Editor's Notebook: April 30 School Board Meeting
The Midland Park Board of Education reorganized at its April 30 meeting, swearing in three incumbent board members and reappointing the sitting board president and vice president.
Sandra Cricenzo, Richard Formicola and Brian McCourt took the oath of office for three-year terms. The trio ran uncontested for the three seats, garnering 966 votes, 993 votes, 1,000 votes respectively.
Trustee Robert Schiffer nominated to return William Sullivan as board president and Criscenzo as vice president for 2013-14 year, both of which were approved unanimously by the board. Committee assignements have not yet been determined for the upcoming year, although Sullivan noted there will be some changes made for the year ahead.
School Performance Reports
School Superintendent Dr. Marie Cirasella reported on the new NJDOE School Performance Reports that were released last month to replace the previous school report cards. Dr. Cirasella noted that the DOE delayed the release of the reports several times due to data errors that were wide-spread across the state.
“Midland Park Schools met all of the progress targets put before us,” she noted. “We are working in the direction we need to go and will continue to working toward new targets.”
Errors in the report for Highland/Godwin schools include:
- Enrollment by grade level for 2011-12 is incorrect. Actually enrollment was 574
- Combined students with disabilities percentage is 13% not the reported 39.7%
- Chronic absenteeism data was determined using inaccurate enrollment numbers
- The peer school groups were determined using corrupted data resulting in questionable placements.
Errors in the report for Midland Park Junior-Senior High School include:
- NJ ASK data was omitted. however the district scores exceeded the state and peer group averages in math and language arts, and exceeded state averages in science.
- Advanced Placement information was incorrect. According to Dr. Cirasella, the state culled information from the college boards, however the information was inaccurate. The district checked with the college board and the information has been corrected.
Send-Receive Explored Further
Board President Sullivan reported that the district is continuing to explore possible send-receive agreements. So far the board has met with two districts, and has meetings set up with two other districts.
While he declined to say what other schools the district is in discussions with, he noted one of the upcoming meetings is to explore Midland Park sending students to another district while the other meeting is to explore Midland Park receiving students from another district.
The information regarding which districts Midland Park is holding meetings with will be kept confidential at the board level going forward. In March, Ridgewood Patch picked up a quote from an article in the Suburban News regarding the possibility of Midland Park sending students to Ridgewood, which created a flurry of controversy on online boards.
At this stage, all discussions are only in the initial fact-finding stage.
The meeting agenda is available on the district website. Video of the meeting is available for replays on the Midland Park Press Livestream Channel.