These highlights are an unofficial summary of actions taken and topics discussed during the public session of the Princeton Public Schools Board of Education meeting on July 27. 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.
Highlights from July 27, 2021
The Princeton Board of Education met on Tuesday, July 27, to discuss Special Education, Superintendent Carol Kelley's plans for her first 100 days, and a proposed Health and Safety Referendum for urgent capital needs.
PPS parents from the Princeton Special Education Parent Advisory Group (SEPAG) presented a "call to action" and touched on some significant points in the recent review of special education programs in Princeton Public Schools. SEPAG (formerly the Special Education PTO) is a group that seeks to engage, educate, and empower. The systemic issues they seek to correct affect nearly one in five students with disabilities and/or learning differences (with IEPs or 504 plans). The Board thanked parents Lindsay Kruse, Ginny Bryant, Joanna Canty Wuehr, and Julie Cho for their excellent presentation.
The Board welcomed Superintendent Carol Kelley for her first official Board of Education meeting. Dr. Kelley began by noting that it is her goal to have all students be in-person for full days, including lunch, starting from the first day of school.
She then described her plans to ensure a smooth transition within her first 100 days as superintendent. By September 1, she would like all parents to be aware of back-to-school details. She would like a minimum of 65 percent of internal and external stakeholders to understand the district's position on equity and anti-racism by December 1. She would like a minimum of 75 percent of parents and community groups to be involved in Building on the BEST of Princeton by December 1. She plans to ensure that a minimum of 75 percent of internal stakeholders feel listened to, heard, and informed by December 1. In addition, Dr. Kelley shared strategies and tactics (see below) for some of her 100-day goals.
- District News