Keansburg School District Honors Top Educators Amidst Concerns

The Keansburg School Board meeting culminated with the announcement of the district’s Educator of the Year award, which was presented to Mr. James Reed. In addition, the meeting was marked by a series of concerns raised by parents regarding student safety and staff conduct, as well as the recognition of other exceptional staff members and community involvement in school activities.

The recognition of Mr. James Reed as the Keansburg School District Educator of the Year was a notable item of discussion.. Reed’s dedication and contributions to the school community have distinguished him as a standout educator within the district.

Moreover, the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentor of the Year award was presented to Divine Hair for their exemplary mentorship. These recognitions underscored the positive impact of educators and community members on the students of the Keansburg School District.

Despite the celebratory moments, the meeting was also a platform for parents to voice their concerns over student safety and the professionalism of certain staff members. One parent detailed an incident involving their child’s evaluation for an Individualized Education Program (IEP). Another parent brought up a troubling occurrence of a fight at the school, noting the absence of security and administration during the event. The same parent pointed to broader issues of bullying within the school and proposed reaching out to external resources to address these concerns. Additionally, a parent recounted an episode where a teacher denied her daughter access to the restroom and was mocked by an adult staff member, highlighting the need for stricter consequences for such behavior and suggesting the implementation of a peer mediation program to mitigate similar issues.

These testimonies from parents during the public comments section emphasized a recurring theme of concern for student safety and behavior, as well as the professionalism of the school’s staff. The board was confronted with these serious issues, which overshadowed the otherwise positive developments celebrated during the meeting.

Financial matters were also on the agenda, with discussions on the annual audit, current bills, and financial projections. HFA Certified Public Accounts and Advisers presented the audit report, which led into the approval of various personnel items, including resignations, professional employment, and leaves of absence. The board ratified the District HIV (Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying) report and approved numerous professional employments, internships, and coaching positions.

The student committee reports provided updates on school activities and achievements, offering a glimpse into the vibrant academic and extracurricular life of the schools in the district. Additionally, a committee representative extended an invitation to the board for an upcoming Read Across America event and expressed gratitude to those who had volunteered as guest readers.

In the midst of discussing these varied agenda items, board members took a moment to extend their condolences for recent losses in the community, including a moment of silence for Mr. Def Flippo. They also took the opportunity to congratulate the award recipients and shared a personal story reflecting the lasting impact that educators and support staff have on students.

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.
Kathleen O’Hare
School Board Officials:
Mr. Matthew Kitchen, Mr. Gregory Siciliano, Mrs. Brooke Clayton, Mr. Kenneth Cook, Mrs. Judy Ferraro, Mrs. Patricia Frizell, Mr. Christopher J. Hoff, Ms. Kimberly Kelaher-Moran, Mr. Michael Mankowski, John Bird (HIB Coordinator)

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