FLORHAM PARK, NJ- On Monday, February 6, 2017 more than 50 administrators, board members, parents, and community members came together to initiate strategic planning.

The first evening’s topic focused on the strengths/accomplishments, and challenges/opportunities of the Florham Park School District. Linda Rozek, President of the Board of Education welcomed the audience. Dr. Melissa Varley, Superintendent, provided an informative overview of the district. Facilitators Charlene Peterson and Matt Lee, from the New Jersey School Boards Association, introduced the process and assisted with the four groups.

The four randomly selected groups were to brainstorm regarding the district’s strengths and challenges. Some of the strengths listed by participants were: seamless transitions from school to school, supportive administrators, very caring and knowledgeable teachers, Reader’s Writer’s workshop, a committed superintendent, small class sizes, the co-teaching model, and the supportive parent community.

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On the flip side of that the school district’s challenges were listed as follows, iReady as an assessment tool, lack of STEM in the district, document manager, Briarwood’s pick up procedure, Air conditioning, Powerschool is ineffective, lower test scores, and the lack of foreign language.

The next strategic planning meeting will be on March 6th at 7PM in the Ridgedale Middle School auditorium. This meeting will focus on designing a vision for the Florham Park School district. We welcome all to attend. If you do plan on attending, please RSVP at strategicplan@fpks.org. Also, visit the Florham Park School district’s website at www.fpks.org to view the documents from the February 6th meeting.