Wednesday, April 27, 2022

Bogota Board of Education

  On Tuesday-26-April the Bogota Board of Education held their second meeting for the Month. His report Superintendent Mr. Damian Kennedy previewed the School Districts budget for 2022-23. Superintendent Kennedy first presented information on how this years budget was created.   The first point was the budget includes  the need for Staffing,  Maintenance & Improvement, along with Special Education, Security and other costs. He then highlight some of the needs for the upcoming school year. 
- trying to maintain small class sizes
- upgrading technology through out the district.
- hiring of a Guidance Counselor in the High School.
-continuing Teacher aides and other Special Education staff.
-upgrading and replacing computer hardware, software, and internet connection and security.
Superintendent Kennedy added that this and other program will go to raise the standards of the District while providing expanded learn opportunities. Other items include the investment of structural improvements to all the Building in the District. Some of these were energy saving with more effective lighting , heating and ventilation systems 
Superintendent Kennedy then talked about some longer term goals of the District. They are the creation of a new Middle School for at least until 2026. The planning of a new Bogota Career Technical Education Academy. Expanding Special Education program , which will allow more Students to be educated in the district. More Safety and technological resources with ensuring more inclusivity for all Students. 
His final points Superintendent Kennedy went over the financial figures of the budget. Total appropriations for 2022-23 were lower by 7.83% the current year. The Summary of revenue for 2022-23 was also lower by 7.83%. The operating budget had a 4.02% increase. With the State aid increasing by over 22.57% along with Federal aid increasing by 15.81%. the cost of the residents of Bogota would have 0% tax increase. This marks the second School Board budget with a 0% tax increase in the past three years.
   Then the Trustee moved to vote on agenda items. All items were passed by an unanimous  vote. Items of note were:
The Trustees would reject the first budget for 2022-23. In a latter vote they would past the budget presented by Superintendent Kennedy at the start of the meeting. Other items of note were:  
-  To accepts the resignation due to retirement of  Mr.Barry McCann, Music Teacher at the High School effective June 30, 2022.
 -To approve the creation of a new club, LGBQT+ Alliance for grades 8-12
- To  approve a Co-op Girls Basketball Program with Hasbrouck Heights High School for the 2022/2023 school year.
- to approves the appointment of Mr. Maher Boules as Maintenance Supervisor
  The next Board of Education meeting will be on Tuesday-10-May and is scheduled to start at 7:00p. It will be a hybrid meeting with in-person attendance and available online. The in person meeting will be held in the High Cafeteria located at 2 Henry Luthin Pl. Bogota, NJ The meeting is open to the Public. 
    For more information and to view previous meetings, along with the 2022-23 Budget presentation please go their web-site at:

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