Midland Park School Board Approves Safe Return to Schools Plan, Extends Staff Appointments

In a recent meeting of the Midland Park School Board on June 20, 2023, an array of critical decisions were made. Among the notable highlights were the approval of the updated Safe Return to Schools Plan, appointments for various positions including the School Security Specialist, and the recognition of key staff members for their years of service. The Board also addressed concerns around student safety, tuition rates, educational agreements, and the financial standing of the district.

Board President Brian McCourt emphasized the district’s mission statement and its commitment to aligning with New Jersey state standards for 21st-century education. Alongside Patricia Fantulin, James Canellas, Sandra Criscenzo, Christine Dell’Aglio, Nabil Eliya, Richard Formicola, Maryalice Thomas, and Peter Triolo, the Board navigated a diverse set of agenda items.

One standout moment of the evening was the presentation of awards to Mrs. Sandra Criscenzo and Dr. Maryalice Thomas for their 15 years of devoted service. The room resonated with appreciation as Mr. McCourt commemorated their dedication.

The meeting saw key personnel appointments, including Danielle Bache as the Affirmative Action & Title IX Officer and Nicholas Capuano as the School Security Specialist. Additionally, the Board approved summer hours for Certified School Nurses, extending staff appointments to various roles, from Child Care Program Coordinator to Special Education teachers.

On the educational front, the Board established tuition rates for the 2023-2024 school year and approved a new STEM course. Agreements with entities such as Stage Works Theatre Group, Bayada Home Health Care, and Horizon Healthcare Staffing were reviewed and approved, delineating rates and conditions for services like nursing, athletic training, special educational needs, and theater production.

The District’s Diversity Committee discussed potential changes to the Mission Statement to reflect Midland Park’s diverse population, reflecting the community’s commitment to inclusivity.

Parents and community members engaged in open comments, sharing feedback on various matters, including the recent handling of a school lockdown. Officer Tilson expressed gratitude for his tenure as a School Resource Officer, while others emphasized the importance of the SRO program for children’s safety.

Among the few abstentions in voting were two members during the appointment of summer Custodial/Maintenance workers, though the majority of motions were carried unanimously.

By tackling a broad spectrum of issues, from the critical Safe Return to Schools Plan to the recognition of staff achievements, the Midland Park School Board’s latest meeting reinforced its dedication to students, staff, and the broader community. The collective effort towards enhancing education, ensuring safety, and maintaining fiscal responsibility reflects a proactive approach in positioning Midland Park School District for continued success.

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