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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 02/23/2021

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA  ZOOM WEBINAR

February 23, 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: 

Please click the link below to join the webinar:

 

https://zoom.us/j/92068893242  

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Or Telephone:

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Webinar ID: 920 6889 3242

    

  • 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 

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA ZOOM WEBINAR

February 23, 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 - 
  • Reopening Committee - Elementary Update
  1.   Committee Reports - 
  • Finance
  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, March 9, 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 - Reopening Committee - Elementary Update
  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 - 17.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

RESOLUTIONS

February 23, 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     February 9, 2021

PERSONNEL

 

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

 

2.1 New Hires

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Kaitlyn O'Neill

VHS

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

John Irwin

VHS

Permanent Substitute Teacher

$120/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

John Irwin

District

Substitute Teacher

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

                      Tayelor Barrett

District

Sub Secretary

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

 

2.2 Resignation

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

Sopheavy Chhieng

LAN

Paraprofessional

Resignation

Feb. 26, 2021

 

2.3 Reallocation of Days

 

Employee #

Explanation

#105208

Reclassify 5 PI days to 5 Paternity Days

 

2.4 Leave of Absence

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date

Estimated Return Date on or about

#102465

504 Accommodation

Feb. 16, 2021

Feb. 22, 2021

EDUCATION

 

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

                             HIB report as follows: 

 

HIB Case

VHS 220502

 

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached District Statistical Report for the month

  of January 2021.

 

#5 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

5.1 Movement on the Guide

 

NAME

CURRENT LEVEL/STEP

SALARY

NEW LEVEL/STEP

SALARY

Lynn Schussel

MA+30/Step 8

$65,801

MA+45/Step 8

$67,126

Dan Halpern

MA/Step 17

$91,135

MA+30/Step 17

$98,818

 

#6 RESOLVED that the Board approve Creative Options for Progressive Educators, LLC

  as consultant for the Verona Public Schools Diversity Task Force 

at a cost of $2,500.

 

#7 RESOLVED that the Board approve the Affiliation Agreement for Clinical 

  Experience and/or Clinical Practice between Caldwell University and

  Verona Board of Education for the 2020-2021 school year.

 

#8 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

8.1 Student Observer

 

Name

School

School/Teacher/ Grade

Duration

Assignment

Stephanie Verdi

HBW

Caldwell Univ./ Stacy Smith, Mary Anne Halbert, Julia Albretsen, and Meredith Bielen

Feb. 24 - May 15, 2021

60 hour Google Classroom observation

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

#9 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

10.1 Student Home Instruction

 

Student #

School

Grade

Hrs./Week/Duration

Beginning on or about

#292196

LAN

4

10 hrs. wk/4 weeks

Feb. 10, 2021

ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULAR

 

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

  for the 2020-2021 school year:

 

11.1 Coaches 

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Step

Carter Kenny

VHS

Volunteer Boys Lacrosse

NA

 

Teddy Niziolek

VHS

Girls Head Soccer

TBD contract negotiations

3



 FINANCE  

     

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

                             amounts:

               

Amount            Description              Check Register Date

      $3,628,278.34          Vendor Checks               February 17, 2021

                               $1,099,715.84      Referendum Checks           February 17, 2021

 

           #13     RESOLVED  that the Board accept the 2019-20 CAFR Report ending

                                           June 30, 2020 as prepared by Nisivoccia LLP.

 

            #14   RESOLVED  that the Board approve the Corrective Action Plan for the audit year

                                       ending June 30, 2020 as attached. 

 

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

  of line items in the 2020-2021 budget for: 

January 2021

 

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

  be approved: 

        January 2021 

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. 

 

#17      RESOLVED   that the Board approve the Report of the Treasurer of                   

            School Monies for the following month: 

 

  January 2021

#11  Public comments



         CONFIDENTIAL SESSION IF NECESSARY

 

          RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

   

          #18 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.