WOOD-RIDGE, NJ - At Monday evening's  Board of Education meeting, Wood-Ridge Chief School Administrator Nicholas Cipriano announced that the Wood-Ridge Board of Education and the Wood-Ridge Education Association (WREA) were in discussions for a plan to have students return to school four days a week, with one virtual day, starting as early as the second marking period, November 16.  Cipriano stated that the plan has not been finalized, and that more information will be forthcoming, perhaps as early as next week, when available. 

The plan would have all students return for a half-day of instruction four days a week, with a fifth day of instruction being a half-day, virtually.  Cipriano noted that, in his opinion, it was important to keep students going virtually one day a week, so that in case the virus flares up in Wood-Ridge, and they have to make adjustments to the plan, it will be an easier transition.

Cipriano stated that the discussions with the WREA have been helpful and productive.  He also noted that Wood-Ridge has all the Personal Protective Equipment that is needed, so there should be no issue.  All teachers were issued PPE, and that depending on circumstances, additional equipment was issued. There should be no concern about PPE, as all teachers had what they needed. 

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Cipriano also noted that the breakdown of the students attending in-person to virtually is 70% percent in-person, with 30 percent attending virtually. 

The meeting opened with a presentation by Board Member Patrick Ambrosio to Jacob Jalenski. 

Ambrosio commented that he was honored to be making the presentation, particularly since he knew the student personally.

“Jacob is an extremely bright and respectful young man. Jacob since his freshman year has always communicated well and thoroughly with the staff and his peers. Jacob has excelled in his coursework while taking on a rigorous course load every year. Due to his outstanding work ethic Jacob was able to graduate early from high school.  In just three years, Jacob was able to take and excel in a combined six honors and advanced placement courses.  On top of his course load, Jacob was an active member of our school band every year.  It gives me great pleasure to be here this evening to present this certificate of accomplishment to Jacob Jalensksi 

After the Cipriano's report, the Trustees passed both the resolutions and consent agenda unanimously.

During the public discussion, there was a disagreement between over the approval of the Wood-Ridge Administrators Association Merit goals between Bonnie Taylor, a Wood-Ridge resident attending the meeting remotely, and the Board.  Taylor disagreed with some of items that were classified as merit goals, believing that they should be part of an Administrator's regular job responsibilities.  The Board disagreed.  After several discussions back and forth, Board President Albie Nieves told Taylor that their discussion would have to be continued off-line.


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