SPRINGFIELD, NJ — At Monday night's meeting, the Springfield Board of Education (BOE) voted to send their plan for this upcoming fall on to the state ahead of this week's deadline.
In the special meeting, held on Aug. 10, the board heard from dozens of parents as it presented its plan. Superintendent Rachel Goldberg explained that the special session was a chance for the board to discuss feedback to the plan, and field questions from parents.
"What I've put together tonight is not the full 72-slide presentation," Goldberg said. "We have online for everybody, a letter that was sent out last week post-hurricane, as well as a slide presentation and a presentation with my voice on it, which you can hear for a whole hour.
"But tonight, what we're going to do is look at what feedback we've received from the community, do a few highlights and identify some opportunities to answer some questions and provide some clarification[...]we will be accepting ongoing feedback and are taking it very seriously."
After presenting the reopening schedule, Goldberg and the board took feedback and answered questions for several hours. As she noted in her opening message, the board would continue to utilize the feedback it received from parents to help craft the best possible reopening plan.
That sentiment was echoed by BOE president Marc Miller, who said the participation from parents is vital to creating the best possible plan.
"Tonight's meeting was extremely productive as far as answering questions and hearing the concerns of parents," Miller said. "Superintendent Goldberg continues to shape her decisions based on a combination of best practices, state guidance and as we saw tonight, input from the community.
"While we face the very difficult challenge of safely and effectively educating our children, sessions like tonight give me the hope that we all-parents, staff, administrators-are in this together and have the best interests of the students and staff in mind."
Following the presentation, the board voted unanimously to approve the plan.