Regular Session - January 24, 2022

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Monday, January 24, 2022 - 7:30pm
School District of South Orange Maplewood, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Monday, January 24, 2022
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 - December 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.
  • District Goal Update
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) Memorials; B) Resignations; C) Appointments; D) Transfer/Reassignment; E) Change in Start Date; F) Change in End Date; G) Leave of Absence; H) Salary Adjustments; I) Stipend
Approve:  A) Appointment of Substitute Teacher(s) for the 2021/22 SY; B) Appointment of Substitute School Nurses for the 2021/22 SY Paid at the Daily Rate of $215.00; C) Appointment of Out of District Coaches for the 2021/22 SY; D) Appointment of Substitute Secretaries for the 2021/22 SY Paid at a Hourly Rate of $13.50; E) Appointment of Substitute Secretaries for the 2021/22 SY School Year Paid at a Hourly Rate Of $13.00; F) Appointment of Substitute Bus Aides for the 2021/22 SY Paid At A Hourly Rate Of $13.50
Approve:  2021/22 SY 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) Approve Use of Vendors; F) Appoint Thair Joshua as a Member of the Representative Assembly of the Essex Regional Educational Services Commission for 2022; G) Approve Agreement with the South Mountain YMCA; H) Authorize Disposal of District Vehicles; I) Approve Participation in the New Jersey Cooperative Purchasing Alliance; J) Seth Boyden Choice 2022-2023; K) Renew Contract for Telecommunication Services to Mettel;
Approve:  New Course Proposal
Approve:  School Field Trip Destination

Approve:  Affirmation of HIB for the Month of December


Approve:  Confidential Special Education Settlement Agreement - A) Student ID# 4851347513; B) Student ID#  #68***; C) Student ID#3470107975

Adopt Board Policies:
Second Reading & Adoption:
  1. Policy 2415.20 Every Student Succeeds Act Complaints
  2. Policy 5116 Education of Homeless Children
  3. Policy 6115.01 Federal Awards - Funds Internal Control - Allowability of Costs
  4. Policy 6115.02 Federal Awards - Funds Internal Controls - Mandatory Disclosures
  5. Policy 6115.03 Federal Awards - Funds Internal Controls - Conflict of Interest
First Reading:
  1. Policy 2421 Career & Technical Education
  2. Policy 3142 Non-renewal of Non-Tenured Teaching Staff Member
  3. Policy 3221 Evaluation of Teaching Staff Members Excluding Teachers and Administrators
  4. Policy 3222 Evaluation of Teaching Staff Members, Excluding Teachers and Administrators
  5. Policy 3223 Evaluation of Administrators, Excluding Principals, Vice Principals, and Assistant Principals
  6. Policy 3224 Evaluation of Principals, Vice Principals, and Assistant Principals
  7. Policy 4146 Non-renewal of Non-Tenured Support Staff Member
  8. Policy 4219 Commercial Driver’s License Controlled Substance and Alcohol Abuse
Approve:  Submission Of Anti-Bullying Bill Of Rights Act (ABR) Self-Assessment to The NJDOE for the 2020-2021 School Year
Approve:  NJDOE English Language Learner Three-Year Plan
Approve:  Uphold the Administration's Decision to Deny Transportation For Student ID#1151074932
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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: January 24, 2022 - 7:30 PM
Webex Link: Webex Link
Event Number: 2332 208 9539
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 will meet in Closed Session on Thursday, February 24, 2022 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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