August 28, 2014 at 11:00 PM
MONTVILLE, NJ -The Montville Township School District will open for students on Thursday, Sept. 4 for the first day of classes, but teachers will have already been hard at work for several days.
District Superintendent Paul Fried announced that approximately 50 new teachers would have their orientation sessions on Aug. 27 and 28, with a day of professional development, introductions to administrators, and presentations by various departments. Returning faculty and staff will report on Tuesday, Sept. 2 for a half day of “welcome back meetings” to be held at the high school, then a half day of preparing their classrooms. Wednesday, Sept. 3 has been set aside for professional development for faculty.
“It’s going to be a very exciting week coming up,” stated Fried.
Austin Thomsen, the District’s Technology Manager, sent an email to Dr. Fried stating that by not printing and mailing the Superintendent’s and principals’ letters for the start of the school year, the District had saved 165,000 sheets of paper. After the first marking period, elementary school students’ report cards will no longer be printed and sent home with students, which Thomsen stated would save another 19,000 sheets of paper.
District Administrator James Tevis reported to the Board that the following construction projects were ongoing in the District:
- The high school auditorium will have sound and lighting improvements, which will begin in December following the bid process.
- The auditorium will also have a lift installed in order to comply with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, sometime in the late fall.
- The bleachers at the high school football field will be renovated to be ADA compliant soon.
Other projects include a lacrosse wall, door and lock renovations, District-wide curb repairs, and Phase II of air conditioning installation in the district, and are ongoing.
Tevis also announced that bus passes with students’ busing information were mailed last week, and that two elementary school routes were added in order to make this year start more smoothly. He reported that the District knows of no major road construction projects pending that might interfere with bus routes.
Board President Dr. Karen Cortellino reported that members of the Board will be meeting with representatives from the New Jersey Department of Educationon on Sept 10 to discuss removing the superintendent salary cap. Cortellino has been quoted on NJ Spotlight.com stating that Dr. Fried would take a $35,000 pay cut if he renews his contract, due to the pay cap now required by law in New Jersey.