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The Ewing Public Schools Board of Education BOE Briefs: June 28th, 2021

Immediate Release

June 30th 2021 

The Ewing Township Board of Education held its monthly meeting on June 28th in the Fisher Middle School auditorium.  

Board President Lisa McConnell opened the Board of Education meeting at 6:00PM.  Superintendent Michael Nitti then conducted a ceremony honoring the 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Educators of the Year.  This event was in lieu of the traditional district and countywide celebration, a casualty of the pandemic. Each of these exceptional educators was presented a plaque commemorating their honor and a certificate from the Department of Education.  Please join us in congratulating our 2019-2020 and 2020-2021 Educators of the Year:

The Ewing Public Schools

 Governor Educators of the Year 

2019-2020

Ewing High School:  Ms. Lauren Wood

Fisher Middle School:  Mrs. Paula Hessinger

Antheil Elementary School:  Mrs. Nina Hartigan

Lore Elementary School:  Mrs. Fernanda Vieira

Parkway Elementary School:  Mr. Eric Thomas

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  2020 - 2021

Ewing High School:  Mr. John Kocubinski

Fisher Middle School:  Ms. Sarah Burdick

Antheil Elementary School:  Mrs. Michele Dagenais

Lore Elementary School:  Mrs. Alison Price

Parkway Elementary School:  Mrs. Colleen Czajkowski

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 Superintendent Nitti then collaborated with district association leaders in recognizing the Ewing Public Schools 2021 District Retirees.  Each retiree received a token of appreciation and affection from the school district and the respective association. 

“In closing, for our retirees, we know that retirement for you does not mean the end, but simply moving on to the next, and I hope that you all find this stage of life to be enjoyable and rewarding,” Superintendent Nitti stated. “I wish you all the happiest and healthiest of retirements.   May the rest of your life, be the best of your life.” 

Please join us in congratulating our 2021 retirees: 

District Retirees 2020-2021

Sandra Austin

Marjori Carroll

LaJoy Collins

Lewis Doczy

Cheryl Gilliland

Nicole Harris

Christopher Heywood

Horace Johnson

Joan Kocubinski

Debbi McManimon

Katrina Michaels

Laurie Ruffenach

William Strain

Jane Thackray

 Retirees

 

The Board of Education at 7:00PM then moved into Executive Session to discuss a limited number of confidential items.

Superintendent Nitti then welcomed back the public at 8:00PM.  During his Superintendent’s Report, he honored the Ewing High School Boys Bowling team, the Ewing High School Girls Bowling team and the Ewing High School Varsity Basketball team for their exceptional seasons and for being outstanding ambassadors of Ewing High School and the district.

Boys Bowling 2021 BCSL Open Champions

3196 Total Pins

Individual Athletic Honors: 

Aidan Reid

BCSL open Boys High Game 279

The Times of Trenton All Area Team 2021

Kyle Delutis

The Times of Trenton Male Bowler of the Year 2021

The Times of Trenton All Area Team 2021

BCSL Open Boys High Game (3rd highest score) -255

Michael Franks

The Times of Trenton All Area Team 2021

Nicholas Canavera

The Times of Trenton All Area Team 2021 

Additional Outstanding Team Members

Morris Glover

Kenneth Romero 

Coach:

David Angebranndt

Boys

 

 Girls Bowling 2021 BCSL 3rd Place

 1987 Total Pins

Individual Athletic Honors: 

Jazmyn Willis

The Times of Trenton Female Bowler of the Year 2021

The Times of Trenton All Area Team 2021

Girls BCSL Open High Series (2nd place) – 549

Sierra Reid

Girls BCSL Open High Series – 551

Mia Siminitus

The Times of Trenton All Area Team 2021

Girls BCSL Open High Series (3rd place) -505

Additional Outstanding Team Member

Marian Ordonez 

Coach

David Angebranndt

Girls 

Girls Varsity Basketball – Undefeated Season

Team Accomplishments 

NJ.com CVC Team of the Year

NJ.com Surprise Team of the Year

CVC Regular Season Champions

#1 Seeded Team in CVC Tournament

#1 Ranked Team in CVC

#28 Ranked Team in New Jersey

1 of 6 Undefeated Teams in New Jersey 

Individual Athletic Honors 

Geneece Boone

NJ.com CVC Player of the Week

Trentonian 1st Team All-Conference

Trentonian 1st Team All-Area

NJ.com 2nd Team All-Conference

2nd Team CVCBA Coaches Selection 

Tamia Warner

NJ.com 3rd Team All-Conference

Trentonian 3rd Team All-Conference 

Joi Johnson

NJ.com 1st Team All-Conference

NJ.com Nomination Top Freshman

Trentonian 1st Team All-Conference

Trentonian 2nd Team All-Area

CVCBA 1st Team Selection 

Rhian Stokes

NJ.com 1st Team All-Conference

 NJ.com Nomination Top Freshman

Trentonian 1st Team All-Conference

Trentonian 2nd Team All-Area

CVCBA 1st Team Selection 

Te’Yala Delfosse

NJ.com Honorable Mention

Trentonian Honorable Mention 

Coach Daniel Montferrat

NJ.com CVC Conference Coach of the Year

Trentonian CVC Conference Coach of the Year

CVC Conference Coach of the Year 

Additional Outstanding Team Members

Madison Scott

Ilana Wade

Jamie Allen-Threadgill

Marlyse Gibson

Shontice Hendryx

Shawnee Biggs 

Coaches

Daniel Montferrat

Jamie Van Hise

Girls

 Superintendent Nitti then updated the Board and public about planning for the upcoming school year as public health conditions improve.

Superintendent’s Statement:

In July of 2020, the Board of Education approved a comprehensive school district reopening/reentry plan that detailed how the district would safely return students to school and provide high quality instruction during a public health crisis.  That comprehensive plan was designed with the assistance of our district Return to School Transition Team and school-based Pandemic Response Teams. The plan was approved by the New Jersey Department of Education. 

The district now acknowledges that with public health conditions improving, the Department of Education has ended the waiver for virtual instruction, and the district will continue to modify and adjust its Reopening Plan to provide for the safe and healthy return of all students and staff for fully in-person instruction in September of 2021.

Our Return to School plan is a “living document,” and we will now begin our work in revising and revamping our plan to make our anticipated normal, traditional opening as safe and healthy as possible.  We will work with our stakeholders with relevance and knowledge, and consult expert advisors, all while closely evaluating public health developments.  Please follow our communication portals over the summer for updates and information.  We are most certainly excited about our students returning to school in September. 

The Board then moved into the “Superintendent Recommendations” section of the Agenda.  Some items of note:

  Finance and Operations 

The Board of Education approved the contract with Dr. Harold Brown, School Physician. 

The Board of Education approved multiple transportation contracts for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The Board of Education acknowledged the Evolving School Reopening Plan for 2021-2022. 

The Board of Education approved the Payroll Calendar for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The Board of Education approved the bid award for renovations and HVAC improvements at various schools. 

Curriculum and Instruction 

The Board of Education approved the participation in the Central Jersey Program for Recruitment of Diverse Educators. 

The Board of Education approved the participation of Ewing High School in the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association for the 2021-2022 school year. 

The Board of Education approved the Ewing District Professional Development Plan and the District Mentoring Plan for 2021-2022. 

The Board of Education approved the continuing agreement with the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction. 

The Board of Education approved of Professional Services Agreement with Rutgers University. 

Student Services and Technology 

The Board of Education approved the annual Statement of Assurance for School Security Drills for the 2020-2021 school year. 

Personnel 

Antoni Joins the Ewing Schools as Director of Assessment & Counseling Services 

Dr. Jennifer Antoni was approved by the Board of Education as the district’s new Director of Assessment & Counseling Services. 

Antoni brings a wealth of experience to the Ewing Schools.   She began her career as an English teacher and has worked for eighteen years as a counselor at Burlington City High School.  Antoni brings an impressive background and skillset in counseling services to the Ewing Schools, including a comprehensive knowledge of curriculum development for career exploration, character education and trauma-informed approaches to promote student wellness.  

Antoni is also deeply involved in professional development pertaining to student wellness and equity issues.  She has presented on both topics at numerous workshops and conferences, and authored several articles on related issues. 

Antoni earned a Bachelor’s Degree from The College of New Jersey, a Master’s Degree in School Counseling and Human Services from the University of Colorado and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Temple University.  She has also served as an adjunct professor at Temple. 

It is anticipated that Dr. Antoni will formally begin her duties with the district over the summer.   

“As we return to school in September, Dr. Antoni’s strong counseling and mental health background will benefit both our counseling staff and our students,” Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ishibashi stated.  “We are excited to have Dr. Antoni join the Ewing Public Schools administrative team and we look forward to her contributions to the school community.” 

Ewing Public Schools Welcomes New Teachers 

Jada Singleton will be joining Fisher Middle School as a Teacher of English as a Second Language.  Ms. Singleton received her Bachelor’s Degree in History with a minor in Communication Disorders and her Master’s Degree in Teaching English as a Second Language from The College of New Jersey. 

Jeffrey Rosenthal will be joining Fisher Middle School as a Teacher of Special Education Inclusion.  Mr. Rosenthal received his Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education with a concentration in Special Education from the University of Delaware and received his Master’s Degree in Psychology with a specialization in Applied Behavior Analysis from Capella University.  Mr. Rosenthal has prior experience as a Special Education Teacher at the elementary and middle school level. 

Alyssa Petner will be joining Antheil Elementary School as an Elementary Teacher of Special Education.  Ms. Petner received her Bachelor’s Degree in Bio-behavioral Health from Pennsylvania State University and her Master’s Degree in Teaching from Rutgers University.  

District Contracts with Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County to Provide Elementary After-School Care 

The Ewing Township Board of Education approved a contract with the Boys and Girls Club of Mercer County to provide after-school care at the district’s elementary schools. 

The Boys and Girls Club program will replace the in-house afterschool care programming previously offered by the district known as PM EDP (Afternoon Extended Day Program). 

The district will still be providing the AM EDP (Morning Extended Day Program) at each of the elementary schools. 

“We are happy to partner with the Boys and Girls Club to provide quality, meaningful afterschool care to our elementary school students,” School Business Administrator Dennis Nettleton stated. 

According to Nettleton, the Boys and Girls Club proposal satisfied the most important criteria established by the administration and Board.  The after-school care program will continue to be housed in each elementary school, the cost of the program for district parents will be fair and aligned with the district’s previous fee structure, and the provider must have an outstanding record of exemplary programming. 

The district’s elementary school parents will begin receiving information regarding enrolling in the Boys and Girls Club’s afterschool program as we make our way through the summer. There will also be registration information made available on the district website and at each elementary school. 

Any parent with questions about the change is encouraged to reach out to Mr. Nettleton’s office at 609-538-9800x1302 or djn@ewingboe.org.     

The following policies and regulations were approved by the Board as “First Readings” and are now formal Board policy: 

                  Bylaw B0145 Board Member Resignation and Removal (Revised) (Mandated)

                  Regulation R1642 Earned Sick Leave (Revised) (Mandated)

                  Policy P1643 Family Leave (New) (Mandated)

                  Policy P3431.1 Family Leave (Abolished)

                  Policy P4431.1 Family Leave (Abolished)

                  Policy P5330.01 Administration of Medical Marijuana (Revised) (Mandated)

                  Regulation R5330.01 Administration of Medical Marijuana (Revised) (Mandated)

                  Policy P7425 Lead Testing in Water (Revised) (Mandated)

                  Regulation R7425 Lead Testing in Water (New) (Mandated)         

The next meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to take place on Monday, July 26th, 2021 at 7:00PM in the Fisher Middle School auditorium.