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     

                

 

 

 

 

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