Transition Plan for Local Control

In 1989, the State of New Jersey took control of the Jersey City Public Schools because of mismanagement and low performance. Jersey City became the first State-Operated district though it was soon followed by Newark and Patterson. Over the last ten years, different aspects of control have been returned to the locally elected school board such as Governance and Operations. Over the last two years, a number of agreements and Improvement Plans were developed to finalize the full restoration of local control to the district's Board of Education.
In the last five years, the District has met a number of pivotal indicators especially around increasing its graduation rate to nearly 80%, increasing the percentage of students achieving proficiency on state assessments and closing the gap between the district's overall performance and the state's. On October 18, 2018, the Superintendent together with the Board President Sudhan Thomas, accepted the final Transition Plan so that full local control will go into effect on October 25, 2018.

Public Notice- Superintendent Contract Hearing Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 18A:11-11, the Jersey City Board of Education (hereinafter the "Board") is providing notice of its intent to hold a public hearing and to take action to amend/extend the Employment Contract to the Superintendent of Schools at its special meeting to be held on December 12, 2019, at 6:00 p.m. at the Dr. Emery Konick Conference Room, 346 Claremont Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.  This notice serves to meet the required 30-day notice prior to taking action and the 10-day notice of a public hearing as required by the statute. Prior to any action, the Board will permit the public to make comment on the proposed contract.

The Board, pursuant to Open Public Meetings Act, specifically N.J.S.A. 10:4-12(b), shall not publicly discuss personnel matters and shall not respond to comments made by members of the public. However, the Board will give all comments appropriate consideration. Copies of the proposed addendum to the contract are available for review on the District's website or by contacting Regina Robinson, School Business Administrator/Board Secretary, 201-915-6274, [email protected], 346 Claremont Avenue, Jersey City, NJ.