Edison School Board Honors Outgoing Members and Addresses Community Concerns

The recent Edison School Board meeting centered on the recognition of departing members Jerry Shi and Mohin Patel, the discussion of various community concerns including school safety and academic pressures, and ongoing and upcoming construction projects across the district.

The meeting began with heartfelt tributes to outgoing board members Shi and Patel, who had served for 10 and three years respectively. The board, led by Superintendent Edward Aldarelli, and community members commended their dedication, financial acumen, and sustained advocacy for students, staff, and taxpayers. Shi was notably praised for his remarkable memory and his responsiveness to parent inquiries, particularly during the pandemic. Patel, in his farewell speech, highlighted his achievements during his tenure, such as a 0% tax increase, and underscored the importance of prioritizing students’ well-being and academic growth.

The meeting then turned to address several community concerns. The most pressing of these was the issue of discipline and safety at Edison High School. Anthony, a member of the public, cited a lack of respect for educators and a perceived increase in violence as issues needing immediate attention.

Jorge Sanchez, an Edison resident and parent, echoed Anthony’s concerns, highlighting a perceived increase in violence at Edison High School and suggesting the implementation of restorative justice practices. He also raised questions about the school’s security measures, code of conduct, and efforts to address the teacher-student relationship gap.

The board meeting also encompassed a discussion on academic pressures, specifically regarding math education. One member questioned the approach to doubling up on math and accelerating academic requirements, expressing concern about the potential impact on students who may be struggling acadically or emotionally.

Amid the discussion of community concerns, the meeting highlighted the ongoing and upcoming construction projects in the district. The most notable project was the installation of air conditioning in the elementary schools’ multi-purpose rooms, with a completion anticipated by the end of January. Other projects included the Edison Success Academy remodel, the John Marshall 23 classrooms, the Edison High School addition and renovation, and the refurbishment of gym bleachers at John Adams and Woodrow Wilson.

In addition to the recognitions, community concerns, and construction updates, the meeting also featured updates on school activities from student council representatives. Edison High School had conducted a hallway decorating contest, winter sports were off to a strong start, and the winter spirit week had commenced. The DECA club was preparing for an upcoming competition at Duke University.

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Superintendent:
Edward Aldarelli
School Board Officials:
Xiaohan “Shannon” Peng, Joseph Romano, Vishal Patel, Biral Patel, Mohin Patel, Douglas Schneider, Brian Rivera, Jingwei “Jerry” Shi, Virginia White

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