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President Robins' Report   email
Some thoughts on the Capitol Hill Siege:
 
As an undergraduate at The George Washington University, I interned on Capitol Hill for Congressman Bill Pascrell of New Jersey's 9th District. The experience was surreal, walking throughout the Capitol and its network of tunnels, passing constituents, interest groups small and large, politicians, generals, business leaders, and commoners. One afternoon, I sat in the House of Representatives and watched Rep. Maxine Waters debate Rep. Jim Jordan on a bill regarding housing. For over an hour, I sat there in awe of our Federal Government at work. I went to countless congressional offices to collect signatures for resolutions, I stood on the Speaker's balcony and looked over the National Mall, I walked into Rep. John Lewis' office, opened the door, and there he was. I went on the House Floor and stood at the lecterns where so many representatives have stood to debate our country's destiny.
 
At the core of the building, you are in the rotunda; here, you can look up and see President Washington looking back down at you, surrounded by artwork and statues dedicated to great Americans and some of the most consequential acts in our nation's history. You are standing at the heart of a temple to our Republic. The people who desecrated this temple and laid siege to the hallowed halls of our Capitol are deplorable. They fail to understand that the Capitol is but a building. Like our flag, it is symbolic of the ideals enshrined in our constitution, but controlling a building or waving a flag, does not, has not, and will not ever make those ideas American.
 

Best regards,

 

Bryce Robins

President

Leonia Board of Education

1/17/21

President's Report For January 19

 

Members of the Leonia Community, 

 

I am pleased to submit the first-ever President's report. I will use this space to discuss upcoming agenda items, future projects, and other matters relevant to the Board of Education. Consider it a running blog on all things Leonia Board of Education, and below is the first entry.

 

Notable Upcoming Items - Jan. 19

  • Committees I have drafted and will ask for ratification of the committees for 2021. The proposed committee list will be announced at the meeting. By default, the Board President has the full authority to issue committee assignments; however, two years ago, I proposed an addition to our by-laws that requires a majority vote to approve of the President's committee assignments. This year is the second time our Board has voted to ratify committee assignments. Our committees include Finance & Planning, Education, Community Relations, Policy, Safety & Security, Green Team, Diversity & Inclusion, Leonia-Edgewater Joint Committee, and Negotiations. 

 

  • Presentation of 2019-2020 Audit Results – Lerch, Vinci, Higgins. Per State law, all public school districts have an annual audit. The audit presentation is a public look back at our previous years' financials. For the audit, our financial books close on June 30. However, I must note that in July, we welcomed our current business administrator, Rashon Hasan, who has brought numerous positive changes to the district's business office. Mr. Hasan will provide both the Board and the public with a presentation on the actions he has taken since July and what he plans to do to further improve the district's financial health. 

 

  • Review the Comprehensive Maintenance Plan for 2021-22 – This item will help our district budget for needed repairs and updates to our buildings' facilities. We are currently conducting a facility audit to assist our Finance & Planning committee in developing our Long-Range Facilities Plan. Our objective is to provide the public with a detailed document that lists when critical facility items need to be replaced, how much they will cost, and the replacement year. We have currently completed this for our transportation department and will shortly conclude our district's buildings and technology plan.

 

  • 2422 Health and Physical Education – In December, this policy came before the Board regarding our health curriculum. I asked for the policy to be pulled so that we may have an opportunity to improve its language and create a more comprehensive policy. The amended language is below, and so is the link to the full policy to put the following amendments in context:
  1. Sexual Assault Prevention (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.3) requires the development of a sexual assault prevention program by the Commissioner of Education for the utilization by school districts, and the Leonia School District will establish additional curriculum guidelines and educational programming on sexual assault and harassment prevention for grades five (5) to twelve (12) with an emphasis on recognizing, and preventing sexual assault and harassment and age-appropriate lessons on consent for grades two (2) to twelve (12)
  1. In addition to the Sexually Explicit Images through Electronic Means (N.J.S.A. 18A:35-4.32 and 4.33), Leonia Board of Education policy requires the development of curriculum guidelines and educational programming for grades five (5) to twelve (12) on the social-emotional, physical and mental health, and legal consequences of smartphone, computer, and internet use, with an emphasis on the distribution of sexually explicit images, unhealthy messages through electronic means, and addiction to social media, and internet pornography.  

Here is a link to the full policy for context: 

https://drive.google.com/file/d/16z3TkWw7I5v06BcOoCyCvW7eod2kSyfW/view 

 

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me: bryce.robins@boe.leoniaschools.org

 

Best regards,

 

Bryce Robins

President

Leonia Board of Education

1/14/21