HIGHLAND PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIGHLAND PARK, NEW

HIGHLAND PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIGHLAND PARK, NEW

HIGHLAND PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Highland Park School District is to provide the community ...

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HIGHLAND PARK PUBLIC SCHOOLS HIGHLAND PARK, NEW JERSEY MISSION STATEMENT The mission of the Highland Park School District is to provide the community with the finest educational services through respect for diversity and commitment to collaboration, continuous improvement, and achievement of excellence.

The Highland Park Board of Education will hold a PUBLIC WORKSHOP MEETING on Monday, April 11, 2016, at 6:30pm, at the Middle School, 330 Wayne Street, Highland Park, New Jersey. This meeting will be broadcast live on hpschools.net and youtube.com. AGENDA: 1. Call to Order 2. Announcement of Notice The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act was enacted to insure the right of the public to have advance notice of and to attend the meetings of the public bodies at which any business affecting their interest is discussed or acted upon. In compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act, the Highland Park Board of Education has caused notice of this meeting setting forth the time, date, and location to be submitted for publication to the Home News Tribune and Star Ledger and posted on the Board’s website at least 48 hours in advance of this meeting. Members of the public who wish to address the Board will be given the opportunity to do so before the Board adjourns for the evening. 3. Roll Call 4. Be It Resolved, pursuant to the Sunshine Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12 and 13, the Highland Park Board of Education will now meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters, student discipline, negotiations and litigation. This exemption is permitted to be discussed in closed session in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-13. Information regarding the Board’s closed session discussion will be disclosed to the public as soon as the need for confidentiality no longer exists 5. Reconvene To Regular Workshop Session at 7:30pm 6. Pledge of Allegiance 7. Communications: Date 3/14/16 3/14/16 3/27/16 4/1/16

Sender Brian & Lisa Silvey Hava Freidenreich Melissa Newman Elizabeth Weill-Greenberg

Nature of Communication Thanks for Live Streaming the Board Meeting Board Meeting Budget Presentation Alternative to Blackout Days Breakfast After the Bell

8. Minutes: Public Workshop Meeting and Executive Session – March 7, 2016 Regular Public Meeting and Executive Session – March 14, 2016 9. Student Representative Report 10. Superintendent’s Report A. General Announcements B. Budget Presentation – Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 – Further Details C. District Goals Update 11. Public Comment: The Highland Park Board of Education welcomes public participation and has reserved this time for your comments. (Board Policies #0164 and #0167 establish and regulate the right of the public to participate in public meetings.)

HIGHLAND PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC WORKSHOP MEETING 4/11/2016

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A. CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION 1. Field Trip Requests – Attached for review 2. Comprehensive Equity Plan 3. Partnership with Rutgers Graduate School of Education 4. Title I Summer Kindergarten Transition Program 5. Title II Summer ESL Program 6. Summer SAT Prep Course 7. Psychology Practicum Students 8. MSW Student Intern 9. Rutgers Summer Language Program 10. Teen SAT Preparation Course Instructors 11. University Graduates/Students for Teaching Internships/Junior Practicum/Observation B. FINANCE AND FACILITIES 1. Bill Lists a. General Bill List:

March 1 – March 15, 2016 in the amount of $393,670.03 March 16 – March 31, 2016 - $xxxx.xx

b. Athletic Bill List:

March 16 – March 31, 2016 in the amount of $606.00 April 1, 2016 – April 15, 2016 in the amount of $xxx.xx

c. Cafeteria Bill List:

February 27 , 2016 – March 25, 2016 - in the amount of $58,039.68 March 26, 2016 – April 1, 2016 - $xxxx.xx

2. Financial Reports – February 29, 2016 (to be presented 4/18/16) a. b. c. d.

Treasurer of School Monies Report: Board Secretary’s Report: Board of Education Certifications Budget Transfers Report

3. Travel and Related Expense Reimbursements Report: Attached for review 4. Adoption of Revised Audit Corrective Action Plan - attached 5. Quotes for Ductless Air Conditioner Units - Bartle School, Rooms 205, 206, 208, 210, 212, 214 and 216. Company Name General Plumbing Supply Johnstone Supply

Location Edison, NJ So. Plainfield, NJ

Amount $11,129.78 $13,471.11

6. Award of Contract for the Ductless Air Conditioner Units - General Plumbing Supply; Installation to be done in-house by Temco staff.

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7. Acceptance of Donations a. Highland Park High School Class of 2015 - 24 tower fans valued at $1,073.75 for use in classrooms. b. DonorsChoose.org website to Rachel Pasichow – for three (3) Franklin-Linguist 17 Language Speaking Translators, valued at $574.15 to be used by English Language Learners in Bartle School, in honor of “#BestSchoolDay” (“I Know That Word!”) project. 8. Adjustment of HPEF Grant Amount – from $1,060.00 to $1,169.00 for “Student Instrument Stands and Chairs” to cover shipping costs 9. Acceptance of Funds for Cooperative Grants from HPEF a. High School, Adam Gold, Model UN Global Ambassador Trip, $3,500.00 b. Middle School, Keith Presty, Timpani Set for Middle School, $3,500.00 10. Submission of 2016 Safety Grant Application in the amount of $2,500.00 to NJSBAIG, for the period July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 (to augment the cost of upgrading the security systems at HPMS & HS.) 11. Theatre Residency Contract at Bartle School – with George Street Playhouse, in four classrooms from April 19 – June 30, 2016, at a total cost of $8,950.00 (of a total programming cost of $13,550.00) 12. Bleacher Repairs at MS and HS for a total cost of $4,886.00. MRESC Coop Contract #65MCESCCPS 14/15-62. 13. Joint Program with HP Municipal Alliance – to address underage drinking to be funded by the Municipal Alliance (est. total cost for event is $3,300.00). 14. Increase in School Lunch Prices – Irving and Bartle School, by $0.10 cents to $2.75 per meal (no change at MS & HS at $2.80 per meal). 15. Quote for Broadband Internet Service – 1Gbps Company Name Business Automation Technologies (dba Data Network Solutions) Cablevision Lightpath, Inc.

Location Tinton Falls, NJ

Amount $2,900.00/month

Jericho, NY

$3,297.00/month

16. Award of Contract for Broadband Internet Service – Business Automation Technologies (dba Data Network Solutions) (Reduction in monthly cost of $6,900.00) 17. Quotes for E-Rate Category 2 Item Purchases – 4 Cisco Routers, a Wireless Controller and one hundred (100) Access Points, eligible for E-Rate rebate funding Company Name IT Outlet Inc. Howard Computers MRA International IT Savvy, LLC Southern Computer Warehouse

Location Sioux Falls, SD Laurel, MS Long Branch, NJ Addison, IL Marietta, GA

Amount $21,236.20 $24,812.00 $25,812.99 $27,021.26 $27,282.03

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18. Award of Contract for E-Rate Category 2 Item Purchases – IT Outlet Inc. 19. Participation Agreement for Cooperative Purchasing of Natural Gas Services – with MRESC in seeking bids on a cooperative basis for the purchase of Natural Gas 20. Submission of Preschool Program Plan Update – including budget for 2016-2017 21. Policy Update Service Add Ons – with Strauss Esmay (to be pro-rated) Services DISTRICT Online Internet Policy Service PUBLICACCESS Online Bylaws and Policies PUBLICACCESS Online Regulations Annual PASS Fee

Amount $1,595.00 $395.00 $100.00 $2,445.00

22. Contract to Participate in Coordinated Transportation with Monmouth-Ocean Educational Services Commission, 2015-2016 23. Travel – Delegate Assembly, D. Cimarusti 24. Office of Administrative Law Decision OAL Docket No. EDU 13316-14 Agency Ref. No. 247-9/14. 25. Out of District Placement One (1) student, case #0809-06 to attend Academy Learning Center, Monroe Township, NJ effective 4/4/2016, at the tuition rate of $50,040.00, to be pro-rated. 26. Bedside Instruction One (1) student, case #1314-66 to attend Professional Education Services, Glassboro, NJ effective 3/14/2016, at the tuition rate of $42.00 per hour. C. PERSONNEL & COMMUNICATION 1. Maternity Replacement Special Education (Jobity) - Alyssa Robak 2. Source4Teachers List – Attached for review 3. Para Professional Additional Hours to assist with PARCC Testing – Bartle School 4. Request for Change in Child Care Leave of Absence Return Date – Brooke Baldizzone, change of date from September 1, 2016 to June 1, 2016 5. Request for Extension of Child Care Leave of Absence – Natalie Martin-Wildermuth, extension until January 29, 2017 (formerly June 30, 2016), with a return date on January 30, 2017 (formerly September 1, 2016). D. POLICIES & REGULATIONS 12. Board Liaison Reports A. Municipal Drug & Alcohol Alliance – Lucia Camacho B. Borough Public Information – Michelle McFadden-DiNicola C. HPTV – Michelle McFadden-DiNicola D. HPEF – Robert Magaziner E. Commission for Universal Access – Judy Pietrobono F. Public Library – Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

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G. Shared Services – Darcie Cimarusti H. Negotiations – Anne Gowen I. SEPAC – Ruth Beyer J. Parents of Students of Color – Sharice Richardson K. Human Relations – Anne Gowen L. Board of Health – Mark Krieger M. Delegate to NJ School Boards – Darcie Cimarusti N. Delegate to Middlesex County School Boards – Robert Roslewicz 13. President’s Report 14. Old Business 15. New Business A. Board Self Evaluations 16. Public Comment The Highland Park Board of Education welcomes public participation and has reserved this time for your comments. (Board Policies #0164 and #0167 establish and regulate the right of the public to participate in public meetings.) 17. Adjournment

(Excerpted from NJSA 18A: 12-24.1 Law) A school board member shall abide by the following Code of Ethics for School Board Members: a. I will uphold and enforce all laws, rules and regulations of the State Board of Education, and court orders pertaining to schools. Desired changes shall be brought about only through legal and ethical procedures. b. I will make decisions in terms of the educational welfare of children and will seek to develop and maintain public schools that meet the individual needs of all children regardless of their ability, race, creed, sex, or social standing. c. I will confine my board action to policymaking, planning, and appraisal and I will help to frame policies and plans only after the board has consulted those who will be affected by them. d. I will carry out my responsibility, not to administer the schools, but, together with my fellow board members, to see that they are well run. e. I will recognize that authority rests with the board of education and will make no personal promises nor take any private action that may compromise the board. f. I will refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special interest or partisan political groups or to use the schools for personal gain or for the gain of friends. g. I will hold confidential all matters pertaining to the schools, which, if disclosed, would needlessly injure individuals or the schools. In all other matters, I will provide accurate information and, in concert with my fellow board members, interpret to the staff the aspirations of the community for its school. h. I will vote to appoint the best qualified personnel available after consideration of the recommendation of the chief administrative officer. i. I will support and protect school personnel in proper performance of their duties. j. I will refer all complaints to the chief administrative officer and will act on the complaints at public meetings only after failure of an administrative solution.

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Highland Park School District Belief Statements  ALL of our students will succeed at high levels.

 ALL students will achieve the New Jersey Core Content Standards at all grade levels.  The work of our schools is to provide the essential experiences and supports to help our students achieve at the highest levels.  In order for ALL students to achieve, we will need to work supportively and collaboratively with staff, family members, the community and with anyone needed to ensure student success.  We will continually examine what we are doing and how we are doing it to see our progress towards insuring success for ALL students at high levels. We will need to modify and change as needed to attain this outcome.  We will create and monitor progress on specific goals to help guide the work we do together to ensure student success.

Highland Park School District Goals 2015-2016 Goal 1: To ensure the success of all students by providing diverse and high quality educational opportunities and by implementing focused staff development; to achieve this goal we will:  Continue to align curriculum with the State Standards, continue to develop a system of multiple measures of assessment to address the academic growth of all students throughout the year, and expand project-based instruction  Create Professional Learning Communities (PLC) and School Leadership Teams (SLT) to effectively communicate educational priorities and initiatives while encouraging curriculum integration and articulation  Establish district- and building-level professional development opportunities and resources that align with district initiatives, content knowledge requirements and State requirements.  Continue to create and support initiatives that address the inclusion and achievement of underrepresented groups. Goal 2: To strengthen communication and outreach with the school community, the Highland Park community and academic partners; to achieve this we will:  Enhance social media strategies  Explore ways to expand the district’s relationship with Rutgers and community colleges with the goal of enriching the curriculum.  Continue to develop a closer relationship with the Highland Park Public Information Committee  Enhance opportunities for the broader community (e.g., senior citizens, alumni and the nonpublic community) to access school events, including athletics and the arts  Continue to expand avenues of communications from the Central Office to the school community Goal 3: To develop long-term plans for the district; to achieve this we will:  Establish a process to engage all community members in the development of a long range and comprehensive strategic plan  Develop a technology plan that aligns with and enhances curricular and instructional initiatives  Develop and sustain a strategy to maintain, improve and enhance district facilities  Establish long range budget goals and improve the budgeting process by increasing the interaction between the school board and community Goal 4: To develop and nurture the capacity of members of the district (staff, students and administrators) to become well-rounded and engaged members of society; to achieve this we will:  Support wellness initiatives throughout the district  Promote cultural competence throughout the district

FIELD TRIP REQUESTS FOR BOARD APPROVAL Monday, April 11, 2016 Overnight Destination/Purpose No Kean University Union, NJ Student in Action workshop No Senior Center Highland Park, NJ CBI Curriculum

School Middle

Chaperone(s) Gloff, Cheryl Campos, Joseph

High

Miller, June Allende, Patricia Ruggiero, Josephine Sawyer, Arthur Szentgyorgyi, Lori Bomzer-Halpern, Tova Presty, Keith

High

Bartle

High

High

High

High

Date/Time 4/5/2016 7:00am - 3:00pm

Transportation Train

Expenses $175.00

4/6/16 - 6/22/16 Various times

Senior Ctr Bus

$0.00

Senior Center Highland Park, NJ Performance of Little Shop of Horrors for Senior Citizens TD Bank Ball Park Somerset, NJ Enhance math, science, and character education skills in real life setting

4/7/2016 12:44pm - 3:00pm

Walking

N/A

4/27/2016 8:30am - 2:30pm

Bus

$910.00 $565.00 $520.00

No

Johnson or Donaldson Park Highland Park, NJ Part of Watershed Sculpture project

4/28/2016 11:00am - 2:30pm

Walking

N/A

No

Municipal Animal Shelter Edison, NJ Key Club volunteer hours Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, NJ Physics and DECA Day

4/30/2016 Saturday 11:00am - 4:00pm 5/13/2016 9:00am - 5:00pm

Parents

N/A

Bus

$1,200.00 $3,000.00

Students Students

Zimmerli Art Museum New Brunswick, NJ Expose students to sculpture

5/17/2016 11:45am - 2:40pm

Walking

N/A $42.00

Students

No

Pecora, Deborah Belton, Scott Dobrowolski, Carol Fernstaedt, Jaclyn Murphy, Kathleen Pasichow, Rachel Stahl, Nicole Stratoudakis, Sandra Toth, Ashley Grunstein, Sarah Fantry, Allison Gold, Adam Kruger, Todd Wilson, Lindsey Fenyk, Heather Keller, John Holman, Kimberly

No

Sanders, Rebecca Harper, Angela Broadfoot, Chris Doosey, Susan Harper, Kyle Kruger, Todd McCrae, Michael Pallithazhath, Subi Grunstein, Sarah Barca, Beth Esteban, Ignacio Fantry, Allison Marionni, Nicole

No

No

and art in a museum setting

Funded by: Students

Comments 16 Students @ $10.95 each

30 Students

PTO PTO Students

Admission Fees Meal 104 Students @ $20.00 each Actual Student cost = $5.00

63 students @ $0.00 each

Admission Fees - $29.99 ea 100 Students @ $42.00 each

Admission Fees 42 Students @ $1.00 each

FIELD TRIP REQUESTS FOR BOARD APPROVAL Monday, April 11, 2016 School

Middle

Chaperone(s) Giovanetti, Tara

Overnight Destination/Purpose

Date/Time

Transportation

Expenses

Funded by:

No

Princeton Art Museum Princeton, NJ Students will view Pre-Hispanic Art

5/20/2016 10:00am - 3:00pm

Bus

$423.00

Students

No

Lunt-Fontanne Theater

6/1/2016 11:30am - 6:00pm

Bus

$800.00 $2,610.50

Students Teen Center Admission Fees 40 Students @ $20.00 each

No

New York City, NY Students will see Finding Neverland Keansburg Water Park

6/15/2016

Bus

$950.00 $1,899.00

Student Fund Students Admission Fees 100 Students @ $18.99 ea

Campos, Joseph Hawthorne, Megan LoBianco, Marc Teen

Middle

Asamoah, Elizabeth Gartenberg, Arielle Harper, Angela Roth, Scott Gloff, Cheryl Azzam, Christine Campos, Joseph DiGiglio, Rebecca Giovanetti, Tara Gunn, Ernest Klaslo, Margaret LoBianco, Marc Mladnick, Daniel Osemwegie, Jennifer

Keansburg, NJ 8th Grade Moving Up Celebration

9:00am - 3:00pm

Comments

46 Students @ $9.20 each

Monday, April 11, 2016

7:37 AM

HIGHLAND PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION ATHLETICS

Expenses by Vendor Detail

04/05/16 Accrual Basis

March 16 - 31, 2016 Type Daniel Fuller Bill Bill

Date 03/31/2016 03/31/2016

Num 03/22/2016 03/23/2016

Account BASEBALL BASEBALL

Total Daniel Fuller Ed Cwiek Bill

03/31/2016

03/16/2016

BASEBALL

03/31/2016

03/23/2016

BASEBALL

03/31/2016

03/22/2016

BASEBALL

03/31/2016

03/16/2016

BASEBALL

81.00 81.00

03/31/2016

03/22/2016

BASEBALL

Total Neal Himmelfarb Patrick Lyczkowski Bill 03/31/2016 Total Patrick Lyczkowski TOTAL

60.00 60.00

Total Lou Ducceschi Neal Himmelfarb Bill

81.00 81.00

Total Joseph Lordi Lou Ducceschi Bill

81.00 81.00

Total James Lamberti Joseph Lordi Bill

60.00 81.00 141.00

Total Ed Cwiek James Lamberti Bill

Amount

81.00 81.00

03/22/2016

BASEBALL

81.00 81.00 606.00

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I move that the Board of Education approve the bill list for March 1 - 15, 2016 in the amounts listed below. General Current Expense: Special Revenue Expense:

$394,372.03 -$702.00 TOTAL

$393,670.03

Highland Park Board of Education Cafeteria Bill List 2/27/16-3/25/16 Vendor Name Pomptonian

Total Payments

Invoice Number #353 030416 Expenses Wk Ended 3/4/16 #353 031116 Expenses Wk Ended 3/11/16 #353 031816 Expenses Wk Ended 3/18/16 #353 032516 Expenses Wk Ended 3/25/16

Invoice Amount

Vendor Total

24,468.18 7,848.81 22,763.64 2,959.05

58,039.68 58,039.68

NEW JERSEY STATE DEPARTMENT OF EDUCATION DIVISION OF FIELD SERVICES

COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN For School Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 FORMS AND INSTRUCTIONS TO ASSIST SCHOOL DISTRICTS AND CHARTER SCHOOLS IN DEVELOPING A COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN TO PROVIDE EQUALITY AND EQUITY IN EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Due Date: On or before April 1, 2016

“MANAGING FOR EQUALITY AND EQUITY IN EDUCATION” THREE YEAR COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN School Years 2016-2017 through 2018-2019 TABLE OF CONTENTS Section

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GENERAL INFORMATION

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Purpose

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Questions

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Submission Deadlines

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Resources for more Information About Equity and Equality in Education

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INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN

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Step 1: Establish the Affirmation Action Team,

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Step 2: Conduct Needs Assessment (Appendix B)

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Step 3: Develop the Comprehensive Equity Plan (CEP)

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Step 4: Complete the Statement of Assurance

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Step 5: Obtain the following Board resolutions and attach them to the CEP

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Step 6: Assemble the submission package in this order

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Step 7: Submit the CEP

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ACCOUNTABILITY

6

SANCTIONS

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APPENDIX A: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION TEAM

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APPENDIX B: COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN NEEDS ASSESSMENT

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APPENDIX C: COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN CORRECTIVE ACTIONS

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APPENDIX D: YEARLY STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE

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NEW JERSEY STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBER NAME Mark W. Biedron (President) Joseph Fisicaro (Vice President) Arcelio Aponte Claire Chamberlain Jack Fornaro Edithe Fulton Ernest P. Lepore Andrew J. Mulvihill J. Peter Simon Dorothy S. Strickland

MUNICIPALITY Hunterdon County Burlington County Middlesex County Somerset County Warren County Ocean County Hudson County Sussex County Morris County Essex County

David C. Hespe Commissioner of Education Secretary Robert L. Bumpus Assistant Commissioner Division of Field Services

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GENERAL INFORMATION Purpose In September 2008, the State Board of Education re-adopted N.J.A.C. 6A:7, Managing for Equality and Equity in Education, which outlines responsibilities for achieving and maintaining compliance with state and federal laws governing equity in educational programs. As a result, all school districts, including charter schools and renaissance school projects are mandated to develop a three-year Comprehensive Equity Plan (CEP). The first CEP encompassed school years 2004-2007, the second encompassed 2007-2010 and subsequent to that, school districts and charter schools submitted signed statements of assurance, affirming compliance with the code. The responsibility of each board of education and board of trustees of every public school district, charter school and renaissance school project in New Jersey is to identify and correct all discriminatory and inequitable policies, programs, practices and conditions within or affecting schools. The role of the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) is to ensure that each district, charter school and renaissance school project complies with equality and equity requirements, and to provide guidelines to accomplish that result. The Comprehensive Equity Plan enables school districts, charter schools and renaissance school projects to demonstrate compliance with all applicable laws, codes, and regulations, including, but not limited to, the following: Federal Laws § Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 § Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 § Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 § Equal Pay Act § The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 § Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) State Laws and Regulations § Article I, Paragraph 5 of the New Jersey State Constitution § N.J.S.A.18A:36-20, Equality in Educational Programs § N.J.S.A.10:5 New Jersey Law Against Discrimination § New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C.) 6A:7 § N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1, History of the United States and New Jersey § N.J.S.A. 18A:36-20, Prohibition of Discrimination Questions Questions regarding the development, submission and implementation of the Comprehensive Equity Plan may be sent to [email protected] Additionally, questions may be directed to the county education specialist at the County Office of Education. The contact list for the county offices of education can be found at http://www.state.nj.us/education/counties/. Submission Deadlines 1

School districts, charter schools and renaissance school projects must submit the original Comprehensive Equity Plan and corresponding forms to the County Office of Education for review and approval no later than Friday, April 1, 2016 for implementation on September 1, 2016. Resources for more Information About Equity and Equality in Education • NJ State Division on Civil Rights website: http://www.state.nj.us/lps/dcr/ • U.S. Dept. of Education Office for Civil Rights website: http://www.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/index.html?src=mr • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights website: http://www.usccr.gov/ • U.S. Dept. of Justice Civil Rights Division website: http://www.justice.gov/crt/

INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETION OF THE COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN Step 1: Establish the Affirmation Action Team, N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.5 (Appendix A) Each district, charter school and renaissance school project shall annually designate a member of its staff as the affirmative action officer (AAO) and provide a resolution approving the AAO. The district, charter school and renaissance school project shall form an affirmative action team (AAT) – a minimum of three individuals – of whom the AAO is a member, to conduct a needs assessment and to develop the CEP. The Department encourages districts, charter schools and renaissance school projects to ensure a diverse stakeholder group and to invite a member of the community as part of the team. The members of the AAT must be identified on the form provided in this manual—Affirmative Action Team Membership Form. Step 2: Conduct Needs Assessment (Appendix B) Each school district, charter school and renaissance school project board shall use the Appendix B entitled, “Comprehensive Equity Plan Needs Assessment Checklist,” to conduct a needs assessment of each school. This document is intended to be used as a checklist to help the AAO and the AAT identify problem areas. It must be submitted to the county office as part of the documentation that accompanies the Comprehensive Equity Plan. When citing documentation, you must include the document title, date of board of education or board of trustees adoption or page number in the document being provided. In conducting the needs assessment, the AAT will ascertain whether the school district (and each school within the district), each charter school or each renaissance school project is in compliance with each requirement in the checklist and whether there are internal monitoring procedures in place to ensure continuing compliance. Those items that need correction, or require an internal monitoring procedure or system will form the basis for the improvement strategies that will be proposed in the CEP. The “Comprehensive Equity Plan Needs Assessment” checklist contains four sections:

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I.

Board Responsibility - This section sets forth the types of policies and resolutions that the Board must adopt (create if nonexistent, revise if existing but deficient) in order to comply with applicable law. This section outlines specific areas that must be addressed in these policies and resolutions.

II.

Staff Development - Staff development and training on equity matters is required annually for all staff, certificated and non-certificated.

III.

School and Classroom Practices - This section sets forth the equity requirements for four categories: curriculum, student access, guidance and physical education/athletics.

IV.

Employment/Contract Practices - This section outlines the basic practices that must be observed to comply with equity requirements in employment contract regulations.

Note that at the beginning of each section of the Needs Assessment, the laws and regulations that specifically apply to the section have been provided for your convenience. The Department encourages the AAT preparing the CEP to refer to these sources of legal authority and become acquainted with the mandates they contain. Step 3: Develop the Comprehensive Equity Plan (CEP) (Appendix C) After identifying the items that need correction, improvement strategies covering the next three years must be developed for each one of these identified items. For this purpose, forms specific to each assessment area are provided with this packet: I. II. III.

IV.

Board Responsibility Staff Development School and Classroom Practices (One for each sub-area: Equality and Equity in Curriculum, Equality and Equity in Student Access, Equality and Equity in Guidance Programs and Equality and Equity in Physical Ed/Athletic Programs) Employment and Contract Practices

The plan to correct/address each identified item must be contained in the form covering the corresponding assessment area. Use the needs assessment categories and sub-categories as your guide. Each form contains space to include each of the elements of the plan. For each form: Identify items that were not compliant – Enter the section or subsection of noncompliance identified in the Needs Assessment. If a school within a district is not compliant; identify the school(s) by name. If the district, charter school or renaissance school project itself is not compliant, enter “district wide, charter school-wide or renaissance school project-wide.” If one school is out of compliance, the entire district is is considered noncompliant and a plan to address the noncompliant schools must be developed.

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Develop improvement strategies – List each identified need from the corresponding number in the Needs Assessment (e.g., I.D.1) together with the strategies/activities to improve or correct the deficiency. Strategies must be specific, measurable, achievable, realistic and time-bound (S.M.A.R.T.). Assign staff responsible – List the names and titles of the personnel that will implement the proposed strategies/activities. Plan the implementation timeline - Indicate the year or specific timeframe that the strategy or activity will take place, i.e. 2016-2017 school year; 2017-2018 school year, ongoing, etc. Provide evidence of completion – List the indicator(s) and/or documentation that will be made available for review, if requested, to verify that the identified need is being or was corrected. Use qualitative or quantitative methods depending on the type of problem that is being corrected. This will set forth the basis for approval of the CEP. More than one “identified item as deficient or non-compliant” and accompanying strategies to correct the problem can be included on one form, or a separate form may be submitted for each. Step 4: Complete the Statement of Assurance (Appendix D) The Statement of Assurance must be submitted with the Comprehensive Equity Plan to ensure compliance with statute and regulation. The Chief School Administrator, Charter or Renaissance School Project Lead Person must sign and date the Statement of Assurance in the space indicated at the bottom of the form. Step 5: Obtain the following Board resolutions and attach them to the CEP: The following Board resolutions must be attached to the CEP: 1. Annual resolution appointing the Affirmative Action Officer for 2016-17 school year; 2. Resolution authorizing the submission of the proposed Comprehensive Equity Plan. Step 6: Assemble the submission package in this order: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6.

Statement of Assurance (Appendix D) Resolution appointing the Affirmative Action Officer Resolution authorizing the submission of the proposed Comprehensive Equity Plan. List of Affirmative Action Team members (Appendix A) Comprehensive Equity Plan Needs Assessment Checklist (Appendix B) Comprehensive Equity Plan forms (Appendix C)

Step 7: Submit the CEP Submit the CEP to the County Office of Education on or before Friday, April 1, 2016. For your convenience, a list of addresses of the County Offices of Education can be accessed on the NJDOE website at, http://www.state.nj.us/education/counties/. 4

**After approval and implementation of the comprehensive equity plan, each school district, charter school and renaissance school project is required to submit an annual statement of assurance to their respective county office of education by September 1, 2017 and September 1, 2018 (Appendix D).

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COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN A. ACCOUNTABITY: 1. Each school district, charter school and renaissance school project must review the approved Comprehensive Equity Plan (CEP) on an annual basis and submit a statement of assurance regarding the CEP implementation to the County Office of Education no later than September 1 of each year. Statements of Assurance forms for each school year are attached as Appendix D. 2. The New Jersey Department of Education will review a sampling of CEPs annually. B. SANCTIONS: As noted in N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.9(f), “If the district board of education or charter school does not implement the comprehensive equity plan within 180 days of the approval date of the plan, or fails to report its progress annually, sanctions deemed to be appropriate by the Commissioner of Education or his/her designee shall be imposed, and may include action to suspend, terminate or refuse to award continued federal or state financial assistance, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:55-2.” *In accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:36C-7h., Renaissance school projects are bound to the laws and regulations that govern charter schools

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APPENDIX A: AFFIRMATIVE ACTION TEAM The following Affirmative Action Team (AAT) members that participated in the development of the needs assessment and Comprehensive Equity Plan. The AAT must consist of a minimum of three personnel and be comprised of diverse stakeholders. SCHOOL DISTRICT, CHARTER SCHOOL AND RENAISSANCE SCHOOL PROJECT NAME:

NAME

TITLE

GRADE LEVEL (if applicable)

Jennifer Knapp

Affirmative Action Officer

N/A

Elizabeth Asamoah

Director – Highland Park Teen Center

N/A

Dr. Scott Taylor

Superintendent

N/A

Sharice Richardson

Board of Education/Parent

N/A

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APPENDIX B: COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN NEEDS ASSESSMENT

Directions: Indicate compliance by yes or no. If non-compliant, list the name of the school(s) not in compliance; specific areas identified as non compliant MUST be addressed on the Comprehensive Equity Plan forms. I.

BOARD RESPONSIBILITY

NJAC 6A:7-1.7; Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973; N.J.S.A. 10:5, Title IX; U.S. Supreme Court, 1982; Plyler v. Doe; N.J.A.C. 6A:15-1.7; Castañeda v. Pickard

A. Adopt or re-adopt written equality and equity policies, requiring the following: 1) Equality and Equity in School and Classroom Practices, that shall, as a minimum, do the following: a) Identify and address all forms of prejudice and discrimination in all district, charter and renaissance school project programs, practices, curricula, instructional materials and assessments. b) Ensure equal access to all schools, facilities, programs, activities, and benefits for all students, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability or socioeconomic status. c) Provide equitable treatment for pregnant and married students. d) Prohibit or eliminate all forms of harassment, including sexual harassment, intimidation and bullying. (P.L.2010,c122). 2) Equality in Employment and Contract Practices for all persons, regardless of

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy# 1523 – 4/28/14

Yes

BOE Policy #1523 - 4/28/14 BOE Policy #5755 - 5/7/12 BOE Policy and Regulation #1550- 11/9/15 & 12/2010 BOE Policy and Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15 & 11/1992 BOE Policy and Regulation #5750 – 5/7/12 & 11/1992

Yes

Yes

Yes Yes

BOE Policy# 1523 – 4/28/14 BOE Policy and Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15 & 11/1992 BOE Policy and Regulation #5750 – 5/7/12 & 11/1992 After-School Program participation Access to in-district services and programs for out-ofdistrict placements Supplementary Aid and services and accommodations for students with disabilities BOE Policy #2416 – 12/9/13 BOE Policy #5752 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 BOE Policy #5512 – 12/8/14 BOE Policy and Regulation #5751 – 4/23/12 & 3/98 BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 BOE Policy #1530 – 11/9/15 8

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race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability or socioeconomic status. 3) Appoint an Affirmative Action Officer (AAO) who can also serve as or coordinate with the Section 504 Officer and/or the district, charter and renaissance school project’s Title IX Coordinator. 4) Provide staff development to ensure that all equity requirements comply with N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.6. B. Authorize the Affirmative Action Team to develop a Needs Assessment and a Comprehensive Equity Plan, implement the plan over a three-year period of time, submit an annual Statement of Assurance of its implementation and progress.

Compliant (Yes or No)

Yes

Yes

Yes

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption. BOE Policy #1550 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy and Regulation #5750 – 5/7/12 & 1/04 Affirmative Action Employment Practice Monitoring by AAO BOE Policy and Regulation #1510–11/9/15 & 12/03 BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 BOE Policy #1550 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy and Regulation #5750 – 5/7/12 & 1/04 Board of Education Meeting minutes BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 Staff PD Workshops & New Teacher Orientation Sign in sheets/In-service agendas Professional Development Brochure BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 Board of Education Meeting minutes Statement of Assurance

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C. Collect and analyze Annual Yearly Progress (Progress Targets) data for underperforming subgroups disaggregated by gender, race, ethnicity, limited English proficiency, special education, migrant status, date of enrollment, student suspension, expulsion, child study team referrals; Pre-K-12 promotion/retention data; Pre-K-12 completion rates and reexamination and re-evaluation of classification and placement of students in special education programs if there is over representation within certain groups; staffing practices; quality of program data; and stakeholder satisfaction data. Identify any school-level underperforming subgroups on Annual Yearly Progress (Progress Targets) reports for state assessments. D. Adopt the Comprehensive Equity Plan (CEP) by board resolution, and facilitate and support implementation of the CEP, by undertaking the following actions: 1) Inform the school community about the Board's policies prohibiting bias, harassment, discrimination and segregation; and ensuring equality in educational programs.

2) Define the responsibilities of the AAO (Affirmative Action Officer/504 Officer, and/or Title IX Coordinator); require that the AAO be a certificated staff person; and, train the AAO to handle the equity responsibilities.

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy #2415.01 – 9/23/2011 Student assessment data is collected and disaggregated. Board of Education Assessment Presentation

Yes

BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 Board of Education Meeting minutes

Yes

BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 BOE Policy #2260 – 5/8/15 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy #5512 – 12/8/14 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #3362 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy & Regulation #4352 – 1/5/04 Student Handbooks and District Website

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation 2260 – 5/18/15 Job Description

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3) Provide students, staff and the community with contact information for the AAO and publicize the location and availability of the CEP, policy(ies), grievance procedures and annual reports. 4) Investigate and resolve discrimination complaints, grievances and incidents between students and staff or among students, based on race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, English proficiency, housing status, socioeconomic status or disability. 5) Report on progress made in meeting the adequate yearly targets established for closing the achievement gap as set by the Department of Education. 6) Authorize the AAO to conduct yearly

equity training for all staff. E. A county vocational school district shall admit resident students based on board-approved policies and procedures that ensure equity and access for enrollment that shall be posted on the school district, charter and renaissance school project’s website. N.J.A.C. 6A:192.3(b), Career and Technical Education Programs and Standards.

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy and Regulation #1550- 11/9/15 & 12/2010 BOE Policy and Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15 & 11/1992 Student Handbooks

Yes

BOE Policy #5710 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #1550-11/9/15 &12/10 BOE Policy and Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15 & 11/1992 Grievance procedures available to all staff through HPEA contract Records of investigations and complaints

Yes

Yes

N/A

BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy and Regulation #1530- 11/9/15 & BOE Policy and Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15 & 11/1992 BOE Policy and Regulation #5750 – 5/7/12 & 11/1992 BOE Presentations/School-level objectives BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 BOE Policy and Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15 & 11/1992

(For County Vocational School Districts Only)

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STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.6 & N.J.S.A. 10:5

A. Provide staff development, to identify and resolve problems associated with the student achievement gap and other inequities arising from prejudice regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, housing status or socioeconomic status every school year to: 1) Certificated (administrative and professional) staff. 2) Non-certificated (non-professional) staff.

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy #1523 – 4/28/14 Staff PD Workshops & New Teacher Orientation Sign in sheets/In-service agendas Professional Development Brochure

Yes

See above

Yes

See above

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III.

SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy #2415 – 1/9/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #2260 – 5/18/15

A. Equality and Equity in Curriculum N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.7(b); Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973; N.J.S.A. 10:5; Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, U.S. Supreme Court, 1982; Plyler v. Doe; N.J.A.C. 6A:15-1.7; Castañeda v. Pickard

1) Ensure that the district, charter school or renaissance school project’s curriculum and instruction are aligned to the State’s Core Curriculum Content Standards and that they address the elimination of discrimination and the achievement gap, as identified by underperforming school-level AYP (Progress Targets profiles) for State assessment, by providing equity in educational programs and by providing opportunities for students to interact positively with others regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, immigration status, English proficiency, housing status or socioeconomic status. Areas covered include, but are not limited to, the following: a) School climate and culture, safe and positive learning environment

b) Courses of study, including physical education

Yes

Yes

BOE Policy #2260 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 Renewal/Evaluation Plan in place for curriculum (School Climate Surveys – Ongoing) BOE Policy #2421 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy #2422 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 MS/HS Programs of Study - Curriculum on website 13

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c) Library materials/instructional materials and strategies

d) Technology/software and audiovisual materials

e) Guidance and counseling, including harassment, intimidation and bullying, sexual harassment and grievance procedures

Compliant (Yes or No)

Yes

Yes

Yes

f) Extra-curricular programs and activities

Yes

g) Tests and other assessments

Yes

h) Reduction and/or prevention of under representation of minority, female and male students in all classes and programs 2) Incorporate multicultural aspects throughout the instructional content and practices across the curriculum.

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption. BOE Policy #2510 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy #2520 – 3/26/12 BOE Policy #2530 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 Curriculum Renewal/Evaluation Plan (adoption procedures and forms) BOE Policy #2520 – 3/26/12 BOE Policy #2530 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 Curriculum Renewal/Evaluation Plan (adoption procedures and forms) Technology Plan BOE Policy #2411 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy #5512 – 12/8/14 BOE Policy #5751 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy #2430 – BOE Policy #2431 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy #2622 – 3/12/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 Advanced Placement Program PARCC, AP Testing, PSAT, DLM, APA

Yes

BOE Policy #2310 BOE Policy #5750 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12

Yes

BOE Policy #2200 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 Ongoing curriculum development and staff training. Curriculum renewal plan 14

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SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES 3) Ensure that instruction in AfricanAmerican History, including the Amistad, and the history of other cultures is taught as part of the history of the United States. (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-1) 4) Include instruction on the Holocaust and other genocide curricula at all grade levels. (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-28)

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy #2200 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 Ongoing curriculum development and staff training. Curriculum renewal plan

Yes

BOE Policy #2200 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 Ongoing curriculum development and staff training. Curriculum renewal plan

Yes

BOE Policy #1510 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy #7100 – 3/7/11 BOE Policy #7101 – 10/10/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #2260 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 Facilities Plan

Yes

BOE Policy #1510 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy #7100 – 3/7/11

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #1400 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #1510 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 New Jersey Fall Survey Report

B. Equality and Equity in Student Access N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.7; Titles VI & VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504, Rehabilitation Act of 1973; N.J.S.A. 10:5 IDEA of 1997; Guidelines for Eliminating Discrimination and Denial of Services in Vocational Education (1989); U.S. Supreme Court, 1982; Plyler v. Doe; U.S. Supreme Court, 1974, Castañeda v. Pickard

Provide equal and bias-free access for all students to all school facilities, courses, programs, activities and services, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, English proficiency, housing status or socioeconomic status, as follows: 1) Ensure equal and barrier-free access to all school and classroom facilities. 2) Attain minority representation of students within each school, including racial and ethnic balance, that approximates the district, charter and renaissance school project’s overall minority racial and ethnic representation.

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3) Refrain from locating new facilities in areas that will contribute to imbalanced, isolated, or racially identifiable school enrollments. 4) Ensure that students are not separated or isolated by race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, immigration status, housing status or socioeconomic status, resulting in disproportionate placement within schools, courses, classes, programs or extracurricular activities. a) Ensure that minority and female students are not underrepresented in gifted and talented or accelerated/advanced courses. b) Ensure that minority and male students are not disproportionately represented in detentions, suspensions, expulsions, dropouts, or special need classifications. c) Ensure equal and bias-free access for all students to computers, computer classes, career and technical education programs, and technologically-advanced instructional assistance, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional/sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, English proficiency, immigration status, housing status or socioeconomic status. d) Ensure that all English language learners have equal and bias-free access to all school programs and activities.

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #7100 – 3/7/11 Facilities Plan

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #2430 – BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/18/15

No

BOE Policy & Regulation #2260 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy #2464 -

Highland Park High School

No

BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12

Highland Park High School

Yes

BOE Policy #2360 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #2361 – 1/6/14 & 1/5/04 BOE Policy & Regulation #2421 – 1/6/14 & 1/5/04 Technology Plan, computer labs, media centers, and mobile computer labs

Yes

BOE Policy #2260 – 5/18/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #2423 – 1/9/12

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e) Ensure that all students with disabilities have equal and bias-free access to all school programs and activities. f) Ensure that all schools’ registration procedures are in compliance with State and Federal regulations and case law. 5) Utilize a State approved language proficiency assessment on an annual basis for determining the English language proficiency of English language learners. 6) Utilize bias-free measures for determining the special needs of students with disabilities.

7) Ensure that support services (e.g. school-based youth services, health care, tutoring and mentoring) are available to all students, including English language learners. 8) Ensure that all pregnant students are permitted to remain in the regular school program and activities. Ensure that equivalent instruction is provided the students, if not permitted to attend school by a doctor.

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy #1510 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #2260 – 5/18/15 Policies and Procedures for eligibility under IDEA-B: 1. Policy #7 2. Policy #9 Access to In-district services/programs for students with disabilities/Accommodations for students with disabilities

Yes

BOE Policy #5111 – 3/7/11

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #2423 – 1/9/12 ACCESS 2.0 Assessment

Yes

BOE Policy #2460 – 1/7/04 BOE Regulations #2460, 2460.5, 2460.8, 2460.9, 2460.10, 2460.16 Policies and Procedures for eligibility under IDEA-B: 1. Policy #1 2. Policy #2 3. Policy #3 504 Plan and Training Bias-free assessments utilized for students with disabilities

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #2414 BOE Policy & Regulation #2415 – 1/9/12

Yes

BOE Policy #2416 – 12/9/13 BOE Policy #5752 – 5/7/12

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Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

C. Equality and Equity in Guidance Programs and Services N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1,7(c)Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972, & Carl D. Perkins Vocational & Technical Education Act of 1998

Ensure that the district, charter and renaissance school project’s guidance program provides the following: 1) Access to adequate and appropriate counseling services for all students, including females, minority students, English language learners, non-college bound students, and students with disabilities. 2) A full range of possible occupational, professional, and Career and Technical Education choices for all students, including careers in the science and technology industries and nontraditional careers. 3) Bias-free materials for use by counselors.

Yes

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #2411 – 1/5/04

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #2411 – 1/5/04

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #2411 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy & Regulation #2510 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy & Regulation #2520 – 3/26/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #2530 – 1/5/04

Yes

BOE Policy #2425 – 1/5/04 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15

D. Equality and Equity in Physical Education N.J.A.C. 6A:7 (d) and Title IX, Education Amendment of 1972

Ensure that the physical education program and instructional activities are equitable.

E. Equality and Equity in Athletic Programs Athletic Guidelines 1986; N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.7(d) and Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972

Yes

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Compliant (Yes or No)

1) Relatively equal numbers of varsity and sub-varsity teams for male and female students.

Yes

2) Equitable scheduling of night games, practice times, locations and numbers of games for male and female teams.

Yes

3) Equitable treatment that includes staff salaries, purchase and maintenance of equipment, etc.

Yes

4) Comparable facilities for male and female teams.

Yes

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption. BOE Policy #2431 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy & Regulation #2260 – 5/8/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #5750 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy #2431 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12 BOE Policy #2260 – 5/8/15 BOE Policy #2431 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12 HPEA Contract – Schedule B Salaries BOE Policy #2260 – 5/8/15 BOE Policy #2431 – 5/7/12 BOE Policy #5755 – 4/23/12

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IV. EMPLOYMENT/CONTRACT PRACTICES N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.8; Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972; N.J.S.A. 10:5, Equal Pay Act 1973

A. Ensure that the district, charter and renaissance school project provides equal and bias-free access to all categories of employment, as follows: Utilize equitable hiring practices that correct imbalance and isolation based on race, national origin, sexual orientation, and gender among the district, charter and renaissance school project’s certificated and noncertificated staff and within every category of employment, including administration. 1) Target recruiting practices for underrepresented populations in every category of employment. 2) Compliance of employment applications and pre-employment inquiries conform to the guidelines of the New Jersey Division on Civil Rights. 3) Monitor promotions and transfers to ensure non-discrimination. 4) Provide equal pay for equal work regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability or socioeconomic status. B. Ensure that the district, charter and renaissance school project does not enter into, or maintain, contracts with persons, agencies, or organizations that

Compliant (Yes or No)

Documentation or Evidence to Substantiate Compliance MUST include Board policy title, number and date of adoption.

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #1510 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #1530 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #1550 – 11/9/15

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #1530 – 11/9/15

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #1530 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #1550 – 11/9/15

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #1530 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #1550 – 11/9/15

Yes

BOE Policy & Regulation #1530 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #1550 – 11/9/15

Yes

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IV. EMPLOYMENT/CONTRACT PRACTICES N.J.A.C. 6A:7-1.8; Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX, Education Amendments of 1972; N.J.S.A. 10:5, Equal Pay Act 1973

discriminate in employment or in the provision of benefits or services, on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, housing status or socioeconomic status. C. Provide Equality in Employment and Contract Practices for all persons, regardless of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, housing status or socioeconomic status.

Compliant (Yes or No)

Yes

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BOE Policy & Regulation #1530 – 11/9/15 BOE Policy & Regulation #1550 – 11/9/15

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SCHOOL DISTRICT, CHARTER SCHOOL OR RENAISSANCE SCHOOL PROJECT NAME: Highland Park Public Schools OBJECTIVE: For each noncompliant area of the Needs Assessment, describe the corrective actions to be implemented for School Years 2016-17 through 2018-19, to ensure that the Board of Education or Board of Trustees follows through with its responsibilities, including adoption or readoption of written equality and equity policies; the authorization of the AAO to develop a CEP; collection of disaggregated data; and adoption of the CEP and facilitate and support its implementation. Section/subsection from Needs Assessment

Implementation Strategies

Staff Responsible

Implementation Timeline

Evidence of Completion

Ongoing

III A

The school district is engaging in a strategic planning process starting May 2016 that will likely include a goal to promote educational equity. Consideration will be given to “detracking” high school classes during this process.

Superintendent, High School Principal, Strategic Planning Committee

Strategic planning start- May 2016; Strategic planning goal to be established for 20162017 and 2017-2018 potential implementation of mixed ability group classes.

III B

The board of education and general school community are participating in a committee process that is addressing discipline equity in all of the school district’s schools, including the Highland Park High School.

Superintendent, Teen Center Director, Middle School Principal, High School Principal, member of the board of education

Committee startFebruary 17, 2016; Committee endUntil evidence of completion is identified

1. Development of strategic planning goal that requires district to develop mixed ability grouped classes.

2. Development of action plan that includes processes by which to address discipline equity concern. 3. Reduction of in-school and out-of-school suspensions in all sub group categories.

II. STAFF DEVELOPMENT AND TRAINING SCHOOL DISTRICT, CHARTER SCHOOL OR RENAISSANCE SCHOOL PROJECT NAME: Highland Park Public Schools OBJECTIVE: For each noncompliant area of the Needs Assessment, describe the corrective actions to be implemented for School Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 to provide in-service training for school personnel on a continuing basis to identify and resolve problems arising from prejudice on 22

the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, ancestry, age, marital status, affectional or sexual orientation, gender, religion, disability, housing status or socioeconomic status. Section/subsection from Needs Assessment

Implementation Strategies

Staff Responsible

III B

Evidence of Completion

Ongoing

The school district is engaging in a strategic planning process starting May 2016 that will likely include a goal to promote educational equity. Consideration will be given to “detracking” high school classes during this process. III A

Implementation Timeline

Professional Development: Support staff, teachers, and members of the district’s leadership team will visit other schools that incorporate practices related to social and educational equity. The first year of the strategic plan goal focusing on this issue will also include an emphasis on professional development in the area of differentiated instruction. The board of education and general school community are participating in a committee process that is addressing discipline equity in all of the school district’s schools, including the Highland Park High School. Professional Development: The school community will engage in professional development focused on social and restorative justice programs that are identified for inclusion in the K-12 program

Superintendent, High School Principal, Strategic Planning Committee

Strategic planning start- May 2016; Strategic planning goal to be established for 20162017 and 2017-2018 potential implementation of mixed ability group classes.

4. Development of strategic planning goal that requires district to develop mixed ability grouped classes.

Superintendent, Teen Center Director, Middle School Principal, High School Principal, member of the board of education

Committee startFebruary 17, 2016; Committee endUntil evidence of completion is identified

5. Development of action plan that includes processes by which to address discipline equity concern. 6. Reduction of in-school and out-of-school suspensions in all sub group categories.

III. SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES: EQUALITY AND EQUITY IN CURRICULUM SCHOOL DISTRICT, CHARTER SCHOOL OR RENAISSANCE SCHOOL PROJECT NAME: Highland Park Public Schools 23

OBJECTIVE: For each noncompliant area of the Needs Assessment, describe the corrective actions to be implemented for School Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 for developing and/or revising curriculum to eliminate discrimination, add multicultural content, and promote understanding and mutual respect among all students. Section/subsection from Needs Assessment

Implementation Strategies The school district is engaging in a strategic planning process starting May 2016 that will likely include a goal to promote educational equity. Consideration will be given to “detracking” high school classes during this process.

III A

Curriculum Development: District curriculum committees will research best practice curricula that fosters differentiation of instruction in mixed ability classrooms; all curricula will be revised according to the Five Year Curriculum Revision Cycle to incorporate research.

Staff Responsible

Implementation Timeline

Evidence of Completion

Ongoing

Superintendent, High School Principal, Curriculum committees, Supervisors of Curriculum and Instruction

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Strategic planning start- May 2016; Strategic planning goal to be established for 20162017 and 2017-2018 potential implementation of mixed ability group classes.

7. Development of strategic planning goal that requires the district to develop mixed ability grouped classes.

III. SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES: EQUALITY AND EQUITY IN STUDENT ACCESS SCHOOL DISTRICT, CHARTER SCHOOL OR RENAISSANCE SCHOOL PROJECT NAME: Highland Park Public Schools OBJECTIVE: For each noncompliant area of the Needs Assessment, describe the corrective actions to be implemented for School Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 to provide equal and bias-free access for all students to all school facilities, courses, programs, activities and services, regardless of race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, English proficiency, socio-economic status, immigration status, housing status or disability. Section/subsection from Needs Assessment

III A

Implementation Strategies

The school district is engaging in a strategic planning process starting May 2016 that will likely include a goal to promote educational equity. Consideration will be given to “detracking” high school classes during this process.

Staff Responsible

Implementation Timeline

Evidence of Completion

Ongoing

Superintendent, High School Principal, Strategic Planning Committee

25

Strategic planning start- May 2016; Strategic planning goal to be established for 20162017 and 2017-2018 potential implementation of mixed ability group classes.

1. Development of strategic planning goal that requires the district to develop mixed ability grouped classes.

III. SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES: EQUALITY AND EQUITY IN GUIDANCE PROGRAM SERVICES SCHOOL DISTRICT, CHARTER SCHOOL OR RENAISSANCE SCHOOL PROJECT NAME: Highland Park Public Schools OBJECTIVE: For each noncompliant area of the Needs Assessment, describe the corrective actions to be implemented for School Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 to provide equitable treatment, adequate and appropriate counseling services for all students, including females, minority students, English language learners, non-college bound students, migrant students, students experiencing homelessness and students with disabilities, and to ensure exposure and counseling services focused on careers in the science and technology industries, non-traditional career options and postsecondary opportunities for minority and female students. Section/subsection from Needs Assessment

III A

Implementation Strategies The school district is engaging in a strategic planning process starting May 2016 that will likely include a goal to promote educational equity. Consideration will be given to “detracking” high school classes during this process. Guidance services: Counselors will advise the Strategic Planning Committee on ways the high school schedule can accommodate mixed ability classes.

III B

The board of education and general school community are participating in a committee process that is addressing discipline equity in all of the school district’s schools, including the Highland Park High School. Guidance services: Counselors will provide social and restorative justice programs and resources to the strategic planning committee.

Staff Responsible

Implementation Timeline

Evidence of Completion

Ongoing

Strategic planning start- May 2016; Strategic planning goal to be High school guidance established for 2016department, high 2017 and 2017-2018 school principal potential implementation of mixed ability group classes.

2. Development of strategic planning goal that requires the district to develop mixed ability grouped classes.

Committee startHigh school guidance February 17, 2016; department, high Committee endschool principal, Until evidence of child study team completion is identified

3. Development of action plan that includes processes by which to address discipline equity concern. 4. Reduction of in-school and out-of-school suspensions in all sub group categories.

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III. SCHOOL AND CLASSROOM PRACTICES: EQUITY IN PHYSICAL EDUCATION & ATHLETIC PROGRAMS SCHOOL DISTRICT, CHARTER SCHOOL OR RENAISSANCE SCHOOL PROJECT NAME: Highland Park Public Schools OBJECTIVE: For each noncompliant area of the Needs Assessment, describe the corrective actions to be implemented for School Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 to ensure that there is gender equity in all physical education and athletic programs, and to ensure equitable opportunities for all students to participate in athletics regardless of race, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, religion, English proficiency, housing status, socioeconomic status or disability. Section/subsection from Needs Assessment

NA

Implementation Strategies NA

Staff Responsible NA

Implementation Timeline

Evidence of Completion

Ongoing

NA

NA

IV. EMPLOYMENT/CONTRACT PRACICES SCHOOL DISTRICT,CHARTER SCHOOL OR RENAISSANCE SCHOOL PROJECT NAME: Highland Park Public Schools OBJECTIVE: For each noncompliant area of the Needs Assessment, describe the corrective actions to be implemented for School Years 2016-17 through 2018-19 to ensure equitable practices in employment at all levels of responsibility, and to avoid engaging in business with firms that discriminate on the basis of race, national origin, sexual orientation, gender, religion, English proficiency, housing status, socio-economic status, or disability. Section/subsection from needs assessment

NA

Implementation Strategies NA

Staff Responsible NA

Implementation Timeline Ongoing

NA

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Evidence of Completion NA

APPENDIX D: COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN YEARLY STATEMENTS OF ASSURANCE 2016-2017 2017-2018 2018-2019

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Comprehensive Equity Plan Statement of Assurance to be Submitted with the Three-Year CEP School District, Charter School or Renaissance School Project Information: County: Middlesex School District/Charter School/Renaissance School Project: Highland Park Public Schools Address: 435 Mansfield Street, Highland Park, NJ 08904 Affirmative Action Officer (AAO): Jennifer Knapp AAO Email: [email protected] Alternate Contact Person: Dr. Scott Taylor Title: Email: Superintendent [email protected]

Telephone #: 732-572-2400 ext. 2825 Telephone #: 732-572-2400 ext. 2812

1. The school district, charter school or renaissance school project has conducted a comprehensive needs assessment of its equality and equity needs at each school within the district, charter school or renaissance school project, if applicable. The attached Comprehensive Equity Plan is designed to meet the assessed equality and equity needs at each site, if applicable. 2. The local Board has authorized the submission of the Comprehensive Equity Plan, and will support full implementation of the plan on September 1, 2016 upon approval by the New Jersey State Department of Education. 3. The school district, charter school or renaissance school project will achieve and maintain compliance with all applicable laws, codes and regulations governing equity in education including, but not limited to: N.J.S.A.18A:36-20; N.J.S.A.10:5; N.J.A.C. 6A:7; Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) of 1997.

CERTIFICATION: By signing below, the Chief School Administrator or Charter or Renaissance School Project Lead Person certifies that all statements above are true and correct: Name ____Dr. Scott Taylor____________________________ Title ___Superintendent_______

Signature: ____________________________________________ Date:

_____________

COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN ANNUAL STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE School Year 2017-2018 County: School District, Charter School or Renaissance School Project: Address: Affirmative Action Officer (AAO):

Telephone #:

AAO Email: Alternate Contact Person: Title:

Telephone #: Email:

1. The school district, charter school or renaissance school project has reviewed its implementation strategies for school year 2016-17 and provides assurance that the implementation timeline has been met at each school within the district, charter school or renaissance school project, if applicable. The areas of noncompliance as indicated in the CEP have met specific indicators of achievement at each site, if applicable, during this previous school year. 2. The school district, charter school or renaissance school project will continue to fully implement the NJDOE approved Comprehensive Equity Plan. 3. The district, charter school or renaissance school project will achieve and maintain compliance with all applicable laws, codes, and regulations governing equity in education including, but not limited to: N.J.S.A.18A:36-20; N.J.S.A.10:5; N.J.A.C. 6A:7; Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) of 1997.

CERTIFICATION: By signing below, the Chief School Administrator or Charter or Renaissance School Project Lead Person certifies that all statements above are true and correct: Name __________________________________________________Title______________________ Signature:______________________________________________ Date: _____________________

COMPREHENSIVE EQUITY PLAN ANNUAL STATEMENT OF ASSURANCE School Year 2018-2019 County: School District, Charter School or Renaissance school project: Address: Affirmative Action Officer (AAO):

Telephone #:

AAO Email: Alternate Contact Person: Title:

Telephone #: Email:

1. The school district, charter school or renaissance school project has reviewed its implementation strategies for school year 2017-18 and provides assurance that the implementation timeline has been met at each school within the district, charter school or renaissance school project, if applicable. The areas of noncompliance as indicated in the CEP have met specific indicators of achievement at each site, if applicable, during this previous school year. 2. The school district, charter school or renaissance school project will continue to fully implement the NJDOE approved Comprehensive Equity Plan. 3. The district, charter school or renaissance school project will achieve and maintain compliance with all applicable laws, codes, and regulations governing equity in education including, but not limited to: N.J.S.A.18A:36-20; N.J.S.A.10:5; N.J.A.C. 6A:7; Titles VI and VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972; Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973; The Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990; Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (I.D.E.A.) of 1997.

CERTIFICATION: By signing below, the Chief School Administrator or Charter or Renaissance School Project Lead Person certifies that all statements above are true and correct: Name __________________________________________________Title______________________ Signature: ______________________________________________Date:____________________

CORRECTIVE ACTION PLAN Name of School:

Highland Park Board of Education

County: Middlesex

Type of Audit: Annual CAFR for Fiscal Year Ended June 30, 2015 Date of Board Meeting and Board Approval: April 18, 2016 (revised) Contact Person: Linda A. Hoefele Telephone Number: (732)-572-6990 ext. 2891 RECOMMENDATION

Corrective Action Approved by the Board

Method

IMPLEMENTATION Responsible Party

The District should take measures to improve the bookkeeping and procedures for the Before and After School Child Care Enterprise Fund

Implement procedures for documentation of all transactions, including correspondence from parents. Require administrative approval of credits to accounts. Perform monthly verification of account balances. Maintain detailed records of all transactions

Integration of all detailed transactions on automated accounting system. Produce reports monthly from automated system for review and retention.

After School Bookkeeper

Chief School Administrator

Date

Business Administrator/Board Secretary

Completion Date

11/30/2015

Date

Check Journal

Highland Park BOE

Rec and Unrec checks

Hand and Machine checks

Starting date 3/1/2016 Cknum

Date

Page 1 of 3 04/06/16 09:48

Ending date 3/15/2016

Rec date Vcode

Check amount

Vendor name

011337 H 03/15/16 3533 STATE OF NJ 602469 03/14/16 MARCH HEALTH AND RX 11-000-291-270-01-00 MARCH 11-000-291-270-02-00 MARCH

03/15/16 03/15/16

$379,042.03 $379,042.03 $299,331.49 $79,710.54

032409 V 02/12/16 03/03/16 5198 UNITED NATIONS GUIDED TOUR 602048 02/03/16 FIELD TRIP 20-438-200-510-00-12 *VOID* 03/03/16

($702.00) ($702.00) ($702.00)

032511 V 02/25/16 03/01/16 4592 HOME DEPOT 602286 02/23/16 PTO GRANT 20-035-200-600-00-02 *VOID*

03/01/16

032593 V 03/03/16 03/03/16 4592 HOME DEPOT 602286 02/23/16 PTO GRANT 20-035-200-600-00-02 *VOID* 20-035-200-600-00-02 *VOID* 20-035-200-600-00-02 SUPPLIES 20-035-200-600-00-02 SUPPLIES

03/03/16 03/03/16 03/03/16 03/03/16

032594 03/03/16 4592 HOME DEPOT 602286 02/23/16 PTO GRANT 20-035-200-600-00-02 SUPPLIES 032595 03/03/16 4592 HOME DEPOT 602286 02/23/16 PTO GRANT 20-035-200-600-00-02 SUPPLIES 032596 03/11/16 0219 MCASMET 602443 03/09/16 QUIZ BOWL COMPETITION` 11-401-100-600-00-03 RE-DIST 11-401-100-600-00-03 03/12/16 11-401-100-800-00-03 RE-DIST 032597 03/15/16 1501 FENTON-VALDIVIA; LAUREN 601831 01/12/16 REIMBURSEMENT 11-000-100-569-00-08 MARCH 2016

($1,377.23) ($1,377.23) ($1,377.23)

($383.23) ($994.00) $383.23 $994.00 $383.23 $383.23

03/03/16

$383.23 $994.00 $994.00

03/03/16

$994.00 $130.00 $130.00

03/11/16 03/11/16 03/11/16

03/15/16

032598 03/15/16 6J0201 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0224 INDRI; NICHOLAS Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 ANABELLE ANDERSON03/15/16

032599 03/15/16 6J0202 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0225 HERMAN; MARC Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 STEPHEN HERMAN

032600 03/15/16 6J0203 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0226 ROSEN; MITCHEL Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 JONAH ROSEN

032601 03/15/16 6J0204 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0227 QI; YANMEI Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 TIANQI LI

032602 03/15/16 6J0205 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0228 LI; YUNJIE Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 ANGELINA CONGXIN 03/15/16

($130.00) $130.00 $130.00 $13,000.00 $13,000.00 $13,000.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00

Check Journal

Highland Park BOE

Rec and Unrec checks

Hand and Machine checks

Starting date 3/1/2016 Cknum

Date

Page 2 of 3 04/06/16 09:48

Ending date 3/15/2016

Rec date Vcode

Check amount

Vendor name

032603 03/15/16 6J0206 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0229 JOHNSON; ELEANOR Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 KEITH JOHNSON

032604 03/15/16 6J0207 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0230 KEELS; DERRICK Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 TAISHA RIVERA

032605 03/15/16 6J0208 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0231 AGER III; JOHN Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 ELIZABETH AGER

032606 03/15/16 6J0209 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0232 SUMNER; RANDI Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 MAX BROGGI-SUMNER03/15/16

032607 03/15/16 6J0210 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0233 HU; ZHIYU Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 JEFFERSON HU

032608 03/15/16 6J0211 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0234 DEVOE; ALICE Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 GORDON SZABO

032609 03/15/16 6J0212 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0235 RYAN; GREGORY Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 LUCINDA RYAN

032610 03/15/16 6J0213 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0236 WESTFALL; CLIFFORD Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 SILAS WESTFALL

032611

03/15/16

6J0214 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0237

$100.00 $100.00 03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00

IFRACH; AVRAHAM

$100.00

Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101

$100.00 ARIANNA IFRACH

032612 03/15/16 6J0215 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0238 RABE; KARIN Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 ANDREW MOORE

032613 03/15/16 6J0216 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0239 HUNTER; JOSEPH Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 LILLIAN HUNTER

032614 03/15/16 6J0217 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0240 DIGAETANO; ALAN Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 KYLE DIGAETANO

032615 03/15/16 6J0218 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0241 LOFTIN; VIRGINIA Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 NOAH SEILER

032616 03/15/16 6J0219 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0242 ADIV; GALINA Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 ESTER ADIV

032617 03/15/16 6J0220 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0243 RAMIREZ; ANA Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 CEASAR LOPEZ

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00

03/15/16

$100.00

Check Journal

Highland Park BOE

Rec and Unrec checks

Hand and Machine checks

Starting date 3/1/2016 Cknum

Date

Page 3 of 3 04/06/16 09:48

Ending date 3/15/2016

Rec date Vcode

Check amount

Vendor name

032618 03/15/16 6J0221 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0244 SAMUELSON; AARON Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 ANDRE SAMUELSON 03/15/16

032619 03/15/16 6J0222 03/15/16 10-04 - - - -

0245 ODIKANWA; ANN Db 10-499 / Cr 10-101 UCHECHI ODIKANWA 03/15/16

$100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00 $100.00

Fund Totals 10 11 20

GENERAL FUND GENERAL CURRENT EXPENSE SPECIAL REVENUE FUNDS Total for all checks listed

Prepared and submitted by: _________________________________ Board Secretary

$2,200.00 $392,172.03 $-702.00 $393,670.03

______________ Date





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GSE Community School Partnership Network (GSE-CSPN) Commitment Form





As we launch the GSE Community School Partnership Network, we invite you and your district to engage in a formal partnership. As an inaugural member of the GSE Community School Partnership Network team, you will be a thought leader, working to support the education profession and its responsibility to advance excellence and equity within schools and, by potential extension, the broader community. As members, your district will receive special partnership benefits.



To indicate your commitment as a partnership district, please return this completed form by May 1, and we will contact you regarding the next steps in creating a formal partnership agreement. Name of District: Highland Park Public Schools







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Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

Advancing Excellence and Equity in Education





GSE Community School Partnership Network

Name of School Irving Primary School Bartle Elementary School Highland Park Middle School Highland Park High School Schools in District Available for Partnership

Superintendent’s Signature March 24, 2016 and Date

Contact Person Mrs. Kelly Freeborn, Principal Mr. Anthony Benjamin, Principal Mrs. Jennifer Osemwegie, Principal Mr. Michael Lassiter, Principal

PUBLIC WORKSHOP MEETING MINUTES HIGHLAND PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION HIGHLAND PARK, NJ Monday, March 7, 2016 Middle School 6:30 p.m.

AGENDA: 1. Call to Order 2. Announcement of Notice Ms. Darcie Cimarusti, Board President, called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. She gave the following notice:

The New Jersey Open Public Meeting Act was enacted to insure the right of the public to have advance notice of and to attend the meetings of the public bodies at which any business affecting their interest is discussed or acted upon. In compliance with the Open Public Meeting Act, the Highland Park Board of Education has caused notice of this meeting setting forth the time, date, and location to be submitted for publication to the Home New Tribune and Star Ledger and posted on the Board’s website at least 48 hours in advance of this meeting. Members of the public who wish to address the Board will be given the opportunity to do so before the Board adjourns for the evening. 3. Roll Call Members Present: Ms. Darcie Cimarusti, President; Ms. Ruth Beyer; Mr. Mark Krieger; Mr. Rob Magaziner; Ms. Michelle McFadden-DiNicola; Ms. Judy Pietrobono and Ms. Sharice Richardson. Members Absent: Ms. Anne Gowen; Mr. Rob Roslewicz. Ms. Gowen arrived at 6:35 p.m. and Mr. Roslewicz arrived at 6:50 p.m. Also Present: Dr. Scott Taylor, Superintendent and Ms. Linda Hoefele, Business Administrator/Board Secretary. The Student Representatives, Mr. Mateo Juliani and Ms. Amita Shukla arrived at 7:30 p.m. and left the meeting at 9:15 p.m.

4. Be It Resolved, pursuant to the Sunshine Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12 and 13, the Highland Park Board of Education will now meet in closed session to discuss personnel matters, student discipline, negotiations and litigation. This exemption is permitted to be discussed in closed session in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-13. Information regarding the Board’s closed session discussion will be disclosed to the public as soon as the need for confidentiality no longer exists Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 7-0

5. Reconvene To Regular Workshop Session at 7:30 p.m. Moved: Sharice Richardson 6. Pledge of Allegiance

Seconded: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Vote: 9-0

HIGHLAND PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC WORKSHOP MEETING MINUTES 3/7/2016

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7. Communications Date 03/01/2016

Sender David Copperman

Nature of Communication District Website

Ms. Hoefele reported that there were no other communications. 8. Minutes: Regular Public Meeting and Executive Session – February 22, 2016 – (to be presented 3/14/16). 9. Superintendent’s Report A. Student Report The student board representatives gave the following report: Irving: Read Across America week Bartle: Week of February 29: Spirit Week Robotics visits for Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day

MS: Buddy Ball started last Saturday, later followed by a Buddy Ball Talent show at 7pm that night HS: A team of educators for Middle States evaluated our High School on February 22 - 25 and was impressed by our unity with our OWLS mission of Openness, Wisdom, Leadership, and Spirit. They found our faculty and student body to be very warm and welcoming and enjoyed their visit. They enthusiastically recommended the High School for re-accreditation and will have a full report about their findings and recommendations available in about 5 weeks. DECA: 24 students made it to Nationals. This is the highest number of students that have made it in one year for our DECA Chapter. During Lunch on Friday, Student Congress held a fundraiser where students could pay to tape Mr. Lassiter to a wall. It was a success, with $120 being raised in less than an hour. This money is part of Student Congress’ initiative to improve the school from within. So far, Student Congress has funded a javelin for the track team, a chess board for the chess team, event materials for DECA, financial aid for Model UN, publishing costs for Dead Center Literary Magazine, recycling bins for the Environmental Club, and archiving materials for the Fling. Thanks to our many fundraisers, even more money will be available this spring for the Student Congress to allocate. The Model UN and Congress club started a new mentor program and brought 15 eighth grade students to the United Nations in New York. These students were selected by their teachers for having leadership potential and because they could benefit from a mentor. They were paired with high school “MUNtors,” made up of Model UN and Congress seniors and juniors. These MUNtors led their mentees through the UN and will focus in the future on their transition to high school. Key Club and Pi Day on 3/14….

HIGHLAND PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION PUBLIC WORKSHOP MEETING MINUTES 3/7/2016

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Music is played in the hallways between classes, chosen by WVHP, the new Radio Station club and Student Congress. Some teachers choose their favorite songs to play, while there are also selections for Black History Month, and for Women’s History Month. A water bottle filling station was installed in the High School. The funds were acquired through a grant written by the Environmental Club. Public Art class starts several new murals, including around the new fountain. In the same vein, the Sculpture II classes have started creating life sized sculptures of students, which will be placed around the school. NHS held a potluck fundraiser, and raised over $400 dollars, which will be donated to a charity of their choice. NHS also participated in a community project called Read Across America. Students in NHS visited Bartle, Irving, the Middle School, and the Senior Center and read to small groups to promote the importance of reading. Girls Basketball finishes the Season with a strong record of 14-8. With the end of Winter Sports, the High school and Middle School will transition to Spring Sports. Track and Tennis both started last Friday. Baseball and Softball start this week. Dead Center hosted a Coffee House. The Spanish Outreach Club has been volunteering with Mr. Gold to teach a citizenship class for adult ESL students in New Brunswick.

Darcie asked the student reps if they wanted their photo on the district website, they said ok. Ms. McFadden-DiNicola asked about the Twitter account, asking if there could be an open forum regarding PARCC testing. Mr. Mateo said it would be helpful to do both (hold a meeting at lunch plus having an open forum on Twitter). Dr. Taylor suggested putting something on the district website. B. Strauss Esmay Online Services Demonstration Dr. Taylor introduced Ms. Sandra Nicastro from Strauss Esmay, who gave a presentation to describe additional features available in their policy service. She noted that the company has been around since 1972, and has been owned by them since 2001. She described the history of the company and their individual experience. She then described DISTRICT online, an online version of the policy manual. She also described the online access feature, which enables the school district to house their policies on the Strauss Esmay website. She also described the optional feature to enable the public to access the district’s policies. Mr. Krieger asked Dr. Taylor about the savings that would be realized if the district went with this new service. Dr. Taylor responded that his secretary spends about 1.5 hours a week on policies, and copying costs are minimal. He spoke about the accessibility benefit, and ease of searching on a topic. Ms. Gowen asked if we could improve the searchability of our policies ourselves. Mr. Krieger commented that having the service do this was worth the cost. C. EVVRS Report For Period 1, September – December 2015 Dr. Taylor shared a report compiled across the district on Violence and Vandalism, as well as other issues, such as HIB for Period 1. He provided a three year trend analysis chart, which included the number of cases in each of the following categories: - Violence - Vandalism - Weapons

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HIB Substance abuse

Ms. McFadden-DiNicola asked if the State requires them to provide an explanation of the changes, or a corrective action plan. Dr. Taylor responded that they do not. He stated that they do have to share the details of each incident with the State (excluding student names). D. PARCC Participation Corrective Action Plan Dr. Taylor reported that Highland Park is one of about 150 districts that did not meet the participation rate requirements as a whole, and a Corrective Action Plan (CAP) is required if any districts do not meet this rate at the subgroup level. It indicates the steps that will be taken, the people responsible for the action steps, and the timeline. Three steps have already been completed. He referred to the CAP provided to board members and the public, and reviewed each of the action steps on the plan. He referred to the PARCC resource portal on the district’s website, which can be found under the Students/parents dropdown. Ms. Richardson asked about the participation rates within the subgroups. Dr. Taylor confirmed that the participation rates are within subgroups and by area. Ms. Cimarusti thanked Dr. Taylor for his even-handed approach to this matter. 10. Public Comment: Ms. Tara Canavera, Crowells Rd., invited the public to next Tuesday’s SEPAC reorganization meeting, to be held on Tuesday, March 15th in the Media Center at Bartle School. On April 7th, SEPAC will meet the new Director of Educational Services and Dr. Taylor at the High School. On May 12th at the High School, there will be a presentation about getting guardianship and estate planning for parents of special needs children. Highland Park will sponsor a workshop on April 9th for special needs students ages 15-17 at the Teen Center. She thanked Administrative Secretaries Linda Moran at Bartle School, Lori Stevenson at the High School, Elaine Donnelly in Special Services, and Susan Odato and Chris Brzozowski for getting the meeting room set up quickly, and thanked them for all their support. A. CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION Ms. McFadden-DiNicola referred to the items below, and gave special mention to the item about the job description. Dr. Taylor commented that he is hopeful that the calendar be approved next Monday, on March 14th. Board members discussed the length of the school year, extending past graduation day in the case of many inclement weather days, and about the half day on the first day of school. Dr. Taylor commented that they reduced the number of half days for Professional Development this year, by having more days before school starts. 1. Field Trip Requests 2. District Calendar 2016 – 2017 3. Job Description – Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction for Humanities 4. PARCC Participation Corrective Action Plan 5. Handle with Care Training Sarah Kirk and Ana Shannon trained the following additional staff on March 1, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.: Name Salerno, Nicole

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6. Extended School Year Program Program dates: July 6th through August 9th – Mondays through Thursdays Irving (Pre-K – 1) – 8:15am – 12:15pm Bartle/Middle School (2-8) – Glow, Jr. Program – 8:30am – 12:30pm High School (9-12) – Glow Program – 8:30am – 12:30pm 7. Approval of Handle with Care Training Compensation The following staff member should be compensated at their hourly contracted rate for attending Handle With Care Training beyond the normal working hours as follows: Name Townsend, Annie

Additional Hours 1.75 hours

Training Date 3/1/2016

B. FINANCE AND FACILITIES Mr. Krieger reported that the Committee will be meeting tomorrow to continue reviewing the district budget. He reviewed the items below. He explained that there is ongoing work to air condition the classrooms in Bartle School. He highlighted the very generous donation from Ms. Eng, and noted that the district will be receiving matching funds from IBM, her employer. He also thanked the Bartle PTO for their donation toward projectors. He reported that the district will be admitting students from China beginning next year. Ms. Gowen asked about the Memorandum of Agreement, and Ms. Hoefele responded that the administration is working on it with the board attorney. She asked if the students would be fluent in English. Dr. Taylor responded that tomorrow morning, the administration will be meeting with one of the recruiting representatives to go over a draft application, which will require a minimum TOFEL score, and will be requiring a minimum level of fluency. Ms. Cimarusti asked about the air conditioning in Bartle School, as it related to the summer camp being run by the Chabad House in that school. Ms. Hoefele responded that they will be working toward having the spaces air conditioned that they will be using. Dr. Taylor reported that the Chabad House had a summer camp open house last week, and had over 100 people attend, much more than in the past, because it is being hosted In Highland Park. 1. Bill Lists a. General Bill List:

February 1 – February 15, 2016 in the amount of $644,405.90

b. Athletic Bill List:

February 16 – February 29, 2016 in the amount of $2,021.00

c. Cafeteria Bill List:

February 6 – February 19, 2016 in the amount of $28,861.38

2. Financial Reports – January 31, 2016 (to be presented 3/14/16) a. Treasurer of School Monies Report: b. Board Secretary’s Report: c. Budget Transfers Report 3. Travel and Related Expense Reimbursements Report: Attached for review 4.

Professional Services

Name Child Achievement Center

Nature of Award Evaluation & Therapeutic Services

Contract Period 3/15/16 – 6/30/16

Contract Amount $600.00 Testing $500.00 Functional Assessment $100.00 Consultation

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5. Quotes for Ductless Air Conditioner Units - Bartle School, Rooms 207, 209, 211, 214 and 217 Company Name General Plumbing Supply Johnstone Supply

Location Edison, NJ So. Plainfield, NJ

Amount $9,045.58 $9,166.58

6. Award of Contract for the Ductless Air Conditioner Units - General Plumbing Supply; Installation to be done in-house by Temco staff. 7. Acceptance of Donations a. Judy Eng - $1,000 to be split and used for HS 2016 Project Graduation and Prom; matching funds from IBM to be used for Class of 2018. b. Bartle PTO - $658 for projectors for 5th grade classrooms 8. Memorandum of Agreement for Services Related to International Student Placement 9. Out of District Placement One (1) student, case #1516-63 to attend Hunterdon Preparatory School, Annandale, NJ effective 3/7/2016, at the tuition rate of $43,632.00, to be pro-rated. 10. Bedside Instruction One (1) student, case #1314-66 to attend RUBHC – Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare Education Services, Piscataway, NJ effective 2/26/2016, at the tuition rate of $65.00 per hour. C. PERSONNEL & COMMUNICATION Ms. Richardson reported on the Supervisor of Curriculum appointment. She announced that they received 99 applications for the position. They had a hard time narrowing them down to twelve people to interview, as there were many good candidates. They then narrowed the list down to three candidates for the second round of interviews. She noted that this is a twelve-month position, for an educational leader to serve as the Supervisor of Humanities. All of the finalists interviewed were very good candidates, and they agreed to bring Ms. Ackley’s recommendation to the board. Both candidates had K-8 experience and a good understanding of the standards for grades 9-12. Ms. Ackley has experience in ESL and bilingual education, delivery of curriculum, coaching, supervisory, utilizing writers workshop, and has excellent credentials. Dr. Taylor reported that it was a tough decision, but Ms. Ackley set herself apart from the rest. She talked a lot about intervention strategies. She has shown herself to be a leader outside of work, and is the President of the Southern Reading Council. He shared some positive comments from her former employer and from a colleague. Ms. Pietrobono also commented about her positive attributes, and expressed her enthusiasm to have Ms. Ackley join the district. Ms. Gowen also commented about Ms. Ackley’s experience and the breadth of knowledge that she brings to the district. 1. Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction Candidate - Suzanne Ackley 2. Source4teachers List D. POLICIES & REGULATIONS - None. 11. Board Liaison Reports Ms. Cimarusti asked if the board members wanted to provide reports, or just give a verbal report. Board members agreed that a verbal report would be okay. Ms. Cimarusti reported that the Municipal

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Alliance liaison hadn’t been filled for a while. She discussed it with the representatives from the Alliance, who preferred to have a student to be on the committee. Ms. McFadden-DiNicola reported that she was not able to attend the public communications committee, but she got a report from Matt Hersch, who sent it to the Board members. The Borough newsletter will be mailed in April to residents, and will include information from Dr. Taylor, highlighting school district information, and perhaps a student spotlight. They are getting recertification of Sustainable Highland Park. There is an app called “Slack,” which is a way for the community to get together digitally, and a way to communicate without having long email threads. Mr. Magaziner reported that he and Dr. Taylor attended the Education Foundation meeting in February, at which time they analyzed grants and discussed the way to best align priorities of the district with those of the Education Foundation. The also discussed setting up the Claire Berkowitz fund to benefit social studies, and will hold their spring fundraiser during the first week of May. An email will be going out soon, asking the community to save the date. Ms. Pietrobono reported that she went to the Commission for Universal Access committee meeting, and they discussed ways for promoting opportunities for individuals with disabilities, and working toward social inclusion for individuals with disabilities. There will be programs on April 2 and 9, for four hours each time at the Teen Center, which will include creative art, drama and music, and will be funded by the Commission. Flyers will go out through the paperless system, and people can sign up at the Senior Center. They are working on doing a program at the library, working with therapy dogs, and will also help both the School District and the Borough work toward their sustainability goals. Ms. McFadden-DiNicola commented that she doesn’t know if the library board knows of her membership. Ms. Cimarusti noted that she doesn’t know when the Shared Services committee meets. Ms. Beyer reported that the SEPAC meetings are coming up. Ms. Richardson reported that HPSOC met, and Intervention Specialist Yen Yen Chu was there to observe. They discussed the African American literacy project, to bring digital filmmaking to schools. They also talked about the need for fundraising, and to work cooperatively with the Rutgers filmmaking program, Rutgers history project, and collecting oral histories. They wanted to bring in African American staff members who have worked with African American students, to involve disengaged students in the project. She noted that Melissa Newman’s sons are doing a project entitled “Be the Change” literacy project, to get books to give to students who don’t have the ability to buy their own books, especially at the Pre-Kindergarten level. They will be distributing them to food pantries twice a month, and they provide food to the farmers markets on Fridays during the season. They are also discussing ways to get packets with books and local resources to the parents who register their children at Irving, which would be directed toward the low income families. Ms. Gowen reported that she attended the Human Relations committee meeting on February 17th. There was a report on the development of a municipal ID card, which looks promising. Diversity training – they are working with the Highland Park police department, who went to training in January and February. They are hoping to have a diversity training open to the public, about working and interacting with police officers. They are also working on the “Highland Park Gives a Hoot” program to provide meals for students during school breaks, and reported that there will be fundraiser in May. The Commission supported an inter-district basketball game, which raised money and received food donations for the food bank. Recently the editor of the Bright Bart website gave a speech at Rutgers, to which protestors attended. The discussion was regarding First Amendment rights, but it was a hurtful speech. Mr. Krieger reported that the first Board of Health meeting will be held this Thursday.

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12. President’s Report Ms. Cimarusti announced liaison appointments and changes in committee members: - Mr. Rob Roslewicz will move to the Curriculum and Instruction Committee - Mr. Mark Krieger has been appointed as the Chairperson of the Finance and Facilities Committee - Ms. Judy Pietrobono has been assigned to the Personnel and Communications Committee - Lucio Camacho, Highland Park High School student, has been assigned to the Municipal Drug and Alcohol Alliance - Mr. Mark Krieger has been assigned to the Board of Health committee - Ms. Pietrobono has been assigned to the Universal Access committee Ms. Cimarusti reported that she sent out a letter about the denial of the Hatikvah Charter School’s expansion request. On Monday morning, she and Dr. Taylor met with the State Board President, before the decision would be announced, at East Brunswick. The County Superintendent, County Business Administrator, and representatives from many other school districts also attended. They are still moving forward with their appeal to a previous expansion request, and the attorneys are actively working on the briefs to be submitted. Ms. Cimarusti reported that the resolution adopted at the last meeting regarding graduation requirements was submitted to the NJSBA Delegate Assembly for their research and opinion. She noted that she will defend the resolution before their subcommittee. Hopewell Valley has also adopted our resolution. There will also be a discussion on graduation requirements with a joint committee on public schools. 13. Old Business Ms. Gowen asked about the next step regarding the Strategic Planning Committee. Dr. Taylor responded that they will be starting the process in April or early May. They discussed whether to bring in someone from the outside to help with their work. There are eleven members of the steering committee, who will put the process in place. 14. New Business Ms. Cimarusti asked the board members to give her advance notice of any New Business, so those items can be put on the agenda for the meeting. 15. Public Comment Ms. Tara Canavera, Crowells Rd., reported that the Recreation Department has secured grant funding to enable the summer camp to be inclusive. Funds the for basketball game went to the schools’ athletic departments. Ms. Lyn Frier, Wayne St, commented about international students, and cautioned about the needs of students that the district may not be aware of. 16. Adjournment The Board of Education adjourned the meeting at 9:30 p.m. Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Seconded: Anne Gowen

Vote: 9-0

Respectfully submitted,

Linda A. Hoefele Business Administrator/Board Secretary

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING MINUTES HIGHLAND PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION HIGHLAND PARK, NJ Monday, March 14, 2016 Bartle School 6:30 p.m. AGENDA: 1. Call to Order 2. Announcement of Notice Ms. Darcie Cimarusti, Board President, called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. She gave the following notice:

The New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act was enacted to insure the right of the public to have advance notice of and to attend the meetings of the public bodies at which any business affecting their interest is discussed or acted upon. In compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act, the Highland Park Board of Education has caused notice of this meeting setting forth the time, date, and location to be submitted for publication to the Home News Tribune and Star Ledger and posted on the Board’s website at least 48 hours in advance of this meeting. Members of the public who wish to address the Board will be given the opportunity to do so before the Board adjourns for the evening. 3. Roll Call Members Present: Ms. Darcie Cimarusti, President; Ms. Ruth Beyer; Ms. Anne Gowen; Mr. Mark Krieger; Mr. Rob Magaziner; Ms. Michelle McFadden-DiNicola; Ms. Judy Pietrobono; Ms. Sharice Richardson and Mr. Rob Roslewicz. Also Present: Dr. Scott Taylor, Superintendent and Ms. Linda Hoefele, Business Administrator/Board Secretary and Student Representatives, Mr. Mateo Juliani and Ms. Amita Shukla, both arrived at 7:30 p.m. and left at 9:30 p.m. The Student Representatives left the meeting at 9:30 p.m.

4. Recess to Executive Session Be It Resolved, pursuant to the Sunshine Act, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12 and 13, the Highland Park Board of Education will now meet in closed session to discuss student discipline and litigation. This exemption is permitted to be discussed in closed session in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-13. Information regarding the Board’s closed session discussion will be disclosed to the public as soon as the need for confidentiality no longer exists Moved: Sharice Richardson

Seconded: Mark Krieger

Vote: 9-0

5. Reconvene To Regular Session at 7:30 p.m. Moved: Mark Krieger 6. Pledge of Allegiance 7. Communications – None.

Seconded: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Vote: 9-0

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Approval of Minutes: Regular Public Meeting and Executive Session: February 22, 2016 Board Member Ruth Beyer Darcie Cimarusti Anne Gowen Mark Krieger Rob Magaziner Michelle McFadden-DiNicola Judy Pietrobono Sharice Richardson Rob Roslewicz

February 22, 2016 Regular Public Workshop and Executive Sessions Y Y Abstained Y-Seconded Y Y-Moved Y Y Y

2. Superintendent’s Report A. Superintendent Update Ms. Cimarusti thanked everyone for coming to the meeting, and expressed her pleasure in holding meetings at the schools and enjoying student performances. Dr. Taylor introduced Ms. Tyese Brown, who led the Bartle School students in a choral performance. Dr. Taylor thanked them for their performance. 1. Student Spotlight – Eliana Beyer, Bartle School Dr. Taylor introduced Mr. Anthony Benjamin, Bartle School Principal, who recognized Eliana Beyer, who put together a fundraiser to benefit the Cancer Centers of NJ, Pennies for Playtime, and also commended her for her positivity. 2. Bartle School Recognition – Anthony Benjamin Mr. Benjamin recognized students for the following: - Friendship AwardPositive Role Model Award - Best Read Across America Speech Award - Student Mentor Award - Outstanding All-Around Student Awards - Peer Helper Award - Perseverance Award - EPIC Award 3. Student Rep Reports The student representatives provided reported on the following: Irving – no report Bartle – no report Middle School:

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Parent-teacher conferences Spring Sports start this week

High School: The Key Club held a Pi day fundraiser. There were pie eating contests among students and teachers. In the end, Mr. Kasapidis won, in a final round against Mr. Lassiter. Overall the Key Club raised over $300, which will go to charities partnered with the Key Club. With the nice weather we had this week, several teachers and clubs took advantage of the outdoor classroom. The NHS is starting a new program where students in the high school get to mentor students in science classes in the Middle School. Student Congress held a food drive, which ended on Friday. Overall, they raised seven bins worth of supplies. The Global Citizen Students are starting their projects that focus on making a change, and will specifically focus on preserving cultural heritage in our community. Following Spring Break, they will meet with their Rutgers Mentors to further plan things out. 3.

District Goals Update Dr. Taylor gave a recap of the district goals for Student Achievement, and reported that they are working diligently to review curriculum, to make sure they are vertically aligned, and develop strategies as part of the five-year revision cycle. The first area of revision is the science curriculum, and they are also looking at the math program, and the transition from 5th to 6th grade and from 10th to 11th grade. Dr. Taylor discussed the development of the Strategic Plan process, which will take place in late April/early May. He is currently meeting with stakeholders and representatives from many areas of the community. Dr. Taylor discussed ways they are working on positive Community Outreach, and various committees that have been put in place to reach out to numerous constituents

4.

Budget Presentation Fiscal Year 2016 – 2017 Dr. Taylor described the budget planning process that has taken place over the past several months. He reviewed the timetable, which involved meeting with all members of the leadership team individually, and then having each administrator present their individual budgets to the Finance and Facilities Committee. He reported that he and members of the Finance and Facilities Committee will be conducting three public meetings with three different groups in the community. They will also be conducting continuing budget discussions at the next three board meetings. Dr. Taylor explained some of the reasons for increases in expenditures that are proposed for the 2016-2017 school year budget. Some areas of challenge include increased special education outof-district placements, costlier employee benefits, and the need to hire additional personnel to support children and teachers in the classroom. Dr. Taylor then reported on changes in the budget from this year to next year in major areas of the budget, and the reasons for increases. He then reported on areas where additional revenues are being sought. He reported on the anticipated enrollment of Chinese high school students on a tuition basis, facility rental fees for a summer camp, and anticipated Extraordinary Aid. He also

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reported on anticipated savings in the current year that will be applied to next year’s budget. Ms. Hoefele described areas where savings are anticipated, which are being included in the budget. She also described some of the Other Revenues. Dr. Taylor then explained that state aid has been relatively flat over several years, which results in the need to rely on taxpayers for funding budget increases. He explained that the State needs to take more of the burden of funding public education. Dr. Taylor reported on the total expenditures being proposed for next year, and the resulting tax levy. Ms. Hoefele explained how the school district taxes translate to the residents’ property tax bills. She explained that the debt service payments by the district are made in February, but won’t show up in the tax bill until August. The previous tax bill was lower than expected as a result, but the next tax bill will be higher than expected. Dr. Taylor then presented the amounts of quarterly taxes that will be assessed on an average home. Mr. Magaziner asked for the reason for the increases in salary costs. Dr. Taylor reported on proposed staffing additions for next year, which contribute toward the increase in costs, in addition to the negotiated salary increases. Dr. Taylor then provided historical information regarding the composition of the administration structure. Ms. Richardson commented that we are creating an environment where we could potentially bring students back into the district from out-of-district placements. Dr. Taylor concurred, and provided information on special education costs, which showed a 24.8% increase in out-of-district costs. He noted that we are responsible to provide special education services to all students in the town who have special needs, even if they would otherwise have been served by non-public schools. Ms. Cimarusti also commented that there is a legislative panel in the Senate that seem, to acknowledge that special education costs across the state are out of control. Ms. McFadden-DiNicola commented that certain districts have issues with lead in the water, which could lead to an increase in special education students. The high numbers of special education students could be environmentally related, albeit not in this town. She thanked Dr. Taylor for a very informative budget presentation. Ms. Cimarusti commented that the CBI program may eventually be developed to the point where we can receive students from other school districts on a tuition basis to participate in that program Ms. Beyer pointed out the need for professional development to help staff meet the needs of special needs students. Mr. Krieger pointed out that this is a preliminary budget. We will continue discussions, with the goal of making further reductions in the budget before the final budget adoption on May 2nd. Ms. Beyer asked if information could be provided in the future regarding how the additional administrators will directly benefit the students. Ms. Cimarusti responded that it is intended that these individuals will work directly with the teachers, and spend time working in the classrooms. They also will provide needed supervision and evaluation of teaching staff. Dr. Taylor also provided his vision of the roles of the new administrators. Ms. Gowen commented about the need for a Supervisor of Humanities, and the way that she will benefit the students. Ms. Richardson also described ways that she will work with the teachers to better serve the special needs students, as well as providing professional development to the staff. Mr. Krieger commented that 25 years ago, the district was 30% smaller, and had many more administrative staff at that time. He also commented that the state paid for more of special education and transportation expenses. 4. Special Public Comment on the Budget Presentation Ms. Cimarusti reported that they were going to allow a special time for public comment on the budget. On a motion from Darcie Cimarusti, seconded by Mark Krieger, the Board of Education voted

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unanimously to allow for a special public comment segment on the budget presentation during the meeting. Ms. Denise Mayfrier, Wayne St., expressed her dismay with the little state aid that the district is getting. She thanked the district for the budget presentation 5. Board Committees’ Reports and Recommendations A.

Curriculum & Instruction Ms. McFadden-DiNicola reported on various agenda items. She made a correction to agenda item #7, correcting the end date to August 9th. Dr. Taylor reported on the school calendar, noting that they worked with the HPEA on the calendar. Mr. Roslewicz asked if the elimination of half days will provide for enough professional development. Dr. Taylor responded that full days were more beneficial. Ms. Cimarusti asked about putting additional days into the calendar to allow for snow days, rather than adding them after the fact. Dr. Taylor responded that usually over spring break the calendar is reviewed, and a notice is distributed regarding making changes to the calendar due to snow days. He also commented that he is likely to make these decisions earlier in the year next year. Mr. Roslewicz asked about the PARCC Corrective Action Plan, and whether a meeting with students was going to take place. Dr. Taylor responded that it is being planned. Ms. McFadden-DiNicola commented about having the Supervisor of Curriculum be someone who provides coaching and professional development also being the person who provides evaluations and feedback, and how pleased she was to see that.

B.

Finance & Facilities Mr. Krieger thanked Ms. Eng and IBM for their donations, as well as the Bartle PTO. He also thanked the HPEF for giving over $6,000 in grants to individuals at the schools. He also pointed out the agenda items #20-24 for the preliminary school budget. Ms. Gowen commented that she expected to have a lot of questions on the budget presentation, but was pleased that she did not, because she understood it and had the opportunity to ask questions along the way. Mr. Krieger expressed his appreciation of the way that the administration was available to answer questions as they came up. Ms. Cimarusti commented on the thoroughness of the planning process.

C.

Personnel & Communication Dr. Taylor expressed his pleasure in introducing Ms. Suzanne Ackley, who is being recommended for the position of Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for Humanities. Ms. Ackley commented on her experience in providing literacy coaching and professional development. Ms. Richardson reported on the three items on the agenda.

D.

Policies & Regulations – None.

6. Public Comment: There were no public comments.

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A. CURRICULUM & INSTRUCTION 1. Field Trip Requests I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the field trips. Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

2. Approval of 2016-2017 District Calendar I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the 2016-2017 School District Calendar. Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

3. Approval of Job Description for Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the job description for Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction. Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

4. Approval of PARCC Participation Corrective Action Plan I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve and adopt the Corrective Action Plan for PARCC testing as required by the State due to the high number of opt-outs for the 2014-2015 testing period. Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

5. Approval of Handle with Care Training I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve Sarah Kirk and Ana Shannon to provide Handle with Care training to the following additional staff on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 9:00am – 2:00pm: Name Salerno, Nicole Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

6. Approval of Extended School Year Program I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the Extended School Year Program for Special Education from Wednesday, July 6, 2016 through Tuesday, August 9, 2016. The program will be run Monday through Thursday as follows: Location Irving Primary Middle School High School

Grade Level/Class Pre-K through 1st grade Grades 2 through 8/Glow Jr Grades 9 through 12/Glow

Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Hours 8:15am – 12:15pm 8:30am – 12:30pm 8:30am – 12:30pm

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

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7. Approval of Title I Summer Literacy and Math Program I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the Summer Literacy and Math Program which will run Mondays through Thursdays beginning Wednesday, July 6, 2016 until Monday, August 9, 2016 as follows: Location Irving Primary Middle School

Grade Level Pre-K through 1st grade Grades 2 through 8

Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Student Hours 8:00am – 10:30pm 8:00am – 10:30pm

Staff Hours 8:00am – 11:00am 8:00am – 11:00am

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

8. Approval of Handle with Care Training Compensation I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the following staff members to be compensated at their hourly contracted rate for attending Handle With Care Training beyond their normal working hours as follows: Name Townsend, Annie

Additional Hours 1.75 hours

Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Training Date 3/1/2016

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

9. Appointment of Presenters of Professional Development Workshops I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to appoint the following staff to conduct training workshops for the 2015-2016 school year at the contracted rate of $60.10 per hour and to be paid through GAAP Code: 20-230-200-110-04-11: Staff Name Dunatov, Gina Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Workshop Google Training

Hours 1

Seconded: Sharice Richardson

Vote: 9-0

B. FINANCE AND FACILITIES 1. Approval of Bill List I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the bill list for February 1, 2016 – February 15, 2016 in the amount of $644,405.90. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

2. Approval of Bill List I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the bill list for February 16, 2016 – February 29, 2016, in the amount of $319,535.10. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

3. Approval of Athletic Bill List I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the athletic bill list for February 16, 2016 – February 29, 2016 in the amount of $2,021.00.

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Moved: Mark Krieger

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Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

4. Approval of Athletic Bill List I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the athletic bill list for March 1, 2016 – March 15, 2016, in the amount of $210.00. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

5. Approval of Cafeteria Bill List I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the cafeteria bill list for February 6 – February 19, 2016 in the amount of $28,861.38. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

6. Approval of Cafeteria Bill List I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the cafeteria bill list for February 20, 2016 – February 26, 2016, in the amount of $ 8,296.81. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

7. Approval of Treasurer’s Report I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the Report of the Treasurer of School Monies as of January 31, 2016. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

8. Approval of Board Secretary’s Report I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the Report of the Secretary of the Board of Education as of January 31, 2016, and acknowledge the following certification of the Board Secretary: Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6a;23-2-11(c)3, I, Linda Hoefele, certify that as of January 31, 2016, on this report no budgetary line item has been overextended in violation of N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2-11(a). Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

9. Board of Education Certifications I move that the Board of Education, pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2-11(c)4, accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to certify that as of January 31, 2016, after review of the Board Secretary’s monthly finance report (appropriations section), and upon consultation with the appropriate district officials, to the best of our knowledge no major account or fund has been over expended in violation of N.J.A.C. 6A:23-2-11(b), and sufficient funds are available to meet the district’s financial obligations for the remainder of the year. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

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10. Approval of Budget Transfers I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the list of transfers to the 2015-2016 school district budget, for the month of January 2016. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

11. Travel and Related Expense Reimbursements Report I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the list of Travel and Related Expense Reimbursements, in accordance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23B-1.1 et seq. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

12. Approval of Contractors for Professional Services I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the following contractors to provide professional services for the remainder of the 2015-2016 school year and the 2016-2017 school year as follows: Name Child Achievement Center

Nature of Award Evaluation & Therapeutic Services

Moved: Mark Krieger

Contract Period 3/15/16 – 6/30/16

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Contract Amount $600.00 Testing $500.00 Functional Assessment $100.00 Consultation Vote: 9-0

13. Acceptance of Quotes for Ductless Air Conditioner Units - Bartle School, Rooms 207, 209, 211, 214 and 217 I move that the Board of Education accept the following quotes for the purchase of ductless air conditioner units to be installed in Bartle School, Rooms 207, 209, 211, 214, 217: Company Name General Plumbing Supply Johnstone Supply Moved: Mark Krieger

Location Edison, NJ So. Plainfield, NJ

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Amount $9,045.58 $9,166.58 Vote: 9-0

14. Approval of Award of Contract for the Ductless Air Conditioner Units I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve a contract with General Plumbing Supply of Edison, NJ for the purchase of ductless air conditioner units to be installed in Bartle School, Rooms 207, 209, 211, 217 and 214, in the total amount of $9,045.58. Installation to be done in-house by Temco staff. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

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15. Acceptance of Donation I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to accept a donation, to be split among Highland Park High School’s Class of 2016 Project Graduation and Class of 2016 Prom, from Judy Eng, in the amount of $1,000.00. This donation will be matched by IBM, which will be used for the Class of 2018. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

16. Acceptance of Donation I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to accept a donation from the Bartle PTO, in the amount of $658.00, to be used to purchase projectors for the fifth grade classrooms. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

17. Acceptance of Funds for Cooperative Grants from the Highland Park Educational Foundation I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to accept funds from the Highland Park Educational Foundation for the cooperative grants awarded as listed below: School High School High School Middle School Bartle School & Irving School Bartle School Bartle School

Grantee Sarah Grunstein Brett Roche Dara Botvinick (& others) Keith Presty & Helen Radtke

Project Title “Watershed Sculpture Project” “Preserving Highland Park History” Diversity Day Student Instrument Stands & Chairs

Deborah Pecora and & Nicole Stahl Maureen Dalton

Bartle School

Sarah Kirk & 4th & 5th Grade Student Council Members

“Beyond the Baseball Diamond” “Learning in the 21st Century for Diverse Learners” “Little Free Library”

Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Amount $1,492.00 $600.00 $1,865.00 $1,060.00 $815.00 $550.00 $298.95

Vote: 9-0

18. Approval of Out of District Placement I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the following out of district placement: One (1) student, case #1516-63 to attend Hunterdon Preparatory School, Annandale, NJ effective 3/7/2016, at the tuition rate of $43,632.00, to be pro-rated. One (1) student, case #1516-22 to attend NuView Academy, Piscataway, NJ effective 3/16/2016, at the tuition rate of $57,750.00, to be pro-rated. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

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19. Approval of Bedside Instruction I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the following bedside instruction: One (1) student, case #1314-66 to attend RUBHC – Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare Education Services, Piscataway, NJ effective 2/26/2016, at the tuition rate of $65.00 per hour. One (1) student, case #2012-16 to attend RUBHC – Rutgers University Behavioral HealthCare Education Services, Piscataway, NJ effective 03/02/2016, at the tuition rate of $65.00 per hour. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

20. Authorization to Submit School District Budget I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the submission of the 2016-2017 Preliminary Proposed Budget to the Middlesex County Superintendent of Schools as follows:

Total General Fund Total Special Revenue Fund Total Debt Service Fund Totals Moved: Mark Krieger

Budget Local Tax Levy $30,381,326.00 $25,382,734.00 $ 1,240,491.00 $0.00 $ 2,028,782.00 $ 2,019,359.00 $33,650,599.00 $27,402,093.00

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

21. Approval of Use of Banked Cap Funds I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the use of $201,710.00 from 2016-17 and $488,865.00 from 2013-14 in banked cap from health benefits and enrollment increase tax levy waivers, in addition to the 2% tax levy, in the 2016-17 Tentative Budget, in order to balance the General Fund for the Tentative Budget, maintain existing programs, and implement mandated programs. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

22. Approval of Travel and Related Expense Reimbursement Budget I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the travel and related expense reimbursement threshold of $150.00 per staff member for regular district business travel, for which prior Board approval shall not be required for the 2016-17 school year, and to further approve the travel and related expense reimbursement budget to a maximum of $50,434.00 for the 2016-2017 school year for all staff and board members. The amount allotted for the pre-budget year was $62,725.00. The amount spent to date is $20,004.00. Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

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23. Approval of Capital Reserve Withdrawal and Transfer in the 2016-2017 School Budget I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve a capital reserve withdrawal in the 2016-2017 School Budget in the amount $96,000.00, to be transferred to the Capital Projects Fund, to represent the Local Share of the Eligible Costs for the following project: School Irving School Bartle School Highland Park High School Highland Park High School Highland Park High School

Project Title Repave Parking Lot Replace Outside Lighting Replace ADA Ramp Railings HVAC Installation HVAC Rooftop Unit

Estimated Cost $50,000.00 $7,500.00 $25,000.00 $7,500.00 $6,000.00

The supporting documentation of this budget also contains an itemization of certain expenditures required under administrative regulations.

Moved: Mark Krieger

Seconded: Judy Pietrobono

Vote: 9-0

C. PERSONNEL & COMMUNICATION 1. Appointment of Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to appoint Suzanne Ackley as the Supervisor of Curriculum & Instruction, pending criminal history completion, effective May 16, 2016, at a salary of $90,000.00 with benefits. Moved: Sharice Richardson

Seconded: Mark Krieger

Vote: 9-0

2. Appointment of Substitute Teachers I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to appoint the attached list as Source4Teachers substitute teachers for the 2015-2016 school year. Moved: Sharice Richardson

Seconded: Mark Krieger

Vote: 9-0

3. Request for Disability Leave of Absence I move that the Board of Education accept the recommendation of the Superintendent to approve the request from Gina Bridges-Colleton to receive a disability leave of absence from February 16, 2016 until March 15, 2016, with a return date of March 16, 2016. The disability period is covered up to 12 weeks under the Family Medical Leave Act. The disability leave may be paid time, covered in part or in full by accrued sick time, as appropriate. Moved: Sharice Richardson D. POLICIES & REGULATIONS 7. President’s Report – None.

Seconded: Mark Krieger

Vote: 9-0

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8. Old Business A. Strauss Esmay Online Service Ms. Cimarusti asked if anyone has any questions, after the presentation at the last board meeting. She expressed her frustration with working with policies under the current process, and difficulty in searching on specific topics. She expressed her support for the online service. Board members discussed the benefits of having this service. Other board members discussed whether we could enable the existing policies on the district’s website to be searchable in a better way. B. Other Old Business Dr. Taylor reported about a phone conversation that he had with the High School Principal today regarding Honors and AP courses. The principal indicated an overwhelming response from parents, requesting to have the elimination of the five-point bonus put in place as soon as possible, and not to wait until the next school year. Ms. Cimarusti asked if there was any discussion about how this would impact the students. Dr. Taylor responded that he would look into this and get back to them. Ms. Pietrobono asked if there was any consideration about increasing the weighting if the five point bonus was eliminated. 9. New Business Mr. Krieger asked if there should be a Finance and Facilities Meeting planned to continue discussing the budget, to consider possible budget reductions. Dr. Taylor responded that they could plan a meeting sometime during the week of April 4th. Ms. Cimarusti reported that they already received a note of thanks for live streaming the board meeting. She thanked the efforts of Mr. Brzozowski and the other staff involved in making this possible. 10. Public Comment Ms. Denise Mayfrier, Wayne St., commented that she has been substituting in the district since retiring. She spoke about the GLOW program, remarking that it is fabulous and a delightful experience. She commented negatively about the chromebooks in the classrooms, and suggested that they need to be made more secure (inappropriate sites are being accessed), and to make sure that they all work. She spoke in support for Media Specialist Joyce Puccio. She also spoke in support of the live streaming of the board meetings. She expressed her pleasure in seeing the board members working together so well. Mr. Krieger commented that after reviewing the budget in detail, he knows that there is a plan to replace chromebooks on a rotating basis. 11. Adjournment The Board of Education adjourned the meeting at 9:42 p.m. Moved: Michelle McFadden-DiNicola

Seconded: Mark Krieger

Vote: 9-0

Respectfully submitted,

Linda A. Hoefele Business Administrator/Board Secretary

SOURCE4TEACHERS SUBSTITUTE APPROVALS - APRIL 2016 Abdallah, Ekram Abnathya , Jahaad Adebanjo, Busola Agee-Edwards, Tameaka Aguirre, Helen Agyemang, Nigel Ahmed Nour, Ahlam Ahmed, Halah Alston, Jamea Amberths, Jasmine Andelfinger, John Andrews, Michelle Apple, Michael Araneo, Heather Aronowitz, Nicole Arroyo, Elvin Badajoz, Nataly Bader, Line Balint, Siobhan Band, Nora Barron, Tammy Battle, Tyron Been, Jacqueline Belcik , Alexandria Beltran, Michelle Benak, Mark Bennett, Frank Blackman, Sarah Bodine, Andrew Bordeaux, Tameka Borgesi, Demi Bost-White, Donna Botti, Robert Bowe, Matthew Boyce, Leah Boyd, Lavetra Boyle, Cheryl Breite, Jori Breton, Jasmin Brown, Ashley Brown, Nicole Brown, Stephanie Budge, Lisa Burger, Kathryn Burrus, Cleo Cafarella, June Cairns, Danielle

April 2016 Board Approval Goldfine, Henry Gomez, Adaliz Goodlow, Jeanine Gormel, Ryan Gould, Kevin Grataski, Amanda Gravina, Gina Green, Alexandra Griffin, Lasahin Gupta, Neelam Hackmyer, Cory Hadden, Ranaia Hafeez, Hannah Hames, Lindsey Hancock, Tanya Hanna, Nancy Hans, Kara Harrell, Maia Harris, Joan Harvey, Bilaal Hastings, Kara Hastings, Sarah Hati, Biswa Hays, Daniel Heinemann, Mary Henry, Andrew Hoch, Amanda Hoekstra, Elyse Hofmann, Michael Holley, Sharai Hussein, Josefa Ian, Faith "Nikki" Idzinski, Gerianne Incatasciato, Deborah Jacoby, Taylor Jardonoff, Jessica Jasmin, Michaelle Jerman, Kayla Jimenez, Edward Johnson, Elliott Jones, Alethea Jones, Kayci Jones, Mark Jones, Shayla Jordan, Laurie Joshi, Dipty Karsch, Lori

Ordonez, Dennisse Pagliaccetti, Madison Pancholi, Pooja Papavangjeli, Anila Parache, Alberto Parker, Jawhara Pasquini, Mark Paulin, Elizabeth Payton, Annie Peavy-Hagler, Judia Pecoraro, Andrew Pena, Cindy Perez, Johari Perez, Robert Phillips, Edie Pierre, Mirriam Pierre, Nitta Pioszyk, Tomasz Pisa, Ken Plaza, Elyssa Ploch, Matthew Porreca, Tara Purwah, Rachna Quale, Marcellina Quevedo, Jennifer Quinn, Catherine Radu, Sean Raletz, Patrick Ramirez, Opal Ramishvili, Ioseb Rech, Avery Rees, Sarah Reilley, Dana Reilly , Caroline Restuccio, Cara Reyad, Mary Reynoso, Jenissa Rice, Travis Richardson, Gale Riley, Melissa Roberts, Alsylvia Roberts, Reshawn Robinson, Carolyn Rogers, Logan Rotella, Madeline Ruiz Rosario, Erika Saleem, Hamidullah

SOURCE4TEACHERS SUBSTITUTE APPROVALS - APRIL 2016 Camac, Stacey Camilo, Cynthia Campbell, Teliyah Campbell-Osbourne, Angela Campbell-Sills, Charine Campbell-Taffe, Sharlene Cantarella, Paolo Capasso, Kaytlynn Carollo, Lina Carr, Gianni Carratura, Alessandra Carroll, Joseph Castanheira, Daniel Catena, Maria Chalarca, Melissa Chalow, Michele Chedid, Amanda Chester, Robert Chukwu, Uchenna Chukwuocha, Jane Cifuentes, Justin Ciganek, Paulette Clagett, Richard Clark, Kevin Clark, Petra Class, Sonia Cohen, Laura Colon, Crystal Colon, Kurt Cornell, Edward Correia, Daniela Correia, Dennis Corsner, Taralynn Cox-Mars, Ebony Cramer, Marissa Croce-Mwololo, Susan Crossett, Christina Cruz, Ericka Cummings, Margie Daly, Megan DArcy, Eric Daughtrey, Morgan Davidson, Georgette Del Gaiso, Gabe Denges, Amanda Deshield , Brynn Dingley, Christi Doan, Angela

Katechis, Nicoletta Kilian, Nicole King, Raymond Kinney, Danielle Kinsella, Barbara Kish, Anna Klink, Kathryn Knight, Alfreda Knoblock, Dakota Knorr, Kristen Koenig, Kerri Kokinos, Athena Kolesinski, Amber Kosick, Jennifer Kporvie Eshun, Phyllis Kreuter, Evan Krull, Carolyne Kundavaram, Pallavi Kurowski, Brianna Landsman, Linda Lawal, Aderemi Lawlor, Melissa Lawrence, Danielle Lawson, Jeweldean Lee, Caitlin Lee, India Lester, Jack Lewandowski, Shannon Lido, Christopher Lo Iacono, Joan Lopez, Enid Lorenz, Justine Macauley, Millicent Madasamy Ponniah, Vanitha Marchesani, James Marquez, William Marshall, Timothy Martinez, Erika Martins, Melany Matthews, Helen McBurrows, Diamond McDonnell, Dylan McDonnough, Choice McGowan, Kessiah McGuire, Kevin McIntyre, Brittany McNeil, Erica Mcneil, Tomasia

Samedi, Francesca Schaffner, Charles Schmid, Jill Schmitt, Alexandre Schneeweis, Shelby Schwartz, Catherine Sego, Hannah Shaffer, Shannon Sharma, Bhavna Shavers, Tameka Sheppard, Kelsey Sichelstiel, Pamela Sinclair, Serena Singer, Esta Smith , Devin Smith, Amanda Smith, Jason Smith, Jenna Smith, Michael Smith, Stanley Soles, Kayla Sorokac, Christine Sorto , Oscar Sparks, Laura Stanley, Amelia Stern, Dorian Stevenoski, Nancy Still, Lanchere Stock, Lori Stom, Ashley Striplet, Elie Swain, Faith Sykes, Amena Tandon, Shveta Taylor, Domoquet Taylor, Melissa Teller, Grace Theiss, Lisa Thomas, Jerelle Thomas, Lisa Tolen, Linda Torres, Vanessa Trani, Gina Travis, Claudia Tucker, Jonathan Turan, Michael Vanmeter , Stephen Vaquero, Cecilia

SOURCE4TEACHERS SUBSTITUTE APPROVALS - APRIL 2016 Doody, Robert Dotson, Lapresha Douglas, Samantha Duarte, Carmen Eddins, Mary Edwards, Michael Ellenwood, Najearia Emery, Nicole Enyaosa, Eugene Esposito, Judy Evanowski, Emily Evans , Melissa Fajardo, Didia Fathalla, Hend Felten, Brielle Fernandez, Jonathan Fernandez, Vedanira Fiallo, Mabel Fierro, Carolyn Fischer, Jaime Fishman, Stacey Flenders, William Floyd, Brandi foley, kristina Fraley, Sarah Gallagher-Carpenter, Daragh Garfinkel, Kim Ghosh, Jayita Giaccio, Sarah Giesen, Brandon Ginsburg, Lauren Goldberg, Eli

McRae, Niquel Mercado-Cruz, Josephine Merino, Rayza Meza, Gisselle Michaud, Chelsie Miller, Charles Miller, David Milligan, Andrea Mincer, Mirel Miranda, Kelsey Miriana, Amy Moeller, Heather Molina, Dwight Moorachanian, Kelly Mount, James Muni, Tracy Munoz-Roblejo, Yaneidis Murphy, John Myers, Evan Naess, Julie Nastro, Kaitlin Nawrocki, Erin Nixon, Wayne Noble-Vetter, Anne Noll, Amanda Novicke, Rikki Nunez, Anyelina O'Connor, Margaret O'Dell, Wendi O'Donnell, Elizabeth Oke, Lola Oliveira, Lauren

Varela, Yessica Vargas, Jasmin Variava, Aarti Vasquez, Dora Velez, Diana Ventura, Keri Verdell, Khadejah Vogt, Danielle Walker, Demond Walker, Holly Wallace, Dyeisha Walsh, Rebecca Walsh, Terrence Wathington, Marilyn Watson, Imani Weeast, John Wesley, Eugene West, Brittany White, Ashli Wilhite, Barbara Williams, Lea Williams, Tyla Witcher, Timothy Wood, Stephanie Woods, Jessica Worster, Devon Wright, Bryan Wyckoff, Alexandra Yakoumakis, Vincent Yelton, Richard Zielinski, Rebecca Zorrilla, Jeannie

Board of Education Approval of Travel and Related Expense Reimbursement Form Board of Education Meeting Date:

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NOTES: 1. All reimbursable expenses listed below are in compliance with NJOMB Circular letter 06-02 or OMB Circular A-87 unless noted otherwise. 2. Any reimbursable expenses not in compliance with the Circulars as indicated in 1. above, but deemed necessary and unavoidable as per N.J.A.C. 6A:23B-1.2(i)2 have reason(s) for such exception(s) clearly set forth and noted below. 3. Any "Other Expenses" listed under Reimbursable Expenses below will be explained under Explanation of "Other Expenses". Types of Travel

Code

Staff/Bd Member Training & Seminar

1

Convention/Conference

2

Regular District Business Retreat

3 4

Staff/Board Member Title/Initials

Type of Travel

Date(s) of Travel

Principal/JO Teacher/TM Psychologist/SR Teacher/Coach/DN Business Admin./LH Teacher/LB Teacher/SG Teacher/TM Teacher/RS

1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1

* 3/15/16 * * 3/22/16 * * 4/1/16 * * 4/8/16 * 4/14/16 4/15/16 4/15/16 4/15/16 4/15/16

Counselor/LS Educ. Svcs. Director/SB

1 2

5/10/16 5/11/16-5/13/16

Accts. Payable/MES

1

5/16/16

Interventionist/AV

1

5/23/16

Interventionist/NY Teacher/AH Teacher/AS

1 1 1

5/23/16 5/25/16 5/25/16

Teacher/KP

1

6/1/16

Event Description SIPMS 2016-17 Technical Assistance Session Sustainable Practices Used in Schools Supervision Boot Camp Basketball Coaches Clinic Environmentally Preferable Purchasing Teaching the World Forum Teaching the World Forum Teaching the World Forum Teaching the World Forum Working Successfully with Difficult Students NJASA/NJAPSA Conference Organization Skills for the Overwhelmed Using a Multi-System Support to Differentiate Instruction Using a Multi-System Support to Differentiate Instruction NJ Writing Alliance Conference NJ Writing Alliance Conference Belmar Inter-District Music Festival Guest Conductor

Travel/ Mileage

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$ $ $ 65.00 $ 135.00 $ 50.00 $ 60.00 $ 60.00 $ 60.00 $ 60.00

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $

Fairfield, NJ Atlantic City, NJ

$ 239.00 $ 525.00

$ 13.20 $ 65.72

Edison, NJ

$ 199.00

$

Piscataway, NJ

$ 239.00

Piscataway, NJ Lincroft, NJ Lincroft, NJ Freehold, NJ

Location of Travel

Reg. Fee

Manalapan, NJ East Rutherford, NJ Cherry Hill, NJ Roselle, NJ Rockaway, NJ New Brunswick, NJ New Brunswick, NJ New Brunswick, NJ New Brunswick, NJ

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Explanation of "Other Expenses"

* Prior approval from Superintendent, due to brevity of time

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