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  • Selected Board of Education Agenda Highlights from Tonight's Meeting

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 6/23/2022

    The following are highlights from the Board of Education tonight which marked the last meeting of the school year. There were multiple presentations made at the Board meeting this evening.

    The Board acknowledged BCSSSD Transition Student Armani Marino for the many achievements and dedication to the sport of soccer and who participated this month in the Special Olympics USA games in Florida where he and his teammates earned a Gold Medal.  We are so proud of Armani. Congratulations.

    The Board recognized a number of donations on the Board agenda. The Board is grateful to our community members and Burlington Chevrolet represented by John Broderick and Bob Deaton for their generosity and scholarships. Two students in the automotive technology program, Sammad Michel and Breon Turner, were honored with scholarships from Burlington Chevrolet.

    The Board, administration and staff are also grateful to Board member Anna Evans for her service on the Board and to our two Districts and to Assistant Superintendent Dr. Lisa English for her dedication and contributions to both districts and who will be moving on as the appointed superintendent of the Shore Regional School District effective the beginning of July.  Congratulations and thank you. A certificate of appreciation was presented to Ms. Evans and Dr. English.

    Dr. Nagy acknowledged the successful commencement ceremonies held for BCSSSD and BCIT over the past two weeks. He recognized the outstanding work of the administration, staff and student speakers and commencement participants which made the celebrations very special. We want to thank the Burlington County Commissioners, Senator Singleton and our Board of Education members for their participation and to our education foundations.

    Dr. Nagy noted that the Districts saw the end to the school year at BCSSSD earlier this week and the last day for teachers at BCIT was today.  What a year and much to celebrate while putting the pandemic as much as possible in our rearview mirror. We must remain vigilant and follow appropriate protocols put in place and endorsed by the CDC and BCDOH.  I want to thank all our staff, students and parents for working together to get through this year, which was the third year in a row that was interrupted by Covid-19.

    We say thank you to all of those staff whose retirements will be approved this evening. We wish all of you the very best and good health in your new endeavors.

    The Board approved updates to job descriptions, contract approvals, appointments and resignations. 

    The Board approved the Limited Certificate of Eligibility and Certificate of Eligibility with Advanced Standing Five Year Pilot with the NJDOE. This will provide us with flexibility for hard to fill certificated positions.

    The Board also approved statements of assurance, affiliation agreements and NJDOE Facility approval submissions as well as the addition of a few more special education classrooms based on growing enrollment and need.

    The next Board of Education meeting will be the reorganization meeting which will be virtual at 9am on July 7, 2022.

    The following are a few highlights of activities and honors announced during the past month:

    • Congratulations to our administrators and staff and students at BCSSSD for the outstanding NJQSAC Placement Results 2021 the Board approved.
    • BCAS was honored at the meeting of the Burlington County Commissioners this month for being re-certified as a National School of Character. They received a certificate at the meeting, which was attended by Dr. Holley, Principal Joan Barbagiovanni, and two staff members--Casey McMonagle and Jim Codianni. Congratulations to BCAS!
    • Our BCSSSD Education Foundation Trustees attended dedication ceremonies at BCAS for their newly added Zen Den & at Transitions for their Pioneer Cafe. Funding for these spaces was generously provided by the Foundation.
    • In cooperation with Tri-State K-9 Crisis Response Team, we have put together a short video showcasing our partnership with this wonderful organization and how it benefits our students and staff. The video features testimonials from students, staff members, and a Tri-State canine handler. 
    • Special Olympics Summer Games took place June 10th through 12th. Our swimming and track athletes had an outstanding showing: the swimming team took home 7 gold medals, 4 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals. The track team brought home 8 gold medals, 5 silver medals, and 3 bronze medals. The Pioneers had a lot of support from their coaches, family members, staff members, and administration. I had the opportunity to attend the events on Saturday and it was truly heartwarming to see the athletes perform their best with a huge cheering section behind them. Thank you to our dedicated staff who coach, coordinate, and support our athletes year-round!
    • Armani Marino from Transitions at BCSSSD participated in the Special Olympics USA games as part of Team NJ. Armani and Team NJ went the entire games without having a single goal scored on their team and went on to win the Gold Medal! Congratulations to Armani for representing NJ and BCSSSD at this event and for bringing home the Gold!
    • Transitions at BCSSSD has received the New Jersey School Boards Association's 2022 Innovations in Special Education Award! The Pioneer Posh program was selected from among 28 programs offered by public and private schools as an example of a successful, creative effort that enables special needs students to achieve their potential.
    • An article announcing Transitions Campus Pioneer Posh WBL experience winning an NJSBA Innovations in Special Education Award appeared in TapInto Mount Laurel.
    • Transitions has 22 students in paid Work-Based Learning and 13in the community for school-to-work. Total earnings to date are $59,135
    • Transitions at BCSSSD held their first ever Meet and Greet on June 9thfor the 28 new families and their young adults who are starting in Transitions in July. All the graduating students from the North and East campuses had a tour led by our Transition Ambassadors in May and June.
    • The Occupational Training Center has renewed a goal to develop a partnership with Transitions at BCSSSD. The OTC team came out to tour the Transition program on June 15th.  A few comments following the tour included, “The program you have developed is incredible” and “We were all very impressed by the programs that are in place for students, as well as to see how engaged they are with the programs.”  Transition staff will be doing a tour of the OTC programs on June 21st.
    • The last couple weeks of school offered opportunities for many End of Year celebrations for all of our students, especially our seniors, such as breakfasts, field days, and dances so they could socialize and celebrate with classmates before leaving for the summer. 
    • We are gearing up for our ESY, which will take place from July first through 29th.
    • Graduation celebrations took place last week (we had ceremonies in daycare, preschool, 8th grade, and all three of our high schools). We are so proud of all our graduates and wish them all the best in the future! Thank you to our dedicated staff who create memorable events and experiences for all of our graduates and their families.
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  • BCSSSD Director Dr. Bobbie Downs Published Article in Educational Viewpoints

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 6/7/2022

    This week, the Journal for the New Jersey Principal and Supervisors Association's  Educational Viewpoints published an article submitted by Dr. Bobbie Downs, Director of ESU, Related Services and Nursing among other county roles. The article is entitled Trauma Matters, For Parents, Too (found on pp. 14-16).  Congratulations Dr. Downs for this professional milestone which is a reflection on the important work our team is doing to support not only students and staff, but our parents as well.

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  • Board Honors Security Officers at Board Meeting

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 5/28/2022

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    At the monthly Board meeting on Thursday this week, the Board of Education honored two individuals who went over and beyond among our security personnel.  Dr. Nagy noted how fitting it was at the BoE meeting, with the assistance of the Director of Security, Veldon Harris that two school security officers be honored in the shadow of recent tragedies.  Sherman Boyd was honored as the Security Officer of the Year and who works on the Lumberton Campus. Terrence Graves was honored as the Security Lead Officer of the Year and is on the BCIT Medford Campus. We are grateful to them for their example, service and role models they play on their respective campuses to keep us safe and the environment orderly. Pictured with the honorees is Board President Leon Jones. 

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