Thursday, April 27, 2023

Bogota Board of Education


 On Tuesday-25-April the Bogota Board of Education held their Regular meeting for the Month. In his Superintendent's reports Mr. Damian Kennedy announced that the District will lease the building at 320 Palisade Ave. It is touse the space to create a stand-alone Pre-school Administration Office. Due to the growing amount of Pre-school Students this will allow a central office for the program. Another advantage will be to use the apartment units so they can become as part of a transitional program for Students 18 to 21 years old after the have graduated from High School. The Individualized Education Program (IEP) goals and objectives are to assist the transition to adulthood. Every day, students will be exposed to the abilities required to live and work in natural community environments. Students will also be able to participate in internships and job shadowing at local businesses. 
  Next Superintendent Kennedy presented the 2023-24 District budget to the Trustees. Some of the main points for this budget is: offering new contracts to Facility, Administration and Staff workers. The hiring of full time positions such a Middle School Nurse, Guidance Counselor, Social Worker, Basic Skills and Dance Teachers. Upgrading and replacing both Educational Hardware and Software in all the schools. Additional security measures, including a Class III officers in all building for both class time and events. And Capital improvement projects. The leasing of 230 Palisade Ave. will be financed by the State Pre-School Grant. 
  Superintendent Kennedy finished by saying the District's budget for 2023-24 will have a 0% tax increase. This would the third year in a row the school tax rate has stayed the same. 
  The Trustees then voted on the consent agenda. All resolution were passed by unanimous vote. Items of note were: the approval of forms and details of the school bonds voted for in the recent referendum. Approving the proposed budget for 2023-24 along with the lease for 230 Palisade Ave.  Other items were to accept the resignation of High School Math teacher Mr. John Sterling for his retirement effective on 30-June-2023
The next Board of Education meeting will be Tuesday-9-May at 7:00p. This will take place in person at the Bogota High School Cafeteria located on the second floor of 2 Henry Luthin Pl. Bogota, NJ and online. This meeting is open to the Public. For more information, please go to:   
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