Hoboken Charter School is managed by a Board of Trustees made up of parents, educators, and community members.  The Board of Trustees meeting dates can be found on our school calendar.  Meetings begin at 7:00 p.m. with exceptions noted on the school calendar. The meeting location is 713 Washington Street location. The 4th Wednesday of the month is reserved for committees which may meet at an alternate time and location.  Changes are communicated via announcements in local papers, City Hall, the school website, and weekly school community communications.


Meeting Highlights

February 28

The board voted to hire an architect and engineering firm to help complete plans for a new HVAC system.  The board also voted to accept and submit the school’s annual report and Form 990 tax return for the year ended June 30, 2022.  Reports from the Executive Director and Principals of the K-8 school and High School were provided.

January 17

The Board welcomed a new member, Grace Guandique, at this meeting.  Teacher Chris Kunkel presented a summary of the results of the state assessment called Start Strong.

December 20

Meeting Overview

The board approved hiring three new teachers and the submission of audited financial information to the state for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2022.  Executive Director Deirdra Grode and K-8 Principal Lizzie Palma reported on various initiatives underway at the school.

November 15

Jeff Tennenbaum, President of the Friends of Hoboken Charter School, gave an overview of that group’s fundraising initiatives for the 2022-23 school year.

Sidney Sanchez, Art Teacher, and Emma Rooney, 11th grade student, gave a presentation on the mural that was recently completed in the stairwell of the high school through the mural and public art elective.  Ms. Sanchez also presented on the K-12 art program.

October 18

Principals Joanna Weintraub and Elizabeth Palma provided a summary overview of the results New Jersey Student Learning Standards Assessment (NJSLA) and Graduation Proficiency Assessment (GPA) assessments taken by students in Spring 2022.  Results of these assessments were generally in line with past performances of students at the school; however, there were some variations due to the small size of the school’s grade cohorts.  Generally, HCS students performed at a higher level than state averages.

Executive Director Grode and Business Administrator Literati provided an update on the new healthcare plans that will be offered to school employees in November.

September 20

The board went into closed session at which two representatives from the New Jersey School Board Association gave an overview of effective board practices.

Separately, the board approved the updated School Health-Related Closure Preparedness Plan and the LEA Plan for Safe Return to In-Person Instruction and Continuity of Service Pursuant to the Federal American Rescue Plan Act.  Executive Director Grode presented strategic plan for the school.

 August 10

The board discussed and voted to provide an employee benefit that will allow faculty, staff, and administrators to send their children to Hoboken Charter School as overenrolled students.  This effort to support retention and recruitment will be limited to no more than 2 students per grade. Board secretary Steve Literati informed the Board that the school would be required to replace its existing health insurance plan and that recommendations would be presented to the Board to consider.  Several new faculty hires were discussed by Deirdra Grode and Joanna Weintraub.

July 14

The Board reviewed and approved the Annual Report to be submitted to the NJ Department of Education as well as the following school policies:

  • Evaluation systems for Tenured and Non-Tenured teaching staff
  • Evaluation system for School Leader/Principals
  • Promotion, Retention, and Grade Level Placement
  • Upper School Graduation Requirements

The board also approved the hiring of four new teachers.

June 10

This was a joint meeting with the Board and Members of the Friends of Hoboken Charter School.  President Jeff Tennenbaum presented an overview of that organization’s accomplishments and future plans.  The Board of HCS acknowledged the contributions of outgoing Friends President Patty Fernandez and Vice President Liran Mignone.

HCS Board of Trustees President Lauren Calmas was recognized and Thanked for her 9 years of service as Board President.  Lauren is stepping down as President but will remain on the Board.  Assuming the role of HCS Board of Trustees President is Joy Wheeler.

May 3

The Board of Trustees met with Executive Director Deirdra Grode to discuss strategic planning for the 2022-2023 school year and discuss her annual review.

April 26, 2022

Deirdra Grode reported on work toward 5 strategic goals: K12 Curriculum Review; Upper School Identity Work; K12 Integration; Communication of School Identity; and Support for and Accountability of Faculty/Staff in creating a Culture of High Expectations and Rigor.

March 22, 2022

The school’s board of trustees voted to accept FY2022 budget as presented by Business Administrator Steve Literati.

March 1, 2022

The school’s board of trustees met to accept the audited 2021 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and the school’s 2021 form 990 tax return.

February 15, 2022

The School’s independent outside auditors, Darren Fusaro and Chuck DeMeola, reviewed the school’s annual financial statements and form 990 tax return, respectively.  There were no audit findings, and the school was found to be in a strong financial condition with good controls.  Results of the school’s lottery held on January 20 were discussed.

January 18, 2022

This meeting was a joint meeting between the boards of trustees of Hoboken Charter School and the Friends of Hoboken Charter School.  The Friends Board provided an update on activities to promote the school and raise funds to support the operation of the school.  Math teacher Chris Kunkel gave an overview of the results of the school’s Fall Start Strong assessment.  Business administrator Steve Literati reviewed the revised 2022 budget submission to the state department of education.


December  21, 2021

The meeting focused on school operations and recent academic achievements, with reports by Executive Director Deirdra Grode, K-8 Principal Lizzie Palma, 9-12 Principal Joanna Weintraub, and Special Education Coordinator Melissa Fisher.

November 16, 2021

The board approved the hiring of two new teachers and several agreements with service providers.  Business Administrator Steve Literati provided an update on the school’s upcoming application for the ESSER III grant offered by the federal government.  Executive Director Deirdra Grode and Lauren Calmas provided an update on the visit by NJ Department of Education officials as part of the school’s charter renewal.

October 19, 2021

The meeting started at 5:45 and went into closed session to discuss a matter involving student discipline.  Following the conclusion of this matter, the board discussed newly hired teachers, and approved two new agreements.  Updates were provided on strategic initiatives, activities and plans of Friends of HCS, and city’s PILOT program, and the upcoming school charter renewal.


September 21, 2021

This was a joint meeting between the boards of Hoboken Charter School and the Friends of Hoboken Charter School.  Introductions of new board members were made, and the Friends organization highlighted upcoming initiatives centered around parent engagement and fundraising.

The board accepted a first read of the school’s proposed Employee Vaccination Policy.  Executive Director Deirdra Grode updated the board on efforts to prepare for the school’s 5-year charter renewal.


August 17, 2021

Executive Director Deirdra Grode reviewed proposed revisions to the School’s Health-Related Closure Preparedness Plan and the School’s Student Attendance Policy.  Renewal of contracts with several service providers were reviewed and approved by the Board.  Several mission-aligned professional development opportunities for staff were reviewed by Deirdra and approved by the Board, including one made possible by the grant from Provident Bank.  The board discussed whether the school should approach Provident Bank for another grant to fund professional development. The Board also approved extending the School’s adoption of the FFCRA through the month of September.

Dana Wissing provided an update on the Friends of HCS organization, including the resignation of Daria Vogel from the position of Co-Vice President.  Liran Mignone will now be the sole Vice President of Friends.  The September board meeting will be a joint meeting between HCS and the Friends organization.


July 20, 2021

Executive Director Deirdra Grode provided information on several new candidates being offered positions by the school, all of which were approved by the board.

Chief Financial Officer Steve Literati reviewed preliminary financial statements for the fiscal year that ended on June 30, 2021.  The board approved the appointment of McIntee Fusaro Del Corral, LLC as external auditors for the fiscal year 2021.

Upper School Principal Joanna Weintraub reported on students who graduated from the school in 2021.

Dana Wissing reported on several changes in officer positions at the Friends of Hoboken Charter School organization.


2020-2021 Board Meeting Highlights

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