NEWTON, NJ—The Newton Board of Education met virtually via Cisco Webex on Tuesday, June 23. Due to some technical difficulties the meeting did not start until 7:27 p.m. but the board adjourned into executive session, not to reconvene at 8:07 p.m.

The district approved $176,041 CARES act funding.

Several personnel items were on the agenda.  Topping the list was the resignation of Newton School District Business Administrator and Board Secretary Alfred Savio.  

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  • Termination of four employees due to economy and efficiency reasons
  • Hiring of a new agriculture science teacher at Newton High School
  • Hiring of a new English teach at Newton High School
  • Resignation of Teaching assistant Karen Noggle at Newton High School

Several purchases were approved at the meeting:

  • Module Lease Purchase for the preschool program  $300,000
  • Disinfectant and sprayer $2,780.01
  • New Chromebooks for freshman $68,553.42
  • Newton High school Graduation video $7,000

A donation of gym wall mats was made from Hardyston Township which are valued at $1,500 for use in the district school gymnasiums.

Sodexo Food Service Management Company will remain as the food servie provider for the district.  The school food contract for the 2020-2021 school year was after evaluated from a sub-committee of board members.

The only public comment was a question on if the board knew when their next in-person meeting would be held. Superintendent Kennedy Greene commented that they do not have a plan currently, but expect some news from Governor Murphy by the end of this week regarding re-opening of schools and will plan around those guidelines.

The next Newton Board of Education meeting is currently set for Tuesday, July 28 beginning at 7 p.m. and has not been determined yet if it will be virtual or in person.