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Letters to the Editor

May 13, 2022

It's been some time since I've updated this site with an article. We've been trying to provide information to the public while at the same time working to prevent the Superintendent and the BOE from making some unfortunate decisions. As a result, we've been more active on social media. Over the ...

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To recap the 5/9/22 Board meeting (which had an agenda that contained NO action or discussion items) we learned that the district's legal counsel has advised disabling the ability for stakeholders to comment on the District social media outlets  and that Dr. Varley, Mr. D’Aquila, Mrs. Penna and Mr.

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Dear Editor: At the April Board of Education meeting, unapproved minutes from a previous Finance Committee meeting were cited, stating that I was in favor of potentially increasing class sizes and reducing staff levels. I did not review these notes until after they were distributed to the Board ...

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As some parents may know, our District is piloting a math curriculum in K-5 elementary schools and there are several points that residents, parents especially, should consider. There was little communication on why we are moving away from goMath.  Informing parents and the community of any ...

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BHCW (https://bit.ly/3LTvpiQ) obtained an incomplete budget detail for the BHPS budget through an OPRA request to the state.  This is more information on the budget than what was published in a prior Letter to the Editor (https://bit.ly/3L46ZmQ) We had to convert it from PDF to Excel as they did ...

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The BLAME game! So, Monday morning may have been a “snafu” according to the voice mail from the district, but can we get a legitimate apology for it? I get it, people make mistakes - but honestly, own it and acknowledge it.  This blame game mentality is pathetic. Hundreds of families were ...

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We hear a lot about “Diversity” from our Superintendent Dr. Varley and Stephen Hopkins, Director of World Language at Columbia Middle School.  We all saw the colorful country flags placed around the front of CMS; our family was delighted to see the Finnish flag waving alongside the French flag.  ...

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Recently I submitted an OPRA request to the BHPS District for a copy of the tentative budget. The format is different from prior years. After hearing from everyone on the BHCW team (https://bit.ly/3LTvpiQ) who has reviewed the budget, I feel this is a fair representation of the budget ...

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It seems that we, as a community, may have found our common ground in our effort to preserve the French language program.  I’m not sure how much worse things will get before the entire community opens its eyes to the abysmal management of this district, the behavior of those who are running the ...

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The Berkeley Heights School District is planning to move forward in removing French from its offering.  Parents and students were informed of this change by email on a Friday afternoon prior to Spring Break.  There was no vote by the BOE on this issue and two reliable sources within the CMS and GL ...

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Since the the Board published a statement regarding the preliminary district budget, both Ms. Akiri and a former Board President have both provided evidence which has contradicted the so-called “accurate facts.”  Instead of understanding the fundamental issues Ms. Akiri and Dr. Foregger made ...

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There has been much debate recently over matters involving our district schools and Board of Education.  There has been debate over initiatives, electives and the budget process.  One thing that is clear, though, is that we are all trying to do what we feel is best for our children. In doing ...

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Recently, the District presented an infographic that demonstrates that the vast majority of families impacted by the reconfiguration "Strongly Agreed" with the following statement: "The community benefitted from the school district's reconfiguration to implement a universal full-day ...

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Dear Berkeley Heights BOE, Thank you for voting to include Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the school district's strategic plan. Over the past two years, we have seen the district make significant strides to make DEI an integral and organic part of its approach to improving both school ...

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I sent this email to Mr. D'Aquila and Ms. Penna in response to their TAPinto Response to my letter published earlier this week. Dear Mike and Angela, I would like to address the inaccurate statements in your TAPinto letter to the editor. I was happy to see that you did not refute the facts ...

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"As you sow, so shall you reap" I used to be puzzled by the amount of bullying in our schools. But after watching how our district leaders treat their fellow team members during BOE meetings, after reading their recent article, after seeing how their supporters behave on social media, how ...

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There has been much discussion on my decision to abstain on the Diversity, Inclusion and Equity plan voted on and approved by the BOE during the last meeting. I feel I was clear on my reasoning during the March 17,2022 Board Meeting, but I want to take this opportunity for further context as a ...

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Disclaimer: The below was written by Mr. D’Aquila and Mrs. Penna and shared with each Board of Education member before public dissemination.  We all know the challenges that have faced our community, our schools, and our students over the last two years. We are all aware we will have to work ...

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One promise I made during my campaign was to communicate through as many avenues as possible to the residents of Berkeley Heights on essential matters, and so I would like to share my position in connection to the preliminary budget as well as my reasons for voting "NO" Budget data for the March ...

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Dear Editor: It’s not often we can watch corruption reported on in real time. By corruption, I mean our legislature and related county governments, who, not liking a court ruling on a case enforcing transparency and integrity for the public interests appears to be planning an end-runaround the ...

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Dear Superintendent Varley, all Berkeley Heights School District BOE members and Business Administrator Kot, The Berkeley Heights Diversity Council stands in complete support of including the DEI Plan in the District Strategic Plan. We urge you to unanimously vote YES in support of this ...

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I’d like to address the abhorrent remarks by the Berkeley Heights Public School’s Business Administrator, Julie Kot, since we have, once again, found members of the Board misuse the microphone in front of their faces as a personal soap box.  To summarize, Ms. Kot made the following remarks ...

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I am writing in response to the article titled "Blue & Yellow Bows Support Relief Effort in Ukraine," published in your newspaper on March 8, 2022. We have all been watching the devastating effects from the unwarranted war Putin has declared on Ukraine. Yet many people are going to turn off the ...

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For 3 years, I had the privilege of serving the residents of my hometown on the Berkeley Heights Township Council. Now that I’m no longer on the Council, I want to share my experience and offer my thoughts on what it’s like to be an elected official on the local level. While someone who ...

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