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Verona Board of Education Meeting 5/11/2021

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VERONA HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

May 11, 2021

 

  1.   Call to order
  2.   Pledge of Allegiance
  3.   Reading of Meeting Notice 
  4.   Roll Call Attendance
  5.   Presentations - None
  6.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  7.   Committee Reports 
  • Athletic/Co-Curricular - Pamela Priscoe/Timothy Alworth
  • Education -  Timothy Alworth/Sara Drappi
  • Facilities - Pamela Priscoe/Jim Day
  • Community Resources - Lisa Freschi/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 in-person on Tuesday, May 25, 2021 beginning with a Confidential Session at 5:30 pm and 7:00 pm Public Session in the Verona High School Auditorium.

  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 - None
  2.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  3.   Committee Reports 
  • Athletic/Co-Curricular - Pamela Priscoe/Timothy Alworth
  • Education -  Timothy Alworth/Sara Drappi
  • Facilities - Pamela Priscoe/Jim Day
  • Community Resources - Lisa Freschi/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 - 13.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

RESOLUTIONS

May 11, 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 27, 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

Trisha Basak

VHS

English

MA/Step7/ $60,417

Education

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

Rob Gillo

HBW

Maternity Leave Replacement Physical Education

$120/per diem

Education

May 17, 2021 - June 30, 2021

Rebecca DeFrance

LAN

Speech/Language Therapist

MA/Step 4/ $58,227

Education

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

2.2 Leave of Absence

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date

Estimated Return Date on or about

 

#102793

NJFMLA

May 3, 2021

May 21, 2021

 

#105055

Maternity Leave

Jun. 21, 2021

Jan. 10, 2022

 

#100238

Leave of Absence without pay

May 10, 2021

June 1, 2021

 

#105262

Unpaid Leave of Absence

Jan. 4, 2021

Sept. 1, 2021

RESCIND

#105262

Unpaid Leave of Absence

Jan. 4, 2021

May 11, 2021

APPROVE



2.3 Reallocation of Days

 

Employee #

Explanation

#105553

1 Family Illness day to 1 Personal Business Day

 

2.4 Without Pay

 

Name

Date/s

No. of Days/Reason

#105470

Apr. 27, 2021

1 day Without Pay

#105348

May 3, 2021

1/2 day without pay

 

2.5 Resignation

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

Claire Ma

VHS

Music Teacher

Resignation

Jun. 25, 2021

 

#3 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the attached non-tenured staff renewals for

                                 the 2021-2022 school year.



EDUCATION

 

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

                             HIB report as follows: 

 

HIB Case

HBW-OH #221023

VHS #221075

 

#5 RESOLVED that the Board approve Garden State Audio L.L.C. to provide audio and

  live stream services for the 2021 VHS graduation and HBW promotion 

ceremony at Verona High School with an estimated cost of $6,750.00.



#6 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

6.1 Attendance at Conference

 

Name

School

Event/Location

Date

Cost

Notes

Abigail Whelan

BRK

Orton-Gillingham Training/On-line

Aug. 12, 2021

Registration $895 Training Materials $240 Total Cost $1135.00

RESCIND

Abigail Whelan

BRK

Orton-Gillingham Training/On-line

Jul. 19-31, 2021

Registration $1500 Training Materials $15.00 Total $1515.00

APPROVE

 

6.2 V-SEA

 

Name

Position

Stipend

Carol Lynn Moy

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743

Anne Marie Ruggiero

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743

Jacqulyn Carsillo

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743

Elissa Freda

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743

Albert Palazzo

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743

Jennifer Kleinknecht

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743

Melissa Hanulak

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743

Jaime Ricci

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743

Judith Dias

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743



SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

#7 RESOLVED that the Board approve  to contract with Rutgers Biomedical & Health

  Sciences – University Behavioral Health Care to provide the Verona Public

  School District a five night parent series and a four hour wellness fair to

  take place between 7/1/21 – 6/30/22 at the cost of $11,716 to be paid for

  with ESSER funds.   

 

#8 RESOLVED that the Board approve to contract with Sage Thrive, Inc./Thrive Alliance

  Group to provide school based mental-wellness training, coaching and

  certification to the Verona School District for the 2021 – 2022 school year

  at the cost of $57,000 to be funded with ESSER funds.



#9 RESOLVED that the Board approve to contract with Stepping Stones Group as a vendor

  professional services during the 2020-2021 school year. (Paraprofessionals,

  OT, PT)

 

#10 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached list of Special Education Summer

  School staff for 2021.






FINANCE  

     

            #11 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached part time and substitute salaries for the

  2021-2022 school year.         

 

#12 RESOLVED  that the Board approve John Quattrocchi for pro bono consulting services

  on behalf of the Verona Board of Education in contract negotiations with

  the VEA at an estimated value of $15,000.

 

#13 RESOLVED  that the Board approve David Freschi for pro bono consulting services on

  behalf of the Verona Board of Education in contract negotiations with the

  VEA at an estimated value of $15,000.

  

#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. 

 

 VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

ADDENDUM RESOLUTIONS

May 11, 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 - 4.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

             Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

PERSONNEL

 

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

1.1 New Hires

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Bryan Goldsman

VHS

School Counselor

MA/Step 11/ $67,772

Education

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

Rachel Garcia

VHS

School Counselor

MA/Step 12/ $69,790

Education

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

1.2 Resignation

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on

Nathan Scott

VHS

Chemistry Teacher

Resignation

Aug. 30, 2021

 

#2 RESOLVED that the Board approve Joseph Higgins as Director of Facilities at a salary

  of $102,000 effective July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022.





EDUCATION

 

           #3 RESOLVED that the Board approve the first reading of the following policies:

 

P 3421.13 - Postnatal Accommodations

P 4421.13 - Postnatal Accommodations

 

           #4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached Director of Facilities job description.