School District Leases Former Catholic School Buildings

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ELIZABETH – Early childhood education expands throughout Elizabeth with the use of three former Catholic School buildings acquired through a lease agreement with the Archdiocese of Newark.

In a comprehensive effort to expand excellence, the Elizabeth Board of Education has authorized and directed the Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz to take the necessary steps for implementing the district’s “Blueprint 2: Expanding Excellence” plan.  This plan is an extension of the district’s “Keys to Excellence Strategic Plan” which outlines the district’s vision, mission, priorities and four core beliefs that focus upon increasing student achievement.

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The “Blueprint 2: Expanding Excellence” plan will be implemented for the 2010-2011 school year and will create an extended day environment at the district’s lowest performing neighborhood schools; grow the district’s nationally recognized Gifted and Talented program at Terence C. Reilly School No. 7; and renew the learning community at Theodore Roosevelt School No. 17.  In addition, one of the main features of the plan is to add preschool classrooms to address the need for working families throughout Elizabeth.

The expansion of early childhood was launched when the Elizabeth Board of Education entered into a long-term agreement with Blessed Sacrament, St. Hedwig and St. Adalbert parishes in Elizabeth.  The agreement enabled the district to utilize the school facilities to temporarily increase existing capacity to meet the needs of its pre-kindergarten students waiting for placement.  The lease agreements for the aforementioned premises are effective from July 1, 2010 through June 30, 2015.  In celebration of this agreement, Elizabeth Public Schools invited the leaders of these parishes to join in its May Board of Education meeting.  The meeting took place at Blessed Sacrament School on Thursday, May 6.  The school is located at 1086 North Avenue, in Elizabeth.

Elizabeth Board of Education President Carlos Trujillo stated, “This agreement is only the beginning. The Elizabeth Board of Education is extremely committed to providing the children of Elizabeth with the best education and will continue to work toward this goal.”

“The Elizabeth Board of Education is very grateful to the Archdiocese of Newark for making their facilities available to our children. This partnership will help us reach our goal of being one of the best school districts in the state of New Jersey,” added Elizabeth Board of Education Vice President Marie Munn.

Superintendent of Schools Pablo Muñoz commended the implementation of the “Blueprint 2: Expanding Excellence” plan.  “Under the ‘Keys to Excellence Strategic Plan,’ the district has made great strides in academics, athletics and the arts.  Since the plan’s inception, the district has received recognition by the New Jersey and U.S. Departments of Education for high student performance, built several new state-of-the-art school facilities, and created more educational choices for our high school students by forming six new academies.  The extensions to the original strategic plan will only further the district’s achievements.”


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