RP BOE Meeting (November 6, 2007)

On November 6, 2007, in BOE, Video, by RP Citizens

All board members were in attendance with the exception of Barney Leinberger, Nancy Cindea, and Nancy Kinloch. The meeting was opened up to public discussion with no member of the public coming before the board.

For the Superintendent’s Report, Mr. Spagnoletti turned matters over to Susan Guercio, who introduced Robert Hulsart, Jr. and his auditor’s report. Mr. Hulsart gave an overview of the report and stated that the district was in a good position financially. There were no sweeping changes with the exception of the travel policy. the state wanted to see if the district had a policy in place. Mr. Alex Balaban asked about the efficiency of the day-to-day operations of the borough. He wanted to know, compared to other districts, how did Roselle Park rank. Mr. Hulsart stated that Roselle Park was in the top third of the 25 school district that his offices audited.

Items 1 through 6 were moved, voted on, and approved.

Items 7 through 14 were presented. Mr. Iachio made a personal statement regarding Item 13. He stated that the item was a way to notify the State to clean up its own house before looking elsewhere. Mr. Balaban stated that he felt the measure by the State was unfair to the only class of public officials in Roselle Park who do not get paid, the school board members. Items 7 through 14 were moved, voted on, and approved.

Under Committee Assignments, Mrs. Laganga attended the Sherman School PTA meeting and had a question brought to her attention from a parent. Although the question was more detailed than present, the parent wanted to know how the food service is run. The board stated that it was an outside food vendor (Nu-Way Concessions) and this is the third year they have been the food vendor for the school district. The previous vendor, Aramark, did not have their contract extended due to quality, cost, and personnel issues. Last year was the first year that Nu-Way made a small profit. They also have changed the way school is served. Food used to be cooked at the high school then delivered to the elementary schools, and sometimes the food would still be frozen or end up cold. The food is now kept warm in food warmers. The parent stated that the prices for food were noticeably high. Mr. Spagnoletti stated that due to new nutrition laws, nutritious food is more expensive. Ms. Laganga asked why Aramark is still on the audit. Mr. Spagnoletti stated it was a typographical error. It will be corrected but he did not want to hold up the audit report due to the typo.

Under old business, Mr. Balaban asked about the kids in front of the high school and if that is still an issue. Mr. Spagnoletti stated that flood lights will be installed. At the next Administrative meeting, acting Police Chief Morrison will attend and those and other concerns will be brought up.

Mr. Iachio stated that he looks forward to the open house at the John Adase Early Childhood Center on November 15th. A letter went out to parents of kindergarten students regarding wrap-around services for their children. The school district is looking to provide wrap-around services to extend the day to Roselle Park kindergarten students at the same cost as pre-school children.

Mr. Iachio brought up his concerns regarding the new TV-34 and the fact that the board meeting and announcements are not being televised. Mr. Spagnoletti stated that at at meeting tomorrow night at Borough Hall at 7:30 p.m., he will address the issues regarding TV-34 and the school board. A board member asked if emergency announcements (snow days, etc.) will not be announced. She was informed that those will still be able to be put up at a moment’s notice.

The meeting was adjourned at 7:47 p.m.