EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Superintendent Dr. Victor Valeski announced on Thursday that the East Brunswick Board of Education will have a Special Board Meeting in the Hammarskjold Middle School cafeteria on Tuesday, January 26th, from 7:30 to 9:00 PM. The purpose of this special event is to provide an opportunity for the Board to collect  community input on specific ways our school district can improve. The board has embarked on a strategic planning process and the focus is on the direction the district  take over the next five years. Stakeholder input is welcome and encouraged.

According to East Buswick Schools' spokesperson Beth Warren, the event will be "a forum for people to come to write their ideas - using post-it notes - in the six planning areas being evaluated during the strategic planning process: Curriculum and Assessment; Child Nutrition; Facilities; Extra-Curricular Activities; Community Relations; and Logisitics."  (Logisitics refers to school scheduling, start times, bus routes, etc.)

Following the input session, BOE members will review the information and priorities put forward by the public.  "The formulation of sub-committees in each of the areas is evolving, " says Warren.

"We are always striving to be better," asserts outgoing BOE President Dr. Brad Cohen, "Our goal is to identify issues that are important to all members of the educational community. We are looking at curriculum, community relations, facilities, extracurricular activities, logistics, child nutrition, etc. We will be engaging in a SWOT analysis of the public schools in order to develop a 3-5 year Strategic Plan. We want East Brunswick to remain the model of superior public education, and we want to continue to be the standard bearer of a legacy of excellence."