Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Board of Education

16-October-2019
 On Tuesday-15-October the Bogota Board of Education held their second meeting for the month of October. At this meeting Superintendent Damien Kennedy gave a progress report on the Student testing from the 2018-19 school year.  This years test are now  the New Jersey Student Learning Assessments  (NJSLA) . These test are  used to measures students proficiency with the New Jersey Student Learning Standards for Science. They replace the  Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers (PARCC) test used over the last several years.  For comparison  scores from both test were used. 
   As a district Bogota scores in both English and Math have improved over the last 5 years. The average English score has increased by 18 % , while Math has improved by 12 % over the same time period.  Bogota also has a higher percent of Students in Grades 3-10 taking the English Language Arts (ELA) scoring at the highest levels than the average for the State of New Jersey.  In Math while as a district Bogota again is higher than the state average, but mainly in elementary school levels.  Superintendent  Kennedy talked about the need for making improvements in reading comprehension in the Middle School grades to assist the Student ability to read and understand the word questions associated with Algebra and Geometry at the High School level.  Another program is to have the curriculum in math to be uniform from 7th & 8th grades and continue into the High School grades to maintain the strength in math learned in Middle School. Superintendent Kennedy also admitted that the movement of some Bogota Students to the technical academies and private schools has an impact of Bogota High School test scores. 
 At this point one of the trustees asked what else can the District do to encourage these Students to stay in Bogota. One answer was the begin of newer courses now available, the most prominent one is the Audio visual courses now being offered.  This type of question led into one of  Superintendent Kennedy district goals which is to increase the Career & Technical Education ( CTE) at the High School. As in previous  he emphasized that the “College Only “ mindset is  reducing over time and Student are looking for career choices from secondary Technical Schools, or even moving in to the Job Market with growth potential right after High School Graduation.
  Another district goal is to increase Response to Intervention (RTI)to have academic intervention to provide early, systematic, and appropriately intensive assistance to children who are at risk for or already under performing as compared to appropriate grade or age level standards.  Also Superintendent  Kennedy  feels the need to become more pro-active in relating to the community as a whole.  This would include more partnerships with local groups, increase communication with the resident by using social media and more newsletters sent out. along with scheduling more open town hall meeting like the previous  meeting about the hiring of officers for the schools and the next one on the conquests of vaping. There are even plans to offer Adult Education classes starting in 2020.  
   Following Superintendent Kennedy remarks the Board passed all the agenda items by unanimous vote. The Next Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday-12-November. The meeting will be held in the High School Cafeteria  located on the second floor of 2 Henry Luthin Pl.  Bogota, NJ. The meeting is scheduled to start at 7:00p. The Public is invited to attend.   The videos of these, and future, Board of Education meeting will be available at : www.bogotaboe.com/ meeting video   The  videos are scheduled to be released the first Thursday after the meeting.  
   The Bogota Board  of Education will hold a special meeting on Tuesday-29- October starting at 7:00p. This will be held in the High School  Auditorium and will be a presentation and discussion about the growing use of vaping production by Students.  There will also be a display of how vaping items can appear to be common object and where they may be found in a person’s room. This is open to the public. 

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