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The Ewing Public Schools Board of Education BOE Briefs:  August 22nd, 2022 Meeting

Immediate Release

August 24th, 2022 

The Ewing Township Board of Education held its monthly meeting on August 22nd in the Ewing High School auditorium.  

Board President Anthony Messina 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.

During his ”Superintendent Report,”  Chief School Administrator Michael Nitti overviewed the addendum to the district’s Restart and Recovery Plan as the district navigates the evolving Covid pandemic, discussed the creation of the Board Goals, and touched on the Ewing Schools participation in National Night Out.  Superintendent Nitti concluded his report by detailing the Board’s mandated training on ethics and governance.

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 Drill Report for the month of July 2022.

The Board of Education approved the contract for Keys2Health Wellness, LLC. to provide chemical screening for district employees and students as needed for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Board of Education acknowledged the Addendum to the Ewing Township School District’s Restart and Recovery Plan to Reopen Schools.  The addendum is available on the district website.

The Board of Education approved the Ewing Public Schools District Organization Chart 2022-2023.

The Board of Education approved several transportation contracts. 

Curriculum and Instruction 

The Board of Education approved the Ewing Township Board of Education 2022-2023 Board Goals.  The Board Goals are available on the district website.

The Board of Education approved Ewing High School enrolling as a member of the Burlington County Scholastic League to participate in the approved interschool athletic program for Bowling sponsored by the BCSL.

The Board of Education accepted the District School Safety Data System (SSDS) for 2021-2022 Reporting Period 2 (January 2022-June 2022).

The Board of Education approved several updated curriculum guides.

The Board of Education approved Rider University interns from EDU 106 to observe at Fisher Middle School and SED 370 to work at Ewing High school for the Fall 2022 semester.

Student Services and Technology 

The Board of Education approved service contacts for Educational Specialized Associates/Multilingual Evaluation Services and Maxim Healthcare Staffing/Nursing Services for the 2022-2023 school year.

Personnel 

Ewing High School Welcomes New Dean of Students and New School Security Coordinator 

As the 2022-23 school year opens, Ewing High School will be welcoming a new Dean of Students and School Security Coordinator.

David Waseleski moves into the Dean of Students position at EHS that opened when Megan Soltysik departed for an administrative position in the Riverside School District.

Waseleski has been at Ewing High School since 2011 as a teacher of math special class programs.  He was a varsity baseball and soccer coach at EHS, and has been very involved in the school’s innovative unified sports program.  Waseleski has also served as the school's Alternate Learning Program supervisor and has participated in a number of professional development initiatives.

Waseleski has both a Bachelor of Arts in Mathematics/Secondary Education and a Masters of Educational Leadership, Magna Cum Laude, from The College of New Jersey.

“Mr. Waseleski has been an outstanding, student-centered educator for the Ewing Schools for many years,” EHS Principal Ed Chmiel stated.  “We look forward to him joining our management team and doing exceptional work on behalf of our students.”

Ronald Stinson also joins Ewing High School as a School Security Coordinator.

Mr. Stinson brings significant experience to the position and the Ewing Schools, working with both the Mercer County Prosecutor’s Office and the Trenton Police Department.  He has been very involved with the Project Safe Neighborhood initiative and has worked for years as a youth coach and mentor.

Stinson has a Bachelor’s of Science degree from Kutztown University.

“We are excited to bring Mr. Stinson on to our team,” Chmiel commented.  “We believe he will be able to build a strong rapport with our students and help make our school a safe, positive and harmonious place for all students to learn.”

Ewing Public Schools Welcomes New Teachers 

Abigail Slaymaker is joining Ewing High School as a Spanish Teacher.  Ms. Slaymaker received her bachelor’s degree in World Language Education and Spanish from Pennsylvania State University.

Justin Binnix is joining Fisher Middle School as a Math Teacher.  Mr. Binnix received his bachelor’s degree in Music and Mathematics and his master’s degree in Teaching from The College of New Jersey.

Laurie Webster is joining Parkway Elementary School as a Replacement Elementary Teacher.  Ms. Webster received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from The College of New Jersey.

Daniel Smith is joining Ewing High School as a Health/Physical Education Teacher.  Mr. Smith received his bachelor’s degree in Health Promotion and Wellness Management from Rowan University.

Maria Cassidy is joining Parkway Elementary School as an Elementary Teacher.  Ms. Cassidy received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Bloomsburg University.

Kaili Mack is joining Lore Elementary School as a Replacement School Social Worker.  Ms. Mack received her bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Westminster Choir College and her master’s degree in School Social Worker from Rutgers University.

Gwyndolyn Molony is joining Parkway Elementary School as an Elementary Teacher.  Ms. Molony received her bachelor’s degree in English and her master’s degree in Elementary Education from Quinnipiac University.

Lisa Mavroudis is joining Parkway Elementary School as a Teacher of Elementary Special Education.  Ms. Mavroudis received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Holy Family University.

Dan Tepel is joining Parkway Elementary School as a Replacement Elementary Teacher – Early Intervention Specialist.  Mr. Tepel received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Rider University.

During the Old Business sections of the Agenda, School Business Administrator Dennis Nettleton updated the Board and public on facility building endeavors and grant expenditures.  Board President Anthony Messina then provided an update on the Board’s Superintendent Search.

Statement from BOE President on Superintendent Search Update

Messina shared that 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. As has been publicized, 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. Mr. Gialanella has led many successful superintendent searches throughout the state.

Prior to the meeting, the Board met with Mr. Gialanella to receive an update on his efforts.

So far, the Board of Education has released a Superintendent posting/advertisement that was widely disseminated.  Mr. Gialanella has also launched his own personal recruiting efforts and initiatives.

The district has put together a superintendent search survey to give the opportunity for the school community to share thoughts and ideas regarding the search.  If any school community member has not done so, we encourage them to go to the website and complete the survey.  

Mr. Gialanella will host an open community forum regarding the process and desired characteristics of the next school district leader at Fisher Middle School at 6:30PM on Tuesday, September 13th.   We encourage any interested community member to attend.

The Board anticipates beginning the interview process in mid-September.

A reminder to the school community that a "Superintendent Search Update" page has been created on the district website, and community members are encouraged to refer to it for information.

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

Policy P2417 Student Intervention and Referral Services (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P2422 Comprehensive Health and Physical Education (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P5512 Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P5513 and Regulation R5513 Care of School Property (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P5517 Pupil Identification Cards (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P6440 Cooperative Purchasing (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P6470.01 and Regulation R6470.01 Electronic Funds Transfer and Claimant (Mandated) (New)

Policy P8420 Emergency and Crisis Situations (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P8550 Unpaid Meal Charges (Mandated) (Revised)

Policy P9320 and Regulation R9320 Cooperation with Law Enforcement (Mandated) (Revised)

The next meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to take place on Monday, September 19th at 7:00PM in the Ewing High School auditorium.