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Editor's Notebook: Dec. 3 BOE Meeting

12/03/2013 08:39PM ● By Rebecca K. Abma

Highland School

The Midland Park Board of Education offered condolences on the passing of former teacher, coach and athletic director Sonny Santorine, accepted the resignation of the Buidlings & Grounds Supervisor and reviewed the agenda for its Dec. 17 meeting at its December public work session. 

Buildings & Grounds Supervisor Christopher Swank resigned his position effective Jan. 17, 2014. Swank was hired earlier this year. Officials said the position has been posted and applications will be accepted through Dec. 20. 

The district is still waiting to hear from the state regarding grant proposals submitted over the summer. The New Jersey Department of Education announced in May that it would release $425 million in grants to regular operating school districts that will cover at least 40 percent of eligible costs for projects in school districts addressing health and safety issues, student overcrowding and other critical needs. More than 500 districts were eligible to apply for the grants, which were initially expected to be announced prior to the November gubernatorial election. According to School Business Administrator Stacy Garvey, only a few districts have heard about awards while hundreds were expected to hear this week. 

Garvey also reported the district is waiting on a proposal from Honeywell for a $1.5 million energy savings initiative program, which should be presented to the district prior to the Christmas break. In the program, Honeywell would provide facility upgrades to improve energy efficiency, which would be paid for with future energy savings. 

Board Trustee Robert Schiffer reported the roof work at Highland School has been completed. The only work left to be done, he said, is the galvanized stripping on the parapets. 

For the Dec. 17 agenda, the board is expected to introduce new and revised policies, including evaluation procedures for teachers, administrators, principals and teachers aides. According to Policy Chair Tim Thomas, the changes are all state mandated. 

On Dec. 16, the Child Study Team will give a presentation at Highland School regarding the student classification process and services available through the Special Services department. 

The Waldwick/Midland Park football team is playing in the state finals at Kean University on Saturday. The school is sending them off with a Pep Rally on Friday. The team will also be honored at the town tree lighting service on Friday night. 
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