HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - Parents and concerned residents are invited to join the Hillsborough Education Association for a discussion of the challenges facing the school district and how to partner for progress.
The HEA is sponsoring the Monday, Aug. 26 meeting from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Auten Road Midddle School, 281 Auten Road.
There is no shortage of topics open for discussion.
The meeting comes less than three weeks after a national website that analyzes the quality of public and private schools, colleges and universities ranked the Hillsborough School District No. 3 in Somerset County and No. 15 out of 243 school districts in New Jersey.
The faculty at the nine schools in the district were rated No. 1 in Somerset County.
It’s a bit of good news in the midst of a school year that saw teacher layoffs, budget cuts, decreased state aid, an impasse in negotiations between the Board of Education and the Hillsborough Education Association over a new contract and the resounding defeat of a March referendum that would have raised school taxes to pay for all-day kindergarten and help the school district stabilize its finances.
More recently, parents were notified of a new “Pay to Play” policy that will require students to pay fees between $25 and $100 to participate in extra-curricular activities including varsity sports and clubs.
The study graded the school district’s overall performance in 10 categories:
Academics, A+; Teachers, A+;Clubs and Activities, A; Administration, A; Food, B-; Diversity, B+; College Prep, A+; Health and Safety, A; Sports, A; Resources and Facilities, B+