Letter to the Editor:

The Middlesex County School Board Executive team and Christopher Jones, the NJSBA Legislation advocate, have met with Senator Diegnan, Assemblywoman Pinkin, Assemblyman Karabinchak, Assemblywoman Yvonne Lopez and Congressman Pallone over the past year and a half to discuss topics of concern for the Middlesex County School Districts, which also included Statewide School issues.  The topics included Special Education, transportation, Special Education Extraordinary Aid, School Funding Formula Fairness,  which included 200 school districts who lost funds which included South Brunswick, Old Bridge and South Plainfield.  Additional topics included English as a second language, students who come from other countries and struggle with the English language where those languages are not offered in schools, PARCC Testing and testing that would be included in the graduation compliance.    One of the major topics of concern was a more definitive definition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying.  Senator Joe Pennacchio and Senator Patrick Diegnan sponsored comprehensive legislation to strengthen New Jersey anti-bullying.  This bill passed the New Jersey Senate in June, 2019.  The bill is named in honor of Mallory Grossman, who committed suicide in 2017 after being bullied and the mental and physical effects on this generation and the future generations. The Middlesex County School Board’s Association Executive Board truly appreciates the time and commitment that our Congressman, Senator, and Assembly persons have afforded us.

Middlesex County School Boards also hosts a program/dinner honoring our “unsung hero”.  This program honors students who have met challenges in their lives and have overcome those challenges.  Many adults would find it very difficult to overcome these challenges that these students have dealt with.   This year, 2019, marks the 34th “unsung heroes” dinner.  This program takes countless hours to plan and arrange and many persons to thank.  Immediate Past National School Board President, State President, Middlesex County School Board President and Sayreville Board of Education President Kevin Ciak, retired Superintendent of Middlesex School District and President of the Administrators Association Dr. Linda Madison, NJSSBA Executive Director Dr. Lawrence Feinsod, Superintendent of Old Bridge School District David Cittadino, Ray Pinney, Patrica Rees, and  Mary Ann Friedman.  We look forward to our 35th year hosting our “Unsung Heroes Dinner”, where these students enter on the Red Carpet, a photographer taking their pictures, a powerpoint with each students' picture, Certificates of Honor for each of the students and dinner personally served to our “unsung heroes”.  

Debbie Boyle, Middlesex County School Board’s President