DENVILLE, NJ – The waning days of summer break means back to school is around the corner for the Denville Township School District. Faculty return on Wednesday, Aug. 28, and the students walk through the doors on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Later in September, the township schools will host their Back to School Nights: Valleyview Middle School, Sept. 5; Riverview Elementary School, Sept. 10; and Lakeview Elementary School, Sept. 12.
“The board of education is very excited to welcome back our staff and students for the 2019-20 school year,” said Board of Education President Michael W. Andersen.
“This school year we’ll welcome the largest kindergarten class in over 10 years. As we have for the last several years, we have completed several facilities projects over the summer. These projects focus on maintaining and upgrading our aging infrastructure, as well as improving the safety of our students and staff. With a focus on instruction and program, we plan to begin a large-scale project of a complete overhaul of the Valleyview athletic fields. This project would not be possible without the financial support from Denville Township. The collaboration on this project is a great example of how public entities can work together for the betterment of the youth in our community. Our large kindergarten class is proof that young families are being drawn to Denville. With a thriving school system, we should be prepared for the potential of continued growth in our schools. This potential enrollment growth will be an area of focus for the board of education and administration this school year. The board of education is committed to continuing to program best in class opportunities for all students.”
Of the entire Denville Township School District student body, 635 students will attend Lakeview, 410 will attend Riverview and 593 will attend Valleyview. According to Superintendent Steven Forte, pre-K to fifth grade enrollment has increased while sixth to eighth grade enrollment has decreased, causing space concerns at the two elementary schools.
“I’m very excited for the 2019-20 school year and looking forward to the positive changes in personnel and moving the district forward as we start to figure out plans to deal with the additional students in Riverview and Lakeview as well as possible new housing developments in town that have been proposed,” said Forte, who has been in his position for six years, nine years overall in the township school district.
“We are also excited to get our Future Ready certifications from the New Jersey Department of Education as well as our National Schools of Character award for Lakeview and Riverview as well as preparing for Valleyview’s in the future.”
As for personnel changes, Forte named individuals who will be missed this year, including retirees Laurie Klinck, Valleyview math teacher; Risa Kallas, Riverview nurse; and Silvia Zois, Valleyview Spanish teacher. New arrivals include Adrian D'Aquila, Riverview teacher; Barbara Beere, Riverview nurse; Melissa Miller, Valleyview teacher; Christine Lyons, Valleyview teacher; Alexia Thorpe, Lakeview teacher; and Lauren DelPlato, Lakeview teacher. Among new school leaders, Valleyview welcomes Seth Korman, of Rockaway Township, as its principal and John Englishmen, of Parsippany, as its new vice principal.
Formerly serving as Valleyview vice principal for more than four years, Korman first began his educational career as a math teacher in Parsippany. After more than 10 years, he became a math/science supervisor for the sixth to eighth grades for the Wayne Township Public Schools for nearly two years. Before coming to Valleyview in 2015 as vice principal, Korman worked as the math/science supervisor in the school districts of the Chathams.
“I am excited and honored to be given the opportunity to be the instructional leader here at Valleyview. I look forward to continuing working together with the staff, students and community to make Valleyview a place that fosters success emotionally, socially and academically for everyone. I would like to see our staff and students continue to grow and challenge themselves while making Valleyview the place they all enjoy coming to on a daily basis. My goal is to work with the staff to ensure the students are exposed to instruction that is meaningful and engaging. I want the learning environment for all students to be one that is created on trust, communication and rigor.”
Englishmen, the new vice principal, has 16 years of experience in education. He started his career as a social studies teacher at Paterson Catholic High School and spent the last 12 years at Brooklawn Middle School in Parsippany. At Brooklawn, he taught seventh-grade American history and served as acting assistant principal this past spring.
“Valleyview and the Denville Public Schools in general have a reputation for being an outstanding school community,” said Englishmen.
“I am excited to get to know the students and families and to work with the faculty and staff. My goal for the upcoming school year is to learn as much as possible about the Denville schools. I look forward to interacting with the staff and students, building relationships and being an active and present member of the Valleyview community.”
School times are: Valleyview, 7:30 a.m.-2:23 p.m.; Lakeview, 8:05 a.m.-2:58 p.m.; and Riverview, 8:40 a.m.-3:33 p.m.
This year, the last day of school is scheduled presently for June 22.
For more information on the events and activities of the Denville Township School District, visit its website at http://www.denville.org/.
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