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The Ewing Public Schools Board of Education BOE Briefs:  September 19th, 2022 Meeting

Immediate Release

September 21st, 2022 

The Ewing Township Board of Education held its monthly meeting on September 19th 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.  The Board then moved from Executive Session at 7:30PM to conduct a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the renovated EHS Emil Wandishin Gymnasium.

The gym is named in honor of iconic EHS Boys Basketball coach Emil Wandishin.   In 1965, Wandishin was named head coach at Ewing and he retained that post until his retirement at the conclusion of the ’92 season. Within two years, he had developed Ewing into a perennial state power. Wandishin’s coaching accomplishments include: Two state championships and five appearances in the state finals, including four times in nine years; a total of 491 victories; twenty-one consecutive winning seasons with thirty-six of his players receiving full or partial college scholarships.   Thirteen of Wandishin’ s players were named All-State, and four became college All-Americans, with one, Hollis Copeland, going on to play for the New York Knicks in the NBA.

Mr. Wandishin was on hand to make some remarks and participate in the ceremonial cutting of the ribbon.

 

 

 

The Board then returned to the Ewing High School auditorium at 8:00PM for the public session of the Board of Education Meeting.

Chief School Administrator Michael Nitti introduced Ewing School Ambassador to the Board of Education, Lina Abtouche.  Mr. Nitti shared that he had known Lina for quite some time now and it has been an honor to watch her grow up and make so many contributions to the Ewing School Community.  Lina has been a member of the EHS Student Council since freshman year and is now in a position of leadership. She has been a part of the school’s Newspaper Ewing’s Voice and founded the Youth Activists Club that seeks to engage students in thoughtful conversation and encourage advocacy.  Lena is also a member of the prestigious Princeton University Preparatory Program.

Lina gave a quick overview of the events taking place at Ewing High School.  Some of the highlights shared were that Freshman Orientation and New Student Orientation were held on August 31st and were very well attended.  Over 200 members of the Class of 2026 and over 65 current Ewing High School volunteers participated in the event, which featured building, tours, activities, a pizza lunch and a mini-pep rally.  It was a great way to kick-off the 2022-2023 school year. 

The EHS Counseling Department has started to schedule meetings with representatives from various colleges.   This week’s slate of virtual visits included representatives from Caldwell University, The College of New Jersey (TCNJ), Drew University and Montclair State.  Also, mark your calendars for the Counseling Department’s Financial Aid Night on Monday, October 3rd at 6:30PM.

Fall college tours are also back!  EHS is excited to announce the return of the college tour program that was suspended during the pandemic.  This fall the first tour is at Rutgers-New Brunswick on Thursday, October 6th.     

Upcoming events at Ewing High School include Hispanic Heritage Month, which began on September 15th, and the Student Council and the Spanish Club will be working to bring together some fun/exciting activities.  October will feature the Week of Respect, School Violence Awareness Week, Fall Spirit Week and Red Ribbon Week. 

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 August 2022.

The Board of Education approved a Resolution for the DOE Submission of documents for the addition to the Gusz Administration Building, renovations to the Gusz Administrative Building, as well as a loading dock rehabilitation to the Gusz Administrative Building.

The Board of Education approved the bid award for the new emergency generator at Ewing High School to DEE-EN Electrical Contracting, Inc.

The Board of Education approved several transportation contracts. 

Curriculum and Instruction

The Board approved the district’s emergency Virtual Learning Plan.  It is available on the district website.

The Board of Education approved TCNJ students enrolled in RAL320-04 to observe at Antheil Elementary School and students enrolled in SED 224 to observe at Fisher Middle School for the Fall 2022 semester.

The Board of Education approved several updated curriculum guides.

Student Services and Technology 

The Board of Education approved the participation in routine self-evaluations by students, staff, and families, as to the effectiveness of AIR programs in our schools, in collaboration with The College of New Jersey's undergraduate lab, TAPLab, and Attitudes in Reverse (AIR).

The Board of Education approved the related services contract for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Board of Education approved the Annual Nonpublic Services Report FY 22. 

Personnel 

The Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Agreement with the Ewing Township Education Support Staff Association (ETESSA) for 2022-23, 2023-24, 2024-25, and 2025-26 school years. 

The Board of Education approved a Memorandum of Agreement and Salary Guides with the Ewing Township Administrators Association (ETAA) for 2023-24, 2024-25, 2025-26 school years.

The September Board meeting saw the Board of Education finalize collective bargaining agreements with the Ewing Township Administrators Association and The Ewing Township Education Support Staff Association.

This will conclude the Board’s collective negotiations for all of the district’s bargaining units through the 2025-26 school year, with some agreements lasting through 2026-27.

“These negotiations proceedings were both collaborative and in the best interest of the school community,” Board President Messina stated.  “The swift and harmonious conclusion to bargaining is a testament to the hard work and mutual respect between the Board of Education and its bargaining units.  We can now focus on our mission of promoting student achievement in schools that are positive, safe, and supportive.”

Ewing Public Schools Welcomes New Teachers 

Lucrezia Tranchina is joining Parkway Elementary School as a Replacement School Counselor.  Ms. Tranchina received her Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science from St. John’s University and her Master’s Degree in School Counseling from Seton Hall University.

Board President Anthony Messina provided the following update regarding the Board’s Superintendent Search:

I wanted to provide an update on our Superintendent search. 

As you know, the Board of Education moved quickly and decisively with an approach to have a new superintendent in place on or around Superintendent Nitti's date of departure. 

We would like to thank everyone who took the time to complete the Superintendent Search Community Survey.  The information we gathered was very insightful and meaningful.  

Superintendent Search Consultant Mr. Gialanella recently met with stakeholders and hosted an open community forum regarding the process and desired characteristics of the next school district leader.  We thank everyone who came out and appreciate the input. 

The Board received 18 completed applications for the Superintendent position, and has now begun the first round of interviews.   We hope to move on to finalist interviews early next month, and remain on track to have a successor superintendent appointed in the very near future.

Please check the "Superintendent Search Update" page that has been created on the district website for further updates and information.

The following policies and regulations were approved by the Board as “Second Readings” and are now 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, October 24th, 2022 at 7:00PM in the Ewing High School auditorium.