GLEN ROCK, N.J. – In keeping up with 21st Century learning, the business department at Glen Rock High School will be equipped with a new finance lab, thanks to the generosity of the Glen Rock Jaycees and the Education Foundation.

At a board meeting on Tuesday, May 22, the two organizations presented checks totaling $4,000 to Glen Rock High School Business Instructor Frank Manziano to put towards the new lab. Situated in the school’s main business classroom, B-154, the classroom will be transformed to give it more of a “corporate-feel” in line with the roughly 400 North American colleges that have such labs with the additions of a new electronic stock ticker priced at $5,000 and a Liquid-Crystal Display TV monitor tagged at $1,000, upon which financial literacy students (which has roughly 300 enrolled) and other students enrolled in business courses, can watch breaking stock market news in real time. As part of the curriculum budget, the district would pay for annual software upgrades.

This is the fourth request out of 11 that the high school’s Home and School Association has honored since the start of the school year.  

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“We’re very excited to get going on this venture and we look forward to some really great results,” said Manziano.

Interim Superintendent Bruce Watson said as a past high school business educator, he was impressed with the “fortunate community” and their support and willingness to donate money to enhance educational opportunities for their children.

“I think that we are going to really be the apple of the eye for a lot of schools in Bergen County in our business education department,” he said.