Change has been imminent since the Bayonne Board of Education (BBOED) voted not to renew the former superintendent’s contract last June, and imperative since the district’s financial crisis in November. Interim Superintendent Michael A. Wanko has made some big policy shifts since taking the position in July, most notably the decentralization of the academies and the introduction of deans. Much attention has been paid to the academies, but the reconfiguration of deans and vice principals will influence every student at Bayonne High School and could portend similar changes in the city’s grammar schools. Before Dr. Wanko arrived, vice principals were assigned to each of Bayonne High School’s six houses, performing both disciplinary functions and observations of instruction.Now, there will be four vice principals, each paired with one dean who will be assigned to each class level on a progressive basis, meaning each student will have the same dean and vice principal throughout his or her high school career. Click here for more.
Without granting any validity to the lawsuits brought against Hudson County by two former Hudson County Sheriff’s Department officers, the county has agreed on a $120,000 settlement. The settlement puts to rest allegations by the officers that they were pressured to work on the reelection campaign for then- County Sheriff Juan Perez in 2010. Perez was defeated in the Democratic primary by the current sheriff, Frank Schillari. Perez currently serves as an at-large councilman in Bayonne. This is the fifth settlement the county has made in cases related to Perez’s term as sheriff. Click here for more.
Bayonne held its annual National Night Out festival on August 1, this time on Broadway instead of its usual location at 16th Street Park. “Pull over,” one kid commanded to a crowd off festival-goers through a police cruiser’s built-in megaphone. Police officers chaperoned kids through demonstrations of their vehicles. Parents took pictures of their kids on a police motorcycle, in an all-terrain buggy, and the fan favorite, the cruiser. “My name is Car-la,” another kid joked through the megaphone as he blared the sirens. “I like to pretend I’m driving the car,” said Anaisha Melendez, 8 from the driver’s seat. Her mother, Debbie Diaz, said that she and her family were having a great time at the festival, which was completely free to the public, including bounce houses and food. “It’s a good thing for the community to come together like this,” said Diaz. “Everything [the police] do in town is helping us come together.” Click here for more.