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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 11/10/20

BOARD OF EDUCATION

November 10, 2020

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 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: 

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Webinar ID: 940 7438 3985

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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

November 10, 2020

 

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 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.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  6.   Presentations - None
  7.   Public Comments on Agenda Action Items to be Approved
  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, November 24, 2020 beginning with a Confidential Session at 5:30 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 Township of Verona and the VEA. 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. 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 _____

 

 

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

 

 

       Motion by:     ____________________ 

 

       Seconded by: ____________________

 

Be it RESOLVED the approval of Resolutions #1 -9.

 

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     October 27, 2020

 

  PERSONNEL

 

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

  pending pre-employment paperwork:

 

2.1   New Hires

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Jaime Capra

District

Sub teacher

$90.00/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Jaime Capra

District

Sub secretary

$90.00/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Sara Arooj

District

Sub teacher

$90.00/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

 

2.2    Resignation 

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

Catherine Farley

HBW

Paraprofessional

Resignation

Nov. 6, 2020

 

  2.3    Mentor

 

Novice Teacher

Location

Mentor

Stipend

# of mentoring weeks

Jennifer Grutta

Laning

Dara Keepers

Waived

30 weeks

 

             #3 RESOLVED that the Board approved Christina Sciacchitano to provide visual graphics

  for VHS at a rate of $305.92 per diem not to exceed 2 days.

 

             #4 RESOLVED that the Board approve Christina Sciacchitano to provide infographic work

  for the reopening plan at a rate of $305.92 per diem not to exceed 1 day.







              EDUCATION

 

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

                             HIB report as follows: 

 

HIB Case

VHS 219896

VHS 219924

VHS 219921

 

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

  regulations: 

 

P 2431.3 Heat Participation

P&R 5320 Immunization

P&R 5330.04 Administering an Opioid Antidote

P 2431 Athletic Competition

R 2431.1 Emergency Procedures for Sports and Other Athletic Activity

P&R 5330.05 Seizure Action Plan

Bylaw 0164.6 – Remote Public Board Meeting During A Declared

                            Emergency (M) (New)

 

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

  year:

 

  • Standard 9 has been updated in the entire math and science

curricula

  • TED 5-12 courses and HBW computer science courses

 

   SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

   #8 RESOLVED  that the Board approve to accept settlement agreement OAL Docket No.:

  EDS 09103-20, Agency Ref. No. 2021-32025 dated 10/30/2020 regarding a

  special education matter for Student #240005.

  

  1. Public Comments

 

  CONFIDENTIAL SESSION IF NECESSARY

 

  RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

 

   #9 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, November 24, 2020 beginning with a Confidential Session at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm Public Session via ZOOM webinar pending the evolving nature of COVID-19.

 

 VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

ADDENDUM RESOLUTIONS

November 10,  2020

 

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

 

Motion by:     ____________________ 

Seconded by: ____________________

 

       Be it RESOLVED the approval of Addenda Resolutions #1 - 6.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

             Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

PERSONNEL

 

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

  pending pre-employment paperwork:

 

1.1. New Hires

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Notes

Alexandra Fredericks

District

Sub teacher

$90.00/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

 

Alexandra Fredericks

District

Permanent Sub Teacher

$120/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

 

Stefanie Lijoi

HBW

5th Grade Teacher

MA/Step 14 $76,876 - pro-rated

Education

Oct. 26, 2020 - Jun. 30, 2020

RESCIND

Stefanie Lijoi

HBW

5th Grade Teacher

MA/Step 13 $73,254 - pro-rated

Education

Oct. 26, 2020 - Jun. 30, 2020

APPROVE

Jack Chu

VHS

Paraprofessional

$10,826.20 

Education

Nov. 10, 2020

RESCIND

Yat-Ching "Jack" Chu

VHS

Paraprofessional

$10,826.20 

Education

Nov. 10, 2020

APPROVE

Robert Vena, Jr.

VHS

Paraprofessional

$9,363.20

Education

Nov. 30, 2020

 

1.2 Stipends

 

Name

School

Stipend

Position

Employment Date

Dennis James

District

$11,000

HVAC Facilities Coordinator

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

Joe Higgins

District

$11,000

Facilities Coordinator

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021

                Miques Valle

          VHS

  $11,000

                      Custodial Coordinator

July 1, 2020 - June 30, 2021



EDUCATION

 

#2 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

2.1 VFEE Grants

 

Name of Recipient

                          Name of School

                                  Name of Grant

                        Grant Number

        Amount

Jennifer Kleinknecht

                        H.B. Whitehorne

Banish the Boring and Basic with Buncee

                            2021-03

          $1,000

    

           #3     RESOLVED  that the Board approve the attached list of individual transfers of

                                           line items in the 2020-2021 budget for:

 

September 2020

 

            #4 RESOLVED  that the Report of the Secretary for the period(s) as follows be

  approved:

                                                           September , 2020

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that pursuant to N.J.A.C.

  6A:20-2.13(e), that as of July 31, 2020 after review of the Board

  Secretary’s monthly financial report (appropriations section)  and

  upon consultation with the appropriate district officials, to the best of

  our knowledge, no major account or fund, has been over-expended

  in violation of N.J.A.C 6:20-2.13(b) and that sufficient funds are

  available to meet the district’s financial obligations for the remainder

  of the fiscal year.

 

            #5   RESOLVED  that the Board approve the Report of the Treasurer of  School                                     Monies for the following month:

 

  September, 2020

 

            #6 RESOLVED that the Board approved the attached Amendment to the Collective

  Negotiations Agreement Between the Verona Board of Education and the

  Verona Education Association beginning July 1, 2019 through June 30,

  2021, including provisions for custodial/maintenance stipends in

  Appendix J.