MADISON, NJ – New Madison Superintendent Mark Schwarz on Friday at 10 a.m. will host his first “Coffee with the Superintendent” meeting in the Madison High School auditorium for Rose City parents and residents.
Schwarz officially joined the district Aug. 14, and seems to have wasted no time in formulating strategies that tackle what many have described as a lack of transparency between the district and Madison parents.
“I am working closely with the Board of Education to...restructure our practices where necessary to improve our ability to meet the community’s needs,” he said in a September letter to Madison parents and residents.
Schwarz has so far spearheaded several initiatives that advocate for increased dialogue between parents, community members and school district staff since his initial appointment in May, which includes a new format for Board of Education meetings.
“Coffee with the Superintendent” is one of these ideas, he said in the letter, designed “to provide information regarding the programs and initiatives taking place in our schools, to solicit feedback regarding past, current and planned future practices and to engage in idea sharing for the purpose of improving our services to students.”
Madison’s new superintendent said he is excited to hear more from parents and the community as the school year begins.
“I consider myself fortunate and blessed to be joining the district as Dodger-in-chief and greatly look forward to meeting each and every one of you,” he said in the letter.
Board of Education President Lisa Ellis said more discussion time both inside and outside of Board meetings may help increase transparency that many parents said they feel is almost completely absent within the district.
“We want the community to be aware and informed,” she said.
The Sept. 15 session is one of eight coffee meetings held monthly–excluding December–until the end of the school year in May. Meeting start times offer month to month, with some beginning at 10 a.m. and others at 7 p.m.
Other meeting dates and times include:
- Thursday, Oct. 19 at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, Nov. 15 at 10 a.m.
- Thursday, Jan. 18 at 7 p.m.
- Thursday, Feb. 15 at 10 a.m.
- Thursday, March 15 at 7 p.m.
- Wednesday, April 18 at 10 a.m.
- Thursday, May 17 at 7 p.m.
Meeting locations are posted on madisonpublicschools.org in advance of each date.