In the latest meeting of the Maywood School Board, held on June 14, 2023, members unanimously ratified numerous contracts, personnel appointments, and made financial resolutions that hold substantial implications for the 2023-2024 academic year.
A significant part of the meeting was dedicated to the ratification of the Maywood Education Association (MEA) collective negotiations agreement for the 2023-2026 school years. While the specific details were not made public, the MEA agreement likely includes adjustments to teacher salaries and benefits. In addition to this, the Board approved transferring up to $1,000,000 into a Capital Reserve account and $250,000 into a Maintenance Reserve account.
Superintendent Michael Jordan shared a comprehensive report during the meeting, including the completion of teacher observations and annual summary reviews. He also reported on the finalizing of requirements for school security officer positions, crucial considering the ongoing discussions about school safety.
Many leadership positions were also confirmed for the upcoming academic year, with Michael Jordan continuing as Superintendent of Schools, Jennifer Pfohl as the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, and Sheryl Spencer serving as Supervisor of Special Services, among others. The board also approved annual stipends for employees with a NJ CDL license who operate a district bus on a regular basis.
Dr. Basil Bruno was appointed as the School Physician with an awarded contract for $5,444, and Environmental Remediation was selected as the district’s asbestos monitoring and remediation firm. In other business, Genesis Educational Services, Inc. won contracts for student information and staff management system support and implementation, and AJ Gallagher Insurance Companies were appointed as the district insurance broker.
A substantial part of the meeting centered around the appointment and approval of personnel for the upcoming academic year. Notably, multiple paraprofessionals and substitute teachers were approved, with additional individuals added to the substitute list. Several staff members were also approved for extra payments, including those offering home instruction and multi-sensory instruction.
The Board ended the meeting with approving contracts for several external firms for the upcoming school year, including Strauss Esmay, LLP, Frontline Technologies, and others. Additionally, the tuition rates for the 2023-2024 academic year for out-of-district students were approved, with Kindergarten through Grade 5 set at $12,500 and Grade 6 through Grade 8 at $14,000.