Saddle River School Board Explores Feasibility of Student Placement for Grades 6-12

In a recent meeting of the Saddle River Board of Education, the most notable discussion centered on a feasibility study related to the placement of students in grades 6-12. Held at the Wandell School Cafeteria on September 13, the meeting saw various issues brought to the fore, from transportation challenges to updates on district goals. Yet, the potential reorganization of student placements took center stage.

Emily Kaufman, the Board Vice-President, led the presentation on the feasibility study, backed by insights from Special Counsel, Kerri Wright, and Board Attorney, Matthew Giacobbe. The trio clarified the study’s details and responded to the community’s questions. While the exact findings and potential implications of the study were not detailed in the summary, the attention it received suggests a significant potential impact on the district’s future educational structure.

Dr. Gina Cinotti, the Superintendent, offered positive remarks on the school year’s commencement and distributed a handout to update the board on the district’s goals. Notably, Dr. Cinotti reported no instances of harassment, intimidation, or bullying at the time. Vice Principal Mrs. Hickey shared insights into student activities, highlighting the Foundation’s efforts in organizing staff lunches and a school-wide field trip.

Kaitlyn Lawler, the Board Secretary, addressed transportation issues experienced at the beginning of the school year, assuring attendees that the Business Office was actively working on a resolution.

The meeting also witnessed the approval of several action items, including the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan, the Nursing Services Plan, and the first reading of updated policies on personal illness, harassment, intimidation, bullying, and bilingual programs. On the HR front, Jules Rogovich’s hiring as an Aide and the resignation of Caterina DiStaulo from a similar position were acknowledged.

Public participation was encouraged, with two designated slots for comments. One of the significant public concerns was raised by Mr. Brian Hampel about the timing of bus routes for certain schools, with the board clarifying that safety reasons prevented the disclosure of exact routes.

Other key approvals during the meeting included recognizing Joanna Connors as a Private Duty Nurse Professional for the 2023-24 school year, the authorization of aides to act as emergency substitutes on professional development days, and the nod to various annual events like the Week of Respect and School Violence Awareness Week.

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