BOE Meeting Headlines
News and Views from the May 4, 2020 BOE 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Board President's Report
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!
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 email@example.com.
Business Administrator's Report
- 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.
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