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Office of the Superintendent

Office of the Superintendent


Dear Paterson Public District Staff:

I am pleased to inform you that the New Jersey State Board of Education voted to return the Paterson Public School District to local control. That was a very special day for our school district as this vote is a testament to the hard work taking place each and every day at our schools and district office.

As someone who started here soon after the State takeover 26 years ago, it was a truly special moment to hear the unanimous vote to have control returned to the City of Paterson where it belongs! I wish you all could have been there to witness the sincere praise and congratulatory words from Acting Commissioner Repollet and the State Board members.

This vote is the result of the collaborative efforts between our principals, administrators, teachers, school staff, district staff and our parents and students. But we also appreciate the extraordinary support of our Paterson community – which includes our district partners and all of our past and current Board members.

We are all partners in our efforts to educate and prepare over 28,000 children for a bright future. We cannot rest on our laurels because there is much more work to be done – which starts with a transition plan that will soon be developed with input from all stakeholders.

As we move forward, let us show everyone that the Paterson Public School District is not only ready for this next phase in our history – we intend to set the standard for urban education.
Congratulations on this important milestone! Together, we can.

Eileen F. Shafer, M. Ed.
State District Superintendent



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