BERNARDS TWP., NJ _ The Bernards Board of Education and the Bernards Township Committee are scheduled to meet in the upcoming week, starting with the Monday meeting at which the school board is due to vote on whether to approve a three-year contract with school district educators.

The Oct. 28 agenda for the Board of Education includes a proposal to approve a contract with the Bernards Township Education Association for the years 2019-2022.

Along with approval of retirements, resignations and appointments of personnel in township schools, the school board of education is due to hear an update on the district strategic plan. 

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The update is due to be presented by Sean Siet, Assistant Superintendent; Kristin Fox, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction; Stephanie Smith, Director of School Counseling; Richard Shello, Director of Athletics; and Drew Krause, Ridge High School Principal.

The superintendent's report is due to include the approval of school bus evacuation drills for the 2019-20 school year and recognition of the inception of new extra-curricular clubs.

The public portion of the meeting is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. on Monday in the auditorium at the William Annin Middle School, 70 Quincy Road, Basking Ridge.

Bernards Township Committee to hear report from the Affordable Housing Task Force

On Tuesday night, the Bernards Township Committee is scheduled to meet at 8 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, for its second meeting of the month. The committee meets in the main meeting room at 1 Collyer Lane in Basking Ridge.

Early in the meeting, the Township Committee is scheduled to hear the report of an affordable housing task force scheduled to present a report looking at the history of affordable housing and to serve as  'working document' to be updated in the future as new state affordable housing regulations and information changes.

The task force also was given the mission of exploring ways that the township might comply with state-ordered affordable housing considering state "methodologies," as well as costs, risks, and benefits.

Other items on the agenda include the appointment of resident Brooks Betz to the position of Local Historian.

The Township Committee is also scheduled to hold a public hearing and to hold a final vote on whether to enact a property tax exemption for residents who are "100% permanently and totally disabled" veterans.

The agenda for the Oct. 29 meeting is posted online.