Wednesday, June 19, 2024

Bogota Board of Education


  On Tuesday-18-June, the Bogota Board of Education held their final meeting for the 2023-24 school year. For this meeting, the Trustees voted on the resolutions in the consent agenda first. All resolutions were passed by unanimous vote. Items of note were:  
  To approve an extension of the contract for Superintendent Mr. Damian Kennedy for an additional five years.
 To approve the appointment of Matthew Barone as Vice Principal of the High School.
 To approve the appointment of Mohammad Siddiqi as a Social Studies Teacher.
 To approve the appointment of Hyungsuk Maeng as a Mathematics Teacher.
 To approve contracts for the Fiegel Field improvements,  subject to all necessary State approvals. 
  Then Superintendent Mr. Damian Kennedy gave his reports. He thanked Ms. Ashley Urena for being the Student representative for this school year. Next was to say that the 91 Seniors had 110 acceptances from Colleges, Universities and Technical Schools. With over 9.3 million dollars in Scholarships and awards. Superintendent Kennedy said four Seniors, Ms. Anabel Jimenez, Ms. Makayla Douglas, Mr. David Castillo, and Mr. Joshua Gesmundo earned an associate degree from Bergen Community College while completing their Senior year.
  Superintendent Kennedy then announced the Teachers of the Year in the Bogota School District. They are Ms. Diane Baranello in the High School. Ms. Lauren Tomlinson for the Middle School. Ms. Melissa Duscher at Bixby School. Ms. Maria Castillo of Steen School.
  Next Superintendent Kennedy honoured the members of the District that will retire at the end of the 2023-24 school year. They are Mr. Thomas Hughes who was the High School Social Studies Teacher for 24 years.
 Mr. Brad DiRupo who taught Physical Education, was the Athletic Director, Head Coach of Women’s Volleyball, and Softball, along with being a Wrestling Consultant in his 27 years at Bogota. Mr. DiRupo will continue as Head Coach for the Lady Bucs Volleyball team in 2024-25.
Mr. Damon Englese  who has served as Principal of the E. Roy Bixby School for 9 years. Mr. Englese will become the Superintendent in the Fairview School District  starting in the 2024-25 School year.
The Board of Trustees also honoured Ms. Sherry Solomov for her work as part of the Steen School Parent Teachers Organization.
The next meeting will be on Tuesday-27 August at 7:00p This will be held in the High School Cafeteria located on the second floor of 2 Henry Luthin Pl. and online.
  Videos of this, and other Board of Education meetings can be seen at : 

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