Reimagining Cranford Public Schools
Greetings Parents, Guardians, Staff, Students, and Community Members,
As you know, last week, a proposal to reimagine Cranford Public Schools was presented, along with an invitation to attend three community meetings to engage in conversation about whether this initiative reflects our values and desires for our students.
Since that communication, I have received feedback from numerous community members that the addition of meetings at each individual school would afford a greater opportunity for all to be heard and ensure each localized school community receives the information they desire.
Therefore, in addition to the already scheduled public community meetings on October 30, November 28 (To be rescheduled), and December 17, individual school meetings will be held on the following dates:
Tuesday, November 13, WAS @ 7:00 pm
Thursday, November 15, HAS @ 7:00 pm RESCHEDULED TO DECEMBER 13
Monday, November 19, LAS @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 20, OAS @ 7:00 pm
Tuesday, November 27, BPS @ 7:00 pm
Monday, December 3, BAS @ 7:00 pm RESCHEDULED DUE TO HANUKKAH
Thursday, December 6, BAS @ 7:00 p.m.
Tuesday, December 4, CHS @ 7:00 pm RESCHEDULED TO JANUARY 2
As to the upcoming public community meetings, it has also been suggested that they would be more productive if the first two focused on particular topics. We ask that the community focus only on the areas that are presented that evening so that we may drill down on those topics.
These meetings will be as follows:
October 30, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at CHS auditorium
Presentation Topics: budget, comprehensive middle school, comprehensive grade 3-5 building, K-2 buildings with full-day kindergarten
November 28, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at CHS auditorium
Presentation Topics: Transportation and District Configuration
December 17, 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm at CHS auditorium
Presentation Topic: Open Session
It is important that the public has ample opportunity to discuss, and, ultimately, decide whether this proposal is best for our children. We believe this new meeting schedule is the start of many opportunities for healthy dialogue. Remember, the ReimaginingCranford proposal will not move forward if the community is not in favor of it. The proposal can only be implemented if the community decides to vote for funding the capital costs associated with the plan through a referendum. While we feel there are a lot of benefits in the proposed plan, this is not and will not be a superintendent or Board of Education decision --it will be a community decision. All feedback and viewpoints are welcome!
Again, we look forward to engaging you in conversation about this proposal.