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Message from the superintendent.
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The Board of Education of the Northern Burlington County Regional School District, Burlington County, is initiating a search for a Superintendent of Schools to serve as the Chief Executive Officer of the Board of Education in accordance with the Board Policies and New Jersey Statutes. The Board of Education has retained the New Jersey Association of School Administrators (NJASA) as consultant to assist in the selection of candidates.
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March 9, 2022
Dear Parents and Faculty:
On Monday evening, March 7th, the Board’s Curriculum Committee met to review concerns and discuss strategies and options to strengthen the No Place For Hate (NPFH) program. NPFH has been implemented at NB since 2019. An advisory committee composed of teachers, students, and parents help guide the implementation of the school-wide activities of this club. On behalf of the Committee, I am pleased to provide the following update.
The committee was composed of Board members (4), administrators (4), faculty and program advisors (4). Please accept the following summary notes from the meeting:
• Our world is becoming increasingly diverse and our students must be equipped to handle dialogue with others who have varied perspectives. NPFH provides the framework to support this important work.
• NPFH is not a prescribed curriculum. It is a student-led climate improvement initiative which addresses relevant and timely issues within our school community.
• The NPFH club meets with faculty advisors after school to plan and coordinate school-wide activities. This is consistent with how all clubs operate at NB.
• NPFH activities are completed throughout the school year during extended homeroom periods and concepts are woven into academic lessons when appropriate.
• We acknowledge the positive impact which the NPFH activities have on our students and our school culture. Students display increased sensitivity in how they speak with each other and are more conscious of their word choices.
Moving forward, the district will:
• Provide additional professional development to improve our teachers’ capacity in the areas of diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Continue to practice appropriate and respectful communications from all aspects of the organization to model expectations for students.
• Improve program transparency by increasing communication to parents about NPFH activities and strategies to weave the program into the school day.
• Provide a forum for parents to communicate feedback or pose questions.
The administration and advisors will present this update at the March 16th PTSC meeting. This meeting will be advertised in the principals’ messages and on the district’s Facebook page to encourage attendees. This will also provide for more informed, respectful dialogue than time and format permit during public Board of Education meetings.
The Board and this administration are committed to the No Place for Hate Pledge which condemns Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying and better unifies our community. Maintaining and growing a school culture which respects diversity, demands equity, and welcomes inclusivity defines our purpose. As we continue to find ways to improve all our programs, we will also continue to include our stakeholders in the conversation.
James Sarruda, Ed. D.
February 25, 2022
Dear Parents and Faculty:
Recently, the Board has received emails from our students, faculty, and community regarding the district’s No Place For Hate program. I have responded to individual emails and now I see it more appropriate to send this message to our parents and our faculty. To be clear, the Board has never considered eliminating NB’s No Place For Hate club. Instead, the Board heard concerns from the public and is prepared to review these concerns.
Much of what I present in this letter has been included in my individual emails to various stakeholders. In consideration of these emails as well as the concerns shared with the Board at its last Board meeting, I would like to share the following:
- The Board strongly supports the mission of the school district:
“Our schools will provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere where everyone is
empowered to be a creative, independent, critical thinker, and a responsible
citizen in a rapidly changing global society.”
- We believe that all students have the right to an education in a safe and caring
environment where learning is valued.
- We believe in developing a culture that respects and honors the uniqueness of
the individual and fosters responsibility toward the community while guiding
students to meet their potential.
Again, the Board has received complaints from community members regarding the program and some of its activities. In response to these complaints, the Board’s Curriculum Committee has been tasked to examine the program and discuss strategies and options to improve.
Regarding the upcoming committee meetings, please know that all the discussions will be well informed. Informed dialogue is essential and the diversity of our stakeholder’s points of view is certainly critical to informed dialogue. The board and all its committees work to ensure all who attend the committee meetings are well informed. For example, we do intend to include club advisors for the meeting (s) to discuss the district’s No Place for Hate program. Again, in response to these complaints, the Board’s Curriculum Committee will be discussing the program with the administration and the advisors and considering strategies and options to improve the program where appropriate. The committee will share a progress report to the full Board in March. The Board and this administration are committed to maintaining and growing a school culture that respects diversity, demands equity, and welcomes inclusivity. As we continue to find ways to improve all our programs, we will also continue to include our stakeholders in the conversation.