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The Ewing Public Schools Board of Education BOE Briefs: November 22nd, 2021

Immediate Release

November 23rd, 2021  

The Ewing Township Board of Education held its monthly meeting on November 22nd 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.  

Chief School Administrator, Michael Nitti then introduced Noemi Garcia, who serves as the Ewing High School student ambassador to the Board.  

Noemi reported on the Ewing High School Fall Spirit Week which was the first spirit week of the school year, and was a major success!  

Recent parent events hosted at Ewing High School were the first AP Parent Night on November 11th and over 40 families logged in for the virtual event hosted by the Director of Counseling Services, Dr. Jennifer Antoni.  The night featured information from Dr. Antoni and Ewing High School Advanced Placement teachers about the benefits of enrolling in AP courses and taking the AP exams.  The session also included strategies for current and future students to help students successfully prepare for and manage the rigor and workload.  

Ewing High School last week also hosted the EHS Open House/8th Grade Orientation.  The virtual event consisted of sessions for parents including an introduction from Principal Chmiel and Counseling Services Director Dr. Antoni, Academics with department supervisors, Athletics with Interim Athletic Director Woidill and coaches and Student Activities with Mrs. Hammer.  8th grade students who attended the event were treated to a live virtual tour of Ewing High School led by the Student Council officers that highlighted common areas such as the cafeteria and the newly renovated gymnasiums.  This year’s Open House also featured the first-ever virtual look-book for Ewing High School and will be available on the Ewing High School, Fisher Middle School and district websites so that all students and parents can access the information.  

Noemi then shared the highlights of the Ewing High School fall athletic season.  Football capped off a tremendous session that saw them clinch a division title.  Freshman Teagan Walker finished 20th in the state in cross country.  Ryan Leary signed to play Division I baseball at Wagner University in New York and Kyla Vaughn committed to play softball at Division III Stevenson University in Maryland.  Winter sports started this week with Bowling and Basketball tipped off with try-outs.  

In other Ewing High School news, the spring musical was announced as “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee.”  The Ewing High School Rotary Club’s annual Thanksgiving Food Drive collected over 200 food items which were donated to HomeFront to help families in need. 

Superintendent Nitti then introduced Principal Kelly Kawalek who provided the Board and public an update on the opening few months at Lore School

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 Fall Bus Evacuation Drills as required by the New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC 6A:27-11.2) school bus evacuation drills and must be conducted twice a year. 

The Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 Uniform Memorandum of Agreement Between Education and Law Enforcement Officials (MOA) 

In 1988, the New Jersey Departments of Law & Public Safety and Education issued a memorandum for use by local law enforcement and education officials.  These agreements were signed in communities across the state and documented the commitment of both entities to work together as equal partners to address the State's alcohol and other drug problems as they relate to school-age children.  

The Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 School Safety and Security Plan Review Statement of Assurance. 

New Jersey Administrative Code (N.J.A.C. 6A:16-5.1) requires school districts to have a School Safety and Security Plan and an annual review and update of the plans, procedures and mechanisms. The 2018-19 New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (NJQSAC) includes performance indicators in five key component areas. The Operations component area assesses a school district’s performance and capacity in implementing school district policies such as student health, safety, substance abuse, and career and academic counseling. One Operations indicator includes verification in writing that the district School Safety and Security Plan has been reviewed and updated. New this year is the submission of the School Safety and Security Plan Review Statement of Assurance form. This Statement of Assurance form is due annually, by November 30th.  

Student Services and Technologies 

The Board of Education approved the Nursing Services Plan for 2021-2022.  

New Jersey School districts are required to maintain a plan for nursing services for the State and on an annual basis. 

Personnel 

Ewing Schools Welcomes New Staff! 

Ewing Schools Welcomes New Director of Food Services Ms. Maureen Casey 

Maureen Casey joins the Ewing Schools as the new Director of Food Services.  Ms. Casey has extensive experience as a food services director in a large county school district in Florida. Ms. Casey recently relocated back to New Jersey where she served the Medford School district as Director of Food Services while working for Sodexo.  Ms. Casey has a Bachelor’s Degree from Broward College.

Ewing Schools Welcomes New Director of Facilities Mr. Vincent Ferrara 

Vincent Ferrara joins the Ewing Schools as the new Director of Facilities.  Mr. Ferrara comes to Ewing from the Middletown Township School District, where he served as the Facilities Supervisor.  Mr. Ferrara earned his Educational Facilities Manager Certification from Rutgers University, and has extensive construction knowledge which will be an asset to the district as it finalizes Referendum ’18 projects. 

New Business 

The Board of Education accepted the resignation, with regrets, of current Board member, Mr. Tyrone A. Miller, Jr., due to personal obligations. 

Board President McConnell expressed her gratitude and appreciation to Mr. Miller for his work and efforts as a member of the Board on behalf of the school community. 

The Board will post a Board of Education Vacancy Announcement seeking qualified candidates to fill the vacancy on the Board of Education.  The posting is below: 

Board of Education Vacancy Announcement

Posted on 11/23/2021 

The Ewing Township Board of Education is seeking qualified candidates to fill a vacancy on its nine-member board. The Board is responsible for developing and adopting district policies and for the governance of the school district. The successful candidate will serve in the position until the January 2023 reorganization meeting, following the regular November 2022 annual election. This is effectively a one (1) year appointment.


Ewing Township residents who meet the legal requirements for board candidacy should submit a letter of intent with a summary of qualifications or resume. Application materials may be sent to the Ewing Township Board of Education, Attn: School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, 2099 Pennington Road, Ewing, NJ 08618 or submitted via email to djn@ewingboe.org, no later than 4:00PN on Tuesday, December 7th, 2021.


As required by State law, to become a member of a local board of education in New Jersey, you must:
 

  • Be able to read and write.
  • Hold U.S. citizenship and one year’s residency in the Township of Ewing.
  • Be registered to vote in the district before filing the nominating petition/application
  • Have no interest in any contract with, or claim against, the Ewing Township Board of Education
  • Not hold office as mayor or member of the Ewing Township Municipal Governing Body.
  • Not simultaneously hold two elective offices.
  • Not be disqualified from membership for the conviction of certain crimes. (Within 30 days of election or appointment to the Board, a member must undergo a criminal history background investigation through the State Department of Education. 

All applications will be reviewed by the Ewing Township Board of Education. Interviews may be scheduled at the discretion of the Board of Education. After consideration of the applications received, a new board member will be selected by the current board. 

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

                  Policy P2415 No Child Left Behind Programs (Mandated) (Revised)

                  Policy P2415.02 Title I Fiscal Responsibilities (Mandated) (Revised)

                  Policy P2415.05 Pupil Surveys (Mandated) (Revised)

                  Policy P2415.20 No Child Left Behind Complaints (Mandated (Revised)

                  Regulation R2415.20 No Child Left Behind Complaints (Mandated) (Revised)

                  Policy P4125 Employment of Support Staff Members (Mandated) (Revised)

                  Policy P6360 Political Contributions (Mandated) (Revised)

                  Policy P8330 Student Records (Mandated) (Revised)

                  Policy P9713 Recruitment by Special Interest Groups (Mandated) (Revised)               

               

The next meeting of the Board of Education will take place on Monday, December 20th, 2021 at 7:00PM at Fisher Middle School.  Public session will begin at 8PM.