Thursday, May 2, 2013
The board of education voted on Monday night to approve a staff reduction, which business administrator Cheryl Balletto said was necessary to keep the proposed budget within a 2 percent cap.
Five school district employees will face layoffs on June 30, following a Monday night vote by the board of education to approve the staff reduction. On Tuesday the board informed three aides—one each at Schools 1, 2 and 3—a high school teacher, and a registration officer at the board of education office that their employment would not be renewed for the 2013-14 school year. Parents, as well as students of a teacher reportedly on the list of staff reductions, spoke out in support of staff members at Monday night’s meeting, asking the board to reconsider its position on the proposed layoffs. “It’s a disgrace to have children here pleading for their teachers,” Diane Sicheri told the board, urging to them to disclose a list of staff up for …
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
View the interactive map of SAT scores and Median Household Income to see where Fort Lee came in among 47 districts.
In Bergen County, income and SAT scores go hand in hand. All but five of the public high schools in Bergen County where students met the state's average combined SAT benchmark of 1550 live in communities with a median household income greater than $100,000, according to data from the state's recently released New Jersey School Performance Report. On the flip side, 23 of the 24 public high schools in the county where students failed to meet the state's benchmark came from communities with a median household income below $100,000. Fort Lee, Mahwah, Leonia, Fair Lawn and Midland Park are the only high schools in towns with median household incomes below $100,000 that met the goal. Waldwick is the only high school in a town with a median …
Monday, December 17, 2012
Fort Lee police officers will be on patrol at local schools over the next several days, according to a Dr. Sharon Amato, who posted a letter on the school district’s website Saturday after the deadly shooting at a Connecticut elementary school.
Fort Lee’s Interim Superintendent of Schools issued a statement on the school district’s website, assuring parents and members of the school community that schools officials and the Fort Lee Police Department are doing “everything possible to secure our buildings and protect our children” in light of the tragic events in Newtown, Conn. Friday, where a school shooting claimed the lives of 26 people, including 20 children. “This is a harsh reminder of our vulnerability and a reminder that we must remain vigilant in safeguarding our children and staff,” Dr. Sharon Amato said in the statement. The Fort Lee Police Department will have officers on patrol “both outside and inside our buildings” over the next several days, according to Amato, who …
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
School officials posted an announcement on the Fort Lee Public School District’s website, saying schools would be open Thursday and Friday because the NJEA Convention in Atlantic City was cancelled.
Tuesday, November 6, 2012
Fort Lee public schools will be open for the rest of the week after a week and two days off due to widespread power outages and some form of damage to most of the schools cause by Hurricane Sandy, school officials announced. Tuesday was already scheduled as an day off because of the election, but Thursday and Friday, which were supposed to be days off as well because of the NJEA convention, are now going to be school days, according to school officials. The following statement was posted on the school district’s website: Power has been restored to Fort Lee Public Schools, as such all schools will reopen Wednesday Nov. 7th.Due to the cancellation of the NJEA Teacher Convention school will be open Thursday Nov. 8th and Friday Nov. 9th. Find …
Sunday, November 4, 2012
Officials say they’ll have to re-assess the situation, as Wednesday gets closer. They’re also hoping to have school Thursday and Friday since the NJEA cancelled its convention.
School officials announced Sunday that all Fort Lee public schools will be closed on Monday and Tuesday, and that they hope to be able to open on Wednesday, which is far from a certainty. Superintendent Steven Engravalle told Patch that “while we apologize” to those people who were concerned that they hadn’t heard anything until Sunday, “there was nothing to update anyone on, as nothing had changed.” He also said school officials had a Sunday Noon deadline to make a decision about school on Monday—Tuesday was already scheduled as a day off because of the election—and that he wanted to hold off as long as he possibly could to see if schools could possibly open Monday. “We still have no power at the high school; we don’t have a timeframe …
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Superintendent says all of Fort Lee’s public school sustained some form of damage from the storm except for School No. 4.
Fort Lee schools will be closed for the rest of the week, school officials announced Wednesday, as the borough and the school system begin the recovery process in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy. “Obviously we’re dealing with unprecedented damage in our town and in our schools,” said Fort Lee Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle Wednesday. “School No. 4 was the only school that was unaffected. It still has power as of today. No windows were blown out—no damage, thankfully. Every other school has some damage in some way, shape or form at this point.” Engravalle said the most damage occurred at Fort Lee School No. 3, where a roof blew off. He said custodians were working at the school Wednesday trying to remove water, and that a …
Tuesday, October 30, 2012
Wednesday will be the third straight day Fort Lee students will have the day off.
Fort Lee public schools will be closed Wednesday because of Hurricane Sandy, school officials announced. It will be the third day this week the borough's public school students will be off due to the storm, and after Fort Lee Mayor Mark Sokolich's emergency declaration announced earlier in the day Tuesday, there will be no trick-or-treating for them either. In addition, Fort Lee Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle said Tuesday that school officials were unable to notify parents and staff via the school district's emergency alert system of the closure, but that they were working to fix that problem.
Monday, October 29, 2012
Fort Lee public schools will be closed Tuesday, Oct. 30 because of the storm, as state Education Commissioner issues statement urging schools to close statewide.
Fort Lee students, like many across the state, will have another day off from school Tuesday, school officials announced. “Due to the severe weather conditions from Hurricane Sandy all Fort Lee district schools and offices will be closed Tuesday,” Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle announced on the school district’s website. In addition, all sports, clubs, after-school activities and the latch-key aftercare program are also cancelled for Tuesday, according to Engravalle. The approaching storm had already forced Fort Lee school officials to close school Monday, as well as to cancel the Fort Lee Board of Education meeting scheduled for Monday night. New Jersey Department of Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf issued a statement …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
There will be no school for Fort Lee students Monday, Oct. 29, school officials said Sunday. All after-school activities are also cancelled as is the BOE meeting scheduled for Monday evening. School officials have not yet made a decision about Tuesday.
Fort Lee schools and district offices will be closed Monday in anticipation of Hurricane Sandy, school officials announced Sunday. In addition, all sports, clubs, after-school activities and the district’s latch-key program have been cancelled for Monday, as has the Fort Lee Board of Education’s regular meeting, which was supposed to take place Monday at 8 p.m., said Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle in a statement on the school district’s website. “Because forecasts are predicting the potential for an extended period of inclement weather, please check local television and radio as well as our district website for any updates regarding potential closings or other emergency information,” Engravalle said in the statement, which …
Monday, September 10, 2012
Fort Lee schools are back in session. Share your first day photos here.
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Monday, September 10, 2012
Fort Lee Public Schools were back in session Monday. Do you have a special first day of school tradition? Did you remember to pack all the supplies on the list and take a moment to write a special note to tuck in with the PB&J? Tell us in the comments below. And share your photos of those shiny shoes, brand new backpacks and big smiles (or perhaps tears) with Patch. Upload them now—and best wishes for the 2012-2013 school year!