Monday, June 11, 2012
Steven Engravalle’s contract as Interim Superintendent expires at the end of June, but the school board doesn’t have any meetings scheduled before then. Either or both of those things could change soon.
With Interim Superintendent of Schools Steven Engravalle’s “interim” status set to expire at the end of June, the Fort Lee Board of Education has to make a decision soon. Their choices are to appoint a permanent superintendent—whether Engravalle or someone else—or extend Engravalle’s interim status. School board member and chair of the personnel committee Peter Suh said Monday the board, which has met with seven candidates, has identified two finalists for the job, although he noted that “for privacy purposes,” the board couldn’t disclose any names. “We’ve asked for one to return, and we will have a resolution for you shortly,” Suh said at the school board’s regular business meeting at Fort Lee High School. “The board needs to discuss and …
Friday, May 18, 2012
The Fort Lee Board of Education will hold two special work sessions next week, the purpose of which is to interview candidates identified by a superintendent search firm hired earlier this year. The meetings are not open to the public.
The Fort Lee Board of Education is holding two special private work sessions next week to interview superintendent candidates. Although the special meetings on Wednesday and Thursday technically begin as public work sessions, school board president Arthur Levine said the board is expected to adjourn immediately into private session. “What happens is every meeting has to open up in public, and then we immediately go into private,” Levine said. “We’ll open up, and then close right away.” At the school board’s regular business meeting on May 7, Rich Marasco of Leadership Advantage, which the school board hired in January, presented the BOE with documents, including stakeholder feedback from sessions conducted earlier this year, saying the …
Thursday, May 10, 2012
A representative from Leadership Advantage delivered applications from candidates for Superintendent of Fort Lee Schools to the board’s Monday, emphasizing confidentiality. The BOE will meet next Monday to review the applications in private session.
The Fort Lee Board of Education announced Thursday a special work session to take place Monday, May 14, at which the board will review the applications submitted by the superintendent search firm Leadership Advantage earlier this week. Although the meeting at Fort Lee High School Monday will technically begin as a public work session, business administrator Cheryl Balletto said the board is expected to adjourn immediately into private session and will not return to public session. “The board is going to review all those applications [submitted by the search firm Monday],” Balletto said. Rich Marasco of Leadership Advantage, which the school board hired in January, presented the BOE with documents at Monday’s regular business meeting, …
Thursday, April 26, 2012
A narrowly approved resolution in February to move school board elections from April to November shifts timing to award professional contracts
The contract extension of district consultants and an update on the superintendent search were among some of items discussed during the April 23 school board meeting. Fort Lee resident and parent Paula Colbath asked if competitive bidding is involved in the process of awarding professional contracts. She also asked the board if there was an update on the superintendent search. District Business Administrator Cheryl Balletto said the school board election and reorganization meetings are typically held in April, but because the school board election was moved to November, the reorganization meeting, which is when the professional contracts are awarded, will be held in early January, 2013. As a result, the contracts were extended to December …
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Fort Lee resident and parent Stefanie Stuart addressed these remarks to the Fort Lee Board of Education Monday, April 16, 2012. The complete text was subsequently submitted to Patch as a letter to the editor.
Saturday, April 21, 2012
Editor’s Note: The Fort Lee Board of Education will have a special private work session and public meeting Monday, April 23. Click here for more details. As any parent, I feel strongly vested in the outcome of the superintendent search. Initially I was supportive of Mr. Engravalle assuming the role, and he has done a great job to date. I have no doubt that he is good enough for the job, however I strongly believe our children deserve the best, and I have reservations that Mr. Engravalle is the best candidate for the position of Superintendent. In my opinion, there are two superior candidates, namely Robert Kravitz and Frank Romano. A superior candidate can lead by example. I don't believe Mr. Engravalle was setting a good example at a …
Monday, January 30, 2012
The BOE removed a line from Leadership Advantage’s proposal saying it would meet with stakeholders because they’ve already “heard the public.”
When the Fort Lee Board of Education approved a firm to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent for the school district at its regular business meeting on Jan. 23, it did so only after removing a line from the services the company proposed offering to meet with “stakeholders” prior to conducting its search. Leadership Advantage’s original proposal included 10 points of service it would provide, including meeting “with designated stakeholder groups in a full day and evening session designed to provide for participation and information gathering that would be of further help in the search process.” But in the resolution approved by the board, that line had been whited out of the proposal, causing concern among some residents that …
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
But several board members also expressed their support for Interim Superintendent Steven Engravalle at Monday’s regular business meeting.
The Fort Lee Board of Education Monday approved a resolution to hire the search firm Leadership Advantage to conduct a search for a permanent superintendent at a fee of $9,500, but several board members openly expressed their support for Interim Superintendent Steven Engravalle, with two of them voting against the measure. School board president Arthur Levine said the decision was made after the board’s superintendent search committee—comprised of Levine and board members John Bang, Peter Suh and Joseph Surace—made the recommendation to the full board. “We had a committee meeting, which consists of several board members—four—at which we went over the various proposals that we received,” Levine said. “And based upon that, and also there …
Wednesday, January 11, 2012
Also, do you approve of the way it’s handling the search for a permanent superintendent?
Have you ever wondered what the Fort Lee Board of Education’s approval rating is? After attending Monday’s regular business meeting, Patch decided to at least try and find out. Hey, the do it for Congress! Since the same 10-20 people tend to show up at BOE meeting’s and ask questions or make comments, it’s hard to gauge what the prevailing sentiment is in the community overall. Formerly “Acting” Superintendent Steven Engravalle’s contract was approved Monday via a walk-in resolution, making him an “Interim” Superintendent in the process. But that was overshadowed to some extent by often-heated discussion and debate about when—if at all—a search for a permanent superintendent would be conducted and where the search process currently stands…