TOTOWA BOARD OF EDUCATION
"OUR KIDS COME FIRST"
SEATED L to R: Tom Ferraro-Vice President, Colin Monahan-Business Administrator, Michele Ruocco-President,
Patricia Capitelli -Superintendent, Raymond Reddin-Board Attorney,
STANDING L to R: Marcello Guarneri, Sanders Reynoso, Jennifer DeCeglie, Roe Carr, Keith Schaffer, Gary Bierach, Ken Kerwin (Not Pictured)
The Totowa Board of Education and its' staff is dedicated to providing a comprehensive education, relative to the New Jersey Core Curriculum Content Standards, in the areas of academics, the visual and performing arts, athletics, social/emotional growth, and workplace readiness for success in life.
DISTRICT GOALS FOR 2015-2016
The Superintendent and Administrative Team recommend the board adopt the following goals and objectives for the 2015-2016 school year.
1. To continue to improve student achievement results in the areas of Language Arts, Mathematics and Science on state assessments, district-wide benchmarks, unit assessments, and formative assessments.
2. To create a district unified approach for language arts and mathematics instruction in preschool through grade eight.
3. Increase the relevance of technology infusion in classroom instruction.
4. To increase the capacity of the district to communicate with parents/guardians.
5. To improve the quality of instruction by ensuring accountability for classroom performance and teacher effectiveness.
The Totowa Board of Education affirms its responsibility to ensure all students in the public schools of Totowa equal educational opportunity and all employees equal employment opportunity regardless of race, color, creed, religion, sex, ancestry, national origin, handicapping condition and social or economic status. Affirmative Action Officer WPS-956-0010.
MEETING SCHEDULE OF THE BOARD OFFICIAL MEETINGS POLICY:
The routine functions of the Board of Education are delegated to the Chief School Administrator and are governed by policy. Board of Education policy is a matter of public record and copies are available for review at the Office of the Chief School Administrator. Meetings are generally held on the 3rd Wednesday of each month. Check this handbook or our website for exact dates.
A MESSAGE FROM THE TOTOWA BOARD OF EDUCATION:
This booklet has been prepared to acquaint you with the school system of Totowa. We are hopeful that you will find the information in this publication helpful in explaining the various phases of our school program. It is the desire of your Board of Education to provide the children of the Borough of Totowa with the finest education possible. In working toward achieving that goal, we solicit the understanding and cooperation of the parents and residents of the community. Your comments and suggestions for improving our educational program are always welcomed. We urge your participation in the many volunteer activities of the school system.
CARE OF SCHOOL PROPERTY: The Board of Education holds accountable students and parents who abuse or destroy school property.
USE OF SCHOOL BUILDINGS:
Permission to use the Totowa Public Schools will be granted to any local organization when, in the opinion of the Board of Education, it will not interfere with the normal functioning of the school program or in any way be detrimental to the Borough as a whole. The sole authority for granting this permission rests with the Board of Education.
The procedure for securing the use of school buildings is as follows: 1. Secure application blanks at the office of the Chief School Administrator located at WPS; 2. Submit application to the Office of the Chief School Administrator; 3. Notification of the decision will be made promptly; 4. Any matter of special fees, conditions, or instructions not covered by application form will be passed on to the applying agency at the time of notification; 5. Certificate of Insurance required ($1,000,000).
PEST MANAGEMENT POLICY:
The Totowa Board of Education has an approved Pest Management Policy #7422. This policy will be furnished upon request by contacting the School Business Administrator.
Parents have the right to inspect their child’s record and make a request for an amendment to those records along with the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the child’s records. The parent has a right to file a complaint with the Family Compliance Officer.
Parents will be: 1. asked for consent before student surveys are administered; 2. given an opportunity to “opt-out”; and 3. inspect survey documents before use.
QUALITY ASSURANCE: The Board of Education has received “Highly Qualified” status from the New Jersey Department of Education as a result of the most recent QSAC Quality Assurance Accountability Continuum monitoring - June 2011..
The organizational pattern of the Totowa schools is K-8. It consists of a primary school, Memorial School, grades Pre-K-K-2 and an intermediate/middle school, Washington Park, grades 3-8.