Superintendent's Message

MARCH 2021 MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT

March


Dear Parents and Community Partners,

Approximately one year ago at this time, my monthly message to our district community included the following health-related information, “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is closely monitoring an outbreak of respiratory illness caused by a novel (new) coronavirus first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. Chinese authorities identified the new coronavirus, which has resulted in thousands of confirmed cases in China, including cases outside Wuhan City. Additional cases have been identified in a growing number of other international locations, including the United States.”  It’s difficult to believe that, one year later, the COVID-19 pandemic stills grips our world and has changed much of the way we live.  We have learned a great deal about managing all aspects of daily life under these unprecedented circumstances, and continue to look forward with hope for the day when the pandemic is under control, when the vaccine program has accomplished its objectives, and when we may all return to school in traditional ways.

This is the time of year when attention turns to school budget preparation.  At the end of January, the New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) released the 2020 Taxpayers’ Guide to Education Spending to help the state’s residents learn more about the spending practices of school districts across the state.  “For decades, the Department of Education’s annual guide has provided members of the public with insight and information about the expenditures of their public school district,” said Dr. Angelica Allen-McMillan, Acting Commissioner of Education. “This kind of transparent, unfiltered information can be the first step toward helping residents better understand the needs and priorities of their local schools.”  The guide group’s school districts by size and the grade levels they serve, and ranks them in 17 spending categories, such as total administrative costs and total classroom instruction, as well as staff indicators such as student/teacher ratios and ratios of faculty to administrative staff. More information may be found on the NJDOE website: https://www.nj.gov/education/

The district’s Education Hall of Fame recognition program is open to all former Midland Park employees who have been retired at least three full years prior to their nominations; made significant contributions to the improvement of the Midland Park school system in their own special ways over at least a five-year period of employment; and have been nominated in a prescribed manner by at least two individuals, excluding the prior employee himself/herself.  This year’s honorees will be announced in later this month and we look forward to celebrating each for their years of service and achievement to the students of Midland Park in June. 

Best regards for a healthy and happy March!

 

Sincerely,

Dr. Marie Cirasella

Marie C. Cirasella, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


 

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