Northvale School Board Charts Path for 2023-2024, Approves Key Appointments and $10.7 Million Tax Levy

In its June 29 meeting, the Northvale School Board tackled a multitude of topics that impact the future of the district’s educational trajectory. Key decisions were made, encompassing a series of appointments for the 2023-2024 school year, the successful conclusion of several referendum projects, a $10.7 million tax levy, and an award for HVAC upgrades at Northvale Public School.

In his report, Superintendent’s Michael Pinajian expressed gratitude to the students, parents, and staff for the 2022-2023 school year and provided updates on the referendum projects and timelines for the summer.

The Personnel section was significant, with appointments including James Tevis as Interim Business Administrator/Board Secretary, Michael Pinajian as School Safety Specialist, and various others in roles supporting the school district’s framework. The board also approved additional hours for the Child Study Team, one-on-one aide appointments, part-time teacher approvals, and even accepted a resignation without any noted disagreement.

In the Curriculum and Instruction segment, the board approved the sports schedules for Soccer Boys Volleyball and Girls Volleyball, as well as 8th Grade Project Graduation events. There was no opposition to these items.

The Finance and Administration section saw several key decisions. The board detailed the tax levy schedule from July 2023 to June 2024, totaling $10,768,844 in tax levy and $552,335 in debt service. Furthermore, the board authorized the transfer of up to $500,000 to a Capital Reserve account at the year-end and adopted a mileage reimbursement rate of $0.47 per mile for the coming school year.

Contracts with various entities, including Blackboard Inc. and Frontline, were approved, as were agreements with vendors for Salary Reduction Programs. Notably, the board appointed Fogarty & Hara as Board Attorneys, Suplee, Clooney & Company as Auditors, and DiCara Rubino Architects as Architects, among other key appointments.

In addition, the board passed resolutions related to Special Education tuition contracts, Mental Health Assessments, and IDEA grant funds, reflecting their commitment to students’ diverse needs.

Legal considerations were also addressed, including the appointment of Methfessel & Werbel as Special Counsel to represent the Board in a specific lawsuit, and internal controls were established to reduce legal costs.

The meeting concluded with a listing of Committee Chairpersons, an invitation for public comments, and an Executive Session that covered a broad range of sensitive topics.

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