Fort Lee School Board Addresses Student Disenrollment, Teacher Shortages and Celebrates Academic Achievements

In a recent meeting, the Fort Lee School Board addressed issues such as the reversal of HID investigation findings for two students, the disenrollment of a nonresident student, and a significant teacher shortage in key subjects. The meeting also celebrated the district’s academic ranking and student accomplishments, fielded public queries, and highlighted successful events by the Youth Council Fort Lee.

The meeting started with a rigorous discussion on three “walk-in” resolutions. The first two resolutions, 4B and 5B, involved the reversal of Human Identification (HID) investigation findings for two students. The third resolution, 6B, led to the disenrollment of a nonresident student from the Fort Lee Public Schools. These matters, especially the disenrollment of a student, raised attention, though the reasons behind these decisions remain confidential.

Superintendent Robert Kravitz reported on the district’s showing in the U.S. News and World Report rankings. He celebrated the achievements of various schools in the district, expressing a commitment to continue improving. However, the Superintendent also highlighted the ongoing approval process for Hunter Road and the district’s struggle with a shortage of teachers, especially in language, math, and science.

The teacher shortage issue was a topic of concern, with some expressing frustration over students missing significant class time and the lack of communication regarding this issue. The Board responded with assurances that the missed instruction would be made up and students would receive full credit for the year. They also mentioned efforts to address the shortage, including having physics and chemistry teachers available and designating times for students needing assistance.

The discussion moved to public participation, with Dimitri Gregori, a parent, inquiring about the IB Physics teacher’s status and requesting information on their start date and plans for the year. In response to another question from the public, the board confirmed that the election results would be certified on November 22nd and directed individuals to the Bergen County Clerk’s website for official results.

Board member Kim Curry praised the students’ accomplishments and suggested recognizing academic achievements alongside extracurricular activities. This sentiment was echoed by other members who highlighted successful events organized by the Youth Council Fort Lee, including a fun day for special needs students and a Hispanic heritage event.

In addition to discussing student and teacher-related issues, the Board also addressed administrative matters. They agreed to change the date of the district’s reorganization meeting and addressed concerns about the lack of agenda attachments with Zoom links on the Fort Lee website. The possibility of including the summer math program payment on future agendas was also discussed.

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.

Robert Kravitz
School Board Officials:
Paula Colbath, Kristen Richter, Elisa Cho, Catherine Golfinopoulos, Holly Morell, Michael Rubino, Julene Stassou, Kim Curry, Kacy Knight

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