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The Ewing Public Schools Board of Education BOE Briefs: September 27th, 2021

Immediate Release

The Ewing Public Schools Board of Education BOE Briefs: September 27th, 2021 

The Ewing Township Board of Education held its monthly meeting on September 27th in the Fisher Middle School auditorium.  

The public session of the Board of Education meeting was live-streamed to the public beginning at 8:00PM. The meeting information and livestream link was widely communicated to the community via Twitter and posted on the district website.   

Board President Lisa McConnell opened the Board of Education meeting at 7:00PM.  The only action the Board took at that time was to move to a closed session where it reviewed a limited number of confidential items.   

Ewing High School student ambassador to the Board, Noemi Garcia, then provided an update from the school on recent developments, including the start of the scholastic athletic season, freshman orientation, a very successful College and Career Night, and the commencement of virtual college visits. 

In his Superintendent’s Report, Chief School Administrator Michael Nitti thanked the district staff and school community for all their work and support during the opening of school.  Acknowledging the challenges of a full school opening in the midst of a public health crisis, Superintendent Nitti expressed his appreciation for the understanding of all stakeholders as the district navigates issues. 

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

Finance and Operations

The Board of Education approved a Bid award for the annual Lease Purchase Financing and approved multiple Transportation contacts for the 2021-22 school year.

Curriculum and Instruction 

The Board of Education approved a number of collaboratives and initiatives with The College of New Jersey, including FMS Tutors/Mentors and Clinical Placements.  

The Board of Education approved the Emergency Virtual Learning Plan for the Ewing Schools.  It will be placed on the district website. 

Student Services and Technology 

The Board of Education approved the annual Nonpublic School Nursing Services Report and annual mandated Request of Nonpublic Security Aid. 

Personnel

 Giglio Joins District as new Director of Facilities 

Thomas Giglio was approved by the Board as the Director of Facilities for the Ewing Schools. 

Giglio comes to Ewing from the Colts Neck School District, where he was the Facilities Manager since 2013.  Prior to his time at Colts Neck, he served as the Facility Manager for the South Hunterdon Schools and in a facilities supervisory role for the Howell Township Schools. 

Giglio received his certification in Educational Facility Management from Rutgers University, and possesses a number of other facility management certifications and licenses.  He is the President and Treasurer of the New Jersey School Building and Grounds Association.

Giglio joins the Ewing Schools as the district is moving towards completion of a number of projects emanating from the Referendum ’18 initiatives. 

“During the interview process, Mr. Giglio’s vision for exemplary school buildings and grounds was harmonious with ours,” School Business Administrator Dennis Nettleton stated.  “We look forward to him joining the district and bringing his skillset to our facility team and school community.” 

Ewing Schools Welcomes New Staff! 

Dianna Vento has joined Parkway Elementary School as a Replacement Art Teacher.  Ms. Vento received her bachelor’s degree in Graphic Design and master’s degree in Teaching from Maryland Institute College of Art.  

Miranda Hogue has joined Antheil Elementary School Long Term Substitute Elementary Teacher.  Ms. Hogue received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Rowan University. 

Jessica Abrams has joined Antheil Elementary School as a Replacement Elementary Teacher.  Ms. Abrams received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from the University of Maryland.  

Amanda Fenderson will be joining Parkway Elementary School as an Elementary Special Education Teacher.  Ms. Fenderson has received her bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education and her Special Education endorsement from William Paterson University and received her master’s degree in Special Education Learning Disabilities from Rowan University. 

The following policies and regulations were approved by the Board as “First Readings”.  After review and approval by the Board at its next meeting in October they will become formal Board policy

                  Policy P1648.13 School Employee Vaccination Requirements (Mandated) (New)

                  Policy P6115.01 Federal Awards/Funds Internal Controls-Allowability of Costs (Mandated) (New)

                  Policy P6115.02 Federal Awards/Funds Internal Controls-Mandatory Disclosures (Mandated) (New)

                  Policy P6115.03 Federal Awards/Funds Internal Controls-Conflict of Interest (Mandated) (New)

                  Policy P6311 Contracts for Goods or Services Funded by Federal Grants (Mandated) (Revised) 

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

                  Policy P2431 Athletic Competition (Mandated) (Revised)

                  Regulation R2431.1 Emergency Procedures for Athletic Practices and Competitions (Mandated) (Revised)   

The next meeting of the Board of Education will take place on Monday, October 25th, 2021 at 7:00PM at Fisher Middle School.