• ECSBA President Reginald Bledsoe calls the ECSBA meeting to order.

The Essex County School Boards Association met Oct. 12 at the Glen Ridge Country Club, with attendees enjoying a panel discussion on school district finances.

John Ferraro, an Essex County school business official with the New Jersey Department of Education, moderated the panel, which included Jorge Cruz, school business administrator at Verona School District; Michael DeVita, school business administrator at Cedar Grove School District; Tonya Flowers, school business administrator at West Orange School District; Barbara Murphy, school business administrator at Glen Ridge School District; Matthew Paladino, school business administrator at Belleville School District; Cheryl Schneider, school business administrator at Millburn School District; and Valerie Wilson, school business administrator at Newark School District.

Attendees also heard from New Jersey School Boards Association staff members on a host of important issues, with Kurt Rebovich Jr., associate director of partnerships, providing an update on Workshop; Jonathan Pushman, director of governmental relations, sharing a legislative update; Robert Acerra, county activities coordinator, sharing an update on NJSBA Connection, a centralized hub where school leaders can collaborate on projects and initiatives; and Charlene Peterson, a senior field service representative, delivering a field services report.

Benjamin Morse, a board of directors delegate to the NJSBA, also delivered a report.

A variety of other important business was also conducted at the meeting.