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Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

The season of graduations and moving-up ceremonies is in full swing here at Special Services. From our students in high school programs to our kindergarteners at BELA, it is a time to look forward to new adventures and experiences even as there is sadness in saying good-bye to old friends. I look forward to attending as many of these ceremonies as I possibly can to celebrate with graduating students and their families and to wish them the best of luck in all their future endeavors.

We are looking ahead to another busy summer at Special Services. Students attending Extended Year Programs will have opportunities to engage in academic and technical education programs combined with hands-on learning projects and educational field trips. Our CAPE Center will again host the ABA Summer Institute Workshop Series in July for education professionals throughout Bergen County and the surrounding area. The Westwood Elks will be sponsoring a Carnival and Barbeque for our clients and staff at the Adult Day Program in Paramus. Last year’s event included carnival games, music provided by a live DJ, and delicious foods. We are so grateful to the wonderful volunteers who have agreed to return this year to host another spectacular event.

On behalf of the administration, faculty, and staff of Bergen County Special Services, I wish everyone a relaxing summer spent with family and friends. 

 

Sincerely,

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Howard Lerner, Ed.D.
Superintendent

 

 

 

 

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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