Newark Board of Education Hosts Series of Community Meetings As Part of Next Steps for Strategic Plan/Clarity 2020

NEWARK, NJ – March 18, 2019 – The Newark Board of Education and Superintendent Roger León will host a series of community meetings to discuss next steps regarding the strategic plan and the future of education in Newark.  The meetings are free and open to the general public. Two of the meetings will be held this week; the first on Wednesday, March 20, at Barringer High School and the second meeting will be held on Thursday, March 21 at Central High School.  Both meetings will be held from 6–8 p.m. Barringer H.S. is located at 90 Parker Street and Central H.S. is located at 246 18th Avenue. 

The purpose of the Community Meeting is to further engage community stakeholders; parents, students, community leaders and other civic-minded people to participate in the educational direction of Newark, according to Superintendent Roger León. The Superintendent said, “Educating our children is everyone’s responsibility and our priority.  The community meetings are the next steps in identifying solutions, and planning for the future of educating the children of Newark.” 

A meeting will be held in every ward to afford the community an opportunity to attend a meeting in their neighborhood.  The launch of the ward community meetings, follows the citywide Community Conversations on Education held in January, at which more than 300 community stakeholders attended the evening session.

Additional Community Meetings on Education will be held on Tuesday, April 2 at East Side High School, Wednesday, April 3 at Shabazz High School, Tuesday, April 9 at Weequahic High School and Wednesday, April 10 at West Side High School. 

The public is encouraged to attend one of the six community meetings. Superintendent León said, “This is your opportunity to have a voice on the important topic of education in Newark, as we prepare our children for their future.”