Greenwich Twp. School Board Brief

Board of Education Meeting September 13, 2021

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. Meghann Myers

Mrs. Susan Vernacchio

Highlights from the Greenwich Township School District Board of Education Regular Meeting on September 13, 2021

Mr. Gerald Michael, School Board President, announced his resignation effective October 1, 2021. He thanks everyone for their continued support and concern for the children of Greenwich Township.

1. Superintendent Recommendations Approved
A. Homebound Instructors for the 2021-2022 school year at a stipend of $35.00 per hour, not to exceed 10 hours per week: Lauren Ernst, Andrew Mettler

B. Grade Level Chairs for the 2021-2022 school year at a stipend of $300.00 each: Kiley Barker, Melissa Mortimer, Sandi Nastase, Sarah Wedgwood, Kimberly Chila, Tina Sayers, Nicole McGann, Stacy Anuszewski, Bethanne Barousse
C. The following Extracurricular Clubs were approved for the 2021-2022 school year and the Advisors and stipend below:


Academic Club - BSS/NMS ELA/Math Alexa Wright - BSS $500.00 each

After School Band Donald J. Haney $900.00

Art Enrichment - NMS Michael Snyder $720.00

Audio-Visual Coordinator (already approved) Michael Grelli $750.00

Book Club - NMS Bethanne Barousse $720.00

Chorus - BSS/NMS Lauren Ernst $900.00

8th Grade Advisor - Graduation Bethanne Barousse $1,250.00

8th Grade Graduation Accompanist Donald J. Haney $250.00

8th Grade Trip Fundraising/Organizing Bethanne Barousse $350.00

Fun & Games Michael Snyder; Stephania Tomaszewski $500.00 each

Jazz Ensemble Donald J. Haney $900.00

KEMPS Club Andrew Mettler $720.00

National Jr. Honor Society Advisor Andrew Mettler $1,440.00

PEP Club Advisors- NMS Bethanne Barousse; Stacy Anuszewski $720.00 each

Recreational Activities Club Daniel Giorgianni; Sean Keane $720.00 each

D. Approved the Greenwich Township School District Education, Health, and Safety Plan for the 2021-2022 school year.
E. Course Request approval for Nicole McGann, continuing masters program, #7705 for the Fall of 2021 and #7700 for the Spring of 2022.
F. Course Request approval for Sean Keane, masters program, #CRN43110 for the Fall of 2021.
G. Submission of the Statement of Assurance for School District Professional Development Plan and School District Mentoring Plan.
H. FMLA for Tina Sayers.

2. Policy/Regulations:
A. 1st and 2nd readings for updated/new Policies/Regulations
B. Abolishment of polices/regulations no longer necessary/replaced

3. Curriculum & Instruction:
A. Workshop attendance approval for Geraldo Batista, IPM and PEOSH/NJADP, 11/5/2021 and 01/14/2022, at no cost to the district plus mileage.

4. Report of the School Business Administrator:
A. Bills List
B. Revenue certification

5. Buildings & Grounds:

A. Use of facilities request for Gibbstown PTO to host the Book Fair at BSS from 9/24/2021-


6. New Business:
A. Acceptance of resignation from Board of Education member Chad Kent.

7. Public - Agenda/Non-Agenda Items
Concern: Why are we not offering hot lunches?
Answer: When taking into account all data prior to opening in September, a decision had to be made as to how best keep all students/staff safe, and this was the best way to start. The district plans to offer hot lunches beginning in the month of October.
Comment: The district should increase substitute rates in order to attract more candidates. Raise rates and offer an incentive to come here.
Answer: The District has raised rates over the last few years; always possible in the future.
Comment: Why did a bus letter come from Special Services and not Holcomb Bus?
Answer: A full explanation of the bussing situation was given by Mr. Campbell. Special Services currently administers the runs now.
Concern: Why are students carrying home chromebooks?

Answer: All students need access to the chromebooks at home in the event of another closure.
Concern: Question regarding seating and masking at lunches.
Answer: Seating is 3 feet apart and students are allowed to be unmasked during specific events, including lunch.

Question: Will the board be videotaping Board meetings?

Answer: No.
Comment: Some school district applying punitive consequences on classroom teachers if an outbreak occurs in their classroom?
Answer: We do not have a policy to do so, but Dr. Foley stated that she could not make a blanket statement regarding future events if it was determined an issue occurred because a staff member had been negligent or failed to follow the protocols in place.
Question: Are there consequences for mask violations among students?
Answer: If it was determined to be an issue of insubordination, failure to follow directions after being told to correct the mask, then we would follow the discipline code for the infraction.

8. Executive Session - Yes

9 Adjournment : Meeting was adjourned at approximately 7:45 pm

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Next Regular Board of Education meeting is scheduled for Monday, October 4, 2021 at 6:30 pm.

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