Rutherford School Board Proposes Calendar Changes, Honors Long-Serving Staff Member

The recent Rutherford School Board meeting centered on Superintendent Jack Hurley’s proposal to revise the school calendar, the recognition of a long-serving staff member, Margaret, and student achievements. The Board also considered a legislative update on Assembly Bill 5785 related to property tax relief.

The meeting kicked off with a student representative report, applauding various student activities and achievements. The Battle of the Bulldogs volleyball tournament, winter sports practices, the varsity dinner, and the Elks Association drug awareness program video contest stood out. Senior Marina Alas was recognized as the state winner. The board members, including Dennis Mazone and Diane Jones, commended the students’ efforts, especially their contributions to the local food pantry.

However, the meeting soon shifted focus as Superintendent Hurley proposed revisions to the school calendar. He suggested adding three one-session days in February and March, enabling faculty and staff to work on new academic initiatives. This proposal sparked a discussion on its potential impact on families and childcare arrangements. School Board member, Greg Recine, voiced concerns about the proposed shift in board meeting times to 7 pm from 7:30 pm, questioning whether it would genuinely allow for more extensive discussion.

The finance committee, including James Bogosian and Dennis Healey, provided a detailed briefing on the budget calendar, outlining upcoming committee meetings and milestones. Meanwhile, the achievements of the students were again brought into the spotlight. The board members appreciated the success of the high school spelling bee, the recognition of students in the Bergen County band, and the fall awards dinner for the athletic program.

A significant highlight of the meeting was the recognition of Margaret, a long-serving staff member retiring after 40 years with the district. Dr. Sergio Alati paid tribute to her dedication, especially her efforts to promote the involvement of women and girls in STEM and computer initiatives. Other board members shared their positive experiences with Margaret as a coach and teacher, emphasizing her influence on the students.

The meeting also broached legislative matters, specifically Assembly Bill 5785. This bill allows the Board of Education to accept donations for property tax relief, an initiative that could have wide-ranging implications for the school district’s funding. Christina Cole and Chris Conti led the discussion on this topic, emphasizing its potential benefits for the school’s financial health.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.

Jack Hurley
School Board Officials:
Dr. Sergio Alati, Dennis Mazone, James Bogosian, Dennis Healey, Diane Jones, Greg Recine, James Sprayberry, Chris Conti, Christina Cole

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