More on the HoLa program…
More questions than answers regarding HoLa
At last Tuesday’s Board of Education meeting, Superintendent Jack Raslowsky asked the Board to award a $150,000 consulting contract for the next 6 months to two preschool parents to “provide leadership, development and support of the dual language Spanish/English program”.
It didn’t matter that the Superintendent and his loyal band of followers, some may call them “rubber stamps” – Anthony Romano, Frank Raia, Carmelo Garcia, James Farina and Frances Rhodes-Kearns may have gone against NJ State law in awarding the no bid contract. Nor did it matter that Superintendent Raslowsky’s agenda didn’t have the name of the business entity that was receiving the contract though one was made up on the spot when pressed by board member Theresa Minutillo. Raslowsky was clearly unhappy about being pressed for that simple information which led Board counsel to say it would make his “life easier” if they could attach a name to the contract that was being awarded. Sure makes sense to me.
The contract passed 5-3. Carrie Gilliard, Rose Markle and Minutillo voted against the contract. Stating that there are more pressing needs in the district that should be addressed first; increasing state test scores, increasing SAT scores, increasing enrollment and adding AP courses in the High School.
Ten (Hoboken Family Alliance) parents spoke in support of the program. Many of them made claims that they would remove their children from the private schools they attend to enroll them in the dual language program.
Eight parents of children already enrolled in district grades 1-8 spoke out against the adoption of the program. Many made claims that the elementary schools have no problem recruiting students and that the real needs are in grades 6-12.
It’s a disgrace to pit loyal parents who have always supported the district against parents who would only enroll their children if they get their own “school”. Why weren’t any parents in attendance from the housing authority or Applied housing where many of our Latino and Spanish speaking families/students live?
If there is a lottery for admissions to the program and the HoLa team leaders and their supporters are not lucky enough to secure a seat in this “school” will they enter the general population at Wallace, Connors and Calabro?