North Caldwell BOE Discusses Library Renovations and Teacher Evaluations

Marianne Bohrer, Linda Freda, Valerie Buccino, Michael Halek, Jann Skelton (Robert M. Projansky present, but not pictured) Credits: Jenny Shannon

NORTH CALDWELL, NJ - A signed grant was received for a construction project at the North Caldwell Board of Education meeting on Tuesday. The project at Gould School is expected to be completed in August. The Gould School Library was also granted money to tear down the old stage, which left the library in need of renovations. 

The space will be renovated to create a new, larger library. Care was taken to “tentatively” choose wood furniture and pendant lighting. The projected completion date for the renovated library is Jan. 1, 2015.  The librarian is equipped to teach students using a library “on a cart” and will ensure that students get the proper library instruction during the time of the renovation. 

Mention was made of Gov. Chris Christie’s recent modification of new standardized tests as a measure for teacher’s evaluations on Monday, July 14, in response to the growing criticism of the Common Core. 

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The decision would minimize the impact of test scores on teacher evaluations, making them worth 10 percent in the upcoming school year rather than the original 30 percent. The percentage may rise to 20 in the following two years. In addition, Christie has also created a “study committee” to observe the effectiveness of standardized tests given in the state, said Valerie Buccino. “A number of states have backed out of the Common Core,” said board member Linda Frieda. “We are wondering which way New Jersey will go.”

Accolades were given to Tom Falco for the cleaning of the classrooms and hallways in preparation for the students’ return after summer break and the announcement made that David Miller has accepted a vice-principal position in Rockaway.

The next board meeting will take place on Monday, Aug. 11.



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