CALDWELL, NJ — Although re-opening plans for September have been the consuming issue for the Board of Education the district’s normal course of business still continues and items need to be acted upon.
The board accepted a grant from the West Essex Education Foundation in the amount of $16,936.31. The grant will be utilized for the purchase of supplies for the 7/8 computer science class, supplies for special education classes for both schools and items for the WE Connect Special Education classes at the high school.
Hoping to create an in-district pool of permanent substitutes the board authorized the position to be approved with an annual salary of $30,000 plus single benefits. The goal is to allow for up to five permanent substitutes to be hired so there will be consistency and continuity among the substitutes as the school year progresses.
Other agenda items included the approval of several local businesses to be a structured learning experience job site for classified students. A Taco Affair, in Little Falls, CVS/Caremark in Fairfield, Essex Fells Country Club and Home Depot in Totowa were approved in order to provide job experiences for students.
Board member Ray Stampone provided his committee report from the Safety and Security committee. Addressing the re-opening plan Stampone noted that there was “a lot of positive feedback” provided after the initial presentation on July 27th. Discussions addressed the upcoming ACT/SAT tests that are being presented in August and September. The district will not host the tests during the month of August while consideration for allowing the district to be a testing site in September remains on the table. Stampone noted that there are concerns about grouping the 200+ students within the building however the administration is still evaluating the possibility and a final decision will be reached shortly.
Trying to provide a missed opportunity from last spring the junior prom will be held on August 31st. It was also reported that the district is complying with the NJSIAA phased in sports protocols and currently the district is in the midst of the first phase of sports that is permissible and has not entered into Phase two. There has been no decision as to whether middle school sports will be offered at this time.
The next board of education meeting will be August 19th.