Throughout the joint meeting between Jefferson’s Township Council and Board of Education, both groups referred to the positive aspects that come out of hosting joint meetings. It is important for these to occur so that the town can perform more cohesively. It is beneficial to the town to have these two groups meet together on certain occasions in order to make sure that they are on the same page and working toward the same goal. Members reminisced about times when the Board of Education and the Town Council did not agree on certain issues and this caused the town to suffer as a result.
Birmingham commented on current events happening in the town and brought up the 9/11 service performed by the boy scouts on an annual basis. He then discussed how this event is now history to students within the town. He stated that his daughter’s class was the last class in the high school that could reminisce on the event and now future classes will not be able to remember where they were on that date.
Birmingham also made a comment about how adults cannot do much to solve the issue of peer pressure. He says that this is a phenomenon strictly within the younger age group. He stated that “we can make programs to deal with this, but that’s all.”
The two groups discussed how there is $14.5 million going into environmental graduate programs at Kean University. Superintendent Tierney stated that there was a written formal agreement between JTHS and Kean University. Students taking the new elective course, Holocaust and Genocide, can pay a fee of $300 in order to receive three college credits at Kean. The board had a meeting with East Stroudsburg University on September 22 to further establish these important relationships with higher education facilities to inspire youth to further their own educations.
After this point the BOE group adjourned and went into a private meeting by themselves while the Town Council continued into their public comments portion.
The public comments portion on the Town Council agenda was started by a man who questioned where Chinese foreign exchange students were staying. The council responded that these students were staying solely with host families within town. The man continued to thank the town for fixing Sparta Mountain Road. He also thanked specifically Dunham and Birmingham for their weekly attendance at the Farmer’s Market. He said that he has placed four children through Jefferson’s school district and they have graduated college and have great jobs.
Michael Stewart from the Board of Education then made a public comment to state that the light on route 15 that leads to Berkshire Valley Road is too slow for cars to get through. The council responded that there are already plans set to redo the entire intersection.