|Vol. IX, Issue 9.
||Friday, May 10, 2013
Open for Business
It's a start, and you have to give them credit
for that. After a start that was plagued
with open public meeting requirements
and the typical logistics of bringing
a group this size together, the Clifton
Board of Education and City Council finally
sat down at a joint meeting for open discussion
on the some of the challenges currently
facing the Clifton School System. Councilman
Cupoli stated it best, that although he
hoped to get things done in one session,
this was going to take additional meetings
before any resolution could be reached.
Commissioner Keith LaForgia stated what
many have known for a long time; the fact
that any plan presented to the voters
needs to be endorsed by a united front
from the city leaders. While this is a
basic principle, it's obvious absence
seems to have had devastating effects
on the previously suggested solutions.
February 9, 2007By:
Nicholas J. Veliky
Matt Ward brought out an interesting bit
of information. While its true people
in Clifton are voting with their feet
by leaving the city over their displeasure
with the way things are being handled,
it seems people are leaving the State
of New Jersey in record numbers as well.
It would appear that the reason for the
current exodus is multifaceted and can't
be blamed on any one issue.
you get the impression that Clifton's
School Czar doesn't listen to a thing
anyone is saying, here's proof: while
the subject of illegal students in Clifton
High School (reportedly 300 to 500 illegal
students attend the High School) was being
discussed at the joint session of the
Board of Education and City Council, our
superintendent of schools stood up from
his seat on the dais and began to straighten
pictures on the Board of Education Chamber
wall, giving little or no respect to the
speaker or the topic that was currently
on the floor. Isn't education a process
that includes teaching by example? Well
if that be the case, our top educator
isn't setting the right example.
School Report Card time! Looking at the
grades the Clifton School System received,
one might get the idea that perhaps it
may be time to focus on the quality of
education as opposed to bricks and mortar
issues. A new building isn't going to
fix the current state of affairs. Believe
what you want, Clifton's Board of Education
needs to raise the bar on educational
standards being taught in our classrooms.
a thought on flushing out illegal students
attending Clifton's Schools. Do a complete
re-registration using a point criterion
similar to the system used by the Division
of Motor Vehicles when applying for a
digital photo license. The cost savings
to the school system would certainly outweigh
the dollars spent on the project. Implemented
properly, over the years, the savings
would be exponential.
does John Paul II School keep ending up
on the Board of Education's list of potential
school sites? The Diocese of Paterson
on numerous occasions and after many inquiries
holds firm that the school is not for
sale. One might begin to think that someone
may have a plan to use eminent domain
to take the property from the Paterson
Diocese, displacing all the children who
currently attend the school. Once and
for all, John Paul II School is not available.
happened to the $600,000 in green acre
funds earmarked for Latteri Park you ask?
According to what was reported at the
joint Board /Council meeting, the money
is still available and will be used should
the BOE decide to lease or sell the park
to the city.
Paitchell represents his constituents
well and takes his position as a Board
of Education Commissioner seriously. Rather
than saying he has "Flipped"
on his support of building on Latteri
Park, you could say he has seen all the
facts and chooses to change his position
and suggest a less costly and less intrusive
solution to the community. Yes, the High
School is big, but that's what Clifton
voters wanted when they approved the original
plan many years ago. They also liked the
idea of a big school when the voters approved
the plan for the fourth wing. Why wasn't
the size of the school discussed back
at those planning sessions? At least Paitchell
and a few of his colleagues are starting
to see beyond the "Build We Must"
Kolodziej was well taken; she emphasized
the need for increased communication with
the community. The community does need
to get all the facts, not just those few
distilled sound bites that bode well for
a particular agenda.
porn found on a Clifton elementary school
janitor's computer! Don't these guys get
screened? Enough said, we'll let the prosecutor
handle this one.
in hallways - storage closets - cafeterias
- and in the media center - Just wondering
what the code is for these obscure class
locations and where are they listed in
the classroom utilization reports being
no filing from Kids first Clifton - Oh
decorum and integrity of one of our public
officials has recently been brought to
the forefront in the court of public opinion.
While some say that what an elected official
does in their private life has nothing
to do with their office, keep this in
mind, when serving as an elected official,
you represent the people 24 hours a day.
When determining what is proper conduct
there is one simple word that may help,
integrity. For those who do not understand
the meaning of the word, following is
a simple explanation; integrity is doing
the right thing when no one is looking.
Keep that in mind.
has it that with the deep freeze we have
been experiencing, there was a problem
with the heating system in the Woodrow
Wilson Middle School 6th grade wing. Parents
contacted the Clifton Insider with comments
stating that even with the cold temperatures,
it was class time as usual for the students.
Gulf service station across from the Hamilton
House on Valley Road and about a block
from Quinn Road is doing a brisk business
with their low gas prices. The station
is also creating a traffic condition that
is beginning to really irritate some of
the stations neighbors. By the way, this
is the only gas station in Clifton to
boast a convenience store.
read here first that it was in the plans
and now we'll be the first to tell you
that plans have changed and it isn't going
to happen. The International House of
Pancakes has scrubbed their plans to locate
a restaurant at the intersection of Main
and Clifton Avenues. Apparently the location
is too close to the long established location
on Route 3 West located in the Howard
hear opinions and comments from across
the spectrum; some agree, others disagree,
however, there is one common thread that
can't be ignored, everyone involved is
passionate about making things better
in the City of Clifton and they are all
in it for the same right reason.
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