Agenda & Minutes - January 3, 2019 - Organization Meeting

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Dates: 
Thursday, January 3, 2019 - 7:30pm
WESTFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION
Westfield, New Jersey
Office of the Secretary
 
AGENDA – Board Meeting - Organization & Minutes
January 3, 2019
 
December 21, 2018
 
Notice is hereby given of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of the Town of Westfield, in the County of Union, New Jersey, at 7:30 p.m. on the evening of January 3, 2019 in the Board Room of the Administration Building, 302 Elm Street, Westfield, New Jersey. The purpose of the meeting is to transact the regular business of the Board and to transact any other business to come properly before the Board.
 
This is to advise the general public and to instruct that it be recorded in the Minutes that in compliance with Chapter 231 of the Public Laws of 1975, entitled the “Open Public Meetings Act,” the Westfield School Board on Friday, December 21, 2018 caused to be posted at the Office of the Board of Education located at 302 Elm Street, Westfield, New Jersey, and delivered to The Westfield Leader, The Star-Ledger, the Westfield Library, Town Clerk of Westfield, TAP into Westfield and Patch.com, a meeting notice setting forth the time, date and location of this meeting.
 
1.  FLAG SALUTE:  Mrs. Sullivan
 
2.  RESULTS OF SCHOOL BOARD ELECTION (Mrs. Sullivan)
 
At the annual election held on November 6, 2018, Gretchan Ohlig, Tara Oporto, and Charles Ostroff, were all elected for three-year terms.
 
3.  ROLL CALL:
 
Mrs. Benner, Mr. Bielen, Mr. Diamond,
Mr. Galligan, Ms. Ohlig, 
Mrs. Oster, Mr. Ostroff, Mrs. Root
 
4. REORGANIZATION OF THE BOARD
 
Board Secretary calls for:
 
a. Nominations and Election for Office of President.
 
President calls for:
 
b. Nominations and Election for Office of Vice-President.
 
c. Acknowledgement of the Code of Ethics:
 
Acknowledge and agree that a school board member shall abide by the following School Board Association Code of Ethics for School Board members:
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. I will confine my board action to policy making, 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I will vote to appoint the best qualified personnel available after consideration of the recommendation of the chief administrative officer.
  9. I will support and protect school personnel in proper performance of their duties.
  10. 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.
 
 
6.   ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
7.  RECOGNIZE PUBLIC for agenda items only
 
8.  SUPERINTENDENT'S REPORT
  • Update on 2018-2019 District Goals
9.  MINUTES
 
Approve Minutes of the Board Meeting held on December 4, 2018, December 18, 2018 and Private Minutes of December 4, 2018 and December 18, 2018.
 
10.  PERSONNEL
11. FACILITIES 
 
 12.  LONG RANGE PLANNING 
 
 13.  POLICIES 
         
15.  FINANCE 
16.  TECHNOLOGY
 
 18.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
 19 NEW BUSINESS
 
 20. LIAISON REPORTS
 
   21. RECOGNIZE PUBLIC for questions and/or comments
 
  22. PRIVATE SESSION
 
Approve the following resolution:
 
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education move into Private Session for the purpose of discussing  matters rendered confidential by state and federal law, and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying incidents and be it further.
 
RESOLVED, that any discussion held by the Board which need not remain confidential and the results of the discussion will be made public as soon as practicable.
 
23.  ADJOURNMENT
 
 
Groups audience: 
- Private group -