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Dr. Lydia E. Furnari
Superintendent of Schools

Dr. Furnari's Welcome Back Message 2017-2018 School Year


Welcome Back!


The 2017-2018 school year has officially begun and the sounds of excited children, eager for the first day of school were heard everywhere I went today!


Those of you who know me well, understand it when I say that visiting our schools is the best part of my job. I had the privilege of serving as a teacher for the first 14 years of my career, and can honestly say that there is nothing quite as rewarding as helping children to learn and to grow. Today, teachers and students had the chance to get acquainted and everyone seemed ready to embrace the opportunities this new school year will bring.


It is our promise as a school district to help our students interpret the world around them. As our attention is drawn to global and national issues such as the devastation brought on by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, it is important to remember that we are members of a caring community, ready to support one another in the face of any challenges that come our way, be they great or small.


The Franklin Lakes Public Schools consists of an outstanding team of administrators, teachers and staff who have dedicated their lives to the education and well being of children. I invite all of our stakeholders to collaborate with us in providing our students with exceptional educational experiences, as we look toward building upon our past successes, continuing our commitment to serve the Borough of Franklin Lakes.   We are proud to serve this community and look forward to continuing our partnership with you all.




Dr. Lydia E. Furnari


2016-2017 District Goals
1. Student Achievement: The Franklin Lakes Public Schools will prepare every child with the 21st Century skills to experience success and be competitive in an evolving world, by providing exemplary educational opportunities and experiences, and by promoting academic achievement, physical, social and emotional, growth of every student, as measured by the collection and analysis of a variety of quantitative and qualitative data.
How will we measure success?
• Create a pathway for district and student success
• Use and analyze multiple measures of student achievement including local and state data to inform databased decisions concerning effectiveness of programs and services
• Complete Strategic Plan action items for Year 1
2. Structural and Resource Management: The Franklin Lakes Public Schools will develop a safe, supportive learning environment that inspires academic and personal growth by encouraging innovation, creativity and perseverance, and by providing an effective and efficient infrastructure, based on sound use of fiscal, operational and human resources, as measured by an analysis of current structures and the development of actionable next steps.
How will we measure success?
• Analyze District structures with regard to enrollment, facilities, operational and fiscal resources, and create options for the Board’s consideration
• Create a Continuity of Operations Plan (COOP) in anticipation of prolonged school closings due to extreme weather or other such events
3. Marketing and Communication: The Franklin Lakes Public Schools will communicate effectively with parents, students, and the Franklin Lakes community, by providing improved mechanisms for teachers and administrators to interact with parents, and for the community at large to be come more informed about the District, as measured by the creation of a more formal structure for marketing and communication.
How will we measure success?
• Create a marketing and communications plan for the District, that includes strategies for improved communication
• Include use of social media tools such as Twitter and Facebook
• Highlight special events, accomplishments and recognition of students and staff