In a recent meeting, the Harrington Park Board of Education, led by President Peter Toomin, addressed and approved several resolutions and updates for the upcoming 2023-24 school year. The meeting, held at Harrington Park School, saw attendance from Board members Stephen Hahm, Matthew Lehmann, Brenda Cho, Tommy Perides, and Superintendent Sean Conlon.
One of the significant approvals was a contract with Thrive Alliance Group, set to provide school-based counseling and related services at a rate of $13,390 per month. This initiative aligns with the board’s ongoing efforts to enhance student welfare and support. Additionally, the board approved the Standard Operating Procedure Manual for Business Functions and Business Office for the 2023-24 school year, ensuring streamlined operations within the district.
In terms of curriculum and program updates, Superintendent Conlon discussed the implementation of the Big Ideas Math Program, NJ Tiered System of Support training for staff, UDL training, and the Summer Escape program. The board also approved curriculum guides and a revisions/update schedule for the 2023-24 school year, including revisions to the district health curriculum.
To support students transitioning from 7th grade regular math to 8th grade advanced math, the board approved up to 11 hours for Caroline Silver and Chris DiGirolamo during the Summer of 2023, with compensation set at $38 per hour. Staff members attending the district’s Universal Design for Learning Workshop were approved for summer compensation, and a professional services agreement with NJ Coalition for Inclusive Education was approved for staff training and ongoing support.
Several staff appointments and transfers were addressed, including the appointment of Special Education Teachers Brianna Faustini and Rebecca Matasker, and the internal transfer of Elissa Nycz from Special Education Teacher to Elementary Teacher. The board also approved with regret the resignations of Lunch Aide Amy Griffin, Instructional Aide Kerin Roche, and Instructional Aide Lisa Reiner.
Financial resolutions included the approval of expenditures and payrolls, the Board Secretary Report, monthly Transfer Report, and Treasurer’s Report for June 2023. The board certified the availability of sufficient funds to meet the district’s financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year. The submission of the application for fiscal year 2024 Individuals with Disabilities in Education Act (IDEA) was also approved.
The board accepted a donation of art supplies from the Ciccoricco family to Harrington Park School, estimated at a value of $5,000, showcasing community involvement in supporting school resources. Additionally, the Policy and Legislation Committee recommended several first readings of policies and regulations, addressing various aspects of school operations and student welfare.
During the public hearing section, Councilwoman Joon Chung informed the board about the NJDOT Grant received by the Borough to pave Spring Street the following year and discussed the Borough’s work on a new sanitation contract, promising to keep the Board of Education informed on any outcomes and potential changes affecting the school.
The meeting concluded with no questions or comments raised during the public sessions, and the next meeting was scheduled for September 7, 2023.