Greenwich Twp. School Board Brief


Board Brief

The following information is intended to inform staff and community members of recent action taken by the Board. The information included in this brief is not intended to be a complete summary and does not replace official Board minutes.
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Mr. Gerald Michael, Jr., Board President

Mrs. Roseanne Lombardo, Board Vice-President
Mr. Andrew Chapkowski

Mrs. Erin Herzberg

Mr. Chad Kent

Mrs. Susan Vernacchio

Highlights from the Greenwich Township School District Board of Education Regular Meeting February 8, 2021

Mr. John Tirico, Director of Special Services, gave a brief presentation on HIB, Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying, for the period July 1, 2020-December 31, 2020.

We honored Ms. Annelise Walker and Mr. Andrew Mettler, as our 2020-2021 Teachers of the Year!!! Congratulations to both of you. Our district is fortunate and proud to have you both on our teaching staff!

Enrollment: 372

1. Superintendent Recommendations Approved
A. Rescission of Unpaid Leave of Absence, approved at the January 6, 2021 board meeting, from Jennifer Spera, Aide at BSS.
B. Retroactive approval of unpaid FMLA, 35.50 days, for Toshia Kersey.
C. Submission of the SEMI Waiver request in accordance N.J.A.C. 6A:23A-5.3A, 45 days in advance of district budget submission, by approval of the County Office of Education.
D. Request for FMLA from Ellen Sarmiento, Aide at BSS.
E. The following teachers as Remote Credit Recovery Tutors, February 9, 2021-June 30, 2021, at a rate of $35.00 per hour, not to exceed 10 hours per week combined, dependent on student needs: Bethanne Barousse, Rabecca Cotton, Miranda Coughlan, Lauren Ernst, Nicole McGann, Andrew Mettler, Melissa Mortimer, Michael Snyder.

A. The Greenwich Township Board of Education adopts, by resolution, its annual review of all policies, regulations, and By-Laws in accordance with N.J.S.A. 18A:11.

3. Budget & Finance
A. Contract between Greenwich Township Board of Education and Pine Hill Board of Education, for educational services, effective December 12, 2020 - June 30, 2021, in the amount of $11,804.00.

4. Report of the School Business Administrator/Board Secretary- Approved
A. Bills List
B. Voided Checks
C. Student Activities Account Statement for December 2020
D. Board Secretary Reports for December 2020

E. Treasurer's Report for December 2020
F. Revenue Certification
G. Transfer List for December 2020

5. Buildings & Grounds
A. Approval of request for use of outdoor soccer fields from Gloucester County Union Soccer, March 1, 2021-December 1, 2021.

6. Old Business
A. 2021 Greenwich Township Board of Education Committee Members

B. State versus Gallagher letter

7. New Business
Budget & Finance 2019-2020 Audit Exit Conference meeting from February 2, 2021

8. Correspondence
A. JIF awards were released and thanks to the hard work and diligence of Mr. Scott Campbell, our district will receive a combined cash total award of $5,500.00, for promoting a culture of safety and excellent risk management for 2020
B. Tuition Contract Agreement with Paulsboro Board of Education
C. School Ethics Commission reading of letter regarding Ms. Amy Vandergrift.

9. Public - Agenda/Non-Agenda Items

Q: What are the plans for the 4th quarter marking period learning environment?
A: A number of variables will determine what learning environment we will be able to offer, including data contained on the DOH CALI reports, vaccine availability, and the recommendations with regard to social distancing. It is possible that we could remain under the current hybrid system or we could look to increase in-person learning up to five days a week. We are currently working on multiple possible plans and will adjust our plan according to what is safe at that time.

Q: How does it work when there is an open board seat?

A: The Board will post notice of the availability, interview if necessary, then appoint a person to the seat for the remainder of the open seat term.

Q: Why do the students not receive a hot lunch versus a cold lunch?
A: Nutri-Serve made the determination that a cold lunch would provide the safest meal.

Q: Is the district planning on hiring a Speech-Language Specialist?
A: Yes. We have not been without the support of a service, but we are planning to hire this position as a district employee and not a contracted service.

10. Executive Session - Yes

11. Adjournment : Meeting was adjourned at approximately 8:15 pm

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Next Regular Board of Education/Approval to Submit the Budget to the County Office meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 15, 2021 at 6:30 pm virtually from the Nehaunsey Middle School library.

The schedule for the 2021 Board of Education meetings can be found on the website