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.
- 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.