NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – A shortened winter sports season is set to begin on Dec. 3, Athletic Director Vincent Carangelo announced at the Thursday, Oct. 22 Board of Education (BOE) meeting. The board also continued its discussion on student memorials.

Carangelo explained that winter sports practices will begin on Dec. 3 this year. According to NJSIAA the regular competition runs from Dec. 21 to Feb. 3. He noted that the information that school districts have received is preliminary and more details are expected at a later date. He noted that the capacity restrictions are set for 25 percent which may prevent spectators to attend games. The games are allowed between two teams only. He pointed out that this restriction may affect winter track competition.

After discussing potential policy changes regarding memorials last month, the district created an ad hoc committee to evaluate and discuss new or revised board policies relating to student memorials. Board Member Mary Misiukiewicz told the board that a new policy is indeed needed. The new policy will include long and short-term memorials, vigils and moments of silence guidelines. The committee presented its initial material to the board members for discussion. The finalized recommendations will be presented to the full board at a later meeting.

With regard to other news the board approved the resignation of Head Custodian Samol Srey. He is set to retire as of Jan. 31, 2021. Superintendent David Miceli, Assistant Superintendent Lauren Zirpoli, and High School/Middle School Principal Brian Henry took turns to thank Srey for his work in the district and congratulate him on his retirement. He exerted “a major role” at the high school/middle school facility, Zirpoli said.