River Vale School Board Discusses Security, Celebrates Audit Results

The River Vale School Board recently addressed several issues, with discussions ranging from school security to the district’s financial audit. Notably, the board outlined the possibility of revisiting the topic of armed guards in schools, a measure which was narrowly defeated in the previous election, and celebrated an exceptional audit report that reflected positively on the district’s financial standing.

One of the main focal points of the meeting was the public comment regarding the potential reintroduction of armed guards in River Vale schools. A community member expressed concerns about the defeated ballot initiative, which proposed armed guards at each school. The board clarified that while the initiative was currently moot, it could be reconsidered for a future November ballot. Superintendent Melissa Signore and School Business Administrator/Board Secretary Kelly Ippolito provided insight into the process and stipulations for such measures.

In addition to security concerns, Patrice Pintarelli shared the district’s clean financial audit, highlighting no recommendations or corrective orders, and commending Ippolito and her team for their work.

The meeting also touched upon professional development, with Signore praising the staff for their commitment to education and learning, emphasizing the recent professional learning day activities. The board acknowledged the Rivervale Ed fund’s contribution to funding all elementary field trips and special activities for eighth graders.

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Melissa Signore
School Board Officials:
Steven Rosini, Patrice Pintarelli, Jamie Assor, Louan Austin, Cheryl Berkowitz, Virginia “Ginny” Senande, Arthur White, Kelly Ippolito (School Business Administrator/Board Secretary)

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