The young Paterson Board of Education, in the face of the retirement of the State Superintendent of Schools, now prepares to search for the next schools superintendent. This occurs under the watchful eyes of the Christie administration as it prepares to exit off the political stage in New Jersey.
Dozens of parents protested cuts that will leave hundreds of city students attending the Passaic County Technical Institute (PCTI) without busing next school year on Wednesday night.
State-appointed district superintendent Donnie Evans is retiring from the Paterson Public Schools at the end of June, he announced on Thursday night. Evans has been the superintendent of the school district for the eight years.
Hundreds of city students attending the Passaic County Technical Institute will not be receiving transportation from the Paterson Public Schools in the next school year due to the elimination of the courtesy busing program.
Three dozen city schools have chronic absenteeism rates exceeding 10-percent, according to a report compiled by the Paterson Education Fund.
A massive energy infrastructure upgrade project with a $15 million price tag that includes installation of solar panels and led lighting at 17 school buildings will cut the district’s energy expenses by more than 50-percent.
After removing the 2.8-percent property tax increase, state-appointed district superintendent Donnie Evans’ secured the school board’s approval of his 2017-18 budget on Monday night.