Board Meeting - January 19, 2021

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Friday, January 15, 2021 - 2:45pm
of the Metuchen Board of Education
Metuchen High School
400 Grove Avenue
Metuchen, NJ  08840

1.Call to Order


2.Flag Salute


3.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, The Metuchen Mirror, and by filing a copy with the Borough Clerk as prescribed by this law.

4.Roll Call

Mr. Benderly
Ms. Killean
Ms. Cook
Mr. Lifton
Mr. Derflinger
Mr. Manley
Mr. Glassberg
Mr. Suss
Dr. Johnson-Marcus


5.Showcase of Success


6.Meeting Open to the Public (for any topic)



  • Audit 2019-2020: A representative from Suplee, Clooney & Company will be present to discuss the results of the 2019-2020 school year audit
  • School Board Recognition Month


  1. President’s Report
  2. Superintendent’s Report
  3. Business Administrator/Board Secretary’s Report
  4. Committee Reports


9.Old Business

10. New Business


11.Approval of Minutes of the Board of Education Meetings

Move to approve the minutes of the following meetings:
January 5, 2021
Board Meeting
January 5, 2021
Special Executive Meeting

12.Meeting Open to the Public (for any topic)


13.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 – see attached
  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 November 30, 2020.
  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 January 19, 2021 no budgetary line item accounts have obligations and payments which exceed the amount appropriated by the Board of Education.
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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. Professional Development
Move to approve the following professional development activities as shown on the attached chart:
  1. Nonpublic Security Aid
Move to approve the following nonpublic security aid for the 2020-2021 school year.  These expenditures are required for the district to fulfill certain legal obligations under state legislation to administer federal or state funds provided to nonpublic schools within our jurisdiction.
Item #
Metuchen Christian Academy
HID Multiclass SE RPK40-proximity reader
Hes 9600 Series-electric strike
Remee 500ft composite ctrol plen YLW
1000ft plenum cable
12 Month License Renewal Doors 1-3
12 Month License Renewal Doors 4-5
Installations and Engineering Services
  1. Effective School Solutions
Move to approve an amendment to the contract with Effective School Solutions from January through June 2021 for an additional amount of approximately $40,000 for additional clinical services (exact amount pending receipt of contract).
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  1. POLICY 
  1. District Calendar
Move to approve the district calendar for the 2021-2022 school year.
  1. ESCNJ Appointment
Pursuant to enacted legislation, P.L. 192-1989, Chapter 254, the Metuchen Board of Education elects Brian Glassberg to the Representative Assembly of the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey at the January 19, 2021 board meeting.  Move to approve Mr. Glassberg’s term as ESCNJ representative through December 31, 2021.
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Nothing at this time
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14.Meeting Open to Public (for any topic)




16.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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