Board of Education

The mission of the Clifton School District, in an open and reciprocal community partnership, is to provide all students with a quality education to develop the skills necessary to become literate, life-long learners who are responsible and productive citizens contributing to a democratic society in an ever-changing world.

Commissioners

  • Gary Passenti, President | gpassenti.cboe@yahoo.com
  • Arlene Agresti, Vice-President | aagresti.cboe@yahoo.com
  • Tafari Anderson | tanderson.cboe@yahoo.com
  • Judith A. Bassford | jbassford.cboe@yahoo.com
  • James Daley | jdaley.cboe@yahoo.com
  • Lucy Danny | ldanny.cboe@yahoo.com
  • Michael J. Evans | mevans.cboe@yahoo.com
  • Dr. John Houston | jhouston.cboe@yahoo.com
  • Rosemary L. Pino |  rpino.cboe@yahoo.com

2014 Committee Appointments


Education / Special Education Negotiations
Dr. John Houston (C)
Judith Bassford
Lucy Danny
Rosemary Pino
(A-Tafari Anderson)
Arlene Agesti
Rosemary Pino (C)
James Daley
Gary Passenti
Facilities / Athletics Personnel
Tafari Anderson (C)
Michael Evans
James Daley
(Gary Passenti)
(A-Judith Bassford)
Full Board
Executive Session
Finance Policy
James Daley (C)
Rosemary Pino
Judith Bassford
Arlene Agresti
(A-Michael Evans)
Judith Bassford (C)
Lucy Danny
Michael Evans
Rosemary Pino
(A-Dr. John Houston)
Municipal Alliance Residency
Lucy Danny (C)
Tafari Anderson
James Daley
(Gary Passenti)
(A-Rosemary Pino)
Arlene Agresti (C)
Dr. John Houston
Tafari Anderson
Michael Evans
(A-Gary Passenti)
Delegate / Alternate HASA Liaison
Judith Bassford - County Del./State Alt.
Tafari Anderson - State Del./County Alt.
Arlene Agresti
Rosemary Pino
A- Alternates in case one person from the committee cannot make the meeting.
Sub Committees
Attorny Health Care
Michael Evans (C)
Rosemary Pino
Judith Bassford
Dr. John Houston
(A-Gary Passenti)
James Daley (C)
Arlene Agresti
Lucy Danny
Tafari Anderson
(A-Gary Passenti)
View Committee Minutes  



Philosophy

The Clifton Board of Education firmly believes that it is the inherent right of every child enrolled in the public schools to receive a sound education rooted in equal opportunity and delivered in an environment which ensures physical and mental security. In today's pluralistic technological society, our first and foremost task is to instruct students in the democratic principles found within the ethical framework of the Constitutions of the United States and the State of New Jersey.

The Clifton Board of Education recognizes the importance of promoting early literacy as a foundation for academic success. Through its instructional program and co- and extra-curricular experiences, students will become independent thinkers, good decision makers, and self-supporting, productive citizens.

The Clifton Board of Education promulgates the following outcome goals:
  • To provide students with the skills essential to obtaining information, thinking critically, solving problems, and communicating effectively.
  • To create an atmosphere which encourages students to obtain knowledge and to develop the life skills necessary to enter the work force and/or pursue higher education.
  • To furnish students with knowledge of current and changing technologies across the curriculum.
  • To encourage the school community to become responsible contributors to the decision-making process.
  • To develop an appreciation for the creative process through problem solving and technology.
  • To foster understanding, sensitivity, and respect regarding all cultures.
  • To impart knowledge, practices, and perspectives that promote personal and global health and safety.
  • To nurture an appreciation for the fine, applied, and performing arts.

To attain these goals, the Clifton Board of Education shall provide meaningful instruction and an environment conducive to learning, an opportunity for community input, and a professional staff of the highest quality.