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'Guiding Principles' for Schools to be Introduced

Board of Education will vote on whether to approve the principles, as well as personnel matters and various donations.

Superintendent Dr. Michael LaSusa will introduce guiding principles for the School District of the Chathams at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

"The guiding principles are similar to a set of mission or belief statements about the school district. We developed them over time through the administration and board," LaSusa said.

A list of the principles was not immediately available, but the agenda shows they will be recommended by the Policy and Planning Committee.

The board will have to vote on whether to approve the principles.

The board will also vote on whether to approve several personnel items, including the resignation of Lana Boyle, a paraprofessional at Southern Boulevard School, and a contract for Mary Morano, a paraprofessional at Chatham High School.

Two other items, if approved by the board, will terminate custodian Michael Harding from his position at Chatham High and Lafayette Avenue School and approve the resignation of Seaen Sanders from Milton Avenue School.

There are also several donations up for approval by the Board of Education Monday, including a donation of $350 from the Southern Boulevard PTO for materials for grade 1 teachers, and a grant of $9,942 from the Chatham Education Foundation for a digital piano, math and vocabulary materials and three document cameras, all for Southern Boulveard.

First Choice Loan Services will also donate $2,500 for the Tech Club at Chatham High, if the board approves the donation.

The Board of Education meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday at the Chatham Township Municipal Building. A full copy of the agenda can be found attached to this article.

bs October 22, 2012 at 02:56 PM
In my opinion, it appears LaSusa thinks he is smarter than everyone. From the curriculum changes he has proposed to this, "guiding principals". Is he posing for that picture? Is that his thinker pose or his nerd pose? Turns the stomach.
4 boro res October 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM
I honestly do not understand how the Board of Ed can continue to schedule and plan their meetings on the same night that the Boro Council has there meetings. This has been going on for years and interferes with Boro residents being able to attend both. Boro residents should be up in arms over this! Significant boro tax dollars support the School District and there should be a rule that the meetings cannot be held simultaneously. I think the Boro Council, as representatives of all of us boro taxpayers, should push for this change...the Board of Ed can move their meeting to the Mondays that the Boro Council doesn't meet. Where are my fellow Boro residents on this matter? Thank you
chatham7 October 22, 2012 at 08:29 PM
4 boro res - when there is no conflict how many boro residents actually show up at a council meeting? 5? 7?
Eraserhead October 22, 2012 at 09:14 PM
To the aptly named 'bs': In fact, Dr. LaSusa is smarter than everyone else. Hopefully, his guiding principles (not principals) will address bullying, a nefarious tactic you resort to in noting his endearing nerdiness.
4 boro res October 22, 2012 at 09:26 PM
Chat5 - that would vary obviously. The point is that there is no need for these important mtgs to be held on the same night year after year. I would like the boro members of the school board to push for the change. After all, the simultaneous scheduling doesn't even permit councilwoman Fife to attend the meeting for a group she is the liaison to. What valid reason is there to hold these mtgs on the same night year after year when there is a known conflict with one of the governing municipality's council mtgs?
Student October 23, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Ask the Boro Council to move their meetings if you feel so strongly that the 5-7 people should be free to attend both meetings. With no conflict in the twsp. You would think the BOE meetings would be better attended based on your position.

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