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.
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.
School board candidate Kenneth Simmons is hosting a townhall meeting at the Paterson Museum on Wednesday evening.
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.
The city’s school district is taking on $1.91 in debt to purchase school buses and other equipment. The district will borrow the funds through the Passaic County Improvement Authority at an interest rate of 2-percent or less.
The city is getting a new four-story Don Bosco school building that will fit 1,000 students in the Hillcrest section in 2021.