Regular Session - October 18, 2021

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Monday, October 18, 2021 - 7:30pm
School District of South Orange Maplewood, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Monday, October 18, 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 Recognitions
Approval of Board Minutes:  Executive Session and Regular Session - September 20, 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 then shared with the other Board members for consideration.  Only then is it placed on the agenda for Board discussion and action at a public meeting.
  • Public Hearing on Bond Refinancing
  • SSDS Presentation
  • Draft District Goals & Action Plans
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
  • NJSBA BOD Report
  • ECRSC Report
Approve:  A) Retirements; B) Resignation; C) Appointments For The 2021/22 SY; D) Leave Replacement Appointment for the 2021-22 SY; E) Change In Start Date; F) Transfers/Reassignments; G) Leave of Absence; H) Suspension; I) Stipends; (J Salary Adjustments; K) 2020-21 School Year SOMEA Staff Perfect Attendance Award; L) Beyond the Bell Additional Appointments
Approve:  A) Appointment of Substitute Teacher(S) for the 2021-2022 School Year; B) Appointment of Substitute Teacher for the 2021-2022 School Year Paid at a Daily Rate of $160; C) Reappointment of Substitute Teacher for the 2021-2022 School Year
Approve:  A) 2021 Extended School Year Out of District Placements; B)  2021-2022 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; E) Approves Use Of Vendors; F) Approve Partnership With Kean University Social Work Program; G) Approve Contract With Danielson Group, Inc.; H) Resolution Of The South Orange Maplewood School District Authorizing The District To               Participate In The Union County Cooperative Pricing Agreement; I) Approve Contract With Thomson Reuters CLEAR; J) Resolution Of The Board Of Education Of The South Orange-Maplewood School District In The County Of Essex, New Jersey, Authorizing Certain Actions Necessary In Connection With The Sale And Issuance Of Not To Exceed $11,000,000 Aggregate Principal Amount Of Refunding School Bonds And                          Authorizing The Appropriate Officials To Do All Acts And Things Deemed Necessary And Advisable In Connection With The Sale, Issuance And Delivery Of Said Bonds; K) Accept Donation to Parenting Center
Approve:  A) Kindergarten Phonics Curriculum; B) 1st Grade Phonics Curriculum; C) 2nd Grade Growing Word Solving Muscles; D) 4th Grade ELA Unit 1 Interpreting Characters: the Heart of the Story; E) 5th Grade ELA Curriculum-Writing - Graphic Novels; F) 6th Grade ELA - Literary Essay; G) 7th Grade ELA Curriculum - Essential Research Skills; H) 8th Grade ELA Curriculum - Essential Research Skills; I) 9th Grade Reading & Writing: English Language Arts I; J) 10th Grade Reading & Writing English Language Arts II; K) 11th/12th Grade Literature & Philosophy; L) 11th/12th Grade Literature and Social Criticism; M) ESL Biology; N) Marketing HN; O) Biology in Pop Culture; P) Geometry; Q) Physics; R) Chinese Grade 7; S) Chinese Grade 8; T) Italian 1; U) Gr. 6 United States History; V) Gr. 7 Global Studies; W) Gr. 8 World History; X) Gr. 9 World History; Y) Gr. 11 & 12 Sociology; Z) Art K-5 (Elementary); AA) Music K-5 (Elementary); BB) Art 2D (6-8); CC) Choir (6-8); DD) Band (6-8); EE) Strings (6-8); FF) ART 2 (CHS); GG) ART 3 (CHS); HH) AP ART History; II) Animation 1
Approve:  Transfer or Removal of Non-Domiciled Student(s)
Approve:  School Field Trip Destinations
Approve:  Affirmation of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) Investigations for The Month Of September 2021
Approve:  Confidential Special Education Agreement - Student ID#4794816490
Adopt and Abolish Policies:
Second Reading & Adoption/Abolishment:
  1. Policy 1648.11 The Road Forward COVID-19 - Health & Safety
  2. Policy 1648.13 School Employee Vaccination Requirements
  3. Policy 3160.01 Quarantine for Teaching Staff
  4. Policy 5751 Title IX Sexual Harassment & Non-Discrimination
  5. Policy 5750 Student Right of Privacy
  6. Policy 1648 Restart and Recovery Plan
  7. Policy 1648.02 Remote Learning Option for Families
First Reading
  1. Policy 0143.2 Student Representatives to the Board of Education
  2. Policy 2422 Health & Physical Education
  3. Policy 2425 Emergency Virtual or Remote Instruction Program
  4. Policy 2431 Athletic Competition
Approve:  Emergency Virtual or Remote Instruction Plan for the 2021-2022 School Year

Approve:  Moratorium on Suspensions for the 2021-2022 School Year

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Hearings of Individuals and Delegations / Public Speaks - Written Comment

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 follow the instructions below.

Hearings of Individuals and Delegations / Public Speaks - Audio Comment

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 using the information below:
Event: Board of Education Meeting
Date / Time: October 18, 2021 at 7:30 PM
Webex Link: Webex Link
Event Number: 2338 705 6293
Event Password: Orange20Maple (67264320 from phones)
Telephone Number: 408-418-9388
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’s Curriculum & Instruction Committee, which is a committee of the whole, will meet in public on Tuesday, November 9, 2021 at 6:30 pm utilizing an online video conference platform.  Since this is not a Board meeting the public is welcome to watch but there will not be any public comments or official action, etc. 
The Board of Education will meet in Closed Session on Monday, November 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm in the Superintendent’s Office, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ, as well as using the 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 in the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ in person and utilizing an online video conference platform which will include Hearing of Individuals.  The community can view the meeting by following the steps which will be listed on the agenda. If there are members of the community who would like to attend the meeting in person, please note that masks and social distancing are required in accordance with the guidance received from the local DOH and the CDC. Action will be taken.
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