WEST CALDWELL, NJ — Registration for the first year of Caldwell-West Caldwell’s new full-day kindergarten program 2019-2020 will begin on Jan. 31 and will continue through mid-February, the district announced on Monday. According to Superintendent of Schools James Heinegg stated that all relevant information will be available on the district’s website.

Additionally, the district expects that the construction at Harrison Elementary School will be completed over the summer in time for September’s school opening. Washington Elementary is currently scheduled to have three full-day sections of kindergarten and two full-day sections at each of the other elementary schools.

Heinegg noted that there will be an opportunity for parents to indicate whether they prefer a half-day or a full-day kindergarten class. If an optimal number of half-day requests are made, Heneigg said the district would consider offering a half-day section, “although there will be no guarantees.”

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Also, consideration will be taken into account as to the number of requests for attendance at Harrison Elementary School.

New kindergarten teaching positions will be posted this week, and the interview process will begin in early February. A kindergarten committee will begin to address the expanded program’s curriculum needs amongst other items. The committee will consist of teaching staff and administration, and will be inclusive of parental input as the planning moves forward.

In response to a parent’s previous inquiry as to the optimal class size, Heinegg that there would be no more than 22 students without a classroom aide, although two aides have been built into the budget. It is anticipated that there will be approximately 200 students enrolled for the incoming kindergarten class, he said.

In other news, during Monday’s meeting, the Caldwell West Caldwell Board of Education unanimously approved the implementation of a rotating block schedule at James Caldwell High School for the 2019-2020 school year. Although the students currently attend a seven-period day, this new schedule will create a six-period day to allow for a longer daily class periods.

Also passed unanimously were amendments to the Uniform State Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the board of education and local law enforcement officials. The MOA is a required set of procedures and practices each municipality and school district must have in place.

Amendments included new sections referencing law enforcement responses to assaults, reporting of drug use, sexual offenses, electronic smoking devices and opioids, amongst other items. Clarifying information was added to existing articles inclusive of reporting of incidents of weapons, threatened violence, safe schools resource officers and the development of school safety and security plans.

Updates to current information regarding tip lines, crime prevention, cyber harassment, hazing, medical marijuana and bias-related acts were also approved.

The next board of education meeting will be held on Feb. 11.

To read more from this meeting, where the board recognized retiring Washington Elementary principal Barbara Adams, click HERE.