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Branchburg Board Addresses School Ethics and Financial Oversight

Overview: The Branchburg School Board tackled topics such as school ethics, financial management, and public engagement in their February 29th meeting. A comprehensive presentation on the School Ethics Act by the school board attorney, Mr. David Ruben, took center stage, stressing the importance of ethical conduct and confidentiality among board members. The external auditor’s presentation of the district’s financial report from the 2022-2023 school year highlighted key fiscal concerns, including the impact of the pandemic on inflationary costs and the importance of adhering to state education department guidelines. Additionally, the meeting provided a platform for public comments, with a parent expressing gratitude for the school’s support in their child’s wrestling achievements.

Overview: In a move to ensure the safety and well-being of students, the Branchburg School Board, under the stewardship of Superintendent Karen Chase, has taken steps to address incidents of violence, vandalism, and Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB). Additionally, the board has initiated the screening process for a new Middle School principal and discussed policy changes, including the abolition of the 8th-grade graduation policy.

Overview: In a recent meeting of the Branchburg School Board, the community was informed of the departure of board member David Dugan, who has been confirmed as a Superior Court judge by the governor and the Senate. This change was announced alongside an appreciation for Dugan’s contributions and the notice that the process for filling the now-vacant seat would be forthcoming. Additionally, the meeting included Superintendent Karen Chase’s report on weather-related school disruptions, an initiative providing free breakfasts to middle school students through a New Jersey Farmers grant, and a public comment addressing the desire to evolve the student council into a more government-functioning body.

Overview: The Branchburg School Board meeting addressed a serious incident of racial abuse at a local middle school, discussed policy updates, and elected board officers. A parent, Ms. Davis, spoke about her daughter, Shariah, experiencing racial verbal abuse from other students, calling for the board to take action and enforce discipline. The board proceeded with electing Vincent Carpentier as president and Terry Joyce as vice president. Additionally, donations from the Branchburg Rotary and the Megan Rose Bradley Foundation were acknowledged, and the board discussed the necessity for additional special education teachers in the upcoming year.

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