Regular Session - January 25, 2021

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Monday, January 25, 2021 - 7:30pm


School District of South Orange Maplewood, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040


Monday, January 25, 2021


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 Session and Regular Session - December 14, 2020

Reorganization Meeting and Executive Session - January 6, 2021



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. 



  • BPW updates

  • Perkin’s Audit - Reading Findings

  • Preliminary Budget Update 2021-2022







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) Memorial; B) Retirement; C) Resignation; D) Appointments; E) Leave Replacement Appointments; F) Change in Start Date; G) Change in End Date; H) Transfers/Reassignments; I) Leaves of Absences; J) Salary Adjustments; K) Stipend; L) Approve Job Description


Approve:  A) Appointment of Substitute of Teachers for the 2020-2021 SY; B) Appointment of Home Instructor for the 2020-2021 SY Paid Hourly Rate of $35.00; C) Appointment of Substitute Teachers for the 2020-2021 SY Paid at the Daily Rate of $84.00; D) Appointment of Substitute Secretaries for the 2020-2021 SY Paid the Hourly Rate of $12.00; E) Appointment of Substitute Secretaries for the 2020-2021 SY Paid the Hourly Rate of $12.50; F) Appointment of Long-Term Substitutes for the 2020-2021 SY Paid at a Daily Rate of $160; G) Appointment of OOD Coach for the 2020-2021 SY; H) Appointment of Volunteer for the 2020-2021 SY; I) Appointment of Athletic Event Ticket Sellers, Ticket Takers, Supervisors, and Officials for the 2020-2021 SY


Approve:  2020-2021 School Year Out of District Placements         


Approve:  A) Financial Reports; B) Board Of Education's Monthly Certification; 

C) Approve Attendance And Work Related Travel And/Or Workshop Expenses; D) Accept Donation To Parenting Center; E) Appoint Elissa Malespina As A Member Of The Representative Assembly Of The Essex  Regional Educational Services Commission For Year 2021 School Year; F) Seth Boyden Choice 2021-2022; G) Amend FY21 Federal Individuals With Disabilities Education Improvement Act (Ideia), Part B-basic And Preschool Funds Application And Accept These Funds; H)  Purchase Additional Internet Services From Data Network Solutions; I) Agreement With Atlas For The 2020-2021 School Year; J) Amend And Accept 2021 Cares Emergency Relief Grant; K) Accept Donation To Mac Scholars Program;  L) Accept State Nonpublic Auxiliary And Handicapped Services (Chapters 192 & 193) Entitlement For 2020-2021; M) Accept Donation From Achieve Foundation; N) Approve Participation In Mercer County Special Services Cooperative Pricing System; O) Approve The Fee Schedule For Services Provided To The District As A Member Of The Morris-Union  Jointure Commission; P) Apply For Roberts Foundation Grant


Approve:  New/Revised Curricula: A) Capital Markets & Investments; B) Biology in Pop Culture; C) Marketing


Approve: Transfer or Removal of Non-Domiciled Student(s)


Adopt Board Policies

  • Policy 1613 Disclosure and Review of Applicant’s Employment History

  • Policy 1642 Earned Sick Leave Law


Approve:  Affirmation of HIB Report for the month December 



Approve:  Research Study By A Doctoral Candidate

Amend Board of Education Committees





PUBLIC SESSION, January 25, 2021  INFO


Join By Computer / Smartphone

Choose one of three options:


Join By Phone

Telephone Number: 408-418-9388

Meeting ID: 179 082 5112

Meeting PW: 67264320


Watch on Public Access Television

  • Channel 35 in Maplewood

  • Channel 19 in South Orange

  • Verizon FiOS Channel 22 in both Maplewood and South Orange.


Hearings of Individuals and Delegations / Public Speaks

Community members can submit comments and questions to the Board of Education during the Public Speaks portion of the meeting. To submit a question or concern to the Board of Education, please visit our online Hearing of Individuals and Delegations / Public Speaks web page.

In addition to written comments, community members can sign up to provide audio comments to the Board of Education. Audio comments can be provided by connecting to the district's Webex platform during a scheduled Board of Education meeting.


Step 1 - Install Webex on your device.


Step 2 - Submit a Request To Speak 

Submit a request to speak during the public comment section of BOE meeting by completing the following form:

January 25 2021 - BOE Meeting Public Participation Signup (Audio Comment).


Step 3 - Connect To The BOE Meeting

Connect to the BOE Meeting. Please check your audio connections are set correctly. Failure to do so will prevent you from being heard during the public speaks portion of the meeting


Step 4 - Provide your audio comment

During your turn to speak, your microphone will be unmuted. Please speak clearly into the microphone/headset. After your time for public speaks has passed, your microphone will be muted. 





The Board of Education will meet in Public Session on Monday, February 8, 2021, at 7:00 pm utilizing an online video conference platform for a Board Retreat to receive Board training on the Superintendent evaluation process, provide an update on the progress toward District goals and other matters to be announced at a later date.  Action may be taken. 


The Board of Education will meet in Closed Session on Monday, February 22, 2021 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 which will be listed on the agenda.  Action will be taken. 


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