GLEN ROCK, NJ - Superintendent of Schools, Brett Charleston, said he is ready to move forward with a July 30 in-person graduation, but he does not know yet what that will look like.
Charleston spoke to Board of Education members at the May 26 Zoom meeting, explaining that in-person graduations would be permitted as of July 6, according to a Tweet he saw from Gov. Phil Murphy.
"All I have is a Tweet, I don't know how that will look," he said about the ceremony itself.
On June 18, the district will hold a virtual graduation, with the plan to disperse diplomas.
"On July 30, there are people that won't be here," he said, explaining why the district is keeping the June 18 virtual graduation on the calendar.
The district will keep the 8th- and 5th-grade graduation dates virtual, he said.
"Believe it or not, as of June 19, it's 82 days until teachers report, 83 days till students report," he said, suggesting the district is looking forward while thinking about graduation.
"There are 10 days in August before school opens that athletes will report," Charleston said. "This will be a busier summer than normal."
During the public portion of the meeting, residents asked if the new principal will be involved with the planning of graduation, and how this will occur since he does not "have a connection" with the students.
The Glen Rock Board of Education appointed Dr. Michael Parent as the Glen Rock Middle/High School Principal for the 2020-2021 school year. Dr. Parent will replace Middle School Assistant Principal Dr. Jennifer Wirt who is leaving the district, and High School Principal John Arlotta who is retiring.
"Dr. Parent will be in charge of planning graduation," Charleston said. "Mr. Arlotta has plans to move to Florida before July 30."
The Board scheduled its next meeting for June 9, and said they may have an extra meeting during the summer to deal with upcoming business.