WOOD-RIDGE, NJ -- Bonnie Taylor of the Wood-Ridge Parent Advisory Network and Silvia Raguseo, Director of Child Study Team, gave a joint year-end report for the Wood-Ridge Parent Advisory Network at Monday's Board of Education meeting.

Raguseo opened the presentation with some background on the collaborative efforts between the district and parent group.

“I’m here on the district end, and we’re here to support, educate and advocate for parents who have a child with a disability, who have an IEP, or a 504 plan,'' Raguseo stated.  

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“I am new, and the whole CST team was new," Raguseo  continued. "So we met with the Parent Advisory Network in August and we discussed ‘what does Wood-Ridge want to be?’ ‘What do the parents want to see’?”

The multi-slide Power Point presentation recapped the year's accomplishments, including a revised website, printed informational brochure in both English and Spanish, the first student event at Lodi Lanes, two autism awareness fundraisers, IEPs available on REAL time for both in- and out-of-district students, and an orientation, among several other items. In addition, the group hosted three presentations to the parents, Managing ADHD for Teachers in November, PARCC Accommodations in February, and Transitions to College in March.

Taylor discussed how the parent-led group is looking ahead to the upcoming school year. Some ideas include making IEPs more accessible to working families, increasing the language translator service based the community diversity, offering a yoga/meditation event for students and families, and presenting information at each of the school's back-to-school night.

"I want to say what amazing, dedicated volunteers work on Wood-Ridge PAN," said Taylor. "And all of this (the accomplishments)  would not be achievable without their assistance."

"Mrs. Taylor, I can assure you, the students don't have a better advocate than you," said Christopher Garvin, Board member

The Wood-Ridge Parent Advisory Network is also looking for feedback, suggestions, goals, and ideas from parents. People can respond to PollEV.com/stemlaw or text STEMLAW to 37607.



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