Dumont School Board Approves $1.25 Million Budget and Abolishes Public Relations Policy

The Dumont Board of Education convened on July 20, 2023, for a work session and regular meeting led by President Theresa Riva. The board made significant decisions, including allocating $1.25 million for the 2023-24 school year and unanimously abolishing the “Public Relations” policy. The board also approved major personnel changes, instructional tools, and grants for special education and school lunch programs.

Kevin Cartotto, responsible for the financial agenda, announced that the unaudited fund balance as of June 30, 2023, was apportioned across multiple areas, most notably setting aside $1,250,000 for the 2023-24 school district budget. An impressive Capital Reserve of $7,072,209 was also reported. All financial agenda items were approved without objection.

In a policy shift, the board, under Superintendent Dr. Maria Poidomani’s guidance, decided to abolish the “Public Relations” policy and the regulations for the “Citizens Advisory Committee.” Other policies reviewed by the board included those related to “School Threat Assessment Teams,” “Use of Corporal Punishment,” and “School District Security.” The board also approved a Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) report dated June 22, 2023.

The board approved a slew of recommendations from Dr. Poidomani, including a grant totaling $653,527 under the Individuals with Disabilities Act, Part B (IDEA-B). Additionally, the board authorized the setting of lunch and à la carte lunch item prices for the upcoming academic year. An expenditure of $37,563.44 for new audio-visual equipment, under the Educational Services Commission of New Jersey Cooperative Pricing System, was also given the green light. Moreover, the board approved the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA) Consolidated Formula Grant for the 2023-2024 school year, amounting to $344,734.

In the area of instructional resources, state-approved evaluation tools such as the McRel Teacher Evaluation System and the Stronge Leader Effectiveness Performance Evaluation System were adopted. These tools are intended for evaluating district teachers and administrators. Other plans, including a District Mentoring Plan and a District Emergency Virtual or Remote Instruction Plan for the 2023-2024 academic year, were also sanctioned.

On the personnel front, the board acknowledged several changes. Stefania Siciliano resigned from her role as a Part-Time Special Education Instructional Aide. John Tuma transitioned from a Part-Time Custodian to a Full-Time Custodian, and Brianne Adams was hired as Vice Principal. Teachers were hired across various academic disciplines, with Cole Cronk appointed for Middle School Science and Kaitlin Kaupas for Elementary Grade 2, among others. Advisors for extracurricular activities for the 2023-2024 academic year were also approved, along with staff for summer curriculum projects, funded at an hourly rate of $48.

The board also granted an unpaid leave of absence to Dana Rivers, a teacher at Lincoln, from January 1, 2024, to June 30, 2024. In a similar vein, Lauren Engel transitioned from a Part-Time Special Education Instructional Aide to a Part-Time Basic Skills Teacher. Jennifer Aguilar moved from being a Part-Time Bus Aide to a Part-Time Bus Driver, both changes effective September 1, 2023.

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
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