Livingston BOE Interim Board Members Announced

From left: James O'Neill, Barry Funt, Pamela Chirls, Arthur Altman Credits: Cheryl O'Brien
From left: James O'Neill, Barry Funt, Pamela Chirls, Arthur Altman Credits: Cheryl O'Brien

LIVINGSTON, NJ – Ronnie Spring and Ronnie Konner were appointed to the interim board member seats at the Livingston Board of Education meeting on August 13 and will serve until the reorganization meeting on January 5, 2015. Spring and Konner were nominated by President Barry Funt and Vice President Pamela Chirls, voted for by the board, and sworn in by Business Administrator and Board Secretary Steven K. Robinson.

Also in attendance were Mary Oates and Dr. Ted Kozlik, assistant superintendents, and Dylan Camche, student representative.

Following the appointments, Interim Superintendent James O’Neill gave a report on technology and staffing in the schools. Upgrades to the district’s wireless network are in process and O’Neill said, “We are hopeful it will be completed as early as the start of the school year.”

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Other technology updates included the purchase of new devices for the Livingston schools; 570 Acer Chromebooks were purchased for grades kindergarten through five; and 1,080 Lenovo Thinkpads were purchased for grades six through 12. The Thinkpads are expected to arrive by the first week of school and the Chromebooks are expected by the end of September.

Eight consultants were hired to assist teachers with the new technologies in the classroom and will work on a rotating basis throughout the schools. Robinson said, “We estimate it will amount to about 500 hours per school.”

O’Neill said, “Livingston public schools will move forward with a greater emphasis on technology, and people will feel more comfortable using it in the classroom. This is a giant leap forward.”

According to the board, the new devices will be paid off over the course of three years with a total of $1.2 million spent on technological equipment.

In regards to staffing updates O’Neill said, “We have a large number of new staff joining us next week. There is a new teacher orientation which will run Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. New teachers will receive information about the district, evaluation model, the mentoring process, affirmative action, and human resource issues.”

O’Neill added, “We look forward to them being here, and we think there is a strong group of staff joining us in September.”

Click here to view the complete agenda of the meeting.

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