Here’s a Hoboken mom’s notes on last night’s BOE meeting. Claire Moses, our new colleague doing professional and original reporting on all things Hoboken also has a story up at Hoboken.patch.com
Three Hoboken High Students were presented Certificates by Superintendent Carter for their hard work in being awarded the Blaustein scholarship. The Bloustein Scholarships are awarded to students throughout New Jersey ranking top in their class.
The new Interim BA, Mr. Davis, presented some preliminary budget information for next year in anticipation of releasing the Draft Budget in a week or two. Mr. Davis indicated the new budget may included a 4% decrease with no increase in the tax levy. The Draft Budget will include an Executive Summary, detailing data with supporting documentation and a ten year history. The Board will have two months to work on the budget and hold public workhsops.
Ms. Tremiditi gave a presentation on the recent State Test scores. Not all schools have made AYP (annual yearly progress), some made Safe Harbor (some improvement on AYP). Two schools are in SINI (school in need of improvement). Ms. Tremiditi noted that three Education Specialists have been hired to provide support and professional developemnt to the teaching staff in the areas of Langauge Arts, Math and Special Education and that this appears to be well reviced.
Both the Superintendent’s agenda and the School Administrator’s agenda passed, including the transfer or reassignment of about 60 or so employees, previously misallocated administrative items etc. (as per the audit and Corrective Action Plan) and /or employees charged to state/federal grants.
The Board accepted the Ms. Cella’s resignation (live item).
Student population was discussed. Wallace = 788 students, Demarest= 71, HHS=530, Connors=372, Calabro=173, Brandt=446 PK-k(80 or so K students), 84=St Francis-rented space (pk).
Public Speakers included Patricia Waiters, who requested information on the Superintendent search believing that the public would not be told the names of the candidates until February 9th. Ms. Waiters indicated that as a former Mayoral candidate, she would keep a close eye on the process to discourage any political patronage.
The Board reiterated that the Open Public Forum for the Superintendent Search will be held on Tuesday, January 26th at 7pm at Hoboken High School and that public notification would be given as is standard practice.
The Board further explained the process used by the Board as determined by the New Jersey School Board Association. The process included the acceptance of 21 applications, which were checked to determine stated criteria (education, years of experience, certification etc..). Interviews were held by the full Board of the remaining candidates. Second round interviews were held by the full Board to determine the remaining top two candidates. For reason of privacy and to protect the candidates that do not receive an offer of employment, no names of persective candidates are ever released until the top two candiates remain in any Superintendent search.
Other public speakers included Alumni of Hoboken High School wishing to work with the Board and Superintendent to establish a Hoboken High School Alumin Association for the benfit of the current HHS students. Mr. Carter enthusiatically accepted their offer and information was exchanged.
There were many new faces in attendance. Hopefully, they will continue to attend.