PATERSON, NJ – The inaugural meeting of the All City Education Council was convened on Wednesday under the leadership of Paterson Public Schools Superintendent Eileen Shafer, according to a statement.
The meeting, the statement read, represented the first time in the history of Paterson Public Schools that leaders from the school district sat down with charter school leaders to explore opportunities to work more cooperatively.
Saying that everyone represented on the All City Education Council shares the goal of getting the most out of Paterson’s students, Shafer added that the meeting was “an important first step to developing a more cooperative climate among the different schools so that we can all serve Paterson’s students and their families better.
The discussion covered a variety of topics from improving communications between district and charter schools when closing due to inclement weather to sharing ideas for professional development opportunities for staff and administrators, the statement read.
“The meeting was unbelievably great,” said Nihat Guvercin of iLearn Schools, Inc. “This was a turning point in charter schools and district school relations.
Among those who attended were:
Robert Guarasci, Community Charter School of Paterson
Curtis Palmore, Community Charter School of Paterson
Nihat Guvercin, iLearn Schools, Inc.
Christina Scano, John P. Holland Charter School
Michelle Petriello, John P. Holland Charter School
Riza Gurcanli, Paterson Charter School for Science and Technology
Regina Lauricella, Philip's Academy Charter School of Paterson
In addition to Superintendent Shafer, other officials from Paterson Public Schools in attendance were:
Susana Peron, Deputy Superintendent of Schools
Lisa Vainieri-Marshall, Director of Student Assignment Services
Sandra Diodonet, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Maria Santa, Interim Assistant Superintendent of Schools
David Cozart, Jr., Assistant Superintendent of Schools
Eliza Rodriguez, Interim Executive Supervisor to the Superintendent for Special Projects
Theodore Best, Jr., who is working for the state as a Highly Skilled Professional as the district transitions to local control, also attended the meeting.