Board Highlights 11.27.18
Posted on 11/29/2018

In an effort to keep the Princeton Public Schools community informed about the work of the Board of Education, a summary of every Board meeting is sent out following each meeting. The public is invited to attend Board meetings, held at the Valley Road Administration Building, and we hope these updates are helpful if you are unable to attend.  You can watch the full Board meeting  on the district’s YouTube channel.   

The Princeton Public Schools Board of Education met on Tuesday, November 27, 2018.  

Board President's Report: Board President Patrick Sullivan commented on the results of the School Board election and thanked everyone who ran for public office. The results are: Betsy Kalber-Baglio, incumbent elected to a three year term; Daniel Dart, elected to a three year term; Brian McDonald, elected to a three year term.

During the public comment period, JW Middle School students proposed that the district set aside time on February 14 to remember the Parkland, FL high school shooting and promote a safe environment for students district wide through a series of planned outreach activities.

Superintendent's Report: Superintendent Steve Cochrane highlighted the professionalism and kindness of staff during the November 15 snowstorm. He announced a resolution of appreciation for staff who worked to ensure that all students arrived home safely. Donna Bradin, transportation coordinator, attended to accept the resolution with team members, and noted the coordinated work of more than 40 colleagues during the storm. 

RESOLUTION OF APPRECIATION

WHEREAS, it is the desire of the Board of Education to honor those who have given of their time and energy during the recent snow storm on November 15, 2018; and

WHEREAS, members of the Transportation Department, Maintenance, Facilities, Administration and staff of Valley Road and Schools selflessly gave their time to insure the safety and welfare of all students, staff, parents, and community members; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Board of Education commends and appreciates the extraordinary efforts of all those who went above and beyond the call of duty on November 15, 2018, on behalf of its students, staff, parents and the Princeton Community.

The superintendent also noted the season of student performances, and encouraged the audience to attend. Recently, he met with the Commissioner of Education about school funding and Princeton Charter School and commented on the value of the meeting and continued collaboration. 

He also encouraged the community to vote during the school facilities referendum on December 11. A Q&A with the Architect is planned on Monday December 3 at 7pm, 25 Valley Road, to provide the community with more details about the referendum projects, timeline and implementation.

Board Committee Reports: 

Student board members Sam Harshbarger and Allie Rounds surveyed students on use of storage and leisure space, including the use of lockers and time spent in the cafeteria. Next month, they will examine homework overall.

Facilities committee:  The committee discussed the energy audit and the shared services agreement with the town of Princeton for cost savings. Advisory committees were also discussed as well as the Q&A with Architect session planned for December 3.

Finance committee:  The committee discussed a resolution to begin shared services agreement with the Princeton government, ongoing cost savings efforts and the refunding of 2001 bonds, with a better than expected $525K cost savings.

Personnel committee: The committee commented that student services is continuing to schedule residency appointments with charter school families through winter break. The faculty attendance rate for 2017-18 school year and the annual performance rating evaluations were reviewed.  Administrator alternative professional projects were also discussed – PPS is the first district in the nation to provide an alternative portfolio project for administrators.

Policy committee:  The committee continues to meet biweekly to review the policy manual and bring in best practices from the state school board association.  

Student achievement committee: The committee reported survey data and the academic year calendar were discussed – the first read for the calendar will be held until the December meeting.

Equity committee:  The committee discussed after-school clubs and barriers to student participation at MS and HS and increasing communication about clubs. Training will be provided to club leaders. Data will be collected about student experiences. A new late bus will begin running for students at the MS for students starting at 5pm.

Ad hoc revenue committee:  The committed reported on partnership meetings noted that Princeton Theological Seminary is increasing its voluntary payment to the district by 25%; The Institute for Advanced Study will provide $100K per year for next 5 yrs. Relationship building for partners is also increasing with The Hun School and Princeton University.

During the public comment period, three speakers addressed the audience.

Personnel: 

- The Board adopted the staff evaluation updated forms for administrators.

- All personnel items passed.

 

Policies:

-First reading: No Action.

-Second reading: All consent items passed.

-Second reading: Policy 3280, tabled.

 

Actions:

-The Board approved the HIB report.

-The Board approved the shared service agreement with the municipality of Princeton.

-The Board accepted donations from the Princeton Education Foundation and the PHS Baseball Boosters.

-All consent items passed.

 

Upcoming Dates: All public meetings are held at the Valley Road Administration Building, unless otherwise noted. The following meetings are open to the public.

  

December 4 at 8:30 am, Meet the Board

December 6 at 9:30 am, Equity Committee

December 7 at 10:15 am, Policy Committee

December 14 at 10:15 am, Policy Committee

December 14 at 11:30 am, Student Achievement Committee

December 18 at 10:30 am, Finance Committee

December 18 at 7:30 pm, Public Board Meeting