NJASBO State Trustee Meeting March 27, 2015 Meeting Briefs 1. Presentation: Mr. Keith Gourlay, Executive Director, NJ Buildings and Grounds Association discussed the requirements for the Certified Education Facility Manager’s Certification,. 2. Artwork for the Conference: To date we have only heard from four districts interested in bringing student artwork to our conference this June. Please contact Carylee Johnson at firstname.lastname@example.org if you want your district to participate in this display. 3. Nominating Committee: The Committee recommended the following slate of officers for 2015/16. President – Louis J. Pepe, SBA Summit President-Elect - Teri Weeks, SBA Linwood 1st VP – Susan Young, SBA Morris County Vo-Tech 2nd VP – Matthew Clarke, SBA Springfield Immediate Past President – Frank Ceurvels, SBA Ramapo-Indian Hills 4. The Trustees acknowledged the new law firm of Sciarrillo, Cornell, Merlino, McKeever & Osborne which was recently spun off from the Law Firm of Lindabury, McCormick, Estabrook & Cooper, P.C. 5. Budget 2016 Issues: Discussion was held relative to educational changes required next year as a result of frozen state aid. Although some districts are experiencing significant program losses, the majority felt that the failure of the state to fund the formula is “chipping away” at programs and services. The general feeling was that Chapter 78, for most districts, is providing some relief. 6. Pension Reform: John reviewed the recommendations of the Pension and Health Commission findings. He also shared with everyone the impact of freezing an individual’s defined benefit plan now compared to future benefits consistent with the recommendations of the report. At this time, it does not appear reasonable, both legally or politically, that the report recommendations can be put in place this year. Having said that, he acknowledged that this problem is not one that can be kicked down the road and anyone that believes that does not understand the size and scope of this problem.