Livingston Board of Education Discusses Strategic Planning and Violence and Vandalism Policy

Violist Alan Sun is recognized by the Livingston Board of Education for his audition and performance as a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference High School Honors Orchestra.


LIVINGSTON, NJ – Human Resources Manager of Livingston Schools Susan Burman reviewed an annual strategic plan detailing policy review in a presentation before the Livingston Board of Education and the public at a workshop/voting meeting on Monday night at Livingston High School.

Burman went through the entire slide presentation, which can be found online on the district’s Web site at

Sign Up for E-News

The first slide mentioned that the responsibility of the board of education is to develop policies that will be administered through administrative regulations within the district. 

Burman also reviewed the district’s strategic goals. The first is for a long term plan to be put in place and properly updated, the second is to review, modify or develop polices in areas that are classified as emerging or current needs, the third is to align the code of conduct and other district documents with district polices and core beliefs and the fourth is to maintain an authority figure to enhance and carry out these policies and inform the community and staff members about who to contact if there are questions, suggestions or concerns regarding policies.

Next, Burman discussed the strategic plan action items Livingston is planning to accomplish in the upcoming years.  An item that was disseminated to the board and the public at the meeting was a preparation of a cycle of review for all district policies.  By March of next year, there are plans to complete conversion of all mandated policies from NJSBA (New Jersey School Board Association) to the Strauss Esmay numerical system.

“We have, I believe, five to six remaining policies that we need to convert over (from NJSBA to Strauss Esmay),” Burman said.  “Because they need larger discussions, those are the ones that still need to be accomplished.”

Another strategic plan is to create a homework policy which is aligned to the information contained within the Grading and Reporting handbook by August of 2012.

Later in the presentation, Burman talked about the mandated polices which are driven by state statute or administrative code.  An example would be the harassment, intimidation and bullying policy, an item that was discussed earlier in the meeting.

There are also optional policies, which are carried out to match the best needs of the district and according to Burman “things we think are good to have as a regular course of business.”  An example of this would be the policy to have student representatives at board of education meetings, Burman said.

Livingston has reviewed, revised and adopted 332 policies since 2005.

Another discussion item that took place at Monday night’s meeting was a report detailing the district’s Violence and Vandalism policy.  This report is mandated by the state every year, according to Superintendent of Livingston Schools Brad Draeger.  He also informed the public that “incidences of violence and vandalism in Livingston are extremely low.”

There were 36 incidences of violence reported this year, compared to 21 the previous year, Assistant Superintendent of Livingston Schools Lawrence Russell said.  He continued, saying that a majority of those incidences came from simple assault reports at the elementary level.  Vandalism incidences have decreased from 9 reports this year compared to 13 the previous year.

Weapons incidences this year were reported once as compared to five the previous year.  When talking about weapons, Russell mentioned that these are any objects used to strike another student.  This can include a broomstick, a pencil stick or a ruler for example, according to Russell.  There were six reported incidences of substance abuse, one more than last year; all at the high school level, Russell said.

There will also be a state mandated policy that the board will be required to report incidences of harassment, intimidation and bullying twice a year to the public at board of education meetings, Draeger said.  He mentioned that he would like to “sink up” the reporting of violence and vandalism with the harassment, intimidation and bullying report.

James Perretti, in charge of construction projects at Livingston schools, reported that phase one of the construction at 4 of the 8 Livingston schools is pretty much complete and he and his team are now on phase two.

Much of the work at these schools was done over the summer and minimal work will take place during the school year, so as to not disrupt the flow of education, according to board administrator Steve Robinson.

In other news, Livingston High School senior Alan Sun was recognized for his audition and performance as a member of the Music Educator’s National Conference High School Honors Orchestra.  Sun, a violist, performed this past June at the John F. Kennedy Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C.  Sun performed a Johann Sebastian Bach piece before the board and public at the meeting.

39 Livingston High School students, including Sun, were selected as commended students for the National Merit Scholarship Program.

The next Livingston Board of Education meeting is set for Monday October 17th at 7:30 p.m. at Livingston High School.  It will be another workshop/voting meeting.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News


Livingston Lacrosse Senior Jason Scher Named Athlete of the Week

April 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — Livingston High School senior Jason Scher has been named as TAPinto Livingston’s Athlete of the Week after scoring 14 goals and contributing 15 assists in his last five games—bringing him to a total of 35 points so far this season.

With Scher leading the pack, the Lancers are 5-2 after winning their last five consecutive games. Scher scored three ...

Full Pet Grooming Service 25% OFF

April 20, 2018

LITTLE FALLS, NJ - Cloud Canine Grooming Salon & Spa in Little Falls is open for business and owner and pet stylist Melissa DiRoma is offering 25% off a FULL GROOMING SERVICE for all new customers. Call (973) 837-8884 or visit to schedule your appointment. Mention promo code TAP DOG for discount. 

About Cloud ...

Free Wellness Event at The Joint Chiropractic

WEST CALDWELL, NJ — The public is invited to a "Wellness Event to Remember" at The Joint Chiropractic in West Caldwell on Thursday, April 19 from 7 p.m. to  9 p.m.

Guests will include:

Michael Piercy, owner of The Lab
Justyna Debski, owner of Revive Mind Body
Karen Caplan, owner of Nutrition Transitions

Join the ...

Luxury Facial Services 50% OFF

MILLBURN, NJ - DeAmour Salon & Spa is proud to announce its newest team member, Renee Rudikh, formerly of the famous Georgette Klinger Spa at the Short Hills Mall.

Rudikh has extensive experience and specializes in a plethora of facial styles including: deep pore cleansing/European, microdermabrasion with collagen, teenage, men's, back, LED and customized European ...

YMCA $0 Enrollment in April

LIVINGSTON, NJ - For the month of April, the West Essex YMCA is offer $0 enrollment. 

Take advantage of all that your local Y has to offer for the whole family!

Personal Training
Group Classes
Low monthly membership
And much much more!...

Check out all that the Y has to offer HERE

About the West Essex YMCA:
The West Essex YMCA has ...

MAX Challenge of West Orange - 2 Weeks FREE and more...

WEST ORANGE, NJ - The MAX Challenge of West Orange is about to start its next challenge.  Sign up before April 9, and you will receive maximum benefits, including two weeks free!



12 weeks for the price of 10
Unlimited fitness classes 
Nutritional ...

deAmour Salon - Complimentary Blowout with Other Select Services - $40+ Value

Millburn, NJ - Salon Profilo in Milburn has recently rebranded to deAmour Salon & Spa! In celebration, owners Roula and Grace are inviting new and existing clients to enjoy a complimentary blowout with any color service. Call (973) 379-8300 to schedule your appointment. Promo code: TAP COLOR

deAmor Salon specializes in multiple coloring techniques and stays current on industry ...

Upcoming Events

Sat, April 21, 10:30 AM

West Essex YMCA, Livingston

Healthy Kids Day at the West Essex YMCA

Health & Wellness

Mon, April 23, 1:30 PM

Livingston Public Library, Livingston

Monday at the Movies: LOVING VINCENT

Arts & Entertainment


Wed, April 25, 10:00 AM

Estelle Finkel Center for Learning, Livingston

Upcoming 2018 Spring SAT and ACT Courses

County Announces Improvement Plans for Grover Cleveland Park Playground and Tennis Courts

April 20, 2018

CALDWELL/ESSEX FELLS, NJ — Nearly $1.2 million in improvements will be made to modernize the Essex County Grover Cleveland Park playground and tennis courts.

Essex County Executive Joseph DiVincenzo, Jr. announced his improvement plans on Friday morning, stating that Grover Cleveland Park is a popular site for families and children, and that the playground and tennis courts need to be ...

Take A Chance on the Livingston Library To Conclude

April 20, 2018

LIVINGSTON, NJ — The Friends of the Livingston Library’s annual “Take A Chance on the Library” Auction & Raffle will be ending Tuesday, April 24  when the public is invited to the Library’s Program Room as winners are announced, beginning at noon. The event invites all members of the community to “take a chance on the library” by ...

Letter to the Editor: Don't Complain. Vote!

April 12, 2018

Don’t Complain; Vote!

It’s no secret that people have strong feelings about what’s happening in our country. It’s also true that much of politics is local. In November, 11th District residents will have the opportunity to choose a new congressional representative who will not only serve as a critical check on the federal level, but also determine how our distract fares ...

Cluelessly Clueless

I teenaged my way through high school under the assumption that my parents had no idea what I was doing.  I like to think I was pretty good at withholding information and presenting situations in ways that were other than they really were.


Still, sometimes they found things out.  Like the time my friends plopped me on our front door step at one o'clock in the morning ...