In a recent meeting of the Moonachie Board of Education, various key decisions were made, putting students at the forefront of the district’s ongoing initiatives. The meeting touched upon important topics such as recognizing student achievements, enhancing collaborative services, and addressing financial obligations of the district.
Among the most significant items discussed at the meeting was the approval of a Licensed Social Worker position for the 2023-2024 school year, shared between the Moonachie Board of Education and the Wood-Ridge Board of Education. The new hire, Carolina Mendizabal, will be coming onboard at an annual salary of $62,500, pending outcome of a Criminal History Background Screening. The move aims to address the mental health needs of students in both districts, indicating a pro-active approach to foster well-being in schools.
The meeting also highlighted the commendable accomplishments of students in the district. James Knipper, the Superintendent/Principal, announced the Students of the Month and emphasized the hard work it takes to earn this honor. He further reported the completion of regular state testing, promising to present the analyzed data to the Board in the future. In addition to academic honors, the importance of participation in extra-curricular activities was highlighted, with Mr. Pallas drawing attention to a student’s involvement in the Chess Club and its correlation with improved math abilities.
Along with these positive developments, the Board also tackled important financial matters. Approval was given for Bills and Claims against the Board of Education amounting to $782,261.14 for May 2023. Other financial decisions included the approval of Nu-Way Concessionaires, Inc. as the summer meals vendor at $2.15 per breakfast and $3.62 per lunch. These financial approvals show the Board’s continued commitment to maintaining a robust and secure fiscal operation for the district.