RP BOE Meeting (December 4, 2007)

On December 4, 2007, in BOE, Video, by RP Citizens

All board members were in attendance with the exception of Kenneth Iachio and Barney Leinberger.

The meeting was opened up to public discussion.

Keith Hyman

  • Mr. Heyman wanted to give a further understanding to Televue. He, as Roselle Park Broadcast Technician, wanted to inform the Board of Education that he has moved School News to the second category in the viewing, after traffic. He also wanted to inform the Board that Televue is a bulletin board and that it is not all of TV-34. Right now there are school events (Pop Warner Cheerleaders) being broadcast on TV-34. Messages on TV-34 can also be viewed on Roselle Park’s official web site (www.rosellepark.net). Eric Mandel, the school district’s web master, can contact Mr. Heyman so that a link to TV-34’s online message can be viewed from the Board of Education’s web site. Mrs. Panetta stated that the Board’s concern was that school messages were not being broadcast in a consistent matter. She did admit that Televue was easier to follow since last weekend.
  • Mr. Heyman stated that this Friday, December 7th, there will bean outage of TV-34 for about one hour to test audio and video levels.
  • Mrs. Cindea wanted to confirm that TV-34 was presently showing student tapes. Mr. Heyman stated that yes, the two (2) tapes that were delivered by Mrs. Accardi are being shown.

Jacob Magiera

  • Mr. Magiera wanted to follow on Mr. Heyman’s discussion of TV-34 and asked if perhaps the Board of Educationand the Borough can get together and talk about sharing the franchise fee revenue between them. It could go into helping TV-34’s equipment at the school. The Board of Education agreed with Mr. Magiera’s statement. Ms. Cindea stated that at one time, before the borough started having programs on TV-34, all the revenue money was turned over to the School Board.
  • Mr. Magiera asked for an update on the Adase Building.Mr. Spagnoletti stated that they have been in contact with with the NJDEP. The DEP asked the testing company to re-write their report to include results from other requested elements. Once that is done, the Board expected to receive their permanent Certificate of Occupancy (C.O.) before the holidays or January 1, 2008.
  • Mr. Magiera asked for about the advantages to having the new facilities at 430 East Westfield Avenue. Mr. Spagnoletti stated that the Boys & Girls Club was not designed for a class structure or computer labs. Presently, the Boys & Girls Clubis at its maximum, housing 20 students. The new facility can accommodate 60 students, as well as have an adequate autistic program (which is presently in the high school), and include out-of-district students. The desks, computers, and other equipment, were all paid for from the grant that was awarded to the Board of Education.
  • Mr. Magiera wanted to ask about the incidents at the high school with bomb scares and the fire alarms. Mr. Spagnoletti stated that only so much information could be offered to the public since there is an on-going criminal investigation going on. The calls came in from three (3) different locations regarding the bomb threats. All co-curricular activities have been canceled and the teachers stayed an extra hour to allow for the school to be extended in order to make up for lost time. The Board of Education is working with OEM, the police department, and the sheriff’s department to continue their investigation. It is very important for the community to know that safety is of paramount concern to the school and the Board of Education. The school district will make a public statement when the police state it is all right to do so.

The public portion of the meeting was completed at 7:48 p.m.

Items 1 through 4 were moved, voted on, and carried with Mrs. Laganga abstaining from item #1.

Item #5 was carried after the board confirmed that Emergency Trip Insurance will remain an option and responsibility of parents.

Items 5 through 13 were moved, voted on, and passed, with the exception of Mr. Genovese and Mrs. Kinloch abstaining from the November 6th meeting of Item #7.

Committee Liaisons

  • Mr. Alex Balaban stated he went to the Union County Educational Services Commission (UCESC) meeting on November 7th and has meeting minutes, as well as a comprehensive report, available for the Board to review.

There was no continuing business and no new business to report.

There was a tentative meeting scheduled for December 18th but there is no need. The next BOE meeting will be January 8th, 2008.

The meeting returned to a closed session and the meeting was adjourned.

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