Kearny School Board Addresses School Security, Academic Curriculum, and Parent Engagement

In an eventful Kearny School Board meeting, conversations centered around topics such as school security concerns, the development and accessibility of academic curricula, and the reinforcement of parent engagement programs. Notably, the board discussed the current state of security at Franklin School, the possibility of amending the health curriculum, and the expansion plans for the Pre-K program.

One of the foremost concerns discussed was the issue of school security at Franklin School. This issue was brought to the fore by Jennifer Campos, an observer at the meeting, who expressed concerns about the lack of a retired or current police officer on school grounds. Responding to these concerns, the board acknowledged the importance of school security and noted that a retired police officer is already employed at the school, assuring the attendees that student safety remains their priority.

Among the academic matters discussed, the health curriculum received particular attention. A parent questioned the board about the current health curriculum and the process for proposing changes or amendments to it. The board explained that while their curriculum is based on state standards, they do provide an option for parents to opt out if they have concerns about specific topics. The board agreed to provide the concerned parent with a copy of the curriculum for review and further discussion.

The Kearny School Board also tackled the topic of parent engagement, particularly in the context of the Pre-K program. Dr. Adeline Boyd, a member of the board, presented the Curriculand Instruction report, revealing plans for the expansion of the Pre-K program and enrichment of family engagement. This initiative was positively received by other board members who agreed to explore options for after-school parent engagement activities, highlighting the board’s commitment to fostering a supportive and inclusive school community.

The board meeting also saw discussions about the school’s financial matters. A community member raised a question about the school board’s funding, mentioning rumors about the board receiving $68 million from the state. The board, led by Jose A. Soares, clarified that they were not privy to any such funding and that their budget is determined annually through a tax levy. They offered to share additional information regarding the mentioned funding, underlining the board’s commitment to accurate and transparent financial operations.

Finally, Superintendent Patricia Blood acknowledged the heroics of a student, Bruno Rera, who had helped an elderly couple, presenting him with a certificate of recognition.

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.

Patricia Blood
School Board Officials:
Dr. Adeline Boyd, Elizabeth A. Burke, Cecilia Lindenfelser (Vice President), John J. McKenna, Samantha Paris (President), Laura Pettigrew, Jose A. Soares, Mary Torres, Sebastian J. Viscuso

Receive debriefs about local meetings in your inbox weekly:

Trending in
New Jersey:

Meeting Date
Filter by bodytypes
Bike and Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Board of Elections
Board of Health
Borough Council
City Council
County Council
Environmental Commission
Historic Preservation Commission
Housing Authority
Human Relations Committee
Insurance Fund
Land Use Board
Library Board
Municipal Alliance
Parking Authority
Parks and Gardens Commission
Parks Commission
Planning Board
Recreation Commission
Redevelopment Agency
Rent Leveling Board
School Board
Sewerage Authority
Shade Tree Commission
Trails Committee
Zoning Board
Filter by 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