NUTLEY, NJ - The Board of Education Meeting on March 13, 2017 may have set a ‘shortest meeting’ record. The meeting started at 6:30 with the flag salute and ended and at 6:45 with the board going into executive session for ‘student matters, personnel and property acquisition’.
Superintendent Glazer’s report included upcoming district dates of importance:
- Thursday March 16 - Women’s Activism Club @ 6:30 Nutley High School Cafeteria. According to the district website, ‘it will be a question-driven forum where attendees will have the opportunity to seek advice from female career professionals. District superintendent, Dr. Glazer, will deliver the opening remarks and introduce the panelists.’
- Saturday March 18 – Elementary Students Science Fair. The Fair will be held at the Nutley High School gym. According to the Nutley Academic Booster Club website: Held in alternating years, the well-attended science and history fairs offer students in grades K-6 an exciting opportunity to create and display projects and to compete for recognition by grade. Students develop a deeper appreciation of these subjects by working in groups or individually to share their knowledge and creativity with parents, teachers, and classmates. Details can be found here.
- Wednesday March 28 PARCC testing opens. This is the third year New Jersey students are participating in mandated PARCC testing. According to Glazer, “As defined by the state, all students in grades 3-8 and at the high school must participate in the PARCC testing.” May 12 is the last day of PARCC testing in the district. Of the testing Glazer said: “It helps us, it helps you to see how your child is progressing in his or her knowledge and understanding of the grade level skills - and also the expectations for proficiency.”
- Tuesday March 29 – Completion of English Language Learning Students assessments. Testing started February 28.
- April 5 – Teacher Lynn Zazzali will be honored by the Nutley Jaycees as the Education Distinguished Service Award Winner. According to the Jaycees press release: Lynn came to the Nutley Public Schools District in September 2007 and is a 7th grade Science teacher at John H. Walker Middle School. She spearheads many new and innovative programs.
Administration Resolutions approved included:
- Approval to add a special Board of Education meeting on May 8, 2017 to reappoint 2017-18 staff members.
- Revision of Job Description: Secretary High School Attendance
Finance Resolutions approved included:
- Approval of the 2017-18 Tentative Budget – Total Budget $67,540,062.00 – Total Tax Levy - $56,905,643.00 (Tax Levy for 2016-17 was $53,153,362.00) The District Budget Hearing will be held on April 24th.
- School District Travel Maximum was set at $65,950.00 for the 2017-18 school year
Board members Fred Scalera and Charlie Kucinski and student representative Katerina Robles were not at the meeting.
The next scheduled meeting of the Board will be Monday, March 27 - 6:30pm in the JHWMS Music Room. At this time the Board will announce if it has decided to proceed with the $68M construction referendum.