Westfield Board of Ed Approves 2018-19 Calendar, Policies

Christopher Langhart, the board of ed's policies committee chair, speaks. Credits: Michael Bruchert

WESTFIELD, NJ – The Westfield Board of Education approved several policies on Tuesday, including a new online payment options for parents, and a finalized 2018-19 school calendar.

With its first reading on Feb. 28, the anticipated calendar was adjusted after feedback from the public, according to board member Christopher Langhart.

Langhart credited Superintendent Margaret Dolan along with administrators Paul Pineiro and Barbara Ball for structuring the calendar in such a way that graduation would take place on a Friday evening.

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Additionally, the board approved guidelines and procedures for the one-time student activity fee assessed to athletes and participants in dramas and musicals.

While the $125 and $60 fees themselves remain unchanged, the board has now provided an online payment option for parents.

“We’ve been trying to provide online payments for as many services as we can within the district,” Dolan said.

Co-curricular activities such as the high school newspaper, Hi’s Eye, and the marching band are exempt from the fee because they are part of the school curriculum. Activities not listed under what the district labels “Tier 1” and “Tier 2” activities are also exempt.

A brief meeting was concluded with suggestions from the public, as two Westfield mothers suggested the board enlist a non-voting high school student to get a better empathize with the student body.

Dolan provided a history of similar practices being implemented, clarifying that the current Code of Conduct committee includes a student already. Gretchan Ohlig said that the public would get a formal response after the suggestion was digested and discussed further.

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