Paul Robeson Charter School

Regular PRCS Board Meeting

January 24th, 4:00pm-6:00pm
Published on January 23, 2023 at 6:43 PM EST
Amended on January 30, 2023 at 1:49 PM EST

Date and Time

Tuesday January 24, 2023 at 4:00 PM EST



This meeting is being held in compliance with the Open Public Meetings Act and is open to the public. Notices were duly posted and the meeting was advertised in The Trentonian and The Times of Trenton. Formal action will be taken.


      Purpose Presenter Time
I. Opening Items 4:00 PM
  A. Call the Meeting to Order
  B. Record Attendance
  C. Board Trustee Resignation Vote
II. Discussion
  A. Dashboard Review John Amenda
  B. CSP and Expansion Update John Amenda
  C. PRCS Lease Update John Amenda
  D. Survey of Board Member Interest
  E. PTO Policy Discussion Discuss Becca Chazin
  F. Organizational Health Survey John Amenda
  • Follow-up regarding DEI related questions
  G. Development Committee Update Discuss Ken Somberg
  • Committee Update
  • Ten Acre Foundation Update
  H. Level Field Update Discuss Tyler Baier

Tyler Baier joining the meeting at 5:00pm

  I. Board Retreat Planning Bryant Blount, Ken Somberg
III. Updates
  A. Enrollment Discuss

Enrollment numbers attached. 

  B. Emergency Drill Log Discuss Freya Lund

Drill log attached. 


  C. Talent and Certification Discuss Becca Chazin

Certification tracker attached.

  D. Special Education Files Audit Update Discuss
  • Sp.Ed. Audit attached. 
  • 5 students getting initial evals (3 – 3rd grade; 2 - 4th grade)
  E. Buildings and Grounds Discuss Freya Lund
  • Gym Floor (split cost with church): $10,000
IV. Acceptance of Meeting Minutes
  A. Motion for Paul Robeson Charter School, Board of Trustees to accept the minutes from the November 29th, 2022 board meeting. Approve Minutes Brian Falkowski
V. Motions for Approval 4:00 PM
  A. Finance Vote Brian Falkowski

1. To approve the Secretary’s and Treasurer’s Reports for November and December 2022 as per the attached. Pursuant to N.J.A.C. 6A:232.11(a), the Paul Robeson Charter School Board of Trustees acknowledges receipt of the secretary’s certification, and after review of the monthly financial report (appropriations section) certifies that, to the best of its knowledge, as of September and October 2022, no major account or fund has been over expended in violation of N.J.A.C. 6A:232.11(b), and that sufficient funds are available to meet the school’s financial obligations for the remainder of the fiscal year.


2. To approve the Bills/Check List from November 30, 2022, through January 24, 2023.


3. To approve the following payrolls:

November 30, 2022  $196,918.75

December 15, 2022   $265,995.71

December 16, 2022  $193,219.67

January 15, 2023     $192,520.17

All employee bonuses included in the December 15, 2022 payroll of $61,028.43





  B. Student Trips Freya Lund
  1. To approve/ratify the following student trips
  • Planetarium Trip,  $220 for tickets, $450 for buses. 52 Students attending on Feb 10. Academic and aligns with RELA/Writing 
  C. Buildings & Grounds Freya Lund

Gym Floor (split cost with church): $10,000

  D. Personnel Vote Becca Chazin and Freya Lund

1. To approve/ratify the following staff stipends:

  • Kelly Howley, Additional math class, Long term leave coverage - $40/class   
  • Taylor Krotowski, Additional math class, Long term leave coverage - $40/class 
  • Salvatore LaBruno, Additional math class, Long term leave coverage - $40/class 

2.  To approve/ratify the following Staff Travel and Reimbursement:

  • Erica Brooks, $279 BER PD: Catch Up English Language Learners  Feb 27/28
  • Eric Worthy $750 RELAY Grad School: Weekly Data Meetings April 28th
  • Folasade Jacobs $750 RELAY Grad School: School Culture TBD

3. To approve/ratify the following staff reimbursement:


4. To approve/ratify the following new staff hires:

  • Diane Jones Davidson, $--/hr, not to exceed 24 hours a week

5. To approve/ratify the following staff resignation/termination:

  • George Maier (SPED Teacher)- February 6, 2023
  • Steve Carney (Nurse) - January 11, 2023
  E. Curriculum & Special Education Vote Freya Lund
  1. To approve/ratify the following curriculum purchases:
  • PowerSchool - $55,900 (see attached proposal)
  • Aqua Phoenix $4995 – middle school Open Sci ed curriculum content
  F. Policy/Miscellaneous Vote Brian Falkowski

To approve/ratify the following items:



  G. PRCS Updated Lease 5 m
VI. Executive Session
VII. Adjourn Executive Session and Reconvene Regular Session
VIII. Closing Items
  A. New Business Discuss
  B. Public Comment
  C. Important Dates FYI

Next Board Meeting: Tuesday, March 7, 4:00 - 6:00 PM

  D. Adjourn Meeting Vote