Superintendent's Corner

Superintendent's Welcome

Dear Staff, Parents, Guardians, and Students:

Wow! Whoever expected Distance Learning to occur in Elementary & Middle School! While the Board of Education stoutly supported my Administrative Team's vision of having computers available to each student, little did we know at the time that we would be tasked with setting up home schooling, distance & virtual learning and having 2 days notification to make it work! Fortunately, we began our 1:1 initiative this past September with grades 3-8 having their own designated device. K-2 had access to their computers in carts. We began training teachers last school year and picked it up throughput the first 5 months of this school year. 
I am most proud to report that Little ferry was ahead of most districts in terms of virtual and distance learning! After the second week of virtual learning we sent home devices with the rest of the grade levels, so we are truly 1:1 from K-8! 
I know the home confinement thing can be challenging; we are asking out parents to work directly with their students to support them with their academic work. I know our teaching and support staff have been working diligently to make this experience as genuine as possible! 
Make the most of the time with your family, because I found in my own home, that I was growing apart and not spending enough time with my own family!
As soon as I get further information on the resuming of school, I will pass it along! Understand, at this point the decision to reopen schools is solely in the hand of Governor Murphy. Keep up the good work, stay safe and healthy, and most of all, support your children during this trying time!

The children of Little Ferry are fortunate to have the best teachers both at home and at school! I have never seen a community with more heart when it comes to working for a better tomorrow for our children. Please check our website often for more updates at

Mr. Frank R. Scarafile

Superintendent of Schools


Official Statement 
Closing of Washington School
Frank R. Scarafile - Superintendent of Schools

March 27, 2018

Dear Parent/Guardian/Stakeholder,

Last night the Board of Education approved a plan brought forth by administration to formally apply to the state to close Washington School. Built in 1914, Washington School has housed our 1st & 2nd Graders for the past twenty-five years. Over time, the building structure has deteriorated to the point that it needs over 1.5 million dollars in new roofing, re-doing ceilings, and fixing air-conditioning and heating. That is without any other emergency items that crop up. The bottom line is that we are closing the building for ‘Health & Safety Reasons.”

At this juncture, the Board of Education has to get the permission from the New Jersey Department of Education to close the building and allow us to put up a brand new, temporary, modular structure in the rear of Memorial School. This building will service our Pre-K classes, as well as our 7th & 8th Graders.

We plan to have a community meeting in mid-May, to give everyone the information necessary to make this transition seamless. There is a plan for a referendum on building a new Elementary School. We look forward to your comments and input during this transition. Again, I thank you for your trust in my judgement and leadership to make our school district the best it can be!

Click here for the official letter from Mr. Scarafile.

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