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Verona Board of Education Meeting 5/25/2021

 

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VERONA HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

May 25, 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 
  • 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, June 8, 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 
  • Finance
  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 - 12.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____

 

VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

RESOLUTIONS

May 25, 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     May 11, 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

William Neal

VHS

Night Custodian

Step 6/ $47,222  VHS Custodian $911            Night Differential $2,909

Facilities

Jul. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

Timothy Adase

VHS

Chemistry Teacher

MA30/Step 15/ $88,078

Education

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

2.2 Resignations

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

Deborah Skowronski

FNB

Paraprofessional

Resignation

May 26, 2021

Marjorie Linda Constantino

VHS

Biology and Environmental Science Teacher

Resignation

Jun. 30, 2021

Jonathan Salcedo

District

Network Technician

Resignation

Jun. 14, 2021







2.3 Leave of Absence

Name

Reason

Begin Date

Estimated Return Date on or about

#100732

504 Accommodation

May 24, 2021

Sept. 1, 2021

#105493

NJFMLA

May 20, 2021

Sept. 1, 2021

#102793

NJFMLA

May 21, 2021

Sept. 1, 2021

2.4 Extra Class

 

Name

Location

Course

Amount

Term of Employment on or about

Jennifer Kleinknecht

HBW

Language Arts

$1374.68

Jun. 9 - Jun. 25, 2021

Julia Albretsen

HBW

Language Arts

$743.60

Jun. 9 - Jun. 25, 2021

Megan Spinelli

HBW

Language Arts

$736.37

Jun. 9 - Jun. 25, 2021

Jacqueline Miskinis

HBW

Language Arts

$1,184.76

Jun. 9 - Jun. 25, 2021

 

2.5 Summer Hours

 

Name

School

Days/Hours of Work

Rate

Position

Erica Tavaglione

VHS

10 days

$2,960.15

School Counselor

Rachel Garcia

VHS

10 days

$3,489.50

School Counselor

Bryan Goldsman

VHS

10 days

$3,388.60

School Counselor

Harriette Warshaw

HBW

5 days

$2,636.10

School Counselor

Lynn Schussel

HBW

5 days

$1,678.15

School Counselor

Emerida Radek

District

not to exceed 20 days

$207.03/per diem

Admin. Asst.

 

EDUCATION

 

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

                             HIB report as follows: 

 

HIB Case

HBW-CH-221049

 

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached job description for the Business

  Administrator/Board Secretary.

 

           #5 RESOLVED that the Board approve the second reading of the following policies:

 

P 3421.13 - Postnatal Accommodations

P 4421.13 - Postnatal Accommodations

 

#6 RESOLVED that the Board approve a doctoral student from Centenary University,

  conducting research for her dissertation that focuses on the implementation

  of standards based report cards and their effect on teachers' perception of

  student achievement and their instructional practices.

 

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

#332740

Forest

K

total of 20 hours

May 17, 2021

 

7.2 Special Education Summer School

Name

Position

Stipend

Committee

Term of Employment

Blanca Ortiz

ESY LSS Teacher

$3,657.00

Education

Jun. 29 - July 27, 2021

Sharon Worth

ESY Occupational Therapist

$2,600

Education

Jun. 29 - July 27, 2021

 

#8 RESOLVED that the Board contract with Saint Clare’s Behavioral Health to provide

  crisis intervention and back-to-school assessments for the Verona School

  District for the 2021 – 2022 school year.

 

ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULAR

 

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

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Gina Condorelli

VHS

Spring Strength and Conditioning Coach

$3,417

 

FINANCE  

     

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

                             amounts: 

 

Amount             Description              Check Register Date

                    $528,548.47 Referendum Checks May 21, 2021

                                         $3,474,532.32            Vendor Checks May 21, 2021

 

            #11 RESOLVED that the Board approve a contract with AmeriHealth Trust be renewed for

  the July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2022 medical, prescription and vision plans with

  a rate increase of 2%.

 

            #12 RESOLVED that the Board approve a contract with Delta Dental be renewed for a

  two-year period July 1, 2021 - June 30, 2023 with an increase of 1.5% for

  year one and a 0% increase for year two.

 

REFERENDUM

 

  

#11  Public comments




         CONFIDENTIAL SESSION IF NECESSARY




          RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

   

          #13 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 25, 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 - 5.

 

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

Jason Munsch

VHS

Biology Teacher and Environmental Science

MA/Step 14/ $76,876

Education

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

1.2 Leave of Absence

 

Name

Reason

Begin Date

Estimated Return Date on or about

#100647

Unpaid Leave of Absence

Sept. 1, 2021

Jan. 3, 2022







EDUCATION

 

           #2 RESOLVED that the Board approve Concert Audio and Production Rentals LLC                         

  to provide audio services for the 2021 Fourth Grade Farewell at Brookdale

  Avenue, F. N. Brown, Forest and Laning Avenue Schools promotion

  ceremony at Verona High School with an estimated cost of $3,388.75.

 

           #3 RESOLVED that the Board approved the following:

 

3.1  Video/Film Adoption

 

Name

Location

Course

Grade

War Games

VHS

Math/CompSci

9,10,11,12

Milk

VHS

US II

11

13th

VHS

US I

10

The Pianist

VHS

Modern World History/Holocaust and Genocide

9,10,11,12

War Horse

VHS

Modern World History

9

Restrepo

VHS

AP US History

11

Three Kings

VHS

AP US History

11

Charlie Wilson's War

VHS

AP US History

11

 

3.2   V-SEA

 

Name

Position

Stipend

Tricia Davis

V-SEA Teacher

$2,743



            SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

           #4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

4.1    Student Home Instruction 

.

Student #

School

Grade

Hrs./Week/Duration

Beginning on or about

#251096

HBW

8

10 hrs. per week/4-6 weeks

May 21, 2021







            ATHLETICS

 

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

 

  5.1    Coaches

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Samuel Coe

VHS

Assistant Varsity/JV Lacrosse Coach

$4,101