Trenton Public Schools strives to get better every day
Improvement is a never-ending goal. While we have made real and unprecedented progress in some areas, to move the needle will require an increase in transparency.
Every year districts across the country experience change. Change in leadership, change in staffing, and change in structure. Trenton Public Schools is no different. This year, in order to support instructional improvements in multiple areas — recommendations to abolish and create positions was submitted to the Board of Education for approval.
Under ideal conditions, these recommendations would have been drafted, reviewed, and edited several times prior to being given to the Board for review. This year, due to a late release of the budget from the State of New Jersey, the amount of information that has to be considered in a $331M budget, several conversations between various stakeholders, and many priorities — the process did not go as smoothly as possible.
The consistent theme throughout all of the community feedback — is the need for the district to be more transparent with processes, procedures, and timelines. Superintendent, Dr. Fred McDowell, stated that, “while we may not always agree on the decision — being clear and upfront about how we intend to make decisions is the first step”. The leadership team at Trenton Public Schools is currently reviewing how to improve processes moving forward and is committed to ensuring increased transparency moving forward.
— Trenton School District Superintendent’s office