SPARTA, NJ – The Sparta Board of Education is scheduled to hold their February meeting in the cafeteria of Sparta High School.  It is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. but the board members will immediately convene to executive session according to the agenda.

The board of education has implemented Board Docs to create and share the agenda.  The public now has the ability to see the attachments, including new and revised policies, draft meeting minutes and financial documents, as provided for in board policy.  

The agenda for Thursday’s meeting has several important personnel items:

  • Shannon Benson to be hired as vice principal at Sparta High School replacing Michael Lauricella for $112,750.  Benson is scheduled to begin on April 22 or sooner if released by Butler, his current district.
  • Frank Ciaburri to be named principal at Sparta Middle School filling the position vacated by Michael Gregory as he became Director of Operations for the school district. Ciaburri has been serving as acting principal and will receive a salary of $140,000.
  • Adrienne Castorina will be moved from Supervisor of Special Services grades pre-K-12 to Director of Elementary Special Services grades pre-K to five, effective July 1 for $139,875.
  • Ronnie Spring will be moved from Sparta High School Principal to Director of Secondary Special Services grades six -12, effective July 1 for $160,000.

The board of education is also voting to authorize a Request for Proposal for the district’s health insurance broker for the 2021-2022 school year.

The agenda notes board members will be voting to revise the 2020-2021 school calendar.  The changes appear to be in the language with regard to emergency closures reflecting the option of remote learning.  The new language:

“When the school district is out of emergency days, the district will endeavor to use virtual days when possible, being mindful that power outages may occur and virtual days will not be possible. If additional emergency days are utilized they will first be taken away from spring break. If those are exhausted or additional emergency days are used after April 9th, days will be added on to the end of the school year.”

A number of parents concerned about getting their children back into the classroom were planning to attend the board of education meeting to voice their concern, according to posts on social media. A Facebook post on the emotionally charged topic spelled trouble for a Wall Township man. Since that time the board of education has announced the timeline to bring students back; March 15 for full day schedule with A and B cohorts and March 29 for full day with all students in together.  The interim Superintendent Patrick McQueeney held "town hall" meetings on Wednesday night at the high school to field questions from parents. 

The Thursday board of education meeting will be livestreamed on YouTube. The public can also call in.  Comments and questions can be emailed prior to the meeting.

  • The link is: 
  • Questions can be emailed to public.comment@sparta.org by 5 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 25
  • Questions can also be called in the night of the meeting to: (US) +1 319-382-6369‬ PIN: ‪748 636 026‬#
    • Callers will be muted by the host upon entering the conference call.
    • Upon public comment starting, if a member of the public wishes to comment they must hit *6 on their phone’s dial pad to unmute themselves.

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