Monday, October 15, 2012
The Fort Lee Board of Education’s regular business meeting is Monday at 8 p.m. at the high school, and a BOE candidates’ debate is slated for Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. at the middle school.
The Fort Lee Board of Education meets Monday at 8 p.m. in the Fort Lee High School library for a regular business meeting. The agenda for the meeting, which can be downloaded here or by visiting the school district’s website, is highlighted by, among other items, a resolution approving professional asbestos services at Fort Lee School No. 1, School No. 3, School No. 4, Lewis F. Cole Middle School and the high school for the remaining “referendum projects” approved by Fort Lee voters in January. If approved, Karl & Associates, Inc. will perform “asbestos evaluation” at School No. 4 at an estimated cost of $9,620 and “investigation and sampling” for high school and middle school lab renovations at an estimated cost of $4,975; for window …
Friday, September 7, 2012
School officials announced the change Friday morning. The board’s next regularly scheduled meeting is Monday, Sept. 24.
The Fort Lee Board of Education’s private and public meetings originally scheduled for Monday, Sept. 10, have been cancelled, school officials announced Friday. No information was immediately available as to why the meeting was cancelled, nor were any additional meetings announced as of Friday morning. The board’s next scheduled regular business meeting is Sept. 24 at 8 p.m. at Fort Lee High School. For more information, visit the Fort Lee Public School District’s website.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
The BOE will hold meetings in the high school library through September while air conditioning is being installed in the auditorium.
The Fort Lee Board of Education will hold all of its regular business meetings for the rest of the summer and through September in the Fort Lee High School library, school district officials announced Tuesday. The reason for the change, which affects the BOE’s regular business meetings on July 23, Aug. 13, Aug. 27, Sept. 10 and Sept. 24, is because the library has working air conditioning, whereas the high school’s auditorium, where the meetings are usually held, does not—at least not yet. Business Administrator Cheryl Balletto recently provided an update on construction and repair work approved by Fort Lee voters in January and expected to be completed by the time school opens on Sept. 10. Included among the eight projects being done this…
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
People showed up at the Fort Lee High School library Tuesday thinking they would have a chance to address their concerns to Steven Engravalle, but school board president said interim superintendent had a serious family medical emergency.
A group of about 50 parents, teachers, students and community members were disappointed Tuesday, when they attended the Fort Lee Board of Education’s regular business meeting hoping to address Interim Superintendent Steven Engravalle directly, only to find that he was not in attendance for a second consecutive board meeting. “He’s dealing with a seriously grave medical issue of a family member,” said school board president Arthur Levine when asked by a student why Engravalle wasn’t at the Fort Lee High School library for the meeting. “That’s all I can say at this point. I told him not to come; it’s serious.” Earlier in the meeting, after a security audit presentation, Fort Lee School No. 4 PTA president Ada Garcia brought up an issue she …
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
The meeting, which was originally scheduled for May 21 but had to be postponed when there was a power outage at Fort Lee High School earlier that day, starts at 8 p.m. tonight in the high school auditorium.
The Fort Lee Board of Education Tuesday evening will make up its regular business meeting that was cancelled last week. The meeting takes place tonight (Tuesday) at 8 p.m. in the Fort Lee High School auditorium. A power surge at the school—possibly the result of a lightning strike—caused the outage on Monday, May 21, forcing school officials to dismiss students early and postpone the regularly scheduled board meeting. School opened as scheduled the next day, but Superintendent of Buildings and Grounds Jack Denichilo told Patch that while the cause of the outage was likely a lightening strike, his department couldn’t find anything to confirm that the cause originated from the baseball field, something a Patch reader had said she witnessed …
Tuesday, May 8, 2012
It was a full house at Fort Lee High School Monday, as people turned out in droves to urge the school board to reconsider a decision not to renew the contracts of two middle school teachers.
The Fort Lee High School auditorium was packed to near capacity Monday evening, as parents, students, faculty and community members attended the Fort Lee Board of Education’s regular business meeting to express their support for two Lewis F. Cole Middle School teachers whose contracts recently were not renewed. Nearly everyone among the dozens of people who commented either sung the praises of seventh grade Language Arts teacher Christina Martelo and seventh grade Science teacher Ian Zellman, questioned the board on the circumstances surrounding their non-renewal or asked why Interim Superintendent Steven Engravalle, whose recommendation it was not to renew the two teachers’ contracts, was not in attendance at the meeting. Most also urged …
Monday, April 16, 2012
The Fort Lee BOE meets Monday at 8 p.m. The agenda includes a resolution supporting an amendment to a Senate bill giving principals authority over personnel decisions.
The Fort Lee Board of Education is set to vote on a resolution at its regular business meeting Monday supporting an amendment to the “Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act” to leave personnel decisions up to the superintendent of schools and the school board. Senate Bill 1455, sponsored by Assistant Senate Majority Leader Sen. M. Teresa Ruiz (D-29), would give school principals and “school improvement panels” authority to hire or fire instructional staff, among other decisions regarding personnel. According to the legislation, such a panel would be made up of the principal, an assistant principal and a member of the instructional staff who is nominated by the principal and “approved by the …
Tuesday, March 27, 2012
At a meeting devoted largely to discussion of the new school budget, the Fort Lee BOE passed a walk-in resolution appointing Sharon Amato to the role pending county approval.
An interim assistant superintendent was appointed for the remainder of the school year Monday night, as a a walk-in resolution approved by the Board of Education took some by surprise. The BOE voted to appoint Sharon Amato to the role of Interim Assistant Superintendent through June 30, paying her a non-pensionable stipend of $10,000 spread over the remaining three months of the school year. Formerly the Fort Lee District Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction for ESL, Bilingual and World Languages, Dr. Amato's appointment goes into effect April 2. According to the resolution, the board will present a contract for Amato “at a future board meeting pending appropriate notification of a hearing and contract approval by the Executive County …
Monday, March 26, 2012
The tax levy cap is at two percent, and no layoffs or program cuts are included in the 2012-2013 budget, for which the Board of Education will hold a public hearing Monday.
The Fort Lee Board of Education will hold its annual public budget meeting Monday, detailing the roughly $59.2 million 2012-2013 school budget, which would raise taxes about $200 for the average homeowner but result in no layoffs or program cuts. The proposed budget represents an increase of about $4 million over 2011-2012, or about 7.3 percent. In addition to emphasizing that the budget does not cut programs or staff, the school district will highlight the following details, among others, at its regular business meeting Monday: The roughly $1.04 million capital outlay budget would go in part toward renovating the high school auditorium and upgrading the gym, heat balancing at Fort Lee Schools No. 2 and No. 3 and upgrading fire alarm …
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Preliminary budget provides a glimpse, but full details of the budget for the 2012-2013 will come later, when the BOE holds its annual budget hearing.
The Fort Lee Board of Education adopted a preliminary roughly $59 million budget Monday for the 2012-2013 school year, incorporating more $1.9 million in state aid announced last week. Interim Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle said the school board “will be presenting a much more detailed budget expenditure explanation at a later date” but detailed some of the “recommended plans” of the preliminary budget adopted Monday at the BOE’s regular business meeting at Fort Lee High School. Included in the proposed budget, which was reviewed and modified by the school board’s Finance Committee, according to the resolution, are “certain [recommendations] to improve our curriculum,” Engravalle said. Among those recommendations, as detailed …