BOE Meeting Headlines

News and Views from the May 4, 2020 BOE Meeting

On May 4, 2020, Dr. Burton and the Board of Education met virtually to conduct the business of the district.
Big picture


Superintendent's Report

Superintendent’s Report

Board Meeting

May 4, 2020

  • Governor’s Announcement

Today Gov. Phil Murphy announced that all public and private schools in the state will remain closed for the rest of the academic year, He mentioned that although New Jersey is making great strides in mitigating the spread of COVID-19, we can’t safely re-open our schools.” As you know, Governor Murphy first ordered all schools in the state closed on March 18 and that remote education would continue until at least May 15. All of our schools will continue online learning through the end of the 2019-2020 academic year. A decision on school-sponsored summer programs and Extended School Year services for students with disabilities will be forthcoming. There is a steering committee to sort out those details. The committee will also explore approaches for reopening schools for the 2020-2021 academic year. We anticipate more guidance on graduation and will be sharing out the details on the parameters and the planning as we receive more information.

  • Teacher Appreciation Week

We want to extend a sincere thank you to our teaching staff as part of Teacher Appreciation Week. These uncertain times have required a renewed strength in our staff and we have seen it shown in their professionalism and commitment to teamwork. Please join me in sharing a thank you with your son/daughter’s teachers this week in acknowledgment and in celebration of how they have made a difference in your students’ lives.

  • Congratulations to our Art Staff

The artwork Kathleen Hart-Gilsenan, Christine Benson Vos (MHS) and Janet Tsakis (Wyoming and South Mountain) will be showcased in the Inspiring Minds, Art Educator exhibit sponsored by the South Orange Performing Art Center. An online exhibit was held along with a virtual "opening" last Thursday.

  • Empower Hour is Back … Virtually Tomorrow

Join MMAC, The Millburn Public Library and Nancy Kislin tomorrow, Tuesday, May 5 at 7:30 pm for a virtual Empower Hour to support parents during the Coronavirus shutdown. They will provide tips for dealing with the challenges of parenting during this time. You can register at the Public Library site, or email

Board President's Report

Board President, Alex Zaltsman, made the following statement:

It’s Teachers Appreciation Week! I’d like to thank all our teachers for their dedication to our children! This is a special year to appreciate teachers because overnight their world changed...and our world changed. They had to adapt quickly to teaching our kids from remote, learning new tools they haven’t used before, and being innovative in delivering as close to the Millburn education experience as possible.

The Millburn Education Foundation posted a great video to their YouTube channel, it’s on the Millburn Schools Facebook page as well. I highly recommend everyone go there and watch it!

Millburn Teacher Appreciation

Assistant Superintendent's Report

Assistant Superintendent, Kate Diskin reported on:

Millburn Middle School Career Day - May 15

The MMS Career Day is going virtual this year and will be open to all Middle School students on May 15. For this ALUMNI EDITION, the Middle School is inviting former students with at least 3 years of career experience to participate. Virtual guest speakers will be asked to share their stories either in a live presentation on May 15, or by sharing a video that can be shown to students that day. They are looking for volunteers -- please encourage your young adults to "come back to Middle School" to tell their career experiences. They can email Guidance Counselor Nick Pisa at

Big picture

Business Administrator's Report

Business Administrator Cheryl Schneider reported on Business Agenda items:

  • Business agenda items this evening relate to renewals of contracts and additional approvals related to maintenance projects. Just a note of clarification, that the renewal with Spectrotel for our communication system is broken out into two agreements because the Districtwide contract did not include Washington School, which was quoted separately. When the district-wide agreement expires after next year, we will look to have all the schools on one contract.

  • Resolution M.3.e relates to the purchase of additional Chromebooks in light of the unanticipated increase in distribution of devices. We are requesting approval for the purchase of 500 elementary-level Chromebooks, and 1500 of the Chromebooks used at grades 5-12. This will give us the balance of the Chromebooks we would need to have a device for every student. When we are back in school, this does not mean that every student will bring a Chromebook home, as we do at the high school, but at a minimum, we will have a device available for each student at school for a 1:1 computing model.

  • Also in the business items is a donation from the Washington School PTO for the purchase and installation of new playground equipment at Washington School. Thank you to the PTO and Washington community for their generous donation.

Comments & Questions

Comments and Questions were focused on the increase in virtual learning, and how it is impacting families and students.

The updated Q&A can be found on our website:

Join Us for the Next BOE Meeting - Monday, May 18, 2020

Annual Reorganization Meeting. Time TBA, along with Information about logging in to the virtual meeting.

Want more? Have questions?

2019-2020 Board & District Goals

Find additional Business, Policy and other AGENDA items from recent meetings. You can always read minutes from Board Committees here.

Questions and Answers from Public Comments at Board of Education meetings are posted before the next BOE meeting.

Watch full Board meetings now on our website at:

If you have questions, please email us at

All Board of Education meetings are held at the Education Center at 7:45 p.m., 434 Millburn Avenue, unless otherwise noted.