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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 3/23/2021

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA  ZOOM WEBINAR

March 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 in-person access for the public. 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 to join the webinar:  https://zoom.us/j/91705981194?pwd=dXB4YTZKeUhxVmlhdVpzbnhWenhTdz09

Passcode: 274682

Or iPhone one-tap :

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Or Telephone:

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Webinar ID:  917 0598 1194

 

  • 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).”

 

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA ZOOM WEBINAR

March 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 - None
  7.   Committee Reports 
  • Finance
  • Community Resources
  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, April 13, 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 - None
  3.   Committee Reports 
  • Finance
  • Community Resources
  1.   Public Comments on Agenda Action Items to be Approved
  2.   Discussion Items
  3.   Roll Call Vote on Resolutions
  4.   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 _____

VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

RESOLUTIONS

March 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     March 9, 2021

  March 18, 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

Mary Guldin

District

Lunch Aide

$13.50/hr.

Education

SY 20-21



2.1 Stipends

 

Name

School

Stipend

Position

Committee

Employment Date

            Notes

Robert Merkler

District

$100/per diem

Administrative in Charge

Education

March 10 - 12, 2021

APPROVE

Steven Schels

Forest

$100/per diem

Interim Principal

Education

March 8 - 19, 2021

RESCIND

Steven Schels

District

$100/per diem

Administrator in Charge

Education

March 8 - 9 and March 15 - 19, 2021

APPROVE

Susan Gugger

BRK

$374.50

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

RESCIND

Corisa Walker

BRK

$374.50

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

RESCIND

Luisa Hirsch

FNB

$374.50

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

RESCIND

Louis Waibel

FNB

$374.50

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

RESCIND

Tatiana Fella

FOR

$749.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

RESCIND

Elissa Freda

LAN

$749.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

RESCIND

Susan Gugger

BRK

$397.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

APPROVE

Corisa Walker

BRK

$397.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

APPROVE

Luisa Hirsch

FNB

$397.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

APPROVE

Louis Waibel

FNB

$397.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

APPROVE

Tatiana Fella

FOR

$794.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

APPROVE

Elissa Freda

LAN

$794.00

Conflict Resolution Coordinator

Education

SY 20-21

APPROVE

 

2.2 Retirement

 

Name

Position

Location

Reason

Effective Date of Retirement

George Sona

Head Night Custodian

VHS

Retirement

June 30, 2021

 

2.3 Extra Pay

 

Name

Dates From/To

Pay rate

Total

Reason

Kaysee Hill

Mar. 16 - Apr. 9, 2021

$24 per hr.

not to exceed 5 hrs. for a total of $120

MAP growth testing

David Furnari

Mar. 16 - Apr. 9, 2021

$24 per hr.

not to exceed 5 hrs. for a total of $120

MAP growth testing

Robert Brawley

Mar. 16 - Apr. 9, 2021

$24 per hr.

not to exceed 5 hrs. for a total of $120

MAP growth testing



EDUCATION

 

#3 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached Statistical Report for the month of

  February 2021.

 

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

  Policies/Regulations:

 

  1. General Policy and Regulation Guides:

P & R 5330.01  Administration of Medical Cannabis (M)  (Revised) 

P7425   Lead Testing of Water in Schools (M)  (Revised)

R 7425     Lead Testing of Water in Schools (M)  (New)

P & R 7430   School Safety (M)  (Abolished)

P0145   Board Member Resignation and Removal (M)  (Revised); P0164.6   Remote Public Board Meetings During A Declared

    Emergency (M)  (New);

R1642   Earned Sick Leave Law (M)  (Revised); 

P1643   Family Leave (M)  (New); 

 

 

  1. No Child Left Behind ACT (NCLB) to Every Student Succeeds Act

  (ESSA) Policy and Regulation Guides:

P 2415 Every Student Succeeds Act (M)  (Revised); 

P2415.02 Title I 

P 2415.05 Student Surveys, Analysis, and/or Evaluations (M)  (Revised); 

P&R 2415.20   Every Student Succeeds Act Complaints (M)  (Revised); P4125 Employment of Support Staff Members (M)  (Revised); 

P6360 Political Contributions (M)  (Revised);

  P 8330 Student Records (M)  (Revised); 

P9713 Recruitment by Special Interest Groups (M)  (Revised)

 

#5 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

5.1 Attendance at Conference

 

Name

School

Event/Location

Date

Cost

Abigail Whelan

BRK

Orton-Gillingham Training/On-line

Aug. 12, 2021

Registration $895 Training Materials $240 Total Cost $1135.00

Samantha Melillo

HBW

Orton-Gillingham Training/On-line

Aug.  12, 2021

Registration $895 Training Materials $240 Total Cost $1135.00

 

 

 

5.2 Recommendation for Video Film Adoption

 

Name

Location

Course

Grade

Ferris Bueller's Day Off

          VHS

                                        Student Council Movie Night

          9-12

 

#6 RESOLVED that the Board approve the 2021 VSEA Business Plan.



SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

#7 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

7.1 Student Home Instruction 

 

Student #

School

Grade

Hrs./Week/Duration

Beginning on or about

#242569

VHS

9

4-8 weeks

Mar. 17, 2021

 

 FINANCE  

     

             #8 RESOLVED that the Board approve an additional fee of $15,000 for the audit firm of

  Nisivoccia and Company for the additional work required for the

  completion of the annual audit report.

 

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

                             amounts:

               

Amount            Description              Check Register Date

                               $3,423,598.87         Vendor Checks       March 19, 2021

        $  476,834.18       Referendum Checks          March 19, 2021



#11  Public comments



         CONFIDENTIAL SESSION IF NECESSARY



          RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

   

          #10 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.