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Verona Board of Education Meeting to be Conducted via Zoom Webinar 4/27/2021

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

VIA TELEPHONE CONFERENCE

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VIA  ZOOM WEBINAR

April 27, 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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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 27, 2021

  1.   Call to order
  2.   Pledge of Allegiance
  3.   Reading of Meeting Notice 
  4.   Roll Call Attendance
  5.   Presentations - 2021-2022 Annual Budget Presentation
  6.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  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, May 11, 2021 beginning with a Confidential Session at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm Public Session.



  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.   Presentations - 2021-2022 Annual Budget Presentation 
  2.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  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 - 13.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

RESOLUTIONS

April 27, 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     April 13, 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

Graciela Parma

District

Perm. Lunch Aide

$13.50/hr.

Education

SY 20-21

 

2.2 Extra Pay

 

Name

Dates From/To

Pay rate

Total

Reason

Julia Ermitinger

Mar. 25, 2021

$24/per hr.

$24.00

extra time in LLD classroom

 

2.3 Without Pay

 

Name

No. of Days

Date/s

#100238

1 day

Apr. 13, 2021

 

2.4 Reallocation of Days

 

Employee #

Explanation

#105208

4 Personal Illness to 4 Paternity days Apr. 20 - Apr. 23, 2021








2.5 Leave of Absence

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date

Estimated Return Date on or about

#100238

Leave of Absence without pay

Apr. 20, 2021

May 10, 2021



EDUCATION

 

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

                             HIB report as follows: 

 

HIB Case

VHS 220802

 

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached Monthly Attendance Report for March

2021.

 

#5 RESOLVED that the Board approve the daily rate for permanent substitute teachers

  be increased to $168 per diem and the daily rate for per diem substitute

  teachers will be increased to $126 per diem effective March 25, 2021 -

  June 25, 2021 for Verona High School ONLY.

 

#6 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached revised 2020-2021 District School

  Calendar.



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

#233131

VHS

10

10 hrs./10-12 weeks

Apr. 13, 2021










CO-CURRICULAR

 

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

 

8.1 Co-Curricular

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Jana Byrnes

VHS

Choreographer/Spring Musical

$2,000

Paul Salierno

VHS

Music Director/Spring Musical

$2,000

John Priori

VHS

Chief Accompanist/Spring Musical

$2,200

Ben Weise

VHS

Pit Musician (Guitar)/Spring Musical

$500

Josh Lopez

VHS

Pit Musician (Bass)/Spring Musical

$500

Skylar Fortgang

VHS

Pit Musician (Keyboard)/Spring Musical

$500

Joe Priori

VHS

Pit Musician (Drums)/Spring Musical

$500



FINANCE  

     

            #9 RESOLVED that the Board adopt the Verona Board of Education Budget for the

  2021-2022 school year.

 

  GENERAL SPECIAL   DEBT  

      FUND              REVENUES             SERVICE   TOTAL

2021-22 Total Expenditures     $38,148,540 $868,390 $5,219,633 $44,236,563 

Less: Anticipated Revenues   $  2,514,391 $868,390     $1,384,151 $  4,766,932 

Taxes to be Raised   $35,634,149     $0 $3,835,482 $39,469,631 

 

 

                      Travel and Related Expense Reimbursement

                        2021-2022

 

WHEREAS, the Verona Board of Education recognizes school staff and

  Board members will incur travel expenses related to and within the scope

  of their current responsibilities and for travel that promotes the delivery of

  instruction or furthers the efficient operation of the school district; and

 

WHEREAS, N.J.A.C. 6A:23B-1.1 et seq. requires Board members to

  receive approval of these expenses by a majority of the full voting

  membership of the Board and staff members to receive prior approval of

  these expenses by the Superintendent of Schools and a majority of the full

  voting membership of the Board; and

 

WHEREAS, a Board of Education may establish, for regular district

  business travel only, an annual school year threshold of $150 per staff

  member where prior Board approval shall not be required unless this

  annual threshold for a staff member is exceeded in a given school year

  (July 1 through June 30); and

 

WHEREAS, travel and related expenses not in compliance with N.J.A.C.

  6A:23B-1.1 et seq., but deemed by the Board of Education to be necessary

  and unavoidable as noted on the approved Board of Education Out of

  District Travel and Reimbursement Forms; now

 

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves all

  travel not in compliance with N.J.A.C. 6A:23B-1.1 et seq. as being

  necessary and unavoidable as noted on the approved Board of Education

  Out of District Travel and Reimbursement Forms; and

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Board of Education approves travel

  and related expense reimbursements in accordance with N.J.A.C.

  6A:23B-1.2(b), to a maximum expenditure of $10,000 for all staff and

  board members.

 

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

                             amounts: 

           

Amount             Description              Check Register Date

                    $142,201.77           Referendum Checks        April 23, 2021

                $3,842,928.99           Vendor Checks                April 23, 2021

 

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

 

                                                                           March 2021

 

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

  approved:

                                                               March 2021



  REFERENDUM

 

  #13 RESOLVED that the Board approve a change order 3001 with Environmental Climate

  Control, Inc. for additional cost for roof work at all schools as per the

  following:     

 

Original contract $6,200,000

Change Order #001 $   102,515

New contract amount $6,302,515

  

 

#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.