Little Egg Harbor Hires Assistant School Business Administrator

To Aid Business Administrator’s New Dual Role With Pinelands
Dec 12, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson Little Egg Harbor Board of Education President August Daleo (left) and Superintendent of Schools Melissa McCooley thank retiring board members (from left) James Becker and Matthew Maleski for their service.

The Little Egg Harbor Board of Education has voted to share its business administrator, Nick Brown, with Pinelands Regional School District and also hired an assistant business administrator, Jonathan Yates, who will start at the end of February with an annual salary of $100,500. Yates will replace Ann Facemyer, who is retiring at the end of March, and two other workers who are retiring from the business office, said Superintendent Melissa McCooley. Although Facemyer did not have the title of assistant business administrator, she essentially did that job, said McCooley.

McCooley said the assistant business administrator will also be a shared position for which Pinelands will pay $65 an hour. Yates’ contract has been approved only to June 30, 2019, as all the particulars are yet to be worked out, explained the superintendent.

The Little Egg Harbor district is also sharing an information technician with Pinelands. James Bond introduced himself to the board as the James Bond who does not go by the number 007. “I’ve been working in this field for 35 years, 23 of them at Pinelands. We have four techs in Pinelands and four techs at Little Egg; we support 4,000 individual lines in 14 buildings in four districts, with 7,000 connections. Already we have closed 3,500 tickets and created 30 new access points.” The technology support has also replaced the email archives in Little Egg Harbor and added an alert system in serving rooms and networks, he said. In the near future, he expects to be installing anti-malware, increasing storage space and upgrading some servers.

Tech person Teresa Martucci said over the summer, Little Egg Harbor had replaced the website with a new blackboard system that allows for mass notifications by voice, text and email. The website has had 34,000 visits. They have developed an LEHSD app that can be purchased from the Goggle Playstore and app store starting in January. It has many applications for parents and students but also has a tip-line for anonymous reports of bullying or threats or any kind of safety risk.

In a related move, the Little Egg Harbor board approved a bid quote not to exceed  $68,537 from Dell for the installation of new servers and backup equipment.

Facilities Manager Seth Cole reported on long- and short-term goals as defined by Speizel Architectural Group. Some of the short-term goals include re-striping driveways and parking lots for the Frog Pond and George J. Mitchell elementary schools, and replacing cracked tile in the Early Childhood Learning Center.

The board approved assigning a district vehicle to Cole for business purposes and reasonable personal use related to inclement weather.

The board accepted a draft audit report with no recommendations and no corrective action plans. The audit is in draft form because the state threw a glitch into the process by changing the rules for post-employment benefits, a process delaying school audits statewide, said Brown.

Brown was thanked for his work, which resulted in a clean audit.

Principal Anne Flynn of the Robert C. Wood Early Learning Center reported on the Council on Professional Development’s re-certification of her assistant teachers who completed the National Accreditation Program. The year-long program consisted of 120 hours in eight subjects and was focused on all phases of development for children ages birth to 5 years.

The board accepted donations of $131 in school supplies from Dollar Tree Store of Little Egg Harbor, and science teacher Mrs. Guinan received a Model Classroom grant of $500 from OceanFirst Bank. The gift card will be used to purchase STEAM lab equipment.

PTO President Jodi Plati reported on events the PTO has sponsored for students, including a Santa and Cookies event and the Holiday Shop in both elementary schools for students to be able to purchase low-cost gifts. The annual Father/Daughter dance will be held on Friday, Jan. 25, a very popular event, said Plati.

— Pat Johnson

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