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About 80 Students Will No Longer Be Taught in Temporary Trailers

Since the Hoboken Board of Education moved out of the Wallace School, space has freed up in the building.

Roughly 80 students will be relocated from temporary trailers to inside the Wallace Elementary School at the start of the 2012-2013 school year, according to Superintendent Dr. Mark Toback. 

Since the Board of Education offices moved to the Demarest School on Fourth Street, space has freed up in the Wallace School, enabling to get the students to move into classrooms. 

The pre-K classes that used to be housed in the building will be moving to Brand and Demarest, Toback said.

“The board had to do something to get the kids out of the trailers,” Toback said.

The trailers were at the end of their useful lives. 

It’s unclear what the board will do with the trailers. For now, they will remain where they are, but won’t be in use. One option is to sell them, Toback said.

The former BoE offices, located on the second floor of Wallace, will be turned into classrooms as well, Toback said. The multiple smaller offices will be used for classes for the increased number of autistic students in the district, Toback said.

In the 2012-2013 school year, the district will have four or five classes of students with autism. Each class is about four or five students. 

Hobbs August 07, 2012 at 02:21 PM
Good news. So let us see how the OLD GUARDpoliticos hate bloger will try to use it to trash the BOE so they can try to get their people elected. Look at the people behind Liz Markevitch and you will understand. :-)
Carmen Crespo-Rivera August 07, 2012 at 05:47 PM
I am so glad these students are finally going to be inside the actual school building...I also would like the middle schools to come back (Brandt &.Demarest), do not agree on having our 6th graders now having to attend Connors. Headstart should all be at one building. The schools should have stood as they were originally
Nicolas Padin August 07, 2012 at 08:06 PM
It's about time.
franksinatra August 07, 2012 at 09:07 PM
Just about the only hate I see on this site comes from the Dawn/KF people, much of it from you, Hobbs. The level of name-calling, animosity--ofter just pure viciousness--coming from your side is probably the main reason so much of Hoboken has become disenchanted with the Dawn/KF folks after electing them overwhelmingly just three years ago. They kicked away so much good will when they could've taken the high road and run this town indefinitely. What a waste. Most of the people behind Liz are the true school reformers in town. All three members of her ticket are newcomers and they're picking up the mantle of reform that KF dropped almost as soon as it took office. Firing two of the schools' brightest lights, Paula and Hillenbrand (at disgraced no-show teacher Judy Burrell's behest), was just the culmination of KF's sorry record of falling enrollment, plunging test scores and higher school taxes. Carmen--Superintendent Toback has a crazy plan to put all of the city's 6th, 7th and 8th graders in Connors, making it a middle school. Haven't heard much about this plan lately so maybe he's dropped it. Maybe he's learned his lesson from how he torn this city apart last year when he got KF to fire Paula and Hillenbrand.
CuriousGal August 08, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Dr. Toback and his directors need to pay very close attention to one of the principles that govern the education of students with disabilities and other special needs. By law, schools are required to provide a free appropriate public education (FAPE) in the LEAST RESTRICTIVE ENVIRONMENT that is appropriate to the **individual** student's needs. During the 2012-2013 school year, this article claims that the district will have four or five classes of students with autism. Each class is about four or five students. I seriously doubt that ALL 20-25 individual students with autism will not qualify for being mainstreamed into the general Wallace population. This setup is potentially VERY problematic. Keeping children identified with autism in a very restrictive environment (a classroom of JUST students with autism IS by definition a restrictive environment) is going to lead to serious and justified inquires from the state as well as concerned and informed parents of children with autism. DETAILS: The Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA) requires that all children with disabilities must be educated in the least restrictive environment (LRE) that is appropriate for them. The spirit of this requirement is to ensure that children are not unnecessarily removed from the regular classroom or isolated from other non-disabled children of their age. LRE decisions are made based on children's learning needs and vary from child to child.
Hobbs August 08, 2012 at 02:36 PM
NOPE. When we see OLD GUARD politicos like Michele and Michael Russo, Beth Mason, Frank Raia, Perry Belfiore, the Caliccihios, Ruben Ramos etc...behind Liz Markevitch you have to call it an OLD GUARD ticket. The OLD GUARD politicos now know that they are seen by the voters as so politically toxic and negative that they need to hide behind clean looking faces or they don't have a chance of winning an election, Hoboken saw the same OLD GUARD politicos line up behind frontmen Peter Cammerano and Tim Occhiointi and now understand that they need to look behind the candidates understand that the support of these people comes with a huge IOU. To quote Harry Truman, "I never give them hell, I just tell the truth and they think it's hell."
BruceD August 08, 2012 at 03:09 PM
Nice cut and paste job. For transparecy sakes, you should cite your source.
pied piper August 08, 2012 at 03:27 PM
Ah - I see- you guys are prepping for Markvits special ed plan where she noted her stance on tape, during her last run- what was it?? some thing along the lines of..."well- if special education is too costly we shouldn't do it" Got it! You might want to explain to markevits that - IDEA MANDATES that all children recieve an free and APPROPRIATE education. Said MANDATE is based on each child's individual needs. Many children MUST by law, be placed in a small class size within a self contained classroom to meet their needs. Said placement would be LRE for that/those individual child/chrildren. Sad to think you dont already know this.
CuriousGal August 08, 2012 at 05:00 PM
pied piper- only children unfortunate enough to have severe developmental disorders would be placed in self-contained classrooms if IDEA is followed. The law is very clear that children be placed in the LEAST restrictive environment possible. Dr. Toback is headed for trouble with the state and with informed and concerned parents if he thinks establishing 5 dedicated classrooms of 5 students NOT interacting and integrated with the rest of the school population is going to sit well with people from the state. Time will tell. khoboken: http://idea.ed.gov/
CuriousGal August 08, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Hobbs- your post makes little sense. Last year's BOE elections (May 2011) saw a SWEEP by Peter B., Fran R-K, and Carmelo G. against the city hall supported and Dawn backed KIDS FIRST political group. Where was the political toxicity then? What has happened since then other than the Hoboken School District being designated a DISTRICT IN NEED OF IMPROVEMENT by the federal and state government and KIDS FIRST opposing the DaVinici School application that would make you think anyone is going to support Dawn's KIDS FIRST candidates?
pied piper August 09, 2012 at 02:03 AM
CG , I apologize, I inadvertantly assumed you had an understanding of the federal laws pertaining to IDEA. I should have realized that it was you I was responding to. IEP mandates are legal documents that MUST be followed. students must be placed in an enviromnemnt MANDATED by the IEP. Thus, any special needs student placed in any class is MANDATED to be there,as per the IEP. AT NO TIME can any district/charter school district nor private school place any special needs child in any class that does not meet his/her IEP requirements (mandates).
pied piper August 09, 2012 at 02:07 AM
OK so who will you be supporting to run the HBOE?
pied piper August 09, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Sorry, cg, in inadvertantly assumed you had an understanding of laws pertaining to IDEA. No special needs child can be placed in any classroom setting unless it meets the requirements of the IEP, thus your concerns are not warranted.
CuriousGal August 09, 2012 at 06:13 PM
pied piper- no argument at all, and I do understand the law. That being said, let's see what the State has to say if ALL 25+ autistic students have IEP's that state specifically that the least restrictive environment for each and every child is in a self contained classroom.

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