

  3. Resolution to approve Roy Somers as a part-time BD classroom assistant at Reeds Road Elementary School for the 2013 - 2014 school year effective January 28, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Salary: Step 1: 01/28/14 - 01/31/14 $22,371.75 (pro-rated); 02/01/14 -06/30/14 $22,970.16 (pro-rated); Non-certificated;

    Account #11-209-100-106-45-SA (new position)

  4. Resolution to approve Beth Halsted as a custodian at Arthur Rann Elementary School for the 2013 - 2014 school year effective January 28, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Salary: Step 3: $33,137.00; Account #11-000-262-110-15-SA (replacement position)

  5. Resolution to approve the following substitute teachers for the 2013 - 2014 school year effective January 28, 2014 through June 30, 2014 pending successful completion of the criminal history review. Account numbers as appropriate:

    Kindergarten #11-110-100-101-SB-SA; Grades 1-5 #11-120-100-101-SB-SA;

    Grades6-8 #11-130-100-101-SB-SA

    Kelandra Bludsaw Non-Certified $75.00 per day

    Megan Errecra Non-Certified $75.00 per day

    Sinetra Gandy Non-Certified $75.00 per day

    Kimiasla Justice Non-Certified $75.00 per day

    Edbelinda Nambo Non-Certified $75.00 per day

  6. Resolution to approve the following substitute custodians for the 2013-2014 school year effective January 28, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Salary: $9.00 per hour;

    Account# 11-000-262-110-SB-SA

Ricardo Alvarez

Enrique Sato

Noemi Perez

Erik Walters

Russell Picket

  1. Resolution to approve the following substitute food service workers for the 2013-2014 school year effective January 28, 2014 through June 30, 2014. Salary: $8.25 per hour; Account #60-910-310-100-SB-SA

Melissa Gaunt

Destiny Hood

SUPPLEMENTAL POSITIONS

  1. Resolution to approve the following teacher at Roland Rogers Elementary School for the Morning Academic Support Club; "not to exceed" 11 hours; $37.00 per hour;

    Account #20-231-100-100-46-SA (NCLB Title I)

MATH

Barbara Olson

  1. Resolution to approve the following teachers for supplemental instruction / extension of student's school day per IEPs for the 2013 - 2014 school year at $34.59 per hour; Account #20-250-100-100-01-SA

Heather Martin

James Yamaguchi

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  1. POLICY

The Superintendent recommends approval of the following policies:

  1. Policy #2130 Principal Evaluation (First Reading; New Policy)

    (Attachment I.1)

  2. Policy #4112.2 Certification/District Reporting Requirement (First Reading; New

    Section of Policy "Mentoring Novice Teachers"; Changes Highlighted)

    (Attachment I.2)

  3. Policy #4116 Evaluation of Teaching Staff Members (First Reading; Entirely Rewritten) (Attachment I.3)

  4. Policy #4131 Staff Development; In-service Education/Visitations/Conferences

    #4131.1 (Entirely Rewritten) (Attachment I.4)

  5. Policy #5113.1 Educational Opportunity for Military Children (First Reading; New

    Policy) (Attachment I.5)

  6. Policy #6142.1 Internet Safety and Technology (First Reading; New Section of

    Policy "School Furnished Electronic Devices"; Changes Highlighted)

    (Attachment I.6)

  7. Policy #9111 Qualifications and Requirements of Board Members (First Reading;

New Policy) (Attachment I.7)

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J. NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETINGS

*January 31 Board of Education Institute - The Golden Inn, Avalon, NJ 7:00 pm

*February 1 Board of Education Institute - The Golden Inn, Avalon, NJ 9:00 am

February 10 Monday Regular GTMS 7:00 pm

February 24 Monday Regular GTMS 7:00 pm

*Administrators and Board members individually paying expenses for Board of Education Institute. There is

no cost to the district.

K. SPECIAL EVENTS

L. PUBLIC COMMENT

M. OLD BUSINESS

N. NEW BUSINESS

  1. Resolution to approve the revised 2013-2014 school calendar. (Attachment N.1)

  2. School Board Recognition Month in New Jersey January 2014

WHEREAS, The New Jersey School Boards Association has declared January 2014 to be School Board Recognition Month, a time that all residents might acknowledge the contributions made by our local school board members; and

WHEREAS, The Galloway Township Board of Education is one of 586 local school boards in New Jersey that sets policies and over-sees operations for public school districts; and

WHERAS, The Galloway Township Board of Education embraces the goal of high-quality education for all New Jersey public school students; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey's local school boards help determine community goals for the education of approximately 1.4 million children in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey's 4,800 local school board members, who receive no remuneration for their services, act as advocates for public school students as they work with administrators, teachers and parents for the betterment of public education; and

WHEREAS, School boards strive to provide the resources necessary to meet the needs of all students, including those with special needs; and

WHEREAS, Boards of education provide accountability to the public; they communicate the needs of the school district to the public; and they convey to school administrators the public's expectations for the schools; and

WHEREAS, New Jersey can take pride in its schools, which rank among the nation's best in indicators such as high school graduation rates, class size, college entrance exam participation, and Advanced Placement offerings and test scores. Now, therefore, be it

RESOLVED, That the Galloway Township Board of Education, does hereby recognize the services of local school board members throughout New Jersey as we join communities statewide in observing January 2014 as SCHOOL BOARD RECOGNITION MONTH; and be it further

RESOLVED, That the Galloway Township Board of Education urges all New Jersey citizens to work with their local boards of education and public school staffs toward the improvement of our children's education.

-PUBLIC COMMENT-

  1. Requesting funding from the State of NJ for NJ state mandates requiring increased minimum observations of teachers

WHEREAS, the State of New Jersey has issued unfunded mandates requiring increased minimum observations of teachers and administrators; and

WHEREAS, according to our Business Administrator, the Board of Education of the Galloway Township Public School District of Atlantic County, New Jersey has spent an additional $56,649 to date in the current fiscal year with recurring costs on these mandates.

RESOLVED, that the Galloway Township Board of Education, request to the New Jersey Commissioner of Education that the State of New Jersey reimburse the Board of Education of the Galloway Township Public School District for these mandates and fully fund them in the future.

RESOLVED, that the Galloway Township Board of Education directs the Board Secretary to distribute a copy of this resolution to local legislators and the Commissioner of Education.

-PUBLIC COMMENT-

O. EXECUTIVE SESSION

  • Potential Litigation

ADJOURNMENT

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