Trenton Pub­lic Schools strives to get bet­ter ev­ery day

The Trentonian (Trenton, NJ) - - OPINION -

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

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