LONG BRANCH: The Long Branch Board of Education (BOE) honored Superintendent Michael Salvatore with an engraved plaque “In recognition of achieving the highest level of educational leadership … for dedication and perseverance and inspiration to all.”
While the fact of his doctorate was known, the Board gesture was a surprise to Salvatore. Board President Lucille Perez presented the plaque inscribed by Board members Bill Dangler, Michelle Critelli, Mary George, Avery Grant, Armand Zambrano, James Parnell, Al Menken and Donald Covin.
The summer sessions of the BOE meetings do not include student portions in the program, and the agenda went quickly. Most items were administrative, appointing teachers, staff and professional positions.
Approval was made to drop several transportation routes with the restructure of the elementary school system. There will be an estimated $125,000 annual savings as a result.
In addition the BOE approved elimination of the “Reduced Lunch” provisions and those students now accepted for "reduced price" lunches will be allowed no cost lunches. Now the number of paid lunches is about 1,100 out of a total student body of 5,000 plus, or roughly 80 percent.
The elimination of the “reduced” provisions eliminates the administrative issues of collection costs and related expenses, and inefficiency for staff members. The added direct costs will be minimal.