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News and Views from the February 10, 2020 BOE Meeting

On February 10, Dr. Burton and the Board of Education:


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Superintendent's Report

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Dr. Burton addressed the following topics in her Superintendent's Report. You can read all of the details here.


  • Thanks to the Millburn Board of Education, Staff, and Community

I want to send a personal thank you to members of the administrative staff, faculty, and students who helped in the planning, communication and outreach for the referendum. A special thanks to the Board and especially all of the time, talent and energy of the C&MP ad hoc committee. Thanks to Ms. Jaffe for all her help in the many presentations and meetings that she participated with me to share information on the referendum. We wouldn’t have been able to have the vote without all of the work of Mrs. Schneider, our Business Administrator. Finally, I want to share my gratitude to the Millburn community members who cast their vote in support of the projects that are part of the referendum that represent their approval of where and how we are moving the safety, security, and overall learning environments for our students forward. It is the case that many hands do make light the work. We now are embarking on moving a segment of these projects forward to deliver on them in preparation for the start of the next school year. I don’t take this vote lightly, but rather as a confirmation that in partnering with our community in support of our schools, we are even better equipped to continue our pursuit of excellence!


  • Kindergarten Registration

Reminder…Kindergarten Registration is still underway through February 28th. Please remind friends and neighbors with Kindergarten aged students to register now so we can plan for next year. All information is on our district website.


  • TREP$

Wyoming School and South Mountain School students have been learning to become entrepreneurs in an afterschool program called TREP$. Students learn how to run their own business, create a product and then sell it at a market place. The marketplaces take place this week, tomorrow night at Wyoming School, and Wednesday at South Mountain. These “pop-up stores” are open to all in the community. Please come out and support 40-plus budding business people from 5-7:30 pm at Wyoming School., and 6 – 8 pm at South Mountain. You’ll be amazed at their creative ideas! Venture capitalists will want to come out!


  • March Fourth Event

I want to make everyone aware of the annual March Fourth 5K and Family Fitness Day. This event happening on March 1st this year is in honor of Joanna Dranikoff, who passed away in 2016. This event is also to highlight colon cancer prevention. This year, the Millburn baseball team will be in attendance. Spread the word to all elementary families that there will be games for younger students as well. It will be a day of fun for the whole family to attend.

Assistant Superintendent Kate Diskin shared news from around the schools:


Dialogue Night at MMS – Thursday, February 13 – “No Place for Hate”

Students and parents are encouraged to attend this important evening


Dr. Joshi continues her work with a third cohort of teachers in our efforts in District Goal #3 to gain an increased sensitivity and awareness of diversity and equity issues, in order to promote the creation of school environments free from the distractions of prejudice, stereotypes, and bias. We are seeing Dr. Joshi’s work becoming part of the culture and fabric of our schools. An example is the MMS is planning a “Diversity Day” in May which will be a culminating day-long celebration of the many conversations, curriculum components and provide the students with activities centered around choice and voice.


Professional Development: Greg Tang, a renowned speaker, and children's book author visited Millburn Schools on two dates to work with teachers of students in grades 1-4. His focus was on math computation, exploration, and problem-solving. Special thanks to Dr. Audra Berger for organizing and facilitating this professional development opportunity.


Scholastic Art Awards

Millburn students have won 52 Art awards in the annual Scholastic Art & Writing Awards competition. Students at Millburn High School earned 11 Gold Key awards, 17 Silver Key awards and 26 Honorable Mention awards, many of them in multiple categories. Art by Gold Key winners is on display at the Montclair Art Museum from February 15 to March 22.


Footloose

Millburn High School’s Spring Musical, Footloose is hoofing its way to the stage on February 28, 29 and March 1. The musical, based on the popular 1980’s film, has a large cast of MHS students who will be dancing their way into your hearts! Fun for all ages. Get your tickets at mhsnj.booktix.com


Athletics

· As conference champions, The Wrestling Team is competing in Phillipsburg tonight for in the 1st round NJSIAA State Wrestling Tournament.

· Boys Fencing Took 1st place in the Sabre District Tournament for the NJSIAA

· Girls Fencing Took 1st Place in the Foil District Tournament for the NJSIAA

· With no time to “spare” the bowling team “pinned down” the conference championship for the first time in 21 years.

Business Administrator's Report

The business office continues to focus on next year's budget and now, moving forward with the referendum.


C&MP Updates

We have been working with the architects, our financial advisors, and our bond counsel to move forward with all aspects of the funding and projects. There are a number of resolutions on the business agenda items to prepare for upcoming projects that are being purchased through cooperatives.


The security vestibule project specifications are nearly complete and will be going out to bid over the next few weeks, with the anticipation of awarding contracts at the March 23rd meeting. Schedules for the other projects are all being finalized and will be shared once they are confirmed.


Two resolutions on tonight’s business agenda items relate to the referendum bond sale. M.3.h. sets the form of the sale, and M3.i authorizes the application to the Local Finance Board for a payment schedule that allows a smaller payment in the first year before we begin to collect debt service aid and allows for us to plan for a repayment schedule that maintains the level annual debt service obligations around $5.1 million as we described in the C&MP presentations. The Local Finance Board hearing will take place on March 11th, and the expectation is that we will hold the bond sale on March 25th.

Comments & Questions

Sharyn Berezin, President of the Millburn Education Foundation, commended the Real World Program for the impact their program has on both special needs students and their peer buddies. She noted that the Education Foundation is proud to have provided support through their grants, and hopes that continuous funding will be provided through the budget.


She also reminded everyone that the MEF's annual fundraiser is coming up on March 13 and tickets are available now at MillburnEdFoundation.org

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