Agenda - January 18, 2022

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Dates: 
Tuesday, January 18, 2022 - 6:00pm
 
WESTFIELD BOARD OF EDUCATION
Westfield, New Jersey
Office of the Secretary
 
AGENDA – Board Meeting
January 18, 2022
 
January 13, 2022
 
Notice is hereby given of the Regular Meeting of the Board of Education of the Town of Westfield, in the County of Union, New Jersey, at 6:00 p.m. on the evening of Tuesday, January 18, 2022 in Cafeteria B of Westfield High School, 550 Dorian Road, Westfield, New Jersey.  Please be advised, all attendees must wear masks. The purpose of the meeting is to transact the regular business of the Board and to transact any other business to come properly before the Board. 
 
The Board will immediately move into private session to discuss legal matters rendered confidential by federal and state law or rule of court.  The public portion of the meeting will begin at 6:45 p.m.
 
This is to advise the general public and to instruct that it be recorded in the Minutes that in compliance with Chapter 231 of the Public Laws of 1975, entitled the “Open Public Meetings Act,” the Westfield School Board on Thursday, January 13, 2022 caused to be posted at the Office of the Board of Education located at 302 Elm Street, Westfield, New Jersey, and delivered to The Westfield Leader, The Star-Ledger, the Westfield Library, Town Clerk of Westfield, TAP into Westfield and Patch.com, a meeting notice setting forth the time, date and location of this meeting.
 
1.  ROLL CALL
 
Mrs. Aziz, Mr. Benacchio, Mr. Bielen,
Mr. Galligan, Mrs. Morrelli, Mrs. Patel,
Mrs. Root, Ms. Sonnek-Schmelz, Ms. Wickens
 
2.  FLAG SALUTE (Mrs. Root)
 
3.  EXECUTIVE SESSION
 
Approve the following resolution:
 
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education move into Private Session for the purpose of discussing matters rendered confidential by federal and state law or rule of court, including legal and personnel matters, and be it further. 
 
RESOLVED, that any discussion held by the Board which need not remain confidential and the results of the discussion will be made public as soon as practicable.
 
4.  ANNOUNCEMENTS
  • Recognize Ryan Friedberg, Boys Soccer All-American
5.  WORKSHOP
  • Board Training:  Board Member Code of Ethics

6.  REPORT BY DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION (Dr. González)

  • Presentation of the Audit for fiscal year 2020-2021

7.  BOARD COMMITTEE REPORTS:

a. Report by the Curriculum, Instruction and Programs Committee Chairperson, Mrs. Root
b. Report by the Facilities Committee Chairperson, Mr. Bielen
c. Report by the Finance Committee Chairperson, Mrs. Root
d. Report by the Long Range Planning Committee Chairperson, Mr. Galligan
e. Report by Negotiations and Personnel Committee Chairperson, Mr. Galligan
f.  Report by the Policies, Legislation and Governance Committee Chairperson,
    Mr. Galligan
g. Report by the Technology and Communications Committee Chairperson, Mr. Galligan
h. Report by the chairpersons of other standing board committees, committees of the
    whole, ad-hoc committees and/or any informal advisory committees.

 

8.  RECOGNIZE PUBLIC (on agenda action items only)
 
During this portion of the meeting, district residents and staff are invited to address the Board of Education on agendas action items only. 
The Board requests that individuals state their name and address for the record, the specific action item(s) they are commenting on, and asks that all remarks be directed to the Board President or designee (not to individual members or staff). The Board asks that members of the public be courteous and mindful of the rights of other individuals when speaking. Specifically, comments regarding personnel matters are discouraged and cannot be responded to by the Board. Students and employees have specific legal rights afforded by the laws of New Jersey. The Board bears no responsibility nor will it be liable for any comments made by members of the public. If a matter concerning a district staff member is of interest or concern to a resident, the matter should be referred to the responsible Building Principal, Superintendent of Schools, or the Board of Education, either by telephone, letter, or email.
Although the Board may not respond to items raised during the public forum, all public comments will be considered.
Please note that if any member of the public becomes disruptive during the meeting the board president may terminate the participant’s statement.  Continued disruptions may result in removal from the meeting or adjournment of the meeting.
Each speaker’s statement will be limited to three (3) minutes in duration. 
 
9.  MINUTES

Approve the Board Meeting minutes of December 14, 2021 and January 6, 2022 and the private minutes of December 14, 2021.

12.  UNFINISHED BUSINESS
 
13.  NEW BUSINESS
 
14.  LIAISON REPORTS
 
15.  RECOGNIZE PUBLIC (for comments)
 
During this portion of the meeting, members of the public are invited to address the Board of Education on any topic.
The Board requests that individuals state their name and address for the record, and asks that all remarks be directed to the Board President or designee (not to individual board members or staff). The Board asks that members of the public be courteous and mindful of the rights of other individuals when speaking. Specifically, comments regarding personnel matters are discouraged and cannot be responded to by the Board. Students and employees have specific legal rights afforded by the laws of New Jersey. The Board bears no responsibility nor will it be liable for any comments made by members of the public. If a matter concerning a district staff member is of interest or concern to a resident, the matter should be referred to the responsible Building Principal, Superintendent of Schools, or the Board of Education, either by telephone, letter, or email.Although the Board may not respond to items raised during the public forum, all public comments will be considered.
Please note that if any member of the public becomes disruptive during the meeting the board president may terminate the participant’s statement.  Continued disruptions may result in removal from the meeting or adjournment of the meeting.
Each speaker’s statement will be limited to three (3) minutes in duration.

16.  EXECUTIVE SESSION

Approve the following resolution:
 
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education move into Private Session for the purpose of discussing matters rendered confidential by federal and state law or rule of court, including pending or anticipated contract negotiations, Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying incidents, and be it further. 
 
RESOLVED, that any discussion held by the Board which need not remain confidential and the results of the discussion will be made public as soon as practicable.

17.  ADJOURNMENT

Groups audience: 
- Private group -