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Acting Superintendent Report and FAQs - 12/23/2022


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Good Afternoon Secaucus Families,

First and foremost, I would like to wish all of you a Happy Holiday season! Many staff and students are already beginning to enjoy their well deserved break from school. It has been a packed few weeks, chock full of events, projects, and concerts that has propelled us from Thanksgiving into the Christmas season. I hope that the rest and relaxation of next week brings a revitalization going into the new calendar year. 

I want to apologize for not posting this report and FAQ last Friday, when it was technically due to be published. Many different events in the universe prevented me from posting it then. However, I will continue to offer this information to parents on a bi-weekly basis going forward. 

The latest FAQ based on the “Parent Communication Form” questions that have been asked over the past three weeks is located just below this letter. The Parent Communication Form continues to be open for questions and can be accessed here: There is also an easy-to-use button on the home page that you can click that will lead you right to the form. As always, we welcome all questions and comments!

Again, Happy Holidays! I also wish you a Happy New Year filled with good health and good fortune.



Dr. Daniela Riser

Acting Superintendent



Frequently Asked Questions - 12/23/2022


Our Parent Communication Form is still open! If there are any questions you would like to ask the district administration, please visit this link to ask:


Q: Why do 4th graders have so many tests in one week?


A: The fourth grade students are just beginning to departmentalize, going to different teachers for subject area classes, in most cases. Teachers at this grade level are attempting to prepare their students for middle school, where each class is independent of each other, and it is frequent to be tested in multiple subjects per week. If you are not happy with your child’s schedule or frequency of testing, please contact the guidance counselor to set up a parent meeting to further discuss this.


Q: I am outraged at the prices for snacks & water $2 for a small bottle . Also if something spills - no replacement . The child goes hungry .. It's ridiculous that they are treated this way !!


A: The school district and Maschio’s food services do their best to provide affordable food and snack options to students on a daily basis. The prices that are charged are similar or less expensive than many other schools in the surrounding area. However, if you are not satisfied with what is provided, you are more than welcome to send your child to school with snacks and drinks that you purchase yourself for a discounted price. Please note that if a child does not have a snack/lunch at lunchtime, we do not allow them to “go hungry”. Our lunch monitors and the lunch aides will make sure that all children eat at their specified lunch period. 


Q: My question is when will Clarendon and Huber Street kids be able to have the same dress code as the kids in middle and high school. I think the kids would enjoy wearing different school logo shirts rather than just a polo shirt. Also wearing school logo sweatpants as well. Hopefully it can be done.


A: The topic of “Spirit Days” at the elementary schools will be discussed with the Board of Education at their next scheduled committee meetings. However, the new dress code at the middle and high school is a privilege that was granted by the board of education to those schools last year, as an adjustment of their handbooks. This would need to be discussed with the building and district administration and the board of education before a decision can be made.


Q: When will a permanent Superintendent be named?


A: The superintendent search process is currently underway. Preliminary interviews are beginning to be conducted by school board representatives and the next round of interviews will be conducted starting in February. A new superintendent will be appointed in late Spring for a start date of July 2023. 


Q: Is the school planning to hire a new science teacher? I don’t even see a job posting for this position. My 2nd grader misses the experiments that they had before. I think these interactive classes are very important for curious 2nd graders. Especially losing kindergarten experience due to online classes.


A: Clarendon school will be putting a science teacher in place after the break. This position, which is only a long-term-replacement position for a teacher on leave, has been advertised on numerous occasions. However, no eligible candidates have applied for it.