Wednesday, June 14, 2023

Bogota Board of Education

  On Tuesday-13-June the Bogota Board of Education held their final meeting for the 2022-23 school year. To start the meeting Superintendent Mr. Damien Kennedy honored a number of Students and Facility for the year.  First the Teachers of the Year for the four schools in the District were presented to the Public. They were Ms. Theresa Henriquez from the High School, Ms. Lynn Demetrakis from the Middle School, Ms. Laura Ketchum from Bixby School, and Ms. Cali Skrnich from Steen School. 
  Next four Senior High Schools were recognized for earning an Associate Degree from Bergen Community College. They were Ms. Valerie Brito, Ms. Amisha Singh, and Mr. Kareen Ebid, and Mr. Yassen Ebid. They were given plaques for Academic Achievement.
This was followed by honoring two High School Teachers who are retiring from Teaching after combined service of over 60 years. The first was Ms. Joan Frey who started in 1998. She was a Mathematics Teacher and Senior Guidance Counselor. Next was Mr. John Sterling, a Mathematics Teacher, and Women's Basketball Coach since 1988.
Finally Middle School Principal Dr. Erick Alfonso was asked to step forward so he could be thanked for his time as, first High School Vice Principal, and the first Principal of the new Bogota Middle School.
After a small recess the Board restarted their meeting. They first heard from Ms. Alexis Goldman of Solution Architecture on a tentative schedule for the work to be done in the district. Ms. Goldman said that the construction will be broken-up into 9 separate projects. Most of the designs will be able to be presented to the Trustees by the end of 2023. She informed the Board that the first three projects will be a new Feigel Field, Softball, and Baseball Diamonds, the new GTE building, and the reorganization of Bixby School so it can be used for the district's Pre-School classes. These are tentative scheduled to start in mid-2024. All projects are tentative scheduled to begin between 2025-2026. Completion date will be officially announced as projects move forward.
Then the trustees considered the Consent Agenda. All resolutions were passed by unanimous vote. One key item was to approve Dr. Jeannie Paz as the new Principal of Bogota High School. Other items approved was the creation of a Life Skill Program (Autism Class) for Student aged 18 to 21 years old.
The next Board of Education meeting will be Tuesday-29-August at 7:00p. This will take place in person in the Cafeteria located at 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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