NORTH CALDWELL, NJ — The West Essex Board of Education recently addressed several re-organizational items that required approval prior to the new fiscal year that begins on July 1, including the tax schedule for the 2020-2021 school year.

The tax levy is apportioned in two parts: the first from July 1, 2020 through Dec. 30, 2020, and the second from Jan. 1, 2021 through June 30, 2021. 

The amounts to be collected from the four sending districts, including debt services, were presented during last week’s board meeting as follows:

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District                           7/1/20-12/30/20                        1/1/21-6/30-21

Essex Fells                         $1,720,017                                   $1,561,614

Fairfield                            $8,985,148.98                              $8,985,149.02

North Caldwell                 $4,839,976.46                              $4,456,031.54

Roseland                         $4,829,418.52                               $4,651,072.48

Total                                 $20,374,560.96                            $19,653,867.04

Also included in the annual approvals were the tuition rates for the upcoming school year; bid thresholds; insurance agent and broker of record; and the appointment of the architect of record, treasurer of school monies, auditor, official newspapers, legal counsel and transportation companies.

Personnel items approved for the next school year included the appointment of Melissa Kida as the Custodian of District Records and Qualified Purchasing agent; Amy Brecher, Michelle Gonzalez and Deanna Lamanna as psychological examiners; Julian Hoebee as high school attendance officer and Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying (HIB) officer; and Luisa Tamburri as middle school attendance officer and HIB officer.

New contracts were issued for all administrators, supervisors, central office personnel, computer technicians, secretarial staff, office and library aides, all tenured and non-tenured teaching staff and maintenance/custodial staff who have not resigned.

Additionally, the school calendar was amended to reflect Monday, June 1, 2020 as a school holiday for the students and staff members due to the giveback of an unused snow day.

During his report for the evening, Superintendent of Schools Damion Macioci provided an update on end-of-year tasks and celebratory programs for the class of 2020.

He stated that the district will run as many of virtual programs as it can, including senior awards and scholarship ceremonies, middle school field day events and the honor society induction ceremony. The guidance department is also coordinating a virtual “College Day,” where seniors will be invited to show off their new college colors.

However, according to Macioci, the district is currently prioritizing the graduation ceremony for the Class of 2020.

“As in any year, high school graduation is the most important event of any school year,” said West Essex High School Caesar Diliberto in a statement read by the superintendent. “It’s a culmination of years of hard work, comprehensive growth and a quintessential moment in every student’s scholastic career and an important milestone in life. 

“We are committed to the best West Essex commencement that we can safely provide. We are considering all options and are planning different responsible ceremonies for varying mandates.”

Macioci added that the district is also organizing a process to allow students and staff to safely retrieve any belongings left in the school facilities prior to the shutdown.

More from this meeting will be shared in the coming days. The next board of education meeting will be held on June 8.