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The Ewing Public Schools Board of Education BOE Briefs: Monday, October 24th, 2022

Immediate Release

October 25th, 2022 

The Ewing Township Board of Education held its monthly meeting on October 24th 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.  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.  Lina gave a quick overview of the events taking place at Ewing High School.  Some of the highlights shared were that Ewing High School held its first traditional Homecoming since 2019 before the start of the pandemic.  Homecoming was a massive success with festivities kicking off with the football game during the day and the Homecoming dance in the evening.  Ewing High School seniors Jayden White and Sydney Smith were named 2022 Homecoming King and Queen.   

Lina also shared that this week is Fall Spirit Week at Ewing High School with themed days which include Lazy Monday, Team Tuesday, Surfers vs. Bikers on Wednesday, Album Cover Day on Thursday and BLUE and WHITE Day of Friday for school spirit.  A pep rally will be held on Friday and the grade level with the most spirit points will be one step closer to winning the trip to Six Flags in June!

Ewing High School Counseling Department hosted PSATs on October 12th during school hours for all sophomores and juniors.  It was also announced that the district will be covering the cost of all AP Exams this year as well as provide study guides for each student!  Students are thrilled with this opportunity and thanked the Board of Education for making this happen!  The Counseling Department will share information about the AP test registration process at the AP Parent Night on Thursday, November 3rd at 6:30PM.

Lina also noted that Ewing High School College tours are BACK!  On Thursday, October 6th, Rutgers University hosted a group of 40 Ewing High School seniors for an official group visit.  The second college tour of the year will be to Temple University and Swarthmore College on Thursday, November 3rd.

This Wednesday, October 26th, in the Ewing High School auditorium, the Ewing High School Athletic Department will host the first of its kind College Athletic Prep Student/Athlete, Parent and Coaches assembly at 6:30PM.

Ewing High School will host their Open House on Thursday, November 17th at 6:30PM.  All middle school students and their parents are invited to attend this event to learn about the wonderful programs Ewing High School has to offer their students.

Lastly, seniors mark your calendars for Wednesday, November 30th at 6:30PM for the Ewing High School Counseling Department Financial Aid Workshop.  This event is a working event to help Ewing High School seniors and parents complete the Financial Aid Form for college. 

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 September 2022.

The Board of Education approved the Annual 2022 Demographic Study Report.

The Board of Education approved the proposal with George Duthie of FVHD to provide architecture services as part of his firm's appointment as the “Architect of Record” for the Gusz Renovation and Expansion Project.

The Board of Education approved the submission of the Toilet Room Facilities Waiver for Early Intervention, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Classrooms for the 2022-2023 school year to the Mercer County Executive Superintendent for Antheil and Parkway Elementary Schools.

The Board of Education approved the bid award for Project 55015D2-1/5015F2-1 (Toilet Room Renovations and Office Renovations at Ewing High School and Toilet Room Renovations at Fisher Middle School) to Shorelands Construction, Inc.

The Board of Education approved the bid award for Project 5015D2, F2, K2 (Door Upgrades at Ewing High School, Fisher Middle School and the Ryan Building) to W.J. Gross Inc.

The Board of Education approved several transportation contracts. 

Curriculum and Instruction

The Board of Education accepted the District and School HIB Grades for the 2021-2022 school year.

The Board of Education approved student observers at Fisher Middle School and Ewing High School for the Fall 2022 semester from Princeton University and Rider University.

The Board of Education approved the district ESSA report.  The report/presentation fulfills the expectation that the district, “after each State test administration, reports to the district board of education on the participation and the performance results of the annual Statewide assessments to the district board of education within 60 days of the receipt of the finalized information from the Department.

The Board of Education approved the submission of the New Jersey Quality Single Accountability Continuum (QSAC) Statement of Assurance (SOA) for the 2021-2022 before submission to the County office.

The Board of Education approved the Ewing Public Schools Virtual Learning Plan for the 2022-2023 school year.

The Board of Education approved several updated curriculum guides.

Student Services and Technology 

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

The Board of Education approved the request to participate in Handle with Care Training. 

Personnel

Ewing Public Schools Welcomes New Staff 

Michelle Dice is joining Ewing High School as a Health and Physical Education Teacher. Ms. Dice received an Associate degree in Exercise Science from Mercer County College. Ms. Dice had a dual major and received a Bachelor’s degree in Health and Physical Education, and a Bachelor’s degree in Health Education from East Stroudsburg University.

Terrel Moss is joining Ewing High School as a Replacement School Counselor. Mr. Moss received a Bachelor’s degree in Family Science and Human Development and a Master’s degree in School Counseling from Montclair State University.

Andrew Nester is joining Fisher Middle School as a Social Studies Teacher. Mr. Nester received a Bachelor’s degree in History and a Master’s degree in Education from Rutgers University. 

Ian Poinsett is joining Fisher Middle School as an ALP Teacher. Mr. Poinsett received a Bachelor’s degree in History from Montclair state University and received a Master’s degree in Elementary and Secondary School Counseling from Wilmington University.

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

As you know from our many updates, the Board has worked very hard in our efforts to find a successor superintendent that is an ideal candidate for Ewing and has strived to keep the community informed and engaged throughout this process. 

This process has been extensive, and has required the participating Board members to spend many nights out away from their families and personal lives and I wanted to take a moment to thank all of them for their significant efforts and sacrifices.   

The Board has recently interviewed four finalists in a format that involved both a presentation and the opportunity for the Board to truly get to know the candidates as people and professionals.  We were impressed with all the candidates and believe that they are all outstanding educators and leaders.  

At this point, the search is in a very sensitive stage, as each candidate has confidentiality and privacy rights, and we will now move into a contract development process with our top candidate.  We remain confident that we will have a successor superintendent in place on or around Mr. Nitti's date of departure, and encourage the school community to monitor our communication portals and Superintendent Search page on our website for updates and information. 

Thank you. 

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

At the conclusion of the meeting, several members of the public and members of the Board thanked departing Superintendent Michael Nitti for his work and efforts on behalf of the school community.  Nitti joined the Ewing Schools in 2005 and has served as superintendent since 2009.  It was Nitti's last Board meeting as the sitting superintendent.  

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 November, they will become formal Board policy

  • Policy/Bylaw                        P0143.2 High School Student Representative to the Board of Education (Mandated) (Revised) 
  • Policy P1511                       Board of Education Website Accessibility (Mandated) (Revised) 
  • Policy P2415.04                  Title I District – Wide Parent and Family Engagement (Mandated) (Revised) 
  • Policy P2415.50                  Ewing High School Title I-School Parent and Family Engagement (Mandated) (New) 
  • Policy P2415.51                  Fisher Middle School Title I-School Parent and Family Engagement (Mandated) (New) 
  • Policy P2415.52                  Antheil Elementary School Title I-School Parent and Family Engagement (Mandated) (New) 
  • Policy P2415.53                  Lore Elementary School Title I-School Parent and Family Engagement (Mandated) (New) 
  • Policy P2415.54                  Parkway Elementary School Title I-School Parent and Family Engagement (Mandated) (New) 
  • Policy P2415                       Every Student Succeeds Act (Mandated) (Revised) 
  • Policy P2425                       Emergency Virtual or Remote Instruction Program (Mandated) (Revised) 
  • Regulation R2425               Emergency Virtual or Remote Instruction Program (Mandated) (New) 
  • Policy P5512                       Harassment, Intimidation, or Bullying (Mandated) (Revised) 
  • Policy P5722                       Student Journalism (Mandated) (New) 
  • Policy 2432                         School Sponsored Publications (Mandated) (Abolished) 
  • Regulation R2432              School Sponsored Publications (Mandated) (Abolished) 
  • Policy P7410                       Maintenance and Repair (Mandated) (Revised)
  • Regulation R7410.01         Facilities Maintenance, Repair Scheduling, and Accounting (Mandated) (Revised)
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The next meeting of the Board of Education is scheduled to take place on Monday, November 28th, 2022 at 7:00PM at Lore Elementary School as part of the first of the traveling Board meetings