The Young Men’s Leadership Academy created three years ago to improve the academic lot of Hispanic and black boys has fallen short on its mission prompting some to blame poor planning and execution that led to the premature launch of the school.
School board member Emanuel Capers, who has called for the creation of an in-house busing program as a way to solve the many problems, some avoidable, created by contracted bus companies, experienced sticker shock on Wednesday night.
The school board adopted a $585.1 million budget that increases funding for a majority of neighborhood schools for the 2018-19 academic year without hiking taxes on homeowners.
The school district’s move disbanding its legal department two years ago has produced an estimated $550,000 in savings, according to a district report obtained by the Paterson Times.
School board member Emanuel Capers is accused of taking an “unauthorized” free trip to Arizona from Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak’s company for an education conference, according to a district investigation report completed last week.
The school board approved a $13.5 million borrowing measure on Thursday night to balance its 2018-19 budget and avoid laying off 120 employees.
The school board approved its preliminary 2018-19 school year budget on Thursday night by taking out the two-percent property tax hike.