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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 9/8/20

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AGENDA

September 8, 2020

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 6:00 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA ZOOM WEBINAR 

Based on the recent attention with COVID-19, also known as Coronavirus, and the potential impact on our community, the Verona Public Schools will be conducting the Verona Board of Education meeting remotely via Zoom webinar. This meeting is scheduled to occur with public access and participation availability to ensure the continued regular operation of government and the health, safety, and well-being of our community members. The next meeting of the Verona Board of Education will be held via zoom webinar.  The public shall utilize the following instructions to call into the meeting: 

  • Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/93317526638
  • Or Telephone:
    Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US: +1 301 715 8592
    Webinar ID: 933 1752 6638
  • Anyone from the public wishing to address the Verona Board of Education on any matter, when prompted by the Verona Board of Education will be able to raise their hand using the Raise Hand button on their device or dial *9 if you called in (please click here to determine how to raise your hand using your device). When you are advised it is your turn to address the Verona Board of Education, please state your name and address for the record. You will have time to address the Verona Board of Education. At the conclusion of your comments the Verona Board of Education and/or the Superintendent of Schools may address your comments and/or questions.
  • Please make sure you have the current version of Zoom updated on your device in order to have the capability to use the Raise Hand function to make public comments or ask questions.

The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs recently stated that “the Division of Local Government Services reminds local units that, in accordance with N.J.S.A. 10:4-6, et seq., (the “Open Public Meetings Act,” or “Act”), public meetings may be held in person or by means of communication equipment, N.J.S.A. 10:4-8(b), to include streaming services and other online meeting platforms. All meetings, including those held using communications equipment, must be noticed in a manner consistent with the requirements of the Act, unless the meeting is for emergent circumstances and held in a manner consistent with the requirements set forth at N.J.S.A. 10:4-9(b).  Local units should also provide guidance to the public for remotely accessing and providing comment at a meeting.  Local units should still have an advertised meeting place, which is connected to the meeting through communications equipment, unless  otherwise directed by state or local emergency management or health officials, consistent with Executive Order 103 (Murphy 3/9/2020).”

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AGENDA

September 8, 2020

 

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 6:00 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA ZOOM WEBINAR

 

  1. Call to order
  2. Pledge of Allegiance
  3.   Reading of Meeting Notice 
  4.   Roll Call Attendance
  5.   Public comments on Agenda Items
  6.   Presentations - None
  7.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  8.   Committee Reports - 
  • Athletic/Co-Curricular - Jim Day/Pamela Priscoe
    • Education - Timothy Alworth/Sara Drappi 
    • Facilities - Jim Day/Lisa Freschi
    • Community Resources - Pamela Priscoe/Sara Drappi
  1.   Discussion Items
  2. Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  3. Public Comments

 

NOTE: The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 beginning with a Confidential Session at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm Public Session via ZOOM webinar pending the evolving nature of COVID-19.



 

  • Call to Order
  • Pledge of Allegiance
  • Reading of Meeting Notice 

 

        This meeting is being conducted in compliance with the open meeting session that the Verona Board of Education passed a resolution at its annual reorganization meeting held on January 7, 2020. The meeting set forth the schedule of its regular meetings which resolution was within 7 days of passage.  The schedule was sent to the Verona Cedar Grove Times, the Star Ledger, the Herald News, Township of Verona and the VEA. Postings of this meeting setting forth the time location and agenda were posted in each of Verona’s six schools, Board Office and Town Hall. This posting was also sent to the above newspapers, all SCA presidents and SCA liaisons, the VBOE operates under a consent agenda format, any board member has the right to have an item pulled to be voted upon or discussed separately.  Copies of tonight’s agenda and resolutions have been made available to the public and press.

 

 

  • Roll Call Attendance

 

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

                        Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

 

  • Public comments on Agenda Items
  • Presentations - None
  • Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  • Committee Reports
  • Discussion Items
  • Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  • Public Comments

 









       Motion by:     ____________________ 

 

       Seconded by: ____________________

 

Be it RESOLVED the approval of Resolutions #1 - 13.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

The following resolutions have been recommended by the Superintendent to the Board of Education. 

 

#1 RESOLVED that the Board approves the minutes of the following meetings:

 

    Confidential & Regular Public Meeting     August 24, 2020

 

PERSONNEL

 

          #2 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following for the 2020-2021 school year

  pending pre-employment paperwork:

 

2.1    New Hire

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Joanna Boyan

FNB

ESL

BA+15/Step 1/ $52,136

Education

Sept. 18, 2020 - Jun. 30, 2021

Joanna Boyan

District

Substitute Teacher

$90/per diem

Education

Sep. 14 - 17, 2020

Zachary Wekilsky

VHS

Paraprofessional

$15.40/hr.

Education

SY 20-21

Jennifer Pateiro

VHS

Spanish

BA+30/Step 7/$59,144

Education

Oct. 19, 2020 - Jun. 30, 2021

Erin McDonald

FOR

Sub Paraprofessional

$15.25/hr.

Education

SY 20-21





2.2   Resignations

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or about

Lauren Servidio

Laning

Paraprofessional

Resignation

Aug. 26, 2020

Caroline Tobin

FNB

Paraprofessional

Resignation

Aug. 26, 2020

Kacey Studell

Laning

Paraprofessional

Resignation

Sept. 1, 2020

Jennifer Fico

Laning

Paraprofessional

Resignation

Sept. 1, 2020

Erin McDonald

Forest

Paraprofessional

Resignation

Aug. 25, 2020

2.3   Mentors

 

Novice Teacher

Location

Mentor

Stipend

# of mentoring weeks

Lisa Hagel

BRK

Erin Coffey

$550.00

30 weeks

Samantha Melillo

HBW

Meredith Bielan

WAIVED FEE

30 weeks

Megan Spinelli

HBW

Yvonne Rodzen

$165

9 weeks

Derek Felano

VHS

Matt Rosa

WAIVED FEE

30 weeks

Amanda Hyland

VHS

Rebecca Russell

WAIVED FEE

30 weeks

Kimberly Craven

VHS

Patricia Hemsley-Cartotto

WAIVED FEE

17 weeks

Elizabeth Kane

VHS

Julianne Curro

$550.00

30 weeks

Joanna Boyan

FNB

Luisa Hirsch

$550

30 weeks

  2.4   Leave of Absence 

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date on or before

Estimated Return Date on or about

 

#103295

Unpaid Leave of Absence

Sept. 10, 2020

Nov. 9, 2020

 

#100369

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act

Sept. 10, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

#100647

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act

Sept. 10, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

#105396

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act

Sept. 10, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

#105262

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act

Sept. 10, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

#105201

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act

Sept. 10, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

#105382

Emergency Family Medical/Leave Expansion Act

Sept. 10, 2020

Up to 12 weeks

 

 

2.5   Full and Part Time Nurse Schedule

 

School

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

BRK

Maria Rodgers

Carolyn Luehs

Carolyn Luehs

Carolyn Luehs

Carolyn Luehs

FNB

Kristi Heimerle

Maria Rodgers

Maria Rodgers

Maria Rodgers

Maria Rodgers

FOR

Barbara Wertz

Barbara Wertz

Joan Petronico

Barbara Wertz

Barbara Wertz

LAN

Joan Petronico

Joan Petronico

Kristi Heimerle

Joan Petronico

Joan Petronico

 

2.6   Substitutes

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Roberta Schoenbaum

VHS

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Linda McLoughlin

VHS

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Robert Pojero

VHS

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Donna DiNorcia

HBW

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Sally McIntyre

LANING

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Dana Fernandez

LANING

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Nermeen Kaser

LANING

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

 

             #3 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached Staff Assignment list for the

  2020-2021 school year. 



             EDUCATION

         

 #4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached Draft of 2021-2022 VPS Calendar.

 

 #5 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached Staff Assignment list for the

  2020-2021 school year. 





#6 RESOLVED that the Board approves the following out of district tuition students

  for the 2020-2021 school year:

 

Student ID No.

School

Grade

 

Student ID No.

School

Grade

221751

VHS

11

 

230573

VHS

10

221753

VHS

11

 

223072

VHS

10

221752

VHS

11

 

271729

HBW

6

233131

VHS

10

 

251082

HBW

8

220651

VHS

11

 

323121

LAN

1

 

#7 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

Policy Guide 1648.03 – Restart and Recovery Plan – Full-Time Remote

Instruction (New)

 

#8 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following curriculum for the 2020-2021 school

  year:

 

Math Grade 3 (revised) 

Grade 7 Math Anchor Tasks (new) 

AP Statistics (revised)

US History I Honors (revised)

English II CP (revised)

Public Speaking (revised)

Medical Biology A (revised)

VHS Introduction to Data Science (new)

PE K-4 (revised)



ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULAR

 

#9 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following for the 2020-21 school year:

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Step

Mike Passero

VHS

Assistant Football Coach

$4,192

3

James Crawford

VHS

Assistant Football Coach

$4,192

3

Jennifer Rose

VHS

Head Varsity Cheerleading

$5,869

3

Angela Castaldo

VHS

JV Cheerleading

$2,871

3

Jessica Kane

VHS

Field Hockey

Volunteer

 

Mike Thompson

VHS

Color Guard Designer

$2,000 (Vendor)

 

Wesley Ostrander

VHS

Marching Percussion

$2,000

 

Marty Griffin

VHS

Percussions Designer

$2,000 (Vendor)

 

Victoria Limongelli

VHS

Pit Instructor

$2,000

 

Liz Rosa

VHS

Woodwind Caption Head

$3,500

 

 

#10 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following student activity finance account

  bookkeepers for 2020-2021:

 

Gina Ballinger - VHS   - $5,000

Elaine Gizzi -     HBW - $5,000

 

           FINANCE

 

           #11 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached Non-Resident tuition rates for

  the 2020-2021 school year.

 

          REFERENDUM

 

          #12 RESOLVED that the Board approve that the “Letter of Understanding” “Emergency

  Procurement and Contract Modification due to (COVID-10)” with

  Pomptonian Food Services be extended for the timer period of September

  1, 2020 and will extend until the school reopens to full service but no later

  than June 30, 2021.  The rate will remain the same at $190.00 per day.

 

         

  1. Public Comments

 

RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

 

#13 RESOLVED  that the Board meet in private session, from which the public shall 

be excluded, to discuss the topics of negotiations and personnel or 

potential litigation which private discussion is being held pursuant to 

Section 7b and 8 of the Open Public Meeting Act.  The matters

            under discussion will be disclosed to the public as soon as final 

decisions are made and voted upon. 



Motion to adjourn the meeting:

 

       Motion by: ____________________ 

 

       Second by: ____________________

 

       All in Favor: ____________________

 

       All Opposed: ____________________

 

This meeting is adjourned at (TIME) _________________ P.M.

 

NOTE: The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, September 29, 2020 beginning with a Confidential Session at 6:00 pm and 7:00 pm Public Session via ZOOM webinar pending the evolving nature of COVID-19.