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News and Views from the April 27, 2020 BOE Meeting
Thank you to our Board, Staff and Administrators
- I’d like to take the opportunity to thank our teachers and administrators, Board of Education and the community as we work together in the best interest of our students to create a comprehensive plan that is inclusive of all learners. Teachers and administrators are to be commended for their dedication and professionalism as we navigate these difficult times.
Fifth Quarter Donation
- On the agenda this evening is a donation from the HS Fifth Quarter Club in the amount of $5000. This is toward new uniforms for the HS football team.
Millburn Teacher Appreciation Week:
- Next week we will be celebrating Teacher Appreciation Week for all of our teachers. We invite you, if you haven’t already, to share an uplifting message with your students’ teachers. I know that they would be grateful to hear that the efforts that they are putting into their lessons and outreach to students and parents are appreciated.
A Moment of Silence
- Joel Reidenberg, who served on the Board of Education from 2005-2008, lost his battle with cancer last week. He was a parent of two MHS graduates, and a professor at Fordham University School of Law. We send condolences to his family and thanks for his service to the school district.
Board President's Report
Last week Vice President, Sonali Ganti, and I asked Dr. Burton to create the presentation you all just heard so that the board members and the parents could better understand the progress we’re making on the virtual learning program. The program was developed during this crisis and, as we all know, it has evolved over the last six weeks.
Today we have four Program Committee reports! This is because the Program Committee started meeting twice each week. I just want to thank and acknowledge the Program Committee members for meeting so often. The reason they are meeting so often is because of the continuous collaboration that is required to work on the virtual learning program.
There are three stakeholders during this virtual learning period: the students, the teachers, and the parents. The principles, instructional supervisors, and administration staff are all working closely and tirelessly to support them all!. Virtual learning is new for all stakeholders and none of the stakeholders were prepared to be a part of a virtual learning program that didn’t exist six weeks ago.
I can speak as a parent of two elementary school kids in a dual-income household that’s doing the best we can to get through the usual work weekday.. It’s certainly a struggle. I’ve sat next to my kids to experience what they experience and I can see the unique challenges that virtual learning presents. I believe the teachers, administration, and board members on the program committee are doing great work to advance and enhance virtual learning.
As board members, our responsibility is to work with the administration and support the staff in their mission to educate our children. Board members receive feedback continuously from the community and provide that feedback, together with our own experiences, to the program committee and the administration.
This week the district is rolling out more enhancements to virtual learning. The principles in each school either have started or will be starting programs with more live learning opportunities. We’re listening and enhancements are being made.
Assistant Superintendent's Report
Assistant Superintendent, Kate Diskin reported on:
- Special thanks to the Education Foundation for fulfilling all of the virtual learning supply requests for our teachers. From whiteboards to markers to technology tools your generous contributions have made home-teaching more engaging for our students.
Virtual Talent Show:
- Justin and Jasmine Ali, students at Millburn High School are putting together a virtual talent show for the whole town, called “Millburn’s Got Talent: Home Edition!” This is a talent show where students and their family can film and submit a video of their talents such as:
May 3rd is the deadline, and we will post additional information and how you can submit your talent! The final video from all submissions will be posted on Happy Millburn!
Business Administrator's Report
I want to thank everyone for their assistance, energy and input in developing a balanced budget for 2020-21 that supports the district’s goals and initiatives. Although the budget presentations first come to the public in January, the budget development process is a long one that actually began in full force back in September, with many people’s involvement. So I wish to thank all the budget managers, especially those here at the Ed Center, the board members on the finance committee, both current and last year’s and the business office staff who worked over the past 8 months to help develop and finalize the budget to get us to this evening’s hearing.
Other business agenda items this evening relate to renewals of contracts for the 2020-21 school year, the approval of a number of maintenance projects that were planned along with the referendum projects as part of the Capital and Maintenance Plan (C&MP) and the approval of the Miller Field project that is included in the 2020-21 budget through the use of funds from capital reserve.
Also in the business items is a donation from the Fifth Quarter Club of $5,000 towards the purchase of new football uniforms. Thank you to the Club for their continued support of the football program.
On the agenda this evening is the final step for board approvals with regards to the 2020-21 school district budget. Resolution M.3.g. adopts the budget as well as sets the school district tax levy for the 2020-21 school year. As indicated in the presentation, the certification of the tax levy next goes to the township and then is filed with the county and the state. The User Friendly Budget generated through the state software will be posted to our district website within the next 48 hours.
Questions also came from high school students and parents regarding the announcement of Pass/Fail grades for Q3 & Q4, requesting clarification. Dr. Miron has since sent out more information about the protocols to students and parents.
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