Dear Parents/Guardians, and Community Members,
Happy New Year. I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday break with friends and family. It’s good to welcome our students back and see them working hard in the classroom.
Just before the holiday break, our Bleshman and Millburn Regional Day School students were treated once again to a visit by Holiday Express. This exceptional volunteer organization has been providing music and cheer to schools, shelters, soup kitchens, and even prison inmates from November through Christmas Eve for the past twenty years. NBC Senior Correspondent Pat Battle attended this year’s event at Bleshman to give the Holiday Express volunteers some much-deserved TV coverage. You can link to the video on our main page: http://bcss.bergen.org.
In late January we will be hosting an Open House for local district Directors, Supervisors, and Case Managers for our newest initiative, Career Crossroads. This shared-time vocational program is designed to prepare high school students for entry-level positions in Retail Sales and Customer Service and Hospitality and Food Service, as well as provide support for successful entry and advancement in their chosen field. Participants have the opportunity to obtain National Professional Certification in Customer Service, National Professional Certification in Sales, line-level Hospitality Certification from the Educational Institute, and a certificate of completion in Food Service Preparation and Safety. The Open House will take place on January 30 beginning at 8:30 a.m. at our Paramus Campus.
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.