Cedar Grove School Board Honors Students and Discusses Critical Education Policies

The Cedar Grove School Board meeting honed in on various topics, including recognizing exemplary students, celebrating a successful theatrical production and athletic season, discussing the annual audit, exploring the use of Esser Grant funds, and engaging in a discussion on the potential banning of books. Bobby Kelly, Ian Meding, and Gabriella Florentino were commended for their accomplishments in September, October, and November respectively. Alongside the individual student recognitions, the board also celebrated the success of the Cedar Grove High School play “Puffs” and the triumphs of the girls volleyball team and the football team, both of whom clinched championships in their respective divisions.

The finance committee, led by Lou Marzullo and Cienne Keegan, shared the results of the annual audit, assuring the community that no issues had been identified. The committee also discussed the comprehensive maintenance plan and the potential options for using Esser Grant funds.

Superintendent Anthony Grosso applauded the MCAA family for their fundraiser for a kindness initiative. He also noted that the professional development day covered various topics like artificial intelligence, data in school counseling, suicide prevention, and security training.

However, one notable part of the meeting was the public comment session, where a community member expressed concern about the board’s decision not to support a resolution to resist the banning of books, as proposed by the School Boards Association. The board members clarified that the decision stemmed from a lack of specific guidance and unanswered questions within the proposed resolution rather than a desire to ban books. They reassured the public that no books had been banned and that the board would continue to provide age-appropriate and content-appropriate materials. This led to a broader discussion about the need for a more robust document or process to guide the selection and use of books in the curriculum.

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Anthony Grosso
School Board Officials:
Dawn Daura, Lou Marzullo, David Grande, Cienne Keegan, Paul A. Palek Jr., Michael DeVita (Business Administrator), Bart Pierson (Supervisor of Secondary Education 6-12), Janine Barboza (Supervisor of Elementary Education Prek-5), Kristin Massotto (Supervisor of Elementary Education PreK-4), Jessica Pignatello (Director of Special Services), Jody Inglis (CGHS Principal), Dany Estupinan (CGHS Vice Principal), Traci Dyer (North End School Principal), Lynn DiMatteo (South End School Principal), Nicholas DeCorte (MMS Principal), Derrick Chell (MMS Vice Principal), Gina Testa, Donna Lafoon, Mark Grgas, Rubino, Pace, Merklinger, Denman, Skowronek, Amy Fairclough, Shannon Altieri, Sabrina Zunic, Dee Carpinelli, Dustin Bayer, Joan Oehm, James Sweeney, Mike Valenzano, Angela Hayes (Parent Representative), Nick DeCorte, Alexa Rubino, Colleen Merklinger, Derrick Chell, Eric Pace, Christie Henry, Jennifer Correnti (Parent Representative), Traci Dyer, Meridith Denman, Danielle McLaughlin, Kristin Massotto, Jameel Freeman, Lynn DiMatteo, Kevin Skowronek, Lara Searle, Casey Sudol, Brenda Noordyk, Janine Barboza (Affirmative Action Officer), Bart Pierson (Affirmative Action Officer)

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