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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 11/24/20

BOARD OF EDUCATION

November 24, 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: 

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/93394673029

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Webinar ID: 933 9467 3029

  • 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.
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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 24, 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 - Charlie Miller, Glen Stevenson, Steven Schels - Update on Spring 2019   

              NJSLA results 

  1.   Public Comments on Agenda Action Items to be Approved
  2.   Committee Reports 
  • Finance - Timothy Alworth/Lisa Freschi
  1.   Discussion Items
  2. Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  3. Public Comments

 

NOTE: The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, December 8, 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 - Update on Spring 2019 NJSLA results  
  • Committee Reports
  • Public Comments on Agenda Action Items to be Approved
  • 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     November 11, 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

Taylor Franklin

District

Sub Teacher

$90 per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Elhaam Manoochehri

HBW

Leave of Absence Guidance Counselor

$250 per diem

Education

Dec. 10, 2020 - Jun. 25, 2021

Gabriela Mustica

LAN

Paraprofessional

$13,020.70

Education

SY 20-21

Ilias Milloshi

HBW 

Part time custodian

$18/per hour

Education

SY 20-21







2.2    Leave of Absence 

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date on or about

Estimated Return Date on or about

#102972

Extension of Maternity Leave of Absence

Jan. 27, 2020

Sept. 1, 2021

#105171

Maternity Leave of Absence

Jan. 19, 2021

May 25, 2021

#100647

Leave of Absence Without Pay

Dec. 7, 2020

Sept. 1, 2021

 

2.3   Retirement

 

Name

Position

Location

Reason

Effective Date of Retirement

Alina Dugan

Administrative Assistant

FNB

Retirement

Dec. 31, 2020

2.4   Staff Changes

 

Name

Current Location/Position

New Location/Position

Effective Date on or about

Paula Petrucelli

FNB/Paraprofessional

VHS/Paraprofessional

Nov. 16, 2020

Kimberley Petersen

HBW/Paraparofessional

VHS/Paraprofessional

Nov. 18, 2020

              EDUCATION

 

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

  year:

 

Standard 9 for the following curricula:

  • 21st century life and careers
  • Library media
  • PE and Health
  • Visual performing arts
  • World Languages
  • ELA
  • Social Studies 
  • Elementary Theatre (new) 





   #4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the second reading of the following policies and

  regulations: add copies of resolutions to packet and public

 

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

 

    #5 RESOLVED that the Board rescind the following:

 

5.1 VFEE Grant

 

Grant Recipients

School

Name of Grant

Grant #

Amount of Grant

Notes

Jennifer Kleinknecht

H.B. Whitehorne

Banish the Boring and Basic with Buncee

2021-03

$1,000.00

RESCIND

Jennifer Kleinknecht

H.B. Whitehorne

Banish the Boring and Basic with Buncee

2021-03

$1,500.00

APPROVE

 

   ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULAR

 

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

 

6.1 Stipends

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Owen Haveron

VHS

Football - extra duties

$1,397

Ray Bowes

VHS

Football - extra duties

$1,397

Brian Wenzel

VHS

Football - extra duties

$1,397

 

6.2 Clubs

 

Advisor

Club Name

Location

Stipend

Term of Employment

Jonathan Thai

Math Honor Society

VHS

$700.00

SY 20-21

Nadia Domenick

Yoga Club

HBW

Volunteer/Trial Basis

SY 20-21







   REFERENDUM

 

   #7 RESOLVED that the Change Order #004 with USA General Contractors Corp.  be

approved in the following manner:

 

Original Contract Sum $1,402,000.00

Previous Change Orders 37,727.39

Revised Contract Amount $1,439,727.39

Change Order No. 004 ($22,525.94)

Revised Contract Amount $1,417,201.45

 

Change Order No. 004 is comprised of the following:

Additional RTU Flashing of Rooftop Curbs $7,577.86

Installing Detail 4/A2.02 at Roof Area #12 Edge 58 LF and Reinforcing of Rafter Tails at Roof Area #12 $7,817.22

Deduct Change Order for HVAC scope removal ($37,921.02)

Total Change Order No. 004 ($22,525.94)

 

              FINANCE

 

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

                                 amounts:

 

Amount                 Description        Check Register Date

                               $3,514,517.33         Vendor Checks              November 20, 2020

                    $1,007,563.66     Referendum Checks         November 20, 2020

 

  

  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, December 8, 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.