Regular Session - September 21, 2020

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Monday, September 21, 2020 - 7:30pm
School District of South Orange Maplewood, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Monday, September 21, 2020   
Using online video conference platform
(The instructions are placed at the end of the agenda)
Call to Order – Announcement of Notice
Pledge of Allegiance
Roll Call 
Board Recognition
Approval of Board Minutes: Executive and Regular Session Minutes; August 17, 2020
The school board meeting is a business meeting in public and not a meeting with the public. Oftentimes it may appear to members of our audience that the Board of Education takes action with very little comment and in many cases a unanimous vote. Before a matter is placed on the agenda at a public meeting, the Administration has thoroughly reviewed the matter with the Superintendent of Schools/Chief School Administrator (CSA). If the Superintendent of Schools/Chief School Administrator is satisfied that the matter is ready to be presented to the Board of Education, it is then referred to the appropriate Board Committee.  The Members of the Board Committee work with Administration and the Superintendent to assure that the members fully understand the matter. After the committee discusses the matter, it is presented to the full Board for discussion before any action is taken. Only then, is it placed on the agenda for action at a public meeting.
  • District Goals
  • Debt Service/Capital Plan
Please note that Public Speaks is not a time for dialogue with the Board of Education – It is an opportunity for you to share a comment with the Board of Education. In addition, by law, administrators and Board of Education members are not permitted to publicly discuss personnel matters, student discipline, or other issues requiring confidentiality.  While we may not respond to comments, all input shared with the Board of Education is taken very seriously, and will inform future deliberations and work by the Board of Education and its committees.  
  • Committee Reports 
Approve: A) Retirements; B) Resignations; C) Rescind Appointment; D) Appointments; E) Leave Replacement Appointments; F) Change In Start Date; G) Leaves Of Absence; H) Salary Adjustments; I) Approve Co-Curricular Stipends  
Approve: A) Appointment Of Long-Term Substitute Teachers For The 2020-2021 School Year Paid At The Daily Rate Of $160; B) Appointment Of Volunteer Coaches For The 2020-2021 School Year; C) Appointment Of Stipend Position For The 2020-2021 School Year
Approve: A) 2020 Extended School Year Out of District Placements; B) 2020-2021 School Year Out of District Placements
Approve: A) Financial Reports; B) Board Of Education’s Monthly Certification; C) Approve Related Service Providers For The 2020-2021 School Year; D) Approves Use Of Vendors; E) Award Contract For SOMS Parking Lot Repair; F) Reject Bids For Transportation Routes; G) Accept State Nonpublic Nursing Aid Entitlement For 2020-2021; H) Renew Contract For Professional Services-Professional Development Elementary Language Arts; I) Accept Donation Of Office Furniture; J) Accept Donation Of Plastic Face Shields; K) Authorize Towing Agreement For The 2020-2021 School Year; L) Approve Parental Contract For Student Transportation; M) Approve Agreement With The South Mountain YMCA; N) Approve Contract With Hetrick-Martin Institute; O) Accept Donation From Achieve Foundation; P) Award Bid For Custodial Services; Q) Accept State Nonpublic Technology Aid Entitlement For 2020-2021; R) Establish Fee Schedule For Independent Evaluations
Approve: New/Revised Curricula A) Revised STEM/Business Law; B) Revised STEM/Pre-Calculus Academic; C) Revised World Languages/Chinese 4-4HN; D) Revised World Languages/French 3-3HN; E) Revised World Languages/Grades 4&5; F) New World Languages/Mandarin Grade 6; G) Revised World Languages/Spanish 5-5HN; H) Revised Fine Arts/Grade 6-8, Art 3D; I) Revised Fine Arts/Excelsior Singers –HN; J) Revised Fine Arts/HS Chorus; K) Revised Fine Arts/Fiber Arts; L) Revised Fine Arts/Fibers; M) Revised Fine Arts/Grade 6, Dance; N) Revised Fine Arts/Grades 6-8, Band; O) Revised Fine Arts/Canens Vocem-HN; P) Revised Fine Arts/Grades 6-8,Drama; Q) New Fine Arts/Grades 7&8, Dance; R) Revised ELA/Grade 5, Fantasy Book Club; S) New ELA/Grade 4 Notebooks to Projects; T) Revised ELA/Grade 4 Historical Fiction Clubs; U) Revised ELA/Grade 3 Building a Reading Life; V) New Special Education/6-12 Adaptive PE-Health Supplemental (Healthy Relationships)
  1. Adopt:
Policy 1648 Restart and Recovery Plan
Policy 1648.02 Remote Learning Option for Families
Policy 3212 Attendance (Teaching Staff)
Policy 4212 Attendance (Support Staff)
Policy 5120 Assignment of Students
Policy 5310 Health Services
Policy 5320 Immunization
Policy 8420 Emergency and Crisis Situations
Policy 8451 Control of Communicable Disease
Policy 8510 Operation and Maintenance of Plan
Policy 8541.33 Transportation Safety
Policy 8635 Student Transportation Vehicles and School buses
Policy 9150 School Visitors
  1. First Readings:
Policy 0143 Board Member Election and Appointment
Policy 0143.1 Board of School Estimate
Policy 0143.2 Student Representative to the Board of Education
Policy 0145 Board Member Resignation and Removal
Policy 0148 Board Member indemnification
Policy 0151 Organization Meeting
Policy 0154 Annual Motions and Designations
Policy 0155 Board Committee
Approve: A) Confidential Special Education Settlement Agreement – Student ID# 607446738; B) Confidential Special Education Settlement Agreement – Student ID# 6147904334; C) Confidential Special Education Settlement Agreement – Student ID# 8606779173; D) Confidential Special Education Settlement Agreement – Student ID# 5465990208; E) Confidential Special Education Settlement Agreement – Student ID# 8115637802; F) Confidential Special Education Settlement Agreement – Student ID# 6074469738
Approve: Resolution Urging Continued State Funding Of The School Based Youth Services Program (SBYSP)
Approve: District Goals
Approve: Agreement To Resolve Grievance Brought Forth By SOMEA On Behalf Of Employee ID#3988
Approve: Resolution Determining The Form And Other Details Of $60,000,000 Aggregate Principal Amount Of School Bonds, Series 2020 Of The Board Of Education Of The South Orange-Maplewood School District In The County Of Essex, New Jersey, Providing For Their Sale And Determining Other Matters In Connection Therewith
Approve: COVID impacts on the 20/21 Student Board of Education Representative Election
Connect Via Computer/ Phone
Meeting Number: 173 607 0333
Meeting Password: MapleOrange2020
Connect Via Telephone
Telephone Number: 408-418-9388
Event Number: 173 607 0333
Event Password: 62753672
The Board of Education will meet in Closed Session on Monday, October 21, 2020 at 6:30 pm via online video conference platform to discuss personnel and legal issues, negotiations and other matters to be announced at a later date.  Immediately following the Closed Session, the Board of Education will meet in Public Session at 7:30 pm using the online video conference platform.  The community can view the meeting by following the steps below.  Action will be taken.
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