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Leslie Koller To Remain As Mt. Ephraim School Superintendent

Leslie Koller will remain as the superintendent for the Mt. Ephraim School District for the next three years. As for her contract, it automatically rolls over and terms will still need to be worked out and agreed upon.

Ms. Koller was absent from the Board of Education (BOE) meeting on Monday night. SJO asked Board Solicitor, Michael Pattanite, Jr. for a status of the superintendent’s contract after the meeting was over. He said: “Statutorily, the superintendent’s contract rolls over until her new contract is negotiated and agreed upon. Her previous contract will roll over and she will be the superintendent for the next three years.”

The superintendent’s contract did not receive the required five votes needed to either approve it or reject it when the matter was voted on at either the June 6 during the Committee of the Whole meeting or during the June 20 Regular Meeting.

In other matters, Board member Rocco Vespe gave a brief update about the status of the teachers’ contract because Carl Ingram was absent. Vespe said that another meeting will be scheduled to continue negotiations.

Board President, Pat Blaylock, asked about two board members [Mario Alibrando and Diane Vilardo] who are no longer conflicted and can now vote and participate in negotiations. “We have two board members whose spouses are no longer in the union and no longer work in district, so can they now vote because they are no longer conflicted?” she asked.

Solicitor Pattanite responded: “They will be able to vote on the teachers’ contract and also be involved in negotiations once the clause that creates the conflict is eliminated.”

Agenda Items Approved:

In other matters, all business on the meeting agenda was approved, with the exception of approving the establishment of a petty cash food service account. That item was tabled.

July 11 Regular Meeting Public Agenda

Other approvals included:

Payment of the July bill list in the amount of $47,685.58

An agreement with the Bancroft School for the period of July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 on an as-needed basis. Fees are outlined in the contract.

A contract with Bancroft School for the period of July 1, 2016-June 30, 2017 for one student at an estimated cost of $67,502.92, with the final rate being determined after the completion of the 2016-17 N.J. Department of Education Cost Report.

Fiscal Year 2017 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title I A Improving Basic Skills Grant in the amount of $78,708 for the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

Fiscal Year 2017 No Child Left Behind (NCLB) Title II A Class Size Reduction in the amount of $21,349 for the period of July 1, 2016 to June 30, 2017.

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the New Jersey State Police, Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM).

Next Meetings:

The Mt. Ephraim BOE will meet as a Committee of the Whole on Monday, August 1 at 7:00 p.m. and again on Monday, August 8 for its Regular Meeting at 7:30 p.m. The meetings will be held in the Mary Bray Media Center.