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What Should the Board of Education's Primary Focus Be for Next Year?

These Parsippany residents share their opinions for the upcoming year.

With the elections this week, Parsippany residents are trying to find the best possible candidate for the job.

This week, we asked residents what topics they feel the Board of Education should focus on for the upcoming year. Opinions were varied, but it’s clear that people have a stance on the subject.

Every day this week, we will bring you an opinion from another resident.

Have your own thoughts on topics that the BOE should focus on?

Niki Lipkin April 27, 2011 at 06:21 AM
Ellen, I'm not sure why who the student is really matters, what I am concerned with is that those that are not in need of "extraordinary measures" and need services that we just aren't yet providing, but possibly could, be brought back to district to save monies. It's about smart spending, not limiting services. And if the cost seems astronomical to you, think of all the services that happen, it's not only tuition, it is also busing for one child each day from driveway to school door and back again. What might that cost be? Quite expensive I am sure, and there are very high tuition costs that we pay for those services out of district. If this child and just one other could be serviced in district in the same manner, it could certainly be done with less expense. Even if you only considered the cost of busing for the 2 children, the savings could be great. I am very thankful that my children are healthy and don't need the special ed services as well, however, I am not talking about denying services to anyone. You obviously don't know me, but I found your comment a bit offensive - that is simply not how I operate. We are in a time when our children's services are being cut in district, I am only proposing ideas that may help alleviate some of those concerns. I don't want my children to lose more than they have already - and I don't want any child that needs services to not get them either. It's simply exchange of ideas & exploration of new avenues.
Monica Sclafani April 27, 2011 at 09:00 PM
Steve - I'm sincerely sorry that you feel you did not get an adequate education in the Special Ed program in our district. However, that does not mean that the entire program is lacking. What didn't work for you might very well be working for someone else.
Monica Sclafani April 27, 2011 at 09:08 PM
Hi Niki - I never thought that you would want to see a child not get the services they need! As already evidenced, there is money to be saved by bringing kids back into the district. I just don't know that we have the space needed! Would love to hear what Suzanne (special services) has to say! Monica
Kimberly Kirstein April 27, 2011 at 10:08 PM
Steve- I follow the posts on Patch and my heart always sinks when I hear you reference your terrible experience. It sounds like someone dropped the ball big time in regard to your experience. Would you mind sharing some of those rules that you were referring to in the post above? Perhaps if you did, we would be able to work toward change.
Ellen April 27, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Steve - I certainly don't want to diminish your feelings as they definitely sound valid especially from other students but I think knowing the big picture is sometimes helpful. For example, my daughter wanted to drop a class. She discussed it with me and I agreed. She went to guidance and was not allowed to drop it without a conference with guidance, myself, the teacher and my daughter. My daughter is probably in the top 25-30% of her class. My point in this is while you needed to meet with the Child Study Team and you see this as a flaw in the system, I think you met with them as they should know you the best. You were not being singled out as "not smart enough" as all students have to participate in a meeting to drop, you just did it with Child Study not Guidance. I am wondering if you are/were aware that all students have a meeting to be sure this is the best decision. The other students behavior is unacceptable and certainly a disciplinary issue but nothing we can blame the district for. Just something to think about

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