VERONA, NJ - The Verona Board of Education met Tuesday evening at Verona High School for its first meeting of the calendar year. 

The meeting began with the swearing in of Sara Drappi, new board member, and James Day, who was reelected this past November, by Ernie Turner, acting board secretary.

“It’s an honor to be here, and I look forward to serving all of Verona’s students,” said Drappi, who is also a public school teacher in nearby Nutley and mother to two children.

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The board then took nominations for President and Vice President. Lisa Freschi and James Day were nominated and voted in unanimously for these positions. 

School Superintendent Dr. Rui Dionisio discussed the success of Verona’s sports programs and the progress being made on the referendum.

“We are doing lots of design work and planning currently,” he said. “We are meeting with architects and engineers and revising plans as we go.”

The school hopes to move quickly on any projects they can begin before school lets out on June 20. He also assured parents that the school has reached out to Executive Kids, the Montclair YMCA, and Verona Recreation to inform them of the new later start date approved at the last meeting. The organizations are in the process of creating programs to cover the two-week gap created by the new school calendar.

After passing resolutions about club stipends and individual salary changes, the floor was opened up for public comment. Resident Christy DiBartolo spoke about the bill in the state senate that restricts religious exemptions for vaccinations for public school students. She urged the board to call their legislators to express disapproval for the bill.

With no additional public comments, the board then moved to adjourn. Full meeting minutes can be found at

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