Board of Education Meeting

Palisades Park Board of Education

Pursuant to the New Jersey Open Public Meetings Act, Notice is hereby given that the Regular meeting of the Palisades Park Board of Education scheduled on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. has been canceled.

A Special emergency meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, September 19, 2018 at 7:00 p.m.  Location:  Early Childhood Center, 270 First Street, Palisades Park, NJ.

Agenda:  Shared services agreement with the Borough of Palisades Park for school security

Formal action may be taken.

Furthermore, a Regular Order of Business meeting will be conducted on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. Location:  Early Childhood Center, 270 First Street, Palisades Park, NJ.

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Half Day Schedule Thursday, September 6th

Due to the continued high temps and heat index approaching the triple digits in our classrooms, all schools in the Palisades Park School District will run on a half day schedule today September 6th. Thank you for your continued cooperation.

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Important Update

PALISADES PARK BOARD OF EDUCATION

410 Second Street

Palisades Park, NJ  07650

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Dr. Joseph Cirillo

Superintendent of Schools

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September 4, 2018

Palisades Park Community,  

Recent news articles have focused on the hiring of retired police officers to provide security in our schools. In light of new information, I have taken the following actions:

This morning, I met with the Palisades Park Chief of Police to review the background checks of each hired officer. I was reassured that each officer assigned to our schools has complied with NJ state law regarding background checks, and has met the qualifications for the possession of a firearm. I have also required that evidence of valid permits be shared with the Board of Education prior to the officer’s placements in our schools.

Additionally, I have contacted the New Jersey Department of Education to inquire about the possibility of these retired officers participating in School Resource Officer Training. I am strongly encouraging that these officers attend such a program.

I am grateful for the Borough’s efforts to protect our students following the events of the Parkland school shooting, last February. However, I also assure you that we will take all the time that is necessary and make every effort to be certain that ANY person assigned to our schools possess the proper credentials to hold such a position. Please check our website to keep abreast of progress related to this important matter.

Respectfully,

Dr. Joseph Cirillo

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