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East Brunswick School Board Meeting Focuses on Varsity Dance Proposal, Special Education, and Budget Presentations

Overview: In a recent East Brunswick School Board meeting, discussions centered on the potential establishment of a varsity dance team, the challenges in special education, and comprehensive budget presentations for the upcoming academic year. Students Savannah Seo, Olivia Bronco, and Sydney Hitchens made a case for transitioning their dance club to a varsity sport, receiving praise from the board for their initiative. Superintendent Victor Valeski and board members also tackled the rising costs and considerations for special education, along with the detailed budgeting for academics, athletics, and security.

Overview: The East Brunswick School Board recently convened to celebrate student accomplishments, recognize financial achievements, and address important district matters. Superintendent Victor Valeski began the meeting by applauding the High School AP apple team’s success in the New Jersey state We the People competition and acknowledging the high school’s award-winning German program. The students’ participation in the Great Kindness Challenge and various achievements in art, language, and sports were also highlighted.

Overview: The East Brunswick School Board recently convened to address the issues of integrating artificial intelligence (AI) in education and the controversy surrounding the disbanding of the security committee. The board’s engagement with the integration of AI in the school curriculum was a focal point of the meeting. Superintendent Victor Valeski and Dr. Herbert Palo, the supervisor of educational technology, emphasized the need for a balanced approach to AI in education. This included recognition of the impact of AI on academic integrity, with a focus on using generative AI responsibly. The board discussed introducing an AI detection tool by Turnitin and forming working groups to ensure diverse representation and comprehensive input in developing AI policies.

Overview: The East Brunswick School Board recently convened to elect new leadership, with Laurie Lachs taking the position of Board President and Heather Guas elected as Vice President after a tie-breaking vote. The meeting also addressed a range of issues including the adoption of the New Jersey School Board member code of ethics, the integration of digital platforms for meeting notices, and the recognition of student achievements. Notably, the session turned its focus to global and local concerns raised by community members, such as the crisis in Gaza, drug issues in schools, and the Israel-Palestine conflict.

Overview: The East Brunswick School Board meeting saw discussions on Superintendent Victor Valeski’s report, a presentation from Irwin School’s fourth-grade ambassadors, and the commendation of instructional assistant Roda Omar. However, the most noteworthy item of the meeting was Dr. Figaroa’s report on student safety, which detailed an increase in substance abuse related to vaping and a high number of harassment and bullying investigations.

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