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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 4/13/2021

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA  ZOOM WEBINAR

April 13, 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 below to join the webinar:

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Passcode: 320059

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Webinar ID: 964 3934 9574



  • 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

April 13, 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 - Preliminary Budget Presentation
  7.   Committee Reports 
  • Athletic/Co-Curricular - Pamela Priscoe/Timothy Alworth
  • Education -  Timothy Alworth/Sara Drappi
  • Facilities - Pamela Priscoe/Jim Day
  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 27, 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 - Preliminary Budget Presentation 
  3.   Committee Reports 
  • Athletic/Co-Curricular - Pamela Priscoe/Timothy Alworth
  • Education -  Timothy Alworth/Sara Drappi
  • Facilities - Pamela Priscoe/Jim Day
  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 - 14.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

RESOLUTIONS

April 13, 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 23, 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

Jacquelyn Fricke

District

Sub teacher

$90/per diem

Education

SY 20-21

Jacquelyn Fricke

District

Sub/Perm. Lunch Aide

$13.50/hr.

Education

SY 20-21

Hysen Myrtolli

District

Bus Driver

$92/per trip

Athletics

SY 20-21

Hysen Myrtolli

District

Bus Driver

$21/per hr.

Spec. Ed

SY 20-21

 

2.2 Retirement

 

Name

Position

Location

Reason

Effective Date of Retirement

Allison Quick

English Teacher

VHS

Retirement

Jul. 1, 2021

Yvette McNeal

Principal - Olmsted House

HBW

Retirement

Sept. 1, 2021

Deborah Gero

2nd Grade teacher

FOR

Retirement

Jun. 30, 2021

Elizabeth Foley

Admin. Asst.

LAN

Retirement

Jul. 1, 2021






2.3 Leave of Absence

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date

Estimated Return Date on or about

#105360

Maternity leave

Sept. 1, 2021

Sept. 1, 2022

#102149

Medical leave

Jun. 10, 2021

Sept. 1, 2021

2.4 Without Pay

 

Name

Date/s

No. of Days

#105435

Apr. 6, 2021

1 day

 

2.5 Resignation

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

Ilissa Abovitz

Laning

Speech Language Therapist

Resignation

Jun. 30, 2021

Zachary Wekilsky

VHS

Paraprofessional

Resignation

Apr. 16, 2021



EDUCATION

 

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

 

3.1 Mentor

 

Novice Teacher

Location

Mentor

Stipend

# of mentoring weeks

Jacqulyn Carsillo

Laning

Pamela Banta

Waived

30 weeks

 

3.2 Curriculum Writing

 

Name

No. of Hours

Amount per hour

Total

Reason

Marla Burns

20

$45.00/per hr.

$900

Life skills transition ESY program

 

3.3 Movie Adoption

 

Name

Location

Course

Grade

The Emperor's New Groove

                            VHS

                    Spanish Club

          9-12



3.4 Attendance at Conference

 

Name

School

Event/Location

Date

Cost

Brooke Raskin

LAN,BRK,FOR

BCBA certification maintenance/Virtual

Apr. 16, 2021

$175.00

 

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve a University of the Cumberlands student (former

  middle math school teacher at HBW) is working on her dissertation. Her

  research project is titled: "TPACK Knowledge Base for High School

  Mathematics Teachers in Online Education"



SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

#5 RESOLVED that the Board approve participation in the Joint Transportation

  Agreement with Sussex County Regional Transportation

  Cooperative for Special Education, Athletic, and Field Trip

  Transportation for the 2021 – 2022 school year per attached

  contracts. 

#6 RESOLVED that the Board approve to contract with the Essex Regional Educational

  Services Commission for Nursing Services for Nonpublic Schools,

  IDEA-B Services, Instructional Services for Chapters 192/193, Public

  School Home Instruction Services and Public School Child Study Team

  Services for the 2021 – 2022 school year as needed.  

 

#7 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

7.1 Student Home Instruction

 

Student #

School

Grade

Hrs./Week/Duration

Beginning on or about

#210025

VHS

11

10 hrs.

Mar. 23, 2021

#231567

VHS

10

10 hrs./wk./6-8 wks.

Mar. 18, 2021

 

7.2 Home Instructor

 

Name

Lee Ann Rivera

 

FINANCE  

     

           #8 RESOLVED that the Board accept a $2,000 Sustainable Jersey Grant funded by NJEA

  awarded to H. B. Whitehorne Middle School.

 

            #9 RESOLVED that the daily rate for Verona High School permanent

  substitute teachers will be increased to $168 per diem, the

  daily rate for Verona High School per diem substitute teachers will be

  increased to $126 per diem and the F. N. Brown childcare teachers

  rate will be increased by $24 per hour effective April 22, 2021 - June 25,

  2021.

        

            #10 RESOLVED that the Verona Board of Education approve the submission and acceptance

  of the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSR  II)

  funds provided by the Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental

  Appropriations Acts, effective through September 30, 2023 per the

  amounts listed below:

 

ESSR Learnings Mental Health

                    Allocation         Acceleration            Support & Services       Total

 

                    $600,906              $38,563                         $45,000                  $684,469

 

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

 

                                                                           February 2021

 

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

  approved:

                                                               February 2021

 

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

                                               line items in the 2020-2021 budget for:

 

                            February 2021

    March 2021

 

                  

 #11  Public comments



           CONFIDENTIAL SESSION IF NECESSARY




            RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

   

            #14 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.