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New Hoboken School Board Members Sworn in, Gold Appointed President

The Hoboken Board of Education held its annual re-organization meeting on Monday, for the first time in January.

Tom Kluepfel, Jean Marie Mitchell and Ruth McAllister were sworn in as school board members on Monday night.

Mitchell returns for the second time — she served for a year in 2010 — and McAllister started her second term. Kluepfel is starting his first term on the board.

For the first time in three years, the board also has a new president. Leon Gold, a member of the Kids First coalition, will be taking over the gavel from Rose Marie Markle.

Markle has served the board as president for the past three years. McAllister was re-appointed as board vice president.

The board members all took their oath and the code of ethics was read into the record by the board secretary. A good reminder, McAllister said, of what a board member is supposed to do.

"You serve your weakest constituents," McAllister said on Tuesday morning. "And that is especially true for the board of ed."

In the coming months, McAllister said, that the board will discuss the "school configuration," which could mean that the district will adopt the middle school model. Before that happens, however, the community can expect public meetings in which the different options will be laid out, McAllister said.

franksinatra January 10, 2013 at 09:45 PM
pdq, journey, puzzle: repeat after me--there was no hiding of 11th grade students. It's all just a myth cooked up by KF. Just because KF keeps repeating it doesn't mean it's true. When I first heard it a few years ago I thought maybe there was something to it. You never knew what the machine was up to. But when you think about it for a second, the whole notion is ridiculous. With the state watching all the school numbers so closely, especially for Abbott districts, how could you get away with hiding dozens of kids every year for 10 years? So many people would have to be in on it. Hundreds of parents would see their kids tossed out of 11th grade and told to come back for 12th grade, and not one said a peep about it? Sure, every district, especially the so-called "good" schools in the most competitive suburbs, tells a couple of weak students to take a sick day on test days. No doubt Gagliardi wasn't above this. But KF talks of 100s of kids told to disappear over 10 years, and no one even mentioned it? Trenton never caught it, even with the super duly reporting the enrollment each year? If you think Gagliardi did conduct such a vast plot, he should obviously be in prison. Shouldn't you report this to Trenton? Shouldn't you get the press to dig into it? But KF never did that because it knows it's baloney. More fun to blog about it. Conspiracy theories are great fun in movies and novels, but they tend to fall apart in real life. The explanation in the Reporter makes more sense.
pdq January 10, 2013 at 09:51 PM
The prior asst to the superitendent and the hs principal admit it was going on.. "leading to being officially classified as a freshman or sophomore for two successive years—yet remaining with their initial cohort for all their other classes. Then goes on to admit- that not all 11th grade students took the HSPA test- NOTICE the wording "OR". HSPA is mandatory not a choice nor an option. all either eventually took the HSPA test OR the Special Review Assessment (SRA) now known as the Alternative High School Assessment required by the State of New Jersey. Read more: Hudson Reporter - No one ‘cheated’ on state test scores http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/20784844/article-No-one-%E2%80%98cheated%E2%80%99-on-state-test-scores? The numbers don't lie: http://hoboken.patch.com/blog_posts/hoboken-high-school-by-the-numbers Something tells me you'd rather sell another story than the actual truth about the test scores and the audits. The audits and testing issues created by and during your favorite Superintendent- Gagliardi.
CuriousReplacement January 10, 2013 at 09:55 PM
Voting with our feet! You said it Curious Gal pal. Our kids are in Stevens Cooperative. We better keep blogging if we want to pay that $16k tuition, eh! Private school mom's getting paid to rank on the public schools that we wouldn't put our kids in if our live's depended on it - Dawn's legacy.
pdq January 10, 2013 at 10:00 PM
You honestly don't believe that there is any correlation between attendance at the district schools due to the option of 9 different school districts in one square mile? Explains a lot! The rest of the country and the world would disagree with you, including Finland, the world "leader" in education.
pdq January 10, 2013 at 10:25 PM
10r missing students: Upon being made aware of this practice- and wanting to implement a new approach to remediation, we began a 12 month process to phase this practice out. Therefore, in March 2008 the top 50 percent of the identified remedial students were tested along with their junior year cohort and by the March 2009 test administration a year later, the so called "10r" remediation program was eliminated entirely (written by Anthony Petrosino and Lorraine Cella) Read more: Hudson Reporter - No one ‘cheated’ on state test scores
MadisonMonroe January 10, 2013 at 10:53 PM
You ask a good question, journey. If Kids First is so bad, why did they win? The answer may lie in their placement - #1 #2 and #3 - on the ballot. The candidates certainly benefited, probably by hundreds of votes, by getting the (randomly chosen) spots at the top of the ballot. Tom Kleupfel, who finished with the highest number of votes (4,259), had the #1 position. He did not have a high public profile going into the election and had no record of being a Kids First member, but replaced KF member Theresa Minutillo when she dropped out of the race. An analysis at Northwestern U found that getting the #1 position is worth about 5 percentage points. http://insight.kellogg.northwestern.edu/index.php/Kellogg/article/first_among_equals The analysis also showed that the candidates on the top of the ballot gain their extra votes from those in the middle of the ballot (Markevich, Oland, Vazquez) rather than the end of the ballot (Waiters). A swing of just 40 votes would have meant a win for fourth-place finisher Ms. Markevitch, who was never on the board, over third-place finisher Ms. Mitchell, who was a previous board member under the Kids First banner. And that's with over 9,000 votes between the two of them. Now that the school board election is coupled with the state/national election in Nov, this 1,2,3 effect will probably be stronger because more people with no knowledge of the school board candidates will be voting and thus relying even more on 1, 2, 3 done.
puzzledone January 10, 2013 at 11:05 PM
CG, as typical, you are trying to say that things are OK by bringing up unrelated facts. Going to AC for a work related conference is fine, however, STIPENDS for the people going with money taken out of the taxpayer dime are not. The taxpayer should pay transportation in lowest class of service, or mileage at the then current IRS rate. Also, bringing the A/C repair guy, also not OK. Cell phones given for work purposes are OK, however, in this case, they provided no educational purposes, and who knows who got them anyways. And steak dinners? How about paying people with no names and social security numbers in the system, if you didn't have SS#s, how did you withhold income taxes? If all those people voted with their feet, why was the voting at the ballot box so unbalanced in the other direction?
pdq January 11, 2013 at 11:33 AM
Oh man- are your serious with this KidsFIrst didn't actually win garbage? Ok. Take away 5% points from Klupfel - what's he left with? Would Markevich beat that number? NO. As to the rest of your gibberish; and if donkeys could fly they'd be unicorns. You really need to come to terms with the idea that intimidation, deceit, smear illegal contributions and Nazi Trucks is not the wave of the future.
pdq January 11, 2013 at 11:38 AM
The assistant to the superintendent and the HS Principal admitted that not all kids were tested and that they worked toward putting an end to the 10r situation: http://www.hudsonreporter.com/view/full_story/20784844/article-No-one-%E2%80%98cheated%E2%80%99-on-state-test-scores? Look at these numbers and tell me there is nothing odd about them; http://hoboken.patch.com/blog_posts/hoboken-high-school-by-the-numbers
pdq January 11, 2013 at 11:41 AM
Trenton has shown Hoboken how much it watches over things.
CuriousGal January 11, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Sorry sweetie--- again, you provide cover for Kids First by setting up an environment of low expectations, "but that issue has existed for years"-- not true. A few short years ago Hoboken High School was declared the 2nd most improved high school in the state of NJ by New Jersey Monthly, it won back to back Bronze Medal Awards by US NEWS and WORLD REPORT and he exceeded Adequate Yearly Progress criteria. Since Kids First took over the schools, enrollment is down, the state ranking has plummeted, high school graduation rate is below the state average, and the school has failed to meet federal and state Adequate Yearly Progress criteria. Why? Perhaps 4 principles in 3 years? Perhaps a few years of tired and retired administrators? Perhaps because of ladder climbing administrators from other districts looing for their next job before the ink is dry on their contract? Because of teachers who miss 70+ days of being in their special education class and being protected because they are bff's with the Board President? The issue hasn't existed for years--- its existed since Kids First took majority control of the district and started making profoundly ignorant and vindictive educational decisions.
Journey January 11, 2013 at 05:02 PM
I see the misogynist is at the keyboard. Yeah a few short years ago they won awards while not testing the entire high school population. I don't trust the those numbers, which is part of how they got the awards. In 2006 I moved to Hoboken, knowing I would eventually have a child in the public school. I was more concerned with info about the primary schools than the high school, because without a good foundation to build on the house is not going to be as strong. I was concerned about what I saw of the high school and new there would be time for it to improve before my child hit that age. There is no way that I'm going to ever vote for Mr. Garcia, Mr. Raia, or their allies. And judging from the out comes a November election that they feared, I'm not the only one.
Journey January 11, 2013 at 05:05 PM
Call it whatever you like. But the enrollment numbers for the 11th grade for a decade was far beyond any acceptable standard deviation. Whatever excuse the old administration had for those numbers, has not explained them to my satisfaction. I will never vote for that type of administration.
Journey January 11, 2013 at 05:08 PM
I'm upset about items in the older audits. I'm concerned about those issues. I'm not as concerned about the lunch, which is issue you keep bringing up. I mentioned it because it seems to be very important to you. We seem to have very different values. You support people that wasted money on stipends to AC. That must be what you value.
Journey January 11, 2013 at 05:11 PM
As a preschool parent, I have more experience with that age group. So if people are voting with their feet, explain why they needed 2 more than expected kindergarden classes this year. They had more families staying than in the past.
Journey January 11, 2013 at 05:12 PM
If that is what you have to tell yourself so you can sleep at night. Good luck.
MadisonMonroe January 11, 2013 at 05:21 PM
Never over-estimate the reading comprehension of Patch commenters. Who said that KF didn't actually win? Of course they won. Nevertheless, any number of people here comment along the lines of the "old guard" will have to get used to losing every election now that they are all grouped in November. The point of the research I cited is that in a close election, ballot position matters. If Ms. Markevitch had the first position on the ballot, she would be sitting on the board now, instead of Ms. Mitchell. Supporters of Kids First see this as a great victory for their team, yet the incumbent Ms. McAllister, a KF stalwart, got fewer votes than Mr. Kluepfel, a newcomer to the party. He also garnered a couple of hundred votes more than Ms. Mitchell, a former KF member of the school board. Why would the person most aligned with KF not get the most votes if, as supporters claim, the voters were endorsing KF's performance? I have no doubt that the Kids First team was thrilled with their #1 #2 #3 positions on the ballot and their opponents were disappointed. Why? Because they and anyone with a brain would guess that the top positions are worth a number of free votes. Enough to alter the results of an election? Yes, say the researchers.
Journey January 11, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Mr. Kluepfel might be new to running for the school board, but if I'm not mistaken he has experience with a Hoboken Charter school. I think they did like that KLM was very memorable because of their initials. So you think most voters in Hoboken just vote for the first 3 people on the ballot. Keep selling the voters short like that, and keep losing.
MadisonMonroe January 12, 2013 at 03:32 AM
While it's probably best to avoid discussions of kindergarten with people who can't spell the word, I'll forge ahead. I'll take your word for it that there are 2 more kindergarten classes than the previous year, but that doesn't necessarily mean there are more kindergartners. It could be that they are putting fewer children in each class, thereby necessitating more classes/teachers. Or perhaps they decided to offer kindergarten in more of the buildings. Or perhaps there were 2 more classes the previous year and, after a slight decline, the numbers are back up again. And the idea that there are more families than "in the past" is, frankly, ludicrously uninformed. Are you aware that this city once had 70,000 residents and probably 10,000 students in its schools. In case you hadn't noticed - seeing that you're so busy with your pre-schooler - there are several old school buildings in town that are now apartments. Trust me, I sleep fine at night. The Mayor and her team put their full force behind the incumbent Kids First candidates, and they barely managed to eek out the victory. Moving the election to November was seen as a way to score landslide victories to infinity and beyond for their side. All this school board election did was prove that it's still anyone's game. For what it's worth, here's my prediction: Carmelo Garcia is forced out at Housing and then runs against Ms. Zimmer for mayor. Not my choice, my prediction.
pdq January 12, 2013 at 04:00 AM
and no- say the numbers.
Journey January 13, 2013 at 02:20 AM
I'm looking for letter from the district. If I remember, it said they had planned for 2 additional classes and then had to add two more. So lets see, if I ran your post through a grammar and spelling checker, it would be prefect? In the letter they said it was because of higher percentage of per-k 4 stundents were staying in the district for kindergarten than the previous years.
Journey January 13, 2013 at 02:22 AM
November elections was about increased voter turn out, not controlling who would win. And voter participation in the school board was high.
CuriousGal January 13, 2013 at 04:30 AM
Journey- you are too smart by half. This year's district enrollment is so low that we will likely see per pupil cost exceed 30K for 2013-2014 and will likely be the highest in the country. Think of the attention Kids First will receive for their wonderful accomplishments.
CuriousGal January 15, 2013 at 12:42 AM
"keep losing"??? Last year Kids First was swept weren't they? -- Sometimes its not so bad to be in the minority. This may be one of those years as the cumulative effects of Kids First 4+ years in total control become fully realized- rising per pupil costs, low enrollment, school violence, below average graduate rates, extremely low SAT scores, very low NJASK scores, the Newark-Bayport employment agency (most recently getting rid of the acting VP in HHS for yet another friend of Dr. Hernandez and product of the Newark School District), school choice problems, lack of AP materials, ridiculously small class sizes, over staffing, reconfiguration (7th grade in Hoboken High School?), more food service audit issues, and more articles from the Wall St Journal, US News and World Report, and NJ Monthly as Hoboken tops the $30K per student levels while providing a sub-standard education for its taxpayers-- forcing most residents to pay an extra $10k-$15K "education tax" for having to send their children to private schools if they don't get into one of the city's charters.
ThisMeansWar January 15, 2013 at 07:54 PM
Yes, KF haven't lost since elections moved to November. Now we know why you were so afraid of higher turnout. Talking about "last year" is typically disingenuous. So I see that you decided against a new years resolution where you stop talking to people like they're idiots.
CuriousGal January 16, 2013 at 12:57 AM
ThisMeansWar says----- KF hasn't lost "since elections moved to November"???LMAO--- what has then been, 70 days ago? and then ThisMeansWarsays I'm disingenuous? Ridiculous. Kids First won the election but a quick examination of the results clearly show there were more "no" votes for KF than affirmative votes (translation: Waiters was a clear "old Hoboken" vote whose supporters could not bring themselves to vote for any of the Move Forward team or any of the KF candidates...for whatever reason). They didn't win because more votes were cast-- they won because of bullet voting by many of the same people who voted in Biancamano, Kearns, and Garcia the year before. NP - Thomas KLUEPFEL 4,259 17.10% NP - Jean Marie MITCHELL 4,097 16.45% NP - Ruth McALLISTER 4,216 16.93% NP - Anthony OLAND 3,499 14.05% NP - Elizabeth MARKEVITCH 4,019 16.14% NP - Felice K. VAZQUEZ 3,481 13.98% NP - Patricia WAITERS 1,284 5.16%
bubbles January 16, 2013 at 02:19 PM
Yeah! That's it. You tell em Gal. As always, you and Madison are pure genius. Kids First didn't win, we got lots of ways to explain why. We got Cryan's letter in telling how the vote count was bogus, then we got us some mathematically impossible situation goin and now we're runnin with the whole idea of there are always 9000 voters who vote for school board. Keep it goin peeps. Kids First did not win..Kids First did not win... If we say it enough, maybe the voters will believe.
bubbles January 16, 2013 at 02:27 PM
Hold on there boy- peitions for mayor are out now. Carmelo would have to be fired pretty darn quickly for that to happen. Let's not get ahead of ourselves. Btw, kudos on the whole there aint more kindergarteners thang- Pure genius. We're stickin with the Kids First did not win , Zimmer hates bnr and any smear, lies and decit you can pull, platform for now. Will get back to you with new strategy when it is decided upon. Keep up the great work. One more thang- remember- smear lies and spin. If ya aint doin that, ya aint doin a good job. As you were....
CuriousGal January 17, 2013 at 12:22 AM
"Kids First won the election..." -CuriousGal 7:10 am on Wednesday, January 16, 2013
ThisMeansWar January 17, 2013 at 02:56 AM
Why are you wasting your time here inventing reasons other than turnout for why your BOE ticket lost? You have all that reading to do.

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