BERNARDS TWP., NJ _  Bernards Schools Superintendent Nick Markarian is scheduled to give a school opening report at the first Board of Education meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. on Monday, Sept. 9, the first school board meeting of the 2019-20 school year.

The new school year opened on Thursday for Bernards Township students. Next week's meeting is scheduled for 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center at Ridge High School off South Finley Ave.

The superintedent had previously posted a back-to-school welcome email on the district website that included information on how to sign up for a new student information portal, Genesis.

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The agenda posted on the Bernards Board of Education website also includes a proposal to withdraw banked capital funds and put the money toward a proposed expansion of the Ridge High School cafeteria and classroom addition. The idea was discussed by the board last month as a potential alternative to borrowing funds.

The agenda also includes an update from student representative Jimmy Gao and a report on tiered systems of support from the school district's administrative team. Appointments, resignations, and appointments to extra-curricular assignments are also on the agenda.

At the end of August, Markarian said the school year would open with enrollment figures lower than last September. However, he added that actual enrollment figures could change daily until school actually began.