RANDOLPH, NJ- The Randolph Board of Education held a meeting to review self-evaluations as well as discuss the effectiveness of the cameras on the buses.

First, a representative from the NJSBA (New Jersey School Boards Association) provided the findings of the self-evaluations that were submitted by members of the Randolph BOE. Dr. Robert Soni was facilitating the collection of results and submission to the NJSBA.

“You are a group of very diverse thinkers,” the NJSBA representative said, “the highest area that the Board evaluated itself was on policy.” This was noted as one topic that the Randolph Board of Education tends to value across the board.

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Joe Faranetta followed that up with a review of the Communications Committee meeting that was held earlier in the day. “It's amazing how much work he [Matthew Pfouts] has accomplished—not planned on, but accomplished in five months,” Faranetta said. The potential for a new website was discussed, as well as the calendar formatting, meaning more discussion on that will be had in the coming meetings.

Faranetta also provided an update on the cameras that are on the side of Randolph school buses. The goal of the cameras is to ultimately deter drivers from passing a school bus with its lights and stop sign illuminated. “We have already seen 17 violations submitted to the Randolph Police Department,” Faranetta said, “with four more on the way.”

The process for reporting violations is being streamlined, meaning bus drivers have an easier way to report the violations and have them reviewed. This is done by simply filling out a form and submit it to the Police Chief. This is reviewed in a matter of hours and then there is a 30-day time period for the bus driver to sign the complaint.

It is of emphasis that when a school bus is stopped, with its red flashing lights and stop sign illuminated, that no driver is permitted to pass the bus for any reason. The infraction is a 5-point citation, in addition to heavy fines and surcharges. The ultimate goal is simple—keep the children safe.

Around town, there are electronic signs posted by the Randolph Township Police Department to remind drivers of the law and consequences.

The public statements made were mostly surrounding concerns of the before and after care program, as they pertain to drop-ins. The concerns were that if there is not enough staff to support those programs, that is a big problem for parents who have things that come up and have to drop their children off, or have them stay late. This will surely be evaluated in the coming meetings, especially as more and more parents state their concerns.

Finally, Anne Standridge was not present, but this  marks the end of Standridge’s tenure on the Randolph Board of Education. Details of the application process are outlined on the Randolph Township Schools website.