Dear Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
We will be holding our 7th Annual History Fair this May at the Brownstone School. This event is modeled after the National History Day theme, which this year is "Turning Points in History: People, Ideas, and Events." Students become writers, artists, and researchers as they participate in a year-long academic program focused on historical research, interpretation, and creative expression. The Fair is a celebratory culmination of the project, where students are given the opportunity to create and exhibit their historical projects using creative formats that include posters, exhibits, and PowerPoint presentations. Students from over twelve of our programs will be participating in this year's event, and I'm looking forward to visiting with them to discuss their projects.
It's hard to believe that another successful school year is coming to an end. While students prepare for their Moving Up ceremonies or Graduations, faculty and staff are planning end-of-school activities to celebrate spring and the upcoming summer vacation. Our sites that provide Extended Year Programs have finalized this year's academic, technical, therapeutic, and creative offerings.
On behalf of the Administration, Faculty, and Staff of Bergen County Special Services, I wish all of our Graduates and their families the best of luck in the future. I look forward to seeing all of our returning students and families in the fall and welcoming our new students and families to the district.
Have a wonderful Summer!
Howard Lerner, Ed.D.
Public Work Session begins at 6:15 pm and the Public Meeting begins at 7:00 pm
The meeting will be held at Bleshman Cafeteria located at:
333 East Ridgewood Ave. Paramus, NJ 0765
The Board of Education of the Bergen County Special Services School District, located in Paramus, New Jersey, governs the school district. The district offers a broad spectrum of special education programs and services for children and adults with disabilities at over 30 sites throughout northern New Jersey. Programs for students ranging from pre-elementary to secondary (ages 3-21) are structured around five separate divisions called continuums. These include the Auditory or Communication Skills Continuum, the Autistic Continuum, the Behavioral Skills Continuum, the Life Skills Continuum, and the Pre-School Continuum. Through these groupings, the district serves students with a variety of physical and cognitive disabilities. In addition, there are adult programs, professional support services for students, transition services and other specialized programs that address the needs of the county and local school districts.
The seven-member Board of Education includes the County Superintendent who has an unexpired term, six members recommended by the County Executive of Bergen County and confirmed by the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and the Superintendent, who serves as an exofficio, non-voting member. Each of the six appointed members serves a three-year term expiring July 1st. Prospective members of the Board must adhere to certain legal requirements. They must be able to read and write; must hold citizenship and one year''s residence in the school district; may not have a contract with or claim against the board; and must be registered and eligible to vote.
One of the prime obligations of a school board is to formulate policy to conform to all national, state, and local laws and regulations as determined by the New Jersey State Board of Education and detailed in the New Jersey Administrative Code (NJAC), Title 6 & 6A. Policy serves as a guideline for the district''s important goals, serves as a legal basis for its actions, and enables the school district superintendent to create rules and regulations for policy implementation. Through the budget, the local board of education determines how money should be allocated to carry out board policies. The board approves the budget, balancing the educational needs of the students with the ability of the district to support those needs.
Individual members have no authority to act on their own, but meet as a board in a formal session. All discussions and official actions, unless specifically exempt by law, must take place in the public session. A quorum of the board is required for all official board actions. The board cannot act without the Superintendent''s recommendations, which are presented in the form of resolutions at monthly public board meetings.