Agenda & Minutes - January 5, 2021- Organization Meeting

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021 - 7:00pm
Westfield, New Jersey
Office of the Secretary
AGENDA – Board Meeting - Organization & Minutes
January 5, 2021
December 23, 2020
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 7:00 p.m. on the evening of January 5, 2021. The board meeting will be held via an online platform which can be accessed at:
The meeting can also be accessed by phone at: 1-415-655-0001, Access Code: 120-489-5544. The purpose of the meeting is to transact the regular business of the Board and any other business to come properly before the Board.
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 Wednesday, December 23, 2020, 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, a meeting notice setting forth the time, date and location of this meeting.
Members of the public will be allowed to make public comments twice during the virtual meeting. In the beginning of the meeting, the public may comment on agenda items only and at the end of the meeting the public can comment on any topic. At the appropriate time on the agenda, the Q&A window will be opened for public access. If you wish to address the board, please type in your name and address. Individuals who are calling into the meeting and wish to speak can touch *3 to access the raise your hand function which will notify a staff member that you want to speak. When your name is called, a staff member will unmute your microphone. Each speaker is limited to three minutes. Please note that if any member of the public becomes disruptive during the remote meeting, the board president may mute the speaker's microphone. Continued disruptions may result in removal from the virtual meeting.
1.  FLAG SALUTE:  Mrs. Sullivan
At the annual election held on November 3, 2020, Sahar Aziz, Leila Morrelli and Sonal Patel were all elected for three-year terms.
Ms. Aziz, Mr. Bielen, Mr. Galligan,
Mr. Garrison, Ms. Morrelli, Ms. Ohlig, 
Mrs. Oporto, Ms. Patel, Mrs. Root
Board Secretary calls for:
a. Nominations and Election for Office of President.
President calls for:
b. Nominations and Election for Office of Vice-President.
c. Acknowledgement of the Code of Ethics:
Acknowledge and agree that a school board member shall abide by the following School Board Association Code of Ethics for School Board members:
  1. I will uphold and enforce all laws, rules and regulations of the State Board of Education, and court orders pertaining to schools.  Desired changes shall be brought about only through legal and ethical procedures.
  2. I will make decisions in terms of the educational welfare of children and will seek to develop and maintain public schools that meet the individual needs of all children regardless of their ability, race, creed, sex, or social standing.
  3. I will confine my board action to policy making, planning, and appraisal, and I will help to frame policies and plans only after the board has consulted those who will be affected by them.
  4. I will carry out my responsibility, not to administer the schools, but, together with my fellow board members, to see that they are well run.
  5. I will recognize that authority rests with the board of education and will make no personal promises nor take any private action that may compromise the board.
  6. I will refuse to surrender my independent judgment to special interest or partisan political groups or to use the schools for personal gain or for the gain of friends.
  7. I will hold confidential all matters pertaining to the schools which, if disclosed, would needlessly injure individuals or the schools. In all other matters, I will provide accurate information and, in concert with my fellow board members, interpret to the staff the aspirations of the community for its school.
  8. I will vote to appoint the best qualified personnel available after consideration of the recommendation of the chief administrative officer.
  9. I will support and protect school personnel in proper performance of their duties.
  10. I will refer all complaints to the chief administrative officer and will act on the complaints at public meetings only after failure of an administrative solution.
Approve Roberts Rules of Order (current revised edition) as Parliamentary Procedures guide for the Westfield Board of Education.
7.  RECOGNIZE PUBLIC for agenda items only
  • Reflections on 2020 - Reimagining the Post-pandemic Future
Approve Minutes of the Board Meeting held on December 8, 2020 and the Private Minutes of December 8, 2020.
 15.  FINANCE 
   21. RECOGNIZE PUBLIC for questions and/or comments
Approve the following resolution:
RESOLVED, that the Board of Education move into Private Session for the purpose of discussing  matters rendered confidential by state and federal law and 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.
Groups audience: 
- Private group -