Editor's Notebook: June 4 Board of Ed Meeting
The Board of Education appointed a new Director of Curriculum and a new Technology & Data Coordinator for the district, honored the Girls Varsity Basketball team and the Bergen County Teacher Recognition recipients, approved the band trips and entertained a presentation about a emergency communications tool at its June 4 public work session.
High School Assistant Principal June Chang was appointed as the new Director of Curriculum for the district effective July 1, at a salary of $115,000, which represents a cost savings from the previous salary for the position. The district intends to fill the Assistant Principal position and will post it by next week.
Euricio Antunes was appointed as Technology & Data Coordinator for the district at a salary of $120,000. The new position will be charged with ensuring the district is prepared to implement the new state assessments, which will be taken online four times a year, as well as ensuring all district data is properly submitted to the state.
Recognition of Girls’ Basketball team
The board recognized the Girls' Varsity Basketball team, who took the NJ NJSIAA North 1, Group 1 state sectional championship for the first time in the history of Midland Park High School. The team was 18-6 for the season and entered the State Tournament as the Number 1 seed.
In addition to the team accomplishments, individual players were also recognized for their achievements. Rebecca Rabeiro reached 1,000 points for her career, was named first team all county and was named first team all league along with teammate Nicole Cortaino. Coach O'Connor was nominated Coach of the Year for his division.
Athletic Director Pete Galasso noted the community support was phenomenal. He said he was most proud of how the community packed the house with electric energy for the games and followed the team as they traveled.
State Funding May Be Available For School Projects
School Board Trustee announced the state is temporarily reinstating grants to non-Abbott School districts for facilities projects. In 2003, the state paid up to 40 percent of the cost for approved school upgrades. In the 2003 referendum, the state paid $3 million of the $8.5 million final tally for the projects.
The window to apply for the funding is 60 days, with a deadline of Sept. 4. Midland Park's school facility plans were put together for the December 2012 referendum which did not include any state funding and failed at the polls. Officials said they are in good shape to apply for the grants. (For more about the program, visit njspotlight.com.)
Emergency Technology Explored
The board received a presentation from Erik Endress about a new program called Share With 911, a web-based application that allows teachers and administrators to communicate in real time with emergency services personnel in the event of an emergency.
The service, which can be accessed through computers, smart phones and tablets, aims to streamline response and rescue efforts during a lock down, fire or other emergency. The system automatically sends reports to teachers and administrators, and asks staff to check in with updates as to where the problem is, if anyone is hurt or missing, and other pertinent information. More information about the program will be made available to the public prior to the district's decision to sign on for the Share With 911 service.
Band Trips Approved
The board approved two overnight band trips for the 2013-14 school year, a trip to Syracuse, NY for the Marching Band competition in October and a trip to Anaheim, Calif. for the Concert Band in February. The trips, which the band has been attending for several years, were pulled from an earlier agenda due to concerns from members of the board. The band parents filled the audience at the meeting as well as the previous meeting.
The district honored the Bergen County Teacher Recognition recipients: Susan Cheetham, Francesca Mullady, Teresa Mallon and Teresa Wecht.