NEW PROVIDENCE, NJ -- The Superintendent’s Report covered a lot of ground at the Board of Education’s Feb. 27 meeting. He touched on the Teacher of the Year presentations, Kindergarten and first grade enrollment figures, 5-Year Strategic Plan meetings and the Coronavirus, now known as COVID-19.

Superintendent of Schools David Miceli said the district has been receiving a lot of inquiries about how prepared the district is and what those plans are. 

The district has already taken action in one area. It canceled all international trips scheduled for this spring because of the emergence of the Coronavirus across the globe, Miceli said. 

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The district has a plan in place. Miceli said it was developed in 2009, in response to the Swine Flu (H1N1). Miceli said he spoke with the local health official at the Westfield office, and learned the COVID-19 is similar to Swine Flu, and the protocols the district will receive from the Department of Health will be similar to those received in 2009. Any new guidance received by the district will be shared with staff and parents, he said.

The information on the district’s website was updated on March 3, and can be found here.

The update, which runs six pages, comes from the New Jersey Department of Health and offers “COVID-19 Guidance for Child Care and K-12 Schools.” 

Enrollment

As of the end of January, enrollment is up 11 students in the district, Miceli said.

He reported Allen W. Roberts School has 709 students, Salt Brook School, 655, Middle School, 398, High School, 641 and there are 35 students receiving services out of the district for a total of 2,438 students.

Miceli said the district has been monitoring incoming Kindergarten enrollment and it has jumped since the last report. At Allen W. Roberts Elementary School there are 42 students registered to start Kindergarten in the fall, and 24 additional students registered for first grade. At Salt Brook School, there are 45 students registered for Kindergarten and 12 additional students registered for first grade.

Teachers of the Year

Miceli said each year the district honors its Teachers of the Year. The teachers will be celebrated at the March 26 meeting and at a Union County reception in May. 

The teachers of the year have already been named and the news posted on their respective school’s website. The Teachers of the Year for 2020 are: Michael Niedziejko at the High School, Scott Murphy at the Middle School, Nhan Ngo, at Allen W. Roberts and Maureen Bulger at Salt Brook School.

Miceli thanked Director of Curriculum, Instruction, and Supervision Jay Richter for spearheading the “Teachers of the Year” committee. 

Strategic Planning Sessions

There are two more strategic planning sessions scheduled for this year. On March 5, the focus will be on Finance, Facilities, Security and, on March 24, Enrollment and Demographic Studies. The meetings begin at 7 p.m., at the High School/Middle School Media Center. Parents, staff, and community members are invited to attend the strategic planning sessions. 

On May 28, at the Board of Education Meeting, the board will review the data and set the goals for the district’s new five-year strategic plan.