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BOE Briefs: July 25th Meeting/BOE Accepts Superintendent Nitti’s Resignation; Successor Superintendent Search to Commence

Immediate Release

July 26, 2022 

The Ewing Township Board of Education held its monthly meeting on 25th in the Ewing High School auditorium.  

Board President Anthony Messina opened the Board of Education meeting at 6:30PM.  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.

During his “Superintendent Report,” Chief School Administrator Michael Nitti shared that it has been nice to have staff and students in the schools for the summer educational programs, commended School Business Administrator Mr. Nettleton and his staff for being recognized for stellar performance, and invited school community members to drop by the Ewing Schools table at National Night Out on August 2nd

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

Finance and Operations

The Board of Education acknowledged the Fire and Security Drills for the month of June 2022.

The Board of Education approved the award of Lease Purchase Financing to TD Equipment for the 2022-2023 annual equipment lease purchase.

The Board of Education approved the attached contract with Field Turf for annual Turf Field Maintenance for the 2022-2023 School Year.

The Board of Education approved the contract for Security Guard Services.

The Board of Education approved the 2021-2022 Statement of Assurance for the Testing of Lead in School Drinking Water.

The Board of Education approved the Mileage Reimbursement Rate for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Board of Education acknowledged the Tax Ratable Change Memo for 2022-2023.

Curriculum and Instruction 

The Board of Education approved the District Mentoring Plan for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Board of Education approved the Public Donor Agreement with the Mercer Council on Alcoholism and Drug Addiction through SAC services July 1, 2022 and terminating June 30, 2023.

Student Services and Technology 

The Board of Education approved to apply and adopt the ESEA performance goals and indicators.  The District also approved to accept the funding for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Board of Education approved to apply and adopt the IDEA performance goals and indicators.  The District also approved to accept the funding for the 2022-2023 school year.

Personnel 

Ewing BOE Accepts Superintendent Nitti's Resignation; Successor Superintendent Search to Commence

The Board of Education accepted the resignation due to retirement of Superintendent Michael Nitti, effective November 21st, 2022.

Nitti has been the Superintendent of the Ewing Schools since 2009, and has been with the school district since 2004.  He was approved by the Bristol Township School District in Pennsylvania as its next superintendent on July 21st.  Nitti will remain with the district until November 21st and assist with the leadership transition and the planning for an effective opening of the 2022-23 school year. 

“The Board and Ewing Schools Community are greatly appreciative of Mr. Nitti’s many years of dedicated service,” Board President Anthony Messina stated.  “Mr. Nitti leaves us as the longest tenured superintendent in Ewing Schools history since our initial superintendent, and as we like to say around here, ‘Once a Blue Devil-Always a Blue Devil’.”

The Board of Education is moving quickly and decisively with an approach to have a new superintendent in place on or around Superintendent Nitti's date of departure.  During the meeting, the Board approved the hiring of veteran educator and experienced superintendent search consultant Thomas Gialanella to assist, advise, and counsel the Board during this process.  Gialanella has led many successful superintendent searches throughout the state.

"Hiring a superintendent may be the most important responsibility of a Board of Education," Mr. Messina stated. "We are excited to work with Mr. Gialanella and move aggressively to bring on an outstanding successor to Mr. Nitti."

The Board of Education will release a Superintendent posting/advertisement this week that will be widely disseminated.  The district is also putting together a superintendent search survey to give the opportunity for the school community to share thoughts and ideas regarding the search.  Mr. Gialanella will also visit Ewing to meet with stakeholders and host a community forum regarding the process and desired characteristics of the next school district leader.  A "Superintendent Search Update" page will also be created on the district website, and community members are encouraged to refer to it for information.

Ewing Public Schools Welcomes New Teachers 

Victoria Jordan Barros is joining Antheil Elementary School as a School Psychologist. Mrs. Jordan Barros received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Rutgers University and her Master’s degree in Educational Psychology from Kean University.

Erika Barney is joining Fisher Middle School as a Teacher of Special Education Language Arts. Ms. Barney received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Columbia College and her Post Baccalaureate degree from Colorado State University.

Amy Stemler is joining Antheil Elementary School as an Elementary Teacher. Ms. Stemler received her Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education from Rider University.

Lisa Leibowitz is joining Fisher Middle School as a Language Arts Teacher. Ms. Leibowitz received her Bachelor’s degree in English from the College of New Jersey.

Jeffrey O’Neill is joining The O’Brien Academy as a Health/Physical Education Teacher. Mr. O’Neill received his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education from East Stroudsburg University. 

Timmothy Bramble is joining Fisher Middle School as a Health/Physical Education Teacher. Mr. Bramble received his Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science from Rowan University.

Michelle Moore is joining The O’Brien Academy as a Special Education Teacher. Ms. Moore received her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Temple University and she received her Master’s degree in Special Education from Rowan University.

Kellie Tonelli is joining Ewing High School as a Substance Awareness Coordinator. Ms. Tonelli received her Bachelor’s degree in English from Rowan University and her Master’s degree in Counseling from The College of New Jersey.

Kenneth Stokum is joining Ewing High School as a   Replacement School Counselor. Mr. Stokum received his Bachelor’s degree in Management Sciences from St. Bonaventure University and his Master’s degree in School Counseling from Georgia Southern University.

Soft Walter is joining the Elementary Schools as a Speech Language Specialist. Ms. Walter received her Bachelor’s degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology from Marywood University. 

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

Policy P3221 and Regulation R3221 Evaluation of Teachers (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P3222 and Regulation R3222 Evaluation of Teaching Staff Members, Excluding Teachers and Administrators (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P3223 and Regulation of P3223 Evaluation of Administrators, Excluding Principals, Vice Principals and Assistant Principals (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P3224 and Regulation R3224 Evaluation of Principals, Vice Principals and Assistant Principals (Mandated) (Revised)

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 August, they will become formal Board policy:

Policy P1620 Administrative Employment Contracts (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P1648.14 Safety Plan for Healthcare Settings in School Buildings – COVID-19 (Mandated) (Abolished)

Policy P1648.15 Recordkeeping for Healthcare Settings in School Buildings – COVID-19 (Mandated) (New)

Policy P2415.05 Student Surveys, Analysis, Evaluations, Examinations, Testing. Or Treatment (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P2431.4 and Regulation R2431.4 Prevention and Treatment of Sports-Related Concussions and Head Injuries (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P5541 Anti-Hazing (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P6471 and Regulation R6471 School District Travel (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P6465 and Regulation R6465 Bias Crimes and Bias-Related Acts (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P9560 Administration of School Surveys (Mandated) (Revised)

The next meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to take place on Monday, August 22nd at 7:00PM in the Ewing High School auditorium.