A strategic planning update was provided
at the July 22, 2019 Board Meeting.
Please click on the following link to view the presentation:
2018 - 2023 Strategic Planning Update Presentation -7.22.19
July 22, 2019
PRESS RELEASE: July 22, 2019 -
Kevin Deacon Named New Hillside Avenue School Principal
The Cranford Board of Education is pleased to announce Kevin Deacon as the new principal of Hillside Avenue School. Mr. Deacon, who currently serves as the principal of Livingston Avenue School, will be replacing Dr. Curt Fogas, who is retiring after serving as principal for the past 20 years.
Kevin Deacon began his teaching career as a special education teacher in Queens, New York, at Walter H. Crowley Intermediate School. He taught in an inclusive 7th and 8th grade math class and also served as a replacement 8th grade math teacher. In 2010, Mr. Deacon became assistant principal of the school. Among his many accomplishments, he created an after-school intramurals sports program as a behavior and academic incentive program. During this time he also oversaw the writing of a new math curriculum for the school.
In 2013, Mr. Deacon joined the Cranford community as the assistant principal of Orange Avenue School and then in 2016, he became the principal of Livingston Avenue School. As an administrator in Cranford, Mr. Deacon has created positive relationships in the school and community. He works with stakeholders to support student needs both academically and social-emotionally. Mr. Deacon supervises the district’s Achieve program, which provides additional Math and Language Arts supports, and has worked to create a consistent and data-driven approach. Mr. Deacon is also part of the district’s New Jersey Tiered Systems of Supports (NJTSS) committee and is working with this group to develop and employ additional academic supports for students.
Kevin Deacon holds a B.A. in History from Siena College, Loudonville, N.Y. He received a Master of Science in Special Education from Queens College, Queens, N.Y., and received his second Master's degree in School Leadership from Touro College, Manhattan, N.Y.
Mr. Deacon is looking forward to serving the students, staff, parents/guardians, and community of Hillside Avenue School and is extremely excited to be the new principal.
Scott Rubin, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
June 25, 2019
Reimagining Survey Results
On May 21, I provided the community with preliminary results on the Reimagining Cranford Public Schools survey (see the forwarded email at the bottom of this correspondence).
At last night’s Board of Education meeting, I provided the full results which were provided by a third party, Qualtrics. Here is the link to the report: Reimagining Survey Results
As to the next steps in the process, the District is currently forming a committee that will be comprised of community-wide stakeholders. The committee will meet early in the fall to further examine the data and help guide potential next steps.
We greatly appreciate your engagement in the process thus far and look forward to providing another update to the community in the near future.
I wish you a very happy, healthy, and safe summer!
From: Michele cammarata <firstname.lastname@example.org<mailto:email@example.com>>
Date: Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at 2:27 PM
Subject: CPSD Reimagining Survey - Preliminary Results
I want to provide the community with an update on the Reimagining Cranford Public Schools survey.
As you know, we started the conversation with the community approximately 7 months ago and it has been a collaborative process, shaped largely by the community, as it should be. We have held several meetings, provided many presentations, and engaged in dialogue about what we as a community may want to do to enhance the school district. This initial conversation culminated in a survey which ended last week. I am glad this is the pathway we took. There are over 50 Districts that went out for a referendum within the past year and my understanding is that only one district administered a survey to get public opinion in advance of a referendum. We are representatives and it is so important that we collaborate and partner with the community and we greatly appreciate all who have engaged in this conversation.
We are currently working with Qualtrics to analyze the data and they will provide a link for us to send out the results to the community sometime in June. However, we want to provide you with some of the preliminary takeaways:
1,937 participants completed the survey. Data will need to be scrubbed for duplications, but at the moment, it looks like there are no more than about 92 duplicates --more than one submission from an individual household (by scrubbing, I mean that we will contact those people where there was more than one submission per household to find out which submission should be counted). It does not appear that scrubbing this data will result in any substantial change.
The proposed enhancements received a lot of support from the community and citizens would like to vote on these proposed enhancements separately from any potential plan.