Board Meeting - June 22, 2021

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Dates: 
Friday, June 18, 2021 - 2:15pm
THE PUBLIC SCHOOLS
METUCHEN, NEW JERSEY
 
TUESDAY, JUNE 22, 2021
 
MEETING AGENDA
of the Metuchen Board of Education
Metuchen High School
400 Grove Avenue
Metuchen, NJ  08840
 
 
  1. Call to Order
 
  1. Flag Salute
 
  1. Notice of Meeting
I hereby make this statement to indicate compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act known as Chapter 231 of the Public Laws of New Jersey, 1975, which became effective 90 days after enactment, January 19, 1976.
Notice of this meeting was given by providing the location, time and date of this meeting, and posting of the same on the front door of the Board of Education offices, by delivering copies to the Borough Hall and the Metuchen Public Library, The Home News and Tribune, The Criterion Sentinel, The Star Ledger, and by filing a copy with the Borough Clerk as prescribed by this law.
 
  1. Roll Call
Mr. Benderly
 
Ms. Killean
 
Ms. Cook
 
Mr. Lifton
 
Mr. Derflinger
 
Mr. Manley
 
Mr. Glassberg
 
Mr. Suss
 
Dr. Johnson-Marcus
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
  1. Showcase of Success
v   Spring Sports Champions
Congratulations to:
 
The Boys Spring Golf Team
Red Division Champions, GMC Champions and Central Jersey group 1 Sectional Champions
Jakob Krombholz
Nicolas Malamug
Joshua Blom
Matthew DeCerbo
Kyle Blom
Graeme Schnarre
Jacob Blom
JJ Wyetzner
Chris DeVizio
Tristan Leto 
Nicolas Van Leeuwen 
 
 
The Girls Spring Track and Field Team GMC Champions
  • 4X800 Meter Relay Champions (Caroline Schleif, Maggie Rivera,
  • Sara Lignell and Molly Malague)
  • Caroline Schleif 1600 Meters, GMC Champion
  • Caroline Schleif 800 Meters, State Sectional Champion
  • Molly Malague 3200 Meters, GMC Champion
  • Lilia Ould-Hammou, GMC Discus Champion
The Boys Spring Track and Field Team GMC Champions
  • 4X800 Meter Relay Champions (Brandon Sinclair, Josh Byrne, Nico Hilago, James Santus)
  • 4X400 Meter Relay Champions (Matthew Brown, Dean Serio, Brandon Sinclair, Arvin Manivannan)
High School Softball Team
Blue Division Champions
Brianna De La Fuente
Leslie Flaherty
Mia Szap
Annika Fricke
Noelle Leaf
Caitlin O’Leary
Skyler Pearsall
Carly Pichalski
Nicole Trolaro
 Deanna Kochy
Mary McGrath
Kylie Flaherty
 
 
 
 
Edgar Middle School
Undefeated Softball Team
8th Grade
Ava Barasch
Hannah Mindler
Eva Szap
Madison DeFrancisco
Kylie Trolaro
Natalie Kandel
Anna Ziccardi
 
9th Grade
Kathryn Morano
Alicia Montalbano
Mallory Giegerich
Kaitlyn Dougherty
Adrianna Siedenburg
Olivia Miller
 
 
 
  1. Meeting Open to the Public (for any topic)
 
  1. Presentations
 
  1. Reports
  1. President’s Report
  2. Superintendent’s Report
  3. Business Administrator/Board Secretary’s Report
  4. Committee Reports
 
  1. Old Business
 
  1. New Business
 
  1. Approval of Minutes of the Board of Education Meetings
Move to approve the minutes of the following meetings:
June 08, 2021
Special Business Meeting (1)
June 08, 2021
Special Executive Meeting (2)
June 08, 2021
Board Meeting
 
 
  1. Meeting Open to the Public (for any topic)
 
  1. Recommendations of the Superintendent of Schools
(at this time the Board will take formal action on the following items – see attachments)
Often times it may appear to members of our audience that the Board of Education takes action with very little comment and in many cases a unanimous vote. Before a matter is placed on the agenda at a public meeting, the administration has thoroughly reviewed the matter with the Superintendent of Schools. If the Superintendent is satisfied that the matter is ready to be presented to the Board of Education, it is then referred to the appropriate board committee. The members of the board committee work with administration and the Superintendent to assure that the members fully understand the matter. When the committee is satisfied with the matter, it is presented to the Board of Education for discussion before any final action is taken. Only then, is it placed on the agenda for action at a public meeting.
 
 
  1. PERSONNEL
 
Motion/Second/Comments/Roll Call
 
 
  1. Reappointment – Tenured Administrators
Move to approve the reappointment of the following tenured Central Office Administrators for the 2021-2022 school year effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at the annual salary as follows:
 
Name
Position
Salary
Michael Harvier
Business Administrator / Board Secretary
$182,200
Richard Cohen
Assistant Superintendent/Principal
$167,380
 
  1. Reappointment of Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
Move to approve the reappointment of Brian Shanley as Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds for the 2021-2022 school year effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at an annual salary of $112,924.
 
 
  1. Reappointment - Technology Staff
Move to approve the reappointment of the following as technology staff for the 2021-2022 school year effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at the annual salary as follows:
 
Name
Position
Salary
Christopher Thumann
District Technology Coordinator
$113,524
Jeffrey Ruhnke
Network Administrator
$82,880
Marcos Elias-Ortiz
Help Desk Manager
$62,160
Andres Elias-Ortiz
Help Desk Technician
$43,512
 
  1. Reappointment - Central Office Staff
Move to approve the reappointment of the following central office support staff for the 2021-2022 school year effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at the annual salary as follows:
 
Superintendent’s Office
Name
Position
Salary
Carolyn Taylor
Personnel Coordinator
$63,196
Jennifer Alijewicz
Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent
$52,836
Special Services
Adora Jones
Confidential Secretary
$48,098
Adele Rackley
Part-time Secretary
(½ time @ EMS and ½ time Sp. Svcs.)
$26,809
Katherine Eosso
Part-time Secretary
(½ time @ CES and ½ time Sp. Svcs)
$23,046
 
  1. Reappointment – Business Office Support Staff
Move to approve the reappointment of the following business office support staff for the 2021-2022 school year effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at the annual salary as follows:
 
Business Office
Name
Position
Salary
Debbie Finden
Administrative Assistant to the Business Administrator/Board Secretary
$63,805
Sheila Donohue
Payroll Coordinator
$75,886
Tracey Orcutt
Accounts Payable Coordinator
$68,316
Marissa Plancher
Transportation Coordinator
$59,031
Maryanne Vitagliano
Business/Benefits/Facilities
$47,656
William Ortman
Safety Coordinator (10 month position)
$64,398
 
  1. Reappointment – School Secretaries
Move to approve the reappointment of the following school secretaries for the 2021-2022 school year effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at the annual salary as follows:
 
Metuchen High School
Name
Salary
Kathy Mallory
$54,759
Mary Miranowic
$54,759
Charlene Nicholls
$54,759
Teresa Coleman
$47,271
Maureen Azzara (part-time 10 months)**
$24,731
Edgar Middle School
Allison Sullivan
$46,093
Jo Ann Rice
$54,759
Adele Rackley (½ time @ EMS & ½ time Sp. Svcs)**
$26,809
Campbell Elementary School
Laura Chiusano
$51,278
Pamela Hatzelhoffer
$46,093
Katherine Eosso (½ time @ CES and ½ time Sp. Svcs)**
$23,047
Moss School
Patricia Hallas
$47,271
 
**Part-time secretaries may be used as substitute secretaries at their hourly rate.
 
  1. Appointment – Custodial/Maintenance Staff
Move to approve the appointment of the following custodial staff for the 2021-2022 school year effective July 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at the annual salary as follows:
 
Name
Salary
Alijewicz, Jonathan
$45,391
Almeida, Jose
$37,542
Arvizu, Veronica
$40,391
Asiain, Lorenzo (Head Night Custodian)
$44,941
Butler, Paula (Head Day Custodian)
$72,622
Colegrove, Darren (Head Groundsperson) 
$45,930
Comtess, Chris 
$45,391
Cooper, Mark   (Head Night Custodian)
$46,211
Heline, Bruce  (Head Custodian)
$72,622
Horincewich, David 
$54,467
Jean Gilles, Jean Robert
$50,240
Jean Gilles, Magdelene
$40,542
Jerscheid, Paxton
$49,391
Lesniak, Chad   (Head Custodian)
$52,961
Luna, Juan 
$41,391
Morales, Raul
$38,891
Moreno, Angela (Head Custodian)
$44,461
Nunez, Marisol
$40,391
Ramos, Carlos  (Head Night Custodian)
$51,441
Reyes, Horacio 
$42,641
Rojas-Aguilar, Armando
$37,542
Rojas-Aguilar, Luis
$37,542
Saccente, Elizabeth 
$40,891
Uhrlass, Mulyanti  
$50,816
Weir, William 
$55,316
 
 
  1. Appointment – Substitute Custodians
Move to approve the appointment of the following as substitute custodians for the 2021-2022 school year:
 
Name
Hourly Rate
Thomas Bilgrav
$15.00
Miguel Gonzalez
$15.00
Robert Dallas
$15.00
Fernando Vatencia-Labastick
$15.00
 
  1. Reappointment – Bus Drivers/Substitutes/Part-time Bus Drivers
Move to approve the reappointment of the following as bus drivers for the 2021-2022 school year:
 
Name
Position
Hourly Rate
Anna Szwast
Driver
$27.59
Marian Szwast
Driver
$25.65
Angelina Delgado
Driver
$25.02
Kenneth Ritter
Driver
$25.02
Ed Wetzel
Driver
$24.38
Denise Newcomen
Driver
$23.07
Jean Jean-Gilles
Substitute Driver
$24.15
 
  1. Reappointment - Bus Aides
Move to approve the reappointment of the following as bus aides for the 2021-2022 school year:
 
Name
Hourly Rate
Gail Bailey
$15.73
Aureli Ramos
$14.86
Linda Rhodes
$25.45
 
  1. Reappointment – Substitute Caller
Move to approve the reappointment of Judy Kurabinski as substitute caller (substitute teacher coverage coordinator) for the 2021-2022 school year effective September 1, 2021 at an annual salary of $18,516.
 
  1. Reappointment – Paraprofessionals
Move to approve the reappointment of the following paraprofessionals for the 2021-2022 school year as shown:
Name 
Hired
21-22 Assignment
21-22 Total Salary
Amend, Lisa
09/01/05
Moss
 $     24,279
Ames, Alan
09/01/11
Edgar
 $     23,149
Aquadro, Kathy
09/01/97
Campbell
 $     27,186
Aswani, Sonia
01/02/19
MHS
 $     21,464
Badwan, Jenan
09/01/20
Campbell
 $     21,785
Baiod, Leila
09/01/20
Campbell
 $     21,785
Bakshi, Anurima
08/28/19
Campbell
 $     21,785
Clark, Margie
08/28/19
Edgar
 $     21,785
Class, Raquel
10/01/16
Campbell
 $     23,149
Colavito, William
10/07/14
Edgar
 $     23,149
Dalfonsi, Tracy
02/07/05
Edgar
 $     24,571
DeCerbo, Debbie
02/01/14
Campbell
 $     23,149
Dellasala. Ann
01/30/17
MHS
 $     22,457
DeMaio, Briana
03/15/21
Edgar
 $     21,785
DiMeglio, Joseph
09/01/14
MHS
 $     22,457
Duggan, Michelle
09/01/20
MHS
 $     21,464
Ettore, Christina
11/16/20
Campbell
 $     21,785
Fisher, Roseanne
09/01/10
Edgar
 $     23,149
Flynn, Rene
09/16/16
Edgar
 $     23,149
Gaudet, Denise
09/01/02
Campbell
 $     24,229
Gaven, Jan
09/01/15
Edgar
 $     23,149
Gold, Debbie
09/01/98
Edgar
 $     27,186
Hines, Coleen
01/25/17
MHS
 $     22,457
Hoffman, Judy
02/27/08
Edgar
 $     23,490
Huber, Tina
08/29/18
Moss
 $     23,206
Karthik, Gayathri
09/09/20
Moss
 $     23,206
Khan, Farhana
09/01/15
Moss
 $     24,279
Kovacs, Jessica
02/29/16
Moss
 $     24,279
Lacaskey, Christine
08/30/17
Campbell
 $     22,467
Latta, William
10/06/08
MHS
 $     26,373
Leitner, Jordan
01/04/17
MHS
 $     22,457
Lesniak, Jennifer
10/05/15
Edgar
 $     23,149
Linthurst, Elizabeth
10/19/15
Campbell
 $     23,149
Malone, Pamela
08/30/17
Moss
 $     23,564
McDuffie Jr, William
10/19/16
MHS
 $     22,457
Molfetto, Michael
08/08/18
MHS
 $     21,464
Oliver, Debbie
9/1/1992
EMS/MHS Library
 $     27,186
Omarzai, Farhana 
4/23/2013
Edgar
 $     23,149
Paulmenn, Mary Jo
10/30/03
Edgar
 $     23,888
Pearsall, Kathy
12/16/15
Edgar
 $     23,149
Polye,MaryEllen
08/28/19
Campbell
 $     21,785
Rizwan, Saadia
02/12/20
Campbell
 $     21,785
Schutz, Michelle
08/28/19
MHS
 $     21,133
Serratelli, Hope
09/21/05
Campbell
 $     27,186
Silverman, Rhonda
08/29/18
MHS
 $     21,464
Spadavecchia, Angela
01/25/21
Moss
 $     22,848
Tay, Tara
12/10/14
Campbell
 $     23,149
Toth, Laurie
10/18/17
Campbell
 $     22,467
Vissichelli, Kelly
12/07/16
Campbell
 $     23,149
Zelley, Gail
10/01/16
Campbell
 $     23,149
 
 
 
 
  1. Metuchen High School Summer Institute Stipends
Move to approve the following teachers for additional guidance and support to students preparing for college admissions, the application process and algebra courses; as well as for pre-advanced placement instruction:
Class
Teacher (s)
Stipend
2021
Per
Proposed Sessions
Writing the College Essay
Adam Levy (2 sessions)
Eileen Wagenblast (2 sessions)
$ 1,000.00
Session
4
SAT Prep Math
Jonathan Stevens
$ 1,500.00
Session
1
SAT Prep English
Jane Harmon
$ 1,500.00
Session
1
Common App
Elizabeth DeMott
$72.36
Per Hour
1.0 hour
Algebra I Prep
Janis Lewandowski
$89.39
Per Hour
10 hours
Algebra I Prep
Sherry Lifson
$88.39
Per Hour
10 hours
Algebra II Prep
Janis Lewandowski
$89.39
Per Hour
10 hours
Algebra II Prep
Sherry Lifson
$88.39
Per Hour
10 hours
Geometry Prep
Sherry Lifson
$88.39
Per Hour
10 hours
AP Calculus AB/BC
Jonathan Stevens
$1,000.00
Session
1
AP Stats
Jim Thomas
$ 1,000.00
Session
1
AP Language & Composition
Eileen Wagenblast
$ 1,000.00
Session
1
AP Literature & Composition
Adam Levy
$1,000.00
Session
1
AP US History
Part 1
Chris Giddes
$ 1,000.00
Session
1
AP US History
Part 2
William Schlavis
$ 1,000.00
Session
2
AP Physics I
Joe Keagle
$ 1,000.00
Session
1
AP Chemistry
Jingjing Wang
$1,000.00
Session
1
 
  1. Reappointment – Substitute Secretaries
Move to approve the reappointment of the following substitute secretaries for the 2021-2022 school year:
 
Name
Hourly Rate
Andrea DeVizio
$14.38
Sandra Spinelli
$14.38
Amy Jeney
$14.38
 
  1. Appointment – McKinney-Vento Liaison
Move to approve William Ortman as McKinney-Vento homeless liaison for the 2021-2022 school year, contingent on the completion of credential training.
 
 
  1. Summer Work – District Safety Coordinator
Move to approve William Ortman, District Safety Coordinator, for summer work, district wide:
District Safety Coordinator
# Days
Rate
William Ortman
10
$ 348.10 per diem
 
  1. Resignation – Certificated Staff
Move to accept the resignation of Lauren Volosin, MHS English Teacher, effective June 30, 2021.
 
  1. Resignation – Certificated Staff
Move to accept the resignation of Nicholas Romanek, MHS Special Education Teacher, effective June 30, 2021.
 
  1. Appointment – 2021-2022 ESSER II Fund (CRRSA Act) Tutoring Teachers
Move to approve the following 2021 ESSER II Fund (CRRSA Act) Summer Virtual Tutoring teachers at the rate of $47/hr, plus an additional .5 preparation time for each hour of student contact time:
 
Tara Pata
Jackie Salit
Erin Santasieri
Audra Smith
 
 
  1. Appointment – Supervisor
Move to approve the appointment of Deneane Bonassisa, Supervisor of Special Education, for the 2021-2022 school year, at a salary of $115,000/year, 12-month position, effective July 1, 2021.
 
  1. Appointment – Certificated Staff
Move to approve the appointment of Samantha Green, Science Teacher at Metuchen High School, for the 2021-2022 school year, at a salary of $89,775, Step 3-M, effective September 2, 2021.
 
  1. Resignation – Certificated Staff
Move to accept the resignation of Estefhania Egan, MHS Spanish Teacher, effective June 30, 2021.
 
  1. Maternity Leave of Absence Extension
Move to extend the maternity leave of absence of Emily Mertz Tzetzos, Edgar School Teacher, through October 22, 2021 (Agenda 11/24/20, Section 13 A8).
 
 
  1. Student Teacher
Move to approve the following 2021-2022 Student Teacher in our schools:
 Name
School
Semester
Gabriella Camiolo, Rutgers Mason Gross School of the Arts
EMS/MHS Music
Spring
 
  1. IDEA Grant – FDU Orton Gillingham Teacher Practicum – Rescission and Approval
Move to rescind and approve the following teacher to coordinate the FDU Orton Gillingham Teacher Practicum as part of the IDEA Grant (Agenda 8/25/20, Section 13 B9).
Name
Hourly Rate
Not to Exceed
Rescind
Lindsey Omark
 
$45/hr
 
$4,050
Approve
Lindsey Omark
 
$46/hr
 
$4,140
 
 
  1. Maternity Leave of Absence Extension
Move to extend the maternity leave of absence of Lauren Campbell, Edgar School Guidance Counselor, through January 17, 2022 (Agenda 10/13/20, Section 13 A22).
 
  1. Coaches – Metuchen High School and Edgar Middle School Fall 2021
Move to approve the following Metuchen High School and Edgar Middle School coaches for the fall 2021 school sports season as shown on the attached list.
 
  1. Coaches – Metuchen High School and Edgar Middles School Winter 2021-2022
Move to approve the following Metuchen High School and Edgar Middle School coaches for the winter 2021-2022 school sports season as shown on the attached list.
 
  1. Coaches – Metuchen High School and Edgar Middle School Summer 2022
Move to approve the following Metuchen High School and Edgar Middle School coaches for the summer 2022 school sports season as shown on the attached list.
 
  1. Appointment – Certificated Staff
Move to approve the appointment of Patricia Lewis, Metuchen School District Learning Disabilities Teacher Consultant, for the 2021-2022 school year, at a salary of $82,238, Step 4-K, effective September 2, 2021.
 
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  1. FINANCE
 
Motion/Second/Comments/Roll Call
 
 
  1. Treasurer of School Monies and Board Secretary’s Reports
Move to approve the Treasurer of School Monies’ Report, and Board Secretary’s Report as of April 30, 2021.
 
  1. Payment of Bills
  1. Board Secretary’s Certification
Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6:20-2A.10(d), the Board Secretary has certified that as of June 22, 2021 no budgetary line item accounts have obligations and payments which exceed the amount appropriated by the Board of Education.
 
________________________________________                  _______________
Michael A. Harvier, Board Secretary                         Date
 
  1. Approve the Following Items Submitted by the Board Secretary
Payment of bills and claims, as shown on the attached list(s) that have been certified by the Board of Education and filed in the Business Office.
 
  1. Budget Transfers
Move to approve budget transfers effective April 30, 2021.
 
  1. Facilities Use Agreement with YMCA
Move to approve the Facilities Use Agreement with YMCA of Metuchen, Edison, Woodbridge and South Amboy, effective September 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022 at the rate of $1,900/month.
 
  1. Appointment – Treasurer of School Monies
Move to approve the appointment of Rebecca Cuthbert as Treasurer of School Monies for the 2021-2022 school year at a rate of $5,408/year.
 
  1. Appointment – Architects of Record
Move to approve the appointment of EI Associates as Architects of Record for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
  1. Appointment – Board Attorney
Move that the Board of Education (Board) approve the appointment of David Rubin, P.C. (Firm) as General Counsel and approve the Firm for the period of July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. The Board will pay the Firm an hourly rate of $185/hr.
 
 
 
 
 
  1. Appointment – Board Attorney
Move that the Board of Education (Board) approve the appointment of The Machado Law Group (Firm) as Special Education Counsel and approve the Firm for the period of July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. The Board will pay the Firm an hourly rate of $150/hr.
 
  1. Appointment –Board Attorney
Move that the Board of Education (Board) approve the appointment of Scarinci Hollenbeck, LLC for the construction and procurement and approve the Firm for the period of July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. The Board will pay the Firm $165/hr for partners and counsel, $155/hr for associates and $100.00 an hour for clerks and paralegals.
 
  1. Appointment – Bond Attorney
Move that the Board of Education (Board) approve the appointment of McManimon, Scotland & Baumann (Firm) as Bond Counsel and approve the Firm for the period from July 1, 2021 – June 30, 2022. The Board will pay the firm an hourly rate of $215/hr.
 
  1. Establishment of Petty Cash Funds for the 2021-2022 School Year
Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:19-3 move to approve the establishment of petty cash funds as of July 1, 2021. The individuals responsible for proper disposition of the indicated fund amounts are as follows:
 
Caputo, Vincent
Superintendent
$200.00
Harvier, Michael
Business Administrator/ Board Secretary
$200.00
Cohen, Richard
Assistant Superintendent
$100.00
Herzog, Tania
Director of Special Services
$100.00
Peragallo, Bruce
Principal, Metuchen High School
$100.00
Azevedo, Suzy
Principal, Edgar Middle School
$100.00
Porowski, Edward
Principal, Campbell Elementary School
$100.00
Cohen, Richard
Principal, Moss School
$100.00
Shanley, Brian
Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds
$100.00
 
  1. Tax Shelter Annuity Companies
Move to approve PlanConnect as the third party administrator for the following Tax Shelter Annuity Companies for the Metuchen School District for the 2021 -2022 school year.
  1. 403b & 457: Valic and Axa Equitable
  2. 403b: USAA, Vanguard, and MetLife.
 
  1. Maximum Chart of Accounts
Move to approve the 2021-2022 Uniform Minimum Chart of Accounts for New Jersey Public Schools.
 
  1. Appointment – Insurance Broker of Record
Move to approve the appointment of The Schenck Agency as the Metuchen School District’s Insurance Brokers of Record for the 2021-2022 school year, for the purpose of providing necessary services including the solicitation of competitive insurance rates, provision of advice regarding coverage maintained by the Board and responding to both the general and specific coverage questions. Awarded as an Extraordinary Unspecifiable Service.
 
  1. Appointment – School Physician
Move to approve the appointment of Kevin Lukenda, MD, as district school physician for the 2021-2022 school year at the rate of $21,864/year.
 
  1. Appointment – Auditor
Move to appoint Suplee, Clooney and Company as auditor for the 2021-2022 school year at a rate of $41,310.
 
  1. Appointment of Representatives Requesting Federal and State Funds
Motion to adopt the following resolution:
 
RESOLVED that Vincent Caputo, Superintendent of Schools, Michael Havier, Board Secretary/ Business Administrator of the Metuchen Board of Education, Richard Cohen, Assistant Superintendent, and Tania Herzog, Director of Special Services or their designees, be designated as the Board’s agents to request state and federal funds under the existing State and Federal Laws for the 2021-2022 school year.
 
  1. Approval of Officer of Bidding, Purchasing and Sale of Property
Motion to adopt the following resolution:
 
RESOLVED that Michael Harvier, Board Secretary/Business Administrator be designated and empowered as the Board of Education’s Purchasing Agent as set forth in the N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-2-2, 18A:18A-7, 18A:18A-37, including authorization to:
  1. advertise for and receive bids;
  2. act as the Board’s Purchasing Agent for both sale of property and purchase contacts up the statutory limit and for emergency purchase contracts; and
  3. purchase through state, county and other local contracts wherever practical and in the nest interest of the Board of Education for the period from this date to the Board Organization Meeting in the next calendar year.
 
  1. Resolution
 
RESOLUTION APPOINTING A QUALIFIED PURCHASING AGENT IN A BOARD OF EDUCATION OR OTHER ENTITY SUBJECT TO THE PROVISIONS OD N.J.S.A. 18A:18a-1 et seq.
 
WHEREAS, N.J.A.C. 5:34-5 et seq. establishes the criteria for the qualifying as a Qualifying Purchasing Agent; and
 
WHEREAS, Michael Harvier possesses the designation of Qualified Purchasing Agent as issued by the Director of the Division of local Government Services in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:34-5 et seq; and
 
RESOLVED, that the governing body hereby appoints Michael Harvier as the Qualified Purchasing Agent to exercise the duties of a purchasing agent pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-2b, with specific duties of a purchasing agent authority, responsibility, and accountability of the purchasing activity of the Board of Education, and
 
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in accordance with N.J.A.C. 5:34-5.2 THE Board of Education Secretary is herby authorized and directed to forward a certified copy of this resolution and a copy of Michael Harvier’s certification to the Director of the Division of Local Government Services.
 
  1.  RESERVE ACCOUNTS
WHEREAS, N.J.S.A. 18A:21-2, N.J.S.A. 18A:7G-31, and N.J.S.A. 18A:7F-41 permit Board of Education to establish and/or deposit into certain reserve accounts at the end, and
WHEREAS, the aforementioned statutes authorize procedures, under the authority of the Commissioner of Education, which permits a Board of Education to transfer unanticipated excess current revenue or unexpended appropriations into reserve accounts during the month of June by board resolution, and
WHEREAS, the Metuchen Board of Education wishes to transfer unanticipated excess current year revenue or unexpended appropriations from the general fund into the Capital Reserve Fund in the amount not to exceed $900,000 and Maintenance reserve in an amount not to exceed 400,000.
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, by the Metuchen Board of Education that it hereby authorizes the district’s School Business Administrator to make this transfer consistent with all applicable laws and regulations.
  1. Appointment - Clinical, Therapeutic, Counseling and Behavioral Services 
Move to approve the appointment of the following to provide clinical, therapeutic, counseling and behavioral services for the 2021-2022 school year:  
 
  • Effective School Solutions- to provide Therapeutic Mental Health Services for an annual contract of $371,510.   
  • Rutgers UBHC- to provide Therapeutic Mental Health Services for an annual contract of $260,643.   
  • First Children Services to provide the following professional services: 
  • Licensed Clinician $80/hr 
  • RBT $60/hr 
  • Behavior Technician $55/hr 
  • Paraprofessional $30/hr 
  • BCBA services $105/hr 
  • FBA $1,500 per evaluation 
  • Home Instruction $75/hr 
  • Safety Care Initial Training $1,500 
  • Safety Care Recertification $1,000 
 
  1. Appointment – Providers of Psychiatric Assessments/ Evaluations 
Move to approve the appointment of the following to provide psychiatric assessments/evaluations for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • Dr. Steven Dyckman at the rate of $1,000/evaluation 
  • Platt Psychological Associates at the rate of $875/assessment (includes consult and report) 
  • Stress Care to conduct Psychiatric Assessments at $300/assessment 
  • Dr. Rajeswari Muthaswamy for Psychiatric Evaluations at $525/office evaluation and $600/in-school evaluation 
  • Alexander Road Associates to provide evaluations at a rate of $650/evaluation
 
  1. Appointment – Neurodevelopmental Specialists 
Move to approve the appointment of the following to perform specialized neurodevelopmental evaluations for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • Dr. Lewis Milrod at the rate of $600.00/evaluation  
  • St. Joseph’s Healthcare at the rate of $450/evaluation 
  • Dr. Romana Kulikova at the rate of $480 (in office) and $600 (at school)/evaluation 
  • Dr. Kavita Sinha at the rate of $450/evaluation 
  • Dr. Vanna Amorapanth at the rate of $900/evaluation  
 
 
  1. Appointment – Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) Services 
Move to approve the appointment of the following for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • Vanessa Beidide Zanetich for ABA services at $90/hr 
  • Mandy Leonard of Leonard Behavioral Consulting Services, LLC for ABA services at $90/hr 
  • Brett DiNovi & Associates as a provider of independent BCBA at a rate of $135.00/hr, and Clinical Associates $60.50/hr 
  • Behavior Therapy Associates at the rate of:  
 
          Dr. Steven Gordon   $320/hr 
        Dr. Michael Selbst $300/hr 
       Dr. Debra Salzman $300/hr 
       Dr. Rory Panter $260/hr 
       Dr. Rebecca Schulman $240/hr 
       Dr. Ashley Zultanky $180/hr 
          Katherine Weiedemann, BCBA $200/hr
 
  • Douglas Outreach Services for $175/ hr plus mileage for consultation and $2,800 for Functional Behavioral Assessments.  
 
  1. Appointment - Occupational/Physical Therapy/Speech Services 
Move to approve the appointment of the following for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • Lori-Anne DiSerio as a Physical Therapist at the rate of $88/hr; not to   exceed $75,000 annually 
  • Invo HealthCare Associates:  
$79.56/hr OT and Speech Therapy- not to exceed $259,000 annually 
$300/evaluation for OT and Speech Evaluations 
  • Marlana Hamfeldt Loden to conduct Speech and Language Evaluations, as needed, at a rate of $435/evaluation
 
  1. Kaleidoscope
Move to approve Kaleidoscope Education Solutions to provide related services, as needed, at the following rates:
 
  • Occupational Therapy Services- $85/hr
  • Speech Therapy Services- $85/hr
  • Occupational Therapy Evaluations- $375/evaluation
  • Speech Therapy Evaluations- $400/ evaluation
 
  1. Appointment – Healthcare/Nursing Services 
Move to approve the appointment of the following for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • Bayada Pediatric at the rate of: 
RN - $60/hr 
LPN - $55/hr
  • Maxim Healthcare at a rate of: 
RN (1:1) $54.59/hr 
LPN (1:1) $51.50/hr
Sub RN $56.65/hr
LPN Bus Ride up to 2 hrs $110/bus ride 
  • Preferred Nursing:
LPN (1:1) $53/hr
RN (1:1) $58/hr
 
 
  1. Appointment – Hearing and Vision Services 
Move to approve the appointment of the following for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • Summit Speech School  
Itinerant Teacher of the Deaf, In Services, Consultation services at the rate of $165/hr   
Audiologist Consultation at the rate of $200/hr 
  • NJ Specialized Child Study Team at the following rates:  
$550 per individual 
  • NJ Commission for the Blind and Visually Impaired at the rate per level of impairment as follows: 
Level 1: $2,200 
  • Speech & Hearing Associates LLC - Fee Schedule  
Central Auditory Processing Evaluation $650 
Comprehensive Audiological Evaluation $300 
Hearing Aid Evaluation $450
Speech-Language Evaluation $650 
Bilingual Speech-Language Evaluation $850 
Language Processing Evaluation $950
Speech-Language Therapy/session $85 (30 min.), $127.50 (45 min.), $160 (1 hour) 
In-School Consultation (2 Hr. Minimum) $175/hr
  • JFK Hospital for: 
Audiological Evaluation at $744/evaluation (ages 5+) 
Audiological Evaluation at $795/evaluation (ages 4 and under) 
Central Auditory Processing Evaluation at $1,368/evaluation  
 
  1. Appointment- Assistive Technology and Augmentative and Alternative Evaluations, Consultations, and Training 
Move to approve the appointment of the following providers for the 2021-2022 school year: 
  
  • Melissa Donovan of Garden State AAC to provide professional services at the following rates: 
Augmentative and Alternative Communication Evaluations: $150/hr 
Comprehensive AAC Evaluation Written Report: $300
Attendance at the follow-up IEP Meeting: $140/hr
Professional Development/Training: $140/hr
Written Implementation Plans: $140/hr 
Technical Assistance: $75/hr 
AAC Coaching: $140/hr 
  • Integrated Speech Pathology, LLC for Speech Language and AAC consultations and training and evaluations ranging from $130/hr or $750/evaluation.
  • Brian Friedlander, AssistiveTek, LLC to provide Assistive Technology- services at the following rates, as needed:
Assistive Technology Evaluation with report- $1,400
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Travel- $100/hr
  • Adam Krass Consulting to provide Assistive Technology services at the following rates: 
AT and AAC Evaluations up to $1,300 
AT services $160/hr 
AAC services $210/hr 
In Service Training $650/ half day and $1,200/ full day 
  • Besko Educational Consulting to provide professional services in the area of assistive technology at the following rates: 
Assistive Technology Evaluation- $899 
On-site Consultation/Training- $150/hr 
Full Day Professional Development Workshop- $800 
Half Day Professional Development Workshop- $400 
Travel Fee (Over 30 Miles of Travel)- $60 
  • Advancing Opportunities: 
AT Evaluation- travel included $999  
AP Supp and Training- travel included $155/hr    
AAC Evaluation- travel included $1320 
ACC Supp and Training- travel included $185/hr 
  
  1. Appointment – Multidisciplinary Assessments, Consultation and Training 
Move to approve the appointment of the following independent assessment providers for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • Supreme Consultants, LLC:  
$600/Mono-lingual evaluation 
$750/Bilingual evaluation 
  • Cross County Clinical 
$675/English evaluation 
$915/Bilingual evaluation 
  • Learning Tree Multicultural/Multilingual:  
$800/evaluations 
$750/Spanish evaluation
$120 per page/ Written Translation
  • Dr. Francie Matthews – Educational Evals including observations at: 
$2,400/Educational Evaluation and $1,500/Literacy evaluation 
  • Delta T- Group- 
Psychological evaluations -$420  
Functional Behavioral Assessment- $570 
  • Educational Services Commission of NJ for Evaluations: 
Evaluations: $240 
Bilingual: $400 
Social history- $230 
  • New Jersey Pediatric Feeding Associates at the rate of $750/ evaluations and $175/hr for training. 
  • New Jersey Coalition for Inclusive Education for professional development and consultation services at a rate of:
$1600 full day -PD
$1000 half day -PD
$200 hour or $1000 per day -Consultation
  • Tomasso Educational Services to conduct Educational Evaluations, at a rate of $550/ evaluation and $75/hr for meeting.
  • Brunswick Reading and Speech Center to conduct Educational Evaluations, as needed, at a rate of $450/ evaluation.  
  • Beautiful Mind Psychology Services to provide Psychological Evaluations at the following rates:
Monolingual Psychological Evaluation (English) $300/evaluation
Bilingual Psychological Evaluation (Polish) $450/evaluation
Polish translation (meetings) $75
 
  1. Appointment – Home Instruction, Bedside Instruction, and Educational Services 
Move to approve the appointment of the following as providers of Home Instruction for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • Brookfield Schools for Educational Services at the rate of $45/hr 
  • Professional Education Services, Inc. at the rate of $45/hr  
  • Silvergate Prep at the rate of $55/hr 
  • UBHC – UMDNJ Home Instruction at the rate of $65/hr  
  • Learn Well (Education Inc)- at the rate of $54/hr plus 33% admin/prep time fee 
  • NJ Educational Services Commission Home Instruction at $45/hr 
  • Educere LLC online home instruction 
  • Educere LLC online courses at the rate ranging from $245 - $1,250 
  • Open Book Educational Consulting Limited to provide reading intervention services at a rate of $125/hr  
  • Educational Services of NJ for paraprofessional services, as needed. 
  • Teaching Strategies for early childhood individual preschool portfolios at $12 per student. 
  • EBS to provide educational services to support students with IEPs as needed with a paraprofessional rate of $28.85/hr, Speech/OT $81.85/hr, PT $85.85/hr, BCBA $115.85/hr, RBT with BCBA Supervision $59.85, School Nurse $74.85  
  • Approve Bergen County Special Services to provide Home Instructions, as needed, at a rate of $65/hr
  • In partnership with First Children Services, Regional Enrichment and Learning Center (REAL) to provide Home Instruction at the rate of $75/hr
  • Jodi Reiner, Reiner Reading Consulting to provide Specialized Reading Services, $110/hr for individual and $150/hr as needed
  • Reading Intervention Learning Consultants, Marilyn Lewis, to provide reading intervention services as needed, at a rate of $100/hr
  • Approve Lindsey Sheffrin, of LSCOGP – to provide specialized reading intervention services as needed, at a rate of $110/hr
  • Approve Jessica Fessock, to provide specialized reading intervention services as needed, at a rate of $110/hr
 
  1. Appointment - Transition Services 
Move to approve the following transition services for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  • The Arc of NJ Project Hire to provide onsite vocational training and transitional services for the 2021-2022 school year at a rate of $65/hr 
  • The Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities for Job Coach Training at $50 per person   
 
  1. Duties of Director of Special Services 
Move to approve the following duties/positions for Director of Special Services for Dr. Tania Herzog, for the 2021-2022 school year: 
 
  1. Residency Officer 
  1. Truancy Officer 
 
  1. Re-adoption of Nursing Services Plan 
Move to approve the re-adoption of the Nursing Services Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.   
 
  1. Re-adoption of Standing Orders for School Nurses 
Move to approve the re-adoption of Standing Orders for School Nurses for the 2021-2022 school year. 
 
  1. Residency Investigations 
Move to approve DPZ Professional Services to conduct Residency Investigations at a rate of $50/hr. 
 
  1. Out of District Student Placements – Extended School Year 2021 
Move to approve the following 2021 extended school year out of district student placements: 
 
Student ID#
Program/School
Tuition
2020006
Piscataway Regional Day School
$4,495.00
2024962
Center School
$8,350.40
2029040
Center School
$12,250.40
2020004
Douglass Developmental
$22,217.64
002020015
First Children School
$13,680.00
2019170
Eden Institute
$21,572.01
2022011
Eden Institute
$24,579.96
2022005
Eden Institute
$20,974.28
2020017
Newmark School
$3,900.00*
002025011
Calais School
$11,807.40
2029130
The Laurel School
$4,750.00*
2026127
Rock Brook School
$10,554.30*
2029010
Rock Brook School
$10,554.30*
002021121
Collier School
$10,230.00
2029030
Rutgers Day
$11,174.70*
002022034
CollierSchool
$10,230.00
002025005
New Roads Somerset
$10,107.60
002022238
The Windsor School
$18,150.00
 
*Indicates estimated tuition
  1. Parent Contract for Transportation
Move to approve parent contract for transportation for the following students:
 
  • student#: 002020015
  • student#: 2020006
  • student#: 2020004
  • student#: 2029030
 
  1. Student Placement
       Move to approve the placement of student #2020610 at Burlington County Special Services School District at a rate of $247.50 per diem from June 9, 2021 through June 21, 2021.
 
  1. ESY Bus Aides
Move to approve the appointment of the following additional Bus Aides for ESY 2021 bus routes.
 
Name
 Hourly Rate
Lisa Amend
$20.36
Raquel Class
$20.36
Ann DellaSalla
$20.36
Michael Molfetto
$19.46
Jessica Kovacs (substitute)
$20.36
Pamela Malone (substitute)
$19.76
 
 
  1. Resolution – Awarding District Wide Mechanical Upgrades
WHEREAS, on June 17 2021, the Metuchen Board of Education (“Board”) held a public bid opening for the District Wide Mechanical Upgrades(“Project”); and
WHEREAS, the Board received two (2) bids at the public bid opening; and
WHEREAS, the lowest numerical bid was submitted by EACM Corp; and
WHEREAS, THE DAY AFTER THE BID OPENING, EACM Corp, ADVISED THE BOARD THAT IT MADE A CRITICAL ERROR IN THE CALCULATION OF ITS BID AND REQUESTED THAT ITS BID BE WITHDRAWN; AND
WHEREAS, DeSesa Engineering Co. Inc, SUBMITTED THE SECOND LOWEST NUMERICAL BID with a total bid of Two Million Four Hundred sixty six dollars ($2,466,000.00), which amount consists of a base bid of Two Million Four Hundred sixteen Thousand Dollars ($2,416,000.00), which amount includes a Fifty  Thousand Dollar ($50,000.00) General Allowance,  and
WHEREAS, the Board has determined by DeSesa Engineering Co. Inc. to be the lowest responsible bidder.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, THAT THE ABOVE RECITALS ARE INCORPORATED HEREIN BY REFERENCE.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT THE BOARD HEREBY ACCEPTS EACM CORP’S REQUEST TO WITHDRAW ITS BID FOR THE PROJECT.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that in accordance with the provisions of N.J.S.A. 18A:18A-1, et seq., the Board hereby awards a contract for the Project to in the amount of Two Million Four Hundred sixty six dollars ($2,466,000.00)  to  DeSesa Engineering Co. Inc., which amount consists of the base bid and ALL allowances.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Board authorizes the Business Administrator, working with the Board’s construction counsel and architect to prepare the contract for the project, forward same to DeSesa Engineering Co. Inc., and obtain all documents required thereby.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, THAT UPON THE BOARD’S RECEIPT OF THE PARTIALLY EXECUTED CONTRACT, AS WELL AS THE BOARD’S APPROVAL OF DESESA ENGINEERING CO., INC.’S BONDS, INSURANCE CERTIFICATE AND OTHER CONTRACT DOCUMENTS, THE BUSINESS ADMINISTRATOR SHALL RETURN THE BID SECURITIES TO THE BIDDERS.
  1. Professional Development
Move to approve the following professional development activities as shown on the attached chart:
 
Date
End
Date
Activity
Title
Last Name, First Name
Building
Name
Requested
Expense
Total
Approved
Expenses
Payment
Method
FPPI
Proposal
Number
6/15/2021
6/15/2021
LSVT LOUD Renewal
Sullivan, Casey
Central Office
50
50
FFPI
21-100
6/21/2021
6/23/2021
EQ by Design Summer Institute Virtual Training:  Discipline.  Redesigned.
Kirschner, Brooke
Campbell School
375
375
Other
 
6/28/2021
6/30/2021
Wingman Train to Trainer
Logan, Karen
Edgar School
65.22
0
Other
 
7/20/2021
7/23/2021
Code of Student Conduct Certificate Program
Evans, Neyda
Edgar School
400
0
Other
 
8/3/2021
8/6/2021
Visualizing and Verbalizing
Coleman, Stephanie
MHS
750
0
FFPI
22-004
8/26/2021
8/30/2021
INTRODUCTION TO PROMPT
Sullivan, Casey
Central Office
499
499
FFPI
22-005
9/29/2021
10/1/2021
Council for Economic Education's 60th Financial Literacy & Economic Education Conference
Van de Castle, Karen
MHS
79
79
FFPI
 
 
 
 
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  1. POLICY 
 
Motion/Second/Comments/Roll Call
 
  1. American Rescue Plan (ARP ESSER III) Act Grant Application
Move to approve the district’s Safe Return Plan.
 
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  1. CURRICULUM
 
Motion/Second/Comments/Roll Call
 
  1. 2021 Curriculum Summer Writing
Move to approve the following curriculum writing documents, writers and amounts for Summer 2021:
HS Woodworking
Ken Eagel
$1,000
HS Engineering&Tech
Clarence Stone
$1,000
HS Foods & Nutrition
Bonnie Stanski
$1,000
HS Food Science
Bonnie Stanski
$1,000
HS American Foods
Bonnie Stanski
$500
HS International Foods
Bonnie Stanski
$500
HS Digital Graphics 1
Clarence Stone
$500
HS Digital Graphics 2
Clarence Stone
$500
HS Drafting/CAD
Clarence Stone
$1,000
 
 
  1. New Textbook
Move to approve the textbook AN INTRODUCTION TO AMERICA’S MUSIC for the class course, Music in American History and Modern America.
 
 
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  1.  Meeting Open to Public (for any topic)
 
  1.  Announcements
 
  1.  Motion to Go Into Executive Session (when applicable)
 
Resolution to Close Meeting
BE IT RESOLVED, pursuant to the Sunshine Act, N.J.S. 10:4-12 and 13, that the Board of Education will now meet in executive session to discuss _____________________________________ and that matters discussed will be disclosed to the public as soon as the reason for confidentiality no longer exist.
 
  1.  Adjournment
 
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