CLARK, NJ - The Clark Board of Education kicked off the new school year with teacher appointments and district achievements and reports at their September meeting on Tuesday.

During his Superintendent’s report Ed Grande shared the self-assessment scores under the Anti-Bullying Bill of Rights Act.  “These values are not to be confused with percentages as they are not based out of 100,” Grande said.  “Instead they are benchmarks to compare past and present values to.”

All schools (Arthur L. Johnson, Carl H. Kumpf, Frank K. Hehnly, Valley Road and the Preschool Annex) received a score of 75 out of a possible 78. “The common values of 75 goes to show the district wide approach we have in place [works] in keeping us consistent,” Grande said.

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Grande also reported on the number and nature of violence and vandalism recorded during the previous half of the school year.  Every district is required to report to the public twice a year.

From January, 2016 through July, 2016, fourteen cases were reported for the entire district: five from ALJ, seven from Kumpf, one from Hehnly and one from Valley Road.

“This total of fourteen incidents includes two acts of violence, one act of vandalism, one act of weapons, two substance offenses, and eight confirmed HIB (harassment, intimidation, bullying),” Grande said. 

There were several also acknowledgments made in regards to the personnel items on the evening's agenda.

Grande congratulated Math teacher Lee Robertson on a promotion to a tenure track position.  “Robertson had previously been approved this summer to a maternity leave position,” Grande said.

In attendance was Michelle Zederbaum who was appointed as an ALJ maternity leave English teacher. 

“I wanted to take this opportunity to thank each one of you,” Zederbaum said.  “As we start a new school year, we start a new journey.  I'm looking forward to lead my students through that journey with lots of learning, reflection, inquiry and, hopefully, lots of laughs.”

The Board approved Francis (Frank) Wagenblast as the advisor to the Psychology Club at ALJ. 

“I'm thrilled to see the psychology club being manned by Mr. Wagenblast,” Board Member Jill Curran said.  “It's wonderful.”

ALJ teacher Brian Kenyon’s attendance at the 2016 New Jersey Science Convention on October 25 was approved by the Board.  Grande explained that Kenyon will speak about Google classroom at the convention. 

“Brian's done a lot of training in our district on Google classroom," he said. "It is an honor for our district and for him professionally.”

During this time the Board accepted the resignation of Mike Mancino, former teacher and coach of the girls softball team.  

The curriculum guides for the 2016-2017 school year were also approved by the Board. 

“I want to say thank you to our writers for the job they did,” Grande said.  “They made the whole process very simple.”

The next Board of Education meeting is scheduled for October 11.