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Board of Education Meeting January 16, 2020

At the January 16 Elizabeth Board of Education meeting at Dr. Orlando Edreira Academy School No. 26 @ 31, the meeting opened with School No. 26 eighth grade student Brielle Velez leading the Pledge of Allegiance, the Dr. Orlando Edreira Academy School No. 26 Jazz Ensemble led by Nicholas Ingeri performing the Star-Spangled Banner, and School No. 26 eighth grade student Adrianna Mejia leading the Pledge of Ethics.

Performances for the evening included “Wishing Good New Year” by Hou Xiang, performed by Mrs. Hou-Liang’s seventh Grade Mandarin students of School No. 26; “Congratulations” by Chen Gexin, performed by sixth Grade Mandarin Students of School No. 26, Mrs. Hou-Liang, and Ms. Tiziana Cappuccia, on a traditional Chinese instrument, the erhu; “The Little Rabbit” by Li Jinhui, performed by preschool students of School No. 26; “Stompin’ at the Savoy” by Benny Goodman, Andy Razaf and Chick Webb, arranged by Michael Sweeney, performed by the School No. 26 Jazz Ensemble led by Jenna Cipolla; and “Green Onions” by Al Jackson, Jr., Lewis Steinberg, Booker T. Jones and Steve Cropper, arranged by Roger Holmes, performed by the Dr. Orlando Edreira Academy School No. 26 Jazz Ensemble led by Jenna Cipolla.

The Board also recognized Elizabeth High School – Frank J. Cicarell Academy senior An Bo Chen for academic excellence; School No. 26 International Baccalaureate Coordinator for Primary Years Program David Reeseg for his outstanding leadership; School No. 26 PTA President Rosana Oliveira for her outstanding service to the school community; Elizabeth Police Officer Billy Ly for his excellent service to the community and for his work in bringing the greater community together; UNICO for their generous donation to the Elizabeth Public Schools special needs program; SONIC Drive-Thru owner Anthony Marchigiano for his generous donation of two sensory friendly paths to Elmora School No. 12 and Ronald Reagan Academy School No. 30; Railmen for Children for providing a Santa Train for 350 Elizabeth Public Schools special needs students which included listening to Christmas songs, partaking in holiday spirit and activities, and receiving gifts from Santa Claus; and Infineum USA L.P. for their generous donation to support the Process Technology Program at the Thomas A. Edison Career & Technical Academy.

Following the awards presented by the Board, on behalf of Elizabeth Public Schools, Superintendent Olga Hugelmeyer presented each member of the Elizabeth Board of Education a copy of the proclamation issued by Governor Philip Murphy in recognition of School Boards Recognition Month as a symbol of its appreciation for all that the members of the board do to ensure that the children of Elizabeth Public Schools receive a high quality public education and are provided every opportunity to achieve their hopes and dreams.

Board President Diane Barbosa thanked Superintendent Hugelmeyer for the recognition of the Board and said that she knew she was not speaking for herself when she said that the work they are doing as a Board is a labor of passion for wanting to change the lives of every child who walks through the doors of our schools. In talking about service, she also mentioned the upcoming Dr. Martin Luther King Day and how it reminds us of the importance of giving back to our community and the importance of working together for a noble and just cause. She encouraged everyone to find inspiration to serve their community, no matter how big or small the contribution, in honor of Dr. King’s enduring legacy.