Editor's Notebook: Oct. 1 BOE Meeting
● By Rebecca K. Abma
An update on Northern Highlands Regional High School, a review of the next meetings agenda and questions about a news article regarding football were the main topics of the Oct. 1 Board of Education work session.
School Board President Bill Sullivan gave a follow-up on talks with Northern Highlands Regional High School about a possible send-receive relationship. He said he spoke to Northern Highlands Superintendent John Keenan last Friday who said that he does believe it is possible that NHRHS could accommodate Midland Park students.
The next step would be for the Midland Park Board of Education to decide to do a feasibility study to determine the impact on taxes. In order to do so, the board needs to pass a resolution with a specific dollar amount to spend on a study. Sullivan asked the administration to find out what the cost would be, so if someone on the board wants to put that motion forth, they have all the information.
The board reviewed the agenda for the Oct. 15 meeting, which includes a presentation of the District Assessment Profile. This annual report provides an overview of New Jersey Department of Education (NJDOE) assessments, student cohort achievement data, district Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) initiatives, and school-based action plans for improvement.
Also on the agenda, a budget transfer of $12,000 into the general fund. The funds are from an assessment refund for interest on state grants. The assessments, leveraged on all districts that received grant funding in the past, increased this year. However, the increase was deemed unjust and the district was given back the funds and allowed to move them to the general fund.
The next meeting will also include the final readings on policies introduced at the last meeting, including a policy to include agenda appendices on the district website prior to the meeting.
During the public portion of the meeting, a football parent spoke up regarding an article in the Villadom Times that suggested the district was considering pulling out of the cooperative agreement with Waldwick to share a football team.
At the last BOE meeting, parents expressed concern over a lack of Midland Park identity on the team. Midland Park students wear Waldwick uniforms and play home games on Waldwick’s field. The agreement has been in place since 2005 and is revisited every two-years.
Pulling out of the program would be an issue for both schools, who would not have enough students to have freshman, JV and varsity teams, the football parent said, adding that there are no issues or discrimination against Midland Park students.
The board replied they have no plans to disband the program,
which would have a detrimental effect on both schools.The agreement is reviewed every two years.
Upcoming school events:
Elementary Spirit Day on Oct. 4
Harvest Festival on Oct. 11
Music in the Park on Oct. 13 at Ramapo High School
PTA Pumpkin Sale on Oct. 16
Midland Park Public Education Foundation Trivia Night on Nov. 14
Blue Jean Ball on March 1