You could feel the positive energy in the room and it was evident…….how times have changed!
Gone are the days when no one would show up for an evening program. October 1, 2013 was a turning point for the Hopatcong School District. Approximately, 70 people comprised of parents, students, teachers, administrators, and residents came out to part of the process in creating a shared vision for the New Hopatcong!
Using a strategic and interactive process, guided by Jane Kershner of New Jersey School Boards Association (NJSBA), everyone joined forces in developing the goals and objectives to improve test scores, instructional programs, and student achievement. Attendees had the opportunity to provide input on the New Hopatcong as well as recognize the district’s current strengths. Breakout groups conducted an analysis of their experiences with the district and then all groups reported back to the group as a whole.
There were many smiles, laughter, collegiality, and a warm sense of teamwork going on. Ms. Kershner commented that they have never seen such an inviting and well attended first strategic planning meeting as they saw at Hopatcong. Superintendent of Schools, Cynthia Randina, provided an overview of the district’s action plan and goals.
The night was more than a success but rather, evidence that the school district is climbing the mountain together toward the goal of the New Hopatcong!