The city’s school district assigned an off-duty police officer to the Edward W. Kilpatrick School on Friday morning in response to parents’ complaints of drug addicts, prostitutes, and vagrants hanging about the elementary school.
Zaheen Aeron and Nadia Arias never planted anything in their eleven years of existence. Both students of the Paterson Gifted and Talented Academy wasted no time getting their hands dirty digging through mulch to reach soil and bury roots of switchblade grass plants in their school’s new rain garden.
Four of the nine candidate running for three available school board seats discussed zero tolerance for bullying, state underfunding, and the need for more drug abuse counselors at a forum hosted by the Paterson Education Fund inside the John F. Kennedy High School television studio on Monday evening.
The students of School 4 and School 28 in the Riverview section received a new playground on Saturday afternoon. Dozens of volunteers spent the day claiming an asphalt section behind School 4 for the new playground that includes slides and a jungle gym.
Five out of the nine men and women running for three obtainable school board seats faced off in a debate at St. Luke Church. Some of the issues that dominated the forum, hosted by the city’s chapter of the NAACP, were quality of education, charter schools, and local control.
The city’s school district fined bus companies for 188 infractions in the 2016-17 school year, according to a datasheet received by the Paterson Times. That amounts to more than one violation every school day. There are 180 school days.
City students saw their state test scores decline in the 2016-17 school year, according to a report presented to the school board on Wednesday night.