NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Education started the new year a little later than planned because of a snow day because the 'bomb cyclone' but new members were sworn in and a president and vice president were installed. The entire agenda of the January 8 meeting was dedicated to the upcoming year. 

Board of Education member Salvatore Balsamo nominated Danny Carnicella as BOE president, he was approved unanimously by those members in attendance. Member Brenda Sherman nominated Deborah Russo as vice president. she too was approved unanimously by those BOE members in attendance. BOE members Charles Kucinski and Fred Scalera were not present at the meeting because of previous business engagements.

Carnicella addressed the assembled public stating that l2017 was an "amazing year" and there are a lot of challenges ahead for the board. He looked toward the board members and described them as an amazing group and he looks forward to the challenges ahead. In describing how the BOE works, Carnicella said "we don't always agree on everything, but we all come together at the end."

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Superintendent Dr. Julie Glazer recognized some of the Nutley leaders who were in the gallery for the meeting. They included Commissioner Alphonse Petracco, Zoning Board member Gary Marino, Karen O'Malley, and Instrumental Director "Mr. V." Glazer invited the community to "come together and collaborate" and "come together and stay engaged" in the coming year. She stated that Nutley Public Schools will continue to reach out for feed back with a new round of town halls and coffees with members of some of the other township boards.

In the Spring, a joint budget meeting with Commissioner Tom Evans is planned to discuss the budget process. Glazer stressed that the municipal budget is separate from the school budget. This year, Nutley Public Schools will implement zero-based budgets. 

Board of Education Business Administrator Karen Yeamans swore in newly elected BOE members Lisa Danchak-Martin and Salvatore Ferraro. The families joined them at the microphone as they were sworn in. 

The Nutley Board of Education adopted the Code of Ethics as established by the  New Jersey School Boards Association. The resolution was read by BOE member Salvatore Balsamo. Members of the BOE accepted the code of ethics by signing the document at the end of the meeting. 

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