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Student Requirement to Salute the U.S. Flag Passes First Reading at SPF Board of Education Meeting

SCOTCH PLAINS, NJ – The Scotch Plains-Fanwood Board of Education approved the first reading of a board policy requiring students to salute the U.S. flag and repeat the pledge of allegiance. The measure passed at the BOE’s monthly regular meeting Tuesday night. 

The proposed policy, entitled “Opening Exercises/Ceremonies," if formally adopted, would require students in “…each school in the district to salute the United States flag and repeat the pledge of allegiance to the flag…” 

The policy describes the method and manner in which the allegiance should be rendered (right hand over heart) and provides exemptions for conscientious objectors and children of accredited representatives of foreign governments receiving diplomatic immunity. Those not saluting or reciting the pledge shall “be required to show full respect to the flag while the pledge is being given.”

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There was no discussion by the BOE, as is typical during a first reading.  Approval at this stage, however, clears the way for formal adoption at a subsequent meeting.

Additionally, the board tackled a wide-ranging agenda. It addressed a dozen school business functions primarily focusing on various appropriations for vendor services and related matters including approving bills for the period Aug. 26-Sept. 23 in the amount of $5,637,779.69. The Board also approved the bill to replace the Evergreen School boiler at approximately $200,000.  

In addition to the flag and pledge of allegiance matter, the board also approved the first reading of five other new policies and the elimination of one. 

The new policies address screening for dyslexia, early graduation, suspected gang activity, transgender students, and school nutrition programs. The board approved the abolishment of a regulation regarding free and reduced rate meals, apparently to be replaced by the new school nutrition program. 

In other business, the Board adopted resolutions regarding recognition for the following:

  •  Week of Respect, October 3-7
  • National School Lunch Week, October 10-14
  • School Violence Awareness Week, October 17-21
  • National Principal's Month, October
  • Newly Tenured Teachers 

No new business was introduced. Upcoming scheduled meetings include:

Thursday, Sept. 29 – Back to School Night – SPF High School
Thursday, Oct. 13 – Tenure Recognition Ceremony - Evergreen School Gym – 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 13 – Open Agenda Meeting - Administration Building – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Oct. 20 – Regular Public Meeting – Administration Building – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 17 – Open Agenda Meeting - Administration Building – 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Nov. 29 – Regular Public Meeting - Administration Building – 7:30 p.m.

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North Plainfield/Green Brook/Watchung

March NPCCR Meeting Date

February 12, 2017

The next meeting of the North Plainfield Citizens for Community Rights (NPCCR) will be held on March 2, 7:00 PM, at the North Plainfield Community Center, 614 Greenbrook Road.

Our guest speaker will be from the New Jersey Department of the Treasury Division of Taxation.  One of the programs to be discussed will be the “Senior Tax Freeze”.  If you know anyone from another ...

Vanessa Almeida Named To Dean's List At Loyola University Maryland

February 22, 2017

BALTIMORE, MD - Vanessa Almeida, a member of the class of 2020 from Greenbrook, has been named to the fall 2016 Dean's List at Loyola University Maryland.

In order to qualify for the Dean's List at Loyola, a student must achieve a minimum QPA of at least 3.500 for the term, provided that, in the term they have successfully completed courses totaling a minimum of 15 ...

Obituaries

SOUTH PLAINFIELD, NJ  - Carol R. Osterberg passed away at her home surrounded by her family on ...
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Meeting for North Plainfield Business Association

February 23, 2017

Our next meeting will be held February 28th at the International Sports Club - our host and sponsor this month - 403 Somerset St. in North Plainfield.  Meeting begins at 7pm.  Meetings are held the last Tuesday of every month.  Our guest speaker this month is Donna Campanaro, Certified Public Accountant.  Donna will discuss some general small ...

Man Admits Assaulting Sleeping Woman On Flight From Los Angeles To Newark

February 26, 2017

NEWARK, N.J. - An airline passenger admitted assaulting a female passenger who did not know him aboard a flight from Los Angeles International Airport to Newark Liberty International Airport on July 30, 2016, U.S. Attorney Paul J. Fishman announced.

Veerabhadrarao Kunam, 58, of Visakhapatnam, India, pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge Joseph A. Dickson in Newark federal court on ...

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I Loved Her at the Movies by Robert J. Wagner and Scott Eyman

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Robertson Sworn to 5-Year Term as Somerset County Prosecutor

February 25, 2017

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Somerville Approves Extended Time Limits for Parking

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Rates will remain the same.

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Plainfield Symphony’s 97th Season Concert: “Orchestral Families: Each Happy in Its Own Way”

February 22, 2017

PLAINFIELD, NJ - The next performance by the Plainfield Symphony, New Jersey's oldest, will be sure to thrill audience members.

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Somerville artist Les Floyd featured at celebration of Black History Month

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