SPARTA, NJ – As the shutdown orders begin to ease public meetings are returning to in-person forums. The Sparta Board of Education meeting, scheduled for Thursday, June 25, has been moved to the cafeteria at Sparta High School.

The board of education meeting will being a 7 p.m. and the members will immediately go into executive session, according to the meeting notice.  Once they return from executive session they will continue with the agenda.

The board of education agenda includes appointments with three new positions; School Social Worker at the high school, Occupational Therapist district wide and a Speech Therapist district wide.  The night custodians are also being hired after being pulled from the agenda for the April and May meetings. 

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The revised board Nepotism policy 0142.1 is on the agenda for a first reading. 

On the agenda for approval:

  • The Corrective Action Plan to address the New Jersey Office of Fiscal Accountability and Compliance violation
  • An Alumni Association Webmaster Job Description
  • The We are the Dream club with advisors Kate Brennan and Saskia Brown

A pair of resolutions call for current year surplus to be transferred to capital reserve and maintenance reserve as permitted by statute.  Items on the agenda to make use of these transferred funds include leasing a 54 passenger bus, Science textbooks and playground equipment that were identified in the 2020-2021 budget.

The meeting notice did not include instructions about coronavirus protocol. The governor’s executive orders have called for people to wear masks where possible and adhere to social distancing guidelines.

The Sparta Township Council met in council chambers on Tuesday, June 23 for the first time since the stay-at-home orders.  Most of the township officials were wearing masks. Three members of the community who attended were seated far apart and wore masks.

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