Superintendent’s Message August 2019
Dear Parents and Staff,
It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to the Jersey City Public Schools. I am very excited
to start the 2019-2020 school year with a clear focus on doing what is best for all of our
students. This has been a very busy summer overcoming obstacles and planning for results
that can be sustained for years to come. Our vision is to provide exemplary leadership and
service to the schools, parents and the community as we work together to prepare children with
a globally competitive, comprehensive, rigorous education. The beginning of the school year,
similarly to the dawning of a new day, offers endless possibilities. As we begin this school year,
I wish everyone the greatest success as we welcome approximately 30,000 students and their
Building on the progress made in the past and with the support of the Board of Education, as
the Superintendent, I will use the Transition Plan for Return to Local Control for the Jersey City
Public Schools to guide our reform efforts. While maintaining the implementation of the
initiatives that have shown success, this year we will focus on building strong academic
foundations through innovative experiences, enhancing the arts, building resilience in our
students through social-emotional programs, and school safety. We will be working on short
and long term solutions for the students and families of the Jersey City Public Schools.
Clearly, it is a year of great ambition and promise. Nonetheless, I know we can meet all of our
goals because we have a faculty and staff that believes in our students and in providing
educational excellence. We have work to do, work that requires commitment, focus and
collaboration but together we will make progress towards our goals.
I do not need to remind the families of how important your job is for our children in Jersey City.
The children need your wisdom and your care. My hope is that working together, the
community and the school district, we can prepare our students for the careers of the future. I
know the staff at the schools will attempt to challenge students with engaging lessons and
proven innovative practices.
I look forward to a year filled with stories of great success and great learning. Welcome to the
2019-2020 school year in the Jersey City Public Schools.
Mr. Franklin Walker
Superintendent's Reports and Messages 2019