Denville Board Advances Resolution on Electric School Buses and Asbestos Removal

In a recent meeting, the Denville Township Board of Education took strides by approving a resolution to potentially use capital reserve funds for electric school buses and by awarding a contract for asbestos removal at a local elementary school. These issues were at the forefront of a session that also addressed the rescheduling of an upcoming board meeting, kindergarten registration, student honors, and the review of a concerns document.

The meeting opened with an informative statement from the superintendent about the New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA) conference and the recognition of two students for their achievements. The superintendent also prompted board members to examine an updated major concerns document, which could guide future decisions and policies. The assistant superintendent shared news about the open kindergarten registration for the 2024-2025 school year and the ongoing Read Across America week celebrations.

A significant portion of the meeting was dedicated to the discussion of a proposed resolution allowing districts to allocate capital reserve funds for the procurement of student transportation vehicles, specifically electric school buses. This matter was marked by contrasting viewpoints among board members. One member raised concerns regarding the reliability of electric buses in cold weather. Another board member proposed sending the language of the approved resolution to their assemblyman.

Following the discussions, the board voted in favor of the resolution, which is set to be considered at the May 18th, 2024 assembly.

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Another item on the agenda was the approval of a contract with Lich Corporation for asbestos removal and pipe insulation at Lake VI Elementary School. Additionally, the board approved the initial submissions to the Department of Education for two infrastructure projects at Riverview Elementary School, which included the renovation of toilet room facilities and a sidewalk project.

The business administrator addressed the logistical concern of rescheduling the April 22nd board meeting to April 29th to facilitate the public hearing for the 2024-2025 budget. The change was discussed and approved without contention.

During the “good of the cause” segment, board members brought up the potential for a new building on Nicole Drive. An upcoming finance meeting to review the budget was also mentioned. The board shared updates on student enrollment numbers and encouraged community participation in upcoming school events.

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Public input was sought, but no comments were offered during the meeting. The board then proceeded to an executive session, focusing on matters of negotiations, legal security, and specific student or personnel issues, which are typically addressed in a confidential setting.

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.

Superintendent:
Steven Forte
School Board Officials:
James Kim, Dr. Clifford Moore, Michael Andersen, Dr. Venu Arunajatesan, Dino Cappello, Don Casse, Andrea Zeydelis

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