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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 02/09/2021

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA  ZOOM WEBINAR

February 9, 2021

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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  • 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).”

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

VIA IN-PERSON

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA ZOOM WEBINAR

February 9, 2021

  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 - Vincent R. De Lucia, Educator-in-Residence and Director of Mandatory 

Training/Professional Development at NJ Schools Boards Association - Inherent Bias & 

Microaggressions

  1.   Committee Reports - 
  • Education/Special Education
  • Athletics/Co-Curricular
  1. 8.   Public Comments on Agenda Action Items to be Approved
  2.   Discussion Items
  3. Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  4. Public Comments







NOTE: The next scheduled Public Meeting will be held on Tuesday, February 23, 2021 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.



  1. Call to Order
  2.   Pledge of Allegiance
  3. 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 5, 2021. 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.

 

  1. Roll Call Attendance

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

                        Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

  1.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  2.   Presentations - Vincent DeLucia of NJSBA - Micro-aggressions and Forms of Bias
  3.   Committee Reports
  4.   Public Comments on Agenda Action Items to be Approved
  5.   Discussion Items
  6.   Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  7.   Public Comments

 

       Motion by:     ____________________ 

 

       Seconded by: ____________________

 

Be it RESOLVED the approval of Resolutions #1 - .

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

RESOLUTIONS

February 9, 2021

 

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

 

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

 

                  Confidential & Regular Public Meeting     January 25, 2021

  January 26, 2021

PERSONNEL

 

#2 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following pending pre-employment paperwork:

 

2.1 New Hire

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Thomas Reid

VHS

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Ryan Brown

HBW

Physical Education Teacher

MA/Step 2/ $57,084

Education

Mar. 23 - Jun. 30, 2021

 

2.2 Resignation

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

Sara O'Connor

HBW

5th Grade Math Teacher

Resignation

Sept. 1, 2021

 

2.3 Reclassification of Days

 

Employee #

Explanation

#102793

Reclassify 6 Personal Illness Days to 6 Family Illness Days









SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

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

 

3.1 Home Instructor

 

Name

Derek Felano

 

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve to request county approval to waive the district

  from participation in the 2021 – 2022 Special Education Medicaid

  Initiative (SEMI) due to the district’s estimated low eligibility rate.

 

ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULAR

 

#5 RESOLVED that the Board approve that "The Verona Board of Education has reviewed

  and certified Verona School Districts Submission to the New Jersey

  Department of Education Student Safety Data System (SSDS) for Report

  Period 1 (9/1/20-12/31/20)."  

 

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

 

6.1 Coaches

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Step

Gina Condorelli

VHS

Strength and Conditioning

$3,417.00

N/A

Ken Lilien

VHS

Head Ice Hockey

$10,812.00

3

Stephen Ruggiero

VHS

JV Ice Hockey

$6,866.00

3

Max Thiele

VHS

Asst. Ice Hockey

$4,000.00

3



 FINANCE  

     

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

                             amounts:

               

Amount            Description              Check Register Date

        $20,650.43            Referendum Check         February 5, 2021



#8 RESOLVED that the Board approve a donation of $500 from NJ Energy

  Corporation to be used for the Science Department at Verona

  High School.

 

       

#11  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. 

 

 VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

ADDENDUM RESOLUTIONS

February 9, 2021

 

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 - 3.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

             Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

PERSONNEL

 

#1 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

1.1 New Hire

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Ryan Morik

District

Sub Teacher

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

 

1.2 Leave of Absence

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date

Estimated Return Date on or about

#102306

504 Accommodation

Feb. 8, 2021

Feb. 25, 2021

      









    

           CO-CURRICULAR

 

           #2 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

2.1      Spring Musical    

 

Advisor

Club Name

Location

Stipend

Term of Employment

 

Brian Michalowski

100% Spring Musical - Choral Director

HBW

$4,041.00

SY 20-21

RESCIND

Marisa Albano

100% Spring Musical - Choral Director

HBW

$4,041.00

SY 20-21

RESCIND

Brian Michalowski

87% Spring Musical - Choral Director

HBW

$3,541.00

SY 20-21

APPROVE

Marisa Albano

87% Spring Musical - Choral Director

HBW

$3,541.00

SY 20-21

APPROVE

Barbara Piercy

13% Choral Director

HBW

$500.00

SY 20-21

 

Barbara Piercy

13% Play Director

HBW

$500.00

SY 20-21

 



          #3 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the Interlocal Services Agreement

between the Board and the Borough of Caldwell, dated and retroactive to

February 1, 2021, and further ratifying and confirming Dr. Dionisio's

execution of the same.