NUTLEY, NJ - The Nutley Board of Education and citizens attending their Monday night meeting of had the opportunity to experience a demonstration by the Nutley High Robotics Club.

“We don’t have a lot of coders” March 1 was designated “Girls Coding Day”. Mr. Campbell invited one of his former students, currently attending NJIT, to speak to students and campaign for ‘more girls to get into coding.’ The mostly male robotics club is also looking to have more female members next year.

Student representative Katerina Robles introduced the club. “We put a lot of passion, time and effort into this. The club is comprised of Builders, Coders and Communications/Media.

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Robles thanked the club’s coaches, Mr. Campbell and Ms. McNish who are with them when they practice, ‘sometimes until 9pm’.

Nutley High robotics students first competed in the First Tech Challenge last year. FTC is a national program that creates an annual game for robotic clubs to compete in. The NHS Robotics Team earned ‘most points’ in match and 2nd place overall at a match last November.

Rula Abualhuda, from Spencer Savings Bank Nutley location, presented the Nutley Educational Foundation with a $1000 donation for the High School Robotics program.

Robles reported on several Nutley High activities and events including the Feb 15 “Raiders Ride Safe” campaign. Read TAPnto Nutley’s Coverage of the event here: NHS TV3 Class holds Raiders Ride Safe Assembly

“The future is now!” Katerina Robles

Superintendent Dr. Julie Glazer informed everyone that it’s ‘Read Across America’ Week and encouraged everyone to celebrate reading. She is scheduled into several classrooms and the Nutley library and will be reading one of her favorite books ‘Harold and the Purple Crayon’

Charlie Kucinski gave the Administration Report. He stated. “We have come to a verbal agreement on the acquisition of additional property for parking behind the Middle School. Also discussed at the meeting were ‘the conditions of our buildings particularly the restrooms’ and the new secure entrance to Washington School that will be proposed. According to Kucinski there was also discussion on ‘some legal issues’.

The Academic Report by Sal Balsamo included that there was a change to the job description for a special education teacher. A candidate is expected to be recommended. Finance committee member Sal Ferraro reported that the committee discussed painting of the trim around the Middle School, a proposed bus stop, the church parking and the school breakfast program in select schools for next year.

President Carnicella announced the postponement of the resolution which is the next step in moving the proposed referendum forward. The new date is March 13thNutley School Construction Announcement Delayed to Mid-March on TAPinto Nutley

There was no public comment.