SPARTA, NJ- The Sparta Board of Education had their reorganization meeting on Tuesday, May 27. A portion of the regular meeting was dedicated to the renewal and reaffirmation of many of the primary functions and designations of the school district. Everything from policies to curriculum, student clubs and telephone service, along with many budgetary logistical items and more, must all be approved annually. There were 77 items on the reorganization agenda for board approval.
Contracted services were approved. This included the district auditor, Nisivoccia and Company, LLC. Kim Yoeman and Brenda Beebe questioned why no Request For Proposal or RFP had been issued for these services. An RFP is similar to a bidding process for professional services. Business Administrator Linda Alvarez and Superintendent Dennis Tobin explained that one would be issued in the upcoming fiscal year but it would not be in time for this school year's audit.
Every year the auditor is scheduled to come to the district to audit the business office for several weeks over the summer. The final report is made public in the late fall or early winter. Beebe and Yoeman voted no, the remaining board members voted to approve the auditors.
The district's attorney Fogerty and Hara was approved with a 7-1 vote. Yoeman was the only no vote. Todd Muth was not present at the meeting. All other items in the reorganization agenda were unanimously approved by consent; one vote for all items on the agenda.
The board also approved out of district placements for students who's educational needs cannot be met within the Sparta schools. Last year three board members reccuesed themselves from this vote because their children receive these services. This year these same board members voted. Alvarez explained that they were not conflicted because this vote did not give the board member any benefit. It only benefited their children.
The reorganization meeting that takes place in January is for the election of board member leadership and other board member assignments.
The June meeting dates have been changed. The work session has been rescheduled for June 23 and the regular meeting moved to June 30. Both meetings are open to the public, beginning at 7:30 at Mohawk Avenue School.