Allendale School Board Approves Infrastructure Investments for Brookside and Hillside Schools

In a recent meeting held on June 21, 2023, at the Brookside School Learning Commons, the Allendale Board of Education voted on a series of of infrastructure, personnel, and funding decisions.

Chaired by Mrs. Amy Gundersen, with board members Kimberly Rosner, David Verbel, and Natalie Capano in attendance, the meeting authorized considerable expenditures for infrastructure improvements, predominantly at Brookside School. This includes the purchase of Shaw brand luxury vinyl tile and hexagon tile carpeting for the Brookside Cafeteria ($63,110.48), cafeteria tables ($26,161.99), booth seating tables ($119,666.51), and interior door locks for both Brookside and Hillside schools ($161,345.67). Beyond that, a substantial contract to renovate the Brookside Cafeteria and Cafeteria Annex was approved with Murray Paving and Concrete, costing $862,705.54.

Adding to these commitments, the Board greenlit the purchase of new Lenovo 500E Chromebooks from SHI at a total of $76,471.55.

A matter of public interest arose when Mr. Stephen Jansen sought clarification about the omission of Juneteenth, a federal holiday that commemorates the emancipation of enslaved people in the US, from the school calendar. Despite its stated importance, the board decided not to give this day off to staff, demonstrating a disconnect between the board’s actions and its stated values.

On a more administrative side, Dr. Michael J. Barcadepone, the Superintendent, shared in his report that out of 23 Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) cases reported during the school year, only three were actual HIB incidents, marking a positive development for the school district. This was complemented by Gundersen’s appreciative comments on the year-end concerts and the recent graduation.

Another notable disclosure was by Mrs. Capano, mentioning that the Negotiations committee had convened and reached an agreement, the details of which are pending approval. This could have implications for the staff and overall operations of the schools in the upcoming years.

In the realm of personnel decisions, several approvals were given. Denise Greenan’s retirement as a Special Education Aide was recognized, after a commendable 13 years of service to the district, with Mrs. Gundersen acknowledging her significant contributions. The Board also empowered Dr. Barcadepone to hire necessary personnel before obtaining the Board’s formal consent

The board authorized Mrs. Engeleit, the Business Administrator/Board Secretary, to undertake various responsibilities, from handling investments to soliciting bids when deemed necessary. Furthermore, both “The Record” and “Ridgewood News” were designated as official newspapers for the Board’s publications.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Not avaliable:

School Board Officials:

Receive debriefs about local meetings in your inbox weekly:

Trending meetings
across the country:

Meeting Date
Filter by bodytypes
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Airport Advisory Board
Art and Culture Board
Beach Committee
Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Elections
Board of Health
Borough Council
Building Committee
Cannabis Control Board
Cemetery Commission
Charter Revision Commission
Child and Family Services Board
City Council
City Identity Committee
Code Enforcement Board
College Board of Trustees
Community Appearance Board
Community Preservation Committee
Community Redevelopment Agency
County Council
Disability Advisory Committee
Economic Development Board
Elderly Affairs Board
Electric Advisory Board
Environmental Commission
Financial Oversight Board
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Authority
Human Relations Committee
Human Resources Committee
Insurance Fund
Land Use Board
Library Board
Licensing Board
Mental Health Commission
Municipal Alliance
Open Space Commission
Oversight and Review Committee
Parking Authority
Parks and Gardens Commission
Parks Commission
Pension Board
Planning Board
Police Review Board
Property Assessment Board
Public Safety Committee
Recreation Commission
Redevelopment Agency
Rent Control Board
Rent Leveling Board
School Board
Sewerage Authority
Shade Tree Commission
Special Magistrate
Taxation & Revenue Advisory Committee
Tourism Board
Trails Committee
Transportation Board
Utility Board
Value Adjustment Board
Veterans Committee
Water Control Board
Women's Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee
Zoning Board
Filter by County
Bay County
Bradford County
Brevard County
Broward County
Clay County
Duval County
Escambia County
Gulf County
Hendry County
Highlands County
Hillsborough County
Indian River County
Lake County
Lee County
Leon County
Levy County
Liberty County
Manatee County
Marion County
Martin County
Miami-Dade County
Monroe County
Okaloosa County
Orange County
Osceola County
Palm Beach County
Pasco County
Pinellas County
Polk County
Putnam County
Santa Rosa County
Sarasota County
Seminole County
St. Johns County
Taylor County
Volusia County
Walton County
Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County
Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County
Filter by sourcetypes