MONTVILLE, NJ – The Montville Township Board of Education had an extremely short meeting on May 15 and discussed various topics.

Member Karen Cortellino said the Finance Committee met and there will be a slight increase in MEDLC and food service charges.

Member Michael Palma said that the Drug Awareness Council sponsored a dance at Lazar with a decent turnout, and that Project Graduation, the drug- and alcohol-free post graduation celebration, will be at a new venue this year called 4Sixty6 Caterers in West Orange. As a result of this change, the event will be less expensive, it will have its own security, food and entertainment, therefore requiring fewer parent volunteers.

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Cortellino said the Negotiations Committee met and the board and the Teachers Association made some “incremental progress.”

The Cedar Hill and Valley View Elementary School signs are almost ready for installation after the township signs off on the specifications.

According to the Good News section of the agenda, the TV Studio at Lazar Middle School has “finally entered the 21st century due to a total digital upgrade that was installed over spring break, moving the studio overnight from analog VCR technology to digital HDMI. Green screen chroma key technology was added, allowing the students to broadcast from "anywhere." This technology was put in full force on May 4th, when Lazar's first Fun Friday theme was "May the Fourth Be With You," and the LNN [Lazar News Network] broadcast team was able to broadcast from the “Death Star,” have a light saber duel between anchors and our guest Storm Trooper (Chelsea Stebbins) in a far away galaxy, and the song of the day included the video of the Cantina Star Wars scene.  

“Other upgrades to the Lazar TV studio include a computer graphics program, a teleprompter, an enhanced audio system, studio lighting, communication equipment to connect the studio with the control room, and television studio-grade digital cameras. The students and their teacher, Jeanne Matuszewski, are enjoying the challenges of learning and implementing the new technologies into the TV studio program, bringing improved broadcast programming each morning to the Lazar community.” The TV studio will be filmed for the television show Classroom Close-up late in June.

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