Roselle Park School Board Addresses Academic Growth and School Safety

The Roselle Park School Board meeting highlighted several key areas of focus including academic growth across math and English language arts, recognition of student achievements, and updates on school safety programs. The board and community members also engaged in discussions on special education, curriculum updates, and construction projects within the district schools.

The meeting commenced with a notable expression of gratitude from the Superintendent towards the staff, students, and community for their recent achievements. Among these were accolades for the district’s school safety programs and an award recognizing the eligibility criteria met by Robert Gordon school. The Superintendent’s report also celebrated the selection of student artists from Roselle Park to represent Union County.

Academic growth was a focal point of the meeting, with reports of improvements in both math and English language arts. The board discussed efforts to enhance writing skills as a means to boost linguistic proficiency and critical thinking among students.

The Special Education Committee provided an update on the programs in place to support students with special needs. The discussion included preparations for state testing and Black History Month celebrations. Additionally, the significance of the special education programs was underscored during public comments, where concerns were raised about the budget and curriculum decisions, emphasizing the need for greater consideration of students with special needs.

Technology integration was another topic of interest, with the board discussing the construction of HVAC systems in the Robert Gordon and high school cafeterias, as well as technology updates across the district. These infrastructure improvements are indicative of the board’s initiative to enhance the learning environment and modernize school facilities.

Staff coaching and curriculum updates were also covered. In preparation for the upcoming budget, the board reviewed personnel recommendations, education matters, and business items, with the agenda items being approved amid some abstentions and extensions.

The High School PTSA made announcements regarding a plethora of upcoming events and programs, such as college night, NJ GPA testing, mental health first aid program, pep rally, blood drive, high school musical, and Project Graduation. These events represent the board’s and PTSA’s efforts to engage the school community in diverse and enriching activities.

During the meeting, various school-based organizations like the CPEG and Sherman PTA discussed upcoming events and presentations on the 3 to 1 model. The high school student council announced plans for a spring pep rally and wrestling event, while the Middle School PTA shared details on their fundraisers and upcoming events.

Public participation was an important element of the meeting, although the floor did not see many speakers. However, those who did speak, including a community organizer, voiced concerns over the transparency in budget adoption and called for a secular, science-based education. The public’s engagement in the meeting underscores the community’s vested interest in the district’s decision-making process.

The meeting concluded with an acknowledgment of the importance of transparency and community feedback, with the board adjourning and rescheduling the next meeting to March 26th. This change was due to the unavailability of state funding numbers for the original date.

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 Gois
School Board Officials:
Paul Baiamonte, Constance Quintela, Susan Carlstrom, Loren Harms, Brittany Kirkland, Cindi Mago, Chris Monroe, Jennifer Makar, Michael-Anne Regan, Alondra Mejia (Student Representative)

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