Boonton Township School Board Negotiates Send-Receive Agreement with Mountain Lakes Amid Referendum Communications Push

In a recent Boonton Township School Board meeting, attention centered on the negotiations of the send-receive agreement with Mountain Lakes and the comprehensive communications efforts for the upcoming referendum.

A critical point of discussion during the meeting was the ongoing negotiations of the Mountain Lake sending receiving agreement. The board disclosed that Boonton Township had proposed a 10-year agreement to Mountain Lakes. However, Mountain Lakes is seeking to adjust the final tuition rate to reflect the cost per pupil. This difference in approaches has resulted in a stalemate, with Boonton Township awaiting further information essential for calculating accurate tuition rates. The board emphasized the importance of this data to make informed decisions that would not only be financially responsible but also consider the potential impact on students and the community. The call for transparency resonated during the public comment period, where community members voiced concerns over how the negotiations could affect the township and the need for a press statement from Boonton Township to clarify the situation.

In tandem with the delicate negotiation talks, the board was active in outlining the strategies for communicating details about the upcoming referendum to the community. In an effort to keep the public informed and engaged, the board has initiated a multifaceted communications campaign. This includes launching a dedicated website, engaging the community through social media, distributing a community mailer, and providing updates in the township newsletter. Highlighted in the discussion were a referendvideo and a virtual event scheduled for February 28th, which are part of the critical communication milestones leading up to the referendum date.

The finance committee’s report was linked to the send-receive negotiations as it touched upon the tentative budget submission for the 2024-2025 school year, which is due in March. The budget considerations are inherently tied to the outcome of the send-receive agreement, as the tuition rates will impact financial planning.

The meeting also revealed the district’s move towards using Canvas as a digital platform, a transition from Google Classroom. Additionally, the upcoming Steam Night and the implementation of a mentoring program for grades 5 and 8 were announced as part of the school’s initiative to foster a supportive learning environment.

In terms of infrastructure and maintenance, Business Administrator Mr. Murray addressed issues such as roof leaks and HVAC system repairs. Superintendent Christian Angelillo reported on strategic planning and building tours related to the referendum project, which further illustrates the board’s stance on enhancing school infrastructure.

They acknowledged donations to the music department, recognized D.A.R.E. program participants, talent show performers, and students excelling in various grades.

Reports from affiliated committees and organizations were also presented, despite the absence of Mrs. Hermey. The Boonton Township Green Team outlined plans for community cleanups and collaboration with local groups, while the Transportation Committee discussed building tours and upcoming projects.

As the meeting progressed to old business, positive feedback was shared regarding an educational app. The board then transitioned to new business and concluded with an executive session to further discuss the send-receive agreement negotiations. The meeting adjourned at 8:59 p.m. with no additional board action taken.

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.
Christian Angelillo
School Board Officials:
Barry Brantner, Christine Cabana, Lauren Bardach, Jeffrey Chen, Leigh Hermey, Christopher Johnson, Grace McBride, Benjamin Mills, Alicja Nowicka

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