Superintendent Alfieri Gives Positive Feedback to Teachers and Families
Tuesday, October 8, 2013 • 6:49am
LIVINGSTON, NJ - Dr. John Alfieri, new district superintendent for Livingston Public Schools, delivered a brief progress report describing the experiences and impressions he gained during the early part of his tenure to the Livingston Board of Education at a meeting Monday.
Alfieri was overwhelmingly positive in his assessment of district personnel. He also spoke of the warm and welcoming reactions he received from other members of the Livingston community, including the Parent-Teacher Council, the police chief, fire marshals, Livingston Mayor Rudy Fernandez, as well as parents and other residents. Alfieri also discussed increasing public outreach by instituting "coffee chats" and public forums where topics of importance could be discussed. He made sure to emphasize that such efforts would be an exercise in listening, not lecturing, and that one of the chief goals of his administration is to be receptive to suggestions for improvement.
"People, people, people. That's what comes to mind when I think Livingston," Alfieri said. "Parents who send their kids to school ready to learn, students who come to school each day with a positive spirit and a professional staff that cares so much about our kids."
"We even have outstanding custodians. I saw one sifting through garbage cans and dumpsters to look for a students' retainer. That's dedication," he said. "It's a little bit of insanity, but it's also dedication."
He praised the Board as "an incredible guiding force" in managing the transition period of the district's principals. He said, "They have 24/7 dedication. If there's an issue with a child, the question they're always asking is 'what can we do to help.'"
Alfieri also noted the restructuring of board meetings to foster increased dialogue among administrators and between the board itself and the greater Livingston community. The first board meeting of the month will now function as a workshop meeting with an emphasis on fruitful discussion. Board members will then be able to consider proposals and initiatives for two weeks. The second meeting of the month will be a voting meeting.
Alfieri also followed up on student concerns regarding the revised transcript for the Class of 2014. A letter explaining the changes and a revised school profile have been uploaded to the Naviance system. The letter will also serve as a cover page for any transcript that is sent out to institutions. Alfieri noted that the Common Application used by many colleges and universities is experiencing glitches; it will be repaired by Oct. 11.