Members of the Belleville Board of Education oversaw a sprawling agenda during their Monday night meeting, which included the awarding of a certificate to a Belleville High School biology teacher, double parking on Belleville Avenue, and the $1.3 million in additional state aid the school district is slated to receive.
All members were present at the meeting except for Vincent Strumolo and Judy Piscatowski.
Biology teacher honored for work on PSE&G grant for Belleville High School
Paul Aiello, Belleville High School biology teacher, was awarded a certificate of appreciation for his work on securing an Environmental Education grant from PSE&G.
, Aiello helped grant writers Bruno Associates Inc. draw up the proposal which netted the $3,456 grant.
The grant went towards the BHS Environmental Center, also known as Bakka Court, in honor of deceased former science teacher Bill Bakka, who died a few years ago of cancer, Aiello said.
Bruno Associates was also honored for their work on the grant.
BOE Secretary/Business Administrator Edward J. Appleton* noted the additional $1.3 million in state aid the school district is receiving for the 2012-13 school year.
News broke out on the state aid last week,
The exact figure on the additional state aid is $1,366,397, the largest dollar increase among Essex County's 22 districts.
Appleton said more details on the aid will be released next month.
Belleville Avenue Traffic Problems
Resident Phyllis Frantantoni informed board members of traffic issues on Belleville Avenue when School 10 is let out for the day.
When she tries to drive down the street during that time, traffic is so bad that it is impossible for her to drive through Belleville Avenue. she said.
It is due to parents double parking on that street so they could pick up their kids, she said.
"Something needs to be done," she said. "Somebody is going to get killed."
Board members told her they will look into the matter.
The next public BOE meeting is Monday, March 12 at 8 p.m. at the library of Belleville High School.
(Editor's Note: A previous version of this report incorrectly said that the first name of the BOE Secretary/Business Administrator is William. His correct name is Edward J. Appleton.)