Bogota School District Introduces Electric School Bus in Sustainability Push

The Bogota School Board convened on August 29th to discuss an array of topics underscoring the district’s plans for future improvement.

Superintendent Damian Kennedy opened the meeting by detailing the district’s successes, particularly its triumph in the County Superintendent of Schools assessment for the second consecutive year. “This is really a great testament to our district, to our board, to our teachers, and our administrators,” Kennedy said. Additionally, the superintendent announced that the district had scored over 90 percent on the NJ GPA, surpassing the state average by 10 percent. While English Language Arts (ELA) scores displayed “tremendous growth,” there was an acknowledgment that math scores still needed improvement.

These academic achievements were complemented by the board’s emphasis on sustainable transportation. An announcement about the district’s first electric school bus was made.

On the fiscal front, the board celebrated the procurement of a Healthy Meals Grant worth $150,000. Spearheaded by Mr. Chang, the grant aims to bolster kitchen facilities and introduce a Farm to Table initiative. While the kitchen will be at one location, board members confirmed that serving trays and other items would be used across other schools in the district.

The board also discussed algebra and geometry readiness in grades eight through ten, revealing a new strategy. Algebra 1 will now be a two-year class beginning in eighth grade, with tutoring and summer instruction available for students who struggle. Meanwhile, the number of students tested for English as a Second Language (ESL), now termed Multi-Language Learners (MLL), has increased, prompting the board to allocate budget for field trips and real-life experiences for these students.

Thomas Coleman, from the law firm of Chasing Lamparello Mallin & Capposela, was appointed as the new board attorney. The appointment comes as the Bogota community grapples with changes due to the approval of a school district referendum. This could be crucial, given that the board is already in talks with architects about impending projects, tied to a previously passed referendum, that promise to shape the future educational landscape in Bogota.

During the public comments section, various community members, including educators and parents, weighed in on the issues. Linda Matrakis, a sixth-grade math and science teacher, inquired about the status of a new middle school nurse. The board confirmed that they were working through bureaucratic challenges to make her a full-time staff member. Maryland Arias Arguello, a parent, inquired about opportunities for parent-teacher interactions, to which the board responded that back-to-school nights were planned for September.

Note: This meeting summary was generated by AI, which can occasionally misspell names, misattribute actions, and state inaccuracies. This summary is intended to be a starting point and you should review the meeting record linked above before acting on anything you read. If we got something wrong, let us know. We’re working every day to improve our process in pursuit of universal local government transparency.
Not avaliable:

School Board Officials:

Receive debriefs about local meetings in your inbox weekly:

Trending meetings
across the country:

Meeting Date
Filter by bodytypes
Agricultural Advisory Committee
Airport Advisory Board
Art and Culture Board
Beach Committee
Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Elections
Board of Health
Borough Council
Building Committee
Cannabis Control Board
Cemetery Commission
Charter Revision Commission
Child and Family Services Board
City Council
City Identity Committee
Code Enforcement Board
College Board of Trustees
Community Appearance Board
Community Preservation Committee
Community Redevelopment Agency
County Council
Disability Advisory Committee
Economic Development Board
Elderly Affairs Board
Electric Advisory Board
Environmental Commission
Financial Oversight Board
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Authority
Human Relations Committee
Insurance Fund
Land Use Board
Library Board
Licensing Board
Mental Health Commission
Municipal Alliance
Open Space Commission
Oversight and Review Committee
Parking Authority
Parks and Gardens Commission
Parks Commission
Pension Board
Planning Board
Police Review Board
Property Assessment Board
Public Safety Committee
Recreation Commission
Redevelopment Agency
Rent Leveling Board
School Board
Sewerage Authority
Shade Tree Commission
Special Magistrate
Taxation & Revenue Advisory Committee
Tourism Board
Trails Committee
Transportation Board
Utility Board
Value Adjustment Board
Veterans Committee
Water Control Board
Women's Advisory Committee
Youth Advisory Committee
Zoning Board
Filter by County
FL
Bay County
Bradford County
Brevard County
Broward County
Clay County
Duval County
Escambia County
Gulf County
Hendry County
Highlands County
Hillsborough County
Indian River County
Lake County
Lee County
Leon County
Levy County
Liberty County
Manatee County
Marion County
Martin County
Miami-Dade County
Monroe County
Okaloosa County
Orange County
Osceola County
Palm Beach County
Pasco County
Pinellas County
Polk County
Putnam County
Santa Rosa County
Sarasota County
Seminole County
St. Johns County
Taylor County
Volusia County
Walton County
MA
Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County
NJ
Atlantic County
Bergen County
Burlington County
Camden County
Cape May County
Cumberland County
Essex County
Gloucester County
Hudson County
Hunterdon County
Mercer County
Middlesex County
Monmouth County
Morris County
Ocean County
Passaic County
Somerset County
Sussex County
Union County
Warren County
Filter by sourcetypes
Minutes
Recording