December 21, 2023 - Regular Board Meeting

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Thursday, December 21, 2023 - 6:30pm
School District of South Orange Maplewood
525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ 07040
Thursday, December 21, 2023, 6:30 pm
In-Person and Using online video conference platform
(The instructions are placed at the end of the agenda)
  3. STUDENT PERFORMANCE - CHS Varsity Orchestra String Ensemble
  4. NOTICE OF THE MEETING:  Please take notice that adequate notice of this meeting has been provided in the following manner:
    1. That written notice was sent from the Office of the Secretary of the Board at 2:30 on January 6, 2023.
    2. That said notice was sent via email to Maplewood and South Orange Township Clerks and the Editors of the News Record, Star Ledger, TapintoSOMA, and the Village Green.
WHEREAS, while the “Sen. Byron M. Baer Open Public Meetings Act”(N.J.S.A. 10:4-6 et seq.) requires all meetings of the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education to be held in public, N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b) sets forth nine (9) types of matters that may lawfully be discussed in “Executive Session,” without the public being permitted to attend, and
WHEREAS, the Board has determined that one (1) issue is permitted by N.J.S.A 10:4 - 12 (b) to be discussed without the public in attendance and shall be discussed during an Executive Session to be held on Thursday, December 21, 2023 at 6:30 PM, and
WHEREAS, the nine (9) exceptions to open the public meetings set forth in N.J.S.A 10:2-4(b) are listed below, and next to each exception is a box which will be marked when the issues to be privately discussed fall within that exception, and after each exception is a space where additional information that will disclose as much information about the discussion as possible without undermining the purpose of the exception shall be written:
X “(1) Any matter which, by express provision of Federal law, State statute or rule of court shall be rendered confidential or excluded from public discussion.”  The nature of the matter, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality is attorney/client privilege, HIB reporting, and Litigation Status Report.
□ “(2) Any matter in which the release of information would impair a right to receive funds from the federal government.” The nature of the matter, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality is:
□ "(3) Any material the disclosure of which constitutes an unwarranted invasion of individual privacy such as any records, data, reports, recommendations, or other personal material of any educational, training, social service, medical, health, custodial, child protection, rehabilitation, legal defense, welfare, housing, relocation, insurance and similar program or institution operated by a public body pertaining to any specific individual admitted to or served by such institution or program, including but not limited to information relative to the individual's personal and family circumstances, and any material pertaining to admission, discharge, treatment, progress or condition of any individual, unless the individual concerned (or, in the case of a minor or incompetent, his guardian) shall request in writing that the same be disclosed publicly." The nature of the matters, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality are:
□ "(4) Any collective bargaining agreement, or the terms and conditions of which are proposed for inclusion in any collective bargaining agreement, including the negotiation of terms and conditions with employees or representatives of employees of the public body."
□ "(5) Any matter involving the purchase, lease or acquisition of real property with public funds, the setting of banking rates or investment of public funds where it could adversely affect the public interest if discussion of such matters were disclosed." The nature of the matter, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality is:
□ "(6) Any tactics and techniques utilized in protecting the safety and property of the public, provided that their disclosure could impair such protection. Any investigations of violations or possible violations of the law." The nature of the matter, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality is:
□  "(7) Any pending or anticipated litigation or contract negotiation in which the public body is, or may become a party. Any matters falling within the attorney-client privilege, to the extent that confidentiality is required in order for the attorney to exercise his ethical duties as a lawyer." The parties to and docket numbers of each item of litigation and/or the parties to each contract discussed are and the nature of the discussion, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality are:
X "(8) Any matter involving the employment, appointment, termination of employment, terms and conditions of employment, evaluation of the performance, promotion or disciplining of any specific prospective public officer or employee or current public officer or employee employed or appointed by the public body, unless all individual employees or appointees whose rights could be adversely affected request in writing that such matter or matters be discussed at a public meeting." Subject to the balancing of the public's interest and the employee's privacy rights under South Jersey Publishing Co. v. New Jersey Expressway Authority, 124 N.J. 478 (1991), the employee(s) and nature of the discussion, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality are:
□  "(9) Any deliberation of a public body occurring after a public hearing that may result in the imposition of a specific civil penalty upon the responding party or the suspension or loss of a license or permit belonging to the responding party as a result of an act of omission for which the responding party bears responsibility." The nature of the matter, described as specifically as possible without undermining the need for confidentiality is:
WHEREAS, the length of the Executive Session is estimated to be sixty (60) minutes after which the public meeting of the Board shall (select one) □ reconvene and immediately adjourn or X reconvene and proceed with business where formal action will be taken.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the South Orange Maplewood Board of Education will go into Executive Session for the above stated reasons only; and
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Board hereby declares that its discussion of the aforementioned subject(s) will be made public at a time when the public’s interest in disclosure is greater than any privacy or governmental interest being protected from disclosure.
  • Approval of Board Minutes: Special Meeting Minutes - November 20, 2023; Special Meeting Minutes November 27, 2023; Executive Session and Regular Meeting Minutes - November 30, 2023
  • Staff Tenure Celebration
  • Special Board Recognition and Appreciation of Board Member Service
    • Susan Bergin
    • Elissa Malespina
    • Courtney Winkfield
    • Johanna Wright
  • Dating Violence Presentation
  • Gifted & Talented Presentation
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.
Thank you for coming in-person and dialing-in by phone this evening. The South Orange - Maplewood Board of Education certainly respects that you’ve taken the time out of your busy day to address the Board at tonight's meeting. We value public involvement in our school district, and we are eager to hear what you have to say. The board does have time limits by policy, and it will be enforcing those to enable as many people to speak as possible this evening. Each individual will be given three minutes to speak, please do your best to stay within the time afforded to you. The first public comment period is usually limited to one hour and the second public comment period may be limited to thirty minutes. 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) Retirement; B) Appointments; C) Appointment of Leave Replacement Staff; D) Administrative Leaves; E) Termination; F) Change in Start Date; G) Transfer/Reassignment; H) Leaves of Absence; I) Salary Adjustments; J) Stipends
Approve: A) Appointment of Substitute Teachers for the 23/24 SY; B) Appointment of Long-Term Substitute Teacher for the 23/24 SY Paid at a Daily Rate of $160; C) Appointment of Volunteers for the 23/24 SY; D) Reappointment of Substitute Teacher for the 23/24 SY; E) Reappointment of Substitute Secretary for the 23/24 SY Paid at an Hourly Rate of $15.63; F) Reappointment of Substitute Secretary for the 23/24 SY Paid at an Hourly Rate of $15.13
Approve: 2023-2024 SY Out-of-District Placements
Approve:   A) Financial Reports; B) Board of Education’s Monthly Certification; C) Attendance and Work Related Travel and/or Workshop Expenses; D) Related Service Providers; E) Use of Vendors; F) Accept Donation to Parenting Center; G) PEEA Program - Annual Operational Plan and Projected Enrollment 24/25 SY; H) Change Order for Renovations and Additions to Marshall and Montrose School Projects; I) Change Order for Renovations and Additions to Clinton and Delia Bolden School Projects; J) Change Orders for Synthetic Turf Field and Grandstand Replacement at Underhill Sports Complex; K) Submit and Accept Carry Over Unexpended FY 2023 Federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act, Part B-Basic and Preschool Funds; L) Submit and Accept Carryover Unexpended FY 2023 Elementary and Secondary Act Carryover (ESEA) Funds; M) Authorize Insurance Coverage for District Clubs, Parent Organizations and PTA’s; N) Authorize Disposal of District Vehicles and Equipment; O) Affiliation Agreement with Fairleigh Dickinson University; P) Change Order for Renovations and Additions to Columbia High School Project; Q) HAND CARRY - New Jersey School Board's Association (NJSBA) as the Superintendent's Search Firm 
Approve: New/Revised Curriculum
Approve:  Transfer or Removal of Non-Domiciled Students A) Student ID# 5064329652; B) Student ID# 5581724724; C) Student ID# 1480775791; D) Student ID #2643363683
Approve:  Affirmation of Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) Investigations for the Month of November 2023
Abolish and/or Adopt Board Policies:
Second Read:
  1. 143.2 Student Representatives to the Board of Education
  2. 2270 Religion in Schools
  3. 3212 Attendance
  4. 4212 Attendance
  5. 4324 Right of Privacy - Support Staff Members
  6. 5111 Eligibility of Resident/Nonresident Students
  7. 5120 Assignment of Students
  8. 5124 Internal Transfers
  9. 8500 Food Services
  10. 8540 School Nutrition Programs
  11. 8550 Unpaid Meal Charges/Outstanding Food Service Charges
  12. 8600.1 Hazardous Routes
First Read:
  1. 5517 School Issued Student Identification Cards
Approve:  2023/24 SY Nursing Services Plan
Approve:  Book Adoption
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Hearings of Individuals and Delegations / Public Speaks - Audio Comment

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In addition to live streaming the meeting using the Youtube or SomaTV links above, community members can view/participate in district BOE meetings by using Webex. Please use the information below to connect via Webex.
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 - Public Session
Date / Time: December 21, 2023 - 6:30 PM
Webex Link: Click Here
Event Number: 2334 212 3671
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 Public Session and hold its annual Reorganization Meeting on Thursday, January 4, 2024 at 6:30 pm in the District Meeting Room, 525 Academy Street, Maplewood, NJ as well as using the online video conference platform.   The Board of Education will adjourn to Closed Session in the Superintendent’s Office 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 return to Public Session at 7:30 pm. 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 suggested in accordance with the guidance received from the local DOH and the CDC.  Action will be taken.
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