Board of Education Introduces Open Agenda-setting Meetings

Board of Education members meet with Elizabeth Education heads of departments in the first agenda-setting meeting, Feb. 13. Credits: Fran Sullivan

ELIZABETH, NJ – Fulfilling a pledge for greater transparency, the Elizabeth Board of Education held its first agenda-setting meeting, Feb. 13, in preparation for Thursday’s monthly board meeting.

“Normally, the superintendent sets the agenda, meeting with her directors, not in public,” explained Dr. Patricia Gallante, a retired Elizabeth educator and a familiar face at BOE meetings. “Stan (Neron) has asked that it be done in public.”

The meeting, which was open to the public, brought the board and heads of department face-to-face and allowed the board commissioners to ask them questions and discuss issues in depth.

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Neron, who is the Board president, said of the meeting, “It helps to establish transparency. The public often gets frustrated because the process of government is not transparent enough, and they don’t understand what goes into educating children. There is a lot of planning. There are state, federal, and local regulations.”

The next BOE meeting, which is also open to the public, takes place Thursday, Feb.16, at 6:30 p.m., at Nicholas Murray Butler School #23, 501 Union Avenue.

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