•  Human Resource Professionals:
    Focused Discussions on Critical Yearly Decisions

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    • For the 2023-24 school year, we have created a series of four professional development offerings that will serve the interests of a wide range of districts-large to small, urban to rural, designed for those who have primary or shared HR responsibilities, including chief school administrators, other central office administrators and appropriate support staff.

    • Each presentation will be topical in nature, based on the typical cyclical pattern of HR issues that arise during the school year. We will continue to survey our participants to identify their challenging issues which will provide direction for the sessions.

    • Attendees should be prepared to share their concerns and challenges, and discuss workable solutions, based on the experiences of others who face similar issues


    Sessions will be facilitated by:

    Dr. Kenneth King, Assistant Superintendent (retired), East Orange Public Schools

    Charity Comella, Assistant Superintendent for Personnel, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District

    Patrick Duncan, Esq., Special Assistant for Labor Relations, West Windsor-Plainsboro Regional School District

    Dr. Jennifer Sharp, Director of Personnel, Freehold Regional High School District


    Additional active HR practitioners and other specialists may also serve as presenters.


    Part One:  Setting the Stage for a Great School Year:  HR Offices in Preparation for 2023-2024 - Thursday, August 17, 2023 - Session Agenda

    This virtual workshop will guide participants through a wide range of human resources matters that all school districts will be encountering this school year.  Among these are dealing with last minute staff leave requests and staffing; negotiations and working under an expired agreement; planning an effective observation and evaluation schedule; certification & assignment audit; NJSMART Fall Report; what is new in HR Chapter 9 changes and legal updates (including reasonable accommodations under PWFA & PUMP Act); Summer communications & preparation for 23-24; & new staff induction and mentoring with retention in mind.


    Part Two:  Meeting the Mandates and Hitting HR Benchmarks - Wednesday, October 11, 2023 - Session Agenda

    This session will emphasize NJ state reporting requirements; contract administration and past practice issues; mandated in-service training; progressive discipline; negotiations preparations; staff observation & evaluation procedures, etc.


    RESCHEDULED FOR FEBRUARY 2, 2024 Part Three:  Critical Mid-Year HR Challenges - Tuesday, January 16, 2024 - Session Agenda

    This session will address timely and critical topics including anticipated/projected hiring needs for 24-25 SY; dealing with staff-to-staff conflict; paid and unpaid Leave Options; staff turnover and recruitment strategies; Ensuring equitable practices:  Setting up interviewing committees; Supporting mid-year hires; and the Grievance Process-what is grieveable?


    Part Four:  End of School Year Human Resources Issues - Tuesday, March 12, 2024 - Session Agenda

    The final seminar will focus on non-renewal issues, tenure eligibility questions; Donaldson Appearance; increment withholdings, tenure staff retirement and resignations, transfers, Staff Turnover and Recruitment – (Part II); and Interviewing/reference checks/hiring as an EO/AAE

    • All sessions will be held virtually via Zoom or, depending on conditions, at NJASA Headquarters (920 West State Street, Trenton, NJ  08618)
    • Sessions will begin at 9:30am and will conclude approximately at noon.  Programs will include meeting materials.