Regular Session - March 15, 2021

Primary tabs

Monday, March 15, 2021 - 7:30pm
School District of South Orange Maplewood, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Monday, March 15, 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: Retreat Minutes:  February 8, 2021; Executive Session and Regular Session - February 22, 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.
  • 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget Update
  • Long Range Facilities Plan
  • Update on Phase 3 Return to School
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) Resignations; C) Appointments; D) Leaves of Absence; E) Salary Adjustments; F) Stipends
Approve:  A) Appointment Of Substitute Teacher(s) For The 2020-2021 School Year; B) Appointment Of Long-term Substitute Teacher(s) For The 2020-2021 School Year Paid at a Daily Rate Of $160; C) Appointment of Substitute Secretary For The 2020-2021 School Year Paid at a Hourly Rate Of $12.00; D) Appointment of Out-of-district Coaches for the 2020-2021 School Year; E) Appointment of Home Instructors 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; C) 2019-2020 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) Approve Related Service Providers for the 2020-2021 School Year; E) Approves Use of Vendors; F) Accept Donation for The Fine Arts Department; G) Approve Payment to Maplewood Township Recreation Department for Summer Meal Program; H) Authorize MMS to Establish Model UN Student Activity Account; I) Approve Contract with Handle With Care For The 2020-2021 School Year; J) Approve 2021-2022 Preliminary Budget; K) Accept Donation from Achieve Foundation
Approve:  Carryover of Vacation Days For 12 Month Staff  from 2020-2021 School Year to 2021-2022 School Year
Approve:  Rescind Transfer Or Removal Of Non-Domiciled Student(s)
Approve:  Affirmation Of Harassment, Intimidation And Bullying (HIB) Investigations For The Month Of February 2021
Approve: Special Education Agreement A) Student ID #3069682624; B) #3297378063; C) #3793544276
Adopt Board Policies
  • 0142 Board Member Qualifications, Prohibited Acts and Code of Ethics
  • 0143 Board Member Election and Appointment
  • 0145 Board Member Resignation and Removal
  • 0148 Board Member Indemnification
  • 5430 Class Rank Policy
Policies for First Reading:
  • 0164 Conduct of Board Meetings
  • 5350 Student Suicide Prevention
  • 5751 Sexual Harassment
  • 8600 Student Transportation
  • 9713 Recruitment by Special Interest Groups
PUBLIC SESSION, March 15, 2021  INFO
Join By Computer / Smartphone
Choose one of three options:
Join By Phone
Telephone Number: 408-418-9388
Event Number: 129 309 2870
Event Password: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:
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 Closed Session on Monday, April 19, 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.
Groups audience: