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  • Board of Education Meeting Superintendent Agenda Highlights

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 4/19/2024

    There were two presentations made at the Board of Education meeting last evening. Dr. Nagy provided congratulations to Dr. Holley who after 5 years working in both districts as Assistant Superintendent was named by the Board as my successor as Superintendent of the BCIT and BCSSSD districts. Dr. Nagy noted that the districts will be in good hands. He also mentioned how he looks forward to supporting Dr. Holley, the administrative team and our two districts in the transition.  Dr. Nagy acknowledged Dr. Holley’s family who was in attendance and then asked Dr. Holley to say a few words to those in attendance.

    The second presentation that followed was only fitting that we recognize our Special Olympians in the Special Services School District after Dr. Holley’s comments.  Though all award-winning athletes could not make it last night, we had around 17 who were recognized as well as their coaches for the following sports:  bowling, basketball, volleyball, swimming and track. Dr. Nagy thanked our coaches, organizer Bethann Guenther-Misunas and Assistant Principal Roseatta Darcy who have worked closely with our special Olympics Program. Ms. Darcy has been amazing, but she will be moving out of state at the end of this school year. We wish her well and thank her for all of her contributions. Ms. Darcy came forward to introduce our coaches and Special Olympians by sport. Our Board President Tyler Burrell provided a certificate of accomplishment to each of the athletes after which a picture was taken.

    Speaking about the Olympics, BCIT has been asked to host the FIFA World Cup Committee next Thursday, April 25, 2024 from 5:30-7:30pm on a program dedicated to Diversity & Anti-Discrimination in Sports and a discussion about the planning of the Olympics in the USA, Mexico and Canada in 2026. The tickets are free, but registration is requested. Please see our social media or the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce website for more information and to register.

    Dr. Nagy congratulated all of the retirees on the agenda. On behalf of the Board, he wished them all the best and thank you for your years of service to our students and districts.

    Dr. Nagy also noted how honored he was this past week to attend the Annual Burlington County Principals and Supervisors Association Academic Awards Ceremony honoring the top students in each district. He mentioned how there was great representation for BCSSSD and BCIT.  Congratulations to all of our honorees.

    Both districts hosted blood drives over the past month. Dr. Nagy mentioned how honored he was to donate and did not faint. He thanked the Red Cross and our school nurses for the opportunity to allow us to participate and provide staff and opportunity to pay it forward.

    Dr. Nagy thanked each and every staff member on our campuses for the outstanding efforts to celebrate our students with autism and especially this month for National Autism Awareness which is being celebrated across the country.

    Dr. Nagy was happy to report that the District received some outstanding news yesterday prior to the Board meeting.  The New Jersey Department of Education awarded BCSSSD a $1,428,560 grant to promote assistance to students with disabilities transitioning from school to adult life. Dr. Holley and the administrative team and staff have worked hard to submit the application and work on innovative programs to promote skill development for the transition.

    This week, our own principal of the Alternative School at Mt. Laurel, Joan Barbagiovanni, successfully defended her doctoral dissertation and has earned the title of Doctor of Education. Congratulations Dr. Barbagiovanni.

    The Board took action on the names on the agenda for reappointment for the 2024-2025 school year as well as the approval of administrative leaves and other related personnel matters.

    The Board approved the statement of assurances for Voter registration for the buildings and acceptance of the Submission of the Statement of the Assurance for Lead Testing.

    A correction was voted on to make the change on the top of page 16 for after hours event staff pay. It should have been $47/hr. and not $40/hr.

    Dr. Nagy noted that the district and Board are abolishing the ESU supervisor position for reasons of economy and change in administrative organization.

     

     

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  • Board of Education Meeting Superintendent Agenda Highlights

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 3/22/2024

    There were two presentations made at the Board of Education meeting last evening. The first pertained to the Board’s desire to recognize key security personnel, nursing staff and administration who were among the first responders this past month whose actions saved the life of a staff member who lost consciousness and stopped breathing. They along with the cooperation of many other staff who did their job to retain students in classrooms allowed medical personnel to pick up where nurses and security personnel left off and were able to take the staff member to the hospital after being resuscitated. She is covering at home and looks forward to coming back to work. Dr. Nagy asked the audience and Board to please provide a warm round of applause of gratitude to those recognized in the audience for their heroic efforts:

    Security: Quincy Hendrix who administered CPR and his fellow colleagues who secured the area

    Administrators:   Principal Dennis Leigh

                                   Asst. Principal Mike Berger

                                 Asst. Principal Roseatta Darcy

              Director CST/Related Services/Nursing/ESU Dr. Bobbie Downs

     

    Nurses:  Connie Garrano

                    Diane Temple

                    Nora Kent

                    Lauren Johnson

    Pictures were taken of all with the Board.

    The second presentation was introduced by Assistant Superintendent Dr. Ashanti Holley regarding the latest promotional video for the BCSSSD district which was recently completed.

    The Board approved a number of retirees to whom Dr. Nagy thanked for their years of service and to wish them good health and happiness in the next chapter of their lives.

    Dr. Nagy thanked all the staff and students and administration for all of their efforts to celebrate CTE month this past month and Black History Month.

    This month is Women’s History Month and Dr. Nagy noted that buildings are celebrating the great women current and throughout history who have made significant contributions to the very fabric of who we are as Americans.

    Dr. Nagy encouraged the public to look at our updated Points of Pride on both District websites. The pages celebrate the outstanding efforts of our staff, students and Board to make our districts a special place to celebrate student excellence.

    The Board also approved policy and regulations as part of the regular course of business in the districts as well as Perkins V Postsecondary and Secondary Grant Amendments.

    After Dr. Nagy thanked our student representative Mekhi Green for his report on the various happenings on both of our BCSSSD Campuses he thanked him and noted how much we have to be proud of in the district.

    Dr. Nagy congratulated our Special Olympian Bowlers who earned the honor to compete in the state competition. He also noted that the Basketball team should be proud of their 4th place finish for the season while the Swim team is off to a great start earning a number of medals just in the first meet. Well done.

    Despite the weather, our Pioneer Band played out their hearts in the St. Patrick’s Day parade in Mt. Holly. We can’t wait for the Flamingo Day Parade around the school tomorrow.

    Congratulations to all of the students who were honored this month for marking period for their academic and overall performance.

    Dr. Nagy announced that he just learned yesterday that Dr. Bobbie Downs and members of the Tri-state Canine Unit have been selected to present their proposal at the NJASA/NJAPSA Spring Leadership Conference in Atlantic City in May. The topic of their presentation is: A Student’s Best Friend: Social-Emotional Learning through Animal Therapy Partnerships. Congratulations.

    Earlier in the morning of the Board meeting yesterday, Dr. Nagy mentioned that a few Board members and central administration staff including himself were honored and privileged to read to students in a few classes this morning as part of our focus on literacy and Read Across New Jersey. Dr. Nagy thanked all of those who volunteered from the community. It truly takes a village. In addition, I want to acknowledge all of the efforts of our therapists who provided various activities for the students to engage in to demonstrate how students are able to grow and meet their goals and objectives set forth for the year.

    Last, Dr. Nagy noted that on the agenda is the approval of an application to go to the NJDOE to engage in a significant grant application with the NJDOE to apply for the 2024 full year Maximizing Post School Outcomes for Students with Disabilities Grant for approximately $1,400,000 to fully implement a person-centered transitions program to service a minimum of 20 students. Dr. Nagy reminded those in attendance that they have heard time and again, our transition campus has done some amazing work and have transformed opportunities for our students to take college courses, be trained to work in paid and unpaid work-based learning experiences and place the campus on the map in the community and beyond because of the service work they do. This is a natural fit for us and we hope to obtain that grant. We are one of 7 special services school districts in the entire state.

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  • Board of Education Meeting Superintendent Agenda Discussion Items

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 3/2/2024

    At the Board meeting on Thursday evening there were two presentations.  Dr. Nagy thanked his two Assistant Superintendents Dr. Holley and Mr. Joseph for their informative presentations on Student Safety Data and interventions in both districts to address student disciplinary issues. The presentations are mandated twice a year by the New Jersey Department of Education. Dr. Nagy also acknowledged the great presentation by BCIT Medford Campus Principal, Michael Parker who provided a glimpse of the newest CTE program to be added in September 2024, Video Game Design and Esports. Dr. Nagy noted that we are really excited about this which has been two years in the making with construction being completed this summer for the new classroom space.  

    The Board approved the 2024-2025 school calendars. Dr. Nagy thanked all of the administrators and members of the respective associations for the feedback and the dialogue which took place over the past two months. He also thanked all who contributed to the updated BCIT and BCSSSD Points of Pride Brochures on the respective District webpages. These are incredible reflections of the exceptional work done on all of the campuses.

    The Board approved the submission of the Teacher Climate and Culture-Competitive Grant Application to the New Jersey Department of Education as well as partnership agreements, first and second readings of policies and regulations and BCIT amendments for ESSER II/ARP and ESSER III and the performance report.  The Board also approved the tuition rates for the 2024-2025 school year of which the Alternative Briggs Road Middle School tuition should reflect $29,000, the corrected amount. BCIT and adult education rates were also approved. Furthermore, the Board due to the interest in our Special Services School District, approved the proposal to add an autism classroom on the West campus. 

    The Board approved a number of retirements to whom Dr. Nagy wished them the very best and gratitude for all of their contributions. He noted that the districts are in a better place because of their contributions.

    Dr. Nagy noted that there will be a Special Board of Education meeting on March 7th at 8:30am and it will be virtual. The focus of this brief meeting will be on the approval of the BCIT and BCSSSD 2024-2025 budgets.

    Dr. Nagy noted that the night of the Board meeting, the last day of February, represents an inflection point for this school year.  It is February 29th and a leap year and it is the last day of a month that is nationally dedicated to career and technical education which we celebrate each and every day in both districts. Furthermore, our districts are dedicated to celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion and this is the last day of a month dedicated to celebrating nationally Black History Month and the rich and diverse cultural experiences that enrich our daily lives and our curricula.  We are proud of the work of our students and staff as highlighted in our social media posts.

    Following these remarks, Dr. Nagy shared a message at the Board meeting that he shared this week with the Board of Education regarding the announcement of his retirement effective July 1, 2024 which can be found on his blog dated March 1st and on the District website. See below:

    Dear BCIT and BCSSSD Board of Education and Educational Community,

     It is with mixed emotions that I tender my notification of retirement effective July 1, 2024 as the Superintendent of Schools for the Burlington County Institute of Technology and Burlington County Special Services School Districts. I have enthusiastically served the children and families from across our entire County and will be sad to leave the districts, staff, students, community and work that I dedicated my life here to create a future of innovation, ongoing academic achievement, social and emotional wellbeing, engagement, safety and pride to be a graduate of BCIT or BCSSSD. All one has to do is look at our Points of Pride located on our respective district websites – they are a testament to the hard work of all in our districts and partnerships with our community.

    I have had the honor to serve the Board of Education, our District employees, and the families and students of BCIT and BCSSSD for nearly ten years, eight of which were as superintendent. During that time period, together we have truly embraced a growth mindset and focus on providing our very best to the students and staff to position them to be able to flourish and perform at their very best levels. This was despite a pandemic which we embraced as an opportunity and not an obstacle. I cannot thank enough the efforts of my team of dedicated central staff members without whom over the past four years we could not have addressed a number of the headwinds and challenges during the pandemic and post-pandemic era.  I would like to start with Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Holley who has had oversight of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and oversight of the BCSSSD district operations. Her leading efforts positioned BCIT to earn the recognition of a Lighthouse District for Equity from the NJDOE.  I want to thank our other Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Joseph for his ongoing efforts to take the lead on the BCIT district side and to assure the ongoing success and that the positive momentum continue; Heather Cooper for all of her efforts and that of her team to address personnel related issues given that prior to her arrival, we did not have a dedicated personnel team in place; and Andrew Willmott, Business Administrator who has helped both districts enter into a number of grants during the pandemic, expansion grant of BCIT, state of the art playground planning and dedication at BCSSSD, signage, HVAC projects, new BCIT program renovations and  successful annual audits which reflect his attention to financial details.  It truly takes a village.

    Having worked closely with the Board of Education, they can be proud of being honored with the Economic Development award from the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the South Jersey Best of Biz for Technical Education as well as a Lighthouse House District for Equity by the New Jersey Department of Education as well as ongoing recognition of both districts for their rankings, national honors and best practices in the State.

    When looking at our mission for both districts, namely, Discovering our Potential, I am proud that we as a central office team and cadre of dedicated and forward-thinking building level administrators made educational decisions based on a commitment to excellence, diversity, equity, inclusivity and opportunity to be the change staff and students wish to see in the world.  We can be proud to boast that our schools have received an honorable mention if not recognition as a State or Country recognized School of Character.  Both our districts are beneficiaries of the administration, staff, students and the community working together.

    Looking back, I remember starting in the Adult Education Division ten years ago when we had no apprentices. Today, the adult division is Middle States Accredited, offers Federal Financial Aid and has 69 apprentices.

    Soon after becoming the superintendent, I remember the pioneering work we did to create the transition campus at BCSSSD and partnership with RCBC to allow students to take college courses on the campus. I affectionately refer to BCSSSD as campuses where miracles happen. I reflect upon that time where many students were only able to communicate a few words and now that has expanded considerably.  I remember students in walkers and uncommunicative only to run up and receive their certificate of attendance while saying thank you this past year.  It is not by chance but because of the dedication of all of our staff. Since that time, we have seen our programs and innovations and use of technology grow exponentially receiving great press and accolades from the parents and school districts who send students to us.

    Yet, BCIT and BCSSSD were relatively unknown.  To address this reality, I remember the efforts we had taken to adopt and train our administrators on social media channels and to encourage outreach to the community. We have enjoyed robust coverage on multi-media platforms since that time and have kept the community informed. As part of the effort, we also adopted a new branding campaign with our “B” logo which now is recognized everywhere.  BCIT and BCSSSD are now a known force within the County.

    At BCIT, we made significant advancements adding many new Career and Technical Education programs including Video Game Design which will be added in the Fall. In addition, we are in the midst of the $20 million physical expansion of the footprint of both campuses to accommodate the growth in our programs.  Looking back eight years, as an educational futurist, a vision was set in motion to prepare a pathway for staff and students to embrace a world that would be known to be disruptive and unpredictable driven by technology. To that end, we adopted virtual reality and extended reality long before any school district embraced such immersive technologies. This summer and early Fall we embraced the need to adapt to the artificial intelligence advancements and all staff were trained on AI tools. We adopted a 1:1 Chromebook environment at BCIT and trained all staff two years before the pandemic to engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning. We were among the first in the country to offer a 1:1 in a CTE environment. When the pandemic hit, we were ready to go the following day to shift to remote. During the pandemic, we accelerated our learning of new apps and pedagogy and social and emotional connections to learning and wellbeing that allowed us to successfully migrate through those challenging years without missing a beat. In fact, recently we were just recognized as being ranked #2 and #3 among all high schools in Burlington County on various metrics including achievement. All of this is not by chance, but it is because of our creative, innovative, competent, forward-thinking, adaptable and solutions-oriented staff and support staff.

    We together, with our team of administrators, teachers, support staff, and operational personnel, have truly contributed to the transformation of our two districts into desirable future ready schools where students from around the county recognize the value of what a BCIT or BCSSSD education provides.

    We also could not do the work we do without the support of one of our biggest fans, Senator Singleton whose ongoing support has opened so many doors for our students and staff and community members.  To our Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson and Board of Commissioners, we thank you for your vote of confidence in the work that we do and the mission we serve to all of our students entrusted to us.  As we look at our campuses today, we are grateful to have a State-of -the-Art playground now at BCSSSD for the community to enjoy; a new building project at BCIT and a federal grant dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our students and staff at BCIT, secure buildings, HVAC systems among many other projects that have contributed to a positive and engaging environment for learning and flourishing all thanks to Senator Singleton and our Commissioners.

    As superintendent, I thank our dedicated parents for entrusting us with their children.  Parents are true partners with our educational community to inspire our young people to pursue their dreams and work to their best potential.  The journey has not been easy, but we all adopted a mindset that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations, and the belief that obstacles can become the way.  I am reminded that as an educator and servant leader, there is no limit to what a district or where a district can go if it does not mind who gets the credit – the credit goes to my central office team, district and building level administrators, teachers, staff, the Board, the Commissioners, Senator Singleton and our community who working together are dedicated to the promotion of excellence for our students who in the end, are our primary focus. 

    It is my hope that the districts are in a much better position than when I came 10 years ago.  It has also been my life’s journey to inspire others to be better iterations of themselves tomorrow than today and to prepare our young people to be informed and productive citizens. Our mission has been to position staff and students to be better prepared to embrace the future that does not yet exist and to be in a position to have agency to create the future in which one wants to work, learn and thrive. At the end of this school year, I will be honored to join our graduates as we look to a new horizon and new ventures while graduating together. 

    I would like to personally thank each Board of Education member, present and former, for the opportunity to serve you and work alongside you. You are caring and dedicated professionals who give selflessly of your time and energy. We engage in important and worthwhile work that is focused on improving the lives of our children and families. This Board has never lost sight of this mission and calling to be a public servant to support students entrusted to us.

    It has and will continue to be an honor to serve in these districts and with our dedicated Board and very capable leadership team in whom I have confidence until the end of this school year when they will enthusiastically embrace and build upon earlier successes. Any accomplishments we have achieved over the years whether personal or districtwide for BCIT and BCSSSD could not have been achieved without the hard work, dedication, and talent of the Board, administration, staff, parents and the community rowing together and in the same direction for it certainly takes a village to support each and every student entrusted to us. Thank you for allowing me to be your superintendent of schools.

    Gratefully yours,

                                
    Dr. Christopher Nagy
    Superintendent of Schools
    Burlington County Special Services School District
    Burlington County Institute of Technology 

    In addition to the report by our student representative Mehki Greene which Dr. Nagy read in the student’s absence, Dr. Nagy highlighted that it is that time of the year again when our Special Services School District will celebrate Read Across New Jersey with the theme: Down on the Farm. This will take place on the West campus on Thursday, March 21st from 9:45-12:00 noon. Board members should notify my assistant if you are interested in reading.  Dr. Nagy emphasized how he always looks forward to this opportunity each year.

    Dr. Nagy also noted that in response to a personnel meeting before the last Board of Education meeting, he is asking for a motion from the Board of Education regarding the rejection of the appeal of a BCSSSD staff member pursuant to the presentation to the Board and affirmation of placement on the salary guide.

     

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  • An Important Message From Dr. Nagy

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 3/1/2024

    Dear BCSSSD Parents, Guardians and Educational Community,

    At last evening’s Board of Education meeting, with mixed emotions, I tendered my notification of retirement effective July 1, 2024 as the Superintendent of Schools for the Burlington County Institute of Technology and Burlington County Special Services School Districts. I have enthusiastically served the children and families from across our entire County and will be sad to leave the districts, staff, students, community and work that I dedicated my life here to create a future of innovation, ongoing academic achievement, social and emotional wellbeing, engagement, safety and pride to be a graduate of BCIT or BCSSSD. All one has to do is look at our Points of Pride located on our respective district websites – they are a testament to the hard work of all in our districts and partnerships with our community.

    I have had the honor to serve the Board of Education, our District employees, and the families and students of BCIT and BCSSSD for nearly ten years, eight of which were as superintendent. During that time period, together we have truly embraced a growth mindset and focus on providing our very best to the students and staff to position them to be able to flourish and perform at their very best levels. This was despite a pandemic which we embraced as an opportunity and not an obstacle. I cannot thank enough the efforts of my team of dedicated central staff members without whom over the past four years we could not have addressed a number of the headwinds and challenges during the pandemic and post-pandemic era.  I would like to start with Assistant Superintendent, Dr. Holley who has had oversight of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion efforts and oversight of the BCSSSD district operations. Her leading efforts positioned BCIT to earn the recognition of a Lighthouse District for Equity from the NJDOE.  I want to thank our other Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Joseph for his ongoing efforts to take the lead on the BCIT district side and to assure the ongoing success and that the positive momentum continue; Heather Cooper for all of her efforts and that of her team to address personnel related issues given that prior to her arrival, we did not have a dedicated personnel team in place; and Andrew Willmott, Business Administrator who has helped both districts enter into a number of grants during the pandemic, expansion grant of BCIT, state of the art playground planning and dedication at BCSSSD, signage, HVAC projects, new BCIT program renovations and  successful annual audits which reflect his attention to financial details.  It truly takes a village.

    Having worked closely with the Board of Education, they can be proud of being honored with the Economic Development award from the Burlington County Regional Chamber of Commerce and the South Jersey Best of Biz for Technical Education as well as a Lighthouse House District for Equity by the New Jersey Department of Education as well as ongoing recognition of both districts for their rankings, national honors and best practices in the State.

    When looking at our mission for both districts, namely, Discovering our Potential, I am proud that we as a central office team and cadre of dedicated and forward-thinking building level administrators made educational decisions based on a commitment to excellence, diversity, equity, inclusivity and opportunity to be the change staff and students wish to see in the world.  We can be proud to boast that our schools have received an honorable mention if not recognition as a State or Country recognized School of Character.  Both our districts are beneficiaries of the administration, staff, students and the community working together.

    Looking back, I remember starting in the Adult Education Division ten years ago when we had no apprentices. Today, the adult division is Middle States Accredited, offers Federal Financial Aid and has 69 apprentices.

    Soon after becoming the superintendent, I remember the pioneering work we did to create the transition campus at BCSSSD and partnership with RCBC to allow students to take college courses on the campus. I affectionately refer to BCSSSD as campuses where miracles happen. I reflect upon that time where many students were only able to communicate a few words and now that has expanded considerably.  I remember students in walkers and uncommunicative only to run up and receive their certificate of attendance while saying thank you this past year.  It is not by chance but because of the dedication of all of our staff. Since that time, we have seen our programs and innovations and use of technology grow exponentially receiving great press and accolades from the parents and school districts who send students to us.

    Yet, BCIT and BCSSSD were relatively unknown.  To address this reality, I remember the efforts we had taken to adopt and train our administrators on social media channels and to encourage outreach to the community. We have enjoyed robust coverage on multi-media platforms since that time and have kept the community informed. As part of the effort, we also adopted a new branding campaign with our “B” logo which now is recognized everywhere.  BCIT and BCSSSD are now a known force within the County.

    At BCIT, we made significant advancements adding many new Career and Technical Education programs including Video Game Design which will be added in the Fall. In addition, we are in the midst of the $20 million physical expansion of the footprint of both campuses to accommodate the growth in our programs.  Looking back eight years, as an educational futurist, a vision was set in motion to prepare a pathway for staff and students to embrace a world that would be known to be disruptive and unpredictable driven by technology. To that end, we adopted virtual reality and extended reality long before any school district embraced such immersive technologies. This summer and early Fall we embraced the need to adapt to the artificial intelligence advancements and all staff were trained on AI tools. We adopted a 1:1 Chromebook environment at BCIT and trained all staff two years before the pandemic to engage in synchronous and asynchronous learning. We were among the first in the country to offer a 1:1 in a CTE environment. When the pandemic hit, we were ready to go the following day to shift to remote. During the pandemic, we accelerated our learning of new apps and pedagogy and social and emotional connections to learning and wellbeing that allowed us to successfully migrate through those challenging years without missing a beat. In fact, recently we were just recognized as being ranked #2 and #3 among all high schools in Burlington County on various metrics including achievement. All of this is not by chance, but it is because of our creative, innovative, competent, forward-thinking, adaptable and solutions-oriented staff and support staff.

    We together, with our team of administrators, teachers, support staff, and operational personnel, have truly contributed to the transformation of our two districts into desirable future ready schools where students from around the county recognize the value of what a BCIT or BCSSSD education provides.

    We also could not do the work we do without the support of one of our biggest fans, Senator Singleton whose ongoing support has opened so many doors for our students and staff and community members.  To our Commissioner Director Felicia Hopson and Board of Commissioners, we thank you for your vote of confidence in the work that we do and the mission we serve to all of our students entrusted to us.  As we look at our campuses today, we are grateful to have a State-of -the-Art playground now at BCSSSD for the community to enjoy; a new building project at BCIT and a federal grant dedicated to the health and wellbeing of our students and staff at BCIT, secure buildings, HVAC systems among many other projects that have contributed to a positive and engaging environment for learning and flourishing all thanks to Senator Singleton and our Commissioners.

    As superintendent, I thank our dedicated parents for entrusting us with their children.  Parents are true partners with our educational community to inspire our young people to pursue their dreams and work to their best potential.  The journey has not been easy, but we all adopted a mindset that difficult roads often lead to beautiful destinations, and the belief that obstacles can become the way.  I am reminded that as an educator and servant leader, there is no limit to what a district or where a district can go if it does not mind who gets the credit – the credit goes to my central office team, district and building level administrators, teachers, staff, the Board, the Commissioners, Senator Singleton and our community who working together are dedicated to the promotion of excellence for our students who in the end, are our primary focus. 

    It is my hope that the districts are in a much better position than when I came 10 years ago.  It has also been my life’s journey to inspire others to be better iterations of themselves tomorrow than today and to prepare our young people to be informed and productive citizens. Our mission has been to position staff and students to be better prepared to embrace the future that does not yet exist and to be in a position to have agency to create the future in which one wants to work, learn and thrive. At the end of this school year, I will be honored to join our graduates as we look to a new horizon and new ventures while graduating together. 

    I would like to personally thank each Board of Education member, present and former, for the opportunity to serve you and work alongside you. You are caring and dedicated professionals who give selflessly of your time and energy. We engage in important and worthwhile work that is focused on improving the lives of our children and families. This Board has never lost sight of this mission and calling to be a public servant to support students entrusted to us.

    It has and will continue to be an honor to serve in these districts and with our dedicated Board and very capable leadership team in whom I have confidence until the end of this school year when they will enthusiastically embrace and build upon earlier successes. Any accomplishments we have achieved over the years whether personal or districtwide for BCIT and BCSSSD could not have been achieved without the hard work, dedication, and talent of the Board, administration, staff, parents and the community rowing together and in the same direction for it certainly takes a village to support each and every student entrusted to us. Thank you for allowing me to be your superintendent of schools.

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  • Board of Education Superintendent Agenda Highlights

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 1/26/2024

    At the Board meeting last night, there were two presentations made.  The first was made by the Principal of the Transition Campus for BCSSSD Mary Jean Kneringer and two of her staff who run the curriculum-based instruction paid and unpaid and job placements. Dr. Nagy thanked Ms. Kneringer and her team for an excellent overview of the impactful work taking place on the Transition Campus in our Special Services School District.

     

    The second presentation was introduced by Dr. Nagy.  He took the time to read a resolution on the agenda dedicated to the Board as part of New Jersey School Boards Association’s recognition of school board members across the state. Dr. Nagy honored the BoE members for their dedicated service and presented each with a certificate of appreciation. Please see below the years of service:

     

    Tyler Burrell, President    3 years

    Robert Brittain, VP           15 years

    Raymond Marini                4 years

    Odise Carr                            2 years

    Tiffany Cohen                      1 year

    Dr. Charles McCabe            1 year

    Michelle Parker                   4 years

     

     

    Dr. Nagy congratulated the retirees on the agenda. He wished them good health and happiness in their next endeavors.  He also thanked them for their years of service and dedication to the students and district.

     

    The current calendars for both districts have been updated and were approved to respond to changes based on two school closure days last week.

     

    Dr. Nagy thanked the building administrators, staff and students for their thoughtful and creative ways to celebrate the life and message of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. this month.

     

    The Board approved the Statement of Assurance for Paraprofessionals, the Student Safety Data Submission (SSDS), the revision of the MOA between Education and Law Enforcement Officials.

     

    The Board also approved a number of curriculum revisions and an affiliation agreement as well as a number of ROD Grants and a bus grant and authorization for re-bid BCIT roof replacement work.

     

    There was one item on the addendum and the Board approved the local recreation improvement grant.

     

    Dr. Nagy acknowledged Mekhi Greene, the student representative to the Board who did a great job to present the various accomplishments across the campuses this past month and give us a glimpse to what is around the corner.

     

    Dr. Nagy also acknowledged the special Olympians as they compete and bring home medals to capture their excellent performances. He expressed gratitude to all who made the holidays special with the Holiday Show and Craft Fair. It was a night to remember.  He also underscored how particularly happy he is that all of staff at BCAS were trained in Youth Mental Health First Aid. He stressed that we must be prepared for the unexpected. Last, Dr. Nagy congratulated the  Transition Campus work-based learning students who continue to break records in placements and money earned.

     

    As the final part of his remarks, Dr. Nagy recognized Bayley Hickey, adaptive physical education teacher, who just heard that next month he will be honored by the New Jersey Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance with the h2024 Adapted Physical Education Teacher of the Year award. Congratulations.

     

     

     
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  • Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Remembered

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 1/15/2024
    Today there will be no school to honor the pioneering work of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. who is remembered more than 50 years later after his death. Students on all campuses have engaged in writing exercises, videos, speeches, and artwork to commemorate the life of Dr. King.  In an era without the assistance of social media, Dr. King influenced the nation before his life was prematurely taken.  One of his defining moments was when he led a march and protest in Washington, D.C. in 1963 among other protests to promote nonviolent awareness regarding racial inequality. He is best known among many speeches for his "I have a Dream Speech" which addressed injustice and served as a challenge to respect one another and treat all equally.  The following year in 1964, Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize for his fight against racial inequality.  

    We are very proud of the commitment of our administration and staff to support the District's commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Dr. King's civil rights movement is a defining moment in United States history and his message is very important and relevant more so than ever today that injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere and defines the importance of ending racial inequality. 

     

    Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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  • New Jersey School Boards Magazine Recognizes Innovative Practices of District in Latest Leadership Magazine

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 1/3/2024

    In the winter edition of Leadership Magazine produced by the New School Boards Association, BCIT and BCSSSD were recognized for innovative practices to leverage immersive technologies to enhance student learning, engagement and executive brain functioning.  We are fortunate to have the opportunity for various technology platforms to address specific needs of students or programs. BCIT and BCSSSD are taking the lead as we prepare students today with an eye toward the future, but in the present. Congratulations to all the staff and administration for all the efforts made.  
     
     
    Chris

    Dr. Christopher Nagy

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  • Board of Education Meeting Agenda Highlights

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 12/15/2023

    Last night at the Board meeting, Dr. Nagy acknowledged a presentation made by Mr. Jesse Pappler for the impressive statistics on the important work of our BCIT Postsecondary Adult Education Division.  It was very informative and the work is so important to provide adults the ability to reskill, upskill, change career paths, re-enter the workforce or be an apprentice and earn stackable industry credentials much like our high school students. The Middle States Accreditation and the Federal Financial Aid are the latest advances to provide adults affordable ways to learn and earn.   Excellent work.

    Last week, our Board President, Mr. Burrell and Vice President Mr. Brittain, joined the administration in both districts to visit the campuses across the district in a surprise visit to present flowers and announce the campus winners for the Teacher of the Year, Educational Services Professional of the Year and Teacher Assistant of the Year.  We congratulate all of our honorees.  You can visit my blog or our social media pages to see who won.  Congratulations to all. This is indeed and honor which is well deserved.

    On behalf of the Board, I recognized our retirees on the agenda and wished them good health and best wishes in their next endeavors.

    The Board approved a few job descriptions on the agenda for approval as well as policies and Statement of Assurance for the School Safety and Security Plans for each school district which reflects work done since the start of the school year on our campuses, approval of ESSER Funds, Perkins Amendments, MOUs with educational agencies, and curriculum approvals.  

    The administration in both districts have been working collectively to update emergency procedures, crisis communication plan, and related organizational chart and messaging to parents, staff and students in the event of a crisis that necessitates involvement of police, lockdowns of campuses and potential implementation plan for reunification of students to parents as was done at the Medford case back in September.

    On behalf of the Board of Education, Dr. Nagy wished all a Happy Holiday and Happy New Year filled with good health, blessings, peace and joy in your hearts and families.  Students have a half day next Friday, December 21st and will return on January 2, 2024.

     

    In addition to items presented by our student representative to the Board Mekhi Greene, Dr. Nagy highlighted the following items:

    Dr. Nagy congratulated Mekhi for having completed his first RCBC course and with an excellent grade. We are proud of this partnership with RCBC to allow students who meet the qualifications to take college courses on the college campus.

    Dr. Nagy noted that tonight is a special night which is a night to remember.  Festivities will begin after the Board meeting, followed by a Holiday Craft Fair in the BCSSSD West building at 6pm and a Holiday Show at 7pm. We thank our administration, staff, Sodexo and students for all of their work to make this night so special.

    Dr. Nagy thanked members of the former Education Foundation who, for years since 1996 when originally established, have dedicated their lives to helping our students and staff with financial support, scholarships, purchase of equipment, graduation gifts, character education awards, state of art technology, campus food drives and payment for the respites throughout each school year to name a few. The Foundation, as part of its last work as a Foundation in 2023, has earmarked funds to support this year’s and next year’s respites. We thank all of the foundation members and those who have passed and who were integral founders of the original Ed Foundation. Their contributions will be felt for many years.

    The Board approved the submission for the Limited CE/CEAS Five-Year Pilot application and Data Collection which provides flexibility to individuals considering hard to fill positions in the district with certain flexibility for certification in that specialized area of need.

    Next year, BCSSSD will undergo a NJDOE QSAC review. Dr. Holley and the administrators have already started to plan for next year’s process following on the heal of BCIT.

    We are so grateful to one of our former students and accomplished artist, Jonathan Wynn who has decided to donate a number of his pieces from his Art Gallery to BCSSSD. We dedicated a space in the main hallway on the West Campus. One piece is there now, and we are awaiting the others to be picked up.  This is so inspirational.  The art is amazing. The Board accepted the donation of Jonathan’s artwork.

    It has been a busy month at BCSSSD on the career fair efforts. There were two career fairs held this month, one in person for all positions and another just for Teacher Assistants.

    The Board approved of the BCSSDEA Teacher Assistant and Hourly Guides. This represents a great step forward as the guides represent the increase in the NJ minimum wage.

     
    Chris

    Dr. Christopher Nagy

     

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  • Governor Educator of Year Honorees Announced on BCSSSD Campuses

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 12/8/2023

    Throughout the morning today, Board of Education President Tyler Burrell and Board Vice President Robert Brittain accompanied Superintendent Dr. Christopher Nagy, Assistant Superintendents Dr. Holley and Mr. Joseph and building level administrators on a walk across all campuses to announce, in person, the winners of the Governor's Educator of the Year Awards for 2023-2024.  Each honoree received a bouquet of flowers from the Board and will be honored at a County Program.  A representative in each category from the District will be forwarded to the NJDOE to be considered for the County Teacher of the Year selection process.  The categories are for Teacher of the Year and Educational Services Professional of the Year.

    On behalf of the Board of Education and administration, I would like to extend to our honorees, heartfelt congratulations. There is no greater honor than to be recognized by one's own colleagues for their dedication, passion to make a difference in the lives of children and students, contributions to the District and value he/she brings to the team of professionals in the building.  This is an honor well deserved and brings joy to the individuals and the profession. Congratulations! 

     

    Westampton Campus

     Teachers:

    East Wing: Mr. Brian Boyle

    North Wing: Ms. Barbara Yanoschak

    South Wing: Mary Beth Winnick

     

    Educational Services Professional of the Year:

    East Wing: Ms. Stephaine Downey

    North Wing: Carol Moscarello

    South Wing: Kathleen Nizio

     

    Teacher Assistants: 

    East Wing: Donald Cabello

    North Wing: Martha Savoia

    South Wing: Keith Jones

     

    ESU

     Teacher of the Year:

     Ms. Celeste Bonfanti- Teacher of the Deaf

     Educational Services Professional of the Year:

    Ms. Maureen Tornetta- Physical Therapist

     

    Transition Campus

     Teacher of the Year:

    Becky McIntyre- Teacher

    Teacher Assistant: 

    Tami Clark- Teacher Assistant

     

    Chris 

    Dr. Christopher Nagy

     

     

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  • November Board of Education Meeting Superintendent Agenda Remarks

    Posted by Dr. Nagy on 11/17/2023

    At the Board of Education meeting last evening, Dr. Nagy thanked the Alternative School at Mt. Laurel Principal Joan Barbagiovanni, her staff and student and the student’s parents for the great presentation this evening on their program and the dedication of the staff to support a student in recovery and who found hope through the staff. It was a powerful and inspiring presentation.

    Dr. Nagy recognized our retirees on the agenda and wished them good health and best wishes in their next endeavors.

    The Board approved Dr. Nagy’s addition to the superintendent agenda of AL for a degree status change and agreed upon the financial difference.

    Dr. Nagy noted that the Board of Education meeting for December will be on December 14th in the Rutgers Room across the street in the Board Office building and, due to the BCSSSD concert and Holiday Craft Fair, the Board meeting will begin at 4pm.

    The Board approved the revised job descriptions for Network Technician/Administrator, Computer Technician, Coordinator of Cooperative Education and Job Placement Non-Hazardous and Teacher of Criminal Justice.

    The Board approved the revised policy pertaining to School Organizations and approval of the revised Staff handbook for both BCIT and BCSSSD.

    The Board approved a very small revision to the 2023-2024 school calendar for BCSSSD to now include a Parent Teacher Evening Conference on February 13, 2024.

     

    This month, our BOE student representative was not able to attend the meeting and, on his behalf, Dr. Nagy read Mekhi Greene’s report.  He then added the following items:

    Dr. Nagy provided a note of congratulations to teacher assistant Sandi Wilcox, who was featured in the NJEA November Review Magazine. It was very befitting to honor her military service and many efforts in the classroom during this month of Military Appreciation where our OTs and Speech Therapist have engaged for the 13th year on a student writing campaign to our veterans.  Dr. Nagy pointed to the display at the corner of the room of student letters to our service men and women.

    It was befitting this month at the Board meeting since the Alternative School at Mt. Laurel campus was featured at the Board meeting, Dr. Nagy congratulated Caitlin Flemming who was selected by Senator Stanfield and Assembleymen Torrissi, Jr. and Brandon Umba as the September Senior Student Spotlight. 

    Dr. Nagy noted that the administration is excited that the district will be participating in the NJ School Climate Survey as part of the DREAMS initiative. The Board approved this application.

    Pursuant to anticipated resignations or retirements, the Board approved, as part of a restructuring, the new job description and title of Assistant Director of the Educational Services Unit.

    Dr. Nagy noted at the end of his remarks that as we look toward next week, on behalf of the Board and administration, I wish all of you the very best for a Happy Thanksgiving and quality time with family and friends. We also remember those in our military services and those who we have lost during the past year and who we hold dear in our hearts. 

     

     

     

     

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