Franklin Lakes Board Seeks Additional School Police Officers

In a recent Franklin Lakes Board of Education meeting on September 12, discussions on school security, special services, and future strategic initiatives dominated the session as board members and Superintendent Gregorio Maceri put together a roadmap for coming months.

In the wake of rising security needs, the board deliberated on a proposed shared service agreement to enhance school security through additional resource officers. The recommendation, backed by security experts Charlie Wolf and Acting Chief Mark McCombs, awaits approval from the mayor and council in a scheduled meeting on September 19. Superintendent Maceri highlighted the board’s financial commitment toward the agreement, setting a pathway for reinforced safety measures in schools, a move greatly influenced by councilman Catherine Holmes.

In parallel, the special services department under Steve Fidelli discussed its commitment to fostering trust and open communication with families. Highlighting a shift from contentious interactions to collaborative dialogue, Fidelli detailed ongoing efforts including a transparent, public-facing progress monitor hosted on the department’s website. The multi-sensory approach toward reading instruction took the spotlight as a prime example of the department’s reformative strategies, with the official encouraging community engagement through the special education parent advisory group meetings.

Reflecting a commitment to continuous growth, the board outlined a vision for the first meeting of the Special Services Program scheduled for October 5, a forum aimed at nurturing connections and community. A series of subgoals underscored a strategy that encourages clear communication lines and seeks feedback from students, parents, and the wider community through a “culture and climate survey.”

Furthering the spirit of collaboration, an emphasis was placed on fostering ties with neighboring school boards, with leaders advocating for a formal goal to enhance understanding and cooperation among different district boards. This new directive encourages dialogue and seeks to maintain a steady connection with neighboring institutions, a strategy pivoting on shared history and mutual benefits.

Transitioning to fiscal deliberations, the board mapped out a strategy that emphasizes transparency in budgetary processes and explores avenues for leveraging federal and state grants to boost student support and academic outcomes. The proactive approach, underscored by a readiness to foster collaboration, echoed throughout the discussion, with an agreement on the necessity to devise comprehensive plans for potential grant opportunities. Meanwhile, an important aim surfaced, to negotiate a collective bargaining agreement with the Parental Education Association by June 2024.

A nuanced discourse emerged around three core district goals: nurturing a supportive environment through enhanced communication between schools and families, fostering educational leadership, and implementing tiered systems of support for students. In a bid to reconstruct trust pathways, the board is steering toward a more inclusive educational landscape that responds agilely to individual student needs, a strategy pivoting from traditional “buckets” of special education.

As the board set forth with determined steps into the academic year, a new security system saw the distribution of badges to all staff, a move toward enhanced safety. While on infrastructure, updates on summer construction projects and roof construction presented a steady progression, albeit with slight delays.

Engaging with public concerns, the board addressed queries on grant allocations and fund usage, directing parents to official resources for detailed information. A decision to overturn “HIB number 249-17-5” was made following majority voting.

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
Human Resources 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 Control Board
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
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
Barnstable County
Berkshire County
Bristol County
Essex County
Franklin County
Hampden County
Hampshire County
Middlesex County
Norfolk County
Plymouth County
Suffolk County
Worcester County
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