Superintendent search invites parental input

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Brick Township Board of Education office. FILE PHOTO / THE OCEAN STAR

BRICK TOWNSHIP — Special education, modernizing curricula and communication top the list of parent concerns as the Brick Township School District searches for a new superintendent.

On Wednesday, Nov. 15, Board President John Lamela, along with board members Victoria Pakala and Daisy Haffner, met with local parents to discuss their primary concerns.

A reoccurring issue among parents was the special education program. Concerns ranged from inclusive programs and classrooms for special education students, the handling of individual education plans [IEPs] and the district’s ability to meet those students’ academic needs.

“I would like to see … someone who will foster a culture shift here of being more inclusive to all students,” said parent Kelli Tobin, who said she has witnessed a trend of excluding special education students from the general education student population. Ms. Tobin said she has seen progress but wants a superintendent that will continue that shift.

“I would like to see someone who will support the work that I know our new director of special services is really [doing],” she said.

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