Editor's Notebook: Feb. 4 BOE Meeting
● By Rebecca K. Abma
The Midland Park Board of Education hired a new buildings and grounds supervisor, honored the Waldwick-Midland Park football team and announced the date for the 2014-15 budget hearing at its Feb. 4 work session.
The board appointed Scott Collins to the position of district Buildings & Grounds Supervisor at an annual salary of $98,000, prorated effective March 1 to June 30, 2014. He replaces Christopher Swank, who resigned effective Jan. 17 after being in the position for less than a year.
According to school officials, Collins comes to the district from Bloomfield, where he served as supervisor of Buildings & Grounds Maintenance. In making the selection, the district narrowed it down to two top candidates, who toured the facilities with acting Buildings & Grounds Supervisor Thomas Treta.
“We were assured [Collins] will be hands-on in the district,” Board President Bill Sullivan stated. “We are a small district and need someone who will pick up an hammer if needed.”
Dates for the upcoming school board election were announced as follows:
March 4: Deadline to file nominating petitions with the School Business Administrator to run as a candidate in the election. Candidate packages are available in the district office or online from the NJ School Boards Association. Packages are due by 4pm.
March 13: Drawing for candidate’s position on the ballot.
March 25: Public Hearing on the 2014-15 School Budget to be held at 8pm in the August C. DePreker Media Center in Highland School.
April 23: Polls will be open from 2pm to 9pm. This year’s election falls on a Wednesday because the traditional date falls on the first day of Passover. Sullivan noted this works better for Midland Park as the district is closed for Spring Break during the previous week.
Football Team Honored
Members and coaches of the Waldwick-Midland Park co-op football team were honored for their outstanding 9-3 season that ended in the North 1, Group 2 finals at Kean University.
The idea for a co-op team began about 8 years ago, due to concerns over the dwindling size of the MPHS team becoming a safety issue. MPHS Principal Nick Capuano (then the Athletic Director) approached the board with the idea, which was not originally greeted with enthusiasm, due to the intense rivalry between the two teams over the years.
Eight years later, the program is a success, said Capuano, noting that the Waldwick and Midland Park players and their parents are like one big family. “I remember when I approached the co-op idea. We had a team meeting with the Midland Park parents. There was a lot of skepticism and questions,” he said, congratulating the Waldwick coaches on the success of the program.
Feb. 8: Cooperstown Pig Roast
Feb. 8: Market Day Orders Due
Feb. 14: Market Day Orders Pick Up
Feb. 25: Next BOE Meeting
March 1: Blue Jean Ball and Super 50/50 Drawing