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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 10/13/20

BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING AGENDA

October 13, 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. There will also be limited in person seating up to ten members of the public on a first come, first serve basis. 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/91325696824
  • Or Telephone:
    Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
    US:   +13126266799
    Webinar ID: 913 2569 6824
  • 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

October 13, 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.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  7.   Presentations - Reopening Plan Update, Dr. Miller & Mr. Mauriello
  8.   Committee Reports 
  • Athletics & Co-Curricular - James Day/Pamela Priscoe
    • Education - Timothy Alworth/Sara Drappi 
    • Facilities - James 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, October 27, 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 and the Star Ledger. Postings of this meeting setting forth the time location and agenda were posted  at the Verona Board of Education Office and on the Verona Public Schools district website for all school organizations and the public. The Verona Board of Education 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
  • Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools 
  • Presentations - Reopening Plan Update, Dr. Miller & Mr. Mauriello
  • Committee Reports
  • Discussion Items
  • Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  • Public Comments

 











       Motion by:     ____________________ 

 

       Seconded by: ____________________

 

Be it RESOLVED the approval of Resolutions #1 - 12.

 

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     September 29, 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

Elly Manoochehri

HBW

LOA Guidance Counselor

$250/per diem

Education

Oct. 5 - Dec. 10, 2020

David Rullo

HBW

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Education

Oct. 14, 2020 - Jun. 25, 2021

David Furnari

District

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Education

Oct. 14, 2020 - Jun. 25, 2021

Gianna Fazzini

FNB

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Education

Oct.14, 2020 - Jun. 25, 2021

Diedra Dyson

District

Sub Teacher

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

James Hill

District

Sub Teacher

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Debra Gambella

District

Sub Teacher

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Ilene Klein

District

Sub Nurse

$175/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Patty D’Angelo

District

Sub Secretary

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Margaret DeVivo

District

Sub Secretary

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

2.2    Marriage

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Dates

Notes

 

#105048

FNB

Spec. Ed. Teacher

Marriage

Oct. 7, 8, 9, 2020

3 days with pay with the cost of a substitute to be deducted

RESCIND

#105048

FNB

Spec. Ed. Teacher

Marriage

Oct. 8, 9, 2020

2 days with pay with the cost of a substitute to be deducted

APPROVE

 

  2.3   Resignation

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

Yvonne Reyes

VHS

Paraprofessional

resignation

Oct. 16, 2020

 

2.4   Extra Class

 

Name

Location

Course

Per Diem Amount

Total

Term of Employment on or about

Ray Bowes

HBW

Physical Education

$90.87

$4,906.98

Oct. 5, 2020 - Dec. 28, 2020

Andrea Jordan

HBW

Physical Education

$104.12

$5,622.48

Oct. 5, 2020 - Dec. 28, 2020

  

         EDUCATION

 

#3 RESOLVED that the Board approves the Superintendent’s presentation of

                             HIB report as follows: 

 

HIB Case

VHS 219658

VHS 219647

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

4.1 Professional Development Presenters

 

Name

School

Date

Hrs./Stipend

Total

Andor Kish

HBW

Sept. 10, 2020

3 hrs./$60/hr.

$180.00

Brian Michalowski

HBW

Sept. 10, 2020

3 hrs./$60/hr.

$180.00

Julia Albretsen

HBW

Sept. 4, 2020

3 hrs./$60/hr.

$180.00

Julia Albretsen

HBW

Sept. 10, 2020

3 hrs./$60/hr.

$180.00

Elissa Freda

LAN

Sept. 10, 2020

6 hrs./$60/hr.

$360.00

Jennifer Kleinknecht

HBW

Sept. 1, 2020

2 hrs./$60/hr.

$120.00

Jennifer Kleinknecht

HBW

Sept. 10, 2020

3 hrs./$60/hr.

$180.00

 

4.2 Mentors

 

Novice Teacher

Location

Mentor

Stipend

# of mentoring weeks

Tricia Davis

Laning

AnneMarie Ruggiero

Waived

10 weeks

Judith Dias

Laning

Kristy McCabe

Waived

30 weeks

 

 #5 RESOLVED that the Board approve the first reading of the following policies and

  regulations:

 

   P 1649 – Federal Families First Coronavirus (COVID-19) Response Act (FFCRA) (M)

  (New)

P 2622 Student Assessment (M) (Revised)

P&R 5111 Eligibility of Resident/Nonresident Students (M) (Revised)

P&R 5200 Attendance (Revised)

P&R 5610 Suspension (M) (Revised) 

P 5620 Expulsion (M) (Revised)

P&R 8320 Personnel Records

P 1620 Administrative Employment Contracts (M) (Revised) 

P 2464 Gifted and Talented Students (M) (Revised) 

P 6440 Cooperative Purchasing (M) (Revised)

P&R 6470.01 Electronic Funds Transfer and Claimant Certification (New) 

P&R 7440 School District Security (M) (Revised) 

P 7450 Property Inventory (M) (Revised)

P&R 7510 Use of School Facilities (M) (Revised) 

P 8420 Emergency and Crisis Situations (M) (Revised)

 

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

  year:

 

Math Grade 1

  Science K,

Dance K-12 (new)

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

#7 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

6.1 Student Home Instruction

 

Student #

School

Grade

Hrs./Week/Duration

Beginning on or about

#210048

VHS

12

School Year 20-21

Sept. 14, 2020

#201497

VHS

12

10 hrs/wk./6 months

Oct. 2, 2020

 

 ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULAR

 

  #8 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached H. B. Whitehorne and Verona High

 School extra curricular activities for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

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

 

9.1 Stipends

 

Name

School

Stipend

Position

Employment Date

Matthew Rosa

VHS

$3,197.00

PBSIS Coordinator

SY 20-21

Marissa Albano

HBW

$1,598.50

PBSIS Coordinator

SY 20-21

Andrea Jordan

HBW

$1,598.50

PBSIS Coordinator

SY 20-21

Susan Gugger

BRK

$374.50

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

SY 20-21

Corisa Walker

BRK

$374.50

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

SY 20-21

Luisa Hirsch

FNB

$374.50

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

SY 20-21

Louis Waibel

FNB

$374.50

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

SY 20-21

Tatiana Fella

FOR

$749.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

SY 20-21

Elissa Freda

LAN

$749.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

SY 20-21







           FINANCE

 

#10 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the enclosed checklist(s) in the following

                                 amounts:

 

Amount                 Description        Check Register Date

                     $3,336,201.79               Vendor Checks              October 9, 2020

 

          MISCELLANEOUS

 

#11 RESOLVED in accordance with Local Finance Notice 2020-21, members of the public

                        attending meetings of the Board of Education via live streaming will initially

                        be placed on mute. Any member of the public wishing to provide public

                        comment shall do so via the "raise hand" feature on the Zoom platform, or

                        by pressing *9 if attending by telephone. Such person will be placed in

                        queue and recognized for comment in the order in which such requests were

                         received. Once recognized by the Board, the person shall be allotted 5

                        minutes to present their comments/questions, in accordance with Board

                        policy, and will be placed back on mute at the conclusion of their statements.

                        Members of the public wishing to submit questions in writing to the Board

                        may do so provided they are received at least 24 hours before the Board

                        meeting. These questions will be read aloud and addressed as appropriate. In

                        accordance with the Local Finance Notice, duplicative questions will be

                        noted but only answered once.

         

  1. Public Comments

 

CONFIDENTIAL SESSION IF NECESSARY

 

RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

 

#12 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, October 27, 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.