• Board of Education Committees

    The Mountain Lakes Board of Education works as a board of committees; however, no committee may make any policy or decision. The committee’s role is to provide oversight and investigate issues closely. The committee then provides recommendations and information (both pros and cons) to the board as a whole so that the board may make thoughtful decisions. Each committee works closely with the district’s administration. Each board member is on an average of three committees. In general, committees meet monthly, but certain committees may meet more or less due to the scope of its work and the current conditions of the district. Each committee has a chairperson that is appointed by the board president as soon as practical after the annual reorganization meeting. The role of the committee chair is to set the committee meeting calendar and to communicate the schedule with the committee members. The chairperson assists in setting the agenda of the meeting and communicating the agenda with the members of the committee. The chair is also responsible for submitting the committee report to the business administrator who includes it in the board packet that each board member receives weekly. The chairperson is the spokesperson for the committee and makes a verbal report to the entire board at the public board meetings. Committee chairpersons are also the contact person for community members that have questions pertaining to board work.  Committee members and the chairperson's contact information may be found below.

    The Communications Committee for the Mountain Lakes Board of Education is charged with oversight of both internal and external communications regarding Board of Education issues. Internal communication encompasses communication among the various board committees, the full board communications as well as communication with the superintendent of schools. External communication is all communication from the Board of Education to the Mountain Lakes constituencies including students, parents and community members.

    The Extra/co-curricular Athletics Committee is responsible for providing oversight of extra/ co-curricular and athletic activities in the district. The committee helps set policy pertaining to extra/co-curricular and athletics activities; provide oversight of the facilities used by extracurricular and athletics activities, review financial issues pertaining to extracurricular and athletics activities, and review personnel issues involved with extracurricular and athletic matters.

    The role of the Facilities Committee is to maintain and improve the physical environment in which students work and play so they may function at optimal level. The committee reviews and monitors the facilities improvement plan and reviews contracts as appropriate.

    The Finance Committee is responsible for providing oversight of the current year’s budget and for helping set the parameters for the development of the next school year budget. The Finance Committee reviews appropriate contracts and discusses projects to meet the district’s goals. The Finance Committee works closely with the Business Administrator.

    The Negotiations Committee is responsible for the negotiations of the MLAA (Mountain Lakes Administration Association) contract and the MLEA (Mountain Lakes Education Association) contract. The committee is also responsible for the negotiation of the Mountain Lakes and Boonton Township sending and receiving contract.

    The Personnel Committee of the Board is responsible for reviewing matters relating to employees of the District, including evaluation and discipline. At times, the Committee participates in interviews of candidates for key administrative posts, providing feedback to the Superintendent and the rest of the Board. The obligation of confidentiality with respect to employee matters governs the work of the Committee and significantly limits the extent to which the work of the Committee may be reported or discussed in public.

    The Policy Committee shall review existing policies, revise them when necessary, write new policies when appropriate, present policies to the Board for introduction/action and establish a procedure for maintaining the Policy Manuals of the District.

    The Program Committee is charged with the responsibility of coordinating district curriculum and programs. It meets to discuss adoption and revision of curriculum and textbooks. The Committee reports its findings to the Board and suggests program modifications that may be appropriate to meet the Long Range Educational Plan (LREP) of the District.
     
    The Special Committee on Long Term Needs is an ad-hoc committee responsible for analyzing the districts long term curricular and facility needs and establishing a plan to address those needs.
     

     While Board Committee Meetings are not open to the public, the Board always welcomes public participation in the development of policies and practices.  Should a member of the community be interested in a particular aspect of Board committee work, the individual should contact the appropriate committee chair or the Superintendent to arrange an opportunity to meet with that committee.

     

                                                          MOUNTAIN LAKES BOARD OF EDUCATION

       COMMITTEES and DELEGATES (Revised 1/17/17)

    REPORTS FIRST BOARD MEETING
    OF THE MONTH

    REPORTS SECOND BOARD MEETING OF THE MONTH 

     

    POLICY

    4th Monday of the month

    Bill Koy, Chairperson
     
    Jack Gentul
     
    David Gniewek
     
    James Hirschfeld
     

    PERSONNEL
     

    1st Monday of the month

    Jack Gentul, Chairperson

    Joanne Barkauskas      

    Joseph Cataliotti    

    Elena Goldthwaite

     

    FACILITIES

    3rd Tuesday of the month

    Joseph Cataliotti, Chairperson

    jcataliotti@mlschools.org

    Joanne Barkauskas

    Jack Gentul

    John Kaplan

                    

    NEGOTIATIONS 

    Meeting dates set as needed.

    David Gniewek, Chairperson

    dgniewek@mlschools.org

    Elena Goldthwaite

    John Kaplan 
     
    William Koy

     

    PROGRAM        

    1st Monday of the month.

    Elena Goldthwaite, Chairperson

    egoldthwaite@mlschools.org

    Jack Gentul

    James Hirschfeld

    Julie Shepherd

                 

      

     

    FINANCE

    2nd Friday of the month

    John Kaplan, Chairperson

    jkaplan@mlschools.org

    Elena Goldthwaite    

    David Gniewek               

    Julie Shepherd

     

    EXTRA/CO-CURR./ATHLETICS

    3rd Monday of the month

    Joanne Barkauskas   

    jbarkauskas@mlschools.org       

    Joseph Cataliotti

    John Kaplan    

    Julie Shepherd
     
     
    COMMUNICATIONS

    2nd Monday of the month

    Julie Shepherd, Chairperson
    Joseph Cataliotti 
     
    James Hirschfeld  
     
    Bill Koy
     

                

     

     

                


    Please note:  The Boonton Township Representative may serve on any committee.             


    Liaison and Conference Reports - Report as needed  

                

    Home and School

    Elena Goldthwaite

     

    NJ School Boards
    David Gniewek  
    Joseph Cataliotti, Alternate   

    Morris County School Boards

    Elena Goldthwaite
    James Hirschfeld, Alternate   


    Recreation Commission

    John Kaplan

     
    FOTA
    Jack Gentul
     
     
    ML Borough Communications 
     
    Julie Shepherd

     

     

                 


    Education Foundation
     

     Julie Shepherd 

                

    Traffic Safety

    William Koy

     

    Legislative Delegate

    Elena Goldthwaite

     

    Sound Start Babies Foundation

    Jack Gentul

     
    Special Committee on Long Term Needs    
     
    Joseph Cataliotti, Chairperson    
    Jack Gentul    
    Elena Goldthwaite    
    John Kaplan