Saddle River School Board Explores New Middle School Options and Forms Threat Assessment Team

The meeting, led by Board President Mr. Peros, saw the Board approve a feasibility study to explore middle school educational options, approve key appointments, and adopt new safety measures, among other decisions.

One significant development was the decision to engage special counsel for a feasibility study aimed at exploring middle school educational options, which came in response to district constituent interest. This year-long study is expected to inform any changes in send/receive relationships, as announced by Business Administrator and Board Secretary, Ms. Lawler.

The Board also addressed multiple administrative action items, including a one-year extension of the 2019-2022 Comprehensive Equity Plan. Various roles were approved for the 2023-24 academic year, such as the ADA Coordinator, Anti-Bullying Coordinator and Specialist, Board Secretary, Attendance Officer, and the Curriculum and Instruction Vice Principal.

Simultaneously, the school board prioritized student safety, approving the formation of a multidisciplinary Threat Assessment Team under Resolution #E-22230509. Superintendent Dr. Cinotti elucidated that this was part of a new law aimed at identifying, assessing, and managing the risk posed by students who may pose safety threats. Mrs. Hickey was acknowledged for her contributions to this development.

The Board approved partnerships with Bergen County Special Services School District and Bergen County Department of Health to offer a variety of services, including compensatory services and English Language Services, among others, to the Saddle River Day School.

The public commentary section of the meeting was notably quiet, with no comments being made on action items. Superintendent Dr. Cinotti, in his address, discussed the upcoming summer curriculum writing process and the anticipated release of new NJDOE Standards. The Superintendent confirmed that no reports were made regarding harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

The meeting concluded with the adoption of several resolutions regarding services and resources for the 2023-2024 academic year. They included mandated and permitted pupil records, Right to Know Services provided by Rullo & Juillet Associates, and asbestos management services by Whitman of Somerset, NJ. All motions discussed during this meeting passed with a unanimous 5-0 vote.

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