Oradell School Board Discusses Safety, Grants, and Fundraising Efforts in Recent Meeting

In a recent Oradell School Board meeting, members addressed issues including school safety, the approval of a grant aimed at improving math skills, and the commendable fundraising efforts by the Student Government. Superintendent Megan N. Bozios reported a founded incident of harassment and bullying and the implementation of rapid training sessions for teachers. The meeting also highlighted the receipt of a donation to the Tackle Kids Cancer fund and raised discussions on the district’s project cost estimate for air conditioning units, which involves a state reimbursement.

The meeting began with a report from Superintendent Megan N. Bozios, acknowledging the Student Government’s initiative in raising funds for the Joseph M. M. Sanzari Children’s Hospital. Through a bucket drive and a jeans drive for staff, the students successfully contributed $164 to the Tackle Kids Cancer fund. The Board, with Mr. Christopher Nutland remarking on the substantial amount raised, showed appreciation for the effort.

Superintendent Bozios continued with a briefing on the school safety data submission, which revealed one founded Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (HIB) incident, with another case pending investigation. The Superintendent announced the scheduling of rapid training sessions for teachers, emphasizing the importance of these sessions as part of the school’s ongoing professional development. Mary-Katherine Norian questioned the placement of the rapid training in the agenda, to which Bozios clarified its inclusion under the Personnel agenda. John Walsh sought details about parental involvement in HIB incidents, leading to Bozios explaining the availability of additional resources for parents and the requirement for those volunteering at the school to attend.

All items were introduced and unanimously approved by the Board, with Mrs. Norian seconding the motion. Mr. Derian also queried about the specifics of a grant related to a delayed project concerning air conditioning units. The Board delved into the details, learning about the total budget, state reimbursement rate of 40%, and the reasons behind the delay in receiving the units. Rita Walker questioned the timeline of the project, considering the potential expiration of the funds and availability of the units.

The Board received a final eligibility cost letter, which broke down the budget for the project. A 40% Rod Grant, aimed at assisting third and fourth-grade students who struggle with fractions, was also discussed. The superintendent clarified that the grant was based on the district’s previous NJSLA results and would be facilitated through a service agreement with the Learning Center Huntington for designated students.

The Board then tackled the financial reports, opening the floor for questions and offering a refresher session to those who required it. A parent voiced concerns regarding the use of TC or FNP Running Records for beginning readers. The parent advocated for Dibbles as a more effective dyslexia screener and stressed the need for the district to stay abreast of educational research.

Old and new business was also covered, with a Board member praising the staff for their organization of recent events, such as the upcoming judge’s class. The implementation of anti-bullying programs was another topic that received positive feedback from the Board. The session concluded with a motion to enter a closed session to address Student Legal and Personnel SL negotiation issues, which the Board approved.

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Superintendent:
Megan N. Bozios
School Board Officials:
Dorothy Watson-Nichols, Gregory Derian, Peter Iappelli (School Business Administrator / Board Secretary), Alena Acosta, James Del Greco, Jaime Downey, Christopher Nutland, Mary-Katherine Norian, Rita Walker, John Walsh

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