Palisades Park Board Exempts High-Achieving Students from Finals; Addresses AC and Security Concerns

During the recent meeting of the Palisades Park Board of Education, a curriculum-related resolution was passed, allowing high school students in grades 9-11 who achieve an “A” grade or better in a full-year course to be exempted from final exams. Additionally, the Board addressed community concerns regarding school security and AC malfunctions at the beginning of the school year.

The audience participation segment brought forward the school security and AC issues. In response, Dr. Cirillo emphasized the importance of timely communication regarding security incidents. He also clarified that the PSAT isn’t mandatory but is highly encouraged for students.

Board member Charlie Shin raised questions about various financial matters, including a $1,000 charge to Brown & Brown and a $20,000 deposit to South Bergen Jointure Commission. Anieska Garcia provided clarity on the reduced fee arrangement with Brown & Brown due to a long-standing client relationship. Dr. Cirillo elaborated on the deposit’s nature, explaining its fluctuations based on student transportation numbers.

In other decisions, William Kim proposed the approval of several resolutions and introduced an amendment concerning the prorating of Englewood School of Choice Transportation costs, which subsequently passed. The Board also confirmed various co-curricular staff appointments, approved the PTA Meeting Schedule for the 2023-2024 academic year, and sanctioned a Senior Class car wash event scheduled for September 30, 2023, at Lindbergh School.

Anieska Garcia briefed the attendees on the successful execution of mandatory evacuation drills and announced a visit by the “World Language Program,” a South Korean group, set for October 23rd. Garcia also mentioned the proposal of an election process for a “Student Representative” position.

Dr. Cirillo announced the date for the annual PSAT for 10th and 11th graders and suggested a delayed start for grades 7, 8, 9, and 12 on the PSAT day, which was approved by the Board.

Lastly, the Board discussed the possibility of retaining the law firm C. Elston & Associates for an investigation related to a personnel matter, setting a fee limit at $7,000. The meeting concluded with a motion to adjourn presented by Anieska Garcia.

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