Week Ahead: BOE Special, Graduation, Summer Events Begin
A look at just some of what’s coming up this week in Fort Lee.
During a private session, the board will discuss personnel issues and the appointment of a superintendent, and although the agenda for the public session doesn’t currently include resolutions appointing a superintendent or renewing the contracts of previously non-renewed teachers like seventh grade Language Arts teacher Christina Martelo or seventh grade Science teacher Ian Zellman, walk-in resolutions are always possible.
At the BOE’s meeting last week, school board officials said the superintendent search was down to two finalists, and students and others have been speaking out at meetings since May 7 to urge the board to reconsider Interim Superintendent Steven Engravalle’s recommendation not to renew the contracts of Zellman Martelo and others.
The BOE’s special public business meeting takes place at 8 p.m. in the high school library on the second floor of the school building at 3000 Lemoine Ave.
Also on Monday, the Fort Lee Planning Board will meet at Borough Hall; on the agenda for that meeting is “memorialization” of the board’s approval last week of Tucker Development Corporation’s mixed-use site plan for the West parcel of Redevelopment Area 5.
Once the board votes to memorialize the approval and the developer publishes notice thereof, a 45-day appeal period begins, as Tucker works on finalizing financing, environmental remediation—a topic discussed at last Monday’s meeting—and the plans themselves so they’re “building permit ready,” as Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich said last week.
On Tuesday, the United Republican Club of Fort Lee is hosting a Q&A session with Chief Thomas O. Ripoli of the Fort Lee Police Department. The event takes place at 7:30 p.m. at the Fort Lee VFW on the corner of Main Street and Center Avenue.
The busy week for Fort Lee public school students and their parents continues Tuesday as well with high school graduation at the Lewis F. Cole Middle School field, weather permitting. In the event of bad weather, the graduation ceremony will be moved to the Jack Alter Fort Lee Community Center.
The middle school’s graduation or "promotion" ceremony is Wednesday at the community center, and moving up ceremonies for all four Fort Lee elementary schools will also be held on Wednesday.
The last day of school for students is Wednesday, and the last day for teachers is Thursday.
For more information on high school graduation, moving up ceremonies or the last week of school, visit the Fort Lee Public Schools website.
Patch will provide more information as well.
The annual Fort Lee Farmers Market opens next Sunday, June 24, at the Fort Lee Community Center’s plaza area at 1355 Inwood Terrace. The market continues every Sunday thereafter from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. through the last Sunday in October.
In conjunction with the opening of the farmers market next Sunday, the Fort Lee Film Commission, Fort Lee Historic Committee and the Fort Lee Office of Cultural & Heritage Affairs will be providing a “Fort Lee Historic Jitney Tour” starting at the community center.
The tour, which is free to the public, is offered on a first-come, first-served basis. You can sign up for the tour from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Film Commission’s table at the market.
Fort more information, visit the Fort Lee Historical Society online or call 201-693-2763.