School Board Notes
New Jersey's weekly education report offers up-to-date information on legislation, court decisions and other developments affecting school districts.
March 10, 2020 • Vol. XLIII No. 31
Updated March 16: COVID-19 News, Information and Resources
Schools ordered to close March 18. Governor declares state of emergency; NJDOE issues guidance on how home instruction can count towards 180-day requirement. Number of cases up to 176 in New Jersey.
Senate President Announces Health Benefits Compromise; Estimates $1 Billion in Annual Savings
More details will be available after legislation is introduced.
STEAM Tank Entries to Be Judged Via Videoconferencing
Contest participants will be contacted with details as soon as they are available.
Legislative Update: Pre-Apprenticeship; Electric School Bus and Teacher Loan Redemption Programs Approved by State Senate
Plastic bag ban and "Gun Violence Awareness Day" also move forward.
Voters in Two Districts Approve $97.4 Million in School Construction
Projects were approved in Woodbridge, Middlesex County and Belmar, Monmouth County.
Training on Analyzing and Constructing Salary Guides to be Offered on March 27
Learn how to recognize and address salary guide aberrations with strategies to effectively negotiate guide changes.
Webinar on Securing K-12: A Holistic Approach to Charting Your Security
Learn about easy-to-manage solutions for physical and cybersecurity challenges.
State Board Reviews Perkins V Plan, School Performance Reports, Revised Scores for Graduation
The readoption of special education rules, with amendments, was discussed.
Asked & Answered: If a Board Docks an Employee's Pay, How Is the Salary Guide Affected?
The commissioner ruled that because an employee's performance was satisfactory in the year following the increment withholding, the employee was entitled to receive the next increment in the salary guide.
Can Boards Meet Via Telephone or Other Remote Communications Equipment?
There are several issues that a board should consider when drafting a teleconferencing policy.
New Date: NJSBA Technology Conference Rescheduled for May 1 – Free to Members
The conference will feature cybersecurity information and sessions on makerspaces, lockdown procedures, and Open Public Records Act (OPRA) requests.
NJSBA Counsel Presenting at Lehigh Special Ed Conference
NJSBA counsel John Burns, and Cherie Adams, a Belmar board member and NJSBA Special Education Committee member, will be among those addressing the conference.
How to Help in the Wake of the Tornadoes that Devastated Nashville
Charitable organizations are accepting donations.
NJSBA Legislative Committee Welcomes New Members
Three board members joined the committee.
Notice of NJSBA Board of Directors Meeting
The meeting is scheduled to take place on March 20 at 7 p.m.
NJSBA Audit Committee to Meet
The March 20 meeting will take place at 5:30 p.m.