River Edge School Board Discusses School Reconfiguration, Transportation, and World Language Education

The River Edge School Board recently convened to discuss issues such as the school reconfiguration efforts, transportation plans, and the direction of World Language education in the district. They also touched on the allocation and use of grants, particularly the COPS Grant, and the process of staff reassignments to ensure a seamless transition for students and staff. Superintendent Cathy Danahy provided updates on various initiatives and plans for future professional development while board members expressed their views on these topics.

At the heart of the meeting was the discussion of school reconfiguration. Superintendent Danahy outlined the progress of this initiative, highlighting the efforts of the Climate, Culture, and Community Committee. Composed of 15 volunteer teachers, this committee aims to preserve existing traditions while exploring new opportunities such as bringing grade levels together for events and creating an orientation program for students transitioning to new buildings. The superintendent assured the board that community concerns regarding programs and traditions had been noted and would be addressed by the committee.

Several board members expressed their support for regular updates on the reconfiguration process and stressed the need for improved communication. To this end, Superintendent Danahy announced the start of superintendent office hours on the first Monday of each month. During these sessions, anyone can drop in and ask questions or offer feedback informally.

The meeting also covered the coordination with Genesis, a data coordinator, to streamline the process of transitioning students between buildings. Additionally, the district’s mental health professionals had organized a series on change management to support this transition, with the first session scheduled for November 28th. The transportation committee, set to meet on November 29th, planned to discuss drop-off procedures and staggered start times using valuable input gathered from administrators, teachers, and paraprofessionals.

On the topic of World Language education, the board examined the focus of the district and the state mandates regarding language mastery versus cultural immersion. The committee considered the possibility of exposing students to various languages and incorporating language learning into the library community time. The board acknowledged the shortage of qualified World Language teachers and discussed future options for sharing personnel, aiming to build a sustainable program in light of potential teacher relocations.

Superintendent Danahy also discussed the board’s efforts to actively recruit early for teaching positions by attending job fairs at various colleges. She mentioned the possibility of a half-day professional development session in February and suggested considering additional time over the summer for teachers to work on curriculum-related tasks. In a similar vein, the superintendent highlighted the formation of a group called “Teach Asian-American Stories” at Montclair College, designed to provide educators with resources and training to incorporate Asian-American and Pacific Islander history and contributions into lesson plans.

The discussion moved to the allocation of funds from various grants, including the COPS Grant from the Department of Justice, which will cover security-related projects. The board contemplated the timeline for using the grant, procurement processes, and the support received from the community in obtaining the grant.

In the finance and facilities committee report, board member Eric Langley presented updates on reconfiguration plans, staff movements within the system, and the process of moving students to the Genesis platform. The board discussed transportation budget account changes, facility renovations, and updates on grants received by the district.

The class three officers presented suggestions to make the environment safer during recess, including creating a map of designated spots for each adult and hiring lunch aids. The position was posted, and community members were encouraged to apply.

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.
Cathy Danahy
School Board Officials:
Eun Kang, Gyuchang Sim, Elizabeth Brown, Alethia Crespo, Bobby Kuriakose, Eric Langley, Algene Soliman

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
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 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