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Superintendents Present at New Jersey School Boards Conference

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Arcangelo Iurato '21

9 April 2020


The four superintendents of the Passaic Valley community, Ms. Tracey Marinelli of Little Falls, Ms. Patricia Capitelli of Totowa, Dr. Michele Pillari of Woodland Park, and Dr. JoAnn Cardillo of Passaic Valley attended an educational conference held in Atlantic City where they presented "Strengthening Our Schools Through Collaborative Practices". The presentation highlighted the close collaboration between the four districts and the benefit to students and community as a result. The conference was sponsored by the New Jersey School Boards Association.

The presentation focused on sharing ideas and coordinating specific protocols or practices for academics that can help all students learn. "We work together because we want to build relationships," said Dr. Cardillo. "These are the things we want to do." To achieve this, the superintendents must plan ahead, so they can put their ideas into action.

They have put their best foot forward to try to make all our schools safe and prosperous environments. Their goals include trust, communication, shared vision, and dedication. 

"We meet together and set up our school calendar," said Superintendent Cardillo. "We collaborate on weather decisions like closings on snow days."

In such meetings, they have developed activities such as Cross-District Zero Period, classes where 8th grade students come to PV to learn Italian, Computer Science, and STEM course work.

The four district superintendents are striving to come up with better ways to make sure our community is successful and our students get the best out of their academic careers.