In a recent gathering of the Hillsdale Board of Education at George G. White School, a comprehensive review of the past academic year and crucial decisions for the upcoming terms were discussed and approved. The meeting, called to order by President Nicole Klas, addressed several topics, with the district’s Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Plan for the 2023-2024 school year topping the list.
Superintendent Dr. Robert V. Lombardy Jr. shed light on the state of the district, encompassing enrollment figures, disciplinary matters, and a retrospective of the previous academic year. Furthermore, he expressed a hopeful sentiment about the forthcoming September term, highlighting safety as a cornerstone of the district’s strategy.
Endorsed by the Education Committee led by Sal Sileo and Christina Jennings, several resolutions received unanimous approval. A notable mention is the green light for the A.C.E. program, a before and after school initiative in collaboration with the River Vale Educational Fund, Inc. The board also gave a nod to Chromebook agreements for both elementary and middle school students, field trips, and addressed specific incidents related to Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB).
Courtyard projects, a subject of considerable concern, were discussed thoroughly. Vocalizing the need for sustainable practices, Steve Goodman, associated with the Hillsdale Environmental Commission, emphasized the importance of tree preservation, particularly at the Ann Blanche Smith courtyard. Echoing these concerns, Alyssa Schwartz remarked on the looming threat of Lantern Flies, underscoring the importance of a strategic approach to landscape. Taking cognizance of these concerns, President Klas acknowledged the ongoing partnership between the Board of Education and the Hillsdale Environmental Commission.
Addressing the technological direction of the district, the board delved deep into the Chromebook agreements. These guidelines specify terms and conditions regarding the usage, potential repair costs, data privacy, and security for the district-provided Chromebooks.
In terms of finances, the board decided to deposit the anticipated surplus into a Capital Reserve account, targeting capital projects delineated within the Long Range Facility Plan. Moreover, a notable mention is the unanimous decision to renew the contract with Maschio’s Food Service Management Company for the 2023-2024 school year, which promises a profit of $10,000.00 to the Hillsdale Board of Education.
Various other key aspects were touched upon during the meeting. Contracts for critical services like pest control, snow plowing, and landscaping were renewed. Health and service agreements were cemented, and educational service tuitions were outlined. The board further approved the 2023-2024 lunch prices, setting student lunches at $3.50 for Smith & Meadow and $4.00 at White.
The general meeting adjourned at 7:27 p.m.