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The Princeton Youth Advisory Council, which advises the Princeton Mayor and Council on issues of interest to youth in the community, is sponsoring a public forum on March 11 at 5 PM.

The topic is "Town Strategies to Address the Effects of the Pandemic on the Well Being of Students." There will be four panelists. We hope you can attend! The Zoom link will be posted soon.

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Moody's Investor Services reaffirmed its Aaa bond rating for Princeton Public Schools this week The rating agency announced recently that it had modified its methodology to determine the credit ratings of public school districts nationwide, a move that had the potential to affect the bond ratings, both positively and negatively, of more than 600 school districts across the country.

"The underlying finances of Princeton Public Schools are very strong," said Dr. Barry Galasso, Interim Superintendent. "We continue to make prudent decisions that serve this district well. We are pleased that we are not looking at any change in our Aaa credit rating." There are only a few other districts in New Jersey with the Aaa rating from Moody's, the highest possible rating.

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Following a comprehensive nationwide search, the Princeton Board of Education is pleased to announce that Dr. Carol Kelley has been selected as the next Superintendent of Schools for the Princeton Public Schools. Dr. Kelley’s appointment will be voted on by the Princeton Board of Education at a public meeting tonight, February 18. Once approved by the Board of Education, Dr. Kelley will assume her role as Superintendent on July 1, 2021.

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Last fall, Andrea Dinan, the district’s director of service learning and experiential programs, was in search of meaningful volunteer projects that students could undertake during the Covid pandemic when she happened across a posting on an Arabic studies listserv looking for English teachers to help Egyptian pupils with reading. When she replied to the posting to offer help, Dr. Dinan was surprised to learn there could be as many as 900 pupils from the Diwan School in Bani Serif, near Cairo, who would participate. 

Read Post about Ideas Center: PHS Students Provide Friday Tutoring Sessions for Egyptian Children
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Dear PPS Parents and Staff,

With the support of the Princeton Board of Education, I sent a letter today to Governor Murphy encouraging him to expedite Covid vaccinations for New Jersey educators. In this district we feel strongly that a delay in protecting teachers results in a further reliance on remote instruction, something we all hope to minimize. We are reaching out to other elected officials and continuing to work hard on behalf of PPS students and staff.

I have included a copy of our message to the Governor (below).

Barry Galasso
Interim Superintendent

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These highlights are an unofficial  summary  of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools  Board  of Education on January 26, 2021. They are intended to provide timely information to our community, but they do not represent an official accounting of the meeting.  Official minutes will be approved by the  Board  at its next meeting.  

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PPS is implementing a new procedure for Zoom meetings that will start on Tuesday, January 19. Many students are already following these procedures. Thank you to everyone who logs into Zoom through PPS link and signs in with a district account.

If you need a refresher on how to get into a Zoom class (or if your student has not been signing in to Zoom with a district account) here are instructions for iPads, Chromebooks and MacBooks.

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The Princeton Board of Education held its reorganization meeting on January 5, 2021, and we are pleased to welcome continuing members, Beth Behrend and Michele-Tuck Ponder, and Jean Durbin who joins us for her first term. Beth Behrend will return as Board President, joined by Dafna Kendal as Vice President. Betsy Baglio, Debbie Bronfeld, Daniel Dart, Susan Kanter, Peter Katz and Brian McDonald continue their service. 

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Stephenie Tidwell came to education by way of banking, so she knows a lot about applications of mathematics in the financial sector. That knowledge of the uses of mathematics in the real world will help her as she sets about a curricular review in Princeton’s mathematics program intended to broaden participation by creating new course opportunities, particularly at the high school level.

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