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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

Welcome to School Year 2017-2018.

The beginning of each new school year is an exciting time for students, whether they are returning to familiar surroundings and fellow classmates, or entering a new school and anticipating new friendships and experiences. For families, it is a chance to establish relationships with other parents and their children’s teachers and to become actively involved in their child’s educational experience. Our programs are enhanced by the participation of family members in a variety of extracurricular activities. I urge parents and guardians to join in; those experiences are sure to become treasured memories from your child’s school years. I also encourage parents and education professionals to explore the many workshops and information sessions that are available through the CAPE Resource Center. You can visit their website at www.bergen.org.

For those of us in administration, and our schools’ faculty and staff, the beginning of a school year is a time to renew our commitment to the mission this district was founded on. We are committed to enabling our students to realize their highest potential, and to support them in becoming self-directed and contributing members of society. We strive to implement the latest innovative learning strategies and therapeutic supports to achieve those goals. Our network of partnerships with businesses throughout the greater Bergen County area affords us the ability to offer students invaluable job training and internship experiences as they explore career opportunities that appeal to them.

We take our responsibility to assist our students in growing both emotionally and socially through community-based learning experiences and by offering opportunities to engage in volunteer, educational, and social activities throughout the community. We strive to enable our students to learn in the least-restrictive educational environment, and place great emphasis on the development of independent living skills. Our talented faculty and staff are dedicated to providing the academic, behavioral, and therapeutic supports our students need to attain, and sometimes exceed, the goals they and their families have set.

I hope you enjoy these last few days of summer break and the Labor Day holiday. I look forward to visiting with students and teachers in September to experience the atmosphere of energy and enthusiasm that accompanies the beginning of the school year.




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Howard Lerner, Ed.D.





Public Work Session begins at 6:00 pm and the Public Meeting begins at 6:45 pm

The meetings are located at:

540 FarviewAvenue 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.


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