[Video Stream] Collingswood Board of Education Special Board Meeting 4/23/2018

Items on this meeting’s agenda under the Board’s new format The Committee of the Whole

The board members received training from Jesse Adams on Board Ethics.

The Board saw a short presentation from the Supervisor of Buildings and Grounds, Al Hird. The board then discussed the options for repair, demolition, and the need to revisit a Bond Referendum at a later date.

There was a short public comment section from residents

The entire agenda from the Collingswood BOE boarddocs:



Board Meeting Highlights

Ethics Training Highlights

  • The board should be careful when exercising their First Amendment Rights while sitting on the board
  • Private action may be brought against the board
  • Public comment is not to be a Q&A or a debate according to this code of ethics
  • The SEC website was recently updated after a time of not having enough seats filled under the Christie administration.
  • More information at https://www.njsba.org/

Stadium Discussion Highlights

  • The Borough of Collingswood should be involved with the attempt at a new Bond Referendum
  • The capital reserve can be used for repairs like this, any unused funds may be returned to the reserve.
  • Making buildings accessible, while getting us closer to equity between the buildings, will be expensive to attempt.
  • Youth football currently has no other place to play but at the high school
  • Cost for the demolition of the structure is estimated at $500,000 from the Garrison presentation
  • The estimated cost of reinforcement from Buildings and Ground is $250,000 repair is $1.4 million
  • A decision was reached before the end of the meeting: To pull $750,000 from the Capital Reserve to either be used in the repair or demolition of the grandstands- to be looked at once more information can be gathered.


Public Comment Highlights:

  • More funds should be invested in the Middle School theatre
  • There is a need for more responsible use of funds
  • A resident requested access to the data/ results of the World Cafe Meetings that took place before the first attempt at the Bond Referendum
  • A suggestion of the use of Oaklyn‘s fields should be part of the method toward stadium repairs/ replacement
  • A question as to why this needs to go to a vote was proposed by another resident.
  • Why is Garrison our architect of record?
  • Questions about the relationship with the Borough.
  • A request for the repair or replacement of the sign at Garfield Elementary.



Jen R

Jen R

Jen Rossi, Vice President Jen Rossi moved to Collingswood with her spouse in 2012. She is a graduate of Georgian Court University with a Bachelor's Degree in Education and Fine Art. She has a certificate of eligibility with advanced standing in Elementary Education (K-5) and as a Teacher of Fine Art (K-12). After a part-time floating position and substitute teaching, Jen returned to the corporate world. Professionally Jen is a Digital Marketing Manager for a privately owned insurance brokerage, providing important information on how to reduce the risks in today's business world: ranging from slip and fall injuries to computer network hacks. Getting the information in the hands of people who need it with the help of guidebooks, webinars, instructional videos, blog posts, social media alerts, and online courses. With this background in education and knowledge of the process for communicating important information to anyone willing to hear it, Jen focuses her energy on making a big impact with small things- making life a little more convenient, helping people get informed, keeping things practical and timely, and encouraging achievable goals for success. In her free time, Jen loves upcycling, improving, and otherwise repurposing materials to the delight of family, neighbors, and Etsy customers. She looks forward to running down questions and getting helpful information into social feeds and inboxes of members of the Collingswood community.