Dear School Community,
Our district is vibrant; the dull moments are extremely rare. The first few weeks of our 2016-17 school year proved this definitively, as we enjoyed not one, but two visits to our schools by federal and state government leaders. This is a testament to the significant role New Brunswick Public Schools can play on the statewide, educational stage, and to the exceptional efforts of our faculty, staff, and administrators. It also speaks to the validity of our district’s new vision statement “To Prepare, Empower, and Inspire lifelong learners and leaders” in that we’re cultivating key relationships to help provide our students the finest possible educational opportunities.
In late August, U.S. Congressman Frank Pallone held a news conference at Woodrow Wilson Elementary School regarding the challenges lead-contaminated water poses to New Jersey’s school districts. He lauded New Brunswick Public Schools for its proactive approach to water testing, and for acting decisively to address those water sources that required mitigation. At Congressman Pallone’s news event, which was covered by WNBC-TV, WPIX-TV, News 12 New Jersey, WMBC-TV, and NJTV, I spoke with reporters, as did Frank LoDolce, director of Facility Design & Construction.
Then, in early September, New Jersey State Senate President Stephen M. Sweeney and State Senator Bob Smith were on hand at Redshaw Elementary School for a tour of several Pre-K classrooms. This was followed by a round table session to discuss the tremendous value of Pre-K education and the looming specter of proposed, state-level budget cuts. I had an opportunity to share input on how Pre-K instruction helps the children of New Brunswick, as did Board of Education President Emra L. Seawood, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum & Instruction Dr. John Anzul, and Melissa Parisi, director of Early Childhood Education.
The new school year is only a few weeks old, and already New Brunswick is being publicly recognized for protecting student health and providing an outstanding educational opportunity to its youngest residents, even before they begin kindergarten. I’m proud of our collective, district-wide efforts to prepare, empower, and inspire, and I anticipate we’ll continue doing the positive things that have motivated our state’s leaders to take a closer look.