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A look at school activities, updates and events in and around the Leonia Public Schools. 
Issue II 2017-2018


Dear Parents, Guardians and Community Members:

Our collective hearts continue to break for the families, friends, and the community of Parkland, Florida, and especially, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. Many of us have spent a sleepless night saddened by this event and other events similar in nature, too horrific to fathom. As I met with other Superintendents yesterday, we talked about and shared the ways Districts have implemented greater security and safety in school buildings. Still this morning, I awake to the news that the Nutley School District is closed because of a threat learned on social media.

Please be assured that our administrative team meets regularly to discuss building safety and security. Not too long ago, in conjunction with the Leonia Police Department and the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office, Counter-Terrorism & Homeland Security Unit, the District completed Site-Assessment visits. Many of the recommendations of those visits were put into place immediately upon receipt of their report. Please understand that there are safeguards in place that I am unable to share, but know, that we continue to evaluate “next-steps” in tightening the level of security in each of our buildings.

I have learned this morning that several of our high school students were online-friends with students at the Parkland high school. They are brainstorming ways of sending Leonia/Edgewater support to those student-friends – possibly letters of support, artwork. They will find a way to let those students know that Leonia High School students are with them student to student.

We begin this long weekend with a heavy heart for the families in Parkland, Florida. Take a moment this evening, to hug your child a little longer.

Thank you, as always, for your support.


Joanne Megargee

  Community Letter.pdf 

The Northern Ignite Cluster

The Spring 2018 Bergen Visitation Site:  Leonia High School

Thursday, March 8, 2018
8:30 am—11:30 am

Message from the Superintendent

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members of Leonia and Edgewater:

At Tuesday’s Board meeting, the Leonia Board of Education accepted my request for retirement effective July 1, 2018. The decision to retire was not an easy one – Leonia has been my life and my heart for over 25 years, (I was a student teacher here in 1991) and I am so proud of this school district and the communities that we serve. The desire to spend more time with my family, especially those sweet grands, the stamina of long days and many evenings out, and the ability to travel, while we are healthy and able, have all played a role in my decision.

Thank you to the Leonia Board of Education for appointing me to this leadership position, and allowing me to steward such a quality and high performing district. Thank you to the administration and staff for years of support. The Leonia students are well-served by your dedication and commitment to this district. Most of all, thank you to the students, parents, and community for your partnership. Your support continues to make the Leonia School District an exceptional school district with a far-reaching reputation.

There is still much work to do over the next few months as we plot the roadmap for continued growth and achievement,

With best wishes,


Joanne Megargee

Message from the President of the Board

February 2, 2018

Dear Parents, Guardians and the Communities of Leonia and Edgewater:

It is with great sadness that the Leonia Board of Education announces the retirement of Joanne Megargee, Superintendent of Leonia Schools. In the district for almost 27 years, Mrs. Megargee has led our district with phenomenal warmth, strength, compassion and dedication. She began her career as a student teacher right here in Leonia in 1991, serving as teacher, principal of Anna C. Scott School, Assistant Superintendent, and becoming Superintendent in July, 2011.

During her exceptional tenure, our district has experienced growth in academics, technology and infrastructure, and programs. Additionally, she was named Bergen County Superintendent of the year for the county in 2017, an honor well deserved. The staff who have had the pleasure of working with her have looked to her as a true leader, educator and friend. During her tenure she also took the time to know everyone as best she could, and found a way to drive each person’s individual best through her kindness, thoughtfulness and generous spirit. Mrs. Megargee faced every challenge with a smile and always looked towards the positive in every situation. The children and families, of both Leonia and Edgewater, have been so fortunate to have Mrs. Megargee at the helm and she will be greatly missed. We wish her every happiness as she embarks on the next chapter in her story and look forward to seeing her continue to smile with her family and grandchildren.

Mrs. Megargee will continue on with the district until the end of the school year. The Board of Education is in the process of forming a search committee for a new Superintendent of Leonia. We are thankful that Mrs. Megargee will assist the committee in their quest to find another outstanding Chief School Administrator to lead our school district.


Lisa Klein

Lisa Klein
Leonia Board President

 BOE Letter JM Retire.pdf 

Swearing in of new Board of Education members
Lisa Klein, Anthony Cassano and Roland Weimer.