Superintendent's Corner


Superintendent's Welcome

Dear Staff, Parents, Guardians, and Students:

The Spring season is a time of renewal; new tree buds, new green grass, new season! It is also a time for renewal for our school system. We are feverishly working on submitting plans for the rebuilding of Washington School. We are in the process of getting approval for the project from the Department of Education in Trenton. Upon approval, the Department will give us the amount of money the state will be contributing to the project. When we have all of the numbers we will be presenting the plans and cost to the community.

We are keeping costs down by paying for the "soft costs" architectural and engineering design costs up front; not to add it to the upcoming referendum. Remember, we cannot build until the public votes favorably for the project. We have an anticipated election date for the project on Tuesday, September 24, 2019. Other cost savings realized over the past year had us add new boilers, air-conditioning in the gym, upgraded lighting in certain areas of the Middle School, and the 15 modular classrooms at NO additional cost to the taxpayers by using additional state aid. We also kept our committment to keeeping the tax levy reasonable by cutting last year's tax increase in half ($90,000), and are committeed to saving an additonal $50,000 for the new school year. 

In terms of a high school; we are looking to build a "new" Elementary School, having it house grades Pre-K-6th. We would then simply convert Memorial School into a Jr.-Sr. High School. For the record, we spend 21% of our school budget or $5.3 million dollars paying tuition and all other associated costs to Ridgefield Park for our high school students.

I ask that you have an "Open Mind" when dealing with a project of this magnitude. We will make this process as transparent as possible to deliver the facts and hopefully convince the public that the plan is sound. I look forward to answering questions and meeting the public for this important decision!

The children of Little Ferry are fortunate to have the best teachers both at home and at school! I have never seen a community with more heart when it comes to working for a better tomorrow for our children. Please check our website often for more updates at http://www.littleferry.k12.nj.us/.

Mr. Frank R. Scarafile

Superintendent of Schools

fscarafile@lfboe.org


 

Official Statement 
Closing of Washington School
Frank R. Scarafile - Superintendent of Schools

March 27, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian/Stakeholder,

Last night the Board of Education approved a plan brought forth by administration to formally apply to the state to close Washington School. Built in 1914, Washington School has housed our 1st & 2nd Graders for the past twenty-five years. Over time, the building structure has deteriorated to the point that it needs over 1.5 million dollars in new roofing, re-doing ceilings, and fixing air-conditioning and heating. That is without any other emergency items that crop up. The bottom line is that we are closing the building for ‘Health & Safety Reasons.”

At this juncture, the Board of Education has to get the permission from the New Jersey Department of Education to close the building and allow us to put up a brand new, temporary, modular structure in the rear of Memorial School. This building will service our Pre-K classes, as well as our 7th & 8th Graders.

We plan to have a community meeting in mid-May, to give everyone the information necessary to make this transition seamless. There is a plan for a referendum on building a new Elementary School. We look forward to your comments and input during this transition. Again, I thank you for your trust in my judgement and leadership to make our school district the best it can be!


Click here for the official letter from Mr. Scarafile.

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