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Verona Board of Education Meeting 6/22/2021

CONFIDENTIAL EXECUTIVE SESSION – 5:30 pm 

REGULAR PUBLIC MEETING AGENDA – 7:00 pm 

VERONA HIGH SCHOOL AUDITORIUM

June 22, 2021

 

  1.   Call to order
  2.   Pledge of Allegiance
  3.   Reading of Meeting Notice 
  4.   Roll Call Attendance
  5.   Presentations - Robert Merkler - Athletics and Special Programs - Sectional

      Championship winners Spring Sports

  1.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  2.   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, July 27, 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 - Robert Merkler - Athletics and Special Programs - Sectional

        Championship winners Spring Sports

  1.   Superintendent Report -  Dr. Rui Dionisio, Superintendent of Schools
  2.   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 - 39.

 

Mr. Alworth _____ Mr. Day _____

 

            Mrs. Drappi _____ Mrs. Freschi _____

 

                          Mrs. Priscoe _____



VERONA PUBLIC SCHOOLS – BOARD OF EDUCATION

RESOLUTIONS

June 22, 2021

 

BOARD RENEWAL RESOLUTIONS

 

#1 RESOLVED  that the Board has read and discussed the Code of Ethics for

                               School Board members in accordance with NJSA 18A-12-24.1.

                               Specifically,

 

A school board member shall abide by the following Code of Ethics for School Board Members:

 

  1. I will uphold and enforce all laws, rules and regulations of the State Board

     of Education and court orders pertaining to schools.  Desired changes

     shall be brought only through legal and ethical procedures.

 

  1. I will make decisions in terms of the educational welfare of children and

     will seek to develop and maintain public schools that meet the individual

     needs of all children regardless of their ability, race, creed, sex, or social

     standing.

 

  1. I will confine my board action to policy making, planning, and appraisal,

     and I will help to frame policies and plans only after the board has

     consulted those who will be affected by them.

 

  1. I will carry out my responsibility, not to administer the schools, but,

     together with my fellow board members, to see that they are well run.

 

  1.     I will recognize that authority rests with the board of education and will

        make no personal promises nor take any private action that may

        compromise the Board.

 

  1. I will refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special interest or

        partisan political groups or to use the schools for personal gain or for the

        gain of friends.

 

  1. I will hold confidential all matters pertaining to the schools which, if

            disclosed, would needlessly injure individuals or the schools.  In all other

  matters, will provide accurate information and, in concert with my fellow

  board members, interpret to the staff the aspirations of the community for

  its school.

 

 

  1. I will vote to appoint the best qualified personnel available after

     consideration of the recommendation of the chief administrative officer.

 

  1.   I will support and protect school personnel in proper performance of their

     Duties.

 

         I will refer all complaints to the chief administrative officer and will act on

        the complaints at public meetings only after failure of an administrative

        solution.

 

#2 RESOLVED  that Lisa Freschi be appointed delegate to the New Jersey School

                             Boards Association for one year.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the policy authorizing the duties of the delegate to the New Jersey Schools Boards Association be approved as follows:

    

  1. Represent the Board at meetings of the New Jersey School Boards

                 Association.

  1. Study and report to the Board all proposed State and Federal

  Legislation of interest and relevance.

  1. At the direction of the Board, prepare a proposed resolution for

                     submission to the State School Boards Association.

 

This policy shall not prohibit or discourage other Board Members from active participation in Legislative affairs.

 

#3 RESOLVED  that the Verona Board of Education approve the establishment of

                                 the following Board of Education Committees.  Appointments to the

                                    Committees will be made by the Board President:

 

Facilities-James Day/Pamela Priscoe

Finance-Lisa Freschi/Sara Drappi

Education-Timothy Alworth/Sara Drappi

Community Resources-Jim Day/Lisa Freschi

Athletics & Co-Curricular-Timothy Alworth/Pamela Priscoe

 

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve Michael Gross, Esq. of the firm of 

Kenney, Gross & Kovats as Board Attorney for the 2021-2022

school year at a $400 per month retainer.  Additional time for Special 

Education will be billed at $145 per hour and all other legal work will

be billed at $155 per hour.

 

#5 RESOLVED  that the official newspapers for the Board of Education be the

The Star Ledger for the school year 2021-2022.

   

     BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Secretary be permitted to

  use his/her discretion with regard to any and all publications

  required by law.

 

#6 RESOLVED  that the following be and the same are hereby designated as

                              depositories of The Board of Education:

 

INVESTORS BANK

NJ/ARM

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that until further notice from the Board of Education, any funds of the Board deposited in said depositories may be subject to withdrawal at any time, or from time to time, upon checks or instruments or orders for payment of moneys when signed on behalf of the Board of Education by the following officers:  President or Vice President, Secretary/Business Administrator or Superintendent of Schools and Treasurer of School Moneys.

 

#7 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education adopt all existing policies, curriculum

                                  and textbooks for the 2021-2022 school year which have been in

                                  effect during the present school year, subject to revision and

                                  constant review by the Board.

 

#8 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education approve the facsimile signatures for the

                              President, Board Secretary and Treasurer of School Monies  to

                                    facilitate debt payments.

  

#9 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education approve the 2021-2022 school year

                              appointment of Jorge Cruz as School Business Administrator as

                                    follows:

 

  1. Purchasing Agent, pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:-3a and

             N.J.A.C. 5:34-5 et seq.

  1.             the Designated Public Agency Compliance Officer (P.A.C.O.)
  2. Custodian of Record

 

                     #10 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education approve the 2021-2022 school year

                             appointment of Joseph Higgins, responsible for the following:

 

  1.     District’s Right-to-Know Coordinator
  2.     District’s Indoor Air Quality Coordinator
  3.     District’s Pest Management Coordinator
  4.     Asbestos Management Officer
  5.     AHERA Coordinator

 

#11 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education approve the appointment of  Matthew

                                 Laracy as Treasurer of School Monies for the 2021-2022 school

year at a salary of $6,200.

 

#12 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education approve Dr. Vincent K. McInerney as

  the school physician for football games for 2021-2022 at a cost of

  $300 per game.

 

#13 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education approve Dr. Robert M. Palacios as the

  school physician for the 2021-2022 school year at a salary of

  $6,000.

 

#14 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education establish Petty Cash Funds as listed

                             below for the 2021-2022 school year.  No single expenditure to

                             exceed $25.

 

             Verona High School                                 $200

  1. B. Whitehorne Middle School               100

                                  Board/Superintendent’s Office                   100

                         Brookdale Avenue School                         25

  1. N. Brown School                                     25

                             Forest Avenue School                                  25

                                    Laning Avenue School                              25

                                    Special Services                                         100

                                    Pre-School Intervention Program                50

 

#15 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the participation in the Public Employer

                                 Insurance Trust, and Brown & Brown Benefit Advisors as the Trust

                                 Brokers for the 2021-2022 health and dental plan.

 

#16 RESOLVED  that the Board of Education approve the Tax Shelter Annuity

                              Companies as listed below:

 

                                                   MetLife               Equitable

                                                        Valic                   Prudential

                                                        Vanguard          Lincoln Investment

 

 #17 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the attached 2021-2022 Tax Payment Schedule for

Monies due the school district and need to meet the obligations of

this Board 

 

                 BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board Secretary notify the

                             Municipal Collector of this Tax Payment Schedule in order for The

                                 Tax Collector to Plan accordingly.

 

                                BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Township of Verona is

                     hereby requested to Place in the hands of the Treasurer of School

               Monies these amounts, Accordance with statutes relating thereto.    

                                      

  #18 RESOLVED  that the form of Cafeteria Plan including a Premium Expense

                                 Account Health Care Reimbursement Plan and a Dependent Care

                                 Assistance Program established on July 1, 2005, and effective July

                                 1, 2021 through June 30, 2022, presented to this meeting is

hereby approved and adopted and that the proper officers of the

Board are hereby authorized and directed to execute and deliver to

the Administrator of the Plan one or more counterparts of the Plan.

 

                             Further resolved, that the Administrator shall be instructed to take

                           Such actions that are Deemed necessary and proper in order to

                                 implement the Plan, and to set up adequate accounting and

administrative procedures to provide benefits under the Plan.

 

           Further resolved, that the proper officers of the Board shall act as

       soon as possible to notify the employees of the Board of the

       adoption of the Cafeteria Plan by delivering to each employee a

       copy of the summary description of the Plan in the form of the

       Summary Plan Description presented to this meeting, which form

  is hereby approved.

 

#19 RESOLVED  that the Premium Expense Account (voluntary waiver of medical

                                  insurance), should an employee elect to waive the applicable

                                  insurance coverage, the employee choosing to do so must provide

                                  written representation of alternate insurance coverage.  If an

                                 employee chooses to waive the coverage, he or she will receive a

                                  payment the lesser of 25% of the cost of the plan or $5,000,

                        whichever is less.  Employees who are not employed during the full

                                 year (September 1 – August 31) and choose the waiver shall have

                                  their payments prorated accordingly.  This applies to new hires

                                  after September 1 and any employment termination that is effective

                                  prior to August 31.  Employees who choose the waiver and are on

                                  unpaid leave of absence without medical benefits shall have their

                                  payments prorated as well. The employee retains the ability to opt

                                  back into the former plan at the next enrollment period or within

                                 thirty (30) days if any of the following occur:

 

                             (a)   termination of spouse’s employment;

                             (b)   divorce;

                             (c)    death of spouse; or

(d)       termination of the other plan coverage.

 

The following resolutions have been recommended by the Superintendent to the Board of Education. 

 

#20                   Confidential & Regular Public Meeting     June 8, 2021

 

PERSONNEL

 

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

21.1 New Hires

 

Name

Location

Position

Salary

Committee

Term of Employment on or about

Joseph Pedalino

District

Substitute Teacher

$100/per diem

Education

SY 21-22







21.2 Staff Changes

 

Name

Current     Location/Position/Salary

New Location/Position/Salary

Effective Date on or about

Maria Perri

LOA

FNB/Kindergarten

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

Melissa Pesce

FNB/Grade 1

FNB/Grade 2

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

Gina Mainella

FNB/Grade 3

FNB/Grade 4

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

Corrie Majestic

LAN/Grade 2

LAN/Grade 3

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

Catherine King

FNB/BRK/.70% School Social Worker/$42,828

FNB/BRK/100% School Social Worker/$61,183

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

21.3 Without Pay

 

Name

Date/s

No. of Days/Reason

#105482

Jun. 16, 2021

1 day without pay/Personal Business

#105089

Jun 18, 2021

1 day without pay/Personal Business

 

21.4 Summer Hours

 

Name

Days/Hours of Work

Rate

Position

                                      Jason Calo

not to exceed 25 days

$453.85/per diem

Athletic Trainer

                                      Dina Rizzuto-Francis

not to exceed 20 days

$414.91/per diem

School Nurse

                          Jennifer Mejia

not to exceed 10 days

$228.95/per diem

VHS Admin. Asst.

 

21.5 Extra Class

 

Name

Location

Course

Amount

Term of Employment on or about

Notes

Jason Atkins

VHS

STEM

$18,227.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Angela Salisbury

VHS

Financial Literacy

$8,911.30

Sept. 1, 2021 - Feb. 2, 2022

 

Matt Swajkowski

VHS

Chemistry Special

$12,474.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Matthew Rosa

VHS

US I ICI

$11,646.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Alyssa Bouldurian

VHS

Modern World History ICI

$11,650.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Jody Sewell

HBW

Math Grade 6

$19,231.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Melissa Tempesta

HBW

Math Grade 8

$12,083.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Albert Palazzo

HBW

Math 8 ICI

$12,474.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Samantha Melillo

HBW

Language Arts 7  ICI

$11,333.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Jacqueline Dilkes

HBW

Math 7 ICI

$13,554.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

Meredith Bielen

HBW

Language Arts 6  ICI

$15, 013.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022



Melissa Hanulak

HBW

Math 6 ICI

$13,160.00

Sept. 1, 2021 - Jun. 30, 2022

 

 

#22 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the following salaries for staff members for

                          the 2021-2022 school year: 

 

Donna Cook

Payroll

$60,397

Anna Marie Marzullo

Accounts Payable

$57,250

Emerida Radek

Receptionist/Clerk

$42,649

Cheryl Sluberski

Central Office Admin. Asst.

$62,899

 

#23 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the attached 2021-2022 contract for

       Dr. Charles Miller, Director of Curriculum and Instruction at a salary of

                                 $156,347.  

 

#24 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the attached 2021-2022 contract for Frank

                        Mauriello, Director of Special Education at a salary of $150,481.

 

#25 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the attached 2021-2022 contract for Eltion

                                 Ballaj, Manager Information Technology at a salary of $105,592 with a

  District Edumet Coordinator stipe of $5,000 for a total salary of $110,592.

 

           #26 RESOLVED that the Board approve Summit Management Solutions, LLC to

  provide professional business management services effective

  July 1, 2021 to June 30, 2022 at a cost of $125 per hour on 

  an as needed basis at the direction of the Superintendent of 

        Schools. 

 

EDUCATION

 

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

                             HIB report as follows: 

 

HIB Case

BRK 221454

BRK221406

BRK221427

 

#28 RESOLVED that the Board approved the attached District Statistical Report for the

  month of May 2021.

 

#29 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

29.1 Video Adoption

 

Name

Location

Course

Grade

Freakonomics

VHS

Business

10-12

The Founder

VHS

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

9-12

Identity Theft

VHS

Introduction to Financial Literacy

9-12



SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

#30 RESOLVED that the Board authorize the submission of the 2021 – 2022 IDEA Grant

  application and accept the grant award of the funds upon subsequent

  approval of the 2021 – 2022 IDEA application in the following manner:

 

                 IDEA BASIC:

                 Public                              $491,587

                 Non-Public                      $15,511

 

                 IDEA PRESCHOOL:

                 Public                              $25,322

                 Non-Public                      $0.00 

 

#31 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

31.1 Student Home Instruction

 

Student #

School

Grade

Hrs./Week/Duration

Beginning on or about

#240409

VHS

9

10 hrs. total

Jun. 14, 2021

 

31.2 Home Instructor

 

Name

Amanda Hyland

 

ATHLETICS/CO-CURRICULAR

 

           #32 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached Fall Coaches for the 2021-2022

  school year.

 

#33 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following for the 2021-2022 school year

  pending pre-employment paperwork:

33.1 Coaches

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Step

Brian Dorflaufer

VHS

Varsity Girls Head Basketball

$8,829

1

Jackie Selby

VHS

Softball - Volunteer

-

 

Megan Yeates

VHS

Softball - Volunteer

-

 

Elijah Robinson

VHS

Football - Volunteer

-

 

 

33.2 Band

 

Name

Location

Position

Stipend

Mike Thompson

VHS

Color Guard Designer

$2,000

Wesley Ostrander

VHS

Marching Percussion

$2,000

Rich Gullien

VHS

Music Arranger

$2,500

Marty Griffin

VHS

Percussion Designer

$2,000

TBD

VHS

Pit Instructor

$2,500

Brian Murphy

VHS

Drill Writer

$3,500

Zack Wroblewski

VHS

Woodwind Caption Head

$3,500

Erik Lynch

VHS

Marching Band Director

$13,954

Erik Lynch

VHS

Summer Marching Band

$1,400

Liz Rosa

VHS

Asst. Marching Band Director

$6,979

Brittany Woods

VHS

Marching Instruction

$3,529

Brenda Lizaragga

VHS

Color Guard Advisor

$2,486






FINANCE  

     

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

                             amounts: 

 

  Amount                    Description              Check Register Date

                        $648,378.31            Referendum Checks       June 18, 2021

                                           $2,887,785.90               Vendor Checks             June 18, 2021

 

            #35 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following tuition reimbursements for the

  2020-2021 school year:

 

Name

Reimbursement

Julia Albretsen

$9,456.75

Kathleen Amora

$4,728.38

Alyssa Boldurian

$3,152.25

Anthony Chierici

$6,305.00

Crystal Cruz

$4,728.38

Heather Darata

$289.58

Joelle Dere

$2,805.00

Christine Garson

$7,880.63

Christopher Haines

$9,843.75

Dan Halpern

$5,501.25

Amy Heckel

$438.00

Nancy Hiscano

$120.00

Steven Munoz

$909.00

Jenny Qin

$352.50

Lyunn Schussel

$664.50

Bridget Sullivan

$468.75

Total

$57,643.22

   

Frank Mauriello

$8,033.00

Josh Cogdill

$7,342.00

Charlie Miller

$6,651.00

Steven Schels

$4,434.00

Total

$26,460.00



   

        #36 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the appropriation of funds from General

                                               Fund to Capital Reserve and/or Maintenance Reserve in an amount up to

  the maximum amount allowable.

 

#37 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following companies for voluntary 

benefits for the 2021-2022 school year:

Prudential

Aflac

New York Life

Colonial Life

 

#38 RESOLVED that the Board approve McManimon, Scotland & Baumann, LLC.

as Bond Counsel.

 

  

#11  Public comments



         CONFIDENTIAL SESSION IF NECESSARY





          RESOLUTION TO ADJOURN

   

          #39 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

June 22, 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 - 8. 

 

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 Resignations

 

Name

Location

Position

Reason

Effective on or About

AnnaMarie Marzullo

Board Office

Accounts Payable

Resignation

Jul. 22, 2021

 

1.2 Extra Class

 

Name

Location

Course

Stipend

Dates

Notes

Christine Garson

VHS

Spanish III

$7,493.42

Nov. 2, 2020 to Apr. 30, 2021

RESCIND

Jennifer Pateiro

VHS

Spanish III

$6,505.84

Nov. 2, 2020 to Apr. 30, 2021

RESCIND

Christine Garson

VHS

Spanish III

$8,088.74

Nov. 2, 2020 to Apr. 30, 2021

APPROVE

Jennifer Pateiro

VHS

Spanish III

$6,921.11

Nov. 2, 2020 to Apr. 30, 2021

APPROVE







1.3 Without Pay

 

Name

Date/s

No. of Days/Reason

#105463

Jun. 25, 2021

1 day without pay/ Personal Business

 

1.4 Summer Hours

 

Name

Days/Hours of Work

Days/Rate

Position

Notes

Emerida Radek

District

Not to exceed 20 days/ $207.03/per diem

Admin Asst.

RESCIND

Emerida Radek

District

Not to exceed 20 days/ $218.77/per diem

Admin. Asst.

APPROVE

 

1.5 Student Summer Help

 

Student Name

Days/Hours of Work

Rate

Position

Henry Wertz

Up to 20 hrs./week

$12/per hour

Summer technology help

Sophia Nunez

Up to 20 hrs./week

$12/per hour

Summer technology help



EDUCATION

 

#2 RESOLVED  that the Board approve the attached New Jersey Department of

                 Education Statement of Assurance District Professional

  Development Plan and District Mentoring Plan for the 2021-2022

  school year.

 

#3 RESOLVED that the Board approve the attached revised 2021-2022 District School

  Calendar.

 

#4 RESOLVED that the Board approve the following:

 

4.1 VSEA

 

Name

Position

Stipend

Dates

Stefanie Lijoi

Sub Teacher

$90/per diem

6/27-7/27/21

Mary Anne Halbert

Sub Teacher

$90/per diem

6/27-7/27/21

Suzanne Livelli

Sub Teacher

$90/per diem

6/27-7/27/21

Robert Brawley

Paraprofessional

$15.40/hr.

6/27-7/27/21

 

 

 

 

SPECIAL EDUCATION

 

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

 

5.1 Special Services Summer School

 

Name

Position

Amount

Nicole Langan

Paraprofessional

$1,113.00

Steve Gemma

Paraprofessional

$1,113.00

 

 

REFERENDUM

 

#6 RESOLVED that the Board approve an extension for Construction Management

  Services for AECOM Architects in the amount of $16,000.00.

 

FINANCE

 

#7 RESOLVED that the Board approve the Food Service Management Company

  addendum for the 2021-2022 school year with Pomptonian Food Services.

 

#8 RESOLVED that the Board approve to allow Pomptonian Food Services to hire

  cafeteria staff on an “Emergent Hiring Basis” while clearance from the

  Essex County Superintendent’s Office is pending.  This motion will 

enable adequate staffing for the food service operation in the new school 

year.