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BOE President's Report October 2018

State/Federal Issues

We continue to monitor education related legislation and regulations that may impact Manchester. At the State level, the NJ Department of Education has just released guidance on the rights and related issues of transgender students. Federal guidance on this matter that had been previously provided was rescinded, thus leaving a void and some confusion as to how local school districts were to address this issue. The state has now stepped in and provided guidelines for how districts should deal with these issues going forward. In addition, a legislator has just proposed a bill that would require school districts to annually screen all students in grades 7-12 for depression. It would also require us to take appropriate steps to notify parents of those students who are identified as potentially having a problem. The bill has already generated numerous questions and concerns from educators, parents, the medical profession, insurers, and legal experts related to the mandates of this bill and the role our school personnel should play in this area.

At the Federal level, Congress continues to discuss/debate a new budget proposal for the coming fiscal year (2018-2019). We will be watching this process carefully in order to help ensure that mandated Federal Education Programs are appropriately funded.

Manchester District

I attended the Back-to-School Night Programs at the Middle School, Whiting & Ridgeway Elementary Schools and the Regional Day School. The programs were very all well attended by parents who were enthusiastic about the start of the new school year for their children.

I also attended the Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Program on 10/12 at the high school as well as the football game that followed. Turnout for both events was terrific. It was nice to see how many of our former students athletes came back from all over the country to personally accept their awards. It was also great to hear them speak about their high school experiences in such a positive light. Many of them also shared information about what they have been doing since high school graduation. Many have gone on to productive careers and are serving as positive role models in the communities in which they now live. Overall, a great event!

NJ School Boards Association (NJSBA)

I attended the joint Atlantic and Cape May County School Boards Association Meeting (SBA) on 10/1 in Northfield. At this meeting, State President Dan Sinclair commented on the work of Non-College Bound Student Learners Task Force and its recently released report. As the Task Force Chairman, I spoke briefly about the findings, recommendations, and highlights of the report before a lively question and answer session ensued. I also attended the Monmouth County SBA Meeting on 10/11 in Colts Neck. At this meeting, we heard presentations on the cost saving technology services available to local districts through NJSBA's TEC Program, and information about introducing technology into the classroom via the Future Ready Schools Initiative that was jointly developed by NJSBA, the NJ DOE, and NJIT.

On 10/2, as Chair of the Non-College Bound Student Learners Task Force, I participated in a presentation rollout of the findings and recommendations of the Task Force at North Brunswick High School. The final report contains 69 recommendations to improve the delivery of CTE education programs for non-college bound students in NJ. NJSBA will be working with our education partners, the administration, and the legislature in order to facilitate and implement the important recommendations of this Task Force Report.

The update to the Report of the School Security Task Force from 2014, "What makes Schools Safe," has been drafted and is being finalized for release in the next couple of weeks. There will be a separate presentation of the updated recommendations at the Workshop Convention on 10/24. In addition, a joint League of Municipalities/NJSBA panel discussion regarding school security issues will be held at both Workshop and at the League's Convention in November. As Chair of the School Security Task Force and a participant in these events, I will be highlighting the findings and recommendations of the updated report.

Next Meeting

The next regular meeting of the Manchester Township Board of Education is scheduled to be held on November 28 at the Ridgeway Elementary School with the Public portion of the meeting beginning at 7:30 PM.