Monday, May 7, 2012

Published Agenda: May 8, 2012 Hoboken Board of Education Meeting: Including 2012-13 Calendar, Fees, HS Graduation Rates, and a Proposed STEM Charter School

The following is the published agenda for the May 8, 2012 Hoboken Board of Education Meeting. The meeting is scheduled for 7pm at the Board offices located at 1115 Clinton St.

Some anticipated items:

The 2012-2013 school district calendar- one agenda item will the approval of the district calendar for the 2012-2013 school year. It will be interesting to see how the first full week of November is addressed. For many years, this was traditionally a week school was not in session owing in large part to the teacher convention in Atlantic City. Preliminary reports on the 2012-2013 calendar indicate school will not be in session on Monday, November 5th, Thursday, November 8th, and Friday, November 9th but will be in session for Election Day, Tuesday November 6th and 1/2 day on Wednesday November 7th. As many people know, the Hoboken Board of Education decided to move Board elections from the spring to November during a very contentious Board meeting on February 18, 2012 in a 5-4 vote .

Legal fees- There have been a number of requests for articulation of legal fees over the past few meetings. One request that has been made a number of times by some Board members has been the fees association with the consulting agreement for assisting the Board in the negotiation of recent contracts (see Resolution No. F1-0007-11-12 August, 2011 Agenda).

High School graduation rates - On May 1, 2012 the Christie Administration released NJ District and School Graduation Rates (Click HERE for Official Press Release).
Here are the graduation percentages for Hudson County school districts:

Alphabetical order:
Bayonne 78.53%
Harrison 92.44%
Hoboken 81.99%
Hudson County Vocational 98.48%
Jersey City 69.92%
Kearny 88.45%
North Bergen 86.17%
Secaucus 93.37%
Union City 89.46%
Weehawken 85.37%

Fourth Charter School?- There is currently a proposal for a fourth Charter School for the City of Hoboken. The theme of this proposed school is STEM Education (Science, Technology, Education, and Mathematics) and is currently known as DaVinci. There will be some discussion at this Board meeting concerning the implications of another charter school in the city. Currently, there are at least two petitions circulating online. One in favor of the proposed charter and one opposed to the proposed charter. Click here for full story on Hoboken Patch. (See also: Superintendent: New Charter School Will Cost District $1.1 Million)

05-08-12 Agenda for Public Meeting

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