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Parents, Teachers Question Priorities of Montclair School District

Staffing issues, overcrowded classrooms and not enough personal assistance for students raises concerns.

Written By Jennifer Goldberg

A group of concerned parents and teachers spoke out Monday night about the priorities of the Montclair School District.

Several parents and teachers pointed out Montclair schools are understaffed. They stressed the importance of children benefiting from small classroom sizes.

One parent noted teachers have been spread too thin. She was told there would be another kindergarten class added to the curriculum, but no changes have been made, leaving the classes cluttered and full.

“Give our children enough room and teacher attention," one distressed parent said. "Our children deserve it."

Edgemont Middle School also felt strongly about the issue.

One teacher said the child study team only meets with the children once a week, limiting the students' time to get personalized assistance while being placed in a large class.

The problem of understaffed schools overshadowed what the Montclair Board of Education wanted to focus on.

Montclair is in the process of hiring a public relations consultant, which was met with some criticism.

“Hiring a PR consultant is unrelated to furthering the education of the schools,” one parent noted.
Melinda June 04, 2014 at 05:58 PM
Edgemont is not a middle school.
Keith Barnes June 05, 2014 at 01:59 AM
The school system should really make some changes its ridiculous!
Francine Moccio June 12, 2014 at 01:02 PM
Why hasn't the district received any state or federal incentives for Montclair's public schools; I thought the common core standards voluntarily adopted by the state of NJ was supposed to receive federal aid? This might help the district to fill our children's classrooms with more aides and teachers; and our special education study teams with more counselors.
esther June 17, 2014 at 07:06 PM
1.Teachers are spread too thin. 2.Teachers are now spending countless hours on additional paperwork brought about with the changes to the curriculum and the new teacher evaluation system. 3.Computers are old, inadequate as is the computer system. There aren't enough computer techs in each school. 4.Too many layers of expensive administration. How many new positions has PennyMac created under the guise of reorganization? 5.What purpose does the new PR person serve? It used to be enough that Montclair led by example, had blue ribbon status, and a nationwide reputation for excellence. It's called word of mouth and didn't cost the taxpayers a thing. 6. Classes are HUGE! We have a lot to be concerned with here- just a small list- the tip of the iceberg, folks.

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