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New Providence BOE Closes the Year with a Video Presentation of Renovated Facilities, Audit Report

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NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ – At its final regular meeting for the calendar year the Board of Education (BOE) viewed a video presentation of its renovated facilities and heard an annual audit report.

Superintendent David Miceli explained at the Thursday, Dec. 14 meeting that many community groups have had the opportunity to tour the renovated schools this fall. In order to make the viewing of the facilities available for the parents and other community members who did not have a chance to see the upgraded buildings the students put together a video presentation. The video will be emailed to parents and it will also be available at the district’s website.

Jason Gironda of Donahue, Gironda, Doria and Tomkins, LLC provided the 2016-17 audit report presentation. Gironda gave the district high marks regarding the way the district is managed. However, there were a couple of minor issues regarding ASSA (Application for State School Aid) and transportation. The board unanimously approved the audit report as well as the auditor’s recommendations addressing the ASSA and transportation issues.

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Board President Adam Smith expressed his gratitude to Business Administrator James Testa and his staff for keeping the district’s books in order. It allows the board members to go to bed at night knowing that things are taken care of, he said.

In other news the board approved a revised policy regarding school trips. According to Scott Hough, Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services, the new policy gives the district clearer guidelines on which trips are paid by the district and which trips are paid by student participants. The board also approved a revised policy regarding transgender identity and expression.

Moreover the board accepted a donation of $1,725.00 to the New Providence High School Class of 1960 Walter McCarthy and Edward Lieder Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The reorganization meeting will take place on Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018 at 7:30 pm.

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