ROSELLE PARK, NJ - Susan Guercio, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, presented a $35,235,720 budget for the 2017-2018 school year, at last weeks Board of Education meeting. The increase is up $33,904,405 from the previous year. 

The budget, featured an addition of a partial roof replacement project at High school, that  includes an extra $600,000. At the succession of the meeting, the Board of Ed officially approved of the new budget.

“We are expecting to receive bids at the end of the month with the hope that the partial roof replacement project can be completed this summer at the high school,” said Guercio. 

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Pedro Garrido, Superintendent of Schools, spoke to the Board about the difficulties of maintaining a sufficient fiscal budget for the Roselle Park school district. 

“My goal, as the school superintendent, is to provide educational leadership to our students,” said Garrido. “And that’s what I intend to do every year when we develop a budget.” 

Garrido also spoke about wanting to find innovative methods to help students become successful in the future, one being through the use of technology to support the new and developing curriculum. 

“We want to make sure we give our students the technological tools they need to have individualized and blended learning instruction,” said Garrido. “[Cause] they are going to need that, they are going to need to know how to research and to be able to work together.” 

Citing the one-on-one initiative, which seeks to provide and utilize Internet access for all students, as a successful method that has helped middle school students in the past, Garrido announced that the one-on-one initiative had been implemented in the high school. 

“We are very proud to say, that we are one of the few school districts, that we have the one-to-one initiative in grades 6-12,” said Garrido.

In the latter part of the meeting, the panel discussed several education programs which included educational trip requests, a workshop attendance request and harassment/intimidation/bullying incidents. The panel also discussed business, which included the board secretary’s monthly certification, the approval of bills, the use of buildings and grounds, a grant application and donations. 

During the Principal’s report, Principal Donna Glomb of Sherman Elementary school honored students for their hard work.

Several students, whose artwork was featured at the New Jersey Performing Arts Center and will be recognized by the Art Educators of New Jersey include; Iris Alonso, Dannica Solomatin, Isabella Hesse, Naima Toro, Ava Zdanowicz, Noah Falcon and Julia Tribiano.

Iris also won the Art Educators of New Jersey’s Annual Calendar contest, her artwork will be shown in the 2017 AENJ calendar. 

Three students who were recognized as finalists for the Youth Art Month Design include; Ying Chow, Sofia Ortiz and Noah Falcon. 

Other students, whose art was on display at the Union County Art Month Showcase include; Isabel Larach, Sofia Ortiz and Jocelyn Swyberius. 

“More importantly what we’re going to do and what we like to do and why we’re here with our boys and girls is to celebrate Youth Art Month this month,” said Glomb. “Tonight we’re going to recognize these students, these talented artists.” 

The next board meeting, will take place in the Roselle Park high school auditorium, on April 4, at 7 p.m.

Adrianna Ruffo is reporting this story as part of the journalism program at Kean University.

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